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    Cheap quartz diver?

    Looking for inspiration for a cheap quartz diver as a CWC is currently out of reach. Any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilF183 View Post
    Looking for inspiration for a cheap quartz diver as a CWC is currently out of reach. Any suggestions?

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    What’s the budget ? Are you after something that looks like a CWC, or just a good general diver ? If it’s the former then there are quite a few Monnin cased, or “Monnin style”, divers out there for reasonable prices. Here’s a NOS (or perhaps put-together) diver that came out of France. Have a look on eBay if this kind of thing fits the bill.


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    Scurfa every time, simply put its by far the most well built watch under £1000 that I've tried, including a load of the budget swiss ones

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    Quote Originally Posted by ejtrent View Post
    Scurfa every time, simply put its by far the most well built watch under £1000 that I've tried, including a load of the budget swiss ones
    I wholeheartedly agree, possibly the best value diver available, I’m tempted to get a second in PVD.
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    If you like vintage, Seiko 7548 divers are still great value at £200-300

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    Casio MDV106. Look no further.

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    Divex Professional 200m? I can't think of a better value quartz diver.



    https://www.jfdglobal.com/products/c...ivers-watches/

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    Apeks, Aqualung, Cressi, Divex, Tauchmeister, all basically the same with different branding. Divex used to be a forum favourite.

    Seiko movement, available in 200m, 500m or 1000m WR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonM View Post
    If you like vintage, Seiko 7548 divers are still great value at £200-300
    Completely agree regarding the Seiko, but by £300 your pretty much in the range for a lightly used (non-issued) CWC quartz.

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    Scurfa are worth a look .

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    I use this one for work

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    Seiko BFK
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    Like the one I have in Sales corner ;)
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    Yema have few for around £200-
    https://eu.yema.com/pages/black-friday

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    Thanks for the suggestions most of them I hadn't thought of mind blank obviously. Current front runner is a no date scurfa

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilF183 View Post
    Thanks for the suggestions most of them I hadn't thought of mind blank obviously. Current front runner is a no date scurfa
    I've had 2 Scurfa divers and VFM is amazing, on reflection it was only something as silly as the Scurfa logo that made me move them on, such is the lunacy of WIS-dom, however a mate has a Divex 200m which is very decent, my plan is subscribe to the Diver magazine when these are a free giveaway, win win.
    "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ejtrent View Post
    Scurfa every time, simply put its by far the most well built watch under £1000 that I've tried, including a load of the budget swiss ones
    Absolutely, if you are looking in this market/price point Scurfa meet all the requirements


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    Quote Originally Posted by number2 View Post
    my plan is subscribe to the Diver magazine when these are a free giveaway, win win.
    You tight bar steward...

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    Quote Originally Posted by reggie747 View Post
    You tight bar steward...
    Born in Scotland, raised in Yorkshire, just what do you expect?
    "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action."

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    Definitely the Casio MDV106 build is amazing like it's timekeeping. My next choice the Divex.

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    Dugena "Divers Friend" for ~£100?



    There's one on SC but the chap wants new money for a used watch and the colour's a bit of an opinion-divider...

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    Another vote for Scurfa. Had an original Diver One and now have the second version with blue dial and bezel. Miss the ceramic bezel but this version overall is an improvement on an already exceptional watch. I think it’s been updated further again with new movement and HEV - and the designer can legitimately claim good reason to include the HEV which is rare!


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    Quote Originally Posted by earlofsodbury View Post
    Dugena "Divers Friend" for ~£100?



    There's one on SC but the chap wants new money for a used watch and the colour's a bit of an opinion-divider...
    These look good (and good value) but what case size are they? The website is confusing as it states 44mm but also 40mm to 51mm????

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    Casio MTD-1053D, just under £50.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HookedSeven View Post
    What’s the budget ? Are you after something that looks like a CWC, or just a good general diver ? If it’s the former then there are quite a few Monnin cased, or “Monnin style”, divers out there for reasonable prices. Here’s a NOS (or perhaps put-together) diver that came out of France. Have a look on eBay if this kind of thing fits the bill.

    I’ve always wanted one of these monin divers, would have love’s a Heuer but they’re silly money. Maybe one day when I’m not destitute!

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    Probably one of these:

    Seiko SNE441




    Citizen BN0100

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    Quote Originally Posted by beechcustom View Post
    These look good (and good value) but what case size are they? The website is confusing as it states 44mm but also 40mm to 51mm????
    44mm across the bezel. I'll confirm when mine arrives - seller on ebay accepted an offer of £90 all-in.

    Don't forget to look at Orient and Mathey-Tissot's ranges too - usually massively discounted on the usual resellers.

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    Longines hydroconquest - decent watch for the price

    Quote Originally Posted by neilF183 View Post
    Looking for inspiration for a cheap quartz diver as a CWC is currently out of reach. Any suggestions?

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    Tauchmeister have a variety of options all in the Eu100-200 bracket, e.g. -


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    I have one incoming Rod :)

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    Definitely the Casio MDV106 build is amazing like it's timekeeping.

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    PRS 18q, although mine is currently telling time to bottom dwellers in the Atlantic (which might not be such a good advert but is an object lesson as to why NATO straps are better than two piece straps any day) :-(
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    I owned a Scurfa for a day. I found it a bit chunky for my taste.

    If you want something similar to a CWC I'd recommend a Zeno PRS-3 or PRS-4.

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    This arrived yesterday. I’ve had one before and regretted selling it. I was very lucky to get this one brand new with box, stand and papers and for a good price. Apparently they’re becoming quite an iconic watch? Well, according to WUS anyway ;)


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    Quote Originally Posted by TaketheCannoli View Post
    This arrived yesterday. I’ve had one before and regretted selling it. I was very lucky to get this one brand new with box, stand and papers and for a good price. Apparently they’re becoming quite an iconic watch? Well, according to WUS anyway ;)
    It's a cracking good watch David. I had one and sold it to a friend and every time I see it on him I think it looks great and want it back!!

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    There's a few of them about new and used online at various prices. Mine came from Ireland.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rod View Post
    It's a cracking good watch David. I had one and sold it to a friend and every time I see it on him I think it looks great and want it back!!

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    Picked up a black no date scurfa so far very impressed with it. However I'm still tempted by another prs-18 and a little further ahead trying a CWC rn diver

    Thanks for all the feedback 👍

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    Quote Originally Posted by TaketheCannoli View Post
    This arrived yesterday. I’ve had one before and regretted selling it. I was very lucky to get this one brand new with box, stand and papers and for a good price. Apparently they’re becoming quite an iconic watch? Well, according to WUS anyway ;)

    👏👏👏👏👏👏

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilF183 View Post
    Picked up a black no date scurfa so far very impressed with it. However I'm still tempted by another prs-18 and a little further ahead trying a CWC rn diver

    Thanks for all the feedback 
    Put a WTB for the RN when you're ready, they usually sell for around £350 preowned which makes it a pretty easy pick up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tetlee View Post
    Put a WTB for the RN when you're ready, they usually sell for around £350 preowned which makes it a pretty easy pick up.
    Thanks for the tip I'll try that after Christmas, the scurfa might have to make way and I'll save the money I'd spend on a prs-18

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onelasttime View Post
    Divex Professional 200m? I can't think of a better value quartz diver.



    https://www.jfdglobal.com/products/c...ivers-watches/
    Hope the watches are better quality than the website. Not even an idea of the size.

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    The watches and the company are excellent and if you call them they’re very helpful.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kronoss View Post
    Hope the watches are better quality than the website. Not even an idea of the size.

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    https://www.manontime.com/viewtopic....t=17505#p43210 This caught my eye. $54 and looks the part.


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    Quote Originally Posted by beechcustom View Post
    These look good (and good value) but what case size are they? The website is confusing as it states 44mm but also 40mm to 51mm????
    I just bought the one on SC- I have to say I’m blown away by the fit and finish and general quality- I particularly wanted the lime type dial as It fitted in the collection well
    Impressed- I’d say it was 40-42 mm with very nice”heft”
    Recommend it for the money feels like it cost a lot more!

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