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Old 3rd Dec 2010, 10:29
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got this one for 89
Automatic - no battery to change
watertight (10 bar)
good to see at night

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Old 3rd Dec 2010, 11:09
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High paying & helicopters in one sentence No way
Go Seiko understated cool.
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Old 3rd Dec 2010, 12:32
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Here is the ideal "pro" pilot watch: Citizen Men's BM8475-00X Eco-Drive Military. (I have removed the link to Amazon out of concern for being "modded" off the thread. Many online merchants sell this watch. Google the key words for merchants/photos.)

Like many other posters, I have found over decades of flying that all the buttons and dials of the "aviator" style watches go unused. Cant remember a single instance when I actually used these in flight. In addition, none of the pros I know actually fly wth the aviator style watch. They consider it the mark of a wannabe.

Citizen Eco Drive. Said to run 20 years or more with no maintenence, batteries, etc. Been using these for about 10 years with no problems. This one about $124 at Amazon.com. Simple, easy to read, no unnecessary functions. I'd take this over the Breitling any day for flying. Where the Breitling most certainly excels is as babe bait.

Why one might want a mechanical watch (1700's technology) for functional purposes (as opposed to jewelry/art) is a puzzle to me. A bit like owning a classic car or motorcycle - lots of charm, lots of compromises. I enjoy a beautiful piece of workmanship as much as anyone, but as one poster suggests above, I'll save these for the bar/dinner table.

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Old 3rd Dec 2010, 17:16
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WOW now what do I do?

Thanks for the compliment! That was very nice, and yes I do know the Beer, food, and Naked are all he NEEDS and really wants....but, I do want to get him something extra special too! He is working at least 12 hours a day 6 days a week, and denys my nothing I ask for, and I also get to stay home with our 4 kids each day and not go to work!!

I do love the clean simple look of that Oris watch. That is my personal favorite. I am a simple go to local discount or second hand store and get what looks great and is inexpensive :0 But, my hubby is a little more into the nicer and quality of products! I think this looks great!
I also love this simple Citizen watch. The simplicity and Eco part is wonderful.
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I also like this Seiko watch, it looks nice as well as a sportier everyday watch

This is all turning out to be quite difficult to make a decision and purchase. I am still not sure if I buy what is glitzy and show off style for him to wear around. Or go with practical, comfort, and actually has use!
I am leaning towards the style and glitz of the watch because, I think he can go any day to Wally World and buy him a simple $20 watch! I want him to smile and wear what I gie him with pride. Although I know he will appreciate anything I get him.
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Old 3rd Dec 2010, 17:51
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It seems that the clean simple Torgoen watch (link on my previous post) can be had from the USA Ebay site for a snip compared to here in the UK!

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Old 3rd Dec 2010, 18:44
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Probably a bit overkill, but a Tag Heuer Link.
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Old 4th Dec 2010, 07:43
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SHawker, may I suggest you take a look at the citizen nighthawk, I think a beautiful watch, classic and understated, eco drive and I think much more expensive looking watch than some shown on here already, at about $250 on Amazon.. It also has a pretty useful GMT dial on it, I very nearly bought one.
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Old 4th Dec 2010, 15:56
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Citizen Promaster Eco Drive NightHawk BJ7010-16F BJ7010 Sky Watch

Citizen Promaster Eco Drive NightHawk BJ7010-16F BJ7010 Sky Watch

Good call ! Quality, Classy, especially with the black leather strap, relatively cheap and more gadgets he will ever need. And it looks almost exactly like the Breitling Navitimer.

By the way girl, don't underestimate the plain and simple looks of the Oris watch. It will cost you a months mortgage and then some.
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Old 5th Dec 2010, 19:47
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take a look at the citizen nighthawk,
Yes, an appropriate one to consider. Used one of these for the last 10 years before moving to the simpler "military" dial eco drive. Found virtually all the gadgets useless including the GMT hand (way to difficult to read in flight, but little need to do so in a VFR helicopter). But if he wants to impress himself and/or others with lots of "style" and technology for the dollar, this is a great choice.
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Old 5th Dec 2010, 20:55
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It's true some of the best things in life are free. Many moons ago my partner bought herself a day-to-day watch in a Goldmark store and with it came the offer of "buy one get one free". She did and I still have and use my freebie daily which is the only one of several others that continues to run reliably.

Perhaps there may be more meaning behind the gift than the actual gift itself; a watch whose final selection was made by a small child for example.
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Old 7th Dec 2010, 22:42
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thread drift guys, 20 years, no servicings, same old time, needs a new strap, the answer is rolex - you know it - but just don't want to hear it...
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Watches vs appendages

Many moons ago the word going around among all the girls chasing after pilots was if he has a big watch, he has a small swinging Richard, and is always looking to cash a check. Bought the smallest watch I could find at Walmart just so I could get them to take a look.
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Old 9th Dec 2010, 05:36
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About 2 years ago I was helping my wife collect some funiture from a deceased aunts house when I came across a rack of old watches. Being the curious chap I am I snooped through to see what there was, and came across 2 old Breitlings. The old man, who had died several years ago, turned out to have had a fixed wing ppl and had bought these and not informed any one of their value...
As everything was getting cleaned out, I curiously asked what they were going to do with the old watches..???
"We'll probably put them on the flea market with all the other old junk"
So I offered to buy the 2 (obviosly not for much)... which were then given to me as a gift just for helping out that day...
One turned out to be aBreitling Navitimer 806 from 1959 which was in mint condition...

I wear it now and again on special occasions
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Watches vs appendages.
A bit like personal reg then

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Old 25th Feb 2011, 09:50
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Just thought I would say - if anyone wants to buy a wrist watch ...

Ulysse Nardin Tellurium (Ulysse Nardin Tellurium J. Kepler Limited Edition)

Ulysse Nardin is well known for its proud tradition of quality and mechanical innovation. Its consistent excellence had also been recognized by the award of 18 international gold medals and 4,300 first prizes in chronometric excellence.

Ulysse Nardin Tellurium J Kepler is a revolutionary timepiece that rotates the Earth in its true geographical shape seen from above the North Pole.

A flexible spring bends from the Tropic of Cancer to the Tropic of Capricorn to reveal the part of the Earth lit by the Sun and to indicate the time and place of sunrise and sunset. The moon rotates around the Earth.

The dragon hand indicates the eclipses of the sun and the moon. The perpetual calendar completes one turn each year.

Genuine blue enamel cloisonne dial is beautiful and has self-winding automatic movement. Its blue crocodile strap with platinum buckle makes it a thing of beauty. It has 43mm platinum case, sapphire crystal and is water resistant to 30 meters.

So if you wish to buy this beautiful timepiece hurry up as it is limited to 99 pieces only. The watch, named for the famous astronomer, Johannes Kepler, sells for $US118,000.
Ulysse Nardin Tellurium J. Kepler Limited - Wrist Style

Knowing that most are on a budget, I do have a cheaper choice:

IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar (IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar II White Gold Watch #5022-18)

The IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar features a countdown display to read off the exact number of days remaining until the next full moon, a celestial object that exerts influence on Earth with its gravitational pull. Impressively, in this timepiece, the representation of the course of the moon deviates by just 12 seconds from the actual time in each lunar period.

This timepiece houses an automatic IWC Caliber 51614. It contains 62 jewels that vibrate at 21,600 times per hour. The movement also features Pellaton winding. Power reserve is mechanically limited to 7 days.

The functions are hours, minutes, subsidiary seconds; perpetual calendar with date, day, month, four-digit year display, double moon phase for the earth's northern and southern hemispheres.

The casing comes in white gold or red gold. It is 44.2mm in diameter, with a height of 15.5mm. The convex face is made of anti-reflective treated sapphire crystal, and the transparent case-back as well, allowing a view of the splendid mechanics within.

It sells for 20,917.20
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Old 25th Feb 2011, 14:04
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Im wearing: SIF N.A.R.T , North Atlantic Rescue Timer, the official watch of the Icelandic Coast Guard.
JS Watch co. Reykjavik - Sif N.A.R.T. - The Official Watch of the Icelandic Coast Guard

JS Watch co. Reykjavik - Icelandic Coast Guard

Regards Helikopter.

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Old 25th Feb 2011, 15:15
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I've got a Breitling Emergency in my collection if any one fancies adding one to their collection!
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Old 25th Apr 2011, 10:00
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I'm still looking for a Breitling Skyland Avenger Black Steel but can't bring myself to pay the RRP of 4995!
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Old 25th Apr 2011, 10:23
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Wear a watch?

Not I....being fully retired....our pubs are open pretty much from breakfast till O Dark Thirty!
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