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Old 3rd Jan 2009, 23:35
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K 77,
Sorry but two strokes just don't do it for me, then again I may swap it for the casio....

Windy,
Spot on with the inverted snobbery bit, I may not have shiny piece of bling but it does not stop the odd bit of wishful window shopping

Have a great new year everybody
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Old 3rd Jan 2009, 23:49
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Without reading back through all the previous pages, the answer is simple

I only wear watches that keep accurate time.


These models are avialable from approx 20 to 10,000 from all good retailers. You just pick what level of profit you wish to leave with the shop owner.
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Old 4th Jan 2009, 12:40
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I have a chronometer in my helicopter and I don't need to know what the time is to the nearest second in my personal life, so I wear a clockwork one. I like old-fashioned things which still seem to have some connection with human beings . I have a lovely Junkers automatic with a Swiss ETA movement with the day and date. It's accurate to within about a minute a week and has lovely clear orange hands and big numerals. I also have a lovely Zeppelin automatic also with a Swiss ETA movement and a very clear black face with white hands. The two together cost me around $1,000. It seems a bit extravagant, but I'm planning on keeping them forever and a day as for me, they're timeless classics.



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Old 4th Jan 2009, 21:48
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I've worn my Rolex GMT Master daily for over 10 years. Never had it serviced. Keeps perfect time. I get a lot of comments, "Is that real?" "Yup."
Some day it will be my sons watch & hopefully his sons after that. Try that with a Casio.
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Old 4th Jan 2009, 21:52
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Some day it will be my sons watch & hopefully his sons after that. Try that with a Casio.
Rolex owners can select the sex of their grandchildren?
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Please note the part where I stated "hopefully." The men of the last four generations of my family have all produced sons. I'd say the odds are in my favor that I may have a grandson one day. It's about having something that can be passed along as a family heirloom.

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Old 5th Jan 2009, 11:24
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Well whether a pilot or not I always like to see someone wearing a nice watch.......oh and nice shoes too.....don't ask!!!!!
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Old 5th Jan 2009, 12:00
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I remember that the Casio was far superior to most watches. Mine was waterproof, had a light and alarm and you could never lose at conkers as it was nigh on indestructable. Try that with a Rolex - even a real one! I have now moved on to a slower pace of life and find the watch below ideal as a timepiece and a navigational aid................




So there!
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Old 5th Jan 2009, 12:20
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Don't you find it tends to gain time as you shuffle round in circles?
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Old 5th Jan 2009, 12:55
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Not really as I have one leg longer than the other to compensate. Snag is I had to walk backwards in the southern hemisphere - especially Borneo.
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Old 5th Jan 2009, 18:03
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Slight Thread drift.......

My watch is an old Rolex Explorer 2 - not been serviced for at least a decade - runs fast a minute per day! -- but you should see my household clocks:

Most accurate - a Caesium Beam frequency standard - 1 part in 10-13
Next - GPS-controlled oscillator - 1 part in 10-11
then - 2 off Rubidium Secondary standards - 1 part in 10-10
plus - Radiocode clock - 1 part in 10-10
followed by several Pendulum master clocks - 1 part in 10-5(ish)

You could say that I have a slight interest in time measurement!

(and I keep forgetting to reset my Rolex, so it is usually about 5 minutes fast - but that is good enough for most activities!)
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Old 10th Apr 2009, 17:37
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Aviation Watches

Does anyone really wear them and if so what are good some ones?
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Old 10th Apr 2009, 19:53
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I wear an Oregon Scientific paid nothing, was beeing launched in the rubbish, it is radio-controlled, always correct, don't get destroyed by vibrations and always work.
If I spent money in a watch I would choose Citizen EcoDrive Radio Controlled, Titanium.
Always correct time, never change the battery, big white numbers on black background.
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Old 11th Apr 2009, 11:26
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Many years ago when I was living in England and wrote for a different helicopter magazine, I was given a watch by the owners of a small company that had made a very nice two person helicopter. (No names, but they didn't ever mass produce the helicopter.) The helicopter was nice, but not the fastest around the block in terms of cruise speed.
The watch is very nice, and very reliable, and I remember being very impressed with it when I opened the box on the airline flight home. It looked like it was a stopwatch, but closer examination showed the extra two bezels were for changing date and day of the week.
But there was a fourth hand on the main dial. Closer examination showed this hand to be a 'week of the year' hand. Different - and then I thought - I know this helicopter isn't that fast, but Week of the Year???
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Old 11th Apr 2009, 20:33
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I have a Citzen Eco-Drive Skyhawk, with the aviation functions on the Bezel. I really like the time zone feature, it is really easy to sinc the hands to the local time. The only additional feature I would like to have would be a lighted dial to be able to read the time at night, its got illuminescent numbers but a light would be easier.

Several of my friends have the same watch, it goes for $500-$600 CDN.

Note: I got it for an anniversary gift, I wouldn't spend that much on a watch; though I do like it.

Citizen Watch Model Number JR3090-58M, calibre C650, Blue Angels Sky Hawk , World time 30 Cities , TIC Titanium
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For what it's worth, i have been chasing the ultimate utility watch for many years now. All the "pilot" watches I have tried are not good enough. The best-ever watch I have used for flying (helicopter and in the flight levels) is a Suunto Vector. It has a BIG display, and excellent backlight. It has a stopwatch and count-down timer, plus two time-zones. The time is very easy to quickly change, and best of all you can alter the hours and minutes up and down, which is very handy when traversing timezones. Water resistant, with an easy user-changeable battery. AND if you are un-pressurised, you have a backup altimeter, which I have found to be very accurate. If you force-land or ditch, it has a very accurate compass built in. The one I have also doubles as a heart rate monitor, so I can exercise with it at my destination. What more could you want?

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Heliduck, I was given the Blue Angels Skyhawk watch, and it is completely useless as a pilot's watch. I still have good eyes (40+ age!), but the amount of fiddle-@rseing around required to perform basic functions is unbelievable.

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Old 12th Apr 2009, 03:53
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Which Watch?

My watch - Breitling B1:


Very accurate and the alarm can even be heard during flight. I think this model is replaced by the Airwolf.
After sales service by Breitling has been very good.
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Old 12th Apr 2009, 05:19
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I have a 'critical mass' built by a company called Reactor. My father is also a helicopter pilot like myself, and bought it for me as a christmas present one year. He tells me only weenies have "pilot watches" lol

Its survived some pretty wicked conditions from -50c to long periods of time in salt water environments.
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Old 13th Apr 2009, 01:26
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My choice is the Rolex GMT Master II in Pepsi colours. Not the most accurate by then again no battery to run flat.
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Cool

I like the Mickey Mouse musical watch - not sure if it can be heard in flight though:


I haven't yet found the need to have an alarm clock in flight as I find the passengers prefer it if I stay awake and although it means it's a bit scary at times, I find it quite helpful too

They do have one a bit like the Breitling with Swarovski crystals on the front:


Of course if batteries are the problem, there's the Eco-Drive Mickey:


Many pilots, however, prefer the classic divers watch for its ruggedness and classically simple dial:


All of these can be perfectly complemented by the right wings, so nobody's in doubt that you're a professional aviator :


But for those for whom it simply has to be a Rolex, there's always this!


Naturally, in this modern age, the discerning aviator has to make sure he's got the latest matching accoutrements and the right mobile phone is essential:


I also never travel without my satellite phone, in case I'm caught away from base overnight with no network!



Ah well, I think that's enough glasses of red infuriator for one night or even my trusty alarm will never get me up in the morning:

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