Wristwatches

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    Oct 03, 2012 3:01 PM GMT
    Wristwatches are seen as a fading element sometimes in society. With the prevalence of alternative and, frequently, more accurate ways of telling time, the days where a watch was a necessary accessory for a man or woman have faded. Some people still see the benefits of having a personal timepiece whereas others see it simply as a fashion accessory, although the wrist-bound desk clocks of current "fashion" are atrocious at best.

    If you enjoy a little horological diversion now and then, post up pics of your favorite watches or movements



    I'm partial to understated elegance so forgive me if mine are a bit blase.

    Vacheron Constantin
    Ultra-Fine 1955

    (the model's wrist is exceptionally thin as the case diameter is a classic 36mm size)
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    Oct 03, 2012 3:10 PM GMT
    Behold the iWatch!

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    I never wore wrist watches myself, but my sister bought me a nice Batman wrist watch that I wore until it broke. After that I told myself, never again. The pain is too much. icon_cry.gif
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    Oct 03, 2012 3:26 PM GMT
    You can ascribe this to my advanced age, and a lifetime of habit that's hard to break. But having the time on my wrist is infinitely more convenient than looking at a cell phone.

    The cell phone approach reminds me of the pocket watch, that quickly became obsolete with the introduction of the wristwatch, as the timekeeping mechanism got smaller 100 years ago. Are we going backwards in time with clumsy cell phones we have to pull out of our pockets?

    And the accuracy of my wristwatch is within a few seconds, so what advantage does a cell phone give me? My wristwatch certainly doesn't make me late for anything.

    But again, for me it's habit, and also nostalgia. My parents gave me my first wristwatch in 1956 or '57, when I was 7 or 8, I can't remember. In my Christmas stocking, where they always ironically put all the really valuable stuff.

    It was an Elgin, a middle-grade watch at that time, certainly not some crappy Timex, but neither very expensive for a mere child. My Father gravely informed me it cost $50 (he was always very serious about money), not a small amount in the 1950s for a kid's watch.

    And it was self-winding (automatic), with phosphorescent face markings, a new thing in the 1950s. I was so thrilled, I ran into my bedroom and dove under the bed covers, where I could see it glowing greenish in total darkness.

    I can still recall that image under the sheets today, 55 years later. And listening to it tick like it was alive, in the quiet under the blankets. I loved my parents for it, still do, they spoiled me outrageously. So maybe it's an emotional factor that makes me never want to be without a wristwatch. Plus it can be a fashion statement. Though I'll still argue the very practical nature of it.
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    Oct 03, 2012 3:32 PM GMT
    I wear this one:

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    Probably WAY too big for my wrist but....whatever. It's shiny.icon_cool.gif
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    Oct 03, 2012 4:02 PM GMT
    ART_DECO saidYou can ascribe this to my advanced age, and a lifetime of habit that's hard to break. But having the time on my wrist is infinitely more convenient than looking at a cell phone.

    The cell phone approach reminds me of the pocket watch, that quickly became obsolete with the introduction of the wristwatch, as the timekeeping mechanism got smaller 100 years ago. Are we going backwards in time with clumsy cell phones we have to pull out of our pockets?

    I agree, it truly is more convenient, not to mention I went to a parochial school so cell phones were strictly prohibited but none of the clocks worked. I learned to wear a watch.

    And the accuracy of my wristwatch is within a few seconds, so what advantage does a cell phone give me? My wristwatch certainly doesn't make me late for anything.

    Again, I agree. My Longines is ridiculously accurate, as are my various quartz watches. However when you wear multiple ones without an autowinder (or have any manual timepieces like I do) you invariably have to rewind and reset them which, depending on how many complications the mov't has, can be a bit of a chore

    But again, for me it's habit, and also nostalgia. My parents gave me my first wristwatch in 1956 or '57, when I was 7 or 8, I can't remember. In my Christmas stocking, where they always ironically put all the really valuable stuff.

    My parents got me started wearing a watch also, although it was an ugly rubber Timex Ironman. I swore off digital in my teens.

    It was an Elgin, a middle-grade watch at that time, certainly not some crappy Timex, but neither very expensive for a mere child. My Father gravely informed me it cost $50 (he was always very serious about money), not a small amount in the 1950s for a kid's watch.

    I have an Elgin in my collection, nice watch

    And it was self-winding (automatic), with phosphorescent face markings, a new thing in the 1950s. I was so thrilled, I ran into my bedroom and dove under the bed covers, where I could see it glowing greenish in total darkness.

    Maybe not a new thing, but a safer and more widespread implementation than before. Radium was used in the early 20th century and various luminescent compounds were used in watchmaking before that but not to any great success (financially or functionally)

    I can still recall that image under the sheets today, 55 years later. And listening to it tick, in the quiet under the blankets. I loved my parents for it, still do, they spoiled me outrageously. So maybe it's an emotional factor that makes me never want to be without a wristwatch. Though I'll still argue the very practical nature of it.
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    Oct 03, 2012 4:55 PM GMT
    Personally, I love watches. I always need to know what time it is, and I don't like using my cell phone, so a watch only seems right. I always find it annoying to look around the room for the time, raising my left wrist is so much easier. I always prefer digital. It just makes my life easier, and I like all the functions that come with it.

    Here is a pic of my current watch:
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    I don't think I'd ever go for one of the more expensive watches. I've never been one for anything expensive, and I like the techno look common digital watches have.
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    Oct 03, 2012 6:20 PM GMT
    I'm a watch nut. I have antique watches and contemporary watches; all in running condition. I recently find myself becoming intrigued by some of the watches from the '60s and '70s. That'll be my next target collection.
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    Oct 03, 2012 6:22 PM GMT
    Slow news day.
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    Oct 03, 2012 6:39 PM GMT
    jmusmc85 saidSlow news day.


    I know. I'm at work and I'm sooo bored. I hope CJAZ and ART get into another flamewar. icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 03, 2012 7:06 PM GMT
    I am almost always wearing a watch. I must have a dozen or so at this point.
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    Oct 03, 2012 7:50 PM GMT
    RoadsterRacer87 said...not to mention I went to a parochial school so cell phones were strictly prohibited but none of the clocks worked. I learned to wear a watch.

    Needless to say I went to parochial 30 years before cell phones came into existence, and even then they were bag phones, if you even know what those were.

    Our classroom clocks were on the wall at the back of the room. And if we dared look at them the nuns would scream: "Take your eyes off that clock! That's for me, not for you!" And you'd be lucky if you didn't get slapped across the face to make the point.

    I was careful to keep my wristwatch covered with my shirt cuff, with my school uniform blazer sleeve over it. Even looking at my watch might get me a face slap. I doubt most guys here experienced, or would even believe, how much we were hit, punched & slapped by our teachers in school in the 1950s. All perfectly acceptable back then.

    And I guess as remote an experience as wearing a wristwatch for some guys today.
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    Oct 03, 2012 8:00 PM GMT
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    jmusmc85 saidSlow news day.

    I know. I'm at work and I'm sooo bored. I hope CJAZ and ART get into another flamewar. icon_lol.gif

    I am sorta post-flamewar with the conservaposse. They are here to trash gays, and gay civil rights, to promote anti-gay hatred, and nothing any of us post will change that.

    But I think most guys understand their anti-gay mission here, and no longer pay them any attention. I was once concerned that newer, more naive members would be misled by their crap, and so therefore felt compelled to counter them.

    But in reality, I don't think anyone really believes the Right Wing gay hate of CuriousJockAZ or others of the conservaposse. They have proven themselves to be their own worst enemies, on a site meant to advance gay causes, not undermine them.
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    Oct 03, 2012 8:48 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    HottJoe said
    jmusmc85 saidSlow news day.

    I know. I'm at work and I'm sooo bored. I hope CJAZ and ART get into another flamewar. icon_lol.gif

    I am sorta post-flamewar with the conservaposse. They are here to trash gays, and gay civil rights, to promote anti-gay hatred, and nothing any of us post will change that.

    But I think most guys understand their anti-gay mission here, and no longer pay them any attention. I was once concerned that newer, more naive members would be misled by their crap, and so therefore felt compelled to counter them.

    But in reality, I don't think anyone really believes the Right Wing gay hate of CuriousJockAZ or others of the conservaposse. They have proven themselves to be their own worst enemies, on a site meant to advance gay causes, not undermine them.


    Ugh. Colonel Cuckoo at it again. Proven themselves to who? You? I can assure you more people on RJ have crowned you the Qween on Craziness than any other member. There is a reason why they call you Colonel Cuckoo....

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    Oct 04, 2012 7:54 AM GMT
    Mine:
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    Oct 04, 2012 8:25 AM GMT
    I never fancy wristwatches and they hardy survive with me, but they keep coming to me like sweets, the only wristwatch that I care to wear them are the automatic/mechanical ones, I seriously hated changing batteries , I hated Swatch! the most! very fanciful but pathetic! Police is good but it did went for service quite often , the one sole surviving watch with me till today is a simple steeliness steel automatic Seiko 5, pretty tough though would say!

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    I cant deny that a wristwatch is a "must have" accessories for men!, and yes it does some sort define his personality and taste <--- thats what ill eye on! icon_twisted.gificon_razz.gif

    Just that I never took importance of wristwatches, as long my phone is around im good! If someone were to buy/give me a Rolex, I would kindly return it back cause Im just not worthy of having it. I would at most, either sell or keep it as a sentimental value if it really means.

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    Oct 04, 2012 9:20 AM GMT
    I wear a watch daily. A $10 Walmart cheapo @ work(if it breaks, so what?), a Timex Expedition for day-to-day wear, and this for when I go out:

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    The main advantage for me, especially at work, is that I don't have to stop the machine, dig the phone out of my pocket, and then put on my glasses to read it. Which is difficult in the sun with my phone. With an analog watch I can just glance down and the time is close enough.

    Edit: I love titanium!
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    Oct 04, 2012 9:54 AM GMT
    The use of personal cell phones is forbidden where I work. It's a "customer service" thing. I think it's BS, but they write the paycheck. So a cheapo Timex from Walmart works for me. I have several other watches, but over the past several years the batteries have all died so the hell with them. LOL

    When the Timex dies, it's back to the People's Republic of China via my local Walmart to get another one.
  • kew1

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    Oct 04, 2012 10:44 AM GMT
    I'd like a plarge_2.jpg but can't justify spending the money.

    I've a couple of watches, one for everyday use (Seiko kinetic) & a solar powered titanium one.
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    Oct 04, 2012 10:44 AM GMT
    Just outfitted my 17 year old Timex Sportster copy by Old Navy that I paid $5.00 for , with a black rubber watch band and a new battery.
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    Oct 04, 2012 11:04 AM GMT
    Love watches. Parents gave me a Rolex for college grad., but NEVER wear it. It's a beautiful timepiece, but looks way too big for my wrist. icon_redface.gif I have it mounted in a box on the wall.
    Have a very plain Patek from their Gondolo line for special occasions, but my everyday watch is Movado. icon_cool.gif
    Have 12; 6 vintage and 6 current. They are just beautiful in design.

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    Oct 04, 2012 3:33 PM GMT
    I love watches, and I do have a fairly large collection of high-end luxury Swiss timepieces for investment purposes (although I'm fully aware that they're not as good an investment as stocks). From my collection, my Patek is probably the most expensive and meaningful (I won't disclose the particular collection or model here). I have been salivating over Vacheron Constantin Tour de l'Ile and Ulysse Nardin Genghis Khan, which are way, way, way beyond my means.
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    Oct 04, 2012 3:47 PM GMT
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    The Casio G-shock series of watches work best for me. I wear them 24x7 and they take a lot of abuse. This one is solar powered and sets itself each day via atomic clock reception.
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    Oct 04, 2012 3:49 PM GMT
    I don't like the feeling of it on my wrist. When I go out with a watch, it's my grandfather's gold pocket watch.
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    Oct 04, 2012 3:50 PM GMT
    IceBucket saidI wear this one:

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    Probably WAY too big for my wrist but....whatever. It's shiny.icon_cool.gif



    Looks likes a wannabe Rolex
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    Oct 04, 2012 4:58 PM GMT
    This is the one I wear
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