Depth matters. And as experienced divers often like to go deep for as long as possible, decompression is a serious issue. The problem with mechanical depth gauges on watches is that they are usually either precise at depth (but not in the 12-meter decompression zone) or in the decompression zone (but not at depth). Dietmar Fuchs takes a deep dive into mechanical depth gauge watches and shares his thoughts and experiences here.
About Dietmar Fuchs
I am the resident diver at Quill & Pad, competent enough to test any self-proclaimed diver’s watch to its limits. Not only do I submit these watches to the same pressures divers experience but I also explore their history and accomplishments on the wrists of real aquanauts.
If you want to know whether your favorite watch is fit for the greatest adventure outside of space travel, join me on my way down.
I was born in Germany’s Niedersachsen and raised in the Air Force in Bavaria and Texas, where I joined the high-flying boys. But I eventually figured out that the empty skies don’t hold as many adventures as the depths of the seas.
In the early 1980s, I spent four years as a dive instructor and boat captain in the Caribbean before returning to Germany to study marine biology and – big mistake – journalism. The latter never let me go. Combining my two biggest interests, I started publishing diving magazines and still do.
Watches have been my everyday partners all my adult life, first in the sky and later at the bottom of the sea. First as lifesaving instruments and later as cherished companions.
Watches and I make an inseparable pair under water, on land, and, yes, still in the skies. Diver’s watches tell me their secrets, reliving their greatest adventures on the wrists of accomplished divers.
Follow my writings and I’ll introduce you to the finest in diver’s watches and the greatest adventures of humankind under water.
Entries by Dietmar Fuchs
Thanks to its bezel, as Dietmar W. Fuchs explains, the diver’s watch is a much more versatile timepiece than many people think. Aside from teaching you how to use it on land, in the skies, and under water, here he answers the perennial question of who made the first true diver’s watch: Blancpain, Rolex, or Panerai.