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> My budget is 25-50 dollars, which I know isn't enough for any kind of watch.
I disagree – there are watches worth buying under $50.
Timex Weekender line can usually be had on sale in that range. My wife's ended up being $22 thru Macy's sale. Timex has a number of options that can work.
The one I think you should consider though is the Casio MDV106. (Amazon link). It's a great entry into dive watches for little money.
If you like diver watches
Should be able to find something from Casio, Seiko, or Timex in that budget.
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.
I love dive watches, and the Casio MDV-106 has been a great first watch for me. It's usually available for $45 or so, although you may want to spend more to replace the rubber strap with something else.
If you're into dive watches, I've been extremely surprised and impressed with my Casio beater. I took off the rubber strap and added a black and gray NATO. Even with the addition of the strap, it still comes in well under your price range.
If you don't like/don't want a diver, check into Timex Weekenders. ;)
Best of luck!
I'm looking for a "beater" watch, and I found this amazing Casio MDV106 "Duro". The only thing I don't like about it is the rubber strap, so decided to go with a NATO, canvas or a perlon. I've never had any of these types of strap before.
Although the perlon looks nicer than the NATO and the canvas (imo), I feel like it's also less durable. Which one should I choose?
I'm planning to order the watch from Amazon, so getting the strap from there too would be very comfortable. What are the most reputable perlon / NATO / canvas brands on Amazon in the ~15$ price range?
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 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?
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 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.
You want cheap and waterproof, try Casio MDV106.
You want expensive and waterproof, I'm not your guy.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
If you like a diver: Casio Men's MDV106-1A Stainless Steel Watch
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.
According to Amazon it's 40. The google images I've seen looked pretty good, does it just fade fast?
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.
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!
Possibly this Casio diver?
It really depends on the price range...I'd say that with your carry, you're more of a value and utilitarian than a showman or a flamboyant person. That's a nice Civivi, but it still IS a Civivi, not a WE (to stay in brand) or even a Sabenza/Holt/Koenig. The Swiss indicates a nod toward tradition, while the Glock says you're open to, and appreciate, technology that makes things better.
To me, this suggests quartz and something like a Casio G-SHOCK, or a Duro, if you wanted to go more traditional, but still get great water resistance.
Timex is again making some interesting pieces, particularly (IMO) in the field watch variant, so if you're less in need of water resistance, but a field piece appeals, Timex may be your best value option.
Now, if you wanted to up-level just a little bit and go mechanical for the whimsy of it, you're buried in good options from $200USD down, from Orient to microbrands like Deep Blue (Seiko movements at the lower end, typically). Heck, even Seiko plays here, but they appear to have some alignment problems on their chapter rings, depending. A sort of known secret is that Deep Blue always offers a 40% discount using either DEEP or BLUE as the coupon code)
I have an Orient Ray Raven II, though I'm about to sell it. Great watch, but no longer sees wrist time. I also have a Deep Blue Master 1000 in blue mother of pearl. I've got 7.5" wrists, so I need around a 41mm or larger to not appear toy-ish on my wrist...I have no vintage options as a result). There are a LOT of options for an automatic watch in the sub $200USD range, if you start looking, you'll find which ones to avoid and which ones to embrace, especially as you look.
If you want to step up the game to the sub $500...honestly...the sky is your limit. Choose a style (dress, tool [diver, field, pilot,etc.], casual, etc.), start looking around. You can get Swiss made for just around $300USD; you can get some mighty impressive microbrands. Also, don't forget the secondary market for some great deals! I'm likely selling my Ray Raven II for $120 OBO over on /r/Watchexchange/, where I've also gotten several great watches, including a Geckota K1 44mm Pilot watch (no longer available). I peruse that sub every day, not only to dream, but also to look and figure out what I like and want. My Geckota wasn't even on my list, but it was there, at the right time, and it STILL strikes a chord 2 months later.
Oh, and as my YouTube hero Nick says, "Do NOT get into watches..." as he gets me into pocket knives first....and now watches...
It's been hanging around $70 for a while, but it's back down to $45.99.
Here's the price history: [link]
This is not an all-time low, but it hasn't gone much lower than this in recent years. I am tempted to buy a spare or two so I can give them as gifts or maybe just keep a "backup."
Absolutely killer watch, beautiful dial that gives a nice sunburst effect in some light, looks as nice as divers at several times the price if not more.
Like many dive watches, it comes on a somewhat fugly rubber strap. That stock strap is actually quite functional and comfortable - no shame in using it! This dude REALLY shines on a 22mm NATO strap or metal bracelet, though. One of the all-time steals in the watch world.
The only possible downside to this watch is that 44mm may be too large for some folks' preferences.
* Casio Men's MDV106-1AV 200M Duro Analog Watch, Black 4.7 out of 5 stars 5,796 ratings Amazon's Choice for "casio duro" $46.94 USD Prime OK
That's the stainless steel model with a black resin strap. $46.94 USD is the best I've seen, but I'm in the U.S., and I have "Free" 2-day shipping with Amazon Prime. I've seen the same MDV106-1A on Ebay for around $45 but there can be shipping added. For you shipping is probably extra, and that can get expensive to Australia. See if you can find one at a Hong Kong dealer. BTW there are a couple of new models of the MDV106 that came out a month or two ago, but they are still a little hard to find. One has a gold-tone bezel (MDV106G-1A) and one is blue (I don't know the model #, MDV106B maybe?) I just bought the gold tone bezel model for $60.55 USD on Amazon. You might want to wait a while for the prices on the new models to drop a bit. Good hunting.
You can just buy it here [link]
Casio Duro A watch that really punches above it's price point. Or if you really want to spend as little as possible for a pretty decent dive watch, there is the Casio MRW 200 .
Casio Men's MDV106-1AV 200M Duro Analog Watch, Black [link]
There’s a reason that Casio is the gold standard for affordable watches and the MDV106 is no exception. Hard to find a better value than that.
[link] here’s the replacement sorry m8
I don't have one, but people seem to like this guy:
Comes in other colors too. You can also see if you can get a deal on a Citizen Eco Drive watch. They're a little pricier than 100 euro, but it's really nice to have something powered by light for your daily.
Casio Duro is $45 on Amazon
Where do you live that bottom temps go from 50F to 80f during dive season?
But you can buy an inexpensive dive watch for $50 or less. It doesn't have to be fancy just survive the pressure and keep time.
You can easily buy a cheap 7mm wet suit for $100. Hell had a newbie I know buy one for $60 on sale from amazon.
The point is that it can be an expensive hobby. Buy stuff you need first, then get fancy with it.
Not even this Casio?
All Casio, but for this range I really love Casio above most others.
If you like the dive watch look, at that price point your best bet is probably the Casio Duro
If anyone is fond of the watch but not the price tag, Casio makes a very similar dive watch for $45. I've had mine for 2 years and it's tough as nails!
Well, I'd say this is a "submariner" looking watch, so if you look for a submariner type quartz you could find something similar I think.
Casio have some nice quartz divers: https://www.amazon.com/Casio-MDV106-1AV-Analog-Watch-Black/dp/B009KYJAJY/ref=owo_wa?_encoding=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
I think a 44mm watch would be fine on a 7.5" wrist. Here's a review and pics from someone who bought the watch and has a 7" wrist. [link]
You definitely need to understand the difference between quartz and autos, and the strengths of each before you lay down your money for a watch. This is a good video that you should check out before you buy a watch to help you decide if you want quartz or auto. [link]
Check this Casio out. Casio Men's MDV106-1AV 200M Duro Analog Watch, Black [link]
Looking for a recommendation, as I'm torn between a few diver watches and time is running out for me to make returns on Amazon:
Love the look, as got a cheap straight end-piece steel bracelet for it that I think looks pretty nice. Appreciate the no-frills features, and the fact that if it gets banged up, the low cost paid ($62 CAD) makes it easy to replace. Don't like the fact that it's almost not worth changing the battery on it due to the overall price paid, and I feel odd buying NATO straps and silicone straps for such a low-cost watch.
Citizen Promaster BN0150-28E
Got it for a nice sale on Amazon ($187 CAD), and have another watch with 20 mm lugs so I can re-use existing straps. Love Eco-Drive and a 5- year warranty. Only dislikes are how cramped the watch face looks, and I'm going to have to get an aftermarket steel band for it as well.
Orient Mako II
My favorite watch for aesthetics, and it's currently on sale for $208 CAD. Wary about getting an automatic, as I've never had one before. Not sure how I feel about their inherent inaccuracy, as well as the inevitable maintenance costs of $80 CAD +. every few years.
If anyone could offer some opinions on these three, I'd really appreciate it!
I kinda agree with others. for outdoors activities, I'd probably stick to Quartz watches with a 100m water resistance rating.
if you must go Mechanical (because they are awesome) I'd also throw the Seiko NSGZ in the mix. its a field watch, can take a beating, great lume, 100M water rating and they are like $110 or so.
I am kinda partial to the orient Mako. it was my daily watch for 2 years or so until I got my current one. it would still be my daily watch had I got the black dial version. the blue is so nice, just doesn't go with most outfit.
Edit: I might suggest getting whatever watch you want above, then going with one of these or even cheaper yet, one of these to beat on. the first one is a fan favorite beater watch around here. the second is "throw away" cheap so you don't have to worry about it...but mine has taken a beating, goes swimming and hiking all the time and rustles about in a yard. its a killer watch for $15
It's this Casio with a band from [link]!
The Casio MDV-106 is a great budget dive watch, looks like $44.23 on Amazon. I promptly switched the rubber strap for a NATO on mine.
This is a favorite here. Affordable and good quality.
Diver- Casio MDV or Invicta Pro Diver
Dress- Orient Symphony
Field- Seiko SNK809 or Bulova 96B230
Digital/Ana-Digital- G-Shock or F91W
-Cheap but well respected from what I hear
I fully understand that this is not really the same thing. However, in my opinion, this casio diver is a reasonable option for much less money.
Just in case you don't find an SKX in your price range.
Edit: For sale atm
Thanks, mate. Casio MDV-106
If you want something that looks like a real watch, you might try the Casio MDV106 for under $50. It is a simple dive watch style, 200m water resistance, durable quartz movement. I replaced the rubber strap with these Adebena 22mm Nato Strap - 2 pack.
Thanks, mate. Casio MDV-106A
I love this watch - hits way above it's weight for the price:
What's your budget? If under $50, I'd recommend this Casio. If more, this Marathon would hold up well, or maybe a Sinn U1 for maximum performance. If you could give us a wrist size and budget that would help.
If you don't wanna wear a rep because you don't think you can "rock it" or something just buy a casio or something and wear it proudly
Check out the Casio MDV106.
Looking at getting my first ever watch.... can't decide between this Casio or Invicta. Pretty similar but what's your advice?
Will just be for everyday use. If I get the Casio I plan on switching the strap with a grey/black nylon strap
I present to you my Wenger Seaforce, model number 01.0641.115. Got it on Amazon for less than $100. Has some decent features such as sapphire crystal (albeit "synthetic"), 200m WR, a screw-down crown, and a rotating bezel. Quartz movement. Equipped with a BluShark Orca navy strap. Pairs well with the gunmetal finish IMO!
I just needed a simple, clean-looking watch that I don't have to worry about scratching or dinging. I do have some G-Shocks, but there really is no substitute for an analog watch. I fell in love with this watch due to its gunmetal finish and grey dial.
I was originally going to go with the Casio MDV106 but it was slightly bigger and I just wanted something a little more unique.
Your guys' thoughts?
Maybe the Casio mdv106 as a Diver?
Casio Men's MDV106-1AV 200M Duro Analog Watch, Black [link]
If not you can get the rider version of your grail for 120$. That can hold you off.
Also going with the style this watch is okay.
Fanmis White Dial Sapphire Seagull Movement Power Reserve Portugal Style Automatic Watch [link]
As well as a sun moon gmt
Parnis Men's Hand Wind Mechanical Watch Two Times Moon Phase Seagull Movement St36 [link]
I suggest how ever saving up more money and buying the
Hamilton Men's H64455533 Khaki King Series Stainless Steel Automatic Watch with Brown Leather Band [link]
Casio makes a diver's watch.
I've owned it for 2 years and no problems at all so far. I like it more than the Seiko diver I owned previously.
And they do send to Turkey, just checked their Ship too address. Nice Casio, I have a few of them, but not this one.
I replaced my garbage Timex with Casio's Rolex Submariner clone and I'm very happy with it. The band is pretty terrible but I replaced it with a Zulu strap and it looks fantastic.
Comes in only black is the downside. Awesome photography btw!
Rodina and Weekender are good but the Weekender is loud as fuck.
I'll suggest the Casio MDV106, hard to beat for a $40 watch and you can throw on a leather or Nato strap as you like.
Also if you want to stick with the Timex, go for the "Weekkender Chrono it's still a little noisy but much much better than the basic Weekender and you can get it in multiple colorways.
edit: also, if you're really just into the look, get the invicta 8932OB ( or the 8926, either the auto or the quartz). really nice for the price.
So, it seems that every single person who has bought a casio diver has gotten the 007 black & gray NATO to go with it. Is there anyone out there with something different? Please post pictures if you have any! Just bought this watch, and was considering purchasing a strap to swap the stock rubber/resin strap. Saw someone posted a pic of theirs on a black leather strap a while back, which looks pretty sweet. The texture kinda got me thinking about maybe getting a perlon strap. Any thought/suggestions? Still pretty new to the whole watch game, so any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
How do you feel about this? It seems to meet all your specifications
Check out Freestyle. Note that they can be had for significantly cheaper on Amazon. There's also the ever popular Casio MDV106.
I'll go off script a bit and suggest looking at the Casio MDV106. I bought mine this fall for $33 on Amazon – I'm wearing it daily to see if I like wearing a diver-style before sinking a ton of money into an auto.
So far I do like it, it's a lot of watch for not a lot of money. It's fairly widely liked across watch forums.
It's kind of cured me of wanting a low-end auto diver and waiting until I can go more upmarket for a diver. This long-term will probably be worn when I'd wear a g-shock.
What about this Casio?
Dive watch feel.
I'd recommend searching the watchuseek forum for more detailed info, but if you're looking in the Invicta price range, the Casio MDV106 is an excellent cheap watch.
Link to buy(Amazon)
Micro review (Instagram)
> There's a casio dive watch for about $30
The MDV106 would be a great choice but it doesn't come on a bracelet and aftermarket bracelets rarely look great.
i would honestly just buy this casio and a separate metal bracelet. or something like this.
Consider the Casio diver? And maybe also this Timex Expedition.
That's $40, but a damn nice watch.
I wouldn't take a watch like that on a trip like yours. I would get something like this:
this one fits your criteria, it's cheap, (under $50) , looks like a Submariner, its a true dive watch, and the quality is outstanding.
myself and my co-worker both own one and wear it very often. it looks much better in person than in the amazon pic too.
Here it is. I bought a different strap for it though.
Hyviä vaihtoehtoja, ehdotan myös Casion sukelluskelloa: Casio MDV106. Tuota saa esim. eBaysta jollain 50 eurolla ja Nato-rannekeita vaihtamalla kellon ulkonäköä saa muutettua aika kivasti.
ninjaedit DW5600:n saa kans reilulla 50 eurolla eBaysta
Leather and water do not go well together. There are"water proof" leather straps, but even those I'd not swim with because they'll get nasty and deteriorate. If also not recommend wearing a watch rated for only 30m while swimming and definitely not in the shower (hot water and soap will quickly corrode any gaskets used for water resistance), as you'll likely cause water damage eventually.
It sounds like for your lifestyle I'd recommend no less than 100m water resistance and perhaps more importantly a screw-down crown next time you look to buy a watch. You may even want to step up to 200m water resistance as it sounds like you swim a lot. One thing to note is the water resistance rating is for static pressure, so banging your watch around on the surface could cause water to breach the case if there's no screw-down crown. This is also why 100m is recommended if you'll be taking the watch in the water a lot. Also important, water resistance is only maintained as long as the seals are good. All seals should be checked every so many years, for quartz this is generally whenever it needs a battery, for mechanical it should be done with servicing every five years or so.
Maybe for now change to a nice nylon (perlon style may look nice on your watch) or rubber watch band. For the future of look into a nice watch with high water resistance, this Casio MDV106-1AV [link] would be a good starting point at less than $50 it's less money than a lot of leather straps and bracelets out there.
Looks similar to (but is probably not) a Casio MDV-106.
(it's quartz if that matters)