As a kid growing up in Southern California, I never actually went diving, but I knew the most famous SCUBA diver in all of Hollywood, Mike Nelson! I watched his show, "Sea Hunt” religiously. Every show was great--lots of adventure and plenty of underwater knife fights, shrouded in bubbles, and Mike never lost one of ‘em!
Of course back then, I could barely tell time, but fast-forward a few more years, and I was almost a teenager. By that time, the surf scene was in full swing and the Beach Boys and the Association were playing on every kids transistor radio out by the pool. None of us were old enough to drive or have our own cars yet, but a few of the cool kids had older brothers who were, and if you could drive in Southern California at that time—you drove to Huntington Beach (or Redondo, or Zuma, or Malibu)!
Surfing and Surfers were a huge cultural influence at the time and besides baggies and deck shoes, the one thing every cool surfer guy had to have (besides...
Interesting article in Fratellow this morning discussing the Seiko SKX779 first generation Monster. Evidently it's become a collectable classic since Seiko killed it after a nearly twelve-year run. Most of you know by now it's certainly my favorite diver--I own a couple:
If memory serves, there's at least one guy around here with a really nice Orange first gen too, (the Orange dial is model SKX781). According to the article, the Orange version was the most popular of the two.
There are a couple of good links in the article; one discussing Seiko's most recently axed popular watches, and other that covers the entire range of Seiko Monsters from beginning to present. Spoiler alert: the most recent Monster looks suspiciously like the first one--go figure!
Here's the link to the Fratellow article: