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April 29th, 2012, 05:34 AM
I've been trying to find a nice looking wrist watch, which could be used for diving. Price range would be around $50-$500, but can be more, if I find something especially nice. :)
I'd like the watch to have a metal bracelet and (if possible) a screen which won't get scratched. Self-powered gas lights on the pointers (?) are a plus, too. :)
Some watches, I've found so far (to give you an idea of what I'm looking for):
Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Carbon (http://www.amazon.com/Citizen-BJ2105-51E-Eco-Drive-Promaster-Carbon/dp/B001VMAXWG)
Christopher Ward C6 Kingfisher (not made anymore?)
Any recommendations? Oh, and I did check out Deep Blue watches already. :)
April 29th, 2012, 06:25 AM
the Citizen line is a pretty good one. One model even has a depth meter (5' increments, if I remember correctly)...
April 29th, 2012, 08:28 AM
i got this one for my husband
April 29th, 2012, 08:32 AM
I bought a G-Shock Frogman in 2004 when I was living in Japan. I've replaced the strap once and it's still going strong. I can't fault the G-Shock for the price and durability
May 7th, 2012, 02:43 PM
I'd recommend the eco-drive. While there is a whole line of Citizen watches that have depth gauges, the eco-drive models have a clear advantage: no batteries. No batteries in a diving watch means no hassle in replacing them, no need to open the watch and mess with the gaskets. I have a Citizen Aqualand from 1991, and that's what I'm living with now. To do maintenance on the gaskets and maintenance on the movement is $250 - more than buying a new watch!
One question on the metal band - I know that at depth, the water compresses suits, etc. Anyone ever have a problem with a metal band versus rubber?
May 7th, 2012, 03:00 PM
I never had problems diving 7mm wet. Drysuits usually have a thin latex wrist cuff.
May 7th, 2012, 04:10 PM
I just got this watch; CITIZEN Aqualand JV0030-19F Watch - CITIZEN Aqualand Collection Watches (http://www.citizenwatch.com/COA/English/detail.asp?Country=COA&Language=English&ModelNumber=JV0030-19F&page=1) I know it's not a metal band, but it's an amazing watch, and does so much.
May 8th, 2012, 07:11 PM
Citizen Hyperaqualand is THE Dive Watch. Iīve owned mine for more than 10 years now and put more that 600 dives on it. You can get it for around US$ 300 and comes with a very resistant rubber strap. Today I purchased on ebay the two tone SS original Citizen bracelet for it and I payed US$ 109. So, for about 400 bucks you can get the best dive watch your money can buy. Furthemore, since itīs totally digital, there is no movement to maintain. Only a battery change every couple years.
May 8th, 2012, 11:40 PM
I've got a Citizen Eco-Drive 300m Pro Diver. It's pretty basic...just gives you the time and has a time-elapsed bezel. It's built like a tank however. The solar-charging capabilities are its best feature...the case need never be opened to change a battery, so its seal is never compromised.
May 9th, 2012, 06:32 AM
I have the same watch. Big, easy to read, and could be used as a weapon if need be! Kinda like my old konica T3n 35mm SLR with an 80 -200 zoom. Beat the crap out of an assailant and then take their picture for their mug shot with it.
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