US$100 Combo Challenge with Casio Duro MDV106 aka 'The Marlin"

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Commonly known as the “Marlin”

Posted by STRAPCODE on JUNE 1, 2020

Written by Sam

Photo by Ton

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Left: 22mm Classic Vintage Knitted Superfine Wire Mesh Band, Polished IP Gold
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Middle: 22mm Classic Vintage Knitted Superfine Wire Mesh Band, Brushed
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Right: 22mm Classic Vintage Knitted Superfine Wire Mesh Band, PVD Black
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Just in case you’ve missed our previous post from few weeks earlier when we were talking about the best valued 200m diver’s watch that you can easily pick up for less than 50.00USD was the Casio Duro MDV106-1AV diver’s watch, commonly known as the “Marlin”.

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22mm Grey Quick Release Italian Suede Leather Watch Strap, Military Green St.
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Emails and comments were piling up as expected since we did mentioned in one of our previous posts that the Casio Duro MDV106-1AV “Marlin”, was able to fit with some of our New Seiko 5 Sports model custom fitted watch bands. Despite the fact that the Casio Duro MDV106-1AV diver’s watch costs less than 50.00USD, there is a commonly used “nick phrase” for the watch, which is “the cheap Casio quartz watch that Mr. Bill Gates” wears on a daily basis.

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Left: : 22mm Quick Release Watch Band Black Diver FKM Rubber Strap, Brushed
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Right: 22mm Quick Release Watch Band Blue Diver FKM Rubber Strap, Brushed
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For those interested, Bill Gates current net value is estimated at about 100 billion USD dollars, give or take a couple billion dollars. Despite the watch costs less than 50.00USD, Casio is certainly enjoying the free publicity and marketing for the Casio Duro MDV106-1AV “Marlin”, being worn on a daily basis by one of the wealthiest man on the planet.

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Military Green G10 Nato Watch Band, Heat Sealed Heavy Nylon, Brushed Buckle
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In response to fans and subscribers demands requesting for more photos of the Casio “Marlin” with our New Seiko 5 Sports model custom fitted watch bands, we went a little over our 50.00USD budget and decided to pick up two other Casio Duro MDV-106B-2AVCF (Blue) 56.25USD & MDV-106G-1AVCF (Black &Gold) 56.52USD on Amazon.
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    22mm G10 NATO Military Watch Strap Ballistic Nylon Armband, Brushed – Brown & Yellow
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    MiLTAT 22mm G10 military watch strap ballistic nylon armband, Brushed – Black, Grey & Blue
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Other than the 22mm Super-J Louis 316L Stainless Steel Watch Bracelet for Seiko 5, Brushed V-Clasp SS221820B020-S5, which is just over 60.00USD, we wanted to categorize the selection of watch bands/straps by price for the Casio Duro product shoot.

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22mm Straight End Emerald Green FKM Rubber Quick Release Watch Band, Brushed
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We wanted to keep it at an affordable price and did not want to go overboard to suggest watch bands that costs nearly the same, or several times more than the watch itself during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

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22mm Super-J Louis 316L Stainless Steel Watch Bracelet for Seiko 5, Brushed V-Clasp
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As mentioned before, the Casio Duro MDV106 is definitely worth picking up. For a watch that is made with such materials and specifications that’ll cost you roughly 50.00USD (Give or take), you certainly can’t find a better deal than this.

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Left: 22mm Blue Quick Release Italian Suede Leather Watch Strap, Military Green St.
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Right: 22mm Khaki Quick Release Italian Suede Leather Watch Strap, Charcoal Grey St.
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22mm Classic Vintage Knitted Superfine Wire Mesh Band, Brushed
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To spend about a hundred dollars give or take, you can pick up one of the three Casio Duro DMV106, along with one of our mesh bands, and still just have enough for a Nato strap. What’s really there to think about? Its perhaps the 100.00 USD you’ve ever spent, and you certainly would not feel guilty about it.

Specifications
  • Japanese quartz movement
  • SR626 battery with 3-year battery life
  • Unidirectional diver’s bezel
  • 200 meter (660 feet) water resistance
  • Screw-down crown and screw-lock caseback
  • Mineral crystal
  • Stainless steel case
  • 44mm diameter
  • 48mm lug to lug
  • 12mm height
  • 92g case weight
 

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Still one of my favorite watches. :up:

My Casio MDV-106 is one of my go to travel watches since I don't have to worry about it being stolen by anyone and it always works. As a result it has been all around the world with me. Not many watches in my collection can make that claim.
 
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