Selecting just one dive watch under $1,000 is a Sisyphean task. As soon as I settled on one, another popped in my head. As much as I love the options out of Japan (Seiko, Citizen, Orient) and those under the aegis of the Swatch Group (Certina, Mido, Tissot), the brand I finally settled on highlighting here is Zelos Watches, a small-scale one-man-show out of Singapore. I picked up the Zelos Swordfish Black Sand diver about two years ago, and the buzz surrounding the brand has grown ever since. With a constantly growing selection of affordable dive watches and GMTs, all executed in a boldlanguage that is far from the homage territory that’s prevalent at this point, there’s a lot to appreciate here. I would go so far as to say that Zelos – at least for me – has helped fill the void of chunky, fun affordable dive watches that Seiko left behind when it recently pivoted more upmarket. The Swordfish is long sold out, but I recommend you head over to the Zelos site and poke around – I’m sure something there will catch your eye. – Logan Baker
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