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Depth/Time Gauges

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New Member
Jun 1, 2004
I'm just curious about depth/time wrist mounted gauges for freediving. Clearly, you need depth updates faster than 5 seconds, which makes a lot of scuba gauges no good.

Can anyone recommend a less expensive alternative to buying, say the D3? I'm very new to diving, so I don't know if I can justify plunking down $300+...

I've seen some analog gauges, but they won't tell time. Does anyone have experience with these as an alternative to digital dive computers?


New Member
Oct 2, 2003
I have a 1970's analog guage with a $35 timex gshock watch from Target, should take care of both of your needs.
The watch is great, you can set intervals....with a beeper that lets you know when the interval is up. Also has indiglo for those dark nasty days.


New Member
Jan 19, 2005
bolts said:
I'm just curious about depth/time wrist mounted gauges for freediving. Clearly, you need depth updates faster than 5 seconds, which makes a lot of scuba gauges no good.

If you look around you may find a steal for citizen or even the suunto you mentioned. I like the mosquito but it is more than the D3 dive computer, if you do any scuba diving this is the one to look at with decomp and a rapid refresher rate

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Well-Known Member
Jun 17, 2004
I just bought a Casio Sea Pathfinder SPF70-1V for $139 at watchezworld (they matched a price from jomashop.com) and used it this weekend at Clear lake in Oregon. I don't have any other gauge to go off of but it gave me an idea of what I'm diving at. The book says that it takes readings every 3 seconds for depth, temp and max depth.


Jason Billows

New Member
Sep 17, 2002
Hey Bolts.

My suggestion... don't buy anything until you can save up to buy a D3 or better. If you buy something less than that I expect you'll be wanting to upgrade in no time anyway.

For the time being, wear a digital watch so you can keep track of your times. Not so much for your dives, but very important when you are safetying someone.

As for depth, simply use the line markings on the line. When it comes time to do a target dive, I'm sure any of us who dive with you will be happy to share their guage.

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