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    Approx £1k for a Diver? What to choose

    Hi all,

    Looking at purchasing a nicer watch to go with my small collection. I currently use a Seiko turtle, monster and G-shock in rotation, and would like to purchase a diver for around the £1k mark after shifting the Monster.

    In terms of brands, I've considered newer pieces from Sinn and Oris, with the Sixty-five being a current favourite. However, would it be worth looking at more expensive brands (i.e. the Omega Seamaster 300M) second hand? What sort of money are Seamasters going for now?

    Looking forward to your opinions, and photos of your choices!

    Cheers,
    Joe.

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    Why not look at CWC? You could get auto or quartz and perhaps have some cash left over. ETA 2824 in the auto models. Great build quality and heritage. Date or non-date options. You can only wear them on a Nato strap, but if youíre ok with that you could find something that appeals from their current range.

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    A good seamaster can almost be double your limit.

    Rado captain cook range is quite nice. Not sure on price though, but probably under £1k.

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    You might squeeze an older Breitling SuperOcean for your budget.


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    An Eterna Kontiki 1973 is a pretty impressive watch that can be picked up for less than a grand.



    For a proper bargain, there's a couple of massively reduced Titoni Seascopers currently on Chrono24 for £500ish. I paid a fair bit more for mine and it's a cracking watch.


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    Can you still get an MM300 for that kind of price? I havenít kept up.

    Or a Tuna?

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    For the sort of money you want to spend - Longines HydroConquest a good option - you can order direct from Longines as well...
    Last edited by Alansmithee; 9th April 2020 at 14:09.

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    Approx £1k for a Diver? What to choose

    Seiko just released a few new divers in this range, there was another topic on that.

    My personal favourite is the Halios bronze. No dive bezel though they have a SS range with one, new batch due later this year.



    I wear mine on a leather strap from Pav



    Recent releases


    And (available in a few variations)



    However also a big fan of the mm200












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    How about an Oris aquis? You can probable get change out of 1k for a second hand one


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    Quote Originally Posted by Alansmithee View Post
    For the sort of money you want to spend - Longines HydroConquest a good option - you can order direct from Longines as well...
    I was going to say that.

    The Eterna Kontiki below/above is an excellent suggestion, too.

    Something from Sinn?

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    oris is the watch to get in this range, may even have a bit of change if you spot one on sale.

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    My first thought for a £1k diver would be the Trident GMT

    https://www.christopherward.co.uk/c6...gmt-600-mk3-11

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    Thanks for all the replies so far folks, Longines weren't on my radar so I'll take a look at that.

    In terms of brands, I'd prefer not to have another Seiko - I really like my turtle and will keep that, but planned on something from another brand.

    WRT Omega, second hand Seamasters can be had for around £1k, I think - is there any reason to consider these over a new Oris/Sinn or similar? I really like the 2254/64 or 300M, and wouldn't mind a quartz, but just wondered how the F&F compares.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkb89 View Post

    WRT Omega, second hand Seamasters can be had for around £1k, I think
    If you can point members towards Seamasters in good condition for the £1k mark, I'm sure people will be very grateful...

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    Ollech & Wajs C-1000 comes in at £1100 iirc



    Or Laco's variously-coloured MB divers come in around £900 -



    Davosa, Certina, Epos, Mido and Zeno also spring to mind as brands with some great divers around this price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alansmithee View Post
    If you can point members towards Seamasters in good condition for the £1k mark, I'm sure people will be very grateful...
    A few on SC recently in the ~1300 region.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lampoc View Post
    An Eterna Kontiki 1973 is a pretty impressive watch that can be picked up for less than a grand.



    For a proper bargain, there's a couple of massively reduced Titoni Seascopers currently on Chrono24 for £500ish. I paid a fair bit more for mine and it's a cracking watch.

    Nice looking watch. Are they large?

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    Certina DS PH200M is a cracker, and can be had new well under budget. Also available on mesh bracelet.

    https://www.jurawatches.co.uk/collec...-407-16-050-00

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    The New longines hydroconquest is nice especially in grey!!

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    The next diver on my list will be an orange Caribbean from Eddie
    This is going to be less then a grand apparently.
    Failing that a PRS82?
    As already mentioned CWC Diver.
    Or...
    Can you get a second hand U1 for less than a £1000? It will still look brand new!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2012 View Post
    Nice looking watch. Are they large?
    The Kontiki is a big bugger at 44mm. The Titoni is a rather more modest 41mm.

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    Oris aquis lightly used maybe.

    But beware buying expensive watches blind on the internet. I bought an Oris and the clasp and bracelet were thinner than i thought from pics / vids online.

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    I'd be tempted to first look at the Oris Diver 65. I'd also be tempted to hold off and keep an eye on the market. £1,000 might buy you a lot more in a few months time than it will presently.

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    For £1000 I would by 3 Heimdallr Sharkey's and 3 Phoibos watches. You will then have 6 watches made to a very high standard, now that's got to better than one with an expensive name on the dial. Alternatively the Longines Hydro Conquest is nice, and the Christopher Ward C60-600 is superb (I have one)

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    Quote Originally Posted by beechcustom View Post
    I'd be tempted to first look at the Oris Diver 65. I'd also be tempted to hold off and keep an eye on the market. £1,000 might buy you a lot more in a few months time than it will presently.
    Agree with this on both counts. I do like the looks of the Oris Diver 65 but it is probably a good time to shop around as well.

    Another watch to throw into the mix is the Doxa sub 200. It does share similar design cues to the Seiko diver though.

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    You could get a nice used Aquaracer for that money. TAGs dont get much love here but they're great watches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggles View Post
    For £1000 I would by 3 Heimdallr Sharkey's and 3 Phoibos watches. You will then have 6 watches made to a very high standard, now that's got to better than one with an expensive name on the dial.
    Hush fool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggles View Post
    For £1000 I would by 3 Heimdallr Sharkey's and 3 Phoibos watches. You will then have 6 watches made to a very high standard, now that's got to better than one with an expensive name on the dial.
    Now that really would be a waste of a £1000. Always go for quality, not quantity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lampoc View Post
    The Kontiki is a big bugger at 44mm. The Titoni is a rather more modest 41mm.
    Thanks.

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    I know some have been disappointed with the quality of the quartz models, but i rather like the look of the yema superman heritage, offers something a little different i think.
    https://eu.yema.com/products/yema-su...tage-ysup2018a

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    Another vote for an aquaracer here

    Youíll get a really good one for that I reckon

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    The new Doxa Sub 200T a wide range of dial colours available.
    (Pic from net)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gav View Post

    The new Doxa Sub 200T a wide range of dial colours available.
    (Pic from net)
    I know it's no doxa sub, but I do rather like it. Just wish it was 38-40mm

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    Quote Originally Posted by hafle View Post
    I know it's no doxa sub, but I do rather like it. Just wish it was 38-40mm
    Well apparently (according to the reviews)it wears like 40mm. I like the orange and yellow ones!

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    looking at those Doxas really makes me think how much you should wait for Eddie's Caribbean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweets View Post
    looking at those Doxas really makes me think how much you should wait for Eddie's Caribbean.
    I'll reserve judgement, but the doxa looks like its been designed to really hide its height, and is only 14mm to start with. The carribean looks great but much like the vanguard, looks like it might wear the 16mm it is. Although sounds like both will have the same level of customer service.
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    14mm with domed sapphire

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    Quote Originally Posted by hafle View Post
    ... Although sounds like both will have the same level of customer service.
    lol

    For 1100gbp iíd go for second-hand. Plenty of tags and Oris not getting worn.

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    Wait 2 months for the spb149 😊

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggles View Post
    For £1000 I would by 3 Heimdallr Sharkey's and 3 Phoibos watches. You will then have 6 watches made to a very high standard, now that's got to better than one with an expensive name on the dial. Alternatively the Longines Hydro Conquest is nice, and the Christopher Ward C60-600 is superb (I have one)
    Quote Originally Posted by Onelasttime View Post
    Hush fool.
    PMSL

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    I noticed this one at Mark Worthington on promotion.

    https://www.markworthingtonjewellers...ds_per_page=40

    Titanium on rubber so should be light and wearable for a bulky diver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liner33 View Post
    My first thought for a £1k diver would be the Trident GMT

    https://www.christopherward.co.uk/c6...gmt-600-mk3-11
    My initial thought as well. Maybe not that exact model but some kind of trident.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rbains0708 View Post
    How about an Oris aquis? You can probable get change out of 1k for a second hand one


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    Having tried a lot of watches in the sub £1000 bracket I couldnít agree more with this!

    I love mine. The ceramic bezel and overall quality is superb, the bracelet is a work of art!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gav View Post
    I really didn't like these when I first saw them, but three weeks of isolation has made me change my mind.

    That said, isn't the new PRS-3 on its way as well?

    Quote Originally Posted by hafle View Post
    Although sounds like both will have the same level of customer service.
    Ouch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkb89 View Post
    Hi all,

    Looking at purchasing a nicer watch to go with my small collection. I currently use a Seiko turtle, monster and G-shock in rotation, and would like to purchase a diver for around the £1k mark after shifting the Monster.

    In terms of brands, I've considered newer pieces from Sinn and Oris, with the Sixty-five being a current favourite. However, would it be worth looking at more expensive brands (i.e. the Omega Seamaster 300M) second hand? What sort of money are Seamasters going for now?

    Looking forward to your opinions, and photos of your choices!

    Cheers,
    Joe.
    I would be tempted to buy an Omega Seamaster.

    I bought his one last month from est1897 for £1400, Private sale maybe cheaper. If you wait I expect there will be a short term dip in prices but in the long term more of an investment. Added difficulty in doing a face to face transaction atm.



    Otherjohn

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    I'm looking for a similar price range, maybe a bit more - say £1.5k - and am considering a Seamaster or a PO. Curious to know people's preferences on this.

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    Not for me but different models in clearance every day - you might get lucky:

    https://www.christopherward.co.uk/events/clearance2

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    +1 for Oris divers being excellent. Also, Oris doesnít take the Mickey with its servicing costs.

    Alternatively, how about one of the Damasko divers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lampoc View Post
    An Eterna Kontiki 1973 is a pretty impressive watch that can be picked up for less than a grand.
    I like Eterna watches, but is the company now out of its financial difficulties?
    Last edited by Dougal; 9th April 2020 at 22:55.

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