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Today’s best dive watches for under $2,000

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From James Bond to Prince William, David Beckham, Ellen DeGeneres, Sylvester Stallone and Ed Sheeran, no watch lover’s collection is complete without the obligatory dive watch.

But with deep-sea diving, SCUBA and even snorkeling taken up by only a few – and then usually only for a couple of weeks a year – how can the ubiquitous fascination with the water-bound tool timepiece be explained?

Made by the majority of brands and at almost every price level, dive really is a category that provides something for everyone, as Tracey Llewellyn discovers in her round up of the best of 2022’s sub-$2,000 choices.

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Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Heritage, 42mm steel, $1895, alpinawatches.com.

Citizen Promaster Mechanical Divers 200M, 41mm titanium, $795, citizenwatch.com.

Bulova Mil-Ships-W-2181 Submersible Reissue (non-limited edition), 41mm steel, $895, bulova.com.

Elliot Brown Bloxworth Heritage Diver, 40mm steel, $659, elliotbrownwatches.com.

Christopher Ward C65 Aquitaine GMT, from $1,525, 41mm steel, christopherward.com.

Tissot Seastar 2000 Professional Powermatic 80 Blue, 46mm steel, $1,075, tissotwatches.com.

Certina DS Super PH500M Sea Turtle Conservancy, 43mm steel, $980, certina.com.

Hamilton Khaki Navy Frogman Automatic, 46mm steel, $1,195, hamiltonwatch.com.

Raymond Weil Tango 300, 42mm steel, $1,250, raymond-weil.com.

Seiko Prospex Glacier ‘Save the Ocean’ 1970, 42.65mm steel, $1,350, seikowatches.com.

Timex Waterbury Dive Automatic, 40mm steel, from $299, timex.com.

Spinnaker Spence 300 Automatic, 40mm steel, $650, spinnaker-watches.com.

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