How did "Mariner" become "Marlin"?
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    How did "Mariner" become "Marlin"?

    In the early 1980's Casio made a line of digital water-sports watches called the Mariner. Today people refer to them as Marlins. How/when did this switch take place exactly? I have several theories for how this unexplained phenomenon occurred...

    1. Timex made an early waterproof watch (probably about 2M resistant) in the 50's or early 60's called the "Marlin." They reproduced several of their early models in a 2001 classic/retro line.

    2. There is a dang Marlin (fish) on the face of the watch.

    3. Marlin just sounds better.
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    Re: How did "Mariner" become "Marlin"?

    I always assumed it was from the fish on the watch???
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    Re: How did "Mariner" become "Marlin"?

    Yes, partly. But I think it's a combination of all 3 reasons.
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    Re: How did "Mariner" become "Marlin"?

    where did you see that they ever were called mariner officially? just wondering...

    they never were called marlin officially either.

    the reason is clearly the fish, but actually it doesnt even show a marlin but a so called "snailfish".

    they are mysterious watches, thats why i like them a lot. and they were one of the first affordable digital diver watches, and are of great quality, still working and being WR today. (at least the ones i got)

    i wish they made a g-shock 5600 style, marlin version.

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    Re: How did "Mariner" become "Marlin"?

    Quote Originally Posted by fonklover View Post
    where did you see that they ever were called mariner officially? just wondering...
    That's a good question. The Pocket Calculator Show website lists one with that name. When I first saw it it sounded very familiar. I used to have a watch catalog from the early 80's and that was the type of watch I wanted to get. The name seemed to fit my memory. But... I can't find an official source for that name.
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    Re: How did "Mariner" become "Marlin"?

    Yes, the name "Mariner" seems to have been used by Casio from the early 80's that I remember. By about 1984-85 I think they quit altogether.

    I can remember being fascinated by the name "Mariner" as a child when looking at the Casio water resistant digitals. However I am certain that I have never saw the word Marlin used officially by Casio. I don't think they would have used the name of a fish. The emblem, yes, but not the name.
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    Re: How did "Mariner" become "Marlin"?

    It clearly is a sailfish. It's lame to call something what it clearly is not. Just lost in translation I guess.

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    Re: How did "Mariner" become "Marlin"?

    Quote Originally Posted by bajachild View Post
    It clearly is a sailfish. It's lame to call something what it clearly is not. Just lost in translation I guess.
    Yes, I think it was lost in translation. I'm 90% sure that the official name was Mariner. Timex had a Marlin watch.
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