I'm not disparaging your experience, bhall41. Please do not disparage mine, which differs from yours. To each their own, as I said. The divers I was talking about are very experienced local divers on the south coast here. They wear depth gauges elsewhere, not on their wrist. Whether you think their wearing of dive watches is questionable or not really is of no concern to them, I'm sure.
Wraith, I am not trying to disparage you or anyone else here. I am making an observation (based on personal experience) and also making the point that a dive watch has no real place in a diver's kit these days. My experience is that of a regular diver who has dived widely in both Australia and abroad. I hold numerous certifications, including technical certifications.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I like diving watches and appreciate their history and aesthetic. However, it is unnecessary (and I would argue undesirable) to wear a diving watch to go diving nowadays. The reason for posting on this issue was to disabuse forum members who may think that a diving watch is still an essential tool for divers.