Any WATCH nuts out there? Pics of my Favs.....

Any WATCH nuts out there? Pics of my Favs.....

PostBy: Gary in Pennsylvania On: Sat Sep 29, 2007 9:56 pm

I tend to have taste for expensive watches. $1,000+

No, No, No! I don't like pimped watches, gold, or jewels, Rolex, etc.....

I'm a 24 hour-aholic!

Check 'em out!

http://home.kpnplanet.nl/~astikkers@kpn ... odel12.htm
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PostBy: Gary in Pennsylvania On: Sat Sep 29, 2007 10:01 pm

More...

I actually prefer a 24hr 12-on-top setup. the Ball watch (1st post with the nightshot lume) is my FAVORITE though. A recently discontinued model, but valued at $1,300 and up.
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PostBy: LsFarm On: Sun Sep 30, 2007 9:06 am

Hi Gary, what type of movement do those watches have? Are they spring wound/balance wheel or battery/quartz or??? Nice interesting 24hr watches, what is their history? Made for pilots and mariners?

I use watches like tools, I wear 'em and use 'em, I like an analog face for local time [EST] but like to have a digital readout in 24 hour that I set on GMT. So much of my work life [flying] is based on GMT that I hate doing the math all the time. There are only a few reasonably priced watches that have the 24 hour digital readout available, usually cheap-o ones like Casio. But since I wear a watch all the time, even when working in the shop, mine get destroyed pretty quick by welding spatter, ATF, solvents etc. I just never remember to take it off, and if I do I forget where it is and it resides in a toolbox drawer for a few days...

But I DO love time pieces, antique clocks are a passion. Mostly weight driven 30hr and 8-day 'shelf clocks'. I do have a few key-wound pocket watches, nothing special, I just bought them 'cause they peaked my interest.

Are you a member of the NAWCC ?? Been to the museum in State College?

Greg L

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A few clocks in my bedroom, all 1830-1870-ish
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A few clocks on display in my 'living room'. These are from 1815-ish through 1845 or so.
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PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sat Oct 13, 2007 8:28 pm

Once again, a topic that I can relate too.

As I have time (no pun intended) I will attempt to photograph my small watch collection as well as the few clocks I own.
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PostBy: europachris On: Sat Oct 20, 2007 8:50 pm

Very nice, Gary!

I'm actually in the market for a nice watch...I've had the same analog Seiko day/date watch since about 1993 and it's getting pretty beat up, but works perfectly yet.

I'm like Greg, though, I tend to wear it all the time, and only remember to take it off after all the work is done and it's encased in Gawd-knows-what. I'd keep a cheapie around for the grunt work jobs, and have a nice piece to wear other times.

I'm not 'into' watches except for the usual Casio, Citizen, Seiko, Rolex, etc. stuff you see at the average jewlery store. I do, however, like obscure and unusual stuff just to be a little different (like burning coal...)

I saw a neat piece on RGM watches on the Travel Channel (Made In America), which are made in Mt. Joy, PA (http://www.rgmwatches.com/

So, what are some good quality analog watches, mechanical movement, Swiss, American, etc.? I like a lot of the vintage 40's/50's/60's stuff (Bulova) but don't know a lot about it.

Chris
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PostBy: Richard S. On: Sun Oct 21, 2007 12:19 am

No much of watch fan myself, haven't had one myself since I was about 13. My "chicken leg" wrists don't wear them well. No real need for me, I can usually give an accurate time within 10-15 minutes if I have a reference point every 5 or 6 hours.
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PostBy: europachris On: Fri Oct 26, 2007 7:35 am

Well, my Seiko went belly up last night. Well, actually the band fell apart, but the rest of the watch is in such poor shape, I don't feel like putting a new band on a turd of a watch. Time for a new one!

So, back to our topic, anyone have a recommendation on a nice day/date chronograph style auto winder mechanical watch? Looking for something mildly understated and a little different than the usual....

Chris
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PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Fri Oct 26, 2007 8:01 am

Check out the Bulova website, Bulova also owns Wittnauer. They are an American company. Most of the brands whose names we know are out of business, many of the names have been bought by foreign companies which produce cheap throwaway watches under these once famous names (such as: Gruen, Hamilton, Elgin etc). Swatch watches are also foreign made, basically the same inexpensive quartz movement inside with different cases (you are basically paying for the case and band, the insides are interchangable, when it quits you throw it away).

Boliva/Wittnauer makes high end watches but the also produce lower priced lines that are well made.


http://www.bulova.com/
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PostBy: europachris On: Fri Oct 26, 2007 8:26 am

Thanks! I'll check them out!

Chris
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PostBy: coaledsweat On: Fri Oct 26, 2007 8:29 am

The only watch that ever lasted on my dad was an Elgin. He had some strange field or something about him. Most watches he tried would run less than 10-15 minutes on him and then quit. It didn't matter if it was a wound spring, battery or even self winding, they would die.
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PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Fri Oct 26, 2007 8:40 am

Also you may want to explore this site:


http://www.timezone.com/

Note: I stand corrected, Hamilton watches are produced by a swiss watch maker, the company was sold awhile back. They still produce quality watches, not cheap watch made in china.
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PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Fri Oct 26, 2007 8:56 am

Quick research shows Hamilton is being owned by Swatch, so I can't really be sure of the quality of Hamilton at this point.

Thanks
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PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Fri Oct 26, 2007 8:57 am

coaledsweat wrote:The only watch that ever lasted on my dad was an Elgin. He had some strange field or something about him. Most watches he tried would run less than 10-15 minutes on him and then quit. It didn't matter if it was a wound spring, battery or even self winding, they would die.



Interesting. I fully believe events like this can and do happen.
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PostBy: Gary in Pennsylvania On: Fri Oct 26, 2007 11:50 am

MY favorite watch place.....

http://forums.watchuseek.com/index.php
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PostBy: coal berner On: Fri Oct 26, 2007 1:45 pm

coaledsweat wrote:The only watch that ever lasted on my dad was an Elgin. He had some strange field or something about him. Most watches he tried would run less than 10-15 minutes on him and then quit. It didn't matter if it was a wound spring, battery or even self winding, they would die.
I have the same Problem can't wear any watch they always stop running about the same amount of time 10 to 20 minutes I do not know what causes it but it happends
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