I use an air integrated, wrist mounted dive computer that tells me everything I need to know, however I will always dive with a watch. If I'm out on a boat in the middle of the ocean and my computer decides to die then I will use my dive watch as an actual bottom timer (along with my backup brass & glass SPG and depth gauge) to continue diving on tables. I'm not losing an entire dive trip because of an equipment malfunction.Very few actual divers use anything but a digital dive watch (which can do many useful things). The ones that wear a mechanical dive watch mostly do it just because they can.
Point is that a "dive" watch has that name from history. A lot of ppl don't wear dive watches anymore for diving, a lot use a diving computer which also reads depths etc. But it is still called a dive watch and has the depth rating as some ppl still use them. Can't remember the story fully, but a Rolex diver has seen the bottom of the ocean on a remote control sub, even Rolex was astonished it survived.This might sound like a stupid question, but does anybody who owns expensive dive watches, such as the Rolex submariner, actually use them for diving?
I wouldn't if I could afford one, i probably wouldn't take it out the box...
Serves you right for diving the cold of Alberta!Yep, of course. In a heart beat. As others have said, it's what they're designed for. I haven't taken my two most expensive dive watches on an open water dive, yet. largely because the bracelets / straps aren't long enough to work. But they have both seen significant time under water in pools.