When looking into an affordable dive watch, the Seiko SKX007 is guaranteed to come up more than a few times. It totally makes sense why. The 007 has a rock-solid set of specs, classic Seiko looks, and true ISO dive certification. On top of all that, it also looks great on a variety of straps thanks to the versatile black/white/steel color scheme. You can easily pick one up from a ton of different retailers, and the pre-owned market is strong, too. These are all great reasons to buy an SKX007 — unless, of course, something about it doesn’t mesh well with your taste in watches. That’s why today we’re looking at five awesome alternatives to the Seiko SKX007. All of our picks have distinctly different looks and features, but are around the same price.
Orient Mako USA II
The Mako USA II (reviewed here) is a feature-packed diver that was created with help from the watch community. When asked what they could improve, Orient added a sapphire crystal, solid-end-linked bracelet, and improved lume on the dial. Building on what was already an impressive base, the Mako USA II represents one of the best dive watches in its price range. At 41.5 millimeters wide with a height of 13 millimeters, the watch has some presence on the wrist, but wears smaller than the specs imply. Color options include a steel base with either a stark white, deep blue, or jet black dial. Priced just a bit over $300 (keep an eye out for coupon codes), the Mako II is a great competitor to the SKX007 that gives a different look and feel for a similar price.