If you had two watches, both are 5 years old with all original seals/gaskets, but one has 600m W/R rating and one has 100m W/R rating...
Q. Would the 600m W/R watch have a definitively better chance at passing a 50m W/R test after 5 years of use than the 100m W/R watch?
I ask because I'm looking to add another diver and wouldn't mind turning it into my all-purpose, beater watch after a few years. I'm really drawn to the Oris Sixty-Five diver but it only has 100m W/R when BRAND NEW. Because it has less seals/gaskets to begin with, does that mean it's more likely to have water leakage after 5 years if I'm not on top of replacing the gaskets every few years? And will it be more prone to water leakage after 5 years compared to an Archimede Sporttaucher bronze that starts with 300m W/R when brand new?
The MOST water resistance I will ever really need is 100m anyways. I don't actually dive but if the higher W/R (when new) means it will hold up to 100m LONGER, then maybe I need to re-think the Oris Sixty-Five...
OR do gaskets rot at the same rate whether they are 2mm thick or .5mm thick? Or if the 300m Sporttaucher has 2 gaskets on the crown vs. maybe just 1 on the Oris, then will both be susceptible to water leakage in 5 years EVEN if we're only talking about maybe 30m of water pressure.
What do you think?
As far as aesthetics, which one do you think adds more to my current collection?
The blue or green 42mm Oris Sixty-Five?
Or the bronze Archimede Sporttaucher?
For reference, here's my current 6 watch rotation + a Zenith El Primero Original 1969 that I have coming in the next couple of months...
With the Zenith chronograph coming in, I really want just 1 more diver in my 8th spot. I'd love to try bronze for the first time, but the only one that remotely interests me is the Archimede Sporttaucher right now. With what I have now, everything is kinda dressy/sporty, so I'm feeling a craving to try bronze with the next diver. But on the other hand, the very popular Oris Sixty-Five will be versatile and add some more color and pop to my collection which is always good too.
Some advice on both fronts here would be much appreciated!