I could be wrong, but I didn’t see a thread dedicated to sharing skin divers/skindivers pictures and information.
Since there’s not all that much research out there about them, nor a universal definition, whatever the term means to you works.
Vintage. Modern. Squared lugs. Non-squared lugs. "I'm not sure." All are welcome!
To kick it off, I thought I’d share my path to skin diver appreciation and a little collecting.
I became enchanted by the Seiko 6217-8000/1 (62MAS) about a year ago.
I had a chance to check one out in the metal at the 2019 NYC Windup Watch Fair, and the thought to splurge on a vintage watch crossed my mind.
I learned more about the ubiquitousness of the general style.
Leaning toward modern build and WR, I decided to build an homage by modding a FiftyFour 6217-8000, tweaking parts a bit before I settled on this.
I ended up wearing it a lot as my GADA sports watch, and I just really grew to love the squared lugs and modest sized aesthetic.
I like to travel.
So my interest was piqued by the Wolbrook Skindiver Worldtimer, and I hopped in on the preorder (I went with the bottom right).
Enjoying travel, I’m partial to travel complications of any sort.
So I began trying to find a 12-hour bezel insert for my mod, but I couldn’t find one that fit.
Since I couldn’t find anything else new either (at least in the size range I was looking for, ≤ 38mm), I started searching for a vintage skin diver with just such a bezel.
As I don’t tend to get my watches all that wet, low WR (originally or due to age) wasn’t particularly concerning. And since the style was so ubiquitous, with many brands getting in on the action back when, the name on the dial wasn’t really a criterion either.
Serendipitously, I was fortunate to soon find a rare vintage Hilton with a dive/12-hour bezel in great condition. It was reminiscent of the 62MAS that kicked off my love affair with skin divers in the first place, and it’s the only 12-hour bezel skin diver I’ve yet come across.
So I snatched it up.
I decided I could live with the 19mm lug width, as I was able to find 19mm vintage leather, waffle, tropic, NATO, and shark mesh straps that I liked. I also decided I could live with the lack of drilled lugs. Although I did float the idea past my watchmaker of drilling them and brushing the case back and underside of the lugs. But we decided against it.
That’s where I’m at thus far with skin divers.
What do you guys have in your collections?
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