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Old 10-20-2011, 01:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I haved owned 9 Deep Blue watches. All Swiss autos with the exception of 2. Lately I've been questioning their quality and design. I use to be a fanatic for Deep Blue. The price and quality was fantastic but after their last few releases, I'm starting to question whether or not they are just putting junk together to sell on tv.

It seems they are just making pieces to sell on shopnbc. The designs aren't as good as they use to be in my opinion. It seems like they just threw some watches together just to sell cheaply utilizing some cheaper movements for shopnbc.

I'm probably just babbling here but my collection of Deep Blue watches has been sold off down to 3. It might go down to 2. The alpha marine white orange is a definite keeper. I'm debating on which master 2000 to cast off, the day date or the gmt orange hands.

Their customer service is great and Stan is still awesome but something is missing now and I don't think I'll be adding anymore DB's to my collection.

I used to be their biggest fan... Any of you have any thoughts about Deep Blue?
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My honest opinin is that the watches I have handled are fine and show the same quality of the ones I owned in previous years. I really don't have anything negative to add. I might not like every model or color combination available, but from a "quality" standpoint I have not personally seen any drop off.

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I've always admired Deep Blue but never owned or seen one in person for that matter. They seem to be held in high regard by most of the members here, particularly in terms of CS.
I actually have my first DB incoming this week hopefully. I ordered the daynight T100. Maybe Stan is kicking out more watches now but I still doubt you could find a better deal on a watch with a Sapphire crystal, Japanese Auto movement and tritium tubes for under $300 new. Of course I reserve real judgment for when I have the watch in my hands... but I'm hopeful
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I've always admired Deep Blue but never owned or seen one in person for that matter. They seem to be held in high regard by most of the members here, particularly in terms of CS.
I actually have my first DB incoming this week hopefully. I ordered the daynight T100. Maybe Stan is kicking out more watches now but I still doubt you could find a better deal on a watch with a Sapphire crystal, Japanese Auto movement and tritium tubes for under $300 new. Of course I reserve real judgment for when I have the watch in my hands... but I'm hopeful
I for one love the DEEP BLUE line and have been lucky enough to have owned 6 different models. I can tell you this, the DayNight T100 Diver is not indicative of the quality that can be seen in every other DB model. The tubes.....AWESOME.....the case....ok......the bracelet......lowest quality of all the DB models I've had. I kept mine on the NATO and the DB multi-link rubber strap which I bought separately.

I really hope you like it but The Alpha Marine, M2K and the Master Mag really are head and shoulders above any of their other models......

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I own one Deep Blue the Pro Sea Diver 1k. It's thir lowest end model, but I'm blow away by the quality and price, even if it's just a catalog case.

I had owned a Master 2K innerlume dial for a day and quickly flipped it to get what I initially intended on purchasing before being sidetracked, the Cave Dweller II, which I was way more happy with, eventhough it has a Miyota movment vs the ETA in the MKII.

It just didn't sing to me and was much too large for my wrist. It was definitly quality though.

Although I do agree out of my own personal tastes that I don't personally like most of the recent releases. The designs just don't appeal to me.

If I had a wish though...I would love for Deep blue to bring back the ole Master Diver 1k blue dial. I really wanted that one...but I started the watch collecting habit too late
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I've always admired Deep Blue but never owned or seen one in person for that matter. They seem to be held in high regard by most of the members here, particularly in terms of CS.
I actually have my first DB incoming this week hopefully. I ordered the daynight T100. Maybe Stan is kicking out more watches now but I still doubt you could find a better deal on a watch with a Sapphire crystal, Japanese Auto movement and tritium tubes for under $300 new. Of course I reserve real judgment for when I have the watch in my hands... but I'm hopeful
I for one love the DEEP BLUE line and have been lucky enough to have owned 6 different models. I can tell you this, the DayNight T100 Diver is not indicative of the quality that can be seen in every other DB model. The tubes.....AWESOME.....the case....ok......the bracelet......lowest quality of all the DB models I've had. I kept mine on the NATO and the DB multi-link rubber strap which I bought separately.

I really hope you like it but The Alpha Marine, M2K and the Master Mag really are head and shoulders above any of their other models......
I had heard that the bracelet was sub-par on the T100, I'm sure it'll suffice for what I paid for it. Also I was thinking of putting this on an isofrane and/or NATO. I'll let you know what I think when it gets here.

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I have only one, the Pro Sea Diver. Bought it directly from Stan just before he started on shop. It's a great piece.

I do miss the original Day/Night Ops T-25. That was a bigger Marathon IMO, and I loved the look. The T-100 is nice to but I don't care for the 46mm model. Not sure if the bracelets are the same quality or better on the new models.

So far people seem to be satisfied with his product, but I do hear some that are a little disappointed.

In the future I would definitely try to get another as long as he doesn't go crazy with the sizes.
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I wish that Stan/Deep Blue would make a smaller diver!

If he put out a nice 42mm - 44mm diver, I would be all over it! Hopefully he will look to other sources for sales and realize that there is a huge market for that size watch!
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Still a good bang for the buck. My last couple I have bought the T100s the Swiss version I thought was not up to Stan's standards and seemed to be a rush job with sloppy bezel work. If he can upgrade the bracelets I may pick up another one.I do not like his MOP dials or candy color dials either. He has to grow somewhere with his brand because of his ShopNBC commitments and this is what has happened.Helson and a few other micro's are better IMO.
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Old 10-20-2011, 05:46 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm still a DB fan. I own three of them, and each is top notch. While I don't care for the Juggernaught, Bluewater MOP's, or the Shop exclusive Carbonaqua, on the whole I think the lineup is excellent.

Fit and finish is fantastic as well (even on the models I don't care for). And of course, everyone knows that Stan is THE MAN when it comes to service. It really is hard to imagine more bang for the buck.

I'd like to see the brand cut back on the bling (just because that's not my style) and stick with a more purpose built theme, and I'd also like to see them to a 44 and 42 mm watch... but nevertheless, DB is a win.


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I have three watches from Deep Blue. I like them very much and for now have no intention of letting any of them go. Even though I am currently trying to reduce the size of my collection, I think all three of these are staying.





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I'd probably own one already... too bad the deals on "shop NBC" are not available to Canadians! I'd love one of their T100 tube models.
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I currently have two Deep Blues:

Master 2000 GMT (going up for sale soon :b) and,



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I had a Sea Diver 1K which I sold, but regret selling.





I can only speak to the ones I have and I believe the quality of the Master 2000 and Sea Diver seriesare exceptional. The bracelets are solid, the movements are great and the overall design is sweet. I really haven't been enamoured by his latest releases, but I never hear much bad about them. Just my 2 cents.

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I currently have two and have no thoughts about selling them. Love them both. I have not purchased the newest models, but I have no doubt that they are of a similar quality. And the last time I checked..... Stan and Deep Blue were a business and were in business to make a buck. And I have no problem with that. Whether he sells on ShopNBC or at Target or online, that has nothing to do with the quality of the watches......



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I hear what you're all saying. I too still like the ones I have and some of the ones I let go. I know it's a business and money needs to be made but I think it ruins the brand when you make too many lower price pieces, especially some ugly ones. Who here bought the Carbonaqua??? Also, they are starting to remind of Invicta with the large watches they are kicking out...
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The juggernaut is one that comes to mind as a DB model for the TV brand crowd. I think there have been some quality control issues on that model, but I think overall, Stan does a pretty good job with QC and CS. I'm not a fan of the bigger models he's been producing lately, though.
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I haved owned 9 Deep Blue watches. All Swiss autos with the exception of 2. Lately I've been questioning their quality and design. I use to be a fanatic for Deep Blue. The price and quality was fantastic but after their last few releases, I'm starting to question whether or not they are just putting junk together to sell on tv.

It seems they are just making pieces to sell on shopnbc. The designs aren't as good as they use to be in my opinion. It seems like they just threw some watches together just to sell cheaply utilizing some cheaper movements for shopnbc.

I'm probably just babbling here but my collection of Deep Blue watches has been sold off down to 3. It might go down to 2. The alpha marine white orange is a definite keeper. I'm debating on which master 2000 to cast off, the day date or the gmt orange hands.

Their customer service is great and Stan is still awesome but something is missing now and I don't think I'll be adding anymore DB's to my collection.

I used to be their biggest fan... Any of you have any thoughts about Deep Blue?
Just curious why you would be selling off the models that you do like ,because you don't like the latest offerings?
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I guess the best way to put it is that the lastest offerings have made the ones I like look less desirable. I don't think I can defend the brand anymore. I can't say Deep Blue makes high end time pieces affordable when they push out other crappy models. Some models I liked just look less desirable to me now and I won't wear them, so off they go.
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Nothing is wrong with selling watches on TV but I don't think any company should let that station have an influence on what you produce.
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Bought 2, sold 2 :%:%:%

Would still like to try out an alpha marine sold day. Maybe that one would stick with me?
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