Dive watches are something that many people want but are unsure how to buy. They differ from normal sports watches in that they’re intended specifically for diving and so can handle depths of up to 300 meters. And, not only do most dive watches look great, but they also serve some fantastic functions underwater. You can measure your depth, how long you’ve been under water for, your air mixture and more. And when you reach dry land, you can download all of this information to your laptop and PC.
But, with so many dive computers out there to choose from, how can you tell which is best for you? In this article, we’re going to take a look at some of our favorites to help you decide.
Cressi Leonardo Dive Computer
A complete RGBM dive computer, the Cressi Leonardo is a popular choice with divers. It can be used for both air and nitrox diving, and a quick press of a button makes it easy to switch between the two. The screen has a backlight making it ideal for night dives, and the battery indicator is also on the main screen, making it easy to tell when you need to charge it. It is also very easy to reset the watch, making it an ideal option for rental companies. The watch is super easy to read in the water and is a popular starter choice. The Cressi Leonardo Dive Computer can be purchased for $199.95. It’s also available in numerous colors and designs.
Suunto Zoop Novo Dive Computer
The Suunto Zoop Novo is another entry level dive watch that comes in a range of colors, including black, blue, and lime. It has four main buttons which enable users to move between the interface, and it’s more intuitive than previous models. The screen on the Suunto Zoop Novo has been designed to be easy to read, offering better contrast than many other dive computers. It also stores the history of all of your dives for easy access in the future. The Suunto Zoop Novo does not, however, have a fresh water setting, an inbuilt compass, or air integration. That said, for most sea divers, it’s a fantastic option, and currently costing $329.95 it’s at a good price point for many.
Mares Puck Pro Dive Computer
The Mares Puck Pro Dive Computer is the second most popular dive computer on Amazon.com. This is Mares’ second model of the Puck Pro, and although it wasn’t easy to improve on the original concept, the company has done a fantastic job. The Mares Puck Pro has a slimmer design than the original model, but also has a larger display. Multi-gas compatibility is included as standard, and the firmware is also upgradeable which is a great tech feature we don’t often see. Marketed as a no-frills watch, but one that contains everything the standard diver could need including alarms, a planner, and a dive log. The Mares Puck Pro Dive Computer is available for $194.95.
Aqua Lung i300 Dive Computer
Available in blue and gray, the Aqua Lung i300 Dive Computer is ideal for those who do varying types of diving. It has four modes: air, nitrox, gauge and free diving, and it is easy and effortless to switch between these modes before a dive. The watch is sturdy and rugged, so you can dive without fear of damaging it, and comes with a host of safety features including a high visibility LED light and audible alarms. The battery can be changed with ease by the user without fear of losing the data stored on the device, and again the software is updateable so you’ll forever have access to the latest version. The Aqua Lung i300 Dive Computer currently retails for $299.
Suunto D4i Novo Watch
Finally, for those who really want to invest in a fantastic model, the Suunto D4i Novo Watch just cannot be beat. Divers can switch between four modes: air, nitro, free diving and off, and the device also comes with an innovative apnea timer, and a timer for the air and nitro modes. The firmware on the device is updateable and it’s easy to sync your computer with a computer based logbook. The strap on the Suunto D4i Novo Watch is made from silicone ensuring comfort and a perfect fit, while the strap and case are also color locked for consistency. The ideal option for divers who want an all singing, all dancing dive computer that is also colorful and lightweight, the Suunto D4i Novo Watch can be purchased for $824.95.
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