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Name your top five divers!

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Ranking time again! If you were asked by a friend who wants to get into dive watches to recommend five watches to him to start the search, what would you choose? Regardless of price, can be a Seiko Monster or a JLC Navy Seals.

Criteria should be:

Readability (hands, lume (possibly also on bezel, layout)
Durability (waterproof, shockproof, not easy to scratch or easy to get scratches out)
Ergonomics (easy to use, e.g. big crown and easy to grasp bezel but also comfortable to wear)

I'm not an expert but I'd say to look at

Rolex Sea Dweller (both versions)
Seiko Tuna (various versions)
Omega Ploprof
Swiss Military CX 12000 ft
Citizen Ecozilla and BN0000

To make this perfectly clear; I want to know what your suggestions are, not what is right or wrong with my list. I know next to nothing about dive watches, so I would like to hear from the enthusiasts and see which watches get the nod most often. ;)


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Out of the one's that I've owned, I've taken quite a few on actual casual dives and in my opinion, here are 5 divers that I like for different reasons:

1. Citizen Autozilla - functional, super tough duratect finish, robust movement, great lume, all around good dive watch.

2. Seiko Marinemaster 300m - no-frills, reliable, easy to read at a glance real-world dive watch (not too fancy but still composed of high-grade components)

3. G-shock Frogman (or any g-shock for that matter) - can handle anything, newer solar-powered are pretty much maintenance-free, functional.

4. IWC Aquatimer 2000 titanium.

5. Linde Werdelin Oktopus - because it's my recent acquisition, and I love the industrial design.

For divers that I don't own or haven't owned, my top 2 favorite would be:

1. Chopard LUC Pro-One - great movement and beautiful watch.
2. Omega Ploprof - Full of personality.
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