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It's a watch "theme", like "pilot's" watches and "deck" watches.

95% of those sporting such pieces are not divers (or pilots, or sailors), so it's predominantly a matter of fashion choice. Many owners feel they go well with casual attire, and they do look a little macho, so why not.

Personally, I'm not a big fan  --  but even I have one "diver" in my collection. Like one Rolex, it's kind of "de rigeur".

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Diver?...a dive watch? a dive time bezel??? I've been doing this all wrong! I thought it was an cooking timer!

I wore a dive watch to work once and got a lot of funny looks. But that could have been because of the wetsuit and flippers.

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Divers alarums and excursions', she read, uncertainly. 'That means lots of terrible happenings, said Magrat. 'You always put that in plays.'
Alarums and what?', said Nanny Ogg, who hadn't been listening.
Excursions', said Magrat patienly.
Oh.' Nanny Ogg brightened a bit. 'The seaside would be nice,' she said.
Oh do shut up, Gytha,' said Granny Weatherwax. 'They're not for you. They're only for divers, like it says. Probably so they can recover from all them alarums.

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Like a Belstaff Trialsmaster jacket, once the choice of serious all year round motorcyclists, now a fashion accessory once the marketing men get going.

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Did Hanhart ever capitalise on the McQueen connection ?

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5 minutes ago, WRENCH said:

Like a Belstaff Trialsmaster jacket, once the choice of serious all year round motorcyclists, now used to be a fashionable  accessory once the marketing men get going.

fixed that for you ! strictly the reserve of tubby middle agers and members of the darkside these days :laughing2dw:

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12 minutes ago, Rotundus said:

fixed that for you ! strictly the reserve of tubby middle agers and members of the darkside these days :laughing2dw:

Belstaff don't make jackets big enough for "Tubby", they have their image to protect. If you see a tubby in a Belstaff, then it's a fake. :laughing2dw:

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Just now, WRENCH said:

Like a Belstaff Trialsmaster jacket, once the choice of serious all year round motorcyclists, now a fashion accessory once the marketing men get going.

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Did Hanhart ever capitalise on the McQueen connection ?

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hate to be a pedant but isn't this a Barbour International Steve has on?

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I have both and ride all year round Pandemic allowing , i don't think they have gotten any dearer just not made to the same high standards anymore , my first Belstaff was purchased nearly 40 years ago to use on my Fantic moped , it was about a weeks wages £40 ish quid , a Belstaff now(my most recent one) was £450 a fairly average weeks wages today but my original one was built like a tank , the modern one less so

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3 minutes ago, midnitemo said:

I have both and ride all year round Pandemic allowing , i don't think they have gotten any dearer just not made to the same high standards anymore , my first Belstaff was purchased nearly 40 years ago to use on my Fantic moped , it was about a weeks wages £40 ish quid , a Belstaff now(my most recent one) was £450 a fairly average weeks wages today but my original one was built like a tank , the modern one less so

I bought a Belstaff Trialsmaster in 1975 for £27.50, and I got rid of it in 2019. The Barbour equivalent was £37.00. My new Timex Q cost £21 in 1976. My new Timex Q reissue cost £155 this year. My new Belstaff canvas Journey cost £750  last year, and it isn't even lined. 

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Those two photos show why I don't like big watches.  I like them to be covered by my cuffs except when I'm actually reading them.  My watches get a hard enough time as it is, if exposed all the time like that they'd be dinged to hell in no time.

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8 hours ago, aesmith said:

Those two photos show why I don't like big watches.  I like them to be covered by my cuffs except when I'm actually reading them.  My watches get a hard enough time as it is, if exposed all the time like that they'd be dinged to hell in no time.

As I've said, I'm no great fan of "divers"  --  but a sensible one can be worn under (at least casual) cuffs with no problem . . . . .

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On 05/04/2021 at 16:58, JonnyOldBoy said:

It's surely easier to sell some entry level watches that look a certain way because it plays to a lot of sub conscious aspirational emotions. It's one of the corner stones of marketing. 

I wonder if SUB conscious was a sub conscious reference to why many people like the look of a divers watch.

To the original post, particularly regarding the dimensions, I had a Christopher Ward C60 diver in the 38mm diameter, and that watch seemed thick whilst the dial seemed small, I now have a c65, and the 40mm diameter copes perfectly with the narrow bezel, whilst it is also slimmer on the wrist and a really beautiful, comfortable watch.

Divers watches come in many shapes and sizes and there is one that will appeal to any watch lover in my opinion, and every collection should surely have a place for a diver (or two).

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