No doubt sports watches have made a comeback in the last decade. Away with the Datejust and dress watches of old (ok, not really but you get my point), and in comes the sporty tool dive watches we’ve all grown to love. When I’m looking to buy a dive watch, I don’t want to spend an enormous amount of money because I know it’s a watch I’m going to wear in just about every situation and won’t think twice about beating it up. That being said, I still want something stylish and refined and most of all, good quality. Today, we’re going to take a look at some of our favorite dive watch options under 5 thousand dollars.
Tudor Black Bay 58
In 2018 Tudor brought us the first Black Bay 58. Gilt dial, markers and at a reasonably perfects size 39mm, the watch was an instant hit among the watch community. They gave us a modern diver with vintage appeal and an in-house movement, and it was perfect. Other than being 39mm, the watch also is much thinner than its Black Bay Heritage brothers and sisters at 11.9mm thick. This past summer, Tudor released the Black Bay 58 Navy Blue, and we about all lost our minds. Read our thoughts on it here. This was a modern interpretation of the blue snowflake, and it's the perfect everyday choice. While Tudor doesn’t use 904L steel like its big sister brand Rolex, the BB58 still has exquisite finishing and details that remind you of where it came from.
With a size that fits just about anyone and two color options that go with a wide array of style, it’s easy to see why this is Tudor’s biggest hit, and it certainly will remain a favorite among the watch community for many years to come. The BB58 retails from $3,375 USD.
To hear our list of things we’re buying to go with our BB58 Blue, click here.
Speaking of blue on blue divers, the second on our list is the MONTA Oceanking. Coming in at $2,140 USD, the Swiss made MONTA Oceanking provides an incredible value for its price-point and quality. With 7 different variations to choose from, including stainless steel bezel and ceramic bezel options, there’s certainly something for everyone in the Oceanking lineup. The dive watch features a screw down crown, mid case and bracelet with polished sides and incredible bevels on the edges of the inner and outer lugs. The Oceanking comes in at 40mm with a thickness of 11.9mm, a great size for many wrist. While MONTA may not have the heritage that the other brands on our list have, their attention to detail and level of finishing are unmatched. The watch features lume on the numerals surrounding the bezel on certain Oceanking models, and every MONTA now comes with their patented quick adjust clasp with 6 slots for micro adjustments on the fly in addition to having 2 half-links available as well to ensure the perfect fit. MONTA is certainly growing into a household name among the watch community and are very proud of their relationship with hobbyists. Check out MONTA’s awesome lineup here.
Did you know MONTA’s Oceanking’s lug design shares the same dimensions as the Rolex Submariner, meaning you can share all your Everest Bands with your MONTA as well! Click here to check out our straps!
Omega Seamaster 300M
Last on our list today is the famous Omega Seamaster 300M on rubber. Coming in at $4,900, this watch packs a big punch. This Seamaster Professional 300M has been around since 1993 and has seen many iterations. With plenty of options available such as blue, grey, white in this price range, you’re sure to see why this remains such a popular dive watch. Perhaps what makes this watch stand out from the others at even twice its price-point is the movement. This Seamaster features a METAS & COSC certified movement and is unaffected by exposure to strong magnetic fields, even those greater than 1.5 tesla (1 tesla is equal to 10,000 gauss). The Seamaster 300M also features a ceramic lumed bezel and laser etched ceramic dial. With a helium escape valve and screw down crown, this dive watch is ready to go to the depths of the ocean! This Seamster would look amazing on one of our Everest NATO Straps, that can be found here!
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