Sunday Dive: 14-04-2013 Coogee - Seiko SRP043

Sunday Dive: 14-04-2013 Coogee - Seiko SRP043

Postby bedlam » April 13th 2013, 11:12pm

This is probably the last Club Dive before the weather starts to cool off. If we are really unlucky the water will get down to a bone-chilling 18C in the depths of winter (heh heh). We had a few new divers who just qualified so went to a pretty easy location off Coogee. The water was 22C with no swell of waves at all. The visibility was about 7m. It was very overcast and my little camera struggled with the light a bit and several really decent shots came out too blurred to use unfortunately. I need to stop buying watches and get a decent camera rig!

I took the Seiko SRP043 for a spin. Its a big watch that tends to fill the wrist but has a low profile and is comfortable to wear. Its on the OEM rubber and stayed firmly in place. The bezel is a bit knobbly to be honest and not Seiko's best effort. Its just heavy enough not to be too easily moved but has quite chunky notches in the bezel which are the kind that tend to get caught on things and knock the bezel off-setting. This same action on the SKX007 is perfect because the bezel edges are much smoother. Seiko please take note; if you use chunky notches you need a heavier action! The crown is very nice to grip and use and not particularly wobbly. The dial and hands are immensely readable underwater. I found the dial first-class in real-world use. I really like the Spork and would definitely recommend it as a working diver if they could just tighten up the bezel action a little. ('working diver' being my phrase for a watch that I would trust to measure my bottom time without any backup).

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One of the local Lionfish

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There were several Nudibranchs

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This guy had ignored me until I started moving the shells around his hole. He then came out and moved them back. Who knew octopus had OCD??

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A seahorse peaking out at me...before making a run for it

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The fattest starfish I have ever seen!

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My buddy says bye for now...

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Re: Sunday Dive: 14-04-2013 Coogee - Seiko SRP043

Postby Kahuna74 » April 14th 2013, 3:23am

Awesome photos as always. Love these posts. Just beautiful.
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Re: Sunday Dive: 14-04-2013 Coogee - Seiko SRP043

Postby bedlam » April 14th 2013, 4:17am

Kahuna74 wrote:Awesome photos as always. Love these posts. Just beautiful.

Thanks Kahuna :-)

I'm thinking I will need a better camera for over winter. My little point-n-shoot wasn't coping with the lower light levels in the overcast conditions.
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Re: Sunday Dive: 14-04-2013 Coogee - Seiko SRP043

Postby Richt2k » April 14th 2013, 1:06pm

It's really too bad they discontinued this model, it was one of my favorites.
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Re: Sunday Dive: 14-04-2013 Coogee - Seiko SRP043

Postby bedlam » April 14th 2013, 1:22pm

Richt2k wrote:It's really too bad they discontinued this model, it was one of my favorites.

I bought it to trial the style and was thinking I would pick up a similar Sinn if I liked it...but the Spork has stuck. Its a good watch.
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Re: Sunday Dive: 14-04-2013 Coogee - Seiko SRP043

Postby eddiea » April 14th 2013, 2:50pm

I have to said , I was a bit pissed do to the lack of Great Whites in western Australia lately, so I contacted the PDAA for answers, they in turn sent me couple unpublished pics of Bedlam , remarking his humbleness as the reason for the lack of killer sharks in his pictorial adventures...

Thought I share these photos with the forum...enjoy it!

So here, our own Bedlam interacting with his pet shark Aussie....

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And here Bedlam teaching his long time " special friend" Renae Ayris, on how to properly feed snacks to a hungry fish..

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Re: Sunday Dive: 14-04-2013 Coogee - Seiko SRP043

Postby wottime » April 14th 2013, 3:21pm

Awesome pics. I do like that Seiko. Between you and AT, we are becoming quite the cultured establishment. Thanks for posting.
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Re: Sunday Dive: 14-04-2013 Coogee - Seiko SRP043

Postby bedlam » April 14th 2013, 4:22pm

eddiea wrote:I have to said , I was a bit pissed do to the lack of Great Whites in western Australia lately, so I contacted the PDAA for answers, they in turn sent me couple unpublished pics of Bedlam , remarking his humbleness as the reason for the lack of killer sharks in his pictorial adventures...

Thought I share these photos with the forum...enjoy it!

So here, our own Bedlam interacting with his pet shark Aussie....


And here Bedlam teaching his long time " special friend" Renae Ayris, on how to properly feed snacks to a hungry fish..

As usual awesome shots Carl Image

Yeah, its all shits and giggles now...but when I loose a leg I'll be sending the bills your way buddy!

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Re: Sunday Dive: 14-04-2013 Coogee - Seiko SRP043

Postby bedlam » April 14th 2013, 4:23pm

wottime wrote:Awesome pics. I do like that Seiko. Between you and AT, we are becoming quite the cultured establishment. Thanks for posting.

You make a good point. I'll try to back it off a little to avoid confusing people!
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