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I'm broadening my horizons as I have too many old auto divers. Im thinking somewhere from $1K and up up. Suddenly the thought of a diver I could set and forget is great..really alluring. I don't dive but I do surf in my watches and don't mind beating them about a bit regardless of their cost.

I've been perusing the Seiko Tuna quartz models and I like them, though they're huge.

I've done a few searches but a nice list from some wus members to get me started researching would be really great.

If it exists, I'm after a good quartz model which is respected in its own right, and which isn't regarded as a 'second rate quartz version' of its auto equivalent.

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The Sinn UX would have to rate as one of the best quartz divers. You get Sinn case technology plus a thermo-compensated HAQ movement. An Omega quartz SMP will get you a high quality watch but non-HAQ movement.
Yeah, but isn't WR on that thing only like 30m or something? Oh, wait, no. No it's not.

Yeah, in terms of the best high-end quartz diver on the planet, I have to concur with the Sinn UX. Hyper accurate quartz movement, a ton of cool Sinn tech, not the least of which is an oil-filled case... Meaning unless you plan on hitting rock bottom in Challenger Deep, and then drilling into the earth for another half mile, you should be good.
 

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I am enjoying my Seiko SBCM 023 and 025. Accuracy of +/- 20 SPY, perpetual calendar, and a nice mid sized case that fits great on my 7" wrists.

 

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The older Breitling Colt II (pre-44mm size) quartz is also an amazing watch. Themocompensated movement, 500m depth rating, and it's real pretty. Especially on a NATO strap.



 

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Victorinox Divemaster 500, Longines Hydroconquest, Tag Aqua racer quartz I know you said you didn't really want a quartz cousin of a higher end auto but...
 

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I'm broadening my horizons as I have too many old auto divers. Im thinking somewhere from $1K and up up. Suddenly the thought of a diver I could set and forget is great..really alluring. I don't dive but I do surf in my watches and don't mind beating them about a bit regardless of their cost.

I've been perusing the Seiko Tuna quartz models and I like them, though they're huge.

I've done a few searches but a nice list from some wus members to get me started researching would be really great.

If it exists, I'm after a good quartz model which is respected in its own right, and which isn't regarded as a 'second rate quartz version' of its auto equivalent.

cheers!


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Does "perusing" mean looking at pictures of them on the internet? Because in real life they don't wear that big, especially if you have largish wrists. Mine are only about 6.5 and I don't think it looks too big at all. Extremely short lugs make it wear a lot smaller than would suggest.
 

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Does "perusing" mean looking at pictures of them on the internet? Because in real life they don't wear that big, especially if you have largish wrists. Mine are only about 6.5 and I don't think it looks too big at all. Extremely short lugs make it wear a lot smaller than would suggest.
No I haven't tried one on, and I must say they have a certain allure, plus there's some history there too. My wrist is just under 8" and roundish.

There seem to be a plethora of these tunas which can be a bit bamboozling. Two different sizes? Same quartz movement though?


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My wrist is just under 8" and roundish.

There seem to be a plethora of these tunas which can be a bit bamboozling. Two different sizes? Same quartz movement though?


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Oh God, you can easily handle a Tuna with 8 inch wrists. There's the sbbn007 (or is it 017?) I believe which has a slightly different bezel and comes with a rubber strap rather than a bracelet, what I think of as the "standard" Tuna which is the SBBN015, then there's the black tuna which I believe is called the emperor tuna and has a higher water resistance value. And finally one more black tuna which is actually an auto and quite expensive.
 

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Seiko darth tuna? On my recent trip to Japan I tried it once,its the one with 1000m WR,it felt surprisingly confortable on my 6,5 inch wrist
I think the price is around 1500 us$,the yen price is around 136.000
 

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Thanks for all the info.

I'm looking at those tunas on the Seiya website. Is there anything special about the 7C46 quartz movement or is it just a good workhorse?

Anything special I should be looking for in a better quartz movement?




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Help! I'm after a higher end quartz movement diving watch with few complication

The easy answer is Breitling Colt 44. 500m water resistance, crazy accurate thermocompensated quartz movement, and Breitling's ridiculously good build quality. For $21-2500 it's a steal!
 

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Re: Help! I'm after a higher end quartz movement diving watch with few complication

Some members made some good suggestions in this thread of mine: Your opinions on these quartz divers

BaliHa'i is $500 and has a wonderful quartz movement with central mounted seconds and minutes counters.
 

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+1 for Sinn UX; it's tough, accurate, and sexy as hell. Of course, I don't own one, so here's a generous helping of salt to go with my post... but if I had a couple grand to spend on any watch, it'd be a UX, no question.

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I went into a watch shop once to compare a Monster and Tuna side-by-side. The Monster looks bigger on my 7" wrist. I thought the Tuna was huge from pictures too, but in truth it wears smaller than the Monster because the lugs are up under the case and lug-to-lug is just as big a contributor to perceived size as diameter.
 

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Thanks for all the info.

I'm looking at those tunas on the Seiya website. Is there anything special about the 7C46 quartz movement or is it just a good workhorse?

Anything special I should be looking for in a better quartz movement?




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My tuna loses about a second a month. It's extremely accurate.
 

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Just a thought. Though its a citizen and has no auto counterpart. The Eco-Zilla has by far been the watch I abuse the most. After the Suppa lugs came in, and I slapped a Zulu on it, it quickly became the "hay where did you get that" watch. Be ware it is a monster of heavy metal though. Not in a flashy way, but in a drive on me with your truck and Ill just keep ticking kind of way.
This is mine. Well under 1k.
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Why don't you check out Bathys watches - they're a bunch of Hawaiian Surfers and Divers who make some pretty cool, and rugged watches. Neat little outfit.

http://bathyshawaii.com/

In particular, look at the Titanium Benthic - 47 mm, so kind of big. Comes with a big date, and retrograde day function. And it's quartz. And it's less than $600.

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