Casio Duro - "Duro / Marlin"The one and only, the legend, the Casio MDV106, AKA the Casio Duro / Casio Marlin. The biggest and best bang for buck analog divers watch ever. Get one! (Wrist Shots and photos below.)
Quietly Watching VFM* Rating: 9.5/10
The Casio Duro / Marlin, Reference MDV106-1AV, is a stainless steel Japanese Quartz powered Diver watch. Selling between $40-70 USD at the time of writing, the Duro / Marlin is unbelievable value for the price of around $47.00 USD I was able to buy it at.
The Casio Duro has a case diameter of 44 millimeters, putting it on the bigger side, but wears ok with a lug to lug of 48 millimeters. Supplied with a resin band, this watch has a lug width of 22 millimeters. Swapping bands for a new leather strap, nato, rubber or silicon band or even a new bracelet offers you another look for just a few dollars more.
This Japanese Quartz powered watch weighs in at 82 grams as shipped, with a case thickness of 12 millimeters. As this is a dive watch, it may be on the thicker side, even the quartz or solar powered divers. This is expected and needed to provide proper water resistance.
The case is stainless steel with a 120-click unidirectional aluminum bezel and sports a mineral glass crystal with a water resistance rating of 200 meters.
The Casio Duro / Marlin analog display with black dial, screw down crown, lume, red tipped seconds hand and a date complication give this watch a 9.5 out of 10 rating in my value for money scale. (*VFM)
What can I say, that has not been said a million or more times. A True 200m Diver, that looks fantastic, wears fantastic, punches way way above it's weight class, and can be had for around 50 bucks. The Duro has been reviewed to death and will continue to be reviewed. Why? Because it really is that good. I will not drone on much more. I have mine on a steel bracelet i swapped from another of my Casio's, the super illuminator, so not only does the bracelet fit, it is Casio branded, and elevates the Duro up a notch or two, while the donor watch looks much better on a nato. Win Win, I get two watches instead of buying a bracelet only for the Duro, which would have cost almost as much as the watch anyway.
Get this watch. Also, get it now, as soon the old batch will run out and the new ones don't have the Marlin on the dial or the case back. I am looking at grabbing another for myself for just that reason ;)
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