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Old 21st Oct 2019, 20:51
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Pilots watch

New Big Ass pilots watch


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Old 21st Oct 2019, 22:06
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Reminds me of that Oscar Ingham cartoon in the then Flt Ops. magazine of many a yesteryear, depicting the beer gut proud Captain and Flt.. Eng. sat, beer in hand, by a swimming pool at some crew slip hotel. Bubbles are rising from the bottom of the pool, and the caption was .. " Very sad,it's our Second Officer, his new Seiko Day Date Automatic watch dragged him to the bottom.!"

And the stewardess complaining to the hotel manager that all the pilots were swimming naked in the hotel pool. "Madam, if the're naked how do you know that they're pilots ? " 'cos they've all got big watches and little cxxks.
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Watched the film, it does not appear to have an app on it to tell you how much trim you need to dial in to compensate for it.
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Old 21st Oct 2019, 22:40
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No mention of a device for taking stones out of horses' hoofs either ...
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Old 21st Oct 2019, 22:54
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Pilots watch what?
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Old 22nd Oct 2019, 09:57
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Originally Posted by ExSp33db1rd View Post
Reminds me of that Oscar Ingham cartoon in the then Flt Ops. magazine of many a yesteryear, depicting the beer gut proud Captain and Flt.. Eng. sat, beer in hand, by a swimming pool at some crew slip hotel. Bubbles are rising from the bottom of the pool, and the caption was .. " Very sad,it's our Second Officer, his new Seiko Day Date Automatic watch dragged him to the bottom.!"

And the stewardess complaining to the hotel manager that all the pilots were swimming naked in the hotel pool. "Madam, if the're naked how do you know that they're pilots ? " 'cos they've all got big watches and little cxxks.
I remember that appearing in the log in the early nineties.

On a helicopter job in the South West of England a few years ago I was one of several stuck in a strange B&B on Exmoor, after a few days our landlady was heard to say to a colleague "you 'elicopter pilots are all the bleeding same, big c##ks, big clocks, no bleeding money!"

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Old 22nd Oct 2019, 10:53
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Seems like a variation on the words allegedly uttered by a woman of ill repute when "short changed" on a business arrangement: "you RAF all the same - big dick, dirty drawers and no money."
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Old 22nd Oct 2019, 11:54
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Seems like a variation on the words allegedly uttered by a woman of ill repute when "short changed" on a business arrangement: "you RAF all the same - big dick, dirty drawers and no money."
I believe it was said about a "commercial arrangement" with the gentleman concerned.

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Old 22nd Oct 2019, 22:15
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A "commercial arrangement" with a 'lady' of Eastern origin "You flyers in blue khaki all same, small cock, *two watches*, no money!" 'down route', in the 50s. (* * one on local, one on zulu)
(SWMBO still says it was one of the first things she noticed when we first met ) My Omega Seamaster and Auntie Betty's 'Woolworths Special didn't feature resettable dials
Edit - Just to add, it was a conversation starter with the bar tender at my 'local' in Bangkok, a place where I once bought a bottle of beer for a brown bear! ... he was no Harvey and I'm definitely no Jimmy Stewart!

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Old 22nd Oct 2019, 22:39
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big c##ks, big clocks, no bleeding money!"
like the publican who celebrated his many years of owning the pub by selling beer for one day at the price prevailing when he started, like 25c a pint ? A customer asked who the group over in the corner were, who weren't drinking, even at today's price ? OH, said the publican, they're pilots, they're waiting for Happy Hour !

* * one on local, one on zulu
Then I bought the Glycine GMTMaster. The hand only went around once in 24 hours instead of twice, so keep the movement on GMT and read local time off a movable bezel around the edge inscribed 0 to 24. Only trouble was that one doesn't really "read" a watch, just looks at the "picture", so having 6 half way down the righthand side, 12 at the bottom and 18 half way up the left hand side was confusing ! But it worked.
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Old 23rd Oct 2019, 05:53
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Originally Posted by ExSp33db1rd View Post
Then I bought the Glycine GMTMaster. The hand only went around once in 24 hours instead of twice, so keep the movement on GMT and read local time off a movable bezel around the edge inscribed 0 to 24. Only trouble was that one doesn't really "read" a watch, just looks at the "picture", so having 6 half way down the righthand side, 12 at the bottom and 18 half way up the left hand side was confusing ! But it worked.
But seriously, what do normal people, who don't want that $1,800 monstrosity, do for the local/GMT thing ? Surely that is all you really need from a 'pilot's watch'?

In case anyone is interested, my solution is a cheap smart watch with a home-made face that shows GMT as digital and local as analog.
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Old 23rd Oct 2019, 06:21
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... what do normal people, who don't want that $1,800 monstrosity, do for the local/GMT thing ?
I keep my Seiko on UTC and if I cannot remember the UTC to Local conversion, I look at my iPhone!
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Old 23rd Oct 2019, 10:10
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I keep my phone on zulu, so I know what time Mrs Uplinker, and (UK) Ops and Crewing are on when I phone them or they phone me down route. Also helps when I am checking my roster via the phone, and zulu is aircraft and ATC time of course.

Casio “wave ceptor” (sic) watch, (WVA-M640TD). Cost only 190, solar powered, radio updates every night, so is accurate to the second, has analogue and digital displays. A button lights the whole watch face up in the dark.

Down route, I set the watch analogue to local and can see UTC on the digital part. The digital part also tells me what day it is, because I often lose track. The watch alarm follows the local time setting.

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Hmm, sounds like I have the best solution with a $130 Huawei watch! Downside is that like all smart watches the battery lasts a max of couple of days between recharges and that people keep looking at it and telling me my watch is wrong. Interesting point about date, now you have me wondering if I should show Zulu day as well as local date.



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Old 23rd Oct 2019, 14:52
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At the time of which I wrote, watches only showed one time (possibly Rolex had moveable bezels?) and digital watches were unheard of!
Nowadays, I make do with a Citizen EcoDrive perpetual calendar - set it on GMT over 10 years ago and haven't altered it since! No batteries required, of course; the couple of seconds occasional discrepancy is no problem and, having bought it secondhand, I reckon its my 'best buy' ever! The Omega mentioned earlier was a 21st B'day pressie and still lives in my 'bits 'n pieces' some 63 years later!
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Old 23rd Oct 2019, 14:57
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But seriously, what do normal people, who don't want that $1,800 monstrosity, do for the local/GMT thing ? Surely that is all you really need from a 'pilot's watch'?
Arithmetic?

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Old 23rd Oct 2019, 15:09
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Downside is that like all smart watches the battery lasts a max of couple of days between recharges and that people keep looking at it and telling me my watch is wrong.
This is the thing I really can't get my head around with all this "smart" stuff. My simple Nokia 'phone lasts about a month or more between charges usually, so I can be pretty sure it will always just work when ever I pick it up (as long as there's a signal). My wife's iPhone needs to be charged every damned day, whether she uses it or not. What on earth's the advantage in that?

Same goes for watches. My 1984 Seiko runs for around 2 years or so on a battery, and keeps excellent time (only ever needs resetting when the clocks change). A "smart" watch needs charging every two days? Seems absolutely crazy to me, I want stuff to just work, and not force me to faff around finding somewhere to charge them up every day or two.

Equally I can't get my head around people that want something the size of an anchor strapped to their wrist. I sold my old Omega because the damned thing was too big and heavy, and always got jammed on my shirt cuff. I've never understood the apparent attraction of big watches, although I am coming around to the idea that a larger face might be useful, in terms of making a watch easier to see (an ageing problem...).
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Old 23rd Oct 2019, 16:01
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In the 60s in Singapore we had dual time watches. Wear one normally it gave GMT, search it upside down it gave local time 😀
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Old 23rd Oct 2019, 17:01
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Definition of a International Airline Pilot. Got to have sun glasses, a watch that doesn't work & lousy in bed. So I was told in the 70s
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Definition of a International Airline Pilot. Got to have sun glasses, a watch that doesn't work & lousy in bed. So I was told in the 70s
2 out of 3 ain't bad
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