As is often the case, the best dive computer wrist watches that more experienced divers use are also usually extremely expensive, and gives the illusion to newcomers to the sport that you need to pay a pretty penny right off the bat.
While it may be a good idea in some cases to go for the more expensive types of dive computers, if it’s within your budgetary means (since they do come with a ton of features), if you are a new diver or just studying to begin diving, you may not want to pay extreme prices before actually getting into the activity of diving.
In fact, it is our assertion that you don’t need to spend a lot, which is why we’ve delved deep into the market to see what’s available for the relative beginner who may not yet want to shell out the big bucks.
Whether for commercial or recreational use, some of the best entry-level dive computer wrist watches out today are more affordable, and are able to provide a beginner with everything needed for dive experiences.
Below is a list of a few very highly appraised dive computers, specifically designed for an entry level diver.
Let’s take a look now at 3 models we found that do the job, but don’t cost a lot…
Suunto Zoop Wrist Watch Dive Computer
Suunto Zoop Air/Nitrox Wrist Computer Ss015964000
A favorite of recreational divers, the amusingly named Zoop by Suunto provides a user-friendly choice for beginning divers looking to purchase their first dive computer.
This cheaper option for starters is equipped with the latest technology such as a built-in dive planner, and a luminous display that makes a beginner feel right at home.
Compatible with a user’s PC, makes diving data accessible from not only your watch, but your personal computer as well.
Features galore for the beginner diver…
Complete decompression abilities reduce the chances of a diver experiencing decompression sickness.
Air and Nitrox are accessible and provide a range of multiple diving situations.
An LSD display provides an enlarged, high-contrast screen that is suitable for a variety of different underwater conditions.
Personalization has never been easier with the Zoop computer that comes in three distinct colors: Lime, Blue, and Black.
An easy to read monitor display allows even the most inexperienced diver the ability to be confident and understand basic diving computer output.
Watch this video to get a closer look at the Suunto Zoop Dive Computer in action…
What else is there?
Suunto RGBM algorithm measures decompression stops and calculates the amount of gas during a dive, and suggests time limits for the user’s safety stops while underwater.
Built in dive planner.
Maximum depth of 80m, providing the entry level diver with perfect amount of depth for explorative dives.
Audible alarms make diving a breeze, by offering alerts that the diver can not only see, but hear as well. This allows a diver the option to be hands on with their underwater experience, without missing important updates. Alerts at max depth, turn-around, and updates on tank pressure are an important feature for new divers.
Oceanic VEO Wrist Watch Dive Computer
Mares Smart Wrist Dive Computer, Black/Red
The Oceanic VEO provides an entry level diver with maximum and efficient information needed for a positive diving experience.
It contains displays only the needed information, to prevent distraction. Features such as bar graphs and automatic safety stop protects every beginner.
Dual algorithm capabilities allow the user multiple programming options while also providing the features of automatic adjustment for altitude diving, and a 12 dive unit with its logging capacity.
With the ability of both water and manual activation, the VEO computer device is able to adapt to both underwater and everyday use, making it a smart choice for continued wear.
Automatic safety stops provide a professional experience for the diver.
Bar graphs illustrate the nitrogen and ascent rate, and ensure that the user is able to understand the programming and available updates throughout a dive.
Watch this video to learn a little bit more about the Oceanic VEO.
What else is there to say about the Oceanic VEO dive computer?
The VEO is equipped with a user replaceable battery that takes the hassle out of getting it professionally upgraded; saving time and money.
Programmed with the ability to access recorded information from previous dive’s max depth and bottom time, divers are able to compare and plan from previous experiences.
Air and Nitrox capabilities provide the diver with multiple diving options.
Supported with Oceanic dual algorithm gives the user the choice between using the Pelagic DSAT or the Pelagic Z+.
Mares Smart Dive Computer Wrist Watch
The user-friendly Mares Smart dive computer allows the entry level diver to comfortably access technology that is essential for a positive and relaxing experience.
With a simply designed screen, and the ability to access nitrox settings from the surface, time is saved as beginners adjust to new features.
The Mares Smart offers audible alarms, and the options to reset nitrogen with ease. This dive computer is a must for any and every beginner.
Features of the Mares Smart Wrist Watch Dive Computer…
Equipped with free diving mode.
Nitrox capability extends a diver’s underwater dive time by decreasing the decompression in a dive. This allows a diver to achieve dives without the increased risk of decompression sickness.
Programmed with a decompression dive planner gives the user access to recreational diving with no stop diving needed.
Watch this video overview of the Mares Smart dive computer and get a closer look…
What else can we say about the Mares Smart Wrist Watch Dive Computer?
A surface interval function calculates the pressure and residual nitrogen for the diver in-between dives.
The Mares Smart is equipped with a user replaceable battery that takes the hassle out of getting it professionally upgraded; saving time and money.
Maximum depth of 150m, providing the entry level diver with perfect amount of depth for explorative dives.
Software upgrade ability allows the Mares Smart to grow with the user from a beginner to a professional diver and all of the learning techniques in-between.
Ability to update software with nitrox and two gas mix features
Overall, we think that between these three great choices of Suunto, Mares, and Oceanic, you should be able to get yourself a dive computer that will serve you well and make your introduction to diving a less expensive one.
As you can see, each of these wrist watch dive computers offers something a little different in terms of both style and features, so we hope you take a shine to one of them. Happy diving!
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”.