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: Timex Automatic Diver



hifisapi
11-03-2017, 10:47 PM
Just got this vintage Timex Automatic Diver from ebay. Case has mirror like chrome surfaces so its hard to photograph.
Tested it against my best quartz and its right on the money as far as timing goes after 30 hours. Total investment $79.
Now that's affordable. Due to age, wouldn't trust it for diving, but makes for a cool sports watch.165778

CometHunter
11-04-2017, 04:18 AM
It says "WATER RESISTANT" (unrated), so I'd probably take it off just before I washed the night's dinner dishes!

hifisapi
11-04-2017, 04:40 AM
well at some point, it became illegal to mark any watch as waterproof regardless of rating. The lack of rating on this watch makes me treat it as a non
water resistant watch in terms of handling.

CometHunter
11-04-2017, 04:54 AM
My point, exactly! Then again, I got into the habit many, many years ago of not wearing a watch for ANY type of water-based activity. Why tempt fate? :lol:

hifisapi
11-04-2017, 05:48 AM
My point, exactly! Then again, I got into the habit many, many years ago of not wearing a watch for ANY type of water-based activity. Why tempt fate? :lol:
I wouldn't go that far, I regularly wear known good divers (200M,150M rated) in the pool and shower. That's part of the fun of owning real divers watches.

hifisapi
11-04-2017, 06:28 AM
another (non flash) photo:
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hifisapi
11-04-2017, 01:11 PM
yes, water resistance is questionable as the back is the press fit type with a thin black o ring on the perimeter. Doesn't seem like it would be as water pressure tight as a good screw back.

BrianG
11-11-2017, 11:34 PM
Still, it's very appealing and is also from a legendary company. I agree with Comethunter and even my new dive watches don't go near water.

hifisapi
11-16-2017, 02:17 PM
besides water leaks on the back, you could get water leaks around the crystal and the opening for the stem. No, with the age of this watch, I'll just keep it as dry as possible.

hifisapi
11-16-2017, 03:45 PM
based on the reference number at the bottom of the dial, this watch was made in 1977.

hifisapi
01-06-2018, 01:00 AM
based on the generous wrist time this watch has gotten since purchase, I would say it turned out to be a good little buy. Another thing I like about it but didn't mention earlier is the easy readability of the time.
The white hands and hour markers against a black dial gives great contrast and the length of the hands are just right.

CometHunter
01-06-2018, 07:00 AM
Thats a feature you'll appreciate more as you get older. It's no co-incidence that my last 4 modern watches had black dials with white hands and markers (Ball, 2 Citizens, and Tissot), an Edouard Lauzieres w. blue dial and white hands/batons and the Seiko5 with black dial and silver hands/batons.