Which 36mm sports watch should I get?

Been looking for a nice 36mm GADA sports watch, not unlike the 36mm explorer I. I’d like to stay in the ~1000 CAD range, so I’ve narrowed it down to the CW C63 Sealander and the Vaer A3 Atlas. Thanks

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Are you US or UK based? Something to consider for aftercare support.

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CrazyBlue

Are you US or UK based? Something to consider for aftercare support.

That’s a good point, I am location in Canada, so NA based.

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If you can swing it, go for the CW, they are a much nicer watch. Vaer watches are nice for the price you pay for them, but CW is a couple steps above in finishing and feel. 

I have a Vaer D5 Atlantic, and four CWs including a white 39mm C63, so I have hands on experience with both brands. 

Also, as a fellow Canadian I have had no issues when I sent a watch back to CW for service.  

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the CW feels much more sporty to me than the Vaer and was my pick. The alternating triangle and circle markers, pretty standard hands (to me), and date window set up deter me from the Vaer. While the crown guards, beefy handset, and simpler dial just takes the win for me.

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KristianG

If you can swing it, go for the CW, they are a much nicer watch. Vaer watches are nice for the price you pay for them, but CW is a couple steps above in finishing and feel. 

I have a Vaer D5 Atlantic, and four CWs including a white 39mm C63, so I have hands on experience with both brands. 

Also, as a fellow Canadian I have had no issues when I sent a watch back to CW for service.  

That’s great to hear. I am leaning towards the CW, so thanks for your input.

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I picked the CW but thought it worth mentioning that the Vaer are all regulated before being shipped out. 

No personal experience with the Vaer but have heard they have a better +/- sec after being regulated vs the standard movement shipped by CW. 

CW does provide COSC regulated movements but only on certain models.

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I voted Sealander, even though it's about half again more. If it's in your price range, you won't regret it. Nothing against Vaer, the CW is going to be a much more refined watch in every way.

I don't think you'll be disappointed with the Vaer, especially if it's the economically responsible purchase, but... if you get the CW, you'l know where that extra money went. 

For reference, I have a new logo CW C63 Sealander GMT (Polar) and also a Vaer D7 Arctic Swiss Diver, which I think is still Vaer's top dive watch.

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Being in the UK personally I’d go for the CW. I have VAER and CW watches and am happy with both brands.