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Old 06-13-2007, 06:38 PM
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My old Seiko is about to give up the ghost. This has been a very accurate and dependable watch for the past 15 years, and it was a gift from my mother. I admit that i haven't dove in over 6 years, but i'd still like something that is truly waterproof and dependable, but i can't afford some of the more expensive watches. Any suggestions?
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Old 06-13-2007, 07:10 PM
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get a LumiNox. Gemday.com best prices on all watches anywhere. Great customer service.
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Old 06-13-2007, 07:19 PM
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If you get the Luminox Seal's watch, fork out the extra $ for a nylon strap. I went thru 2 rubber ones before I figured it out.
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Old 06-13-2007, 07:37 PM
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I have to third that comment on the Luminox..as well as the rubber strap. If you do wetsuit/drysuit diving, it is the way to go. As far as everyday wear, the steel bracelet is nice. The watch itself is tough as nails and has a sapphire crystal...extremely difficult to scratch.
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Old 06-13-2007, 07:40 PM
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Honestly one of the best unknown divers on the market (very well known in WIS (Watch Idiot Savant) circles. Unfortunatly due to the current exchange rate between us and Germany the price has escalated. It used to be $500 but now it's up to $706.00 (and worth every penny)

http://www.marcelloc-watches.com/wat...ivers/1.4.html
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Old 06-14-2007, 08:20 AM
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Why not go to a Casio dive watch reasonably cheap and good looking. I used a Tag watch I paid a lot of money for and it pooped out in about 3 years, with water in it. I sent it back to Tag and they sent it back saying it would cost more money to repair than it would be worth. I also had a Wenger dive watch and it pooped out in a year with water in it did not even change the battery. I tried a Casio cheap watch from Wally world and it was only good down to 100 meters and it has worked well for my needs now days, and it does not have the screw down crown, I sill have it. If I got serious and wanted a good dive watch I might go the the Citizen eco drive watches, they may never need to opened, in your, or the watches lifetime, eliminating the problem was breaking the seal to replace the battery.
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Old 06-14-2007, 09:26 AM
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I have a late 90's Tag Heuer 1000m diver that I purchased used off timezone. They are tough watches that are made to be worn hard. I have had several Tags over the years and to me a pretty good value if you can find a used one that has been well taken care of....Mark
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Old 06-14-2007, 09:28 AM
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I had a Luminox and it was ok but it wasn't great quality. It broke and I replaced it with Seiko dive watch with the automatic movement. Its great quality but it is a little fast.
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Seiko has some of the most durable auto movements on the planet. But they are not hand regulated since they are a production line item. You can have any Seiko movment regulated to be tons more accurate (well as accurate as a mechanical will ever be) and they will last on average five decades plus.

If I was't worried about spending money in the "under a grand" category I would strongly suggest the Marcello C. They are true divers watches (as can be witnessed by the design work, full screw down crowns, expanding diver bracelett's, water proof to 1000 Ft etc. But in the same breath, you can get a Seiko Monster Diver for less than $200 and they are HARD to beat!

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"This has been a very accurate and dependable watch for the past 15 years, and it was a gift from my mother"
Get it fixed... I frequently wear a Sieko I bought my Dad while I was in Nam (37 years ago)... Lost one minute a day when it was new, still does.....
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I have a Luminox and like it, but I don't dive. I have read that many of them leak and die. Run some searches on the internet.

I agree with the posters that say go with the Casio or the Seiko.
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I like my LUM Seals watch.......I paid the extra bucks and got the tide function...













Seriously, the highly radioactive glow in the dark feature is outstanding.....I could use this watch as a small mag light in a crunch.
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Old 06-15-2007, 07:13 AM
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Tritium is not highly radioactive It's just radioactive enough to have a half life of 10-15 years and make phosphour glow LOL

I love my Lumi Field Dress watch, I've had it apart and it's well made, with a Ronda 5J Swiss Quartz movement and keeps good time.

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Stringer, what do you mean I can have the movment regulated? Mine will be about 5 minutes fast in 10 days. Can I just take it to a Seiko shop and ask? Forgive my ignorance its only my third watch or so, I tend to get a lot of years out of them.
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I've got a Seiko Kinetic 100m watch that I've had for 5 or 6 years. Only re-set it twice a year for DST changes. Never loses or gains a minute. No battery to ever change. Replaced a pin on the band once, thats it.

I don't dive but never worry about swimming or showering with it.
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This is the 21st century, so get yourself a watch to keep time on terra firma, and get a dive computer or dive timer to keep track of time (and other things) if/when you go back into the water.

Since the advent of dive computers and timers about 17 years ago, dive watches have become more or less a fashion statement. There is no real need for them anymore.
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Old 06-15-2007, 01:42 PM
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i've had a citizen aqualand with the depth meter since about 1990. i've beat the hell outta that thing and it still runs great. the newer ones are titanium and have even more functions.

this one:



only pain is having to ship it back to the factory every 3-4 years to have a replacement battery installed.

that said...i think eyeball is right.
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Old 06-15-2007, 02:30 PM
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Bulova Marine Star, thin, light 100 meter all SS watch with bezel. No frills, keeps perfect time. Ebay is the place.

I wear a dive watch because it seems my life is wet. This watch held up as a daily time piece while working as a marine diesel mechanic and was constantly awash in solvents and fuel. The bezel is just slightly raised above the crystal affording some collision protection.

But a watch is wearable art and only you will know what you like.
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Tireless - 6/14/2007 10:32 PM

I like my LUM Seals watch.......I paid the extra bucks and got the tide function...













Seriously, the highly radioactive glow in the dark feature is outstanding.....I could use this watch as a small mag light in a crunch.

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jwkennedy92 - 6/16/2007 10:42 AM

i've had a citizen aqualand with the depth meter since about 1990. i've beat the hell outta that thing and it still runs great. the newer ones are titanium and have even more functions.

this one:



only pain is having to ship it back to the factory every 3-4 years to have a replacement battery installed.

that said...i think eyeball is right.


I’ve got the Citizen ProMaster Hyper Aqualand, the digital version of that same watch. It has been excellent for both time keeping and as a dive timer/log, tho it is rather bulky to wear as an everyday watch. It is 13mm (1/2 inch) thick with buttons and a pressure sensor that a shirt sleeve will not slide down over it, hangs up on the watch. I seldom wear it anymore, one of my sons wears it when he dives. Yup, gotta send it in for batt replacements every 6 years or so, and I did have to get the rubber strap replace along the way several years it go. It just wore out, but lots of warning before it actually gave way.

The Aqualand dive watches are serious dive watches, i.e. they have over sized buttons for gloved hands, the band is thick rubber with folds that will take up slack and keep a snug fit with the compression of a wetsuit as the diver descends, etc. It is a watch made for wearing underwater, deep. The MSRP on new Aqualands is maybe $300 to $700, depending on model. The watch like jwkennedy shows is just under $500. It is NOT a good choice if you are thinking fashion. Other dive and dive-style watches would be better in that regard.


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