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    Budget "Dive Watches",that's worthy of the of the word..."Dive".

    Gents...Lets hear your opinions on "Dive Watches",that's $250 and under...that is of decent quality. READY..SET...GO!

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    Re: Budget "Dive Watches",that's worthy of the of the word..."Dive".

    A Casio G-Shock would do if budget is the operating word
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    Re: Budget "Dive Watches",that's worthy of the of the word..."Dive".

    I'm not sure, but Helm Vanuatu can be found for that money, and it is tough as nails.

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    Re: Budget "Dive Watches",that's worthy of the of the word..."Dive".

    The one time I asked an actual scuba diver which watch she would wear for diving she said it would be the Promaster. But she also quickly said she would never dive with a watch unless she had to. (I guess the other equipment has the time on it...???).
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    Re: Budget "Dive Watches",that's worthy of the of the word..."Dive".

    Any of the eco-drive or seiko solar offerings, along with any of the automatic Seiko turtles/SKX. Additionally anything by Scurfa. All have been tried and tested.
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    Re: Budget "Dive Watches",that's worthy of the of the word..."Dive".

    Scurfa is what comes to mind immediately for me. The Diver One retails just under $250 and the Bell Diver 1 occasionally pops up on the 2nd hand market around that price. The company is run (and the watches designed) by an actual working diver.

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    Re: Budget "Dive Watches",that's worthy of the of the word..."Dive".

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan T. View Post
    The one time I asked an actual scuba diver which watch she would wear for diving she said it would be the Promaster. But she also quickly said she would never dive with a watch unless she had to. (I guess the other equipment has the time on it...???).
    Everyone dives with a computer nowadays that auto calculates decompression stops etc...some even Bluetooth from the tanks and give you readings on air supply.

    However - a lot of old school divers (me included) also always wear a watch as a back up. Old school bezel set as a back up. Older instructors (which are the only ones I know, younger people may not) also wear dive watches but usually quartz ones from the dive brands such as mares or aqualung.

    As for OP’s question - love them or loath them, Vostok Amfibia are proper automatic dive watches for the price of a decent steak meal. Innovative case design to deal with pressure and arguably the best case back design in the business. Necessity is the mother of invention - check the back story out, interesting.


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    Re: Budget "Dive Watches",that's worthy of the of the word..."Dive".

    Significantly less than $200...

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    Re: Budget "Dive Watches",that's worthy of the of the word..."Dive".

    Quote Originally Posted by Shropshire_Tom View Post
    Everyone dives with a computer nowadays that auto calculates decompression stops etc...some even Bluetooth from the tanks and give you readings on air supply.

    However - a lot of old school divers (me included) also always wear a watch as a back up. Old school bezel set as a back up. Older instructors (which are the only ones I know, younger people may not) also wear dive watches but usually quartz ones from the dive brands such as mares or aqualung.

    As for OP’s question - love them or loath them, Vostok Amfibia are proper automatic dive watches for the price of a decent steak meal. Innovative case design to deal with pressure and arguably the best case back design in the business. Necessity is the mother of invention - check the back story out, interesting.


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    I have to agree about the Amphibian and they're highly customizable (pic). You never have to worry about water ingress regardless of how many times you remove the caseback.

    Any of the Orients do fine too (Mako, Ray, Kamasu). A watch enthusiast and diver took his Ray or Mako on a dive , took pics, decent depth and no issues. It's on his blog. He dives with it frequently.

    Good luck. There are loads of options.

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    Re: Budget "Dive Watches",that's worthy of the of the word..."Dive".

    Here's the review with comments about diving with the Ray towards the bottom. Looks like the deepest he's gone is 100'/30m.

    https://divewatchesblog.com/reviews/...ray-ii-review/

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