Looking for a snorkeling watch? Galen wears one to keep track of time in the water. His has tons of other functions, like solar power, world time, alarms, compass, barometer, altimeter & thermometer. These are not necessary for snorkeling, but make him happy. See our snorkel watch suggestions below.
What is a snorkeling watch? Really it can be any watch that is fully waterproof.
Get a minimum of 100 meters water resistance. All of our suggested watches below meet this standard. Many waterproof "dive" watches actually say in their fine print they are good for snorkeling but not sport diving. But with a watch rated to 100 meters you don't need to be afraid to freedive down for a closer look or a picture.
How much to spend? Our top pick is only $15. We focus on options below $300 that offer good value and features. But the sky's the limit with dive watches.
Digital vs. analog? The majority of highly water resistant watches are analog time pieces. This is likely because digital watches tend to need more buttons that are more difficult to keep sealed. Although it is not hard to find waterproof digital watches like Galen's Casio Pro Trek PRG-300 pictured above.
What type of band? Avoid leather and fabric bands on a snorkeling watch. They don't dry well. Get a plastic, rubber or stainless steel band.
Vibrating Alarm? - One of our readers wanted to be able to set an alarm so they don't stay out on the water too long. But you can't hear a watch alarm when snorkeling. So we suggested they find a waterproof watch that has a vibration alert for the alarm. They bought this Timex Expedition watch, and we will update this page once we hear back from them how it works.
Important watch care - After you snorkel you need to soak your watch in fresh water, just like your camera, to dissolve the salt crystals. Otherwise, don't expect it to last long.
Casio makes a mind boggling variety of watches that are well made and waterproof to 100M, 200M or more. Some handy features you might consider as a traveler are world time, alarms and solar power.
Casio Men's Sport Analog Snorkeling Watch - The Casio MRW200H is good looking, super affordable, waterproof to 100 meters, and also shows the date. It's available in a variety of face and band colors. It's so affordable that if it fails it is no hardship. You really can't go wrong.
Casio Women's Classic Analog Snorkel Watch - The Casio LRW200H is a smaller version aimed toward women. It only has the day, not the month, but it is still waterproof to 100 meters. It's also available in a variety of colors.
Casio Solar Sport Combination Watch - For only a little more money the Casio AQS810W gives you solar power (no battery replacements), world time, alarms, stopwatch, full calendar, a light and more.
Casio Duro Analog Watch - The Casio MDV106-1AV adds a touch of class, and 200M of water resistance, with a classic rotating bezel.
Casio G-Shock Classic Digital Watch - The Casio DW5600E-1V is very popular, tough and waterproof down to 200M. It has all the basic functions you need without all the confusing extras.
Casio Women's Baby G Gloss White Jelly Watch - The Casio BG169R-7A is tough and has soft protective covers on the face. It is a digital watch made for women. It's also good to 200M.
Seiko has been a leader in waterproof dive watches for years. You don't really need a dive watch as a snorkeler, but these are beautiful precision watches that will look good out of the water when traveling. Yes they cost more than the options above, but not compared to a Rolex, Ocean Master, or other high end options that cost in the thousands.
Seiko Prospex Automatic - The Seiko SRP641 has a cult following, it is that popular and durable. This version is smaller than the original, is water resistant to 200M, and automatically winds itself. It has a quality rubber band.
Seiko Solar Diver Chronograph Watch - The Seiko SSC019 is water resistant to 200M, is solar powered, has a stainless steel case and band.
Citizen & Orient watches are of similar quality and pricing to Seiko. And there are many many others that would work as a snorkel watch.
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