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Old 21st Jan 2008, 07:35
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My watch is too small

I always new my sons watch was too small for me. now I know why I adopted it.

Many thanks

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Old 21st Jan 2008, 07:41
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Whatever happend to Steve Fossit??

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Old 3rd Dec 2008, 21:37
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Did they ever confirm it it was his aircraft they found very recently?

Wonder if his Breitling Emergency was ever activated?
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Old 3rd Dec 2008, 21:40
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DNA tests of bone material proved it was in fact Fossett's remains. That in addition to the aircraft numbering and his drivers license.

What a shame to go like that after all the cliff hangers he has been involved with. I am sure Gann would have an explanation for it.....something about "Fate"!

Bert Baby,

I have heard you called a lot of things....but never a helicopter pilot!
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Old 28th Dec 2008, 00:06
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Just bought a lovely and inexpensive Torgoen T10301, very plain with a PVD finish and rubber strap from the Flightstore in their sale.
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Old 28th Dec 2008, 03:02
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I have a Breitling Navitimer that I use for flying and a Tag Golf for when I play golf. For social gatherings I have a Ebel.

Have been looking at the Skagen watches but then I started to fly helicopters.
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Old 28th Dec 2008, 03:25
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I was given a Sector ADV 4500 by the brothers who invented the original DragonFly light helicopter, after doing a pilot review for it in Rotor and Wing many years ago.
Very nice watch, and I was quite humbled by the gesture. As I was looking at the watch on the way home I couldn't quite figure it out, so got out the instruction book. What looked like stop watch function stems were in fact for setting date and day of the week. There was in fact no stopwatch function, which was a tiny bit of a let down. But there was a fourth hand on the main dial, and it took me a while to figure it out (takes everyone I show it to a while to figure it out, so I don't feel bad). The fourth hand was for 'week of the year'.
I immediately thought - I know the Dragonfly isn't the fastest helicopter in the world, but it's not that slow!
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Old 28th Dec 2008, 09:29
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Rolex

All this talk of cheap watches - such bad news.
A watch is the only thing you wear 24/7 - it says so much about who you are.

I bought a nearly new Rolex datejust oyster perpetual (classic no frills much fake-copied Rolex) from a friend who needed some cash fast about 20 years ago. I paid 1000 and got all the certificates etc...

At the time it was pretty bling, but over the years has become an understated design classic and I am no longer self conscious about wearing it.

I reckon I would have bought a cheap watch about once a year (at their average attrition rate), so if I'd spent 50 (on some seiko or timex wannabe watch) per annum I would have broken-even right about now.

I like the look of the Breitlings but they weren't as freely available back then and they have not achieved the same classic status yet.

I bought Mrs SB a new lady Rolex 8 years ago, she loves wearing it and has never looked at watches again.

As for the ones with all the extra displays, aerials and whizz wheels (!) that's really for pilots who want non-pilots to know they are pilots!

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Old 28th Dec 2008, 10:04
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Interesting thread.
I never wear one. Don't even own a working one.
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Old 28th Dec 2008, 10:37
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As my charisma and magnetism seems to bugger up quartz watches in about a week of constant wear, I am limited to mechanical watches which gives me a choice of Rolex, Oris and antique watches. However, finding watch repairers with the required skills to overhaul these watches is becoming harder.

For flying, I wear my late father's watch; a plain, 17 jewel man's watch. However, on my wrist it looks big enough to be a pilot's watch and I can tell the time without my reading glasses on!!

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Old 28th Dec 2008, 11:47
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There is only ONE pielets watch to wear & thats Breitling range, I use the Airwolf, great piece of kit
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Old 28th Dec 2008, 12:53
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In the interest of injecting a bit more controversy into this forum, I will assert that a watch says a great deal about its wearer (beyond the anatomical attributes sometime associated with large "pilot's" watches), much as the choice of automobile says a great deal about it owner. What does your watch (watches) say about you?
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Old 28th Dec 2008, 13:41
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Rolex

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I second your comments, went down nearly the identical path; same as Mrs SB never looking back. Once a Rolex, always a Rolex - just a choice. Whatever floats the boat.

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Old 28th Dec 2008, 14:27
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Totall,

With your choice of watches for various activities....do you wear a Timex while having conjugal relations?
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Old 28th Dec 2008, 14:28
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Having flown for a living since 1977, I need a watch that tells the time. Don't need anything to advertise to the world that I'm a pilot. Having said that, I seldom tell people what I do, in any event, unless asked.

The date to hand is useful, but my phone can tell me that if I'm not sure when filling in the tech log first thing in the morning. Once I'm in the cockpit I look at the aircraft clock.
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Old 28th Dec 2008, 15:19
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I never wear one. Don't even own a working one.
You are to be much envied for this. I have long aspired to reach this state, but havent yet been able to pull it off except for short periods (hours). Provides an overwhelming sense of freedom!
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Old 28th Dec 2008, 15:32
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About 4 years ago I bought a cheap copycat Breitling from a market stall in China as a joke with friends.

It's an automatic. The stall owner told me not to expect much working life in it - actually he said 4 months and that's about it.

Now, 4 years later, it's still ticking ... I use it as a backup in case my quartz watch runs out of battery !
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Old 28th Dec 2008, 15:52
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About 4 years ago I bought a cheap copycat Breitling .......
She'll sus it. They always do.

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Old 28th Dec 2008, 16:19
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Every day wear always been a Rotary, stainless clear dial able to read when doing work type things( now about 26yrs old), for formal times and taking out my Lady wife Mrs Vfr we both have Raymond Weil, matching styles but smaller for Mrs Vfr, very simple, clear dial and looks nice, both purchased duty free in Cyprus and never seem to let any of the minutes disappear. what more do you need from a watch!!

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Old 28th Dec 2008, 16:36
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"clear dial and looks nice" - same thing, mine doesn't even have the date (as if folks can't keep track of that!), but it'll last a lifetime, if not mine and my kids both, or more...we like that family heirloom thing.

One gets what one pays for. I've almost always regretted going cheap as in the long haul the constant fixing or updating to another new watch,(read cars, appliances, etc. as well) costs the same, is more annoying, and inspires less confidence in reliability through whatever life cycle is applicable.

Essentially watches don't make the person, the person makes the watch what it is.

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