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Straton Syncro Kickstarter
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The Straton Racing Inspired Syncro Diver

Kyle, the founder of Straton Watch Co., just launched the Kickstarter campaign for his latest watch, the Straton Syncro. And it’s really worth checking out.

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Orient Ray II Unboxing
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Orient Ray II Unboxing

I just got a new present in the mail – an Orient Ray II diver. Join me as I get the box opened and share my first impressions.

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Doxa 50th Anniversary Sub 300 dive watch
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DOXA 50th Anniversary SUB 300

DOXA is releasing a 50th anniversary edition of their classic diver, the SUB 300. They’ve combined the look and feel of the classic, with modern Swiss watchmaking expertise.

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Seiko SSA183 comparison side by side
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Why are manufacturer product images so bad?

There’s a huge discrepancy between the stock images used by most online retailers, and images taken by reviewers. Why are these images SO BAD?

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Richard LeGrand Watches Does The Right Thing

**Update**Richard LeGrand has restarted their Kickstarter for the Odyssea as of February 1st, and it’s already funded. Check it out here.At the start of December Richard Legrand Watches, a micro-boutique out of Singapore, launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for the ‘Odyssea’ dive watch.The Odyssea was a very, very tempting proposition …

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seiko skx171 custom mod
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Building Your Perfect Diver – A Watch Modding Example

Can’t find a dive watch you like, or can’t afford the one you want? Modding (watch modification) may be the answer. Here’s a great example of what you can do.

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Deviate Ascent Pro – Desert Gold
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Deviate Watches Kickstarting The Very Affordable Ascent Pro 200m

Deviate Watches, a micro-brand based out of Toronto, Canada, just launched their latest watch on Kickstarter. Come check out the Ascent Pro 200m diver!

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11 Simple Tips On Maintaining Your Dive watch

Dive watches are specifically designed to go with you on outdoor and underwater adventures. They are more resilient, durable, and functional compared to normal watches. However as they are more complex timepieces, they also require more effort and care. Here, we’ll discuss the basic tips which you need to know for properly maintaining your cherished timepiece.

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H2O Kalmar Flash Sale – Banner
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H2O Kalmar 2 DLC Flash Sale

H2O Watch just announced the start of their flash preorder sale of the Kalmar 2 DLC. The black-coated version of their loved Kalmar 2 is worth checking out!

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Invicta 8932 Pro Diver Unboxing – Gift Box
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Invicta 8932 Pro Diver Unboxing and First Thoughts

The Invicta 8932 Pro Diver is one of the most affordable diver’s available on the market today. I just got mine in, come find out my initial impressions!

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Blancpain Ocean Commitment II Banner
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The Blancpain Ocean Commitment II

Blancpain recently announced their latest limited edition timepiece – The Blancpain Ocean Commitment II and €1,000 of each watch sold is donated to science.

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Vostok Amphibia DIY Bezel
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Vostok Amphibia DIY Bezel Insert

Nick Mankey posted a cool Do-it-yourself project to Reddit today: a custom, home-made bezel insert for his . Using a lathe. Looks like having access to a good lathe is absolutely necessary. He takes a raw puck of aluminum, drills out the center, then cuts in from the outer edge …

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Best Orange Straps – Light Blue and Orange
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Get in the Halloween Mood With These Orange Straps

Want to sport a little bit of color, specifically orange, for the Halloween holiday and fall season?You could buy a whole new watch with a flashy orange dial, but maybe that’s a bit overkill.How about switching out your current strap, band, or bracelet for a fancy new orange one?There’s several …

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Ventus Mori Brass Diver 300m – Crystal
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Ventus Mori Kickstarter – 300m Brass Diver

Ventus Watches, a micro-boutique out of Hong Kong, has just made live their latest Kickstarter project: a 300m rated, slim cased, brass diver called the Mori.After two hugely successful previous projects – a carbon fiber pilots watch ‘The Black Kite‘, and a brass pilot ‘The Caspian‘, Ventus has decided to …

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Orient FAC09004D Diver Box
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Orient FAC09004D Diver

Orient Watch seems to have stealthily released a new series of dive watches, and they’re absolutely gorgeous. The new FAC0900XX series watches have quite a different design than previous Orient dive watches such as the or . Most similar to the Mako USA to my eye, the bezel and case are …

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Oris Divers 65 Green Dial Leather Strap
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Oris Divers Sixty-Five – Green Dialed Edition

Oris has released a new version of their 1960’s vintage inspired diver, the Oris Divers Sixty-Five. Following up the blue-dialed version released at Baselworld 2016, the new edition features a lovely sea-green dial.(Side note: In regards to the banner image on this page of the Sixty-Five on the dock – it was released …

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Deep Blue NATO Diver 300 Black
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Deep Blue Causes a Stir With Their SKX007 Look-A-Like

Deep Blue Watches, based out of New York City, has recently created quite the controversy with the release of their NATO Diver 300. A nearly exact copy of the ever popular Seiko SKX007, many people are asking Deep Blue why??Generally when an established brand creates a watch that is a close …

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Zelos Hammerhead Meteorite Dial
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Zelos Watches Hammerhead 1000m Diver Preorder

On the lookout for something truly unique?How about a bronze diver, rated to 1000m (3300 ft) of water resistance, that has a dial made with metal from a 4.5 billion year old meteorite? Zelos Watches, a Singapore based micro-boutique, recently released news of their latest design, the Hammerhead Diver. The Hammerhead …

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Pokemon and Dive Watches
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Represent Your Pokémon Go Team With These Colorful Divers

Admit it – You’ve been playing Pokémon Go like crazy this last week, just like the rest of the world. I know I have, and so has nearly everyone I know.With the battle lines being drawn in your local neighborhood between the three different teams – Team Mystic, Team Instinct, …

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Omega Planet Ocean 600m Diver
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Omega announces the Planet Ocean Deep Black

Omega has just shown the world the newest Seamaster Planet Ocean – The “Deep Black”. While most dark black divers are made out of steel that has been PVD coated, the Deep Black’s case is crafted out of a single block of black ceramic, making this a unique diver indeed. ‘Deep …

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Oris Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition II
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Oris Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition II

Oris recently held a press event on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to announce their newest limited edition watch, the Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition II.The reason for having the event on the Great Barrier Reef? Proceeds from the sale of the diver will go towards funding the Australian Marine Conservation …

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breitling superocean 44 special diver
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The New Breitling Superocean 44 Special Diver

Breitling just released news of what they describe as an ‘ocean pilot’, the Superocean 44 Special. Taking design cues from both divers and pilot watches, the Superocean 44 Special looks outstanding with its black and white style, which also helps maintain excellent legibility in all conditions.The black steel case, black ceramic …

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Depth testing the ultra cheap Casio MRW-200H dive watch
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Casio MRW-200H Depth Testing

I recently purchased a $15 Casio MRW-200H dive style quartz watch, in order to see just how suited for actual diving such a cheap watch could be. With its cheap bidirectional bezel (real divers feature unidirectional bezels), lack of any kind of lume, and crown that doesn’t screw down the is …

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DOXA Sub 6000T dive watch
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DOXA Sub 6000T Announcement

DOXA has put out word about their new Sub 6000T diver, which is based on the very popular Sub 5000T with a few improvements. The official announcement will be coming at BaselWorld 2016 with more details, but for now we know that it comes with a higher depth rating (6000ft …

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Omega Seamaster Diver 300m Unboxing
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300m Unboxing

Ever wondered what it’s like to receive a brand new, all your own Omega Seamaster Diver?Redditor RokeBrah answered that question today by posting a lovely unboxing album of his new Seamaster 300m Diver. Everything, from the crimson bag to the beautiful wooden box containing the watch itself, just shouts quality and high-end …

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Casio Dive Watch – MRW 200H wrist shot
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Casio MRW-200H Unboxing and First Thoughts

A few days ago I wrote about coming across an incredibly cheap ‘diver’ style quartz watch from Casio, the . It had , which was surprising for such an inexpensive diver. Maybe people just didn’t have high expectations when ordering. At only $15 dollars, I figured I’d find out for …

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Helberg CH8 Bronze 5th Anniversary Edition
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HELBERG CH8 Bronze 5th Anniversary Edition

H2O / Helberg Watch is celebrating their 5th Anniversary in business with the release of a brand new bronze diver, the CH8 5th Anniversary Edition.H2O Watch is a German company founded in 2011 with the goal of offering ultimate customizability. All of their models offer several different dial and bezel …

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Steinhart Ocean Two dive watch
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Steinhart Watches Ocean Two

Steinhart Watches just released for sale two versions of their latest diver, the Ocean Two. While similar in name to their previous Ocean One, the Ocean Two is actually a completely new watch, developed over the last several years.The Ocean Two features a Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic movement with 25 …

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Tudor Black Bay Bronze dive watch
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Just Announced: Tudor Black Bay Bronze

Update 3/19WatchTime Magazine and A Blog to Watch both have hands on with the Tudor Black Bay Bronze from BaselWorld 2016. I don’t have a lot of information about this one yet, but word just leaked that Tudor will be releasing a bronze version of their classic Black Bay diver.Those who …

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Seiko and PADI have teamed up to create two limited edition dive watches.
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Seiko and PADI team up for limited edition divers

Seiko just released this news about teaming up with PADI (the Professional Association of Dive Instructors) to create two limited edition, PROSPEX brand dive watches.PADI, originally founded just a few months after SEIKO released their first dive watches in 1965, is the world’s largest organization dedicated to diving instruction. I’m …

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Casio MRW200H Dive Watch - Is this the cheapest, usable diver?
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Casio MRW200H – Is this the cheapest usable diver?

So I just came across quartz diver style watch, and it immediately caught my eye. An analog dive watch, for less than $20, that has good reviews? And 2500+ of them?I was surprised I hadn’t heard of this one before. When talking about dirt cheap divers, most people will refer …

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Zodiac Sea Wolf 53 Diver
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Unboxing Albums, New Divers from Hamilton, Zodiac, Filson

Diver UnboxingsI came across some excellent diver unboxing albums posted by Reddit users the other day: an unboxing of a Stuckx ‘The Bull’ (I wrote about their successful Kickstarter crowdsourcing project here) and an album of the Oris Aquis Date.Stuckx ‘The Bull’Redditor NateTheGreat68 posted this thread about Stuckx’s bullhead chronograph …

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The Seiko SKX007 dive watch underwater
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Using the SKX007 While Diving

I finally got a for my , so on a recent dive I took this short clip of just how easy using the bezel on the is while diving. It’s stiff enough to prevent turning accidentally, but is still easy to use with thick dive gloves on. Usually you’d set …

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H2o Watch Hydra diver
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Last Day to Pre-Order the H2O Hydra

Just a heads up everybody – today (February 28th) is the last day to pre-order H2O Watches latest diver, the Hydra, for the low price of $770. Tomorrow the price is going up significantly to $1295. It’s expected to ship out sometime during the first quarter of this year.For anybody …

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Blancpain Bathyscaphe dive watch wallpaper
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Extreme Depth, Diver Wallpapers, and the Poseidon 3500m Yellow

Diver News from around the WebWatchTime Magazine put out a couple of fun dive watch related articles over the last week:Seven extreme depth dive watchesA brief look into seven watches with extreme depth limits: the Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea, Breitling Superocean Chronograph M2000, Blancpain X Fathoms, Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon DeepQUEST, Deep Blue Depthmaster 3000M, Hublot …

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Eza Watches Sealander divers
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Eza Sealander, Unimatic U1-A, Vintage Omegas

Diver News From Around the WebWorn & Wound has news of the first new watch coming out of boutique Eza Watches since the company got new management. Eza is an old company, founded in 1921, and their new Sealander model is a gorgeous looking, vintage inspired diver. Looks to take …

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Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition Bronze Diver
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Oris Carl Brashear L.E. Bronze Diver

It must be fate that just after publishing my post about my love for bronze dive watches, I come across news about Oris‘ recent release of a limited edition bronze diver celebrating legendary Navy Master Diver Carl Brashear.Most people know of Brashear thanks to the movie ‘Men of Honor‘, released …

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Helberg CH6 bronze dive watch
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Bronze Diver’s Watch Obsession

Ever since I bought a sailboat a few years ago, I’ve been fascinated by bronze. Bronze, an alloy of copper and tin, is used in a number of marine applications due to it’s excellent corrosion resistance, better than stainless steel. When exposed to air it slowly forms a lovely patina, …

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Geeky Watch Strap – NATO from IDE Cable

Just saw this awesome homemade NATO strap made by reddit user diamened – they took an old IDE flat hard drive cable, clued some rings into it, and fashioned a trendy looking strap for their Vostok diver.Probably not the most comfortable for long term wear, but awesome none the less. …

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Handy wrist watch sizing webapp tool from Dive Watches Blog
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The Watch Comparator – Interactive Wrist Watch Sizing

I just published the alpha release of my new tool, the Watch Comparator. It’s designed to help when buying watches online, where physically trying a watch on is impossible.Input the size of your wrist, the diameter and lug-to-lug length of the watch you’re considering, and the Watch Comparator will generate …

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ORIS Aquis Depth GAUGE 10
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Environmentalist Jerome Delafosse and the Oris Aquis Depth Gauge

I just came across this video on the OceanicTime blog and thought it was worth a share. Jerome Delafosse is a renowned French author, professional diver, and environmentalist. He’s constantly working to protect the world’s oceans. Oris is currently sponsoring his work, which makes me like the company even more than …

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Orient Mako USA
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Orient Mako USA: The Best Budget Dive Watch?

A Blog to Watch recently published their review of the Orient Mako USA, an updated version of the classic and long popular Mako diver. Earlier this year I included the Mako on my best watches under $200 list and nearly purchased one, before ending up going with the Seiko SKX007.The main …

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Triton 30ATM Last Edition Banner
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Steinhart Watches Triton 30ATM Bronze ‘Last Edition’

I’ve got a thing for bronze diver’s. I don’t own one yet, but there’s several on my short list for a next purchase. Bronze is a very traditional metal to use aboard ships, due to its amazing salt water corrosion resistance. While fresh bronze is very golden in color, it …

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The Martian Matt Damon
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Mark Watney’s (Matt Damon) Hamilton BelowZero Wrist Shot

Anybody else go and see ‘The Martian’ this last weekend?Ridley Scott’s epic adaptation of Andy Weir’s  features a stranded astronaut (played by Matt Damon, nearly reprising his role from Interstellar) left alone on Mars, after a freak storm forces his team to abandon their mission and him, thinking him dead. Mark …

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Seiko SKX007 Lume
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Seiko SKX007 Dive Watch Lume Timelapse

I’ve been curious about how long the lume on my new Seiko SKX007 lasts. So I did a little experiment last night. Before I got in bed I set the camera up to take a picture of the Seiko every 10 seconds, until either the battery ran out or the memory …

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Adriatic Wreck Diving - by Reddit user Badekar
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Photography Inspiration: Wreck Diving in Croatia

While this doesn’t really have anything to do with watches, I really enjoyed these photos of wreck diving in the Adriatic Sea that got posted on Reddit by Badekar. I’m currently working on getting an  for  (need to save up for these things!), and found these shots pretty motivating.The full …

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Seiko SKX007 in the fog, with water droplets
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Seiko SKX007 in the Misty Morning Fog

I went on a morning run yesterday along the beach. It was perfect weather, warmish misty rain coming down, the water disappearing into the fog. I took a few pictures of my SKX007 when I stopped to catch my breath at the halfway point, and loved this shot with the …

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Stuckx The Bull versions
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Stuckx ‘The Bull’ Kickstarter Campaign Finishes at 200% Funding

Stuckx Watches, a micro Dutch watchmaker specializing in a certain 70’s look, just had their kickstarter campaign for ‘The Bull’ end – pulling in over 100,000 euros, well over the goal of 50,000 euros. ‘The Bull’, is a high quality watch in typical 70’s “bullhead” design. Powered by a mechanical automatic- or …

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Seiko SKX007 Unboxing - Close shot of SKX007 displayed on ships wheel.
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Seiko SKX007 Dive Watch Unboxing and First Look

The BoxI’m always excited to get a box from Amazon. This box especially so, I’ve heard and read a lot about the  and can’t wait to see it in person. I could only just barely restrain myself from breaking open the box before grabbing the camera. Another BoxInside of the brown, …

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Wrist shot of Vostok Amphibia, with NATO strap, while kayaking.
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First dive with the Amphibia today.

Read the Full Review of the Amphibia HereI’ve been so busy leading kayak tours this summer that I hadn’t had a chance to do any actual SCUBA diving since I bought my Vostok Amphibia. Well that changed this morning!Did my first dive in way too long out at Rockaway Beach on …

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Vostok Amphibia with Life Aquatic dial
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Unboxing My Vostok Amphibia Diver

Vostok Amphibia Full Review HereI just got hired to start doing guided kayak tours in the local area, and I wasn’t going to be able to keep pulling my cell phone out of my pocket to check the time. It was time to start wearing a watch again. I needed …

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Ralph Livingstone

Very helpful review! Based on your review combined with several others I read, I recently added this model to my small collection as an 'everyday beater'. I'm very pleased with…

Rich Jarrett

Great review site- thanks! On the Regatta, I don't think you needed flathead screwdrivers to adjust the bracelet- those tiny screw heads I think you saw were most likely the…

anonymous

Noticed it a lot, especially in Seikos. The same dull,zoomed in picture in white backrounds.

The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

Nice looking watch with a very good heritage. I have been considering this same model for quite a while. The back-story of Orient impresses me. Maybe enough to add this…

Reed Gibson

Hi John, thanks for the tips!