If you haven’t read Nicholas Monserrat’s classic novel of World War II, The Cruel Sea, you are missing out on a classic. If you haven’t owned an Omega Seamaster, you are missing out on yet another classic. However, that classic Omega dive watch costs nearly $3000. Unfortunately, that’s about $2850 out of my price range.
Affordable Alternatives to the Omega Seamaster
Fortunately, there are affordable watches that evoke the look of the classic Omega Seamaster. These two watches by Stuhrling Original and by Invicta are standard “go to” watches for those inspired by the Omega, but stuck with an Alpha budget!
1. Stuhrling Original Men’s Aquadiver Dive Quartz Analog Waterproof Sports Blue Dial Wrist Watch Bracelet with Stainless Steel. This quartz watch is a little larger than a Omega Seamaster at 42 millimeters in diameter. The bezel mimics the Omega-style bezel. It does have a screw-down crown, a cyclops, and 200 meters of water resistance. It gets 4 stars out of 5 on Amazon and delivers a little more aquatic performance.
2. Invicta Men’s 8926 Pro Diver Collection Automatic Watch. This watch draws from the Rolex Submariner and the Omega Seamaster to come up with a classic. For example, the Invicata provides the automatic movement, a Rolex-style cyclops magnifier over the the date, the 40 millimeter diameter case, and 200 meters of water resistance. It offers an Omega-style bezel rather than the coin edge bezel of a Rolex. While some collectors have a love/hate relationship with Invicta, I like the winged logo at 12 o’clock. This watch gets 4 star reviews and provides an automatic movement for less than $100. The main drawback for this automatic watch seems to be the rather short 24 hour power reserve. Some reviewers have called this watch the best value in the category.