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Dive Watches?

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Zzz:
I got a dive watch towards the end of last season and it's well worth the investment. I would consider it a requisite safety item if you are trying to dive at a higher level.

I went with the Oceanic F10 because it was among the cheaper and simple options. The only features I feel like I really need are depth, breath hold time, breath up time, and basic time/date so I can mind the tides. I'm happy with it so far.

Rob102:

--- Quote from: CaExplorer on January 18, 2019, 07:45:33 AM ---I've been considering a watch for sometime, but undecided. Seems like it could be a useful tool for progression and provide accurate information...but expensive, distracting and anothor item to managed while gearing up and diving.

Do you think they are worth the investment?

--- End quote ---

It depends on how you dive. People have been diving without them forever. They don’t increase your depth or breath hold. They don’t find fish. So what good are they?
Most importantly, a watch counts your surface interval. With the exception of holding your breath and clearing your ears, surface interval is the most important factor in diving. It ensures proper recovery time which in turn allows better bottom time, a more relaxed state, less fatigue and a longer more enjoyable dive day.

Dive time. We are always curious how long we were under. It’s not that important except in the fact that it determines your surface interval.

Depth is more of a novelty, unless you know what depth your fish or spot is, or if you want to hunt a certain depth. It’s fun to know your depth but it’s not important.

Dive counter. I usually do a minimum of 100 dives. It can be a good way to track your day.

Temperature is good info for fishing.

Time of day.  Depends on what you have scheduled or if you have a need to watch the clock. It can be good or bad. If you have a wife that expects you to hurry up and get out so you can do whatever she want then you have no excuse for pissing her off again.

Personally, I feel like is a necessity. I’ll paddle back in a mile and run back to the house to get it rather than dive without it.

I still use the F10 or F11. I won a sporasub but I haven’t used it. I took it at a raffle over the new shark shield. I’d rather have a watch in the closet than a shark shield on my leg.

naturalSelection:
A big factor I think would be your budget. I tend to lean toward cheaper, expendable watches. Cheapo bracket list:

Pyle Snorkel. Guaranteed to work perfectly for exactly one year, then it will flood. Whip out your warranty and get a new one free. I'm on my 5th, riding the sweet wave of one warranty.

Sporasub SP1. Same display computer as Pyle, but different body. Might be more rugged?

guy like me would also spring for a salvimar one, or seacsub partner. 

Again, I've heard mostly complaints about freedive watches, so I tend to go cheap.

TheKeeneroo:

--- Quote from: Rob102 on January 18, 2019, 08:34:22 AM ---
--- Quote from: CaExplorer on January 18, 2019, 07:45:33 AM ---I've been considering a watch for sometime, but undecided. Seems like it could be a useful tool for progression and provide accurate information...but expensive, distracting and anothor item to managed while gearing up and diving.

Do you think they are worth the investment?

--- End quote ---

It depends on how you dive. People have been diving without them forever. They don’t increase your depth or breath hold. They don’t find fish. So what good are they?
Most importantly, a watch counts your surface interval. With the exception of holding your breath and clearing your ears, surface interval is the most important factor in diving. It ensures proper recovery time which in turn allows better bottom time, a more relaxed state, less fatigue and a longer more enjoyable dive day.

Dive time. We are always curious how long we were under. It’s not that important except in the fact that it determines your surface interval.

Depth is more of a novelty, unless you know what depth your fish or spot is, or if you want to hunt a certain depth. It’s fun to know your depth but it’s not important.

Dive counter. I usually do a minimum of 100 dives. It can be a good way to track your day.

Temperature is good info for fishing.

Time of day.  Depends on what you have scheduled or if you have a need to watch the clock. It can be good or bad. If you have a wife that expects you to hurry up and get out so you can do whatever she want then you have no excuse for pissing her off again.

Personally, I feel like is a necessity. I’ll paddle back in a mile and run back to the house to get it rather than dive without it.

I still use the F10 or F11. I won a sporasub but I haven’t used it. I took it at a raffle over the new shark shield. I’d rather have a watch in the closet than a shark shield on my leg.

--- End quote ---

Great synopsis as always.

I have the D4F. I dove for a year with a regular G-Shock just so I could see what time it was because typically I have to be back in by a certain time for this or that. I tried to count my surface interval but its nearly impossible to get an accurate time for how long you've been under water and its very distracting. Once I upgraded to the D4F, its a game changer. I love it for all the reasons Rob102 mentioned although I got my shark shield before the watch.

I would not recommend an air integrated watch like the D4i because it skimps out on features of a freedive only watch.



StinkyPete:
Awesome, thanks for the suggestions! I think of the watch as an essential piece of gear.

I had a D4i but handed it over to the wife when she started diving after a few years of use. I agree that they neuter the freedive features, but nonetheless, it was a nice watch. Never seen it since but it was a nice watch. Who knows where she put it.

Seems like the watch selection is all over the place, so they probably all do the job reasonably well. I'll probably just get the Aeris again then. Thanks!

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