Dive Watches 101: Bracelet vs. Flexible Strap

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Dive Watches 101: Bracelet vs. Flexible Strap

Postby koimaster » November 15th 2017, 12:25pm

Depending on where you plan on diving, chances are that you will wear a wetsuit or, in some cases, even a dry suit. Both increase your wrist size substantially, which is why a dive watch usually features a deployant clasp with a divers’ extension, or even comes with an extra strap piece that can be attached to the strap buckle when worn over a dry suit (e.g. the unique Citizen Promaster 1000, which has been previously reviewed by WatchTime). A regular clasp extension usually doesn’t add enough length in those instances.

Now, regardless of whether you are a “strap person” or “bracelet person,” both options have their advantages and disadvantages: the deeper you dive, the more pressure your body and suit will experience. Which basically means that a neoprene suit that starts out being very tight suddenly becomes loose — and with it, your dive watch. An easily adjustable clasp extension, such as that offered with the Seiko Marinemaster, or the rather complex clasp of the Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea could be the answer to that problem (at least for wetsuits), but I have rarely witnessed a diver constantly adjusting his or her watch manually when diving.

https://www.watchtime.com/blog/dive-wat ... le-straps/


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Re: Dive Watches 101: Bracelet vs. Flexible Strap

Postby bedlam » November 15th 2017, 4:49pm

Feel like I said all this right here on WL long ago.

The claim that stronger straps requires they be stiffer is BS. Apparently he hasn't heard of silicon.

The best choice is rubber NATO...which apparently he doesn't even realise exists.
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Re: Dive Watches 101: Bracelet vs. Flexible Strap

Postby biglove » November 15th 2017, 5:54pm

Not a diver here but one doesn’t have to be to realize a strap is the best option. Jeebus.
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