Dive watch for field use.
By - KidsGotSand
It 'should' be ok to go in the water but if that crown comes out it will fog up. It's not built for rough treatment.
The crown is still sealed a little bit even when pulled out. The watch is rated at 100 meters, I can't imagine a scenario aside from actual diving where that wouldn't be sufficient
I mean I'm sure some people in the military are divers, and others aren't. I don't think infantry folks are all running around with scuba gear jumping in and out of water constantly.
Except we don't? I've only met one person in my 5 years in the military who actually dives for their job. In those cases the military issues them any gear they might need
Not a dive watch by dive watch standards but I've taken many 10 bar watches diving. I actually took both of my Seiko 5 Sport watches on several dives and snorkels last week. Seems like a lot of other commenters are speaking with absolutely zero experience diving nor have they dove with these watches. I'd rather dive with one of these than my Omega or Rolex. It's simply because of lowered risk since dive computers are our main instruments.
The lack of a screw down crown isn't too much of an issue with the crown guards. But if you're going to handle a bit of gear, it can get caught with it possibly opening, which would not be such a common occurrence.
There is hate on this beauty for the water resistance, but I recall that most field watches are just as durable (or less) than the 5KX. IMO divers make great field watches with their toughness and legibility. Keep on wearin’ it well :)
Awesome watch and nice match to the uniform from the strap. I hope it serves you well. Stay safe.
I would not call 10 bar of water resistance a “dive” watch. Fair warning. But still good for field use, everything short of actually submerging the piece in water.
Congrats on the watch, and thanks for your service! 🇺🇸
Why not submerge it? 100m is plenty. It doesn't meet the technical specifications of a dive watch (ISO whatever) but swimming with it would be perfectly fine.
Tracking on the "dive watch" description, but from that site re: 100m resistance:
"Water Resistant 100 Meters / 10 Atmospheres / 10 Bar
This is snorkeling territory. A watch with 100 meters of water resistance has no problem hanging out in the water for a while, and will even be fine on an extended snorkeling excursion. Diving, however, should still be out of the question."
I'm not a scuba diver, but I've never hesitated to take a 100m watch into the water and never suffered any ill effects.
All good, not trying to make you feel overly scrutinized - I agree with you that this isn't a dive watch. I just think people can be a little less worried about water resistance ratings, especially at 100m or more. Unless he's hitting it with a pressure washer on the crown I think it will be up to the task. Others' mileage may vary.
Drunk Superman is definitely not a "dive watch."
How has this 5kx been doing for u? Im debating between the 5kx and the Sea Urchin :)
Don't buy a new Seiko 5 dive watch , you're better off with an homage dive watch with a Seiko movement IMO. These new Seiko divers are probably better suited for field use, the crowns don't screw down and they've got domed hard lex like the old Komandirskie field watches.
5KXs are inexpensive and often on sale in places like Kohl's or Macy's. They do have hacking and winding which is an improvement over the 7S sea urchin. IMO worth a consider!
Can the 5kx be modded like the SKX??
Yep! Parts overlap between the two