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While the uninitiated may think we recklessly dive into the water to hunt our prey with nothing but a speargun – and maybe a mask if we feel fancy – we know better! Data, data, data. How deep are we? How long have we been under? What’s our surface interval? All this information and more is provided by the best spearfishing watch. But we still need to find that perfect watch. That’s where this essential buying guide and list of the top spearfishing watches on the market come in. Read on, examine your choices, and let the subsea hunt commence.

For more of our top spearfishing gear recommendations, check out the Best Spearfishing Wetsuits.

 

Quick Answer - The Best Spearfishing Watches

  1. Omer UP-X1
  2. Oceanic F-10 V.3
  3. Shearwater Research Teric
  4. Oceanic Geo 2.0
  5. Beuchat Mundial 3
  6. Garmin Descent Mk1
  7. Pyle Sport
  8. Seac Partner
  9. Salvimar One

 

Comparison Table - Best Spearfishing Watches

PictureNameDiameterMemoryBatteryData DisplayPriceRating
Omer UP-X1Medium (~50 mm.)250 DivesRechargeable Via USBTime, Chrono, Depth, Temperature, Dive Time$$$3.6
Oceanic F-10 V.3Medium (50.5 mm.)99 DivesUser-ReplaceableTime, Depth, Temperature, Dive Time$$4.3
Shearwater Research TericLarge (55 mm.)99 DivesRechargeableDepth, Surface Interval, Dive Time$$$4.4
Oceanic Geo 2.0Small (~48 mm.)99 DivesUser-ReplaceableDive Time, Depth, Temperature$$4.1
Beuchat Mundial 3Small (~48 mm.)99 DivesUser-ReplaceableDepth, Dive Time, Surface Time$$4.6
Garmin Descent Mk1Large (51 mm.)200 DivesRechargeableDive Time, Depth, Temperature, Maximum Depth$$$4.3
Pyle SportLarge (~60 mm.)100 DivesUser-ReplaceableDive Time, Depth, Temperature$3.7
Seac PartnerMedium (~50mm.)99 DivesUser-ReplaceableDive Time, Depth, Temperature, Ascent/Descent Speed$3.7
Salvimar OneSmall (~48mm.)99 DivesUser-ReplaceableDive Time, Depth, Temperature, Surface Time, Max Depth$3.7
Suunto D5Large (53mm.)200 Hours Or 400 DivesRechargeable Lithium-IonSurface Time, Depth, Temperature, Dive Time$$$4.5
PictureNameDiameterMemoryBatteryData DisplayPriceRating
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Reviews - The Best Watches for Spearfishing

Omer UP-X1

Specs
  • Depth Rating: 100m
  • Diameter: Medium (~50 mm.)
  • Memory: 250 Dives
  • Battery: Rechargeable Via USB
  • Data Display: Time, Chrono, Depth, Temperature, Dive Time
  • Heart Rate: Chest Strap
  • Salt/Freshwater Modes: Yes
  • Interface: 4 Buttons
Features
  • Snazzy Carbon Fiber Face
  • Salt And Freshwater Modes
  • Built Just For Apnea Diving

BEST FOR: ADVANCED SPEAROS

The UP-X1 from Omer is an excellent purpose-built apnea diving watch that’s perfect for serious spearfishers. We have several different displays and monitors – including depth, dive time, and water temperature – that are easy to interact with thanks to four chunky buttons.

One of those buttons is dedicated to the watch’s backlight, making it easy to illuminate in low-light situations. We’re also pleased that the UP-X1 can switch between salt and freshwater modes, which affect the watch’s depth display. In terms of looks, this watch has a very aesthetically pleasing carbon fiber face ring, making it a classy addition to your spearfishing gear list. 

Unfortunately, the computer-based program for downloading and viewing your dive records is PC only and will not work for Mac users, which is a disappointment for many. While the heart rate monitor is a useful addition, the cumbersome process of cinching on a chest strap may be a turn off for some. Overall, however, this is a solid product and certainly one of the best spearfishing watches on the market.

Oceanic F-10 V.3

Specs
  • Depth Rating: 100m
  • Diameter: Medium (50.5 mm.)
  • Memory: 99 Dives
  • Battery: User-Replaceable
  • Data Display: Time, Depth, Temperature, Dive Time
  • Heart Rate: Not Measured
  • Salt/Freshwater Modes: Yes
  • Interface: 4 Low-Profile Buttons
Features
  • Depth Alarm Keeps You Safe At Depth
  • Altitude Adjuster For Varying Conditions
  • Looks Good As An Everyday Watch

BEST FOR: OVERALL PERFORMANCE 

We have another freediving-specific watch in the F-10, and we’re very impressed. The display is easy to read and the plethora of programmable alarms are easy to hear. Furthermore, we like being able to switch between salt and freshwater modes along with adjusting for altitude. 

The F-10 allows you to program up to three different depth alarms to measure your progress and maintain safe diving practices. We also have our standard depth, time, temperature, and dive time indicators for a full suite of information whenever we need it. Take note that the F-10 does not include a heart rate monitor, but this may be a non-issue for many hunters out there. 

Many users report that the Oceanic F-10 has a steep learning curve, compounded by the fact that there’s no physical instruction manual included with your purchase. However, Oceanic provides a comprehensive manual online. While we wouldn’t recommend the F-10 for new divers due to its complexity, we believe it’s the best spearfishing watch for overall quality and functionality.

Shearwater Research Teric

Specs
  • Depth Rating: 200m
  • Diameter: Large (55 mm.)
  • Memory: 99 Dives
  • Battery: Rechargeable
  • Data Display: Depth, Surface Interval, Dive Time
  • Heart Rate: Not Measured
  • Salt/Freshwater Modes: Yes
  • Interface: 4 Buttons
Features
  • Beautiful Color Display
  • Excellent For Both Apnea And SCUBA Diving
  • Very High Quality Functionality

BEST FOR: SPEAROS WHO SCUBA  

If you like to sprinkle a little SCUBA diving amongst your spearfishing adventures, the Teric from Shearwater may be the one and only watch you ever need. Phenomenal displays for both apnea and SCUBA diving, optional air integration, and an easily rechargeable battery make this the best spearfishing watch for spearos who also like to dabble in SCUBA diving. 

On the apnea side, we have our depth, dive time, surface interval, and programmable haptic and audio alarms. If you transition over to SCUBA, the options skyrocket with remote air integration to measure your tank pressure along with Nitrox and Trimix gas modes. The beautiful color display rounds off the Teric to make it a snazzy timepiece anywhere. 

The sheer magnitude of high-end features makes the Teric a premium watch for very active divers only. If you plan on solely using the watch for spearfishing, look elsewhere. Likewise, if you’re on a budget, the Teric probably isn’t a wise choice. But for those of you looking for a high quality watch that can transition to every type of diving you enjoy, then the Shearwater Teric is a perfect choice.

Oceanic Geo 2.0

Specs
  • Depth Rating: 100m
  • Diameter: Small (~48 mm.)
  • Memory: 99 Dives
  • Battery: User-Replaceable
  • Data Display: Dive Time, Depth, Temperature
  • Heart Rate: Not Measured
  • Salt/Freshwater Modes: No
  • Interface: 4 Buttons
Features
  • Accessible Price For SCUBA And Freedive Watch
  • Stainless Steel Accent Ring Looks Great
  • Nitrox Mix Compatible

BEST FOR: BUDGET MULTI-FUNCTION WATCH 

Finding a spearfishing watch that can also be used for SCUBA diving doesn’t have to break the bank, as the GEO 2.0 proves. This reasonably priced watch brings us the standard features we expect of in a spearfishing watch combined with gauge and nitrox modes for when you strap on your air-tank.

While this model lacks salt and freshwater options along with a heart rate monitor, we still have our essential depth, dive time, and temperature readings along with programmable depth alarms. On the SCUBA side, the GEO 2.0 lacks air integration, but allows for nitrox gas mixing and provides essential decompression information. 

The lower price of the GEO 2.0 provides us with the basic functions of a freediving and SCUBA watch. We don’t have all the bells and whistles of other higher-end options, but this watch nails down the basics. The GEO 2.0 is, therefore, the best spearfishing watch for those looking for SCUBA functionality without a huge price tag.

Beuchat Mundial 3

Specs
  • Depth Rating: 100m
  • Diameter: Small (~48 mm.)
  • Memory: 99 Dives
  • Battery: User-Replaceable
  • Data Display: Depth, Dive Time, Surface Time
  • Heart Rate: Not Measured
  • Salt/Freshwater Modes: Yes
  • Interface: 4 Buttons
Features
  • Useful Water Activation As Soon As Your Dive Starts
  • A ‘Step Back’ Function To Undo Any Mistaken Programs Or Options
  • Easy To Program Dive Alarms

BEST FOR: MID-RANGE SPEARFISHING WATCH

As the name suggests, the Mundial 3 is the third iteration of this freediving-specific watch and we love many of the improvements over previous models. Our two favorite new features are wet activation upon water entry and automatic backlight with any alarm – thus providing visual and audio cues. 

The Mundial 3 includes the standard freediving features that include displaying your dive time and depth while underwater. This display will change to include your surface interval and maximum depth when you reach the surface. 

For the price, we wish the Mundial included a heart rate monitor to round off its features list, but we’re still very happy with what we have. Namely, a solid product that provides excellent quality and an easy-to-use interface to make it the best spearfishing watch for mid-range shoppers.

Garmin Descent Mk1

Specs
  • Depth Rating: 100m
  • Diameter: Large (51 mm.)
  • Memory: 200 Dives
  • Battery: Rechargeable
  • Data Display: Dive Time, Depth, Temperature, Maximum Depth
  • Heart Rate: Integrated Wrist Sensor
  • Salt/Freshwater Modes: Yes
  • Interface: 5 Buttons
Features
  • GPS Captures Your Entry And Exit Locations
  • Very Easy Interface For Seamless Customization Of Options And Alerts
  • Spearfishing Specific Apnea Hunt Mode

BEST FOR: PREMIUM MULTISPORT FUNCTIONALITY 

There’s a lot to like about the Garmin Descent MK1. We have an easy-to-read color screen that displays dive time, depth, temperature, and maximum depth while diving. However, the MK1 records a plethora of other information behind the scenes. 

This GPS enabled watch will record your entry and exit locations while the heart rate monitor will keep track of your pulse. You can also use Apnea Hunt mode to silence standard start and stop tones – which could scare your prey away. The MK1 isn’t reserved for spearfishing, however. The watch includes modes for several sports in and out of the water, from SCUBA to running, making it the most versatile watch on our list. 

Be warned that such versatility comes at a steep price, and the Garmin Descent MK1 requires a large initial investment. But if you lead that active lifestyle beyond just spearfishing, this could be the best watch you’ll ever purchase.

Pyle Sport

Specs
  • Depth Rating: 100m
  • Diameter: Large (~60 mm.)
  • Memory: 100 Dives
  • Battery: User-Replaceable
  • Data Display: Dive Time, Depth, Temperature
  • Heart Rate: Not Measured
  • Salt/Freshwater Modes: Yes
  • Interface: 4 Buttons
Features
  • Very Budget-Friendly Price
  • Large And Easy To Read Screen
  • Basic Yet Useful Functionality

BEST FOR: BUDGET CONSCIENCE HUNTERS 

When it comes to finding the best spearfishing watch for your bank account, you can’t beat the Pyle Sport. It’s staggeringly affordable, yet provides the essential information we need. Remember that this is a budget option, however, and doesn’t include the quality or features we see with other options. 

The watch display is large – the largest on our list – and provides a clear view of your dive data. This data includes your depth, time elapsed, and water temperature. We’re also very pleased with a built-in alarm that sounds if you ascend faster than 6 meters per minute. 

But a budget watch inevitably makes sacrifices in quality, and the Pyle Sport is no different. Several users report glitchy programming that’s only solved by removing the battery and starting over. So, while it may not have the reliability and quality of a premium watch, the Pyle is a budget-friendly product that won’t drain your wallet.

Seac Partner

Specs
  • Depth Rating: 100m
  • Diameter: Medium (~50mm.)
  • Memory: 99 Dives
  • Battery: User-Replaceable
  • Data Display: Dive Time, Depth, Temperature, Ascent/Descent Speed
  • Heart Rate: Not Measured
  • Salt/Freshwater Modes: No
  • Interface: 4 Buttons
Features
  • Easy To Use Interface
  • Reasonably Priced
  • Descent/Ascent Speed Monitor

BEST FOR: BEGINNERS 

Novice hunters just branching into spearfishing need a watch that’s easy to use at an approachable price, and that’s what we have in the Seac Partner. The functionality is basic, but we have all the essential information we need with dive time and depth. 

Almost all divers report that this watch is very easy to handle and use, which is great news for the beginners out there. The descent/ascent speed, while not essential, is also a nice touch for new divers to monitor their speed for safety’s sake. 

It’s a little odd for a dive watch manufacturer to recommend not using their product’s buttons underwater, and a select few users have voiced their suspicions about the Partner’s waterproofness. The majority of the feedback, however, is very positive and we recommend the Seac Partner as the best spearfishing watch for beginners.

Salvimar One

Specs
  • Depth Rating: 100m
  • Diameter: Small (~48mm.)
  • Memory: 99 Dives
  • Battery: User-Replaceable
  • Data Display: Dive Time, Depth, Temperature, Surface Time, Max Depth
  • Heart Rate: Not Measured
  • Salt/Freshwater Modes: No
  • Interface: 4 Buttons
Features
  • Accessible Price
  • Easy To Navigate Features
  • Several Programmable Alarms

BEST FOR: OVERALL VALUE   

The One watch from Salvimar provides the perfect balance of price and functionality for a well-rounded spearfishing watch. We have all the essential information we need for a successful hunt, plus a very aesthetically pleasing design, so let’s jump into the specifics. 

The display will show us depth, time, and water temperature. The easy to press buttons also make it a breeze to monitor surface time and max depth along with average dive depth. Most users also report that the One is very easy to use and has a minimal learning curve. 

However, the battery for this particular model has proven to be a bit of a pain to replace and doesn’t last as long as other watches. Also note that your warranty is void unless you have a professional dive shop replace the battery, further adding to the hassle. But remember it’s a very budget-friendly watch, and we have to expect a drop in quality. Overall, however, the functionality and reliability are great, making this the best spearfishing watch for overall value.

Suunto D5

Specs
  • Depth Rating: 100m
  • Diameter: Large (53mm.)
  • Memory: 200 Hours Or 400 Dives
  • Battery: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
  • Data Display: Surface Time, Depth, Temperature, Dive Time
  • Heart Rate: Not Measured
  • Salt/Freshwater Modes: Yes
  • Interface: 3 Buttons
Features
  • Interchangeable Straps Make It Easy To Find Your Style
  • Handy Digital Compass Functionality
  • Unique And Easy 3-Button Interface

BEST FOR: PREMIUM STYLE AND QUALITY   

Suunto is a household name in the realm of quality SCUBA computers and watches, and their new D5 brings all that quality and more to spearfishing. This watch includes all the essential functions that we look for in the best spearfishing watch, plus a beautiful and easy to use design along with SCUBA functionality. 

The freediving/apnea mode provides depth, dive time, surface time, and several programmable alarms – 5 to be exact. While not essential, we also like the digital compass that makes it easy to check bearings when you surface or during your hunt. But what truly sets the D5 apart is the style. This watch simply feels like quality. The design is sleek and beautiful, the unique 3-button interface is subtle yet usable, and the strap is interchangeable with Sunnto’s wide selection of beautiful and colorful strap options. 

You’ve already guessed the downside to the D5, the price. This particular watch comes with a hefty price tag that may be hard to justify. But consider this: the D5 is an absolutely stunning watch that shines with both quality and functionality along with a sleek and customizable appearance. The result? The best spearfishing watch for those looking premium features and looks.

 

 

THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING SPEARFISHING  WATCHES 

 

BUDGET    

Spearfishing watches can make tremendous leaps in price in the blink of an eye. On one end, we have our affordable budget options that hover around $100. However, as features and quality improve, the price can suddenly jump to almost $1000! So, keep an eye on your personal finance and budget constraints, and purchase a spearfishing watch accordingly. The lower-budget options still provide excellent features and data, which brings us to the next item to consider: functionality. 

 

FUNCTIONALITY  

In the world of digital dive watches, it is very easy to drift from the basic freediving/apnea focused watch towards more high-end SCUBA focused watches. Therefore, it’s very important to focus on the features and information you want your watch to collect, and stick to that criteria. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself with a high-performing premium watch jam-packed with features that you’ll never use. 

Specifically, keep an eye open for depth, dive time, surface time, and programmable alarms. These are the cornerstone features that we think all spearos should have on their watches. From this starting point, it’s easy to pick and choose additional features that you’d like your watch to include. 

 

SALT AND FRESHWATER MODES    

Saltwater is denser than fresh, which is why you typically need to strap on more weights for saltwater diving to achieve the same level of buoyancy – check how to calculate your dive weight at LeisurePro. However, these density changes don’t just throw off your buoyancy, they also affect your spearfishing watch. Specifically, your depth is measured using water pressure which is in turn affected by the water density. The best spearfishing watches, therefore, have salt and freshwater modes in order to provide accurate data. 

However, the actual difference between salt and freshwater depth data for relatively shallow spearfishing is fairly minimal – 33 vs 34 feet. So don’t panic if your watch doesn’t offer this option, check with the manufacturer to determine the default settings. 

 

 

FEATURES EXPLAINED 

 

HEART RATE MONITOR  

A select few spearfishing watches offer heart rate monitoring. This can take shape as either a chest strap or integrated directly into the wristwatch, and will monitor, record, and display your heart rate during your dive. 

Some spearos and freedivers like having this information as they train their bodies for apnea diving and monitor their progress. If you’re in training, check out LeisurePro for freediving breathing tips. From a strictly functional spearfishing point of view, however, we have to say that this feature isn’t required and its inclusion comes down to your personal preference. If you plan on using your watch for many different sports, a heart rate monitor can certainly come in handy. 

 

MEMORY

This is the amount of digital information that your spearfishing watch can store before it will start to delete data. The standard value is 99 dives, while other premium watches can boost this value to 200 or more. 

Now that’s not to say that your dive information will be lost forever when you reach this memory limit. The best spearfishing watches will often include a method for transferring that data to your phone or computer – usually via Bluetooth or a USB cable. 

 

BATTERY TYPE 

In this department, we have only two options: replaceable or rechargeable batteries. Replaceable batteries typically exhibit improved longevity, but they’ll eventually need to be replaced. These days, the best spearfishing watches are very user-friendly and make it easy for you to replace the battery yourself. However, some manufacturers still require you to go to a certified dive shop or service center for battery replacement, which can be a major hassle. 

On the flip side, we have rechargeable batteries. These batteries are incredibly convenient as they allow you to recharge them whenever needed, no replacements necessary. However, these batteries tend to drain faster than their replaceable cousins. But overall, we’ve found this to be a non-issue in the face of such easy and convenient recharging.

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