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      Unfortunately almost anything Longines or cheaper from Swatch Group will be < 4 Hz. Tissot, Hamilton, Mido are all-in on 3 Hz "Powermatics" now. It sucks that $1000+ Swiss watches have the same seconds hand motion as a $100 Seiko 5. Case in point...

      Can't believe this hasn't been mentioned yet: The watch from the movie Interstellar. It's the Hamilton Khaki something something (I'm getting tired of these dumb meme names).

      It is/has:
      • Automatic
      • Day/Date function
      • Retails for $945 but I bought a brand new one a while back for just under $600
      • ETA 2834-2 which is 28k BPH
      • WR 100m
      (also comes in a silver dial)
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      This has been downgraded to the 3 Hz H-40 movement.



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      Squale 2002a, aka 101 Atmos, checks all the OP's boxes except the date complication. Seriously considered one as a tool watch.


      101 ATMOS Blue Zaffiro Edition
       
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      Looking for a pool-beach-vacation beater and found this on Gnomon. Mark at LIW sells the Squale mesh bracelet to go with it. I've searched WUS and elsewhere and can't hardly find any info on the current models. Anyone here have one that can comment?

      101 ATMOS Blue Zaffiro Edition


      Plan B is a Longines Hydroconquest 43mm auto. $200 more, 1mm smaller, stunning in the metal, but with a conventional design and slightly slowed-down movement.

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      Still might keep and service my Blumo but thinking about an upgrade instead.
       
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      but for some reason the watch and dial" speak to me" and they say "buy me"
      I have a similar problem. The Squale 101 ATMOS Blue Zaffiro is practically screaming "buy me!" I absolutely don't need another diver, let alone one from a small manufacturer with sketchy QC and non-existent customer support. Not to mention I have a love-hate relationship with Gnomon.



       
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      Discussion Starter · #53 ·
      I have a similar problem. The Squale 101 ATMOS Blue Zaffiro is practically screaming "buy me!" I absolutely don't need another diver, let alone one from a small manufacturer with sketchy QC and non-existent customer support. Not to mention I have a love-hate relationship with Gnomon.



      Love the avatar. James Tiberius Kirk is effing awesome and since you're from Boston ( i used to hail from there) he's wicked awesome. BTW, I can see why you reallly want that watch, It's beautiful. Norm
       
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      Revisiting a question I thought I answered for myself a year ago o_O Ah, the insanity of this hobby.

      Looking for an automatic dive watch that I'd wear on bracelet as a vacation GADA, and on rubber around the house as a beater. (Not that I beat on my watches.) Target is $1K+ in case of travel theft or loss. I have a Mido Ocean Star 600, which checks all the boxes and more (right size, lovely colors, ISO build, local AD for service, well made, got it for $1250 from Nordstrom on sale). But the inability to put even a two-piece NATO on it is killing it for me.

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      The Squale 101 Atmos keeps haunting me... It's like the hot mess of a woman at the bar, you know she's going to be trouble, but you can't resist her siren song! This Squale has the perfect vacation "look." Squale offers both a tropic rubber strap and a mesh bracelet (both are great in looks and quality). And Squale's dive heritage is without question. Bonus points for the 4Hz beat rate. But Squale QC and CS are highly questionable, and my luck with Gnomon is 50/50. Information on this watch is next to impossible to find, which worries me.


      I recently learned about the Certina DS Super PH500M. Sub-$1000 from authorized sellers (but of course no ADs in the USA), old and new dive heritage (and lots of it!), decent looks (though not as stunning as the others). I'd have to add my own straps, as there's no included bracelet and I dislike the included rubber strap, which would catch the price of this one up to the others.

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      What do you think, WUS?
       
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