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    Rolling eyes Domed crystals underwater.....Myth busted

    Guys, you have probably heard me say it before, but I'm not a big fan of domed crystals, even slightly domed as on the 1000T and 5000T. I'm writing a review of the SUB 1000T at the Minute and thought I'd do a bit of Mythbusting. Here is an excerpt from the unfinished review........


    Another difference between the 1000T and both the 750T and 600T is the crystal. Whereas the 750T has a XXXmm flat crystal and the 600T has a YYYmm domed crystal the SUB 1000T has a ZZZmm slightly domed crystal. The crystal actually looks flat but there is a subtle curvature to it. I'm not a big fan of domed crystals because they tend to pick up more reflections from the surrounding light sources and can make the dial a bit less legible, but supposedly this curvature makes the dial easier to read underwater and does not "white out" like a flat crystal does. I've always bought into this because I only ever dove with a flat crystal SUB 300T reissue, but I decided to do a bit of a "Mythbusters" to see if it was actually true or not.

    I think the photos using the SUB 5000T and 750T speak for themselves......





    I can't even say that the domed crystal will resist whiteing out longer than the flat crystal because both went unreadable at about the same angle. I think this is a "Myth Busted" and unless it is on the grounds of strength (domed structures really are inherently stronger than flat ones), I see no real reason to use a domed crystal.

    Hope this helps clear a few things up.

    Pete

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    Re: Domed crystals underwater.....Myth busted

    I have noticed from my time in the pool that when a flat crystal "mirrors, the whole face goes(0 to 60 if you will). However my domed crystals tend to partially mirror first then go completely.
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    Re: Domed crystals underwater.....Myth busted

    That 750T is killer!! Why do you suppose the 750 looks so much more vibrant??

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    Re: Domed crystals underwater.....Myth busted

    Quote Originally Posted by Doxa Dan View Post
    That 750T is killer!! Why do you suppose the 750 looks so much more vibrant??
    Dan there is no doubt that with black hands the 750T has a greater contrast than the silver ones on the 5000T but when you see them side by side in the flesh the 5000T looks a much more refined and higher quality watch.

    Yes I know it is all subjective and personal opinion at the minute as I'm the only show in town, but I've probably had more Doxas go through my hands than anyone (even Jason...)and I'm convinced that the new 5000T just looks a better, more expensive, more finished watch.

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    Re: Domed crystals underwater.....Myth busted

    Pete,

    Your pictures make the 5000T appear to be quite a bit more substantial than the 750. This is saying a lot as the 750 is not a tiny watch. I know that some of this must be due to the domed crystal but, the end links and bracelet are really larger than the 750. Will you be doing weight comparisons in your review?

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    Re: Domed crystals underwater.....Myth busted

    Quote Originally Posted by jstawasz View Post
    Pete,

    Your pictures make the 5000T appear to be quite a bit more substantial than the 750. This is saying a lot as the 750 is not a tiny watch. I know that some of this must be due to the domed crystal but, the end links and bracelet are really larger than the 750. Will you be doing weight comparisons in your review?

    Joe
    Joe, I was in Sears today in the Kitchen department doing just that. Crappy scales so there may be a bit of error in this but... all watches sized for a 6.75 inch wrist

    5000T 200 grams
    750T 170 grams
    600T 160 grams
    Rolex SD 150 grams
    Omega Seamaster 160 grams
    1000T 165 grams

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    Re: Domed crystals underwater.....Myth busted

    Pete, are you saying you weighed these with the bracelets?
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    Re: Domed crystals underwater.....Myth busted

    Quote Originally Posted by twostirish222 View Post
    Pete, are you saying you weighed these with the bracelets?
    Yep complete watch and bracelet.

    Pete

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    Re: Domed crystals underwater.....Myth busted

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Peter Millar View Post
    ...but I've probably had more Doxas go through my hands than anyone (even Jason...)and I'm convinced that the new 5000T just looks a better, more expensive, more finished watch.

    Pete
    Can't imagine a more believable endorsement from a more trusted source.


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    Re: Domed crystals underwater.....Myth busted

    Dr Pete, is it my eyesight or is the depth from the edge of the bezel to the dial deeper than on the 750T? Sort of like my Marathon GSAR? I like that look.

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