Things To Look For In A Dive Watch

By: teahupoo
So you want a dive watch, eh? Well, the first thing you must decide is whether this is to be a functional dive watch or just something to look nice on your wrist. While it is possible to find a decent dive watch that will look good you will usually sacrifice something when trying to combine looks and performance.

Most dive watches never make it to the water and are merely for looks with buyers purchasing them for attributes they may not even understand. Let's assume that you are in need of a true dive watch that you can actually use in real life diving situations, here are a few things you will want to look for as well as some suggested watches.

In the realm of dive watches there are two main types of dive watches on the market today: those with the attributes of dive watches and the true dive watches with computers.
The dive watches manufactured more with the attributes in mind tend to be those made by high profile watchmakers such as Breitling and Rolex featuring things like water resistance and rotating bezels. True dive watches however, contain a great deal more features and benefits which the avid diver will want in a dive watch. Functions such as water temperature, depth readings, dive times, and gauges that time the breathing mixture in one's tank can make the difference in life or death. Many of the more sophisticated dive watches allow for downloading to your personal computer to keep records of your dives.

Features that you will want no matter what dive watch you choose include construction of anti-corrosive materials and non-scratch crystals as well as oversized buttons that can be operated with gloved hands and extendable wrist straps that can be adjusted to wear over a wetsuit if needed.

Let's take a look at a couple of the top dive watches available today. First on the list is the Citizen Promaster Aqualand. This state of the art dive watch is made of stainless steel and features a dive log memory holding up to 30 dive profiles. Other features include a display and digital dial with depth and water temperature, ascent rate alarm, low battery display, water resistant up to 660 feet and offers the ability to upload to your personal computer.

Another great dive watch is the Luminox Navy Seal Dive Watch. This watch meets military specifications for all branches of the armed forces of the United States. It features a fiberglass reinforced polyester injection molded case with stainless steel plate case back secured by stainless steel screws and is water resistant to 660 feet or 200 meters. It also has a unidirectional ratcheting bezel, sapphire glass window, and a multi jewel Swiss quartz movement with date function end of life feature and a 4 year battery life.

Hopefully this brief overview can get you started on your quest for a great dive watch.
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