Does Anyone Actually Go Diving With a Dive Watch?

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Does Anyone Actually Go Diving With a Dive Watch?

Post by Artman » Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:48 pm


Ask yourself, how many buddies do you have with dive watches? Now ask yourself, how many of them dive with one?

Didn’t think so.

One man who has made a living doing so is Jason Heaton, a Minnesota-based journalist, who is known to watch geeks as a test pilot for the world’s most illustrious undersea timepieces. As a contributor to magazines like Men’s Journal and Outside, and sites like Hodinkee and Gear Patrol, Mr. Heaton, 47, has scuba-tested many dive watches, ranging in price from a few hundred dollars for a Scurfa to a $145,000 Richard Mille over the course of more than 400 dives around the world.

Fresh off a dive off Sri Lanka, where, wearing a Rolex Submariner, he explored the wreck of the H.M.S. Hermes, an aircraft carrier sunk during World War II, Mr. Heaton discussed the continuing allure of dive watches in an era when many scuba enthusiasts consider them obsolete. ... watch.html
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