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    What do you think is the best value dive watch in the world???

    I just posted a similar thread in the Public Forum. I know it's impossible to have a right or wrong answer, I'm just interested in what you all think. For me, its:

    Orient Mako
    Seiko Monster
    Seiko SKX

    Any takers???

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    Re: What do you think is the best value dive watch in the world???

    Out of those 3, its the SKX for me...versatile and can be worn on all occasions...not bad for 150 bucks
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    Re: What do you think is the best value dive watch in the world???

    And out of ALL divers???

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    Re: What do you think is the best value dive watch in the world???

    In my opinion the monsters :)

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    Re: What do you think is the best value dive watch in the world???

    Marathon SAR for me. Feels like it should cost way more than it does.


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    Re: What do you think is the best value dive watch in the world???

    Certainly the Seikos are the best value - maybe Citizens and Orients right there, too -

    Out of all divers, the best values for me -

    Seiko SXK007 - classic, even works as a dress diver (to a degree)
    Orient Mako - beautiful, solid, good dressy watch, too

    Basically, the hugely mass produced watches are cheap for what you get - almost any diver is going to be tough enough for most things - the sapphire vs not would be the biggest drawback in the low end watches. Watches that can be dressy as well represent the best value to me.

    Also, I would include the Bernhardt Globemaster - inexpensive for a limited edition watch with Swiss movement.

    In terms of expensive watches, I guess ones that hold their value would be the best value - so, a pre-owned Omega, Rolex, Doxa, etc perhaps. I think you would be hard-pressed to explain how they represent a better value than the inexpensive, functional, good-looking watches like the Seikos and Orients.

    I've only considered automatics here - G-shocks and such certainly do much more for less, but aesthetically aren't my thing (at the moment) and I don't see them working as a dress watch (revealing my myopic, traditional vision of what that means).
    Doxa 750T Pro, Bernhardt Globemaster, MKII Stingray 50

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    Re: What do you think is the best value dive watch in the world???

    the globemaster looks sweet, never heard of it before. I wouldn't mind one at all...

    And yeah, I agree that in the upper echelons Rolex is probably a good bet. At least you can sell it if you get bored of it. As for Doxa, I don't think I'd ever get bored of it.

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    Re: What do you think is the best value dive watch in the world???

    I would argue that Citizen Automatic divers are even better value for $$$ than Seiko. They're typically cheaper, folks claim that they typically have better out of box accuracy than Seiko and they last as long as Seiko.

    SKX is about 150 bucks, Citizen NY0040 for example can be held for 130 or possibly even cheaper than that and it looks "as good" on braclet.

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    Re: What do you think is the best value dive watch in the world???

    Quote Originally Posted by jason_recliner View Post
    I just posted a similar thread in the Public Forum. I know it's impossible to have a right or wrong answer, I'm just interested in what you all think. For me, its:

    Orient Mako
    Seiko Monster
    Seiko SKX

    Any takers???

    I think before we answer this question you need to define value for us. What do you value most in a watch? This is what I mean STyling, technology, heritage, exclusivity, etc.... what do you the individual place the most importance on that will help you determine value as you see it.

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    Re: What do you think is the best value dive watch in the world???

    I don't know if you mean for actually diving or for sport wear.

    I dove with a Citizen Aqualand for 10 years... even though you have dive gauges with depth and remaining oxygen it was nice to have redundant features on the wrist.

    For some reason I got in the habit of checking the watch for depth. The no flight indicator was a nice feature too.

    Dive boats can be cluttered and clanky and your always bumping stuff, walls, and people... You can wreck dive with high-end time pieces but when you go to sell them your not going to have a 99% TZ rating

    In popular dive spots people (tourist / newbs) lose high end watches... ask the dive captains. Huge watches with the bracelet too loose - or too tight so when they bend their wrist back the tension snaps the spring bar out... you're not even going to feel that Super Avenger fall off.

    So for actual diving I would say Citizen, Seiko, G-Shock, GSAR (Marathon) and leave the expensive stuff in the Hotel Safe (if you're poor like me) ...then you can go watch finding with the locals.
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