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Title: Watches
Post by: Twed on September 01, 2018, 03:55:52 PM
It started with quartz Swatches. Last year I sported a Twice Again on my wrist, but I had to replace the strap (the rubbery materials give me dermatitis) and the strap broke and the pins broke and now that watch is just a face. I liked it a lot though; simple, obnoxiously loud, readable, reliable, cheap.

(I think Stewart Lee was wearing this in his latest standup)

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71KAif5LdAL._UY445_.jpg)

It made me realise that I like having analogue tickers on my wrist. So I stuck with Swatch and went mechanical & automatic, with the Sistem51 "Slate". And it's an okay watch, but everything about it is Swatch-ey. That plastic crystal, the unservicable mechanism... it's still a disposable watch, and I want something that's with me for 20 years. I also found it a little hard to read when I got it, with those small numbers and the fussy design. That being said, it's a great piece of engineering.

(https://static.swatch.com/images/product/YIB400/sa360/YIB400_7.jpg)

I'm not into the "I want the same watch as James Bond" thing. I like modest watches that are examples of brilliant engineering. It's comforting to have something like that living on my wrist. I value the cheap, good ones, but it's time to get something that isn't completely throwaway and has some proven pedigree. With that in mind, the obvious choice of a Seiko 5 is now wending its way to me. Cheap (<$200), proven mechanism, repairable, reliable, readable. A beater watch of worth. If I could change anything it would be the stupid "Sport" printed on the dial. Why?

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81Og6-gMFrL._UY879_.jpg)

Please tell me about your watches! If you wear a Casio digital then please understand that I am jealous, because my delicate allergic wrists would not allow it. I love those things; costs a tenner, but you could still be wearing the same one you bought in the 80s. Beautiful.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 01, 2018, 04:03:09 PM
I'm all about jump hours.


(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DjxhKXbW4AAmz0T?format=jpg&name=small)

I too like understated ones. Expensive watches can be so gaudy; breitling are horrid.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: mothman on September 01, 2018, 04:10:03 PM
I have three watches. A Citizen solar-powered one I got more than 20 years ago; a Casio analogue dive watch with built-in dive computer which manages to run through a five-year battery in about three (and the strap keeps breaking, and when I last had it fixed I had it shortened to allow for some weight loss, only to find I now couldn't wear it on the wrist seal of my semi-dry wetsuit even with the special strap extender). In fact I'd largely abandined wearing a watch at all until I started at a job where we couldn't have mobile phones on the premises, so lost my easy way of telling the time, and started wearing one again.

So now I just wear a Fitbit Charge 2.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Jockice on September 01, 2018, 04:52:44 PM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on September 01, 2018, 04:03:09 PM
I'm all about jump hours.


(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DjxhKXbW4AAmz0T?format=jpg&name=small)

I too like understated ones. Expensive watches can be so gaudy; breitling are horrid.

I still have one of these, as seen below. A Christmas present when I was 12 (1977!) from an aunt and uncle. The same uncle who gave me the painted helmet mentioned in the Oscillations songs from your youth thread.

It still works too. Probably because I never wore it at the time. I wanted a proper digital watch, not one with the word 'digital' on it. And I'd totally forgotten about it until the year 2000 when I bumped into a lass I knew in town one day and went for a coffee with her. She took her jacket off and I screeched: 'You're wearing my watch!" She had an identical one on, which she told me she'd bought from a charity shop near where my parents lived. So I asked mum if she'd given it to them and she didn't have a clue what I was on about. But a couple of weeks later I went round and was presented with it. It had been in a plastic bag full of old things at the back of a wardrobe.

Apart from me, Andrea and my aunt and uncle's son, who got the same watch with a blue face that Christmas (and never ever wore it as far as I know) I've never seen anyone with the same watch in my life. It's always a talking point when I wear it.

Incidentally, the kid who sat directly in front of me at class that year came in on the first day after the Christmas holidays wearing a spanking new proper digital watch. Which while showing off he stuck a pen into the side of to show how to change the time. And the whole display disappeared to his utter horror and the amusement of the rest of us. Never to be seen again. Bet his folks were pleased.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=ruhla+digital+watch&rlz=1C1AFAB_enGB499GB537&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=7bQ3tGxHqpMd1M%253A%252C8Uk3koxbNtd9VM%252C_&usg=AFrqEzc9-Jj2EbxIQSMO6NUjTP9qpLC02Q&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiW-9Pgk5rdAhULAcAKHV5NCIkQ9QEwAHoECAUQBA#imgrc=7bQ3tGxHqpMd1M:
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Replies From View on September 01, 2018, 05:17:05 PM
I have a bit of a thing for watches, along with fountain pens.  Even if I rarely wear a particular watch I like having them around, sitting on a desk somewhere.  I don't spend stupid money on them, though.

For work, where I'm with children who can exhibit unpredictable and challenging behaviours, I wear a digital Casio watch that doesn't mind being bashed around a bit.  It also snaps on the wrist easily and when I remove it, the strap is quite pleasing to discreetly fiddle with.

(https://i.imgur.com/Q8LIlzr.jpg)


Outside of work I alternate between this wooden one:

(https://i.imgur.com/urd86ss.jpgv)


This one, which is described as 'slim', but I wish I had a thinner one.  I replaced the strap for this one quite recently, and am not sure it was a good choice as it tapers a bit weirdly:

(https://i.imgur.com/mjNhH9g.jpg)


This mechanical one, the face of which I annoyingly got smeared in superglue when I was trying to fix its strap, so I now deem ruined:

(https://i.imgur.com/TfvpIvp.jpg)


This mechanical one, which I like because you can see its internals through its face, and has an automatic, 'self-winding' movement as well as a manual one:

(https://i.imgur.com/XX8Un6c.jpg)


And this Doctor Who watch which I managed to get relatively cheaply second-hand on eBay:

(https://i.imgur.com/O4YLHEu.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: QDRPHNC on September 01, 2018, 05:26:02 PM
I am currently in the process of talking myself out of buying the Shinola Guardian, because it's just too much money.

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/4c/5e/02/4c5e02d01c6eb411005a4cfcf80fe534.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Replies From View on September 01, 2018, 05:32:27 PM
Yes I can't understand people spending even £100 on one watch, to be honest.  I can't see a massive difference between one at £65 and one at £500 (which the ones in your photo apparently are).  Apart from the Doctor Who one I think £20 is the maximum I've spent.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on September 01, 2018, 06:35:29 PM
Quote from: Twed on September 01, 2018, 03:55:52 PM
It started with quartz Swatches. Last year I sported a Twice Again on my wrist, but I had to replace the strap (the rubbery materials give me dermatitis) and the strap broke and the pins broke and now that watch is just a face.

I have a classic Casio F-91W which wikipedia helpfully says is "the sign of al-Qaeda".  Likewise mine has no strap and is just a face - my skin must be acidic or something because the rubbery watch straps always turn hard and eventually crack.  I can't even change the straps as the plastic bits where the pins go in have broken.  I'll get another one but at the moment it lives in my pocket and I quite like having a pocket watch.

Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on September 01, 2018, 06:59:22 PM
Quote from: Replies From View on September 01, 2018, 05:17:05 PM
This mechanical one, the face of which I annoyingly got smeared in superglue when I was trying to fix its strap, so I now deem ruined:
Get some Goo Gone on it!
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: thenoise on September 01, 2018, 07:03:55 PM
impractical, unreadable, not that reliable, and ludicrously expensive (https://www.watches.com/devon-tread-f?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI8v7Q2LGa3QIVYbftCh2EhAzZEAQYASABEgIm4_D_BwE). Winning at life!!1
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: the on September 01, 2018, 07:13:08 PM
      (https://s33.postimg.cc/sxiez311r/DBC-32_D-1_AES.jpg)

Been sporting this bad boy for about 6 years now. Amongst other things, it can hold twenty-five phone numbers. Get in.

Felt very old when someone I met in the pub genuinely asked 'why does your watch have buttons on it?'.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on September 01, 2018, 07:30:41 PM
Quote from: thenoise on September 01, 2018, 07:03:55 PM
impractical, unreadable, not that reliable, and ludicrously expensive (https://www.watches.com/devon-tread-f?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI8v7Q2LGa3QIVYbftCh2EhAzZEAQYASABEgIm4_D_BwE). Winning at life!!1
Wow, hideous. I feel sure some products are only made to categorize the people who buy them. Get them on a list to keep an eye on them.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: studpuppet on September 01, 2018, 07:40:34 PM
I bling it with the big boys. Here's my Rolex:

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2880/34296595085_738b9805e8_k.jpg)

(Actually a 1930s boy's watch that seemingly a lot of Canadian servicemen bought during WW2)

Here's the Omega Constellation that my dad forced me to buy with my own money at age 19 because I'd "never get a better deal":

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2879/34296600675_60f709180f_k.jpg)

My dad's Zenith Time Command - a weird mid-seventies quartz analogue-LED hybrid from when everyone thought it was all over for mechanical watches:

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2849/34296600425_e31e1dc36d_k.jpg)

An Omega f300 tuning fork watch - hums like a bastard:

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2941/33912674740_80bee51b16_k.jpg)

An early fifties Omega with a bumper movement and a slightly knackered dial:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4162/34296593255_e44dfd58b6_k.jpg)

A seventies Tissot T12 Chronograph the my dad once bought of a bloke that needed the money to buy a train ticket:

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2813/33912673330_34484b0f41_k.jpg)

A Seiko Bell-Matic that wakes me up in the morning:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4193/34139098482_158b48e156_k.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Jockice on September 01, 2018, 07:57:31 PM
I also have an Omega one, which my parents bought me for passing my A-levels. Rarely worn. In fact I think the last time was at my dad's funeral in 2005. I also (in the same drawer potential burglars) have the one he used to wear all the time. And I have several given to me by a weird old bloke I used to work with. He was obsessed with watches and possibly me. Some of them were quite nice too. I never asked where he got them from. I really didn't want to know.

In fact, apart from occasional appearances that old Ruhla one, I hardly ever wear a watch nowadays. I'm not that desperate to know and mobile phones have stopped people asking me the time. But I sense something more. And I would like to give you what I think you're asking for. Etc.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Shit Good Nose on September 01, 2018, 08:15:48 PM
Something I've never got, as in understood.  One of my best mates has been an avid collector since I first met him in the mid 90s, and he must have over 1000 watches now.  I don't think many of them are worth too much as he's always gone for unusual over value, but he has got a couple of vintage (genuine) Rolexes, a Hamilton Chronograph and, his pride and joy, a Marvin from the 40s.  He's also got some (still working) pocket watches from the 1800s that he picked up from a car boot sale years ago, but no one has been able to give him any history of them or put any value on them as there are no makers marks anywhere to be found.  He's taken them to numerous dealers over the years, and the Antiques Roadshow twice (although wasn't on TV) and it was the same again - almost certainly 19th century, but other than that arsed mate, cigs.

I've only ever owned and worn one watch - one of those basic cheapo Casio digital ones (with the black plastic straps) that my parents got for me in either 1989 or 1990.  One of the straps came off in 95 or 96 and I never got it replaced, and that was the last time I ever wore a watch.  But, as per what is so often said about those old Casios, that bastard ran forever - when we moved to our current house 14 years ago (2004) I found it and the cunt was still running, on the same battery it came with when first bought.  25 fucking years!  For all I know it could still be running now, but chuff knows where it is.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ian Drunken Smurf on September 01, 2018, 08:29:48 PM
I have a fair few watches, but currently just wear a Fitbit Charge 2, because a watch and a Fitbit looks silly.

- sportswatch bought on a flight to Moscow (pulse, altimeter and all that guff)
- Cyma Autorotor (my dad's)
- Swatch Sochi Olympics watch
- Raymond Weil W1 (my 21st birthday present)
- What? Watch Calendar semi-smartwatch (mate is the designer)
- A Dolce & Gabbana men's watch. Not horrendously blingy.
- A Swatch limited edition, with all the Cantons of Switzerland on the strap (with humorous changes)
- An Accurist "sailing watch" (ie. bezel doesn't do what a diver's watch should do).



Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 01, 2018, 08:41:37 PM
I used to have one of these. I think it might have been a fake though as the chrome chipped off the bezel pretty sharpish and then the date function jammed.

(http://chistopolcity.com/511-2425-large/russian-military-vostok-komandirskie-tank-watch-211306.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: checkoutgirl on September 01, 2018, 08:51:54 PM
Quote from: Twed on September 01, 2018, 03:55:52 PM
Please tell me about your watches!

I started a thread about this subject about a year and a half ago because I was sick of Rotary watches breaking on me. They have a nice Swiss name but are basically garbage made in China. I broke 3 in about a year. So I got advice from the CaB massive and went with the Orient Mako II.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91hwUch56GL._UY445_.jpg)

Attractive, cheap at €150 and highly rated for the money, possibly in the top 5 watches or possibly top 3 in the world for its price range. Mechanical movement which means it's about 10 seconds fast a day so has to be reset every few weeks. I spoke to a guy and he said even £10,000 Omega watches will gain or lose 2 seconds a day because that's just the way with mechanical watches. Ironic because they are way more expensive than quartz watches.

I'm happy enough with it. Mineral crystal as opposed to the indestructible and more expensive sapphire crystal but it looks the same as the day I bought it. One qualm is the end links aren't solid and have come away from the case so it makes a slight ting noise when moved but other than that it's solid and perfect with no scratches and I wear it every day although I'm not a builder and work in an office. I'd recommend it at the 150 price point.

If I was upgrading to the 500 quid point I'd go for a Steinhart replica of a Rolex Sea Dweller but I've no plans to do that because I just want a watch that won't break. Collecting timepieces is not high on my list of priorities.



Title: Re: Watches
Post by: checkoutgirl on September 01, 2018, 08:58:38 PM
Quote from: the on September 01, 2018, 07:13:08 PM
Felt very old when someone I met in the pub genuinely asked 'why does your watch have buttons on it?'.

In the 80s that was so cool. Any function on your wrist outside an analogue watch was the height of cutting edge.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Replies From View on September 01, 2018, 09:02:35 PM
Quote from: Twed on September 01, 2018, 06:59:22 PM
Get some Goo Gone on it!

Will it work on superglue?  And might it damage the face of the watch?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sherman Krank on September 01, 2018, 09:39:31 PM
Quote from: QDRPHNC on September 01, 2018, 05:26:02 PM
(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/4c/5e/02/4c5e02d01c6eb411005a4cfcf80fe534.jpg)

I've heard they're not shit.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on September 01, 2018, 10:31:37 PM
Quote from: Replies From View on September 01, 2018, 09:02:35 PM
Will it work on superglue?  And might it damage the face of the watch?
I think it should be fine but I don't want to guarantee that and ruin your watch. Maybe try a little? I use this stuff on clothes and laptops and it's fine.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: mothman on September 01, 2018, 10:43:47 PM
One thing I know is, I always end up scratching the faces of my watches. Every one. I don't know why. Maybe I'm just clumsy. I have a squint so have virtually no depth perception, easy to misjudge distances. But then my brother has normal eyesight yet broke every watch he ever wore, I think he'd stopped wearing them even before he was out of his teens.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 01, 2018, 10:45:18 PM
Quote from: Twed on September 01, 2018, 10:31:37 PM
I think it should be fine but I don't want to guarantee that and ruin your watch. Maybe try a little? I use this stuff on clothes and laptops and it's fine.

Why are you covering your clothes and laptops in 'goo' mate?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on September 01, 2018, 10:53:36 PM
I just love removing things with solvents.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 01, 2018, 10:59:51 PM
Quote from: Twed on September 01, 2018, 10:53:36 PM
I just love removing things with solvents.

One of my pals bought an old ambulance. One of the old minibus ones rather than an actual nee-naw job. But he tried to get the old flaring off with acetone. Off his box he was.

Incidentally, one of them ambulances has a backwards facing passenger seat, presumably so a nurse could keep an eye on the passengers. It's far less fun when you're looking at a cement mixer that will pan your face in if there's a crash.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Dex Sawash on September 01, 2018, 11:00:28 PM
(https://s8.postimg.cc/spq5d8met/20180901_164920.jpg)

In middle of moving can only find a few.

Certina DS-2 Chronolympic, busted and should just post it to a verbhorologist

Citizen yachting timer poser watch

Replica of 1978 Saab 99 Turbo boost gauge
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: mothman on September 01, 2018, 11:25:16 PM
Remembered I had another watch, a Seiko 7N39-0aj0 apparently, it's this one:

https://www.chrono24.com/seiko/seiko-ssteel-7n39-0aj0-ref-skp133p1-boxpapers--id7172279.htm

I inherited it from my grandfather. No idea how old it is, that page says 1990s which is possible, I know among his effects there was a box of old watches most of which which went to my cousin (fair enough I suppose, he was biological while I'm really his stepdaughter's son), as well as a box of old cameras that went to my brother (and, er, several handguns which went to the police).

Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Psmith on September 01, 2018, 11:28:35 PM
Watches seem to be attractive to collectaphobics.I have a friend who only collects Swiss.
I had a watch once but I kept checking the time,it got very stressful and I was glad when it stopped.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: mothman on September 01, 2018, 11:32:11 PM
Considering my grandfather fought them in Burma, he was mad for Japanese tech - watches, cameras, fast cars...
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: a duncandisorderly on September 02, 2018, 12:18:57 AM
probably about sixty or seventy if I could be arsed to count them.

lots of seiko (7T32, 7T62 & 7T92 chrono/alarm movements, & the mechanical '5' series), which I used to pull apart & put back together with different combinations of case, dial, hands... until my eyes started getting too bad for the sub-dial work.
couple of the seiko 'magic hands' jobs, with no gear-trains. you can make them run backwards in timer mode. cool.
quite a few citizens (eco-drive) & casios (lineage, edifice) that are solar-powered, radio-controlled & otherwise gadgety.
several luminox/mondaine, including one that was over £700 & commemorates the blackbird spy-plane.
some of the cheapo al-queda casios which ironically seem to be bomb-proof. couple of g-shocks.
a thing I bought in the big railway station in rome for £10 that has LCD numerals an inch high, & keeps excellent time, & has a fortune-cookie mode.
one fake rolex given to my late uncle by ferdy marcos when my uncle was the austrian mabassador in the phillipines.

ah, swatches... I had about a dozen at one time, but now I only know where two or three of them are. one with tv colour-bars as its face, with the word 'devotion' mysteriously superimposed.
my first one, bought in 1982, is plain black & white, no date or anything, red seconds hand, loud as fuck & serial number 583. I've had offers for that one. there was a shop in graz that at one time had one of each model; they wanted it. told them they would get it in my will.

I work shifts & also split my time between london & madrid, so a gadgety watch that has the day displayed & can go back/forwards an hour easily is nice. don't need one at all, if I'm honest, with having several iphones about me at all times, but....

I like the idea of the engineering.

these things, along with the sony walkmans that I insist sound better than fucking MP3 players, are/were the last mass-produced electro-mechanical devices that required a combination of electronics & mechanical skills to make them work reliably in the hands (no pun intended) of the general public, after being cheaply mass-produced.

walkmans & watches. all solid-state now, no moving parts, not even hard drives. these are therefore the last examples of a skill-set that's being lost.

this was the swatch I got first in late 1982. the wife of a mate of mine had the same one but without the second-hand, & a slightly quieter tick. I used to have to take this one off & put it in my pocket in the cinema.

(http://blog.knowledgeleaderscapital.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Swatch-bg101.jpg)

the colour bars one:

(http://www.swatchandbeyond.com/published/publicdata/SHOPDATA/attachments/SC/products_pictures/Swatch%20Watch%20Devotion_thm.JPG)

another favourite that now doesn't work, sadly:

(http://www.swatchandbeyond.com/published/publicdata/SHOPDATA/attachments/SC/products_pictures/1989%20Swatch%20Watch%20Metalsphere%20GY102%20GY103_thm.JPG)

Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Buelligan on September 02, 2018, 12:36:08 AM
Quote from: Jockice on September 01, 2018, 07:57:31 PM
And I have several given to me by a weird old bloke I used to work with. He was obsessed with watches and possibly me. Some of them were quite nice too. I never asked where he got them from. I really didn't want to know.

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/84/7b/9d/847b9d52fd30e16119df9d83832684fa.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on September 02, 2018, 12:43:58 AM
I was wearing swatch watches before Lee and his ilk got in on them. Used to have one of these weapons when I was at uni and didn't need to look professional.

(https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0159/3138/products/Lego_LEGO_Creator_Watch_4250341_grande.jpeg?v=1349798065)

(Course you did you hipster prick).

I used this or my swatch watch when playing guitar in a band - echo pedal, reverb, small delay, watch face against the bridge single coil of my telecaster, made a cool ticking noise. That's my contribution to novel guitar playing and I contribute it here, free of charge.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: a duncandisorderly on September 02, 2018, 12:55:45 AM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on September 02, 2018, 12:43:58 AM
I used this or my swatch watch when playing guitar in a band - echo pedal, reverb, small delay, watch face against the bridge single coil of my telecaster, made a cool ticking noise. That's my contribution to novel guitar playing and I contribute it here, free of charge.

oh, I'd forgotten about that- I used to do the same with my bass, until I got the fear that the pickup magnets were going to fuck the watch up.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on September 02, 2018, 01:40:43 AM
Really lovely watch pictures and anecdotes, thank you all!
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: QDRPHNC on September 02, 2018, 02:32:09 AM
I used to have the Nixon Dictator - had a scratchy little voice recorder built in. Unfortunately, I've found Nixon build quality to not be so hot and the display got all funky after a year or so.

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/4d/d8/9b/4dd89bffa25318f21b082406ddfb653f.jpg)

These are the two that I currently own. The Fossil is my everyday watch, smartish, counts steps via my phone and all, but to be honest I rarely use that, and just bought it because I liked the look of it. The Hamilton is my dress watch. The simplicity of it appealed to me very much.

(https://i.imgur.com/KG1uhAE.jpg)

The back of the Hamilton is lovely, has a little window to see the self-winding mechanism.

(https://i.imgur.com/qaUsKsc.jpg)

Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on September 02, 2018, 02:34:53 AM
Automatics usually do! A lovely watch, that.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on September 02, 2018, 05:06:14 AM
Quote from: a duncandisorderly on September 02, 2018, 12:55:45 AM
oh, I'd forgotten about that- I used to do the same with my bass, until I got the fear that the pickup magnets were going to fuck the watch up.

Fellow right handed person who wears their watch on the wrong hand because they were raised improperly?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: a duncandisorderly on September 02, 2018, 05:36:49 AM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on September 02, 2018, 05:06:14 AM
Fellow right handed person who wears their watch on the wrong hand because they were raised improperly?

not as a rule, but I found it useful with the band I was in at the time... a power-struggle was emerging, & I was sort of a hired-hand. eventually I left to concentrate on my own band, & they went down to a three-piece with the wife taking over the bass, after they'd failed to find anyone who could play the parts I'd written; she reworked all the songs to suit a far more rudimentary style.
j-pop, since you ask. I hated it, but it was good exercise.

the horror:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeerC7inz-Q
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: MojoJojo on September 02, 2018, 09:01:04 AM
Quote from: Replies From View on September 01, 2018, 09:02:35 PM
Will it work on superglue?  And might it damage the face of the watch?

Nail polish remover will dissolve superglue. Probably main risk to the watch is you could dissolve some glue holding it together - maybe apply carefully with a cotton bud?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on September 02, 2018, 12:23:13 PM
Quote from: mothman on September 01, 2018, 11:25:16 PM
I inherited it from my grandfather. No idea how old it is, that page says 1990s which is possible, I know among his effects there was a box of old watches most of which which went to my cousin (fair enough I suppose, he was biological while I'm really his stepdaughter's son), as well as a box of old cameras that went to my brother (and, er, several handguns which went to the police).

Gunny?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: shiftwork2 on September 02, 2018, 12:41:08 PM
I've always wanted one of these

(https://i.imgur.com/0x8xdWN.jpg)

and inspired by the thread I've just dropped £7 on one.  To me at least this is utterly beautiful, clear and uncluttered.

I'm obsessively fussy about the clarity of dials and displays I'm amazed that it seems so hard to get right.  One of the reasons I still drive my decrepit clown car is that all newer vehicles present me with a load of fucking useless information on the dashboard - I only need to know speed, revs, outside temp, fuel and oil temp.  Everything else is a distraction.  The time is just about allowed but why would I need the date in front of me?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: studpuppet on September 02, 2018, 12:52:46 PM
Quote from: shiftwork2 on September 02, 2018, 12:41:08 PM
I'm obsessively fussy about the clarity of dials and displays I'm amazed that it seems so hard to get right.

Struck me that you might like Braun's watches. Even their relatively cluttered faces look uncluttered in comparison to similar spec watches:

(https://www.horloge.nl/pictures/braun-bn0021-bn0021bkbkl-6.jpg)

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91yXms8ClpL._UX342_.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Replies From View on September 02, 2018, 12:54:50 PM
Quote from: shiftwork2 on September 02, 2018, 12:41:08 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/0x8xdWN.jpg)

My wrist is sweating and itching just looking at that strap.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: shiftwork2 on September 02, 2018, 01:04:53 PM
Quote from: studpuppet on September 02, 2018, 12:52:46 PM

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91yXms8ClpL._UX342_.jpg)

That is rather wonderful.

Quote from: Replies From View on September 02, 2018, 12:54:50 PM
My wrist is sweating and itching just looking at that strap.

Well yes, it does scream contact dermatitis, but probably not for everyday use. 
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Replies From View on September 02, 2018, 01:22:05 PM
You could get a black metal strap quite cheaply if it came to it.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 02, 2018, 02:55:49 PM
Nato straps ftw
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on September 02, 2018, 07:01:27 PM
(https://img.ponparemall.net/imgmgr/81/00110381/1503-pic16/sf-956xlttn.jpg)

This is my watch. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

Skagen are pretty good if you're going for the whole minimalist look actually. None of that garish shit on these lads. As an added bonus, they look far more expensive than they actually are. Mine only cost £110, but at a glance, to all but the most ardent watch enthusiast, it could be one of those dead expensive ones that fighter pilots or MI6 agents are meant to use or whatever.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Replies From View on September 02, 2018, 07:05:27 PM
Really useful to have a watch that everyone thinks you have spent loads of money on.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on September 02, 2018, 07:09:02 PM
I have incredibly low self esteem. Validate me.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Replies From View on September 02, 2018, 07:14:27 PM
Quote from: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on September 02, 2018, 07:09:02 PM
I have incredibly low self esteem. Validate me.

Alright then your watch is spiffing and I hope it brings you all the happiness your heart desires.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on September 02, 2018, 07:17:00 PM
Thanks best mate!
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: checkoutgirl on September 02, 2018, 07:20:15 PM
Quote from: Replies From View on September 02, 2018, 07:05:27 PM
Really useful to have a watch that everyone thinks you have spent loads of money on.

Not if you're in a rough area at night.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Replies From View on September 02, 2018, 07:39:32 PM
Quote from: checkoutgirl on September 02, 2018, 07:20:15 PM
Not if you're in a rough area at night.

Just fold your skin over it, like some kind of "sleeve".
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on September 02, 2018, 07:51:32 PM
Everyone going for minimalism. When are those massive ones with a million inputs that look like mini-transformers going to come back into style? I'm talking Casio G-shock Air Force calcula-tron with built in chronograph, range-finder and atmosphere-reentry resistant to 55 cubits per square nanometer. Just like Action Man would wear.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Replies From View on September 02, 2018, 07:53:28 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on September 02, 2018, 07:51:32 PM
Just like Action Man would wear.

Instead of a penis?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on September 02, 2018, 07:55:32 PM
Quote from: Replies From View on September 02, 2018, 07:53:28 PM
Instead of a penis?

Yes, very much so.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on September 02, 2018, 07:58:50 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on September 02, 2018, 07:51:32 PM
Everyone going for minimalism. When are those massive ones with a million inputs that look like mini-transformers going to come back into style? I'm talking Casio G-shock Air Force calcula-tron with built in chronograph, range-finder and atmosphere-reentry resistant to 55 cubits per square nanometer. Just like Action Man would wear.

Sadly never. I think the zenith of the digital watch movement was those ones with a remote control built in so you could keep changing the channel on the TV that the teacher rolled in at school to put an educational video on. After that it's all been downhill.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 02, 2018, 08:07:27 PM
Quote from: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on September 02, 2018, 07:58:50 PM
Sadly never. I think the zenith of the digital watch movement was those ones with a remote control built in so you could keep changing the channel on the TV that the teacher rolled in at school to put an educational video on. After that it's all been downhill.

Aye that was the zenith.

One of my slightly more eccentric Computer Science lecturers used to have one of the calculator watches, in the late 2000's so it was probably about 15 years old at that point. I never actually saw him use it; he did once watch us fling something up with a motor and do some maths 'that's about a metre and it happened in about a second so it's probably going 2 and a bit miles per hour' but better than that, much better than that.

He was a good guy. He used to wear a big fluorescent waterproof jacket like the lads from the highways agency wore when they were fixing the road. Had a beard but shaved his moustache for some reason.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: a duncandisorderly on September 02, 2018, 08:42:40 PM
this is the most expensive watch I own, one of the many SR-71 themed jobs by luminox. I think you'll agree it's a bit action-man.
I never wear it- far too heavy... it hangs on the corner of my bed. you can hear the alarm from about a mile away.

(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/09/bf/d8/09bfd85484e5a6425a10d3e6aa659ee2.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Clive Langham on September 02, 2018, 08:52:03 PM
I have this Chinese communist chronograph I got from a place called Long Island Watches for about two hundred quid. It's pretty cool - hand-wound, with a hammer and sickle on the stopwatch hand. I do actually use the stopwatch fairly frequently. Also it says "for the proletariat" on it in Chinese. (https://www.poljot24.de/media/catalog/product/cache/2/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/7/7/7756g-da.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Replies From View on September 02, 2018, 08:54:59 PM
Who here absolutely loves absorbing radium through the medium of vintage watches?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: studpuppet on September 02, 2018, 11:10:03 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on September 02, 2018, 07:51:32 PM
Everyone going for minimalism. When are those massive ones with a million inputs that look like mini-transformers going to come back into style? I'm talking Casio G-shock Air Force calcula-tron with built in chronograph, range-finder and atmosphere-reentry resistant to 55 cubits per square nanometer. Just like Action Man would wear.

Ah, that's off into my 'funky stupid watches' collection. Here's my slide rule watch:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1893/44434531221_626eab6d3b_k.jpg)


Quote from: Clive Langham on September 02, 2018, 08:52:03 PM
I have this Chinese communist chronograph I got from a place called Long Island Watches for about two hundred quid. It's pretty cool - hand-wound, with a hammer and sickle on the stopwatch hand. I do actually use the stopwatch fairly frequently. Also it says "for the proletariat" on it in Chinese.

I'm all about hammers and sickles:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1895/30565834538_742d407fa5_k.jpg)


And some others - jump hours:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1882/29496369167_1b754ea07c_k.jpg)


LCD Digital-Analogue from Casio (display too faint to see these days):

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1877/29496369227_6af5126555_k.jpg)


And this baby - a seventies plastic fantastic, with a 'magic' pointer for the seconds which at 15 and 45 seconds shows the advertising, and at 30 and 60 seconds is black:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1877/44434530751_d7652e1f68_k.jpg) (https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1885/44434530971_5e37de565a_k.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: littlenell on September 03, 2018, 12:08:11 AM
I wear a fob watch pinned to my clothes, either my physio polo top or my trouser pocket (dangling down inside the pocket) I'm a fop with a fob, Ive always had to be a bit different.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on September 03, 2018, 03:29:38 AM
Quote from: the on September 01, 2018, 07:13:08 PMFelt very old when someone I met in the pub genuinely asked 'why does your watch have buttons on it?'.

You should have made him feel old by saying "It's not a watch it's a phone."
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: batwings on September 03, 2018, 07:29:24 AM
Mine is a Seiko SKX007 on a nato strap like this:

(https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1098/6282/products/seiko_skx007_olive_1024x1024.jpg?v=1533496250)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Replies From View on September 03, 2018, 07:32:03 AM
Helps you blend in with all the shrubberies an that.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: batwings on September 03, 2018, 07:51:41 AM
That, and my wrists are too fat for the bracelet.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: seepage on September 03, 2018, 11:49:27 AM
Quote from: shiftwork2 on September 02, 2018, 12:41:08 PM
I've always wanted one of these

(https://i.imgur.com/0x8xdWN.jpg)

and inspired by the thread I've just dropped £7 on one.  To me at least this is utterly beautiful, clear and uncluttered.

I'm obsessively fussy about the clarity of dials and displays I'm amazed that it seems so hard to get right.  One of the reasons I still drive my decrepit clown car is that all newer vehicles present me with a load of fucking useless information on the dashboard - I only need to know speed, revs, outside temp, fuel and oil temp.  Everything else is a distraction.  The time is just about allowed but why would I need the date in front of me?

+1 for this. Better than the Swatch in the 1st post imo and silent too.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on September 07, 2018, 09:42:30 PM
Quote from: Twed on September 01, 2018, 03:55:52 PMa Seiko 5 is now wending its way to me

Here she is, with a nato strap because of course.

(https://i.imgur.com/CU0cQHY.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: a duncandisorderly on September 08, 2018, 09:17:05 AM
Quote from: Clive Langham on September 02, 2018, 08:52:03 PM
I have this Chinese communist chronograph I got from a place called Long Island Watches for about two hundred quid. It's pretty cool - hand-wound, with a hammer and sickle on the stopwatch hand. I do actually use the stopwatch fairly frequently. Also it says "for the proletariat" on it in Chinese. (https://www.poljot24.de/media/catalog/product/cache/2/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/7/7/7756g-da.jpg)

that is gorgeous.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Replies From View on September 08, 2018, 10:41:51 AM
Anyone got an old radium watch ticking along on their wrist?

I know at least one verbwhore who has, actually.  But they would need to out themselves.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: katzenjammer on September 08, 2018, 10:51:31 AM
Coincidentally I was just reading this article about radium in watches
https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/new-report-shows-radium-dials-might-pose-serious-danger (https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/new-report-shows-radium-dials-might-pose-serious-danger)

Some of the comments are interesting

QuoteI bough an old Junghans watch from the 50s from eBay and it turned out it had Radium dial - the information came as shock for me as I have opened and played with the dial and hands the night before. After a week of looking for who to contact with, I finally found the telephone nummber of the local representatives of the Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz here in Bavaria. The guys reacted fairly quickly and came to my house, checked everything with precize Geiger counter - told me it was safe - then took the watch with them as I did not want to have it anymore - they considered it safe only when stored in some closed box, but told me I can keep it if I want to but was not recommendable to throw it in the trash bin if I want to get rid of it. Then I had to have an urine test to check if I have inhaled some of the radium when the case was open. The test found some ammount of radium, but I was told it is not going to be harmful for my health and it was not a proof it came from the watch itself. This is how this horrorstory ended but I am not buying a radium dial watch ever again

I didn't realise these things were quite so dangerous
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Cloud on September 08, 2018, 12:52:04 PM
Too lazy to do my own pics, so nabbed from the internet

Still got this Casio Hotbiz around, I rocked it quite a bit when I was young.  Google actually suggests it's relatively rare:
(https://i.imgur.com/aA8sThzm.jpg)
as well as other Casio databanks and at one time a watch that could operate the TV or the IR locking system on my dad's car.  Always been big Casio fanboys in this household.

But as for "Pride and Joy" kind of watches here's no.1, a gift from my parents on my 18th birthday, a Seiko Kinetic:
(https://i.imgur.com/Yp9PMiZm.jpg)
Mine has a few scratches on the glass after I was daft enough to wear it hiking and squeezing through one of those tight gaps with rock either side.  I think it's actually sapphire as well, but no match for jagged rock.  Might get it repaired one day, or maybe just leave it as it is as it's not obvious unless you're inspecting it (and I will never sell it, so who's going to inspect it?) and shows it's been enjoyed, tells a story and all that.

But basically I thought maybe I should be keeping my 18th birthday gift safe rather than wearing it everywhere (an opinion I've changed somewhat now - not much point in being gifted something like that then just chucking it in a drawer for the rest of your life) and so looked for some other "watch for life"

That took me in 2008 to the Oceanus (Casio) OCW-520T.   I splashed out £180 on it after being given a bonus (this was a heavy discount at the time), thought "stupid amount of money for a watch when I already have an expensive one" (this is just before Smartwatches costing £300 and only expected to last a few years became a thing) but the idea was that it'd be pretty much a 'watch for life' that I'd put on my wrist and with its titanium casing, radio control and solar power, "just forget about".  And that if ever I got a life and had kids would be another possibility to hand down to be enjoyed for many more years and all that.

(https://i.imgur.com/SQGz3Yr.jpg)

I love that I can pick it up whenever and it never has to be set or the battery changed.  Worst case it has to sit on a windowsill for 5 minutes.

Not long after that the Pebble came out and the "watch for life" got put in a drawer.  Well actually, on a windowsill.  I still put it and the Seiko on from time to time, pun not intended, but unfortunately now I feel like one arm is cut off if I'm not using a smartwatch.

Also as an aside my wrist fluctuates a fair bit so I can't seem to deal with straps that aren't Milanese style any more.  One minute it's like a handcuff and the next it's flopping around my wrist.

Dunno if they're welcome in this thread or not but smartwatch wise, I went from Pebble to Pebble Time to Apple Watch 2, and just recently when I went back to Android a Huawei Watch 2.  In hindsight I think I might have preferred the Galaxy Watch but wouldn't put it past myself to get one of those too and sell the one I like less.

Must admit, I'm really digging the way Google's Wear OS watches can be made to look real, after the very 'artificial looking' Pebble and Apple watches, and of course the vast selection of watch faces rather than the meagre selection that  Apple graciously allow you to choose from.

I think this one looks pretty nice as a "pretend to be real" style (now I'm actually taking my own photos.  Yes these massive Google watches are a bit big for my wrist, so sue me):
(https://i.imgur.com/uwtpecXl.jpg)

Or something a bit more contemporary and smart-watch-y:
(https://i.imgur.com/DkWPvBtl.jpg)

At the moment I'm letting them stay on using the "Always on display / ambient mode" in full colour, which will probably cause burn-in (well, technically burn out unevenness) on the OLED but it's just so nice to have it on all the time and actually looking like a watch and not a blank screen or a simplified "screen saving" mode.    Again it's getting back to that question of do you just basically preserve something and not enjoy it (in case you want to sell it one day for example), or do you just say fuck it and enjoy it properly and accept it won't last forever.
(Background as I was typing that: my dad's watching flash mob videos and "burn baby burn" came on)

Oh yeah I still have that old Microsoft watch that you held up to a PC monitor knocking around.

Also got a F-91W when everyone was going on about them a couple of years ago.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Replies From View on September 08, 2018, 12:56:48 PM
A lot of these watches are mammoths.  What are the thinnest / most discreet watches out there for people who don't want to break the bank?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: a duncandisorderly on September 08, 2018, 01:26:18 PM
I dug out a few of my old swatches off the back of this thread, & discovered that the 1982 one has died. very sad about that. but I put a new battery in the day/date version of the same watch, with the day in satisfyingly lower case lettering, & off it went. quite loud, but the biggest surprise was how tiny it looks compared to the casios & citizens I've favoured in recent years. it's like having a ten bob bit sellotaped to your wrist.

this is the chap- it says '1998', so this was a replacement for both the 1982 (basic) & an 80s day/date which also still goes but the glass is cracked, presumably why I bought this one-

(https://www.squiggly.com/pictures/swatch-caffelatte-gb736-6.jpg)

[edit]

this one, from 1983, is the one that's cracked. squiggly have this down at almost $600 if they can find one

(https://www.squiggly.com/pictures/swatch-gb703-gb703-6.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on September 08, 2018, 01:29:31 PM
That's gorgeous duncan, and maybe a good answer to RFV's question. I was going to suggest the Swatch Twice Again from my original post, or that similar Casio posted above.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: a duncandisorderly on September 08, 2018, 01:37:09 PM
I can't find a picture of my 1982 one on squiggly; the earliest they have a picture of is this, the one my mate's ex-mrs had, with no second hand, & it's called GB001, so is also clearly one of the first. I remember her saying she'd got it in 1983. so... imagine this with a red second hand & the loudest tick you've ever heard. I got mine in november 1982 in argos in bromley... I'm positive on the date because we had a communal tv room at college & I was frequently asked to take the thing off in there. also, admiring looks from mates back home that christmas. doesn't square with the internet history of swatch, but then sometimes these things don't. may've been a sample batch or summat.

(https://www.squiggly.com/pictures/swatch-gb001-gb001-6.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Replies From View on September 08, 2018, 02:27:38 PM
Quote from: a duncandisorderly on September 08, 2018, 01:26:18 PM
I dug out a few of my old swatches off the back of this thread, & discovered that the 1982 one has died. very sad about that.

If you're going to not wear a battery-powered analogue watch for a while, it's worth pulling the button out so the hands stop moving and the battery life is preserved for a bit longer.  May seem obvious, but for me it was a relatively late discovery.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Replies From View on September 08, 2018, 02:30:46 PM
Quote from: a duncandisorderly on September 08, 2018, 01:26:18 PM
the biggest surprise was how tiny it looks compared to the casios & citizens I've favoured in recent years. it's like having a ten bob bit sellotaped to your wrist.

Since you're talking about size could you be more specific please?  Which one:

(http://news.coinupdate.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/old-and-new.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: a duncandisorderly on September 08, 2018, 02:47:01 PM
Quote from: Replies From View on September 08, 2018, 02:30:46 PM
Since you're talking about size could you be more specific please?  Which one:

(http://news.coinupdate.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/old-and-new.jpg)

it's a tiny bit wider than a 2-er, but weights a fraction less than a 20p.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Replies From View on September 08, 2018, 02:51:25 PM
Quote from: a duncandisorderly on September 08, 2018, 02:47:01 PM
it's a tiny bit wider than a 2-er, but weights a fraction less than a 20p.

What version of a ten bob bit is this??
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: a duncandisorderly on September 08, 2018, 03:00:06 PM
Quote from: Replies From View on September 08, 2018, 02:27:38 PM
If you're going to not wear a battery-powered analogue watch for a while, it's worth pulling the button out so the hands stop moving and the battery life is preserved for a bit longer.  May seem obvious, but for me it was a relatively late discovery.

good advice.
however, in the case of the swatch, the battery holder is usually the culprit. they're not 100% waterproof, & over a long period, the battery contacts get a bit corroded. eventually, the thinner of the two, which goes off into the inaccessible innards of the thing, either breaks completely or stops conducting sufficient current into the works. corrosion may've got elsewhere by this point too. at least three of my swatches have failed this way, & they're sealed so there's nothing I can do.

this is a different model but it's a good shot of the same battery compartment. the contact that fails or comes adrift is the one you can barely see. one of mine that's gone wrong has a translucent case, so the nature of the failure is clearly visible.

(https://www.millsys-watch.co.uk/ekmps/shops/millsyswatch/images/swatch-ag-1993-eta-movement-watch-24-hr-dial-runs-for-project-%5B4%5D-1297-p.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: a duncandisorderly on September 08, 2018, 03:01:28 PM
Quote from: Replies From View on September 08, 2018, 02:51:25 PM
What version of a ten bob bit is this??

a two pound coin. I chance not to have any 50 pences with me today.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: wosl on September 08, 2018, 03:27:05 PM
Haven't owned one of these, but for people who like the pared-back functionality of yer Brauns or basic military-style, these smashing, Max Bill-designed Junghans ones should also fit the - heh - bill:

(http://i64.tinypic.com/27zw2np.jpg)

(http://i68.tinypic.com/19s0td.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 08, 2018, 04:16:49 PM
Still don't get the point of these smart watches.

Some busybody bloke at work used to have one and he'd programmed it to go off if a high severity issue came in.

He never did realise the false alarms that made him jump out of his chair was the bloke next to him playing a youtube video of the alert noise.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Replies From View on September 08, 2018, 04:22:49 PM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on September 08, 2018, 04:16:49 PM
Still don't get the point of these smart watches.

Same here.  To work they apparently need to be within bluetooth distance of your phone, so why not use your phone?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Cloud on September 08, 2018, 04:42:01 PM
Saves you getting your phone out of your pocket, useful if you're lazy (like me) or to discretely keep an eye out for a notification in a no visible phones permitted kind of situation.

Good for if you tend to miss calls/texts because your phone is on silent, vibrate not working very well, the alerts get lost among other alerts etc

Fitness tracking

Ability to piss about with different watch faces

The sheer geeky novelty of, say, turning your lights on with your watch

Also some of them do have 4G so can be used independently

Not that everything needs a utilitarian purpose anyway, I mean why wear a watch at all when you can just check the time on your phone.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Replies From View on September 08, 2018, 06:30:09 PM
Quote from: Cloud on September 08, 2018, 04:42:01 PM
The sheer geeky novelty of, say, turning your lights on with your watch

Do you honestly have the set-up for this?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Clive Langham on September 08, 2018, 06:44:37 PM
I've never used a Nato strap because I find that extra bit of material that's doubled over and tucked round the side hugely aesthetically displeasing. Do people who use them not find that?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Cloud on September 08, 2018, 09:32:30 PM
Quote from: Replies From View on September 08, 2018, 06:30:09 PM
Do you honestly have the set-up for this?

Yeah, all you need is a Hue hub and bulbs which you then link into Google Assistant (for the watch and phone), or I think the Hue app is available for the watch, and Alexa (for the Amazon spot).  The latter is fun as I have Alexa set to respond to "computer" and a routine (alias) where you say the word 'lights' and my lights come on full.  So I can walk in and say "computer, lights." like on Star Trek.
Come to think of it being RGB bulbs I might have to set up a red alert command...
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 08, 2018, 09:36:45 PM
Quote from: Clive Langham on September 08, 2018, 06:44:37 PM
I've never used a Nato strap because I find that extra bit of material that's doubled over and tucked round the side hugely aesthetically displeasing. Do people who use them not find that?

It doesn't have to look like that; Twed is wearing it poorly.

(http://33.media.tumblr.com/ff2fb9d2edefeb76510fa9c74d774932/tumblr_inline_mz3w6pGm4Y1r2pl23.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on September 08, 2018, 09:41:42 PM
I'm wearing it exactly how it has to be worn due to the physical restrictions of this universe: https://www.google.com/search?tbm=isch&q=nato%20strap&tbs=imgo:1#imgrc=oO8VcGE_r2p6yM:
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Replies From View on September 08, 2018, 09:43:57 PM
Quote from: Cloud on September 08, 2018, 09:32:30 PM
Yeah, all you need is a Hue hub and bulbs which you then link into Google Assistant (for the watch and phone), or I think the Hue app is available for the watch, and Alexa (for the Amazon spot).  The latter is fun as I have Alexa set to respond to "computer" and a routine (alias) where you say the word 'lights' and my lights come on full.  So I can walk in and say "computer, lights." like on Star Trek.
Come to think of it being RGB bulbs I might have to set up a red alert command...

So you need bespoke bulbs?  That's one way to make you continue to spend too much money, I suppose.

A bespoke thing for ordinary bulbs to fit into - that would be fair.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: studpuppet on September 08, 2018, 10:23:10 PM
Quote from: Cloud on September 08, 2018, 09:32:30 PM
The latter is fun as I have Alexa set to respond to "computer" and a routine (alias) where you say the word 'lights' and my lights come on full.  So I can walk in and say "computer, lights." like on Star Trek.

Maybe it's an age thing, but I'd set mine to respond to 'Zen' or 'Orac'.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 08, 2018, 11:26:26 PM
You could fuck the alexa off and just monitor your WiFi to assert whether you're in and pop the lights on.

Or, you know, use a switch.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Jockice on September 09, 2018, 07:36:27 AM
So we're all agreed then? Mine is the coolest. Here it is again. https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=ruhla+digital+watch&rlz=1C1AFAB_enGB499GB537&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=7bQ3tGxHqpMd1M%253A%252C8Uk3koxbNtd9VM%252C_&usg=AFrqEzc9-Jj2EbxIQSMO6NUjTP9qpLC02Q&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiW-9Pgk5rdAhULAcAKHV5NCIkQ9QEwAHoECAUQBA#imgrc=7bQ3tGxHqpMd1M:
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: a duncandisorderly on September 09, 2018, 09:09:54 AM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on September 08, 2018, 09:36:45 PM
It doesn't have to look like that; Twed is wearing it poorly.

(http://33.media.tumblr.com/ff2fb9d2edefeb76510fa9c74d774932/tumblr_inline_mz3w6pGm4Y1r2pl23.jpg)

that's not real, is it? was that iconic rolex in that iconic movie really on such a shitty too-narrow strap? were no crocodiles or baby goats available?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Cloud on September 09, 2018, 12:27:03 PM
Quote from: Replies From View on September 08, 2018, 09:43:57 PM
So you need bespoke bulbs?  That's one way to make you continue to spend too much money, I suppose.

Not so much bespoke as fairly common Philips bulbs that a ton of people get and that AFAIK work on the Zigbee standard, but yeah naturally being capable of 16 million colours and internet-based automation and dimming, they are of course somewhat more pricey than just popping in a normal bulb and flicking a switch.

But then welcome to Planet Earth, where there are lots of ways to get people to spend money unnecessarily - from watches, to cars, to shoes, to holidays, to television, to alcohol.  Whilst I admire your complete no-frills, strictly utilitarian existence some of us really don't mind splashing out a bit on things we find enjoyable.

Quote from: studpuppet on September 08, 2018, 10:23:10 PM
Maybe it's an age thing, but I'd set mine to respond to 'Zen' or 'Orac'.

Or Slave :)  I would, but the Alexa firmware can only be set to recognise Alexa, Echo or Computer (as it gets programmed into the low power chip dedicated to listening for the wake word and I think they put a lot of training into each word)

Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on September 08, 2018, 11:26:26 PM
You could fuck the alexa off and just monitor your WiFi to assert whether you're in and pop the lights on.

Or, you know, use a switch.

Well yeah, obviously I've heard of the concept of light switches, I'm not thick.  But where's the fun in that?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Replies From View on September 09, 2018, 12:50:34 PM
Quote from: Cloud on September 09, 2018, 12:27:03 PM
some of us really don't mind splashing out a bit on things we find enjoyable.

Not lightbulbs though mate, please.  Please not lightbulbs.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Dex Sawash on September 09, 2018, 01:30:20 PM
Why do you think they call them bulbs anyway?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Replies From View on September 09, 2018, 01:52:59 PM
Quote from: Dex Sawash on September 09, 2018, 01:30:20 PM
Why do you think they call them bulbs anyway?

Because they resemble lightbulbs from an earlier epoch.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Dex Sawash on September 09, 2018, 02:25:46 PM
Probably
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 09, 2018, 02:46:42 PM
Cloud's iot botnet.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Replies From View on September 09, 2018, 02:55:09 PM
Quote from: Dex Sawash on September 09, 2018, 02:25:46 PM
Probably

They definitely do; I have seen them.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Cloud on September 09, 2018, 05:48:59 PM
Quote from: Replies From View on September 09, 2018, 12:50:34 PM
Not lightbulbs though mate, please.  Please not lightbulbs.

It's my money

Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on September 09, 2018, 02:46:42 PM
Cloud's iot botnet.

and has regular security updates
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Replies From View on September 09, 2018, 05:54:30 PM
Quote from: Cloud on September 09, 2018, 05:48:59 PM
It's my money

CHINNY RECKON
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: QDRPHNC on September 10, 2018, 04:29:52 PM
What do you spend your money on, RfV?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: wosl on September 10, 2018, 04:45:43 PM
And why aren't you spending any of it on design-statement and/or expensive timepieces? 
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Replies From View on September 10, 2018, 05:25:21 PM
Quote from: QDRPHNC on September 10, 2018, 04:29:52 PM
What do you spend your money on, RfV?

Mostly just food and rent if I'm honest.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Endicott on September 10, 2018, 05:36:25 PM
Quote from: Cloud on September 08, 2018, 09:32:30 PM
Yeah, all you need is a Hue hub and bulbs which you then link into Google Assistant (for the watch and phone), or I think the Hue app is available for the watch, and Alexa (for the Amazon spot).  The latter is fun as I have Alexa set to respond to "computer" and a routine (alias) where you say the word 'lights' and my lights come on full.  So I can walk in and say "computer, lights." like on Star Trek.

In an ideal world you'd also need to be doing a convincing impression of Patrick Stewart or the lights would refuse to operate.

Quote
Come to think of it being RGB bulbs I might have to set up a red alert command...

It's a travesty if you haven't done this.


I can't find a picture of my old watch. A Pulsar something like this, but with a completely black face. I particularly liked that for a fairly cheap (even in 1985) watch all the hands lined up properly.

(https://www.fhinds.co.uk/Images/Product/Default/large/W4162_L_1.jpg)

I stopped wearing it 6 months after I got a mobile phone. It had seen plenty by then anyway.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Cloud on September 16, 2018, 12:28:02 AM
Quote from: Endicott on September 10, 2018, 05:36:25 PM
In an ideal world you'd also need to be doing a convincing impression of Patrick Stewart or the lights would refuse to operate.

It's a travesty if you haven't done this.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/15gRsTmyYv_UZhWesm_DMJg3e3XUfi-FI/view?usp=sharing

Pardon the ponies and the not-so-great Picard impression.

Edit: No audio? Fuck sake.   Maybe now...
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Yussef Dent on September 16, 2018, 12:53:57 AM
At school one of the kids in our class had a Zeon remote control watch. It worked very similarly to the universal remotes you get, dead easy and quick to pair it up with a TV or video recorder. One day in English we were made to watch this B-movie modern adaptation of Macbeth set in some kind of criminal gangster underworld. Within about 15 minutes you knew it was shaping up to be rubbish, so I suggested he kept pissing about with the VCR until the teacher had to turn it off. She wouldn't give up though and ended up wheeling another unit in, only for him to f*** about with that as well and leaving her absolutely baffled. Next lesson she said the tape worked fine on her player at home, and the school ended up replacing the VCRs when there was absolutely nothing wrong with them whatsoever.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Cloud on September 16, 2018, 01:18:47 AM
Good lad.  Did something similar when I had the Casio IR watch
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on September 19, 2018, 01:39:37 AM
Quote from: seepage on September 03, 2018, 11:49:27 AM
+1 for this. Better than the Swatch in the 1st post imo and silent too.

I have a draw full of Swatches and the fucking things are so noisy I had to take the batteries out in the end.

I bought an all black Casio (with gold trim) on the back of your comment about it being quiet. It just arrived and is on my (right) wrist now (which is "wrong" for someone righthanded but I never do what The Man says, yeah?)

Anyway - it's lovely!

And to any other watch nerds - I've just remembered my dad is a watch nerd on the side. Odd case shapes, strange dial digits, small-runs of rolexes, the lot. He's given me a few over the years (and I've disappointed him by showing him my LEGO watch with add-on catapult). If anyone is interested I can dig them out - I think they're quite rare (not that I'd ever sell them). If not, we can let the thread quietly pass on.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: mrfridge on September 19, 2018, 08:59:59 AM
Quote from: Yussef Dent on September 16, 2018, 12:53:57 AM
At school one of the kids in our class had a Zeon remote control watch. It worked very similarly to the universal remotes you get, dead easy and quick to pair it up with a TV or video recorder. One day in English we were made to watch this B-movie modern adaptation of Macbeth set in some kind of criminal gangster underworld. Within about 15 minutes you knew it was shaping up to be rubbish, so I suggested he kept pissing about with the VCR until the teacher had to turn it off. She wouldn't give up though and ended up wheeling another unit in, only for him to f*** about with that as well and leaving her absolutely baffled. Next lesson she said the tape worked fine on her player at home, and the school ended up replacing the VCRs when there was absolutely nothing wrong with them whatsoever.

Yep I did the same in a biology lesson. Completely confused Miss Fogg by pausing the video on chlorophyll (or whatever) each time she walked away from the vcr. Some shit heel promptly informed her though and I got an hour detention. In fairness to her she did seem to find it quite funny.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Janie Jones on September 19, 2018, 09:36:29 AM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on September 19, 2018, 01:39:37 AM

And to any other watch nerds - I've just remembered my dad is a watch nerd on the side. Odd case shapes, strange dial digits, small-runs of rolexes, the lot. He's given me a few over the years (and I've disappointed him by showing him my LEGO watch with add-on catapult). If anyone is interested I can dig them out - I think they're quite rare (not that I'd ever sell them). If not, we can let the thread quietly pass on.

I for one would welcome photos of watch nerdery please, FerriswheelBueller.

Here's a CaB watch thread from 5 years ago. I no longer stand by my recommendation of Watchfinder, they let me down recently.

https://www.cookdandbombd.co.uk/forums/index.php/topic,39998.0.html
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Endicott on September 19, 2018, 11:37:54 AM
This thread is making me want a watch again. I've been looking and one lowish priced maker that I noticed was Dan Henry (https://danhenrywatches.com/), new watches with a vintage style. I quite like some of them.

(https://wornandwound.com/library/uploads/2016/10/DAN_HENRY_COLLECTION_5.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Norton Canes on September 19, 2018, 11:58:35 AM
Used to have the top middle one when I was at school

(http://www.digitiser2000.com/uploads/4/0/6/6/40667199/published/egg_2.jpg?1483535850)

Oh I was the envy of the class. Made up for having no likeable personality traits.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: mrfridge on September 19, 2018, 12:12:03 PM
Egg Panic looks hilariously racist.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Bhazor on September 19, 2018, 12:28:25 PM
If your watch has two dials you can fuck right off.

I tend to wear my watch with the dial on the inside of my wrist. Not for any fashion purpose but because otherwise I end up staring at it when I'm typing. If I'm wearing sleeves its also easier to see by flipping your wrist over as opposed to pawing at your sleeve like some mad animal trying to look important by implying you have somewhere to be at a particular time.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Endicott on September 19, 2018, 12:45:03 PM
Chronographs explained (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xzn4MQnngT4)

Look at this fucking tool with his coiffed hair and silk hanky stuck in his blazer pocket. Real Style my arse. It's 2018, I can't believe people still think this is a valid life choice.

Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Norton Canes on September 19, 2018, 12:53:30 PM
Here was another watch I had

Well not actually the watch itself because I can't find a picture of it. But it was really cool, it had three buttons on the front to control the functions. Look, I've Photoshopped a replica of it:

(https://i.imgur.com/1tcOgvX.jpg)

The red yellow and green bits weren't lights, they were painted on. Unfortunately my excellent replica is not accurate enough for a Google Image search.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on September 19, 2018, 01:06:13 PM
Quote from: Janie Jones on September 19, 2018, 09:36:29 AM
I for one would welcome photos of watch nerdery please, FerriswheelBueller.

Here's a CaB watch thread from 5 years ago. I no longer stand by my recommendation of Watchfinder, they let me down recently.

https://www.cookdandbombd.co.uk/forums/index.php/topic,39998.0.html

I'll find them and post a couple tonight when I get home from work.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: QDRPHNC on September 19, 2018, 01:55:58 PM
I want a Hamilton Intra-Matic LOOK AT IT

(https://www.hamiltonwatch.com/media/catalog/product/cache/38/thumbnail/x840/17f82f742ffe127f42dca9de82fb58b1/H/3/H38755751_7.png)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on September 19, 2018, 01:59:11 PM
That is classy. I would eventually like a nice dress watch, but I refuse to even buy a suit until I'm less podgy again. So for now, I loving my few 'beater' watches and very much developing a loving relationship with the simple and good Seiko 5 I bought,
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: studpuppet on September 19, 2018, 02:00:05 PM
Quote from: Endicott on September 19, 2018, 12:45:03 PM
Chronographs explained (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xzn4MQnngT4)

Look at this fucking tool with his coiffed hair and silk hanky stuck in his blazer pocket. Real Style my arse. It's 2018, I can't believe people still think this is a valid life choice.

Since when has Giles Coren had an American accent?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: the on September 19, 2018, 02:13:04 PM
Quote from: Norton Canes on September 19, 2018, 11:58:35 AM(https://i.postimg.cc/HkqfBnjG/egg_2.jpg)

A watch with Egg Panic written on it, amazing. Egg Panic plus Scramble Fighter
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 19, 2018, 02:18:59 PM
Quote from: mrfridge on September 19, 2018, 12:12:03 PM
Egg Panic looks hilariously racist.

Not as bad as Suzulu in street racer.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: a duncandisorderly on September 19, 2018, 08:48:11 PM
Quote from: Endicott on September 19, 2018, 12:45:03 PM
Chronographs explained (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xzn4MQnngT4)

Look at this fucking tool with his coiffed hair and silk hanky stuck in his blazer pocket. Real Style my arse. It's 2018, I can't believe people still think this is a valid life choice.

I left a rude comment on that. I have loads of watches, & I've lost count of how many of them have stopwatch functions. that can fuck off. who needs a bastard stopwatch every day, strapped to them? not me. I'd far rather more watches had alarms on them, & ease-of-use + loudness would be the top two requirements there. also watches that either light themselves up or glow in the dark properly, without having to be 'charged' first. solar power & radio control also good.
so.

roughly £75 g-shock solar wave-ceptor with analogue hands, digits in windows, loads of alarms, multiple time-zone support & a thing that lights up the whole display when you roll over in your sleep, thus waking you up before the alarm goes off. perfect.

but I've also revived three of my 80s swatches (batteries, new straps) & bought a fourth... 1983 NoS....
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Replies From View on September 19, 2018, 08:51:41 PM
Quote from: Norton Canes on September 19, 2018, 12:53:30 PM
Here was another watch I had

Well not actually the watch itself because I can't find a picture of it. But it was really cool, it had three buttons on the front to control the functions. Look, I've Photoshopped a replica of it:

(https://i.imgur.com/1tcOgvX.jpg)

The red yellow and green bits weren't lights, they were painted on. Unfortunately my excellent replica is not accurate enough for a Google Image search.

And is it 9 o'clock on it?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on September 20, 2018, 12:22:50 AM
Quote from: Janie Jones on September 19, 2018, 09:36:29 AM
I for one would welcome photos of watch nerdery please, FerriswheelBueller.

Here's a CaB watch thread from 5 years ago. I no longer stand by my recommendation of Watchfinder, they let me down recently.

https://www.cookdandbombd.co.uk/forums/index.php/topic,39998.0.html

As promised!

A few my dad has given me - an Omega automatic (I understand the case size and numbering is unusual), and another one that I don't recall much about.
https://ibb.co/eTXS1e

My own meagre collection of childish watches. The one on the right is new, based on this thread. I like it a lot.
https://ibb.co/fyn5nK
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on September 20, 2018, 12:29:40 AM
Im still too dense to work out direct image posting. I used to be able to do it, and now it is lost knowledge to me.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: a duncandisorderly on September 20, 2018, 12:44:40 AM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on September 20, 2018, 12:29:40 AM
Im still too dense to work out direct image posting. I used to be able to do it, and now it is lost knowledge to me.

find pic on internet.
right click on pic & choose "copy image address".
come back here & press the icon that look like a little painting.
paste thy link in the place where the cursor's gone.
at the start of the line where it says 'img', add "width=400". that'll keep the image cops from going mad on you.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on September 20, 2018, 12:56:42 AM
Quote from: a duncandisorderly on September 20, 2018, 12:44:40 AM
find pic on internet.
right click on pic & choose "copy image address".
come back here & press the icon that look like a little painting.
paste thy link in the place where the cursor's gone.
at the start of the line where it says 'img', add "width=400". that'll keep the image cops from going mad on you.

It never seems to work, I'm picking the wrong image link and it's a pain to sort out on my iPad so I don't bother. If it helps, I am suitably ashamed.

Anyway, my watches are there for all to see. Most of them anyway.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: a duncandisorderly on September 20, 2018, 01:01:46 AM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on September 20, 2018, 12:56:42 AM
It never seems to work, I'm picking the wrong image link and it's a pain to sort out on my iPad so I don't bother. If it helps, I am suitably ashamed.

Anyway, my watches are there for all to see. Most of them anyway.

I like the swatches- as noted elsewhere, I've revived a couple of my older ones, like your black one- that sort of age. but they aren't half loud!
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on September 20, 2018, 01:09:53 AM
Quote from: a duncandisorderly on September 20, 2018, 01:01:46 AM
I like the swatches- as noted elsewhere, I've revived a couple of my older ones, like your black one- that sort of age. but they aren't half loud!

Yup! Keep them wrapped in a sock in a draw if I'm not wearing them. Great for making clicking noises through guitar pickups though
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Replies From View on September 20, 2018, 06:54:28 AM
I don't like the word swatches.  Makes me think of swabs.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Janie Jones on September 20, 2018, 09:10:03 AM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on September 20, 2018, 12:22:50 AM
As promised!

Thank you. Those 1950s watches are gorgeous. Your dad is/was a class act.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Dex Sawash on September 20, 2018, 12:09:25 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on September 20, 2018, 12:56:42 AM
It never seems to work, I'm picking the wrong image link and it's a pain to sort out on my iPad so I don't bother. If it helps, I am suitably ashamed.

Anyway, my watches are there for all to see. Most of them anyway.


Some image hosts don't seem to properly handle the "copy imzge url" thing.
If you choose "open image in new tab" then go to the new tab to be sure it is just an image without a load of other bs, then copy the url from the address bar there it should work more reliably.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on September 20, 2018, 01:07:42 PM
Quote from: Janie Jones on September 20, 2018, 09:10:03 AM
Thank you. Those 1950s watches are gorgeous. Your dad is/was a class act.

He still is (thankfully)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on September 20, 2018, 01:08:41 PM
Quote from: Dex Sawash on September 20, 2018, 12:09:25 PM

Some image hosts don't seem to properly handle the "copy imzge url" thing.
If you choose "open image in new tab" then go to the new tab to be sure it is just an image without a load of other bs, then copy the url from the address bar there it should work more reliably.

I can do that for other pictures and it works fine, but stuff I upload seems to always be a pain. I'll figure it out eventually
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on April 18, 2019, 02:10:03 AM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on September 02, 2018, 05:06:14 AM
Fellow right handed person who wears their watch on the wrong hand because they were raised improperly?
My mum told me that if I wore it on the wrong wrist I would be signalling that I'm gay.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on April 18, 2019, 04:20:50 AM
Quote from: Twed on April 18, 2019, 02:10:03 AM
My mum told me that if I wore it on the wrong wrist I would be signalling that I'm gay.

Or left handed?

Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on September 20, 2018, 12:22:50 AM
As promised!

A few my dad has given me - an Omega automatic (I understand the case size and numbering is unusual), and another one that I don't recall much about.

(https://preview.ibb.co/g180Me/99373388-B5-AF-4-CEA-A7-FA-53983-B37940-A.jpg)

My own meagre collection of childish watches. The one on the right is new, based on this thread. I like it a lot.

(https://preview.ibb.co/dYuUEz/98-F6-DF3-C-51-B7-4-B49-973-A-6-CA29-D67506-E.jpg)

Look, I made the image links work. I think I could get into watches, they're such nice things to have and they work and make little clicking noises and look fun etc etc.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on April 18, 2019, 08:34:12 PM
(https://i.postimg.cc/25FGnm7D/8-D4-F7153-871-B-4801-B228-9-F7-C7-C145-F0-B.jpg)

Seiko "Orange Monster" diver's watch. As ugly as they come but generally acknowledged to be the orangest watch available at that price.

Breitling Superocean Heritage. A replica of their 1950s diver's watch that my better half bought me as a 20th anniversary present.

Plain and simple stainless steel Omega that my brother bought me for my 50th and which just happens to have been made in the year of my birth. My other half's favourite as she hates flashy watches.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on April 19, 2019, 12:49:44 AM
Quote from: Voltan (Man of Steel) on April 18, 2019, 08:34:12 PM
Seiko "Orange Monster" diver's watch. As ugly as they come but generally acknowledged to be the orangest watch available at that price.

Love it. I love big lairy watches. Today I have been massively enjoying my green Adidas Santiago- I got the red one first then saw the green one going cheap in TK Maxx a few months later and just had to have it:

(https://i.ibb.co/30V8Q13/20190419-004126.jpg)

Yes, I am an eight-year-old scally.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on April 19, 2019, 01:04:29 AM
Quote from: Blue Jam on April 19, 2019, 12:49:44 AM
Love it. I love big lairy watches. Today I have been massively enjoying my green Adidas Santiago- I got the red one first then saw the green one going cheap in TK Maxx a few months later and just had to have it:

(https://i.ibb.co/30V8Q13/20190419-004126.jpg)

Yes, I am an eight-year-old scally.

I like the monochromatic-ness of that
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on April 19, 2019, 01:13:13 AM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on April 19, 2019, 01:04:29 AM
I like the monochromatic-ness of that

Cheers- this is the red one:

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/af/f9/32/aff932fb8e9f89cfbe53727d4200cd87.jpg)

...and I like it but I think it would look better if the hands were the same colour as the face.

I like wearing both watches with nice smart shirts- the red one with white shirts, the green one with blue shirts- to scally things up a bit.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on April 19, 2019, 01:22:14 AM
It's only proper scally if they are Ben Sherman shirts* and the top button is done up.

*or whatever the equivalent is - my UK scally references are around a decade out of date

On a side note, I have been eyeing up essentially the entirety of the Swatch range off the back of this thread. They're all so nice.

Edit: I note all watches are set to 10:10 when on display (such as BlueJam's ones above, or this one here (https://shop.swatch.com/en_ca/watches/originals/new-gent/ouverture-suob727.html) - is this standard? I bet someone somewhere did watch research on all this)

Double edit: yes! It's a thing - apparently it means the hands frame the logo (typically in the top centre of the watch face) and looks nicer than 8:20 (which is also symmetrical but looks "sad"). Some watchmakers use the seconds hand as their "signature" time (Rolex always uses 10:10:31 for example). More about it here https://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/28/business/media/28adco.html

Triple edit: I bought the Swatch Ouverture and the classic "Casio digital" watch. Now I'm closing the internet to avoid buying more shite I don't need.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on April 19, 2019, 10:12:53 AM
Quote from: Blue Jam on April 19, 2019, 12:49:44 AM
Love it. I love big lairy watches. Today I have been massively enjoying my green Adidas Santiago- I got the red one first then saw the green one going cheap in TK Maxx a few months later and just had to have it:

(https://i.ibb.co/30V8Q13/20190419-004126.jpg)

Yes, I am an eight-year-old scally.

You know, I'm tempted to buy one of those just to see my partner's reaction. A red one I think.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on April 19, 2019, 10:17:21 AM
Quote from: Voltan (Man of Steel) on April 19, 2019, 10:12:53 AM
You know, I'm tempted to buy one of those just to see my partner's reaction. A red one I think.

Tempted to buy the watch, or the complete human forelimb? Which do you think would get the bigger reaction out of your partner?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on April 19, 2019, 10:22:26 AM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DjxhKXbW4AAmz0T.jpg)

got me a jump hour
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on April 19, 2019, 10:24:50 AM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on April 19, 2019, 10:22:26 AM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DjxhKXbW4AAmz0T.jpg)

got me a jump hour

That's the same pic you posted on page one. I've been debating with myself whether the hand is on the left or right side of the image, and I'm still not sure whether we're seeing a picture of a watch on a left arm or a right one. Or even worn on the top or bottom of the wrist, if I'm honest. Or even if it's an arm at all.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on April 19, 2019, 11:43:23 AM
Quote from: touchingcloth on April 19, 2019, 10:17:21 AM
Tempted to buy the watch, or the complete human forelimb? Which do you think would get the bigger reaction out of your partner?

Well I meant the watch but now you've put the idea in my head... Would an embalmed severed arm make a nice watch stand or would it be a bit "trying too hard to be wacky"?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on April 19, 2019, 11:58:09 AM
Quote from: touchingcloth on April 19, 2019, 10:24:50 AM
That's the same pic you posted on page one. I've been debating with myself whether the hand is on the left or right side of the image, and I'm still not sure whether we're seeing a picture of a watch on a left arm or a right one. Or even worn on the top or bottom of the wrist, if I'm honest. Or even if it's an arm at all.

who has hairs on the bottom of their wrist?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on April 19, 2019, 12:02:40 PM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on April 19, 2019, 11:58:09 AM
who has hairs on the bottom of their wrist?

Freaks. Dirty freaks.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on April 19, 2019, 12:07:56 PM
Robin Williams?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on April 19, 2019, 12:12:18 PM
Exactly. Dirty dead freaks.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: vanilla.coffee on April 19, 2019, 12:22:18 PM
This is my 3 collection

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180715/3d770911bfaef86e23bd69a7975a195f.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190207/69f4b4db1ed44f96d2d147e7d1efaac9.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190131/30e0f1f52805ee3f272e897e2092eba7.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on April 19, 2019, 05:31:41 PM
I feel like I just saw the best possible visual representation of the value of £20,000.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on April 19, 2019, 05:34:18 PM
Quote from: Blue Jam on April 19, 2019, 12:49:44 AM
Love it. I love big lairy watches. Today I have been massively enjoying my green Adidas Santiago- I got the red one first then saw the green one going cheap in TK Maxx a few months later and just had to have it:

(https://i.ibb.co/30V8Q13/20190419-004126.jpg)

Yes, I am an eight-year-old scally.
The really cool thing about this is it looks like you could just bend the watch in half and it would just flop back into shape.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on April 19, 2019, 05:39:19 PM
If that's 20 grand's worth then, christ, I'd spend it elsewhere and...elsehow, if that's a word.

Separately, I have realised that cork, whilst being a beautiful material to make a watch strap from, is not a robust one. I guess that's why people strap watches to themselves with leather and don't yet stopper wine with it. Unless they do. I bet some hipster wineries do.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Dex Sawash on April 19, 2019, 06:00:26 PM
Quote from: Twed on April 19, 2019, 05:31:41 PM
I feel like I just saw the best possible visual representation of the value of £20,000.

That is a lot to spend on armhair enhancements
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on April 19, 2019, 06:44:04 PM
Quote from: touchingcloth on April 19, 2019, 05:39:19 PM
If that's 20 grand's worth then, christ, I'd spend it elsewhere and...elsehow, if that's a word.
I reckon it's actually about 8-12 grand but I have never bought an expensive watch and don't really want to speak for vanilla.coffee. Nevertheless, these are undeniably extremely fancy watches.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on April 19, 2019, 08:17:28 PM
Is there something particular that gives away their fanciness, or do you just need to know the watches? At least 20Ks worth of diamond looks like a fuck off big shiny rock, DeBeers' price manipulation notwithstanding.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on April 19, 2019, 08:22:13 PM
Just the brands. I don't think there are watches by those makers that cost less than a couple grand.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on April 19, 2019, 08:34:44 PM
Omega make basic watches, don't they? Maybe I've just seen them in magazines and that enough to assume they do. In my mind they're filed alongside Seiko and Casio and away from Rolex.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Urinal Cake on April 19, 2019, 08:34:57 PM
Quote from: touchingcloth on April 19, 2019, 08:17:28 PM
Is there something particular that gives away their fanciness, or do you just need to know the watches? At least 20Ks worth of diamond looks like a fuck off big shiny rock, DeBeers' price manipulation notwithstanding.
Quality, rarity, technology, history. To a certain man watches are a stand-in for jewellery. The raw price of materials and labour is not really the point but what the watch says about you. You own a Rolex Submariner because you respect the classics and a watch's utilitarian purpose. You own a Richard Mille because you are new money trash but are over 60
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on April 19, 2019, 08:41:56 PM
Quote from: touchingcloth on April 19, 2019, 08:34:44 PM
Omega make basic watches, don't they? Maybe I've just seen them in magazines and that enough to assume they do.
I don't think so. Definitely a luxury brand. Here's Amazon's selection, with the cheapest first: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=omega+watch&rh=n%3A10103528031&s=price-asc-rank&dc&qid=1555702831&rnid=1642204031&ref=sr_nr_n_1
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on April 19, 2019, 09:16:06 PM
Maybe I'm thinking of Citizen rather than Omega. Is there anything that dictates the price of a watch beyond brand recognition? If it's accuracy of timekeeping, is it just a legacy these days of the historically most accurate watches now that phones are synced with atomic clocks? Seems like accuracy can't really have been much of a factor since the 90s or earlier.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on April 19, 2019, 09:27:05 PM
I think the really expensive watches are going to be less accurate than a $10 Casio. They're mechanical watches, which at best lose or gain a second every day. You probably wouldn't take a 5 grand watch back to the shop if it gained ten seconds each day.

They're going to be better built, last a lifetime and feel very not-cheap. But in terms of actual utility, they are worse than most cheap watches, IMO. People wear them because they look nice, are status symbols and admirable works of precision engineering.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Urinal Cake on April 19, 2019, 09:37:18 PM
Mechanical watch movements are easy to make but they are hard to maintain in running condition. A Rolex is so over-engineered for most of it's functions. While a Chinese copy of a  Swiss movement will last a few years only to be replaced since it is more expensive to repair it. The original Swiss will last longer due to stricter quality control etc which shows in its initial cost and hence it is cheaper to repair the Swiss movement rather than replace it.

Also 'complications' which add precision and functionality to  a watch which as a piece of engineering is difficult to conceptualize, build and maintain but can be easily achieved through electronics. The obvious example is a https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourbillon not really needed but impressive use of skill.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on April 19, 2019, 09:47:57 PM
They are fit those bouillon things, but I couldn't see myself being moved to pay the big bucks for one. I'd be tempted if I had lottery type pots of cash to burn.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Urinal Cake on April 19, 2019, 10:09:41 PM
I would get this automaton wankery just to annoy everyday people https://youtu.be/c0RkYGBi394
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on April 19, 2019, 10:25:03 PM
I watched that video on silent, so all I have to say is that's a shit as fuck watch and bald Assange looks like a cunt. You've successfully annoyed me sans purchase.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Mr Banlon on April 19, 2019, 11:14:16 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/33768896658_4e3caef526_b.jpg)
My 1971 Seiko 6139-6002 'Pogue' with the 'Water 70m Resist' dial.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on April 20, 2019, 01:34:40 PM
(https://i.postimg.cc/436CfWc5/C07733-F0-CDE1-4-E49-823-A-EA04-C8-F9817-F.jpg)

The timeless elegance and ethereal beauty that is the Seiko "Black Monster".
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Dex Sawash on April 20, 2019, 01:35:57 PM
Unboxed my 1992 Citizen this morning. The rotating bezel is in 60' of water off Cape Lookout.

(https://i.postimg.cc/zG8DLxRq/20190420-081044.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on April 20, 2019, 02:09:44 PM
Seiko are like the nerds Rolex aren't they? Big fan.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Mr Banlon on April 20, 2019, 02:58:17 PM
(https://cdn.gearpatrol.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/seiko-6105-gear-patrol-3.jpg)
I'm always on the lookout for a Seiko 6105 'Willard'
(https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/UO8AAOSw~PVcq80b/s-l1600.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sherringford Hovis on April 20, 2019, 03:40:18 PM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on April 20, 2019, 02:09:44 PM
Seiko are like the nerds Rolex aren't they? Big fan.

(https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/-7UAAOSw4vFaAGVl/s-l1600.jpg)

Fifteen years I've been wearing this - though if the little red hand reaches this position above my dwindled air supply would be causing me consternation.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on April 20, 2019, 04:21:10 PM
It's beautiful
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: vanilla.coffee on April 20, 2019, 05:42:44 PM
Quote from: Twed on April 19, 2019, 09:27:05 PM
I think the really expensive watches are going to be less accurate than a $10 Casio. They're mechanical watches, which at best lose or gain a second every day. You probably wouldn't take a 5 grand watch back to the shop if it gained ten seconds each day.

They're going to be better built, last a lifetime and feel very not-cheap. But in terms of actual utility, they are worse than most cheap watches, IMO. People wear them because they look nice, are status symbols and admirable works of precision engineering.
Yup yup re this.

My 3 were aspirational purchases. I saved for several years leading up to my 50th birthday. They're my reward to myself.
The Speedmaster I got for its connections to the NASA Apollo flights in the 60's and the design of the Speedmaster is virtually unchanged since it was introduced in 1957. It's a manual wind and the mechanical movement dates back to the early 1950's and again is virtually unchanged since then.
I wear the Omega everyday. No one notices and it's not the reason I buy them. Most people are not watch people anyway, all I seem to see these days are FitBits and Apple watches.
The Oyster Perpetual was chosen again for its heritage as the first waterproof watch and the mechanical movement is virtually unchanged for over 40 years.
The Longines was chosen after I visited the Longines museum in Switzerland so it sort of celebrates that trip.
Yeah you could spend the money on something else - but these watches genuinely do last a lifetime and can be passed on to the next generation.
Yes a £10 Casio will be more accurate but when the battery goes flat you just throw it away.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on April 20, 2019, 05:47:41 PM
Glad you got your dream watches vc.

It's easy to think that's an excessive amount to spend on watches, but for some people this is what they save for instead of spending money on take out/booze/dining out etc.

And you're right, you're not losing several grand when you buy one of those. You're getting an asset in return.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: vanilla.coffee on April 20, 2019, 05:59:27 PM
Quote from: Twed on April 20, 2019, 05:47:41 PM
Glad you got your dream watches vc.

It's easy to think that's an excessive amount to spend on watches, but for some people this is what they save for instead of spending money on take out/booze/dining out etc.

And you're right, you're not losing several grand when you buy one of those. You're getting an asset in return.

You're opening post for this thread included a Seiko 5 Twed.
I've still got my Seiko 5 - it's over 30 years old and still works after a little shake to spool it up. Brilliant little watches they are and you'll find most watch collectors will have a Seiko 5.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on April 20, 2019, 06:45:07 PM
Yeah, the combination of its quality and its price makes it a beautiful thing. It could get away with costing a lot more.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Mr Banlon on April 20, 2019, 07:24:26 PM
Seiko 5's are pretty much bulletproof, and there are loads of parts available to do mods with. Same with Vostok Amphibians/Kommandiskies.
Modded Seiko 5's https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AU5Tj8jJAeM
Vostok basic bezel mod https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GejTa-6cGV4

If you're into retro watches, there's still new old stock watches for sale from sellers like https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/Collectible-Timepieces?_trksid=p2047675.l2563


Title: Re: Watches
Post by: QDRPHNC on April 20, 2019, 07:54:02 PM
Thanks for that eBay link, Mr Banlon! Some beautiful stuff there.

Just wanted to link to this old man on Antiques Roadshow with his Rolex GMT Master (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=li0mRLcGbU8).
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on April 20, 2019, 08:13:38 PM
He's wearing a digital Casio on his wrist! Wonderful.

Quote from: Mr Banlon on April 20, 2019, 07:24:26 PM
Seiko 5's are pretty much bulletproof, and there are loads of parts available to do mods with. Same with Vostok Amphibians/Kommandiskies.
Modded Seiko 5's https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AU5Tj8jJAeM
Vostok basic bezel mod https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GejTa-6cGV4

If you're into retro watches, there's still new old stock watches for sale from sellers like https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/Collectible-Timepieces?_trksid=p2047675.l2563



Lovely stuff, thanks. I love my Seiko so much that I had the crystal repaired at almost the cost of a full replacement watch. I just feel attached to it.

Watch people: I understand that the Seiko is a non-hacking mechanism, i.e. the second hand doesn't stop when you're adjusting it. Why do people care? Who is going to want to set a mechanical watch to seconds-accuracy anyway?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: vanilla.coffee on April 20, 2019, 09:06:33 PM
Quote from: Twed on April 20, 2019, 08:13:38 PM

Watch people: I understand that the Seiko is a non-hacking mechanism, i.e. the second hand doesn't stop when you're adjusting it. Why do people care? Who is going to want to set a mechanical watch to seconds-accuracy anyway?

You can sort of hack the Seiko 5

As the second hand approaches 12, pull out the crown and gently turn the hands counter clockwise ever so slightly, you'll see the second hand stop and you can even get it to go backwards if you get the knack of it. But yeah, why would you want to. The second hand on my Omega does not hack either by the way.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: sponk on April 20, 2019, 09:17:45 PM
Quote from: Mr Banlon on April 20, 2019, 07:24:26 PM
If you're into retro watches, there's still new old stock watches for sale from sellers like https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/Collectible-Timepieces?_trksid=p2047675.l2563

Before clicking that link I could remember one occasion where I looked at a watch and thought "oh that's a nice watch". After looking at those watches I can think of at least 6 times I've looked at a watch and thought "oh that's a nice watch". Those are nice watches, thanks for the link. I'm seriously considering buying one.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Mr Banlon on April 21, 2019, 05:47:10 PM
Got this Vostok watch knocking about :
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/40693382413_7621de87a1_b.jpg)
I've already de-chromed the case. (The case was chrome plated brass. When the brass oxidizes it gets a nice antique patina)
I'm replacing the dial with this blue Russian submariner's dial.
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/46935933154_d066dc6f9c_b.jpg)
Replacing the hands with these ones
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47659948201_24f5527688_b.jpg)
And replacing the bezel with this one (the original compass one is also just plated brass. I've upgraded to a better stainless one)
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/40693406493_ea45705056_b.jpg)

The original watch I bought new for £32, and the parts came to £28 (including postage from the Russian Federation) So £60 in total.
I might put a stainless shark-mesh strap on (£10)
I'll post a pic when the parts come and I put it together.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on April 21, 2019, 07:46:03 PM
I had a nice vostok submarine commander watch but I think it mightve been fake as the chrome chipped off the bezel near instantly and the date indicator packed in quickly as well.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on April 21, 2019, 11:21:48 PM
Is changing the face of a watch something that can be done at home with a little research, or is it best left alone? I dropped mine the other day and the face somehow chipped even though the glass is fine.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: sponk on April 21, 2019, 11:23:26 PM
I've done this many times myself. I've changed my favourite watches face 5 times, the strap twice, and the hands once.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Pearly-Dewdrops Drops on April 22, 2019, 12:10:32 AM
Quote from: Mr Banlon on April 20, 2019, 07:24:26 PM
If you're into retro watches, there's still new old stock watches for sale from sellers like https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/Collectible-Timepieces?_trksid=p2047675.l2563

This one is quite cool, if I were into watches enough to pay >$100 to ship an old secondhand watch internationally.

(https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/iu8AAOSwWtFcQNW8/s-l1600.jpg)

With a compass to find the direction of Mecca.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Cuntbeaks on April 22, 2019, 12:17:01 AM
I got given a vintage, third hand, Omega Seamaster for my 40th. Nice.

Well it would be if it didn't have a big arabic symbol, potentially the name of the company that gifted it initially. Not wanting to sound ungrateful, but it completely spoils the look of it. I suppose i could get a replacement face, just like the DIYers above.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: sponk on April 22, 2019, 12:18:33 AM
Quote from: Cuntbeaks on April 22, 2019, 12:17:01 AM
I got given a vintage, third hand Omegea Seamaster

That must be a niche market. I've never met anyone with three hands.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Cuntbeaks on April 22, 2019, 12:32:56 AM
Yes, very special watch, only £500 to a man of taste like yourself.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Urinal Cake on April 22, 2019, 12:37:20 AM
Quote from: Cuntbeaks on April 22, 2019, 12:17:01 AM
I got given a vintage, third hand, Omega Seamaster for my 40th. Nice.

Well it would be if it didn't have a big arabic symbol, potentially the name of the company that gifted it initially. Not wanting to sound ungrateful, but it completely spoils the look of it. I suppose i could get a replacement face, just like the DIYers above.
Apparently those can be worth quite a bit to the right buyer i.e John Mayer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrXaGFCij1A&t=1m50s

You'd be better off selling it and getting another one.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Cuntbeaks on April 22, 2019, 01:08:43 AM
Quote from: Urinal Cake on April 22, 2019, 12:37:20 AM
Apparently those can be worth quite a bit to the right buyer i.e John Mayer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrXaGFCij1A&t=1m50s

You'd be better off selling it and getting another one.

Interesting stuff regarding the custom orders. The best thing would be to find out what the symbol actually means I suppose.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Urinal Cake on April 22, 2019, 01:43:00 AM
Omega isn't exactly Rolex. But if it is a custom order for a (small) Royal family you've done better than a generic version.

I too would be inclined to think it was aftermarket but for low level members of a big Royal family working in government.  Arab companies aren't exactly known for their generosity unless it was a gift to a visiting white man. It could be military issue which would be worth more than company/government issue but probably less than Royal issue.

Basically rarity.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: pigamus on April 22, 2019, 07:30:36 AM
Quote from: wosl on September 08, 2018, 03:27:05 PM
(http://i64.tinypic.com/27zw2np.jpg)

Quote from: biggytitbo on May 02, 2009, 11:52:31 PM
(http://i41.tinypic.com/3026vc0.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on April 22, 2019, 08:07:54 AM
Incredible
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on April 22, 2019, 08:36:05 AM
Quote from: Pearly-Dewdrops Drops on April 22, 2019, 12:10:32 AM
This one is quite cool, if I were into watches enough to pay >$100 to ship an old secondhand watch internationally.

(https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/iu8AAOSwWtFcQNW8/s-l1600.jpg)

With a compass to find the direction of Mecca.

Is the compass much use without a separate means to tell you where you are in realation to Mecca? Needs a GPS, mate.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: hermitical on April 22, 2019, 12:00:50 PM
There are two arrows, one for North and one for Mecca (presumably the red one with a crescent moon at one end)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Cuntbeaks on April 22, 2019, 12:39:00 PM
Quote from: Urinal Cake on April 22, 2019, 01:43:00 AM
Omega isn't exactly Rolex. But if it is a custom order for a (small) Royal family you've done better than a generic version.

I too would be inclined to think it was aftermarket but for low level members of a big Royal family working in government.  Arab companies aren't exactly known for their generosity unless it was a gift to a visiting white man. It could be military issue which would be worth more than company/government issue but probably less than Royal issue.

Basically rarity.

If anyone can decipher the Arabic text, then that would be lovely.

(https://omegaforums.net/data/attachments/436/436678-cbc83be8afb66db0e28a9875973ea26e.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Pearly-Dewdrops Drops on April 22, 2019, 04:57:13 PM
Quote from: Cuntbeaks on April 22, 2019, 12:39:00 PM
If anyone can decipher the Arabic text, then that would be lovely.

(https://omegaforums.net/data/attachments/436/436678-cbc83be8afb66db0e28a9875973ea26e.jpg)

Transliterated it says "awksy," which Google reveals to be Oxy aka Occidental Petroleum, an American-based oil company with matching logo.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Mr Banlon on April 22, 2019, 05:13:40 PM
I like that. 'Western' printed in an eastern script.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on April 22, 2019, 05:27:55 PM
My Japanese-market Seiko 5 fave has Arabic text for the day window. I only see it when it's late at night and it's cycling past it to change the day. I like that a lot - I might change the days to be aligned to the Arabic ones so I can learn them or just so the watch looks more interesting.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Cuntbeaks on April 22, 2019, 05:38:30 PM
Quote from: Pearly-Dewdrops Drops on April 22, 2019, 04:57:13 PM
Transliterated it says "awksy," which Google reveals to be Oxy aka Occidental Petroleum, an American-based oil company with matching logo.

Nice one, much appreciated.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Better Midlands on April 22, 2019, 05:51:08 PM
Quote from: sponk on April 21, 2019, 11:23:26 PM
I've done this many times myself. I've changed my favourite watches face 5 times, the strap twice, and the hands once.


(https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1315/2845/files/slide_333529_3328437_free_1180x@2x.gif?v=1523374357)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Better Midlands on April 22, 2019, 05:57:16 PM
Quote from: vanilla.coffee on April 20, 2019, 05:59:27 PM
You're opening post for this thread included a Seiko 5 Twed.
I've still got my Seiko 5 - it's over 30 years old and still works after a little shake to spool it up. Brilliant little watches they are and you'll find most watch collectors will have a Seiko 5.

Keeping meaning to get one of these and change the strap to brown leather like here, not sure I'd be fond of the blue face in a few years though - Maybe just go for the classic white.

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/77/95/46/779546c9d26b7a126a8cdf0629166671.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on April 22, 2019, 06:48:41 PM
Quote from: Better Midlands on April 22, 2019, 05:57:16 PM
Keeping meaning to get one of these and change the strap to brown leather like here, not sure I'd be fond of the blue face in a few years though - Maybe just go for the classic white.

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/77/95/46/779546c9d26b7a126a8cdf0629166671.jpg)
My 5 currently has a cheap leather nato strap on it and it suits it perfectly. Less formal than the one pictured.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: buzby on April 22, 2019, 08:05:20 PM
Quote from: Twed on April 20, 2019, 08:13:38 PM
Watch people: I understand that the Seiko is a non-hacking mechanism, i.e. the second hand doesn't stop when you're adjusting it. Why do people care? Who is going to want to set a mechanical watch to seconds-accuracy anyway?
It is important in navigation, particularly in military aviation, to get all the pilots in a flight or squadron to sync their watches to the second as before the advent of GPS navigation was primarilty based on the time to each waypoint. If you are in a supersonic fighter bomber a second here or there can put you hundreds of metres off target at each waypoint.

In the RAF Pilots only get a G10 watch (currently a Pulsar I believe) but Navigators get a Chronograph (as did some pilots in single-seat fighters that had no built-in stopwatch on the instrument panel). However, very few actually use their issued watches, with Navs preferring cheap digital watches like Casios as the navigation and weapons systems use the same digital time format. Pilots end up usually spending a bomb on a Breitling, then moan every 18 month at the cost of having it serviced or repaired.

Quote from: Pearly-Dewdrops Drops on April 22, 2019, 04:57:13 PM
Transliterated it says "awksy," which Google reveals to be Oxy aka Occidental Petroleum, an American-based oil company with matching logo.
The company whose poor maintenance and safety procedures led to the Piper Alpha disaster (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piper_Alpha)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Mr Banlon on April 22, 2019, 09:56:40 PM
(https://assets3.thrillist.com/v1/image/1209141/size/tl-horizontal_main.jpg)
The Rolex Air King Domino Pizza
https://www.thrillist.com/gear/the-story-behind-the-dominos-rolex

There's also the rarer 'Happy Shopper' Hublot and 'Patel's Cigs & Booze' Breitling
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on April 22, 2019, 10:09:33 PM
Quote from: Better Midlands on April 22, 2019, 05:57:16 PM
Keeping meaning to get one of these and change the strap to brown leather like here, not sure I'd be fond of the blue face in a few years though - Maybe just go for the classic white.

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/77/95/46/779546c9d26b7a126a8cdf0629166671.jpg)

Get the blue. That looks fit.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Urinal Cake on April 22, 2019, 11:36:46 PM
Occidental might buy it back off you for their archives or whatever. It is pretty curious to have an American logo 'Arabicised' maybe it was a joint Government venture?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: buzby on April 23, 2019, 12:16:38 AM
Quote from: Urinal Cake on April 22, 2019, 11:36:46 PM
Occidental might buy it back off you for their archives or whatever. It is pretty curious to have an American logo 'Arabicised' maybe it was a joint Government venture?
They have worked closely with the national oil companies of Oman, Qatar and the UAE for over 30 years, but given the age of the watch it most likely dates back to their operations in Libya between 1965 and 1986 when they had to pull out because of the US sanctions against Gadaffii (who they were paying large bribes to via the Libyan Investment Authority). I think they would rather forget their activities in Libya, to be honest.

Who knows, that watch might have been on one of Gadaffi's family or henchmen's wrists.

In the diecast model world, there arethree sources of customised promotional models. If you want a lot of them made, you go ot the manufacturer like Corgi or Oxford Diecast and they will tool thier production line up to do you a run of a couple of  thousand (which are known as 'Code 1' models to collectors). If you only want a small number made you can go to a company that will either source a batch of unfinished models from the manufacturer to customise (known as a 'Code 2') or will refinish retail models to your spec (known as a 'Code 3'). I would expect there are similar systems in place with watchmaking companies, so a customm watch may not have actually been customised by the original manufacturer.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Urinal Cake on April 23, 2019, 01:05:25 AM
Well they may not want to put it in the showroom/museum but considering Gaddafi is dead it might be a nice keepsake. The story of a Gaddafi-era watch (when he was a better person with ideas of pan-Arabia/Africa) and a stable Libya would probably make me want to keep it.

The 'codes' hold up in watchmaking as Mayer video said. Though I think a Code 2 would actually be rarer; you could get Swiss movements or cases/parts but as an unfinished package which they would put their name on I think it would be rare. Mayer's Arab watches would probably be code 1 since they're for the Royal Family. This watch since it's a government/company one is more likely to Code 3.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on April 23, 2019, 01:49:02 AM
Bought a Swatch Polapurple. Really nice. Waste of money. Fucks sake.

Gonna wear it tomorrow yeahhhh
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: sick as a pike on April 23, 2019, 11:21:14 AM
I have one of these (https://www.dropbox.com/s/jhwnf1s3y96g7g9/Rolex.JPG) (I can't make it post as an image for some reason). There seem to be numerous Rolex resources online, and I don't know which to trust. Can the resident watch experts here shed any light on this Oyster variant?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Mr Banlon on April 23, 2019, 01:59:31 PM
The serial number and model numbers should be engraved on the case between the lugs like in this picture. (Model on one end, serial on  the other)
(http://www.horologist.com/images/Rolex15238F.jpg)
Yours looks like a 1960s 1500 Oyster Perpetual Date.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: sick as a pike on April 23, 2019, 02:26:52 PM
Aha, thanks.
Whoever was on engraving duty when mine was finished didn't go crazy, or 50+ years of wear have nearly polished the numbers out.  (Or my 50+ year eyes aren't up to it any more.)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Danger Man on April 23, 2019, 02:29:16 PM
Quote from: sick as a pike on April 23, 2019, 02:26:52 PM
(Or my 50+ year eyes aren't up to it any more.)

Thank God you can't read it says DOLEX
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Cuellar on April 23, 2019, 02:30:39 PM
When I was on a ferry yesterday I saw a man wearing watch strap without any of the actual watch in it. Had the metal ring through which you could see his bare wrist.

Come on.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: sick as a pike on April 23, 2019, 02:43:35 PM
Quote from: Danger Man on April 23, 2019, 02:29:16 PM
Thank God you can't read it says DOLEX
Well, actually I can read the model number is 6534 (I *think*), though the serial number looks like A85402, which the internet tells me isn't a numbering format for that era (the 'A' must be something else).
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on April 23, 2019, 03:05:41 PM
Quote from: Cuellar on April 23, 2019, 02:30:39 PM
When I was on a ferry yesterday I saw a man wearing watch strap without any of the actual watch in it. Had the metal ring through which you could see his bare wrist.

Come on.

Nonce code, they use it to communicate like with clapping.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Mr Banlon on April 23, 2019, 07:33:49 PM
Some iconic 70s watches I'm want.
The Citizen 'Bullhead'
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/32736945557_a235163de6_b.jpg)
The Bulova Spaceview
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/46763963485_1574360009_b.jpg)

The sort of watches a famous architect would wear.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on April 23, 2019, 11:59:49 PM
What are those watches that are bright red, with a face a foot wide and a completely rigid half of a strap? I'd like one of those.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Mr Banlon on April 24, 2019, 01:16:51 AM
UKIP watch ?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Paul Calf on April 24, 2019, 08:11:29 AM
Quote from: Urinal Cake on April 19, 2019, 08:34:57 PM
Quality, rarity, technology, history. To a certain man watches are a stand-in for jewellery. The raw price of materials and labour is not really the point but what the watch says about you. You own a Rolex Submariner because you respect the classics and a watch's utilitarian purpose. You own a Richard Mille because you are new money trash but are over 60

What a load of bollocks. Spending five figures on a watch says "My sense of priority is utterly warped. Please mug me."
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Paul Calf on April 24, 2019, 08:17:03 AM
Quote from: touchingcloth on April 19, 2019, 08:17:28 PM
Is there something particular that gives away their fanciness, or do you just need to know the watches? At least 20Ks worth of diamond looks like a fuck off big shiny rock, DeBeers' price manipulation notwithstanding.

You have the pleasure of owning something only fellow obsessives can recognise that says "I decided to buy this watch with money that could have completely transformed the lives of about 10 homeless people."
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Danger Man on April 24, 2019, 09:56:19 AM
(http://luxurywatchbuyer.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/The-Chopard-201-Karat-Watch-300x219-300x219.jpeg)

There you are, Paulie, the Chopard 210. Yours for $26 million.

It looks shit.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Jerzy Bondov on April 24, 2019, 10:46:54 AM
My wife (who has a stupid number of watches) got me this Fossil automatic a couple of years ago. Before this I always went for simple faces with big numbers so it was a bit of a change but I absolutely love it.

(http://i63.tinypic.com/2meer13.jpg)

I like to look at the little bits in there moving around. Fucking magic. I wear it all the time and have scratched it. I wouldn't get a more expensive watch because I'm an idiot and I don't look after things properly. I can't imagine not wearing a watch though. I've been wearing them since my mum got me a bright yellow and blue digital watch when I was about 8. By secondary school I feel like everyone was wearing a watch, but later I watched as my idiot friends let their wrists go unadorned in favour of getting out their phones. I didn't even have a phone for ages. I had a watch.

In my teens I had a cheapo Lorus watch with a military green strap from Argos. It was really thin and had a nice clean face with big numbers. After a few years I lost it and tried to replace it but by then the most similar one was really chunky and plasticky in comparison. Proper shite watch. Wore that for about a year before I found the older one down the side of my bed. It still works.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Mr Banlon on April 24, 2019, 01:55:28 PM
Quote from: touchingcloth on April 23, 2019, 11:59:49 PM
What are those watches that are bright red, with a face a foot wide and a completely rigid half of a strap? I'd like one of those.
The Diesel 'Mr Daddy' ?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCGEYZ3RSdY
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: gilbertharding on April 24, 2019, 02:23:01 PM
Quote from: sponk on April 21, 2019, 11:23:26 PM
I've done this many times myself. I've changed my favourite watches face 5 times, the strap twice, and the hands once.

(https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/bCoAAOSwsupb1gti/s-l1600.jpg)

This is (like) my best watch. I inherited it off my uncle who got it in about 1976 (I like to think to celebrate Saints winning the FA Cup). He died about 10 years ago. The watch ran, but didn't keep time, and obviously needed servicing. About 5 years ago I got a decent job again after several years of shit jobs thanks to the Global Financial Crisis, and decided to get the watch recommissioned. Cost about £500, including new hands, crystal, and the dial refinished (it was deep green like the picture, but had gone all crackly and now it's a kind of Sage Green).

I love it - but don't wear it very often. I wouldn't wear it (for instance) if I were going out for a fancy night in London.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on April 24, 2019, 02:24:47 PM
Quote from: Paul Calf on April 24, 2019, 08:11:29 AM
What a load of bollocks. Spending five figures on a watch says "My sense of priority is utterly warped. Please mug me."
I wouldn't buy a 5K watch myself, but you have definitely spent this much money on things like pizza over the years. Some people just save the money instead and then get a watch. Also, would you reserve the same judgement for somebody who bought a 30K car instead of of a 25K one?

I'm not picking, it's a quandary that bears discussion.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on April 24, 2019, 02:29:23 PM
Quote from: Twed on April 24, 2019, 02:24:47 PM
I wouldn't buy a 5K watch myself, but you have definitely spent this much money on things like pizza over the years. Some people just save the money instead and then get a watch. Also, would you reserve the same judgement for somebody who bought a 30K car instead of of a 25K one?

I'm not picking, it's a quandary that bears discussion.

Well given that you could buy between five and ten decent cars for those amounts..
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: gilbertharding on April 24, 2019, 02:34:58 PM
Quote from: touchingcloth on April 24, 2019, 02:29:23 PM
Well given that you could buy between five and ten decent cars for those amounts..

Not if people hadn't already bought them when they were 'worth' between five and ten times that. No-one makes second hand cars.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on April 24, 2019, 02:38:23 PM
Cars are a pretty poor example as they are also often ostentatious status symbols. At least watches tend to hold their value.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on April 24, 2019, 03:54:44 PM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on April 24, 2019, 02:38:23 PM
Cars are a pretty poor example as they are also often ostentatious status symbols. At least watches tend to hold their value.
Yep! I chose that on purpose to possibly bring up depreciation etc. - a car is unlikely to be an asset your kids can liquidate at some point, but a Rolex is better than most savings accounts.

Quote from: touchingcloth on April 24, 2019, 02:29:23 PM
Well given that you could buy between five and ten decent cars for those amounts..
Indeed. I've been dangerously close to buying a $45K car, and I've had to have serious words with myself about it. People egg you on to buy a car, last weekend I had four people in a chorus telling me I deserve it and should do it etc., and yet I bet every one of these fuckers would sneer if I bought a Rolex.

(People who think that I believe I'm the wise king of socialists: please bookmark this conversation to remind yourselves that I know I'm an idiot and also a massive bourgeoisie tit at times)

Quote from: Twed on April 24, 2019, 02:24:47 PM
I wouldn't buy a 5K watch myself
Hold on there sonny
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Urinal Cake on April 24, 2019, 10:02:59 PM
Rich people want to tell you how rich they are. Some are gauche and some are subtle. Everyone knows what a fancy watch looks like but you have to have knowledge about years and models as well to know how valuable a watch is. You belong to a club.

The other thing is that by buying a watch you have a traditional and conservative view of wealth. It's something you keep on you, it's small, it's saleable and it's something that can be passed on easily. So in short not a car. It's not an experience like going to expensive restaurants, on expensive holidays. It's not even like buying modern art which is volatile. Listen to the John Mayer interview talking about his business manager it's not exactly pop/rock'n'roll. It's a relatively conservative investment for people who like tactile objects.


Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on April 24, 2019, 10:06:38 PM
Whilst it's true there are some nice understated expensive watches, they're definitely not all like that; anyone who wears some chunky Breitling might as well have glued a bright yellow Countach to their arm.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on April 24, 2019, 10:26:46 PM
Quote from: Twed on April 22, 2019, 06:48:41 PM
My 5 currently has a cheap leather nato strap on it and it suits it perfectly.

Here it is:

(https://i.imgur.com/HIYPmtY.jpg)

I'll probably just keep replacing the strap with the same style for this watch. It's just such a good match.

I bought a Timex quartz watch recently.

(https://i.imgur.com/1vudazS.jpg)

It feels very cheap and tacky, but it does this:

(https://i.imgur.com/KWst2Xs.jpg)

Analogue Indiglo nightlight mate. This is my bedtime watch.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Urinal Cake on April 24, 2019, 10:40:34 PM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on April 24, 2019, 10:06:38 PM
Whilst it's true there are some nice understated expensive watches, they're definitely not all like that; anyone who wears some chunky Breitling might as well have glued a bright yellow Countach to their arm.
Yeah I was speaking about brands that are mostly  'understated' like Rolex, Omega most German luxury brands etc.


Then you've got Breitling, Richard Mille etc.
The weird thing about those watches is that they're 'homaged' so much by other brands is that I'm pretty sure people would confuse a Hublot, Richard Mille for a watch in the $500 and less range.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: batwings on April 26, 2019, 12:01:00 PM
I've had a Seiko SKX007 for a couple of years now. Put it on a nato strap as I couldn't get on with the stock bracelet.

looks like this:

(https://i.imgur.com/H6EgymV.jpg)

Its my first automatic watch. It's got a basic movement apparently but it's good enough for the money (about £200).
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Paul Calf on April 26, 2019, 12:52:19 PM
Quote from: Twed on April 24, 2019, 02:24:47 PM
I wouldn't buy a 5K watch myself, but you have definitely spent this much money on things like pizza over the years. Some people just save the money instead and then get a watch. Also, would you reserve the same judgement for somebody who bought a 30K car instead of of a 25K one?

I'm not picking, it's a quandary that bears discussion.

I've had a think about this and to an extent I agree. Although I think there are legitimate reasons to spend 30k on a car (fuel economy, durability, specialist requirements...) most people don't spend rationally on purchases like that - otherwise almost every car on the road would be a Dacia, a Skoda or some dull Korean jelly mould.

I couldn't justify spending so much.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: a duncandisorderly on April 28, 2019, 12:42:09 PM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on April 19, 2019, 11:58:09 AM
who has hairs on the bottom of their wrist?

I do.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: a duncandisorderly on April 28, 2019, 12:48:02 PM
Quote from: vanilla.coffee on April 20, 2019, 05:59:27 PM
Brilliant little watches they are and you'll find most watch collectors will have a Seiko 5.

at least twelve in my collection, including one that I tweaked to +/- 5 seconds a week. I used to think the '5' was the day/date/hours/minutes/seconds, but it turns out they were the boss's design criteria- antimagnetic, shockproof, water-resistant & two other things. anyway, yes, they're ace.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: a duncandisorderly on April 28, 2019, 01:02:00 PM
Quote from: batwings on April 26, 2019, 12:01:00 PM
I've had a Seiko SKX007 for a couple of years now. Put it on a nato strap as I couldn't get on with the stock bracelet.

looks like this:

(https://i.imgur.com/H6EgymV.jpg)

Its my first automatic watch. It's got a basic movement apparently but it's good enough for the money (about £200).

that's a seiko '5' movement in there, almost certainly. the give-away is the crown is usually at 4 o'clock.

the thing that draws me to (mostly analogue, mechanical or electro-mechanical) watches is the same thing that made me collect over forty walkmans, & dozens of other tape-decks... there was a spell between about 1955 & 1995, give or take, when mass-production of small reliable electromechanical machinery was at its peak, & we'll never see that kind of mixture of engineering skills again. electronics, miniaturised mechanical engineering, miniature artwork, moving parts designed to be mass-prroduced & shock-proof. idiot-proof, even.
that's mostly gone now.

the most I spent on a watch, btw, was... oh. I think I've already posted it. the luminox black bird. page 1 maybe.

[edit- bottom of page 2]
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on April 28, 2019, 01:07:44 PM
Quote from: Paul Calf on April 26, 2019, 12:52:19 PM
I've had a think about this and to an extent I agree. Although I think there are legitimate reasons to spend 30k on a car (fuel economy, durability, specialist requirements...) most people don't spend rationally on purchases like that - otherwise almost every car on the road would be a Dacia, a Skoda or some dull Korean jelly mould.

I couldn't justify spending so much.

This is what I don't get about cars. There are classics I'd buy if I had infinity money (not all of them are quick, I'd love a citroen ds), but modern audis just seem like a middle class symbol, they're just the Ford Sierra company car for the aspirational generation.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Mr Banlon on May 26, 2019, 04:46:41 PM
I bought one of these cheap submariner homage watches :
(https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/iUkAAOSw5VtZwQqZ/s-l1600.jpg)
I turned down the bezel edge, replaced the dial and hands, put in a domed acrylic crystal and distressed it to look like an antique 60s one.
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47936646087_3bf21a048b_b.jpg)
I've still got to shave down the crown guard and bevel the inside of the crown.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on May 26, 2019, 05:06:43 PM
That is some custom watchin'!
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Mr Banlon on May 26, 2019, 06:03:34 PM
Cheers.
£26 Watch
£ 9  Dial
£ 5  Hands
£2.50 Crystal
So £42.50 all in.
The watch I started with was a Bagelsport sub (stupid name). They've got a decent stainless case and a DG2813 automatic movement  which has the same hand size and dial feet position as the Miyota 82xx auto movements, but it has a hacking feature that the Miyotas haven't. There are tons of aftermarket dials, cases and hands available for the DG and 82xx's. The Bagels are popular with modders because of the price and half decent quality. They've gone up in price recently, but you can shop about and still get them for under £30.
QC can be a bit hit and miss sometimes though. They're basically identical to the Parnis watches that go for £70-£90 but they have that stupid fucking name.
I'm still waiting on parts from the Russian Federation for my Vostok mod.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: a duncandisorderly on May 26, 2019, 06:08:05 PM
Quote from: Mr Banlon on May 26, 2019, 06:03:34 PM
Cheers.
£26 Watch
£ 9  Dial
£ 5  Hands
£2.50 Crystal
So £42.50 all in.
The watch I started with was a Bagelsport sub (stupid name). They've got a decent stainless case and a DG2813 automatic movement  which has the same hand size and dial feet position as the Miyota 82xx auto movements, but it has a hacking feature that the Miyotas haven't. There are tons of aftermarket dials, cases and hands available for the DG and 82xx's. The Bagels are popular with modders because of the price and half decent quality. They've gone up in price recently, but you can shop about and still get them for under £30.
QC can be a bit hit and miss sometimes though. They're basically identical to the Parnis watches that go for £70-£90 but they have that stupid fucking name.
I'm still waiting on parts from the Russian Federation for my Vostok mod.

nice work- it looks much better relic'd. somewhere under there the date will be clicking over, unseen.... I used to mod seikos/feikos, mostly the 7T32 & 7T62 movement based stuff, so sub-dials. not much after-market stuff, but if you bought a few of them, the various recombinations could be fun. the nuisance was that they have a plastic insert to match the movement to the case & dial combination, sometimes limiting the options.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Mr Banlon on May 26, 2019, 09:57:52 PM
Sub-dials are well fiddly to work on.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: a duncandisorderly on May 28, 2019, 02:52:34 AM
Quote from: Mr Banlon on May 26, 2019, 09:57:52 PM
Sub-dials are well fiddly to work on.

both of the movements I mentioned have alarm & chrono; the alarm is set by hour & minute hands in one of the subdials.

replacing the hour hand on the normal dial is pretty easy. with no hands on the watch at all, you advance the time until the date starts to go over. then pop the hour hand on, pointing straight up.
advance it to exactly point at an hour- four is easiest, I've found... this gets it out of your way for putting on the minute hand. I usually check the position of the minute hand with the hour hand halfway between the hours, & also straight up/down at 6 o'clock. the two other sub dials (the normal seconds hand & the minutes hand for the chrono) & the large chrono seconds hand are pretty straightforward, & their offsets can be adjusted later, so that the stepper motors know where 'zero' is for the latter two. you have to get the subdial seconds hand to 'land' on the indices, but sometimes it's a proper arseache..

the absolute bastard though is the subdial for the alarm. I put the hour hand on pointing at midnight, then wind it round to 3 o'clock & put the minutes hand on, then check it in a few positions. the minute hand's movement is a series of sixty steps, so again you want it landing on the markers.

where it all gets fucked up is when you've had the hands off a few times, & the mounting sleeves start to get a bit 'relaxed'; they won't stay put on the movement. sometimes they seem as though they're going to stay put, but normal shaking & bumping of the watch will have them off again a few days later.  also, when you've got three hands on the same axis (hours, minutes & chrono seconds), they can collide if they've even slightly bent, & that's dead easy to do.

I'm not doing it any more now- it was fun, but I got tired of changing the batteries in these seikos & now I only have solar jobs- citizen, casio & so on. battery changes in the luminoxes are easier...

also, eyesight. even with a magnifier lamp, I just find it a faff now.

this is a 7T32 'panda'- I've definitely got one of these somewhere.

(https://i.redd.it/ecfzxsba6fk11.jpg)

& here's a 7T62- they cut down on the number of buttons, but the same functionality is there.

(https://www.dealsanimg.com/d/l400/pict/123762064582_/seiko-7t62-oayo-alarm-chronograph-black-calf-leather-band.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Mr Banlon on May 28, 2019, 03:23:49 PM
They're lovely them.
That does indeed seem like an arse-ache compared to the standard three-hand setup. Especially getting all the hands set correctly and not bending any of the sub-dial hands or pinions when removing or replacing.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Dex Sawash on May 28, 2019, 05:33:50 PM

Has anyone ever changed the face and hands on a cat [/rfv]
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Brian Freeze on May 29, 2019, 12:12:30 AM
I tried on an old friends Omega Speedmaster yesterday and just looked at ballpark prices now. Crikey. It easily cost more than our car. Possibly more than our last two cars put together. Wasnt that fussed about it and put my £14 casio on after.


If the Casio ever breaks Im going to look at a Timex backlit jobbie mentioned up thread, so thank you for that.

I have a posh watch but thats only cos some cunt broke in and nicked my grandads gold watch. Ended up with a Longines something or other that gets very little use. No way of finding like for like, it was a lovely little classy Avia I think he got at retirement in the sixties (might not be Avia after all but the name rings a bell). The insurance stumped up a grand to replace it but it had to be spent via a gift car so not much chance to shop around other than the usual high street suspects.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on May 29, 2019, 12:23:38 AM
Bought another cheapy Casio*, they're just so functional that they are kind of satisfying to own. I'm wearing my F-91W as I type this.

*Casio W-128H with hideous quasi-luminous orange strap.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on May 29, 2019, 09:03:54 AM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on May 29, 2019, 12:23:38 AM
Bought another cheapy Casio*, they're just so functional that they are kind of satisfying to own. I'm watch-ing as I type this.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Mr Banlon on May 30, 2019, 08:06:10 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on May 29, 2019, 12:23:38 AM
Bought another cheapy Casio*, they're just so functional that they are kind of satisfying to own. I'm wearing my F-91W as I type this.

*Casio W-128H with hideous quasi-luminous orange strap.
https://www.highsnobiety.com/2015/09/14/casio-f-91w-terrorist-bomb/
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Bobtoo on May 30, 2019, 09:57:45 PM
I'm almost certain that buying a Casio F-91W got me blocked from visiting Cook'd and Bomb'd by my ISP a few years ago.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on May 30, 2019, 10:48:30 PM
When they come to take me away, I'll blame Amazon Prime's "recommended for you" section.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on June 01, 2019, 02:00:32 AM
Just saw this on the new Good Omens adaptation. What a piece.

https://www.devonworks.com/product-page/tread-1-a
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Mr Banlon on June 01, 2019, 02:14:47 AM
You might like the Nixie Tube watch then : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJQ2YRRYfJw
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on June 01, 2019, 02:20:38 AM
I do - can I have one?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Mrs Wogans lemon drizzle on June 01, 2019, 10:23:38 AM
My grandad left me a Rolex which I left at the old dears before going off to uni.  I don't think it was a super expensive one. 

Found it again years later to find that her dog had completely chewed the leather strap.  Quite amusing to me now but at the time i was really pissed off.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Janie Jones on June 01, 2019, 11:00:48 AM
^Doesn't matter about the strap. If it's an old Rolex, it's worth a lot. 
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Mrs Wogans lemon drizzle on June 01, 2019, 11:18:40 AM
Oh no don't tell me that.  Unfortunately it's lost. :(
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: sponk on June 02, 2019, 10:19:43 PM
Quote from: Janie Jones on June 01, 2019, 11:00:48 AM
^Doesn't matter about the strap.

(https://www.hotflick.net/flicks/1995_Dangerous_Minds/1995_Dangerous_Minds_045.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on June 02, 2019, 10:52:33 PM
Quote from: Mrs Wogans lemon drizzle on June 01, 2019, 11:18:40 AM
Oh no don't tell me that.  Unfortunately it's lost. :(
(https://ih0.redbubble.net/image.745454997.9792/pp,840x830-pad,750x1000,f8f8f8.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on June 02, 2019, 11:17:27 PM
So Rolexes keep better time than other mechanical watches, or does something else explain their fame?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Danger Man on June 02, 2019, 11:23:23 PM
Citizen make the most accurate watches.

Rolex is about the name.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on June 02, 2019, 11:41:15 PM
What made their name?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Danger Man on June 02, 2019, 11:51:38 PM
100 years ago they were making the most accurate watches you could get and they later pioneered self-winding watches and waterproof watches. But for the last 50 years they've been living off their name, advertising and sponsoring stuff.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on June 02, 2019, 11:52:40 PM
They also are extremely well-made. They're just not in the "pioneer the most accurate mechanism" game, which is probably at odds with everything else they do.

A Rolex is less accurate than a Casio.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Mr Banlon on June 06, 2019, 05:49:38 PM
Started off with one of these :
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48014133676_cfd36835f0_b.jpg)

De-chromed the case back to brass (Vostok plating is shite. Came off easilly with wet and dry sandpaper), new dial, hands and bezel. The bezel was too high, so I bevelled the inside edge.
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48014262257_7978c0e234_b.jpg)
Once the brass starts oxidizing, should get a nice patina.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Pancake on June 06, 2019, 05:56:01 PM
Quote from: Mrs Wogans lemon drizzle on June 01, 2019, 11:18:40 AM
Oh no don't tell me that.  Unfortunately it's lost. :(

Haha! Gutted m7
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on June 06, 2019, 07:29:02 PM
Quote from: Danger Man on June 02, 2019, 11:51:38 PM
100 years ago they were making the most accurate watches you could get and they later pioneered self-winding watches and waterproof watches. But for the last 50 years they've been living off their name, advertising and sponsoring stuff.

Some watch collectors have little motorised devices to turn the watches to keep their kinetic movements wound.

(https://static.businessinsider.com/image/55bfb9e62acae719008bc94b/image.gif)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: a duncandisorderly on June 06, 2019, 10:09:34 PM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on June 06, 2019, 07:29:02 PM
Some watch collectors have little motorised devices to turn the watches to keep their kinetic movements wound.

(https://static.businessinsider.com/image/55bfb9e62acae719008bc94b/image.gif)

that's a particularly appealing one... the one I looked at back when I was running seven or eight seiko 5s was just a box with a motor.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: vanilla.coffee on June 06, 2019, 10:29:15 PM
Quote from: touchingcloth on June 02, 2019, 11:17:27 PM
So Rolexes keep better time than other mechanical watches, or does something else explain their fame?

They tick tick tick tick tick tick tick 28,800 times an hour.
So that's 691,200 tick tocks a day, which works out at 4,838,400 tick tocks a week.
That works out at 251,596,800 tick tocks a year.
It will do that for 10 years before it's suggested you have the movement cleaned and serviced.

Title: Re: Watches
Post by: a duncandisorderly on June 06, 2019, 10:38:01 PM
Quote from: vanilla.coffee on June 06, 2019, 10:29:15 PM
They tick tick tick tick tick tick tick 28,800 times an hour.
So that's 691,200 tick tocks a day, which works out at 4,838,400 tick tocks a week.
That works out at 251,596,800 tick tocks a year.
It will do that for 10 years before it's suggested you have the movement cleaned and serviced.

cleaned of what, though? if the things stay sealed, then all that's in there by way of detritus, bunging up the works.... is bits of the works. I'd want the wear & tear dealt with, the price they charge for these services. this is why I stick to (cheaper) casios, seikos & citizens, & the odd luminox. a mate at work had his rolex (the usual... submariner... & he's never even paddled in the sea, the twat) serviced in one of the three places you're allowed to take these things, & it was away for over a month, & I said to him "how do you know they gave you the same one back?", no answer to that.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Mr Banlon on June 08, 2019, 02:31:28 PM
Finished the 6538 homage.
Removed the crown-guards
New 'period correct' bezel-insert
New crown and stem.
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48024205961_7f19dc8fdc_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Mr Banlon on June 13, 2019, 02:08:05 PM
Changed it again.
Printed random text on the dial from the bottom of a Letraset sheet.
Cut grooves on the bezel edge with a Dremel.
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48055139351_059f941084_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on June 13, 2019, 02:35:39 PM
Seriously eyeing up this Seiko 5, only £70.

(https://cdn.creationwatches.com/products/images/large/SNK805K2_LRG.jpg)

The only reason I've not yet pulled the trigger is I don't know whether to go olive or beige, I guess beige/white would be more neutral and match stuff.

(https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0361/8573/products/seikosnk803large01_1024x1024.jpg?v=1393224441)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: katzenjammer on June 13, 2019, 03:31:33 PM
Olive, the beige one's foul
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on June 13, 2019, 03:55:14 PM
I realise that I have one of those weird 5s with the crown at 3. I know it's a real 5, but I wonder if there are implications on the movement used.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Mr Banlon on June 13, 2019, 04:07:53 PM
I think the movement is probably the same, just the dial feet on the dial would be in different positions.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on June 13, 2019, 04:19:43 PM
Quote from: Mr Banlon on June 13, 2019, 04:07:53 PM
I think the movement is probably the same, just the dial feet on the dial would be in different positions.
Good to know, thanks!
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on June 13, 2019, 05:29:22 PM
Quote from: Twed on April 24, 2019, 10:26:46 PM
I bought a Timex quartz watch recently.

(https://i.imgur.com/1vudazS.jpg)

It feels very cheap and tacky, but it does this:

(https://i.imgur.com/KWst2Xs.jpg)

Analogue Indiglo nightlight mate. This is my bedtime watch.

I really like the look of that, but you wear a watch in bed? You sicko...

Putting my watch on is the last thing I do before leaving the house, and taking it off is the first thing I do when I get back home. Anything else just feels wrong.

It's not just me, is it?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: QDRPHNC on June 13, 2019, 07:38:54 PM
Facebook told me about this today - https://dmc-watch.com/

I'm guessing they're cheap shit, especially since the site is clearly built from the same template as those Facebook clothing adverts from companies you've never heard of who are going out of business tomorrow.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on June 13, 2019, 07:45:11 PM
Quote from: Blue Jam on June 13, 2019, 05:29:22 PM
I really like the look of that, but you wear a watch in bed? You sicko...
Heh. I guess I have three categories of watches.

Everyday 'beater', which is my Seiko 5. It has to look nice but if I damage it I don't have to feel sad about the financial loss.
Fancy watch: I don't have this, it would be a Rolex or Omega or something and I wouldn't wear it on any kind of day where I might bang my wrist into something
Bedtime watch: Casio, the above Timex etc., they can get ruined and it's just fine, they're only there so I can see the time on my wrist in bed
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on June 13, 2019, 07:46:34 PM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on June 13, 2019, 02:35:39 PM
Seriously eyeing up this Seiko 5, only £70.
Olive, the face of that watch is great. You should toy with other straps, I think it would be similar to but a bit sharper than my 5 with a leather nato strap:

(https://i.imgur.com/HIYPmtY.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on June 13, 2019, 08:14:01 PM
Yeah, I passed by a jewellers on my travels today, and while they didn't have that model they did have a posher Seiko in the same green and it looks better than the press shots.

I'll look into nato's after I get it. As I said they're only 70 quid, which is daft for an automatic movement innit?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on June 13, 2019, 08:42:45 PM
Especially daft for one that's actually really good. And then the ridiculous thing is that they feel well-made too. Just a quality thing. Doesn't make sense.

I think the big issues are things like the water resistance not really being all that hot, but I'm not a believer in actually putting a watch in water on purpose anyway.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on June 13, 2019, 08:48:16 PM
I don't think I've been swimming since, err, 2012 or something.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: ProvanFan on June 13, 2019, 10:32:59 PM
I had a Gladiators watch
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on June 14, 2019, 07:59:06 AM
Rocking my 1961 stainless steel Omega this morning. Plain and functional, as am I (apart from the functional bit).
(https://i.postimg.cc/yxRCy574/image.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: a duncandisorderly on June 14, 2019, 07:59:55 AM
Quote from: Twed on June 13, 2019, 08:42:45 PM
Especially daft for one that's actually really good. And then the ridiculous thing is that they feel well-made too. Just a quality thing. Doesn't make sense.

I think the big issues are things like the water resistance not really being all that hot, but I'm not a believer in actually putting a watch in water on purpose anyway.

I used to take the backs off my collection of 5s to adjust them (I got one down to +/- five seconds a month!) & was very careful with the seals. if one fell in the washing up water, it'd be fine, but I wouldn't do scuba with one. I wouldn't do scuba anyway, but that's to do with my ears & the not being able to breathe thing, rather than worrying about a daft-cheap mechanical marvel.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Mr Banlon on June 14, 2019, 08:49:05 AM
Quote from: ProvanFan on June 13, 2019, 10:32:59 PM
I had a Gladiators watch
(https://img13.deviantart.net/6b94/i/2009/360/6/8/sundial_watch_3_by_bluebenu.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: ProvanFan on June 14, 2019, 06:53:36 PM
If it had looked like that I might not have smashed it to bits
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: QDRPHNC on June 14, 2019, 09:03:38 PM
Looking at Sternglas (https://www.sternglas.com/) today.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Mr Banlon on June 15, 2019, 01:19:08 PM
Changed the dial over to a 3-6-9-12 Explorer-style one to give it a 1950s 6538 look.
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48066386858_10316aaef5_b.jpg)
The original 6538 has a triangle in the '12' position, but I wanted an obvious difference.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on June 26, 2019, 12:53:43 PM
(https://www.dogsonacid.com/attachments/img_20190625_174902859-jpg.159247/)

Might get it on a nato leather strap like Twed advised.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on June 26, 2019, 01:06:32 PM
V nice. Leather will be a massive upgrade.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Mr Banlon on June 30, 2019, 08:59:04 PM
Took the movement/dial out of the sub case and threw it into an Explorer style one :
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48163094542_00f699783d_b.jpg)
Put a new dial, movement and hands into the modded sub case and added a 8mm Brevet crown :
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48163140647_4b01ebfa09_b.jpg)


Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Mr Banlon on June 30, 2019, 09:04:21 PM
It's a homage/ripoff of the Rolex from Goldfinger/Thunderball
(https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5437a311e4b0f8897d32105f/t/59b02e628fd4d244b869bee8/1504718476339/4.+Thunderball.mp4+-+VLC+media+player+2017-09-06+13.20.22.png?format=1500w)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on August 17, 2019, 05:44:21 PM
My watch ran out of battery a while back. I had a Timpson lifetime replacement card which I'd been toting around with me across multiple years and house moves, but I couldn't find it this time and I was fucked if I was going to shell out another £15 on a new one especially as the watch itself was in bad shape - the face was all dinged, and a drop onto a tiled floor had caused a lot of the paint on the dial to flake off and start floating around behind the glass.

I bought a cheap Seiko 5 off the back of this thread since I don't wear a watch for particularly accurate timekeeping and I like the idea of not needing to buy new batteries ever again. It was cheap enough as it was on Amazon, but the parcel never arrived and I ended up having to get a refund. While I was waiting for the refunded money to come through before I placed a second order, the parcel showed up so now I have a FREE watch. Everything's coming up cloth.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on August 17, 2019, 05:49:28 PM
Everything's touching up clothhouse!
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on August 17, 2019, 05:50:21 PM
Have you got the time mate?
Yeah - time to get a second watch delivered for free!
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on September 14, 2019, 11:58:12 AM
My purchases from five years ago, in the old Watches thread:

Quote from: Blue Jam on March 20, 2014, 09:20:30 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81-xnhtigXL._SY445_.jpg)

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41iwSpy3nBL._SL500_.jpg)

Posting this now because after five years my Breil has given up the ghost. Every morning when I go to put it on I find it's 1-2 hours slow, and a watch that loses time by a couple of hours a day is no use, is it? I love the design and had a lot of fun wearing it, so I guess I could get a new mechanism put in it, but that might cost more than I paid for the watch, so perhaps I should just get a new watch, and a proper one that isn't just a fashion watch this time. Plus it's my birthday this week, which is a good excuse for a frivolous purchase...

I might be in the market for a "Nerd's Rolex (https://www.cookdandbombd.co.uk/forums/index.php/topic,68891.msg3806021.html#msg3806021)" then:

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91l8qliO-ML._UY741_.jpg)

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51z1aeu6uLL.jpg)

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/617mo5E94HL._UY741_.jpg)

I like the green, and I like the idea of another 70's-style watch so I'm edging towards the first one. I'm tempted to get a classic Seiko 5 though... and yes, my taste in watches is on the lairy side but I feel like us women wearing men's watches can get away with it.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: NJ Uncut on September 14, 2019, 12:10:12 PM
Are all watches generally a bit shit when it comes to glowing in the dark? Haven't had one for years but I do want one but all my mates' are, basically, only glowing when you shine your phone torch on em for a bit and it fades soon as.

v hah, well, good to know it's possible!
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on September 14, 2019, 12:10:36 PM
My Breil glows really brightly in the dark, but that's no good when it doesn't display the correct time...

Incidentally, that red Adidas Santiago "children's watch" is still going strong- the silicone is a little worn and if anything it's aged better than the Breil, which is a bit scuffed up. I bought another Santiago in green when I spotted it in TK Maxx for £25, the one I posted a few pages back and that's fine too. They're a lot of fun to wear and I get compliments on them all the time- a few weeks back someone in a pub even asked if she could try on the green one and then went to search for one on eBay.


I'll be 38 on Wednesday but perhaps I should just stick to my juvenile tastes...
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: imitationleather on September 14, 2019, 12:15:46 PM
Yeah I think the Adidas watch looks cool.

I can't wear watches as I have the thinnest wrists in the world. Even watches f'babies just slide right off. :(

It does mean escaping from the police/S&M dungeons is pretty easy, though.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: a duncandisorderly on September 14, 2019, 12:21:49 PM
Quote from: NJ Uncut on September 14, 2019, 12:10:12 PM
Are all watches generally a bit shit when it comes to glowing in the dark? Haven't had one for years but I do want one but all my mates' are, basically, only glowing when you shine your phone torch on em for a bit and it fades soon as.

v hah, well, good to know it's possible!

I have a couple of big citizens with their own sort of luminous paint that actually holds charge for a few hours & glows faintly for several after that. but really, all of the 'paint' glow-in-the-dark stuff is a bit pants. tritium tubes (like in a luminox, some mondaines, bell & ross, smith & wesson, a couple of others) is the way to go for self-illumination, but generally the watches are around 50% thicker because of the tubes not being flat. failing that, even a moderately priced casio will have a small LED in it, & sometimes these are operated by a tilt-switch. today I have a g-shock on, solar-powered, radio-controlled, bulletproof & will operate in a thousand fathoms of seawater (so they say), & it was less than a hundred quids. it will probably outlast cockroaches.

anyway, here's a luminox in the dark:

(https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0036/8642/products/3503-nightshot.jpg?v=1534183114)

& this is what my big citizens look like- I have a grey & a black. the hands & numbers are big to start with, & the luminous paint is very good, but they still fade after a few hours:

(http://cdn.webshopapp.com/shops/206120/files/130142312/citizen-citizen-eco-drive-radio-controlled-as4035.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Mrs Wogans lemon drizzle on September 14, 2019, 12:26:11 PM
Quote from: Twed on June 13, 2019, 07:46:34 PM
Olive, the face of that watch is great. You should toy with other straps, I think it would be similar to but a bit sharper than my 5 with a leather nato strap:

(https://i.imgur.com/HIYPmtY.jpg)

That's a really nice watch.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 14, 2019, 12:29:20 PM
I had a Lorus (Seiko subsidiary aren't they?) years ago that glowed for ages.

I'm really tempted by one of these automatic Citizen's. I dunno if the face is official, there's a lot of Indian 'repaints' where they refurbished the movements and replaced the faces with unofficial designs. It's only 20 quid though so I'm not arsed.

(https://i.imgur.com/ze63IVs.png)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on September 14, 2019, 12:33:48 PM
My second ever watch was a Lorus. My first was a Casio digital, the classic black one. I loved it, it felt dead futuristic- and then when I wore it to school I got ridiculed relentlessly for wearing a "boy's watch". I asked for a new watch for Christmas and got a dainty, feminine gold-toned Lorus. It was like this one (https://www.picclickimg.com/d/l400/pict/372670778039_/Ladies-LORUS-Quartz-watchNew-strap-New-battery.jpg) but with a black mock-crock strap. It was ugly as fuck, but no-one made fun of me anymore... :(

I'm sure your Lorus was nicer though...

Quote from: imitationleather on September 14, 2019, 12:15:46 PM
Yeah I think the Adidas watch looks cool.

I can't wear watches as I have the thinnest wrists in the world. Even watches f'babies just slide right off. :(

It does mean escaping from the police/S&M dungeons is pretty easy, though.

Cheers- and I like men's watches because my hands are quite big and I'm self-conscious about them and little dainty women's watches look ridiculous next to them. I also don't like having to squint at a tiny little watch face. Big watches also make your arms look thinner, that's a bit of a fashionista's trick.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: a duncandisorderly on September 14, 2019, 01:17:01 PM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on September 14, 2019, 12:29:20 PM
I had a Lorus (Seiko subsidiary aren't they?) years ago that glowed for ages.


I'm remembering now... a lot of those lorus/pulsar/seiko jobs that had fully-luminous dials were quite intense.... not sure I understand the mechanism of it, but the greater surface area meant they glowed for a lot longer. one I have here is a seiko 5 (automatic day-date, like the one above) with a pale yellowy green dial that glows if you so much as look at it. once I returned to my office after going outside to get a butty on a brightish day, & several people came up to tell me that my watch's "backlight" was stuck on. I had quite a few watched with the full dial luminousness, including the seiko mickey mouse chronograph, but one or two of them were loads brighter, & the pulsar variant was the brightest.
this sort of thing. I mean, unless they've stopped the thing, you can see this is quite a short exposure:

(https://cdn3.volusion.com/htlyr.vuqkj/v/vspfiles/photos/PXN021-5.jpg)

& this is the seiko disney watch that people wank themselves into a frenzy over. I bought two of these when they were at their lowest price (£100 each) & gave one to the mrs to wear to work (she's at disney, y'see), upset her boss- "where did you get that??"

https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/29332-the-seiko-mickey-mouse-chronograph-watch
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on September 14, 2019, 01:59:26 PM
Quote from: Twed on August 17, 2019, 05:50:21 PM
Have you got the time mate?
Yeah - time to get a second watch delivered for free!

Sold the second watch. They've literally paid me to have a watch.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 14, 2019, 02:01:31 PM
Quote from: touchingcloth on September 14, 2019, 01:59:26 PM
Sold the second watch. They've literally paid me to have a watch.

You're a findom now touching.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on September 14, 2019, 05:17:41 PM
Every watch posted thus far has been bloody lovely. I'm too lazy to go back through and complement each one individually.

I dug out one of my older Swatches for the weekend, all nice and silicon and essentially indestructible. All black with white trim, nice. I find I'm usually wearing my Casio F91W (and the silly version with the bright orange strap which might be a different model?) more and more. Just so functional, they're hard to beat.

Watches are fun aren't they.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on September 14, 2019, 06:51:36 PM
In spite of myself earlier in the thread, I am enjoying the faint and furious ticking sound of my Seiko, mainly because I am tight and it reminds me how free it was, but that's still a form of fun.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 14, 2019, 07:01:34 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on September 14, 2019, 05:17:41 PM
Every watch posted thus far has been bloody lovely. I'm too lazy to go back through and complement each one individually.

I dug out one of my older Swatches for the weekend, all nice and silicon and essentially indestructible. All black with white trim, nice. I find I'm usually wearing my Casio F91W (and the silly version with the bright orange strap which might be a different model?) more and more. Just so functional, they're hard to beat.

Watches are fun aren't they.

My mate Bob used to work doing geology in Senegal and swore by the f91w as a disposable field watch. In Africa they actually make knockoff ones so he used to just give it to one of the natives they employed at the end of his tour.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: a duncandisorderly on September 14, 2019, 07:09:20 PM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on September 14, 2019, 07:01:34 PM
My mate Bob used to work doing geology in Senegal and swore by the f91w as a disposable field watch. In Africa they actually make knockoff ones so he used to just give it to one of the natives they employed at the end of his tour.

I have a few... black one (for when I make that bomb), orange one, genuine green one & three knockoff green ones (the insert- unbranded- in the face is green on the fake ones, black on the real one). the fake ones are very poor at keeping time- suggests to me that the guts are either factory rejects or else badly-made. otherwise, you'd never be able to tell. I keep looking at the gold re-issue of it, but I couldn't get away with that. today's watch, & actually for three weeks now, is the similar looking g-shock GW-5610 which, while it looks like a cheap thing, is radio-controlled & light-powered. it's one of these & they can be horribly expensive, though I'm sure my mrs didn't pay more than a ton for mine:

(https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0243/0993/products/G-GW-5000-1JF_nf_1200x.jpg?v=1551745283)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on September 14, 2019, 10:07:15 PM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on September 14, 2019, 07:01:34 PM
My mate Bob used to work doing geology in Senegal and swore by the f91w as a disposable field watch. In Africa they actually make knockoff ones so he used to just give it to one of the natives they employed at the end of his tour.

I've heard that - they way to validate it is to hold the bottom right button down for 3 seconds until it displays "CASIo" [sic]. Happily mine do, so I wasn't conned by Amazon.

@Duncan - I have a black one and one of the orange ones and am sorely tempted by the cyan effort but am keeping that desire in check for now.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: NJ Uncut on September 14, 2019, 10:15:56 PM
Quote from: a duncandisorderly on September 14, 2019, 12:21:49 PM
I have a couple of big citizens with their own sort of luminous paint that actually holds charge for a few hours & glows faintly for several after that. but really, all of the 'paint' glow-in-the-dark stuff is a bit pants. tritium tubes (like in a luminox, some mondaines, bell & ross, smith & wesson, a couple of others)

I have chosen my xmas present! a tritium watch!!  None of those brands but I closed the browser window oops

Ta Dunc and all. I'll post a pic if I do it (fuckin £300 or somethin)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on September 15, 2019, 10:13:01 AM
My old quartz watch is a tritium, and the permanent glowing is still disconcerting. I've had it in a drawer for several weeks and I've just this moment pulled it out and, yep, still glowing. I assume the radiation from it will be the cause of my untimely and painful death.

From upthread, what's a radio-controlled watch? Presumably not one you can brum around like a toy car.

You don't think I should begin a new page? Just watch me.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: a duncandisorderly on September 15, 2019, 10:15:02 AM
Quote from: touchingcloth on September 15, 2019, 10:13:01 AM
From upthread, what's a radio-controlled watch? Presumably not one you can brum around like a toy car.


this. but a bit smaller & on a bangle.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_clock
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: NJ Uncut on September 15, 2019, 01:40:22 PM
Quote from: touchingcloth on September 15, 2019, 10:13:01 AM
My old quartz watch is a tritium, and the permanent glowing is still disconcerting. I've had it in a drawer for several weeks and I've just this moment pulled it out and, yep, still glowing. I assume the radiation from it will be the cause of my untimely and painful death.

That sounds ace! Not, er, the Threads-style radiation sickness, but the glowing permanence. Always there, always on. You wake up at night and it's on the bedside table, and it's there, waiting, glowing, eternal.

... Umm, the glowing would be nice if it stays in the region of "utilitarian". What's your new watch like, Jack? Eerie as fuck mate

Title: Re: Watches
Post by: a duncandisorderly on September 15, 2019, 02:58:36 PM
Quote from: NJ Uncut on September 14, 2019, 10:15:56 PM
I have chosen my xmas present! a tritium watch!!  None of those brands but I closed the browser window oops

Ta Dunc and all. I'll post a pic if I do it (fuckin £300 or somethin)

excellent. I have five or six of the luminox & a mondaine 'swiss railways' job. I keep them all in different places in case it goes chernobyl on me. the expensive one, mentioned in this thread a couple of times already, is the luminox SR-71 tribute chrono/alarm. weighs a ton, but the alarm's great- actually louder than a microwave beeper.
it's this one. TWO of the sub-dials have two hands.

(https://assets.catawiki.nl/assets/2018/12/14/0/a/8/0a8352aa-1589-489d-a04f-0ebba404e2f2.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Famous Mortimer on September 15, 2019, 06:22:59 PM
Fuck me, three grand. But then I guess if you've got the cash then what else are you going to spend it on?

I work in a warehouse most of the day, so I've been making do with a Casio G-Shock I bought off eBay for a tenner, but will be starting a new job in a nice clean office soon, so I can go back to wearing something a bit more fun.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on September 15, 2019, 06:46:14 PM
Quote from: Famous Mortimer on September 15, 2019, 06:22:59 PM
Fuck me, three grand. But then I guess if you've got the cash then what else are you going to spend it on?

I work in a warehouse most of the day, so I've been making do with a Casio G-Shock I bought off eBay for a tenner, but will be starting a new job in a nice clean office soon, so I can go back to wearing something a bit more fun.
You're already talking about having a beater watch and a dress watch, you'll be thinking about getting a $3K watch in no time!

It is a lot of money (twenty times more than I've spent on a watch) but then I look at my $1500 laptop that will be fucked in four years and a forever watch doesn't seem like that bad of a splurge.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: wosl on September 15, 2019, 06:48:01 PM
Steve Albini has a point:

Quote[D]esiring and then acquiring an expensive watch is prima facie evidence you are a cunt.

(source (https://www.electricalaudio.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=57195&start=20))
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on September 15, 2019, 06:49:33 PM
Quote from: Famous Mortimer on September 15, 2019, 06:22:59 PM
Fuck me, three grand. But then I guess if you've got the cash then what else are you going to spend it on?
Although the obvious answer here is "investing it so you can live comfortably in the future".

I'll probably buy an expensive watch one day, but the idea of using up all spare money on stuff is depressing.

Can't disagree with Steve Albini there either. But I think everybody has to be a cunt in some way, so we may as well celebrate the cunting watches.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on September 15, 2019, 07:42:40 PM
Might get this one. So classy:

(https://wornandwound.com/library/uploads/2016/03/TRUMP_WATCH.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on September 15, 2019, 07:47:32 PM
"What time is it?"
"Trump"
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 15, 2019, 09:58:55 PM
Quote from: Twed on September 15, 2019, 06:49:33 PM
Although the obvious answer here is "investing it so you can live comfortably in the future".

I'll probably buy an expensive watch one day, but the idea of using up all spare money on stuff is depressing.

Can't disagree with Steve Albini there either. But I think everybody has to be a cunt in some way, so we may as well celebrate the cunting watches.

Unlike most pointless status symbols, at least unless you break it you can have it for a while and flog it without losing anything. It's like an inverse pawn.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on September 15, 2019, 10:57:03 PM
Quote from: Twed on September 15, 2019, 06:46:14 PMIt is a lot of money (twenty times more than I've spent on a watch) but then I look at my $1500 laptop that will be fucked in four years and a forever watch doesn't seem like that bad of a splurge.

Before starting my previous job, I promised that I'd use my first paycheque to treat myself to an Xbox One. When I mentioned this at work two of my new and much younger colleagues were aghast at me being so childish and frivolous.

They had just been talking about their payday plans: a trip to Topshop, and how they couldn't wait to buy all the 1990's styles they had been admiring. 1990's styles that had gone out of fashion once, and will go out of fashion again, and even if they didn't, Topshop's stuff isn't cheap and it isn't made to last. You won't find a nice investment piece in there.

I'd rather buy a nice watch. And an Xbox.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Mr_Simnock on September 15, 2019, 11:15:54 PM
Quote from: touchingcloth on September 15, 2019, 10:13:01 AM
My old quartz watch is a tritium, and the permanent glowing is still disconcerting. I've had it in a drawer for several weeks and I've just this moment pulled it out and, yep, still glowing. I assume the radiation from it will be the cause of my untimely and painful death.

From upthread, what's a radio-controlled watch? Presumably not one you can brum around like a toy car.

You don't think I should begin a new page? Just watch me.

From the Tritium wiki page

"The electron (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electron)'s kinetic energy varies, with an average of 5.7 keV, while the remaining energy is carried off by the nearly undetectable electron antineutrino (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electron_antineutrino). Beta particles (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beta_particles) from tritium can penetrate only about 6.0 mm of air, and they are incapable of passing through the dead outermost layer of human skin.[ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tritium#cite_note-2)"

Seems like the risk to your health is almost insignificant.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Dex Sawash on September 15, 2019, 11:18:22 PM
Big Tritium's wikipage morelike
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on September 15, 2019, 11:20:08 PM
Quote from: Blue Jam on September 15, 2019, 10:57:03 PM
Before starting my previous job, I promised that I'd use my first paycheque to treat myself to an Xbox One. When I mentioned this at work two of my new and much younger colleagues were aghast at me being so childish and frivolous.

They had just been talking about their payday plans: a trip to Topshop, and how they couldn't wait to buy all the 1990's styles they had been admiring. 1990's styles that had gone out of fashion once, and will go out of fashion again, and even if they didn't, Topshop's stuff isn't cheap and it isn't made to last. You won't find a nice investment piece in there.

I'd rather buy a nice watch. And an Xbox.

In fairness, my PS4 is next to my PS3 which is on top of my PS2. My Wii used to be on top of my Wii U and next to Switch until I gave the Wiis away. I have a PS One (the nice slimline one) in storage somewhere as well, and I've lost count of the other consoles I've owned over the years.

...I take your point though.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Piggyoioi on September 15, 2019, 11:23:09 PM
The only watch ive ever owned was a swatch watch which played an animation of a dog pissing on a lamppost. for a period of a week I was the funniest guy in my year 5 classroom thanks to this piece of gadgetry.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 15, 2019, 11:29:44 PM
...And then I taught them mental arithmetic!
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on September 15, 2019, 11:33:18 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on September 15, 2019, 11:20:08 PM
In fairness, my PS4 is next to my PS3 which is on top of my PS2. My Wii used to be on top of my Wii U and next to Switch until I gave the Wiis away. I have a PS One (the nice slimline one) in storage somewhere as well, and I've lost count of the other consoles I've owned over the years.

...I take your point though.

Heheheh, my point was that different people have different concepts of "frivolous". I have never been very interested in collecting shoes and handbags, but I like watches. Other people may get a lot of pleasure from buying retro 90's style clothes. Not me though- as a child of the 90's just looking in the window of Urban Outfitters makes me feel impossibly old. Also nobody needs a scrunchie.

I've had plenty of solid gold entertainment hours out of my Xbox... but yes, new gen Xbox next year... *sigh*
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 15, 2019, 11:35:13 PM
I keep putting off the cost of a nintendo switch but easily piss away that much on booze even on a quiet month.

Do they sell global hypercolour again? `
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: rjd2 on September 15, 2019, 11:39:11 PM
Current one I have.
(https://www.lilienthal.berlin/media/image/ef/07/3f/L02-106-B003EDJo1bVcbySFqs.png)

If bank balance is ok at Xmas will add this. The site normally has all watches 25% of at that time.

https://www.lilienthal.berlin/en/l1-limited-edition-golden-20s?c=8&number=L01-LE-1920-1
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on September 15, 2019, 11:41:18 PM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on September 15, 2019, 11:35:13 PM
Do they sell global hypercolour again? `

That's the one 90's thing I haven't seen revived despite keeping an eye out for it...

Incidentally I was watching the Shanghai Masters final today and noticed one Chinese snooker fan in the audience wearing a Bathing Ape hoodie and another in a Reservoir Dogs t-shirt, among other 90's things. I was quite intrigued to see that the 90's revival appears to have gone global.

G-Shocks should be coming back soon, but to be fair they never really went away. And I can't knock Casio...
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on September 15, 2019, 11:41:57 PM
Quote from: rjd2 on September 15, 2019, 11:39:11 PM
Current one I have.
(https://www.lilienthal.berlin/media/image/ef/07/3f/L02-106-B003EDJo1bVcbySFqs.png)

Very nice!
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on September 15, 2019, 11:51:28 PM
Quote from: rjd2 on September 15, 2019, 11:39:11 PM
If bank balance is ok at Xmas will add this. The site normally has all watches 25% of at that time.

https://www.lilienthal.berlin/en/l1-limited-edition-golden-20s?c=8&number=L01-LE-1920-1

Oh that's lovely. Another green one, and it goes really well with the champagne gold.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Famous Mortimer on September 16, 2019, 01:49:17 PM
Quote from: Blue Jam on September 15, 2019, 11:41:18 PM
G-Shocks should be coming back soon, but to be fair they never really went away. And I can't knock Casio...
I hope so because my $9 investment will suddenly start to look like I curated my look rather than googled "best watches for building site" (DW-9502).

I've gone as far up the watch food chain as a really nice Fossil, the front-and-back skeleton one with the vaguely blue glass, but I broke it in a car accident and they've stopped making that variety...and they're really bastarding expensive. I never used to like the ones with all the little mini-dials in but now they're looking rather nice.

Those Seiko automatics people have mentioned...are any of you owners blessed with a big wrist, and how does it look on you?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on September 16, 2019, 01:52:39 PM
Sorry, my wrists are feminine and delicate.

I don't Seiko 5s are particularly small and would look wrong on any wrist. The face is pretty big. The strap isn't particularly wide but I'm pretty sure you could find one that looked sharp.

Building site though? I've only ever worked at a desk and I've stilled cracked glass on watches. I would go Casio-chic on a building site.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 16, 2019, 03:03:08 PM
I don't think they're unusually small, but they're smaller relative to a lot of men's watches. I've got small wrists and big hands so chunky watches look daft.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: wosl on September 16, 2019, 03:28:44 PM
Quote from: Famous Mortimer on September 16, 2019, 01:49:17 PM
Those Seiko automatics people have mentioned...are any of you owners blessed with a big wrist, and how does it look on you?

I haven't got slim wrists, and I think they're an ideal size (caveat: I apparently haven't got a Seiko 5 military-style, it's a model called the 7N42-8070 'field' watch, but it looks well nigh identically sized, diameter-wise, and laid out as the '5', but quartz/batt. powered).  Anything bigger or thicker and the winder/adjuster wheel starts to cut into the base of the top of my hand. Cannot fathom the attraction of monster great watches.

Edit: re-read the full post; you apparently fancy one with sub-dials.  Ignore (I'll leave post as is, though, for anyone wondering about wrist thickness and Seiko 5s and similar)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Cuellar on September 16, 2019, 03:30:31 PM
Used to wear a watch, now I can't bear the feeling of it on my wrist. Odd that.

Wanted to buy a big fake rolex when I was in Thailand but didn't. Ok
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: sponk on September 16, 2019, 03:36:44 PM
I'm really clever and I own 6 watches. Goodbye.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ronalado on September 16, 2019, 03:41:26 PM
ronalado like the TRUMP watch

the watch making man ask MISTEr trump "what you want on the sticks?" and mr trump maybe just say "trump"

"and what you want on the bigger stick for minutes?"

"trump trump" HE SPEAKS LIKE A POKEMON?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: wosl on September 16, 2019, 03:51:06 PM
Quote from: sponk on September 16, 2019, 03:36:44 PM
I'm really clever and I own 6 watches. Goodbye.

Monstrous number.  Go and throw four in a loch.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Famous Mortimer on September 16, 2019, 04:02:25 PM
Quote from: wosl on September 16, 2019, 03:28:44 PM
I haven't got slim wrists, and I think they're an ideal size (caveat: I apparently haven't got a Seiko 5 military-style, it's a model called the 7N42-8070 'field' watch, but it looks well nigh identically sized, diameter-wise, and laid out as the '5', but quartz/batt. powered).  Anything bigger or thicker and the winder/adjuster wheel starts to cut into the base of the top of my hand. Cannot fathom the attraction of monster great watches.

Edit: re-read the full post; you apparently fancy one with sub-dials.  Ignore (I'll leave post as is, though, for anyone wondering about wrist thickness and Seiko 5s and similar)
Nah mate, I'll have owt, I do like a nice Fossil but other than that I'll go with anything. It was more a mention of changing tastes.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Bobtoo on September 16, 2019, 07:50:23 PM
I saw this on another forum, for sale in Cex apparently.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48744702918_18377a4b91_b.jpg)

https://uk.webuy.com/product-detail?id=sawsclhsgnlrb42c&categoryName=apple-watch-accessories&superCatName=electronics&title=hermes-single-tour-strap-only-g-noir-leather-rallye-black-42mm-44mm-c

That's in "C" condition too, and you don't even get a watch with it. Is there something I'm missing?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 16, 2019, 07:54:41 PM
I saw a dreamcast in my local cex for 45 quid. Not sure whether to go for it.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on September 16, 2019, 11:54:18 PM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on September 16, 2019, 07:54:41 PM
I saw a dreamcast in my local cex for 45 quid. Not sure whether to go for it.

Crazy Taxi and House of the Dead 1-3.

It's worth it
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Urinal Cake on September 17, 2019, 12:07:49 AM
Quote from: Bobtoo on September 16, 2019, 07:50:23 PM
I saw this on another forum, for sale in Cex apparently.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48744702918_18377a4b91_b.jpg)

https://uk.webuy.com/product-detail?id=sawsclhsgnlrb42c&categoryName=apple-watch-accessories&superCatName=electronics&title=hermes-single-tour-strap-only-g-noir-leather-rallye-black-42mm-44mm-c

That's in "C" condition too, and you don't even get a watch with it. Is there something I'm missing?
Well a Google search says RRP says they go for about £400 and this is probably a discontinued/rare model.

Straps can go for high prices since by their nature wear out and if you are completionist you want the correct strap to go with the correct watch.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on September 17, 2019, 01:49:39 AM
Quote from: Urinal Cake on September 17, 2019, 12:07:49 AM
Well a Google search says RRP says they go for about £400 and this is probably a discontinued/rare model.

Straps can go for high prices since by their nature wear out and if you are completionist you want the correct strap to go with the correct watch.

What, even for an Apple Watch? That RRP is for a strap with the watch, presumably?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Urinal Cake on September 17, 2019, 01:55:12 AM
https://www.hermes.com/uk/en/product/bracelet-apple-watch-hermes-single-tour-44mm-H077059CJ18/

https://www.hermes.com/uk/en/product/boitier-awh-s5-inox-44mm-uk-bracelet-apple-watch-hermes-single-tour-44mm-1ST44UKETAINBETONDELLACAVALLERIA_KITpH1250001v00pH078748CJAC/
With the Apple Watch it's another grand.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on September 17, 2019, 02:01:04 AM
That is shite.

How much was your watch?

My strap was £300.

£300! What the, where's that from?

Hermes.

No, not who delivered it. Who made it?

Hermes.

My Hermes?

No, Hermes.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on September 17, 2019, 02:37:02 AM
Hermes is one of those companies that doesn't even produce nice stuff. It's just expensive.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: a duncandisorderly on September 17, 2019, 02:49:56 AM
Quote from: touchingcloth on September 17, 2019, 01:49:39 AM
What, even for an Apple Watch? That RRP is for a strap with the watch, presumably?

you don't get a whole watch, just the strap & the second hand. I guess it's in installments or something.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: NJ Uncut on September 17, 2019, 08:08:22 AM
Are Nite Watches a "proper brand" anybody has ever heard of or are they a bilk merchant, luring in myopic tritium-desiring ignorami

https://www.nitewatches.com/gb/

All the harking about British made is worrying me, like I'm some mad patriot whose watches must even be Blighty-born. But I love the look of em.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Urinal Cake on September 17, 2019, 09:29:01 AM
I haven't heard of them but look at the watchuseek forums and there'll be some thoughts and reviews.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on September 17, 2019, 09:55:04 AM
Who in their right mind would sell an Hermes watch strap to Cex? What did they get for it, 20p?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: NJ Uncut on September 17, 2019, 10:05:58 AM
Quote from: Urinal Cake on September 17, 2019, 09:29:01 AM
I haven't heard of them but look at the watchuseek forums and there'll be some thoughts and reviews.

There are indeed! Odd consensus, some rave reviews and some "get something else" ones - apparently they skimp on the Quartz

The glow though. The glow.

(https://i.postimg.cc/254wgNpv/Nite-5-s.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Urinal Cake on September 17, 2019, 10:21:27 AM
Quote from: Blue Jam on September 17, 2019, 09:55:04 AM
Who in their right mind would sell an Hermes watch strap to Cex? What did they get for it, 20p?
Drug addicts or it's possibly a fake.

Quote from: NJ Uncut on September 17, 2019, 10:05:58 AM
There are indeed! Odd consensus, some rave reviews and some "get something else" ones - apparently they skimp on the Quartz

The glow though. The glow.

(https://i.postimg.cc/254wgNpv/Nite-5-s.jpg)
The thing is those guys do think about resale hence brand name goes a long way (see above Hermes). I think if you search for the specific lume technology- tritum, super luminox or whatever you can get something cheaper either in another micro and or in a big brand like Seiko.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 17, 2019, 10:27:29 AM
Quote from: Twed on September 17, 2019, 02:37:02 AM
Hermes is one of those companies that doesn't even produce nice stuff. It's just expensive.

There's a few fashion brands who have been slapping their name and an extra 0 on the price of generic watches you can get on on alixpress.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Bobtoo on September 17, 2019, 05:24:32 PM
Quote from: Blue Jam on September 17, 2019, 09:55:04 AM
Who in their right mind would sell an Hermes watch strap to Cex? What did they get for it, 20p?

It tells you in the link I posted below the picture- £52 cash or £108 voucher. https://uk.webuy.com/product-detail/?id=sawsclhsgnlrb42c&categoryName=apple-watch-accessories&superCatName=electronics&title=hermes-single-tour-strap-only-g-noir-leather-rallye-black-42mm-44mm-c
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: imitationleather on September 17, 2019, 05:26:34 PM
Quote from: rjd2 on September 15, 2019, 11:39:11 PM
https://www.lilienthal.berlin/en/l1-limited-edition-golden-20s?c=8&number=L01-LE-1920-1

This is a very sexual watch. If I had the wrist for it I would be all up in that shit.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on September 17, 2019, 05:27:01 PM
£52 is still peanuts for Hermes, had the seller never heard of eBay?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Huxleys Babkins on September 17, 2019, 05:34:28 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on September 16, 2019, 11:54:18 PM
Crazy Taxi and House of the Dead 1-3.

It's worth it

Only House of the Dead 2 on Dreamcast, sadly.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: wosl on September 17, 2019, 05:43:08 PM
Quote from: imitationleather on September 17, 2019, 05:26:34 PM
This is a very sexual watch. If I had the wrist for it I would be all up in that shit.

There's something louche about those thin mesh straps (one or two Braun models feature the same sort).  Best metal watch strap is the elastic expander type.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on September 17, 2019, 05:44:59 PM
If you love Hermes so much, why don't you marry him?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on September 17, 2019, 06:34:54 PM
Quote from: Blue Jam on September 17, 2019, 05:27:01 PM
£52 is still peanuts for Hermes, had the seller never heard of eBay?

Like me, they may not have heard of Hermes.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on September 17, 2019, 06:59:14 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on September 17, 2019, 06:34:54 PM
Like me, they may not have heard of Hermes.

I have, but I tend to prefer DPD.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on September 18, 2019, 01:29:05 AM
Quote from: touchingcloth on September 17, 2019, 06:59:14 PM
I have, but I tend to prefer DPD.

Don't know what this is either. Am I being trolled?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on September 18, 2019, 01:30:22 AM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on September 18, 2019, 01:29:05 AM
Don't know what this is either. Am I being trolled?

Goblinned.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on September 18, 2019, 01:31:27 AM
Quote from: touchingcloth on September 18, 2019, 01:30:22 AM
Goblinned.

I don't know if that's good or not. Is that good? Probably not, right? Shit.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on September 18, 2019, 01:52:51 AM
Ford: You ask four hamburgers in onion gravy.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Better Midlands on September 18, 2019, 04:31:43 PM
Quote from: imitationleather on September 17, 2019, 05:26:34 PM
This is a very sexual watch. If I had the wrist for it I would be all up in that shit.

You've got be careful fucking a watch, there's often complications.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: poo on September 18, 2019, 05:04:15 PM
lifelong F-91W wearer here
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: wosl on September 18, 2019, 05:26:08 PM
Quote from: poo on September 18, 2019, 05:04:15 PM
lifelong F-91W wearer here

It's all you'll ever really need.  The only reason I've never plumped for one is that for just a few quid more you can get the same-size, same-thickness, same minimal functions, first-rung-on-the-Illuminator-ladder W-86-1VQES, which has better backlighting - the whole LCD area glows an icy blue.  Seems to have a better light, actually, than some of yer chunkier, fancier Casios.

Edit: it appears to be a gnat's cock thicker than the F-91W
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on September 18, 2019, 07:23:38 PM
RONALADO'S DIAMOND WATCH COULD FUND A SMALL ROGUE NATION (https://www.dmarge.com/2019/08/expensive-cristiano-ronaldo-watch.html)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Famous Mortimer on September 19, 2019, 01:02:01 PM
Quote from: wosl on September 18, 2019, 05:26:08 PM
It's all you'll ever really need.  The only reason I've never plumped for one is that for just a few quid more you can get the same-size, same-thickness, same minimal functions, first-rung-on-the-Illuminator-ladder W-86-1VQES, which has better backlighting - the whole LCD area glows an icy blue.  Seems to have a better light, actually, than some of yer chunkier, fancier Casios.

Edit: it appears to be a gnat's cock thicker than the F-91W
I bought one once when it was revealed Osama Bin Laden was an F-91W wearer, but the fucker's strap was about an inch too short for my thick wrists.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on September 20, 2019, 04:00:37 AM
Quote from: Famous Mortimer on September 19, 2019, 01:02:01 PM
I bought one once when it was revealed Osama Bin Laden was an F-91W wearer, but the fucker's strap was about an inch too short for my thick wrists.

It is (allegedly) the only branded item ever owned by mr Bin Laden, and Barack Obama also owned one in the '90s. The Department of Homeland Security takes ownership of the F91-W as evidence that one is a terrorist. It's also a wonderfully functional timepiece. I don't wear one in the States though because I don't need the (admittedly infinitesimally unlikely chance of) hassle with the DoHS.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on September 20, 2019, 05:13:23 AM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on September 20, 2019, 04:00:37 AM
It is (allegedly) the only branded item ever owned by mr Bin Laden, and Barack Obama also owned one in the '90s. The Department of Homeland Security takes ownership of the F91-W as evidence that one is a terrorist. It's also a wonderfully functional timepiece. I don't wear one in the States though because I don't need the (admittedly infinitesimally unlikely chance of) hassle with the DoHS.

Surely he owned a video camera, a telly, an AK-47...
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 20, 2019, 08:59:41 AM
And a laptop full of grumble apparently.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on September 20, 2019, 09:22:39 AM
Unbranded porn, though, like a good Mujahedeen.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: NJ Uncut on September 20, 2019, 09:40:01 AM
Had Coke and Pepsi, and Vaseline, did Ozzy B

Makes you wonder what kind of evenings he had
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on September 20, 2019, 09:43:13 AM
Drinking off-brand cola while using an off-brand laptop to watch off-brand porn; desolation.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on September 20, 2019, 10:22:51 AM
Nah, isn't Mecca Cola supposed to be pretty decent?

(http://i.imgur.com/NJSPq.jpg)

I tried some of this years ago when it was available in the UK. I can't remember what it tasted like. Freedom, probably.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: NJ Uncut on September 20, 2019, 10:58:32 AM
Mecca Cola. You gotta bow to us!

Anyway, uh, wearing a Fossil watch the day. One of the minimalist all black ones.

Love the design but the glare off the glass is unreal. I've seen mirrors less reflective
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on September 20, 2019, 03:18:30 PM
Quote from: touchingcloth on September 20, 2019, 05:13:23 AM
Surely he owned a video camera, a telly, an AK-47...

But was conspicuously never photographed with these items (except for his AK-74u, which sort of counts because if that's not a brand endorsement, I don't know what is).
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on September 20, 2019, 04:14:11 PM
Quote from: Famous Mortimer on September 16, 2019, 01:49:17 PM
Those Seiko automatics people have mentioned...are any of you owners blessed with a big wrist, and how does it look on you?

Since you asked... Happy birthday to meeeeeeee:

(https://i.ibb.co/0VhsgnJ/20190160256.jpg)

Seiko Recraft SNKM97, a gift from the wonderful Mr Jam because he is the best thing in the world <3<3<3

Anyway, as you can see I do not have big wrists, just big hands on narrow lady wrists. At 44mm the case of this watch is only a tad narrower than those wrists but fuck it, I'm in love with this watch. It's just lairy enough for my tastes and the dial is so very very green. I must get a photo of it in the sunlight...

I'm not sure I'd wear this if I was a bloke though, I think I would have gone for the green Seiko 5 Sport with a dial in the same shade of green, something a bit more sober and a bit more classic. I love having this beast on my dainty little lady wrist (oo-er) though.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Famous Mortimer on September 20, 2019, 06:26:38 PM
Quote from: Blue Jam on September 20, 2019, 04:14:11 PM
Since you asked... Happy birthday to meeeeeeee:

(https://i.ibb.co/0VhsgnJ/20190160256.jpg)

Seiko Recraft SNKM97, a gift from the wonderful Mr Jam because he is the best thing in the world <3<3<3

Anyway, as you can see I do not have big wrists, just big hands on narrow lady wrists. At 44mm the case of this watch is only a tad narrower than those wrists but fuck it, I'm in love with this watch. It's just lairy enough for my tastes and the dial is so very very green. I must get a photo of it in the sunlight...

I'm not sure I'd wear this if I was a bloke though, I think I would have gone for the green Seiko 5 Sport with a dial in the same shade of green, something a bit more sober and a bit more classic. I love having this beast on my dainty little lady wrist (oo-er) though.
Oooh, that's lovely
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on September 21, 2019, 09:54:29 AM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on September 20, 2019, 03:18:30 PM
except for his AK-74u

I can't decide whether this is a typo, a funny joke (imagine if a gun was named like a Wii, haha) or a real name. I'm enjoying the ambiguity, by the way, so no need to clarify.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on September 21, 2019, 02:59:05 PM
Quote from: touchingcloth on September 21, 2019, 09:54:29 AM
I can't decide whether this is a typo, a funny joke (imagine if a gun was named like a Wii, haha) or a real name.

It is a carbine variant of the original design chambered in a smaller cartridge. It accepts the 45rd RPK magazine which (I think?) is why they were so popular among Afghan militia groups.

Quote
I'm enjoying the ambiguity, by the way, so no need to clarify.

Oh right, disregard that then.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Better Midlands on September 21, 2019, 03:01:33 PM
Quote from: Blue Jam on September 20, 2019, 04:14:11 PM
(https://i.ibb.co/0VhsgnJ/20190160256.jpg)

Very nice Blue Jam
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Dex Sawash on September 21, 2019, 04:03:43 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on September 21, 2019, 02:59:05 PM
It is a carbine variant of the original design chambered in a smaller cartridge. It accepts the 45rd RPK magazine which (I think?) is why they were so popular among Afghan militia groups.

Oh right, disregard that then.

The large mag helps give the illusion of small hands which is important to some jihadi groups/watch wearers.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on September 21, 2019, 04:09:44 PM
Quote from: Dex Sawash on September 21, 2019, 04:03:43 PM
The large mag helps give the illusion of small hands which is important to some jihadi groups/watch wearers.

...good work bringing it back to watches. I did consider not responding for fear of further sidelining, but I'm not rude enough to ignore people so I kept it brief and hoped I would be forgiven.

Side note - that Seiko is lovely, BlueJam! I am also a fan of monochromatic watches, and that green is very nice.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on September 21, 2019, 04:10:24 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on September 21, 2019, 02:59:05 PM
It is a carbine variant of the original design chambered in a smaller cartridge. It accepts the 45th RPK magazine which (I think?) is why they were so popular among Afghan militia groups.

FTFY.

Also, I am just noting that all the word "carbine" means to me is it was often tacked onto the name of guns available to choose in the old ultra violent computer games.

G3456RX Arabsbane 9mm, or the G3456RX Arabsbane 9mm (carbine)? Well, I'm no idiot, so I took the carbine every single time. Get a load of these carbs, you old gook nazi cunts. Feel how the freedom endures, hooob rah.

Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on September 21, 2019, 04:09:44 PM
Side note - that Seiko is lovely, BlueJam! I am also a fan of monochromatic watches, and that green is very nice.

Thirded, or fourthed or wherever we're up to now. Does it do the thing on the day/date dial where it has English/roman text as well as things in a second language, BJ? One of the 2 Seiko 5s I got has English and French, the other has English and Arabic. SO EXOTIC
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on September 21, 2019, 04:28:16 PM
As penance for all my off-topic shit. Current collection of fun watches that I actually wear (not the Perregaux or Omegas which sit in a drawer, unloved).

You can see the ones that get regular use because they're on EST. A few are still on UK time from July (like my wedding green/purple Swatch that only comes out for nuptials) and I couldn't be arsed to fix them for this photo. The white Swatch is on a time zone all of its own. The black/gold Casio gets the most love, followed by the F91-W and the all black Swatch.

(https://imgur.com/IvLwR8s.jpg)

What a childish collection. I am ashamed.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: wosl on September 21, 2019, 11:21:09 PM
That's what I'm using at the moment, a black-strapped version of the Casio at far left.  It replaced a W-86-1VQES because I can read the bolder display of the new one better with my dicky eyes, and it's thinner than a G-Shock.  Just scraped it against something the other day, there are scuffs and rake lines all along the left edge, but I don't mind that too much, the display is still unscratched.  Fuck's going on, though, with the pairs of fake rivets, at the corners? (That's aimed at Casio/the ether, not you.)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on September 22, 2019, 12:06:25 AM
The rivets hold the watch together x
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on September 22, 2019, 01:28:34 AM
I've never noticed the rivets before, but now they drive me bonkers. Thanks for that.

It's great for always having a toy for the boy Ferris Jr though. Bright colours, on my right wrist, good for chewing/grabbing/looking at.

...and my son likes it as well!
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on September 24, 2019, 08:25:24 PM
The Bering titanium watch my better half bought me a couple of Christmases ago. I'd not heard of them before but they do some quite nice understated models, especially the ceramic ones. My only criticism is that they're all slightly out of focus.

(https://i.postimg.cc/ncrX2sRF/B958-D9-B9-422-D-47-AC-A182-26676619-FF6-B.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sony Walkman Prophecies on September 26, 2019, 08:14:07 AM
Who buys watches at airports? I've been travelling a lot recently and have been pondering this question. I know you stand to save a bit if they're duty free, but I just can't imagine thinking on the way to my flight "Oh yeah. I just need to stop off and get an Omega Speedmaster." The stores are always empty and overlit as well. Up there with working in Poundland as one of the most depressing jobs in retail.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: sponk on September 26, 2019, 08:58:03 AM
What are the least depressing jobs in retail?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 26, 2019, 10:31:39 AM
Quote from: Sony Walkman Prophecies on September 26, 2019, 08:14:07 AM
Who buys watches at airports? I've been travelling a lot recently and have been pondering this question. I know you stand to save a bit if they're duty free, but I just can't imagine thinking on the way to my flight "Oh yeah. I just need to stop off and get an Omega Speedmaster." The stores are always empty and overlit as well. Up there with working in Poundland as one of the most depressing jobs in retail.

They're a throwback from when you were only allowed to bring certain amounts of cash in or out of countries. Watches values hold relatively well so you wear your money on your wrist through customs then cash it in.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: katzenjammer on September 26, 2019, 01:02:02 PM
Quote from: Sony Walkman Prophecies on September 26, 2019, 08:14:07 AM
Who buys watches at airports?
Rich people who are in transit and get a better price in the airport depending on their home currency's value at the time.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: a duncandisorderly on September 26, 2019, 11:57:27 PM
Quote from: Sony Walkman Prophecies on September 26, 2019, 08:14:07 AM
Who buys watches at airports? I've been travelling a lot recently and have been pondering this question. I know you stand to save a bit if they're duty free, but I just can't imagine thinking on the way to my flight "Oh yeah. I just need to stop off and get an Omega Speedmaster." The stores are always empty and overlit as well. Up there with working in Poundland as one of the most depressing jobs in retail.

I bought a citizen at gatwick just a week ago. I hate gatwick, but it was cheaper than heathrow this months for some reason... anyway, the watch was to cheer meself up.
"that's a good price for an eco-drive.... " said the lady, with a hint of 'have we got the right tag on this?' (no pun intended). anyway, nice enough watch... day-date, big luminous proper numbers, dark blue face in black case with a leather strap..... which, after twelve hours, had given me the first rash I've had in decades. there must've been summat on it, because I don't have a problem with any other leather strap watches, or steel, or plastic, or rubber, or titanium... damn thing's sat on my mellotron at home now while I look for a metal strap that'll fit it.

anyway, it's one of these:

(https://www.reddeerwatches.com/media/catalog/product/cache/3/image/650x/040ec09b1e35df139433887a97daa66f/b/m/bm8478-01l_02_2.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on September 27, 2019, 12:14:57 AM
Gatwick? Never mind the watch, did you get a Nando's breakfast?

(the watch is nice)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: a duncandisorderly on September 27, 2019, 12:20:19 AM
Quote from: Blue Jam on September 27, 2019, 12:14:57 AM
Gatwick? Never mind the watch, did you get a Nando's breakfast?

(the watch is nice)

giraffe. but it was a shit-hole compared to my usual one at T5. the porridge was decent, but I almost missed my flight waiting for it to cool down.

the security procedure at gatwick hasn't improved, though my frequent use of airports meant I was prepared for this & I got through fairly quickly.
but I noted with some disbelief that there's a "pay £5 & jump the queues" kind of deal there now, a fast-track security lane, rather like the old 'speedy boarding' that easyjet used to do.

fuck's sake.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on September 27, 2019, 01:05:09 AM
Quote from: a duncandisorderly on September 27, 2019, 12:20:19 AM
giraffe. but it was a shit-hole compared to my usual one at T5. the porridge was decent, but I almost missed my flight waiting for it to cool down.

the security procedure at gatwick hasn't improved, though my frequent use of airports meant I was prepared for this & I got through fairly quickly.
but I noted with some disbelief that there's a "pay £5 & jump the queues" kind of deal there now, a fast-track security lane, rather like the old 'speedy boarding' that easyjet used to do.

fuck's sake.

We were told we couldn't take milk for my infant son through security. I had to call a manager over, who after looking at the rules on my phone relented (eventually) and said "well, to be fair you might know better than me, it's not my fault - they change the reg[ulation]s all the time..." and I nearly said something quite rude along the lines of "yeah, why would you, the head of security at Gatwick airport, know the rules and regulations of security at Gatwick airport" but I didn't and we were on our way.

Fuck Gatwick though, even with its cheeky Nandos.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: a duncandisorderly on September 27, 2019, 01:50:04 AM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on September 27, 2019, 01:05:09 AM
Fuck Gatwick though, even with its cheeky Nandos.

yes, fuck them. but I feel as though I have at least had a taste of what heathrow might turn into as they are forced to cheapen-down, especially if this brexit bullshit happens.
I told you all about the passport scanner incident on my way out of madrid a month ago?
machine lit up red, 'incorrect country', & the chap nearby dismissed the alarm saying "it's not supposed to do that.... yet."

this time, different chap, & the machine let me through straight away, but he did offer some quip (in english, bless him) along the lines of 'not for long!'.

gatwick's architecture is the bit that really puts my teeth on edge, though. does it really need to be so fucking gloomy & dimly lit? would more windows (like T5) have put them over budget?

& don't get me started on luton...
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: imitationleather on September 27, 2019, 11:14:46 AM
I suppose having to spend time in poorly-lit surroundings is the price you pay for INCESSANT PLANET RAPE.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on September 27, 2019, 12:09:58 PM
Quote from: imitationleather on September 27, 2019, 11:14:46 AM
I suppose having to spend time in poorly-lit surroundings is the price you pay for INCESSANT PLANET RAPE.

2 day business trip to San Francisco next month. 6 hour flight each way. I'm a monster.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Famous Mortimer on September 27, 2019, 01:07:22 PM
Quote from: a duncandisorderly on September 27, 2019, 01:50:04 AM
yes, fuck them. but I feel as though I have at least had a taste of what heathrow might turn into as they are forced to cheapen-down, especially if this brexit bullshit happens.
So, all airports outside the EU are disgusting hellholes?

Anyway, airports are rubbish and watches are good.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on October 09, 2019, 05:02:42 PM
I am at Barcelona airport right now. There is an Innis and Gunn but no Nando's. Fucksake.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: NJ Uncut on October 09, 2019, 05:36:32 PM
I get up for work at half six, and it's dark.

Pretty soon I'll be leaving in the dark, at 4pm

My Xmas present to me will be a Tritium watch, but our stupid "mostly darkness" winters will probably accelerate that!
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: bgmnts on October 09, 2019, 05:38:36 PM
Those winter morning walks to work are a thing of beauty.

I once walked from cwmbran through caerleon into a business park in newport just to see if i could. Left at 3am, got there are 6.

Title: Re: Watches
Post by: NJ Uncut on October 09, 2019, 06:00:40 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on October 09, 2019, 05:38:36 PM
Those winter morning walks to work are a thing of beauty.

I once walked from cwmbran through caerleon into a business park in newport just to see if i could. Left at 3am, got there are 6.

What watch aided you through such a trek, BagMountains?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: bgmnts on October 09, 2019, 06:08:39 PM
It was actually a nice Rotary, had that for a year until my cousin nutted it with his big fat baby head and cracked it.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: NJ Uncut on October 09, 2019, 06:33:31 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on October 09, 2019, 06:08:39 PM
It was actually a nice Rotary, had that for a year until my cousin nutted it with his big fat baby head and cracked it.

Did it glow in the dark?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: bgmnts on October 09, 2019, 06:35:28 PM
No, I have some class.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: NJ Uncut on October 09, 2019, 06:44:13 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on October 09, 2019, 06:35:28 PM
No, I have some class.

So why wear a watch in the dark, eh? EH
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: bgmnts on October 09, 2019, 06:47:29 PM
Because watches are cool.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: NJ Uncut on October 09, 2019, 07:13:54 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on October 09, 2019, 06:47:29 PM
Because watches are cool.

Even if you can't see em?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: weekender on October 09, 2019, 07:15:01 PM
You two make a lovely couple.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: bgmnts on October 09, 2019, 07:15:42 PM
Quote from: NJ Uncut on October 09, 2019, 07:13:54 PM
Even if you can't see em?

Twas silver so you could kind of see it.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: NJ Uncut on October 09, 2019, 07:16:51 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on October 09, 2019, 07:15:42 PM
Twas silver so you could kind of see it.

That's alright.

I've become super utilitarian since joining Big Oil. Its not all about the fashion for me, maaaan!
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: bgmnts on October 09, 2019, 07:18:46 PM
I'm probably the least fashionable person on this forum to be fair, it was a christmas gift and so I wore it.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: NJ Uncut on October 09, 2019, 07:21:34 PM
Quote from: bgmnts on October 09, 2019, 07:18:46 PM
I'm probably the least fashionable person on this forum to be fair, it was a christmas gift and so I wore it.

In that case... Class dismissed!!

The class you previously referred t.. Ah fuck it

I'll post the horrifically glow in dark watch when I actually have it and realise it's annoying me at night
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: a duncandisorderly on October 17, 2019, 12:44:55 AM
Quote from: NJ Uncut on October 09, 2019, 07:21:34 PM
I'll post the horrifically glow in dark watch when I actually have it and realise it's annoying me at night

if you go for a luminox or anything else deep enough to have tritium tubes on the hands, you'll want to take it off at night anyway. couple of times I was woken up either by hitting myself with the fucker while turning over, or else by the mrs similarly injured & cross. but it's a small price to pay for being able to know what time it is even in pitch blackness.

(https://e-epicure.com/641-thickbox_default/reloj-luminox-atacama-field-chronograph-alarm-1944-45mm.jpg)

I'm annoyed that the tilt-switches in a couple of my casio watches have stopped working. the button to make them light up sans tilt isn't always in the same place so sometimes when I've finally summoned the illumination, it's to see that the watch is now in timer mode or thinks it's on some remote part of the planet where it's high fucking noon.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: NJ Uncut on October 19, 2019, 05:21:23 PM
Quote from: a duncandisorderly on October 17, 2019, 12:44:55 AM
if you go for a luminox or anything else deep enough to have tritium tubes on the hands, you'll want to take it off at night anyway. couple of times I was woken up either by hitting myself with the fucker while turning over, or else by the mrs similarly injured & cross. but it's a small price to pay for being able to know what time it is even in pitch blackness.

(https://e-epicure.com/641-thickbox_default/reloj-luminox-atacama-field-chronograph-alarm-1944-45mm.jpg)

I'm annoyed that the tilt-switches in a couple of my casio watches have stopped working. the button to make them light up sans tilt isn't always in the same place so sometimes when I've finally summoned the illumination, it's to see that the watch is now in timer mode or thinks it's on some remote part of the planet where it's high fucking noon.

Sound advice. I take watches off for bed. Might be able to see the tritium from the bedside table?

I need to move on from the minimalist Fossil I have. Screen is scratched already and I need the date on it... So functionality ahoy!

Cheers Dunc, shaping up my options for a self Xmas pressie
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Brian Freeze on October 31, 2019, 03:48:12 AM
Anyone fancy spurting £6,500 on a G-Shock? There's two at that price if you're keen.

Id put a link up if I could- any idea how to do that from a samsung phone???
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Dex Sawash on October 31, 2019, 04:40:21 AM
Quote from: Brian Freeze on October 31, 2019, 03:48:12 AM
Anyone fancy spurting £6,500 on a G-Shock? There's two at that price if you're keen.

Id put a link up if I could- any idea how to do that from a samsung phone???

Click on address bar on page you want to link to, I did that with this thread here...


(https://i.postimg.cc/CKZG5wWd/Screenshot-20191031-002425-Chrome.jpg)

If you press the button that looks like 2 pieces of paper, that copies the link to your clipboard.
Then in your CaB post, just long click in the posting area and hit "paste" when the cut/copy/paste flag pops up.

Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Brian Freeze on October 31, 2019, 08:32:57 AM

Many, many thanks Mr Sexwash


https://g-shock.co.uk/collections/mr-g

Title: Re: Watches
Post by: NJ Uncut on October 31, 2019, 09:08:38 AM
Scratches then

I've scratched the face of every watch I've had but none have cost me more than a ton.

If I splash out, should I expect scratch protection? Or is my light paranoia justified?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on October 31, 2019, 09:18:05 AM
Quote from: NJ Uncut on October 31, 2019, 09:08:38 AM
Scratches then

I've scratched the face of every watch I've had but none have cost me more than a ton.

If I splash out, should I expect scratch protection? Or is my light paranoia justified?

I scratched my old (tritium!) Mondaine instantly on buying it and thereafter pretty much weekly. My new Seiko 5 is 3 months or so old now, and the glass is still pristine. Hardlex, I think it's called, and I heard people wanking on about its toughness before I bought and it really does seem to be.

When I was reading about it I got the impression that there are tougher materials still. "Crystal", maybe, but I suspect there are many different types of crystal with different levels of hardness so I will cede the floor to a watch geek now.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on October 31, 2019, 09:21:40 AM
My seiko is doing well in that regard and all.

I'm disappointed in how much it's losing though, more than the spec says I think and it's fairly consistent.

Tempted to give it a tweak, our electronics lab has these things like microscopes but with a viewing window like a slide viewer so I could see what I'm doing. There's supposed to be phone apps that can time the watches based on listening to them.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on October 31, 2019, 09:26:40 AM
How much does yours lose? I last set mine when the clocks changed (the wee small hours of Sunday?), and it's reading 9:25 now at 9:25, which is better than I expected actually. Normally I tend to set it when it gets 2-3 minutes out of step, which works out at about once a week.

EDIT: I never know how much of a bashing it can take and still be expected to keep decent time. If I hold or move my wrist through certain angles I can hear the mechanism a bit more loudly than usual, and my car has an issue in first gear at the moment which means when it isles it can vibrate the steering wheel a bit, which translates into some louder noises from the watch. Am I knackering it?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on October 31, 2019, 09:44:59 AM
I tend to set it a couple of minutes fast and set it again when it's behind by a couple of minutes and that seems to happen a couple of times a week.

I should take some proper notes really.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: NJ Uncut on October 31, 2019, 12:28:15 PM
Quote from: touchingcloth on October 31, 2019, 09:18:05 AM
I scratched my old (tritium!)

Is scratching a Tritium timepiece going to make the radiation poisoning more likely??

QuoteMondaine instantly on buying it and thereafter pretty much weekly. My new Seiko 5 is 3 months or so old now, and the glass is still pristine. Hardlex, I think it's called, and I heard people wanking on about its toughness before I bought and it really does seem to be.

When I was reading about it I got the impression that there are tougher materials still. "Crystal", maybe, but I suspect there are many different types of crystal with different levels of hardness so I will cede the floor to a watch geek now.

NJ Uncut's New Watch Checklist

- Tritium
- Black face, eh, racist readers
- Hard as fuck

I want myself as a watch. Can watches be cloying?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on October 31, 2019, 01:18:13 PM
Cheers for saying nice things about my watch...

Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on September 21, 2019, 04:09:44 PM
Side note - that Seiko is lovely, BlueJam! I am also a fan of monochromatic watches, and that green is very nice.

It's not actually monochrome, the hands and number indicators are gold and the second hand is orange. Here's a better picture of it, after I had a few links taken out of the bracelet for size and found a better light source over the ol' baize:

(https://i.ibb.co/8cwfSjH/20191012-171742.jpg)

To the person who was asking about languages: I think this gives the day in French and Spanish as well as English, and while Mon-Fri are black, Sat is blue and Sun is red (ooooh).

The case is about the same width as my lady wrist and the design is a bit lairy, but precisely lairy enough for my tastes. I'm not sure I'd wear it if I was a bloke- I'd probably go for a more classic Seiko 5- but as a wimmin with big hands who looks daft wearing dainty little watches I think I can get away with this.

One of the reviewers on Amazon said it made him feel "like Austin Powers" but I feel more like a snooker or darts player in the 1970s, and I like the way the watch face looks like it should have "WINMAU" printed around the top.

Anyway, posting this because of the mention of Hardlex glass- my Seiko also has Hardlex and while the bracelet has been a bit of a scratch magnet so far (that's stainless steel for you) the glass is looking pristine. It's certainly holding up better than my similarly 70s-style Breil. It's also keeping time very well, gaining about a minute every three days, which is surprising when I haven't been wearing it in bed- I always take my watch off as soon as I get home, and only put it back on when I'm about to go out. I'm too scared to take the (exhibition) back off and tweak it, so I'm pretty chuffed with the performance so far.

I might also get a green leather strap and a little tool for it so I can go for two different looks. I could get addicted to Seikos...
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: NJ Uncut on October 31, 2019, 01:26:15 PM
Hmmm not arsed about the strap scratching but Seiko for no scratched face is seeming like the way to go. Or Hardlex at least

Keep em coming. Basically this is my Xmas pressie, half myself, half family...so can actually splash out a bit through two grand watches is too rich for my blood
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on October 31, 2019, 01:31:43 PM
Apparently a sapphire crystal is the way to go for top notch scratch-resistance, but sapphire is a bit more brittle than Hardlex and a bit more likely to crack or shatter. It looks like the difference isn't that great though, just that Hardlex is cheaper.

Getting a G-Shock or similar with those little crash bars is an option too, if you're looking for something a bit more sporty.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on October 31, 2019, 01:32:03 PM
You need to get yourself a Skagen my mate. £120, and that's my final offer.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on October 31, 2019, 02:03:59 PM
Quote from: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on October 31, 2019, 01:32:03 PM
You need to get yourself a Skagen my mate. £120, and that's my final offer.
Do you have to paint it yourself or do one of the Games Workshop lads handle it for you?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on October 31, 2019, 02:06:12 PM
(https://i.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/000/307/189/6fe.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on October 31, 2019, 02:24:45 PM
Quote from: Blue Jam on October 31, 2019, 01:18:13 PM
It's also keeping time very well, gaining about a minute every three days, which is surprising when I haven't been wearing it in bed- I always take my watch off as soon as I get home, and only put it back on when I'm about to go out. I'm too scared to take the (exhibition) back off and tweak it, so I'm pretty chuffed with the performance so far.

I might also get a green leather strap and a little tool for it so I can go for two different looks. I could get addicted to Seikos...

I mainly wear a watch for the same reason as there's a quartz clock in the kitchen: they give a rough indication of time that's good enough for "is it time to switch the tele on yet?" and similar purposes. I've got my phone for alarms and if I need to know an exact time for whatever reason, so not having to fuck about with batteries ever outweighs needing to quickly set it now and then while sat on the sofa or lying in bed.

I have a strap tool, so I fancy getting a brown leather one for turning it quickly into a dress watch. Or blue leather, can't decide.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on October 31, 2019, 02:39:40 PM
If you take it off you might be able to improve accuracy by trying it in different orientations. Seiko recommend it.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on October 31, 2019, 02:42:14 PM
As in take it off one day and rest it on its back, then the next day on its front, then on one side, etc. etc.?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on October 31, 2019, 02:46:54 PM
Quote from: touchingcloth on October 31, 2019, 02:42:14 PM
As in take it off one day and rest it on its back, then the next day on its front, then on one side, etc. etc.?

Nah, find the one that makes it change the least.

The idea is it'll run slightly different in different orientations, when it's on your wrist, these will normally cancel out.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Endicott on October 31, 2019, 03:18:39 PM
Quote from: NJ Uncut on October 19, 2019, 05:21:23 PM
Sound advice. I take watches off for bed. Might be able to see the tritium from the bedside table?

You just need something good to hang it on.

(http://www.morethings.com/fan/quentin_tarantino/pulp_fiction/pulp_fiction2830.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on October 31, 2019, 05:04:03 PM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on October 31, 2019, 02:46:54 PM
Nah, find the one that makes it change the least.

The idea is it'll run slightly different in different orientations, when it's on your wrist, these will normally cancel out.

I do always leave it on the same side each night (so the 12 is up when I'm lying down). Maybe I lucked out and that happens to be a good orientation, and I'd be fucked if me and her slept on different sides. Which we should try, cos I'm not fucked sleeping this way round, right, lads?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on October 31, 2019, 06:46:38 PM
@BlueJam I didn't mean monochrome, I just meant bold colours. I'm just an idiot.

@everyone else who has a watch that is losing time - my cheap Casio MQ24 keeps on keeping on. Looks great too.

(https://sep.yimg.com/ay/4-watches/casio-quartz-3-hands-classic-resin-watch-mq24-1e-2.gif)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Famous Mortimer on October 31, 2019, 06:52:29 PM
I tried one of those Seikos on in a local shop and it was pretty nice. I might buy myself one in the sales.

But, a couple of years after having my last one destroyed in a car accident, I've rebought my favourite watch ever, the Fossil ME 3073. Skeleton on front and back, lovely design, but the one I found on eBay had a really small band so I'm waiting for Fossil to ship me some links before I can wear it.

(https://cdn.creationwatches.com/products/images/medium/ME3073_MED.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on October 31, 2019, 07:09:44 PM
^ Ooh, I like that one. It's all pastel blue and that. Very nice.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: NJ Uncut on October 31, 2019, 07:13:48 PM
^ wassup, my Fossil-wearin amigo

(https://i.imgur.com/6d64FJc.png)

(Unfortunately everything negative I've posted in this thread has been about that watch)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on October 31, 2019, 07:21:45 PM
^ Not blue enough. Get out.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: NJ Uncut on October 31, 2019, 07:22:23 PM
^ Not black enough*





*I imagine!
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on October 31, 2019, 07:23:53 PM
I'm brown. I went to Spain about two weeks ago.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: NJ Uncut on October 31, 2019, 07:36:20 PM
Quote from: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on October 31, 2019, 07:23:53 PM
I'm brown. I went to Spain about two weeks ago.

Ah, but did you take your watch off, or is there a whiter part where the watch sits?

A lose-lose situ in the watch thread!
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on October 31, 2019, 07:49:00 PM
I'm afraid I left the watch on, and there is a white patch on my left wrist. Frankly, I look like a fucking idiot right now.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: NJ Uncut on October 31, 2019, 08:06:15 PM
Quote from: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on October 31, 2019, 07:49:00 PM
I'm afraid I left the watch on, and there is a white patch on my left wrist. Frankly, I look like a fucking idiot right now.

Ahh a problem caused by wearing a watch... solved by wearing a watch!
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on October 31, 2019, 10:27:16 PM
Quote from: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on October 31, 2019, 07:49:00 PM
I'm afraid I left the watch on, and there is a white patch on my left wrist. Frankly, I look like a fucking idiot right now.

You're a worthless cunt.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on November 01, 2019, 03:29:13 AM
Quote from: touchingcloth on October 31, 2019, 10:27:16 PM
You're a worthless cunt.

YES. As are you, dickface.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: NJ Uncut on November 01, 2019, 04:34:31 AM
Quote from: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on November 01, 2019, 03:29:13 AM
YES. As are you, watchface.

Edited to be on topic
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: a duncandisorderly on November 04, 2019, 05:12:05 PM
Quote from: NJ Uncut on October 19, 2019, 05:21:23 PM
Might be able to see the tritium from the bedside table?


yes. the expensive one of mine, the 'sr-71 tribute' luminox stays on the bedpost because it's too heavy to wear, & functions as an alarm clock, easily legible from several feet away.


Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on October 31, 2019, 09:21:40 AM
My seiko is doing well in that regard and all.

I'm disappointed in how much it's losing though, more than the spec says I think and it's fairly consistent.

Tempted to give it a tweak, our electronics lab has these things like microscopes but with a viewing window like a slide viewer so I could see what I'm doing. There's supposed to be phone apps that can time the watches based on listening to them.

this a '5'? does it have the display back or plain steel? either way, you can adjust them with a little turny-thing that sits over the balance wheel. make a note of how far you move it (+ or -) & check it after a week. I got one of mine down to +/- five seconds a month with some patient tweaking, which is pretty good for a cheap automatic.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ui_QnDKciBU
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on November 04, 2019, 05:19:02 PM
Yeah, display back, I can see the thing I need to tweak.

Apparently there's some phone apps that can listen to the frequency of the tics to act as a guide.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: a duncandisorderly on November 04, 2019, 05:21:41 PM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on November 04, 2019, 05:19:02 PM
Yeah, display back, I can see the thing I need to tweak.

Apparently there's some phone apps that can listen to the frequency of the tics to act as a guide.

I didn't know that, though I expect I should've. use of the 5s & ownership of smart things did not overlap, but I recently acquired a mickey mouse 5 for the mrs (she works for the evil empire) which needs a mech transplant, so that might be useful.

(https://s20.postimg.cc/x6ged98ct/MM2.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Twed on November 04, 2019, 06:14:45 PM
Quote from: touchingcloth on October 31, 2019, 09:26:40 AM
How much does yours lose? I last set mine when the clocks changed (the wee small hours of Sunday?), and it's reading 9:25 now at 9:25, which is better than I expected actually. Normally I tend to set it when it gets 2-3 minutes out of step, which works out at about once a week.
That matches the performance of my bashed around 5. It's accurate enough for my needs.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on November 09, 2019, 12:15:26 PM
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-6XrrhmWmiUA5HS8vPVJjuZEeZRaayhgTEQur_CBT8Mbxzs-0mUVPVGlLPRWEphlbd2Rp7k4FoypixSpnXcvkS7HpjqvF476SBsTIvwKEXKMDL2eND7a0iS4mH_0NAcOnI0f69gLI_BA02PhRBsVLJmNvDucOXTd9bxyscQc4vjf0eI3CUGH8v9CCHqB7FaMZ-wg_uylSwAjhn6R5NA9kAxXTW_hRyOaqA5B_9MpJIkbjXGTd51R7g_00S5REM9TCnvQkVRjAPk8FWFdag2BG2wyKqv03oa9VvHZSV7O_f-uPVlbKxydB12f6RFWCjwfAyOvoo3vKFbkHsu7o4Kk4FaryyFhhzr0Q21iztzfozsKUv3ybJ_15hhsJexXSU_4StTRHe4QYnxBZXdKcUm2kAUE52fN2zkyusLCpqrVr6t5Z3AVuM2TfGRyqU2Z7vaz21UQdwXKiF-DCBBkkAywHiQq2nLgEyrv83Wh8exrn52nLi-JVbwweUWsPhWiSfvdwZhqaO0CDc3g9jLyFklanBtfRuGg1yDrsrdkaG6U4wp8Py6oOOyLN8H3ceL2lZ6uALTfKS3H4QfFyhwjTijMcgbZ7jv4oxm-dpcpPET_SsBZp4bNHqpP7CGmMTzuE5cxAEl29jV7aIB9KTE0Kw3n6Ug6_Jk7B_ea036hLAUbTFz8hWgDsFWzfg=w380-h674-no)

Yeah, definitely needs a bit of a tweak. The long one was when I took it off for a shower and forgot to put it on.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on November 12, 2019, 07:26:53 PM
Quote from: Twed on November 04, 2019, 06:14:45 PM
That matches the performance of my bashed around 5. It's accurate enough for my needs.

Mine is both losing and gaining time at the moment, but in a way that's averaging out. I haven't set it since my last post saying I had, and this morning I'm certain it was 30 seconds fast, but I've just watched my phone change minutes just under 10 seconds before the watch did.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on December 02, 2019, 11:25:40 PM
Quote from: touchingcloth on November 12, 2019, 07:26:53 PM
Mine is both losing and gaining time at the moment, but in a way that's averaging out. I haven't set it since my last post saying I had, and this morning I'm certain it was 30 seconds fast, but I've just watched my phone change minutes just under 10 seconds before the watch did.

I didn't set mine at all in November, and I wouldn't have needed to have touched the crown yet but for last month having 30 days. 23:24 now and the watch is reading that too (though about 50 seconds slow) WHAT IS GOING ON IS MY WRISTS MAGIC
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: bgmnts on December 02, 2019, 11:26:13 PM
Did time exist before watches.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Danger Man on December 02, 2019, 11:36:53 PM
No
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: bgmnts on December 02, 2019, 11:42:04 PM
Are you sure?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Dewt on January 23, 2020, 05:25:52 AM
Quote from: Twed on April 24, 2019, 10:26:46 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/HIYPmtY.jpg)
RIP

Day/date gears seized up
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on January 23, 2020, 08:34:11 AM
Can you not get it serviced?

Mine once failed to do its second jump so it switched into saying the day in French. Its not done it since though.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Dewt on January 23, 2020, 01:53:33 PM
I have to stop servicing this watch at the full cost of the watch.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Famous Mortimer on January 23, 2020, 02:09:59 PM
I once bought a very nice watch from a charity shop that didn't work, and took it to a local watch place. I knew that, in full working order, this watch was worth about 200 quid, nice thing it was. They took it and said "it's a really nice watch, this, let's see how much it'll cost to repair". A few weeks later, they called and said it'd cost me about 200 quid, and were quite surprised when I told them not to bother. Like, they badgered me in the shop to get it fixed, but I just took it back to the charity shop and re-donated it.

Title: Re: Watches
Post by: wasp_f15ting on January 25, 2020, 08:42:08 AM
My favourite watch is this one by Ming watches, limited 150 pieces in this colour I am glad I got it before he became famous.

(https://i.imgur.com/CJDstst.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/k4cMRE9.jpg)

It has 3 layers of Sapphire Crystal on it.

I will pick up another piece at some point. The main aim for this year is the Grand Seiko Snow Flake
I wear my late father's Tudor Submariner - which I refurbished a year ago, but it does feel a bit too fragile..

(https://i.imgur.com/pA2e8mB.png)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on January 26, 2020, 02:28:47 PM
Thanks to some incidental chatter in the Apprentice thread, I googled for Rolex's and, er, what the fuck? I've known the name since I was a wain as being the height of watch chic, but they look a bit shit. Chunky bastards with MASSIVE NUMBERS and knobs, like they're designed for children or the partially sighted.

(https://i.imgur.com/lioXGmu.jpg)

That's not even particularly garish, just not what I had in mind when thinking about a brand that always gets spoken of in hushed tones.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Better Midlands on January 26, 2020, 02:59:26 PM
I'd take Wasp's Submariner over that in a heartbeat.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on January 26, 2020, 03:03:22 PM
Quote from: touchingcloth on January 26, 2020, 02:28:47 PM
Thanks to some incidental chatter in the Apprentice thread, I googled for Rolex's and, er, what the fuck? I've known the name since I was a wain as being the height of watch chic, but they look a bit shit. Chunky bastards with MASSIVE NUMBERS and knobs, like they're designed for children or the partially sighted.

(https://i.imgur.com/lioXGmu.jpg)

That's not even particularly garish, just not what I had in mind when thinking about a brand that always gets spoken of in hushed tones.

If you thought rolex enthusiasts couldn't be any cooler, they even give them nicknames based on their colour schemes e.g. this is a 'pepsi'

(https://external-content.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.watchcollectors.co.uk%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2017%2F09%2FRolex-GMT-Master-Pepsi-Bezel-16700-Stainless-Steel-Second-Hand-Watch-Collectors-1.jpg&f=1&nofb=1)
'Batman':
(https://external-content.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bobswatches.com%2Fimages%2Fz119762-Rolex-Batman-GMT-Master-II-116710---113299.jpg&f=1&nofb=1)

I think the one you posted is the much coveted Rolex 'Pickle Rick'.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on January 26, 2020, 07:55:04 PM
Awful things. Are those last two 24 hour models? Not a fan of the fat bezels, reminds me of a (digital) watch I had as a kid where you could turn the bezel instead of the crown to set the time.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Urinal Cake on January 26, 2020, 07:59:57 PM
 Remember at one time these were supposed to be dive watches- so easy to read in deep dark waters, easy to adjust before a dive etc. Now obviously they're most just luxury watches that you can swim with.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Dewt on January 27, 2020, 08:32:21 PM
$118 to repair the movement according to the Seiko site. Hmmm.......

No, it costs almost exactly that new. Let's not be overly sentimental about it.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on January 27, 2020, 08:33:33 PM
Have you considered taking it to a local watch repairer rather than getting it done by the manufacturer? They're like cars, don't bother taking it to the manufacturer if it's out of warranty, you'll get stung.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Dewt on January 27, 2020, 08:39:06 PM
I doubt they'll be craftspeople that could have survived chains like Jareds existing, they'll just try to sell me something or send it to Seiko themselves with an overhead fee.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Urinal Cake on January 27, 2020, 09:34:42 PM
You could replace the movement with a cheaper/Chinese/used movement.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Dewt on January 27, 2020, 09:35:47 PM
Why

Surely the labour cost to do that would be a lot of money and then I'd end up with a much worse watch to MAYBE save a few bucks
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Urinal Cake on January 27, 2020, 09:42:43 PM
A few people do it themselves to save money or start an easier project. Also watches might have a sentimental value etc
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Dewt on January 27, 2020, 09:45:09 PM
Those are two reasons why I won't be doing that!

The legit movement is cheap anyway.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: studpuppet on January 28, 2020, 07:36:24 AM
Quote from: touchingcloth on January 26, 2020, 02:28:47 PM
Thanks to some incidental chatter in the Apprentice thread, I googled for Rolex's and, er, what the fuck?

Rolex are a bit like Montblanc are for fountain pens. Build up a reputation over decades and then use the brand to sell totally over-the-top stuff as jewellery to collectors/people with more money than taste (the kind of people who buy shirts like this (https://i.pinimg.com/474x/ac/c1/9b/acc19b6327ae3dc319fc7435d9323f97.jpg)). You can still buy fairly conservative-looking Rolexes but they aren't the ones they tend to advertise.

My Rolex is from a time when they were just beginning to earn their reputation (mine's 1938, similar to the pic). On the plus side it's small, simple and easily repaired/serviced. On the minus side, it was made in an era before shockproof watches and I've broken the balance staff on it twice in thirty years. Rolex still stock the parts for it (pretty amazing for an eighty year-old watch), but it's £150 just for the part each time...

(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/y84nC_zkMYs/maxresdefault.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Urinal Cake on January 28, 2020, 07:59:55 AM
Rolex Presidential/Day Date/Datejust are some ugly watches. It's not the gaudy gold or  diamonds. It's the crown looks just ugly, placement of the day and insistence on a cyclops for a dress watch.

(https://images.rolex.com/2019/catalogue/images/upright-bba-with-shadow/m228238-0042.png)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on January 28, 2020, 08:11:42 AM
Well yes, Rolex and Breitling's more gaudy offerings are aimed at the same middle-aged men who fold themselves into sports cars with paint jobs brighter than Dyno-Rod vans.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: icehaven on January 28, 2020, 09:44:35 AM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on January 26, 2020, 03:03:22 PM
If you thought rolex enthusiasts couldn't be any cooler, they even give them nicknames based on their colour schemes e.g. this is a 'pepsi'

(https://external-content.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.watchcollectors.co.uk%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2017%2F09%2FRolex-GMT-Master-Pepsi-Bezel-16700-Stainless-Steel-Second-Hand-Watch-Collectors-1.jpg&f=1&nofb=1)
'Batman':
(https://external-content.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bobswatches.com%2Fimages%2Fz119762-Rolex-Batman-GMT-Master-II-116710---113299.jpg&f=1&nofb=1)



What do those numbers around the the outside mean (2-22)?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on January 28, 2020, 10:48:46 AM
Quote from: icehaven on January 28, 2020, 09:44:35 AM
What do those numbers around the the outside mean (2-22)?

I had the same thought, and couldn't work anything out other than it being a 24 hour movement. If it was a 12 hour movement where you could see both things then you'd have "18" at the 6 o'clock position rather than "12". Are 24 hour movements even a thing? Would seem v niche if so.

Quote from: touchingcloth on January 26, 2020, 07:55:04 PM
Awful things. Are those last two 24 hour models? Not a fan of the fat bezels, reminds me of a (digital) watch I had as a kid where you could turn the bezel instead of the crown to set the time.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: shiftwork2 on January 28, 2020, 10:52:55 AM
Quote from: Urinal Cake on January 28, 2020, 07:59:55 AM
Rolex Presidential/Day Date/Datejust are some ugly watches. It's not the gaudy gold or  diamonds. It's the crown looks just ugly, placement of the day and insistence on a cyclops for a dress watch.

(https://images.rolex.com/2019/catalogue/images/upright-bba-with-shadow/m228238-0042.png)

Alternating Roman numerals with the single stroke doesn't work for me there.  I understand that full Roman leads to a very busy dial but on the quarter hours you've got complete inconsistency.  I suppose it is at least symmetrical down a centre line.  I'm all about clarity as I've mentioned before and that watch is giving me the fear.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Cuellar on January 28, 2020, 10:57:30 AM
I've probably said this already in this thread but I can't be bothered checking: don't you get all sweaty wristed when wearing a watch? Would make me all itchy.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Urinal Cake on January 28, 2020, 11:22:35 AM
Quote from: icehaven on January 28, 2020, 09:44:35 AM
What do those numbers around the the outside mean (2-22)?
https://hespokestyle.com/read-gmt-watch/
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Urinal Cake on January 28, 2020, 11:31:18 AM
Quote from: shiftwork2 on January 28, 2020, 10:52:55 AM
Alternating Roman numerals with the single stroke doesn't work for me there.  I understand that full Roman leads to a very busy dial but on the quarter hours you've got complete inconsistency.  I suppose it is at least symmetrical down a centre line.  I'm all about clarity as I've mentioned before and that watch is giving me the fear.
California dials used to be popular but people realised they are a bit rubbish. I still think with right size and shape it looks good
(https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn%3AANd9GcSfqvBAaZSnE-B4Aquek2gzGmTQGhK7rUFQD8J0_f-r2bRDZ0PC)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: icehaven on January 28, 2020, 11:35:54 AM
Quote from: Urinal Cake on January 28, 2020, 11:22:35 AM
https://hespokestyle.com/read-gmt-watch/

I see, that makes sense. I didn't realise the bezel moved.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Cuellar on January 28, 2020, 03:17:19 PM
Are there any GMT watches that a) aren't absolutely hideous b) cheap
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Dewt on January 28, 2020, 04:32:10 PM
Despite the loss of my Pyscho 5 I am doing fine:

(https://i.imgur.com/x4bzpPk.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on January 28, 2020, 04:52:14 PM
Quote from: icehaven on January 28, 2020, 09:44:35 AM
What do those numbers around the the outside mean (2-22)?

24hr conversion i assume
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Famous Mortimer on January 28, 2020, 05:55:25 PM
I was just flicking through shopgoodwill.com and saw one of these:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/8081/8313698868_65ec6e8258_z.jpg)

It looks quite good fun, even though it's not working and will need some restoring - mint versions go for like $400. But I discover it was used in "For Your Eyes Only", as every site mentions this. Are there people watching "For Your Eyes Only", which is not a Bond movie that gets brought up a lot, and going "yes, I want that sort of watch" in 2020? Maybe there are. It's a nice watch though.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Dewt on January 28, 2020, 06:00:50 PM
Image is broken even I go directly to the URL. Seems you need to be authenticated to see it.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on January 28, 2020, 06:06:22 PM
Quote from: Dewt on January 28, 2020, 04:32:10 PM
Despite the loss of my Pyscho 5 I am doing fine:

(https://i.imgur.com/x4bzpPk.jpg)

I don't like the ones without the /WR\, dunno why.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: shiftwork2 on January 28, 2020, 06:40:14 PM
Quote from: Urinal Cake on January 28, 2020, 11:31:18 AM
California dials used to be popular but people realised they are a bit rubbish. I still think with right size and shape it looks good
(https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn%3AANd9GcSfqvBAaZSnE-B4Aquek2gzGmTQGhK7rUFQD8J0_f-r2bRDZ0PC)

No, California is great.  Singular look, lovely symmetry and there's an underlying reason for the Arabic Roman split.  I know nothing of its history so I could imagine Philip Marlowe wearing one of those in the 40s.  Don't spoil it for me if it's some shabby 70s thing.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: icehaven on January 28, 2020, 06:54:54 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on January 28, 2020, 04:52:14 PM
24hr conversion i assume

I thought that at first but the intervals are wrong, it's this:

Quote from: Urinal Cake on January 28, 2020, 11:22:35 AM
https://hespokestyle.com/read-gmt-watch/

Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Famous Mortimer on January 28, 2020, 07:33:45 PM
Quote from: Dewt on January 28, 2020, 06:00:50 PM
Image is broken even I go directly to the URL. Seems you need to be authenticated to see it.
Sorry mate, edited. It's a Seiko H357-5049, if the link is still broken. I just think it looks like a fun thing, and hopefully the non-working one I'm bidding on just needs a new battery and a bit of cleaning up.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Dewt on January 28, 2020, 07:45:48 PM
I'm seeing one go for $350 so it would likely be a great thing if you could snag a cheap one and mend it.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Famous Mortimer on January 28, 2020, 07:52:03 PM
Fingers crossed. There's a few scratches on the paint and the strap needs a good scrub-down but other than that (and it not working, I suppose) all is well.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: wasp_f15ting on January 29, 2020, 11:55:42 AM
I did actually own a hulk..

However it just didn't suit my skin colour.. they go for pretty good amounts in the second hand market. I made about 130% return on it!

(https://i.imgur.com/7V55X6c.png)

I do like this for the odd event..

(https://i.imgur.com/zbb7aFF.png)

But really my heart is set on the Grand Seiko Snowflake.. I just don't want to buy it new and lose money.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Dex Sawash on January 29, 2020, 12:27:25 PM
Quote from: wasp_f15ting
But really my heart is set on the Grand Seiko Snowflake.. I just don't want to buy it new and lose money.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61C0gTpU45L._AC_UX466_.jpg)


Why's that got a boost gauge then?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: wasp_f15ting on January 29, 2020, 12:43:51 PM
It just shows how much charge it has.

The sweep on the second hand is so gorgeous as it is electronically controlled

https://gfycat.com/ediblethankfulgreatwhiteshark
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on January 29, 2020, 12:46:38 PM
Quote from: Dex Sawash on January 29, 2020, 12:27:25 PM
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61C0gTpU45L._AC_UX466_.jpg)


Why's that got a boost gauge then?

Powers up your wrist ready to deliver beatings.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on January 29, 2020, 01:01:23 PM
Quote from: wasp_f15ting on January 29, 2020, 11:55:42 AM
I did actually own a hulk..

However it just didn't suit my skin colour.. they go for pretty good amounts in the second hand market. I made about 130% return on it!

(https://i.imgur.com/7V55X6c.png)

I do like this for the odd event..

(https://i.imgur.com/zbb7aFF.png)

That first one looks like the inspiration for the Seiko 5 I was considering a few pages back. I love the second one too, it looks nice and sporty with the green hand. I do like green as a colour for watches.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: wasp_f15ting on January 29, 2020, 01:22:22 PM
Seiko did the green sunburst dial first I believe!

The aplinist has a gorgeous dial

(https://i.imgur.com/gB315d2.jpg)

A couple of their divers have the forest green too.
Just had a look back at your watch that is very sharp - your lady has excellent tastes.

Title: Re: Watches
Post by: holyzombiejesus on January 29, 2020, 01:26:37 PM
I would really like to start wearing a watch but I'm yet to find a strap that I don't have an allergic reaction to. Never tried metal though. Fascinating.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: wasp_f15ting on January 29, 2020, 01:29:35 PM
I have the same issue with Nylon straps - so much so I get red spots shortly after.

Leather seems to be fine, there are some guides online as to how you can make your own leather straps if you can be bothered.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on January 29, 2020, 01:35:19 PM
Quote from: Famous Mortimer on January 28, 2020, 05:55:25 PM
It looks quite good fun, even though it's not working and will need some restoring - mint versions go for like $400. But I discover it was used in "For Your Eyes Only", as every site mentions this. Are there people watching "For Your Eyes Only", which is not a Bond movie that gets brought up a lot, and going "yes, I want that sort of watch" in 2020? Maybe there are. It's a nice watch though.

I like that- and on the subject of watches on screen, I do like the watch Jimmy McGill wears in Better Call Saul:

(https://i.redd.it/g6uidwxtaqvy.png)

Nobody seems to know quite what it is- the closest guess I've seen is that it's a Mercury:

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/b9/4f/8d/b94f8d7b2d5728f99dec68e60020a6ac.jpg)

I've also seen suggestions that it's a Pulsar or a National Semiconductor- those don't seem quite right but I checked out National Semiconductor and there's a nice gallery of different models here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/51764518@N02/albums/72157695390045060

(https://live.staticflickr.com/1885/30701838328_b61aede46a_b.jpg)

I see the NS watches are actually pretty cheap to buy on eBay, and I do like my 70's-style watches and a round face in a square(ish) case but I probably wouldn't buy an LED watch because I don't like the idea of having to press a button to see the time, and I suspect they eat batteries like nobodies business. They do look fun to wear though.

On second thoughts, I do like a project:

https://hackaday.com/2018/11/28/collecting-repairing-and-wearing-vintage-digital-watches/

QuoteIt is tough to find working LED VDWs. Plan to either pay a fair market value for a working one or to buy numerous modules (module is the name for the VDW movement) or complete watches to make one work. Given this scarcity, if you can get an LED working you will become king of the geeks.

Must... resist...
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on January 29, 2020, 01:58:38 PM
Quote from: studpuppet on January 28, 2020, 07:36:24 AM
Rolex are a bit like Montblanc are for fountain pens. Build up a reputation over decades and then use the brand to sell totally over-the-top stuff as jewellery to collectors/people with more money than taste (the kind of people who buy shirts like this (https://i.pinimg.com/474x/ac/c1/9b/acc19b6327ae3dc319fc7435d9323f97.jpg)).

Let's have a look at that shall we?

(https://i.pinimg.com/474x/ac/c1/9b/acc19b6327ae3dc319fc7435d9323f97.jpg)

Wow. This may just be the best example of S4C I have ever seen.

One of my colleagues likes to wear his Rolexes and Omegas poking out from under the cuff of a battered old fleece. Stealth wealth- I believe that's the proper way to wear a Rolex.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on January 29, 2020, 02:20:44 PM
Quote from: wasp_f15ting
Just had a look back at your watch that is very sharp - your lady has excellent tastes.

Cheers, but "my lady"? Oh gawd, my hands aren't that big are they? ;)

I love the Alpinist too!
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Dewt on January 29, 2020, 02:42:16 PM
Quote from: Blue Jam on January 29, 2020, 01:58:38 PM
One of my colleagues likes to wear his Rolexes and Omegas poking out from under the cuff of a battered old fleece. Stealth wealth- I believe that's the proper way to wear a Rolex.
That would be my style if I had a spensive watch. Somebody once described me as dressing like a millionaire who stopped giving a shit.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Famous Mortimer on January 29, 2020, 02:50:25 PM
Re: the National Semiconductor LED watch, Fossil made a very similar one in the late 90s.

http://www.crazywatches.pl/fossil-pulsar-p2-led-1997

They might also be a smidgeon cheaper. I had one of the ones with the big leather cuff strap, and it was ace.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Dewt on January 29, 2020, 02:52:23 PM
Imagine if the council made watches
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on January 29, 2020, 03:16:47 PM
Quote from: Famous Mortimer on January 29, 2020, 02:50:25 PM
Re: the National Semiconductor LED watch, Fossil made a very similar one in the late 90s.

http://www.crazywatches.pl/fossil-pulsar-p2-led-1997

They might also be a smidgeon cheaper. I had one of the ones with the big leather cuff strap, and it was ace.

Thanks for that link- it mentions Tokyoflash (https://tokyoflash.com), and I had been trying to remember that name as a friend of mine had a load of their watches in the mid-2000s. I think they often had sales on, or importing them from Japan was surprisingly cheap, or something. In any case they looked cool and they were a lot of fun but they ate up electricity and needed new batteries something like every three months.

Quote from: Dewt on January 29, 2020, 02:52:23 PM
Imagine if the council made watches

That National Semiconductor logo is bit hauntological innit? Imagine if Scarfolk Council made watches. I'd buy one, but it would probably monitor my movements and record my thoughts and then slowly poison me as a punishment for committing thoughtcrime.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on January 29, 2020, 03:21:29 PM
Might get a Moranbong:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/22/fashion/north-korea-watches-moranbong.html
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: gilbertharding on January 29, 2020, 03:40:47 PM
Here's my watch (well - it's the same as my watch). Inherited it from my uncle about 10 years ago, and had it serviced about five years after that, so I could wear it. It's pretty robust - I could wear it every day but I'd be scared of getting robbed for it or getting drunk and losing it. I have a G Shock and a Garmin for sports, and a quartz Tissot for every day.

(https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS08dKyULdZ4dzyX0ZEu882V_JANaITy0C7yEc0TXIyGzmakyl_0Q&s)

Not to everyone's taste, obviously - but I think it's great. I thought the face was black at first, but it turned out to be green under strong light. When they serviced it, they repainted the face because it was flaking, and now it's a much greener green, disappointingly.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on January 29, 2020, 03:41:21 PM
Ooooh I like that, GH.

Quote from: Famous Mortimer on January 29, 2020, 02:50:25 PM
Re: the National Semiconductor LED watch, Fossil made a very similar one in the late 90s.

http://www.crazywatches.pl/fossil-pulsar-p2-led-1997

A copy of the Pulsar P2, another of James Bond's watches:

https://www.jamesbondlifestyle.com/product/hamilton-pulsar-p2-2900-led-digital-watch

Looks more fun than an Omega.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: gilbertharding on January 29, 2020, 03:46:04 PM
I wondered if I'd posted my watch before on this thread... and it turns out I did. On page 8.

Sorry, everyone.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: gilbertharding on January 29, 2020, 03:50:19 PM
Quote from: Blue Jam on January 29, 2020, 03:41:21 PM
Ooooh I like that, GH.

A copy of the Pulsar P2, another of James Bond's watches:

https://www.jamesbondlifestyle.com/product/hamilton-pulsar-p2-2900-led-digital-watch

Looks more fun than an Omega.

That reminds me of the 70s tv show The Omega Gemini Man... about a man with a digital watch which made him invisible somehow when he pressed the buttons. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gemini_Man_(TV_series) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gemini_Man_(TV_series))...

Which reminds me about all the jibes against 'digital watches' in Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

(https://assets.catawiki.nl/assets/2017/4/7/0/b/4/0b41e1ce-1b9a-11e7-9659-128514ccd0d2.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Famous Mortimer on January 29, 2020, 04:13:07 PM
Quote from: gilbertharding on January 29, 2020, 03:46:04 PM
I wondered if I'd posted my watch before on this thread... and it turns out I did. On page 8.

Sorry, everyone.
I'm 100% certain I've posted mine about five times on here. I liked seeing yours (again).

Quote from: Blue Jam on January 29, 2020, 03:41:21 PM
A copy of the Pulsar P2, another of James Bond's watches:

https://www.jamesbondlifestyle.com/product/hamilton-pulsar-p2-2900-led-digital-watch

Looks more fun than an Omega.
It's an almost exact copy, innit? Presumably Fossil paid them, or there's a very relaxed copyright situation re: watches.

The Pulsar P4 is chuffing lovely looking as well, though.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on January 29, 2020, 04:17:45 PM
I'd like to think of myself as GQ Woman, but I'm just a bit Partridge aren't I?

Quote from: gilbertharding on January 29, 2020, 03:50:19 PM
That reminds me of the 70s tv show The Omega Gemini Man... about a man with a digital watch which made him invisible somehow when he pressed the buttons. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gemini_Man_(TV_series) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gemini_Man_(TV_series))...

Which reminds me about all the jibes against 'digital watches' in Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

(https://assets.catawiki.nl/assets/2017/4/7/0/b/4/0b41e1ce-1b9a-11e7-9659-128514ccd0d2.jpg)

Do you know what kind of watch the boy in Alfonso Bonzo had? The one that made him travel through time when he pressed the futuristic calculator buttons? I'm sure that show was another reason why I loved my Casio FW-91 so much.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Famous Mortimer on January 30, 2020, 02:31:37 PM
The watch I really liked (an H357-5049) ended up going for $60, which feels like a hefty price for something which may well not work.

But, that whole era of Seiko seems pretty nice, so I might check out other similar models, see if I can find something reasonable.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Famous Mortimer on July 31, 2020, 04:31:57 PM
I was looking at an estate sale listing, which starts tomorrow, and there's this crate of watches there.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50173799597_07b5d322ae.jpg)

The one on the top left, with the leather cuff, caught my eye, but the picture's not good enough quality to figure out what it is. I'm probably going to go and have a look anyway, but in case I can't be bothered or it's sold before I get there, can anyone tell what sort of watch it is? Judging by the others around it, it won't be anything insanely expensive, which is good. I just really like the look of it.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on August 01, 2020, 03:29:57 PM
Looks like it says "Fossil" to me, but also like it could be some brand that predates Fossil. If you Google "Fossil leather cuff watch" lots of similar ones come up, but not the exact one. In any case if it's been sold by the time you get there I guess you could get a Fossil as an alternative. You can also get those cuff straps sold separately so you could get a nice square watch case and put it on a cuff strap.

Maybe check out those two Mickey Mouse watches too, could they be worth something to a collector? The chronograph looks a bit like this one:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/215802063/disney-retired-chronograph-three-dial

Or this one:

https://www.magicalearscollectibles.com/Disney-Wrist-Watch--Mickey-Mouse-Chronograph--Gun-Metal-_p_3823.html

They could be worth picking up and sticking on eBay if you can get them cheap.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Famous Mortimer on August 03, 2020, 02:35:45 PM
By the time I'd got there, it had been sold - the prices for the remaining ones weren't cheap, either.

I'll keep an eye on eBay, and hope if someone ever sells it, they list it correctly (square or rectangular face, leather cuff) and it's not insanely expensive. Thanks for looking and trying to figure it out though.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Famous Mortimer on August 12, 2020, 07:10:56 PM
Just flicking through a watch forum, trying to find some inspiration for my next purchase / fill up the hours til death, and I saw Getat watches. They're pretty nice, it looks like - you go on their site and build one from "scratch", picking the strap design, face design, material of the case, that sort of thing. Plus, there's no ostentatious branding on the face, which I like.

https://getatwatch.com/

They're not cheap, but if I'm suddenly promoted, it would be a nice thing to have.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on August 12, 2020, 07:17:04 PM
Quote from: Famous Mortimer on August 12, 2020, 07:10:56 PM
Just flicking through a watch forum, trying to find some inspiration for my next purchase / fill up the hours til death, and I saw Getat watches. They're pretty nice, it looks like - you go on their site and build one from "scratch", picking the strap design, face design, material of the case, that sort of thing. Plus, there's no ostentatious branding on the face, which I like.

https://getatwatch.com/

They're not cheap, but if I'm suddenly promoted, it would be a nice thing to have.

If you're not careful with how you read that, it sounds like a site for ordering Swiss whores.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Famous Mortimer on August 12, 2020, 07:18:42 PM
Quote from: touchingcloth on August 12, 2020, 07:17:04 PM
If you're not careful with how you read that, it sounds like a site for ordering Swiss whores.
Well played, sir.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on October 17, 2020, 02:48:26 PM
Lockdown meant I wasn't bothering to put my Seiko 5 on very often so it kept stopping and I got a bit fed up with setting it when I did need it, so I decided to pick up a faithful F-91W for sporadic use. Normally I'm a traditionalist and think the classic resin/metal ones are the best but I saw this clear one and had to grab it.

(https://www.dogsonacid.com/attachments/img_20201017_143613_tigr-jpg.189381/)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: wosl on October 17, 2020, 02:54:31 PM
Smashing looking, that.  Only running twelve minutes slow, as well!
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Better Midlands on October 17, 2020, 03:10:15 PM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on October 17, 2020, 02:48:26 PM
Lockdown meant I wasn't bothering to put my Seiko 5 on very often so it kept stopping

I had the same problem, also nearly missed an appointment because I didn't notice that the date was one day behind where I wasn't aware that the previous month only had 30 days as nothing had happened to remind me.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on October 17, 2020, 04:33:33 PM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on October 17, 2020, 02:48:26 PM
Lockdown meant I wasn't bothering to put my Seiko 5 on very often so it kept stopping and I got a bit fed up with setting it when I did need it, so I decided to pick up a faithful F-91W for sporadic use. Normally I'm a traditionalist and think the classic resin/metal ones are the best but I saw this clear one and had to grab it.

(https://www.dogsonacid.com/attachments/img_20201017_143613_tigr-jpg.189381/)

That's dead nice. I have an orange F-91W but in retrospect even I think it's a bit garish, and I've lost the regular one in a recent move.

Might have a look for a replacement one.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on October 17, 2020, 05:44:03 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on October 17, 2020, 04:33:33 PM
That's dead nice. I have an orange F-91W but in retrospect even I think it's a bit garish, and I've lost the regular one in a recent move.

Might have a look for a replacement one.

Cheers! I quite like the orange ones but wouldn't be able to pull it off. The blue ones didn't quite hit the spot for me though.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: wosl on October 17, 2020, 05:55:45 PM
The only sticking point for me would be the fact that the case looks to be metallic painted; the metal-look finish on resin Casios tends to rub off in patches.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on October 17, 2020, 06:06:26 PM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on October 17, 2020, 05:44:03 PM
Cheers! I quite like the orange ones but wouldn't be able to pull it off. The blue ones didn't quite hit the spot for me though.

Got it when my son was very small and needed distractions or he'd scream. It was brightly coloured, cheap, and indestructible plus strapped to me so I'd never lose it. It also lights up orange if you press the button so was a real winner. It's a bit much as a timepiece though.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on October 17, 2020, 06:08:33 PM
Quote from: wosl on October 17, 2020, 05:55:45 PM
The only sticking point for me would be the fact that the case looks to be metallic painted; the metal-look finish on resin Casios tends to rub off in patches.

That's annoying. If that happens I might have to swap the body for a resin or metal one. Although it's that light I dunno how noticable wear will be.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: wosl on October 17, 2020, 06:25:27 PM
Would be a shame, as that restrained - for Casio - white face with light grey/silver lettering is really nice. They should do it in light grey resin case.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on December 25, 2020, 11:11:55 PM
Mr Jam got me a lurrrvely Seiko 5 for Christmas:

(https://iili.io/KWPvsI.md.jpg)

Thought it looked a bit smol at first but that's probably only because my Seiko Recraft is a big green beast and my two Adidas Santiago watches are a right pair of chonkers. I wanted a Seiko 5, and a nicely understated classic one for everyday wear, and I think this is the one. I like the circular grooves going round the face like a vinyl record and the red second hand, and the movement looks nice and smooth.

I was looking at this one originally but it's even bigger than my 70's darts player Seiko and I decided this was a bit too chonky and brash and Rolex-y for me:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B078T1BR42/?coliid=I28Q6M8YLQANYH&colid=NXMSZ5BRVTZV&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

Yeah, I love my Xmas pressie. Just a bit gutted that we're moving into Tier 4 tomorrow and I can't go to Timpson's to get a couple of links taken out.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on December 25, 2020, 11:17:41 PM
Also I watched a lot of watch unboxing videos on YouTube before choosing this Seiko and my previous one and noted that a lot of wearers really, really don't like metal watch bands and will swap them for a leather strap or a NATO strap the first chance they get. I know leather straps are considered the most appropriate for a man's dress watch but I've never been a fan, I think metal looks smarter, maybe because I'm not a man. Any thoughts?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Better Midlands on December 25, 2020, 11:22:02 PM
Nice one that BJ, I swapped my strap out for a brown leather one but I think yours would look good with a NATO.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on December 26, 2020, 12:47:25 AM
Most (all?) of my watches have plastic/silicone straps because I'm a child, so I cannot really comment sorry.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on December 26, 2020, 12:56:49 AM
I put a leather nato on my Seiko 5 but that's because it had a pretty crap woven strap and think it was an improvement. That looks decent with a metal strap imo.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Attila on December 26, 2020, 10:55:50 AM
Last January, my mom gave me a bag of watches -- the blinged out butterfly watch was some silliness she bought about 20 years ago, but the others belonged to her sister. I've no idea how old they are or if they're of any value. I had to take them all to a local hole-in-the-wall jeweler/watch repair guy in the village who dismissed them as 'trash', but whatever. (He told me he'd buy them off me altogether for £10 because they were 'worthless junk' -- no, thanks.) This was just before the first lockdown in March, so he was the first place I went to to get batteries changed/evaluation -- so I haven't had a chance to take them to anyone else. Not expecting any revelations, but was just curious about their age and that.

I would love to have the gold one with the chain/ball set-up repaired, as the material inside the ball seems to have perished (so the ball, which is supposed to slide up towards the wrist and hold the watch in place, no longer holds. He had no clue how to fix it).

I've got my mother's old Elgin watch, as well, which dates from her first wedding anniversary, so around 1949 or 1950. I don't care for the band she's got on it -- she replaced the original band with a turquoise-stone one she got on a holiday to the Grand Canyon. When she originally gave me the watch, I asked if she had the original band (which she did, though).

Silly bling: (these Lenox watches were also made in pink crystal and in yellow, but my mother opted for the tasteful white). This is battery-powered, and a pain in the ass to get the cover off to replace the battery. Mr Attila finally had to build a little tool to sort it out.

(http://i.imgur.com/p2fKhM1l.jpg?2) (https://imgur.com/p2fKhM1)

This is the one with the ball & chain clasp; no idea how to get this one repaired (to be fair, the local guy is a jerk, so it's probably a matter of finding a decent jeweler). It's a stem-winder. It's gold, although it's looking washed out in this photo. This is the first of the set dismissed as trash by the jeweler.

(http://i.imgur.com/RBKjX0Tl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/RBKjX0T)

One of the 'junk' (re: jeweler) watches; my uncle gave this to my aunt on a wedding anniversary. I think the stones are diamond, not crystal, dunno. It's a stem-winder.

(http://i.imgur.com/fJxF34rl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/fJxF34r)

Another 'trash' (according to the jeweler) anniversary watch, fairly modern. I think these are little diamonds, not crystals (not fussed either way). This is battery-powered. It's a gold watch, I guess; the lighting in this room is pretty washed out.

(http://i.imgur.com/6tAeFb6l.jpg) (https://imgur.com/6tAeFb6)

Another 'trash' anniversary watch; this one is a stem-winder. I like the art-deco numbers, though.

(http://i.imgur.com/w2FqyG2l.jpg?1) (https://imgur.com/w2FqyG2)

Another 'trash' stem-winder with a nifty folding clasp (it's open in the photo)

(http://i.imgur.com/43C5c8rl.jpg?1) (https://imgur.com/43C5c8r)


A fun brooch-watch I found in a Parisian puces about a year & a half ago (Christ, as it been that long since I've been able to get to Paris?). It's a semi-reliable stem-winder.

(http://i.imgur.com/w2zDgVFl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/w2zDgVF)

(http://i.imgur.com/psk5aEIl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/psk5aEI)

And here's my mom's little Elgin late 40s/early 50s

(http://i.imgur.com/508MHdEl.jpg?1) (https://imgur.com/508MHdE)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Better Midlands on December 26, 2020, 11:08:43 AM
Quote from: Attila on December 26, 2020, 10:55:50 AM
And here's my mom's little Elgin late 40s/early 50s

(http://i.imgur.com/508MHdEl.jpg?1) (https://imgur.com/508MHdE)

I really like that one, very unusual.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Attila on December 26, 2020, 11:35:14 AM
She wore it for years, up into her 80s before her wrists were too swollen to wear it anymore.

The original band is silver; she got the one that's currently on it on a trip outwest. Dunno what all of the stones are, but deffo got some turquoise in there.

The watch still keeps excellent time :)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on December 26, 2020, 12:48:29 PM
Quote from: Attila on December 26, 2020, 10:55:50 AM
Last January, my mom gave me a bag of watches -- the blinged out butterfly watch was some silliness she bought about 20 years ago, but the others belonged to her sister. I've no idea how old they are or if they're of any value. I had to take them all to a local hole-in-the-wall jeweler/watch repair guy in the village who dismissed them as 'trash', but whatever. (He told me he'd buy them off me altogether for £10 because they were 'worthless junk' -- no, thanks.)

I'm sure you realised this but the cheeky fucker would only have taken them to his his mate at Portobello Market to sell them all as "vintage" at a huge mark-up. Wanker.

QuoteI would love to have the gold one with the chain/ball set-up repaired, as the material inside the ball seems to have perished (so the ball, which is supposed to slide up towards the wrist and hold the watch in place, no longer holds. He had no clue how to fix it).

This is the one with the ball & chain clasp; no idea how to get this one repaired (to be fair, the local guy is a jerk, so it's probably a matter of finding a decent jeweler). It's a stem-winder. It's gold, although it's looking washed out in this photo. This is the first of the set dismissed as trash by the jeweler.

(http://i.imgur.com/RBKjX0Tl.jpg) (https://imgur.com/RBKjX0T)

Er, dude, that's a Hamilton... on second thoughts, this jeweller actually might have been clueless after all. Especially as he had no idea how to repair the ball. Don't worry, someone else will. Or they'll have a spare ball lying around. Go and find a better jeweller, especially as this is a really nice and unusual watch. I like the uncommon mix of hour markers and I do like a square case.

How does the fastening mechanism work? Is the ball supposed to be packed with something that grips the chain when you pull it through? Surely you could get a little clasp added? Maybe get one of those little crab claw clasps to hold the chain in place once you've threaded it through?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Better Midlands on December 26, 2020, 12:54:46 PM
Quote from: Attila on December 26, 2020, 11:35:14 AM
She wore it for years, up into her 80s before her wrists were
The original band is silver; she got the one that's currently on it on a trip outwest. Dunno what all of the stones are, but deffo got some turquoise in there.

The watch still keeps excellent time :)

It's the band that makes it
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Attila on December 26, 2020, 01:01:37 PM
Quote from: Blue Jam on December 26, 2020, 12:48:29 PM
I'm sure you realised this but the cheeky fucker would only have taken them to his his mate at Portobello Market to sell them all as "vintage" at a huge mark-up. Wanker.


No worries -- I've had people tell me stuff is 'junk' before, and try to buy it off me for a song, thinking I was an idiot [re: someone trying to buy my 1980s koa wood Martin acoustic off me, claiming, 'Oh, you don't want a piece of junk like that.' I've had other twats attempt to trick me out of my lovely guitars on various occasions, and I figured, yeah, this dude is up to the same shit. I'd never gone to him before, so the initial visit was just to get a watch battery sorted on that Lenox, as Mr Attila couldn't get it apart initially]

Quote

Er, dude, that's a Hamilton... on second thoughts, this jeweller actually might have been clueless after all. Especially as he had no idea how to repair the ball. Don't worry, someone else will. Or they'll have a spare ball lying around. Go and find a better jeweller, especially as this is a really nice and unusual watch. I like the uncommon mix of hour markers and I do like a square case.


Thanks! It's my fave of the auntie watches; my uncle had a good eye for jewelry and stuff -- I don't think he got her nasty pieces for these presents.

Yep -- once things open back up again, I may take it round to the city where my university is -- there are  a couple of jewelers in the one high street or close by, and colleagues recommended them.

Quote

How does the fastening mechanism work? Is the ball supposed to be packed with something that grips the chain when you pull it through? Surely you could get a little clasp added? Maybe get one of those little crab claw clasps to hold the chain in place once you've threaded it through?

I think initially the ball had cork or something like silicon in there that would have allowed the chains to slide under pressure, then grip them in place once you stopped pulling on them -- that's the stuff that's perished so the chains now slide freely.

I figure, something like an added safety chain (like the sort you've mentioned; I have them on other bracelets) would be the alternative if it can't be repaired.

I do need to find a decent jeweler, though, as my mom's given me a lot of her good jewelry, really nice pieces, but some of the crappiest clasps known to man. It surprises me, as she was always all about decent clasps and safety chains and that.

Quote from: Better Midlands on December 26, 2020, 12:54:46 PM
It's the band that makes it

It has grown on me over the years, since she gave it to me. :)  I think she may have got it back in the 80s when she and my dad did a lot of travelling.


Just now realised, I put nothing for scale with any of those watched -- they are tiny. The face of my mom's watch is no biggest than my girly thumbail, and my auntie's watch faces would easily sit on a 5p piece.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Better Midlands on December 26, 2020, 01:05:17 PM
Quote from: Attila on December 26, 2020, 01:01:37 PM
It has grown on me over the years, since she gave it to me. :)  I think she may have got it back in the 80s when she and my dad did a lot of travelling.

The juxtaposition of the strap with the vintage watch is a bold move, but it works for me.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on December 26, 2020, 01:22:39 PM
Quote from: Attila on December 26, 2020, 01:01:37 PM
No worries -- I've had people tell me stuff is 'junk' before, and try to buy it off me for a song, thinking I was an idiot [re: someone trying to buy my 1980s koa wood Martin acoustic off me, claiming, 'Oh, you don't want a piece of junk like that.' I've had other twats attempt to trick me out of my lovely guitars on various occasions, and I figured, yeah, this dude is up to the same shit.

I encountered comparable twats on eBay when I used to sell records and DJ equipment: "I want this item but I need it now. How about (paltry sum) in cash?" Pffffft, as if a paltry amount being in hard cash in an envelope somehow makes it less paltry than a nice big sum being conveniently deposited into your bank account. You know your item must be worth a lot when people send you messages like that ;)

QuoteI do need to find a decent jeweler, though, as my mom's given me a lot of her good jewelry, really nice pieces, but some of the crappiest clasps known to man. It surprises me, as she was always all about decent clasps and safety chains and that.

The Devil's in the details... but hey, even Rolex get this wrong. I've read a few stories about the pins holding the case to the strap failing and plenty of Rolexes ending up on the sea bed. It seems to be a common problem with Rolex watches in particular. I had the same problem with my now-knackered Breil quartz, with it being a heavy watch and the pins bending, but even so, my Seiko Recraft is heftier and I haven't had that problem at all. Pins may need replacing occasionally but you'd think a pricey luxury watch would have better pins!

As I said, I like the unusual arrangement of hour markers on your Hamilton's dial, there was some discussion of this upthread:

https://www.cookdandbombd.co.uk/forums/index.php/topic,68891.msg4082025.html#msg4082025
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on December 26, 2020, 01:35:02 PM
I should probably mention the Casio G-Shock I got for Mr Jam. I do love a Casio and I do love a G-Shock, they're a bit Hank Schrader but this one mostly looks Thundergun as fuck:

(https://g-shock.co.uk/media/catalog/product/cache/b3324c89e0e19838a4838fa9f936ad20/g/d/gd-350-1ber.png)

Not sure what that thing top right is. It looks like you could use it to launch a drone strike or something.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Attila on December 26, 2020, 01:49:34 PM
Quote from: Blue Jam on December 26, 2020, 01:22:39 PM
I encountered comparable twats on eBay when I used to sell records and DJ equipment: "I want this item but I need it now. How about (paltry sum) in cash?" Pffffft, as if a paltry amount being in hard cash in an envelope somehow makes it less paltry than a nice big sum being conveniently deposited into your bank account. You know your item must be worth a lot when people send you messages like that ;)


Yep -- as soon as you tell me that XYZ is junk but you'll gimme a tenner for it, nope nope nope.

Quote

The Devil's in the details... but hey, even Rolex get this wrong. I've read a few stories about the pins holding the case to the strap failing and plenty of Rolexes ending up on the sea bed. It seems to be a common problem with Rolex watches in particular. I had the same problem with my now-knackered Breil quartz, with it being a heavy watch and the pins bending, but even so, my Seiko Recraft is heftier and I haven't had that problem at all. Pins may need replacing occasionally but you'd think a pricey luxury watch would have better pins!


It's funny that, isn't it. She's got a few really good bespoke pieces with those cheap clasps. Slowly but surely getting them replaced (and safety chains added to a few things.


[quote
As I said, I like the unusual arrangement of hour markers on your Hamilton's dial, there was some discussion of this upthread:

https://www.cookdandbombd.co.uk/forums/index.php/topic,68891.msg4082025.html#msg4082025
[/quote]

Cheers! I rarely, if ever wear watches (and I don't have a phone that I carry, just a crap burner pay-as-you-go one I keep in my satchel for emergencies) but I will wear these occasionally as a piece of jewelry rather than a timepiece.

Quote from: Better Midlands on December 26, 2020, 01:05:17 PM
The juxtaposition of the strap with the vintage watch is a bold move, but it works for me.

With my mom, it was less 'vintage' and more 'I got this when I was 20, and it's still working when I'm 80, so who needs a new watch.' As far as I know, it's the only one she ever wore -- that mad ugly Lenox thing was a gift from my sister and never came out of its box. She saw the watch band in Arizona, liked it, had it put on her watch, bam., done. No fucks given if it went with the style or not.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Cuntbeaks on December 26, 2020, 03:11:28 PM
Inspired by this thread, i decided to take the plunge and buy a new watch, my first in 20 years.

I've always been drawn to watches with decent luminosity for night use. With this in mind there was only one winner brand wise, Luminox. Eventually settled on the 3081.BO

Couldn't be happier.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61sBxI3sw6L._AC_UY1000_.jpg)

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/5101ThVkv1L._AC_UY1000_.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on December 26, 2020, 03:21:14 PM
Quote from: Attila on December 26, 2020, 01:49:34 PMWith my mom, it was less 'vintage' and more 'I got this when I was 20, and it's still working when I'm 80, so who needs a new watch.' As far as I know, it's the only one she ever wore -- that mad ugly Lenox thing was a gift from my sister and never came out of its box. She saw the watch band in Arizona, liked it, had it put on her watch, bam., done. No fucks given if it went with the style or not.

I would say your mum sounds cool as fuck if only I hadn't read everything else you've posted about her.

Quote from: Cuntbeaks on December 26, 2020, 03:11:28 PM
Inspired by this thread, i decided to take the plunge and buy a new watch, my first in 20 years.

I've always been drawn to watches with decent luminosity for night use. With this in mind there was only one winner brand wise, Luminox. Eventually settled on the 3081.BO

Couldn't be happier.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61sBxI3sw6L._AC_UY1000_.jpg)

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/5101ThVkv1L._AC_UY1000_.jpg)

Yep, that's badass. Well worth the wrist cancer. I especially love the way it looks monochrome by day and lairy by night. Got a bit o' lume on my new Seiko but it's the wimpy non-radioactive kind, still nice to have though.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on December 26, 2020, 03:37:48 PM
Anyone got a Victorinox watch? I like their knives and their watches also look quite smart but come on guys, "Swiss quartz" is still quartz. They do automatic ones but they ain't cheap, certainly not compared to Seiko.

I like this one but at £160 with a Swiss quartz movement I still think my Seiko 5 was better value with a Malaysian automatic movement. Nice heft to this watch but I think the design of the Seiko 5 looks a bit cleaner:

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61%2BNlonqu4L._AC_UY580_.jpg)

Do the Victorinox watches live up to the name made by their famous knives? If so I could be tempted to get an automatic one day.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on December 26, 2020, 04:02:02 PM
Quote from: Better Midlands on December 25, 2020, 11:22:02 PM
Nice one that BJ, I swapped my strap out for a brown leather one but I think yours would look good with a NATO.

Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on December 26, 2020, 12:56:49 AM
I put a leather nato on my Seiko 5 but that's because it had a pretty crap woven strap and think it was an improvement. That looks decent with a metal strap imo.

Cheers guys! I like the metal strap on the Seiko 5 but I have been thinking about getting a leather NATO for my old Diesel quartz:

(https://iili.io/Khdgcb.md.jpg)

(https://iili.io/Kh327j.md.jpg)

50 pence piece for scale. It's a ladies' watch, narrow but still got a bit of heft, the case is almost a cube. Got a bit of lume on the hands and a nice waffle texture to the dial. Model DZ-5022, it's supposed to look like this, a bit girly but tough:

(https://s1.bukalapak.com/img/1099481311/large/DIESEL_DZ_5022__Only_The_Brave__with_White_Leather_Strap_Lad.png)

Eventually the strap just wore out and I found it impossible to source a replacement, which seems to be a common issue with Diesel watches with their quirky and unique but not indestructible leather straps.

I could get another white leather strap which would make it look more like a dress watch but I'm tempted to go for a lairy burnt orange one. Could do with a bit of inspiration here.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on December 26, 2020, 04:37:49 PM
Quote from: Cuntbeaks on December 26, 2020, 03:11:28 PM
Inspired by this thread, i decided to take the plunge and buy a new watch, my first in 20 years.

I've always been drawn to watches with decent luminosity for night use. With this in mind there was only one winner brand wise, Luminox. Eventually settled on the 3081.BO

Couldn't be happier.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61sBxI3sw6L._AC_UY1000_.jpg)

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/5101ThVkv1L._AC_UY1000_.jpg)

That looks well butch. My Seiko "Orange Monster" is so garish it looks better in the dark (or for as long as the luminosity lasts anyway).

(https://i.postimg.cc/x1Vj2QQT/F019-C99-F-A5-B0-4-F47-9272-A7-B2-E5114-C39.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/fR7zWPW7/11468718-3-AFD-40-E2-A2-D1-6-EC1-FFC8-B363.jpg)

The luminosity is pretty good straight after exposure to bright light but fades quite quickly.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on December 26, 2020, 04:46:17 PM
^love that chunky orange bastard

Had this lad on yesterday, felt festive

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81Ge7NpVc7L._AC_UL1500_.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on December 26, 2020, 05:14:12 PM
Quote from: Voltan (Man of Steel) on December 26, 2020, 04:37:49 PM
(https://i.postimg.cc/x1Vj2QQT/F019-C99-F-A5-B0-4-F47-9272-A7-B2-E5114-C39.jpg)

Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on December 26, 2020, 04:46:17 PM
^love that chunky orange bastard

Yep, it's an impressive and gorgeous lairy beast.

Voltan, I like the fact that you photographed it on a Saturday because the day name is in cyan which clashes nicely with the orange. My Seiko Recraft 70's darts players'/Bargearse watch also has that feature, with SAT in blue, my Seiko 5 only has SUN in red with the rest of the day names in white on a black background. I suppose too much colour on a black watch dial would look wrong, but it really works on a green sunburst dial or a chunky orange bastard. WANT.

Seikos are addictive, dammit.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Attila on December 26, 2020, 05:18:44 PM
Quote from: Blue Jam on December 26, 2020, 03:21:14 PM
I would say your mum sounds cool as fuck if only I hadn't read everything else you've posted about her.


Sadly, our relationship is 'difficult' at best, and that's putting it diplomatically -- ah well.

I'll post later a photo of the watches with a coin or two for scale -- really should have done that to begin with!
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on December 26, 2020, 05:32:34 PM
Quote from: Blue Jam on December 26, 2020, 01:35:02 PM
I should probably mention the Casio G-Shock I got for Mr Jam. I do love a Casio and I do love a G-Shock, they're a bit Hank Schrader but this one mostly looks Thundergun as fuck:

(https://g-shock.co.uk/media/catalog/product/cache/b3324c89e0e19838a4838fa9f936ad20/g/d/gd-350-1ber.png)

Hank Schrader's actual G-Shock here:

https://www.watchuseek.com/threads/hanks-g-on-breaking-bad.739977/

(https://cdn.creationwatches.com/products/images/large/g2500-1v_LRG.jpg)

G2500, not far off! I have noticed all the DEA agents in Breaking Bad and other government types like FBI agents in other series tend to favour a nice G-Shock, I have to wonder if real gubmint agents do the same. In any case I think Mr Jam's is more Thundergun than anything else.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on December 26, 2020, 05:34:43 PM
Blue Jam and Ferris:

It is a bit of a chunky orange bastard and weighs a bit too - you certainly know you're wearing it. Luckily I'm a bit of a chunky (pale) bastard myself so I'm used to dragging a bit of excess poundage around.

I've already got two - the black and orange versions - so I can't really justify buying another (but I'm tempted).

(https://i.postimg.cc/Kcs134X9/E26-F63-B2-5524-4-C13-9-A71-D987-EB467340.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: shiftwork2 on December 26, 2020, 07:49:59 PM
How are people coping with the date complication being anywhere other than at three 'o' clock?  It's at half past bleedin' four on the Victorinox watch.  How can you not mind this???
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on December 26, 2020, 07:59:45 PM
Quote from: shiftwork2 on December 26, 2020, 07:49:59 PM
How are people coping with the date complication being anywhere other than at three 'o' clock?  It's at half past bleedin' four on the Victorinox watch.  How can you not mind this???

I actually hadn't noticed that before, but now you mention it that placement is a fucking abomination and it offends my senses greatly. Sorry Victorinox, but perhaps you really should just stick to making really sweet-ass knives. And perhaps I should just keep buying/getting bought Seikos.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: icehaven on December 26, 2020, 09:37:07 PM
Do you watch afficionados see many backwards ones? The only non digital clock I regularly look at is a backwards one a friend gave me years ago and I just got used to it during lockdown, so I gave in and bought a backwards watch a few months back, but I found there wasn't much choice. It does kind of fuck up other clocks for you though so I'm not too surprised they aren't that in demand.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: holyzombiejesus on December 29, 2020, 05:01:05 PM
I like watches and would really like one but every strap I've tried has given me an allergic reaction. I don't like metal straps so haven't tried those but the leather/ faux leather/ plastic ones all give me a watchstrap shaped rash after a couple of days.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on December 29, 2020, 05:48:56 PM
People who are allergic to metal can do that trick where you put a coat of clear nail polish inside the strap, but that might fuck up a plastic strap, and you'd have to be very careful with a leather strap, and keep touching it up after that. Ever tried a woven nylon strap? Some of those look quite smart, nice and rugged. Also are you sure it's an allergy or do you just have sensitive skin? I'm not sure how it's possible to be allergic to plastic or something with no proteins in it.

Got my new watch band adjusted today, had three links taken out and it fits perfectly. It turns out Timpson's isn't classed as a non-essential shop after all. People need shoes for the winter weather, I guess.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on December 29, 2020, 11:00:55 PM
Quote from: holyzombiejesus on December 29, 2020, 05:01:05 PM
I like watches and would really like one but every strap I've tried has given me an allergic reaction. I don't like metal straps so haven't tried those but the leather/ faux leather/ plastic ones all give me a watchstrap shaped rash after a couple of days.

Have you tried fabric? You can get fabric nato's and if you wanted to avoid the metal holders all together, the likes of Animal make 'outdoorsey' watch straps with velcro fastening. At least they'd be breathable.

(https://thumbs.worthpoint.com/zoom/images1/360/0113/28/mens-animal-watch-strap-standard-wide_360_5062f2dea7971896ddb9295a799eff4d.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: holyzombiejesus on January 01, 2021, 11:10:31 PM
Quote from: Blue Jam on December 29, 2020, 05:48:56 PM
People who are allergic to metal can do that trick where you put a coat of clear nail polish inside the strap, but that might fuck up a plastic strap, and you'd have to be very careful with a leather strap, and keep touching it up after that. Ever tried a woven nylon strap? Some of those look quite smart, nice and rugged. Also are you sure it's an allergy or do you just have sensitive skin? I'm not sure how it's possible to be allergic to plastic or something with no proteins in it.


Maybe it is sensitive skin, I'm not sure. How can you tell the difference? Would hypoallergenic straps (if such a thing exists) still give me the rash if I 'just' have sensitive skin rather then an allergy?

Title: Re: Watches
Post by: holyzombiejesus on January 01, 2021, 11:12:36 PM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on December 29, 2020, 11:00:55 PM
Have you tried fabric? You can get fabric nato's and if you wanted to avoid the metal holders all together, the likes of Animal make 'outdoorsey' watch straps with velcro fastening. At least they'd be breathable.

(https://thumbs.worthpoint.com/zoom/images1/360/0113/28/mens-animal-watch-strap-standard-wide_360_5062f2dea7971896ddb9295a799eff4d.jpg)

Your image isn't showing for me but I didn't really like the Animal straps I've seen, they're a bit outdoorsy. Might look for some plain ones though, cheers.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on January 01, 2021, 11:20:35 PM
Quote from: holyzombiejesus on January 01, 2021, 11:10:31 PM
Maybe it is sensitive skin, I'm not sure. How can you tell the difference? Would hypoallergenic straps (if such a thing exists) still give me the rash if I 'just' have sensitive skin rather then an allergy?

An allergy is a specific immune response to a protein, sensitive skin is more generalised inflammation I think, easily irritated skin that reacts badly to heat, sweat, perfumes etc. I think it's a matter of allergens vs irritants. I have sensitive skin on my own phizzog and I think it's because it's just a bit dry and gets a bit irritated by harsh skin creams, peel-off face masks etc.

btw I wasn't using the word "just" to imply that your skin condition isn't serious. I would never belittle a man's skin condition. Sensitive skin is a pain in the arse. Probably even more so if it's on the skin of the arse.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: holyzombiejesus on January 01, 2021, 11:32:13 PM
Quote from: Blue Jam on January 01, 2021, 11:20:35 PM
An allergy is a specific immune response to a protein, sensitive skin is more generalised inflammation I think, easily irritated skin that reacts badly to heat, sweat, perfumes etc. I think it's a matter of allergens vs irritants. I have sensitive skin on my own phizzog and I think it's because it's just a bit dry and gets a bit irritated by harsh skin creams, peel-off face masks etc.

btw I wasn't using the word "just" to imply that your skin condition isn't serious. I would never belittle a man's skin condition. Sensitive skin is a pain in the arse. Probably even more so if it's on the skin of the arse.

Ha! I didn't realise you had said "just have sensitive skin", the 'just' in my post was down to me thinking it was possibly less serious than a skin allergy. Thanks for the advice, I'm gonna try nylon.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: holyzombiejesus on January 03, 2021, 09:55:40 AM
Just been looking at a cheap £30 Timex and the blurb says "The direct descendant of our 1960's televised torture test survivors...." What's it on about?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Attila on January 03, 2021, 10:06:11 AM
When I was little (late 60s/early 70s), the Timex ad campaign was 'Timex, takes a licking, but keeps on ticking.' And the adverts showed them doing terrible things to the watches.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_fKppH8B0g

John Cameron Swayze did a heck of a lot of these.

They were pretty sturdy, inexpensive watches. I was given a Timex when I turned 9, in 1974, my first watch. I don't wear it (even though the band still fits over my skinny hand and wrists), but when wound up, it still keeps time just fine.

I'd dig it out and post a photo, but it's a pretty generic watch face. I really like Timexes, though, stem-winders in particular -- the one I was using in the classroom for two decades gave up the ghost a year or two ago; probs just needs a clean & repair.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on January 20, 2021, 07:12:01 PM
Got myself another watch off eBay. LED!

(https://iili.io/fJUdQV.md.jpg)

Gola red dot matrix LED, does time, date and year, white and navy leather strap. Made in 2006 judging by the earliest year you can set it to. Cost £36 with a new battery included, which is probably about what it cost to buy new so seems a fair price. It's not the Jimmy McGill 70's Mercury LED watch but this one is probably more me tbh, it's sporty and minimalist and will go with a lot of my summer clothes, shirt dresses etc. Plus it's in full working order, which is rare for an old skool LED watch. Dead chuffed with it!
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on January 20, 2021, 08:01:47 PM
Nice. I was recently looking at something like that for myself as I never had one back in the day. I remember my brother's first LED watch back in the 70s. A great chunky thing in stainless steel with a black glass panel, in size and appearance pretty much identical to the microwave currently sitting in my kitchen.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on January 21, 2021, 01:42:23 AM
That LED watch is dead good
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Mr Banlon on March 18, 2021, 02:39:23 PM
Been after a Seiko 6105 (Captain Willard) for the longest while. There's now a pretty decent homage out for around £100
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pziBgIGMoBk
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Famous Mortimer on March 18, 2021, 08:07:57 PM
I think Instagram has finally figured me out, as all the adverts I get now are for watches. This one has some good reviews, and I think it looks grand. The Spinnaker, with the dark green face.  (https://www.spinnaker-watches.com/collections/view-all/products/hull-pine-green-sp-5068-02)

(https://www.timebyme.com/pub/media/catalog/product/cache/01d424180768bdecf0901e111bfbc269/s/p/spinnaker-hull-chrono-sp-5068-02.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on March 18, 2021, 08:24:13 PM
Something a bit The Big Lebowski about that logo. Nice watch.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on April 23, 2021, 06:27:35 PM
Becoming faintly obsessed with putting all my watches on NATO straps.

Wearing my F91-W on black NATO as I type this, and with a bit of dremel bodging managed to get my all black swatch on a tasteful red/green/black strap.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on April 23, 2021, 06:33:09 PM
I want a watch from the GDR I reckon. Ruhla's look decent.

(https://thumbs.worthpoint.com/zoom/images1/360/0312/06/ruhla-world-time-watch-vintage_360_cc5d7e660fe78e2c241102a7ebdc6305.jpg)

(https://i.pinimg.com/236x/cf/71/f4/cf71f4c4352a3c3aea60c4d9931a2b6b.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on April 23, 2021, 06:34:35 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/drWIuRI.jpg)

Irreparably altered the swatch (won't take a swatch strap now) but it was sitting unloved in a drawer so thought why not?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on April 23, 2021, 06:36:30 PM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on April 23, 2021, 06:33:09 PM
I want a watch from the GDR I reckon. Ruhla's look decent.

(https://thumbs.worthpoint.com/zoom/images1/360/0312/06/ruhla-world-time-watch-vintage_360_cc5d7e660fe78e2c241102a7ebdc6305.jpg)

(https://i.pinimg.com/236x/cf/71/f4/cf71f4c4352a3c3aea60c4d9931a2b6b.jpg)

Could get a NATO on that no worries.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on April 23, 2021, 06:38:30 PM
With the exception of my clear f91-w, my other watches (Seiko 5, Swiss jump-hour thing) are on leather or fabric natos.

As much as I love the F91, I could be tempted with some of the commie clones.

(https://i.etsystatic.com/16230382/r/il/39bf2e/1852103413/il_570xN.1852103413_6hm5.jpg)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/proxy/jHdHy8KEnbAVUmOZzDFXvEQiqBF4LcV05NP4kxTtX8DqU7VR57CS1rBp5ypjcPhh4tOMW9SMTsnfZ9ms)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on April 23, 2021, 06:41:03 PM
As ever, I am late to the party. Those clear F91-Ws though eh? Phwoarr.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Brian Freeze on April 23, 2021, 06:41:49 PM
Can one take off a fabric Nato strap and put it through the washing machine?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on April 23, 2021, 06:42:39 PM
As someone foretold in here, sadly the silver does rub off on the corners etc, but the underlying plastic is a dark grey so it isn't too noticeable.

Still a secret shame though :(
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on April 23, 2021, 06:43:34 PM
Quote from: Brian Freeze on April 23, 2021, 06:41:49 PM
Can one take off a fabric Nato strap and put it through the washing machine?

I don't see why not, assuming the metal claps aren't made of shit-tier metal that'll rust.

Maybe shove it in the pocket of a pair of trousers or a sock so it doesn't find its way to the crevice in the drum gasket like small light things do (like my glasses cloths).
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on April 23, 2021, 06:56:02 PM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on April 23, 2021, 06:38:30 PM(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/proxy/jHdHy8KEnbAVUmOZzDFXvEQiqBF4LcV05NP4kxTtX8DqU7VR57CS1rBp5ypjcPhh4tOMW9SMTsnfZ9ms)

PHWOARGH
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Famous Mortimer on April 23, 2021, 07:03:20 PM
Indeed! How might a person search for one of those?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on April 23, 2021, 07:07:37 PM
Quote from: Famous Mortimer on April 23, 2021, 07:03:20 PM
Indeed! How might a person search for one of those?

'soviet digital watch' yields good results in general on ebay, but the brand of that one (in Englishised Russian) is electronica/electronika.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Famous Mortimer on April 23, 2021, 07:49:53 PM
I realised about ten seconds after posting that, that I could just search myself, and did so.

(https://i.etsystatic.com/24611408/r/il/44c55b/2982471168/il_1588xN.2982471168_ndmo.jpg)

I kinda like this one, and:

(https://f.i.etsystatic.com/22394363/r/il/9eb570/2942666997/il_794xN.2942666997_ee8y.jpg)

is decent too. I definitely don't need any more watches, but so be it.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on April 23, 2021, 07:52:57 PM
Really like the first one.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Famous Mortimer on April 23, 2021, 08:00:38 PM
The first one is a more modern one, apparently, so ought to be more widely available / cheaper.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on April 23, 2021, 08:41:38 PM
Quote from: Famous Mortimer on April 23, 2021, 07:49:53 PM
(https://f.i.etsystatic.com/22394363/r/il/9eb570/2942666997/il_794xN.2942666997_ee8y.jpg)

Oh gawd I love that.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Dex Sawash on April 23, 2021, 08:55:37 PM
Quote from: Famous Mortimer on April 23, 2021, 07:49:53 PM
I

(https://f.i.etsystatic.com/22394363/r/il/9eb570/2942666997/il_794xN.2942666997_ee8y.jpg)

is decent too. I definitely don't need any more watches, but so be it.

Big Black Clock
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Famous Mortimer on April 23, 2021, 09:07:48 PM
Available from Etsy for $60 or thereabouts.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Hello! Replies Hidden on April 23, 2021, 10:36:12 PM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on April 23, 2021, 06:38:30 PM
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/proxy/jHdHy8KEnbAVUmOZzDFXvEQiqBF4LcV05NP4kxTtX8DqU7VR57CS1rBp5ypjcPhh4tOMW9SMTsnfZ9ms)

I watched the first half of Spies Like Us a few days ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i81yrwiQeds
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on June 23, 2021, 12:56:49 PM
Really can't justify buying any more watches but have been looking at Seikos again:

Cute oval bastard (https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/255022880090):

(https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/BB4AAOSwMZBgzkvA/s-l1600.jpg)

Just plain PHWOARGH (https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/153819575808):

(https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/FoYAAOSwSCZeMNK6/s-l500.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: JaDanketies on June 23, 2021, 01:14:20 PM
I once worked for this company that delivered a service that was essentially a scam and that was headed by millionaire psychopaths. Once they took me for lunch with some of their buddies from other auxiliary companies, and they all talked about how their watches cost £5k or whatever, and mocked their friends who had watches worth £2.5k. And 90% of their staff were apprentices that were being paid £2 an hour to cold-call and scam grannies. Made me fucking sick. And on that date, I vowed to hate watches forevermore.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Lord Jim on June 23, 2021, 01:52:19 PM
Personally, I don't go for "tick-tock" (mechanical) watches, have always prefered digitals, cheaper, do more stuff and keep time just as accurately as an old style watch.

My current watch is one of these and it's been good for 8 years now.  Even the night illumination is amber. Love it

(https://images-fhinds.wearepentagon.com/1/W1504_L_1.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Dex Sawash on June 23, 2021, 01:55:52 PM
Stumbled on this countdown timer, the minute hand is nice. 15, 10 or 5 minute sequence.

(https://sothebys-com.brightspotcdn.com/dims4/default/3ca3343/2147483647/strip/true/crop/1460x2000+0+0/resize/413x566!/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsothebys-brightspot-migration.s3.amazonaws.com%2F0a%2F45%2Fea%2Fca944ec8003727bf83d4e229adf98abab371e67fd50d8efdb6b0027c5f%2F362n09896-9vbdx.jpg)

Meant for timing boat race starts, you can't park a boat on a start line so you just have to be behind the line at zero (ideally at full speed and as close as possible to line)

Edit- new page cuntdown
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on June 30, 2021, 12:13:54 PM
Tempted to pick up this GDR beauty.

(https://i.imgur.com/TJTZqFv.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on June 30, 2021, 01:55:06 PM
Fucking hell that's nice.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on June 30, 2021, 02:01:03 PM
Phwoarr they make nice stuff

(https://i.imgur.com/reNb8SY.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: El Unicornio, mang on June 30, 2021, 02:05:43 PM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on June 30, 2021, 12:13:54 PM
Tempted to pick up this GDR beauty.

(https://i.imgur.com/TJTZqFv.jpg)

I don't wear watches, but I like this. Not bad for 60 quid. Not sure about the strap though

(https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/e5IAAOSw21Fe8f34/s-l1600.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on June 30, 2021, 02:11:21 PM
I quite like the strap, but it's a nato style one so you could swap it out pretty easily. I have a spare velcro nato I've been desperate to use on something (it is the pinnacle of utilitarian watch straps!) and am desperately trying to stop myself buying more watches.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on June 30, 2021, 02:58:19 PM
Yeah I like the leather nato, same as my Seiko 5. It seems most of them don't come with straps so I guess it's on you to find something you like there.

The only thing stopping me is knowing I'd probably take it off and forget to put it on. The reason I tend to wear my f91 these days is because I often sleep and sometimes shower in it if I can't be bothered taking it off. My Seiko often came off then never got put back on.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on July 30, 2021, 12:11:08 PM
Had a "special" birthday last week. My brother didn't know what to get me and I didn't really want anything so I asked him to get me an old school Casio watch. Which he did.

(https://i.postimg.cc/R0wVx4dz/5-B2-D8398-15-FC-4-C17-B273-3-CF7-B664-CBAF.jpg)

Unbeknownst to me Voltana (Woman of Steel) had also got me a watch. Crumbs.

(https://i.postimg.cc/3whCTJhX/3-F3-C8-D76-81-AA-42-AA-B5-F9-ADFBD81-C71-B7.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: gilbertharding on July 30, 2021, 12:19:41 PM
Happy birthday Voltan. Nice watches.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on July 30, 2021, 12:41:32 PM
Thanks very much. I really don't see myself as the Rolex type but this one is pretty understated. I'd have been perfectly happy with the Casio. :)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on July 30, 2021, 12:52:57 PM
Talking of gifts, I was given a Gruen Curvex last week. Curved face and mechanism made in the mid '40s.

Bit of an oddity, can't find a good picture on google so will upload one later today if I remember.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: vanilla.coffee on July 30, 2021, 02:29:00 PM
Early James Bond wore a Gruen. Nice one.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Zetetic on July 30, 2021, 02:34:26 PM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on June 30, 2021, 12:13:54 PM
Tempted to pick up this GDR beauty.

(https://i.imgur.com/TJTZqFv.jpg)
What is the relationship to the DDR?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blinder Data on August 10, 2021, 07:59:56 PM
all this talk of Seiko 5s and NATO straps convinced me I needed some

just wanted a reliable automatic that I could wear with pretty much any outfit. £30ish on eBay, i really like the simple styling of the face and non-circular case. strap bought separately.

(https://i.ibb.co/TgKDFk4/PXL-20210810-184841846-MP-2.jpg) (https://ibb.co/crbK716)

some water got under the glass a while ago. it seemed to evaporate in a warm room but should I be worried about it happening again? timpson man said the glass is kept into place via pressure into the gasket, which is old and might be tricky to replace
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on August 10, 2021, 09:02:40 PM
A fellow nato strap man of taste.

Quote from: Blinder Data on August 10, 2021, 07:59:56 PM
all this talk of Seiko 5s and NATO straps convinced me I needed some

just wanted a reliable automatic that I could wear with pretty much any outfit. £30ish on eBay, i really like the simple styling of the face and non-circular case. strap bought separately.

(https://i.ibb.co/TgKDFk4/PXL-20210810-184841846-MP-2.jpg) (https://ibb.co/crbK716)

some water got under the glass a while ago. it seemed to evaporate in a warm room but should I be worried about it happening again? timpson man said the glass is kept into place via pressure into the gasket, which is old and might be tricky to replace

Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on April 23, 2021, 06:34:35 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/drWIuRI.jpg)

Irreparably altered the swatch (won't take a swatch strap now) but it was sitting unloved in a drawer so thought why not?

Your watch face is nicer though.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Famous Mortimer on August 10, 2021, 09:22:23 PM
Quote from: Famous Mortimer on March 18, 2021, 08:07:57 PM
I think Instagram has finally figured me out, as all the adverts I get now are for watches. This one has some good reviews, and I think it looks grand. The Spinnaker, with the dark green face.  (https://www.spinnaker-watches.com/collections/view-all/products/hull-pine-green-sp-5068-02)

(https://www.timebyme.com/pub/media/catalog/product/cache/01d424180768bdecf0901e111bfbc269/s/p/spinnaker-hull-chrono-sp-5068-02.jpg)
I ended up buying one of these, the site had a 30% off weekend or some such. It's a bobby dazzler, looks great on me too.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: JaDanketies on August 10, 2021, 09:28:22 PM
Anyone know where I can get a clock for a kid's room with a relatively loud tick? He loves ticking noises. Seems like nowadays, ticking clocks are a thing of the past
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on August 10, 2021, 09:31:28 PM
I dunno a colleague just had a cheap generic wall clock, like you used to get in school and that fucker was loud enough to be picked up on video calls. I imagine most of them are noticable at night.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on August 10, 2021, 09:46:05 PM
Watches are still 100% straight up multiverse enveloping shit

cheers
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Famous Mortimer on August 10, 2021, 09:52:08 PM
Quote from: Shoulders?-Stomach! on August 10, 2021, 09:46:05 PM
Watches are still 100% straight up multiverse enveloping shit

cheers
Thanks, because lord knows we couldn't have survived without your opinion on the topic. Now me, when I see a thread about something I'm not interested in, I just don't bother posting in it, but you're made of sterner stuff.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: vanilla.coffee on August 10, 2021, 09:59:41 PM
Quote from: Blinder Data on August 10, 2021, 07:59:56 PM
all this talk of Seiko 5s...

(https://i.ibb.co/TgKDFk4/PXL-20210810-184841846-MP-2.jpg) (https://ibb.co/crbK716)



Really sorry to break it to you but that's not a genuine Seiko 5.
It's what is known as a Feiko or a Mumbai special.
Generally made up of random parts and a fake dial.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on August 11, 2021, 01:09:42 AM
Quote from: vanilla.coffee on August 10, 2021, 09:59:41 PM
Really sorry to break it to you but that's not a genuine Seiko 5.
It's what is known as a Feiko or a Mumbai special.
Generally made up of random parts and a fake dial.

They can be decent quality, though. My partner has a Seiko 5 with an Allwyn movement. She bought it because she wanted a cheap automatic with lairy as fuck colours, and it came from a seller in India where tastes lean much more in that direction.

We found some watch forum where people were discussing how Allwyn movements of some vintages are better in some ways than genuine Seikos due to having more jewels or whatever. Hers must be twenty years old at least, but it doesn't lose time any more quickly than my genuine 2 year old Seiko.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blinder Data on August 11, 2021, 06:56:53 AM
Quote from: vanilla.coffee on August 10, 2021, 09:59:41 PM
Really sorry to break it to you but that's not a genuine Seiko 5.
It's what is known as a Feiko or a Mumbai special.
Generally made up of random parts and a fake dial.

oh great. how can you tell?

TBH I'm minded to keep it - as touchingcloth says the movement seems good so far, considering it's probably 30+ years old
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on August 11, 2021, 10:24:31 AM
Quote from: Blinder Data on August 11, 2021, 06:56:53 AM
oh great. how can you tell?

The giveaway to my eye is the date dial. The typeface is different from the rest of the face but I think a genuine Seiko would use the same one throughout.

It's common with the Feikos I've seen for the line which divides the day of the week (i.e. between "Tue" and "10" in your pic) from the date of the month not being lined up with the face (specifically the ring in your pic showing "05", "10", etc.). In your pic the alignment between the two things isn't actually bad at all, but I've seen ones where the two things aren't even close to lining up. There may be other clues that true Seiko nerds would pick up on but I don't - maybe the face, hands and date dial are all genuine Seiko parts just never seen in that particular combination in a single genuine watch case, or maybe some of the individual parts stand out as not genuine at all.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on August 11, 2021, 10:31:36 AM
Isn't there just a standard typeface used on most Seiko date dials?

Feiko or not, I think it looks great.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Dex Sawash on August 11, 2021, 12:04:55 PM
Quote from: Famous Mortimer on August 10, 2021, 09:52:08 PM
Thanks, because lord knows we couldn't have survived without your opinion on the topic. Now me, when I see a thread about something I'm not interested in, I just don't bother posting in it, but you're made of sterner stuff.

Still don't feel bad about saying all 3 Matrix films were shit
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: The Crumb on August 11, 2021, 12:25:44 PM
(http://s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/forumgallery/monthly_2017_08/image.png.5b1d4a3aedfb3b1c1ddd5106aa1f4053.png)

I'm currently wearing one of these on a black and orange nato. It has a slightly domed crystal, which adds a bit of character if not legibility.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blinder Data on August 11, 2021, 12:29:34 PM
FFS i like my Feiko but now I feel like I need an authentic watch to compensate and I'm looking at loads of lovely vintage watches and I can't stop, send help
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on August 11, 2021, 12:37:32 PM
Quote from: The Crumb on August 11, 2021, 12:25:44 PM
(http://s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/forumgallery/monthly_2017_08/image.png.5b1d4a3aedfb3b1c1ddd5106aa1f4053.png)

I'm currently wearing one of these on a black and orange nato. It has a slightly domed crystal, which adds a bit of character if not legibility.

Ooooh I love that. Has a bit of a 70's darts player feel, which is what I was going for when I chose my Seiko Recraft with the green dial earlier in this thread. Just imagine "WINMAU" round the top.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on August 11, 2021, 12:39:20 PM
I can see how it would be a let-down. As it happens I have an S5 and have been looking at the feiko equivalents of Citizen watches as I quite like the black designs... I don't think they're actually bad if you know what you're getting into.

It's been a while since I've looked and don't have time to look further so not actually sure if this is real or not, but this sort of thing:
(https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/XWMAAOSwd1xg0xf1/s-l1600.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Pancake on August 11, 2021, 12:44:05 PM
Talking of yachting timers I absolutely spunked myself silly when this emerged a couple of years ago

(https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0146/0732/products/1611-HeuerRegatta-Lifestyle.jpg?v=1618177035)

https://shop.hodinkee.com/products/1980s-heuer-regatta-pvd-reference-134-601?variant=29964816580683 (https://shop.hodinkee.com/products/1980s-heuer-regatta-pvd-reference-134-601?variant=29964816580683)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Pancake on August 11, 2021, 12:46:16 PM
Make it smaller! (said the choirboy to the paedophile!)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: gilbertharding on August 11, 2021, 12:50:54 PM
Quote from: Pancake on August 11, 2021, 12:44:05 PM
Talking of yachting timers I absolutely spunked myself silly when this emerged a couple of years ago

(https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0146/0732/products/1611-HeuerRegatta-Lifestyle.jpg?v=1618177035)

https://shop.hodinkee.com/products/1980s-heuer-regatta-pvd-reference-134-601?variant=29964816580683 (https://shop.hodinkee.com/products/1980s-heuer-regatta-pvd-reference-134-601?variant=29964816580683)

That's nice. I fancy one of those Porsche Design PO11 jobs, after too much watching The Professionals while on furlough.

(http://thumbsnap.com/sc/2N2C8tzr.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on August 11, 2021, 05:47:22 PM
Quote from: Blinder Data on August 11, 2021, 12:29:34 PM
FFS i like my Feiko but now I feel like I need an authentic watch to compensate and I'm looking at loads of lovely vintage watches and I can't stop, send help

If it's of any help, I often look lustfully upon my partner's Feiko and then feel nothing but disdain towards my genuine Seiko.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on August 18, 2021, 10:29:47 PM
My wood wedding anniversary is coming up and I fancy a wooden watch for it. Hit me with your best options...

This is where I'm leaning at the moment:

(https://i.imgur.com/yhrdAiA.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on August 19, 2021, 06:09:21 PM
I bought it, so if you know of nicer ones please keep them to yourself.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: shiftwork2 on August 20, 2021, 10:49:21 AM
It is rather beautiful.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Mr Banlon on August 23, 2021, 06:03:54 PM
Don't usually go for these, but it was £30 and I like the look of it.
(https://canary.contestimg.wish.com/api/webimage/60404ac1f1f07e654d0a04e7-5-large.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on August 23, 2021, 06:08:56 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on July 30, 2021, 12:52:57 PM
Talking of gifts, I was given a Gruen Curvex last week. Curved face and mechanism made in the mid '40s.

Bit of an oddity, can't find a good picture on google so will upload one later today if I remember.

Forgot to do this.

(https://i.imgur.com/wxznbYh.jpg)

Assumed the curved face/mechanism would be a gimmick but it is impressively comfortable. I'll add it to the pile of watches that are far too nice to wear outside and stick with my F91w.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Mr Banlon on August 24, 2021, 01:28:34 AM
That is handsome Ferris.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Mr Banlon on August 24, 2021, 05:14:02 PM
I really want one of these :
(https://utdesign.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/KIENZLE01.jpg)
(https://s0.bukalapak.com/img/57518991062/large/data.jpeg)

Kienzle Life 2002 (1970)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: vanilla.coffee on September 05, 2021, 10:50:52 PM
I treated myself to one of these Seiko 'save the ocean' King Turtle. Apologies for the size of the image, I don't know how to make it smaller.
(https://www.watchuseek.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.watchuseek.com/attachments/0d0e0317-56dc-4f40-b0f8-3fa2af4e10c3-jpeg.16057444/)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 06, 2021, 12:35:56 AM
Add some scaling


[img width=400]http://blah.blah.tld/path/to/img.jpg[/img]
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: vanilla.coffee on September 06, 2021, 06:23:15 AM
That's better, thank you sir.

Just got myself one of the Seiko 'save the oceans' King Turtle.
Very pleased with it.

(https://www.watchuseek.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.watchuseek.com/attachments/0d0e0317-56dc-4f40-b0f8-3fa2af4e10c3-jpeg.16057444/)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Famous Mortimer on September 09, 2021, 03:20:22 PM
Someone has done a "stealth mod" of the F-91W on Etsy, and it looks ace. Don't know how good it'd look in everyday use, but it's a fun idea. Have a look. (https://www.etsy.com/listing/917919476/casio-f-91w-stealth-mod?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=led+watch&ref=sr_gallery-1-3&organic_search_click=1&bes=1)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on September 09, 2021, 06:23:37 PM
Quote from: Famous Mortimer on September 09, 2021, 03:20:22 PM
Someone has done a "stealth mod" of the F-91W on Etsy, and it looks ace. Don't know how good it'd look in everyday use, but it's a fun idea. Have a look. (https://www.etsy.com/listing/917919476/casio-f-91w-stealth-mod?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=led+watch&ref=sr_gallery-1-3&organic_search_click=1&bes=1)

There's a whole community of F-91w modders and nerds out there. Cleaning the face with isopropyl alcohol to go all black is quite common, as is buy the diffuser screen stuff and cutting a new section out at 90 degrees from the regular one to invert the black/green.

I can't decide if it is very cool or just a bit mad, but I am tempted to try it.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on September 09, 2021, 06:58:22 PM
Why does every cunt have that shitty old Casio? When did that start?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 09, 2021, 08:49:54 PM
Quote from: touchingcloth on September 09, 2021, 06:58:22 PM
Why does every cunt have that shitty old Casio? When did that start?

I bought mine for two reasons, both lock-down related:

Point 1 kept happening for a bit, but I typically just sleep and shower in the cunt half the time now.
I could've bought a cheap quartz analogue I suppose (Lorus' are good, had them in the past, owned by Seiko I think) but thought fuck it, cheap design classic. Not sure they ever really went away.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on October 13, 2021, 07:35:57 PM
I was looking for a Raketa Big Zero but while pouring through chrono24 I found this which I reckon is even nicer and was quite a bit cheaper.

(https://www.dogsonacid.com/attachments/img_20211012_112538-jpg.221604/)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ed Sholda-Sneezuntows on October 13, 2021, 08:57:25 PM
Evening watch watchers.

Any opinions on the new Seiko Alpinist range?

https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/seiko-prospex-the-1959-alpinist-modern-re-interpretation-introducing (https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/seiko-prospex-the-1959-alpinist-modern-re-interpretation-introducing)

Tempted by the grey face with steel bracelet. Unfortunately the green face isn't available with the metal strap.

Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Johnny Foreigner on October 13, 2021, 10:05:45 PM
I only use a pocket watch, which obliges me to wear a waistcoat every day.

A Beefeater told me he liked it.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on October 13, 2021, 10:35:37 PM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on October 13, 2021, 07:35:57 PM
I was looking for a Raketa Big Zero but while pouring through chrono24 I found this which I reckon is even nicer and was quite a bit cheaper.

(https://www.dogsonacid.com/attachments/img_20211012_112538-jpg.221604/)

Nice. Been meaning to look for a raketa, chrono24 is legit is it? Wasn't sure tbh.

Also is that a cloth face? What's going on there?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on October 13, 2021, 11:00:16 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on October 13, 2021, 10:35:37 PM
Also is that a cloth face? What's going on there?

Yes?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on October 13, 2021, 11:01:40 PM
Just bought a Raketa Big Zero. Will be here in a week and a half. Dead excited, and for what it is, it wasn't that expensive.

The exterior facing stuff is from the early '80s, wouldn't be surprised if the interior is rebuilt from a cheaper watch (the Soviets all used the same mechanism apparently and I don't care if that's the case as long as it works). Looks lovely.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on October 13, 2021, 11:02:38 PM
Quote from: touchingcloth on October 13, 2021, 11:00:16 PM
Yes?

Pretend I'm an idiot (because I am) but I've never seen a cloth-faced watch before.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on October 13, 2021, 11:12:21 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on October 13, 2021, 11:02:38 PM
Pretend I'm an idiot (because I am) but I've never seen a cloth-faced watch before.

Can I help?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on October 13, 2021, 11:34:04 PM
Quote from: touchingcloth on October 13, 2021, 11:12:21 PM
Can I help?

Hello. I saw a watch earlier, well a picture of a watch really and the face, right, looked like it was made of like fabric or something? I've never seen that before, what's all that about?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on October 13, 2021, 11:42:45 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on October 13, 2021, 11:34:04 PM
Hello. I saw a watch earlier, well a picture of a watch really and the face, right, looked like it was made of like fabric or something? I've never seen that before, what's all that about?

Pass, I don't know anything about watches. I assumed you'd be after me for one of my areas of expertise such as only just realising obvious things.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on October 14, 2021, 01:34:13 AM
Quote from: touchingcloth on October 13, 2021, 11:42:45 PM
Pass, I don't know anything about watches. I assumed you'd be after me for one of my areas of expertise such as only just realising obvious things.

Well this has been a massive waste of everyone's time. I hope you're happy.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on October 14, 2021, 02:26:21 AM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on October 14, 2021, 01:34:13 AM
Well this has been a massive waste of everyone's time. I hope you're happy.

Delighted, cheers.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on October 14, 2021, 10:29:11 AM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on October 13, 2021, 10:35:37 PM
Nice. Been meaning to look for a raketa, chrono24 is legit is it? Wasn't sure tbh.

Also is that a cloth face? What's going on there?

It's cloth-like but just a matte finish I think.

Chrono24 seems ok, they hold the cash in escrow until the stuff turns up, and I got tracking although it was spotty, I think that's down to the carrier.

The movement seems to be decent, the watch was apparently serviced and so far appears to be more accurate than the seiko 5 I bought new.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on October 15, 2021, 10:10:52 PM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on October 14, 2021, 10:29:11 AM
It's cloth-like but just a matte finish I think.

Yes? What do you want?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on November 05, 2021, 04:31:36 PM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on October 14, 2021, 10:29:11 AM
It's cloth-like but just a matte finish I think.

Chrono24 seems ok, they hold the cash in escrow until the stuff turns up, and I got tracking although it was spotty, I think that's down to the carrier.

The movement seems to be decent, the watch was apparently serviced and so far appears to be more accurate than the seiko 5 I bought new.

My Raketa Big Zero arrived in the post this morning from Moscow (after 2 weeks stuck in Berlin according to the postal tracker - real "escape to the west" vibes).

Love it. Looks great, very comfortable and the mechanism seems to hold time well. I'll upload a picture when I get around to it.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on November 05, 2021, 08:14:33 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/ce4Xl55.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Better Midlands on November 06, 2021, 02:09:27 PM
Very nice Ferris & Seb Cobb's equally so.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Mr Banlon on November 06, 2021, 11:08:27 PM
A new old stock 70s Chinese watch I picked up and one I knocked up out of bits and pieces. (8215 movement, exp dial, sub case)
(https://i.postimg.cc/TwKJKbWm/IMAG0003.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blinder Data on November 11, 2021, 01:54:07 PM
What's the most you've spent on a watch? I'm looking at a Sturamnskie which would be around £400. Insane, really, but they look great (and peanuts compared to what some people spend!).
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on November 11, 2021, 01:57:04 PM
The Raketa at 60 quid is the most I've ever spent, but most watches I have are Casio/Swatch, and the rest have been gifts.

I'd love one of these but at 80 quid I'm struggling to justify it. Maybe Christmas or something.

(http://www.watchisthis.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/IMG_5589-632x873.jpg)
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Famous Mortimer on November 11, 2021, 02:06:08 PM
Quote from: Blinder Data on November 11, 2021, 01:54:07 PM
What's the most you've spent on a watch? I'm looking at a Sturamnskie which would be around £400. Insane, really, but they look great (and peanuts compared to what some people spend!).
That Spinnaker one I posted a few pages back didn't give me much change from 200 quid, but it's really nice.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Fr.Bigley on November 11, 2021, 02:26:04 PM
I got left a patek calatrava when pop passed. Knew it was a nice watch, he bought it in Switzerland when he was serving in the 70s, never knew how nice. Had it appraised recently for insurance. Score, thanks you old cunt, you just bought me a new car.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blue Jam on November 15, 2021, 11:47:34 AM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on November 11, 2021, 01:57:04 PM
The Raketa at 60 quid is the most I've ever spent, but most watches I have are Casio/Swatch, and the rest have been gifts.

I'd love one of these but at 80 quid I'm struggling to justify it. Maybe Christmas or something.

(http://www.watchisthis.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/IMG_5589-632x873.jpg)

Isn't £80 cheap for a Raketa? Anyway, just ThInK hOw MuCh YoU'lL sAVe On BaTtErIeS

I like this one:

https://raketa.com/w/en/product/raketa-polyarnie-0241/

(https://raketa.com/w/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/07/W-45-17-30-0241-2.jpg)

Looks like it's from Thunderbirds or off someone with eyebrows in The Spy Who Loved Me. Got enough watches tho.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Attila on November 15, 2021, 12:28:48 PM
Quote from: JaDanketies on August 10, 2021, 09:28:22 PM
Anyone know where I can get a clock for a kid's room with a relatively loud tick? He loves ticking noises. Seems like nowadays, ticking clocks are a thing of the past

Your kid and I would get along -- my father collected antique schoolhouse clocks, and they had very loud ticks. I really, really like having a ticking clock nearby, but Mr Attila would go insane if he had to listen to one.

(All of our clocks were slightly off by a minute or so, so when anywhere from 8 through to 12 o'clock came along, too bad if you were at the most important part of a TV show or movie, in those days before VCRs. I recall one instance of my brother leaping up to try to stop the clocks before they all went nuts. It's why I love hitting up the clock room at the British Museum when I know they're all going to go off. )

Watch chat: although I have a ton of lovely watches I never wear, I've just treated myself to a vintage (1990s anyway) Hello Kitty watch.


ETA -- I think KitKat clocks have a pretty loud tick, plus they're goofy as all get out.

Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Claude the Racecar Driving Rockstar Super Sleuth on November 19, 2021, 04:35:29 PM
This is mine.
(https://i.postimg.cc/2yHvvdg2/IMG-20211118-142823-01.jpg)

I like the brushed metal face, but I'm not a fan of the design otherwise, especially that big bezel. It looks a bit juvenile somehow - but then I was given it for my 18th birthday (a horrifyingly long time ago). For a measure of how stylish it is, it originally came with a velcro strap that would wick up sweat and start to smell fermented after a few days. I thought about getting one of those metal straps but, as a hirsute gentleman, I was worried about getting my arm hairs trapped between the links.

Occasionally I think about replacing it with something a bit classier looking, but I've not worn it since the battery died and that was a good few years ago at this point. My phone is a perfectly adequate timepiece. The only reason for a watch would be to look flash and, while I do enjoy dressing up like a fancy lad, it's not really worth the money to me. I have found myself tempted by smartwatches recently, but those are also expensive and basically pointless.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Mr Banlon on November 19, 2021, 06:11:25 PM
Might pick up one of these :
(https://i.postimg.cc/zBtW2cFJ/tand.jpg)
(https://i.postimg.cc/vZszVCPj/tand2.jpg)
It's got a Seiko NH35A movement and sapphire crystal and is a homage to one of these :
(https://i.postimg.cc/FsDRyLG4/62mas.jpg)
The Seiko 62MAS

Less than £100, so pretty good for the money
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/124846701151?hash=item1d11717a5f:g:fbAAAOSwUPFhEjRQ

Quite a lot less than an original : https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/313569319984?epid=17046968227&hash=item4902301c30:g:EhIAAOSwCuxgx7AL

Could possibly 'mod' the homage with this dial : https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/133837357587?hash=item1f29540213:g:3IoAAOSwYnFhCPv6
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Claude the Racecar Driving Rockstar Super Sleuth on November 19, 2021, 09:25:56 PM
Do those ones with the date on them need resetting each month or do they somehow account for the number of days?

And which arm should a watch be worn on? I've always worn mine on the right, but I read that it should go on the left, so you can use the dial without taking it off. I tried wearing it on my left wrist but it felt wrong and it didn't make the dial any easier to use.

Hell's bells. I'm thinking about watches now.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: The Guppy on November 19, 2021, 10:14:54 PM
They always count to 31 unless they're very fancy, or digital.

I'm left-handed so I wear my watch on my right wrist. I don't need to fuck with the crown anyway, unless there's fewer than 31 days in the month.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on November 19, 2021, 10:24:10 PM
Quote from: Blue Jam on November 15, 2021, 11:47:34 AMIsn't £80 cheap for a Raketa? Anyway, just ThInK hOw MuCh YoU'lL sAVe On BaTtErIeS

I like this one:

https://raketa.com/w/en/product/raketa-polyarnie-0241/

(https://raketa.com/w/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/07/W-45-17-30-0241-2.jpg)

Looks like it's from Thunderbirds or off someone with eyebrows in The Spy Who Loved Me. Got enough watches tho.

Sorry missed this - yeah the new Raketas are aping western brands by being massively expensive and all looking a bit identikit.

I like the old stuff because it's an example of almost parallel technology but with none of the western context so you end up with stuff that is sort of similar, but strikingly different. I'm a fan of old Soviet electric guitars and effects pedals for the same reason - I'm not a communist, but I appreciate someone trying to design something entirely from scratch and approximating the familiar but in an unexpected way.

That all probably sounds like total bollocks. Sorry.

Anyway, the old Soviet ones are on eBay and Etsy and go for 50-100 quid because that's objectively all they're worth, but I like the weirdness of them (from a western perspective anyway), and I'm not comfortable wearing expensive shit to the pub because what if I fuck it up or lose it?

My dad keeps gifting me beautiful watches (because he knows I'm a watch nerd) that are worth a several hundred quid each and I can't bring myself to wear them because the stress of having that on my wrist would be too much. A 50 quid Soviet watch that's common as dirt? Yeah who cares lads (to some extent) waheyyy.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on November 19, 2021, 10:25:31 PM
Planes, right. Why do they sell watches alongside Pringles and tiny little blocks of cheese on flights? Who's the market for those? Has anyone ever bought one? Is it a code for drugs or handjobs like when the ice cream van comes round in January?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on November 19, 2021, 10:31:27 PM
Quote from: touchingcloth on November 19, 2021, 10:25:31 PMPlanes, right. Why do they sell watches alongside Pringles and tiny little blocks of cheese on flights? Who's the market for those? Has anyone ever bought one? Is it a code for drugs or handjobs like when the ice cream van comes round in January?

Because back in the day (and still to a certain extent now) you were only allowed to carry a certain amount of currency out the country so rich fuckers would buy a bit of jewellery and wear it on their wrist and cash it in at the destination.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on November 19, 2021, 10:35:10 PM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on November 19, 2021, 10:31:27 PMBecause back in the day (and still to a certain extent now) you were only allowed to carry a certain amount of currency out the country so rich fuckers would buy a bit of jewellery and wear it on their wrist and cash it in at the destination.

That makes sense to an extent, except it doesn't because you're already out of the country once they start selling them, and you can take a bank card and use an ATM abroad, and they never check you for cash in the airport, and the watches on offer were all under £300. Possibly some other reasons, too.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on November 19, 2021, 10:36:02 PM
'tradition'
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Blinder Data on November 19, 2021, 10:42:31 PM
Quote from: Claude the Racecar Driving Rockstar Super Sleuth on November 19, 2021, 09:25:56 PMAnd which arm should a watch be worn on? I've always worn mine on the right, but I read that it should go on the left, so you can use the dial without taking it off. I tried wearing it on my left wrist but it felt wrong and it didn't make the dial any easier to use.

Traditionally it's on the arm you use the least, so for most people's it's left. But only bellends really care about that sort of stuff.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on November 19, 2021, 10:50:53 PM
Quote from: Blinder Data on November 19, 2021, 10:42:31 PMTraditionally it's on the arm you use the least, so for most people's it's left. But only bellends really care about that sort of stuff.

wearing it 180 degrees out so it's on your inner-wrist is genuinely a bit odd though isn't it?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on November 19, 2021, 10:56:57 PM
The rules are bobbins, same as those which say a piercing in a particular side makes you a gay, or how you "should" leave the bottom button of a waistcoat open.

I wear mine on my left, mainly because the crown doesn't dig into my forearm that way. Also I can't stand anything being loose on my left wrist, so the watch is strapped tight there and if I wear a bracelet that goes on the right. It's easier to adjust the crown while wearing it, but that's not very relevant to me because I don't sleep or shower in my watch so I set it while I'm not wearing it.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on November 19, 2021, 11:03:07 PM
nah i maintain wearing it so the face on your inner wrist is odd and daft because you'll drag it over tables and stuff
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on November 19, 2021, 11:05:11 PM
Oh, yeah. Awful habit. I sometimes do it when on a long drive as it's easier to see with hands on a wheel. But cars have clocks so I got bored of this quickly.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on November 19, 2021, 11:31:09 PM
Quote from: touchingcloth on November 19, 2021, 11:05:11 PMOh, yeah. Awful habit. I sometimes do it when on a long drive as it's easier to see with hands on a wheel. But cars have clocks so I got bored of this quickly.

This raises an interesting (or tedious) point, I found when I drive (which I don't do often nowadays) it's generally my dominant hand doing the work, so generally don't bother with my left at all. When I've driven on holiday I've tried to naturally 'mirror image' my driving with my arm resting on the door half the time and nah, just doesn't work, have to right-hand it. I know you're in Portugal and with time I'm sure it becomes natural.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on November 19, 2021, 11:31:26 PM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb link=msg=4756948 mio km date=1637361087Because back in the day (and still to a certain extent now) you were only allowed to carry a certain amount of currency out the country so rich fuckers would buy a bit of jewellery and wear it on their wrist and cash it in at the destination.

It's illegal for the police in most of the US to take your jewellery (because lawmakers didn't want pigs to have your wedding ring as bail payment if you get arrested) and that's why pimps stereotypically have shitloads of jewellery.

It's a very safe store of wealth, pimpically speaking.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on November 19, 2021, 11:41:50 PM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on November 19, 2021, 11:31:09 PMThis raises an interesting (or tedious) point, I found when I drive (which I don't do often nowadays) it's generally my dominant hand doing the work, so generally don't bother with my left at all. When I've driven on holiday I've tried to naturally 'mirror image' my driving with my arm resting on the door half the time and nah, just doesn't work, have to right-hand it. I know you're in Portugal and with time I'm sure it becomes natural.

Driving on the right became very natural, very easily. Behind the wheel I was always reaching into the door with my left hand when I wanted to change gears, and that minor habit took longer to break.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: touchingcloth on November 19, 2021, 11:42:16 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on November 19, 2021, 11:31:26 PMIt's a very safe store of wealth, pimpically speaking.

In the words of a pimple?
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on November 19, 2021, 11:43:37 PM
Quote from: FerriswheelBueller on November 19, 2021, 11:31:26 PMIt's illegal for the police in most of the US to take your jewellery (because lawmakers didn't want pigs to have your wedding ring as bail payment if you get arrested) and that's why pimps stereotypically have shitloads of jewellery.

It's a very safe store of wealth, pimpically speaking.

I didn't know that, really interesting.

Apparently the reason Mr T was covered in gold chains was because he was a doorman who slung all the stuff the club he was working at round his neck to save people having to go in and ask for it.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Ferris on November 19, 2021, 11:44:01 PM
Quote from: touchingcloth on November 19, 2021, 11:42:16 PMIn the words of a pimple?

My watch hand is way strong.
Title: Re: Watches
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on November 20, 2021, 12:17:24 AM
Quote from: touchingcloth on November 19, 2021, 11:41:50 PMDriving on the right became very natural, very easily. Behind the wheel I was always reaching into the door with my left hand when I wanted to change gears, and that minor habit took longer to break.

I didn't have that because the rental company 'upgraded' me to a spare vehicle that was automatic. Given I was on holiday in Iceland, which is quite hilly, I didn't really appreciate it.

I found driving on the 'wrong' side of the road incredibly natural for the most part, apart from the time I pulled a complex 8 point turn and just naturally hooned off on the wrong side of the road.