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I use a HyperAqualand.  Not only gives me the time but the depth and temp as
a backup to other gauges.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Marv Gozum @ Wills Eye Hosp" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2001 9:57 AM
Subject: Descent ERates & Timex Watches


> What kind of problems, K?  Ears or otherwise?  Since you've been bombing
> wrecks now and then I'd be interested .... freedivers tend to descend very
> rapidly with little trouble other than equalizing.  If there are dissolved
> gas effects I'd like anyone's thoughts on it.
>
> I saw your post on techdiver about dive watches, but will answer here
> instead, too noisy and dirty over there.
>
> I've used a Timex Expedition as a backup also rated to 100M, its survived
> quite well and got it at Walmart for $12 ... but concur with Paul about
the
> Velcro strap, it seems less reliable when open after its wet.
>
> I've a solar dive watch with a depth gauge, and there is a basic model for
> $170. http://www.princetonwatches.com/shop/AP0440-06H.asp
>
> It charges in fluorescent light and sealed so it keeps certification for
> over 5 years, and past owners tell me its ok for life until someone opens
> it.  It has fewer moving parts unlike mechanical watches, and thus are
more
> reliable.  Solar watches were once prolific in the 1970s, but methinks
> attempts to sell more watch batteries nixed production, as they are quite
> trouble free.
>
> I've concerns about changing batteries in dive watches.  While o rings and
> battery are cheap, recertified for depth adds $30 to the service cost.  If
> service is not top notch, and you can cut corners, Murphy would have
> batteries fail or watches flood at the wrong time.  The popular Seiko
> Hyperaqualand requires a $75 factory service ideally, but I've seen others
> get service at a jeweler for $20, sans depth certification ... could be
> tricky for a $300 watch!
>
>
>
>
> At 12:00 AM 7/12/2001 -0400, Automatic digest processor wrote:
> >----------------------------------------------------------------------
> >
> >Date:    Wed, 11 Jul 2001 06:29:18 EDT
> >Subject: Descent ERates
> >
> >Good question.  And I have noticed that when I do a fast descent, I have
soem
> >problems
> >
> >However, that particualar day, I dove down slowly.  Hand over hand.
Paused
> >at about 50 ft to adjust bouyancy, and again at 100 ft.  As well as my
stop
> >at 140, before swimming to the wreck.
>
>
>
>
> Warm regards,
>
>
> Marv
>