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    Thinnest dive watch? Say, minimum 200 meters?

    Given that I prefer thinner watches, it got me thinking, what's the thinnest dive watches people have run into that have a decent dive rating? I picked 200 meters out of the blue. Figured it's a decent rating for depth but not overboard. After all, I can't imagine thin dive watches being rated for too much deeper. I figure a thin dive watch is also more likely to be quartz, but it'd be interesting to see if a mechanical would compete. I also know the general tastes for dive watches are partly for their chunkiness, but given I'm not a big fan of dive watches or chunky watches, I was curious if there were any thin dive watches out there. And no, I'm not looking at thin like Piaget or even NOMOS, I'm just curious as to just how thin they go period. For example, I don't think I've ever seen one below 10 mm.

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    Re: Thinnest dive watch? Say, minimum 200 meters?

    I think Zenith used to make an Elite diver under 9mm.

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    Re: Thinnest dive watch? Say, minimum 200 meters?

    The new NTH line (see the Affordables forum and the 190 page thread running on them) will be 11.5 thick and have 300m WR.
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    Re: Thinnest dive watch? Say, minimum 200 meters?

    If you move your WR tolerance to 100m then you can get a plethora of options. 100m is more than enough to tolerate most water activities and sports. I have the Oris 65. It is on the very thinnest I have seen. I have taken this watch to the beach on vacation 3 times so far and never left my wrist while at the pool or the sea.
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    Re: Thinnest dive watch? Say, minimum 200 meters?

    Not a diver, but Sinn 104 (200 meters) is quite thin, I guess.
    Limes Endurance (1000 meters) is also only 12,5 mm thin.

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    Re: Thinnest dive watch? Say, minimum 200 meters?

    The Nomos Ahoi is 200m rated and only 10.6-ish thick. Of course, it doesn't have a rotating bezel. I have the white one and love it.

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    Re: Thinnest dive watch? Say, minimum 200 meters?

    The older models of the Hamilton Khaki Navy Frogman Auto qualify, sort of. They don't have a rotating bezel so some will rightly say it isn't a proper diver. But it does have the 200M WR, and is made of Ti (including the bracelet, but was also sold on a great rubber strap) which is a huge feature for corrosion-resistance to salt water. I don't have the measurement but it has to be around 9-10mm thick. Weighs practically nothing, even on the Ti bracelet. In my not-so-unbiased view this was always a HIGHLY underrated watch - the chrono version got most of the attention at the time but it was a big, chunky, hideous thing (or "unique", depending on your view). I actually own two of these, in different finishes.




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    Re: Thinnest dive watch? Say, minimum 200 meters?

    I'm pretty sure you won't be diving to a depth of 660 feet, at least on compressed air; a deep dive for amateur divers is around 150 feet.

    And quite frankly, if a watch is rated for 100m it will mostly likely be "water-resistant" to 200m.

    I just continue to be amazed at how infatuated people are with depth ratings for dive watches...and lume.
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    Re: Thinnest dive watch? Say, minimum 200 meters?

    There are so many chunksters out there that I've had to narrow my choices down to titanium models, like my Pelagos and Saemaster. Otherwise I'm afraid one of these heavy steel watches is going to pull me down like the world's most expensive weight belt.

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    Re: Thinnest dive watch? Say, minimum 200 meters?

    Quote Originally Posted by hector67 View Post
    If you move your WR tolerance to 100m then you can get a plethora of options. 100m is more than enough to tolerate most water activities and sports. I have the Oris 65. It is on the very thinnest I have seen. I have taken this watch to the beach on vacation 3 times so far and never left my wrist while at the pool or the sea.
    It may wear thin, but everything I've seen has it listed at just under 13mm thick. Not especially thick, but certainly not especially thin either.
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