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>> No. 5907 Anonymous
15th December 2018
Saturday 6:50 pm
5907 Watches
I was sure we had a wristwatch thread, but maybe the topic just came up elsewhere. A relative of mine has just offered to get me a watch for Chrimbo, with a budget of up to 120 quid-ish. I'm in over my head so I thought I'd ask for some advice. I've narrowed down my options but only slightly.

First option is a fitness watch. I bought a £20 quid Fitbit knockoff a year ago that inevitably broke and whose heart monitor was a bit shit, but is the extra Fitbit functionality worth paying four times the price? I actually quite liked the look of it, but I wouldn't feel great wearing it on a date.

Next option is just a classic Casio digital watch, but will I look like a complete tryhard arse wearing one? I have no idea what the fashion protocol is here. And I suspect that women would be rather put off by it. Which is a vain concern admittedly, but vanity has to be at least a small factor in this decision somewhere.

Lastly, and probably my preferred option, is just a classic analogue. Absolutely nothing that has gold on it, and nothing that's the size of a dinner plate and adorned with lots of pointless doodads that clutter the face. I like silver, white and black minimalist styles that don't look too feminine if that helps - pic related is my sort of style, although the face is a bit large for my liking. Does anyone know of any decent brands in the £100 range? I'm getting good at identfying the Chinese knockoffs with vaguely-European sounding names, but it's a lot to sift through. If there's a British manufacturer in this range than all the better.

Apologies for having an unhelpfully large scope, I'm under a bit of time pressure since they want to order it this weekend. Any help is greatly apppreciated.
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>> No. 6637 Anonymous
2nd May 2022
Monday 6:30 pm
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Watch kit came today so I could finally start playing around with my Seiko 5.

The first thing I did was remove the pin from the clasp, which flew fuck knows where due to the spring mechanism, so I had better access to the back of the case. Played around with the links to make sure I could adjust them if need be before putting them back on and removing the metal bracelet; only bent one pin and blunted the fork end of the spring bar tool along the way. At least putting on the new strap was a piece of piss.
>> No. 6638 Anonymous
6th May 2022
Friday 6:21 pm
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Got an email from Dan Henry to say their latest watch, the 1945, will be launching 5pm on Thursday.
>> No. 6639 Anonymous
6th May 2022
Friday 7:19 pm
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Missed a trick by not waiting until 7:45.
>> No. 6640 Anonymous
6th May 2022
Friday 7:42 pm
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They're an American brand, so most of their audience will be unfamiliar with 24 hour clocks.
>> No. 6641 Anonymous
8th May 2022
Sunday 2:53 pm
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The more I watch videos on youtube by watch dealers and self-proclaimed experts and aficionados, the more I wonder what the real appeal of mechanical watches is to those who prefer them over quartz.

To me, it just seems almost unreasonable to potentially spend loads more money on a watch technology that even at the best of times will be off by two minutes a month. I do understand the fascination of having a fully mechanical timepiece, but why go through the trouble of buying a relatively inaccurate technology that also needs somewhat frequent servicing to maintain even that limited accuracy, when you can have a much more worry free, less expensive and more accurate quartz watch.

I'm absolutely loving my radio-controlled Citizen Promaster quartz watch which I bought last November. It's pin-point accuracy was a huge selling point to me and it still is, and I couldn't imagine trading it in for a mechanical watch.
>> No. 6642 Anonymous
8th May 2022
Sunday 3:16 pm
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I sort of get it, and sort of don't. I really, really like the intricacies of a tiny clockwork machine, and I do understand the appeal of owning something fully mechanical. If you're into 'watches' as a concept, then logically you'd want to own the heritage too.

But on the other hand, quartz is just as much a part of watch history. We're at the stage still where quartz is seen by 'horologists' as an evil, corporate invention that ruined the magic of watches, but actually it's a fantastic, ingenious technology that massively improved the accuracy and affordability of watches, and more than likely quartz is the only reason watches survived the digital age at all. I think in 10 to 15 years, 90s quartz will but just as revered.

Not to mention that although quartz is seen as this cheap, mass produced thing, it's not like the Seiko NH35 or the ETA 2824 (or Sellita SW200) isn't the heartbeat of 80% of the watches that enthusiasts bleat about anyway - any 'hand made' movement is expensive enough to be entirely out of reach to almost anyone anyway.

For me, I like quartz/radio controlled for work when I'm actually doing the part of my job that requires relatively precise timing, but I will never not enjoy staring at the tick of my Oris Aquis outside of work. But I think Oris is about as expensive as I'd ever go now. It's still a ludicrous price for a watch, but £700 for it second hand is very reasonable for a swiss diver in this mental hobby.
>> No. 6643 Anonymous
8th May 2022
Sunday 3:21 pm
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Same reason people still listen to vinyl records or drive classic cars I'd imagine.

There's an intangible pleasure that goes beyond the immediate functional purpose and objective qualities of the thing itself, which is often even more important, when you really think about it, than the strictly rational reasons for owning a thing or performing an activity. We are not rational creatures, we are much more emotionally and symbolically driven than we like to think.

Zizek calls it "surplus enjoyment", I seem to recall.
>> No. 6644 Anonymous
8th May 2022
Sunday 7:25 pm
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I think that goes for any hobby. There'll always be those who take it too far or disappear up their own arseholes.


I like automatic watches because I like the way you can watch the movement spin around through the back.
>> No. 6645 Anonymous
8th May 2022
Sunday 10:11 pm
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>Same reason people still listen to vinyl records or drive classic cars I'd imagine.

Quartzlad again here. While I was a complete convert to MP3s as soon as Napster came along and never looked back, classic cars are different from watches to me. Because even a 60 year old car can reliably get you from A to B. It may rattle and squeak a little more than your Tesla or late-model VW Golf, but basic fitness for use isn't limited by the fact that a 1960s car had a carburettor and drum brakes.

Whereas a mechanical watch has its fitness for use at least somewhat limited by the fact that it's only moderately inaccurate. Even the most basic Swatch watches I've owned were usually off by no more than 15 seconds per month, and some mechanical watches costing considerable money can almost manage that in a day. Which essentially means that it won't even show midnight accurately on the same day that you've last set it.


>For me, I like quartz/radio controlled for work when I'm actually doing the part of my job that requires relatively precise timing

I was at my orthopedist's the other day and I noticed that he had an expensive looking mechanical watch on his wrist. I was unable to make out the brand and was afraid to ask because he seemed in kind of a hurry while he was seeing me. But it struck me as a bit noteworthy that somebody heading a visibly very busy doctor's office didn't seem to see the need to have a watch that allowed him to keep precise time.
>> No. 6646 Anonymous
8th May 2022
Sunday 10:32 pm
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How often, really, do you need to know the precise time to the second? As much as it's frustrating because there is a precisely correct time, the world simply doesn't work that way.
>> No. 6647 Anonymous
8th May 2022
Sunday 10:41 pm
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He's got to rationalise his radio-controlled Citizen Promaster quartz watch somehow.
>> No. 6648 Anonymous
8th May 2022
Sunday 11:11 pm
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Don't need to. Hands down the best watch I've ever had.
>> No. 6649 Anonymous
8th May 2022
Sunday 11:25 pm
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To be clear, I work in aviation. I don't 'need' my watch to be any more accurate than a couple of minutes either way in reality, because my planes have ACARS and GPS so will always report accurate time themselves. By having an atomic controlled watch, I can save the occasional hassle of having to change a report slightly when the planes time disagrees with me or one of my dispatchers or controllers.

I think anyone who actually needs millisecond accuracy already has a far more reliable timing system, and then maybe a casio as backup. Diving I suppose is the most obvious example, who on earth is using their Submariner for compression timings when dive computers exist?
>> No. 6650 Anonymous
9th May 2022
Monday 12:25 am
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>who on earth is using their Submariner for compression timings when dive computers exist?

There was a time when your life near enough depended on a reliable dive watch during decompression, but those days are clearly behind us. And Rolex as such from its beginnings actually had a strong toolwatch tradition.

I read an article a while ago which argued that the need for a wristwatch as such has never been as small as today with all the many other ways of reliable time telling that are all around us all the time, but that at the same time, the demand for well-made watches has never been as high as nowadays.

It was probably vital to have a good timepiece on your wrist in a trench in WWII or on board a bomber, or indeed as a diver and probably in a whole host of other professions, but even the lowliest office worker today has a system time in the bottom right corner of their computer screen. Even supermarket tills show the time on their screens.

In that respect, maybe wristwatches are an obsolete piece of technology altogether, quartz and mechanical alike. But a handsome looking watch to me is still a statement.
>> No. 6651 Anonymous
9th May 2022
Monday 1:02 am
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>It was probably vital to have a good timepiece on your wrist in a trench in WWII or on board a bomber

Lots of attacks and manoeuvres went awry precisely because of poor timekeeping. Officers would have a reliable watch, but what was vital is that they synchronised them with each other, and with operations on as large a scale as those, they often didn't get chance or didn't bother.

By WW2 radios were more common so it wasn't as big of a problem, but there were cases in WW1 where battalions started their attacks as much as ten minutes out of sync, which you can imagine the consequences of. Battles in those days were planned to a timetable, because there was no way of keeping in contact with command once the fighting had kicked off. You start charging over the top under the assumption your artillery has already moved forward, or that the other lot supporting your flanks are already on their way to back you up, except your watch was five minutes early.
>> No. 6652 Anonymous
9th May 2022
Monday 1:26 am
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I think a lot of people, well, men, forget or refuse to acknowledge that a watch is jewellery. It's got a bit of functionality, a bit of mechanical intrigue built in, because plenty of men would reject entirely a wrist adornment that does nothing but just look nice. But a watch ticks and tells the time, so it's not frivolous - it's a tool! How much we choose to pay for that tool is where the rabbit hole starts, but I feel like that's the basic idea, it's why watch marketing is nearly always what environment the watch is supposed to be built for - diving watches, pilots watches, the Rolex Explorer II is for cave exploring - thats the idea they're selling us. Tools for different applications.
>> No. 6653 Anonymous
9th May 2022
Monday 11:40 pm
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It's about selling a lifestyle. I'm willing to bet that very few people who spend considerable money on a dive watch will actually ever use it for its intended purpose. It's probably the same with pilot or flieger watches. I know I'm not a pilot, and never will be, but I like the idea that my Promaster was conceived as a pilot watch, and that Promasters actually enjoy some amount of recognition in the aviation world, at least in the sub-£500 category. The idea is that you've got a piece of kit that's associated with adventure. With something that is more than your humdrum day-to-day life. And even if it's "just" a dress watch, that, too, can sell a lifestyle.

A bit like loads of people who drive a 4x4 but will probably never actually take it offroading. It's about pretending to yourself that you're partaking in some sort of rugged, adventurous lifestyle, when you're really anything but, and your 4x4 is really just a glorified people carrier in daily life.
>> No. 6654 Anonymous
10th May 2022
Tuesday 6:28 am
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Are you really sure you're not trying to justify your purchase? You sound like you're trying to convince yourself more than the rest of us.
>> No. 6655 Anonymous
10th May 2022
Tuesday 7:32 am
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Rolex still make the Milgauss. Even back in the day, there were perhaps a few dozen people in the world who needed a watch that could withstand high magnetic fields. Still, there's something delightful about wearing a piece of precision engineering that was specifically made for a handful of scientists and engineers who worked on particle accelerators or hydroelectric generators in the days before quartz.

Manufactured objects have functional and aesthetic value, but they also have narrative value. There is a story behind their creation that says something about the people who created it and the world it was created into.

The Toyota GR Yaris is a very fast hatchback, but there are lots of very fast hatchbacks in the world. The GR Yaris is a homologation special, a production car made for the sole purpose of subverting the rules of motorsport. You say we need to base our competition car on an ordinary production car? Fine, we'll build a production car that was designed from the ground up to be a good base for a competition car, even if we lose money on every unit.

That's a totally absurd reason for something to exist, but it's also profoundly meaningful. You can drive to the shops in something that speaks to the fundamental oddness of human nature. A homologation special is a completely pointless waste of effort and ingenuity, but so is a song or a novel or a painting.
>> No. 6656 Anonymous
10th May 2022
Tuesday 10:33 am
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Lad. 330 quid was not a financially crippling purchase to me that I need to go around justifying to random people on .gs.


Homologation cars have been hit and miss in the past. The Renault 5 Turbo was an absolute beast of a car, as were the Peugeot 205 T16 and the Audi S1 Sport Quattro. But at times, homologations were less exciting cars, such as the Audi Quattro Competition, which was a homologation of Audi's 1994 STW championship entry. It had a two-litre, 140-hp 16V engine. A good friend in the Netherlands had one a few years ago, and it was very sluggish at lower revs with the permanent all-wheel drive and really only came into its own between 3500 and 5000 rpm, which meant that for daily driving, you were almost better off getting a bog standard Audi 80 2.0E which the Quattro Competition was based on.
>> No. 6657 Anonymous
10th May 2022
Tuesday 1:32 pm
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>Lad. 330 quid was not a financially crippling purchase to me that I need to go around justifying to random people on .gs.

Yet here we are. Did someone say your Nighthawk looks like it came out of a Kinder egg and it hurt your feelings?
>> No. 6658 Anonymous
10th May 2022
Tuesday 2:14 pm
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My last watch was a Casio F-91W. I've gone through at least three of them. Real good value for money. I got a Tissot Sea Touch for my 18th many moons ago, but it needs a battery change and a new strap (original strap was too big for my weedy wrists so had to be altered, but now my current grown man wrist is too beefy). I imagine the cost of new battery and new strap would be much higher than using a series of Casios.
>> No. 6659 Anonymous
10th May 2022
Tuesday 2:20 pm
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You can get watch straps fairly cheaply. Geckota always seem to have something on sale:

>> No. 6660 Anonymous
10th May 2022
Tuesday 3:04 pm
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It's not a Nighthawk. Not that it's probably of any relevance to you. Nighthawks, while also part of the Promaster Sky range, all have black or dark grey dials, and often some additional features that are geared to aviation, like dual time zone displays. My dial is blue.
>> No. 6661 Anonymous
10th May 2022
Tuesday 3:10 pm
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One of the Blue Angels watches?
>> No. 6662 Anonymous
10th May 2022
Tuesday 3:35 pm
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The Blue Angels ones generally also have black dials. They're pretty nifty watches, but they've just got too much going on on their dials. I wanted a watch with instant split-second legibility, and the Nighthawks and Blue Angels dials are usually just too busy for that. My CB5000-50L also has a lot going on, but it's still very legible.
>> No. 6663 Anonymous
10th May 2022
Tuesday 5:58 pm
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I'm not sure I've ever seen a pilot actually wear a pilots watch. There's a great many functions on them that just don't make that much sense for a commercial pilot, certainly not short and mid haul ones like I work with.

World time? Who cares, you're on the ground for an hour, and the entire aviation industry uses UTC time. Chronograph, countdown/count up functions? If between your flight instrument panels, your kneeboard (aka iPad) your phone, and so on, you can't find a working timer, then you have bigger problems. Slide rule? If a modern airliner pilot is in a situation in which they need a slide rule, the microscopic one on their wrist will likely be unsuitable for the task. And if I ever saw a pilot on the ground trying to earnestly calculate their specific fuel weight with their watch, I'd get them sectioned.

All this to say that I like this style of pilots watches, but I suspect they're only called pilots watches because that sounds cool to the majority of people who do not realise that pilots are deeply uncool.
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10th May 2022
Tuesday 7:24 pm
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A lot of GA pilots have been buying Garmin D2s, but that's more of a smartwatch that happens to be a backup navigation system.

A pilot's watch might have been genuinely useful item back in the 60s, but it's pretty much just wrist bling now.
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10th May 2022
Tuesday 11:36 pm
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>A pilot's watch might have been genuinely useful item back in the 60s, but it's pretty much just wrist bling now.

It's hard to think of any profession where a toolwatch designed for that profession is still essential nowadays.

That said, the Breitling Navitimer is still touted as being AOPA certified.
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11th May 2022
Wednesday 6:26 am
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I don't think any watch could be considered essential to a job now, let alone one designed for a specific profession.

I suppose if you want to get technical, the wristwatch as we know it (I'm conspicuously ignoring the decades of bracelet watches preceding this) was designed for soldiers to wear to war, and a modern soldier still needs a watch to do their job?

Tudor would probably argue that their Pelagos FXD is actually, currently used by the Marine Nationale for their very specific underwater navigation exercises. But in reality, all these divers are doing is timing their swims - so any waterproof watch with a bit of lume and a count up bezel (or, indeed, a casio with a stopwatch function) could do that.

Incidentally the FXD is a great example of what we're talking about here - that watch appeals to me because I love the idea of a watch that's built for a specific purpose. Fixed bars, a specialised bezel, the phrase "built to the specifications of the marine nationale", I won't pretend I'm not enamoured by that sort of stuff, even though I know very well it's all marketing. If I actually DID do tethered partner, shallow dive combat navigation, I'd probably actually want to wear a G-Shock, but the idea of doing a cool man job with the cool man watch, speaks to me in ways I can't quite articulate. Again, I know I'm being marketed at, but I can't help it sometimes.

Anyways, the Pelagos FXD is blue, so I don't want it.
>> No. 6667 Anonymous
11th May 2022
Wednesday 12:52 pm
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>I suppose if you want to get technical, the wristwatch as we know it (I'm conspicuously ignoring the decades of bracelet watches preceding this) was designed for soldiers to wear to war, and a modern soldier still needs a watch to do their job?

Apparently, military watches are still a thing. Probably with good reason, because all your electronic combat equipment could fail or be damaged in combat, including electronic helmets that some troops wear nowadays, but for a military-spec wrist watch to fail, you'd probably have to have your arm shot off, in which case you'll have far bigger problems than being late for an ambush.

>> No. 6668 Anonymous
12th May 2022
Thursday 7:21 pm
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The new Dan Henry watches are hideous.
>> No. 6669 Anonymous
13th May 2022
Friday 3:43 pm
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Bought the cheapest watch I could find to stick on me bike. Not bad at all for £4.76. I might even start wearing it if I develop a penchant for jewellery.
>> No. 6670 Anonymous
13th May 2022
Friday 8:38 pm
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Are you sticking it on your wrist as you ride the bike? Or on the bike itself?
>> No. 6671 Anonymous
13th May 2022
Friday 8:42 pm
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I don't know if you mean motorbike or bicycle, but if the latter you should have bought one of these hilarious items.
>> No. 6672 Anonymous
19th May 2022
Thursday 9:42 pm
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Christopher Ward are starting to stock older models with the newer logo.
>> No. 6673 Anonymous
19th May 2022
Thursday 10:02 pm
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200 metres water resistance sounds like a bold claim for a watch that was less than five quid. Then again, for that kind of money, who cares.
>> No. 6674 Anonymous
19th May 2022
Thursday 10:25 pm
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As is 'Japan Movement'.
>> No. 6675 Anonymous
19th May 2022
Thursday 10:45 pm
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It's like a hipster Garmin. Bonkers.
>> No. 6680 Anonymous
25th May 2022
Wednesday 9:50 pm
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TK Maxx have a Mondaine smart watch for £150, although it's not my cup of tea.

>> No. 6705 Anonymous
25th August 2022
Thursday 7:37 pm
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I know they're fairly samey, but I quite like the new Christopher Ward dive watches.
>> No. 6706 Anonymous
25th August 2022
Thursday 8:05 pm
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That kind of design is bad for legibility. Because the hands are too similar to the hour markers.

I had a Swatch Irony Blue Decency once, which was even worse but looked fairly similar, and telling the time at a split-second glance was not easy.

That's kind of the dealbreaker for me. Instant legibility, or the lack thereof.

Which is also why I would never buy something like a skeleton watch.
>> No. 6707 Anonymous
26th August 2022
Friday 12:42 am
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It's amazing how poor some watches are for readability. Most pilot watches spring to mind.

The pelagos might be the most readable watch without arabics I've ever seen. But it's four grand.
>> No. 6708 Anonymous
26th August 2022
Friday 2:53 pm
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A lot of tool watches come with very overloaded dials. Especially if they're also chronographs. The ten thousand functions they offer may be a dinner table conversation starter, but less is really more.

Classic dive watches used to take instant legibility/readability to heart, because your life depended on accurately telling the time, not least because your dive time and decompression stops on the way back up need to be precisely timed, but also because you may find yourself in dark or murky waters during your dive. But no diver in their right mind would go on any kind of serious and demanding dive today without the help of their wrist computer, which means that dive watches today are little more than a nice bit of nostalgia.

Most aviation watches today are also pretty cluttered, which again means they're mainly showpieces. For readability, the best style of pilot watch are probably WWII-style German flieger watches. They were also among the first lume dial watches, because a bomber's cockpit was completely dark at night to improve visibility and avoid premature detection by the enemy. So a pilot or flight engineer needed to be able to tell the time accurately at a quick glance in low light. Which again means that classic flieger watches still today are very tidy looking and readable.
>> No. 6709 Anonymous
27th August 2022
Saturday 6:41 am
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>The pelagos might be the most readable watch without arabics I've ever seen. But it's four grand.

I'd rather spend £250 on a Wavemaster. I like the octopus on the back of the casing.
>> No. 6710 Anonymous
22nd September 2022
Thursday 9:20 pm
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Where could I get a (reasonably priced) strap like this?
>> No. 6711 Anonymous
22nd September 2022
Thursday 10:02 pm
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That particular material is a twill weave - almost certainly silk on the original, almost certainly nylon if you're looking for something cheap. You'd usually find that type of material used as a NATO strap, but you can find straps with spring bar loops. A quick google hasn't revealed any exact matches, but a search for "twill NATO strap" or "twill two piece watch strap" should get you in the ballpark.

>> No. 6712 Anonymous
24th September 2022
Saturday 6:03 pm
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I've never got overly busy watchfaces. It's why I primarily remake railway clocks for my smartwatch -- designed for quick readability at a distance.
>> No. 6713 Anonymous
30th September 2022
Friday 12:23 pm
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Watchnation have got a load of Seiko 5s on sale starting at a hundred quid.


>> No. 6714 Anonymous
30th September 2022
Friday 12:28 pm
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Sorry, cocked up that second link and Brian won't let me delete.


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