Ahhh the Seiko 5 SRPD. I know that it's objectively a decent watch, but I'm prone to falling for the "it's not a 'real' dive watch like the skx was." So I have a complicated relationship with it. It sort of helped kick off my mechanical watch collection, but that mentally stocks with me more than I'd like to admit. But fast forward to my first adventure with it and lo and behold my girlfriend's jeep gets suck on the mud. I immediately got my Trax out and shoved them under the tires, the mud coming up halfway up my calves and forearms. Ahh!! I forgot I had the watch on that's not actually a dive watch! I hurry and take it off and set it aside. That's why it's not on my wrist in the photo above.
Once we claw our way out, we wash off what we could with the water we had available to us and I washed the Seiko and noticed that the bezel no longer rotated. A little bummed but I thought....that is was the perfect excuse to get another watch. Maybe it would be a real one. We're sitting at a restaurant, exhausted, and I'm looking at my watch more closely. I notice that there are clay bits between the case and the bezel. I look at my girlfriend, who was more bummed about it than I was, and I smirk and say "...I have an idea" I run to the bathroom and run the water as hot as I can over the watch and, sure enough, the clay melts and I can rotate it! We're both really happy and color me quite impressed.
No mud had gotten into the watch, and I know because I learned how to disassemble the case, bezel, hands, etc. And the crown, which is not screw down in this model, had not pulled out. The bezel works beautifully. Now, I know it can go through some tough scenarios, it's been imbued with some stories, and yet....it's still not a certified "dive watch". It's just all muddy, isn't it?