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Rolex Submariner

Discussion in 'Computers, Gauges, Watches and Analyzers' started by iyakonboats, Oct 31, 2019.

  1. Sbiriguda

    Sbiriguda Manta Ray

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    I will give you a good reason not to: it's not a good idea to travel in airports or harbors with a rolex in the baggage, even worse to wear it on the body, especially in poor countries like Mexico or the Philippines but not only in them...
    If the opener asked this question he must be rich, but it's not a good idea, also for safety reasons...
     
  2. Fastmarc

    Fastmarc Just drifting along... ScubaBoard Supporter

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    My friends that dive with theirs do it because it's the watch they wear every day, so it just goes on their dive with them. They have been diving for a very long time, so it may just be a left over from when it was an essential tool for diving and though they are modest, non-flashy types that have means, they just stick to the watch that basically started it all.
    I should ask them if they do any annual checks to them, but from what I know about them, I would be surprised if they did.
     
  3. doctormike

    doctormike ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Yup. Just like a mink coat worn as dry suit underwear. It's dive equipment.

    Why do we even have these discussions? The answer is always "dive and let dive, do what you want, it's a personal preference".

    The OP asked if a Rolex was a status symbol or worth the money as a functional watch.

    There are many reasons to own a Rolex (I have a submariner). But since the Rolex doesn't even perform it's primary function (accurate timekeeping) as well as a watch costing 99% less, I would say that it is definitely NOT worth the money if you are only considering function.
     
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  4. Fastmarc

    Fastmarc Just drifting along... ScubaBoard Supporter

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    A lot of mechanical watches can be very accurate and if you're into watches (people who buy mechanical watches usually are) you know what to do to get it to be. Some watches, even chronometer certified still either loose a little or gain a little while being worn, but you can regulate buy figuring out what position to leave it in when not being worn like over night. Depending on movement some position will result if a little speeding up or slowing down. A form of regulation.

    Mechanical watches are fascinating engineering wonders that can be so complex it boggles the mind, especially those complex complications that were calculated and designed without the aid of computers. Love them and the history.
    I have one quartz watch, but will never buy another. I plan on treating myself to a nice dive watch one day and it will be my little pal on dives with me.
     
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  5. doctormike

    doctormike ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    This is the best reason to have one of these watches... 100% agree!
     
  6. Graeme Fraser

    Graeme Fraser Tech Instructor

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    Like it! I wonder if there's a market for Saville Row drysuits?
     
  7. doctormike

    doctormike ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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  8. twowheels

    twowheels Angel Fish

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    It's surprising to hear all the criticism of absolutely beautifully engineered and constructed machines like Rolex watches and of folks who choose to dive with them. I've got a couple including an explorer 2, which I wore to Mongolia this past summer, and a modern ceramic no date submariner. They are wonderful devices, comfortable to wear, rugged and beautiful. They both keep time to better than 1/2 second per day. I may take my sub on my next dive trip, I'll have to wait and see how I feel. Of course a rolex submariner is not an essential piece of dive equipment but I have no criticism of folks who choose to dive with them.

    If you aren't into fine watches, that's ok. But, you shouldn't hate on those that are. A fine watch is a pleasure to wear and use, kind of like a really good audio system.
     
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  9. Hoag

    Hoag Loggerhead Turtle

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    For the last part of my career up until I retired, I wore two pieces of jewellery pretty much every day (both were "tags"): a Tag Heuer Formula 1 (in stainless steel) and a set of dog tags (also stainless steel). Granted, a Tag is not in the same league as a Rolex Submariner, but it was the best I could afford and for me, it was "a fine watch".
     
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  10. dmaziuk

    dmaziuk Orca

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    :popcorn:I'm sure 0.5 seconds/day accuracy is impressive... for a wedding ring or a steam engine or something.
     

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