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    Need everyday understated diver

    Hi,

    Long time reader, first time poster. Despite the overwhelming amount of information on this site, I'm still left undecided on what to buy as a daily watch. I am looking for an understated dive watch that could be worn everyday. Requirements are as follows:

    40 mm, at least 200 m wr, auto mvmt, sapphire, between $500-$1,000, somewhat original design (no sub clones)

    There are a lot of sub clones or huge tool watches out there. I need something I can wear with anything from casual to business casual (no suit). Some watches I've considered are Steinhart vintage ocean gmt, Tissot sea star, longines hydroconquest, certina ds first. Some of these are out of my range, so I would have to buy used. I have considered Seiko as they are a great value, but I am not a huge fan of how they look.

    Any advice/suggestions is very much appreciated!

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    Re: Need everyday understated diver

    there are several good citizen eco-drive divers in that range. I think they look really cool.

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    Re: Need everyday understated diver

    I wear the following often for work in an office environment with business casual clothing.

    Halios Laguna
    Zixen Trimix
    Helson 42MM Shark Diver
    Marathon GSAR
    MK II Sea Fighter
    MK II Blackwater

    For the most part they always fit under dress shirt cuffs, but even if they don't they are not overly big or ostentatious. However, all but the Laguna are a bit "toolish" but that's who I am so I don't mind it.

    Edit: Errr, not saying I'm a "tool" per se, just prefer utilitarian, instrument type stuff for the most part.
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    Re: Need everyday understated diver

    Less than $500 ...

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    A Precista PRS-18A with a Fricker sand-blasted 39mm case, Miyota cal. 9015 movement (28,800bph) and a really understated classic design available at Timefactors UK.
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    Re: Need everyday understated diver

    I don't usually make recommendations that exceed people's price limits but one of the more elegant looking dive watches I know of can be found at ADs and grey market retailers for substantial discounts. This 40mm Baume et Mercier Riviera is available on grey market sites like authenticwatches and inventoryadjusters for between $1200 - $1400 while an AD I use had one listed for 40 - 50 percent off. You might be able to drive an even harder bargin (or go used - assuming one could be found - and maybe get under your upper limit). eBay might work too:

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    Re: Need everyday understated diver

    A very solid choice (@42mm. I wish they made it in a 40mm):

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    Re: Need everyday understated diver

    I would consider the Seastar or Longines. Also, If you could go a little bigger, I might suggest a Tutima Pacific (image lifted from Chronomaster.co.uk

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    Re: Need everyday understated diver

    Not certain of they make something as small as 40mm, but Deep Blue makes a nice, relatively inexpensive diver, most have sapphire, some have ETA engines, nice watches for the coin. You already mentioned the Hydroconquest, which in the quartz would fit your budget, and I think are unique in appearance. How about an Accutron VX?

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    You might consider the Orient Mako, Mako II and Ray. They don't have sapphire crystals, but for the price you pay, getting an aftermarket conversion would be no big deal. The blue dialed versions are especially nice looking.

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