quote:
Originally posted by Darktide:
So... After reading through all 12 Pages of this Thread... I nearly soaked my Keyboard w/ Drool... I woke up this Morning to find my Watch dead. It's time for an upgrade--

Anyone got a good recommendation for a tough as nails Watch that can be had for under $200? Hell, I could probably sell a Kidney if something mind-blowing was under $400 =)


With all the Wealth of fine Wrist-Timepiece Knowledge, I figured I'd ask here.



Trasers can be had with a bit of searching for $200-$225. I've got one myself and it's a damn good watch.

Its got a tough crystal (unlike the fleet of Timex's I've had Roll Eyes ) and I really dig the blue tritium.
quote:
Originally posted by Dog Off Leash:
quote:
Originally posted by Darktide:
So... After reading through all 12 Pages of this Thread... I nearly soaked my Keyboard w/ Drool... I woke up this Morning to find my Watch dead. It's time for an upgrade--

Anyone got a good recommendation for a tough as nails Watch that can be had for under $200? Hell, I could probably sell a Kidney if something mind-blowing was under $400 =)


With all the Wealth of fine Wrist-Timepiece Knowledge, I figured I'd ask here.



Trasers can be had with a bit of searching for $200-$225. I've got one myself and it's a damn good watch.

Its got a tough crystal (unlike the fleet of Timex's I've had Roll Eyes ) and I really dig the blue tritium.


+1 or the casio pathfinder its a beast of a watch under 200 for the older model 300 for the newest edition

Better be despised for too anxious apprehensions, than ruined by too confident security. Edmund Burke

 

quote:
Originally posted by Dog Off Leash:
quote:
Originally posted by Darktide:
So... After reading through all 12 Pages of this Thread... I nearly soaked my Keyboard w/ Drool... I woke up this Morning to find my Watch dead. It's time for an upgrade--

Anyone got a good recommendation for a tough as nails Watch that can be had for under $200? Hell, I could probably sell a Kidney if something mind-blowing was under $400 =)


With all the Wealth of fine Wrist-Timepiece Knowledge, I figured I'd ask here.



Trasers can be had with a bit of searching for $200-$225. I've got one myself and it's a damn good watch.

Its got a tough crystal (unlike the fleet of Timex's I've had Roll Eyes ) and I really dig the blue tritium.

+1 or another good choice would be a casio pathfinder the older models retail around 200 the newest edition is around 300 its a beast of a watch

Better be despised for too anxious apprehensions, than ruined by too confident security. Edmund Burke

 

quote:
Originally posted by ice270cal:
+1 or the casio pathfinder its a beast of a watch under 200 for the older model 300 for the newest edition


As much as I avoid LA Police Gear, I just picked up a Pathfinder....the second one I've had of this model if that tells you anything, as in my dog ate the first one (no really) and it was good enough to get a second....the first time around I paid in the $200+ price range, but just bought the same watch there on closeout for $119.

I have a ton of different watches, but for the last year or so, it's been either the Pathfinder, or my Tag Heuer Automatic.

De inimico non loquaris male, sed cogites.

I just picked up a new Seiko 007 with the stainless band for $149.99.

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quote:
Originally posted by HEMI Army:
My pathfinder sucked ballllls. Solar battery died after about 2 months. OIF I no less. WTF? I'd say a Suunto, Casio Mudman, or Seiko 007 since that's what I own and they are all BA!


I had the same thing happen with a solar G Shock. My Pathfinder is the regular put a battery in it type. My first one was bulletproof, and got beat to hell and then some...it just wasn't dog proof. But this new on is proving to be as reliable as my first one.

De inimico non loquaris male, sed cogites.

quote:
Originally posted by jvencius:
I have my GSAR on a Maratac Zulu strap that's set up like ClosetCaseNerd posted--the buckle hardware is right up against the 6 o'clock lugs so I can type w/o the buckle digging into the anterior surface of my wrist.


Small update--after more-or-less 7 months of wearing my GSAR and only taking it off when working on my truck or "practicing our indoor sports" with HH6, it's settled down to a very steady +3 seconds/day. I've gotten in the habit of hacking the GSAR against http://time.gov on Sunday morning before church and for the last couple weeks I've only had to correct for it being 20 seconds or so fast per week. For a non-chronometer-certified movement, that's pretty damn spiffy and I'm quite pleased with that level of accuracy from a mechanical watch.

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quote:
Originally posted by jvencius:
quote:
Originally posted by jvencius:
I have my GSAR on a Maratac Zulu strap that's set up like ClosetCaseNerd posted--the buckle hardware is right up against the 6 o'clock lugs so I can type w/o the buckle digging into the anterior surface of my wrist.


Small update--after more-or-less 7 months of wearing my GSAR and only taking it off when working on my truck or "practicing our indoor sports" with HH6, it's settled down to a very steady +3 seconds/day. I've gotten in the habit of hacking the GSAR against http://time.gov on Sunday morning before church and for the last couple weeks I've only had to correct for it being 20 seconds or so fast per week. For a non-chronometer-certified movement, that's pretty damn spiffy and I'm quite pleased with that level of accuracy from a mechanical watch.


For anyone interested, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) "time.gov" folks offer a free download for Windows and Mac users, to calibrate your computer's clock to the atomic clock on this page.

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quote:
Originally posted by ice270cal:
quote:
Originally posted by Dog Off Leash:
quote:
Originally posted by Darktide:
So... After reading through all 12 Pages of this Thread... I nearly soaked my Keyboard w/ Drool... I woke up this Morning to find my Watch dead. It's time for an upgrade--

Anyone got a good recommendation for a tough as nails Watch that can be had for under $200? Hell, I could probably sell a Kidney if something mind-blowing was under $400 =)


With all the Wealth of fine Wrist-Timepiece Knowledge, I figured I'd ask here.



Trasers can be had with a bit of searching for $200-$225. I've got one myself and it's a damn good watch.

Its got a tough crystal (unlike the fleet of Timex's I've had Roll Eyes ) and I really dig the blue tritium.


+1 or the casio pathfinder its a beast of a watch under 200 for the older model 300 for the newest edition


+1 for me as well. I still have gshocks from years ago but my pathfinder so far is a better workhorse with more features.
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quote:
Originally posted by TimeBetweenDog&Wolf:
quote:
Originally posted by ice270cal:
quote:
Originally posted by Dog Off Leash:
quote:
Originally posted by Darktide:
So... After reading through all 12 Pages of this Thread... I nearly soaked my Keyboard w/ Drool... I woke up this Morning to find my Watch dead. It's time for an upgrade--

Anyone got a good recommendation for a tough as nails Watch that can be had for under $200? Hell, I could probably sell a Kidney if something mind-blowing was under $400 =)


With all the Wealth of fine Wrist-Timepiece Knowledge, I figured I'd ask here.



Trasers can be had with a bit of searching for $200-$225. I've got one myself and it's a damn good watch.

Its got a tough crystal (unlike the fleet of Timex's I've had Roll Eyes ) and I really dig the blue tritium.


+1 or the casio pathfinder its a beast of a watch under 200 for the older model 300 for the newest edition


+1 for me as well. I still have gshocks from years ago but my pathfinder so far is a better workhorse with more features.


I've had my Solar G-Shock for going on 7 years now and it's been great. I've beat the hell out of it too.

But it is almost now time for a new one and I've been looking at the pathfinder. I also want to get a TSAR soon.

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Great thread.


So after reading all this....I uh,just ordered a Seiko Orange Monster divers watch.

We will see if it's any better than the Casio PAW-1200 I've been wearing for 3 years.

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I don't think you will be disappointed with the monster. The lume is incredible. The 7S26 movement is very rugged and fairly accurate.

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Sent my Ollech and Wajs Cougar to Kent Parks at Everest Watch Works for a relume. I love my Cougar (the watch . . . nevermind) but the lume was originally silk screened on. In the dark it would light but you could see through to the base color of the dial. It used to be green superluminova.

The watch is on it's way back to me. This is the photo he sends before you pay the rest of the fee above the deposit amount.





I cannot wait. Trying to decide if I should put it back on the stainless bracelet or leave it on the Bond.

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My only beef with the Pathfinder is that it requires a fricking engineering degree to change the 4 batteries in that thing! And so far finding those batteries in any store has been a no-go, so that's an internet item right there.

quote:
+1 for me as well. I still have gshocks from years ago but my pathfinder so far is a better workhorse with more features.

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quote:
Originally posted by FNULNU:
My only beef with the Pathfinder is that it requires a fricking engineering degree to change the 4 batteries in that thing! And so far finding those batteries in any store has been a no-go, so that's an internet item right there.

quote:
+1 for me as well. I still have gshocks from years ago but my pathfinder so far is a better workhorse with more features.


get the solar, then it's not an issue.

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quote:
Originally posted by force_quit:
Since it's the 007, I put mine on a Bond.



What is the significance of the Bond band? Is it just a style?

quote:
Originally posted by Kato:


TAD custom Seiko by Bill Yao. Bud sold it to me after he got a TSAR, now he's rocking a Panerai.


Where do I get one of these? I really like that watch face.
Bond-Style refers to the color scheme as seen in Dr. No and other James Bond movies.

The TAD gear watch is no longer made and was made in very limited quantities. The watch face may be available without the TAD Gear symbol from Bill Yao and Yobokies etc.
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quote:
Originally posted by kletzenklueffer:
I've got a Seiko 6309 that needs some work, and a 7002 that needs calibrated. Anyone have suggestions for who to send it to? (turn around and cost beign the important factors)


http://www.internationalwatchworks.com

When my GSAR needs a cleaning/tune-up, it'll go there.

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The TAD Gear watches were put together by Bill Yao at MKII Watches, so the components shown on the link WC posted are the same high quality as in the watch shown above; there's just no logo on the dial. Duarte at NE Watch Works has a note on his page that says he's not accepting any new work at the present time, so you'd have to go with either Bob Thayer or Jack at International Watch Works. I've had work done by both (and live about 10 minutes from Jack) and can recommend them highly. You're likely to get a quicker turnaround from Bob, but I'd suggest checking with both him and Jack to see how long it might take.

Here's a 6309 that Jack put together for me a few years ago using the Type II dial, Type I hands, HA3 GMT bezel insert and domed sapphire crystal. As a watch whore and never being satisfied with what I have, I sold it off a while back but have thought about having another one put together.



edited (again) to fix picture links

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Damn, guys! That's fast.

I was hoping I could just buy one already set-up that way and NOT spend $600.

Thought maybe Seik had a factory version...bummer.

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quote:
Originally posted by cr420:


So I come back from the gym this morning, and HH6 presents me with the Omega Speedmaster Professional Moon Watch


Awesome gift, awesome lady. *Just don't dive in it.
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quote:
Originally posted by mcgrubbs:
Damn, guys! That's fast.

I was hoping I could just buy one already set-up that way and NOT spend $600.

Thought maybe Seik had a factory version...bummer.


Yeah, I called around and couldn't find any that had that 24-hour "Type II" face pre-built and in stock. It's all custom work. However, if you only had the face changed and keep everything else stock, it would be $50+ for the part and $40 or so for labor. I haven't decided if it is worth it for me, but I do really like that face.
GREAT thread guys. I have been needing a watch since my last one was ripped off in Mexico last year. It was the first "expensive" watch I had ever purchased- $130 (though I had a Citizen Eco Drive and a Kenneth Cole that were gifts).



The Fossil Arkitekt was the first automatic I've ever had, and I loved the way it looked. To give you an idea as to my watch knowledge- I took it back to the store because it was losing major time each day- I didn't even know what an automatic was. I thought it was pretty damn cool that the thing spinning around the edge of the dial was actually functional. Anyway, I was going to buy the same watch again, but hadn't gotten around to it. Then I found this thread and learned a little. I received an unexpected Christmas bonus from work, and I now have a Seiko dive watch on the way. I was originally going to get the 007, but after going back and forth between that and the Orange Monster, I found another with a black bezel and orange face with the same 7S26 movement that was perfect. I'll post pics as soon as it is in hand.. er on hand. I also ordered a few zulus.

Thanks again for the knowledge, pictures, and exposure to the next level (and beyond). I had just heard about "modding" watches a little while ago and thought that sounded pretty cool. I am now realizing I may have been better off in my ignorance cause this has the capacity to be more expensive than my firearms fetish. At least I don't have to feed the watch, I guess.

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Thanks again for the knowledge, pictures, and exposure to the next level (and beyond). I had just heard about "modding" watches a little while ago and thought that sounded pretty cool. I am now realizing I may have been better off in my ignorance cause this has the capacity to be more expensive than my firearms fetish. At least I don't have to feed the watch, I guess.


They're also a lot easier to sneak into the house, and once you reach critical mass your significant other won't notice another one.

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quote:
Originally posted by Jim C.:


They're also a lot easier to sneak into the house, and once you reach critical mass your significant other won't notice another one.


+1

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I like that Jim. I've been eyeing a Marathon watch, but can't be rolling around with a watch that has USG and what not stamped all over the place. I don't need to advertise where I work, particularly in some of the places I'm going. This looks like a nice alternative.

quote:
Originally posted by Jim C.:
The TAD Gear watches were put together by Bill Yao at MKII Watches, so the components shown on the link WC posted are the same high quality as in the watch shown above; there's just no logo on the dial. Duarte at NE Watch Works has a note on his page that says he's not accepting any new work at the present time, so you'd have to go with either Bob Thayer or Jack at International Watch Works. I've had work done by both (and live about 10 minutes from Jack) and can recommend them highly. You're likely to get a quicker turnaround from Bob, but I'd suggest checking with both him and Jack to see how long it might take.

Here's a 6309 that Jack put together for me a few years ago using the Type II dial, Type I hands, HA3 GMT bezel insert and domed sapphire crystal. As a watch whore and never being satisfied with what I have, I sold it off a while back but have thought about having another one put together.

---------- I pray that my son, when he is 60, and your son, when he is 60...will live in a world from which the great ugliness that has scarred our century has passed. Enjoying their freedoms, they will be grateful that, at the threatened nightfall, the blood of their fathers ran strong. ----------

quote:
Originally posted by FNULNU:
I like that Jim. I've been eyeing a Marathon watch, but can't be rolling around with a watch that has USG and what not stamped all over the place.


THIS SAR MODEL ON TOP don't have USG markings on the dial so it might be worth looking at. If you have wrists big enough to pull it off, the JSAR might also be worth a look since IIRC it's non-USG marked as well...

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quote:
Originally posted by jvencius:
quote:
Originally posted by FNULNU:
I like that Jim. I've been eyeing a Marathon watch, but can't be rolling around with a watch that has USG and what not stamped all over the place.


THIS SAR MODEL ON TOP don't have USG markings on the dial so it might be worth looking at. If you have wrists big enough to pull it off, the JSAR might also be worth a look since IIRC it's non-USG marked as well...


Even if you did pick up one with USG markings, unless someone is staring at the watch face from 8" away or have eyes like a hawk, the markings are not all that easy to pick up.

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while surfing this thread I’ve noticed most post are of haughty taughty pricy watches. i thought the other end of the spectrum needed some luv. Big Grin

features:
about thirty bucks at aafes
it keeps time, accurately , in two time zones
has three alarms, chrono, and count-down timer
it came with a cheap plastic band that I promptly replaced with equally inexpensive 550 cord. coyote brown to offset foliage green watch thank you.
warranty…if it breaks, well…uhm…i’ll toss it and get another. my last one lasted about eight years.

Instructions for weaving the 550 band can be found at
www dot instructables dot com/id/Woven-paracord-braceletwatchband/

5/8” curved buckle, cord, and stuff can be found at
www dot wilsontactical dot com/

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quote:
Originally posted by Matt V.:
Did anyone say watches? Big Grin


You sick bastard. I'd be glad to take that 6105 on the Zulu off your hands to help with your addiction.

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OK, got my watch yesterday. While I liked the "numbers" of the 007 better, I decided to go out from my usual low profile attitude and get an orange face. I had thought I was going to be getting this:


I specifically picked that one because it had the orange face but white markings on the bezel. I had gone back and forth between the 007 and the orange monster, and thought that was a good compromise. What actually came was one that I had avoided because I wanted white bezel markings, but oh well. I also ordered a black zulu and a bond band- though I should have realized that it was not a zulu. I got the bands from thewatchprince.com. The bond band I got is not as sturdy as the zulu, but fresh out of the box it is more comfortable for that reason.

The copper colored markings on the bezel actually match the face pretty well. I normally ALWAYS go for black, but I figured what the hell. My wife thinks the nylon bands look childish and doesn't care much for the orange face. Good thing she doesn't have to wear it.

The company I got it from (creationwatches.com)is out of Singapore. I did a little research, and they apparently deal in a lot of gray market stuff, but they have really good prices and I found several positive reviews. My watch appears to be legit- the markings are correct, the box and manual look like the real deal. I received it by Fed-Ex Monday- but there was an attempt to deliver on Saturday- and I ordered it Thursday morning.

My watch is a SKX-011J, the one I thought I was getting is actually the SKX-A55.

Anyway here it is:



with the black zulu:

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quote:
Did anyone say watches? Big Grin

I don't know if somebody said "watches", but they certainly said "Resize".

Those of us who know must save those that don't from those that think they do.

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I just found out you can get the Seiko bezel inserts for under $10 on ebay, so my bezel conundrum is solved.

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Somebody was looking for the TAD custom Seiko, there is one without the custom TAD logo but with the 24hr time here
http://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?t=338953

Good forum, makes me want to spend more money though.

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quote:
Originally posted by Duke:
For the price of a Rolex, at least the ones that I like, you could have an M1A Scout with a Short Dot. You could have 2 really nice mid-grade ARs and a new Glock. You could buy several cases of ammo for a class, and go jack yourself a Rolex, being the pirate that you are. There are other brands out there worth considering. Omega, and Breitling are still making watches intended for hard use. If you need a cost effective watch that gives you ALOT of bang for your buck and still looks bad@$$, look into a Seiko SKX009 Diver's watch. They list for $3-400, but can be had on Amazon for $150 approx. I mentioned this watch in the "Best 3 Pieces of Gear" thread, in 2nd Line.

You will never look back and never regret it.


I want to shop where you do. For me to replace my GMT I could have a Loaded M1A w/ Leupold glass for each hand and a pair of Kimbers for back up.

My GMT has been 'mine' for almost 20 years. Bounced it around thr world a couple times. For a lot of years it was the only watch I owned, so I wore it while working construction, working as a janitor, etc. I guess everyone thought it must be fake, after all, who would wear a real Rolex while cleaning garbage cans?

Had it ovehauled once at Tourneau in NYC. That basically cost an M1A and really didn't do much for it.

Just had the rotor replaced acouple years ago ($400) and that seems to have helped it keep better time. Eventually I had a nice stainless steel Heuer back before they started with that TAG crap. Watch disappeared on me an I suspect I know which family member may have permanently borrowed (and likely pawned) it. Still have a nice gold Heuer with a fair bit of miles. Bounced that one around Alaska for a while and it kept great time and looked easonably sharp. Band broke and for several years (I was lazy and cheap) the links were pinned together with stripped commo wire.

I did eventually wind up with a Casio G-Shock like just about everyone else and was very happy with it. Light was bright enough to navigate with once the old eyes acclimated to the dark a bit.

Nowdays I stick with my battered old GMT. It's a 1960's vintage I think. I like it, chicks dig, other men respect it and in a pinch, I could trade it to a border guard for a hasty exit and plane ticket! Smile

What I would like to find would be a -good- rcent or new manufacture non-quartz pocket watch.
My three watches:

Casio PAW-1200 (3yrs old)

Seiko Orange Monster (present to myself for ace-ing this semester)

Marathon T-SAR ( Xmas present from the wife)

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quote:
Originally posted by mcgrubbs:
My three watches:

Casio PAW-1200 (3yrs old)

Seiko Orange Monster (present to myself for ace-ing this semester)

Marathon T-SAR ( Xmas present from the wife)



You know, if Uncle John had a copy of your report card to put on the fridge, Aunty Tanya and I would give you a good grade gift. Perhaps something to smoke. Big Grin

Nice watch bro. The T-Sars are growing on me.

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I am now shopping for a Seiko Orange Monster on a braclet. There are a few out there that I am keeping my eye on. As well as I found a good deal on an M. H. Bertucci A-2T for only $59 so that's hard to beat.

I swear to all that is holy this will get me divorced. So, I need home addresses from the following:
conndcj, doctorich, Mcgrubs, Timmy, D O L, Duke, Casket, KLR_Redux

I will update this list as needed but that should get me going for the time being...since I will end up homeless and need places to crash and hide from my wife who will be seeking blood.

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The Marathon TSAR was growing on me too, so I got one for Christmas as well. If you are on the fence about it just get one and you will never regret it. I will say that I have seen Seiko divers at great prices and I think they are the best bang for the buck. I am just glad that I held on to some cash long enough to get the TSAR.

Take Care, Shannon

quote:
Originally posted by OP4guy:
I am now shopping for a Seiko Orange Monster on a braclet. There are a few out there that I am keeping my eye on. As well as I found a good deal on an M. H. Bertucci A-2T for only $59 so that's hard to beat.

I swear to all that is holy this will get me divorced. So, I need home addresses from the following:
conndcj, doctorich, Mcgrubs, Timmy, D O L, Duke, Casket, KLR_Redux

I will update this list as needed but that should get me going for the time being...since I will end up homeless and need places to crash and hide from my wife who will be seeking blood.


I am nothing if not a enabler. Wink My man cave doubles as the guest room if you can put up with the 65" TV...the beer fridge...the scotch bar...the humidor...the PS3...the X Box and the B & O stereo. You can sleep with a carbine of your choice if you're really worried. Or I could move all that stuff out if it bothers you.

Now go buy a watch.

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Stupidity is not a skillset.

I AM GROOT.

 

 

 

 

 Joined: 28 Nov 2004: 0037hrs        Location: The worst run state in the U.S

Since my post on Page 5 of this thread, I have acquired a few notable pieces; a Marathon GSAR, and a Circa 1977 Rolex GMT Master Reference number 1675. The GSAR is on an original Rubber Band, and the GMT is on a Maroon Zulu. Would post pics, but My Camera-Fu is sadly lacking; maybe some day.

Good times,
Blake

"You're familiar with the phrase Man's reach exceeds his grasp? well it's a lie, man's grasp exceeds his nerve"

--David Bowie as Nikolai Tesla "The Prestige"

Marathon G -or T- SAR is next for me. Smile
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"Its not about shooting, its about fighting with a gun." -Pat Rogers


The answer to 1984 is 1776.

"I prefer evil sits in daylight for all to see rather than be hidden, forgotten about and possibly repeated." -Consigliere
quote:
Originally posted by OP4guy:
I am now shopping for a Seiko Orange Monster on a braclet. There are a few out there that I am keeping my eye on. As well as I found a good deal on an M. H. Bertucci A-2T for only $59 so that's hard to beat.

I swear to all that is holy this will get me divorced. So, I need home addresses from the following:
conndcj, doctorich, Mcgrubs, Timmy, D O L, Duke, Casket, KLR_Redux

I will update this list as needed but that should get me going for the time being...since I will end up homeless and need places to crash and hide from my wife who will be seeking blood.


As far as my place goes, staying in a house with three kids (four Y.O. and under) should add to your perceived level of punishment. Kind of a banishment +1 thing. Maybe you will get points for enduring the cruel and unusual. Wink

_________________________

In yon strait path a thousand
May well be stopped by three.
Now who will stand on either hand,

And keep the bridge with me?

 

You can stay at my place, man. However, HH6 informs me that "without her, I would be living in a trailer down by the river with no electricity or running water, surrounded by a lot of cool shit."

------------------------------------------- "Damn it, Jim... I'm a veterinarian, not a diplomat." ---

If your on the fence, get the T-SAR. It is great. It's not as big as you think, smaller than the Seiko OM.

Having the tritium tubes makes the luminous watches seem terribly lacking.

Monty ------------------------------------------------------------ It's a pretty day for making things right. 

So I have set my mind on getting either a GSAR or TSAR. Right now I really want the GSAR just because it is an automatic which is cool because of the sweeping second hand and I don't own an auto.

To those of you that own either a GSAR or a TSAR: why did you choose the one you did and if money were no object, which would you have chosen?
quote:
Originally posted by mdw1016:
So I have set my mind on getting either a GSAR or TSAR. Right now I really want the GSAR just because it is an automatic which is cool because of the sweeping second hand and I don't own an auto.

To those of you that own either a GSAR or a TSAR: why did you choose the one you did and if money were no object, which would you have chosen?


Got a TSAR.
-It looked cool.
-I heard good reviews of the quality of the watch, as in, it held up well if you banged it around and kept good time.
-I wanted soemthing with great lume. I sleep with a watch on, so I wanted something that would tell me what time it was in the middle of the night without too much effort.
-I liked the price point. It wasn't cheap, but it was not exorbitantly expensive.

There are other watches out there, such as the various Seikos. I bought a Seiko in 1989, and it held up until 2003. After that, I tried to fix it twice with no luck. might try IWW folks once I unpack it.

But the TSAR just looked simple, but good.
quote:
Originally posted by mdw1016:
So I have set my mind on getting either a GSAR or TSAR. Right now I really want the GSAR just because it is an automatic which is cool because of the sweeping second hand and I don't own an auto.

To those of you that own either a GSAR or a TSAR: why did you choose the one you did and if money were no object, which would you have chosen?


I have a 2003 Marathon SAR on the stainless-steel bracelet that I have worn mostly 24/7 since I got it new. I believe this is a contract-overrun example from the Canadian SAR diver contract #2 (#1 being in 2002 IIRC). I bought the watch off eBay for $500 new in the minimal packaging, I suspect from a County Comm employee. I initially wore it on the provided nylon strap until I could get someone to install and fit the bracelet. I was pleased (as Monty stated) that the watch is not overly large, because I have a girly-size wrist and was a bit concerned that it would be too much watch for me. The bracelet is a quality solid-link job that I really like the looks of, but it makes the watch significantly heavier. It is heavy enough that with some recent carpal tunnel flare ups I have been considering swapping it for a nylon or rubber strap.

I believe that my SAR has the same or similar ETA 2824 movement as the GSAR. My one complaint of the watch has been that my example has run consistently fast (~20 sec/day) since I got it, so mine is definitely not a "certified chronometer." Perhaps mine was sold out of the back door for a discount because of this (?). I am confident that it could be regulated, and mine is surely due for a service. Issue #2: I have been advised that the only authorized service provider in the USA is Jack Alexyon's Industrial Watch Works. Jack has a good reputation amongst the on-line horology geeks and quoted what I believe is a reasonable $95+s/h for a movement service, but his turnaround time (as of a year ago) was 16-20 weeks, which is a long time IMO. If someone has a good relationship with a watchmaker they trust, almost anyone should be able to service these watches however. The ETA movement is very common.

Knowing what I know now, I personally believe that the quartz-movement options are probably more practical. However, I am mechanical-biased by training and by vocation and generally distrustful of electronics. There is a certain snob appeal to the second-hand sweep of a mechanical watch, but it is surely lost on most folks.

For those in the market for a Marathon watch there is good info on countycom.com and broadarrow.net (Military Watch Resource). I have read positive reviews on the guy at MWR and mixed reviews on County Comm but have no personal experience with either.

Aubrey<><

Aubrey- I would suggest you seriously consider the Marathon rubber band.

While being quite "beefy" it is very comfortable. The buckles is also more substantial than a standard watch buckle. No issues.

Monty ------------------------------------------------------------ It's a pretty day for making things right. 

I ordered mine through County Comm, and didn't have any issues at all. Watch arrived quickly, in minimal packaging (as they come). The only thing extra I did was put it on a Zulu band as I'm not a huge fan of rubber/plastic bands (I tend to fuck them up).

I got the TSAR because of the classic looks, bright trit, very robust materials and construction, and the great reviews.

I don't do any diving, but I really wanted something that I could beat on yet looked more unique than the G-Shock. A watch that would be at home in an office setting or out in the field.

I've never been a "watch guy" before, and wouldn't say I am now, but I definately enjoy this watch. I'm completely satisified with it, and wear it every day.
I got a used GSAR several months ago and really like it - but I have a strong preference for automatics, even though the TSAR would be more accurate and more practical. I sent my GSAR in to have it regualted and it now runs about +4 seconds/day - good enough for me.

Bottom line is I don't think there is a "wrong" choice between these two watches.
Thanks for the replies, gents. I am just starting to come around to watches (never wore one unless required)and probably fit into the same interest level as Dog Off Leash. I wouldn't classify myself as a "watch guy" but I definitely have, albeit new-found, a interest in and respect for quality wrist watches.

I'm not about to go out and blow a month's pay on a Rolex Sub or Omega Seamaster or similar, but I can appreciate them and hope to have one eventually.

Aubrey hit on the snob appeal of a sweeping second hand. That is definitely not lost on me. But I wouldn't consider myself a watch snob, though since I'm wearing my $60 Timex Ironman while the $200 Seiko is at the jewler getting a new battery and being cleaned and those are the only two watches I own.

I guess I'll have to get the GSAR because if I got a TSAR I'd always know I just settled for the quartz movement because it was $250 cheaper.

It would be interesting to know how much money was spent as a direct result of this thread...
quote:
I guess I'll have to get the GSAR because if I got a TSAR I'd always know I just settled for the quartz movement because it was $250 cheaper.



What;s the difference between a quartz (TSAR) and a automatic (GSAR) movement? I have a TSAR, based off of the fact that my case matches the case pic at Countycomm, but beyond that, I have no idea what it means besides the $$$ difference.

It is better that they do it imperfectly than that you do it perfectly. For it is their war and their country and your time here is limited.

 

                                                                                                                        —T. E. Lawrence

 

 

POSREP: UAE

quote:
Originally posted by jcustisredux:
What;s the difference between a quartz (TSAR) and a automatic (GSAR) movement? I have a TSAR, based off of the fact that my case matches the case pic at Countycomm, but beyond that, I have no idea what it means besides the $$$ difference.


TSAR is quartz (i.e. battery-operated) movement; GSAR is automatic - self-winding - spring movement.

"I always wanted to be a priest or a fireman; now I'm both." - Fr. Mychal Judge, OFM; 5/11/1933 - 9/11/2001

"It's morning again in America." - Ronald W. Reagan 1984 re-election campaign

"Jim, my dawgs are killin' me... life is good." - Patrick A. Rogers

Gotcha. Thanks.

My CSAR does that. Wish they would just call it self-winding.

I'm trying to come up with a good backdrop to take a pic of the two of them together.

The crystal is fabulous. After beating one up for over a year now, not a single scratch has shown up. The arrow insert fell out of the bezel, but I read that is common for ones dealing with hard use.

I do not wear the CSAR at all and will probably sell it soon. That thing is just ginormous and a bit over-built for my needs.

It is better that they do it imperfectly than that you do it perfectly. For it is their war and their country and your time here is limited.

 

                                                                                                                        —T. E. Lawrence

 

 

POSREP: UAE

quote:
Originally posted by jcustisredux:
The arrow insert fell out of the bezel, but I read that is common for ones dealing with hard use.


Ditto on my GSAR's bezel insert three days ago. I haven't put it through hard use at all (just normal day-to-day stuff), but I wasn't pleased to see the triangle gone after ~9 months.

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quote:
Originally posted by Doug507:
My GSAR's insert fell out after only two dives. THis is an ongoing quality problem Marathon does not seem able to fix. County Comm can replace it, but I have little faith that a new one would stay in any better.


Absolutely. It's just a dab of glue, so they need to change to a better one.

Did the CC repair fare better?

It is better that they do it imperfectly than that you do it perfectly. For it is their war and their country and your time here is limited.

 

                                                                                                                        —T. E. Lawrence

 

 

POSREP: UAE

Simmo, please resize your avatar to 100x100 pixels as per the rules. Your picture is so big it made MY head hurt.


Welcome to the forum.
Ek

Personally, I'm interested in keeping other people from building Utopia, because the more you believe you can create heaven on earth the more likely you are to set up guillotines in the public square to hasten the process. -- James Lileks

"Be the lack of Bullshit you wish to see in the world around you."

Joined: 8/12/05 6:56 PM                        Location: Oklahoma (not by choice)

Coming through Dubai, I saw some Breitling watches. What's the going price for an entry level Breitling? I think the price converted over to $700 and it was a NICE..VERY NICE ticker.

All metal construction, two smaller hands inside for probably other time keeping stuff. I've been told that the shopping prices are kick ass in Dubai and some of things I saw made me think it was so.

Going back through next week, I will get more info.

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TEXAS IS HOME!  

 

".....anybody that wants to slap on a 1911 is already ahead of the rest of the gene pool IMHO" - Mikey

Simmo- Nice pic. Welcome to the T-SAR fold. It's great in here. Big Grin

County Comm sent me one of those nylon bands w/ mine, but I can't use it. It could absorb "fluids".

Monty ------------------------------------------------------------ It's a pretty day for making things right. 

Also, the Marathon rubber watch bands are known for their sweet vanilla smell.

According to Marathon, it IS intentional. The fragrance is added to the liquified rubber during the process.

No more stinky watches and wrists!

Monty ------------------------------------------------------------ It's a pretty day for making things right. 

quote:
Originally posted by mcgrubbs:
No more stinky watches and wrists!


Yeah; don't get one of the Kevlar bands -they smell like skunks basted in gasoline after extended use. Not kidding.
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"Its not about shooting, its about fighting with a gun." -Pat Rogers


The answer to 1984 is 1776.

"I prefer evil sits in daylight for all to see rather than be hidden, forgotten about and possibly repeated." -Consigliere
quote:
Originally posted by mcgrubbs:
Also, the Marathon rubber watch bands are known for their sweet vanilla smell.

According to Marathon, it IS intentional. The fragrance is added to the liquified rubber during the process.

No more stinky watches and wrists!


IIRC, the natural rubber that Marathon uses is made from the extract of the vanilla plant, which provides the pleasant scent.
And the plus side of that is that you get to be in Dubai! Wink

Those of us who know must save those that don't from those that think they do.

"If you count 'three', mister, you'll never hear the man count 'ten'".-John Wayne as Sean Thornton in The Quiet Man

My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless.-Exodus 22:24



My humble collection: all original Seiko Tuna I purchased new in 1984; Rolex Submariner; Citizen titanium diver; and Citizen chrono. Tuna and Citizen divers are on Maratac Zulu straps.
Background: SA TRP Operator, original with full length rail.
Figured I'd ask this here without starting a new thread. If no good, it'd be great if someone can direct me through PM's.

Anyways, this thread threw me over the edge to pick up the seiko 007. The problem is that I want to swap the strap and am a total newbie with all of this. I read that a spring bar removal/fork tool is needed? Are there any other methods I can use to remove the spring bar or is the spring bar tool the way to go? Thanks guys.
quote:
Originally posted by mgs4:
Figured I'd ask this here without starting a new thread. If no good, it'd be great if someone can direct me through PM's.

Anyways, this thread threw me over the edge to pick up the seiko 007. The problem is that I want to swap the strap and am a total newbie with all of this. I read that a spring bar removal/fork tool is needed? Are there any other methods I can use to remove the spring bar or is the spring bar tool the way to go? Thanks guys.


You can do it with a flat tip jeweler's screwdriver.
Well after almost three weeks with my new TSAR I am still digging this watch. I have always had Luminox watches in the past. After the TSAR I will never be able to go back to Luminox. I got a couple of 4 ring Zulus with the brushed stainless hardware. So far the OD green strap is my fav.

If any of you are still on the fence on any of the Marathon SAR's, I have to say just get it. It is just that good, and you will never get tired of looking down at it. This watch is just too cool to pass up on. It's sort of like Multi Cam, or a Larue Dillo beverage entry tool, you just have to
own one.

Take Care, Shannon

So I had a shitty day yesterday. Mad
The piece that connects the band to the face on my Pathfinder 1200T ripped off while rappelling. So i get home and open up my watch box to get my 5.11 Field-Ops Sure-Shot, but no....the fucking batteries died sometime last/this week while I was on vacation. So both watches are now in the mail to 2 different watch places. One in Utah and the other in NJ

So I'm stuck with my Luminox 3000/3900


I miss my compass Mad

-j

What Was Was, What Is Is, and Whats Going To Be is Going To Be. So seeing as how What Is Is and Whats Going To Be is Going To Be lets just FORGET ABOUT THE WAS--NO REGRETS - Archie Bunker

 

"Unfuck Yourself" - Pat Rogers

Well, I sold a few more things because HH6 told me that the house was looking like a surplus store (come on Sheena... grow up). And picked up this used Fortis Cosmonaut's Chronograph B-42 in titanium. Interesting to note that the pushers and crown are rubberized and the caseback model number 659.27.141 doesn't generate a lot of history on searches on the watch forums.

This has always been a grail of mine.





------------------------------------------- "Damn it, Jim... I'm a veterinarian, not a diplomat." ---



A comparison between the TSAR and that big honkin' CSAR.

Recommend that you get the adjustable link band if you would like a secure, fit and have small to average wrists. I've worn the CSAR just a couple times and have it buckled in on the next to last available hole.

It is better that they do it imperfectly than that you do it perfectly. For it is their war and their country and your time here is limited.

 

                                                                                                                        —T. E. Lawrence

 

 

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I have a "Tough Solar" G-Shock, and it has been the only watch that has lasted me more than a couple years. I bought it on the recommendation of some of the SOCNET guys, and it is a decision I have never regretted. While I am pretty much LSHD, my body has some sort of inordinately high, weird magnetic field (my PCP's "official diagnosis") that "kills watches and other sensitive electronic items" in short order. My old pastor gave me a Movado as a going away present. It lasted all of a month before crapping out. Replacing the 5-year battery only worked for about half an hour before it died completely. My dad gave me a Rolex (yes, a real f**ing Rolex) for a graduation present. It lasted about 6mo before it just stopped working. I took it to a jewlers/watch shop, and he told me, "you didn't just kill the battery; you killed the watch."
I first noticed this effect when I was 10. My grandma gave me this excellent pocket watch that kept perfect time--so long as I never touched it or came near it. A few years back, my kids gave me another pocket watch. The 5-year battery lasted me all of 6mo before the watch completely stopped working. When I got my EMT-B, my wife bought me Timex that lost 8min/day when I wore it, but kept perfect time when I didn't come near it.

To date, this G-Shock is the *only* watch that has lasted me more than 2 years tops (currently 7 years and counting). It has survived shooting and HTH classes, diving, and it has been covered in blood and puke. It still works great. It has been in a patient's chest, in open wounds, and has survived everyday use when I was working on an ambulance.

As the Op said, it is a big freaking watch. IMHO, that is the G-Shock's only downfall.
EXW YUXHN KAI KAKOS MEGALH EIMI.
quote:
Originally posted by Armed & Christian:
... my body has some sort of inordinately high, weird magnetic field (my PCP's "official diagnosis") that "kills watches and other sensitive electronic items" in short order.


Dude, stay away from my VHS collection.

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"You know I'm surgical with this bitch, Jake."

quote:
A battery in a Rolex?



As Timmy points out Rolex has made quartz watches.

The Oysterquartz Datejust was apparently made up until 2001. They currently have the Cellini Collection, which I believe has a quartz offering.

EDIT- The link from Google implies there is a quartz in there, cannot find one.

_________________________

In yon strait path a thousand
May well be stopped by three.
Now who will stand on either hand,

And keep the bridge with me?

 

quote:
Originally posted by Doug507:
A battery in a Rolex?

Yeah, you can get a Rolmex in TJ.

I have a Movado Museum that I saved for a very long time to get. What a piece of junk. It's worth less than a quarter of what I paid for it now, because it's not Swiss, it's made in Hong Kong. What a colossal waste of money. Even on the mega sale I got it on, I think I got ripped off.

Those of us who know must save those that don't from those that think they do.

"If you count 'three', mister, you'll never hear the man count 'ten'".-John Wayne as Sean Thornton in The Quiet Man

My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless.-Exodus 22:24

quote:
Originally posted by netprophet21:
Quick question for the watch crew, I have a guy wanting to trade me a Tissot Seastar 1000 for my Zero Tolerance 0302. I haven't found a whole lot of info on the watch, sound like a good deal? Anybody have any info on this watch?


If that Tissot is in good shape it's worth just under $300. It's a solid watch. Tissot is a good brand, I've had my T-Touch for a number of years now. If you're not tied to the Striker and you're looking for a decent Auto-Diver, I'd say go for it.

DP

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, than to take rank with those poor, timid spirits who know neither victory nor defeat."

Here's the most recent addition to the stable...



A moderately used Orsa Monstrum. And to make matters worse, not an hour after I got it, I seriously dinged the face on my way out the door...

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, than to take rank with those poor, timid spirits who know neither victory nor defeat."

quote:
Originally posted by Dog Off Leash:
I ordered from CC online and didn't have an issue. <shrug>

Another well-reputed place is Broadarrow.


nope, with a CSAR they want a phone call and then a certified check, wait until it clears and then they send it. I offered to pay with my AMEX---no go. checking with broadarrow-thx
Does anyone have any experience with Invicta watches? Found one onlinie for a decent price. Seems like a lower end diver but may be a good buy.

"There are a great number of people who have guns that shouldn't have them. Or cars. Or children. Or oxygen...." Pat _Rogers

quote:
Does anyone have any experience with Invicta watches?


I've got an Invicta 9937OB that I got at a stoopid price via WorldOfWatches.com, $200 shipped. I haven't seen that deal again and the normal shipped price hovers around $300. It's been a nearly daily wearer and keeps excellent time. Bear in mind that I used my Seiko for my beater watch and my Invicta for my everything else watch--so I haven't been trying to kill it.

Overall, if you blow off the Invicta hype and look at the specs, it's a decent watch. The lower end ones (8837?) with the mineral lens are decent performers and have fans. I think they're best to be thought of as Seiko-class watches that happen to look like "Brand R," they're fine in that contect. If you think you're getting a Rolex at Seiko prices, however, you are fooling yourself.

I do admit, though, that I do like that it's got a lot of the "Brand R" dive watch style without being a fake--it's got 3 logos and 3 "Invictas" clearly visable when being worn, so it'd only fool those who weren't looking or didn't care. Oh, I also took some sand paper and a sanding sponge to it inorder to de-bling it, it looks way better now, IMHO.

- - - - -
"You can only reason with a reasonable person." Pat Rogers

quote:
Originally posted by arnub:
quote:
Does anyone have any experience with Invicta watches?


I've got an Invicta 9937OB that I got at a stoopid price via WorldOfWatches.com, $200 shipped. I haven't seen that deal again and the normal shipped price hovers around $300. It's been a nearly daily wearer and keeps excellent time. Bear in mind that I used my Seiko for my beater watch and my Invicta for my everything else watch--so I haven't been trying to kill it.

Overall, if you blow off the Invicta hype and look at the specs, it's a decent watch. The lower end ones (8837?) with the mineral lens are decent performers and have fans. I think they're best to be thought of as Seiko-class watches that happen to look like "Brand R," they're fine in that contect. If you think you're getting a Rolex at Seiko prices, however, you are fooling yourself.

I do admit, though, that I do like that it's got a lot of the "Brand R" dive watch style without being a fake--it's got 3 logos and 3 "Invictas" clearly visable when being worn, so it'd only fool those who weren't looking or didn't care. Oh, I also took some sand paper and a sanding sponge to it inorder to de-bling it, it looks way better now, IMHO.


I was lookingin to the 8932. The price seemed way to cheap to be a halfway decent watch. I think I may get it just to have another beater to wear. Here it is...

"There are a great number of people who have guns that shouldn't have them. Or cars. Or children. Or oxygen...." Pat _Rogers

quote:
Originally posted by mcgrubbs:
What little time I've spent looking at Invicta watches, it seems like they spend alot of time knocking off other people's designs.


What he said.

------------------------------------------- "Damn it, Jim... I'm a veterinarian, not a diplomat." ---

Same thing could be said of any number of AR or 1911 makers, right?

The point of my post was that my watch does look a lot like a Rolex Sub from a distance--but any number of SS diver watches could do that. If one gets wrapped around the axle because the designers where obviously looking at the Submariner when they penned it, it's not the watch for them. If a person likes that style but doesn't see spending that kind of money anytime soon, maybe it works for them. As far as performance goes, I've had no problems and it keeps good time.

BTW, the 8832 has a lot of fans in the watch nerd forums. Think of them as high end disposables and you're going the right direction. Think of them as "good as" something costing many multiples more, and you're going the wrong direction.

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"You can only reason with a reasonable person." Pat Rogers

quote:
Originally posted by FNULNU:
My only beef with the Pathfinder is that it requires a fricking engineering degree to change the 4 batteries in that thing! And so far finding those batteries in any store has been a no-go, so that's an internet item right there.

quote:
+1 for me as well. I still have gshocks from years ago but my pathfinder so far is a better workhorse with more features.


I took my Pathfinder into one of the watch shops at Tyson's Corner mall, on the second floor of the food court, for a new battery, not knowing about the 4 battery thing. Neither did they. So they said to come back in an hour, which I did, only to find out it was going to take a lot longer. Long story short, I paid about $80 to get the damn batteries replaced, but they DID get replaced.

Could have bought a new one for a few dollars more, however.
quote:
Originally posted by mcgrubbs:
What little time I've spent looking at Invicta watches, it seems like they spend alot of time knocking off other people's designs.


True, but Seiko does more than I would expect them to- particularly in models that aren't currently available in the US market.
Rolex's have no batteries, at least no model I have ever heard of... but you need the new(ish) Rolex Milgauss , it has shielding to protect from magnetic fields.


quote:
Originally posted by Armed & Christian:
I have a "Tough Solar" G-Shock, and it has been the only watch that has lasted me more than a couple years. I bought it on the recommendation of some of the SOCNET guys, and it is a decision I have never regretted. While I am pretty much LSHD, my body has some sort of inordinately high, weird magnetic field (my PCP's "official diagnosis") that "kills watches and other sensitive electronic items" in short order. My old pastor gave me a Movado as a going away present. It lasted all of a month before crapping out. Replacing the 5-year battery only worked for about half an hour before it died completely. My dad gave me a Rolex (yes, a real f**ing Rolex) for a graduation present. It lasted about 6mo before it just stopped working. I took it to a jewlers/watch shop, and he told me, "you didn't just kill the battery; you killed the watch."
I first noticed this effect when I was 10. My grandma gave me this excellent pocket watch that kept perfect time--so long as I never touched it or came near it. A few years back, my kids gave me another pocket watch. The 5-year battery lasted me all of 6mo before the watch completely stopped working. When I got my EMT-B, my wife bought me Timex that lost 8min/day when I wore it, but kept perfect time when I didn't come near it.

To date, this G-Shock is the *only* watch that has lasted me more than 2 years tops (currently 7 years and counting). It has survived shooting and HTH classes, diving, and it has been covered in blood and puke. It still works great. It has been in a patient's chest, in open wounds, and has survived everyday use when I was working on an ambulance.

As the Op said, it is a big freaking watch. IMHO, that is the G-Shock's only downfall.

-Alan ___________________________________________________ "

"He heals the brokenhearted, And binds up their wounds" Psalm 147:3

quote:
Originally posted by Medic42:
Rolex's have no batteries, at least no model I have ever heard of... but you need the new(ish) Rolex Milgauss , it has shielding to protect from magnetic fields.


Swing and a miss, Rolex Oysterquartz

5035 Specifications:

32,768Hz VCTCXO Quartz Module
Integrated circuit: CMOS
Temperature compensation: Yes
Rate trimmer: Yes
Power source: UCAR 357 silveroxide battery, 1.55v
Width: 29.75mm
Height: 6.5mm
11 jewels
Antimagnetic: Yes, to 1000 Oersted
Hacking: Yes
Quick set date: Yes

"You're familiar with the phrase Man's reach exceeds his grasp? well it's a lie, man's grasp exceeds his nerve"

--David Bowie as Nikolai Tesla "The Prestige"

quote:
Originally posted by Medic42:
it has shielding to protect from magnetic fields.


When I bought this G-Shock, one of the main selling points was their claim that it was magnetic resistant.

It's still going strong, and keeping acceptably accurate time (it has gained about 1 second a week).
EXW YUXHN KAI KAKOS MEGALH EIMI.
Wow, I have never heard of a Quartz Rolex... The things you learn on LF Smile
quote:
Originally posted by Air .177:
quote:
Originally posted by Medic42:
Rolex's have no batteries, at least no model I have ever heard of... but you need the new(ish) Rolex Milgauss , it has shielding to protect from magnetic fields.


Swing and a miss, Rolex Oysterquartz

5035 Specifications:

32,768Hz VCTCXO Quartz Module
Integrated circuit: CMOS
Temperature compensation: Yes
Rate trimmer: Yes
Power source: UCAR 357 silveroxide battery, 1.55v
Width: 29.75mm
Height: 6.5mm
11 jewels
Antimagnetic: Yes, to 1000 Oersted
Hacking: Yes
Quick set date: Yes

-Alan ___________________________________________________ "

"He heals the brokenhearted, And binds up their wounds" Psalm 147:3

quote:
Originally posted by WeaponizedCulture:
quote:
Originally posted by Doug507:
Erich:
I've always felt that there really is no appreciable strength difference between ZULUs and NATOs, because they are both stronger than spring bars. I think it's purely a matter of personal preference.


Thanks for your thoughts!


I have a 4 ring ZULU and a NATO G10 Bond band, and I don't know if the NATO is a different MFG (westcoasttime.com notes that there is another contractor) or if it is a Maratac brand band (I only just figured out the correct terminology on this stuff), but the strap on my ZULU is much stiffer and more robust than the one on my NATO Bond band. In fact, the NATO band stretched around the "hook" of the fastener to the point that it slipped over it, causing my watch to make a 4' fall, landing flat on the face on tile. This knocked the second hand off, which, despite my best efforts to keep it out of the way, is now binding the whole mechanism between the two larger hands. I am going to have to take it to a repair shop, and I am a little pissed that the strap didn't hold up.

There is no stretching around the holes in the ZULU, and as I said, I don't know of the NATO band was actually Maratac brand or not- I bought both from thewatchprince.com, but it doesn't say Maratac on the fastener like the pictures I've seen at westcoasttime.com, and the hardware is much more shiny (as opposed to brushed). I will not use that band again, I am going to order a ZULU style Bond band instead. I am really hoping that the fact that the mechanism has been seized won't cause any problems.

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First of all, when I posted this thread nearly 3 years ago, I never thought it would be as popular as it has been. Anyway, of the 3 original watches I posted (the Traser, T-SAR and G-Shock), the first 2 are still with me. The G-Shock died right before Christmas. The traser is pretty beat up but still runs fine and keeps great time. I use it now when there is high risk for damage. The T-SAR still keeps near-perfect time. I love that watch and hope to leave it to my grandkids someday.

With the Casio, I never apparently read the fine print, I thought a solar watch was just that, powered by light. But, it actually trickle-charged a battery that would eventually die (it did). Nothing like that as a good excuse to buy another watch. With some money from my MIL for Christmas, I bought a Seiko SKW900, and added a Maratac 007 band.



So far I'm very happy with this fine piece. It looks great, has a high-quality feel to it, and keeps very good time. The only downside so far is that you cannot stop the second hand. That plays against my OCD tendencies where I want the watch EXACTLY synchronized with the current time on www.time.gov. I paid $199 for the watch (shipped) and about $15 for the band at www.countycomm.com.

-Paul D.

Londonderry, NH 

quote:
Originally posted by Gingerbread Man:

So far I'm very happy with this fine piece. It looks great, has a high-quality feel to it, and keeps very good time. The only downside so far is that you cannot stop the second hand. That plays against my OCD tendencies where I want the watch EXACTLY synchronized with the current time on www.time.gov. I paid $199 for the watch (shipped) and about $15 for the band at www.countycomm.com.


I almost went with that one, great looking combo. And that band looks like the Maratac NATO, probably better than the one that failed me.

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Once the second amendment has been carefully debilitated, all the rest are easy...

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My new baby, the Benarus 1KM - 1000M depth rating. Like a lot of the newer watch guys (Lum Tec, etc.), they make small lots of limited editions. This one is a little different because the case is German (Fricker) and the movement a Swiss ETA 2824-2. Most of their other offerings pair Hong Kong mfg cases with Miyota (Citizen) movements. It is one of the 30 production 1KM watches.



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In yon strait path a thousand
May well be stopped by three.
Now who will stand on either hand,

And keep the bridge with me?

 

quote:
The only downside so far is that you cannot stop the second hand. That plays against my OCD tendencies where I want the watch EXACTLY synchronized

Unscrew the crown and try gently turning it clockwise. That may "stop" the seconds hand long enough for you to synchronize it.

Joined 12/2/02          Location: Puyallup, WA

 

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Thomas Jefferson 1787

quote:
Originally posted by Gingerbread Man:
First of all, when I posted this thread nearly 3 years ago, I never thought it would be as popular as it has been. Anyway, of the 3 original watches I posted (the Traser, T-SAR and G-Shock)


I have the same watches, with the addition of a Citizen Eco-drive for more formal settings.

The Traser, G-Shock, and Eco-Drive are sitting in a padded knife case right now as my daily wear is my TSAR.

I like all 4 of them, for different reasons/uses. My only complaint about the TSAR is it's a rather thick watch and somewhat flashy; it's also the most expensive watch I own. For lower-profile use, the Traser comes out. The G-Shock is my "disposable" watch, and the Eco-Drive is for formal wear.

The only other watch purchase I can see would be an Omega to replace the Eco Drive, obviously when the funds are available (which isn't going to happen for a very, very long time).
So mine aren't as nice as the majority of what I've seen on here. You boys have some awesome watches! But I can say that this thread has definately influenced me to pick up a new one and I decided to go with a Pathfinder PAW1500GB-3. The other is my very well used G-Shock MTG-920DA.

So, here is my humble submission to the group.

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-Jim Gant
What's the face say on it? I can't tell the model because the minnit hand is in the way. Also, why is Abu Dhabi upside down?

Those of us who know must save those that don't from those that think they do.

"If you count 'three', mister, you'll never hear the man count 'ten'".-John Wayne as Sean Thornton in The Quiet Man

My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless.-Exodus 22:24

Its a Hamilton Khaki/Air Race. The "city" window can be rotated via the inner bezel. You can change cities on it as well. They are the ones that the Red Bull airraces are held in.

That being said, its a quality ETA GMT watch from a well known company that I got used for a steal of a price.

Scout Pilot turned Hooker.

quote:
Originally posted by force_quit:
orange you say?


See there? ORANGE you ashamed someone else had to describe it for you? Big Grin

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"It's morning again in America." - Ronald W. Reagan 1984 re-election campaign

"Jim, my dawgs are killin' me... life is good." - Patrick A. Rogers

quote:
Originally posted by CFII:
Its a Wilson Watch Works Diver. I spend too much time on watch forums......sigh


Specs?

I checked out that maker's site and the prices seem pretty reasonable but trying to switch back and forth between the "Build Your Watch" list and the Photobucket pictures has my feeble little mind confused...

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Chris Pappas is an independent watchmaker based in Wilson, NC. The watch is a 2000m diver with an auto HEV and sterile dial. The case is made is Germany, 45mm wide, the movement is Swiss ETA 2824-2. Chris hand assembles each watch and regulates them in 6 positions. I received photos of my watch at each stage of the build (pile o parts to timing). It was a limited run of 50 which I believe is sold out.

Does anyone have any good pics of either a Seiko 007 or 009 with the metal band.

Any impressions on the metal band itself on these two, is it flimsy like some other Seiko divers and added as an afterthought to the resin one?

My googlefu is weak and can't find anything other than the face on shot and can't tell much from it.
The watch I posted is a seiko 6309-7290, which was rebuilt by Randall Benson, it is the same basic case shape that the 007 and 009 have. The metal band does feel a little flimsy and the resin band is ok. I would look into nato type straps, they feel more secure.

This is a pretty good ref watches
Vide Aude Tace
quote:
Originally posted by 3646:
I would look into nato type straps, they feel more secure.


My thoughts were both. I tend toward liking the metal band for normal wear and would like the option of switching over to a NATO style band also.

Sometimes for daily wear I find a resin band uncomfortable.
That Wilson diver looks grand-effing-tastic!! However, if that is just lumi-paint on it, I'd have to pass. My TSAR has ruined my for anything other than tritium illumination.

Monty ------------------------------------------------------------ It's a pretty day for making things right. 

quote:
Originally posted by force_quit:
Chris Pappas is an independent watchmaker based in Wilson, NC. The watch is a 2000m diver with an auto HEV and sterile dial. The case is made is Germany, 45mm wide, the movement is Swiss ETA 2824-2. Chris hand assembles each watch and regulates them in 6 positions. I received photos of my watch at each stage of the build (pile o parts to timing). It was a limited run of 50 which I believe is sold out.


Is this watch less expensive since it's missing a hand?



Wink

Those of us who know must save those that don't from those that think they do.

"If you count 'three', mister, you'll never hear the man count 'ten'".-John Wayne as Sean Thornton in The Quiet Man

My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless.-Exodus 22:24

quote:
Originally posted by Haji:

Is this watch less expensive since it's missing a hand?



Wink


"When you wear this watch; time waits for YOU!"
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The answer to 1984 is 1776.

"I prefer evil sits in daylight for all to see rather than be hidden, forgotten about and possibly repeated." -Consigliere
My SKX007 has been keeping good time. Normally, it runs a little fast--less than 5 minutes fast in two weeks, I'd guess. Today, I noticed it was a half-hour fast. An hour ago, I reset it to test it and it is now 5 minutes fast already. I dropped the watch as I took it off to shower yesterday, but it landed on a cushy bath mat so I didn't think much of it. I don't think that could have damaged it, but there's nothing else I can think of. Any ideas why my watch could be running so fast? Has anyone sent one of these back under warranty?
quote:
Originally posted by WeaponizedCulture:
My SKX007 has been keeping good time. Normally, it runs a little fast--less than 5 minutes fast in two weeks, I'd guess. Today, I noticed it was a half-hour fast. An hour ago, I reset it to test it and it is now 5 minutes fast already.


Have you had it near any strong magnets (speakers, MRI machines, etc) lately? IIRC one of the symptoms of a mechanical watch's movement becoming magnetized is rather abruptly starting to run way way fast/slow.

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That's tasty.
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"Its not about shooting, its about fighting with a gun." -Pat Rogers


The answer to 1984 is 1776.

"I prefer evil sits in daylight for all to see rather than be hidden, forgotten about and possibly repeated." -Consigliere
quote:
Originally posted by jvencius:
Have you had it near any strong magnets (speakers, MRI machines, etc) lately? IIRC one of the symptoms of a mechanical watch's movement becoming magnetized is rather abruptly starting to run way way fast/slow.


Hmmm, not that I can think of. Maybe a speaker. Maybe a computer hard drive. I haven't torn either apart; it would be casual contact.
quote:
Originally posted by WeaponizedCulture:
My SKX007 has been keeping good time. Normally, it runs a little fast--less than 5 minutes fast in two weeks, I'd guess. Today, I noticed it was a half-hour fast. An hour ago, I reset it to test it and it is now 5 minutes fast already. I dropped the watch as I took it off to shower yesterday, but it landed on a cushy bath mat so I didn't think much of it. I don't think that could have damaged it, but there's nothing else I can think of. Any ideas why my watch could be running so fast? Has anyone sent one of these back under warranty?


It sounds like an issue I saw discussed in a recent thread on the Seiko Citizen Watch Forum. The mainspring may be caught on the adjustment lever. and if the spring gets caught the watch will run fast. Based on the original post, it looks like you might be able to dislodge it by tapping it gently into your hand face down. If that doesn't work, try to find a local watchmaker (not the watch booth at the mall) and have them take a look.

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quote:
Originally posted by Jim C.:
It sounds like an issue I saw discussed in a recent thread on the Seiko Citizen Watch Forum. The mainspring may be caught on the adjustment lever. and if the spring gets caught the watch will run fast. Based on the original post, it looks like you might be able to dislodge it by tapping it gently into your hand face down. If that doesn't work, try to find a local watchmaker (not the watch booth at the mall) and have them take a look.


Thank's for passing that link along. That sounds reasonable, because I did drop it recently. However, it does disappoint me that they made the discussed changed in the movement.

Well, if anyone else has this issue, I did as the thread recommended and it stopped altogether. I might have tapped it too hard. Ugh.

Do you think I would be better served sending it to a warranty repair than a local watchmaker?
I suprised to not see more Kobold watches --anyone (besides Desertpilot) have any negative experience with them?
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"Its not about shooting, its about fighting with a gun." -Pat Rogers


The answer to 1984 is 1776.

"I prefer evil sits in daylight for all to see rather than be hidden, forgotten about and possibly repeated." -Consigliere
I ride my SMG hard pretty much every day for the past 4 years, both over there and over here. Still running strong, but I do want to send it in for a rebuild soon.

Celer * Silens * Mortalis

 

I pledge allegiance, to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the REPUBLIC for which it stands -one Nation, under GOD, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

quote:
Originally posted by doctorrich:
I've never seen one of those before. That is just sweet!


That Councillor from CT probably uses a black-faced Daytona for his "going to the toilet on every other Thursday watch"... Wink

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quote:
Originally posted by Duke:
I suprised to not see more Kobold watches --anyone (besides Desertpilot) have any negative experience with them?


Send me $5-10k and I promise to get pics up post-haste!

A Kobold is my "one of these days..." watch.

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For the price of some surplus .45 ammo, some pouches and odds and ends, plus some cash; I recently picked up a Casio Solar Atomic Pathfinder and a Suunto Vector, from here on the board.

Love them both -for different reasons. The Suunto beats the Casio a mile in the "looks/CDI" department. The Casio --I mean, c'mon; Solar power FTW! Its also quite a bit more robust than the Suunto. But a great duo to have. Next up, is either a Suunto Core in Stainless, or Pathfinder Solar Atomic in Titanium case.
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"Its not about shooting, its about fighting with a gun." -Pat Rogers


The answer to 1984 is 1776.

"I prefer evil sits in daylight for all to see rather than be hidden, forgotten about and possibly repeated." -Consigliere
quote:
Originally posted by jvencius:
quote:
Originally posted by doctorrich:
I've never seen one of those before. That is just sweet!


That Councillor from CT probably uses a black-faced Daytona for his "going to the toilet on every other Thursday watch"... Wink


Green is not a color you wear well. Razz

Daytonas are cult watches for Rolex guys. If I ever got another Rolex, that would be it.

Panerai inbound...soon.....very soon. Cool

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quote:
Daytonas are cult watches for Rolex guys.



Truth be spoken.

Bow to the alter...and submit Big Grin

Celer * Silens * Mortalis

 

I pledge allegiance, to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the REPUBLIC for which it stands -one Nation, under GOD, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

I've got a better camera now, so I snapped a couple better photos of a couple of my favorites. This one's a Waltham, made about 1901 or so. It was my grandfather's, but when I got it the watch was missing the crystal and had a dent in the case. A friend of mine buffed out the dent and replaced the crystal with an NOS part. I don't carry it much, but I really dig it. Lotsa sentimental value.

This one's a 1970 Seiko, first year they made automatics. Its fairly small for hands as big as mine, but the bracelet is very, very cool. This one was my Dad's, and wasn't working when I got it. Same watchmaker friend fixed it-adjusted it, really-and didn't ask any more than to have a couple of knives sharpened. That's a pretty good deal, I think.




Those of us who know must save those that don't from those that think they do.

"If you count 'three', mister, you'll never hear the man count 'ten'".-John Wayne as Sean Thornton in The Quiet Man

My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless.-Exodus 22:24

Query re the Seiko SKX007 and similar....

The Seiko Divers all seem to use the 7S26 or 7S36 movements, but the second hand can't be 'hacked'. That would drive me nuts: how do you blokes reset the time accurately?

For what it's worth I currently use one of Eddie Platt's older PRS-10 'beaters'. Good simple, honest, sturdy, plain, easy to read, low on the 'bling' factor. Starts to lose its lume from around 4am or so, but otherwise great value.

I don't have a complex - I really AM inferior

quote:
Originally posted by conndcj:
Green is not a color you wear well. Razz

Daytonas are cult watches for Rolex guys. If I ever got another Rolex, that would be it.



Hehehehe--guilty as charged...

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quote:
The Seiko Divers all seem to use the 7S26 or 7S36 movements, but the second hand can't be 'hacked'. That would drive me nuts: how do you blokes reset the time accurately?


Neither of the predecessors to the 7S series hacked either, but I've never had problems getting them set accurately. It's possible to stop the second hand by putting a little bit of back pressure on the crown with it pulled all of the way out. It's easier to do when the watch isn't fully wound, but usually still possible even with a full wind.

quote:
For what it's worth I currently use one of Eddie Platt's older PRS-10 'beaters'. Good simple, honest, sturdy, plain, easy to read, low on the 'bling' factor. Starts to lose its lume from around 4am or so, but otherwise great value.


Eddie has some great watches in the PRS line. I bought one of the first watches he sold (Speedbird 1, s/n 21) back in 2002.

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I sent my SKX007 back to Seiko to get the issue fixed, and having been bitten by the watch bug I'm using it as an excuse to pick up another. I would like a G-Shock to have the digital option, and it seems like the Mudman fits my needs best. Does anyone have any thoughts on the "Military" Mudman vs. the Solar Atomic Mudman? I'm finding the Solar Atomic cheaper and dig the features, but I like the aesthetics of the other better.
quote:
I have cash......which makes me dangerous


this is exactly why my wife hates it when I walk into a Ben Bridge store, or I call my cousin, the jewelry wholesaler.

Celer * Silens * Mortalis

 

I pledge allegiance, to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the REPUBLIC for which it stands -one Nation, under GOD, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

quote:
Originally posted by CFII:
I just bought a Sinn UX on a tegiminted bracelet. Muhahahahahhaha. Pics when it arrives...

That being said, anyone need a Hammy Air Race or MKII Blackwater? Or a kidney?


If you are married, it isn't a kidney that should be of concern. Big Grin

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In yon strait path a thousand
May well be stopped by three.
Now who will stand on either hand,

And keep the bridge with me?

 

quote:
Originally posted by CFII:
I just bought a Sinn UX on a tegiminted bracelet. Muhahahahahhaha. Pics when it arrives...

That being said, anyone need a Hammy Air Race or MKII Blackwater? Or a kidney?


No need for the Hammy or another kidney, but which version of the Blackwater?

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