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  1. Qwertyqaz

    Qwertyqaz Jul 30, 2019

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    Hello There

    With me slowly creeping into this horological hobby and knowledge gathering.
    Iam keen to get a Diver, if I had the money would go straight for the Seamaster or the Rolex Hulk but let’s take baby steps and earn the right to get something that special.

    What Iam looking for in this diver is a design similar to either the seamaster or the Rolex Hulk , automatic movement, Sapphire Glass both front and at least partial back and a Ceramic Bezel.

    What brands or models should I be researching, Pricewise would like to search in the $1K range.

    Thanks for all the help.
     
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  2. Davidt

    Davidt Jul 30, 2019

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    Look at various options from Seiko.

    SKX007/009 or the SPB 077/079/087/097.

    No sapphire back but everything else.
     
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  3. KingCrouchy

    KingCrouchy Jul 30, 2019

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    Look into the Orient Mako
     
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  4. JwRosenthal

    JwRosenthal Jul 30, 2019

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  5. JwRosenthal

    JwRosenthal Jul 30, 2019

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  6. Qwertyqaz

    Qwertyqaz Jul 30, 2019

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    What about a Ceramic Bezel in the Seiko?
     
  7. Qwertyqaz

    Qwertyqaz Jul 30, 2019

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    I did see the Marathon in a review today, and it was heavily praised.
    But I'am not looking to Dive :), Looking for more Class build ( High Polished , attention to small cosmetic details) type Dive Watch. That's why I gave the Rolex Hulk as an example.
     
  8. Foo2rama

    Foo2rama Keeps his worms in a ball instead of a can. Jul 30, 2019

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    Sapphire back and low cost diver do not generally go together.


    The Seiko Marine Master is a super high end and very affordable (compared to Rolex and Omega) option.

    It’s a little big but wears well.
     
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  9. JwRosenthal

    JwRosenthal Jul 30, 2019

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    @Foo2rama collects the watches you eventually hope to get into. If he’s recommending the Seiko-that’s high praise.
     
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  10. Qwertyqaz

    Qwertyqaz Jul 30, 2019

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    The Seiko Marinemaster is discontinued?
    I cannot find it on Seiko's website but inline stores like Chrono24 has them
     
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  11. ras47

    ras47 Jul 31, 2019

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    In the sub-$1000 price range it's tough to beat Seiko. The Prospex line has something for just about everyone.
     
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  12. Foo2rama

    Foo2rama Keeps his worms in a ball instead of a can. Jul 31, 2019

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    It is but can still be found.

    Honestly the SKX from Seiko is a great watch at the $200 range. I wear it a lot more then my Planet Ocean.

    At the sub 3k range the planet ocean 2500 movement 42mm is a hell of a watch that is going up in price. It’s older but amazing.
     
  13. Qwertyqaz

    Qwertyqaz Jul 31, 2019

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    I might bump up the price to about $2K if the budget is too low.
    Just emphasising the need for a quality build as opposed to brand name.
    I did check some Ball divers in flesh today and they are so well built, smaller than Oris Aquis but weighed a lot more and felt expensive in hand.
     
  14. Qwertyqaz

    Qwertyqaz Jul 31, 2019

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  15. redzer007

    redzer007 Jul 31, 2019

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    thats a great watch no doubt.

    the scratch you are looking to itch is common one - and its its own little niche - and has massive following - lots of eye candy to consider

    here is an interesting article on micro brands addressing this particular market - however something to remember on these micro brands - the dont have the support structure of the big fish - and they can sink like a stone value wish. however there is lots of interesting watches at that 1k mark.

    https://www.fratellowatches.com/pro...ZSkVbEFQS2s5vgZtdm-s4cQ31jGGSWZcgRTsU7j4CyJ_c

    caveat emptor. but Id check out some of the info in the facebook group.
     
  16. astrand

    astrand Jul 31, 2019

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    Why not get a 90s/2000s Seamaster if you're willing to pay up to $2000? I did the same thing - upgrading from a SKX007J that I wore daily for 3 years. I spent around 1700USD for a blue bond seamaster with box and papers (and another 400USD for servicing).

    You should also take a look at the Seamaster 2254... another classic/fan favorite Omega for under 2k.

    Both offer a ton of watch for the money - if you are willing to part with open caseback and ceramic.

    Cheers,
    Alex

    Not my photo:
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  17. STANDY

    STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Jul 31, 2019

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  18. astrand

    astrand Jul 31, 2019

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    Do you like the Certina PH 200m? Surprised I don't see more of them around.
     
  19. STANDY

    STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Jul 31, 2019

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    Still dive so went the reissue. Did look into the vintage PH 200 but went these 3 as my daily wears

    41E3B4A1-C348-47D8-9A2D-8FE278CF4E33.jpeg

    Calling @styggpyggeno1 who has two nice ones
     
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  20. astrand

    astrand Jul 31, 2019

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    I was referring to the 2018 reissue, just in case I wasn't clear, sorry!