When I first entered the sub-$1000 space, I had the great pleasure of cutting my teeth on the usual options (Seiko Monster, SKX007, etc.), the relatively new mic scene -brands and smaller brands like Ocean7, Benarus, Halios and many more. Over the past decade, the micro-branding scene has reached a more comfortable level of maturity and there are so many great options to consider. If you’re looking for a well-made, reliable and well-equipped diver’s watch today, the competition is fierce, but make sure the Scurfa Treasure Seeker is on your list.
For around $500 (£368, before VAT), the Treasure Seeker is 41mm wide, water resistant to 300 meters, has a Miyota 9015 movement with date at three o’clock, sapphire crystal, bezel insert in luminous ceramic and a solid steel bracelet with a push-button deployment clasp with micro-adjustment (and a rubber strap included). Additionally, the lugs measure 49mm, the lugs are only 12.6mm thick, the lugs are 20mm wide, and the Treasure Seeker is available in your choice of six colors. With modern styling that mixes elements of watches like the Omega Seamaster and previous generations of the IWC Aquatimer, the Treasure Seeker looks great without functioning as a clone or homage, and the Scurfa brand was born as a project of passion for a commercial diver based in the UK. with an obvious love for useful, well-designed dive watches. You can’t ask for much more for your money, and for the budget you could almost buy two. – James Stacey
Scurfa Treasure Seeker, $495