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Old 11-15-10, 12:01 PM   #376
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I have a solar powered black G-shock for rides, runs, hikes and other workouts. And Seiko Kinetic dive watch (SKA 371) which I wear otherwise.
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I love the solar powered G-Shock. However, I discovered one annoying thing about them...the "solar power" is very misleading. I've had on for about 6 years...the power source, apparently is not light. The solar part is charging the battery and the battery now needs to be replaced. Apparently, I missed that part in the fine print. Great watch while it lasted.
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Old 11-15-10, 12:16 PM   #378
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Good answer.

But a watch? It's like being impressed with how many angels can fit on the head of a pin or an especially nice ship in a bottle. I'm an ME and a researcher and have been lucky enough to work on some amazing engineering projects. People have no sense of perspective. The technology that goes into a jet engine or a cell phone is infinitely more impressive than any watch ever made. The manufacturing processes that mass produce high quality, affordable watches probably much better represent human ingenuity than the watches themselves. Ditto for cars. I've been a sports car buff all my life and have owned several. At least they provide visceral as well as intellectual excitement. I'll never understand art though. Our local museum has a large Jasper Johns collection. What a load of crap.
Well, to each his own, I guess. Over the years I've owned more watches -- mechanical and otherwise -- than I'd care to admit. I got rid of them all eventually. I am always impressed with designs and the look of specific watches, but in the end it comes down to utility/durability/value for me. Invariably any watch on my wrist is going to get scratched and bruised. Long ago I realized all I needed was a watch with a large local time display (digital), 24 hour countdown timer, 24 hour stopwatch and five alarms (Casio Pathfinder). I use all of these features and none of the others that have been present on so many watches I have owned.

Art is a very personal pursuit.

Re: angels on the head of a pin (best I could do was Elvis below), see Willard Wigan's art (I've seen it in real life and it's hard to fathom anyone is capable of creating such minuscule sculptures


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What a timely thread revival.

I just so happen to be sending my Wenger Swiss Army Watch for a little tune-up.



For a couple of years, I've sported this $7. Pricepoint Sette Watch that refused to die.
Battery just ran out earlier this year, so now, it's going to turn into a $10. watch
when I buy a $3. battery, but I'd probably get another 3 years out of it.
Not bad. Not bad at all.



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I very much love Hamilton Vintage watches.
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Old 11-15-10, 08:27 PM   #380
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I love the solar powered G-Shock. However, I discovered one annoying thing about them...the "solar power" is very misleading. I've had on for about 6 years...the power source, apparently is not light. The solar part is charging the battery and the battery now needs to be replaced. Apparently, I missed that part in the fine print. Great watch while it lasted.
If that's true, that really sucks :-((
What model do you have?
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Old 11-15-10, 08:35 PM   #381
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I love the solar powered G-Shock. However, I discovered one annoying thing about them...the "solar power" is very misleading. I've had on for about 6 years...the power source, apparently is not light. The solar part is charging the battery and the battery now needs to be replaced. Apparently, I missed that part in the fine print. Great watch while it lasted.
That sucks...mine's been great for the past three years. I did ditch the original resin band for a nato nylon band.
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Old 11-15-10, 08:37 PM   #382
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That sucks...mine's been great for the past three years. I did ditch the original resin band for a nato nylon band.
Can you do that? Sounds like a good idea. Would like some more info on whether or not tough solar g-shocks are actually solar powered....
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Old 11-15-10, 08:43 PM   #383
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Can you do that? Sounds like a good idea. Would like some more info on whether or not tough solar g-shocks are actually solar powered....
Yep. If you have a lug width of 16mm, you can use one of these adapters, (of course if your lug width is the same as the band size, you're already set), and then the nylon band.

They are actually solar powered, but if it relied on a straight solar source, anytime that you moved out of natural sunlight, your watch would die. There has to be a battery to store the siphoned solar power.
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Old 11-15-10, 08:52 PM   #384
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My 'work' watch is a Hamilton Khaki auto chrono. It was a graduation gift from my parents.

'Beater' is a seiko orange monster. Already scratched the damn face of this when I had the watch in my pocket and shoved my keys in there and scratched the face. Whoops...
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Old 11-15-10, 09:11 PM   #385
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My 'work' watch is a Hamilton Khaki auto chrono. It was a graduation gift from my parents.

'Beater' is a seiko orange monster. Already scratched the damn face of this when I had the watch in my pocket and shoved my keys in there and scratched the face. Whoops...
Very nice grad watch.
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Old 11-15-10, 10:12 PM   #386
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A cheap Timex digital watch is all anyone really needs to tell the time. To be sure, there is a lot of vanity among some or many people who purchase high end watches, but there are a LOT of people in the watch world who are fascinated by the precision engineering it takes to make an automatic watch. They'll spend a fortune a watch that most of the planet would never recognize, so it's not just about flaunting ones's wealth or wanting nice jewelry. I think a better comparison would be to owning a high end sports car, or a very nice bike for that matter. It's not that anyone necessarily needs this stuff, but that they enjoy its capabilities and marvel at what it takes to create something so sophisticated. Kind of like appreciating art.
Let's be honest. No watch is necessary anymore. What with clocks in phones, stoves, cars et. etc. etc. But they are beautiful to look at and wear. Getting my kids to appreciate them or ever wear one is next to impossible though.
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Old 11-15-10, 11:41 PM   #387
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If that's true, that really sucks :-((
What model do you have?
It was the Wave Ceptor Tough Solar GW-300. Imagine my surprise when the battery indicator started blinking...and then it clicked... an effing battery indicator?!?! I still have to get the battery replaced somehow...if I could take the time.
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Old 11-16-10, 12:51 AM   #388
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1968 Rolex Submariner SS
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2007 Casio Pro Trek 80T Triple Titanium - for riding and hiking - never any problems

I love the antique watches some of you guys own. Very nice.

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Old 11-16-10, 01:28 AM   #389
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not just cliche....but a cliche endorsed by the biggest ******bag of all time (possibly) John Travolta.
I hate Travolta from year 1954-1993, and then 1995-2008. I'll give him passes for 1994 (Pulp Fiction) and 2009 (son's death).

My dislike for him peaked in 2005 when I met him at Simuflite Training Center in Dallas. I was there to get trained on a Lear 35 and he was there for some sort of recurrent on I think a Gulfstream. He was decked out in full Gulfstream clothing including a leather jacket and aviator glasses (inside during the summer). He yelled at an instructor when he crashed the simulator, and the toolbag brought a pilot with him just to be his co-pilot (or "pilot non flying" as it is called in training) in the simulator instead of getting paired up with someone who was also going through training.

I hate everything about his "I'm a pilot" act: the leather jacket, the glasses, the huge Breitling Chrono he sports, how he will wear an airline uniform to "fly" his 707 (he can only be the co-pilot). He is the model for every civilian pilot I've ever hated (with the notable exception of Top Gun wannabees).

He did not appreciate it one bit when I said "aren't you the guy from the Boy in the Bubble movie?"

F John Travolta and F Breitling.
Love Breitlings ... sorry.

But, Travolta is a frighteningly egomaniacal pilot. I met him in his 707 cockpit once ... on the ground ... you couldn't pay me to ride in an airplane he was flying. I know some Qantas pilots and the stories they tell about John boy's flight training and flying are hilarious - very similar to yours, only worse. He can fly OK on visual flight rules in perfect weather but he can't think and fly.

Did you see him on Leno wearing his Qantas Captain's uniform and seriously claiming he is a Qantas Captain qualified B747 pilot? My wife always says, "Travolta wants to be you." I say, "No, sweetie, he wants to be you" (She also flies 747's) ... and actually my Travolta comment is more apropos than hers ...

Rant over and I still like Breitlings.

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Old 11-16-10, 01:40 AM   #390
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Just for hitting the road on a bike.. I'll stick to my Casio G Shock, I suggest to be the wise course.. Example.. A dive buddy inherited his Dad's Rolex.. He thought his Rolex was secure under the sleeve of his lycra dive skin.. Instead of a drift dive on the Suwanee River, we instead spent the afternoon trying to find his watch on the floor of the Suwanee.
Ever crashed on a bicycle.. Can't imagine it would enhance the looks of a Rolex crystal.
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Old 11-16-10, 03:42 AM   #391
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i wore my panerai on a 36mile ride

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Old 11-16-10, 04:48 AM   #392
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A panerai on a ride, and a beanie instead of a helmet. Way to go chief!
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That is because the Breitling Aerospace watch uses a cheap quartz battery powered movement and therefore has no panache. An Automatic has a pendulum, springs, gears, regulator as in it is a work of art and engineering.
Bite me. My Tag Heuer chronograph automatic cost a ton of dough and if you don't wear it for two days you have to re-set the stupid thing.
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Love Breitlings ... sorry.

But, Travolta is a frighteningly egomaniacal pilot. I met him in his 707 cockpit once ... on the ground ... you couldn't pay me to ride in an airplane he was flying. I know some Qantas pilots and the stories they tell about John boy's flight training and flying are hilarious - very similar to yours, only worse. He can fly OK on visual flight rules in perfect weather but he can't think and fly.

Did you see him on Leno wearing his Qantas Captain's uniform and seriously claiming he is a Qantas Captain qualified B747 pilot? My wife always says, "Travolta wants to be you." I say, "No, sweetie, he wants to be you" (She also flies 747's) ... and actually my Travolta comment is more apropos than hers ...

Rant over and I still like Breitlings.
A pilot with an ego? Who'd a thunk? I wouldn't flatter yourself, he may enjoy the perceived romance and technical aspect of flying, but he sure doesn't want to be you.
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Bite me. My Tag Heuer chronograph automatic cost a ton of dough and if you don't wear it for two days you have to re-set the stupid thing.
Buy an automatic box. dur.

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i wore my panerai on a 36mile ride
together those 4 would weigh more than my front wheel!

I love my Panerais but I wouldn't wear them riding, just like I wouldn't wear my Polar or Suuntos to the office.
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A panerai on a ride, and a beanie instead of a helmet. Way to go chief!
Were you on the ride with the guy?
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Very nice grad watch.
Thanks!

I'm wearing it right now.

I really do need to stop walking into things with it though...
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Bite me. My Tag Heuer chronograph automatic cost a ton of dough and if you don't wear it for two days you have to re-set the stupid thing.
You are right! Just like always. lol!

Your Tag sucks, just send it to me and I will send you a quarts tag chrono in place of it.
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Can you do that? Sounds like a good idea. Would like some more info on whether or not tough solar g-shocks are actually solar powered....
Think about it. Any solar watch to be actually useable has to have a battery. Otherwise, it would stop when you turned the light out at night.

The solar feature simply recharges the battery.
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