This Is Why Your Rolex Dive Watch Has an Extra Hole in the Side

The Gear Patrol Podcast Episode Thirteen – Listen Now

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In this episode, Staff Writer Zen Love reveals what that hole in your Rolex dive watch is, and also discusses why watch enthusiasts are especially enamored by watches with complex and "unnecessary" functions. Fittingly, this topic is from an online Gear Patrol series we call Further Details, in which our writers and editors explore single, often overlooked elements of all kinds of products. Special thanks to Benjamin Lowry, a commercial diver and Gear Patrol contributor, who provided extra research for this episode.

Show Notes:

Episode Navigation:

  • 1:50 – What is a Helium Escape Valve (HEV), and Where on Your Watch Is It?
  • 3:30 – Why Helium Escape Valves Are Needed
  • 4:12 – HEVs Are Needed Specifically for Saturation Diving
  • 8:54 – HEV Watches Aren't Actually Used That Often, Even by Sat Divers
  • 12:48 – Manual and Automatic HEVs, How They Work, and Some Issues
  • 17:10 – Why Buy a Watch With Unnecessary Features?
  • 26:00 – Other Watch Brands that Feature HEVs, like Doxa
  • 28:45 – Are Dive Watches the Pinnacle of Watch Style Statements?

    Featured:

    Why Does Your Rolex Dive Watch Have a Hole in Its Side? We Found Out

    The Ultimate Guide to Dive Watches

    The 12 Best Dive Watches at Every Budget

    Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Dive Watch

    5 Dive Watches Worn By Professional Saturation Divers

    Further Details: Ubiquitous but Overlooked Elements Hidden on Your Favorite Products


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