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    Blue diver versus: Certina Ds Action Diver vs Christopher Ward C60

    Hello all,

    I'm thinking about getting a nice blue diver to compliment my Sumo (later probably replaced by MM300) and basically have about 4 options in 2 separate price classes.

    The ones in the more affordable price bracket are the:

    Certina DS Action Diver in Blue





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    Christopher Ward C60 Blue



    Both are around the same size and feature roughly the same movement eta 2824/selita sw200.

    I like both dial designs , the CW with it's wave pattern and the certina with it's sunburst dial.

    I'm interested in a couple of aspects and hope people who have handled them can give their input:

    - are there any known problems with each watch?

    - the bezel inserts on each won't be as scratch proof as sapphire, but is one more scratch prone than the other?

    - how is the bracelet/clasp of each watch, quality wise?

    - service wise, which one would you recommend?

    - and lastly, one thing that is very important to me, LUME, I've read that CW lume is pretty average, how bad is it actually? same question for the Certina.

    I'm used to Seiko Lume, and understand that few watches will be as bright/long lasting, but don't want to end up with another watch with lume like on my Poseidon.

    Interested in other opinnion on blue divers with round applied indices (please no mercedes hands i hate them), and not a big fan of the Armida.

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    Re: Blue diver versus: Certina Ds Action Diver vs Christopher Ward C60

    You should update your C60 pic to this:

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    That pic you posted is the outdated model. Furthermore, I think you have to consider the new logo too...which is not shown on the pic above either. If you were comparing THIS blue C60 and the Certina, I'd go with the C60.

    Otherwise, I'd go with the Certina because it's sunburst blue dial is very good looking. The matte blue dial of the C60 isn't my favorite but overall, the C60 is one hell of a watch.
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    Re: Blue diver versus: Certina Ds Action Diver vs Christopher Ward C60

    As a better compliment to the Sumo, might be the blue Oris Sixty Five....It's a little less chunky of a diver so adds versatility in your diver collection.

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    Personally, if I were considering a C60 now, I'd either stick with a black dial/black bezel or a black dial/maroon bezel. Or maybe a white dial with black or maroon dial bezel, but the lack of contrast between the white hands and the white dial is a turn off for me. Even though there are a lot of happy white dial C60 owners out there, I know.

    Also, you're getting a ceramic bezel with the newer C60. I'm not positive but that Certina looks like a steel bezel.

    Servicing? I'm sure they'll be comparable. They are basically the same movement that any local watchmaker can service. I wouldn't pay to have either cases/bracelet/etc. re-finished. A full overhaul is probably not worth it on a sub-$1,000 watch.

    The C60's bracelet is very, very good...especially the side-button deployment clasp with diver extension. The only downside is the PCLs which are too dressy. I'd prefer a standard all brushed oyster bracelet. But a fantastic bracelet none the less.

    I'm probably not good at advising on Lume. I think the C60 has good lume. I think the newer, all stick indices version has more lume applied than the previous version but it's a pure white lume which I think is better looking than the dingy greenish-white lume that seems to be the strongest. But personally, I think it looks like crap on the dial.

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    I absolutely love the side profile of the C60's case. It is simply the bee's knees!

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    It'd be crazy not to get the Certina if you have the opportunity.

    Wish I could. :o(

    The dial on the Trident is nice, but that hour hand makes me want to go play poker or some other card game, and just feels out of place to me.
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    Re: Blue diver versus: Certina Ds Action Diver vs Christopher Ward C60

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    Re: Blue diver versus: Certina Ds Action Diver vs Christopher Ward C60

    The Certina without a second of hesitation. The 2nd Gen. is even more watch and should be considered.
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    Re: Blue diver versus: Certina Ds Action Diver vs Christopher Ward C60

    Loved my Certina DS Action, upgraded to Seamaster Blue...always liked this too:

    Mido Ocean Star Captain Blue 80

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    Re: Blue diver versus: Certina Ds Action Diver vs Christopher Ward C60

    Certina without a second thought. Lume isn't stellar but its good. The partial lume bezel is a bonus too

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    Re: Blue diver versus: Certina Ds Action Diver vs Christopher Ward C60

    Quote Originally Posted by Level.5x View Post
    That pic you posted is the outdated model. Furthermore, I think you have to consider the new logo too...which is not shown on the pic above either. If you were comparing THIS blue C60 and the Certina, I'd go with the C60.
    They don't make the blue model anymore, so the only version he could get would be the old logo used.

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    Re: Blue diver versus: Certina Ds Action Diver vs Christopher Ward C60

    I would get the Certina (check out the new iteration as well - some design tweaks, ratcheting clasp, and aluminum vs acrylic bezel insert). Have to agree with beached as well - give the new Mido OSC V a long look too. Superb quality and a vertically brushed dial that is really outstanding. The Mido will also have superior lume to the other two options.

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