A few weeks ago I spotted a cheap MDV-102 Marlin Diver. It did not have a strap but I thought it would be good to wear as a pretty stylish beater on a Nato. These 'super illuminator' Marlins are now fairly desirable now, given how cheap they were to buy when new. They don't seem to crop up as often as you would think as I pretty sure there were loads sold.
However, even when I fitted a new battery I could not get the watch to run, the light works but no movement. Pity really as the watch is in great condition clear crystal and very few marks on the bezel. Still I was only £20 down and I thought I would keep my eye open for a cheap one with a working module, which I could then swap.
Not long after on popped up and I got it for a good price and here it is.
Well you will no doubt notice that it is actually wearing a Seiko divers insert, which is pretty amazing since it doesn’t fit the Casio!
Looks ok otherwise case not bad, the strap is very good.
So how did he get the bezel to fit? Well it appears he has glued it on top of the original bezel. He has made a good job of it actually and you would not be able to tell unless you were looking for it specifically.
Indeed I think I will probably keep it and wear it in this state for a while because I already have a pristine MDV-102 with all the boxes and papers, that I wear from time to time.
I can always swap the strap and module over into the other dead watch, when I am ready.
Here is the modified watch on the wrist.