Reviews for Casio Men's MDV106-1AV 200 M WR Black Dive Watch (MDV106-1A)
People say Casio is really similar to Citizen.
So good...I want another one.
I had a special occasion that I wanted to treat myself to a little self congratulatory gift. I started out by looking over the Seiko SKX-007 and Citizen Pro diver. (Both of which I may still get) Then I stumbled across this little gem. No stranger to Casio watches, I had had several G-shocks in my past. I was amazed at the look of this timepiece, so I started reading the reviews....and reading....and reading. Turns out, this watch is either a happy mistake that Casio made(pricing it at $40) or it is a gift from the watch gods. I was dubious at first. I'm very hard on clothing and watches. I work in a woodshop, and tend to wear my watches 24/7. This watch has lived up to its hype so far. Super clean, no nonsense and functional. Like others have mentioned,its sweep hand ticks spot on to the indices. Easy to hack, and easy to set. Screw down crown is a must have for me, and a feature normally found on watches costing far, far more. I also have a Submariner that is a pretty watch, but can't hold a candle to this beaters accuracy. I agree that the lume on this thing blows. I am toying with the idea of getting it relumed, but the relume job would cost far more than the watch....like double what the watch cost. The original band is standard issue Casio. Serviceable and, to me, comfortable. However, I went ahead and picked up a Bond Vintage RAF Style and a simple black RAF style band from WATCH GECKO....also highly recommend. Their ZULU bands are worth the wait to get them from the U... Read More
Great quality, great value! 10 month update & 2 year update
My Casio Duro arrived on-time and in good condition. The watch was running when I opened the package, and I synced it with the atomic clock app on my phone. I found the crown to be adequate in size, and it had a quality feel to it as I used it to set the time and date. The crown guard is large enough to be effective, but not so big as to make setting the watch difficult. The bezel, face, and crystal look to be of good quality, and all three of the watch's hands align properly with the minute detentes and numbers. The bezel adjusts easily, with good "clicks" and a feel that suggests good materials and workmanship. The band is comfortable and secure, but as some have noted, it is not as thick as it might have been. That being said, I have been wearing it daily for thirty days and find entirely suitable. I have also noticed that in the forty five days since I first set this Casio MDV106, it has not lost a second. Aesthetically, the Duro is sporty and masculine in a very Spartan way. The face of the watch, and the bezel, are a lustrous black. The 12 hour mark is a large white trapezoid, the 3, 6, and 9 hour marks are white rectangles, and the remaining hour marks are white circles. The minute and hour hands are thick and white. and the second hand is white and red with a white triangle.(think Rolex Submariner, with less script on the face). The bezel's numerals and detentes, along with the bezel grip and watch case, are polished metallic. Together with the black band, the Duro's... Read More
Casio Duro - Best option as Diver Watch or Daily Driver
Ordered this watch knowing from other reviews that offer a nice run for the money, but even so the quality of watch surprised me! It looks beautiful and robust. The original strap is comfy but is thin and looks cheap. But as soon as I changed with an silicon one with metallic inserts ( bought from Aliexpress with 4 $) the look changed dramatically becoming as classy as my Orient M Force 0300 sel or Citizen BN 0190 which both are 4 or 5 times more expensive! So even I got it as cheap alternative when performing some around house tasks I ended by wear it everywhere. Need to say the dial is beautiful with that sunburst pattern, easy to read all-time even in the night ( the lume is not the strongest point but is doing the job) and the accuracy is fantastic. All in all I'm very happy with this purchase Package arrived very fast to Romania. All process was butter smooth. No issues.
Surpassed all my expectations and satisfied the itch for a dive watch.
I have a small, but decent watch collection, built mainly around my Omega Speedmaster, given to me by my father 49 years ago and a couple of nice dress watches. For some time I have wanted a dive watch, and have considered all the usual, affordable options from Seiko (007), Phoibos, Corgeut, Citizen, Marc & Sons, etc. The high roller watches such as Omega and Rolex are way beyond my reach for a wristwatch. Then I saw one of these Casio MDV106 models on the wrist of a friend who works in a bank. At first glance I thought it was one of the high end watches, and asked to see it. To my surprise it was one of these $43.00 Casios Yet, with his business suit it looked superb. So I decided to buy one - what to lose at that price, and I am happy to say that for the present at least, this watch has met and surpassed all my desires for a dive watch. It is a real 200 meter dive watch, with a tight, smooth rotating bezel, screw-down crown, and all the seals to actually be used in swimming, snorkeling and SCUBA. It is from a distinguished watch brand (Casio) and is not an overpriced cheapie watch with some fancy department store brand on it. It is not an "homage" watch - one of those that deliberately clones the design of another manufacturer, but is an original product from Casio. The quartz movement keeps excellent time and frees me from worrying about keeping it wound when not in use. The strap is of excellent quality, for a rubber strap - however still a bit short for me. I'm a big guy... Read More
Great Functioning, Great Looking, Inexpensive Dive Watch
I bought this Casio because I like wearing watches that can get wet and spend a lot of time outside without worrying about breaking them, and I liked the idea of having a quartz watch vs. an automatic. I also love this for the price. First, it's waterproof. A watch rated to 200 meters means that your more basic activities - fording streams during hiking, canoeing, sailing, swimming, getting caught in a cloudburst, stream-hopping with the dog, aren't a concern. I don't scuba dive but wouldn't hesitate to take this snorkeling. When the battery runs down, I'll replace it myself and won't bother to pressure-test the watch....but I would get it tested by a dive shop if you open it up, then decide to use it for diving. Second, it's a sturdy watch. Stainless steel case, good solid crystal, the numbered bezel is easy to grab and easy to turn, and it clicks nicely and without any real 'play' as you move it around. (I use the bezel to estimate halftime in youth soccer games or when I'm cooking). The case back screws down (I haven't opened it up). Also, this is a battery-run quartz watch that should go about three years per battery. One of my favorite dive watches, a Seiko, is automatic, meaning it stops running if you don't wear it for a couple of days; this will run regardless. Third, it's an unexpectedly good-looking watch for the price and brand. I had thought of Casio as an electronic/digital watch company, primarily. This watch shows that my opinion really wasn't fair. The date... Read More
Best cheap diver/beater
UPDATE 5/2019: I enjoyed wearing it so much I took it off of the stock band and placed it in a NATO band. It’s definitely not being used as a beater due to me liking it so much. Keeps great time and gets plenty of compliments. Still a keeper. Oh, and BTW I’ve performed NO service other than the occasional wipe down from sweat, dust. This watch is HUGE! This is coming from someone who owns a Citizen Ecozilla and the Citizen bn2024 dive watches. The unidirectional rotating bezel makes a firm, yet cheap sounding clicking noise, with no back play, and features a lumed pip at the 12o'clock position. The guarded crown is the screw down type and is at the 3 o'clock position (in a perfect world, it'd be at the 4o'clock position. It has taken me two attempts to push it in and screw it down every time. Getting the threads to catch feels peculiar but it DOES catch and screw down securely. The lume on this watch is bright when it's active, but dies down VERY quickly. The dial is black and appears to have a sunray dial type sheen to it when light is shone on it. The hour, minute and second hands are of adequate length and all are lumed. The second hand is red towards the tip, and adds a nice breaks up the monotony of the black and white color scheme. The date window is not too small to see, but small enough to not take over the right side of the dial. The case is a combination of brushes and polished stainless steel. It also features a screw down case back. The back is very soft and plia... Read More
Best bang for buck, no contest.
For only $40 this watch has to be one of the greatest bang for buck value propositions I've ever seen. This watch punches far above it's weight for the price. For $40, you get a full stainless steel, 200m water resistance diver watch with a reliable, solid quartz movement. I'll admit I'm not a watch guy. In fact this is the only watch I own. I previously used an Apple watch and I just got sick of all the notifications and being connected all the time, so I bought this instead. I was tempted to get a Seiko automatic or even a Citizen eco-drive diver, but this watch looks just as good if not better in some cases than the others mentioned. With it being quartz I can just literally set it and forget it, throw it on my wrist and be done with it. No having to adjust time, or worry about more inaccurate automatic movements. Best of all if I break it or something happens to it? Oh well it's $40, toss it and buy another one. I love the style, gives a rolex submariner vibe without it being a direct homage. The cons I would say is the lume, it's serviceable but if you're expecting the lume to be anything like a higher priced watch you'll be very disappointed. For me it's not an issue because when I watch my watch I'm mostly out during the day anyways. And then of course, having to change the battery. I've heard it's rated for 1-2 years so we'll see how long it lasts. Honestly though, once it dies I'll probably just buy another watch by the time you take it to get it changed and do a w... Read More
Awesome Deal, Replace Band.
It really is a bargain for what one pays. The case is quite impressive. The band is a rather cheap feeling plastic with nice metal parts. Buy a nato band or two or more, or even some good perlon bands.... :-) The watch looks fabulous, especially at the price. I wish I bought it a few years earlier, as I would not have bought the other watches I have. I pretty much wear this one exclusively. After 5 and a half years, it is still the one I wear most of the time. It is tough and still looks pretty good. The crystal has some small scratches. There are more showing on the case. No problem. The biggest issue is that the lume is not all that strong. After that is the small date window. It is a bit plain compared to some more expensive watches, but it looks good enough. The band is cheap but that is an easy thing to replace. Besides being tough, it does keep good time. It is a Citizen movement according to a number of reviewers. I set it for DST and after 4 months, was running 20 seconds fast as I did not correct the date on the shorter months. I do not dive but have worn it in the Atlantic, Pacific, lakes, rivers, mountains, and doing really messy stuff. If it looks dull, I take it off while doing the dishes, pull the nato or perlon band off, scrub it and the band with the scrub brush and put it back on. It still looks as good as new. Even the scratches do not distract from its looks. I like it a lot, even if Bill Gates wears one, too.
This is a shockingly good watch. I own a couple mid/high end watches ...
This is a shockingly good watch. I own a couple mid/high end watches that sell for about $1500, so I have a pretty good gauge on what makes a good watch. I have also owned a pretty wide range of Seikos, Orients and Citizens over the years. I bought this to be a beater and had minimal expectations. I was really just hoping that it was not complete crap. Aside from the pretty low end strap, this could easily pass as a $150 watch. Interesting dial, nice feel to the rotating bezel, smooth screw down crown, laser etched back and nice indices and hands. It does have poor lune as would be expected at this price. The quality and over feel is on par with the Orient Mako XL. Of course that is an automatic watch, but the case, dial, etc quality is very similar. In all, I will wear this watch when I do not want to beat up my better watches. I will not think twice about it being an inferior or substandard product. It is very well built and far exceeded my expectations.
I've owned a couple of Casio watches that weren't very good and I wouldn't recommend Casio as a rule
I have quite a few watches and some are quite high end. It is unbelievable that you can buy a watch of this quality for this price. If it was made by a Swiss manufacturer or even Seiko or Citizen, it would cost multiples of the cost. In the past, I've owned a couple of Casio watches that weren't very good and I wouldn't recommend Casio as a rule. However, you will definitely not be disappointed in this watch. The size is perfect for a dive watch and fit and finish are excellent. I didn't love the band and replaced it with a Barton band that I liked better. However, at this price, you can buy a few bands and still come out ahead.