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Discussion in 'Watches' started by KB3UBW, May 27, 2013.
Any particular model that you can think of that fits what I'm looking for?
Just saw the day date. The one off the top of my head would be a Seiko divers watch. The one I'm thinking about is the black monster.
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I did an amazon search for Seiko black monster. Check out the watched they give you. There is an orient black mako for $128. It should meet your criteria.
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The Arabic markings instead of dots complicates it a bit. That rules out lots of classic choices like the Seiko Monster or SKXs and the Orient Ray.
I'd still look hard at the Mako on a bracelet.
But wait! I think I found the perfect one:
It is a little on the large size though:
The only problem that I have with the Monster is the lack of numbers on the face...
Here's a great place to get the Ray.
The owner Marc is a great guy, and active on WUS. It's hard to beat personal customer service.
Very reasonable question, but there is quite a spectrum of watches with those "basic divers watch" features, at many price points .... What's the realistic maximum budget you would consider for this?
I think the highest I could go would be the $150-175 range
Then the "next step up" in price (low $200-ish) might include taking a look at the Seiko BFK (Kinetic diver).
The Citizen Nighthawk (EcoDrive) is not a diver - more of an aviator, different style - but is also in that range. I'm not as familiar with the Citizen divers watches, but I think most of those have just the markers too, not individual numerals ....
Do you guys think that the Seiko Monster is worth the step up on price? And does anybody have a picture of both the Monster and the Mako?
The Monster is a great watch. Better than the Mako? I'm going to say no overall, just very different. The Monster has better lume(one of its claim to fame), but the Mako's lume is very good also. The Monster has abetter stock bracelet, but I think it to skinny (20mm lugs)
To me, Monster vs Mako come down to style choices. If you're going up in price, you need to look at the Seiko SKX007. Its and enduring classic, and still a great value.
I have a Mako, Ray, and SKX-007. I consider them all equals, just different styles.
Honestly, Seiko could charge $100 more for their Monsters and those watches would still be a bargain at that price.
I'm going the other way here.
Don't bother getting a diving watch.
As you get on with your diving, you'll probably be getting a diving computer, which more than likely will be wrist mounted.
Add in wrist slates and compasses, and you end up with limited room on the wrist for the watch.
I realize that, but I also like how they look, and the inherent durability.
Quick question, how long does it take to swap the bracelets?
A minute or two
How good is the lume on the mako?
I would agree with amacman, above
"To me, Monster vs Mako come down to style choices. If you're going up in price, you need to look at the Seiko SKX007. Its and enduring classic, and still a great value."
I don't like my Seiko SKX007. I wear it on a nato strap, and still find it too heavy and bulky. Bear in mind that I normally wear a Casio G-Shock DW-6900, which is a best of a watch. The SKX007 also quickly runs out of charge time. If you're like me and rotate between watches, the SKX007 will die and need time and date readjustment if you leave it along for just one day.
They is about the same with most autos in this price range. They typically will have between 36-40 hours of reserve time. The Monster and SKX007 have the same movement, so their reserve times are the same. As far as size and weight, the Mako, Monster, and SKX all feel about the same on the wrist to me. Its the heft of the SKX thats appeals to many people. It looks and feels like it should cost twice as much as it does.