The Snapshot

Price

5 Stars

Design

4 Stars

Quality

4.5 Stars

OVERVIEW

If you’re looking for an affordable “bottom dollar” analog-faced dive watch, then this watch is probably the perfect choice for you. Inspired by the Casio Marlin Diver MDV102, the Casio MDV106-1AV duro analog watch is a return to a much more mechanically and aesthetically clean and pure design. This timepiece unhesitatingly welcomes several dive watch properties such as a wide uni directional coined bezel with aluminum insert, and a stainless steel case. Compared to previous Marlin watches, this watch is much more simpler. Whether you are an avid fan of diving activities, or a simple summer adventure seeker, the MDV106 is a must buy with its’ low price point and high quality build.

Among all of Casio’s MDV line of diver’s watch, the MDV106 remains to be the most popular due to its’ minimalist design. With nearly 90 degree corners around the lugs and crown, this watch is definitely considered to be highly angular. For a less reflective finish, the tops of the lugs and the bottom of the case is thoroughly brushed while the sides of the case have been polished to a nice mirror – like appearance.

With a 200 meter deep water resistance, a rotatable bezel, and a Japanese quartz movement, this is definitely an intricately made masterpiece from Casio. From the outside, this watch has one red seconds hand and two analog hands accompanied by a date indicator.

Casio uses the Marlin logo at the back of this watch to mark all of their 200 – meter water resistant products. This is the reason why Casio diver style watches with less than 200 meters of water resistance is not marked with any Marlin logo at all. The MDV106 also includes a basic, fairly flat mineral crystal standing slightly above the height of the surrounding bezel. Nothing fancy overall, but completely adequate for its’ purpose. The answer as to why the bezel of dive watches only have a clockwise direction of turn is because accidental bumps that will turn the bezel counter clockwise would mean extreme danger for the diver causing them to think they’ve spent less time underwater than they actually have.

Available at Amazon.com for less than 50 US dollars, the MDV106-1AV is arguably the cheapest high quality dive watch to have ever been available in the market. Its’ delicately made physical design, matched with its’ seamless mechanical set-up makes expensive dive watches a less viable option.

You can see some of the images of the watch below:

Casio Men’s MDV106-1AV Watch- From the Front

Casio Men’s MDV106-1AV – Packaging

FEATURES

  • 200 meter water resistance with Marlin logo
  • Date display
  • Rotary bezel / Anti-reverse bezel
  • Resin band
  • Mineral Glass
  • Stainless steel case
  • Japanese Quartz Movement
  • Accuracy of 20 seconds per month
  • Hands and hour markers with large fluorescent areas for easy reading
  • 1 year manufacturer warranty

PROS

  • Affordable price (50 USD and less)
  • Dive watch quality timepiece
  • Durable and minimalist design
  • High quality LED light
  • Approximately 3 years battery life

Cons

  • Bezel sometimes gets scratched easily
  • Several cases of water penetration on less than 200M depth of water

See What Other Owners Are Saying About This Watch On Amazon

“Excellent simple, durable quartz watch. The watch has a substantial look and feel that far exceeds its $40 price tag. I will likely be gifting this model, as well as buying another for myself. If you want a good looking watch, or want to gift a solid gift – look no further. I would add that it is nice to replace the band with a 22mm size Nato or Zulu style strap on this watch – it sets off the look of the watch and makes it more comfortable as well.”

“I seriously love this watch. What a great, clean design. I have several Swiss watches, and have been wanting to add to the collection with a diving style watch, on a slim budget. Well, this Casio does it. I replaced the silicon strap straight out of the box, with a 22mm NATO strap. Fits perfectly, and lifted the look of the watch to another level again (photo of watch with new NATO band included). Built super well, strong, takes a beating without showing mark, and time runs spot on to (as one would expect from Quartz movement, despite it not being a popular movement amongst watch collectors).”

“Took the watch on a series of four dives on one day. Maximum depth was 53 feet. Condensation under the crystal. This means that water penetrated the watch, but the seals are at least strong enough to keep the water vapor in. Spend the money on a better watch. Other people have had the same problem.”

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Brand, Seller, or Collection Name Casio
Model number MDV106-1A
Part Number MDV106-1A
Model Year 2013
Item Shape Round
Dial window material type Mineral
Display Type Analog
Clasp Buckle
Case material Stainless steel
Case diameter 44 millimeters
Case Thickness 12 millimeters
Band Material Resin
Band length Men’s Standard
Band width 12 millimeters
Band Color Black
Dial color Black
Bezel material Stainless steel
Bezel function Unidirectional
Calendar Date
Special features Luminous, Screw down crown, measures-seconds
Item weight 2.88 Ounces
Movement Japanese quartz
Water resistant depth 660 Feet

BOTTOM LINE

If an inexpensive analog dive watch is what you’re looking for, it’s impossible for you to regret buying this watch. Even with its’ minor setbacks, the affordable price complimented with a positive overall quality of this watch makes it the perfect option for dive watch collectors and enthusiasts. You simply can never go wrong with this watch.