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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.

tinpis 15th Nov 2007 03:24

Dont wear one.
Had a Rolex bout 35 years ago .
Pax in an prang in THE LAND OF THE UNEXPECTED .
I survived.the Rolex was buggered.

Al Fakhem 15th Nov 2007 03:39

Citizen Eco-Drive Nighthawk. Bought it five years ago when Omega were unable to supply the original design steel bracelet for my Seamaster (with the moon landing engraving on the back).

Fantastic watch, solar powered, so no batteries to exchange. Includes a circular slide rule on the bezel. Plus a function to switch instantly from one time zone to another (only gripe here is that it can't handle these silly countries that are 30 minutes behind/ahead of others).

Also has a well-illuminated dial in the dark.

Best investment ever!

Blacksheep 15th Nov 2007 05:05

A Seiko Premier Chronograph. Bought it when my Rolex expired after only 17 years. (and there was I, expecting to be merely looking after it for the next generation...:;) )

Gains a couple of seconds a week and is on its third battery and strap in 12 years. I particularly liked it because there's a second mini-dial for an (unused) alarm that I could set to UK time. That way I could easily tell where our daughters were before I called them. These days I use SMS before I call, so it doesn't matter.

I also have a super slim gold Raymond Weil for dress occasions. It must keep good time - this Hari Raya I didn't have to reset the time when I put it on for the first time since last year's weddings. I've been scolded for having an alligator skin wrist strap on it, but I can't see the difference between a dead alligator and a dead cow. They're both farm animals... :hmm:

kiwi chick 15th Nov 2007 05:21

So why wimmin always late then? Watches set half hour slow?
No... we've just not yet met a man worth of the effort... ;)

Mine? Warehouse (Similar to Tesco, I guess?) number that has a second hand on it & "minute" increments, bought when I started Navigation, never missed a beat 4 years later. :ok:

(tis not very girly tho... :uhoh: )

BombayDuck 15th Nov 2007 05:40

A seven year old Casio Illuminator. Shows the time, has an alarm and stopwatch. And backlight. Was a gift for my dad (who used to go swimming those days) from my sister. Turned out he couldn't read the numbers without his glasses so he flicked mine (unbranded but large numbers and distinct pointy hands) and I got this.

Seems to have gained a minute in the last year, but I don't really bother with that. As long as I know the relation between what it's showing and train times, I'm happy...

Loose rivets 15th Nov 2007 06:06

Who needs a witch that's accurate to 1sec in a million years?

Harry Potter :}

Metro man 15th Nov 2007 08:09

Casio G Shock, around US$50. Accurate, virtually indestructable. If I lose it I'm not crying and no one will cut my arm off for it.;)

ArthurR 15th Nov 2007 08:48

Mines a Rolex, i'd always wanted one, had some spare cash a few months ago, so I bought one, and wear it all the time.

Howard Hughes 15th Nov 2007 08:56

My wristwatch is...
Lying in pieces next to me on the desk, where I tried to 'FIX' it...:rolleyes:

Whats the point of having jewellers screwdrivers if you don't use them?;)

bnt 15th Nov 2007 09:13

For years I never wore one either, and still don't like any weight on my wrists. I have a Skagen that I got as a long-service award at work, but my main watch is a Swatch "Skyscraping" chronometer, which I bought in Dec 1997 - almost 10 years old.

edit: I'm trying to kick a nasty habit I have: taking my watch off whenever I sit down. I lost another Swatch that way in Dubai, last year - rarer "Goldeneye" "skin chrono". .

The SSK 15th Nov 2007 09:17

My everyday watch is a Polar S210, which doubles as a heart rate monitor when I'm being sporty.

Somewhere at the back of a drawer I've got an Omega Dynamic which I bought in 1971 for about 40 and wore for about 5 years before giving up on it, it never kept good time and provoked an allergic reaction on my wrist. One of these days I'll get round to selling it, they go for about 500 nowadays.

Barkly1992 15th Nov 2007 10:56

When I first started flying lessons in 1978 I was warned not to get a big WATCH.

I decided that I wanted a real watch with at least two time zones - and my wife bought me a Seiko Duo for my 1979 birthday. Simple analogue face with three time zones in a discrete digital display.

Still wear it every day - don't know how many batteries it has had - certainly a few bands and I have had it opened up and cleaned only ONCE.

Keeps great time.

GearDown&Locked 15th Nov 2007 11:13

...Tissot, automatic, leather band, a classic for everyday wear.

No longer ATC 15th Nov 2007 12:54

Him-Rolex GMT-Master...never misses a beat...
Me- Rolex Lady Oyster Datejust..absolute crap, loses 10 minutes a day apart from just after a service.....

1DC 15th Nov 2007 14:05

The 8 Casio finally gave up the ghost three weeks ago so bought a G Shock for 39 from Amazon (same watch 79 in the local shopping centre).The new watch is solar powered and radio controlled and my grandson thought it was brilliant so i went back on to amazon to buy him one for Christmas.The price had gone up to 69, buggah!!

IainB 15th Nov 2007 14:46

TAG Formula 1
Bought from an authorised dealer in Turkey - not some bloke off the beach, and it keeps perfect time. Three years old, never had the back off, never had a battery. :ok:

Got the wife one this summer, and the battery died within 5 weeks. Goldsmith's (local TAG dealer) wanted 60 to send it back, so we spent 5.50 to post it ourselves and the battery was done for free.

Goldsmith's - shame on you!! :eek:

rab-k 15th Nov 2007 16:09

Chevrolet (Yes - as in the car).

Always fancied a Breitling - but it'd rank about 255th on my '500 Ways to Blow 3 Grand' list.

chuks 15th Nov 2007 17:26

I always wondered...
where the Blue Angels got the idea for that colour scheme. You know, Navy Blue and bright yellow. Well, the other night a Breitling commercial came up on the boob tube and there was my answer! They must have copied it off the Breitling aerobatic team! Jeez!

It sure is a good thing the US government has sovereign immunity or else they could get sued for copyright infringement over something like that.

I wonder if the Breitling guys get to use their bang seats or if those have been deactivated. I know that L39 down in Bavaria that went in had deactivated seats.

Would you rather have a really big watch on your wrist or an ejection seat in your airplane? Answers on a postcard, please....

SLFguy 15th Nov 2007 17:36

Raymond Weil 'Tango'

Cameronian 15th Nov 2007 17:44

My Omega Seamaster Automatic has virtually never left my wrist. Sorry to upstage you Farrell but I got mine for my eighth birthday and that was more than 47 years ago! I got it overhauled once, about 20 years ago and had it adjusted by Omega - well, Swatch actually - in the UK 7 years ago. I seem to remember that it cost 26 new so it's getting close to only ten bob a year! I had to replace the bracelet when it was regulated and the new one was 130 - five times the price of the watch!

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