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    What is the protective advantage a shrouded dive watch has over an un-shrouded one?

    What is the protective advantage a shrouded dive watch has over an un-shrouded one?

    The obvious answer would be that a shrouded one protects the rotating bezel. But that is a bit misleading because not all of the rotating bezel is protected.

    A much better protection for a rotating bezel is a dive watch with an internal rotating bezel, or to make an external rotating bezel much tougher.

    So given this, are shrouds on a dive watch more a case of design aesthetics than usefulness?

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    Re: What is the protective advantage a shrouded dive watch has over an un-shrouded one?

    A shrouded watch protects the bezel more than an unshrouded one does.
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    Re: What is the protective advantage a shrouded dive watch has over an un-shrouded one?

    It looks really good!


    Quote Originally Posted by askew View Post
    What is the protective advantage a shrouded dive watch has over an un-shrouded one?

    The obvious answer would be that a shrouded one protects the rotating bezel. But that is a bit misleading because not all of the rotating bezel is protected.

    A much better protection for a rotating bezel is a dive watch with an internal rotating bezel, or to make an external rotating bezel much tougher.

    So given this, are shrouds on a dive watch more a case of design aesthetics than usefulness?
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    Re: What is the protective advantage a shrouded dive watch has over an un-shrouded one?

    I like the look of a shroud but they do seem pointless, and non-steel shrouds are even more pointless.

    Bezels are usually very tough anyway, and a few dings and scratches on them add to the weathered look of a watch—especially a tool watch.

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    Re: What is the protective advantage a shrouded dive watch has over an un-shrouded one?

    A shrouded watch protects the bezel more than an unshrouded one does.
    Seems like a no-brainer to me.......
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    Re: What is the protective advantage a shrouded dive watch has over an un-shrouded one?

    I'll bet you would get all kinds of responces in the tuna thread..

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    Re: What is the protective advantage a shrouded dive watch has over an un-shrouded one?

    Quote Originally Posted by Slm643 View Post
    I'll bet you would get all kinds of responces in the tuna thread..

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    Well, the Tuna shroud was designed at the request of a professional diver back then.


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    Re: What is the protective advantage a shrouded dive watch has over an un-shrouded one?

    Double post.

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    Re: What is the protective advantage a shrouded dive watch has over an un-shrouded one?

    Quote Originally Posted by sticky View Post
    A shrouded watch protects the bezel more than an unshrouded one does.
    The exposed parts of the bezel remain unprotected, though.

    And if the exposed parts of the bezel do get damaged this may prevent the bezel from turning within the shroud due to any misalignment caused by that damage.

    Thus you will have an unusable bezel.

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    Re: What is the protective advantage a shrouded dive watch has over an un-shrouded one?

    2- It protects the entire watch from dings.
    1- it's an added shock protection to the movement. a shroud adds a buffer between it and the case, so, a shock to it will transmit less to the movement than a direct hit to the case,
    especially if made from a soft(er) material
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