5 Swiss Automatic Dive Watches Under $600

A solid dive watch is an essential for those pursuing an active life. Hell, you could be a desk diver that never lifts a finger in the direction of exercise. Yet, a solid dive watch will round out a collection. To be sure, you do not have to break the bank to get yourself into a dive watch. To make the list below a watch must be Swiss, have a sapphire crystal and at least 100 meters water resistance. A discerning eye will note that all but one of these comes from the Swatch Group.


Hamilton Khaki Scuba Sub

Hamilton is a well known value proposition in the Swiss watch space. As a Swatch Group brand, Hamilton has access to resources that allows for a quality watch at a great price. The Scuba Sub comes in a wide array of bezel, dial and band options. The heart of the watch is an ETA that Hamilton modifies in house. Coming in with a 40mm case, this watch is super versatile and friendly to many wrist sizes.

  • Sapphire crystal
  • 10 Bar Water Resistance
  • 20mm Lug Width
  • Hamilton H-10 movement
  • 80-Hour Power Reserve
  • Closed case back
  • Screw Down Crown

Tissot SeaStar 1000 Powermatic 80

Tissot is another storied Swiss watch brand that throws off a lot of bang for your buck. The Seastar line has been around for a long time and offers a number of models. With a 43mm case it’s pushing the upper boundaries for smaller wrists. The real selling point is the Powermatic precise movement made with an anti-magnetic alloy. ETA and Tissot put a lot of research into this new caliber and it looks like a winner.

  • Sapphire crystal
  • 30 Bar Water Resistance
  • 21mm Lug Width
  • Tissot
  • 80-Hour Power Reserve
  • Exhibition case back
  • Screw Down Crown

Mido Ocean Star Captain

This is one of those overlooked and understated Swiss brands. Mido rolled out the Ocean Star line in 1959 and continues the tradition today. Dimensions are very nice with the case at 42.5mm x 11.75mm. Mido is part of the Swatch Group which means it’s sporting ETA tech with an 80-hour power reserve. There are a good number of dials and options for you here.

  • Sapphire Crystal
  • 20 Bar Water Resistance
  • 22mm Lug Width
  • Mido Calibre 80 Movement
  • 80-Hour Power Reserve
  • Solid, Etched Case Back
  • Screw Down Crown

Certina DS Action Diver

Certina is yet another brand from the Swatch Group. A brand with loads of history, Certina builds a solid watch. This one registers as one of the larger watches on the list with a case at 43mm x 13.1mm. This simple diver gives you an 80-hour power reserve and a beautifully etched case back. You have a number of dial and bezel options including a Hulk-like green version.

  • Sapphire Crystal
  • 30 Bar Water Resistance
  • 20mm Lug Width
  • Certina Powermatic 80 Calibre
  • 80-Hour Power Reserve
  • Solid, Etched Case back
  • Screw Down Crown

Glycine Combat Sub

Glycine is a storied Swiss brand that is now owned by Invicta. Don’t sleep on the brand as they make a solid dive watch. The Combat Sub is a stout watch that comes in a number of variations. With a case at 42mm x 10.6mm, the Sub wears well. The lugs have a generous curve to help the 42mm watch sit on a smaller wrist. Crisp numbers versus marker indices is a unique touch that gives this watch pizazz.

  • Sapphire Crystal
  • 20 Bar Water Resistance
  • 20mm Lug Width
  • Glycine Calibre 224 Automatic
  • 38-Hour Power Reserve
  • Solid Case back
  • Screw Down Crown