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Old 07-23-2017, 10:57 AM   #31
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I arrived home on my first leave after boot camp and ITR on the day after my 19th birthday and my father gave me a watch I still wear to this day, some 50 years later.
There is a more expensive watch at the bottom of the sock drawer that is rarely worn and a lesser watch I wear when engaging in activities that might damage a good watch.

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Old 07-24-2017, 07:16 PM   #32
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I wear a titanium Skagen watch at present, very light and thin, you don't know you're wearing it. I have problems with leather straps; they disintegrate, so the titanium one solves that. Some of my older watches were chromed nickel bodies but my sweat just eats them, Stainless steel backs and straps were OK but heavy, I didn't want to walk around with the knuckles of one hand dragging on the ground.

Some of these Rolex jobs are about half an inch thick, with dials to tell you the time in Tokyo, your weight, sunrise, sunset and your altitude. Buttons all round the side and so many dials! You probably need the smart phone to tell the time 'cos the watch is too complicated!

So, I'll just keep wearing the watch, tells the time beautifully and doesn't need any software upgrades!

Play Bonny!

 
Old 07-29-2017, 03:27 AM   #33
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I arrived home on my first leave after boot camp and ITR on the day after my 19th birthday and my father gave me a watch I still wear to this day, some 50 years later.
There is a more expensive watch at the bottom of the sock drawer that is rarely worn and a lesser watch I wear when engaging in activities that might damage a good watch.
I wear a titanium one, and it looks strong and solid. Since about 10 years, hopefully, it will last long many many years.
 
Old 08-03-2017, 03:16 AM   #34
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I use a pocket watch.
 
Old 08-03-2017, 03:51 AM   #35
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i don't.
indeed the phone is enough, i don't like to carry duplicate devices.
but i didn't wear one before mobile phones, either.
however, compared to then, most public clocks have disappeared from the city!
especially in big, fancy malls -- not one clock, analog or digital. even clock shops (jewellers) don't have one.
i think they're doing that on purpose:
" Forget the time, relax, and just consuuume... "
 
Old 08-03-2017, 06:33 AM   #36
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Apple watch, yeah!
 
Old 08-03-2017, 11:42 AM   #37
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I like Seikos. Got a Bulova though. Brand new in the 1950's. Was my Dads. I keep it tuned at a jewelers store in Midland Texas.

Wrist Watches are easier to read and use while holding onto handlebars while riding a motorcycle.
 
Old 08-03-2017, 01:36 PM   #38
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Wrist Watches are easier to read and use while holding onto handlebars while riding a motorcycle.
This reminds me of the time, some years ago, my brothers and I hired jet-bikes [the jet-skis you sit down on] for a half-hour on the Florida Intra-coastal. Before we set off the guy looked at my "cheap stainless-steel "diver's" watch and asked me whether it would be OK. It was rated waterproof, and cheap enough, that I would keep it on (the whole reason I bought the darn thing in the first place) but it did occur to me to wonder how, exactly, he expected us to keep time without any watches?
 
Old 08-03-2017, 02:26 PM   #39
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I like Seikos
I have a Seiko first gen Orange Monster Dive Watch. Heaviest watch I own.
 
Old 08-03-2017, 09:58 PM   #40
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I was wishing I had a working wrist watch on Tuesday; my watch batteries are all dead.

I was called for jury duty and cell phones (and other electronics) are forbidden in the court house (and in every U. S. court I've been in for the last 20 years) unless you are an employee, member of staff, or an officer of the court (i. e., a lawyer), despite what you might think if you watch Bull (which is a fun show, but one which lives up to its name in terms of its portrayal of court room procedure--you try carrying on a conversation via a surreptitious wireless microphone while court is in session!).

Consequently, I carried the pocket watch my mother gave me for high school graduation.

I have to remember to get new batteries on Monday, as I'm subject to jury duty for all the Tuesdays this month, and I don't want to take of chance of losing that pocket watch for any reason.

I asked a guard at the New Castle County, Delaware, USA, court why cell phone are forbidden. He said, "Think of what's in them." It's not the phone; it's the camera and the audio and video recorders.

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Old 08-04-2017, 03:46 PM   #41
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Talking of batteries... My wife has a rather fine Longines watch which required battery replacement. She handed it in to a reputable jewelers who charged her £50.00 for the replacement which in anybody's language is a bit steep for a two quid battery.

On dying a second time, I replaced her battery after buying a watch press and batteries on Amazon for about £15.00
All I need in future is the battery, with the press, I've got most watches covered.

Play Bonny!

 
Old 08-04-2017, 06:28 PM   #42
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I've worn a watch virtually every day since I got my first one at 6 or 7 years old. 20 years ago it was a Casio DataBank watch, with names & phone numbers and calendar with scheduled appointments, etc. It got me a lot of "geek points", but I rarely used it for anything besides telling time because it was too much trouble. So I switched when I found the Casio "Wave Ceptor" watch, which synchronizes itself to the WWVB "atomic clock" signal every night. I've seen cell phones with the wrong time, but never my watch (as long as it was able to sync itself), based on my linux system sync'ing itself with NTP. So, yes, I trust my watch more than I trust my phone, plus my watch is more convenient. And of course, this watch gives me a lot of "geek points" too.
 
Old 08-04-2017, 08:50 PM   #43
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There's a fellow near here who runs a clock repair shop because he loves clocks.

He'll replace a standard wrist watch battery for $5.00 US and, unlike that jewelry store clerk, he really knows what he is doing.
 
Old 08-04-2017, 11:23 PM   #44
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There's a fellow near here who runs a clock repair shop because he loves clocks.

He'll replace a standard wrist watch battery for $5.00 US and, unlike that jewelry store clerk, he really knows what he is doing.
No jeweler in my area has even seen a Russian watch so I bought a kit and work on my own, to the extent of switching the mechanism, dial, calendar disk and hands. The hands are the trickiest part to get set back on the post right.
 
Old 08-05-2017, 09:42 PM   #45
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No jeweler in my area has even seen a Russian watch so I bought a kit and work on my own,
I bow to you. I think you are well on the way to becoming a watch hobbyist!

I once had a co-worker whose hobby was watch repair. I had an old watch that carried some sentimental value for my family and he put new works inside it for a very reasonable fee.
 
  


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