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    Smaller Quartz Diver?

    Hello!

    Long-time lurker, first time poster, so I hope I'm not breaking any sort of rules or etiquette here, and that I haven't missed any prior threads or topics that might address this.

    I'm very fond of the aesthetics of dive watches, the original 6538 Submariner in particular, but I've run across a few issues in finding exactly the right watch for me:

    1) Cost-- I'm a professional writer, and while I'm very happy with what I make it's certainly not Rolex money, nor am I comfortable with spending a large sum of money on a watch for a number of reasons. I like to keep my expenses in the safely $200-and-under region.

    2) Small Wrists- I've smaller-ish wrists that aren't conducive to larger sized watches. I'm very comfortable with 36-40mm, and only own one larger watch, a 42mm that I use for casual wear.

    3) Thickness- I also prefer to keep my watches on the thinner side, as I wear long-sleeve shirts and suits often and hate to have my cuff pushed up by a chunkier case.

    4) Longevity/durability- Aesthetically, I'm very fond of the Invicta Pro Diver (the gaudy "INVICTA" stamp on the case aside), and in theory it's everything I'd want out of an everyday diver. I actually tried to make it my daily-wear watch several years ago but learned that its lifespan and durability isn't what I'd like. That's a whole post unto itself.

    Taking these factors into account, I was wondering if there exists an affordable ($200 and under), quartz watch that has the sleek profile of the Invicta, but the durability and longevity of a more reliable name? Ideally it'd have the date (which I always forget) and lume (I'm often in movie theaters for my job). Note that I don't intend to use it as an actual diver so water resistance isn't of utmost importance-- most of my watches are 50/100m though I've a preference for the latter. Does such a creature exist or do I need to change my expectations, or find a different style of watch to make my "own"? Any information/guidance would be greatly appreciated!

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    Re: Smaller Quartz Diver?

    Welcome to WUS OP...Seiko Solar & Citizen Eco Drive are going to be your go to makers considering your budget..I would start with Ebay & Amazon..Something like the Seiko Solar Tuna wears smaller than the specs thanks to the hidden lugs & they look awesome on mesh bracelets..Good luck..
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    Re: Smaller Quartz Diver?

    Get a Citizen pilots chrono for under $200. Plus it's a eco drive much better then Seikos version

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    Re: Smaller Quartz Diver?

    Got this MTD-1017 blue dial, yachtmaster homage, 38mm for $40 in one's choice of colors on the Bay.





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    Re: Smaller Quartz Diver?

    The Scurfa Diver One may fit the bill.

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    Re: Smaller Quartz Diver?

    Welcome to the forum

    An SKX 013 might work for you. It's not quartz but I hear the 7s movement can take a beating.


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    Re: Smaller Quartz Diver?

    i'd say squale 1553
    40mm, 45mm l2l, 20mm lug, wr200, eta f06.111, screw down crown/caseback...the only "minus" is the mineral crystal
    uh i forgot thickness...it's 8mm :)
    no metal bracelet, but a super comfy/durable bonetto nbr rubber strap
    price is around 260€
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    other than that i like A LOT the scurfa, price should be the same of the squale
    take a look also to the alba aefd530 (solar, 39mm) which is half the price of theose i named, and also very thin

    i do also enjoy my (39mm) sbcm023 :)
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    Re: Smaller Quartz Diver?

    [QUOTE]Seiko Solar & Citizen Eco Drive are going to be your go to makers considering your budget/QUOTE]

    This. Or Orient.
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    Re: Smaller Quartz Diver?

    Try the Scurfa Diver One. It’s not especially small in the specs but they seem to wear that way.
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    Re: Smaller Quartz Diver?

    Quote Originally Posted by coltpeacemaker041 View Post
    Get a Citizen pilots chrono for under $200. Plus it's a eco drive much better then Seikos version

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    Something of a catch 22 here for me: that's a beautiful watch, and I've always had a personal affinity for the look of Chronos, but even at their thinnest tend to run thick for me. May I ask the reference number and case thickness? I'm leaning towards no but may want to take a look into it anyway!

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