Aesthetically, the watch looks very similar to a normal watch. It is all black in its design, and the face of the watch is circular. The display on the screen is digitized. One of the things that we wish would’ve been included on the watch is the presence of a color design, but we’ll let that pass. The watch appears to snap snugly on one’s wrist, so there shouldn’t be any worries about it getting ‘lost’ while out scuba diving.
There are a number of features on the watch that we believe make it one of the better ones on the market. First, there is only one button on the watch, which makes its design very simple for those who are relatively new to diving or using these types of watches. This is complemented by large numbers on the face of the watch, which makes reading various data and information very easy. This could be a crucial factor when diving!
There is an alarm system equipped on this watch. This is probably one of the most essential features included on this diving watch. If you’re timing your dive, you want to make sure that you don’t stay underwater past your oxygen tank capacity,. The alarm is loud enough to alert you, even when underwater.
In addition, there is a broad array of information contained on the watch to help out divers. The screen gives information about the diver’s current depth, and accurate NDL readings. With this info, it can calculate the maximum depth that one can safely venture. All of this automatically tracked information is extremely useful because these are stats that any diver should want and need to know as well.
Perhaps the most important of all the features listed above, is the accurate oxygen gauge which shows the current level of oxygen and the amount that is left. For those that are new to diving, and haven’t quite mastered this principle yet, this will be one of the most used features on the watch. It can serve as a guide for young divers who are still learning how to intuitively develop a sense of how long their oxygen tank will last them while they’re out scuba diving. It may even serve as an important reminder for divers who are a bit more experienced, if they happen to lose track of time while on their scuba diving expedition.
One of the best features on the watch is that it comes equipped with various screen warnings when traveling towards the maximum depth. For beginning divers, this is an absolutely essential feature, and one that could potentially save lives. These warnings are equipped with a backlight on the watch, so that it can be easily seen and deciphered, while the diver is underwater. This is absolutely important because, while underwater, divers need to be able to see any, and all issues without delay.
In addition to these amazing features, the watch also saves the Nitrox settings. For those unfamiliar, the Nitrox settings are where you can control the mix in your breathing source of oxygen and nitrogen. Usually with this setting, the amount of nitrogen tends to settle at 22% or higher. The great part about this watch is that it can calculate the percentage of oxygen for you, so that there won’t be a problem when trying to adjust this number. What’s even better is that the nitrox can be programmed up to 50 percent, which is distinctly different than what most other diving watches offer individuals.
Another great feature that comes with the Cressi Leonardo Dive Computer watch is that it can be hooked up to a laptop computer at home, and the information can be transferred. This is useful for divers who wish to analyze the data of their dives and see what improvements or alterations they would like to make, if any. For beginning divers, this could be a useful feature that allows them to track their progress, and plan their future expeditions while diving.
In conclusion, this is essentially the best watch for beginning divers on the market. The interface is very simplistic, and there is only one button on the watch, so novice divers should have absolutely no problem locating the various features without having to undergo a huge learning curve. There are numerous safety features on this customized watch. Beginners will love it! This watch is very reasonably priced, in comparison to some of the other computer watches on the market.
About the author:
Garth loves camping under the stars with his Arb III, scuba diving, snorkeling, and also tanning. His favourite snorkel spots include Alanya (Turkey), Koh Rong (Cambodia), and Maui (Hawaii, USA).
He also loves to visit the cenotes in Mexico and he recommends everyone reads the book, “The Soul of an Octopus”, because, he says “they are sensitive, just like me”.