First off, let me wish everyone here a Merry Christmas and a happy, safe holiday season.
On the way back to Los Angeles I stopped in at one of the beaches along Santa Barbara for a quick shore dive. Conditions were lousy - quite a bit of a current, and visibility wasn't more than 10 or 15 feet.
Anyhow...I don't want to get anyone's hopes up, but I didn't have the housing for my camera, so I couldn't take any photos underwater. I'm SORRY!! I'll make it up next time, I promise...
As for the watch's performance, I was diving fairly shallow (36 feet was my maximum depth) but here are my impressions:
1. The ratcheting bracelet is easy to close when the suit or glove compresses, and after a bit of practice, I found it possible to loosen again one handed without removing the watch and potentially losing it. Mind you I wear thick gloves when diving out here in the winter, so it would be very easy, in my opinion, to do this underwater without gloves. I'm very happy with this feature - generally speaking, my 750 would get very loose and spin at depth, whereas I can control the fit now. Great feature. My only nag is I want it to be longer, as it won't fit over the sleeve of my wetsuit without adding another link. Not a deal breaker, as I always wore my 750 on the wrist and not higher up on the sleeve. Last but not least, I never felt concern that I would lose the watch because of a springbar like I did with the 750. Maybe it was an irrational fear, but there were times that I simply put the 750 on a Waterborne strap for added insurance. I doubt that I'll ever take the bracelet off the 5000, as it is so robust.
2. The stainless steel hands and indices took a little bit of getting used to compared to the black hands on the 750. This isn't to say they weren't legible - they were easy to read, but my perception is still skewed given my familiarity with the 750. Having said that, I didn't have an issue checking my bottom time. If anything, the polished bezel was more distracting to my eye than the hands and indices, and I had a similar distraction on the my 750 but that's pretty much a non factor, given that the bezel ring is all nicked up and scratched and is now easier to read! I'm sure the same will happen with the Seaconqueror once I've worn it long enough.
3. Domed crystal vs. flat - I've never had a problem with flat crystals underwater, since I don't check bottom time from an angle, so there's no difference in my experience between the two. It does give the 5000T a different feel in daily wear, but I have no observations regarding its performance underwater. Both work equally well in my opinion.
Anyway, that's my quick write-up on my first dive with the Seaconqueror Professional edition. Hopefully someone with a better camera set-up beats me to providing underwater shots, but as soon as I get some I'll post.