Reviews for Casio Men's MDV106-1AV 200 M WR Black Dive Watch (MDV106-1A)
People say Casio is really similar to Seiko.
Low-cost but beautiful dive-inspired watch
If you're into dive and dive-inspired watches, you could spend anywhere from $100 to $1000 (or more). Or, if you just like the style but don't have a lot to spend -- but you still like a great-looking watch -- you can't possibly do better than this Casio quartz (battery-operated) diver that's reminiscent of all the famous expensive brands from Seiko on up. For $50 this is a serious watch with great cred. It's a legendary Casio, but besides this credential, it's also a beautiful stainless steel chunky and stylish sporty watch for everyday use. Look, this one has a serious black dial with a cool marlin logo on it that claims water resistency to 200M. I'm not planning to use it for diving (except in the sink maybe), but I wouldn't be surprised if it was rated that depth because it sports a screw-down crown. That's right -- the first requirement for a true diver is being able to keep the movement from taking on water. Second, it has a sharp unidirectional bezel that yes, unidirectionally rotates. Mind you, you might need some silicone to get it loosened up (it'll take your nails off the first couple times), but it clicks very nicely and everything. The face has a very visible date window at 3:00, arrow and spear white and silver hands plus a red and white-tipped spear second hand. No numbers on the face, only white circles and white rectangles (at 3, 6, and 9, though the 3 is shortened by the date) and a typical diver's double squared-off delta at the 12:00. The back is a screw-d... Read More
professional diver's opinion
You can't go wrong with this watch. Cost and effectiveness is perfect. You aren't diving below 660-FT, no, you are not. So for $44 you get a watch that works, works well, takes a beating and can be replaced for 1/10 the cost of Seiko, or 1/100 the cost of a Rolex. This thing is BOMB-PROOF! The watch is ALWAYS the first thing to get hit, scraped or broken on a job. When you retire, buy a Seiko, tell everyone who asks about the amazing deep sea diver you once were and be glad you didn't waste money on an expensive watch that looks like the Seiko until you finished diving for good.
Now my only diver.
Value monster. My only diver. Incredible value for the price. Casio is a reliable brand, and this has some reliable specs. The true diver's tool watch. Quartz accuracy, 200m, click bezel rotation, screw-down crown (yes, make sure you screw it down, otherwise, water gets inside.) It's a strap monster too, so I bought NATO Straps for it for maximum versatility. To top it all off, I bought a Seiko SKX Jubilee bracelet for it to give it to give it a more formal dignity, and its well worth the investment. It now sits beside my Bulova Lunar Pilot and my Zeppelin LZ129 Moonphase with no problem at all. (see pics). All that for under $100 when you include the NATO Straps and the Seiko metal Bracelet (both also sold here on Amazon.) I've had automatic diver watches before for more than double the price of this, but I always found myself drawn to this one the most. So I had to sell the others. If it breaks or is damaged beyond repair, I'll just buy a new one. No problem. With the money I got from selling my other divers, I'm pretty much set for life with that plan lol. I plan on buying this item over and over depending on if I break it, etc... even then, since I take care of my watches, that's highly unlikely. That frees up money for other, actual, experiences and memories that I can make while wearing this watch. That further increases potential sentimental value also. A fun little note: this watch is also famous because Bill Gates has been seen wearing it. If it's good enough for ... Read More
GREAT watch for the price! Highly Recommend!
Yes, it's a real 'diving' watch (not a 'dive-style')...200m water resistance, screw stem, very high quality (weight, feel, etc.), and for under $50, you're going to have to compare it to the Seiko SRPB53K1 (Seiko Pepsi Samurai) at $335...so, there is that. Of course, for only $50, there are some 'more manual' features you'll have to tolerate...this watch is battery powered (in my opinion, better than ANY AUTOMATIC on the market), and it does NOT have a backlight...but does have phosphorizing hour marks and hands...60-seconds in bright light will give you an hour, or more, of 'illuminescence'. Great for diving (even at night, just hit it with a flashlight for 30-seconds, and you have several more minutes of illuminescence), not so much for going to sleep and waking up in the middle of the night trying to use it to see what time it is. Quality rubber band (that you'd expect from Casio OR Seiko), all stainless tackle (buckle, pins, etc.), rotating bezel (mine was very stiff, but a little water and working it loosened it up a bit)...very easy to clean and maintain, and there are 'glass' crystal covers you can get for it (like you use with your cell phone to protect the screen)...I'd heard in reviews it was a polymer crystal...and could be scratched, so found this to be the perfect 'improvement' to be 'as good as glass' for 'bumping around'...and after working on my car, my truck, my boat and general house repairs, have found that the 'crystal guard' works as well as I expected. A... 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
How does Casio make money on this?
Just got the watch on a whim and I am so impressed. I had a first in my 8 years of collecting watches. I found a dive watch where the bezel ridges line up perfectly with all of the bezel markings. I have never seen this. Furthermore, I love how well this wears. It's 48mm lug-to-lug, which makes it wear the same way as Omega PO8500 @ 48mm and a Rolex Sub 116610LN @ 49mm... and this Casio MDV is at 44mm! And for all the Seiko fans, NO there are no chapter ring alignment issues either. It's perfect. Nothing worse than buying a high end Seiko (hint hint, MM300) only to find the chapter ring skewed to the left. I tell you how I got interested in this watch. I saw it on an instagram personality who usually rocks $$$ pieces. I couldn't figure out what this watch was. There is no way a $40 watch can look this good and be executed so well. I finally got a shot of the guy where I could see the Merlin graphic and then it struck me.... this guy is wearing a Casio! Bottom line, buy this watch. It looks much better in person than any static shots online. The strap is soft and comfy (better than Seiko straps). Also perfect watch for risqué travel. You can replace it for the price of 2 cocktails.
Fit and finish
Lately I've been liking automatic watches, but when I saw this one on Amazon and then looked it up on YouTube, thought it looked great. So far it's been perfect as far as time hasn't gained or lost anything in the past 3 weeks. Easy to read, hands are huge numbers huge, not really numbers just hour markers. Good solid clicks on the bezel everything's even everything centered. I will be changing the band so far I haven't, it's not bad though doesn't get all slippery when it gets wet it doesn't tighten up or loosen up stays pretty good. It is a big watch, I don't have small wrists but it's bigger than my seco that I've been wearing of course it's one of the smaller automatic seikos so stands the reason. Honestly it's not as thick as some of my other watches, it seems, nowadays it seems kind of thin it's not the half inch or 5/8 of you know 5 10 years ago but it's pretty thin compared to those. I just wish they'd bring back watches from the '80s and '90s where you could actually put a decent band under them and they'd not stick up off your wrist 3/4 of an inch, but odds are that's not going to happen. All in all, great watch I like it, and for the price you can't beat it.
This watch is an absolute beast! I've been wearing and collecting watches for years, and casio always takes the cake when it comes to bang-for-your-buck. If you're on a tight budget but want a diving watch that is not only beautiful but functional and durable too, buy it. There is a reason they are called "Duro" watches. Although it is the least I've ever spent on a diver, I wear it more than my seiko or omega. It's great for swimming, taking to the beach, or just wearing as a casual everyday watch. The band is a little mehh, but for a 50 dollar watch it could come without the band and I'd have still been happy. Hands down (no pun intended) you need this watch in your collection. Buy it. Right now, seriously, stop reading reviews and just buy it. You won't regret it!
You cannot find another dive watch that can compete in the categories of price, looks and durability for under $150-$200!
You cannot find another dive watch that can compete in the categories of price, looks and durability for under $150-$200! I don't know how Casio did this, but they made a great dive watch for under $200 that can survive and look great at the same time. A winner for years, Casio never ceases to amaze me. This particular model of their dive watches has been around for quite some time, and is no exception in quality. I have bought them as gift, because I know that I am giving an awesome watch for just a fraction of the cost. BUY IT. It will grow on you and you'll wear it more than you expected to. I am a Seiko fan, especially of the monster series, and own several types of monster watches. However, I go back to this Casio on a daily basis because I know it is durable and still fits the look. The large face looks strong, and the read is excellent. Even the band feels good and is comfortable to wear. Accuracy is superb. Rock on Casio!!!
Punches WAY above its weight
The most remarkable thing about this watch is the accuracy of the quartz function. I’m an atomic checker and I am summarily baffled that for $50.76, the Dura has matched the atomic clock to the exact second for 7 straight days and counting....just amazing..... The readability of the face I did give 4/5, but only bc I am used to Seiko’s SKX and MM300....their hands and indicia are thicker and it’s just a time-in-use thing w them.....I have purposefully worn only the Dura and set them aside.....I’m now getting used to the thinner hands of the Dura..... The lume is also not as clear, but you know what? It doesn’t have to be. You hit the mug with your iPhone light right before bed and u r good to go at 0500, 0600, or whenever the sun rises.... I could write tons more, but will leave it that. This sucker performs WAY above its price point. For only $50, you would never go wrong having just this one watch.....and we all know of the over 9,000 folks that have and have reviewed this watch, we have more than a couple watches...... The strap is vintage Casio.....nothing I need to change.....they are comfortable and the strap keeper does a really good job of not slipping. Others may pine for a NATO of sorts, but it’s not needed in my opinion..... The watch face, too, is quite large, and I haven’t worn one this big in awhile. I mistakenly thought my Seiko’s were 44’s or near it, and I was wrong....so it’s taken some getting used to, to look at 44..... I look forward to seeing how l... Read More