How to choose a dive watch under $1000 (Part I)
There are lots of different dive brands out there. It not only gives you lots of options but also can make you hard to make the decision. For some of entry-level dive watch buyer like you, you will meet tons of dive watches in this section. You’ll want to listen up as these are important things to look for. This is just one partial list, and there are, of course, other things that go into a good watch.
1. About the glass
There are lots of different types of glass in the market. however, not all of them could be the glass on watch. Normally, the glass of a watch is one of two types of crystals; mineral glass or sapphire crystals (synthetic sapphire crystals). Mineral crystals are cheaper. If you have a $100 dress watch/fashion watch, it most probably has a mineral crystal on it. There is one benefit that mineral crystal can offer; they will not shatter. When the mineral crystal gets a very hard hit, they will crack, but not shatter.
It is believed by us that most people know sapphire crystal is scratch-resistant. It is normal to see a watch with a covered in wounds case, but the crystal is like new. The better the dive watch, the thicker the sapphire crystal will be, and thus, less likely to break. In conclusion, sapphire crystals are more desirable compared to mineral crystals and should be preferred the majority of the time.
2. Solid metel case case
Noted, A proper dive watches should be made by 316L stainless steel. Plus, the watch case and bracelet links should be solid pieces of metal, rather than any kind of folded metal or any hollow shell. It is easy to tell if a bracelet is solid by inspecting the side of it and noticing if looks like one solid piece. In "dive watch under $1000" section, we suggest you pick the dive watch with cases that best made from the fewest number of pieces and using the most 316L stainless steel possible.
We are not going to talk about how good that Swiss Made movement in this article. Japan also makes good movements, but not all movements are created equally. Most of the time, Swiss movements come from ETA, Japanese movements from makers such as Seiko, Citizen are considered as the stable and trustable movement. While these countries are not the only makers of movements, you can also pick a dive watch with the movement that you familiar.
4.Feeling of the construction
You want your watch to feel well put together and solid. Check to see how well the strap or bracelet fits the case. There should little to no wiggle room. Put the watch on your wrist and see how well the clasp or buckle operates, they should be smooth with a nice action. They should further not feel flimsy or poorly sized. If the watch has a rotating diver’s bezel, again, twist it around and see how much movement it gives in a resting position. A good watch should not make too much or any noise when shifting around briskly on your wrist, and it goes without saying that it should feel like it is all assembled in a tight-fitting manner.