Watches for the Bush

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  1. tomcfitz

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    I have a bit of an obsession with mechanical type stuff. Gears, springs, etc.


    Watches fit that niche extremely well, as well as being useful. All of mine are mechanical self-winding watches, though my GF has a solar powered seiko that is supposed to run for pretty much eternity without any issues, so long as it gets 10 minutes or so of sun per year, which is incredible.

    What watches do yall wear in the bush?

    My Citizen Ny0040 at the beach yesterday!
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    Casio MDV-106 on a Maratac strap with CountyComm HD spring bars. Screw down crown.

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    Couple months after I got this on sale, my local Walmart was downsizing their jewelry department. Picked up two more for spares for the price of one. Have them in my dresser if I ever grenade this one. Lasts 8-10 yrs on a battery.
     
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    it'z 2 freckles past a hair(day time)

    each day there are two instances when that time is correct

    day time and night time

    being retyred those are the only important times ;-)
     
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    @ExAF1N1 Those Casios are great watches! Good luck grenading the thing, though it may be a good idea to remove the batteries from the ones you're keeping in storage, since when this one lasts more than those 10 years, the batteries in the ones in the drawer may have leaked and corroded the insides.
     
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    I have this watch! I don't wear a watch anymore, RETIRED!! DSCN8795.JPG DSCN8796.JPG DSCN8797.JPG
     
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    I need to take stock of what I have. Maybe clean them up a bit before posting here.
     
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    I have a really nice Seiko but I can't read the numbers anymore without my readers so I opted for a Citizens. The solar charge aspect is great. Water proof enough for my needs. The nylon/leather band got funky after about 4 years or so and I changed it out to a silicon band from CountryComm. I go for simple analog dial with numbers and simple date feature. Can't find a quick picture. Likely not a current model. I know I didn't spend more that 200+- on it. Also have a Swiss Army Pocket watch. Only pretty much wear a watch when I'm working the rest of the time I'm surrounded my time markers, carry a phone, or I can guesstimate reasonably well.
     
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    Dad's nearly 70 year old Omega Seamaster. I have a newer watch, but enjoy his more.

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    Nice vintage Omega there.....I like the thought that you need Rolex, a Randall and $100 for any possible get lost scenario....nice post.
     
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    That's just about the coolest watch I've ever seen. Built like a submarine. I go to the other end of watch spectrum. All I want is a simple analog watch with a second hand and luminescent hands. No date, nothing digital. This cheap little Casio watch works great for me. It has a tiny battery that seems to only last 2 or 3 years, but it's really easy to replace it.

    https://www.casio.com/products/watches/classic/mw240-1bv
     
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    I still have my mechanical watch collect though I no longer collect. Vintage Omegas are a favorite.

    This one was U.S. Army issue in 1945. Case reference 2179 with a 16 jewel 30T2SC manual wind movement.
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    This is my Omega Weems. You'll see this watch in the Spitfire scenes of the 2017 film "Dunkirk".
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    Mom bought this for Dad when they lived in Madrid Spain in the mid 1950s. Mom kept the box and papers all those years.
    Dad gave it to me in the late 1990's.

    c.342 hammerwind chronometer.
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    Like you I am fascinated by watches. Lighters! Fountain pens, pocket knives, pocket watches and tiny flashlights! My jewelry draw is an interesting assortment as I also were necklaces, rings and bracelets
     
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    I've had my Luminox 3200 series for nearly 20 years now and it still going strong. The tritium isn't as bright as it once was but is still plenty good in the dark.

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    Was or is there a mechanical watch with an alarm?
     
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    I’ve had the Withings Steel HR Sport for about a year now, I like it!
    I’ve always preferred an analog display, spacial perception is processed by my brain faster and more accurately than are arithmetic calculations.
    30+ days on a charge is d*mn convenient!
    Their smart device application also monitors a whole suite of devices.
    Currently I’m also using one of their scales and a wireless B/P cuff, maybe their thermometer later, but probably not. We’ll see.
    All of the data is exportable for use by your healthcare provider if you wish to share to your physician, remotely too, provided they’ve been granted revocable access.

    https://www.withings.com/us/en/steel-hr-sport

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    My current EDC / outdoor watch.
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    Seiko skx 007 for me

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    Nice and simple. Practical quartz. Lume doesn't last much but overall one of my favorites. Quite affordable too.

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    This Omega is from 1934. An aviator watch designed to be worn on outside of flight suit and manipulated with gloved hands. Caliber 35.5S T1.

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    Yes. Vulcain, Le Coultre/Jaeger-LeCoultre, Omega, Seiko (Bell Matic), Blancpain, Brequet, Glashütte, and others. They are all expensive.
     
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    WW2 issue Elgins. Elgin Ord and Elgin A-11.
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    UK WW2 issue Omega. Omega WWW with broad arrow.
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    I have a self winding seiko but I need to reset the time about every 2 weeks. some times it is fast some times slow.
    so I am thinking it is time for a new one, the solar sound interesting
     
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    New one? Just get the Seiko serviced.
     
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    Another of my more uncommon Omegas. Omega Ranchero on two different straps. Caliber 266
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    Two things, if you are not wearing it enough to keep it wound then it will gain or loose time. Most Saturdays I don’t wear mine and it usually gains a little time. Also if it’s less than a few minutes it’s probably within spec. One option is to get a winding box.
     
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    After diving deep down the vintage Seiko rabbit hole for a few years, I've whittled down to just a few.
    First, my favorite. 6309-7040, all original except for the sapphire crystal. Lumed and serviced by Randall Benson.
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    Next a 6309-7040 with the "Soxa" mod to pay homage to the vintage Doxa Sharkhunter. Sapphire crystal, Yobookies beads of rice bracelet.
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    One that's been waiting for a service and the right bracelet, a stunning Actus SS from the late 60's. Hard to get a good picture, but the silver sunburst dial is breathtaking.
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    Finally, my "inexpensive, lightweight, and bulletproof" group:
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    The real reason I created this thread: just got a new watch, made of bronze which should patina gorgeously.

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    Sadly not in the outdoors until tomorrow!

    The photo just cant capture the brushed blue dial either, which is unreal.
     
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    I really do wish I could enter the realm of fancy watches. I admire all the Omegas and Rolexes and similar makes.

    I have two watches. The one that sees the most office time is an old Citizen chronograph that was given to me by my wife just before we married. I don’t even recall the model name. It is a simple watch that only tells time. But it is reliable and has a lot of sentimental value.

    My other is a Casio Pathfinder PAW 1300. (I know the model on this one because I am wearing it at the moment. :)) I’ve had this one for years and wear it the most. As with all Casios, it takes quite a beating so I never worry about wearing it, regardless of the activity. It is solar-powered and synchs daily with automatic transmissions (I think the closest to me is sent from Colorado) so I never have to worry about it not being accurate. It has some toys, including an altimeter, barometer, and thermometer, but I really only use the alarms and timers. It doesn’t look pretty but it is the best watch I’ve ever owned as far as functionality and reliability.
     
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    Waiting patiently for @PiterM to arrive...
     
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    I may have posted these before. I have my great-grandfather's (not the one in my avatar) and grandfather's pocket watches, and a pile of my grandfather's old Elgin wrist watches. Neither of the pocket watches run, but both are settable, so probably a broken spring.

    1889 Elgin Grade 101
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    1914 Hamilton Grade 974
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    Anyone know of a reliable place to have a vintage seiko automatic services and crystal replaced?
     
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    My most recent choice has been a Citizen Promaster Diver (BN0190-07E), which is solar-charged (Eco-Drive).
    It keeps time better than any automatic I've ever owned (e.g., Breitling, Seiko), and the lume is outstanding in brightness and duration.
    I've replaced the rubber band with a NATO strap.

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    Run a search for "seikoholics" and see what comes up. It's been years since I was in the game, so I'm guessing the players have changed.
     
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    https://wornandwound.com/complications-mechanical-alarms/

    I might look around for a bellmatic. The key feature I need is a two hour alarm for the parking meter.
     
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    Luminox Pointman on a Countycomm strap
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    I need to dig this one out.
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    From the days when Abercrombie And Fitch was truly an outfitter. A&F Shipmate on a shark skin strap.
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    That's pure class right there.
     
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    It has always struck me as funny that the common retirement gift is something the retiree no longer needs - a watch. :D

    My first railroad watch (required particular watches) was one I had to buy myself. I chose a pocketwatch...

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    Haven't used it for years, because they eventually started giving me approved wristwatches. I have several, but they aren't special. My last railroad watch is the one they gave me as....you guessed it....my retirement gift....still in the box - 'cause I don't need it. :D

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    My "bush" watch is also my daily piece. Nothing special, but it's easy to read, keeps good time, and survives many swims - a Timex Expedition, on "The Band" watchband...

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