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    Re: Most affordable actual diver?

    Quote Originally Posted by yankeexpress View Post
    These are nearly bulletproof: MDV-106 Marlin......the screaming best Diver deal on the planet at $38 (sometimes as low as 25 new)

    Fun to modify too
    Where do you get parts?

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    Re: Most affordable actual diver?

    if one is meaning ISO certified diver's watch.. then I'm thinking the cheapest option is the venerable Seiko SKX

    oh d*** it ... I proved myself wrong this is the cheapest ISO on I think $124 on sale right now

    https://www.jomashop.com/citizen-watch-bn0150-28e.html

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    Re: Most affordable actual diver?

    Quote Originally Posted by atarione View Post
    if one is meaning ISO certified diver's watch.. then I'm thinking the cheapest option is the venerable Seiko SKX

    oh d*** it ... I proved myself wrong this is the cheapest ISO on I think $124 on sale right now

    https://www.jomashop.com/citizen-watch-bn0150-28e.html

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    For what it's worth, most divemasters I've gone with wear some sort of Citizen or Seiko as a backup to their dive computers (if they wear a backup).
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    Re: Most affordable actual diver?

    Double post - please disregard.
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    Re: Most affordable actual diver?

    I love "most afforables" of any kind, be it a (any) true sapphire spec'd watch or as I recently posted. the most affordable 22mm lug "diver". An anecdotally swim proof digital watch may run as low as under €2. Cool in itself and I might just order regardless of anything else, however, analogue (even quartz) seem to be the real challenge here?

    Love the Casio suggestion, I've been eyeing it for a while although in Europe it costs about double, affordable US sellers don't ship it here and there is high VAT applicable plus clearing fee. I should have said that I decided to post as I seem to remember having read the MDV106 might not be the right choice for swimming and hot showers. If it in fact know to be swim and shower proof, that's awesome. But can it be undercut?

    I like that Citizen as the entry level ISO one. Would it indeed be the most affordable one with that distinction?
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    Re: Most affordable actual diver?

    Always was ok to swim with 50m digital Casio. Never failed on me. Same for 50m Seiko analog quartz.
    100m Casio HD probably best WR at lowest price
    Next best thing will be this solar 100m WR Casio
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    Re: Most affordable actual diver?

    Quote Originally Posted by wtma View Post
    If we talked strictly about mechanical watch and if I was a real diver, then the Orient Mako would be about the most affordable divers watch I’d trust to take down with me. Vostok Amphibia would be a good candidate too, but only after I perform a WR rating test myself. I’m not really comfortable with the factory quality control.
    The Russian forum would like a word with you.

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    Re: Most affordable actual diver?

    Quote Originally Posted by Weetabix View Post
    Where do you get parts?
    Casio made alternate colorways early on, silver/white dial with black bezel and black dial with blue bezel. They still turn up occasionally on eBay and watchrecon. I just swapped parts around.

    Right after I finished making my own with the white band, another custom white dial w/ blue bezel turns up for sale. It is inexplicable that Casio never made this watch out of the stuff in the parts bin.













    And while they're at it, a red bezel with both black and white dials would sell well too.
    Green bezel with white dial too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yankeexpress View Post
    These are nearly bulletproof: MDV-106 Marlin......the screaming best Diver deal on the planet at $38 (sometimes as low as 25 new)



    Fun to modify too


    God I wish we could get this in uk/Europe for this little
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    Re: Most affordable actual diver?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chirv View Post
    The Russian forum would like a word with you.

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f10/ho...topics/4488053

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