Dell Deaton, whitewater rafting with his Rolex ExplorerIt’s somewhat of a must w/ me that my daily wear James Bond watches must be capable of doing whatever I do. (As none of us can honestly claim to live a life to the extremes of a Double-0, it seems to me just wrong to do anything less.)

In this case, I was in Tennessee last month with my wife making preparations for a whitewater rafting trek we’re hoping to schedule for next year. “Class IV” rapids are as extreme as things get in the Great Smoky Mountains, none of it sustained.

Checking in, there was a box on the counter for car keys and jewelry; the clerk strongly suggested I drop off my (M-4 grade) Rolex Explorer I, continue reading…