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TrueBlue, many of them do perform very well for many years. I'm just repeating the warnings that I've gotten from Rolex, Breitling, Casio, Timex , Seiko, and Omega, along with a family friend who was a jeweler for many years, and the Rolex authorized repair shop on Bermuda (stopping in during a beach flooding of my Accutron, and he remarked that *all* brands flooded), and one of the older multiple swiss-brand authorized gents in NYC. (Not a watch shop, but one of the few men actually authorized to do factory service.)
They all say the same thing, that the seals are simply not reliable for more than 1-2 years after a fresh seal and pressure test. Sooner or later, if you keep diving, they'll flood.
Well, except the original Pulsar, which has nothing to do with the brand of the same name today. The original was a permanently encapsulated, LED watch with solar power. No seals=no leaks possible.
So I dive with a plastic watch, and if it leaks...the damage is limited to $40.
By the way, almost every "diving" watch today shares a common error. The numbers on the bezel? On the older diving watches, these were always "count down" sequence to measure your remaining air time. On almost all the new watches, the bezels are backwards--they count UP, not down. Go figure!
And then of course there are diving computers...but somehow, I just refuse to go there. I've got one of the big clunky "Princeton" automatic stopwatches in my diving console, trusty old wind-up technology with only two robust o-rings in it.