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Old 02-20-07, 11:44 PM   #1
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Which watch?

Which watch?

My watch broke. Apparently it was waterproof but not shampoo-proof, and letting it dry, reinserting the battery, and shorting the "reset" wire wasn't enough to wake it up. So now I'm torn between:

1: A nice grown-up guy's watch
2: A neat HRM. I have a HRM watch but it's really ugly -- not something I'd wear anywhere but running, and even then I wrap my wrist with an ACE bandage and pretend I hurt it at volleyball so nobody will see it. [1] Plus, it's a bit old and underfeatureful.

So, what do you think? Are there any HRM watches that you'd actually like to be seen in public with? Having two watches is just one more thing to deal with. But the rest of me just screams GEEK so I really don't want yet another reason for all the girls to say "You're a really nice guy, but I'm just not comfortable dating someone whose species I can't identify."

[1] OK, maybe not.
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Old 02-21-07, 12:07 AM   #2
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I know almost nothing about new watches and I'm biased heavily toward mechanical movements, but if you want advice on antique stuff let me know.
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Old 02-21-07, 12:35 AM   #3
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Watches...boo!

I have really skinny wrists, so any watch I wear looks ridiculous. I don't mind, though. I've never been in such a hurry that I don't have time to take my cell phone out of my backpack to check the time.
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Old 02-21-07, 01:02 AM   #4
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Watches...boo!

I have really skinny wrists, so any watch I wear looks ridiculous. I don't mind, though. I've never been in such a hurry that I don't have time to take my cell phone out of my backpack to check the time.
The solution to the skinny wrist problem, and the one I wear most of the time:



It's a 1949 Girard-Perregaux Gyromatic in 14k and has the first (eh... sorta) commercially viable automatic movement. Yay old Swiss guys!
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Old 02-21-07, 05:11 AM   #5
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Watches? Watches? We don't need no steenikn' watches!
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1: A nice grown-up guy's watch
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Old 02-21-07, 06:43 AM   #7
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^^^ Those are some hawt watches. Am an analog man myself.
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Hmmm... I've never understood the facination with fancy or expensive watches that do nothing other than tell time well enough for someone to function in life. I have a Timex IronMan... it's like the second one I've had in my entire life. I wear it everywear except cycling, where I have a NIKE Triax C5 HRM watch. I have one antique gold watch my father handed down to me that I wear if I'm getting dressed up real fancy...that's it. I got a Movado from my company for my ten year anniversary....I sold it on ebay and bought a new dual function computer for my time trial bike. I can understand have one slightly "dressy" watch and one for everyday use, but I have a co worker who has like 6 different watches. They think I'm a caveman because I don't own a Tag Heuer, Rolex, Movado etc...

As for your question...get a new HRM/Sports watch.
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Old 02-21-07, 07:55 AM   #9
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Don't get the HRM for everyday use. You will look like a geek. Or worse, a poser! Anyone who recognizes it for what it is will think you're either obsessed with yourself or that you're just that ultra geek that you're afraid they'll see.

If you want a geeky watch, get one that's a watch first and then has other features. My watch just broke - for the second time in 6 years (note: don't bother with the Omega X-33 if you're after a high end watch) - so I'm looking for a replacement. Being a bit of a geek, I'm thinking about those Tissot touch screen watches. Haven't seen one in person so I don't know. I'd also like a Breitling but not sure I can justify the expense at the moment since I'm also thinking about a new bike this summer (yes, cycle17, I'm someone who likes higher end watches - not all, just some very specific ones, usually aviation related... but don't worry, I don't care if anyone else does or not; it's just me).

And for the record, if anyone goes looking up the X-33, I didn't pay anywhere near it's price; Omega has a program so military aviators can get them very inexpensively. Lets them say the watch is used by military aviators in high performance/high stress environments. Great... but I won't recommend this watch to anyone because if it's going to break every 3 years it's just not a very good watch!
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Old 02-21-07, 09:30 AM   #11
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My last watch died because my wife took it to get the battery replaced and the installer didn't notice he rolled the o-ring inside when putting the cover on. So my waterproof watch was no longer waterproof. With that and wanting a nice watch I went with the Citizen Eco Drive the battery charges by solar through the face of the watch. They have some very nice designs I recommend you check them out.
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Old 02-21-07, 09:33 AM   #12
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I'm kinda cheap and have always had good luck with inexpensive Casio watches.
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Hmmm... I've never understood the facination with fancy or expensive watches that do nothing other than tell time well enough for someone to function in life.
That's kind of ironic coming from a guy who has a severe case of Trek bulimia.

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I have a Timex IronMan... it's like the second one I've had in my entire life. I wear it everywear except cycling, where I have a NIKE Triax C5 HRM watch. I have one antique gold watch my father handed down to me that I wear if I'm getting dressed up real fancy...that's it. I got a Movado from my company for my ten year anniversary....I sold it on ebay and bought a new dual function computer for my time trial bike. I can understand have one slightly "dressy" watch and one for everyday use, but I have a co worker who has like 6 different watches. They think I'm a caveman because I don't own a Tag Heuer, Rolex, Movado etc...

As for your question...get a new HRM/Sports watch.
You should point out to them that Heuer was a fantastic watch making company, then they lost the plot when they became Tag Heuer, although they've gotten better the past few years with the Heuer era re-issues.

You should also mention that Movado has been cr@p for years, and that Rolex is the best 3,000$ watch you can buy for 5,000$.

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Old 02-21-07, 09:37 AM   #14
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I wear it everywear except cycling, where I have a NIKE Triax C5 HRM watch.
How do you like the Triax design? I'm looking at one of Nike's non-HRM Triax models. I'd be using it for interval and lap timing mostly, but also as a regular watch.
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Those of you with small wrists - go check out the Skagen line. I have one that I love (though it needs to go in for repair) for its very thin side appearance. While not a Ti model (they have those too though) it is quite light and doesn't bother me while working at the computer.

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Old 02-21-07, 12:27 PM   #16
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I am going to go in a differnet direction and say you need to think outside the box.

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Old 02-21-07, 12:40 PM   #17
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I got this Casio about a year ago and it is now the only watch I wear. Never had a Casio before this one but it is perfect for me. Slightly dressy, but still a little sporty too. Retail is a little pricey for a Casio($180), but I got it on sale for a little over a hundred bucks.

It sets itself automatically(WaveCeptor). It charges its own battery during daylight hours. It is compact(compared to the other self setting watches I have tried). And it looks pretty good...IMO.




This model ALLEGEDLY comes in different color combinations, but I have yet to see one other than the one I got. http://www.casio.com/products/Timepi.../WV300_Series/
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get one with a tachymeter dealie-do on it so you can.... umm.... what the heck do those things do, anyway?
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hey botto, is that a copyright tattoo on your wrist? awesome.
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I love mechanical watches. My beater watch is a Seiko Orange Monster. You can buy it for about $150 from any number of online sources. It's a sporty looking watch, very funky looking and you can dress it up with the stainless steel bracelet or use the rubber bracelet.

I wear my Monster mountain biking and if I do any form of physical activity. It is both waterproof and shampoo proof. I wear it in the shower after working out so that I can rinse out any grime or dirt that may have got on it.



Edit: FWIW, I have girly-man wrists and have no problem wearing this watch. I think it has a 42mm face, which is on the large side but I'm okay with it.
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get one with a tachymeter dealie-do on it so you can.... umm.... what the heck do those things do, anyway?
measures speed.

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hey botto, is that a copyright tattoo on your wrist? awesome.
you're not the 1st person who thought that. #1 rotring.

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I love mechanical watches. My beater watch is a Seiko Orange Monster. You can buy it for about $150 from any number of online sources. It's a sporty looking watch, very funky looking and you can dress it up with the stainless steel bracelet or use the rubber bracelet.

I wear my Monster mountain biking and if I do any form of physical activity.
It is both waterproof and shampoo proof. I wear it in the shower after working out so that I can rinse out any grime or dirt that may have got on it.
incorrect.

it's water resistant to 200M.

shampoo (i.e. soap) can eventually breakdown the rubber o-ring. wearing it in the shower (hot water at pressure) is also problematic.

now that i've just typed the worst case scenario - it is a beater after all. exactly why i bought my monster.

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the face/dial is smaller, but it s +/-42cm in diameter (bezel incl).
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Good to know but it still meets my needs as a beater watch.
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the face/dial is smaller, but it s +/-42cm in diameter (bezel incl).
Errr.... 42cm would be about 16.5 inches. That's one very LARGE watch. Beyond Monstrous... well into humongus for a wrist watch!
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Errr.... 42cm would be about 16.5 inches. That's one very LARGE watch. Beyond Monstrous... well into humongus for a wrist watch!
correct.

42mm bezel
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