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The Best Dive Watches on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. We’ve written before about the best smartwatches, affordable men’s watches, and automatic watch winders. Here, we’ve rounded up the best dive watches, according to the people. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Invicta Men’s Pro Diver Collection Automatic Watch
$75

“I really like this watch a lot. At first, I was skeptical about the brand, but after talking with a few of my friends who own Invicta watches, I was convinced to buy it. I love the look and the heavy, but not too heavy, feel. It’s a clean and simple design and looks like a Rolex, but at a huge fraction of the cost. I like the fact that it’s an automatic wind mechanism. It hasn’t lost a minute of time. I match it up to my phone’s clock and it’s always the same. Amazing!”

“While I generally prefer thin watches, I wanted to get a new beach/swimming watch — one that was large enough to read easily in the water (without my glasses, of course) and was hearty enough to remain dependable. Both of these needs have been well met by this Stuhrling Aquadiver. It keeps impeccable time and has proved to be waterproof in pools and in the ocean. In addition to its nice functionality, once I wore it for a while, I began to like the heft of it — make no mistake, this is a large watch. I have worn it as a dress watch when there is no water around and received a good many compliments on it.”

Invicta Men’s Pro Diver Collection Silver-Tone Watch
$40

“I needed a watch that would be water-resistant in order to spend time in the water as well as have a low enough profile (37.5 mm) that I could wear it with a buttoned shirt, and look good while doing so. This watch satisfied all of those needs. To add to the review, I love how easily the watch glows in the dark. I can see the hands and the hour markers easily. The unidirectional bezel function allows me to elapse time perfectly whether I am underwater, or in the kitchen timing an egg.”

“Love the watch. Exceptional quality, construction, and appearance for the price. I had a Rolex and anybody would have trouble distinguishing between the two. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a great-looking watch at a reasonable cost.”

“I bought this watch for my son-in-law for Christmas and he was very pleased with it. We both found it to be a very handsome watch, and both being watch addicts, gave it our immediate seal of approval. The only problem I have is, I may have to get one for myself.”

Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Watch
$248

“I’m a huge watch junkie. I own most brands from $30 through $10K. I wanted to add another ‘rugged work watch’ to the list, and after reading a lot about the new INOX, I made my choice. For the price, this watch is very nicely finished. All brushed and polished edges are done so very well. The hands look great, and although the indices are stamped out of the dial (so they’ll never fall off or become loose) they are made to look like they are applied separately and the look really works. The crown is protected very well, and a fixed bezel means you can beat the crud out of it without worrying about the bezel breaking.”