Watches

Through my working life I always wore inexpensive watches. I would wreck a watch in a year so there was no point in having a good watch for everyday wear and I couldn’t stand to be without one. I would always just scrub the watch right along with my arms and hands with the Go-Jo to get the grease and diesel off of it before leaving work and then wear it in the shower when I got home. Still do the same thing. Old dogs I guess.
Not a watch story, but jewelry and funny in hind site. When I got married I was operating equipment and a passable mechanic. We had a skid steer break a chain. This was 2 weeks after my wedding and I never took my ring off, even at work. Anyway, I took the top cover off on the side that was broken to repair the chain. Before fishing the chain out of the oil I thought I better take off my ring. The chains and gears are submerged in gear oil. So I went to put my ring on my key chain and dropped it in the open cover and it sank in the oil. I spent the rest of the day tearing down that whole side of the skid steer, draining the oil and found my ring. Then I had to fix the chain and reassemble everything and refill with 3 gallons of gear oil. I was NOT going to leave until I found the ring, couldn't explain that to my wife of 2 weeks. My employer was kind enough to pay me for all the hours spent. Never wore my ring to work again.

To bring this back to watches, my Tag takes an absolute beating and still looks the same as the day my wife gave it to me.
 
The Rolex and Tag both require messing with the day every month that doesn't have 31 days. The Rolex really isn't all that accurate. I was resetting the time about every month or two. The Citizen will keep the day of the week and date without adjusting anything until the year 2100 (pretty sure I won't make it to find out ;)) and it connects nightly to adjust the time.

I have a Submariner and it does need the date changed often. Mine is an older one that actually needs winding if I don't wear it. So I have a rocker that helps with keeping it accurate.
 
I have a Submariner and it does need the date changed often. Mine is an older one that actually needs winding if I don't wear it. So I have a rocker that helps with keeping it accurate.
I've looked to buy a rocker, too. I try to hand wind it. Since the Blue Angels watch konked out, I was wearing it daily. Now it'll be put away again for the most part. I should just sell it at this point.
 
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I'm thinking I'm a dying breed. I still wear a real wristwatch. Not a smartphone on the wrist. Something with a dial, hands and numbers.


Same here.

Love the citizen eco-drives.

Like the blue angels or navihawk ones, but my eyesight just ain't good enough anymore.

Just bought promaster dive watch in black and gold that gets lots of compliments.
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It's also the best nighttime readable watch I've EVER had.
 
Same here.

Love the citizen eco-drives.

Like the blue angels or navihawk ones, but my eyesight just ain't good enough anymore.

Just bought promaster dive watch in black and gold that gets lots of compliments.
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It's also the best nighttime readable watch I've EVER had.
My youngest is as big a fan of traditional watches as I am. 5 years ago he asked for a Citizen Eco Drive watch for Christmas. I got him one and it quit working within 6 months. He sent it in to Citizen and they replace the face because it wasn't charging the battery. Been perfect ever since. We gave him a Seiko 5 Automatic 2 years ago. He loves them.
 
My youngest is as big a fan of traditional watches as I am. 5 years ago he asked for a Citizen Eco Drive watch for Christmas. I got him one and it quit working within 6 months. He sent it in to Citizen and they replace the face because it wasn't charging the battery. Been perfect ever since. We gave him a Seiko 5 Automatic 2 years ago. He loves them.

I have a few Seiko's that are the charging face as well. When the battery died (from not charging) I tried to replace the battery and then realized what type of watch this was. Now I also have a light over my glass top watch case so they charge as well. It never stops, sometime technology isn't all it's cracked up to be.
 
I have a Rolex Submariner that my wife bought me for Christmas, 1970 when I was heavily involved in diving.
Original bill of sale $170.00 CDN.
Just appraised for $12,500.00.
I wore it everyday up until the pandemic.
Had it cleaned and the crystal polished and only wear it on special occasions now.
 
12 years ago I bought a nice Seiko after a big promotion and still love it. I also have two vintage Bulovas that I inherited from my father. But a few years ago, I needed a a smartwatch to track some health issues. I tried fitbits and the Samsung Galaxy watch but they were ugly and had short battery life. I bought this Withings Scanwatch 18 months ago and it's perfect for me. Love the more classic look, and I can go 30 days without charging battery.

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I always have had a fascination with mechanical automatic watches but don’t see the point having a watch I won’t wear. And if I am going to invest to make money it won’t be in jewelry. So no expensive ones for me.

I have a few seikos. One automatic diver and one solar diver. They are great, tough and the lume lasts all night. I also have a Seiko dress watch that is also an auto. I have a Citizen titanium solar casual dress that is the most comfortable watch I have.

My only digital is a Garmin Vivoactive. The golf app with gps works great for new courses.

Last year for fun I bought a submariner homage, a Steeldive, on AliExpress. It has a Seiko auto movement and keeps perfect time. Sapphire crystal and ceramic bezel. Black dial with “Starbucks” green bezel. It’s a great everyday beater that looks good with a bit of a different look. It’s lume also lasts all night. Not quite Seiko lume but close.

My real beater if I am working outside in dirt and mess or painting is a Casio diver. It’s 20 years old and won’t die.
 
Speaking of watches, thought I would share a pic of my last woodworking project. Holds all my
watches with spaces for my cufflinks and other items underneath.


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I've always worn a wristwatch and got one that was a digital when they first came out. I didn't like the numbers so went back to the "old fashioned" ones with hands. Over the years I've owned (and still have) one of the first year Bulova Accutrons, a few Seikos and a handful of old GI issue watches with the OD green nylon bands.

My favorite watch is a Timex with the Indiglo face and a stretch band. I started wearing them when I was a cop and have stuck with them ever since. They cost about $35-$40 and last about 5 years.

I have a handful of dress watches including a Movado that my brother picked up for me when he was in the Secret Service and on a trip to Japan. IIRC it cost me about $35.
 
I will be in the market for a nice Rolex or Breitling someday soon. Only to be worn on the fancy nights out. But more so because I want to leave it to my Son when they have to sprinkle me off the back of the boat

When you do get your watch, wear it every day so your son will see it and remember it as part of you. That way when the watch is his he'll look at his wrist and remember you. That's my plan, I've got a couple of Omega's that I wear. One for each son.
 
Just picked up an everyday dress watch yesterday. It's a quartz movement so no winding necessary even if left sitting around a while. My wife has a similar, but smaller, watch and it's lived up to her abuse for some time, so I expect the same.

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I have quite a few but only a couple that I wear anymore. I like to keep it simple...3 hands and big date under a cyclops.

I've had this Submariner clone for a few years. Seiko auto movement that only loses about 30 seconds a month and it's pretty tough. I don't think it was a hundred bucks.

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On a Tag you're supposed to set the time to 6PMish before changing the date. So if yer doing it right you'd be setting the time pretty regularly at any rate :)

Good to know as I just got one. Had not heard that before. I'm 100% certain my wife has never followed that procedure.
 
Good to know as I just got one. Had not heard that before. I'm 100% certain my wife has never followed that procedure.

It surprised me a bit when I heard it, for sure, but I confirmed it to be true on their website. It's definitely a thing. It almost seems silly for how pricey these watches can be but hey, it adds character I guess? :)


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I haven't worn a watch in 35 years. It hasn't crossed my mind for a minute :)
I have a couple pocket watches that were my grandfathers....They are very cool and have them displayed in my closet....in the morning that's the only watch I see.
 

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