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Looking For Cheap, Digital Dive Watch (<60 Feet). Preferably On Amazon.

Discussion in 'Computers, Gauges, Watches & Analyzers' started by Papasmurf89, Mar 20, 2016.

  1. Papasmurf89

    Papasmurf89 Contributor

    Just like title says, looking for cheap, digital watch that I can use while diving. Cheap as possible. All it needs to do is tell the time, nothing else. Won't be diving deep, likely less than 30 feet but if it could go deeper, great. Nothing fancy. Preferably on Amazon. Recommendations?

    Edit: Dives will be 60-80 minutes. They need to last at least ~20 dives.
  2. Pedro Burrito

    Pedro Burrito Moderator Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Boussens, Canton de Vaud, Suisse
    When I was going through my instructor training class, I, and most of the other trainees, had fancy dive computers but nothing that would tick off the seconds easily. We all rushed to the local CVS drugstore and bought cheap watches for $5 each. I bought two just in case one did not work. I've had them for years and both are working and both have been taken deeper than 60 feet.
  3. Papasmurf89

    Papasmurf89 Contributor

    What brand is yours? Thinking about grabbing some cheap Casio. Nearly all of them are okay to use at depth (often far deeper than I'll be going) but say that while snorkeling with it is okay, scuba diving is not. My only concern is that while short dives might be okay, longer dives in rapid succession might not be (that's why I threw in how long the dives will be in my edit).

    For example:

    Amazon.com: Casio Women's LW201-1AV Digital Alarm Chronograph Watch: Casio: Watches
  4. Ghetto Diver

    Ghetto Diver Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Beerfield Beach, FL
    I have good luck with Armitrons...<$20 at Walmart. Mines about 2 years old, dunno how many dives though. I use it mostly for shore diving which are in the 60-80 minute ballpark <30'
  5. claymore

    claymore Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Minneapolis Minnesota
    The Casio G-Shocks are bullet proof. Get a watch that is rated to 200 meters and you will be good for any recreational diving. 200 meters is considered the minimum standard for a dive watch for water resistance. There is a rating system for water resistance of watches but I can not recall what it is.
  6. pickens_46929

    pickens_46929 Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Indianapolis, IN
    Couple ones pop into my head immediately.

    Timex Ironman Classic ~$30 from amazon or elsewhere (Used one for years until I got into tech diving)
    Timex Helix Dive Watch - Original ~$50 new; now ~$90 new if you can find one; ~$30 used in good shape

    Two others that I've seen divers wear - OHSEN ~$9 and Mudder ~$14. Mudder looks a lot like the Ironman, same buttons and layout pretty much. Mudder says "waterproof" vs. "resistant" though to 5ATM
  7. Papasmurf89

    Papasmurf89 Contributor

    Is this the Oshen that you were talking about?


    And is this the Timex Ironman Classic you were talking about?


    I'm leaning towards the Mudder just because it's the cheapest, but it sounds like you don't have any personal experience with it, correct? You just had seen a lot of divers use it?

    How many dives did you make with the Timex Ironman Classic? How deep? How long?

    I appreciate the help everyone.
  8. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Boulder, CO
    These are not super reliable ratings. You need to get a 200m rating to start getting "officially" a watch rated for scuba, but for what you are describing, you can get by with a lesser rated watch.

    Why do you need to know the time of day during a dive?
  9. pickens_46929

    pickens_46929 Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Indianapolis, IN
    Yep and Yep to both questions.

    Had the Ironman for 4 or 5 years before the band broke and some of the coating started to peel away. It still works, I just put a cheap band on it but haven't used it for diving since because I got a dive computer.

    Figure couple hundred shallow warm water dives - maybe as deep as 60 ft.
  10. peege

    peege Contributor

    # of Dives:
    Get a cheap digital from target or walmart, it will do the job fine.

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