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    dive watch recommendations

    I'm in the market for a new automatic dive watch. So far I've looked at the Marathon GSAR - $1000 with the bracelet, Tag Aquaracers - $1750 at the lowest, and a couple other lower brands. I really like the tritium in a cheap beater I have now, and like the price of the marathon the best

    I've also thought about just buying the borealis scout sniper to satisfy the itch while I save up more for a Ball diver.

    The Tag is a little over what I had budgeted of 1500. I'm looking for an everyday wear watch that can stand up to a few outdoor excursions. I do enjoy diving which is why I was more concentrated on those watches. Ideally I'd like to buy one of the Ball watches as they have the tritium, but I can't bring myself to spend that right now (or finance it)

    Do you all have any recommendations on other brands?

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    Re: dive watch recommendations

    GSAR is all tritium. Not sure if you noticed. I'd go with that. Bracelet is great too.

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    Re: dive watch recommendations

    With the current discount they are offering, you can get a Doxa 1200t for around the top of your budget. One of the best dive watches in that price range you're going to find.

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    Re: dive watch recommendations

    You could get a used Omega SMP or Longines Legend Diver within your budget
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    Re: dive watch recommendations

    Here is an Aquaracer as you may have considered and 2 other options. I prefer dress divers, so these may or may not float your boat. C60 (a new version is out that's nicely improved, and Chris Ward makes great pieces btw), and a Khaki Scuba.

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    Re: dive watch recommendations

    Deep Blue daynight, I believe it has 63 tritium tubes, sapphire bezel, display case back for around $1k. Oris aquis for around $1.5k

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    Re: dive watch recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by WatchNRolla View Post
    With the current discount they are offering, you can get a Doxa 1200t for around the top of your budget. One of the best dive watches in that price range you're going to find.
    I have to echo Mr. Rolla here...Doxa makes a great diver (they practically created the genre), and even offer Trit tubes on their 800 series Sub.

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    Re: dive watch recommendations

    It lacks in the lume department, but i do like the Longines Legend Diver.
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    Re: dive watch recommendations

    Tutima DI300 if you can find one. No longer made. Is a titanium diver. Very nice, right at your price point.

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    Re: dive watch recommendations

    My .02

    Sinn U1, UX if you are going to get up around 1500. Or find a cheap used Aquaracer if you want to stay down around $700.

    Others to consider - AEgir CD-2, Anonimo, Seiko MM300

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