Scuba watches are one of the most popular pieces of scuba equipment. After all, we can use them out of the water too - double duty is good.
And let's face it, sometimes a dive watch can have a pretty "cool" factor too - especially when worn out of the water.
So should you make a huge investment or a more modest one in your timing device?
Obviously it is up to you. There are dive watches out ther to suit every budget and taste.
But whatever you choose, you should take proper care of your watch so it will be good for many dives to come.
Here are some tips on how to protect your investment:
(For more information on dive watches, you may want to read our Scuba Diving Watches Buyer's Guide. It includes our picks for best watches at various price points.)
It doesn't take alot to properly maintain your scuba watches. Here are some easy steps to follow to ensure your dive watch will last you for years:
The strap on a watch can sometimes be an afterthought but they need to be maintained also. And once they get worn looking, it can ruin the whole look of the watch.
The band on scuba watches can be rubber or metal (stainless steel or titanium). Rubber bands on dive watches should last a long time but they will eventually start to deteriorate. Just make a habit of checking it periodically to make sure it has no tears or other flaws.
If you have a dive watch strap made of metal, it should be stainless steel or titanium since they are resistant to corrosion from salt water. (Read more about titanium watches here). Other metals may start to rust and deteriorate fairly quickly.
In addition, if you are going to be wearing a wetsuit, decide where you want the band on the dive watch to go - on top of or under the wetsuit. If you like to wear your scuba watches on top of your wetsuit, check to make sure the dive watch strap will fit around the wetsuit or that there are extensions available to enlarge your strap.
For more information on dive watches, check out our other pages:
Scuba Diving Watches Introduction //Best Dive Watches: Luxury and High End//Best Scuba Dive Watches: Mid-range and Budget//Best Scuba Diving Watches For Females //Scuba Dive Watches: A Primer //Scuba Dive Watches: Types //Cheap Dive Watch //Dive Watch Repair
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