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    Why do Japanese watch collectors love divers so much?

    I'm a huge Japanese watch fan. Love them. Have since I was about 8 years old with my first G-shock. These days I'm rocking an Ananta DR. And I (think) I've got a Citizen Grand Complication on the way. Suffice to say, I'm unbiased.

    I don't like divers. I just don't. I've had an Omega PO, but just because it looks baller.

    I don't hold it against diver collectors--different strokes for different folks. My roommate has like 50 divers.

    But why is it that Japanese watch collectors, even more than brands that are notorious for making diver watches (Rolex, Omega), are far more obsessed with divers? I'd wager that greater than 85% of threads here are on divers.

    I'm seriously not ranting, but I'd like to understand the connection.

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    Re: Why do Japanese watch collectors love divers so much?

    May be it's because they do not produce mechanical chronograph.

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    Re: Why do Japanese watch collectors love divers so much?

    Quote Originally Posted by apexmonster View Post
    May be it's because they do not produce mechanical chronograph.
    On the contrary, Seiko has several current in house mechanical chronographs, three that I can think of if you include the spring drive chronograph.

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    Re: Why do Japanese watch collectors love divers so much?

    Good question......Hmmmmm.....To me a dive watch is just part of my life style.

    I've been wearing divers since I was 13 years old (1975).....that's when I started surfing.
    Still surf & still love dive watches.....especially Seiko's. I wore my Arnie every day for 20+ years.



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    Re: Why do Japanese watch collectors love divers so much?

    I personally think they just have the best styling and the best look for what i like in a watch. Sleek but utilitarian in a way and chunky. It's a big solid hunk of attractive metal.

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    Re: Why do Japanese watch collectors love divers so much?

    darn, thought it was a joke.

    Japan is an island nation (7000 islands). Their cuisine and culture is ocean-based.
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    Re: Why do Japanese watch collectors love divers so much?

    Diver watches are compelling to me because they are simple, tough, and have rugged design. Apexmonster also has a point; I think not many Japanese mechanical chronographs fall in the PMW price range, while a huge majority of divers do. Pricing also has a factor here, since divers are mostly cheaper and has an active used goods market, they become more collectible.

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    Re: Why do Japanese watch collectors love divers so much?

    Personally, I just like the look better than other types of designs.
    Not keen on complicated watches, style wise.
    Pricing comes into it a little also, but not by much.

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    Re: Why do Japanese watch collectors love divers so much?

    Because water resistance rating is a true measure of manhood.

    true story. end.
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    Re: Why do Japanese watch collectors love divers so much?

    Yes ! plus i would also like to add the word Demographics !

    Most of the WUS crowd ( please not i said MOST ) come from a western culture where we have a time for hobbies that mostly involve water sports EG:- fishing , surfing , diving , swimming , or SNOW ! etc etc , Currently I am living in central CHINA and most of the people around here have never seen the ocean or can even swim and as a result of this it is almost impossible to buy or even find a dive watch for sale !!!!!
    I have looked high and low but to no avail the watch shops dont even try to sell them here ! their market is aimed at the business crowed so it's all the bling and fancy looking Cronographs that are the big sellers !
    I hope this might add some food to your thought !!!!!!
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