San Martin watches are made in China to the highest quality standards. All San Martin dive watches are certified 200m water resistant and most feature the Seiko NH35 automatic movement. They are accurate, robust and look like they should have cost considerably more than they do. ChronoDivers takes a deep dive into the San Martin Dive Watch collection. A review of their key functions & features and where to buy a San Martin diver’s watch.
An Introduction to San Martin Dive Watches
San Martin is a Chinese-based watch brand that specializes in the production of high-quality dive watches. The brand was founded in 2017 and has quickly gained popularity among watch enthusiasts for its attention to detail, use of high-quality materials, and affordable prices.
San Martin watches are typically designed with a classic dive watch aesthetic, featuring robust cases, rotating bezels, and luminous markers for improved visibility underwater. Many of their models are also equipped with automatic movements, which are powered by the movement of the wearer’s wrist and require no battery.
One of the unique features of San Martin watches is their use of high-quality materials, such as ceramic bezels and sapphire crystals, which provide enhanced durability and scratch-resistance. The brand also offers a range of straps, including leather, rubber, and stainless steel options.
San Martin offers a wide range of models, including the popular SN001, SN003, SN019, and SN045. These watches are often created as an homage to luxury watch brands such as Rolex and Omega, but at a more affordable price point.
Overall, San Martin watches offer a great combination of style, quality, and value. They are a great option for those looking for a high-quality dive watch without breaking the bank.
San Martin Diver’s Watches available from VJS
All dive watches displayed here are UK stock and shipped directly to the customer with Royal Mail. We have partnered with a TRUSTED SELLERS ✅ for ease of purchase and quality of supply. For San Martin watches in the UK we recommend VJS Trading
Below are a collection of the most popular San Martin Watches. In this line up we have mostly their “Rolex Submariner” styled watches with date and crown at the 3 o’clock position. The San Martin Submariners have a water resistance rating of 200 meters, which makes them suitable for swimming and snorkeling. They also come with a stainless steel bracelet with a fold-over clasp providing a comfortable and secure fit.
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One of the standout features of these San Martin Rolex tributes is their ceramic bezel, which is scratch-resistant and provides excellent durability. The bezel is unidirectional and features 120 clicks for improved accuracy and precision. These watches also have a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating providing improved visibility in different lighting conditions. In short – a LOT of watch for not too much money
San Martin Smurf
The San Martin Smurf is a dive watch that takes inspiration from the Rolex Submariner Smurf, which features a blue ceramic bezel and a blue dial. The San Martin Smurf also features a blue ceramic bezel, but the dial has a black sunburst finish with applied markers and hands that are filled with Super-Luminova for improved visibility in low light conditions.
The case of the San Martin Smurf is made of 316L stainless steel with a brushed finish, and it measures 40mm in diameter. The watch is powered by a Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic movement, which is known for its reliability and accuracy. The movement has a power reserve of 38 hours and beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour.
San Martin Hulk
The San Martin Hulk is a popular dive watch that takes inspiration from the iconic Rolex Submariner Hulk featuring a green ceramic bezel and green dial. The San Martin Hulk features a 40mm case made of 316L stainless steel with a brushed finish. Like the Smurf above the Hulk is powered by the highly reliable Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic movement.
One of the standout features of the San Martin Hulk is its green ceramic bezel, which is scratch-resistant and provides excellent durability. The bezel is unidirectional and features 120 clicks for improved accuracy and precision. The watch also has a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating, which provides improved visibility in different lighting conditions.
Where to Buy your San Martin Dive Watch
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San Martin Divers Watches on Amazon
There’s also a selection of NEW San Martin watches on Amazon. We always recommend looking here first – before paying over the odds for a second hand watch. Please click THIS LINK to browse ALL the San Martin watches available today on Amazon or click on one of the products below for more details.
Please note – if there are ZERO products shown below or watches from another brand – that means there are no San Martin watches available on Amazon at this moment.
Finest Quality Homage Watches
San Martin watches are produced as tributes to some of the finest and most expensive dive watches in the world. There is no denying their similarity with the Rolex Submariner. As discussed above, San Martin have the all green HULK, an all blue SMURF and a two tone gold & blue version of their Submariner. Their most popular is the stunning VINTAGE Submariner (below) – an homage to the watch that Sean Connery wore in the early James Bond films. One things about their watch range is common in all models – they all offer great value for money
Detailed look at their Vintage “Submariner” Diver’s watch
This is the San Martin SN004-G Vintage Sub, a tribute to the Rolex worn by Sean Connery when playing James Bond. Take a look at the specification under this gallery and you’ll be amazed at what you get for under £200. Sapphire Glass, Ceramic Bexel and a 24 Jewel Seiko made NH35a self winding movement to name just a few.
Specifications of this San Martin SN004-G
- Sapphire Crystal Glass
- NH35A Automatic Movement
- 120 Click Unidirectional Rotational
- Ceramic Bezel
- NH35a 24 Jewel 21600bph hacking movement
- 200m Water Resistance
- Screwdown Crown
- Screwback Case
- 316L Stainless Steel Case
- Stainless Steel Strap
- San Martin branded milled Clasp
- AR coating
- C3 Lume
- Lug Width – 20mm
- Case Diameter – 38mm
- Lug to Lug – 46mm
- Case Thickness – 13mm
- Weight – 150g
- Band length – 8.5 inch
- Hard Presentation Box and warranty card
Quality alternatives – Orient, Seiko & Invicta Dive watches
Three other brands that may appeal to shopper’s considering a San Martin diver’s watch are Steeldive, Invicta and Orient. 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 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. Not surprisingly – both Orient and Invicta have listings on our best value for money divers watches.
Don’t forget to also take a look at the Seiko diving watches – without doubt the most popular brand. Seiko have it covered with their traditional, mechanical, self winding Seiko automatic diver’s watches. And, for those who demand ACCURACY, they offer their range of Seiko Kinetic dive watches – quartz accuracy, motion charged.
Invicta and Orient Dive watches
The Best Value 200m Diver’s Watch in the UK
Are you a fan of the classic Seiko automatic dive watches. If so please take a look at the best value 200m Diver’s Watch in the UK. The ChronoDivers CD200SKX is a 200 meters water resistant divers watch powered by the reliable Seiko (SSI) NH35A automatic self winding movement. With 24 jewels, sapphire crystal, silicone watch strap, screw-down crown, hacking (start / stop time) our version offers excellent value for money.
Currently available in 3 different bezel styles including the all black SKX007 tribute and the red & blue Pepsi homage. More about this excellent value for money diver’s watch here. From just £99 we’re confident you’ll be amazed at it’s value and quality.
DWC Watch Building Kit Reviewed
Have you ever wondered how easy or hard it might be to Build Your Own Watch. The DIY Watch Club have a range of watch building kits from Adventure to Pilot to Diver’s. Everything you need is in the kit. Chose from a list of quality movements like the super reliable Seiko SII NH35A. We were keen to learn more so we took the challenge to build our own DWC Diver Watch – the result can be seen below.
The entire construction took less than half a day and we have documented the build in a couple of videos available on the ChronoDiver’s YouTube channel. For more information please visit our DWC (DIY Watch Club) watch building review
Further Reading & External Shopping Links
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