Steeldive Watches

Steeldive watches summed up in a few words – exceptional quality usable dive watches at prices that will surprise most watch fans. All their watches are tested for water resistancy and built from modern, high quality components.

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Unlike many other homage watches you can swim and even scuba in a Steeldive watch. Most models are powered by reliable movements like the automatic NH35 (made by TMI / Seiko).

Are Steeldive watches FAKE?

No – Steeldive watches are generally designed as a tribute to some of the best and most famous dive watches. They are often, but not always influenced by iconic Seiko dive watches and other Swiss dive watches. Importantly, they are NOT fake watches as they do not make any claim to be the original watch. These watches do NOT bear any of the original branded livery (logos etc). Just look at the spec below – that’s not what you’d find in a cheap copy watch. We have more Homage Watches here – a collection of Rolex, Omega and Blancpain tributes from Parnis, Bliger, Corgeut and Tandorio

For customers in the UK we recommend Steeldive UK Direct and avoid DUTY & POSTAGE

Steeldive 1953 – Submariner tribute

The SD1953 is Steeldive’s tribute to the Rolex Submariner. The SD1953 comes in several colours including traditional black, “hulk” green and “smurf” blue. The one shown here is the Steeldive HULK with all green dial and bezel. For a tribute watch the SD1953’s specification reads like a that of a watch double it’s price. Marine grade 316L steel casing – Seiko NH35 automatic self winding movement, sapphire crystal and BGW9 lume.

Steeldive 1975 – an homage to the Seiko Tuna

Another very popular model from Steeldive is their bomb-proof, deep diving SD1975 – a clear tribute to the iconic Seiko Tuna. The original Tuna was made famous in the 1970’s due to it’s innovative solution to a common deep-dive watch problem- the ingress of helium gas in to the watch. Instead of installing a helium escape valve as found in watches like the Rolex Sea-Dweller and Omega Planet Ocean – Seiko solved the problem with an external “helium proof” gasket. It’s this gasket that makes the Steeldive SD1975 instantly recognizable as a Seiko Tuna Homage.

There are two models shown above. The first is the all black SD9175 5 link Tuna. The other is the vintage styled SD1975V with a tropical patina on the watches luminous indexes giving the impression it’s been around for several decades. Both watches are constructed from a 316L marine grade steel case with an AV coated sapphire crystal, 120 click uni-directional bezel and Japanese Seiko NH35A automatic self-winding movement. All models are certified water resistant to 300m with some models such as the Steeldive SD1978 Emperor Tuna rated to a whopping 1000m

Steeldive Captain Willard – SD1970 Turtle Tribute

Possibly the most popular watch in the Steeldive collection. This is their version of the classic Seiko Turtle as worn by Martin Sheen in the movie “Apocalypse Now“. The Steeldive Turtle features a smooth, shell like case with rounded lugs. The Steeldive SD1970 is a mid-sized dive watch that looks right both on the beach and in the office.

As with all Steeldive watches it features quality marine grade components and inside it’s powered by the Japanese NH35A self-winding movement. If you’re in the market for a dive watch made famous in patrolling the Vietnam rivers – look no further than this Steeldive Captain Willard tribute.

Steeldive SD1970 Specification

  • Sapphire Crystal Glass
  • NH35 Automatic Movement
  • 120 Click Rotational Ceramic Bezel
  • 200m Water Resistance
  • Screwdown Crown
  • Screwback Case
  • 316L Stainless Steel Case
  • Stainless Steel Strap and Extra Steeldive branded rubber strap included
  • Hacking Movement
  • C3 Luminova on the face
  • BGW9 on the bezel
  • Lug Width – 20mm
  • Case Diameter – 44mm
  • Lug to Lug – 46mm
  • Case Thickness – 13.5mm
  • Weight – 140g
  • Hard Presentation Box and warranty card

SD1969 – Omega Ploprof Homage

The Steeldive SD1969 pays tribute to the highly innovative Omega Ploprof – “Plongeur Professional” – French for Professional Divers. A deep dive watch that broke records in the late 1960’s and early 70’s. The orange button on the side is a helium escape valve.

‘It may not look pretty on the surface, but deep down it’s beautiful.’- that’s genuinely how Omega described this deep diving masterpiece. The Steeldive PloProf is, believe it or not, like the Omega original, waterproof rated to a depth of 1,200m. Honestly? We don’t know, but that’s what it says on the spec sheet and we’ve not got a testing machine capable of testing beyond 200m! One thing is certain – it’s good for scuba, snorkeling, bathing etc.

Steeldive SD1969 Ploprof Specification

  • Sapphire Crystal Glass
  • NH35 Automatic Movement
  • Lockable Bi-Rotational Ceramic Bezel
  • 1200m Water Resistance
  • Screwdown Crown and Crown Guard
  • Screwback Case
  • 316L Stainless Steel Case
  • Stainless Steel Sharkmesh strap fitted and free Rubber Strap also supplied
  • Hacking Movement
  • Helium Escape Valve
  • C3 Luminova on the face
  • Lug width – 22mm
  • Case Diameter with crown- 56mm
  • Lug to Lug – 46 mm
  • Case Thickness – 13.8mm
  • Weight – 250g
  • Hard Presentation Box and warranty card

LIVE Listings – Steeldive watches available today

A selection of Steeldive Watches listed for sale in the last 48 hours.

Flags ( 🇬🇧 & 🇺🇸 ) are used at the start of each listing to identify the country the seller is willing to SHIP TO. If the same watch appears several times – this indicates the seller is able to ship to multiple countries.

Steeldive SD1953 Green black automatic NH35 movement watch, 4 extra straps
Steeldive SD1953 Green black automatic NH35 movement watch, 4 extra straps

🇬🇧 A Steeldive SD1953 Green black automatic NH35 movement watch, 4 extra straps . This watch is available now for £74.99. The seller is located in London, United Kingdom. The condition of this Divers Watch has been listed as “Used“. This watch is being…

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Steeldive Tuna Watch
Steeldive Tuna Watch

🇺🇸 A Steeldive Tuna Watch. This watch is available now for US$165.00. The seller is located in Cleveland, South Carolina, United States. The condition of this Divers Watch has been listed as “New with tags“. This watch is being sold by a seller with th…

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Steeldive SD1953 300mDive Watch Green "Hulk" NH35 BGW9 Lume SS Brushed Bracelet
Steeldive SD1953 300mDive Watch Green “Hulk” NH35 BGW9 Lume SS Brushed Bracelet

🇬🇧 A Steeldive SD1953 300mDive Watch Green “Hulk” NH35 BGW9 Lume SS Brushed Bracelet. This watch is available now for £99.99. The seller is located in Newton-le-Willows, United Kingdom. The condition of this Divers Watch has been listed as “New w…

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Pristine Steeldive SD1952 Fifty Five Fathoms  300M 41mm Automatic Dive Watch
Pristine Steeldive SD1952 Fifty Five Fathoms 300M 41mm Automatic Dive Watch

🇺🇸 A Pristine Steeldive SD1952 Fifty Five Fathoms 300M 41mm Automatic Dive Watch. This watch is available now for US$140.00. The seller is located in Fremont, California, United States. The condition of this Divers Watch has been listed as “Pre-owned“.…

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Steeldive SD1970, 6105 Turtle Captain Willard, Sterile (No Logo), Diving, Waffle
Steeldive SD1970, 6105 Turtle Captain Willard, Sterile (No Logo), Diving, Waffle

🇬🇧 A Steeldive SD1970, 6105 Turtle Captain Willard, Sterile (No Logo), Diving, Waffle. This watch is available now for £132.95. The seller is located in Burnside, SA, Australia. The condition of this Divers Watch has been listed as “New with tags“. Thi…

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Steeldive SD-1970 Seiko Captain Willard Prospect Seiko NH35  Green/Black *UK*
Steeldive SD-1970 Seiko Captain Willard Prospect Seiko NH35 Green/Black *UK*

🇬🇧 A Steeldive SD-1970 Seiko Captain Willard Prospect Seiko NH35 Green/Black *UK*. This watch is available now for £102.95. The seller is located in Enfield, United Kingdom. The condition of this Divers Watch has been listed as “New with tags“. This wa…

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STEELDIVE Men Diver Watch Military Automatic Wristwatch 1000m NH35 Ceramic Bezel
STEELDIVE Men Diver Watch Military Automatic Wristwatch 1000m NH35 Ceramic Bezel

🇺🇸 A STEELDIVE Men Diver Watch Military Automatic Wristwatch 1000m NH35 Ceramic Bezel. This watch is available now for US$219.00. The seller is located in Xiamen, China. The condition of this Divers Watch has been listed as “New with tags“. This watch …

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Steeldive SD1975 Tuna Automatic Diver Homage Watch - Seiko NH35 Movement - Black
Steeldive SD1975 Tuna Automatic Diver Homage Watch – Seiko NH35 Movement – Black

🇬🇧 A Steeldive SD1975 Tuna Automatic Diver Homage Watch – Seiko NH35 Movement – Black. This watch is available now for £119.99. The seller is located in Rochester, United Kingdom. The condition of this Divers Watch has been listed as “New with ta…

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Steeldive SD1970 automatic 44 mm Mens watch NH35 Movement US SELLER
Steeldive SD1970 automatic 44 mm Mens watch NH35 Movement US SELLER

🇺🇸 A Steeldive SD1970 automatic 44 mm Mens watch NH35 Movement US SELLER. This watch is available now for US$125.00. The seller is located in Cleveland, South Carolina, United States. The condition of this Divers Watch has been listed as “New with tags&#8220…

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Steeldive SD1970 "Captain Willard" 6105 Blue Seiko NH35 Milled Clasp
Steeldive SD1970 “Captain Willard” 6105 Blue Seiko NH35 Milled Clasp

🇬🇧 A Steeldive SD1970 “Captain Willard” 6105 Blue Seiko NH35 Milled Clasp. This watch is available now for £105.00. The seller is located in Chester, United Kingdom. The condition of this Divers Watch has been listed as “New with tags“. Thi…

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Steeldive SD1952, No Date, Bracelet, NH35, AR Sapphire, Lume, 300m Diving, BNIB
Steeldive SD1952, No Date, Bracelet, NH35, AR Sapphire, Lume, 300m Diving, BNIB

🇬🇧 A Steeldive SD1952, No Date, Bracelet, NH35, AR Sapphire, Lume, 300m Diving, BNIB. This watch is available now for £145.78. The seller is located in Burnside, SA, Australia. The condition of this Divers Watch has been listed as “New with tags“. This…

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Steeldive SD1975, TUNA, NH35, Sapphire, Light Blue, Diving, US SELLER
Steeldive SD1975, TUNA, NH35, Sapphire, Light Blue, Diving, US SELLER

🇺🇸 A Steeldive SD1975, TUNA, NH35, Sapphire, Light Blue, Diving, US SELLER. This watch is available now for US$137.75. The seller is located in Little Elm, Texas, United States. The condition of this Divers Watch has been listed as “New with tags“. Thi…

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Examples of Steeldive watches sold on eBay

eBay is a great place to go to check a) the current prices of Steeldive watches and b) to see what the watch looks like in the “real world”. Most product photos on eBay are taken with great care to best represent the watch. You get to see what it really looks like (not a computer enhanced brochure photo)

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Dilema – a modern reliable homage watch or a vintage refurbished one

In our opinion it makes sense buying one of these watches over a 20 year old watch of unknown origin. Steeldive make a lovely homage to the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms. They also produce tribute watches to many of the most popular Seiko diver’s watches. This includes homages to the Seiko SKX, Tuna, Turtle and a very nice Seiko Captain Willard homage. That one reproducing the looks of the classic 1970’s 6105 Seiko Turtle. Other best sellers are the Steeldive SD1970 (Captain Willard), the SD1975J Kanagawa Wave (Seiko Tuna homage) and the Steeldive SD1952 MilSpec (Blancpain Fifty Fathoms tribute)

VJS Trading – Steeldive UK

UK Buyers > Take the hassle out of buying a Steeldive watch and buy it from the official UK suppliers. It is possible to buy these watches direct from China and save a couple of £’s. However, the shipping and duty charges can be a little “random” and there’s little comeback if it arrives faulty. We would recommend sourcing your watch from the official Steeldive UK dealer >> VJS Trading. All these watches are held in UK stock and arrive with NO duty or additional shipping charges. All purchases are covered by the comprehensive eBay Money Back Guarantee

Steeldive UK examples

All watch prices correct at time of publication. In order of image we have a Steeldive SD1953 Submariner “HULK” for £119.99. A Steeldive Captain Willard SD1970 selling with a Buy it Now price of £119.99. The third in this lineup from Steeldive UK (VJS Trading) is another Submariner homage with the word MARINE on the dial in COMEX styling. Finally we have two images of the SD1971 Seiko SUMO tribute – this one for £139.99 with TWO straps (steel bracelet and blue rubber divers)

“Branded” alternatives to Steeldive

There are two other brands that may appeal to customer’s looking at these Steeldive watches – Invicta and Orient. They are massively popular brands in Asia – known for their own quality and innovation, not simply “tribute” watches.

Invicta Divers Watches

The Invicta range of dive watches include the hugely popular Invicta Pro Diver and the 300m water resistant Invicta Grand Diver (both pictured below). Invicta Dive watches feature very good quality Japanese movements like the Miyota 8215 (Citizen owned) and the Seiko produced NH35 (automatic / hacking).

Orient Dive Watches

Orient watches are a wholly owned subsidiary company of Seiko Epson. All Orient dive watches use movements Made in Japan – in other words – great quality at a sensible price. The most popular from this brand are often referred to as the Orient Mako – a Rolex Submariner styled divers watch – and the Orient Kamasu. However, Orient themselves do NOT refer to these watches by those nicknames.

A final word of warning!

When you wear your Steeldive watch expect to be asked over and over – “where did you buy it? – I want one

Further Reading

Global website : Steeldivewatches.com