Found A Divex Watch On An Indian Ocean Shipwreck

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Found A Divex Watch On An Indian Ocean Shipwreck

Postby koimaster » September 11th 2017, 10:04am

“It’s the Captain’s watch,” Felician Fernando said as I struggled aboard the small panga boat and stripped off my heavy diving kit. He was holding out his open hand, in his palm a wristwatch, crusted in salt. After an hour underwater, I squinted in the bright tropical sun and leaned closer to examine it. Of course, Fernando was joking. We had just finished diving the HMS Hermes, a sunken British warship that was sunk by Japanese bombs in 1942 five miles off the East Coast of Sri Lanka. The watch in his hand wasn’t a World War II-era Royal Navy Omega, but a modern quartz diving watch and despite its condition, it was still dutifully ticking. Even the date was correct.


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Re: Found A Divex Watch On An Indian Ocean Shipwreck

Postby bedlam » September 11th 2017, 5:48pm

Its weird he is running a single tank and a bailout bottle (slung on his front) at what looks less than 30m (there seems to be a lot of natural light which would suggest less than 30m).

Normally you take a bailout for decompression diving or deep no-deco dives where you might burn your air (though I find you hit deco limits at 40m+ long before the air runs out in a 12l tank like he is carrying.

Possible he is taking it along because as an air redundancy for problems that might arise when penetrating the wreck I guess.
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Re: Found A Divex Watch On An Indian Ocean Shipwreck

Postby AlbertaTime » September 11th 2017, 6:44pm

A month under those conditions and still working--that's not bad for a stencil brand Chinese case housing (usually) a Seiko movement.
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