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Is your watch a necessary gear item?

Discussion in 'Watches' started by DayPackDeacon, Oct 31, 2015.

  1. nick nitro

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    I find it strange that people use phones to tell time...
     
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  2. Tromba

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    I teach middle and high school kids. 99% of them have to pull out a phone to check the time.

    Every time someone asks me what time it is I point to the big analog clock on the wall and say "look right there". More times than not they say to me "I don't know how to read that." :banghead:
     
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  3. nick nitro

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    I am so old school. Ingrained in me is "get the right tool for the right job". I don't use screw drivers for pry bars, I don't use a wrench for a hammer, and I don't use pliers where a wrench is called for.

    ....I'm a hopeless lost cause
     
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  4. srvctec

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    I've been wearing a watch every single day since I was 6 or 8 years old (don't remember) and I'm going on 50 now. I can't stand NOT having one on. The only time mine gets removed is when in bed or the shower. I find it's so much easier to just twist my wrist to see what time it is without having to grab another device (my phone) to see the time.
     
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  5. phatch

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    I moved away from watches as EDC in the early 90s. I kept killing them. Seiko 5 from the early 1980s, an early G-Shock from the 1990s and so on. Clocks are most everywhere in civilization so it wasn't much of an issue. My cars all have clocks, my phone vibrates during the day to alert me to my calendar events that are upon me.

    I still enjoy watches, particularly automatics and I have a few around. Including that Seiko that would cost much more to fix than it's worth. I think I still have the G Shock core too. The rubber/plastic mount part failed... But I only wear them for sedate and dress up activities. The ones I like don't survive my life very well.

    I even have a quartz watch from the 70s I received when I earned my Eagle Scout. Probably has corroded guts from the battery leaking out over time.
     
  6. OilfieldCowboy

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    Phones are verboten at work, zero tolerance on some sites. Had a safety man baiting people by asking them the time for weeks after that policy was announced. They would pull a phone to tell him the time and then be escorted off the property. It was genius on the safety mans part.

    The buggies we use on facilities don't have clocks in them. And we are required to time just about everything we do, not always down to the second but generally within 15 seconds of the target time will work.

    We also have to log people in and out of certain work areas. Can't be in a vehicle for this. Can't have your phone. How are you to tell time?

    I always have one on my wrist, a spare in my backpack, and a spare hanging from the rollbar of the buggy we are using for the day.
     
  7. DuncMan

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    Sound like you need either a Damasko DC-66 or one of their similar models or a Marathon (SAR, GSAR or CSAR). The Damaskos are utterly bullet proof and won't scratch. Valjoux 7750 automatic chrono movement is about as tough as it gets and the iced steel is incredible. If you can find one used just buy it. It will look like new anyways since they simply don't scratch. Not cheap but you should get away with just buying one. Here's mine:

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  8. Durandal64

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    Most of the time I wear a Seiko, but when I am working on a more hands on, dirty job I wear my G-Shock AWG-100. I've had this one about 8 years. The menu for making adjustments to time, date and so on is a pain, bit I can't argue its toughness. After my Brother-in-Law's identical model survived not 1 but 2 helicopter crashes in Afghanistan, I figured it would survive anything I put it though.

    Not matter what I am doing or where I am going, I have a watch appropriate to the company and conditions. I find myself feeling that producing a phone to check the time is a bad habit. I only pull out my iPhone if there is something relevant on it to show another person or to snap a quick photo.. Otherwise, I never take it out socially.

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  9. Dingle1911

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    For me my watch is essential, I hardly ever take it off. I sleep with it. The lume is enough that I can read the time if I happen to wake up in the middle of the night. I also really enjoy watching the movement.
     
  10. 313

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    I did fine without a wrist watch for a very long time. Then I just wanted one. I guess not wanting to be without one anymore is enough to make it necessary.

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  11. theanticrumpet

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    I started wearing a watch back in early high school more or less because I thought they looked cool (I mean, I was right ;)) It was really nice to have the time right there on my wrist and not have to dig out my phone or hunt down the nearest wall clock. After a while it started to feel weird when I forgot to wear my watch, and now it's to the point that I just feel completely naked if I don't have one on my wrist.

    Also, recently I got the Moto 360 smartwatch and I absolutely love it. Getting to design my own watch face exactly how I wanted it with Watchmaker Premium is a big plus. And all the notification functions, being able to quickly read text messages, and answer them with a short speech to text. Do quick google searches. Pause and play my music or podcasts. It's become a pretty big part of my daily use, on top of just having a watch in the first place. I've also not had any problems with battery, and if I conserve it a little I can easily go two days without charging it.

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    A watch saves my phone from inclement weather.
     
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  13. android752000

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    I wear a watch every single day, I think its an important if not essential part of EDC, what if your phone dies? A Watch, especially an Automatic one, is great piece of Kit to have on you, and though not as accurate as a Quartz, their shouldn't be any battery issues.
     
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  14. DCBman

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    Feel naked without a watch. Love my watches and won't leave home without one.

    I trust my watch way more than my cell for the time. Plus, if I go in the water, for whatever reason...my watches still work. My cell phone, not so much!!
     
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    I feel naked leaving the house without a watch also.
    The other way round at home. I hate it wearing a watch at home :rolleyes:
     
  16. Caleb

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    I work where everything has to be intrinsically safe. Phone aren't allowed. If you don't have a watch here, they will issue you one. I preferred picking out my own....Casio G-shock. There are no clocks on the wall where I work and I always need to know what time it is, so yes.
     
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    Had to leave in a hurry today and forgot to put on my watch after shower.. I find myself looking at my empty wrist every now and then :banghead:
     
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    absolutely not necessary for me. I work in front of a computer, and there are two huge LED world clocks on the office floor.....then of course having a cell phone. Clock in car, multiple clocks at home. Digital clocks on the side of the highway (company signs) along the highway.....

    That being said, i still prefer to wear a watch. I just like them, always have. Epspecially a metal bracelet watch, i just like how it feels on my wrist and how it looks. Its more an accessory than a need or tool for me.
     
  19. DuckySpud

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    I wear a watch every day. I spend a lot of time in front of the computer and when I'm there, I just check the one on the screen.

    However, several areas I work do not allow phones and when at home I have then tendency to leave my phone on the side when playing with my kid. My watch only ever leaves me for showering and sleeping.

    I also appreciate the design and work that goes into a mechanical movement. As such, most of my watches are mechanical (mostly auto but the odd hand winding one) but I do have a couple of cheap quartz watches for if I know I'm going to be doing some really rough work. I know many mechanical divers watches I have can stand up to a lot, but the movement will always be more fragile than a quartz.
     
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    I have had cheap Casio's, upper end Casio's, Luminox's, Rolex's, Breitlings, etc. I currently sport an all titanium Omega Seamaster. Old school, hard to find, not pretentious, and satisfies my titanium addiction.