Mens Dive Watches
Being in the microbrand dive watch space, Ocean Crawler is no doubt swimming in crowded waters. Their watches, unlike many brands, strive to be unique in their designs and they’ve truly built a style all their own across their releases. Within the microbrand world of watches, I think there are two things required to make for a watch worth your money – the first is that it has a unique design that isn’t just an homage, and the second being manufacturing quality that matches up with its price point.
When we think of scuba diving equipment, the most crucial aspects that come to mind are the tanks, the regulator, dive computer, and for some, a dive watch. However, Spinnaker has chosen to pay homage to one of the often overlooked pieces of dive equipment, the wetsuit, with their latest dive watch release known as the Spinnaker Bradner SP 5057.
The sudden and prolific onslaught of microbrands in the watch world is a product of the ingenuity of independent designers that want to do their own thing. Utilizing platforms like Kickstarter and Gofundme, they gain the capital needed to create a product of impressive quality and reasonable price while appealing to a very wide audience. Zelos is a great example and they're a Singapore-based watch company captained by Elshan Tang that focuses their design on utilizing special and unusual materials like Bronze, Carbon Fiber, and Meteorite.
Seiko debuted its (and Japan’s) first dive watch – the ref. 6217 or ‘62Mas’ as you may know it – back in 1965, some ten years after most of the major Swiss players had introduced their dive watches. Designed for maximum reliability and legibility in the harshest conditions, it was first used on polar expeditions by the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition from 1966 to 1969 before finding commercial success as a recreational dive watch.
Sit down and have a serious discussion with any budding watch collector and you can probably bet that at some point, the two of you will eventually land on the topic of dive watches. There's no way around it – we're crazy about them, obsessed with the durability, and in some cases, I've seen folks collect hundreds of them, if not more. But that can get, boring, right?
Casio’s iconic G-Shock series of do-anything, go-anywhere watches has been a mainstay in watch culture since the release of the first G-Shock in 1983, the DW5000C. Over the years, Casio has constantly updated the G-Shock collection in fashion-forward colorways and with technological advancements to mirror current watch trends. Now, G-Shock have bolstered their range-topping MR-G collection with two new 3-Way Time Sync Casio G-Shock MR-G Connected Watches.
The Regatta Champion is a very pretty looking, but overall cheaply made diver. However, it's one of the most inexpensive 200m WR divers available and can definitely handle diving usage. Stuhrling Original is a company that has produced a bit of controversy in the watch world. Founded with a goal to produce luxury-looking watches that are affordable for everybody, they’ve also made a lot of people angry by blatantly copying designs from high-end Swiss brands.