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    SD1952S arrived today, two days after ordering so kudos for UK shipment.

    Temporary strap as supplied leather and rubber were too small on my wrist, olive green Nato with bronze fittings on order. Agree with reviewers about the unfortunate white date wheel and the yellow on the bezel would be better colour matched to the orange lume. It's less glaring in subdued lighting. Still for £155 it's a good entry for bronze cased diver. The bezel action is positive and the pip lines up 100%; some pics show the AR as strong blue but that's less obvious in use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gav View Post
    I only just noticed they did a Ploprof. Did anyone here buy one?
    The Ploprof is available from AliExpress.
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005...2fad2e0eO5ugkS
    I was tempted myself

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    Just to finish my diving tests, I took my Steeldive Tuna to 26M on Saturday with no issues, so that's 3 watches from these ranges (If you accept the Heimdallr is essentially the same watch) that has successfully been dived in.

    I put the Tuna on a NATO strap, though, as the bracelet was too short to go over my dive gloves and was glad I did as one of the spring bars failed (on the boat as it happens, after the dive).

    Sadly that meant it didn't come to 37M with me on Sunday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reeny View Post
    The Ploprof is available from AliExpress.
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005...2fad2e0eO5ugkS
    I was tempted myself
    Thank you mate

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowman View Post
    Just to finish my diving tests, I took my Steeldive Tuna to 26M on Saturday with no issues, so that's 3 watches from these ranges (If you accept the Heimdallr is essentially the same watch) that has successfully been dived in.

    I put the Tuna on a NATO strap, though, as the bracelet was too short to go over my dive gloves and was glad I did as one of the spring bars failed (on the boat as it happens, after the dive).

    Sadly that meant it didn't come to 37M with me on Sunday.

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    Good to know they can cope with this. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reiver View Post
    Good to know they can cope with this. Thanks
    Well it's a sample of 3 (or 1 of 3 depending on how you look at it), but at least we know they do put some effort into sealing them properly.

    I may just have got lucky, but judging from the overall build quality of all 3, I don't imagine my experience is unrepresentative.

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    The Polprof is back in stock on the SteelDive UK site


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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteS View Post
    The Polprof is back in stock on the SteelDive UK site
    I suspect for the first time, but the price seems good compared to Aliexpress sellers!

    If I didn't have a Helson, I'd probably consider one of these.

    It's not much money for a big lump of watch!

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    It's time for a change of watch. So this one is going into the watch box.
    Set the time 17 days ago, it has lost 15 seconds. 1.1 seconds a day. Lume lasts for hours on end. Strap has been comfy to wear.
    A real bargain at £115 to my door.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiSetts View Post
    It's time for a change of watch. So this one is going into the watch box.
    Set the time 17 days ago, it has lost 15 seconds. 1.1 seconds a day. Lume lasts for hours on end. Strap has been comfy to wear.
    A real bargain at £115 to my door.

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    Lovely! The colour looks good in your shots. Some of the website pics look very bright blue.

    Impressive performance from the movement too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reiver View Post
    Lovely! The colour looks good in your shots. Some of the website pics look very bright blue.

    Impressive performance from the movement too.
    Tried to put it into the watch box. Still wearing it tho, will try again soon. Have you made up your mind yet??

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiSetts View Post
    Set the time 17 days ago, it has lost 15 seconds. 1.1 seconds a day.
    If it has lost 15 seconds in 17 days, that's 0.88 seconds per day...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiSetts View Post
    It's time for a change of watch. So this one is going into the watch box.
    Set the time 17 days ago, it has lost 15 seconds. 1.1 seconds a day. Lume lasts for hours on end. Strap has been comfy to wear.
    A real bargain at £115 to my door.

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    I do not know how you guys are accepting this time keeping on a watch costing just over 100 quid, to me you would be better off spending another several hundred pounds more and buying the genuine article, at least that way you could have a watch where the crown got used on a regular basis rather than screwing it in and leaving for weeks on end like you are doing with the Steeldrive. Having said that my Steeldrive Sumo is about -6 seconds after 4.5 days lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipK View Post
    If it has lost 15 seconds in 17 days, that's 0.88 seconds per day...
    Thank you I stand corrected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevecross View Post
    I do not know how you guys are accepting this time keeping on a watch costing just over 100 quid, to me you would be better off spending another several hundred pounds more and buying the genuine article, at least that way you could have a watch where the crown got used on a regular basis rather than screwing it in and leaving for weeks on end like you are doing with the Steeldrive. Having said that my Steeldrive Sumo is about -6 seconds after 4.5 days lol
    A very good point !!!

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    Stress testing dive watches



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    Would echo the sentiments already posted re value for money. Got two from Mathew this week,a tuna and 6105. Both sterile,was pleasantly surprised to find the graphic on the Big Wave Tuna glows like a torch. Just a small point if you aren't wearing with a NATO or Zulu a switch to a set of better quality spring bars might be prudent...just in case

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    There are definitely some fantastic value for money micro brand dive watches out there. Ive had several Helsonís and they feel indestructible !

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    I keep eyeing up their pilots watches but just wish it didnít have a date window or it at least had a colour matched date window


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    I took the leap and bought the Polprof. Cracking value at £300 (even the most expensive Steeldive)and keeping -3 SPF

    Great service from Longfield Chrono


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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteS View Post


    I took the leap and bought the Polprof. Cracking value at £300 (even the most expensive Steeldive)and keeping -3 SPF

    Great service from Longfield Chrono


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    Well, what do you think?

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    i wonder if they would consider marketing models with higher end aftermarket seiko movements in? 6r15 or 6r35 equivalents maybe? i's be tempted even at the higher cost if the movement merited it, especially for one of the bronze sumos
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteS View Post


    I took the leap and bought the Polprof. Cracking value at £300 (even the most expensive Steeldive)and keeping -3 SPF

    Great service from Longfield Chrono


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    That looks great! All of these Steeldives seem to keep good time

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktmog6uk View Post
    i wonder if they would consider marketing models with higher end aftermarket seiko movements in? 6r15 or 6r35 equivalents maybe? i's be tempted even at the higher cost if the movement merited it, especially for one of the bronze sumos
    The reported accuracies are better than the 6r15 Seikos I've owned.

    As the watches are homages, I'd be happy if they were quartz to make them more grab and go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    The reported accuracies are better than the 6r15 Seikos I've owned.

    As the watches are homages, I'd be happy if they were quartz to make them more grab and go.
    The accuracy thing ties in with what I have heard also. It sounds like the 6R15/35 can be inconsistent although I have no personal experience.

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    PP copy gets two thumbs up from me.
    There is certainly a little bezel play and crown action is certainly not the same and wish they had kept lug size at 24mm but at the price point these are minor quibbles.



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    Never heard of this brand until now. That PP copy looks interesting tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktmog6uk View Post
    i wonder if they would consider marketing models with higher end aftermarket seiko movements in? 6r15 or 6r35 equivalents maybe? i's be tempted even at the higher cost if the movement merited it, especially for one of the bronze sumos
    Try Heimdallr watches, they make the Willard and the MM300 with an ETA 2824 option.. also much better finish and bracelets are superior...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    The reported accuracies are better than the 6r15 Seikos I've owned.

    As the watches are homages, I'd be happy if they were quartz to make them more grab and go.
    I'm pretty sure there's a quartz Proplof replica out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RAJEN View Post
    PP copy gets two thumbs up from me.
    There is certainly a little bezel play and crown action is certainly not the same and wish they had kept lug size at 24mm but at the price point these are minor quibbles.



    What strap is that, looks really nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frantastic View Post
    Try Heimdallr watches, they make the Willard and the MM300 with an ETA 2824 option.. also much better finish and bracelets are superior...


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    I like the look of the Heimdallr and also Proxima.

    Steeldive have the advantage of UK based sellers.

    I had heard those other brands are slightly superior.

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    The watch case and bracelets are better finished.. I have both.. the Sanmartin are also good, but I prefer the shark logo rather than weird names.. but the nice thing for me is that you can choose a high beat movement.. good if the UK distributor could source them also..


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    Quote Originally Posted by Frantastic View Post
    The watch case and bracelets are better finished.. I have both.. the Sanmartin are also good, but I prefer the shark logo rather than weird names.. but the nice thing for me is that you can choose a high beat movement.. good if the UK distributor could source them also..


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    Good to know, the Heimdallr logo is one of the better ones I agree

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    Quote Originally Posted by Estoril-5 View Post
    What strap is that, looks really nice
    It is a very reasonably priced crazy horse leather strap from 02straps.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frantastic View Post
    Try Heimdallr watches, they make the Willard and the MM300 with an ETA 2824 option.. also much better finish and bracelets are superior...


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    Just had a look at their website (Sharkey) They actually have a homage to a Christopher Ward trident there as well

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    I hear a lot of people complaining about the bracelets on the steel dive watches. I would be interested to hear what peopleís personal experience of them has been


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    Quote Originally Posted by Zook View Post
    I hear a lot of people complaining about the bracelets on the steel dive watches. I would be interested to hear what peopleís personal experience of them has been
    I only have one (on a Tuna), but I think it's quite nice quality personally - Better than anything I've ever had on any Seiko I've bought!



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    Given I'm looking for a pepsi diver for my eldest boy I'm surprised they don't offer that option. Look good value all things considered though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowman View Post
    I only have one (on a Tuna), but I think it's quite nice quality personally - Better than anything I've ever had on any Seiko I've bought!



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    I have a feeling the Tuna has the best of the bracelets

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zook View Post
    I hear a lot of people complaining about the bracelets on the steel dive watches. I would be interested to hear what peopleís personal experience of them has been


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    I have the Willard
    Itís fine to me
    There are better bracelets but itís a £90 watch


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    Just a quick update on the tuna I bought,the Big Wave dial is very well executed. Picked it because it was sterile and something a bit different from my many black dial divers.
    If there is a problem it's that the lumed dial makes the lumed hands blend into one,so that a quick glance at the time doesn't work so well. Blued or black handset would have been far more practical,but at the price you can't expect too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweepinghand View Post
    I have the Willard
    Itís fine to me
    There are better bracelets but itís a £90 watch


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    That has always been my feeling. I do sometimes think the criticisms leveled at these budget watches are a bit harsh. Ultimately if it is comfortable secure and looks good that is enough at this price point. It doesn't have to be precision engineered and similar in quality to watches many multiples of the price


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    Quote Originally Posted by Zook View Post
    That has always been my feeling. I do sometimes think the criticisms leveled at these budget watches are a bit harsh. Ultimately if it is comfortable secure and looks good that is enough at this price point. It doesn't have to be precision engineered and similar in quality to watches many multiples of the price


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    I think's a case of the old "if it's too good to be true" mantra. We tend to highlight any flaws, even to a point we examine the watch closer for any imperfections more than we would with other watches. The fact is, these are sub £150 watches and for that I doubt you'd get a better value proposition/quality at this moment.

    I now own two Steeldive's and I appreciate they might not be for everyone for whatever reason, but for me having a couple of cheap beater's at this price is all I need. As for the bracelet, it's useable but I prefer to use them on a strap/Nato anyhow as it's far more comfortable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zook View Post
    I hear a lot of people complaining about the bracelets on the steel dive watches. I would be interested to hear what peopleís personal experience of them has been


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    Just passable, the bracelets feel a bit rattely, but a long way behind a Strapcode. For the watch price, it's at that point where you'd probably upgrade it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod View Post
    Just passable, the bracelets feel a bit rattely, but a long way behind a Strapcode. For the watch price, it's at that point where you'd probably upgrade it.
    I agree, for what they cost your getting a lot.

    A strapcode bracelet alone is nearly as much.

    I would probably intend to put one on a strap of some sort.

    Itís not like Seiko bracelets are much good until you get near the £1k range and upward.

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    Seiko bracelets are utterly dreadful, as below you need to pay north of a grand to get a bracelet equal to one on a £300 bog standard Swiss watch.

    These steeldive watches have exposed a couple of things. Firstly micro brands, how they can justify bumping their prices up to the 500 to a grand price bracket when many of them have the same movement as these and are pretty much re badged brands probably made in the same factory. Secondly, how Seiko can justify bumping up their prices while still churning out the same god awful bracelets and bezels so bad their authorised dealer actually says if you want one that matches up go buy a Swiss watch. It seems gone are the days when a good Seiko 5 would cost you £60 and a Sarb would cost £250 The shameless customer gouging on the Alpinist is frankly laughable especially as when it was on general sale they couldnt shift the things because of the dubious quality of them.

    Been a few weeks now with mine and the time keeping is as good as most people have suggested. Strap is holding up fine I have no complaints about it at all.

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    The Steeldive watches are great for the money, but the San Martin and Heimdallr versions.. are slightly better in finish but have decent bracelets with milled clasps, they look very much like they could be the same as the strapcode bracelets.
    So it is possible to improve for a little more money...


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    If either of the three makers did a Pepsi been option I'd have bought one for my son. Has anyone swapped one in or know if it's very easy to do?

    I've emailed all 3 to ask that question so will update if/when they get back to me.
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    Should be possible but they are using ceramic bezels which is probably the issue


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    Just seen a Heimdallr on ebay with a pepsi bezel...


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