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I came here to post this too... you really can't go wrong with the Casio MDV106. It's a lot of dive watch for around $40 and 22mm band gives you unlimited strap options. 10/10 would buy again!
What do you guys think about the Casio MDV106-1A? I really like the styling (Sub homage) but I'm worried most people will think it's a fake. Also, it feels somewhat dishonest and seems like it BORDERS on the line of trashy.
What does /r/watches think? I have a Maratac SR-3 but I'd love another diver, and the MDV106-1A looks like a really nice bang/buck.
According to Amazon it's 40. The google images I've seen looked pretty good, does it just fade fast?
You can get some really good deals through Amazon - I bought a wristwatch last month there for NZ$60 - In NZ, the cheapest I could find it for was $164. Even with the Youshop forwarding service which I had to use as Amazon doesn't directly ship that particular item, it was still only half the price I could buy it for in NZ.
If you like a diver: Casio Men's MDV106-1A Stainless Steel Watch
No problem. This Casio can be had for as low as $33. I owned one and I can say it is a good watch, especially if you want to see if you like the diver style.
I just bought this Casio Dive watch. The nob to change the date/time seems to be stuck and I can't pop it out to turn it. Is there a reason for this? Should I just send it back and have a new one shipped?
Not sure its what you're looking for, but this Casio dive watch is a kick-ass watch, and a great deal at $40. You can find it in stores for about twice that. Last time I checked, it had pretty good reviews too.
Great post! I'm pretty new to watches as well, and am also restricting myself to "modestly" priced time-pieces. I've been wanting to get some new straps for a while now, but I just can't bring myself to decide on where to get them from. Where do you get your straps from? How's the quality? Specifically, the perlons? Also, do you have any more photos of your diver on different straps? I picked up a pretty cheap Casio Diver a while ago and have been wanting to put it on a perlon for some time now. Any thoughts/recommendations?
That is one of Casio's dive watches. Model is MDV-106. I think it's one of the best dive watches for the money, it's actually my daily beater.
However, it is quartz and glass is mineral.
One of the recommended budget diver watches is the Casio MDV106.
I want to put it on NATO straps, but all the straps I have are 20mm. The band width listed on amazon is 12mm. How are you guys putting this on Natos if the width is only 12mm? I have never seen anything below 16mm listed on the Nato strap retail sites.
You want cheap and waterproof, try Casio MDV106.
You want expensive and waterproof, I'm not your guy.
I do the same thing sometimes. Grabbed one of these recently to see if I liked the diver style more IRL than in pics. Now I'm looking for a nice auto in that style.
Thanks. I ended up wanting (still wanting) the Excalibur, which I couldn't find new anywhere in the US, so I ended up spending $35 on the Casio Men's MDV106-1AV during an Amazon Black Friday sales blip (it's back up to $44). At that price it's not worth replacing the seals when they need replacing in 3 years. A solid, disposable watch.
Stem is a little rough, look is basic but classic, I like the weight, it actually isn't too big as I'd initially feared, and in the season's cold weather the band is perfectly comfortable. (But it will probably be too hot come summer.)
Timekeeping is fine - in 18 days it's gained three seconds.
I'm looking for a "beater" watch, and I found this amazing Casio MDV106 "Duro". The only thing I don't like about it is the rubber strap, so decided to go with a NATO or a perlon. I've never had any of these types of strap before.
Although the perlon looks nicer than the NATO (imo), I feel like it's also less durable. Which one should I choose?
I'm planning to order the watch from Amazon, so getting the strap from there too would be very comfortable. What are the most reputable perlon / NATO brands on Amazon in the ~15$ price range?
Thank you in advance, any suggestions are welcome :)
I'm looking for a "beater" watch, and I found this amazing Casio MDV106 "Duro". The only thing I don't like about it is the rubber strap, so decided to go with a NATO, canvas or a perlon. I've never had any of these types of strap before.
Although the perlon looks nicer than the NATO and the canvas (imo), I feel like it's also less durable. Which one should I choose?
I'm planning to order the watch from Amazon, so getting the strap from there too would be very comfortable. What are the most reputable perlon / NATO / canvas brands on Amazon in the ~15$ price range?
If you're into dive watches, I've been extremely surprised and impressed with my Casio beater. I took off the rubber strap and added a black and gray NATO. Even with the addition of the strap, it still comes in well under your price range.
If you don't like/don't want a diver, check into Timex Weekenders. ;)
Best of luck!
I love dive watches, and the Casio MDV-106 has been a great first watch for me. It's usually available for $45 or so, although you may want to spend more to replace the rubber strap with something else.
I think this hits on the most important question. Which type of watch would you use more ?
I think both are good watches, but it really will come down to style. While dive watches are my favorite style, I am not a fan of the cyclops eye or the mercedes hour hand, but there are plenty of people who like both, so it will really be about what suits you.
From what you said, it sounds like if the water resistance was the same, you would probably get the Seiko. If you are going to swim with it, I would recommend getting the seals checked regularly. The other route would be to just buy a beater for swimming. I am a huge fan of the Casio MDV as my swimming & diving watch. For $45 you have a decent looking 200m dive watch, that even if you destroy it, you won't feel badly.
If you like diver watches
Should be able to find something from Casio, Seiko, or Timex in that budget.