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chuks 14th Nov 2007 10:05

My wristwatch is...
probably bigger than yours AND it now keeps perfect time!

Yes! I very unwisely snapped up a bargain in Brussels many moons ago, when I walked past a jewelry store that was going out of business. I went in and bought an International Watch Company (IWC) "Fliegeruhr UTC." The guy gave me 30% off list but I never did get the VAT back.

Then it turned out the watch kept very poor time, running about five minutes a week slow. I guess the oil in it had congealed over the long time it must have sat in the window unsold. It was unusable, really, except if you wanted to re-set it off the GPS every morning.

I recently had it overhauled at the factory in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, when it came back looking just like new and now keeping to within two seconds per week accuracy. For a clockwork watch that is not shabby at all, I find.

I just wanted to share that with all of you. (I suppose the female contingent can safely ignore this post but that is up to them. Wimmin!)

The only other problem I, as a professional fixed-wing pilot, have, well, this strange bit of "spam" showed up promising me help with that: some exotic, South American root extract. Anyone here ever heard of "yohimbine"?

The Nr Fairy 14th Nov 2007 10:23

. . . a Tudor Prince Oysterdate with quartz movement, currently in for a 20 year service at a watch repairers / restorers in London. Seeing as it was a 21st birthday present, and it was keeping good time but also needed a small repair to the date change mechanism.

350 for the service is about the price of the watch secondhand, but it works out at about 17 / year, plus batteries over the course of that, and the sentimental value is, of course, without measure.

larssnowpharter 14th Nov 2007 10:37

A 5 year old Swatch with black face and big white hands and numbers. I can read it without wearing glasses.

Cost about $100. Keeps damn near perfect time and no-one mugs me to steal it.

BlueDiamond 14th Nov 2007 11:15

(I suppose the female contingent can safely ignore this post but that is up to them. Wimmin!)
Errr ... "wimmin" actually wear watches too. It's how we tell the time. :rolleyes:

helimutt 14th Nov 2007 11:20

So why wimmin always late then? Watches set half hour slow?

Champagne Anyone? 14th Nov 2007 11:31

Breitling Aerospace and an Omega Seamaster for best...

And a multitude of cheapies for diving, working on the car, gardening etc...

Parapunter 14th Nov 2007 12:00

Omega Seamaster for me. Discreet, well if you get the right one, not blingy like a Roley & as reliable as a....Swiss watch.

Snifferdog 14th Nov 2007 12:39


frostbite 14th Nov 2007 12:45

'Style Chrono' digital - 3.50 off eBay four years ago. Gains about 10 secs a day. Waiting for the battery to die.

Not a posers watch.

Tricky Woo 14th Nov 2007 12:45

Me got a Seiko MOD pilots watch so's I look like I wuz in the RAF - which I wasn't.

Also a Baume & Mercier gold dress watch thingy, which I'll be flogging on Ebay soonish - bought the Seiko 'cos the guts of the B&M got buggahed up when I was still doing aeros, back when I was young, rakish and unmarried. 5+ gs are rather swiss watch unfriendly, I found out.

Gonna order meself an IWC Fliegeruhr Mark XVI early next year.


Farrell 14th Nov 2007 12:46

I have always been a fan of Omega.

My Dad has had the same Seamaster for almost 40 years.

I have a Seamaster Planet Ocean as I preferred the darker look. And everyone has the blue one these days.

chuks 14th Nov 2007 13:44

Wimmin, bah!
I bought my wife an IWC "Lady Engineer." Ladies' watches just aren't very accurate, since they are physically smaller. (That is anatomically related, I believe, something to do with the size difference between a "disting" and a "kickstarter," but never mind that now....) but this one really does look nice.

On our way to Schaffhausen my wife asked me to re-set her watch for her. It was only off by about ten minutes and 21 days, so that I don't know why she bothered. I reset it and screwed down the crown. I noticed that it didn't seem to seat very well but thought nothing of that. Next morning my wife returned from her wake-up swim with a very soggy watch, saying, "You didn't tighten it very well."

I was on the point of telling her, "Well, it is your bl**dy watch! Why didn't you either set it yourself or else check it before going swimming?" This makes the third time she has drowned the watch.

So we picked up mine and handed hers in. Bummer! It is much more expensive to repair than my men's watch. I assume that ladies' watches undergo much more stress, due to that way they have with the time.

When my wife wants to know the real time she asks me, since she leaves her watch set about five minutes ahead. That way she is only ten minutes late. Feminine logic at work!

When my daughter wants to know the time she asks me, since the Casio Baby G-Shock I bought her is "somewhere."

When my son wants to know the time he checks my Royal Air Force Seiko.

Well, that was after the Citizen I gave him came back from a diving lesson full of salt water. The citizens at Citizen send a repair estimate telling us that the watch was no longer water-tight. I needed them to tell us that?

100 fathoms was there on the dial to be read. 100 metres? Whatever; two metres did the job.

Ah well, he is The Master of Destruction, so that I agreed to having it repaired as still cheaper than a new one. It should be interesting to see what happens to it next!

The late XV105 14th Nov 2007 13:44

Pulsar (nee Seiko) quartz chronograph.
A measly 150 equivalent from CPT duty free ten years ago.

Light weight, having titanium body and bracelet.
Tastefully smart looks have attracted many positive comments.
Diamond glass face has resisted scratching superbly.

Still looks like new, and keeps effectively perfect time; the only time it gets adjusted is with the switch to and from daylight saving time or when the battery dies (about every three years).

The late XV105 14th Nov 2007 13:46

When my wife wants to know the real time she asks me, since she leaves her watch set about five minutes ahead. That way she is only ten minutes late. Feminine logic at work!

So it's not just my wife who does exactly this, for the same explained reason, with her watch, alarm clock, and car clock, then?!

Choxolate 14th Nov 2007 13:52

Citizen Nighthawk EcoDrive - no batteries, no winder recharged by photocell behind th dial. V accurate and has circular slide rule round the edge of the face to impress the non aviators.

chuks 14th Nov 2007 14:03

Go buy a slide rule,
you cheapskate! Oh, sorry, there are no more slide rules on the market, except for those unreadably-small ones on the poser's wristwatches.

My (well, my son's now, I guess) Citizen has one of those tachygraph scales around the outside, speed over a measured mile. That just comes ever so much in handy when flying. What, swoop down over something exactly one mile long to hold a steady speed, thus checking your GPS read-out? Okay, so long as I might get a note from Citizen explaining this procedure to the passengers and the Chief Pilot!

airborne_artist 14th Nov 2007 14:16

A 20 quid Ebay special that looks a bit like (though not a "replica") of a Rolex Explorer


Gains a bit, but that's OK. How many people really need accurate time to +/- 5 seconds?

Life's a Beech 14th Nov 2007 14:52

A Timex. Looks pretty good. Cost less than 30 quid and I only have to set it to GPS every 3 months. Keep the hands on GMT, the digital bit has two so UK and central European time. Has stopwatch, so everything a pilot would need. Why would I spend a couple of hundred, let alone thousands, on a watch?

Rossian 14th Nov 2007 15:11

My watch is......
A Seiko Seahorse
Bought from Sheikh Robbie's concrete box emporium in Sharjah village circa Feb 1969. Cost (equiv)3. I bargained for the whole four months of the Det and bought it the night before we left to come home; boy did I get bored with mint tea? It's one of the first self winding mechanical watches; it's been serviced once,in 1997 at a cost of 29.87 and still keeps good time. Who needs a witch that's accurate to 1sec in a million years?
The Ancient Mariner

henry crun 15th Nov 2007 02:09

A 20 year old $25 Casio digital for everyday use, gains about 1 second a day.

A much older slim, black face IWC mechanical for more formal occasions, more accurate than the Casio.

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