Avid divers know that being able to tell the time while diving is crucial. With that said, it’s also important to note that a dive watch that simply tells the time is not going to be good enough for a professional diver. With the various types and styles of water watches available, selecting the a reliable diving watch require an individual to know exactly what they’re looking for.
Difference in Wrist Watches and Dive Watches
While diving watches look like regular wrist watches, they’re actually far more complex. These scuba watches are made of more durable materials including stainless steel, heavy-duty rubber or polyurethane, and mineral crystals that resist water pressure and corrosion.
Standard Analog Dive Watches
Standard analog dive watches have numerous designs available, so if you want to match it to your wet suit, you shouldn’t have a problem finding one to suit your needs. Most standard models have rotating bezels and markers that make it easy to read underwater. Standard dive watches, however, are typically analog styles and unfortunately, with more moving parts, this increases the potential that something might go wrong on your diving expedition. Because of this, digital dive watches are recommended.
Digital Dive Watches
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Digital dive watches contain LCD displays that indicate the time, day, and elapsed diving time. More sophisticated models include depth, water temperature, oxygen tank mixture gauges, and battery power indicators. Most digital models typically have larger buttons which make for easy access while wearing thick underwater gloves.
If you’re willing to pay more, expensive models offer the ability to sync your watch to your computer so that you may easily upload information for sharing and analyzing purposes.
No matter which watch you choose, there are basic features that your watch should have. Your dive watch should be made from high-quality materials, preferably stainless steel, and mineral crystals. Lower-quality materials will crack or break under water pressure, and certain materials will also rust underwater. Your dive watch should be resistant to corrosion from 200 to 2,000 feet. An ideal dive watch should also be adjustable to fit over a wet suit and the wrist straps should be of high-quality, durable rubber or polyurethane.
When deep sea diving, you should always be confident in your watch for diving. After all, it could mean the difference between life and death.
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