Hey guys.. been lurking here for years... and I finally registered! I have so many pent up questions for you alll. Anyway.. I just posted what follows below in the Rolex forum. But I figured that you all may have the answer to this.... or at least provide basis for a vigorous debate on the topic
IDK if the GMT Master IIc qualifies as a "dive watch" but I have dived with my prior generation GMT Master II (although in at a shallow depth).. so sorry if this question isnt appropriate for this forum.
I have been lurking this site for many years, and have finally registered as a member. Dont ask me why I didnt many years ago... but I am finally here and can speak!!
Anyway, when I was a little kid, my father had a 1970's era Rolex GMT Master II (pepsi bezel) and I loved this watch ever since.
So... a couple of years ago, I bought a Red/Black Dialed GMT Master II (circa 2004) and I loved it.
Anyway, when Rolex upgraded the GMT to have the new bezel, crown, Maxi-Dial, bracelet/clasp... I just couldnt resist.
So last month, I traded in my "old" GMT Master II for this brand new GMT Master IIc.
I LOVE IT. LOVE IT.
Get so many compliments on this watch, and I find myself often staring at and admiring its beauty. Or simply holding it and examining the purity of the design and sheer perfection of its aesthetics.
So.. back to my question.
The new triplock crown is far more robust than that of my old GMT Master II. And I have seen prior threads about the fact that water resistance is not simply a matter of the new gaskets and crown, but also driiven by the thickness of the crystal and the caseback.
I get that.
However, when I compare this watch to other divers that I have with depth ratings of 200m+, I have a hard time believing that the GMT Master IIc can "only" withstand 100m of presure.
I wonder whether Rolex is being deliberately conserviative on its depth rating on this watch.
Perhaps to avoid cannibalization of sales on the SUB? But, given the "higher" price of the GMT IIc I cant imagine this being a concern.
And... this is a different watch and not (IMHO) a substitute for the Submariner.
I actually went SCUBA diving with my prior GMT Master II in the Caymans a few years ago (only 25-40 feet) and the watch performed fine. I realize this is no test in any way of the watch's capabilities.
So, what do you guys think?
Has anyone ever pressure tested thier GMT Master IIc?