Legends from the sea !
Authored by: Monica  

Spring, Sun, Scuba diving…everything seems to come alive and people are almost bursting with energy! Diving and ocean exploration makes for a great spring break when even the hotel rates are low and beaches aren’t so crowded. And the ocean brings along its own mysteries. Folklores abound and sometimes even when you don’t know the truth of it, you just can’t help sharing it.

In 2006, a watch enthusiast came across a Seiko 7002 150M diver that the seller claimed to have found while diving off ‘Black Rock’ at Kaanapali Beach in Maui, Hawaii  As the story goes, about a quarter mile offshore and down about 50 feet, he spotted something shining on the bottom. When he went to investigate, he found this watch.

The watch was still working. He washed it off and brought it home with to Ohio, where he forgot about it for another decade! When he found it, he put it up for sale. A lot of facts corroborate with the story and make it sound authentic. The watch is a 1988 make and it had some calcium deposits on the crown threads. With no signs of corrosion, it’s unlikely that the watch was under water for too many years, but it was found in 1995 and there were enough marks on it to warrant a long time use by the original owner.

According to the international standards, a watch designed for underwater diving features a water resistance greater than 1.0 MPa (10 atm), the equivalent of 100 m (330 ft). It would also have magnetic, shock and chemical resistance and a solid strap.  This Seiko watch certainly seems to have roughed it and lived up to its name on land and under water!



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