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Anyone into watches? What watch are you wearing?

I'm looking to get a new watch soon and trying to get some ideas on what to get.

[aging hippy voice]
Watches are like, stress on a wrist, man.
[/aging hippy voice]

TAG is my favorite.

This is on my ""would make a nice present"" list.

I saw it first in a recent copy of National Geographic and I really like it.

http://www.nextten.com/watchesandclocks/1922timepiece.aspx

I wear this graduation/birthday/Christmas present from my folks:

http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...

In Sliver with Blue dial.

Edit: Wrong D@@m link.

I wear a pager from work, it shows me the time, date, day of the week, never needs to be adjusted (I''ve never seen a watch stay this accurate) and has an alarm. I also get free batteries from work, so I don''t even bother wearing a watch anymore.

I don''t even think about putting it on, it just magically is attached to my hip every time I walk out the door, and when I am at home it is my alarm clock on my nightstand. It has all kinds of usefulness, so much so that when my wife mentioned getting me a watch as an anniversary present, I said NO! I do not need a watch, my pager does just fine. I told her instead to get me some video games or a DVD set of one of my favorite TV series....or an X-box But, she hasn''t seen the usefulness in having 2 consoles and since my PS2 was a birthday present from her to me, I hate to push her too hard. It was a great present (even though I won a second PS2 off of the radio a few months later, doh!).

I suggest you try a Bulova Ladies Bracelet watch.

This is the one I''m currently wearing:
IMAGE(http://slambie.net/images/bulova.jpg)

Sleek, stylish, and positively oozing with that ""mess with me and you''ll be removing your balls from your brain"" look.

I don''t wear watches because I find when I do, I constantly check them. If I really need the time I check the front window on my flip-cell or I punch someone in the gut and check their watch while they''re struggling for breath.

I''m wearing a standard Timex. I tend to lose things so I can''t wear nice watches.

"Certis" wrote:
I don''t wear watches because I find when I do, I constantly check them. If I really need the time I check the front window on my flip-cell or I punch someone in the gut and check their watch while they''re struggling for breath.

It was YOU!

I generally destroy my watches through the amount of punishment I put them through (dropping, smacking against things, et cetera) but my current one, a nice stainless steel Timex with one of those ""turn the ring"" alarms has held up remarkably well for the past year or two, i''ve lost count. Either way, it''s still ticking away, so I like Timex.

I used to love those digital ones some company made for mountain climbing and the like. The company name began with ""E"" but I can remember it anymore.

I also wear a Timex ""at work"", but I have some sort of Bulova that Mrs. Spy bought me (she gets real bent if I forget to put it on when we go out) - honestly I am afraid I''ll break it. The Timex literally does take a lickin'' and keep on tickin'' - I have stepped on it - smashed it and my hand against a Humvee, lost it - found it, and basically abused it and despite it all I still know what time it is.

I like to wear a timex analog watch. I once had a nice Swiss Army watch which I adored. If anyone is hiking along the south end of Yellowstone Lake, and finds a Swiss Army watch missing a pin....call me.

Growing up, I always had Timex Ironman Triathalon''s. One time I was down at a local swimming hole having dunking contests with my friends. Someone managed to tear the watch off my arm, and it sank down into 15+ feet of murky water. It was gone to me.

A few years later I was sitting in choir class, and I noticed that the guy sitting next to me was wearing a watch just like the one I''d lost at the swimming hole. I''d gotten a band for it that had a compass, so I recognized it as mine. I asked him about it, and he said he''d found it while snorkling at the swimming hole the previous summer. The thing had spent 2 years under water, and all he had to do was wipe some grime off of it, and it still worked!

I have an average Citizen watch which I bought mainly because it''s made from titanum. I like titanium.

That watch served me well until batery died. I was so lazy to replace it and it took me so long to do it that I actualy broke a habit of wearing a watch. I simply use my mobile phone now...

edit: @Slambie

My lady has pretty similar watch, just without the golden details. She likes titanium too.

Until about a month ago, I was using the Casio G-Shock I ""borrowed"" from my Dad about ten years ago. Never a problem with it, never needed its battery replaced. Unfortunately, the punishment that my watches get subjected to eventually corroded the rubber seal around the face.

My fiancee was nice enough to get me a NEW solar/atomic time G-Shock on supersale at JCPenney, and it''s working great thus far. If you''re someone who beats the bejeezus out of their watches, I can''t recommend the G-Shocks highly enough.

I use my Cell phone as my watch

But my wife got me a nice Fossil watch as a present to her groom (I got her a diamond bracelet as the present to my bride) at our wedding. I wear that whenever we can find time out while her mom watches our son

If the significant other buys it - you must wear it - just dont break it. Bad very bad.....

I have simple watch...
IMAGE(http://img26.exs.cx/img26/8339/watch1.jpg)
...however I rarely wear them just because I developed a big habit of using my cell phone as a watch.

Never been able to wear one. It drives me f*cking nuts having something shackeled around my wrist like that. I''ve had GF''s and family give me really nice ones over the years and after a week or two they end up in a drawer.

I have a Citizen Eco-Drive (~$200) that I wear to work and when I am out and about. Otherwise, I wear a Nike sports watch (~$50).

"Sanjuro" wrote:
[aging hippy voice]
Watches are like, stress on a wrist, man.
[/aging hippy voice]

I''ll second that motion. I haven''t worn a watch in ages.
I do have a cellphone and am around computers all day, and that''s more watch than I want already.

If I do manage to get away from the cellphone and the PCs, I am pretty sure I don''t care and don''t want to know what time it is. My body will tell me when I need to eat, sleep, and more. My little boy will tell me when he needs the same as well as when we should be chasing the dog or spraying each other with the water hose, so I''m pretty glad I don''t know what time it is.

If the significant other buys it - you must wear it - just dont break it. Bad very bad.....

I used to work for a guy that hated the watch his wife gave him - he was the restaurant manager. So he tried to kill it over and over.
Left it in the freezer for hours, no luck.
Ran it through the industrial-strength dishwasher, no luck.
Dropped it in the deep-fryer, the damn thing still wouldn''t die.
I don''t know if he ever got rid of that ugly old thing. He sure tried, though.

Never been able to wear one. It drives me f*cking nuts having something shackeled around my wrist like that. I''ve had GF''s and family give me really nice ones over the years and after a week or two they end up in a drawer.

Weird, its the same thing with me, I can''t have anything on my wrists, I even roll up my sleeves no matter how cold it is. Thank God I''m not the only one. I just use my cell for the time.

I''m pretty rough on watches so I just went out and bought a cheap(20$) coleman watch from target.
If I lose it or break it, oh well.

Resurrection!

Any other watchistas and aspiring horologists out there? Would love to talk timepieces.

When I worked in a jewelry store I loved watches. Maurice LaCroix was my favorite of what we carried. I also really like Baume Mercier.

So I want a decent skeleton watch that is self winding... Price will probably need to be high as I like accuracy and I hear self winding don't do that as well.

My problem is they are all giant steampunk things or gaudy. I want a normal watch profile (normal thickness... less thanhalf an inch, preferably round, but rectangular is ok)... just lots of gears visible. I don't need dates.... just time.

Anyone seen something like that?

I'll keep my eye out Manta.

I wear the same uniform all week, so when it comes to the weekend I can't be wasting my time on some normal watches. I wear either a blinged out platinum diamond watch to go with my stylish italian suit, or some kind of gaudy-outrageous watch that goes with the throwback snapback hat on my head and my T-shirt covered exclusively in Starfox64 quotes.

At least, that's what I'd wear if I owned any of those things.

manta173 wrote:
So I want a decent skeleton watch that is self winding... Price will probably need to be high as I like accuracy and I hear self winding don't do that as well.

My problem is they are all giant steampunk things or gaudy. I want a normal watch profile (normal thickness... less thanhalf an inch, preferably round, but rectangular is ok)... just lots of gears visible. I don't need dates.... just time.

Anyone seen something like that?


Does it need to be fully see through or are you ok with just some of the movement showing? What exactly is your price range? If you want accuracy you are going to need a movement with at least 17 jewels or more depending on number of complications.

http://www.amazon.com/Maurice-Lacroi...
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http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Watch...
http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Jazzm...

This was my birthday present last year...

IMAGE(http://www.invictawatch.com/new/product/images/8928.jpg)

http://www.invictawatch.com/new/prod...

I have always been a fan of blue watches for some reason. It is a little weird. This is the heaviest watch I have ever worn but I do like the kinetic winding.

manta173 wrote:
So I want a decent skeleton watch that is self winding... Price will probably need to be high as I like accuracy and I hear self winding don't do that as well.

My problem is they are all giant steampunk things or gaudy. I want a normal watch profile (normal thickness... less thanhalf an inch, preferably round, but rectangular is ok)... just lots of gears visible. I don't need dates.... just time.

Anyone seen something like that?

What's your budget? Give a range and I'm sure it will be easier to recommend a few watches.

Accuracy is not really affected by whether a watch is an automatic (self-winding) or straight mechanical (manual wind). Mechanical watches are never going to be as accurate as a quartz but quartzes will never have the character of a mechanical.

If you're really concerned about accuracy, go for an automatic skeleton watch that is a chronometer. Chronometers are watches that are certified to run within a certain criteria. For Swiss automatics, if I remember correctly, chronometer certification means that the watch variates -4/+6 seconds per day. Once you get an automatic and determine whether it's running fast or slow you can manually regulate it to compensate. There is also overnight positioning - the way you set your watch down at night can help it gain or lose seconds depending on the movement. Usually, laying the watch crown side down overnight will gain 1-3 seconds. Flat face up will lose 1-3 seconds.

Nathaniel linked to some nice skeletons. The Hamilton Jazzmaster series is especially nice.

The_Judge wrote:
This was my birthday present last year...

I have always been a fan of blue watches for some reason. It is a little weird. This is the heaviest watch I have ever worn but I do like the kinetic winding.

Nice watch! I love blue faces too. Invicta's are good bang for your buck watches.

That watch is an automatic mechanical. Automatic mechanical's have rotors which swing around, winding the mainspring and perpetually powering the watch as long as it's in motion every few hours.

A kinetic watch is an automatic quartz. It has a similar rotor but instead of the rotor winding a mainspring, it's connected to a little generator that charges a capacitor or battery.

Maurice Lacroix Men's MP7138-SS001030 Masterpiece Squelette Skeleton Dial Watch

So this is along the style of what I want.... but 8k is a little steep. It is what I am looking for I guess I just didn't look in the right price range. I'd like to keep it under $1000 and I prefer metal bands and not gold ones either... I'm a silver or steel color kinda guy.

What are the determining factors for the high cost here? If its accurate to within a few seconds a day I'm fine with it. I'm not looking for quartz level performance just something that I only have to correct one a week or so.

EDIT: Honestly I'm wanting something in the 300 to 400 range but price is really adjustable.

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