I am new to this forum, but have been reading threads over the last week or so. I was in the market for a an automatic "dive watch". This watch was for everyday use, but I am also a recreational scuba diver (depths < 40 m). I use my wristwatch as a backup to my dive computer and to remember the time I entered the water.
I started my search for a automatic dive watch looking at all of the "usual" suspects: Oris, Omega, Tagheuer, Breitling etc. I then began to find some of the smaller brands like Ball and Sinn via webpages such as this. I knew that a good automatic would be expensive, but was hoping to find a watch to suit my needs for < $2,000, although price was not my ultimate driver. I wanted a rugged, accurate time keeper that could withstand an underwater use environment but would also be suitable for everyday wear.
I did not know about the consolidation in the watch industry (e.g. Swatch Group etc.). I did not when entering my search understand the difference between a "AD" and a "grey market". Thanks to forums such as this, I figured out the difference, particularly when internet shopping.
To make a long story short, I ended up narrowing my choice down to two Ball models: either the Engineer Master II Diver or the Diver COSC. This was based on perceived quality, technology, value relative to peer brands and aesthetic appeal. The internal bezel feature attracted me. External bezels lock up after years of use in sea water due to salt and sand. I used to travel to Neuchatel for business, and them being located there brought back memories of Switzerland. I also liked the idea of an independent company. Additionally, the AD who sold about every swiss watch that you could think of, really spoke about the quality of Ball's at their price point relative to the competition and walked me through features. I came away convinced that the next step up, was really watches costing thousands more.
I ended up selecting the Diver COSC, but not for the reason many would the think, the quality of the movement. I could not believe that the EMII Diver did not come with a bracelet with an extension feature. This is essential when using a watch when wearing a wet suit. So I ended up ordering the Diver COSC with a bracelet (see below...I used this photo, but Righttime was NOT my AD that I purchased from). It seems silly, but I cannot emphasis how many times bracelets have come open when diving or I have had to put it on on a rocking boat.
Thanks to those of you who provided information in this forum, to help a new purchaser. It should arrive before Christmas. I will try to post some photos.