What’s great about these watches? What’s not so great? What’s the best diver watch for you? Read on!
The Seiko Monster is an absolute classic mens dive watch. This watch has been famed for its great look, amazing list of features, and unbelievable affordability. Let’s take a closer look…
Featuring additional diver essentials like a unidirectional bezel and a screwed-down crown, the Monster is certainly well-suited for underwater adventures.
The Monster also offers hardlex crystal glass, a reinforced mineral crystal, which is basically middle ground between basic mineral and sapphire crystals.
Perhaps most notably, however, is the enormous amount of lume on the Monster. The huge arrow-shaped hour hand, large sword-like minute hand, and a running second hand with a luminous tail make this watch simple to read in complete darkness. Furthermore, each index is complete with lots of lume as well.
Monster is super sporty, especially the Orange Monster, which features a bold, bright orange dial. The Seiko Monster retails for approximately $200.
A pretty fantastic watch, right? Let’s see how the Orient Ray stands up to the competition!
The Ray is also equipped with a unidirectional bezel, a screwed-down crown, and an additional push-button (also screwed-down) that changes the day and the language (all Orient Watches are bilingual in Spanish and English, when applicable). Ray offers basic mineral glass.
The Ray’s lume isn’t quite as intense or noticeable as the lume on the Monster. Yet, Ray still offers a good amount of lume, which makes it easy to read in total darkness. Each of the indices is equipped with lume as well as the minute, hour, and running seconds hands.
The Ray is available with a navy blue, black, or bright orange dial. Additionally, the Ray is available with a sleek IP-coated case and band. This style is referred to as the Ray Raven. The basic Ray model retails for $230 while Ray Raven retails for $325.
So, that leaves us with one last question…
What’s the Best Diver Watch for You?
Deciding which watch is best for you is all in your personal style. As stated, the Seiko Monster, especially the Orange Monster, is very sporty and quite bold. There’s no denying it’s a diver, and that can be great if you want a watch that’s strictly a sporty, diver watch.
The Ray, however, offers a bit more leeway stylistically. It’s not bound to the diver look, and can translate between sporty diver watch, casual watch, and business watch. This is particularly true for the more neutral black and navy dials. Additionally, Ray Raven is super sleek and could even be worn with dressier attire.
Whichever watch you choose, though, rest assured that both are solid, reliable timepieces from reputable watchmakers.
So, which watch would you choose? The Seiko Monster or Orient Ray? Tell us below!