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Watcha Wearin'? (Stuff about Watches...plus the Occasional Diversion.)


#1

In an attempt to keep my friend @MinuteWalt’s head from imploding, I am moving my wristwatch musings and photos here. Are you a watch nut too? Great! Then brush off your smoking jacket, pour yourself some Madeira from the decanter, fire up a Romeo y Julietta, and settle into one of those overstuffed, fireside easy chairs. Wearing a fez with your slippers, as I am sometimes known to do, is entirely optional.

As I posted this morning, my watch of choice today was a Mido All-Dial chronometer chronograph. This is a massive watch, tied with the Hamilton Regatta chrono I wore over the weekend as my largest timepiece, that has a huge 46mm case housing its beating heart: the extremely popular Valjoux 7750 movement. This is a very common, purely mechanical, self-winding chronograph movement (a chronograph is a watch that also incorporates a stopwatch complication) that operates at a fairly standard 28,800 beats per hour (4 Hz). While durable and reliable, watches built on this movement tend to be rather thick due to the additional self-winding gear train, clutches, and eccentric rotor. Nevertheless, I’m a fan of the Mido for a few reasons:

  1. It’s a COSC certified chronometer, which means it has been lab tested at different angles and temperatures for accuracy. Less than 3% of Swiss watch production annually receives COSC certification.

  2. It has a rotating sub-second register. In other words, the running seconds dial rotates around a fixed pointer rather than having a dial with sweeping hand. This is very unusual and very cool too. It’s mesmerizing.

  3. It is very uncommon in North America to come across a Mido watch of any vintage despite the brand having been founded in 1918. This will soon change as they are now part of the gigantic Swatch Group (who also own Omega, Rado, Hamilton, and others) and have begun a concerted effort to expand into the US market, but one is much more likely to run into one in Europe or Asia. Especially Asia, where they’re quite popular.

  4. The All-Dial chrono has been discontinued, so depreciation has stabilized and prices may even start to climb in the near future.

  5. It just looks neat. I love it. :slight_smile:

I have a large watch collection and rotate them almost daily. As I do, I’ll post pictures here along with any interesting facts dealing with horological matters. If you too have a watch rotation, or just have a single piece, post a photo. Whether you own a hand-wind mechanical, automatic, tuning fork, or quartz; it doesn’t matter. I’d love to see it / them.

Well, it’s time for me to sign off for now. I’ll check back later. And remember, Tempus fugit. :watch:


Selfie Thread!
#2

I was enjoying the many faces of @Boydesian on the selfie thread, but this deserves a topic of its own.

I have just the sole time piece, an Omega Seamaster, which was my engagement gift 7.5 years ago. I’m not a great fan of metal straps, so it has a rubberised band. Originally it had a rubberised leather band, but some prolonged wear it the field gave it a bit of a battering, and it had to be replaced.


#3

I love the fact that I can now choose to see friendly faces, gorgeous game collections or wonderful watches on this forum.


#4

still lacking watchie skills, I’m sorry, I’ll ask my dad as soon as I see him to help me with that. But this is my favourite watch ever, even though it runs a bit quick most of the time.


It’s mechanical (obviously) and I got it for graduating University. Isn’t the copper face just awesome? The little spots you might be able to see are unfortunately permanent and not cleanable, but well it adds to her charme.


#5

@Scribbs Well, if you’re only going to have one, a Seamaster Planet Ocean is a spectacular choice!

@nurdacil That’s a nice looking Zeno! They are one of the few fully independent Swiss makers left. If memory serves, they tended to focus on aviation and pilot watches in the past, so a dress watch isn’t too common.

I wore my Omega Speedmaster Professional into work today, but will be doing some work with tools and solvents later. Whenever I do that I always change into one of the handful of “beaters” I keep in my desk drawer. Today I’ve chosen the most unusual one: It’s a 1986 Soviet era Vostok Amphibia diver.

This is a manual wind dive watch, housed in an octagonal, anti-magnetic case with bi-directional, countdown bezel, in contrast to most other dive watches which use uni-directional, elapsed time bezels for safety reasons. I don’t dive, but if I did, I probably wouldn’t use this watch to explore the deep sea! The watch runs a Vostok 17 jewel movement (I don’t know the model number) and seems to beat at 18,000 vph (vibrations per hour or 2.5 Hz). It originally came on a crappy, pressed metal bracelet which I immediately removed (still have it though because it’s original) and then made a careful search for an appropriate band. I settled on a modern flex steel band that looks like it’s from the late '70s - early '80s. :wink:

I really like this watch because, tinny bracelet aside, it is built like a T-72 Main Battle Tank. I could probably run over it in a T-72 and it would still be ticking happily away within its 39mm case. On the flex steel band, it is super comfortable, and basically disappears until I need to know the time…which is where the Amphibia sort of drops the ball. It runs smoothly, but I would probably throw it out the window if it was my only watch! It’s not very accurate. But for the portion of the day that I use it, it’s perfectly fine.

Addendum: I forgot to add that one of the other things I like about the watch is that the painted hour markers look like bald men in striped sweaters holding their arms up. :smile:


#6

Another choice based purely on aesthetics; I’m a sucker for red watches, plus this one has a lovely herringbone pattern in the background. I’m not a huge fan of the silicone band, but until I can find a red-tinted metal band or wooden band that matches, I’m stuck with it.


#7

I think a red leather or steel bracelet would suit that nicely. Or a red patterned canvas NATO strap. If you know the width between the lugs in millimeters (I’d use a micrometer to measure, just to be safe) my recommendation would be a perusal of the Strapcode website. They sell high quality stuff for good (if not great) prices. I’ve bought bracelets for my Seiko Turtle there and was pleasantly surprised by the quality.


#8

Haha, first I’ll have to find a micrometer!
But I’ll definitely check them out :slight_smile: Thanks!


#9

:grin:Word of advice: if you ever decide to collect watches, a good micrometer and quality loup are de rigeur. I know, we watch nerds are sooo tiresome!


#10

Tiny calipers and french wolves! Strange requirementss for a love of timepieces :wink:


#11

Haha! Oui. :grin:


#12

I was debating putting a photo of watchless wrist on the other thread. But!

I haven’t worn a watch since I was a teenager. I never quite felt comfortable wearing them, and I thought, if I didn’t have a watch, I might improve my internal clock. (This was in the days before cell phones.) My scheme worked! I have a pretty good sense of what time it is, usually—sometimes even when first waking up.

All of that is to say that I have suddenly been tempted by a watch recently, and I’m debating whether it’s worth getting—by which I mean, is it a thing I would actually wear.

Stay tuned.


#13

Meanwhile…


#14

Don’t question yourself! It is a thing you’d wear! Watches aren’t just about telling time! They’re a personal statement!


#15

Oh, yes, that’s what I’m excited about. And a nice watch can be an amazing piece of mechanical art. I just don’t know if I have the wrists for them—both in terms of how watches always look huge on my wrists, and how they feel really heavy (and make me want to claw my wrist off sometimes…).

Mostly I’m just in the middle of talking myself into it.


#16

Good for you! Watches are a sublimely personal thing. I, as a certified watch nerd, am here for advice, but the final choice is, rightfully, yours. Luckily, there is no wrong answer. :wink:


#17

I don’t expect the above watch is of any interest to watch nerds. I don’t know what kind of movement it has. I don’t even know who made it. It’s probably boring, on the inside. (It does say “Swiss quartz” on the back but I don’t know if that means it’s actually any good…)

But dang it, this is my watch (well, one of two), and I’m going to post it :stuck_out_tongue:.

The face is a Canadian loonie (not an actual loonie, but an exact replica). The watch is issued by the Royal Canadian Mint. The year on the coin is the year I got my Engineering degree, and the watch was a graduation gift from my parents. As I am an occasional casual numismatist, the combination of the design, the meaning, and the inherent cost of the watch make this a prized possession, not for everyday wear.


#18

:heart_eyes: this is abeautiful piece of Art. I’m in Love.

I just don’t know if I have the wrists for them—both in terms of how watches always look huge on my wrists, and how they feel really heavy (and make me want to claw my wrist off sometimes…).

try older watches from like the fifties that’s when guys used to wear more dress watches and less bulky ginormous chronometers. My dad prefers those, but he has huge hands aswell. I with my mom’s hands (not literally :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:) prefer the slimmer sleeker ones. And I prefer mechanical over quartz.
Maybe it’s just an esoteric thing, but I don’t like wearing a battery around my wrist or something, I end up fiddling with the watch and leaving it somewhere.
And yes I also try to keep my cellphone not as close to my body.


#19

Absolutely love looking at watches. Been traveling a lot the past couple of years, and every time we pass a specialist watch shop or jewelers that sells watches, I’ve got to stop and look. My tastes tend towards the more minimalist/classic designs. Only have one watch, which is a Longines Flagship Automatic.

Stainless steel’s not too ostentatious, and that plus the gold hands and markers go nicely with my wedding band (white gold with a thin rose-gold inlay), and cufflinks. I use to have a '60s/'70s Omega Automatic (DeVille, I think?), which was a Christmas gift from my dad, but the gold-plate was battered, and gold really isn’t my thing. :stuck_out_tongue: That started losing time, and because of its age, it had to be sent to a specialist Omega repair house, costing £600. Found the Longines on Ebay (boxed and papers) for £550, which is half its retail value, and thought I’d won the lottery. :smiley:


#20

Yep… there had to be at least one a$$ who couldn’t play along.

I used to wear a watch every day and had 15-20 watches just for everyday use. I didn’t have anything too expensive (nothing over $300) as I wore them on my right hand and I’m right handed, they tended to get beat up pretty quickly.

But then I got a job working from home about 4 yrs ago and needing a watch to tell time seemed pretty silly since I was either sitting in front a computer with a clock in the corner or walking around with a cellphone in my pocket. I haven’t worn one in years (aside from my Garmin when I go running) and whenever I want to wear one for a nice occasion (wedding, etc.), all the batteries are dead.