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    What would constitute a "classic" dive watch collection?

    Hi all,

    I'm at the point now of deciding which direction to go in.........whether I want to have 1 or 2 great watches total or build a small collection of 4-6 "classic" dive watches. Certainly "collecting" is likely to be more fun.

    If I go the small collection route, what sub-$3k watches would make for an excellent addition to a collection of "classic" (not vintage) dive watches with timeless features and qualities?

    I think I have a good start with my MM300. I also think my OM fits this category even though it is the newer version.

    Would my Oris TT1 qualify?

    Longines Legend diver?

    Doxa 750T GMT?

    Your insights and suggestions are greatly appreciated!!


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    Re: What would constitute a "classic" dive watch collection?

    I'm going to go with 'there's no such thing'. But my guesses would include:

    Used PO
    Used SMP
    Submariner (if you could find it under 3k - probably not)
    Marine Master
    Some sort of Doxa

    Those seem like the most quintessential time lasting watches to me. At least the ones that popped up in my head.
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    Re: What would constitute a "classic" dive watch collection?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tagdevil View Post
    Hi all,

    I'm at the point now of deciding which direction to go in.........whether I want to have 1 or 2 great watches total or build a small collection of 4-6 "classic" dive watches. Certainly "collecting" is likely to be more fun.

    If I go the small collection route, what sub-$3k watches would make for an excellent addition to a collection of "classic" (not vintage) dive watches with timeless features and qualities?

    I think I have a good start with my MM300. I also think my OM fits this category even though it is the newer version.

    Would my Oris TT1 qualify?

    Longines Legend diver?

    Doxa 750T GMT?

    Your insights and suggestions are greatly appreciated!!


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    There have been several threads about classic and historically significant dive watches in past year or so...at least one started by me. In terms of historical significance, there seems to be consensus on the following:

    - Blancpain Fifty Fathoms (unaffordable now)
    - Rolex Submariner
    - Omega Seamaster
    - Omega Ploprof
    - Doxa 300T (now the 1200T)
    - Longines Legend Diver
    - Rolex Deep Sea Diver
    - Seiko Marine Master
    - Seiko - multiple lower end models
    - Aquadive NOS

    There are several others that may qualify as classics, but in the history of dive watches these are the big names.
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    Re: What would constitute a "classic" dive watch collection?

    IMHO the Oris DD would qualify as would the Seiko Sumo and the Orient Saturation Diver.

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    Re: What would constitute a "classic" dive watch collection?

    pic below borrowed from user 'gaopa' from the Sinn forum:
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    Re: What would constitute a "classic" dive watch collection?

    You start with the basics ....
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    Re: What would constitute a "classic" dive watch collection?

    I would think that the Seiko Tuna would merit consideration ....
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    Re: What would constitute a "classic" dive watch collection?

    Something with a orange face, automatic and affordable.
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    Re: What would constitute a "classic" dive watch collection?

    I'm flexible on the actual models, but I think something from Rolex, Omega, Seiko, and Doxa would go a long way.

    Some of those would be more than $3k...
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    Re: What would constitute a "classic" dive watch collection?

    I think a lot of people missed the sub-$3k part, so I'll mention some more affordable and divers classics...

    Longines HydroConquest *newer model
    Rado D-Star 200
    Oris Aquis
    Maurice Lacroix Pontos S
    Tudor Black Bay
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