Best divers watches under $5000


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The very best divers watches under $5000

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There is a multitude of high quality divers watches on the commercial market today, but since the pricing of watches is the main priority to most customers, I’ve compiled a list of the very best and recommended divers watches below $5000.


Selection Criteria:

  • Price below $5000
  • Swiss Made
  • Swiss Movement
  • Respected and trusted quality Swiss wristwatch brands
  • Minimum water resistance of 200 meters/656 feet

Recommended divers watches under $5000:

  1. Longines Legend Diver
  2. TAG Heuer Aquaracer
  3. Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver
  4. Alpina Seastrong
  5. Oris Aquis
  6. Oris Prodiver
  7. Tudor Heritage Black Bay
  8. Tudor Pelagos
  9. Omega Seamaster Diver 300M
  10. Breitling Super Ocean Heritage 42
  11. Breitling Avenger II
  12. Breitling Avenger II Seawolf

1. Longines Legend Diver ($1,500 – $2,500)

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Longines Legend Diver

Water resistance: 300 meters/1,000 feet. Case diameter: 42mm. Case material: Stainless steel or 18 carat rose gold.

Movements:

  • Swiss automatic ETA 2824-2, with 25 jewels, 28,800 vph, and a 38 hour power reserve.

Comments:

The Longines Legend Diver watches, are brand-new watches, deliberately built and aesthetically designed by Longines, to resemble their famous vintage divers watches from the mid 20th century.

With a water resistance of 300 meters/1,000 feet, Longines Legend Diver is a proper divers watch. 300 meters of water resistance puts the Longines Legend Diver on par with the legendary Rolex Submariner

Not only that, but with an elegant and an understated design, the Longines Legend Diver is also a proper dress watch.

Unlike most divers watches, the Longines Legend Diver is equipped  with an inner bezel operated from the outside with a crown/button. This is a massive safety feature, which means that you can’t accidentally knock the bezel out of it’s original set position, which means that you will always be able to accurately keep track for how many minutes you have been diving.

The Longines Legend Diver is perfect for a person with an understated elegance, and who needs a proper quality watch from a respected Swiss brand with practical functions and a versatile design, suitable for day and night, formal and non formal occasions alike.

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2. TAG Heuer Aquaracer ($1,000 – $4,000)

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TAG Heuer Aquaracer

Water resistance: Depends on the model: 300 meters/1,000 feet, and 500 meters/1,640 feet respectively. Case diameter: Depends on the model: There is a wide range of case sizes available to you: 39mm, 41mm, 42mm and 43mm. Case material: Stainless steel or titanium.

Movements:

  • TAG Heuer ETA 955.112 Quartz, with 3 jewels, 32,768 vph.
  • TAG Heuer Ronda 5040B Quartz, with 13 jewels, 32,768 vph.
  • TAG Heuer Ronda 6004B Quartz, with 5 jewels, 32,768 vph.
  • TAG Heuer automatic Caliber 5, base movement ETA 2824-2 with 26 jewels, 28,800 vph, and a 38 hour power reserve.
  • TAG Heuer in-house automatic Caliber 5, with 25 jewels, 28,800 vph, and a 38 hour power reserve.
  • TAG Heuer in-house automatic Caliber 7, with 21-25 jewels 28,800 vph, and a 42 hour power reserve. This movement is used for the GMT function.
  • TAG Heuer automatic Caliber 16, base movement ETA/Valjoux 7750, with 25 jewels, 28,800 vph, and a 42 hour power reserve.
  • TAG Heuer in-house automatic Caliber 72, with 26 jewels, 28,800 vph, and a 42 hour power reserve.

Comments:

The TAG Heuer Aquaracers are amongst the most recognizable Swiss Made divers watches available on the market today. Equipped with a unidirectional bezel, and usually crafted in either stainless steel or titanium, and with a water resistance ranging from 300 meters/1,000 feet to 500 meters/1,640 feet, the TAG Heuer Aquaracer is absolutely suitable for, snorkeling, water sports and diving.

With its understated sporty and versatile look, the TAG Heuer Aquaracer could indeed be used as a dress watch as well for more formal occasions.

TAG Heuer Aquaracer relies either on in-house made TAG Heuer movements, or ETA/Valjoux movements procured from Swatch Group.

The TAG Heuer Aquaracer could be seen as a more affordable alternative to iconic divers watches such as the Rolex Submariner and the Omega Seamaster Diver 300m.

A celebrity that is known to specifically endorse TAG Heuer Aquaracer is Leonardo DiCaprio.

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3. Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver ($2,000 – $3,000)

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Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver

Water resistance: 600 meters/1,970 feet. Case diameter: 43mm. Case material: Stainless steel or black PVD sandblasted stainless steel case.

Movements:

  • Maurice Lacroix automatic movement ML 115, base movement Swiss automatic Sellita SW200, with 26 jewels, 28,800 vph, and a 38 hour power reserve.
  • Maurice Lacroix automatic movement ML 112, base movement Swiss automatic ETA/Valjoux 7750, with 25 jewels, 28,800 vph, and a 46 hour power reserve. This movement is used for chronographs.

Comments:

All of their watches are equipped with a Rolex style automatic helium valve at nine o’clock, at the side of the case. This means that the watch will automatically adjust and restore the pressure inside the case of the watch without you having to do anything manually by hand.

Unlike most divers watches, the Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver is equipped with an inner bidirectional bezel operated from the outside with a crown/button. This is a massive safety feature which makes it impossible for the diver to accidentally knock the bezel out of its position. Knowing exactly at what time you entered the water is key to not running out of oxygen.

One of the most versatile, rugged and affordable men’s divers watches and tool watches available on the commercial market today, the Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver will prove to be a loyal companion to any divers watch aficionado, or to any gent or lady, that wants an all-round watch which can be used for daily wear and life’s special occasions.

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4. Alpina Seastrong ($600 – $3,500)

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Alpina Seastrong

Water resistance: Depends on the model: 300 meters/1,000 feet, and 1000 meters/3,300 feet respectively. Case diameter: Depends on the model: There is a wide range of case sizes available to you: 44mm, 46mm and 49mm. Case material: Stainless steel is the most commonly used material.

Movements:

  • AL-240 quartz movement.
  • AL-525 automatic movement, base movement is Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic, with 25 jewels, 28,800 vph, and a 38 hour power reserve.
  • AL-725 automatic movement, base movement is Swiss ETA/Valjoux 7750 movement, with 25 jewels, 28,800 vph, and a 46 hour power reserve. This movement is used for chronographs.
  • AL-880 automatic movement, base movement SW500 chronograph (Sellita 500), with 25 jewels, 28,800 vph, and a 46 hour power reserve.

Comments:

The Alpina Seastrong Divers Watch Collection was released by Alpina in 1969.

The Alpina Seastrong Collection consists of divers watches and sailing watches.

These are typical sporty looking tool watches with a robust feel to them and a technical and professional look to them. Even though Alpina may not be a very famous brand, it offers you excellent quality watches considering the money you spend on them As far as movements and price range are concerned, Alpina probably belongs in the same category of watch brands and manufacturers such as TAG Heuer, Longines and Oris. Alpina’s divers watches are somewhat similar in design to the Omega Seamaster Collection.

The fact that Alpina is a less common and less famous brand may actually be an advantage since it probably would make the brand more interesting. This very unusual brand could become an interesting topic among watch lovers, friends and acquaintances.

The movements used by Alpina Seastrong are either quartz (battery driven) or automatic, and the movements are either ETA/Valjoux movements procured from Swatch Group or Sellita movements from Sellita.

The crown is rubber coated for protection and easier grip, the bezel is unidirectional and the water resistance ranges from 300 meters/1,000 feet, to 1000 meters/3,300 feet, depending on the model.

This makes the Alpina Seastrong an ideal tool watch, divers watch, and sports watch alike, suitable professional diving.

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5. Oris Aquis ($600 – $4,000)

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Oris Aquis

Water resistance: Depends on the model: 300 meters/1,000 feet, and 500 meters/1,640 feet respectively. Case diameter: Depends on the model: There is a wide range of case sizes available to you: 36.50mm for women, and 43mm, 43.50mm, 45.50mm, and 46mm for men.  Case material: Stainless steel, or black steel or titanium.

Movements:

  • Oris automatic movement 733, base movement Swiss automatic SW 200-1 (Sellita), with 26 jewels, 28,800 vph, and a 38 hour power reserve.
  • Oris automatic movement 735, base movement Swiss automatic SW 220-1 (Sellita), with 26 jewels, 28,800 vph, and a 38 hour power reserve.
  • Oris automatic movement 743, base movement Swiss automatic SW 220-1 (Sellita), with 28 jewels, 28,800 vph, and a 38 hour power reserve.
  • Oris automatic movement 749, base movement Swiss automatic SW220-1 (Sellita), with 28 jewels, 28,800 vph, and a 38 hour power reserve.
  • Oris automatic movement 752, base movement Swiss automatic SW 220-1 (Sellita), with 26 jewels, 28,800 vph, and a 38 hour power reserve.
  • Oris automatic movement 774, base movement Swiss automatic SW 500 (Sellita) with 25 jewels, 28,800 vph, and a 48 hour power reserve.

Comments:

Oris is a heavy brand in the divers watch niche market. Oris offers three main divers watch collections: Oris Aquis, Oris Divers and Oris ProDiver.

Oris Aquis divers watches are dependable, reliable, and robust tool watches in a relatively affordable price range, with a water resistance ranging from 300 meters/1,000 feet to 500 meters/1,640 feet. Their models are crafted either in stainless steel or titanium, and some of their models are quite tech heavy with chronograph functions and mechanical depth gauges.

Oris’ Aquis watches come in several sizes ranging from 36.50mm for women, to 43mm, 43.50mm, 45.50mm, and 46mm for men.

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6. Oris Prodiver ($1,500 – $4,000)

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Oris ProDiver

Water resistance: 100 bar/1,000 meters/3,280 feet. Case diameter: Depends on the model: 49mm & 51mm respectively. Case material: Titanium.

Movements:

  • Oris automatic movement 733, base movement Swiss automatic SW 200 (Sellita), with 26 jewels, 28,800 vph, and a 38 hour power reserve.
  • Oris automatic movement 761, base movement Swiss automatic SW 220-1, with 26 jewels, 28,800 vph, and a 38 hour power reserve.
  • Oris automatic movement 774, base movement Swiss automatic SW 500 (Sellita) with 25 jewels, 28,800 vph, and a 48 hour power reserve.

Comments:

Oris ProDiver, in similarity to Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver, too is equipped with a Rolex style automatic helium valve at nine o’clock, at the side of the case. This means that the watch will automatically adjust and restore the pressure inside the case of the watch without you having to do anything manually by hand.

Some of the Oris ProDivers come with a chronograph, but all are equipped with a date function.

The water depth is a massive 100 bar/1,000 meters/3,280 feet. Physically it’s impossible for any human being to go down that deep but it is reassuring knowing that your watch has resources beyond what any diver would need.

Built out of a light weight material, titanium, your watch will be lighter on your wrist despite its massive diameters of 49mm and 51mm respectively, depending on the model.

Oris ProDiver is one of the most rugged, robust and relentless quality divers watches available today on the commercial market that money can buy.

Recommended use: for daily wear, diving and sports activities.

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7. Tudor Heritage Black Bay ($3,000 – $5,000)

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Tudor Heritage Black Bay

Water resistance: 200 meters/660 feet. Case diameter: 41mm & 42mm. Case material: Depends on the model but the most commonly used materials are: 316L stainless steel or bronze.

Movements:

  • Tudor automatic movement 2824, base movement Swiss automatic ETA 2824, with 25 jewels, 28,800 vph, and a 38 hour power reserve.
  • Tudor in-house automatic movement MT5601, with 28,800 vph, and a 70 hour power reserve.
  • Tudor in-house automatic movement MT5602, with 28,800 vph, and a 70 hour power reserve.

Comments:

Tudor is a subsidiary of Rolex and was established by Rolex’s founder Hans Wilsdorf in 1946, in order to offer customers a more affordable alternative, that would deliver the same reliability and quality as the parent company.

Rolex manufactures the Tudor watches at the Rolex facilities in Geneva, Switzerland.

Maybe you wonder why Tudor Heritage Black Bay has a “vintage look”.

Its vintage look is a homage to the original Rolex Submariners of the 1950s. Just like the original Rolex Submariners of the 1950s and the 1960s, the watches within the Tudor Heritage collection don’t have a date function.

Opting for Tudor means you are opting for a watch which belongs to a respected, and admired Swiss luxury brand, and opting specifically for Tudor Heritage Black Bay means you’ll get a watch with a classic, timeless and understated Rolex Submariner vintage design.

If you’ve always wanted a brand-new, fresh from the factory divers watch with a vintage look, Tudor Heritage might just be the watch you are looking for.

Tudor Heritage Black Bay is one of the most versatile and elegant divers watches on the commercial market today. It can both be regarded as a tool –  and divers watch, and a dress watch.

With a water resistance of 200 meters/656 feet, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay is indeed suitable for diving.

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8. Tudor Pelagos ($3,000 – $4,000)

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Tudor Pelagos

Water resistance: 500 meters/1,640 feet. Case diameter: 42mm. Case material: Brushed and polished titanium.

Movements:

  • Tudor automatic movement 2824, base movement Swiss automatic ETA 2824, with 25 jewels, 28,800 vph, and a 38 hour power reserve.
  • Tudor in-house automatic movement MT5612, with 28,800 vph, and a 70 hour power reserve.

Special Features:

  • Rolex style automatic helium valve at the nine o’clock position at the side of the case. This is relevant for adjusting the pressure inside the watch for professional deep sea diving.
  • One of the very best adjustable clasps and bracelets ever made, which you can adjust on the fly without using any tools.


Comments:

Pelagos is Greek and means the deep or the deep sea.

Tudor Pelagos is unabashedly and uncompromislingly a tool – and divers watch, which interestingly is elegant, understated and versatile enough, to be used with formal clothes in elegant settings.

Buying a Tudor means that you’ll get a taste of the Rolex brand, but in a considerably more reasonable price range, and buying a Tudor Pelagos means you are opting for the very best divers watch that Tudor can offer you today.

In fact, Tudor Pelagos might very well be one of the top 5 best tool- and divers watches currently in production in the Swiss luxury wristwatch industry.

Tudor Pelagos is made of titanium, which makes it very light on your wrist, and is comfortable to wear. The Pelagos has a water resistance of 500 meters/1,640 feet, has a Rolex style automatic helium valve at the nine o’clock position at the side of the case, and has an adjustable clasp and bracelet which you can adjust on the fly without using any tools.

The new Tudor Pelagos is equipped with a chronometer certified Tudor in-house made automatic movement MT5612, with 28,800 vph, and an impressive 70 hour power reserve. This movement is also equipped with a silicon hairspring, which makes this movement anti-magnetic – very much in similarity to Rolex and Omega.

The Tudor Pelagos is absolutely based on, and inspired from, the legendary Rolex Submariner. Opting for a Tudor Pelagos means you’ll get a watch which feels more modern and up-to-date than the Rolex Submariner.

Opting for Tudor Pelagos means you’ll get one of the very best divers watches ever made by the Swiss luxury watch industry.

Quality wise, the Tudor Pelagos is on par with, if not better, than the Rolex Submariner.

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9. Omega Seamaster Diver 300M ($2,500 – $4,500)

Also known as the “Omega Seamaster Professional 300M”, the “Omega SMP” or the “Omega James Bond watch”.

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Omega Seamaster Diver 300M

Water resistance: 300 meters/1,000 feet. Case diameter: Depends on the model, and comes in several sizes: 28mm for women, and 36,35mm, 41mm, 41,50mm, and 44mm for men. Case material: 316L stainless steel.

Movements:

  • Omega 1424 (Swiss Quartz).
  • Omega Co-Axial automatic movement 2500, base movement Swiss automatic ETA 2892-A2, with 27 jewels, 25,200 vph, and a 48 hour power reserve.
  • Omega Co-Axial in-house automatic movement 3330, with a 52 hour power reserve. Used for chronographs.
  • Omega Co-Axial automatic movement 3603, with a 52 hour power reserve. Probably in-house made. Used for the GMT function and chronographs.

Special Features:

  • All of their watches have a manual helium valve located at the ten o’clock position.
  • A few models are equipped with a chronograph and a GMT-function.

The Famous Omega Helium Valve Positioned at Ten O’Clock:

A common question is what the safety valve/helium valve positioned at ten o’clock is used for. This helium valve is used for deep sea diving and prevents overpressure in the watch. The feature is fully functional but isn’t used for ordinary amateur diving down to a depth of 30 meters. You unscrew it to open it and screw it back to seal it. Only use it on dry land – never under water.

Comments:

The “James Bond Connection”:

The Omega Seamaster Diver 300m is perhaps most famous for having been the wristwatch of James Bond actors Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig, in the Bond films of the 1990s and the early 2000s.

Although the modern generation of the Omega Seamaster Diver 300m was never used in the Bond films, it still retains many of the technical, mechanical and aesthetic features of the original “James Bond Omega Seamaster Diver 300m”.

About the Omega Seamaster Diver 300m:

Omega Seamaster Diver 300m/Omega Seamaster Professional 300m is the classic Seamaster which is Omega’s very first divers watch. Omega Seamaster Professional dates back to the 1950s. It’s the oldest of all the Seamaster collections. Even though the Omega Seamaster Professional has undergone several aesthetic changes since the 1950s, the Seamaster Professional Collection can trace its origins back to the 1950s.

The Omega Seamaster made its debut in 1948 as a water resistant sports and dress watch, but it wasn’t until 1957, that Omega Seamaster became known to the world as Omega’s legendary divers watch.

Ever since 1957, the Omega Seamaster has been the official competitor of Rolex’s champion – the Rolex Submariner. Since that year, Omega and Rolex have been in fierce competition over who has got the best divers watch

Omega Seamaster Diver 300m is known across the world for its exceptionally reliable and accurate movements, and unusually beautiful, and comfortable watch cases and bracelets.

The Sea Horse Logo on the caseback of the Omega Seamaster Diver 300m, has achieved something akin to legend status.

The Omega Seamaster Diver 300m is consistently considered by many watch enthusiasts across the world, to belong in the category of the 10 or 20 most legendary timepieces ever made.

The Co-Axial 2500 movement, which is still being used by Omega Seamaster Professional, is consistently being ranked among the top 10 best automatic/mechanical movements ever made.

In short: Omega Seamaster Diver 300m is a legend, and an icon.

Omega Seamaster Professional is a robust, well built, versatile, elegant and reliable tool-, sports-, dress-, and divers watch all in one. You can never go wrong with an Omega Seamaster Professional.

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10. Breitling Superocean Heritage 42 ($2,000 – $5,000)

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Breitling Superocean Heritage 42

Water resistance: 200 meters/656 feet. Case diameter: 42mm. Case material: 316L stainless steel.

Movements:

  • Breitling automatic Caliber 17, base movement ETA 2824-2, with 25 jewels, 28,800 vph, and a 40 hour power reserve.

Comments:

The Breitling Superocean “Heritage” watches can trace their origins back to the 1950s, hence the name “Heritage”. The slightly retro old school design gives you a hint that this is a collection with some history to it.

The Breitling Superocean Heritage 42 is indeed a divers watch with a water resistance of 200 meters/656 feet, but with a traditional case diameter of 42mm, and an equally traditional, conservative and elegant design, this watch could easily be used as a dress watch as well. The case is crafted in 316L stainless steel, and some models offer a bezel in 18 carat rose gold.

The Breitling Super Ocean Heritage 42 offers you the basic time functions: three hands, a date window and a unidirectional diver’s bezel.

An excellent choice for anyone who wants a versatile water resistant quality timepiece from a respected brand, which can be used for almost every single occasion.

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11. Breitling Avenger II ($3,000 – $5,000)

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Breitling Avenger II

Water resistance: 300 meters/1000 feet. Case diameter: 43mm. Case material: Brushed and polished 316L stainless steel.

Movements:

  • Breitling automatic Caliber 13, base movement Swiss automatic ETA/Valjoux 7750, with 25 jewels, 28,800 vph, and a 42 hour power reserve. This is a chronograph movement.
  • Breitling automatic Caliber 32, base movement Swiss automatic ETA 2893-2, with 21 jewels, 28,800 vph. This is a GMT movement.

Special Features:

There are two versions of the Breitling Avenger II:

  • Chronograph version: Chronograph function, and separate second hand indicator.
  • GMT-version: GMT-function, and a 24 hour indicator.

Comments:

Breitling Avenger II is a robust and reliable divers watch, crafted in 316L stainless steel, is water resistant down to 300 meters/1000 feet, and has a large dial with a professional and instrumental look.

Breitling Avenger II is a very tech heavy watch collection characterized by the fact that it offers you chronographs, and GMT watches.

The Breitling Avenger II is ideal for a person who not only wants a versatile water resistant divers watch, but also needs additional timing functions besides the basic three hands and a date window.

The chronograph version of the Breitling Avenger II is ideal for people who need to time events either in their professional or private lives.

The GMT version of the Breitling Avenger II is ideal for people who travel frequently, in either their professional or personal lives, and need to keep track both of their home time and destination time.

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12. Breitling Avenger II Seawolf ($2,800 – $4,500)

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Breitling Avenger II Seawolf

Water resistance: 3000 meters/9,843 feet. Case diameter: 45mm. Case material: Brushed and polished 316L stainless steel.

Movements:

  • Breitling automatic Caliber 17, base movement Swiss automatic ETA 2824-2, with 25 jewels, 28,800 vph.

Comments:

Big. Bigger. And Breitling Avenger II Seawolf.

This is Breitling’s heaviest artillery as far as water resistance is concerned. With a water resistance of 3,000 meters/9,843 feet, it’s difficult to beat this water resistance performance of Breitling Avenger II Seawolf. It’s indeed reassuring to know that your Breitling Avenger II Seawolf can handle that amount of water pressure, although no human being could possibly go diving to such incredible depths, for biological reasons and due to the enormous water pressure at those depths.

As far as water resistance is concerned, very few quality brands can match Breitling. The other very few brands would be Rolex, Omega, Bell & Ross and Oris.

A robust versatile tool watch made in 316L stainless steel, with a gargantuan water resistance, and with a professional instrumental feel and look to it, the Breitling Avenger II Seawolf is most definitely the very epitome of what a Swiss Made divers watch is all about.

Breitling Avenger II Seawolf is one of the very finest divers watches that the Breitling brand, or any brand for that matter, can offer you today on the commercial luxury watch market.

Conclusion: With a water resistance of 3000 meters/9,843 feet in a large chunky steel watch from a respected luxury watch brand such as Breitling, below the price of $5,000, you do get a lot for what you pay for.

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Oris Aquis Depth Gauge(Image By Olaf Köster)


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6 thoughts on “Best divers watches under $5000

  1. Jason

    Went with the alpina I found a new extreme diver online for a good deal very well made watch came with rubber strap not super happy with that not that it’s a bad strap in fact quite comfortable but I prefer metal bracelets so have one on order …attention to detail is very high especially at the price point very comfortable to wear unlike a lot of divers msrp for this watch was 1650 which is a great deal for the quality and design you get but if you can handle a one or two year old model you can steal one basically..so if anyone is looking for a great Swiss made watch with a Swiss automatic mov’t that isn’t the same as everyone is wearing at an unbelievable price point I would recommend you look at alpina

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    1. Alexander Post author

      Nothing wrong with Alpina. They are excellent and well engineered timepieces from a respected brand. As far as bracelets vs rubber straps are concerned: there are pros and cons with both, but a metal bracelet is more durable, hard-wearing and serviceable for sure.

      Cheers
      Alexander

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  2. Jason

    Thanks I was thinking on the same lines but your expertise made my alpina decision much easier lol

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    1. Alexander Post author

      I’m glad my advice was useful to you.

      Cheers
      Alexander

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  3. Jason

    Great blog, thank you for the time and effort you e put in. I have been a watch enthusiast for years but have not been able to begin collecting yet due to cost. I have owned one Rolex sub which I loved however sadly it was stolen in a home burglary. Anyway to my point I am wanting to purchase an entry level Swiss diver watch. My budget is limited at this time so am considering the following alpina, longines, and tissot from a purely quality and value standpoint how would you rank these.

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    1. Alexander Post author

      Thank you Jason, and I much appreciate your comments.
      The ranking is subjective of course, but if it were up to me the ranking would probably look something like this (placing the “best” brand first on the list, and ending with the least good quality brand):

      1) Alpina (the least known brand of these three, but offers in my opinion the best quality watches compared to Longines and Tissot)
      2) Longines (the most prestigious and well known of these brands, should probably be ranked in the middle, as far as quality is concerned)
      3) Tissot (famous and iconic name, well known, has existed since 1853, but offers lower tier quality watches compared to Alpina and Longines)

      Cheers
      Alexander

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