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Buyer's Guide: Dive Watches Under 1K

Get a quality watch with the diving aesthetic without spending a fortune.

The Seiko PADI is a fan favorite, known for its pepsi colored bezel. It also resembles the iconic Seiko 6309 in its design and is the first affordable watch to have a Prospex X logo on its dial. Prospex X is a collection with professional specifications that in the past has been associated with many well-known, yet expensive watches. Two such examples include the MarineMaster 300 and 1000, both of which are priced over $1,700. This special edition Seiko is made in conjunction with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), an international organization well-known for its scuba diving training around the world and environmental conservation efforts.

The Tissot Seastar sports a Swiss movement and chronograph. Unlike many cheap dive watches, Tissot Seastar offers up to 300m of water resistance.

The Citizen Promaster collection was launched in 1989 as a testament to the Japanese technological innovation. The Citizen Promaster Diver is an Eco-drive, which uses a quartz solar-powered movement.

These watches all offer solid value on the secondary market, with significant discounts from MSRP. What’s the best dive watch under $1,000 for your money?

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