Diving watches are the representation of adventurous spirit in the watch community. Dive watch can take some beating and can be taken under water without any issues, and sometimes can be dressed up to suit the occasion. Still, there is a big difference between pure dive watch and a dress watch. GMT watches are combination of both, watch for underwater adventures and formal events with a dress code.
There is a good reason why lots of people choose divers' watches as their first, or sometimes even as their only watch. The luminous indices, rotating bezel and water resistance are quite simple yet very usable features.
If you are looking for a dive watch, it's good to have an idea of what you need, since the dive watch market is heavily oversaturated.
There is a vast variety in style, functionality, brands, movement, and so on. And yes, there are lots of Rolex Submariner wannabes, and some of them even quite good.
The feature that I want to tell you more about is the GMT (short for Greenwich Main Time) function.
GMT watches have ability to track time for 2 different time zones in parallel, and this is the reason for their popularity, especially among business types (formerly known as yuppies). They are equipped with an additional hour hand and an additional dial that has a 24 hour dial alongside the classic 12 hours markers used on dive watches.
If one travels a lot, the last thing he or she wants to forget is to set the watch to a proper time and miss out on an important meeting or dinner with business partners.
I will be looking at 3 GMT dive watches from a price point of between 500 to a 1000 dollars, all of them representing a particular style and use.
At this price point, one can expect to get a watch that has the potential to withstand decades to come.
Reason to buy
Alpina Seastrong Diver 300M GMT
Mühle-Glashütte Seebataillon GMT
Rolex Submariner you can afford
Phoibos PX002B 300M
Sapphire crystal glass
The first company on this list is Alpina, a Swiss classic that has been making outdoor utility watches for over 130 years.
They are focusing on reliability and resilience to water, dust, shocks, or even magnetism. Since the 1960s, Seastrong has been a part of their collection, and one of the latest models, Seastrong Diver 300 GMT, is a force to be reckoned with. Featuring a 300m water resistance, a second hour hand, date window and a solid ratcheting bezel, it is the most resilient watch on this list.
It also features an in-house quartz movement, which might be a turnoff for some watch enthusiasts, but for some adventurers an advantage over the less accurate, mechanical counterparts.
Usually, you can pick it up on Amazon for a little under $800 .