Purchased 2009, 500m Aqualung on aftermarket Watchdoo

The photos were taken today, The watch is 14 years old and was my primary daily wear watch for about 9 years. I still wear it lots. Tough as nails.

  • Seiko VX42 Quartz Movement

  • Ratcheting Shrouded Bezel

  • Bezel tapers slightly down and in towards the dial (instead of slightly upwards and in toward the dial like most bezels) so the crystal is very protected from bumps/impact -- smart design

  • Double O Ring Screw Down Crown

  • Good lume

  • 45.75mm Wide

  • 47.50mm Lug Tip to Lug Tip

  • 11.50mm High

  • 41mm Bezel Width

  • 22mm Lugs

There are 500 and 1000m variants of this watch, as well as quartz and mechanical versions--and under a host of brand names including Apeks, Astina, Cressi, Divex, Deporte, Deep Blue, Momentum, OMS, Poseidon, St. Moritz, Tauchmeister, and others.

If you want a legit shrouded bezel diver that isn't a Marinemaster/Tuna clone...

I have seen this watch as a Divex and Tauchmeister I think.

I wonder how that works with all the different names?

Impressive specs and looks and obviously does the job perfectly. I'm surprised the various incarnations don't get more love, reviews and publicity. They seem like a well kept secret?

Guvnor64

I have seen this watch as a Divex and Tauchmeister I think.

I wonder how that works with all the different names?

Impressive specs and looks and obviously does the job perfectly. I'm surprised the various incarnations don't get more love, reviews and publicity. They seem like a well kept secret?

In other businesses, a product of this type is sometimes known as a stencil brand: same or nearly same product with a differing logo stenciled on. And there are lots of products out there that can be purchased with one's chosen brand name.

I don't know about "well-kept secret" but I think these watches are generally widely under-rated. Except, as it happens, by British dive shops.

Variants of these are all over the place in Britain, and have been for years. Some of the Tauchmeisters appear over-priced (to me, YMMV) and I always think the best deals (when they're in stock) are from the UK sellers.

And yep--does the job perfectly. At least mine has.

It's one of the few watches that's ever been recognized on my wrist. A British accented fellow came into the store I was working at in Peace River, Alberta, maybe 8/9 years ago. He spotted it right away and told me that he and lots of his friends in the military wore them, and that's why he knew it.

Funky 馃憣 Do you mean that Tunas are are clones or did you mean Tuna and Tuna clones 馃

AlbertaTime

In other businesses, a product of this type is sometimes known as a stencil brand: same or nearly same product with a differing logo stenciled on. And there are lots of products out there that can be purchased with one's chosen brand name.

I don't know about "well-kept secret" but I think these watches are generally widely under-rated. Except, as it happens, by British dive shops.

Variants of these are all over the place in Britain, and have been for years. Some of the Tauchmeisters appear over-priced (to me, YMMV) and I always think the best deals (when they're in stock) are from the UK sellers.

And yep--does the job perfectly. At least mine has.

It's one of the few watches that's ever been recognized on my wrist. A British accented fellow came into the store I was working at in Peace River, Alberta, maybe 8/9 years ago. He spotted it right away and told me that he and lots of his friends in the military wore them, and that's why he knew it.

https://www.watchcrunch.com/Guvnor64/posts/divex-watches-a-little-known-uber-beater-9596

I did a post on divex some time ago which didn't garner much attention!

I have a mate who was a Royal Marine Commando and he swore by them funnily enough.

They don't seem to appeal to collectors at all however. Lack of brand history perhaps?

mjosamannen

Funky 馃憣 Do you mean that Tunas are are clones or did you mean Tuna and Tuna clones 馃

No, I meant clones of the watches that are known by both names: Tuna or Marinemaster.

Guvnor64

https://www.watchcrunch.com/Guvnor64/posts/divex-watches-a-little-known-uber-beater-9596

I did a post on divex some time ago which didn't garner much attention!

I have a mate who was a Royal Marine Commando and he swore by them funnily enough.

They don't seem to appeal to collectors at all however. Lack of brand history perhaps?

They're very good watches, especially for the money, and I think you might be right about collectors not picking up on them as much as they might otherwise because of the lack of brand history, and brand consistency.

But the quality's there.

AlbertaTime

They're very good watches, especially for the money, and I think you might be right about collectors not picking up on them as much as they might otherwise because of the lack of brand history, and brand consistency.

But the quality's there.

I will have to get myself one now I've spoken with one more actual owner!