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Dive Watches

Discussion in 'Vintage Equipment Diving' started by Sam Miller III, Jul 27, 2014.

  1. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

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    Jerry,

    My old, old, old friend, (not in age but in friendship)

    Glad to see that you joining us...

    Sorry to hear about your watch and your loss.

    SAM
     
  2. Nemrod

    Nemrod Solo Diver

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    It was 1974, I was 19. The shop I had been hanging around had given me a job of sorts. I was with the shop for a checkout dive in Destin, Florida. I think, if I recall, it was a Friday morning and I was to lead the first wave of six students into the water, the main instructor, his wife, also an instructor and one other instructor each had six to ten students but they were all old folks, like ancient and over 30 and could not be trusted. My little group decided to take the VW van to the East Jettie and make the death march to the Bathtub and await the main group. Well we did and somehow managed to collect all of ourselves out there and ready to go. The tide was perfect, we were impatient and I decided it was GO TIME! So into the water for their first real dive we went. Some checks in the Bathtub and then a crawl into the channel for some more skills and then really, hand in hand, we began our dive. At the deep hole (not the same deep hole as there is now) we all, per plan, variously layed, flounced, kneeled or crawled on the bottom to perform some more checks when a young lady (I was quite taken with) signaled me to the rocks to see something. Anyways, as I passed one of the other students I felt a tug but thought nothing of it until it was time to check my (our) time when I found that I no longer had my trusty $30 Bulova 666 Diver. Drats. Well, I was upset but did not cry in front of my new friends since I was like supposed to be like in charge or something and there was the girl (who I was smitten with) to properly impress. See, $30 was a lot of money in circa 1974 for a poor college student.

    So, we made three dives that day and had a great time and even the old folks finally showed and went diving for their first dives. The next day we dove offshore aboard a local dive boat and had some more fun. Then Monday, I went back to the jetty, not to look for my watch, because see, I had called my mommy long distance collect to cry and she told me to go get me a new watch for my birthday, thus entered the Seiko 6309 I had spied out in Fort Walton. So anyways, back to the East Jetty, we made our swim, roughly along the original route, and then circled out to where there were sometimes big sand dollars to collect (just shells, not alive) and as we returned, I swung by the spot my student had signaled me to come see and low and behold, my Bulova 666 Diver was sticking out of the sand, one part of the plastic strap ripped off! So I grabbed it and stuck it in my jean shorts pocket but the pocket had a hole in it and it promptly fell out so I then grabbed it back up and stuck it under the sleeve of my wetsuit top.

    So, now I had two diver watches, I was in high cotton. The Grisbi, funny thing, I used to wear it on my thigh like a sword, and now, same straps, it barely will go around my calves, must have shrunk I guess.

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    And yeah, they called me Nemrod, and that is with an E.

    N
     
  3. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

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    Orange faced DOXA for sale on American e bay
    This is NOT the Doxa with the US Divers logo on the face. (Not the model made famous by Clive Cussler)
    It is the same watch but a later edition

    Currently a very good price. The auction will be closing soon

    SDM
     
  4. fire_diver

    fire_diver Solo Diver

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    Very leery of that one. Coming from outside US, poor description, unknown condition. I'm sure with 45 bids already that it's going to sky-rocket at the last minute, but it's a gamble. Someone might get ripped off, or they might get a great deal on a great watch.
     
  5. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

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    I would not suspect this watch to be a "Tijuana type genuine Rolex." Which were so prevalent on the market some years ago. Very very close copies that fooled so many.
    However, the demand for a Doxa has increased many fold, therefore the orient could be producing fake Doxas.
    I am concerned with the leather band...I don't recall a leather band Doxa.

    The current price (as of 6: AM Kalifornia time) $334.00 hard earned Yankee dollars
    I certainly not going to even consider a bid

    There are two others currently listed who appear to be genuine Doxas :
    Orange faced Doxa Sub 200 $2,200.00 (US $)
    Sliver faced Sea Rambler $1,450.00 (US$)

    Interesting to note the disparity of the pricing between the orange faced and the silver faced is $750.00, yet they are essentially the same watch but with different faces.

    When the Doxa arrived on the market place we in California considered the Orange faced Doxa to represent Orange county and the sliver faced represented LA county with all it's smog, and surprisingly a number of the LA county UW instructors from LA county purchased the silver faced models.

    I was fortunate to have been living in Orange County and have a Orange Faced Doxa complete with the US Dicers double hose regulator logo on it's face..not too many of these models around or for sale..but I am becoming tempted


    SDM
     
  6. Mike Lev

    Mike Lev Barracuda

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    Sam you promised that your Doxa was in your will to me--just dreaming!
     
  7. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

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    Mike,

    You are having a night mare!

    You will have to pry it out "of my cold clammy hands" to quote the late Charlton Heston in his NRA speech so many years go

    But keep on dreaming..

    SAM
     
  8. xasroma

    xasroma Angel Fish

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    Eric: If you are still following the thread...this was my first pic with the green submariner...My first Rolex..Got it back in June...Loving it! Get it!As a scuba diver at least you will be using it for its purpose...The majority of Rolex submariner owners never touch the water....
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  9. kirasir

    kirasir Angel Fish

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    I have a bunch of different dive watches from automatic to quartz. Practically wise, the Citizen beats all of them (mine is a titanium version though). Tissot Sea-touch comes a close second.
     
  10. PACKRMAN

    PACKRMAN Nassau Grouper

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    I prefer the Tissot over the Citizen while diving. Getting the battery changed is a problem though, it took 5 months. That's why I own the Citizen too.
     
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