Taking it to 11 with the SPB147

Today I'm drinking my coffee with the audiophile mug which will hopefully take my Seiko SPB147 up to 11 on the Spinal Tap scale.

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Of all my Seiko watches, the SPB147 is the one with which I have the most complicated  and ambivalent relationship. It settled into comfortable acceptance once I fitted it with the Roma strap from ColaReb. This is a strap that's really aging nicely as it conform to my wrist. It looks even better in full sunshine when the SPB147 is able to show it's chocolate sunburst dial.

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Leather on divers is frowned at sometime but (a) I don't care, (b) the original rubber strap was very uncomfortable on my wrist, (c) I'm not really a fan of bracelets. I guess I can fit a tropic or waffle rubber, but I decided that the SPB147 is really shinning as a fancy desk diver and that it would look great paired to an aged leather strap. In my case, I was 100% correct.

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Good strap pairing. I think leather looks great on a retro diver.

And it's OK to get leather wet. I've seen cows out in the rain. 

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Nice pairing!  ColaReb makes such great stuff. 

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Very nice. Put it on a rubber strap, a leather strap, a bracelet, a Nato or a single pass, as long as it's what you choose and you like it, you do you. You do you and eff the haters, my man.  🎸🍻

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Nice paring, I agree the leather picked up some color from the dial. No need to have a diver on a bracelet or rubber strap. I have a couple of rubber straps that are very comfortable, specifically my OG straps on my Omega AT and a Citizen EcoDrive Driver (so price does not equal comfort), but they are the exception. You made a great choice. 

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99.99% of never even take our dive watches into the pool. 

Leather on a diver is fine, especially if it looks as badass as this one.

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Are most of these divers really divers? They are really potential divers. If you are not the type to take them into the water they are just rugged dark dialed sports watches. They often make pilot watches and field watches redundant. I think that it looks sharp.

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Looks like it works well to me. A quality strap makes a difference. In the end all that really matters is that you like it and it feels good on the wrist!

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Aurelian

Are most of these divers really divers? They are really potential divers. If you are not the type to take them into the water they are just rugged dark dialed sports watches. They often make pilot watches and field watches redundant. I think that it looks sharp.

If I was to return to diving the last thing I would do is use an expensive diver's watch to time my dives. Most likely than not I will use a dive computer (something that didn't exist when I was still diving), a Vostok Amfibia, or an oil filled Casio Duro.

They are what they really are: Wrist accessories for the male specimens with disposable income.

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UnholiestJedi

99.99% of never even take our dive watches into the pool. 

Leather on a diver is fine, especially if it looks as badass as this one.

The most important function of a diver's watch is to look nice on your wrist when you are not diving.

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Thank you!

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I am a bit obsessed with putting leather straps on divers. This is visually very appealing I think. Was trying on the SPB line yesterday at my AD again. I can understand the complicated relationship if I owned one. Ultimately Im sold on the King Turtle. For now at least haha.

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tonmed

I am a bit obsessed with putting leather straps on divers. This is visually very appealing I think. Was trying on the SPB line yesterday at my AD again. I can understand the complicated relationship if I owned one. Ultimately Im sold on the King Turtle. For now at least haha.

The complicated relationship is cause by a single issue: I though it would be a good 62MAS. It isn't. It's a good watch, it's also one of the best models in the Prospex line, but a 62MAS it's not.

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Love it! I haven't put mine on leather yet, but this makes me want to try it.

Do what you like, ignore the "rules or norms" and enjoy the watches the way you want.

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Catskinner

If I was to return to diving the last thing I would do is use an expensive diver's watch to time my dives. Most likely than not I will use a dive computer (something that didn't exist when I was still diving), a Vostok Amfibia, or an oil filled Casio Duro.

They are what they really are: Wrist accessories for the male specimens with disposable income.

I dive a lot, but started in the days before dive computers (you had a watch, a compass and a dive plan!!). These days, I always use a watch as well as a computer, as the dive comp is mainly for bottom time and stops. It's handy to have a watch to see the time when you are on the boat all day and you're too lazy to wander up to the cockpit to look at the Nav. 😀 Usual suspects are the U1 and Farer AquaMatic. I also take my old Submariner sometimes, because nobodys going to mug you for it on a dive boat (well, almost nobody....)

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Archangel

I dive a lot, but started in the days before dive computers (you had a watch, a compass and a dive plan!!). These days, I always use a watch as well as a computer, as the dive comp is mainly for bottom time and stops. It's handy to have a watch to see the time when you are on the boat all day and you're too lazy to wander up to the cockpit to look at the Nav. 😀 Usual suspects are the U1 and Farer AquaMatic. I also take my old Submariner sometimes, because nobodys going to mug you for it on a dive boat (well, almost nobody....)

I stopped diving after a decompression accident messed with my right ear.