15 Of The Best Seiko Dive Watches Perfect For Deep Sea Exploration (Or Chillin’ In A Hot Tub)

by Karlton Miko Tyack  |  in Watches

In this article we’re rounding up 15 of the Best Seiko dive watches. No matter if you’re deep sea diving or simply lounging by the pool, Seiko has you covered (as usual).

Seiko first got into the waterproofing game in 1961 with the often forgotten SilverWave watch. However, it wasn’t until the Seiko 62MAS that they really made waves in the dive watch world. 

In the grand tradition of this master-of-all brand, they infused their textbook expertise with Seiko-specific imprints. It ran on their 6217A movement and featured boldly-outlined rectangular indices.

Since the 62MAS, Japan’s horological commander has served up many excellent dive watches!

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These Are The Best Seiko Dive Watches 

Whether you’re looking for high quality at a low price, a classic dive, or a fashion-forward accessory, you’re bound to find something in our roundup below.

Let’s get to it!

  1. Seiko Prospex Samurai SRPC93

    Balancing classic dive watch design with eye-catching aesthetics, the SRPC93’s stunning dial has the iconic Samurai hands and a calm wave pattern (vs the animated wave on its brother, SRPD23K1, highlighted in our Seiko under $500 roundup). Its color gradient starts with a bright glowing blue at the top of the face that transitions into a deeper blue at the bottom. At 44mm, this automatic timepiece surprisingly fits smaller wrists because of its tapered, sleek, and angular lugs.

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  2. Seiko Prospex Chronograph Solar SSC618P1

    This watch stands out from typical divers because it's infused with chronograph capabilities, giving it a function-heavy design language. Its brushed and polished rose gold-toned stainless steel case is a unique touch of color that adds sleekness, and is matched on the hands and logo. Ever reliable, Seiko’s solar movement is accurate and runs on a self-recharging battery that you’ll never need to change!

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  3. Seiko Prospex Samurai SRPB55

    Another excellent Samurai, this professional timepiece has a sophisticated black and gold palette, gunmetal black ion-plating for durability, and a practical rubber strap. Of course, it features all of the qualities you’d expect from a Prospex diver including the unidirectional bezel, 200m of water resistance, and an impressive lume. Its dial is truly special, with an embossing called Clous de Paris, a honeycomb style pattern of square knobs that add dimension to the otherwise simple face.

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  4. Seiko Prospex Turtle SBDY023

    If you want a professional tool watch that also happens to be bright and distinct, go for this limited-edition timepiece — there’s only 500 of them! It has all of the trademark Seiko Turtle designs and functions including the cushion case, vertically lined second markers, and the automatic, hacking 4R36 movement. However, the orange sunburst dial shines brightly, creating an hourglass-shaped luster that moves with the light. 

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  5. Seiko Dive SKX009K2

    One of Seiko’s classic SKXs, this bang-for-buck diver features a 1/4th red bezel and crown at the 4 o’clock position. This isn’t rare for a Seiko dive, but is a fun asymmetrical departure compared to many traditional Pepsi bezels. The flexible bracelet looks like an Oyster-Jubilee hybrid, made of rounded links that are longer in the middle for added complexity and shine. 

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  6. Seiko Prospex Solar SNE535P1

    If you combined a robust Seiko Tuna diver with a military tank, you’d get this solar-powered tool watch. Its case is an authoritative 47mm in diameter and 13mm thick, and the silicon strap is textured for a camo-like effect that matches the case’s surface. As with most Seikos, the lume is exceptional, seen on the indices and the silver-toned arrow-shaped hands. 

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  7. Seiko Prospex PADI Solar SNE435P1

    This elegant diver features a multi-layered face: the seconds at the top layer, then the layer with the hour indices layer below that, then the isolated sunburst middle dial. Seiko’s PADI Prospex watches are made in partnership with The Professional Association of Diving Instructors, so you know this line works as beautifully as it looks. If you want an affordable dive with a classic luxury sport style, go for this Prospex.

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  8. Seiko Diver's PADI Monster Tuna SRPA83K1

    As its name suggests, this PADI watch has a bigger-is-better aesthetic, from its 51.7mm diameter to its generously-sized bezel, hands, and outer case. The matching blue rubber strap has a utilitarian look, and is equally as substantial in size. It also boasts a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, which is a rare perk for Seiko watches.

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  9. Seiko Prospex Special Edition SRPD11

    The black-ion plating not only makes this timepiece more durable, but gives it a commanding style that compliments the blue gradient face and 1/4th blue bezel. This Batman-esque watch also runs on the 4R36 automatic caliber, which comes with Seiko’s proprietary Diashock system that absorbs shock to keep the movement accurate. Basically, it’s tough inside and out.

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  10. Seiko Prospex Solar Chronograph SSC615P1

    Another dive-chronograph hybrid, this solar-powered tool is for you big-bezel lovers out there. It has a similarly-layered face as the PADI SNE435P1, but the added chronograph gives it an engineering-aesthetic. The subtle green accents on the face and crown serve to highlight the green 1-15 section of the bezel, which is arguably the star of the show. 

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  11. Seiko Gunmetal Solar SNE283

    From the gunmetal case to the modular rubber strap, this distinct diver is built with so many cool materials, that it’s equally as fun to look at as it is to wear. The second markers, index outlines, and number squares on the bezel are much shinier than pictures imply, with a ceramic-like luster. They create an excellent visual balance to the gunmetal construction.

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  12. Seiko Prospex Samurai SRPB53

    This red-and-blue is one of Seiko’s most popular Samurai watches. It’s an entry-level Prospex watch with all of the classic features, like the 23-jewel 4R35 movement everyone loves. Go for this watch if you want a reliable, high-value tried-and-true timepiece.

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  13. Seiko Prospex Golden Turtle SRPC44

    This timepiece is an excellent standard Turtle, but with a bold and retro color palette. The gold-toned oval case and gold outlined hands have a striking luster, especially under the sun. Remember that this isn’t just a fashion watch though, as it boasts professional features such as 200m of water resistance, ISO compliance for scuba diving, and the 4R36 caliber. 

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  14. Seiko PADI Kinetic GMT SUN065

    A special edition diver developed in partnership with The Professional Association of Diving Instructors, this high-functioning, 47mm tool watch also has a bonus GMT hand! It runs on Seiko’s Kinetic technology, so you’ll charge up its quartz movement simply by wearing it around town.

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  15. Seiko SKX007

    Seiko’s classic and well-loved high-value diver! It features the robust 7S36 automatic movement, and a quintessential dive design with Rolex-esque indices. Pair it with a stainless steel Oyster-style bracelet to get a Submariner homage that also stands on its own, or with an accordion rubber strap for a tool aesthetic that matches the practical look of dial.

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The Best Seiko Dive Watch

We hope this guide was helpful in helping you find some Seikos to add to your collection! If you’re a watch collector, you might already know that divers are a ubiquitous part of a complete assortment. 

Thankfully, Seiko makes so many, and at a variety of styles, constructions, and price points.

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