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    Hey All,

    New to the forum but lurked here for a while!

    I am wondering what is your best bang for your buck when it comes to divers. I have heard some mixed reviews from my local jewellers about brands and I'm certain it could be biased since they don't sell brands that the others do.
    I do have a check list that the watches would have to meet criteria wise.
    - 43-45mm case
    - Metal strap
    - Black dial
    - No preference on movement

    Most brands that seem to check the box right now are the Oris Aquis, Tag Aquaracer and the Longines Hydroconquest.
    Brand Reputation matters but the quality is more important!

    I am a newb when it comes to this so looking for honest Opinions!
    If there is a forum thread that exists feel free to post!
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    Tudor Pelagos. A bit pricier than the watches you referenced, but given your other parameters it is perfect. Lots and lots of watch for the money.
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    Standard answer, Seiko SKX007.

    Maybe a bit small given your preferred case size. Noting some of the brands you mentioned, don't be turned off by a watch being "just a Seiko".
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    Oris Aquis on terrific rubber strap



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    Bang-for-buck? Seiko, hands down at most price categories. Not even *remotely* kidding. I'm a Turtle fan, but you can make solid arguments for most of the Prospex line and the SXK007/009 family. These guys have serious cred for not a lot of $$$

    If I were buying a non-Seiko? Victorinox Maverick Automatic (more dressy, 43mm), Christopher Ward, Alpina Seastrong and Mido Ocean Star Captain (prefer the titanium version but YMMV.)

    The Aquis is an amazing watch but the price has been creeping up rapidly. You'd want to find a good deal on the model you want. Good deal? Jump on it.

    If you're looking at the Hydroconquest, be aware that they just came out with a new revision that has some features that are an improvement (bezel) and some which may or may not be depending on how you look at it (new movement.) If you're buying retail, they may sell you last year's model... but not tell you it's last year's model.

    Also be aware that depending where you are on earth, AD markup can be between high and obscene. Be prepared to negotiate. The Gray Market is also a very strong option.
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    Yeah, get the Seiko Skx007 or skx009 if you are on a budget.

    If you dont have a budget, get the rolex deep sea

    I don’t recommend the three that you are looking at

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    43-45mm is pretty big for a watch, unless you have rather large wrists. Nonetheless, Seiko probably has the best "bang for your buck" divers, specifically the Prospex and Marine Master lines. And many of those fall within your size requirements. Here's a few:

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    Tag makes nice watches, but I don't think bang for buck is going to be their strongest suit. They're entry level luxury and nice, but if you want something that punches above its price bracket brands like Seiko and Oris come to mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polaski View Post
    Hey All,

    New to the forum but lurked here for a while!

    I am wondering what is your best bang for your buck when it comes to divers. I have heard some mixed reviews from my local jewellers about brands and I'm certain it could be biased since they don't sell brands that the others do.
    I do have a check list that the watches would have to meet criteria wise.
    - 43-45mm case
    - Metal strap
    - Black dial
    - No preference on movement

    Most brands that seem to check the box right now are the Oris Aquis, Tag Aquaracer and the Longines Hydroconquest.
    Brand Reputation matters but the quality is more important!

    I am a newb when it comes to this so looking for honest Opinions!
    If there is a forum thread that exists feel free to post!
    My preferences in order based on your criteria and that you didn’t give a target price are as follows:

    Rolex Sea-Dweller 43mm
    Tudor Pelagos
    Doxa (A few options)
    Omega Planet Ocean
    Breitling Superocean Heritage
    Longines Hydroquest
    Seiko Srp777 - Add a bracelet

    The current reference Sea-Dweller in my opinion is the perfect diver due to its great proportions, ceramic bezel and rich history. The Tudor Pelagos I tried on recently and the titanium bracelet cuts down on the weight and feels amazing. Pelagos is a lot of watch for the money. Doxa has a great history as well and I have heard good things about the hydroquest.




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    At price point:

    $500 Seiko Samurai or turtle
    $1000-$1500 Oris Aquis
    $1500-$2500 Sinn U1 and Seiko Marine Master
    $2500-$3000 Tudor Black Bay
    $3000-$4000 Tudor Pelagos and Omega Seamaster
    Glashütte Senator Sixties Panodate Green
    Rolex Milgauss Z Blue
    Triton Subphotique blue
    Sinn U1 T
    Casio G-Shock full metal steel

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