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Guide to choosing your first automatic dive watch

Dive watches, along with aviation watches and field watches, are the three most popular types of men’s sports watches. Dive watches emerged in the 1920s as “water resistant watches”. They were able to prevent water from entering and damaging the sophisticated internal structure of watches. Later, these “water resistant watches” were further developed into watches that are extremely durable and able to withstand high water pressure. The first diver watch was thus born. As its name suggests, a good diver relies on accurate timekeeping when going on an expedition hundreds of feet underwater with only a finite supply of oxygen. That is why divers always demand high-quality timepieces. Today, dive watches are also favoured by non-divers because of their tasteful aesthetics, superior durability, and utilitarian value.
What makes a good dive watch?

There are many factors to take into account when purchasing a dive watch. The most important thing to consider is that it must possess superior water resistance such that can withstand water pressure of at least 100 meters/300 feet/10ATM. Being able to survive 200 meters underwater is common ground. The case and band material should be resistant to corrosion. Materials often used include stainless steel, titanium, silicone, or rubber. The type of material is often chosen based on personal preferences. These bands are generally longer than that normal watches as well to accommodate bulky dive equipment. The watch crystal, which is the transparent cover that protects the watch face, is often made of hardened mineral glass. Some may be manufactured with sapphire. Although sapphire scratches less easily, hardened mineral glass is more resistant to breakage. A solid dive watch will last for decades if you maintain it properly.

A unique characteristic of a dive watch is its unidirectional bezel. It always rotates counter-clockwise, enabling the diver to set the index to the minute hand at the beginning of the dive so that he can track how long he has been underwater. Even if the bezel is accidentally rotated in the wrong direction, the dive watch will indicate a longer dive time rather than a shorter dive time. By erring on the side of caution, the diver will not exceed his available oxygen supply before it runs out, thereby minimizing the risk of drowning. Most dive watches have illuminated indices too. The hour and minute markings on the watch face are easy to read and light up in a dark environment. This helps make time-telling more convenient and accurate.

A good dive watch should also be an automatic watch. Unlike a battery-operated watch, an automatic watch is not powered by electricity. It uses either a rotor or metal weight to power up the timepiece. The rotor is designed to move freely such that it spins with every motion, so you do not need to manually wind it. In other words, as you move your wrist, the rotor spins, and thus the hands on the watch move. Since this type of watch winds automatically and does not need batteries, it is especially suitable for operating underwater. This is because batteries may rust and corrode when they come into contact with water, which can lead to malfunctioning of the watch. Losing track of time during an expedition may result in dire consequences and even death for the diver.
You may have heard about an additional feature called a helium valve. It is generally useful for divers who do very deep saturation diving in underwater habitats containing helium. As helium molecules are very small, they can enter the watch case. When the diver returns to the surface, the space between helium molecules expands as water pressure drops; this process can severely damage the watch. This is normally not an issue for recreational divers because it is rare for most people to spend a lot of time in deep-water habitats.

Price is always something to think about too. The best automatic dive watch depends on the person – it is a balance between the functions you are looking for and your overall budget. Generally, automatic dive watches range from $200 to over $7000. There are many economical options as well as high-end options, so you have lots of watches to look into before making your final decision.


What are some popular automatic dive watches?
Here are some examples of popular automatic dive watches currently on the market.


Aquatico Dolphin
Cost: only $299 USD (original)
Aquatico is a young and vibrant watch brand founded in Hong Kong in 2016. As its name suggests, the owner Calvin was inspired by a scenic beach resort in the Philippines, and thus Aquatico was “born from the ocean”. All Aqautico watches are built for deep dive. Their watches are best known for reliability, precision, and timeless style. Each watch is designed to function for decades and withstand the most demanding real-world conditions. The brand aims to bring luxurious automatic watches to customers at a fraction of the market price. Maintaining low prices does not imply comprised quality. Aquatico is able to sell at low prices because they sell directly to consumers; this means consumers will not pay any insurance premiums or external fees through an intermediary. Their automatic dive watch, Aquatico Dolphin, is an embodiment of the brand’s vision.

The Aquatico Dolphin automatic dive watch is suited as a diving utility as well as a fashion piece. It oozes with style and ticks all the boxes when it comes to functionality. Let us go into detail about what this watch has to offer.

When meeting the eye, the watch’s will leave you in awe. Mermaid and dolphin engravings add style points. The high-quality sapphire crystal and polished stainless steel shine materials shine through with quality. It comes in six unique colours: bright yellow, orange, black, blue, bright blue, and white. Being able to choose and wear your favourite colour is always a big plus.
The watch ticks all the boxes when it comes to functionality. Aquatico’s unparalleled skill in engineering makes sure that the watch incorporates all the functions you are looking for at an unexpectedly low price. This dive watch has Japan-made Seiko NH35 automatic movement and can be worn 300 meters underwater. Its bezel, dial, and handset use Superluminova BGW9 as luminescent pigments for time-telling under low light conditions. The date window and crown are both located at the 3 o’clock mark. The watch crystal is made of high-quality sapphire that is resistant to scratches. The stainless-steel bracelet, buckle, and case makes the watch very durable and resistant to breakage. The 120 click bezel “stops” at every half minute instead of every minute; this is superior to 60 click bezels in smoothness, quality, precision, and feel.

Aquatico Dolphin measures 39mm in diameter, 46mm from lug to lug, and 12mm in height. Even though it is built with stainless steel material, the watch only weighs 130 grams. It provides a comfortable fit around the wrist and does not look too bulky or clash with formal wear.

If this is your first dive watch, look nowhere else. It is nearly impossible to ask for appealing style and a range of premium features within one watch model at merely $299 – that is how revolutionary the price is. On top of that, if you sign up on the Aquatico website, you will receive a 10% discount as a new user. In other words, you can purchase your dream watch below $270. Now that is definitely a bargain!
In addition to stunning products, Aquatico offers one of the best hassle-free online shopping experiences out there. There is no need to worry about hefty shipping fees or wasting money on a watch you do not like because all their watches come with free worldwide shipping, free return services within 30 days, and a 12-month warranty. You can also choose to request an exchange of product instead of a refund if you change your mind.  Payment options are through Paypal, credit card, or debit card. The process is 100% safe and secure.

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