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Dive watches

I’ve got to tread carefully here. It’s too easy to generalise about the watch community. If I would paint the watch community with broad strokes, I would say it is a groupĀ  dominated by Americans, mostly situated in rural areas, having a hard time not putting guns in their pictures on social media. Aw shucks, well, at least I tried.

It should be no surprise that the grail watch for a lot of these guys is the Rolex Submariner. Why? Because of the banal allure the expensive brand Rolex has. All in all a gorgeous, high quality watch, but still a dive watch. So it’s clunky, utilitarian and really only suitable for diving or casual wear. A watch retailing at a price of at least 7000 euros… They ought to rename Rolex to Veblen.

The biggest problem I have with dive watches is that there are so many much more elegant watches out there. Still most posts on forums deal with the Submariner, or the poor people’s version of the Submariner, the Seiko SKX.

So why are dive watches so popular? I just don’t get it. Maybe it’s just a sign of the times. These aren’t elegant times. It’s the age of practicality. We’re not in the era of the well-cut suit, but of the convenient chinos or worse, cargo shorts!! I’m just grasping at straws here.

There is however a dive watch I do really like, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms as it was produced in some parts of the 1950s.

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