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drifter136
11-20-2007, 14:44
With being new, I will most likely be using dive tables and a watch for awhile. Do you all prefer a digital watch or an analog watch with rotating bezel and why?

I like the idea of an analog for a more classy look when not diving, but I like the idea of a digital for the countdown timer with beeping alarm.

Lastly, could you recommend a good watch for under $100? I know the Timex Helix is often recommended for the depth gauge, but I may not get lucky enough to "win" the auctions for one, so I would like suggestions on currently available pieces.

BSea
11-20-2007, 14:51
My watch is a dive watch, but I rarely look at it when diving. Computers have spoiled me. I've got to admit my watch is a hold over from when I didn't use a computer. If I had to buy today, and I wanted a watch that just was for diving, I'd get a digital, but if it was for everyday, then I'd stay with analog.

BouzoukiJoe A.K.A. wrecker130 AKA Chuck Norris AKA joeforbroke (banned)
11-20-2007, 14:52
I like the analog with rotating bezel. I tried using a digital watch. Hard to press the button to start the timer using thick gloves. IMO, analog is easier to set and to read.

drifter136
11-20-2007, 14:56
Thank you for the reasonings so far and quick replies to the thread.

I also realized by starting this thread, it got me to post 10. Woot!

kyfriedchipper
11-20-2007, 15:56
Me like the Casio Seapathfinder - a little on the large size - but its a great watch, depth gauge, compass, and solar powered!

timgpp
11-20-2007, 16:31
i like my digital. because it is easier to see the numbers when dark, and because mine has a fancy temperature feature on it. when on land it tends to read a little high, but under water it is pretty good. it is a timex reef gear

MSilvia
11-20-2007, 16:43
I use a digital OMS bottom timer. It's similar to a dive computer, but it doesn't calculate a dive profile for you... it just gives you depth, dive time, and temperature.

2thdivr
11-20-2007, 16:44
Use a Seiko orange monster to back-up my computer (used in gauge mode)

drifter136
11-20-2007, 16:48
I've been thinking about a Casio G-shock if I go digital, but can't decide on a model. I've seen some that not only beep, but also vibrate with the countdown timer, which I think would be a nice feature. Although, I should be paying attention to my bottom time enough on my own without needing all those attention grabbing extras, but just figured, better safe than sorry.

CaribbeanDiver
11-20-2007, 17:14
when I go without a computer I use a ScubaPro/Uwatec Bottom Timer. It displays current depth, max depth, temperature and Bottom Time. Keeps a history of 10 dives and sells for around $180-200.

drifter136
11-20-2007, 17:25
The bottom timers seem pretty nice and I really like the fact they keep track of your max depth for the dive, but until I get a computer, I think I'd like to stick with a watch. This is mainly because I've been in the market for a new watch for everyday use anyway.

Puffer Fish
11-20-2007, 17:48
I have one of these:

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j98/garinj/BJ2000-09E.jpg

Which has a depth indicator and saves the maximum depth from the last dive...

And one of these:

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j98/garinj/J170488_400.jpg


I like both.. for a great dive watch.. find a sale on an invicta diver, with automatic movement...and the non-painted bezel...they are tanks, don't require batteries and look good.

Here is a great example (except the painted bezel) but it is a very nice watch:

Invicta Men's Diver Automatic Leather Strap Watch at ShopNBC.com (http://www.shopnbc.com/product/?familyid=J173967&storeid=1&propid=728&page=LIST&category=Watches|t311&prop=Men's|472&catprop=472&avs=IsClearance|Clearance&sub_attr_name=Clearance&track=728&cm_re=SearchList-_-N-_-N)

tc_rain
11-20-2007, 18:26
Analog w/ rotating bezel. If it does end up getting wet, it will dry and still work.

navyhmc
11-20-2007, 20:15
I went with the old standby Casio G-shock. I've never had one fail to work even at depth. I will admit I've killed a few while doing things that would have taken out every other watch I owned a lot faster.

The only interesting thing is that every one of them when I've replaced a battery goes into a coma for an hour before it remembers it's a watch again. I had to actually force a jewler to take my money after he thoguht he broke my watch and wouldn't take payment. Sure enough, an hour later it was working perfectly again.

drifter136
11-20-2007, 20:26
Haha, thanks for the heads up on replacing a battery in a G-shock. Good to know that it does start working again once it remembers it's a watch.

Puffer Fish
11-20-2007, 20:53
I went with the old standby Casio G-shock. I've never had one fail to work even at depth. I will admit I've killed a few while doing things that would have taken out every other watch I owned a lot faster.

The only interesting thing is that every one of them when I've replaced a battery goes into a coma for an hour before it remembers it's a watch again. I had to actually force a jewler to take my money after he thoguht he broke my watch and wouldn't take payment. Sure enough, an hour later it was working perfectly again.


If there was ever a person that needed this watch, it is you:

MTM Night Ops Vultures Military Watches - Special Ops, Navy Seals, Special Forces (http://www.specialopswatch.com/cart/products.cgi?detail=83&option=7)

drifter136
11-20-2007, 21:00
Puffer Fish, that is an awesome watch. I wonder how much it will cost.

Puffer Fish
11-20-2007, 21:05
Puffer Fish, that is an awesome watch. I wonder how much it will cost.
I would guess over a thousand.. but that is just a guess.

drifter136
11-20-2007, 21:16
In that case, I'd go ahead and get a wireless, air integrated computer instead.

CompuDude
11-20-2007, 21:52
I have a computer, but back it up with a regular watch. Analog watch. Same as puffer's actually.

I have a g-shock I use with classes, however, so I have a stopwatch more readily available.

mcc2318
11-26-2007, 13:00
analog cant go wrong with it

Dark Wolf
11-26-2007, 16:21
http://www.leisurepro.com/Prod/CategoryID_973/Context_965/Sort_Stock/DescSort_0/Filter_1%3d896/CASDW90521V.html?Hit=1

This is the watch that I wear. I have had it to 153' and have had no problems with it. Now that I have a computer, it is a back-up. Of course, I also have a $10 Wal-Mart watch that was with me on the same deep dive and it still works perfectly too! But I really like the G-Shock.
I have not had any problems using the buttons with 7 mil gloves.

DW

navyhmc
11-26-2007, 16:47
http://www.leisurepro.com/Prod/CategoryID_973/Context_965/Sort_Stock/DescSort_0/Filter_1%3d896/CASDW90521V.html?Hit=1

This is the watch that I wear. I have had it to 153' and have had no problems with it. Now that I have a computer, it is a back-up. Of course, I also have a $10 Wal-Mart watch that was with me on the same deep dive and it still works perfectly too! But I really like the G-Shock.
I have not had any problems using the buttons with 7 mil gloves.

DW

I got my G-shock a Wal-Mart for around $60. The nice thing is this G-shock reincaration is solar so as long as i can get sunlight for about 20 minutes every third day, it will last a long, long time. 2 years now and no complaints.

dannybot
11-26-2007, 19:43
I have a Seiko automatic similar to this: Buy.com - Seiko Dive watches mens SKX-009 : SKX009 (http://www.buy.com/prod/seiko-dive-watches-mens-skx-009/q/loc/64934/205064930.html). But for a little less money you could get: Aeris XR-1 Wrist Computer, Computers: Air, Aeris, Aeris XR-1 Wrist Computer (http://scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=AerisXR1Wrist), and with the money you save buy a disposable digital watch from Walmart.

BuzzGA
11-26-2007, 22:30
I'm a fan of the analog watch. I use a computer but I still set the bezel before my dive just as a backup. As far as what I use, its a cheap Timex so long as it works I don't worry about the bells and whistles

Soonerwink
11-26-2007, 22:35
I prefer the digital, mostly because it is easier to read. I am also trying to win a Timex Helix on ebay to use as a backup to my computer.

Goober
12-02-2007, 15:39
Figured I'd give this Casio Waveceptor a try WVA107HA-1AV - Waveceptor - Timepiece - Products - CASIO (http://www.casio.com/products/Timepiece/Waveceptor/WVA107_Series/product/WVA107HA-1AV/) I've never know anyone to have problems with Gshocks, in fact it was hard not to purchase one, But I wanted analog with a rotating bezel, as well as digital features, this waveceptor seemed to fit the bill.

I simply like the thought of redundency. With a fresh battery in the Vyper, It's double tough. However, a little piece for $45.0 that gives that "redundency factor" sure!...."It's the way John Wayne wouldadunnit":smiley20:

CompuDude
12-03-2007, 13:41
Figured I'd give this Casio Waveceptor a try WVA107HA-1AV - Waveceptor - Timepiece - Products - CASIO (http://www.casio.com/products/Timepiece/Waveceptor/WVA107_Series/product/WVA107HA-1AV/) I've never know anyone to have problems with Gshocks, in fact it was hard not to purchase one, But I wanted analog with a rotating bezel, as well as digital features, this waveceptor seemed to fit the bill.

I simply like the thought of redundency. With a fresh battery in the Vyper, It's double tough. However, a little piece for $45.0 that gives that "redundency factor" sure!...."It's the way John Wayne wouldadunnit":smiley20:

Nice watch, but that's not a g-shock and it's not 200m water resistant, meaning it's not rated for scuba per Casio. It may or may not work just fine, but you may want to keep that in consideration. Most manufacturers require at least 200m water resistance to be considered viable for scuba. It's not that you'll be taking it to 200m (or even 50m), it has to do with static pressure ratings vs. hydrodynamic pressure.

drifter136
12-03-2007, 14:42
I have a Seiko automatic similar to this: Buy.com - Seiko Dive watches mens SKX-009 : SKX009 (http://www.buy.com/prod/seiko-dive-watches-mens-skx-009/q/loc/64934/205064930.html). But for a little less money you could get: Aeris XR-1 Wrist Computer, Computers: Air, Aeris, Aeris XR-1 Wrist Computer (http://scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=AerisXR1Wrist), and with the money you save buy a disposable digital watch from Walmart.Yeah, unfortunately, Seiko is not in my price range as far as watches go and I probably would opt for a dive computer and an el cheapo watch if I were to spend that kind of money.

I'm thinking about one of these Timex watches: Timex.com (http://www.timex.com/gp/comparison?compareListASINs=B000TQQJAA%2CB000T875F G%2CB000TQL270%2CB000T896FI%2CB000TQS4TE&addedASINs=B000TQQJAA%2CB000T875FG%2CB000TQL270%2C B000T896FI%2CB000TQS4TE&removeASINs=&node=388127011&rh=&keywords=&addedImages=http%3A%2F%2Fecx.images-amazon.com%2Fimages%2FI%2F21%2ByKESwrUL._SX60_SY83 _.jpg%2Chttp%3A%2F%2Fecx.images-amazon.com%2Fimages%2FI%2F21j5DS8-SZL._SX60_SY83_.jpg%2Chttp%3A%2F%2Fecx.images-amazon.com%2Fimages%2FI%2F21MFa%2BTrzBL._SX60_SY83 _.jpg%2Chttp%3A%2F%2Fecx.images-amazon.com%2Fimages%2FI%2F21wETehHm%2BL._SX60_SY83 _.jpg%2Chttp%3A%2F%2Fecx.images-amazon.com%2Fimages%2FI%2F21XIOnQnmQL._SX60_SY83_. jpg&addedTitles=Expedition%2CExpedition%26%23174+Diver +Style&viewIDFromSearch=embedded)

Although the info on some of them say only WR to 100m, they all say WR200m when you zoom in on them, so hopefully they are good to 200m. Target has the lower priced models for $69: Timex Expedition Dial Watch - Black/ Yellow Band : Target (http://www.target.com/Timex-Expedition-Dial-Watch-Yellow/dp/B000TQL270/qid=1196713780/ref=br_1_4/601-3840624-0581732?ie=UTF8&node=12935781&frombrowse=1&index=tgt-mf-mv&field-browse=12935781&rank=price&rh=&page=11)

Also, are bright yellow faces useful or is it more of a cliche "diver" thing?

Goober
12-03-2007, 15:05
[/quote]

Nice watch, but that's not a g-shock and it's not 200m water resistant, meaning it's not rated for scuba per Casio. It may or may not work just fine, but you may want to keep that in consideration. Most manufacturers require at least 200m water resistance to be considered viable for scuba. It's not that you'll be taking it to 200m (or even 50m), it has to do with static pressure ratings vs. hydrodynamic pressure.[/quote]

I'm aware that it is not a G-Shock. As I said in my post it was hard not to buy one, but that extra 60.00 bucks is half of the wetsuit I want. No it is not "scuba" rated so to speak. It is rated to a mere 10 bars.

As my buddie dives a timex rated for 50 meters (A 20.00 watch) and it has yet to even fog, and my last timex expedition (a 28.00 watch I might add) worked flawless for about the life of a battery...I'm thinking two years. And considering the budget and income this single guy lives on, I had to give it a shot. I've never understood manufactures justifying the cost of some of these watches. If it pukes, just wasn't meant to be I suppose. Thanks for the heads up though. Time will tell.

RonFrank
12-03-2007, 15:28
IMO, skip the *dive watch* unless you are into watches. They just don't do much. Most are only a BT. If you get anything with a depth gauge, you will be better served by a dive computer that will cost less.

HERE (http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=AerisXR1Wrist) is a perfect example. For just a few dollars more than even a cheap GShock, you get a full function computer that gives you everything you need on your wrist EXCEPT a pretty watch! :smiley32:

I carry two computers. My trusty Aeries Atoms 2, and the Aeris Epic. I must say, the Epic is likely the ugliest watch I've ever worn, but as a dive computer, it rocks! :smiley20:

If you plan on diving a computer, than you may as well start with one, as you really need two! :smiley20: You just can't substitute a new computer for your defunct computer during a 7 day dive trip doing four dives a day. Well you can, but it won't be very accurate! IOW's you need a backup.

As for dive watches, I REALLY like my Citizen Aqualung Titanium digital/Analog combo. I was fairly classy looking for a dive computer, and had the best of both worlds, but not for sub $200.

If you want a classy dive watch, go analog. They don't work as well as digital, but you are already ignoring function for style, so why not go all the way.

CompuDude
12-03-2007, 15:57
IMO, skip the *dive watch* unless you are into watches. They just don't do much. Most are only a BT. If you get anything with a depth gauge, you will be better served by a dive computer that will cost less.

HERE (http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=AerisXR1Wrist) is a perfect example. For just a few dollars more than even a cheap GShock, you get a full function computer that gives you everything you need on your wrist EXCEPT a pretty watch! :smiley32:

I carry two computers. My trusty Aeries Atoms 2, and the Aeris Epic. I must say, the Epic is likely the ugliest watch I've ever worn, but as a dive computer, it rocks! :smiley20:

If you plan on diving a computer, than you may as well start with one, as you really need two! :smiley20: You just can't substitute a new computer for your defunct computer during a 7 day dive trip doing four dives a day. Well you can, but it won't be very accurate! IOW's you need a backup.

As for dive watches, I REALLY like my Citizen Aqualung Titanium digital/Analog combo. I was fairly classy looking for a dive computer, and had the best of both worlds, but not for sub $200.

If you want a classy dive watch, go analog. They don't work as well as digital, but you are already ignoring function for style, so why not go all the way.

FWIW, I spent $40 on my last Casio G-Shock at Costco. Great watch. Used very happily as a dive watch for some time. I may again at some point, but the battery needs changing after 7 years. Last time I was in Costco, they had similar models available for a similar price.

I spent $60 on my analog Swiss Army watch at Costco. Used very happily as a dive watch until I got my Citizen Aqualand, which adds a depth function. (If I want a second computer, I'll bring a second computer)

With the exception of the Citizens and the like which can be full-fledged computers, a dive watch is just a watch you can take diving and safely and reliably monitor elapsed time... and the actual time. Even on dive vacations, sometimes there is a reason to want to know the time when you're underwater, and few computers show the actual time.

If all you want is a good dive watch, you don't have to spend a lot of money to get good reliable basic functionality.

Steve Scuba
12-03-2007, 22:17
Seems like a good time bring up the other post about the "Walmart dive watch". For $20 or less, you can get an old (new old stock) Timex Helix Depth on ebay. Darn thing is a pretty cheap watch that does depth and temp, and can auto-time your dives. I've got one, and it's ugly, but very cool.

http://forum.scubatoys.com/comments-questions-dont-fit-above/6500-walmart-dive-watch.html#post91662

PsychDiver
12-04-2007, 07:02
I have a digital Casio that I have used for back up but the numbers are kind of small and difficult to read. So if you do go digital makes the numbers are larger. But then again I am 50 yrs old and have strained by eyes for 49 years looking at women so my eye sight may not be as good as yours.

teog
12-14-2007, 16:08
I use a casio g-shock for both work and diving. Hasnt failed yet!

indatexas
12-15-2007, 05:41
I've been using a digital Timex Expedition watch and been working fine for me.

nlamere
12-15-2007, 06:48
I think the best thing to have is a dive computer... It's really more accurate to help you plan your dive (before and in real time). My computer is a Mares M1 :smiley20:

drifter136
12-16-2007, 14:58
I think for right now I'm going to try and "win" a Helix DM watch on eBay. I finally got around to getting the battery replaced on my Fossil analog that I will use for dress. Figured after 3 years with a dead battery, it was time to bring it back to life.

I am really interested in something like the Mares M2 wrist computer, but I will wait until after the holidays and see just how broke I am. Hopefully Larry still has several in stock.

Tod
12-21-2007, 16:49
I'll toss in my vote for an analog dive watch (over digital). When I take one (usually NOT with my drysuit because I use the cuff rings and the band doesn't fit) I use the bezzle to mark the end of my dive (for quicly calculating my surface interval. Sure my computer does all that, but I've had my computer battery die on a weekend boat trip and it was good to have the watch along as a back up.

My current watch (someone posted a picture of it earlier) has a depth gauge that records the deepest depth of your last dive. It's kind of fun to have along. It's solar powered so it doesn't need a battery. In my not-so-youth, I find the little numbers on the face of the watch are pretty hard for me to see. So the analog is handy for a quick view of the most import thing: the time. Got to know when it's time to eat! :D

Duckydiver
12-22-2007, 19:59
I dive with a Freestyle Hammerhead. It's very basic with a rotating bezel and light. I found mine new on e-bay.

whse56
12-25-2007, 19:01
I prefer analog k.i.s.s. the fewer things to go wrong the better. I dive with a computer but if that fails I want something simple and easy to read. For the hundred dollar area I'd go for a Seiko orange monster.

bsktcase93
10-31-2008, 21:55
ball dive watch love it

rumblefish
10-31-2008, 22:49
I prefer analog k.i.s.s. the fewer things to go wrong the better. I dive with a computer but if that fails I want something simple and easy to read. For the hundred dollar area I'd go for a Seiko orange monster.

The orange monster is a great watch without the big price tag. I currently have one strapped to my wrist. However, I just picked up a Citizen Aqualand that gives ascent rate, depth, max depth, H2o temp, etc. and was thinking I may have to retire the Orange Monster from diving. Not sure, as I really like the feel and style of the Orange Monster. Would it be too uber-geeky to use both the Aqualand and the Orange Monster to backup a primary dive computer?

chicken
11-02-2008, 10:41
Analog, easier to read underwater and the bezel is easier to adjust with gloves on.

monant
11-03-2008, 06:59
I've always liked the analog watches better.