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  • Which cheapo dive watch?

    I am not (yet) a watch guy but I have really gotten the itch for a dive watch (my other watches are either field or dress watches). I was thinking of scratching that itch with one of these two watches:

    Timex Expedition:
    https://www.timex.com/expedition-ran...spired#start=1

    Casio Duro:
    https://www.amazon.com/Casio-MDV106-...57146454&psc=1

    The Duro seems like a solid value for the money and seems to be beloved by the internet. That strap tho--oof!

    I dig the grey color of the Timex, and like the bracelet, just not totally sold on what looks almost like a hybrid diver/field watch.

    FWIW, I am not planning on actually scuba diving with either of these!

    Any/all thoughts opinions would be appreciated.
    Thanks

  • #2
    Which cheapo dive watch?

    I have the Casio after a multitude of recommendations from Dappered. I really like it. I would go with that one. Even though you don’t plan on going scuba diving or anything with the watch, the Timex only has a 50 M water resistance, which is pretty weak for a dive watch.

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    • #3
      I also have the Casio and would recommend it. I also own a Timex weekender and a Bulova dress watch and get more compliments on the Casio than any other. I replaced the strap with a NATO and wear it casually. I swim with it all the time, both in a pool and the ocean, and have had no problems.

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      • #4
        The Casio is a better built watch... steel case, screw-down crown, screw-down caseback, rotating bezel, 200m water resistant. The lume is weak and the design is entirely derivative of the Rolex Submariner. The strap is not nice but actually very comfortable and easy to replace with rubber, leather, NATO, etc.

        The Timex is plated brass, snap-on caseback, push-pull crown, 50m water resistant. Most likely the bezel is fixed/non-functional. But on the upside the Indiglo lume is very bright (but probably not functional underwater), the design is more original, and if you want a bracelet it has a bracelet.

        If you want something that is actually functional as a diver, the Casio is the way to go IMO. It's the cheapest watch by far with those features.

        PS The description says the Timex is stainless steel. I can virtually guarantee that is wrong. Timex makes some SS watches but they are always in their higher-end lines that sell for $100+ through more "premium" retailers, not in their standard lineup like the Expedition.
        Last edited by LesserBlackDog; January 24, 2019, 09:11 AM.
        Ben

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        • #5
          What LesserBlackDog said. I've owned the Casio two separate times. Both times I got rid of it because it was just too large for my puny wrists--the second time I got it I thought "it couldn't have been THAT big," but I was wrong. Regardless, it was a great watch and would recommend it to anyone with a large enough wrist looking for an inexpensive diver.

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          • #6
            i've had great luck with my invicta 8932OB. $53 on amazon.

            i beat the shit out of it.

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            • #7
              I have a Casio Duro and love it. It is big, but I wear it on an RAF Nato which helps slim it down a bit.

              If you can stretch your budget you should check out the Orient Ray and Mako
              https://www.amazon.com/Orient-FAA020.../dp/B01AK5TQQ8

              https://www.amazon.com/Orient-FAA020.../dp/B01AK5TQXG

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              • #8
                Go with the Casio. I own that watch, picked up after the many positive reviews here on Dappered. Couldn't be happier, especially for the price.

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                • #9
                  I bought the Casio to wear in the garage (the rotating bezel is very helpful for timing a number of tasks). Ended up being so impressed with it that I started wearing it to the office. I have mine on a nylon NATO strap, but the band it comes with is bearable.

                  Still trying to decide how I feel about the blatant copy of the Rolex Submariner.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by LesserBlackDog View Post
                    The Casio is a better built watch... steel case, screw-down crown, screw-down caseback, rotating bezel, 200m water resistant. The lume is weak and the design is entirely derivative of the Rolex Submariner. The strap is not nice but actually very comfortable and easy to replace with rubber, leather, NATO, etc.

                    The Timex is plated brass, snap-on caseback, push-pull crown, 50m water resistant. Most likely the bezel is fixed/non-functional. But on the upside the Indiglo lume is very bright (but probably not functional underwater), the design is more original, and if you want a bracelet it has a bracelet.

                    If you want something that is actually functional as a diver, the Casio is the way to go IMO. It's the cheapest watch by far with those features.

                    PS The description says the Timex is stainless steel. I can virtually guarantee that is wrong. Timex makes some SS watches but they are always in their higher-end lines that sell for $100+ through more "premium" retailers, not in their standard lineup like the Expedition.
                    Thanks for the post-script as that is what I also suspected. One of the first watches I owned was a timex with a silver-colored bracelet made out of plastic or resin. Thinking something similar is one the Expedition.

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                    • #11
                      Thought about the Invicta--really like the look of it--but I think it will wear a little small on my wrist.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by SwiftToole View Post
                        Thanks for the post-script as that is what I also suspected. One of the first watches I owned was a timex with a silver-colored bracelet made out of plastic or resin. Thinking something similar is one the Expedition.
                        I think the bracelet is probably stamped/folded steel but I'm quite certain the case itself is coated brass.
                        Ben

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by LesserBlackDog View Post
                          The Casio is a better built watch... steel case, screw-down crown, screw-down caseback, rotating bezel, 200m water resistant. The lume is weak and the design is entirely derivative of the Rolex Submariner. The strap is not nice but actually very comfortable and easy to replace with rubber, leather, NATO, etc.

                          The Timex is plated brass, snap-on caseback, push-pull crown, 50m water resistant. Most likely the bezel is fixed/non-functional. But on the upside the Indiglo lume is very bright (but probably not functional underwater), the design is more original, and if you want a bracelet it has a bracelet.

                          If you want something that is actually functional as a diver, the Casio is the way to go IMO. It's the cheapest watch by far with those features.

                          PS The description says the Timex is stainless steel. I can virtually guarantee that is wrong. Timex makes some SS watches but they are always in their higher-end lines that sell for $100+ through more "premium" retailers, not in their standard lineup like the Expedition.
                          the stainless steel will be the bracelet. the case is plated brass.

                          casio is a far superior watch from a technical standpoint. Dont sweat the strap too much. thats an easy change. You wont get a good fitted curved end link bracelet but there are many other silicone, canvas, nato, or sailcloth options. I put mine on a hadley roma silicone with contrasting stitching and really liked it. I did do a straight end link hexad bracelet for a while too. Let me see if I can dig up some pics for you.

                          Originally posted by evanparker View Post
                          i've had great luck with my invicta 8932OB. $53 on amazon.

                          i beat the shit out of it.
                          fantastic option. smaller than Duro, comes with a decent bracelet (way better than the timex), and is auto...if that matters to you.

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                          • #14
                            my before and after. I added the bracelet, brushed the surface so it didnt have so much shiny on it, and replaced the insert just because I wanted to.






                            this is the bracelet I used. Cheap but al solid links. Very decent bracelet but not dainty...
                            https://www.ebay.com/itm/18-20-22-24...d=131254343274

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                            • #15
                              Not the cheapest but I like the Citizen Promaster Diver watch because it is an eco-drive.

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