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    Recommend digital calipers for me :)

    I've decide to get a digital caliper to b able to measure watches etc, but a quick Google search leaves me overwhelmed. Looking for something good and reliable, and something that comes personally recommend. I'd rather spend a bit and get something decent vs buying a cheap one I've seen just to replace it in a few months. :)

    What do you use?

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    Re: Recommend digital calipers for me :)

    Mitutoyo equipment is a safe bet in the industry (at least in the companies i worked for).
    If you looking for a plastic calipers i think you have no choice of quality components because those are usually not long term accurate enough to be used by professionals.

    I had one very unreliable, battery eating, no name digital caliper and when i was fed up with it i switched back to a new robust 150mm Mitotoyo vernier caliper.

    Another aspect of calipers:
    Usually you cant expect a higher accuracy then 1/10mm from calipers because of the manual applied measuring clamping force and other factors. The 1/100mm display accuracy of digital calipers is somewhat misleading (and not really necessary for lug with measurements).
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    Re: Recommend digital calipers for me :)

    Also, many digital calipers have very sharp metal edges that can easily scratch a watch case or bracelet. Putting tape on the edges and re-zeroing can solve this problem.

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    Re: Recommend digital calipers for me :)

    Yes, thats nicely done with digitals.
    I just checked and the 150mm Mitutoyo is around 100€.
    The vernier Version is around 35€.

    I owned a plastic caliper for 6 months or so to measure watch batteries and cases without making a mess.
    But that plastic one broke in my tool drawer.....

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    Also, many digital calipers have very sharp metal edges that can easily scratch a watch case or bracelet. Putting tape on the edges and re-zeroing can solve this problem.
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    Re: Recommend digital calipers for me :)

    Shinwa Digital Caliper 19981.

    No metal parts to harm a watch during measurement.
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    Re: Recommend digital calipers for me :)

    Second Mitutoyo. You can always wrap the metal parts with a layer of tape and as long as you know the thickness of the tape, you can subtract it from the measurement.
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    Re: Recommend digital calipers for me :)

    I’d go for a metal vernier and mask its jaws. I tried carbon fibre and found that I couldn’t get on with them due to the flex in the jaws. Make sure that whatever you get has an auto off as they have a nasty habit of turning on and there’s nothing less useful than a digital vernier with a flat battery (ask one who knows)

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