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Seven Dive Watch Myths Deep-Sixed

Postby koimaster » July 31st 2017, 10:21am

There may be no more misunderstood type of timepiece than the dive watch, which is strange because it is arguably also the most popular kind. Dive watches are loved for their ruggedness, their sporty good looks, and their perceived ability to make almost anyone wearing one a little more like Dirk Pitt or James Bond. Much of this perception comes from the images and hyperbolic copy we see in watch company marketing, that depicts a stubbled, black-clad diver emerging from the sea wearing his 2,000-meter oversized watch. But the realities of dive watches are often much different from those many of us have come to believe. And the less dives watches are used for their original purpose, the more pervasive the myths become. Here are some of the most common dive watch misperceptions and the reality hiding behind them.


https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/seven ... deep-sixed


And another verification of the doxa lie about orange dials. No different than invicta in how they sell shit.


An orange (or bright) dial enhances underwater visibility.



Bright dial colors have become a bit of a calling card for dive watches and we can trace that lasting trend back to 1967 and one brand—Doxa. As legend has it, Urs Eschle, the designer of the now-famous Doxa SUB 300, decided to test a variety of dial colors in murky Lake Neuchâtel and found that orange was best for underwater visibility. But while orange made the Doxa an icon and found its way onto countless other watch dials from Breitling to Seiko, it isn’t the best.


Water absorbs the colors of the light spectrum one at a time as a diver descends. Reds tend to disappear first at a mere 15 feet, followed by orange, and so on.These colors simply turn to a dull grey, unless they are fluorescent, in which case they all glow to great depths. It turns out that the colors that stay visible the longest underwater are yellow and blue, but this is all a moot point because the legibility of a dive watch really has nothing to do with the dial color, but rather the amount of contrast between hands and the dial. And for that, nothing really is better than a black dial with big fat white hands, specifically the minute hand.
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Seven Dive Watch Myths Deep-Sixed

Postby Racer-X » July 31st 2017, 8:09pm

by Jason Heaton "There may be no more misunderstood type of timepiece than the dive watch, which is strange because it is arguably also the most popular kind. Dive watches are loved for their ruggedness, their sporty good looks, and their perceived ability to make almost anyone wearing one a little more like Dirk Pitt or James Bond. Much of this perception comes from the images and hyperbolic copy we see in watch company marketing, that depicts a stubbled, black-clad diver emerging from the sea wearing his 2,000-meter oversized watch. But the realities of dive watches are often much different from those many of us have come to believe. And the less dives watches are used for their original purpose, the more pervasive the myths become. Here are some of the most common dive watch misperceptions and the reality hiding behind them."

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Re: Seven Dive Watch Myths Deep-Sixed

Postby conjurer » July 31st 2017, 8:32pm

Racer-X wrote:
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This is a photo of Carl meeting the CEO of Dupont.
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Re: Seven Dive Watch Myths Deep-Sixed

Postby bedlam » July 31st 2017, 8:45pm

Wow...a decent article on diving. Who'd a thought Hodinkee had it in them.

Though an Open Water Cert takes you to 18m, not 20m and the Advanced Open Water Cert only qualifies you to 30m, not 40m. Deep Speciality training takes you to 40m and from there is Technical Diving accreditations to 100m. After that you are an idiot and ain't nobody certifying that :-)

The comment about PADI Divemasters taking you to a given depth is weird. Once you have your open water cert you don't need to be guided.

Also, most recreational divers wouldn't carry a sharp-ended steel knife like the one pictured. You risk hurting yourself while trying to cut free from an entanglement....and cutting yourself or your equipment underwater isn't the best idea. A blunt end gives you a stronger edge to use as a wedge to pry things too. Titanium is lighter and less reflective.

I have one like pictured below, and a folding knife as backup too.

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Re: Seven Dive Watch Myths Deep-Sixed

Postby bedlam » July 31st 2017, 8:52pm

conjurer wrote:
Racer-X wrote:
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This is a photo of Carl meeting the CEO of Dupont.

Weird pic. I can't work out what its staged to be.

The guy on the left is going for the other diver's alternate air supply. Could be because of the leak you can see in his reg 1st stage mean't he ran out of air? Weird then that his dive buddy would pull a knife as a response!

Or the guy on the left is supposed to be attacking, but is grabbing the alternate air source which isn't going to cause the other guy any real trouble but is likely to get stabbed in the attempt.

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Re: Seven Dive Watch Myths Deep-Sixed

Postby artman » July 31st 2017, 9:58pm

In my head this is how this underwater knife fight should end...


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Re: Seven Dive Watch Myths Deep-Sixed

Postby bedlam » July 31st 2017, 10:23pm

Ouch :shock:
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Re: Seven Dive Watch Myths Deep-Sixed

Postby bedlam » July 31st 2017, 10:25pm

The pectoral fins on that White Pointer are still flat so he wasn't cranky, just cruising though and picked up some snacks.
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