Any Small Diver Recommendations?

Hi Chrunchers, I hope you all having a great time. Since I got my Tissot prx 35mm for Christmas, I thought a little bit about the next watch I want in my collection. And I thought about a first diver. Cause I got a 5.9 wrist I need to have a look on smaller watches. I already got the Citizen Promaster Diver and the Tissot seastar (small one) Quarz in Mind. Budget is 500 $. Thanks for your time and help

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For your budget, probably the Seiko SKX013. Here’s Hodinkee’s take: https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/seiko-skx013-dive-watch-value-propositionn and the same from The Slender Wrist: https://theslenderwrist.com/seiko-skx013-review/ 

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DixonSteele

For your budget, probably the Seiko SKX013. Here’s Hodinkee’s take: https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/seiko-skx013-dive-watch-value-propositionn and the same from The Slender Wrist: https://theslenderwrist.com/seiko-skx013-review/ 

Thanks defenitly gonna have a look an them.

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Marathon 36mm Comes in Mechanical and Quartz 

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TimeJunkie
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Marathon 36mm Comes in Mechanical and Quartz 

Thanks, cool watch😀

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If you think you would like a 38mm, I'd suggest taking a look at the Islander line - lots of quality and value for $300.

https://longislandwatch.com/islander-watches/#/filter:case_diameter:38/sort:calculated_price:asc/filter:calculated_price:200:300

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MycroftTime

If you think you would like a 38mm, I'd suggest taking a look at the Islander line - lots of quality and value for $300.

https://longislandwatch.com/islander-watches/#/filter:case_diameter:38/sort:calculated_price:asc/filter:calculated_price:200:300

Thanks, I'll take a look.

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Ben made once a good compilation

https://youtu.be/L-4BOtOKCZo

Also Teddy

https://youtu.be/qqHXKFfdrH8

You should also consider the Seiko 5 Sports dicer style watches and the GMT Version as a better option.

Also Citizen promaster fits good onna small wrist.

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Uhrologe

Ben made once a good compilation

https://youtu.be/L-4BOtOKCZo

Also Teddy

https://youtu.be/qqHXKFfdrH8

You should also consider the Seiko 5 Sports dicer style watches and the GMT Version as a better option.

Also Citizen promaster fits good onna small wrist.

Thank you very much.

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Dysconnect

Thanks, cool watch😀

Thanks! I think I shot the budget of $500

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There are lots of vintage divers in the smaller diameter that are very inexpensive due to the smaller size.

Real question is whether you are desk diving or really taking it into the water.

If desk diving, vintage will work just fine.

For real diving, only buy something new with at least 150M WR.

For vintage...

Something like this 36mm Huma dive watch from the early 1970s would cost around $200...

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Or this 36.5mm Le Forban dive watch from the 1970s for $300...

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Or this cool 35mm Le Merfon from the 1970s for $175...

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Hopefully that gets you an idea of what's out there for less $500 in the vintage diver space for around 36mm diameter.

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ChronoGuy

There are lots of vintage divers in the smaller diameter that are very inexpensive due to the smaller size.

Real question is whether you are desk diving or really taking it into the water.

If desk diving, vintage will work just fine.

For real diving, only buy something new with at least 150M WR.

For vintage...

Something like this 36mm Huma dive watch from the early 1970s would cost around $200...

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Or this 36.5mm Le Forban dive watch from the 1970s for $300...

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Or this cool 35mm Le Merfon from the 1970s for $175...

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Hopefully that gets you an idea of what's out there for less $500 in the vintage diver space for around 36mm diameter.

Thanks, I look for an desk diver. Gonna have a look at these.

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ChronoGuy

There are lots of vintage divers in the smaller diameter that are very inexpensive due to the smaller size.

Real question is whether you are desk diving or really taking it into the water.

If desk diving, vintage will work just fine.

For real diving, only buy something new with at least 150M WR.

For vintage...

Something like this 36mm Huma dive watch from the early 1970s would cost around $200...

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Or this 36.5mm Le Forban dive watch from the 1970s for $300...

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Or this cool 35mm Le Merfon from the 1970s for $175...

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Hopefully that gets you an idea of what's out there for less $500 in the vintage diver space for around 36mm diameter.

They look great, but let me caveat that a lot of 60s and 70s skin-divers like this are pin-pallets. Look great, potential landfill when they break. I have a weakness for these, but I’ve effectively offloaded all mine due to this. If you find any with Incabloc on the dial, go for it, they’ll be worth a pop.

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The Hamilton Scuba quartz is 37mm and only 10.8mm thick.

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robbits

The Hamilton Scuba quartz is 37mm and only 10.8mm thick.

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Thanks

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Porthole

They look great, but let me caveat that a lot of 60s and 70s skin-divers like this are pin-pallets. Look great, potential landfill when they break. I have a weakness for these, but I’ve effectively offloaded all mine due to this. If you find any with Incabloc on the dial, go for it, they’ll be worth a pop.

Agreed - for the sake of fun, here are the movements:

Huma - FE 140-1B (France Ebauches - Pallet Lever Escapement) 

http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-db.cgi?10&ranfft&&2uswk&FE_140_1B

Le Forban - FE 140-1C (France Ebauches - Pallet Lever Escapement) 

http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-db.cgi?10&ranfft&&2uswk&FE_140_1C

Le Merfon - BRAC 512 (Pin Lever Escapement)

http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-db.cgi?10&ranfft&0&2uswk&Brac_512