Who makes the best affordable dive watches?

Citizens are brutish, Seiko have QC problems, Orient lack ISO certification. And AR. And they could do something about the small crowns on some models.

But they're all great. Who is the best, though? Is there anyone better at around 500€ or lower?

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I would still think Seiko even if it’s become hard to find great model below 500. The real answer here will be microbrand. You can find several alternatives with better specs and better finish easily.

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fplourde

I would still think Seiko even if it’s become hard to find great model below 500. The real answer here will be microbrand. You can find several alternatives with better specs and better finish easily.

Micros don't really do ISO at this level. Of course, it's wasted on desk diving, and I probably will go micro with my first diver, but it's great that the big boys still do it "cheap"... so far.

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CheapHangover

Micros don't really do ISO at this level. Of course, it's wasted on desk diving, and I probably will go micro with my first diver, but it's great that the big boys still do it "cheap"... so far.

Check Helm, they have ISO certified. Here’s my Komodo

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My beast 💪

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fplourde

Check Helm, they have ISO certified. Here’s my Komodo

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Why did I think that Helm were 600 or more? They have an impressive CV!

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Scurfa offer solid specs for << 500

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I've heard are a lot of professional divers use and trust citizen

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I made a few affordable ones 😜

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Icarium

Scurfa offer solid specs for << 500

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For divers from a diver. 💪

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From my experience, after wearing a Ray, Kamasu, SKX and SRPD for a few years, Orient definitely makes a better watch at this price range than Seiko.

The finishing of the Kamasu gen 2 stands out from the rest with a finer brushing, chamfered edges, sapphire crystal, and overall a better/thinner case design and tighter tolerances in the bezel backplay and bracelet construction. If I had to keep only one in this category, it would be my Kamasu.