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We all know that a vintage dive watch might not retain it's resistance to water over time. I'm just curious if anyone here has had the courage to do such a thing (without it being resealed and tested).
Once I had an early 80's Seiko Diver and my little cousin threw it in the pool! It went all the way to the bottom and when I brought it too the top it was ticking fine and no water in the dial. I sent it to my watchmaker and he said it looked fantastic on the inside!

Any other horror stories? Maybe people not so lucky?
 
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My worst horror story: My dad gave me his watches when I was a kid and throughout my teens, all Seikos and a Rolex for HS Grad. Gold & stainless GMT Master that he purchased new in the early 80s (1983 I think). When I was 17, I was diving in the Tampa Bay off Davis Island with some friends from their boat and it broke at the buckle and sank to beyond view. I chased it down as far as I could but it was impossible for me to get it back. Just had to watch it sail down.

On the other hand, this is one my dad gave me that I dive in 1 to 2 times per year and still counting to include last weekend off the Jersey Shore- I have SWORN that I will either throw it out or frame it as soon as it quits. Last re-gasket done in 1997, dove the following spring in '98 on my honeymoon then every year at least once.
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My worst horror story: My dad gave me his watches when I was a kid and throughout my teens, all Seikos and a Rolex for HS Grad. Gold & stainless GMT Master that he purchased new in the early 80s (1983 I think). When I was 17, I was diving in the Tampa Bay off Davis Island with some friends from their boat and it broke at the buckle and sank to beyond view. I chased it down as far as I could but it was impossible for me to get it back. Just had to watch it sail down.

On the other hand, this is one my dad gave me that I dive in 1 to 2 times per year and still counting to include last weekend off the Jersey Shore- I have SWORN that I will either throw it out or frame it as soon as it quits. Last re-gasket done in 1997, dove the following spring in '98 on my honeymoon then every year at least once.
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Don't throw it out! What a beauty.
 

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Thunderdaddy, great story and piece!
 
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