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    Best Mid Level Dive watch - With a Catch

    So I was about to buy a black bay at the end of the year, but i decided to focus on paying off all my debt this year. So I'm taking some time, but a dive watch is on my list and I thought I'd get some thoughts. That said I have a few criteria that I'd LIKE despite a willingness to go elsewhere.

    So a few optimal ideas for them.

    10k is an extreme high end so less is important.

    Dates are REALLY important to me, but this could be a weekender so no date could work. Pimple is a deal breaker.

    Thinner is better.

    43 mm is an absolute extreme size, smaller is a HUGE plus. 40 is ideal.

    I"ve been looking at the black bay (red bezel), I love the white dial grand seiko quartz, but both are gone and neither nailed it.

    So thoughts?
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    Spending anywhere near 10k on a watch is totally insane when one can get a gorgeous 40mm, under 12mm thick high beat, sapphire with date diver for under $500USD easy.

    https://www.watchrecon.com/?query=nth&last_days=0
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    Omega SMP ceramic or SM300 reissue, both are thinner than the Planet Ocean. 42mm IWC Aquatimer. Breitling SOH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yankeexpress View Post
    Spending anywhere near 10k on a watch is totally insane when one can get a gorgeous 40mm, under 12mm thick high beat, sapphire with date diver for under $500USD easy.

    https://www.watchrecon.com/?query=nth&last_days=0
    I had a Nacken for a bit. It's a nice enough watch for what it costs, but it's not on the same level as a Chris Ward Trident C60, much less a Sub.
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    Lots of choice in that price range my friend, Omega 300 MC, 300 SMP, Planet ocean, Bremont supermarine, Breitling SOH 2.
    What do you mean the black bay red are gone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DustinS View Post
    So I was about to buy a black bay at the end of the year, but i decided to focus on paying off all my debt this year. So I'm taking some time, but a dive watch is on my list and I thought I'd get some thoughts. That said I have a few criteria that I'd LIKE despite a willingness to go elsewhere.

    So a few optimal ideas for them.

    10k is an extreme high end so less is important.

    Dates are REALLY important to me, but this could be a weekender so no date could work. Pimple is a deal breaker.

    Thinner is better.

    43 mm is an absolute extreme size, smaller is a HUGE plus. 40 is ideal.

    I"ve been looking at the black bay (red bezel), I love the white dial grand seiko quartz, but both are gone and neither nailed it.

    So thoughts?
    If you had posted in the Dive Watch Forum you would have gotten more responses....

    Like others have said.....No need to spend even 1/10th of your 10k max to get a really nice watch that meets your requirements. Off the top of my head: Omega SMPC, Omega SMP 300, Rolex Sub 116610, Oris Aquis or how about one of the new Bell & Ross Gen 3 Vintage watches BR V2-92 or BR V2-94. The diver retails @ $3200 & the Chrono retails for $4600. Both are gorgeous imho


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    Bremont Supermarine S300/S301 perhaps?
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    Oris are currently making rather a big thing out of their new 39.5mm Aquis.

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    Most dive watches are gong to be 13 - 15 mm tall. You don't need to spend anywhere near your top price range for a dive watch. If you want a bezel you could look at kemmner 007 series (39mm x 14mm), or a STOWA Prodiver (a little bit thick at 42mm x 15mm). For no bezel I would look at the NOMOS Ahoi 36.3 mm diameter, 9.5 mm thick, 200 m water resistance (suitable for diving). Let us know what you pick.

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