Looking For a New Dive Watch

Hello all,

I'm looking at purchasing a new dive watch. I came across this the Prospex Shogun D - It's a fully titanium Shogun with the 6R35 movement. I wouldn't normally look at it if it were the standard price of £1300 but after doing a little looking, I have found it for closer to £750. I know the size is large, but I have pretty large wrists so I don't think the 43.5mm width should be an issue. My only concern is the quality control of Seiko in recent times.

I fully intend on using this or an alternative purchase as it was intended (for diving) but I am aware of the competitive market in dive watches. Does anyone have any better alternatives for around the £1300 mark?

Additionally, I would love to get your thoughts on the watch, Should I be worried about quality control? 

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I wouldn’t be worried about QC at that price. My understanding is (and could be wrong) that most QC issues are on the Seiko 5 product line under £400. 
 

Is there anything out there that is better? No, I don’t think so, but there are equally good alternatives. Some that you might consider:

Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53

Longines Hydroconquest

Christopher Ward C60 Trident

Tissot Sea Star 2000

Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba

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damn, the new shogun looks nice

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cornfedksboy

I wouldn’t be worried about QC at that price. My understanding is (and could be wrong) that most QC issues are on the Seiko 5 product line under £400. 
 

Is there anything out there that is better? No, I don’t think so, but there are equally good alternatives. Some that you might consider:

Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53

Longines Hydroconquest

Christopher Ward C60 Trident

Tissot Sea Star 2000

Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba

Of the ones you've mentioned I have definitely taken a liking to the Super Sea wolf 53 (with the steel bezzle. & I am a fan of the Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba as well. 

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Unholy

damn, the new shogun looks nice

I think it's a cool watch for sure. 

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That's a great looking time piece! I have my eye on the CW C60 Pro 300 in Black but now I have to rethink my next purchase. 😮

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shortyclay09

That's a great looking time piece! I have my eye on the CW C60 Pro 300 in Black but now I have to rethink my next purchase. 😮

I think for £1300 its a nice watch. But for £750 its an incredible buy! 

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Wow, that is a fantastic looking watch, and if you can get it for 750, that's amazing!

  • I've found Seiko lume to be leagues better than any Swiss lume I've ever owned (Rolex, Omega, Breitling)
  • The 43.5mm diameter will wear significantly smaller, given that it's titanium - I have a 45mm titanium watch and it wears smaller than other 42mm SS watches I've owned
  • This is clearly a case where Seiko has created an offering that will appeal due to the design, the lume, and the fit and finish - where they saved money was on the movement.  I'm not a movement snob, so I love my King Seiko with the 6R31 movement as much as any of my Grand Seiko's.  If you're not a movement snob, and all you care about is reliability, the 6R35 has proven itself reliable over decades

Good luck!

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At that price (750) I don’t know how much definitively better watches are out there.  Some products to look at were mentioned.

I will add a Doxa 300t and slightly above and H2O dive watches in the 750-1000 range.  Their Kalmar range is highly customizable and has some great depth ratings 

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Again not better per say but great alternatives 

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Seiko got that price range (a little over 500 to a little over 1000). I like the "SteelMaster" ☺️ A little below you got killers like CWC and Citizen 👌

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None of my Seiko’s have issues with bezel align, would re affirm its more likely at lower prices.

My Zodiac is beautiful, is is light for steel, and the stretchy butterfly clasp is the bomb.  Still, I’d always go Ti when possible.  The Ti diver I’ve got wears comfy like velvet pajamas compared with same same sized steel diver.  

All my Seikos crush it in the lume game vs Switzerland if that’s a priority.  
 
My Swiss movements keep slightly better time that my 6R35, but cost a  LOT more and have power reserves that are 1/2 the 6R35.  So Shogun is a solid choice IMHO ✊

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Fieldwalker

None of my Seiko’s have issues with bezel align, would re affirm its more likely at lower prices.

My Zodiac is beautiful, is is light for steel, and the stretchy butterfly clasp is the bomb.  Still, I’d always go Ti when possible.  The Ti diver I’ve got wears comfy like velvet pajamas compared with same same sized steel diver.  

All my Seikos crush it in the lume game vs Switzerland if that’s a priority.  
 
My Swiss movements keep slightly better time that my 6R35, but cost a  LOT more and have power reserves that are 1/2 the 6R35.  So Shogun is a solid choice IMHO ✊

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Thats a nice collection you've got there. I'm definitely leaning towards the Shogun D. I normally really struggle making purchases on anything of considerable price for myself. But I'm getting quite an impulsive feeling for this one. Especially at the price I've found it for. 

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The watch you are looking at kicked off my Titanium Seiko addiction! This watch also comes in a white dial. I am with you on the black dial for this watch. At $750.00 it's a great deal. IMO All the Dive watch players in this price range have been mentioned in this post except two: 

Marathon GSAR 20% off right now 

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Resco Patriot Gen Two 

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TimeJunkie

The watch you are looking at kicked off my Titanium Seiko addiction! This watch also comes in a white dial. I am with you on the black dial for this watch. At $750.00 it's a great deal. IMO All the Dive watch players in this price range have been mentioned in this post except two: 

Marathon GSAR 20% off right now 

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Resco Patriot Gen Two 

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Do you currently have titanium Seiko's in your collection?

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I don’t think you’ll go wrong with that Seiko. It’s a competitive price point with a ton of options out there. If that’s what you have your eye on, grab it!

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Bl00dPr3ssure

Do you currently have titanium Seiko's in your collection?

I just gave away a Grand Seiko SBGA463 to a 30 year friend who has been very good to my entire family.  I had an older version of the Shogun and loved it. I will either get the LX dive or the new Grand Seiko GMT after the Holidays