OT: a nice watch...

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Submitted by scaredyclassic on July 14, 2012 - 10:46pm

my kid was telling me that wearing a watch is a sign of being old, that young people just tell time off their cell phone, and if they do wear watch, it's justa fashion accessory, not really a timepiece.

I do wear a watch, generally, and for a while was kind of into watches, sort of....

my everyday watch is the archimede pilot....

http://www.archimede-uhren.de/US/Pilot-3...

i bought it about 5 years ago for approximately half that price...been through a number of cool bands, currently have a jurgens recycled wwii leather band.

I occasionally lust for other watches, but i'm pretty happy with this one. feels nice.

fancy watches...probably worth the money....

Submitted by spdrun on July 14, 2012 - 10:56pm.

I don't feel the need to carry my ****ing cell phone, electronic leash, and personal tracking device 24/7. If not wanting to be on the grid all the time is a sign of being old, then color me grey, baby.

As to the kind of watch that I wear, generally an old Russian Vostok, given to me by my late grandfather when I was a kid. Surprisingly good quality for Cold-War era - it's proven to be basically unbreakable as well as having sentimental value.

Submitted by AN on July 14, 2012 - 11:30pm.

I think it's more about your personality than your age. I always had a watch, even when I was a teenager. Maybe that's because I always want to be on time (I hate being late and I hate when others are late). I know some adult who still don't have a watch.

Submitted by paramount on July 14, 2012 - 11:56pm.

I wear an Invicta - very nice watch for the $$.

I really want to get a Rolex to pass on to my kids.

At the moment though, this is on my watch list:

Citizen Astrodea

Citizen AstrodeaCitizen Astrodea

Submitted by AN on July 15, 2012 - 12:26am.

I love some of the Rolex too. Maybe I'll pick one up in the distant future. But so far, I LOVE my Omega Constellation: http://www.omegawatches.com/gents/conste...

Submitted by sdduuuude on July 15, 2012 - 1:00am.

When I was 10 I always wanted a watch. Finally got one. Loved it. Winding it was a challenge so it never really had the right time.

As I got older, I decided they were more hassle than they were worth.

As I got even older (post college) I thought they were cool and stylish so I got a couple of them but still had a problem 1) remembering to put the thing on 2) losing them 3) breaking them.

I realized that no matter where I was, there was either a clock, or somebody with a watch. One more on my arm was redundant. I would never be in a position where I was in such a hurry in such a remote place such that I would need to know what time it is immediately and be unable to do so unless I had it right there on my arm.

Needless to say, I don't wear a watch, but good-on-ya if you do.

Submitted by Allan from Fallbrook on July 15, 2012 - 1:17am.

AN wrote:
I love some of the Rolex too. Maybe I'll pick one up in the distant future. But so far, I LOVE my Omega Constellation: http://www.omegawatches.com/gents/constellation/chronometer-35-mm/12320352002001

AN: I've got the Omega Seamaster and it has held up extremely well. I've always been an Omega fan and I looked at the Rolex Perpetual Oyster before buying the Seamaster. After talking to some Rolex owners (and hearing some pretty harsh criticisms), I decided on the Omega. Never regretted it.

If I did buy another watch, I'd probably go with a Kobold. A buddy of mine, who is a former SEAL, has one and has beat the everlovin' shit outta the thing. The watch, according to him, has taken all of this punishment without breaking a sweat. They're pricey, but apparently worth it.

Submitted by AN on July 15, 2012 - 1:36am.

Allan from Fallbrook wrote:
AN: I've got the Omega Seamaster and it has held up extremely well. I've always been an Omega fan and I looked at the Rolex Perpetual Oyster before buying the Seamaster. After talking to some Rolex owners (and hearing some pretty harsh criticisms), I decided on the Omega. Never regretted it.

If I did buy another watch, I'd probably go with a Kobold. A buddy of mine, who is a former SEAL, has one and has beat the everlovin' shit outta the thing. The watch, according to him, has taken all of this punishment without breaking a sweat. They're pricey, but apparently worth it.


Can you share what are/were some of the criticisms? Do you know if Omega have the same criticism? I like the Rolex Datejust, although I still like the Constellation's band better.

I agree about the Omega holding up extremely well. There were a few times where I accidentally bang the face against some hard corner. Some of the cheaper watch would have crack or shatter the face but with the Omega, there wasn't even a single scratch. I also love the fact that I don't need to replace battery. That's a big plus for me.

Took a look at Kobold and they're not my style. I don't like leather/fabric bands and the few metal bands they have looks too busy for me.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on July 15, 2012 - 7:32am.

in terms of status, agood watch i think used to slightly impress others. not sure if that is the case anymore, what with all the knockoffs and lack of watch awareness...

Submitted by AN on July 15, 2012 - 8:41am.

squat250 wrote:
in terms of status, agood watch i think used to slightly impress others. not sure if that is the case anymore, what with all the knockoffs and lack of watch awareness...

Agree. So buy what make you happy instead of buying to impress other.

Submitted by Fearful on July 15, 2012 - 9:40am.

I used to own all kinds of watches. Then, 11 years ago, I said, this is stupid, and I listed what I wanted in a watch:
- Autoquartz (self winding quartz)
- All stainless steel. Gold wears off. Leather bands become putrid.
- Sapphire front crystal so it basically never scratches
- Tritium dial so it truly glows
- Waterproof. I almost never take it off.

I found this in the Wenger GST autoquartz. I liked it so much I bought a spare. I have worn the watch continuously for 11 years.

Kids not wearing watches is stupid. Phone batteries die. Plus depending on your phone like that bows down to being so dependent on superficial communications that you have to have your phone by your side at all times. As they mature they will become less pathetic. I hope.

Submitted by nla on July 15, 2012 - 9:47am.

Funny, outside the house, I feel NAKED without a watch. There are numerous times that I have to go back to the house few blocks away because I forgot my watch. My day is off if I'm not wearing a watch. When I was in college, I have few SWATCH watches. They were cool back then. Now I have a TAG but lusting for a ROLEX or a BREITLING.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on July 15, 2012 - 10:50am.

based on my recent experience with archimede I'd say the odds are good a decent watch will keep its value in pace with inflation and that you probably won't take a bath on a rolex or a breitling. Could be wrong, though.

for those of you lsutig after a particular expensive watch, let me ask you, would you ever consider wearing a "replica" (fake)? Personally, I am opposed, mainly because the watch is supposed to make you feel a certain way, and a fake is not going to produce that feeling... but the fakes look very persuasive nowadays

Submitted by flu on July 15, 2012 - 11:00am.

I had a timex ironman. It took a lickin', but didn't keep tickin'...

I just use my clock on my cell phone(s) that I carry.
Well, it gets me through 1 day, before I need to charge them.

Submitted by Diego Mamani on July 15, 2012 - 11:15am.

nla wrote:
Funny, outside the house, I feel NAKED without a watch.

Me too, but I refuse to spend more than a few bucks on one. After I bought my Mustang, I bought a sharp-looking watch from eBay, with a Mustang logo, for $30. Looks really nice for the price and has served me well for over 10 years.

That said, I'm 100% convinced that watches will go the way of the hat. We'll go from everybody wearing them, to only old geezers (that is, us) wearing them, and finally it will be something you only see in old photographs and movies.

We really don't need them. Even if you don't use a cell phone, there are clocks in your computer, car, desktop telephone, cable TV or satellite box, microwave oven, regular oven, conference room at work, etc., etc.

Submitted by Fearful on July 15, 2012 - 1:05pm.

Diego Mamani wrote:
I'm 100% convinced that watches will go the way of the hat. We'll go from everybody wearing them, to only old geezers (that is, us) wearing them, and finally it will be something you only see in old photographs and movies.

We really don't need them. Even if you don't use a cell phone, there are clocks in your computer, car, desktop telephone, cable TV or satellite box, microwave oven, regular oven, conference room at work, etc., etc.


Lots of people still wear hats, me included. They are hardly restricted to photos and movies.

Watches are a good deal less cumbersome than either hats or cell phones. If I had a watch that I had to plug in every night to recharge, or if I had to have a rack to hang all my watches, I might agree. Simple fact is, though, a good watch is more dependable, less cumbersome, and looks better than either hats or cell phones.

Cell phone cameras have not rendered good cameras obsolete, though they have by and large relegated pocket cameras to the dust bin of history, except for the fact that the flash on them is either useless or non existent.

Submitted by Hobie on July 15, 2012 - 1:10pm.

Kinda like the optional essay question on the college application. Not required but it gives an insight about the person.

Submitted by paramount on July 15, 2012 - 1:33pm.

Fearful wrote:

Cell phone cameras have not rendered good cameras obsolete, though they have by and large relegated pocket cameras to the dust bin of history, except for the fact that the flash on them is either useless or non existent.

About 2 months ago I was challenged by an iphone 4S user to a photo contest against my cheapy point and shoot (easily pocket size) Panasonic Lumix in somewhat low light conditions.

The iphone pic was barely discernible, whereas the shot with my Lumix was pretty good (particularly if I left the shutter open for a few seconds).

I still think a decent point and shoot has it's place and is much better than any cell phone camera.

Submitted by Allan from Fallbrook on July 15, 2012 - 1:51pm.

AN wrote:

I agree about the Omega holding up extremely well. There were a few times where I accidentally bang the face against some hard corner. Some of the cheaper watch would have crack or shatter the face but with the Omega, there wasn't even a single scratch. I also love the fact that I don't need to replace battery. That's a big plus for me.

AN: I talked to quite a few people, and the majority of the criticisms boiled down to:
- Rolex movement didn't keep accurate time over time (they apparently lose a coupla minutes every month),
- Poor seals and gaskets (my SEAL buddy had persistent problems with misting inside the crystal after dives),
- Cracked/broken crystals (this is a big plus with the Omega sapphire crystal; mine has never scratched or broken and I've treated the watch pretty roughly).

I've taken the Omega diving (just don't take it in the shower: Soap will destroy the gaskets/seals), climbing, hunting (including holding it right next to some fairly powerful rifles/shotguns) and on numerous construction sites. Nary a peep of complaint.

Submitted by bearishgurl on July 15, 2012 - 3:09pm.

paramount wrote:
...I still think a decent point and shoot has it's place and is much better than any cell phone camera.

Agree ... except for the (exceptionally high-quality) Cybershot phones (no longer in production).

http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_ericsson_c9...

These phones are actually cameras (first and foremost) and a phone/wi-fi/music player secondarily and hold 8G of memory. A fantastic daily "tool" (unlocked and debranded, of course) :=]

Submitted by bearishgurl on July 15, 2012 - 3:37pm.

Back on topic, I've always been partial to Citizen. I prefer the mixed gold/silver band with white face or gold band with black solid face and mini-diamond at 12 o'clock.

My next watch will be a Citizen Eco-Drive gold/silver "Signature Diamond."

http://www.citizen-signature.com/#/colle...

Submitted by scaredyclassic on July 15, 2012 - 3:43pm.

i like to wear a hat at most times. at leasta baseball cap, if not something brimmed.

eventually, evolutionarily, only the hatted will survive.

and yarmulkes indoors.

Submitted by bearishgurl on July 15, 2012 - 3:47pm.

AN wrote:
I love some of the Rolex too. Maybe I'll pick one up in the distant future. But so far, I LOVE my Omega Constellation: http://www.omegawatches.com/gents/conste...

AN, your watch is very beautiful, IMHO.

Submitted by bearishgurl on July 15, 2012 - 3:46pm.

squat250 wrote:
...and yarmulkes indoors.

Do you wear them while you're lifting, scaredy?

Just wondering . . .

Submitted by Oxford on July 15, 2012 - 4:40pm.

I don't have a cell phone. I use the sun for time. At night I don't care about the time. If I could, i'd eat mutton squatting by a fire in the woods naked.

OX
...Mr. Natural

Submitted by spdrun on July 15, 2012 - 4:44pm.

About 2 months ago I was challenged by an iphone 4S user to a photo contest against my cheapy point and shoot (easily pocket size) Panasonic Lumix in somewhat low light conditions.

Agreed 100%.

iPhone 4S... slow and jerky focus. Often takes multiple tries to get the image in focus. Zoom basically requires two hands. Tiny, mediocre optics. No lense protection, so it gets schmutzy if you keep it in a pocket. The LED "flash" often reflects off the phone case and leaves odd shadows on the image.

A real camera kicks its ass up and down the street many times over.

Submitted by flyer on July 15, 2012 - 5:05pm.

Have a vintage Bulova Accutron Astronaut given to me by my Dad, who collected watches. Have tried many others, but always go back to this one. Old-fashioned or not, love the watch and the memories that go along with it.

Submitted by KSMountain on July 15, 2012 - 5:43pm.

nla wrote:
Funny, outside the house, I feel NAKED without a watch. There are numerous times that I have to go back to the house few blocks away because I forgot my watch. My day is off if I'm not wearing a watch. When I was in college, I have few SWATCH watches. They were cool back then. Now I have a TAG but lusting for a ROLEX or a BREITLING.

I am like this, even though I usually have a cell phone with. I went from a Tag to a Rolex Explorer II. I needed the GMT hand. I've had it for 1.5 years and it's been a joy every day. The bracelet and clasp are really nice in my opinion.

If you don't wear it for about 2 days it will stop. So ironically I guess a watch is kind of like a cellphone in that you have to "charge" it.

I like this thread!

Submitted by KSMountain on July 15, 2012 - 5:45pm.

squat250 wrote:
the watch is supposed to make you feel a certain way, and a fake is not going to produce that feeling...

Exactly. In fact, what feeling would it produce?...

Submitted by flu on July 15, 2012 - 6:23pm.

squat250 wrote:
based on my recent experience with archimede I'd say the odds are good a decent watch will keep its value in pace with inflation and that you probably won't take a bath on a rolex or a breitling. Could be wrong, though.

for those of you lsutig after a particular expensive watch, let me ask you, would you ever consider wearing a "replica" (fake)? Personally, I am opposed, mainly because the watch is supposed to make you feel a certain way, and a fake is not going to produce that feeling... but the fakes look very persuasive nowadays

That reminds me. I do have a Lolex too....Yes, it's a Lolex, the got the R and the L wrong.....

Submitted by moneymaker on July 15, 2012 - 7:42pm.

I have a $50 watch from Costco, a Wenger I think. Use to worry about scratching it, then I learned how to change the crystal myself. They are so inexpensive I ordered a whole bunch online for the future. Funny thing is since I've changed it I haven't gotten any scratches on it, so maybe they use cheaper crystals @ the factory.

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