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Wearing a dive watch while drysuit diving...

Discussion in 'Computers, Gauges, Watches and Analyzers' started by Subcooled, Jun 8, 2020.

  1. Subcooled

    Subcooled Assistant Instructor

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    ...can pose certain challenges as all dive watches seem to have been designed for wetsuit use only.

    The straps are simply not long enough...

    But! There is a solution! A dog collar!

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  2. tbone1004

    tbone1004 Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    oh my.... NATO straps my friend...
     
  3. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I've accidentally worn one UNDER my drysuit (it was my daily watch before I got an Apple watch). :wink:
     
  4. Subcooled

    Subcooled Assistant Instructor

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    NO.

    I tried a NATO strap.

    I was inside a cave, 2000 feet from the entrance, beyond five sumps, knee deep in mud, wearing wetgloves, and in darkness, and then I had to adjust that ******* NATO strap.
    It was too flexible and flimsy and it all ended up me not having a watch strap at all. I wasn't able to adjust it, not even to hold it, and then I dropped it in the murky waters.

    I want the strap to be thick enough to be actually usable. It has to be rigid too. It should neither bend sideways nor up or down. And remember, I was using wetgloves, and not my usual drygloves.

    Tools need to be robust. Jewelry can be delicate.
     
  5. Subcooled

    Subcooled Assistant Instructor

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    I guess it read your pulse, breathing, blood pressure, mental state and credit card :D
    Smart watches are awesome, albeit somewhat sensitive to moisture.
     
  6. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    No, the dive watch was just a regular analog watch. No way would my Apple Watch go underwater, except maybe in a swimming pool!
     
  7. tbone1004

    tbone1004 Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    @Subcooled interesting experience with them. That has not been my experience, but I've never tried to adjust it with gloves on after sump diving...
     
  8. Subcooled

    Subcooled Assistant Instructor

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    I put my watch upside down (don't ask me why - too embarrassing) and when I tried to correct that, the NATO strap and all were just too "delicate".

    On the surface the NATO straps are nice and lightweight and come in all possible color combinations, though.

    And now I want a nice dive watch with a blue dial... just to show off I guess...
    But then I have this boring tool, too.
     

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