I wrote a piece on the Leica X2 ala carte program for GQ.com and it was published today.
The Duke and The Bull
I donated this original Greg Noll board to LACMA, so the South Bay’s contribution to surfboard design would be represented at last year’s Pacific Standard Time (PST) festivities in Los Angeles. Now a long way from it’s original birthplace in Manhattan Beach, the board is part of the traveling PST exhibit, now in Kyoto, headed to Australia….represent.
There are tool watches and then there are tool watches. The Rolex 1665 Sea Dweller with a Comex dial represents the ultimate working watch. According to Delgado and the experts at www.doubleredseadweller.com,
“COMEX is a French diving company founded in 1961 to explore the depths of the oceans.. The NASA of the deep sea..
From 1970 to 1997 COMEX worked closely with Rolex and many of their deep sea divers were issued Rolex Sea Dwellers as a tool to do their work. Rolex used this as a way to test some of their new watches and to resolve some with issues from COMEX such as decompression divers and their watches not being able to withstand depths.. The Helium Escape Valve (HEV) was developed and tested for COMEX before being commercially available in the original SeaDweller in 1967.
COMEX watches have also been associated with records and experiments such as the max depth of 701 meters or the Hydra experiments and its common to see those watches engraved with specifics about the experiments, etc…”
I have coveted a Comex since I first heard the romantic, Cousteau-era stories of Comex divers relying on their Sea Dwellers at record depths. The Comex branded versions were never sold at Authorized Dealers, and were given to Comex divers in very limited numbers. Post their careers at Comex, many of the divers had their watches serviced, and Comex dials replaced with the standard issue plain dial—eschewing the “on wrist marketing” for their former employer. This makes the 300 originally Comex dialed ref. 1665’s fewer and far between.
When I found this example from a close friend and trusted dealer, I traded away two “old friends,” other vintage submariners, to add this ultimate tool watch to the quiver.
This is just too happy, and too good not to post….#surf, #summer, #fun