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Suunto, Mares or Citizen for freediving?

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Tahoe Diver

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Dec 30, 2004
Hello freedivers!

I need to purchase a computer for freediving and I've read/heard mixed reviews on the Suunto D3. The D3 sounds like it would be a good choice but I'd rather not have problems with it, of course. I'd also like to wear the watch daily.

Then there's the Citizen line of dive watches with the Eco-drive feature so it would never need a battery. Does anyone dive with this watch? It would show max depth, current depth to 125 feet at 1 sec intervals and elapsed dive time. It's not digital and it wouldn't have a depth alarm, but from what I hear about the D3, it wouldn't matter anyway. And did I mention that it never needs a battery...

Then to make things more complicated, there's the Mares Nemo.

Which should I buy?

I admit that I'm biased. I have had endless problems with every computer I have ever used except for the Suunto Stinger. I was so frustrated that I developed my own computer, the Liquivision F1 freediving computer. If you can afford it (455 Euro), then it would be worth waiting until it is released (around May).

The only computer that I would buy, that is currently on the market, is the Stinger. Problem with the Stinger is:
1. Surface interval is not displayed in minutes & seconds
2. Must send it in to replace battery
3. Can't read it in deep+dark water
4. Alarm is too silent
5. Sampling rate is too slow (2 seconds)
6. Takes forever to go into dive mode, often missing the first 12 seconds of the dive
7. Temperature reading takes too long to equalize

Nonetheless, of existing computers for sale, it is the one I would pick. The D9 is obviously way out of any normal person's price range (1500 euro).
Hi Eric,

What about the Nemo, any experience with that?

Double (loud) alarms for both depth and time, ok 2s sample rate, etc.

Greetz Pim
If you need something to record dive times & surface intervals accurately but don't need a display, then have a look at www.reefnet.on.ca

I use the Sensus Pro, it records everything, even temp, with a 1s sample rate, then you download it later, I use a Palm. Tiny little thing too, and cheap especially as 5+ people to buy at the same time you get a good discount. Battery life is something like 10yrs.
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