Anyway, this post is about a different style of watch that first appeared sometime in the early to mid 1950s.
And so, Dive, dive, dive!!!
THE DIVE WATCH
Pic courtesy of www.omegawatches.com
Picture courtesy of www.hodinkee.com
Picture courtesy of the outstanding www.rolexblog.blogspot.com.au/
...except perhaps the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, which premiered at the same watch fair the same year;
picture courtesy of http://oceanictime.blogspot.com.au
Picture courtesy of www.thewatchclub.com
Picture courtesy of www.gemnation.com
Picture courtesy of claude f. on http://blancpain.watchprosite.com/?show=forumpost&fi=4&pi=3629466&ti=583211
In this photo below (courtesy of www.fratellowatches.com) , the original model from back then is on the left, and the re-edition from a couple of years ago is on the right;
NEW or VINTAGE?
However, a few minutes later when he’s in the cantina wearing a white dinner jacket (I’m not gonna give away the costume change for the half a dozen people in the world who haven’t seen this film)...
Picture taken from http://rolexblog.blogspot.com.au and Courtesy of EON Productions/DanJac LLC
Upon reflection, I probably should have smacked him one in the mouth. Anyway...
I had a few customers who would walk into my store wearing a suit and some old 1970s Seiko dive watch on a crappy Velcro or nylon strap. Nothing, and I mean nothing cheapens a suit faster than a Velcro strap on a watch. My opinion only. If you want to wear a dive watch with a suit, your safest option will be a steel bracelet or perhaps a leather strap. Just don’t let the leather get too trashed. Which brings us to...
The NATO straps are designed according to Ministry of Defence specifications. The US version is what's known as the ZULU strap. Same concept and design, but with larger oval-shaped steel rings.
A quick word about the colour of the ZULU strap in this picture. Up until the advent of bluray discs, it was thought that Sean Connery's watchband in "Goldfinger" (yeah, I'm making you work, aren't I? All this scrolling up and down business. It's good for your hand/eye coordination, gang) looked like this;
A crocodile or alligator strap actually doesn't look bad at all. However, since I've had the image of a Rolex Submariner on its original steel bracelet stuck in my subconscious for almost 40 years, it would be hard for me to wear that particular watch on that particular strap. Your methods may vary.
Picture courtesy of www.forum.tz-uk.com
Picure taken by John Torcasio and featured on his blog; http://omegaplanetoceanchrono.blogspot.com.au/2010/09/omega-seamaster-planet-ocean.html
Picture courtesy of http://luxurytyme.com/en/rolex-related-articles/a-tutorial-on-how-to-open-the-rolex-dive-suite-extension/
Picture courtesy of http://forums.watchuseek.com/f102/omega-planet-ocean-vs-rolex-sea-dweller-comparative-review-66811.html
Picture courtesy of www.watchonista.com & http://www.watchfreeks.com/view_topic.php?id=22792&forum_id=75
Picture courtesy of http://truetimetools.com/2010/09/18/panerai-radiomir-egiziano-pam341/ and SJX and http://www.watchprosite.com/
EDIT: 3/04/2016- I've gone through this post and replaced photos. There were a few with broken links, or where they have been removed by their original owners.
Many thanks to those whose pictures I've used here. If you want me to remove them, please get in touch and I will do so. I'm not here to step on anybody's toes, and have tried to attribute photos to their original sources wherever possible.