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    I need a bit of advice: I'm looking for a watch for my father-in-law but the watch that is right for him is outside of what I am familiar with. He needs a dive style watch that he can wear for all occasions (he is a casual kind of guy, a retired boilermaker). He is also going through chemo and has been losing weight. I initially bought him what *I* thought he should have, a Seiko SKX009, but it turns out it is not right for him. He is losing weight and it is too big and heavy for him. He is no fuss, not interested in anything but a watch that he can wear in the water and never worry about. So I was thinking a 40mm quartz diver would be best for him. This is not a size of a type of watch I have ever looked a lot at so thought I would get some advice.

    So, any suggestions for a:
    • Dive watch
    • Analogue
    • Quartz
    • Not bracelet (too much weight) - so rubber/NATO etc
    • No larger than 40mm
    • Colour is ok but prob classic enough that can be worn out casual dining (e.g. Pepsi, blue dial, white dial etc but not bright coloured dial)
    • And for me, a brand I can live with buying even though it is a quartz

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    If you want smaller, lighter and zero frills, you could always look at Movado. Most of their stuff is quartz and 30meter water resistant, but it would also be on the higher side for a quartz watch.

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    If it weren't for that quartz requirement, I'd recommend the Zenith Elite Rainbow diver. Lou just snagged one and if put on a strap would fit the bill.


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    Why not a Sub homage then? Or a vintage Sub on a NATO?

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    Quartz isn't a hard and fast requirement. I just thought that it would suit him more but also help with price and weight. I don't think I mentioned but price needs to be around $200 give or take.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wombat View Post
    I don't think I mentioned but price needs to be around $200 give or take.
    Oh, sorry. The Zenith has an extra 0 so count it out.

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    I'd suggest a vintage Seiko diver on a NATO or rubber strap, preferably an auto. You could find a nice one in your price range.

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    how about an Orient Mako?
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    Vintage citizen or seiko auto on rubber, or new citizen quartz? Should be easy to hit the target price range.

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    Maybe a Tissot PRC200, you can get it in either quartz or automatic, and has a 200 meter depth rating. No bezel ring but it looks like a nice dress watch too. Comes in bracelet or leather strap. A rubber or Nato strap can be easily substituted. And it comes in a number of different color dials.
    I have learned by experience that buying automatic watches for senior members of my family don't really work as they're not active enough to wind the watch by their movements. The autos would have to be manually wound which doesn't appeal to them at all and so they won't wear them.
    Also I would look at Citizen Eco Drive and Seiko Kinetic or quartz divers.

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