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Ernest Borel1264 views
(11 votes)
05- Zodiac Oceanaire Automatic 6856 viewsNominated by Chance:
During their first production run, the Zodiac ZO800x Oceanaire automatic divers were well-regarded for their retro styling (quite similar to the Seiko 6105 divers of yore), Swiss Made pedigree, stout bracelets and excellent build quality. There were a few flies in the ointment, however. Prices were high with little in the way of discounting. Upon discontinuation, prices for used examples skyrocketed beyond what the watches likely were truly worth. And the watch's "Swiss Made" badge found some opposition when it was revealed that the Claro-Semag CL888 movement was essentially a Chinese Sea-Gull ST16, albeit with more refinement and better finishing. Though reports of full-on failure have been quite rare, there were reports of seconds hand jumpiness, sometimes during regular operation and sometimes after starting the watch running after setting the time. Despite these issues, the Oceanaire remained popular as evidenced by their relative rarity on sales forums, as well as how quickly they were snatched up when they did appear.

Earlier this year, it came as a surprise (at least to me) that Zodiac resumed production of the Oceanaire divers. And even more surprising was the fact that prices had come way down. Just over a month ago, Metro Watch Company, Zodiac's eBay outlet, unloaded a bunch of 'em for less than $200 each. Same great watch, great new low price.

At its present price point, both when found new and when found on sales forums, the Oceanaire is a surefire nominee for inclusion on the Top 20 list. If new examples are all like mine, any rough edges on the CL888 have been smoothed out. The seconds hand on my example, a black-dialed ZO8000, is smooth, though it does move two or three seconds when set to run from hacking position. Not a problem, as 2-3 seconds later, it begins running as intended. It's also very accurate, just 5-6 seconds fast per day. Still present from the first run is the wonderful build quality, bold dial/hands/case styling, robust screwdown crown (10 turns worth), and nifty and deeply engraved caseback. My only gripe with this watch is with its bracelet, which unfortunately has links so big and clasp micro adjustments so few that precise sizing is difficult. Luckily, the Oceanaire is a knockout on rubber straps. (see below) Simply put, you will not find another Swiss Made diver with this much presence and such a rich set of features for $200.

(7 votes)
Orange Monster in bouquet of tulips1037 views
(7 votes)
Orient Star Royal1268 views
(7 votes)
Tactical Necessities2557 views300m diver's watch (Oct 2005 contract) on a four-ring olive-drab Maratac Zulu strap
(14 votes)
RXW Marina Militare1210 views
(10 votes)
A Soft Glow From Antarctica.3620 views
(9 votes)
Omega Seamaster 3001619 views
(10 votes)
Seiko 6138-00171371 views
(12 votes)
15 - International Watchman Marine Diver17724 views*Movement & Specs: Unitas 6497
*Chosen by: Paulo
* Why?: A PAM 111 hommage with excelent quality all polished stainless steel case, sapphire crystal on both sides, glossy sandwich dial and an Unitas 6497 ticking at 18,000 bph inside. Just 60m WR, so it doesn't qualify as a diver, still water resistant enough for everyday use.

(29 votes)
Sinn 1032103 views
(8 votes)
Martin Braun Automatic Chronometer1177 views
(7 votes)
Boys in Khaki2014 views
(5 votes)
Seatime on a rocky shore1203 views
(5 votes)
The Revival1064 views
(9 votes)
02 - Casio G-Shock MTG Series10434 views*Movement & Specs: Solar & Atomic Casio
*Chosen by: Jittery Jim (James)
*Why?: Everyone needs a beater they can truly rely on, and the G-Shock series of watches provides just that. Beyond the durability, this series adds the extra perks of atomic synchronization and solar power, meaning no pesky batteries to change and it's always on atomic time. It's big and it's thick (everything popular in watches today ) and it is just FUN TO WEAR! Thanks to G-Moy for turning me (and half the PMWF gang) onto these great watches!

(29 votes)
Citizen Air Diver2395 views
(11 votes)
Eddie Platts's Dreadnaught PRS-21419 views
(11 votes)
Poljot Sturmanskie Gagarin re-issue1087 views
(8 votes)
Glycine Combat Automatic1622 views
(10 votes)
...and change to spare.3717 views
(13 votes)
Rolex Sub1423 views
(9 votes)
Out of this world!1098 viewsmovement is a modified ETA 2836-2 with a signed rotor and unique day wheel that displays the day in a window just above the date at the "6" position
(11 votes)
Pam Rising1332 views
(10 votes)
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra1255 views
(7 votes)
Breitling Chronomat Longitude2380 views
(10 votes)
Snake Eyes1023 views
(7 votes)
1957 Omega Seamaster2036 views
(9 votes)
Weltraumchronograph1219 views
(8 votes)
Subdued Elegance...910 views
(9 votes)
Seiko Sportura SNA4811451 views
(11 votes)
Atlantic Seacrest Automatic2286 views
(11 votes)
17- Debaufre Ocean 17078 viewsNominated By JohnnyT:
Since its introduction in 2008, the Ocean 1, in all its variations, has established an incredible record of rave reviews and customer delight. In fit and finish, quality of execution and in the extraordinary history of astonishing customer service, Debaufre has consistently won the hearts of its owners. What is truly the coupe de grace is when all its virtues are multiplied by its retail cost. Unquestionably this is one of the remarkable values is WISdom today, making classic style and outstanding presentation affordable at roughly 1/2 the PMWF limit.

In recommending that the Marcello be displaced, I do not in any way mean to disparage it. It remains an outstanding watch as it always has been. However since it is approximately the same watch at more than twice the price, I feel it is fitting that it be the one displaced by Ocean 1..

Following are some of the specs from the vendor.

This is the Classic Edition of the Ocean-1 Swiss Automatic watch powered by the ETA 2824-2 automatic movement. Due to the popularity of this model, it has become a regular in our lineup. This is the same case as the renowned Ocean-1 watch, however this features a Classic dial with larger markers.

# 42-mm 316L stainless steel case
# Swiss ETA 2824-2 Automatic movement
# Screw-down crown and case-back
# Sweeping second hand
# Super-LumiNova illumination
# Sapphire crystal glass
# 1000 feet water resistant
# 22mm Stainless Steel Oyster bracelet with screwed links
# Solid end pieces
# Weight: 6.8 oz
# Stainless steel clasp with safety clasp
# Consists of 275 individual parts
# Ships in beautiful box
# 42-mm diameter, 46-mm incl. crown, 13-mm thick

A true classic diver's watch with the large markers reminds of the early days of diving; the origins of the Navy Seals; stealthy operations in dark waters. The uni-directional turning bezel ensures that you don't run out of air and its stainless steel casing is water resistant up to 1000 feet. So rest assured that you can trust in your watch, the Classic Ocean-1.

(11 votes)
Omega Speedmaster Automatic Date1165 views
(8 votes)
Eberhard Traversetolo1386 views
(7 votes)
Seiko White Knight1401 views
(8 votes)
Mido Commander1389 views
(8 votes)
Sinn 903821 views
(5 votes)
Omega Seamaster 3001182 views
(5 votes)
Hamilton Khaki Valjoux 7750 Chronograph1699 views
(6 votes)
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