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    Quartz diver options

    I've been down this road before but I'm still looking for a quartz diver's watch to buy new or nearly new and keep and wear regularly for the foreseeable future,

    My favourite of Eddie's quartz divers is the PRS17-Q but the date issue means that I can never be completely happy with it. I don't get on with the bezel on the PRS-18Q and having sold my old PRS-3 for £80, £300 for a replacement is too much of a heart breaker.

    Seems unlikely that there will be a new PRS-3Q in the near future and even if there is I suspect it will share the bezel problems of the 18Q. So I've been looking at alternatives.

    I don't like Seiko or Citizen styling I find the price and potential ongoing service cost of the Sinn UX a bit scary. The Seamaster Professional is bit too blingy..........

    So any suggestions? I'd like to spend less than £400 and the absolute max is £700.

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    Re: Quartz diver options

    Traser P5604 or similar. Well within your budget, great support in the UK.

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    My mid-size SMP quartz on SC? :wink: :D

    After all, nearly 10 years wabi on that sucker, so it's not a blingy as it used to be... 8)

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    Seriously though, what about one of the Steinhart divers? I know 'homages' provoke strong feelings amongst some on here, but they look like fantastic value to me.

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    Re: Quartz diver options

    Quote Originally Posted by GingerMagician
    My mid-size SMP quartz on SC?

    After all, nearly 10 years wabi on that sucker, so it's not a blingy as it used to be...

    Seriously though, what about one of the Steinhart divers? I know 'homages' provoke strong feelings amongst some on here, but they look like fantastic value to me.
    I don't want an automatic. I had been thinking about getting a PRS-17A which avoids the date problem but in the end I want a good quartz watch.

    The mid-size is an option i had not considered. I like the size of the PRS 17 so i will take a look. Thanks for suggesting it.

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    Re: Quartz diver options

    What about the Bathys titanium quartz diver? Just under 1000USD so within your budget after import from USA? See http://www.bathyshawaii.com/ and click on the drop-down menu marked 'collection', the ti diver is at the bottom. Seen these in the metal and they look very good, if a little overpriced.
    Steve

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    Thinking about the PRS17C (admittedly not a diver, but a cool quartz nonetheless) I thought of the Dievas Divergraph Blue Professional and that lead me to the Oceantimer 1330. Unusual. Cheapish ($350). Different, if nothing else? Available from Gnomon.



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    I've been looking for a 40mm+ quartz diver with date and sapphire for some time now. Apart from an SMP or Sinn UX1, I could only find a Longines Hydroconquest or Tag Aquaracer that are in a similar price bracket. Lower down the scale there's the Glycine Sub quartz, but that doesn't have a bracelet option.

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    Re: Quartz diver options

    Quote Originally Posted by Broussard
    Thinking about the PRS17C (admittedly not a diver, but a cool quartz nonetheless) I thought of the Dievas Divergraph Blue Professional and that lead me to the Oceantimer 1330. Unusual. Cheapish ($350). Different, if nothing else? Available from Gnomon.

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    I've tried the 17C and whilst there is so much to like the lume is pitiful. I like the look of the Oceantimer so i'm adding it to the shortlist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonzo697
    I've been looking for a 40mm+ quartz diver with date and sapphire for some time now. Apart from an SMP or Sinn UX1, I could only find a Longines Hydroconquest or Tag Aquastar that are in a similar price bracket. Lower down the scale there's the Glycine Sub quartz, but that doesn't have a bracelet option.
    I hadn't thought about the Glycine theres a lot to like but i'm not sure about the "Combat" on the dial.

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    Re: Quartz diver options

    If you like the design, go for this one, the Ebel discovery diver.
    They can still be bought on the bay for a very, very low price, even with the fabulous bracelet.
    They even use a very high quality especially made for Ebel quartz movement, like Cartier.
    Very well made piece.

    Cheers,

    Daddel.
    Got a new watch, divers watch it is, had to drown the bastard to get it!

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    Re: Quartz diver options

    Quote Originally Posted by Daddelvirks
    If you like the design, go for this one, the Ebel discovery diver.
    They can still be bought on the bay for a very, very low price, even with the fabulous bracelet.
    They even use a very high quality especially made for Ebel quartz movement, like Cartier.
    Very well made piece.

    Cheers,

    Daddel.
    If only it wasn't blue :wink:

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    Re: Quartz diver options

    Quote Originally Posted by raysablade
    Quote Originally Posted by Daddelvirks
    If you like the design, go for this one, the Ebel discovery diver.
    They can still be bought on the bay for a very, very low price, even with the fabulous bracelet.
    They even use a very high quality especially made for Ebel quartz movement, like Cartier.
    Very well made piece.

    Cheers,

    Daddel.
    If only it wasn't blue :wink:
    If you do a good search, they can be found in white, red and black :)

    Cheers,

    Daddel.
    Got a new watch, divers watch it is, had to drown the bastard to get it!

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    Re: Quartz diver options

    Quote Originally Posted by Daddelvirks
    Quote Originally Posted by raysablade
    Quote Originally Posted by Daddelvirks
    If you like the design, go for this one, the Ebel discovery diver.
    They can still be bought on the bay for a very, very low price, even with the fabulous bracelet.
    They even use a very high quality especially made for Ebel quartz movement, like Cartier.
    Very well made piece.

    Cheers,

    Daddel.
    If only it wasn't blue :wink:
    If you do a good search, they can be found in white, red and black :)

    Cheers,

    Daddel.
    I've just seen a picture of the the black one awesome and perfect, thank you very much for this. Now I need to find one :?

    Seem to be plenty in the US but none in the EU :(

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    Re: Quartz diver options

    go and get a seiko tuna 300m or 1000m
    proven watch

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    Re: Quartz diver options

    I noticed that as well.
    But with the weak dollar, even including VAT you may find a great deal.
    If I come across a EU one during my quest for watches, I'll let you know :)

    Cheers,

    Daddel.
    Got a new watch, divers watch it is, had to drown the bastard to get it!

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    Re: Quartz diver options

    Quote Originally Posted by pedro44
    go and get a seiko tuna 300m or 1000m
    proven watch
    Trouble is I've bought and sold 20+ Seikos over the years, because however brilliant the value and proven the mechanicals, on the aesthetics front they just don't float my boat. Bizarrely the idea of taking an Ebel diver to the allotment in February for hard labour does.

    It takes all sorts.

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    There is a Doxa on watches.co.uk for £650 looks great and is a proper diver!! and does not need a battery

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    Re: Quartz diver options

    There you go,

    http://cgi.ebay.nl/NEW-EBEL-DISCOVERY-M ... 414333ef72

    Can't find any other black dialed bracelet quartz ones.
    Even with VAT it's not going to be much more than 500,- GBP I reckon.
    And this really is a quality piece.
    Pfff, need a drink now :D

    Cheers,

    Daddel.
    Got a new watch, divers watch it is, had to drown the bastard to get it!

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    Re: Quartz diver options

    What about one of these, Benarus GMT quartz. I have one on pre order, and hope to have it by the end of November.


    http://www.benarus.com/gmtquartz/index.php


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    Re: Quartz diver options

    How about a Marathon TSAR?

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    I would also say Dievas. They have many options.

    regards,
    Andreas

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    Sorry to be stupid but Dievas watches are only available in the States are nt they? through GNOME watches? Does anyone know of a UK outlet?
    Cheers

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    Re: Quartz diver options

    Have a look at a Certina DS First. Very nice quality for the money. I had the chrono version for a while and was very impressed. They use quality ETA movements, too.

    There was one for sales on SC back in August:

    viewtopic.php?f=3&t=88563&start=0&st=0&sk=t&sd=a

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    Re: Quartz diver options

    Ocean 7 G-2 is another option. Swiss quartz movement, chronograph, 42mm, 4mm thick saphire crystal. Alot of watch for the money. Perfect daily watch. I have one on bracelet in 90% condition and it's for sale! :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by thusspoke
    Sorry to be stupid but Dievas watches are only available in the States are nt they? through GNOME watches? Does anyone know of a UK outlet?
    Cheers
    Gnomon has International delivery. So not a problem. According to Dievas' website, QT is the AD is in the UK (http://www.qualitytime-watches.co.uk/di ... x?brand=13).

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    Re: Quartz diver options

    Thanks for all of the thought provoking replies. In the end I solved this one with a bit of lateral thinking. The PRS-17-Q is the watch I want but is has a flaw that I can't bear not to see fixed, so.........




    ..............buy a PRS-17A and keep the 17Q. The automatic doesn't have the flaw and I use the quartz when conditions demand.

    Its the cheapest option and I get two great watches into the bargain.

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    Re: Quartz diver options

    Quote Originally Posted by raysablade
    I had been thinking about getting a PRS-17A which avoids the date problem but in the end I want a good quartz watch.
    What date problem is that?

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    Re: Quartz diver options

    Quote Originally Posted by raysablade
    Thanks for all of the thought provoking replies. In the end I solved this one with a bit of lateral thinking. The PRS-17-Q is the watch I want but is has a flaw that I can't bear not to see fixed, so.........




    ..............buy a PRS-17A and keep the 17Q. The automatic doesn't have the flaw and I use the quartz when conditions demand.

    Its the cheapest option and I get two great watches into the bargain.
    Pfff, all my work for nothing :lol: .
    Glad you solved the problem, great pieces they are.

    Cheers,

    Daddel.
    Got a new watch, divers watch it is, had to drown the bastard to get it!

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    Re: Quartz diver options

    Seems like you've made up your mind, but just to confuse you further, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better value quartz diver than this one from Luminox (assuming you can find one)



    Sea Diver 1580 series, 5-jewel Swiss Ronda movement, Trit tubes and SL lume, 200m WR and built like a tank

    Cheers

    Dave

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    Re: Quartz diver options

    Quote Originally Posted by markrlondon
    Quote Originally Posted by raysablade
    I had been thinking about getting a PRS-17A which avoids the date problem but in the end I want a good quartz watch.
    What date problem is that?
    The PRS-17Q and PRS-17A share a dial. The date aperture on this dial fits the date on the Auto's ETA 2824-2 movement but just misses the date on the Ronda 715 in the Quartz. It means that in the 20s of the month the date is slightly obscured and you can see a little of the following day's date.

    It is a small but, for me at least, not insignficant issue.

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    Re: Quartz diver options

    Thanks, I wasn't aware of that.

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    I have Quatz Omega SMP Bond type excellent dive watch but not for diving I recomended Citizen Diver watchs for diving

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    Dievas watches never heard of them but it looks really good, are they available in UK

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    Re: Quartz diver options

    I was also trying to find a good reasonably priced quartz diver for some time. I think that the best option in the cathegory around £300 is the Certina DS First. It is well built, has sapphire crystal, good size (41mm), 200m waterproof. My watch is in this blue colour, but you can also buy it in black.

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    Re: Quartz diver options

    Quote Originally Posted by svahol
    I was also trying to find a good reasonably priced quartz diver for some time. I think that the best option in the cathegory around £300 is the Certina DS First. It is well built, has sapphire crystal, good size (41mm), 200m waterproof. My watch is in this blue colour, but you can also buy it in black.
    Nice watch. Trasers with a similar spec go for around the same price. E.g. P6506 Commander or P6504.

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