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Vintage Dive Watches

Discussion in 'Vintage Equipment Diving' started by OrneryOsprey, Feb 24, 2020.

  1. OrneryOsprey

    OrneryOsprey Angel Fish

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    Thanks for sharing those Seiko divers. They look like 7548s. They certainly tell a story, and I think they look perfect as-is. Every dive and moment in the sun made them fade to the way that they are today. Very nice.
     
  2. jadairiii

    jadairiii Solo Diver

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    Here is my Doxa Pro, USD logo. The bracelet is Doxa also, but from the new Professionals, directly from Doxa, I had a bunch of old USD catalogs and sent them scans so the hooked me up.

    Technically, my Rolex Sub is also "vintage" since I bought it in 1983 and has been on my wrist since then, has become very "tropical". DiveGearOct 014.jpg
     
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  3. OrneryOsprey

    OrneryOsprey Angel Fish

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    Thanks for sharing this. Would love to see the Rolex as well.

    Do you wear the Doxa often? I had a sub300 reissue for a bit before my dad claimed it. He loves that watch. Yours looks great! I have seen the new bracelets as well as the original expandros, and while I prefer the vintage bracelet, the modern version is probably far more secure!
     
  4. Angelo Farina

    Angelo Farina Marine Scientist

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    Here the back of the one with steel band:
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    As you can see you was correct, it is a model 7548!
     
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  5. OrneryOsprey

    OrneryOsprey Angel Fish

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    Seiko is a great choice, and a personal favorite of mine! Here is one of mine, from 1975. I believe the previous owner used it for diving, but those days are long past.

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  6. axluba

    axluba Barracuda

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    Wow... wonderful pieces here..

    I have an old 7005-8052 (dubbed poor man 62 mas) from 72 (I think) paid 60€ back in 2006... unfortunately I lost the bezel and now the prices have gone crazy..

    I dive the new turtle... I’m hesitating on buying a skx009 before they become crazy too...

    My girlfriend got a beautiful yema navygraph II from her father... I’m jealous
     
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  7. OrneryOsprey

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    The 7005-8052 is a good one. Some were made for the Iranian military and have special dial and caseback markings indicating that they were issued.

    The Navygraf sounds nice. Surely your girlfriend won’t mind sharing from time to time!
     
  8. jadairiii

    jadairiii Solo Diver

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    The Rolex has had a hard life. It was my primary dive timer from 1983 to about 2000. Lobster dives, tech dives, swims, free dives. As you can see, quite tropical. That watch has caught a lot of lobsters! I wear the sub every day. It is a 16800 Transitional, first Sub with the Sapphire crystal (I believe).

    I dont wear the Doxa that much, just for fun once and awhile. Its hard to find a vintage Doxa with the original bracelet, they were not very well made. But being able to get a true Doxa rice bead reproduction bracelet was great. Just like the vintage but much stronger.
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  9. OrneryOsprey

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    Your sub looks great. I prefer a nice tropics watch, especially when it is well earned. Lots of stories behind that Rolex.

    I hear you about the original Doxa bracelets. I’ve had to resize mine before and it is a delicate operation. The new bracelets are well made, I just prefer the taper of the original, personally.
     

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