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Watch

Posted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 6:40 pm
by scrounger
Who still wears one. If so, is it just a watch or have you succumbed to the apple style do everything. Personally I'm still just a regular watch guy. Have 7 or 8 of them. Mostly cheaper timex. Very seldom buy new. So whats riding on your wrist?

Re: Watch

Posted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 7:13 pm
by helicopilot
Basic cheap, “no name” fitness tracker/watch. I’m really enjoying tracking my steps and information when I run or exercise; it’s a motivator. It charges on USB, a couple of hours for a week worth of use.

I also have an eco-drive (solar) by Citizen.

I’m debating spending $300 on the Garmin Instinct to track fitness and couple with a GPS. The later being somewhat quite useful in my line of work.

Re: Watch

Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2020 6:11 am
by peppercorn
scrounger wrote: Mon Sep 28, 2020 6:40 pm Who still wears one. If so, is it just a watch or have you succumbed to the apple style do everything. Personally I'm still just a regular watch guy. Have 7 or 8 of them. Mostly cheaper timex. Very seldom buy new. So whats riding on your wrist?
I work with my hands so much, I cant wear a watch, it will just get smashed up, but sometimes I do, like when travelling and such. Only like mechanicals, I am partial to the old self winders. I have some old ones that include the alarm function, that was rare back in the day.
I have two of these, one NIB, and one I wear sometimes. Its a timex, but swiss movement and a self winder. Its the Timex sub mariner on this page. http://www.darlor-watch.com/wrist_watches_4.html
I used to buy from this guy but his prices are now to much for me. I bought them for 200.00 Canadian 10-15 years ago now he is selling them for 500.00 American, he will get that price, they arnt making more.
My favorite is a simple, absolutely plain jane, manual wind. I just like it for its absolute simple, large, clear features. (accurate as well)
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I would guess 1998ish production, PolJot is now defunct and the tooling sold off so no more will be made. I think I paid 20 or 25 Americanski dollars for it at the time. Its large but thin.

Re: Watch

Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2020 12:34 pm
by scrounger
I have one eco drive. It is my dress watch, so usually only out for weddings/funerals. Only one winder. A 90's era Marathon field watch. But at 34mm with a 16mm strap it just looks to small on my wrist. 40mm seems to be the sweet spot size wise for me. It was in my Dad's stuff so I will hang onto it.
Your sub mariner has a real Seiko feel to it. Nice

Re: Watch

Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2020 2:19 pm
by Denob
I have 2 non-electric time pieces.
One is an old pocket watch, a Waltham 7 jewel (would have been an everyday watch for an average joe)...still works well so long as it is kept upright like it would be if kept in a vest pocket.
The other is an old mantle clock...works well and has the hourly chime.

Re: Watch

Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2020 4:13 pm
by thecrownsown
scrounger wrote: Mon Sep 28, 2020 6:40 pm Who still wears one. If so, is it just a watch or have you succumbed to the apple style do everything. Personally I'm still just a regular watch guy. Have 7 or 8 of them. Mostly cheaper timex. Very seldom buy new. So whats riding on your wrist?
I am an avid horologist! :)

My sports watch is a Garmin 920XT which I wear religiously for training....but for everyday use...well I have a variety of watches...

Right Now I'm wearing my Fencing Chronograph PRC200 from Tissot as an everyday (They are a major sponsor of sport fencing), but I have a great summer watch from meccaniche veneziane.. the redentore that I'm still wearing into the fall. I keep my Hamilton Jazzmaster open heart for semi to formal occasions....well I have 16 watches now ranging from Seiko, to Concord, to Hamilton, etc. All entry/mid level swiss made. A nifty local company is Bonheur out of Burlington if wood catches your eye. They have some pretty nice stuff, albeit using a cheaper movement from Seiko inside them. But all pieces are numbered, and every year they switch stuff up: https://bonheurwatch.com/ That would be my advertisement for the day. :)

I'm looking at Montblanc and Tudor for my next purchases...but biding my time. I wont buy anymore in North America...the prices are literally 1/3 to 1/4 in parts of Europe for the exact same watches.

Re: Watch

Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2020 7:36 pm
by Clarence
Sadly all battery. Tissot, really nice wafer thin Seiko, timex and a cardinal.. man do i regret not keeping my old wind up Seiko from the 70's, thing was bullet proof and kept excellent time.

Re: Watch

Posted: Wed Sep 30, 2020 12:34 pm
by Denob
Denob wrote: Tue Sep 29, 2020 2:19 pm I have 2 non-electric time pieces.
One is an old pocket watch, a Waltham 7 jewel (would have been an everyday watch for an average joe)...still works well so long as it is kept upright like it would be if kept in a vest pocket.
The other is an old mantle clock...works well and has the hourly chime.
Correction...make that 3. I almost forgot about my wind up alarm clock. You know, the ones with the 2 bells on top and a hammer in the middle of them.

Re: Watch

Posted: Sun Oct 04, 2020 8:07 pm
by Gallowshumour
Mine is a Seiko Kinetic; winds itself whenever your arm moves. If your arm stops moving because you died, well then you've got all the time in the world, haven't you. I would never rely on my smart phone, what with the possibility of the battery running down if I couldn't charge it. I also prefer watches with hands, for their ability to be used as a rough survival compass on sunny days.

The only real issues I've had with my Seiko (bought around 2012) are with the steel-link band. The paint on the band (a very dark, olive-green color) rubbed off half of the links within the first year. More annoyingly, the semi-circular covers on the ends of the band (which partially wrap around the watch case at the spring pins) have a tendency to slowly bend/flex upward over time and stick out from the case. That allows the sharp, pointy edges of the cover to snag on your sleeves when pulling on a coat (I once cut my finger on it, too; sharp!). Occasionally I'd crimp the covers down with small pliers, but I've finally decided to solve the problem with a nylon NATO-style watch band (waiting for my online order now). One plus of the NATO-style watch band is if one of the spring pins fails, the watch will stay attached to your wrist by the other pin and the band; you'd have to have both pins fail simultaneously to lose the watch case.

Re: Watch

Posted: Wed Oct 07, 2020 1:10 pm
by thecrownsown
Gallowshumour wrote: Sun Oct 04, 2020 8:07 pm Mine is a Seiko Kinetic; winds itself whenever your arm moves. If your arm stops moving because you died, well then you've got all the time in the world, haven't you. I would never rely on my smart phone, what with the possibility of the battery running down if I couldn't charge it. I also prefer watches with hands, for their ability to be used as a rough survival compass on sunny days.

The only real issues I've had with my Seiko (bought around 2012) are with the steel-link band. The paint on the band (a very dark, olive-green color) rubbed off half of the links within the first year. More annoyingly, the semi-circular covers on the ends of the band (which partially wrap around the watch case at the spring pins) have a tendency to slowly bend/flex upward over time and stick out from the case. That allows the sharp, pointy edges of the cover to snag on your sleeves when pulling on a coat (I once cut my finger on it, too; sharp!). Occasionally I'd crimp the covers down with small pliers, but I've finally decided to solve the problem with a nylon NATO-style watch band (waiting for my online order now). One plus of the NATO-style watch band is if one of the spring pins fails, the watch will stay attached to your wrist by the other pin and the band; you'd have to have both pins fail simultaneously to lose the watch case.
I have a Seiko kinetic and its once of my favourite time pieces. They typically have a power reserve of +80 hours. Not only are they an automatic watch (movement winds them up) they have a tiny capacitor in them, so it charges this, giving that extra bit of running time. Seiko makes a great line of watches. The Grand Seiko's....now there is class. ;)

That sucks about the band. A lot of watches (citizen is notorious for this as well) use a rubbed on colour to the stainless steel which comes off over time. Its not uncommon to get new bracelets/straps for a watch, i've done the same. Sometimes...they spend so much time on the watch, the strap is almost an afterthough....