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Good Diver's Watches

Hey all. Who makes good diver's watches? What kind of watch do you wear when you hit the seas? Thanks!
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I just free dive but I never take my watch off. I always get one with a screw-in crown and rated to 200 meters. Analog, of course. Right now using an old Casio (hard to find a new one that's rated 200 m now) and a new Citizen eco-drive (runs on light, artificial or sun) Titanium 200m. Of course, 30 feet's my limit and not a lot of bottom time!
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I like the Eco-Drive watches, especially since they don't require batteries. I normally wear a SailHawk Eco-Drive titanium that was a gift.
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Gold, apparently if you plan to DIVE with it, they all leak unless the seals are replaced regularly, like every two years even if there's a screw-down crown to secure that weak point. I hear this from multiple watch repair shops, who all say if you plan to use it for diving, buy whatever is cheap enough to replace because a set of seals is useless without a pressure test, which means going into the shop for service every 2nd year. That can cost more than many "decent" watches do!

For plain wet wear on the surface...any of them seem to do well. The makers all warn that you should not wear them in the shower or under the faucet, as the force of the water shooting out is apparently higher than the pressure rating for many of the seals on these watches. (I suspect you'd have to needle jet exactly the right spot for that to be a real problem, but again, they all say this. Maybe I've been lucky, that's never been a problem.)
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hmmm thanks guys

hellosailor, does that apply to gold-plated watches, or just watches with more gold?
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Gold need not apply. Metal, plastic, all same same once they get wet. Or need service.
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My Tag Heuer, 300 meter Aquaracer Automatic is at it's best both topside and at depth. I'm a very active wreck diver and sailor, subjecting my watch to all sorts of abuse, but the saphire crystal defies scratching - five years of constant wear and it still looks like it just left Switzerland.

I chose the metalic blue face - sharp enough for office meetings and sporty elsewhere. The dual clasp, stainless bracelet has two easily adjusted positions - for bare wrist or over a wetsuit cuff.

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TrueBlue, many of them do perform very well for many years. I'm just repeating the warnings that I've gotten from Rolex, Breitling, Casio, Timex , Seiko, and Omega, along with a family friend who was a jeweler for many years, and the Rolex authorized repair shop on Bermuda (stopping in during a beach flooding of my Accutron, and he remarked that *all* brands flooded), and one of the older multiple swiss-brand authorized gents in NYC. (Not a watch shop, but one of the few men actually authorized to do factory service.)

They all say the same thing, that the seals are simply not reliable for more than 1-2 years after a fresh seal and pressure test. Sooner or later, if you keep diving, they'll flood.

Well, except the original Pulsar, which has nothing to do with the brand of the same name today. The original was a permanently encapsulated, LED watch with solar power. No seals=no leaks possible.

So I dive with a plastic watch, and if it leaks...the damage is limited to $40.

By the way, almost every "diving" watch today shares a common error. The numbers on the bezel? On the older diving watches, these were always "count down" sequence to measure your remaining air time. On almost all the new watches, the bezels are backwards--they count UP, not down. Go figure!

And then of course there are diving computers...but somehow, I just refuse to go there. I've got one of the big clunky "Princeton" automatic stopwatches in my diving console, trusty old wind-up technology with only two robust o-rings in it.
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Well, I'm looking for something that will survive years of boating, maybe falling in a few times. I don't plan on doing heavy diving.
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I have an analog Pulsar with screw down crown from 1980 that is still running just fine after decades in the saltwater. Seals were screwed up once during a battery change but I returned to watchnaker and he dried, cleaned, lubed & fixed the seals and it was good to go. Last 4 years or so been wearing a Casio G-shock Surfer's watch that gives sun, moon, and tide data that cost ~ $90. When watchmaker replaced battery he commented on how well sealed it was and said next time new battery would be $20 not $10 cause it had twice as many screws as any other watch. Just did a quick search and found the attached website which has a description of this series of watchs. Only downside is too many buttons.
http://www.jewelry-online.us/122372.htm
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