Well the annual summer lull has kicked in on the forums so whilst it's all a bit sleepy and the watch world is a bit on hold, thought I'd catch up on something I'd been meaning to do for ages
When I got my first 1665 Comex, I was lucky enough to get access to a VHS video made by Hugh Mcguire ( the Comex bellman in the film) that got copied to DVD, I've been meaning to figure out how to upload this to share and have only just had a day to do it. The films give only a little insight into the kind of conditions and danger the divers faced on a daily basis, hope you enjoy them.( hold out for part three that shows just hopw dangerous it could be doing bog standard welding)
On a separate note, I do seem to have had a recurring conversation lately about why I'm so interested in these issued watches, both Milsubs and Comex, and I wish it was something I could convey easily.
I finally got around to buying Tony Grooms boohttp://www.deep-sea-diving.com/
) which I whole heartedly recommend as a good holiday read, and just re-read a couple of the SBS bookhttp://www.duncanfalconer.com/Home.html
) - reading this kind of material, and being privy to some of the Comex diver stories really does give an understanding of just how dangerous and severe the conditions were in which these tools were used, and IMHO these surviving watches serve as a testament to the skills of Rolex and the Oyster case that some came through in one piece !!!
Of course we all love Rolex watches and admire their quality, durability and most of all history, but for me there is a world of difference between say a nice minty Newman or big crown, which carries beauty and rarity and an issued piece that will have been used to the edge of its own survival, and as I only just really realised maybe it's the fact that they were counted on to such a degree of placing the responsibility for someone's life on its reliability, and the consequence of failure could therefore be so high.
Whether it be a clearance diver timing the diffusing of an unexploded bomb, or an SBS operative monitoring his insertion to a deserted beach head in the Falklands, or a Comex saturation diver 3-400 m down in the north sea, For me I guess that' it, the ultimate tool is one in which you trust your life ( you don't get that with Patek
Anyway just a thought for the day, whilst I was uploading the Comex films