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Old 09-25-2012, 06:00 AM   #1741
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But you should be able to get a new movement for around $50 and a fresh bezel insert for $20. Or find a cheap used Seiko with a 7S26 movement on eBay and let a watchmaker do the swap.
Are you kidding? I've been all but praying for a justification to buy a new timepiece for years! This one just, wouldn't, quit. It very nearly went to the bottom of the ocean after I caught the wristband on a lifeline. The watch went falling overboard still ticking... and safely into the dinghy. Even my dad tortured me on our sailing trip from San Juan with a shiny new Automatic Diver of his own.

Maybe I should be more sentimental? I bought mine in high school with the money I earned mowing lawns. That big hefty scratch in the bezel at 6-o'clock was the first of many, yet I like to think that it prepared me for the first scratch I put on the GS when it was new!
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:21 PM   #1742
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Bump for the thread all about 'thumper' watches

Bump for the thread all about 'thumper' watches
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:20 AM   #1743
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Timex Expedition for me.
+1, same one, still going on it's 6th year.
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:44 AM   #1744
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Here is my latest bombproof watch, G-Shock 7900 with moonphase and tidegraph:

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Old 03-09-2013, 07:54 AM   #1745
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My newest is an Ironman Shock.



Thanks overlandr for kickstarting this one again.
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Old 03-10-2013, 11:49 PM   #1746
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It's been several years since I saw this video and bought a Casio G-Shock 5600E. I paid less than $50 on amazon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrYQmRRmCOM

I have worn it every day, I never take it off for anything.
It's been through a couple of mc trips to Central America and a couple of summers of swimming and kayaking plus all the mechanics and carpentry, wood splitting and hauling, cross country skiing that comes along. It bicycled 1200 miles and was my training watch for an couple of months of classic ski the Birkiebiner training.

Through all of that movement and several years it has lost 15 seconds.

The price today?

http://www.amazon.com/Casio-DW5600E-.../dp/B000GAYQKY

Unbelievable!!!!!!!!!

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Old 03-12-2013, 12:23 AM   #1747
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Any and all suggestions for rough, waterproof, under $600 timepieces
welcome and appreciated.
Disclaimer, I have not read through the whole thread so this may be a repeat. But here goes: The Seiko SKX series dive watches. For $200 or less, it's the most serious, legit, real use dive watch bargain in the world. Personnaly I do no like their standard stainless band and prefer the harder to find "Oyster" style--think Rolex Jubilee vs. Rolex Submariner. I personally like running mine with a "zulu" band, the one-piece nylon bands that run about $20. For $220 or less, that's a real deal bargain.

This is not my watch, but add 16-years of use and a badly faded "Pepsi" ring and that's what is on my wrist right now:


I got that one after the summer of '98 because I wanted a day feature as my job then (as now) didn't run on a normal schedule. My older Seiko dive watch is like above without the day marker and I got it at the MCRD in San Diego summer '94. That watch is one work scared mo'fo', but it's running like a tank. Neither watch has ever been down for service.

After that, I have what I believe to be the best bargain in the "I'd own a Submariner if I could afford one" category of watches. It's the Invicta 9937OB. This is the old style 9937OB with the "old bezel," get it--OB--which is the same as coin edge that Rolex uses AND the saphire crystals front and rear. I got it on a sale at World of Watches, delivered, for $200. 304L stainless, saphire crystals, Swiss movement (not assembled is Switzerland, however, so it's not "Swiss made"), and the most classic dive watch style ever for $200?! A bargain! These "old" 9937OBs are hard to get now, I'd say expect $300+. This watch did go in for service after a year, costing me $100 at the local Rolex certified watchsmith. The bezel has a nice, thich black ring that is scratch/ding resistant--a nice quality touch--and looks near new after 4+ years of almost daily wear. (Again, not my picture)



Funny, the knock-around watches haven't gone down once in well over a decades use where the "good," Swiss watch needed it's but wiped. Kind of like old Jeeps and new cars, I guess. Still, for daily wear, the Invicta 9937OB ("Fauxlex"), for days where I expect to knock the watch around (or when I don't know what day it is!), the Seikos.

Still, without a doubt, those are what I'd put up as the best two bargain watches going in the working/dive category.

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Old 03-12-2013, 03:35 AM   #1748
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Wow, that Seiko Samurai is NICE!!!



*If* you can find a contract overrun on the Marathon watches, those are similarly very nice and just under the $600 limit in this thread.
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Old 03-12-2013, 04:01 AM   #1749
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I'm rocking a g shock riseman lately.

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Old 03-12-2013, 06:18 AM   #1750
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Disclaimer, I have not read through the whole thread so this may be a repeat. But here goes: The Seiko SKX series dive watches. For $200 or less, it's the most serious, legit, real use dive watch bargain in the world.
At the end of time, there will be cockroaches and Seiko divers.
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:31 AM   #1751
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I'm rocking a g shock riseman lately.

If that had a compass it would be perfect.
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:28 AM   #1752
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I agree. When they come out with a tri sensor g shock that isn't to huge on the wrist I'll get it.


The solar charging and daily automatic time update are really cool features. I won't buy another quartz watch without them.
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:05 AM   #1753
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At the end of time, there will be cockroaches and Seiko divers.


Heck, cockroaches wearing Seiko divers!
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:06 AM   #1754
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*If* you can find a contract overrun on the Marathon watches, those are similarly very nice and just under the $600 limit in this thread.
They're a helluva a watch. They're seriously hefty.

But... The automatics keep lousy time and the paint in the tick marks on the bezel is flaking out.

I wouldn't buy another.

Edit: Holy shit. They're going for over US$900.00, now.


Also, a quick call to Marathon said they'd replace the bezel.
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:14 AM   #1755
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I still have and wear both my Seiko titanium samurai and my Citizen Aqualand Duplex. The Citizen is quartz, and I put a battery in it every 3 years or so....and the Seiko keeps great time. Both my watches get worn 24/7...whichever one I'm wearing at the time. The only time I ever take one off is to swap them out. After hours and hours in salt water, chlorinated water, etc, the titanium cases look great.

I did buy a cheap Casio to wear while riding my dirtbike, because I was afraid of damaging my other two, but I never wear the Casio.
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