View Full Version : The watch on your wrist...

Tricky Woo
27th Mar 2002, 20:00
Hi All,. .. .A bit of banter on another thread raised my curiosity as to what watches we JBers have around our wrists.. .. .Come on, cough up the facts: what make; gold, silver, platignum, steel, stone, whatever; and lastly, and most importantly, what did it cost?. .. .Extra marks will be awarded for associated stories.. .. .Let's see whether we JBers are in the main rich sods, or impoverished losers.. .. .TW

27th Mar 2002, 20:06
Definitely verging on the impoverished side here...

Casio plastic (trying hard to imitate stainless steel but failing)

Golden Monkey
27th Mar 2002, 20:09
Fairly plain, Accurist with a sort of deep dark green colour face and gold hands. Probably about eighty quids worth, although I can't really remember. Gold and silver strap.. .. .Obviously not real gold and silver, unless SSS has been unwittingly carrying round reformed gold and silver bullion from a heist, like some sort of mule. . .. .Had it for about two years, always kept excellent time, no sordid stories. No stories of any kind, in fact. . .. .Tricky, you kicked off this thread without revealing what adorns your own slender wrist!

27th Mar 2002, 20:19
Breitling Navtimer.. .. .(Instrument for Professionals <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" /> ). .. .Bought in Hong Kong 1988 for about $800.00.. .. .Runs like a Swiss watch, but it cost over $100.00 every 2 year to replace the leather band.. .Tax dedcutible.. .. .Stories? Hmm, well it tells a good time, no stories yet. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

27th Mar 2002, 20:23
Casio Illuminator, ~£20, 1 year, not actually on wrist atm <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" /> . .. .Has time/date, stopwatch, timer, alarm, backlight, dual time..... .. .Does the job... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" /> . .. .But would LOVE one of those GPS watches though!!! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Cool]" src="cool.gif" />. . . . <small>[ 27 March 2002, 16:25: Message edited by: swashplate ]</small>

Grim Reaper 14
27th Mar 2002, 20:23
Brit registered Casio (G-LIDE) <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

The Nr Fairy
27th Mar 2002, 20:27
My watch was a 21st birthday present. It's a Tudor, which is essentially a slightly less accurate Rolex movement in a pukka Rolex case, with a slightly different logo.. .. .£400 or so as a pressie from my parents 15 years ago, had 3 batteries replaced, every now and again the clasp needs persuading with a pair of pliers not to open too easily. Used and abused but still keeps pretty good time - +/- 5 seconds every 6 weeks or so and sentimental value prevents me upgrading to a version with the actual Rolex badge.. .. .And at home, I still have the cheapo Casio digital watch I bought just before I started training as a policeman in late 1987 - very little used except as a travelling alarm clock.. . . . <small>[ 27 March 2002, 16:32: Message edited by: The Nr Fairy ]</small>

27th Mar 2002, 20:29
Casio, cheap plastic.. .. .Cost, if I remember correctly, was about 30 Canadian dollars, which is probably the most expensive watch I've ever bought.. .. .Back in Feb 1999, I was on a business trip to Toronto. Shortly after departing LHR, I tried to set my watch to Toronto time, only to discover that the button which sets the time had broken. I fiddled with the watch for several minutes. A very helpful FA politely told me what the local time in Toronto was - thanks, but I knew that already, that wasn't what the problem was.. .. .Eventually I gave up, and the first thing I did after clearing customs was find a shop in the airport and buy a new watch. Of course, being located in the airport, but not in duty-free, the shop was overpriced, and didn't have the cheap crap watches I usually buy, hence why I have such an "expensive" model! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" /> . .. .FFF. .-------

27th Mar 2002, 20:35
I forget what make mine is, shows what time it is, got a big hand and a little hand that goes round in circles. was bought for me as part of my b'day pressie last year. don't wear it every day, only when I go flying, so that's probably about twice a month that I actually wear it.

Kalium Chloride
27th Mar 2002, 20:49
Seiko Chronograph (wotever that is)...digital, silver-coloured, £12 in a second-hand shop but I battered the 'keeper down to a tenner.. .. .Any day now it'll be back in fashion <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" />

27th Mar 2002, 21:02
Seiko kinetic autorelay, steel casing and strap. Lovely bit of kit it is, and I dont have to worry about winding it up or paying for new batteries. Keeps good time too. (and annoys the swissies) I wouldn't mind an IWC though.

27th Mar 2002, 21:07
Breitling New Pluton, now about 11 years old & still keeping good time. I bought it as a birthday prezzie for myself while still married & EW2 actally agreed! Purchased in CPH duty free at the knock down price of +/- £500 as it was the previous years model. . .Trouble is, as TowerDog says, they charge an arm & a leg for a simple battery change & when the original metal strap broke a couple of years back I was reduced to crutches as that cost both legs!! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> . .. .Still, I love it &, being a largish chap, it doesn't look too posey in the wrist.

Hersham Boy
27th Mar 2002, 21:18
For flying: a Sekonda Xpose - cheap (£30) but has analogue and digital readout and a twisting bezel. Find it useful for nav.. .. .Rest of time: A Swatch Digital - enormous, heavily stylised rubber divers watch. Has some amusing functions like an animated cartoon (?) and "Swatch Time". Just like the look of it.. .. .Want to wear: my late Uncle's Seiko divers' watch. Very cool 70's style <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" /> Remember him wearing it for flying all the time. Needs some TLC - anyone know a watch-maker who could help?. .. .Hersh

27th Mar 2002, 21:20
Lorus sports with one of those really bright luminous faces, 'bout £60. . .. .Did have one of those data things with 50 numbers, 50 PINS (who needs 50 pins?), 50 addresses etc. Lost it on a rugby tour. . .Poor ol Foss couldn't get money out or remember anyone's phone number or f**k all.. .. .Wait for similar post when my mobile goes AWOL. . . . <small>[ 27 March 2002, 17:21: Message edited by: Foss ]</small>

27th Mar 2002, 21:21
You need the right tool for the right job.... .. .For business, a locally custom-made Evans & Evans - roughly 800USD 10 years ago and a treasure, discrete gold. .. .For flying, a seiko chrono - bought cheap in HK for 100USD, lost of chrome. .. .For sailing, a blue waterproof SWATCH. .. .For other evenings, a green coloured cheepie I bought in France to go with some clothes. . .. .And for 'old times' sake, I still have a Timex my parents bought for me when I ws a teenager. This old ticker just wont give up.. .. .And on the last point, they all tell the time, but none of them tell stories. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" /> <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" /> <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" />

Hersham Boy
27th Mar 2002, 21:22
Errrrr... and you, Señor Woo?

bubba zanetti
27th Mar 2002, 21:26
A Suunto Vector ... great watch .. Altimeter , Barometer and a compass ... keeps great time as well ....

27th Mar 2002, 21:29
Fake Gold Rolex brought for $29 USD in Honolulu. I'd be able to impress people down and the Dog and Compass if it wasn't for the green patina that my wrist always seems to have these days.

27th Mar 2002, 21:33
I got a freeby courtesy of Lufthansa!! It was a strange tale, there I were in Malta doing a bit for the airport modernisation over some months and I was in the habit of using Lufthansa as I had a Senator card with all my travels and travails. One day it came around that I did have to take the great silver bird back to Brussels, but horror of horrors, they had overbooked business class, so to keep all the other punters happy I had a private word to say that I was happy down the back so don't admit to a problem. When I arrived in Frankfurt, they gave me a voucher which I kept for a couple of months until my watch's battery ran out and exchanged the voucher for this Camel watch - it keeps good time, but I always need to look at the idiot's guide to change the time. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Confused]" src="confused.gif" />

Tricky Woo
27th Mar 2002, 22:04
Not telling.... .. .TW

Biggles Flies Undone
27th Mar 2002, 22:14
Tricky's got a Breitling!! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" /> <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" />

27th Mar 2002, 22:41
Well most of the time I haven't been wearing a watch (as to eliminate it's tan line). I have enough timepieces around me. My Cell, the computer, various clocks, etc.. .. .Have a Rado for formal occasions (from my Mother, when my Father passed away, never really have wanted to wear it, have only once), would love to have a Breitling, however that's 7 hours or so of Robbie time, what would you do? <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" /> . .. .Daily watch's (when worn) are Michelle's, which are highly prized knockoffs of other high priced brands, except for name would be hard to tell.

27th Mar 2002, 22:42
Animal watch with rotating bezel thingummy and date displayed.. .Black background, illuminous hands, and stainless steel body. Velcro strap.. .. .Got it for £20 from a trade show at the NEC, worth about £80 but previous year's model.

27th Mar 2002, 22:58
Tag Heuer Professional (I`ve been called worse)

Gash Handlin
27th Mar 2002, 22:59
My main watch is a Seiko Chronograph sports 150, analogue, stopwatch and dual time. Was my 21st birthday pressie and I think it cost about £250.. .. .my other one is a cheap casio digital job which I bought for doing sporty things (yes I do sometimes!!) and for my weekend job <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> . .. .It was in the sale and had been on display, had no box or instructions bla bla, so managed to get it for a tenner instead of the £35 new.. .. .and its got one of those fancy indiglo backlights which is dead handy for reading a map in the dark <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" />

27th Mar 2002, 23:01
Breitling Aerospace Professional with dark blue face.. .Had it for 6 years without a snag. 1400quid , worth every penny. . .Pity they wont give me the RAF wings face without buying a new watch. Tight gits!. . . . <small>[ 27 March 2002, 19:03: Message edited by: Fox_4 ]</small>

27th Mar 2002, 23:44
ramp tramp,. .. .go to Keerbergen and have your battery replaced for about 5 euros, i'm sure you'll be able to find the shop it's in the main shopping street. .. .Breitling Navitimer, Titanium, the one with the two digital displays, 10 years old, 700 euros in the Middle East VNice

27th Mar 2002, 23:47
Breitling Aerospace titanium. About £800 from Dubai City Centre 3 years ago.

28th Mar 2002, 00:25
Bog standard watch right now-plain 'classic' face, no date just a neon backlight-Timex indeglo, got it from work. Wearing this as my better watch is waiting for a new strap, might buy it tommorow, its a Nike 250 sportsthingy-£120 from Gatwick duty-free.. .Got my eye on a Titanium thingy now, veeeeeeeeery tempted to get it..£2995 <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" />

Kalium Chloride
28th Mar 2002, 00:28
Bloke waiting in arrivals hall for a mate who's inbound from Hong Kong. Chap eventually comes out of customs, hefting a couple of suitcases, sees his friend and exchanges usual greetings.. .. ."I had the most fantastic time in Hong Kong. Brought you back a present.". .. .He dumps the suitcases on the ground, reaches for his wrist and takes off this magnificent-looking watch.. .. ."This is for you," he says, handing the watch to his mate, who's utterly dumbstruck. "It's an amazing watch. You'll love it.". .. .He points one by one to all the different gizmos and gadgets on it. "This is your basic timeface. Here's the 24-hour clock, date, stopwatch, alarm. Now if you push this, you get your office diary. Calculator, appointments book, notepad, etc.. .. ."Then if you push this one, you have your interactive map, time-zones, GPS navigation. It's got a built-in mobile telephone, it picks up radio stations and the screen doubles as a TV.. .. ."That's not all. This one brings up the health monitor -- measures your blood pressure, pulse rate, even your alcohol intoxication.. .. ."And here...this is an automatic translator, this one is a miniature digital camera, and there's a built-in microphone to dictate and send e-mails.". .. .Bloke just slips the watch on his wrist, amazed at the extravagant gift: "Well, I don't know what to say. I can't thank you enough. The least I can do is carry your suitcases to the car.". .. ."Oh, they're yours too. They're the batteries." <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" />

Hersham Boy
28th Mar 2002, 00:36
I'm surprised nobody's said "a Suunto"? Came across one of these on a friend's wrist while skiing - apparently a big brand in the diving fraternity. It had (digitally):. .. .Compass (seemed to move appropriately when turned around). .Altimeter (accurate to the height boards at the lift stations at any rate). .Barometer. .. .All, no doubt, totally useless in the real world but what a toy!. . <img border="0" title="" alt="[Smile]" src="smile.gif" /> . .. .Oh - and how about a Tag Heuer Monaco as modelled by Steve McQ in "Le Mans"? Greeeeeaaaaat.. .. .Hersh

henry crun
28th Mar 2002, 01:48
International chrono, stainless case, black face, . .manual windup, got it in Singapore about 40 years ago.. .. .I remember shuddering slightly at the cost but cannot remember the actual price.. .What I like is that it is ultra slim and doesn't fray the shirt sleeve cuffs.

28th Mar 2002, 01:59
Tag Heuer - bought in LHR duty free about 16yrs ago for £270 .. keeps great time (even down to 200m allegedly), has battery changed every two years or so and...cos it had a black/gold strap (now worn so "silvered" too) it is worn on all occasions a watch is required although these days I tend not to wear a watch that often.. .. . <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" />

28th Mar 2002, 02:03
A Seiko (that's okies spelled backwards) MICKEY MOUSE watch.. .. .The best watch I have ever owned, it has keep the best time of any watch I have ever had. Once a month I check Micky's time on the HF. Never has lost more than a second.

28th Mar 2002, 02:05
Stainless steel Omega Seamaster. Present from father in 1963. 17th birthday present. Wore it during loss of virginity, A levels, Finals, two weddings, etc. . .Serviced twice. . .Priceless as far as I am concerned.

28th Mar 2002, 02:20
Old and dearly loved Omega DeVille (presently in need of service).. .Steel Lorus for everyday.. .Enormous selection of fake watches from SE Asia - one for every outfit/occasion.. .Presently saving up for a diamond Omega Constellation.. . . . <small>[ 27 March 2002, 22:22: Message edited by: ********* ]</small>

28th Mar 2002, 02:36
1. A Gold (??) dress watch that I wear for going out - has a raised rectangular face, and is very nice.. .. .2. A nurse's fob (silver) that I pin to my uniform. Big numbers, easy to read sweep second hand, and is illuminated for those oh-so-delighful nightshifts.. .. .3. A blue plastic Swatch that I occasionally wear for work, usually on the weekends when I don't have to wear the uniform. . .. .Exciting, heh?? <img border="0" title="" alt="[Smile]" src="smile.gif" /> . .. .M.

28th Mar 2002, 02:43
Stainless Steel Rolex Oyster bought for 45 quid which was my first months salary in Betty Windsors club for althletic sailors. Has lasted past 36 years with two phase inspections and given immaculate service under various trying conditions. Looks good and it's only drawback is it stops the day after I have had a pissup and forgotten to wind it up. It has jumped from planes, dived in various seas, and crashed onto numerous pub floors( attatched to limp(( as in unconcious)) wrist ) in most parts of the globe. Looks elegant and slim and as contemporary now as when I first purchased it in Deal a while ago.

28th Mar 2002, 03:04
for everyday use Omega speedmaster Cost A$2000 in 97 at Perth duty free, and Omega DeVille pressie from ex. Nice dress watch.

28th Mar 2002, 03:12
Stainless steel Tissot with a bezel and alarm. Can't remember what it cost.

28th Mar 2002, 03:12
Citizen WR100 ('oo let him in??) with analogue and digital displays, bezel, alarm, calendar etc bought for $A199 at half price sale 4 years ago. Two bands since new (now woken up and replaced leather with metal....bl**dy wet season humidity). .It tells the time.. .Waiting in the wings for the fashion world to turn(like Kalium)30 year old stainless steel Seiko Automatic Chronograph bought in Hong Kong. Would look enormous on Schwarzenegger's wrist and is as tough as a Terminator. . .Finally, ol' great uncle Bill's gold fob watch (he went down on the HMAS Sydney and it was old even then.) Had it valued 15 years ago at $A1500. No idea what its worth now but it still keeps good time. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" /> . .. .Come now Mr Woo...don't be shy <img border="0" title="" alt="[Razz]" src="tongue.gif" />

28th Mar 2002, 03:21
1936 Rolex Oyster - belonged to my great Uncle. Never been serviced, never missed a beat.. .. .Tudor chronograph for sport, trying to impress the ladies. Never works (impressing the ladies, the watch works fine).. .. .Citizen Blue Angels edition for flying (E6B).. .. .Festina chronograph.. .. .And I still check my mobile phone for the time......

Tartan Gannet
28th Mar 2002, 03:23
There are certain items on which I will just not spend a lot, shoes, shirts and watches.. .. .I have a £35 Timex Expedition digital, (I hate analogue watches), with a built in Compass.. .. .Does the job, tells the time, has an alarm, chrono, (which I never use, no need to in my lifestyle).. .. .I just wouldnt thank you for a Rolex , Tag, or any other posh watch, totally wasted on me. Horological Pearls before swine I suppose.. . . . <small>[ 27 March 2002, 23:24: Message edited by: tartan gannet ]</small>

28th Mar 2002, 03:35
Thanks for mentioning that, Hersham Boy.. .. .My diving watch is a Seiko (good to 300', which is more than can be said for its owner) and the dive computer (not incorporating a watch) is a Suunto.

28th Mar 2002, 03:40
A Rolex, stainless steel GMT Master I, bought in Hong Kong in 1978 cost then approx. GBP243.00.. .. .Serviced once in Zurich, told it would now appreciate in value as the GMT Master I was no longer in production!

bugg smasher
28th Mar 2002, 03:55
A large gold Cartier Vampe, twenty bucks in Pat Pong. Doesn't tell time anymore, but damn if it doesn't score points with the diner waitresses.

28th Mar 2002, 05:13
So then, what I want to know is: has any definitive research been done as to the relationship (inversely proportional or otherwise) between the size of the watch, and owner's occupation.... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Smile]" src="smile.gif" /> . .. .M.

28th Mar 2002, 05:41
Well min, the size is not as important as the quality. Meh Breitling is not all that big, but hey, it is titanium, stronger than steel, lighter than aluminum, etc, etc.. .. .In fact, try it, you may like it... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

28th Mar 2002, 05:46
Something else I've wondered about. Why watches are often made from materials far stronger than the human wearing it? . .. .He was smacked full on by that tour bus but, Hey, The Watch survived...look it's still ticking.. . . . <small>[ 28 March 2002, 01:53: Message edited by: Rollingthunder ]</small>

28th Mar 2002, 05:49
Omega Seamaster Professional,Stainless, worth every dime, if you ask me.. .. .Now if only I could find my Lotus.............

28th Mar 2002, 05:58
Might look a bit funny pinned to my uniform, TD, but I'm willing to give it a go if you want to send it over.... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Smile]" src="smile.gif" /> . .. .M.. .. .PS. I've heard that thing about size somewhere before....

28th Mar 2002, 06:09
Nah min.. .Can't send it over, ya gotta try it in person.. .(So to speak). .. .I am sure some of the local boys have one ya can try on for size... .. .Pinned to yer uniform? There is a place for everything as you know. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Smile]" src="smile.gif" />

28th Mar 2002, 06:24
phhh, I would never lower myself to strapping a chronograph to my wrist. I believe a gentleman should carry a pocket watch (so i've now found a use for my cell phone). For aviation purposes I use an egg timer (digital not sand variety). . .For all other occasions I use the sun. Dark I sleep, light I do stuff. . .I'm still looking for someone who can install a yard arm for me so I can wait for the sun to go beyond it before I start drinking.. .Any thoughts?

Feeton Terrafirma
28th Mar 2002, 07:31
I have a lovely gold (plated) Belair. White analogue face with date. Pressie from the little woman. The best part is the glass back plate which allows you to see the nice swiss movement. It has a rechargable battery (li-ion I think) and a movement activated electrical generator to charge the battery. Very cute. Keeps excellent time too. Cost was about A$900 I think in '98. .. .Min, as to your question, I'm not clear if you are refering to income, job prowess, or the size of the watch wearers watsit?. .. .Mr Concerned, you do not actually need a yard arm to advise if the sun is in the correct location for drinking. I have found that the sooner you start drinking the sooner the sun appears to be in the correct location. Further advice on this subject is that some where in the world the sun is always over someones yard arm. Therefore if you errect another yard arm, you will only be confused as to whose yard arm the sun in over (at least until you've drunk enuf not to care any longer) . .. . <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" />. . . . <small>[ 28 March 2002, 03:42: Message edited by: Feeton Terrafirma ]</small>

28th Mar 2002, 07:42
I have a Citizen Skyhawk, has full slide rule functions on a rotating bezel, digital and analouge time, 3 alarms for the 0430 departures and the best bit, doesnt require batteries. Solid as all F$%k and looks fantastic cost Aus $950. .. .See it here... www.citizenwatch.com/us/collections/advertising-skyhawk.html

28th Mar 2002, 07:47
None of the above, Feets...simply a question asking if certain occupations inspire bigger or smaller watches.... .. .M.

28th Mar 2002, 07:58
I used to fly the F-27. A calendar was sufficient.

Travelling Toolbox
28th Mar 2002, 08:06
Three Rolex. .Two Omega. .One Raymond Weil. .One Sieko Disney Mickey Mouse. .Five Tags (Black face silver, Gold silver face, Gold/silver pearl face, Gold/silver gold face). .. .All bought in Pat Pong or Sukimvit Road so are definitely the real deal right? While living in Bangers, I would often find myself out on the town having forgotten my watch. Easy!! Just buy another! So I now have a draw full of watches and am never quite sure what the EXACT time is - as opposed the man with only one watch who ALWAYS knows. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Frown]" src="frown.gif" /> . .. .Wearing one of the Tags,I was changing the water in my fishtank one day. Forgot I had the watch on and plunged in the arm to rearrange the shrubbery. Next thing I notice is a long thin line of bubbles rising from said watch. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> . .. .Rip arm out (of the water that is), put watch on window sill for a couple of days to dry out and is still going strong five years later. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Razz]" src="tongue.gif" /> . .. .I try to refrain from repeating this trick these days. Also no longer live in Bangers so opportunity to buy replacements now severly curtailed.

big pistons forever
28th Mar 2002, 08:14
Casio analog face with digital window for UTC, because I was always getting the local to Zulu calculation wrong. It was 120$ Canadian on sale.. .As for the size , well most of the ladies seem impressed....

28th Mar 2002, 09:01
Calvin Klein matt stainless steel with big white face and easy to see black hands for flying and pottering about. ($100 in Oslo duty free). .. .Small square chrome and black Rotary dress watch (GBP 80 in LHR duty free). .. .A wind up skeleton watch that you can see all the springs and wheels whizzing around in. Pressie from lady friend years ago. .. .Gash Cartiers, Guccis, Tags and Rolexes from time in SE Asia. None more than $20.

28th Mar 2002, 09:08
My watch? An inexpensive but very functional Casio. Around $35 (USD) at any Wal-Mart, it has FIVE alarms (extremely useful for those early morning wake-ups), and a timer (so that when I change the cabin temp, I remember to check it a few minutes later to make sure I'm not boiling/freezing the pax.

Min, I think you're on the right track. But perhaps with a slight clarification: The men most obsessed with their watch size are also the men most obsessed with the (inversely proportional) size of their ... umm ... errr ... well ... you know.

So where does that leave Tricky Woo??? :D

28th Mar 2002, 10:53
Today is Thursday, March 23 according to my Swatch bought in Changhi about five years ago for S$50.. . It is perfectly accurate time-wise, but I'm afraid I've never mastered how to change the ruddy date on the thing. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Roll Eyes]" src="rolleyes.gif" />

28th Mar 2002, 12:56
Armani watch (gift) for every day and AF boutique's 2 dial watch for different time-zones for flying (40£).

28th Mar 2002, 13:54
Various Poljot models. Mechanical and inexpensive. I don´t like the chrome versions since they don´t last too long. But, the stainless stell versions do a nice job. Quartz watches are soooo boring.. .. .By the way, is no one owning/wearing an IWC Mark 10 or 11? Best pilot watch there is imho.

Flip Flop Flyer
28th Mar 2002, 14:04
A very slim 1989 Omega Seamaster. Keeps excellent time, been in for service 2 times and had the glass upgraded to Saphire. Time and date only, and according to my boss it's a posers watch. Thay may very well be, but I've got a rather slim wrist so a TAG/Rolex/Bretiling would just not fit how ever much I would like one.. .. .The size of my watch is not proportional, not even inverse proportional, to my .... ehh ... willy size.

Tricky Woo
28th Mar 2002, 16:16
Oh, ok. I'll tell you.... .. .Baume & Mercier gold dress watch I wear every day, as I am usually dressed at work. Fully automatic, so it works wonderfully as long as it's shaken or stirred on a regular basis. Cost me about £2,000 in Sintra, Portugal, circa 1995.. .. .Had to buy another strap a few months ago that cost me £150.. .. .Far too much to pay for something that ticks, but what can I say... I was egged on to buy it by an ex-girlfriend.. .. .Also a Seiko 'MOD' watch, like them glamorous RAF fast jet boys get off Auntie Brenda for nowt.. .. .Had to buy it 'cos my B&M got ******ed up from doing aerobatics. Cost me £150 to get it fixed. Them Swiss didn't design 'em for +6g.. .. .Bought it about three years ago 'cos I reckon they look cool, and also 'cos it's the most simplified pilots watch available. Cost? Er, about £300, I think.. .. .It lurks in my kit bag along with my GPS, maps and stuff.. .. .TW

28th Mar 2002, 16:44
Solid gold Jaeger le Coultre with roman numerals on gold face. 25 x 0.2ct square caret (brilliant cut) diamonds on the surround - total of 5 carats. Cost of $Aus 438,500.00 in 1992.. .. . <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" /> <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" /> <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" /> . .. .Then there's my everyday $10.00 special from the local hardware shop with chrome surround, dark blue face and dark blue fabric strap with velcro fastening.. .. .Sigh.

28th Mar 2002, 16:50
None.. .. .Kept breaking them (3 Seikos trashed) on the airplane so gave up. Use me Nokia to tell the time.

28th Mar 2002, 18:29
Wenger Chronograph, stainless steel, white face with big glowing mumbers suitable for "over fourty vision." I have to replace the black leather band once a year due to the hot, humid climates I visit and live in. I have no idea what it cost the loverly person who gave it to me as a christmas present many years ago, but it keeps great time and it is quite handsome in my humble opinion.. .. .Min, its not the size of the watch, but the size of the numbers on the face. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

28th Mar 2002, 18:50
Hey McD!. .. .Your Casio 5-Alarm & timer watch sounds suspiciously like my old casio that had a thermometer on it..... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Cool]" src="cool.gif" /> . .. .Trouble was, the thermo only worked accuratley OFF my wrist!!! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Roll Eyes]" src="rolleyes.gif" /> . .. .Must say the timer facility is useful for boiling rice!! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" /> . .. .Must say I agree with Mr TG: don't see the point in swanky Rolex-type watches - at the end of the day, it's just an instrument for telling the time!!! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Roll Eyes]" src="rolleyes.gif" />

Mr Bump
28th Mar 2002, 18:54
Nice chunky Krug-Büllmen Oceanmaster which I've had for a few years now and it's kept very accurate time. Should of cost something around £490 but I got it free when I bought a car (amazing the things you can do & get if you haggle / argue enough).. .. .Other one (which I bought myself) is a nice simple Rotary with a blue sports strap, which cost me £75 in a winter sale two or three years ago. Keeps good time, although the strap needs replacing.. .. .Strange thing is whenever I wear a watch I usually end up being 10 mins late for everything, but when not wearing a watch I'm either on time or early! What's that all about then?

Windy Militant
28th Mar 2002, 21:29
Never seem to have much luck with watches. Started when I lost my Hopalong Cassidy (spelling ?) Watch when I was six. since then I've smashed nearly every single watch I've owned so I tend to buy cheap watches from the local garage. I've found that if I wear them with the face on the inside of my wrist they last a bit longer but not much. Longest survivor the Timex I had in school. Shortest, went through three in a fortnight at the begining of this month. Thought I'd done for another one on Tuesday when one of the guys I was working with dropped a pallet and it took my watch clean off my wrist, only damage was the little pin that holds the strap on. But soon fixed as I've got loads of those spare. Most annoying, bought a pocket watch as I was fed up with breaking wrist watches and it fell out of my pocket and bounced down the stairs (solid pine treads)Strangest, the digital watch that I fried by wearing it whilst fabricating bulk diesel tanks. The thing started to run backwards! that confused the hell out of me for a while <img border="0" title="" alt="[Roll Eyes]" src="rolleyes.gif" />

28th Mar 2002, 23:53
Ohhhhhhh WATCHES... my passion!!!!!!! . .. .I LOVE 'EM!!!!!! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" /> . .. .Unforunately I errrrrmmmm... also have a habit of losin' em!!!! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> . .. .At the moment I've got a Garrard watch... two Ellesse watches... a gold Accurist watch... a Rotary watch... a Winnie the Pooh watch... etc etc. .. .Anybody got any spare watches they don't want???? . .. .ok ok... I shoulda been an octopus!!! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Razz]" src="tongue.gif" />

28th Mar 2002, 23:58
rolex airking mechanical.ten years old.keeps to two seconds per month. £1200 dubai duty free.my sons are waiting for me to die so they can fight over it. too late: battersea dogs home gets it... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Razz]" src="tongue.gif" />

29th Mar 2002, 00:33
It is a fundamental law of physics that the reliability and accuracy of a watch is inversely proportional to its monetary value.. .Has anyone anywhere ever heard of a Casio that broke down, needed servicing,lost time or leaked?

29th Mar 2002, 01:04
Ah, but you get what you pay for. My watch will continue to work up to 45,000' and down to something like 12 atmospheres. I won't, of course, but then you get what you pay for. Doh!

29th Mar 2002, 03:23
A case of each to his/her own I suppose, but I can't imagine anybody getting excited over a watch, let alone thinking it's a status symbol . Does anybody really need to know the time to within two seconds? <img border="0" title="" alt="[Roll Eyes]" src="rolleyes.gif" /> . .. .I bought a Citizen in 1982 for $50 Aus, or about 12 cents US, and it's never been on my arm. Used only for alarm function and I don't know how to use any of the other functions it might have. Failed me once about ten years ago, I replaced the battery and it's still going. . .. .And Min, it's, err, about average size.

29th Mar 2002, 04:20
I used to have a really nifty bubble watch, on the face was a map of Australia and the second hand was a silver plane....really good conversation starter, unfortunately I gave it away to a canadian friend thinking that I would be able to get another one. Wish I still had it it also kept good time. . .. .Mrs Fishoutawater

29th Mar 2002, 05:10
Brietling Aerspace.. .Titanium, cost about a week's pay. (ie, too much!)

Feeton Terrafirma
29th Mar 2002, 05:15
I have a problem with watches. When I go to buy one, as last did in 98, I find that they are made for little boys, and not real men. The band is NEVER long enough. Never!! And when you mention this to the shop assistant they reply "Oh, for only $xyz I can send it to the manufacturer and get an extention put in for you. It will only take 5 weeks". They fail to notice that the reason I'm shopping for a watch is that the last one died when literally squashed by a "watchmaker" as they tried to force the case closed after fitting a new battery. ([email protected] Idiots!!!!) . .. .So Min the reason I have a big watch is that it still looks small on my wrist (and I have over 40 eyes), but it came with an already loooong band which the shop could then lengthen on the spot. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Smile]" src="smile.gif" /> . .. .As for alarms, calendars and other functions, I have a Palm Pilot (something about that name suggests it's usage <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> )

29th Mar 2002, 16:22
Rolex Explorer. Second watch to the summit of Everest it was too. Bought it off Sherpa Tensing in the Mountaineer's club in Kathmandu. He was broke and needed the money for the bus fare back home to his village. . .. .Well he looked like Sherpa Tensing anyway, so I'm pretty sure he wasn't bullsh*tting.. .. .My other watch is a Lorus Mickey Mouse (official) thats kept better time for eleven years than my old Rolex Daytona that only lasted 17 years before it gave up the ghost. . .. .BTW, a warning - if you have a stainless steel Roller take good care of it. Once it stops, Rolex of Geneva won't even look at it, its a dustbin job.... .. .**********************************. .Through difficulties to the cinema

31st Mar 2002, 16:46
A sadness in my life which would seem to confirm that. I was given a Rolex Cosmograph when I first arrived in Kingdom. It was most impressive but bulky. I went diving in it and then decided it was too big to wear on a regular basis. Dragged from drawer some time later(years) and horrified to find innards were rusty under the glass. Quick visit to the Rolex shop confirmed the bad news. I did try returning it to Rolex but was told it was beyond repair. A friend in Jet Aviation Zurich had a father who was a watch fanatic and he laboured to try and revive it but no luck. It was a lovely watch. My origional wind-up Oyster is still going though thereby restoring my faith in the marque.

31st Mar 2002, 19:36
Everyday watch is my rotary that my parents bought me for my university graduation.:D :D
My "rare occasion" watch is a lurvely gucchi that I bought for myself on my last birthday coz I needed cheered up!!!:p Although I must admit I only bought it because my friend bought one at the same time and I couldn't be outdone by her!!! To be fair though hers did cost £5 more than mine, so I thought that justified it ;) Girlie logic or what???? :p

P.S. Danny wheres the heart message icon gone???? Thats the one I always use!!! Bring it back ........ please xxx:confused:

31st Mar 2002, 19:49
pater: we could have swapped watch stories in JED last month....next hajj maybe InshAllah.

binos: I do not need two seconds per month - I just get it. same my sex life as I get older. be afraid.:p

31st Mar 2002, 22:38
Watch number one is a gold Rolex, purchased in Zurich thirty years ago.....because all the oil company guys had one. Had it cleaned in Jeddah in 1987....40 days they said it would take, and 40 days was delivered...like new...gains two seconds a day, on average.
Number two is a Breitling (old Navitimer)....and like TowerDog, have to replace the leather strap every two years or so. Clearly however, this machine does NOT like SE Asia. Arrived in Manila earlier this month and the watch stopped precisely at 11:22pm each night....reset and it ran slow, then stopped again...every night. Returned to the USA and it immediately started keeping accurate time once again. Perhaps it was jet-lagged, like its owner.

1st Apr 2002, 03:46
There must be something about the 'Rolex Cosmograph Daytona' Paterbrat. Mine also rusted up inside. Rolex refused to fix it so I asked them to put a new movement in the old case - after all, my sentimental attachment to the old clunker was restricted to the outside as I'd never seen the inside. Rolex refused to do that either. The current issue of the Cosmograph Daytone has screw-down stop watch buttons as well as the crown. Keeps the water out better but you can't use the stop watch underwater. I reckon they owe all original Daytona owners a refund...

Through difficulties to the cinema

1st Apr 2002, 05:51
Yup, I tried that with my Cosmograph, no luck either. Ironic thing is I have a watch whose name I have never seen again and don't even remember. It was bought for me by a Swiss Pilatus pilot when I was flying in Libya for the oil survey teams, looks like the Cosmograph with the two stop watch buttons and multiple faces, face is an electric blue with bright orange hands and sweeps. Cost a few dinars and when imersed in the sea began to show signs of disintigration however has survived till now, never been serviced and still keeps good time. It lies in a dish on my desk at home and from time to time I have wound it simply out of curiosity. A testament to the durability of the obscure. It was so big and gaudy I felt quite conspicuous wearing it. I had bought it as a watch to wear when I was going anywhere I felt my Oyster might get pinched, I finaly just wore the oyster and if it gets pinched now it's done me for 36 years and it'l be the sentimental loss rather than financial.

1st Apr 2002, 23:54
Breitling Navitimer, 1955, black faced (rare), wind up, very accurate, non waterproof, slide rule illegible! Cost £1100 in 1984, recently valued at £3500!!
A story? Someone tried to mug me in Malta many years ago but couldn't undo the complicated strap catch! Now I wear a $12 Casio when I go out!! Never too old to learn!

Moritz Suter
2nd Apr 2002, 00:09
Patek Philippe, master watchmakers of Geveva since 1839.

The kind matters less than the brand, wouldn't you agree Mr. Woo?


2nd Apr 2002, 02:46
A young but experienced stewardess was in a police station making her statement claiming to a victim of a flasher. During questioning the police officer asked.
“You claim you believe your assailant was a pilot, on what do base this assumption?”
The stewardess replied.
“Well constable, he had very small p#nis and a very large watch.”


2nd Apr 2002, 04:34
Seiko Pilot's Watch, vintage approx 1987, one of my very rare duty-free purchases, cost was approx $375 in those days.

Chews up a battery a year, gets a case/button service about every 2 years. When it croaks I don't know what I'll replace it with but will look carefully around the $350-450Aus mark, bound to find something suitable.

It has been a useful and accurate timepiece but the rotating bezel tends to get scratched around a bit and these days I'm not so sure they're a necessity. A good, easy to read face, clearly marked and with genuinely useful features is the requirement. Since the gloves cover it during flight, it isn't used much in the air, the electric clock in the panel is!

A hint: if you have a steel watchband, wash it every week or so with a mild household detergent...you'll be amazed how much black finely-divided metal will come out! Just wash the band, not the watch.

Capt Vegemite
2nd Apr 2002, 05:18
Nice man gave me a piece of paper with half past eight written on it.
Its correct twice a day.

Voodoo 3
2nd Apr 2002, 11:24
Gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust. £3350. Got it for my 21st birthday a few weeks after gaining my CPL. Always wear it for work and I must say it goes very nicely with the 3 stripes. And it wasn't bought on the Patpong road!!!!!

2nd Apr 2002, 14:16
Omega SeaMaster, gold bevel and stainless steel strap; 8 years old now and I hope the last watch I ever buy.
Also have a Breitling Navimeter ex Iraqi Arforce bought on the black market in Bahgdad by some very nice UN inspectors on my behalf. Iraqi Airforce Shield on rear with I believe the ID of the pilot it was issued to - offers for this one accepted! Start the bidding!! :D

2nd Apr 2002, 15:29
Also: Breitling Aerospace titanium.

Kept sticking my nose to the display for a year and a half.
Till wife said: Oh, get one already !
That was 4 years ago in the Caribbean.
I fly, sail and dive with it.
Still love it.
If I could choose any, would pick the same.

(have a separate dive computer)

2nd Apr 2002, 15:31
Breitling Superocean Professional. Automatic. Waterproof to 5000ft looks lovely. Cost £1000. My old Swatch kept better time!!

In fact I've had watches of barrows in all sorts of horrid places that have kept better time.

Will I ever learn??

2nd Apr 2002, 15:57
bloody eck tricky was this inspired by flappers????
to tell the truth i have a very small watch in fact a seiko.....(eat yr heart out flappers....) long tongue but lol.......
shikes a lot of ppl have big watches though!!!! i only wish

2nd Apr 2002, 17:03
Casio with Altimeter.

Ground: "...Taxi to Hold for One-Eight Right Hand, QNH One Zero Zero Four"

Man with silly watch: "...err, yes, - hang on, err, QNH Zero Seven Four Five, no, sorry, that's the alarm, sh!t... err, what was the QNH again?" etc

But I'll still maintain it has some purpose, for when I lose both static vents or something, ideally on a day where the pressure is coincidentally correct for when I last set the watch pressure (1997). I wonder if there's a more general QNH I could use. Like an annual one or something. :-)

2nd Apr 2002, 21:42
ROLEX GMT TIMER stainless steel, about 22 years old, with 4 "C" checks. :cool:

3rd Apr 2002, 03:14
Seiko Kinetic Sports 100, bought in a brief lapse, off of the tv... $200 approx, keeps great time, and looks a bit 'chunky' for my tastes.

A constant reminder never to ever buy anythingoff the tv again.

In the drawers :

Omega SeaMaster (antique from mom -- needs servicing)
Yves Meillon (dress watch from my father -- battery?)
Swatch Atlanta 1996 (with russian writing)
Old seiko automatic with numbers falling off

3rd Apr 2002, 09:42
A G10 MOD issue watch, simple, luminous as hell, and has been everywhere with me, from the Green line in Cyprus to the wet wilds of Wales, and no, Mr. stores-basher, it's going to be "lost" before I ever hand it back in, it is a watch of excellence.

For going out, a bulova benneton, which was a present from a Lufthansa mate, and which I believe may be a bit of a collectors item now, but it looks bloody good and understated with a DJ. Mind u, so do I :)


Tricky Woo
3rd Apr 2002, 10:59
I knew it: the vast majority of pilots do have big fancy watches.


3rd Apr 2002, 11:19
Adec analogue with digital inset (set to UTC) and rotating bezel(non slide rule type which has no apparent purpose). Thing I love most about it is the velcro band. After many years of struggling with all sorts of unfriendly catches and clasps, it is seriously the best thing ever invented for watches.

3rd Apr 2002, 12:21
Yet another Rolex...how very common.....pre-owned and a pressie to me when I got my first command. But I do also have a black plastic job of Snoopy on his kennel with a Red Baron hand.

3rd Apr 2002, 12:47
[email protected] Tony, u yummy man!!!!!! ;)

4th Apr 2002, 07:40
Tag Heuer (1500 I think). As others have said, certified to 200m, but hasn't been past 35 on my wrist! Excellent watch, had it 4 years and has just had it's first service - a bit pricey, but probably worth the money, waiting 6 weeks for it to come back is a pain though!

4th Apr 2002, 15:59
Mine was a gift about a year and a half ago, I'm not very familiar with watch brands, but this one is holding up much better than the usual cheapies I've always bought myself.
It's unpolished metal with a matching band, purple face, some silly rotating band around the outside that I suppose is meant to be used as a timer ( using the little triangle as a zero point perhaps? ) and says Wenger on the face.
It is borderline big, but not quite so it's still wearable, and after the band ripped all the hairs off my wrist it is pretty comfortable, now that I'm used to the feel of it I don't think I'll ever go back to a leather band again. Anyhow, it is still just as pretty as the day I first wore it and has been through enough to destroy a number of my previous watches so I'd have to say I'm pretty attached to the thing.....it also represents my ENTIRE jewelry/accessory collection, I don't even own a set of cuff links.


4th Apr 2002, 22:45
You're right Tricky 'the vast majority of pilots do have big fancy watches. '
What's more they obviously like to brag about them. Presumably due to inadequacies in other departments.:D
Well if size matters I'll beat you all this weekend as I intend in installing a sundial (the garden centers finest).

9th Apr 2002, 07:59
There was this joke we always used to tell:

In Rio two Chambermaids met at the laundry room. Maria sais to Conzuela: "On the third floor there's a Swissair-Pilot running around, all naked!" Conzuela wants to know: "Why do you know he's a Swissair Pilot, if he doesnt wear a uniform?", whereas Maria answers: "Well it's true he doesn't wear his uniform. But he must be a Swissair-Pilot! He wears a monster Rolex, but has a tiny weeny willie!"

I bought a fake Breitling Chrono in Pat Pong about 6 years ago, one hand once fell off but got repaired. I had the intention to replace it with a real one once I made it into the flight deck, thus making it also financially. I was not so right, have made the first, but not the second.... So i'll just wait another few years.
Have to get a thinner watch though, as I cannot close the cuffs on my long-sleeves uniform-shirt while wearing my "Breitling". I like the big watches too... compensating?


Cheers Av

3rd May 2002, 17:44
its a swiss army watch...plain white dial, big black numbers, luminous hands,red sweep for seconds.bought it in geneva 1991
for sf 230 (c £100).nice slim machine and v reliable.batteries seem to last about 3 years.thought about buying something a bit sexier...bells and whistles/alarm/image/makes tea etc... but it keeps such good time im hoping it will still be going strong in another 10 yrs time.recommended!

3rd May 2002, 19:12
I guess I must be lucky... I've got a couple of watches to choose from. Mainly Swatch - I got 5 of them (but only bought the older 2 - about 8 and 5 years now, the others I got as presents).
Just bought me a brand new toy - a Casio Pathfinder - got compass and thermometer :) and all sort of other fancy features :D

tony draper
3rd May 2002, 19:28
I just look at me wall clock and write the time down on a piece of paper before I leave the house,keep it in me hankie pocket I do.:p

3rd May 2002, 21:37
Hey it's not just pilots who have flash watches.

Tag Heuer (Old Senna model - before he died, and the one that was faked to hell about 6 years ago). Cost £980 back then and second hand stuck after two weeks of wear!! Sicne then, trouble free and only one battery change. Most prized possession all in all I reckon because my 21 b'day prezzie from parents (I had to pay half!!!). People are amazed I wear it every day at work - but I think no point in having a great watch that your proud to own if you don't wear it?

international hog driver
3rd May 2002, 23:36
Citizen Wigman VII

The one with a light..... finally.

Black face, Luminous, Worldtime,

Le Pen
4th May 2002, 09:48
Gold and steel Rolex DateJust.

Bought for me by Mrs.LP..... Gawd Bless her.

Had it for 10 years now. Hardly ever take it off. Feel sort of naked without it.



Cornish Jack
4th May 2002, 10:49
Several, ranging from an Omega Seamaster (wind-up, basic timekeeper, 21st b'day present in '56) through Sekonda, Lorus, Citizen, a 10 dollar Giani-Giorgio rip-off from a NY street barrow, Seiko basic day/date and, finally, my day wear Seiko Titanium (super, light weight, immensely accurate).
Since being made redundant post 11/9 I have been doing a couple of half days per week in a local watch and clock shop. A great eye-opener as regards relative watch values and quality. :rolleyes:

Capt. Crosswind
5th May 2002, 08:20
To: Capt. Vegemite
Re Yr 02031518 Subject: Timepiece

I know that nice man, I met him in a pub - his name is Major Bloodnock and he sold me the same thing for only ten quid & a pint of best bitter and it has GMT writ on it as well.

5th May 2002, 09:08
Suunto Vector. £150. Best watch i ever owned. Bloody huge though. ('my that's a big watch, are you blind?' they mock).:rolleyes: loads of gadgets, never use the thermometer though ('wow, my current wrist temperature is....' life improving stuff indeed.) altimeter, compass very accurate and useful, and it is impossible to lose!:D

Capt. Horatio Slappy !!
6th May 2002, 17:46
I got 2 of em ,

ones a Breitling Navitimer Stainless, de\ress watch , and the one I have to work is a Seiko Navitimer Stainless.

6th May 2002, 18:37
Dodgy Seiko Chronograph obtained from a dubious source a few years ago for messing around / sports / runnng around in greens use.

OMEGA Seamaster Professional; If its good enough for 007, its good enough for me!;)