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What watch do you wear?

Discussion in 'Gadgets & Gear' started by kershaw22, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
    Gary and I are like the fellas of years gone by who only had one knife and who used it till the blade had been sharpened so many times that it became a sliver of steel. When it comes to watches we're users, not collectors. I grew up with manual wind watches, and I've had self-winders in decades past. Gary is right. They fail over time and are expensive to repair. So these days, quartz wins out.
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  2. leghog

    leghog

    Aug 10, 2013
    Yet mechanical watches last generations. I have mechanical watches nearly 150 years old and mechanical wristwatches 85 years old. Cost me $100 every 5 to 7 years to have one of my old Omegas or a Seiko serviced. And they rarely just fail unlike quartz with batteries or kenetics.
     
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  3. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Quartz have only been around since 1969 so they are just getting started
    But as I said it is controversial and just not for me
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  4. marchone

    marchone Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2013
    I like having variety. In a small four watch collection I can target a hand wind, a couple autos, and a quartz. Must have a dress watch, a diver, a chronograph and a beater.
     
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  5. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    It's my bad for bringing that up in this thread ;) apologies! as we are getting off track as to what watch are you wearing is the subject.

    And for me, right now this new GPW Military is the main one, I have just one other that I wear when I need a work out on my left arm;
    it is a beast, it keeps excellent time and is Swiss Made, a gift from my brother for my 60th birthday

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  6. mrknife

    mrknife Gold Member Gold Member

    May 9, 2010
    some seikos are nigh indestructible, the old 7s26 movement are workhorses!
     
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  7. bdmicarta

    bdmicarta

    Feb 16, 2012
    I've been involved with watch collectors about 15 years and haven't noticed any arguing about quartz vs. mechanical. I see people on enthusiast watch sites talking about both kinds. I probably take a harder line in my personal collection than most other people do but I'm softening a little bit with time. I will say that I think there are a higher number of interesting mechanical watches than there are interesting quartz but I've owned and still own a number of quartz watches that are interesting to me.

    Part of what I like about watches is the mechanical movement that is essentially "living" on your wrist. Its little heart beats, the gears turn and the hands move. And they work very well. And they are very accurate, for a mechanical device that works under varied conditions. Its only in comparison with quartz that we think they are inaccurate. COSC standards for certified chronometer are that a watch can be up to 6 seconds fast per 24 hour period or 4 seconds slow. For my wear it would take a month before I would notice the watch was off. But most watch enthusiasts don't wear a watch for more than a few days, just like a lot of knife enthusiasts don't carry a knife for more than a few days before they switch to something else. I may like to know how accurate my watches are, but in practice it does not matter a bit.

    In my 15 years I've never had a mechanical watch serviced, but if I wear a watch 5 days out of every 2 months it isn't getting much wear, and I probably won't own it more than 5 years either. I do have an old Rolex that I need to have serviced so I can wear it or sell it. I'm downsizing my collection somewhat and have to pick out a few for long term ownership. A couple of those are Seiko and I don't know of anybody that worries about servicing a Seiko.

    I picked a more disciplined wear pattern than most enthusiasts. Most seem to pick a watch to wear in the morning depending on how they feel. I wanted all of my watches to get worn equal amounts and I worried about wear by frequently setting the time so I decided to set and put on a watch on Monday morning and then wear it until Friday night. Next Monday I picked another one and so on. On weekends I'm working in my garage or yard, working on cars, riding my bike, whatever and I don't wear a nice mechanical watch for this. So if I try to wear a mechanical watch for weekends I usually don't wear it long enough during the day to maintain its power reserve. So I picked some quartz watches for "grab and go" wear. That way the quartz watches would be set and running when I get cleaned up and I'm ready to grab the watch and go out at night.

    Also my schedule is more erratic on weekends so I have the need during weekend nights to need to know the time. This lead me to buy my first navy seals Luminox years ago. It was well worn but ran and was cheap so I bought it. Its strap was bad so I put it on a cheap NATO strap. It is a real "tool watch" since I wear it to tell time and not for any aesthetic or collector interest. Now I have 2 other Luminox that I use for nicer weekend wear. I wore one of them today when I went to my family Christmas dinner, and back home now I'm wearing the navy seals diver beater. I also had a pretty nice Citizen eco-drive quartz that I used for weekend wear but I recently sold it in my downsizing.

    Right now my watch group for weekday rotation has 2 Seiko divers with 6R15 automatic mechanical movements, 2 Steinhart divers with ETA 2824 and 2892 automatic mechanical movements, and a Deep Blue watch with Miyota 9015 automatic mechanical movement. My weekend watch group contains the 3 Luminox quartz. I'm slowly in the process of downsizing but a part of this is kind of like selling one or two but buying one. I've done the same thing with watch collecting.
     
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  8. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Thanks, I don't frequent those collector sites, mainly talking around here, but it's narrower. and sounds like you have quite the collection! It was a shocker to me to have that Sinn drop like it did and cost so much to get repaired, as they limit you to only a select few authorized repair places, and as I knew I would be selling it once it was back in tip top condition, I did not want to risk any local shop handling the repair work.

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  9. WICOUNSEL

    WICOUNSEL Gold Member Gold Member

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    Oct 22, 2017
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    It ain't anything special, but it has been a work horse for me.

    First gen Gevril after the company restart. I picked it up NOS in 2009. The ETA movement has kept impeccable time for me. Never off more than a few seconds, seems to self correct over night.

    Couple bracelet links fell apart, haven't sent it in yet, so I have been having fun with NATO straps and this week sporting a Geckota Milanese mesh.

    Clearly some watch connoisseurs in this thread. If any of you have any knowledge of ladies watches, would appreciate input as I search for a nice one for my wife (link).

    Thanks!
     
  10. leghog

    leghog

    Aug 10, 2013
    Here's an uncoiled wristwatch movement with an 8 day mainspring that has been in my study for years.

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  11. leghog

    leghog

    Aug 10, 2013
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  12. WinonaRail

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  13. marchone

    marchone Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2013
    This week pretty much.

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  14. Brooks2

    Brooks2

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    Jan 7, 2019
    I wear a seiko skx009k as my main watch. I wear a gshock 5610 when I know that I will be doing something a mechanical won't be able to survive.
     
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    Brooks2

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    Very large photo of my SKX009
     
  16. WinonaRail

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  17. ty_higg

    ty_higg KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 16, 2011
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    Always wanted to try a luminox just never Could for their price tag. Recently though I was able to find this one at a TJ max with damaged packing plus a gift card giving me a 100 dollar luminox to try out.
     
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  18. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Hit with an Olight flash to brighten it up, I do this just before bed time and by morning the lumen still is readable, not near as bright but you can tell the time easily.

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  19. WinonaRail

    WinonaRail

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