Whether you’re just diving into a huge workload at your desk, or actually spending some time deep underwater, one thing is clear — a dive watch would be great to have on your wrist. You don’t need to be a diver to appreciate these high-performing, beautifully designed, and undoubtedly utilitarian timepieces for everyday use. In this Carry Smarter guide, you’ll get familiar with the basics of dive watches, what features to look for when buying a diver, and our picks for the best and most affordable options for 2017 to help you take the plunge into the world of dive watches.
Known in the watch world for its blindingly bright lume, the Black Monster is a staple in EDC watches. Seiko has updated one of their most unique diver’s watches with improved aesthetics and a new automatic movement. The substantial steel bracelet, scratch-resistant crystal and rugged construction result in an EDC watch that you'll never want to take off your wrist. The Black Monster’s Japanese movement has a hacking seconds hand (meaning you can freeze the hand for to-the-second time setting) and can be wound by hand. The heavily textured bezel not only looks great, but allows for easy setting even with gloves on. The feature-packed SRP307 is available with several different dial colors. Choose black to keep a low profile, or make a statement with the bright orange model.