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Ask Slashdot: Wrist Watch For the Tech Minded

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the more-than-time dept.

Technology 466

NNUfergs writes "Sure, my smartphone can deliver just about any piece of information I could want in under 30 seconds, but I miss being able to just look at my wrist to get the time, date etc. I've been shopping around for a while and haven't come across anything particularly inspiring. There are loads of various features that have been incorporated into watches, but you usually only see a small, specialized set in a given watch. Budget is always a concern, but I am willing to invest in a quality time piece. In short, I'm not looking for a piece of jewelry; I'm looking for a gadget to wear on my wrist. Are there any neat, fun or just plain cool watches out there for techies? What do you have?"

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466 comments

Wrist watch is for style, not gadget (2, Insightful)

StylishGuy (2642001) | more than 2 years ago | (#40037695)

Why would you be looking for a gadget with so small screen and that is always attached to your hand? Smart phones and (to a lesser extend now) PDA's serve that purpose much better.

Now, I would understand if you did actually say it was for your style. There is still certain amount of glamour and style in wearing a watch, especially if it represents your other outfit and the way you act. If you are a rich guy, it's a good way to show it. Women know this and men notice it too. I would totally bang a guy with a nice stylish watch, good jeans and a tight white shirt. But as for a tech gadget? Hell no!

Just get a nice watch that represents your style. No, not the geeky type. Something that makes you look good and gives you respect from men and women. Leave the tech stuff to your mobile phone and home. You don't need to make everything in your life resolve around tech and geek stuff. For once, be fabulous!

Re:Wrist watch is for style, not gadget (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40037787)

I really don't even understand the question.

He wants a device that simply shows you the time and date. And he wants it to be quality. But he wants a gadget for your wrist and not a piece of jewelry? Does not compute.

If you want a quality timepiece that shows the time and date, then a geek gadget is exactly what you DON'T want. You want what amounts to a quality piece of jewelry... because that's exactly what a nice, high quality, traditional watch is.

Re:Wrist watch is for style, not gadget (1)

SirSlud (67381) | more than 2 years ago | (#40037861)

You can go nerdcore, as some below have pointed out, but there can be a medium. I love my Tag Heuer, it's a stylish and a quality timepiece, but it won't be too long (I dunno, 4 years?) before the two ends meet and the high end meets the unobtrusive technology. Case in point, you used to need a fucking nerd machine calc to graph shit on the go, now you can do it on your status symbol smart phone. The guy specifically says he's not specifically looking for jewelry, but the idea that high end tech isn't a part of the status symbol equation now a days is a little out of touch.

Douglas Adams Edition Pulsar (4, Informative)

infonography (566403) | more than 2 years ago | (#40038155)

The original Pulsar digital watch was marketed through upmarket jeweller, Tiffany and Co. A solid gold version sold for $2,000 and a stainless steel model for $275.

Digital watches initially caught on only in the US and very few were exported. There was a strong market for them in 1973 and prices dropped quickly. Other firms entered the market, including Bowmar, which also pioneered the early pocket calculators in the US.

These are only sold at the gift shop in the Restaurant at the end of the Universe and at the Big Bang Burger Bar.

Re:Wrist watch is for style, not gadget (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40037789)

Keep your faggotry to yourself, faggot!

Re:Wrist watch is for style, not gadget (5, Informative)

TheRecklessWanderer (929556) | more than 2 years ago | (#40037817)

Man you have to read between the lines. He wants a toy for his wrist. He doesn't seem to care about style too much. The geek stuff is just what he wants. I get that. It's fun. I could understand if you were saying this on the FHM website or the Gentlemen's Quarterly, but this is slashdot. To the OP: My Watch is a citizen, it's called an Eco-Drive watch. The neat things it has are a slide rule around the outside for converting things, it runs on sunlight and it will connect to a radio broadcast to correct the time. It has lots of cool dials on the front. Stay true to your techie roots. Don't be one of these guys that calls themselves a hacker because they can open a dos prompt. Don't be that guy!!

Re:Wrist watch is for style, not gadget (5, Informative)

txoof (553270) | more than 2 years ago | (#40037823)

Geek can be a style! Check out this amazing Nixi Tube Watch [cathodecorner.com] . It's awesome, geeky and pretty great to look at. It doesn't go too well with an Armani suit, and it isn't quite classy enough to flash around a funeral, but it sure would score you some points at a geeky interview.

Re:Wrist watch is for style, not gadget (5, Informative)

Fluffeh (1273756) | more than 2 years ago | (#40038101)

I always thought that this binary display watch [thinkgeek.com] is a rather novel way to spray your geek scent on. It is also fairly styilish and not too loud in design - the LEDs only come on when you press a button.

Re:Wrist watch is for style, not gadget (1)

Doctor_Jest (688315) | more than 2 years ago | (#40038199)

I have one of those... and it is good as an icebreaker (well, sometimes)... but traditionally I wear my $9 Wal Mart timepiece (analog) because it's not a crime if I lose it or scratch the face of it.

It's a flexible band, so I can wear it easily on either wrist (left-handed geek here.)

There also was a Fossil watch a while back that had the cascading "matrix code" in the background. I could kick myself for not getting one because, like the Binary watch... it's just geeky enough not to look like I'm wearing a PDA on my arm...

Re:Wrist watch is for style, not gadget (1)

El Torico (732160) | more than 2 years ago | (#40038281)

Geek - the new cologne from Slashdot. A base of Mountain Dew and Natural Nerd Musk with topnotes of Delivery Pizza and Cheetos.
Coming soon - Magic Green, for when you want to be "electric".

Re:Wrist watch is for style, not gadget (3, Insightful)

Reddog99 (233877) | more than 2 years ago | (#40037825)

Smart phones may be "better", but they're also about ten times bigger and there are plenty of times you don't carry a phone, but would wear a watch. I used to own a Casio full scientific watch (in the '80s) and used it as such all the time.

Huh? (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#40037965)

there are plenty of times you don't carry a phone, but would wear a watch. ....

Really? Like what. I cannot think of one. That even includes swimming!

Re:Huh? (2)

Dr Max (1696200) | more than 2 years ago | (#40038039)

Maybe not those of us addicted to a mobile phone but some of us like the idea of being able to leave home with only your keys in your pocket, even if you do miss an old school friend you havn't seen in years change his facebook status. If you do want to carry a phone aswell but just want to check the time or see if an sms is important, you can skip the rifeling though your pockets with a smart watch like the pebble or somthing.

Still not answering question (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#40038279)

Maybe not those of us addicted to a mobile phone but some of us like the idea of being able to leave home with only your keys in your pocket,

Why? Keys are sharp. I usually try not to carry any if I can.

A mobile phone is no bother. And you seem to have forgotten it but YOU ARE IN CONTROL of when it gives you information. I don't care about Facebook statuses either - guess what, I don't have it alert me when they change!

When all you have with you is a smart phone there is no "fumbling" to look at the time (and hey, I thought all you had were keys, so why would you be fumbling anyway??)

I'm not knocking those that want a pebble or real watch. Remember my ONLY question was, when would have a watch but could/would not have a smartphone. You still have not given me a good case why one would make sense where the other would not. It's all about where you prefer to keep your timekeeping device. The smartphone makes as much sense as a watch to many people, and there are no situations where you would be wearing a watch where you could NOT also have a smartphone with you. That is all I am saying.

Re:Huh? (1)

houstonbofh (602064) | more than 2 years ago | (#40038057)

there are plenty of times you don't carry a phone, but would wear a watch. ....

Really? Like what. I cannot think of one. That even includes swimming!

Then, please... DON'T FUCKING DRIVE!!!!!!!!

Don't post while idiot (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#40038241)

Then, please... DON'T FUCKING DRIVE!!!!!!!!

How does having a smart phone in your pocket hamper you when driving? Just about any car has some kind of clock somewhere so you can tell time.

You really didn't think that post through did you? That was a really stupid response, and this is Slashdot we are talking about so you had quite a bar to get below.

Re:Wrist watch is for style, not gadget (4, Informative)

strength_of_10_men (967050) | more than 2 years ago | (#40037871)

I am really disappointed that there was no anti-google rant in your post. But back on topic...

Try to motoactive watch. GPS, music, radio, android- based, records your workouts, syncs with your android phone to receive texts and messages. And touch screen. What more could a geek want?

http://phandroid.com/2011/10/18/motorola-actv-a-smart-fitness-watch/ [phandroid.com]

Re:Wrist watch is for style, not gadget (1)

cratermoon (765155) | more than 2 years ago | (#40037931)

A friend of mine showed me a motoactive watch recently. Cool idea. If it had an e-paper screen like the Pebble I might want one.

Re:Wrist watch is for style, not gadget (5, Informative)

ArhcAngel (247594) | more than 2 years ago | (#40038163)

Second the MOTOACTV [motoactv.com] if it's a gadget timepiece your after.

If you're not in a hurry there is always the Pebble [kickstarter.com]

And if you want a cheaper alternative we have Sony's [sonymobile.com] offering. It says it is running Android but CMW seems to have debunked [www.cmw.me] that claim.

That said I also believe as others here have stated that your watch is more about style [bulovaprecisionist.com] and status [rolex.com]

Re:Wrist watch is for style, not gadget (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40037973)

Geeky doesn't have to be obtrusive. If you want an uber-geeky, yet reasonably attractive wristwatch, I'll note that a chip-scale Caesium clock (http://www.symmetricom.com/products/frequency-references/chip-scale-atomic-clock-csac/SA.45s-CSAC/) is just about on the scale of a chunky wristwatch. The power draw at 120 mW for the clock package is a little excessive for a wristwatch, but you're used to charging your phone overnight. As an added benefit, you could include a pair of SMB connectors for PPS and 10 MHz outputs, and do all kinds of wonderfully geeky things with your watch.

Re:Wrist watch is for style, not gadget (3, Interesting)

Gerzel (240421) | more than 2 years ago | (#40038051)

Yes but as chips grow smaller and voice functions grow easier to use the watch might just come back.

Say you have a watch, with a good sized data storage for music, able to make cell phone calls, and bluetooth. Combine with an earpiece and decent voice commands and then you don't really need nearly as big of a screen.

Re: watch is for function, not style or gadget (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40038177)

Timex Ironman

Get it. Use it.

Luminox (5, Informative)

joe_frisch (1366229) | more than 2 years ago | (#40037705)

The light is from a radioactive Tritium source - automatic cool points, and its actually useful, the hands are bright enough to see in any light without needing a second hand to push a button.

EZChronos (5, Interesting)

anilg (961244) | more than 2 years ago | (#40037717)

It's a programmable watch by TI. sells for 50$, but 50% deals are regular.. so you can snag one for 25. Has a bunch of things inclusing heart monitor reciever, altimeter and temperature sensor.

Re:EZChronos (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40037885)

+1.

http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/EZ430-Chronos

Re:EZChronos (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 2 years ago | (#40038065)

While I do think that is pretty cool, and probably worth $25, it would be at least twice as cool (but not four times as cool) with a just slightly better display. I am really impressed with the [claimed] water resistance of 30m though.

Re:EZChronos (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40038197)

Horrible as a watch. Leaks water as the rubber seal and metal cover have bad tolerances and the front plastic cover scratches too easily.
It's a toy. Not for everyday use.

It's good for hacking, just not for everyday use.

Re:EZChronos (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40038227)

The cheapest is $50
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004G4ZLA0/ref=sr_1_1_olp?ie=UTF8&qid=1337321195&sr=8-1&condition=new

where do you see it for $25 ????

pebble? (5, Informative)

SirSlud (67381) | more than 2 years ago | (#40037719)

Bluetooth e-paper watch with apps, talks to both Apple and Android. Made a splash on kickstarter earlier this month:

www.getpebble.com

You can't buy it now, but I have a hard time believing this isn't the future of watches, in terms of not needing to pull the phone out of your pocket, it can send just about anything to the watch, and you can use the watch to control your phone.

Re:pebble? (4, Informative)

SirSlud (67381) | more than 2 years ago | (#40037723)

Oh, and it will have an open SDK so you can develop your own apps for it :)

Re:pebble? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40037865)

i find the display a bit too small(specificly, too narrow). Would be great if they could make one bevelless

Re:pebble? (1)

SirSlud (67381) | more than 2 years ago | (#40037985)

It's a good point, but the platform itself is just getting started. I can't believe how many people have responded to, "I want a gadget that works as a traditional watch" with "Just get a watch." The Pebble is an open platform, so you can make it whatever you like, and while it's current form is a far cry from something you'd wear as a formal timepiece, it's not half bad looking.

Re:pebble? (1)

steveargonman (183377) | more than 2 years ago | (#40037995)

Yeah, I think I want one of these, too. Very simple to just get the time yet, useful if you want to use it's more advanced features and it still costs less than a fancy, shmancy watch.

Re:pebble? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40038053)

Very cool. I want one. Of course someone on ebay is selling his pre-sale vouchers on ebay for $500/pop.

Re:pebble? (4, Insightful)

BluBrick (1924) | more than 2 years ago | (#40038253)

And by a curious coincidence, not only does the pebble meet each of the askslashdotter's criteria, funding for this particular project on kickstarter closes less than 24 hours after the article was posted here. Is that the foul stench of astroturf assaulting my olfactory system?

Cool idea, but really, does it need a slashvertisement?

PEBBLE..look for it on kickstarter (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40037731)

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/597507018/pebble-e-paper-watch-for-iphone-and-android
epaper watch. sync to a smartphone.

Casio GB-6900 (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40037753)

Casio G-Shock GB-6900 Bluetooth watch [ubergizmo.com] . Uses Bluetooth Low Energy with compatible devices (iPhone 4s, few newer Android phones) so it doesn't drain power like other past Bluetooth enabled watches. Sync to the time on your phone, lets you set phone alerts/alarms/ringtones/etc, read text messaging and email, etc. Good companion piece if you don't like take your phone out of your pocket.

Re:Casio GB-6900 (2)

fatman22 (574039) | more than 2 years ago | (#40038147)

Get the Casio G-SHOCK MTG900DA-8V - It's easy to read, the battery is charged by built-in solar cells, it automatically syncs to WWVB, it's resistant to water and most other drinkable liquids to a depth most geeks will never encounter, and it's damn near indestructible.

Tokyoflash watches (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40037799)

http://www.tokyoflash.com

They have an array of really cool designs that are pretty damn geeky. Its pretty easy to tell the time on most of them, but for some telling the time is the equivalent of a binary clock.

Sony SmartWatch (2)

dr00p (56154) | more than 2 years ago | (#40037805)

As everybody before me said, go for Pebble :)
I can't wait to try mine :D

Another option would be the watch that runs Android: Sony SmartWatch. See for yourself.
http://www.sonymobile.com/us/products/accessories/smartwatch/

Casio calculator watch (1, Insightful)

uvajed_ekil (914487) | more than 2 years ago | (#40037811)

All you need is a Casio calculator watch. ytcracker, the nerd rap king, said something like:
"When I was younger I flossed a Casio, calculator watch, yeah it was nasty yo. I used that, shot to head of the class, and then I went the speed of light and shot to infinite mass."

Personally, a simple Movado is enough watch for me. For everything else we have smartphones, tablets, netbooks, laptops, desktops, lending libraries, wise talking dogs, wikipedia, and oracles. Ahhh... the simple life...

One tool for one job.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40037827)

As a CLI nerd I like to have one simple tool to get one job done, and that well. I have a nice CK piece (analog). Keeps the time and looks great. For surfing the web I have other tools.

Prometheus Baiji Tritium (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40037835)

I've been wanting on this watch hard for some time now:
http://prometheuswatch.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=65&category_id=16&vmcchk=1&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=54

Great design style, self-winding, tritium-illuminated (so it's always bright, not just when it's been charged), and it's waterproof to 300 meters, so you can't really break it. Free shipping worldwide on top of that!

Yeah I know, sounds like astroturfing since I'm an AC, but if I could afford this watch it'd be on my wrist right now.

Watches are not about telling time (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40037843)

I once had a concierge at a 5 star hotel tell me he could always figure out a customer by observing two things: his shoes and his watch.

The watch is to men what the handbag and shoes are to women. It is the ultimate fashion accessory. It can be a sign of status like a Rolex. It can be a sign of one's interests like a Bell & Ross. It can be a sign of ones appreciation for artisan watch craft like a Breguet. The question when buying a watch is not what features does it have. Do you really think anyone spends 100K on a Breguet because it tells accurate time? It is a very traditional status symbol of style so find the one that says what you want to say and enhances you personal brand.

Watches are for wage slaves (5, Funny)

Coward Anonymous (110649) | more than 2 years ago | (#40037853)

True men of leisure don't require watches as they have all the time in the world.

Re:Watches are for wage slaves (1)

akeeneye (1788292) | more than 2 years ago | (#40037905)

Crap and I just wasted all my mod points earlier today. Well, +1 Insightful for you.

Mechanical. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40037875)

How about respect for mechanical watches? They are true marvels of engineering and work very well. Just because it's electronic doesn't make it any better.

Re:Mechanical. (1)

akeeneye (1788292) | more than 2 years ago | (#40037937)

++Agree. Antique, or antique-ish mechanical watches can be really beautiful, and it's not often, other than your 20-year-old nerd trade-show T-shirts (I have drawers full) that you get to wear a piece of history. It'll take a while to find something nice though - you'll have to go to a lot of antique/junk shops, comb a lot of craigslist ads. At one point I'd scoured fleaBay but prices are crazy and half the stuff is probably fake. I realize this is not what the OP is after at this point though. I wonder if there's vintage nerdware watches to be had. Red LEDs!

Re:Mechanical. (1)

SirSlud (67381) | more than 2 years ago | (#40037959)

How about some respect for a false dichotomy? Who says you can't own more than one watch? I'd wager that many folks who do own watches own more than one.

Calculator watches? (4, Informative)

antdude (79039) | more than 2 years ago | (#40037881)

I still wear them. I currently wear a CASIO Databank 150. I I only use basic stuff. Nothing fancy. I'd like to get a PDA watch but they are too heavy and big for my thin wrists. :(

Watchismo (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40037887)

Lots of interesting watches at www.watchismo.com. I especially like the MuteWatch, which has all sorts of new materials, accelerometers and an interesting HDI.

Not cheap, but you said you'd invest in something interesting and stylish.

Video game watches (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40037899)

Here's a Tetris watch on Ebay [ebay.com] and there are other types like Pac Man, Donkey Kong, etc. Geeky, retro and pretty unique.

Nixie watch (1)

NixieBunny (859050) | more than 2 years ago | (#40037909)

Easy to read, lots of interest.

Re:Nixie watch (2)

Prune (557140) | more than 2 years ago | (#40038029)

The best part is you can build one yourself. The worst part is that nixie tubes haven't been manufactured in quite a few decades and spare ones for your watch will run out.

Re:Nixie watch (3, Interesting)

NixieBunny (859050) | more than 2 years ago | (#40038311)

The best part is that I have built about 600 of them myself. The bad part is that I just spent 4 months of Nixie watch profits on more Nixie tubes.

Casio SGW-100B (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40037917)

It's a basic digital watch, but also has a compass and thermometer, both of which I use far more than I'd care to admit. When I got a cell phone, I tried going without a watch for a while, but I would always glance at my wrist and get this horrible empty feeling when I didn't instantly know the time. The phone in my pocket was simply too far away :) This new watch was reasonably cheap, and had cool features. If I'm hiking/camping/boating (when I'd use the compass most, btw) it's important that it's also waterproof, which I can't say for my phone.

Build it. (5, Interesting)

mpoulton (689851) | more than 2 years ago | (#40037945)

Build a watch. From parts. I am currently wearing my general-purpose utility watch, a waterproof automatic I made with an ETA 2824-2 movement and a one-of-a-kind nickel and brass dial I made that evokes a mid-century modern aesthetic. I've built several others, but they're more decorative than utilitarian. This is a watch I can wear no matter what I'm doing without worrying about it. Mechanical watches are AMAZING instances of applied science, and even though the technology hasn't changed substantially in decades, they still represent the pinnacle of micro-mechanical manufacturing. Understanding and working on watches is a decidedly geeky pursuit, but it isn't that big an undertaking to obtain the necessary knowledge to assemble and maintain one if you're already a well qualified geek. And chances are that you'll start to appreciate the aesthetic design aspects more once you get into it. Let me tell you, ladies do love interesting, classy watches - and telling them you made it yourself and there's only one in the world is catnip.

why not be an adult (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40037947)

Why not be an adult and get a traditional timepiece. When you're at an interview with your casio calculator or dora the explorer watch, they will notice. Unless you're over 60, avoid rolex. Unless you're a twat, avoid movado. Find something that is classy but not showy. I like Omegas. Most won't be able to tell what brand it is, but those who do will appreciate your taste.

Casio (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 2 years ago | (#40037951)

F-91W [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Casio (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40038203)

I've got a W-96H [casio.com] for the odd time I need a watch. I got it because it has an alarm and a 10-year battery life. There are other functions, but I've never used them. It tells me the time, it alarms when I set it, I don't have to worry about the battery for 10 years, and it was pretty cheap. I wish my cellphone could be rendered to such a simple, functional piece.

If you want a watch that just works and keeps on (1)

mark_reh (2015546) | more than 2 years ago | (#40037953)

working, the Casio GS1300B is ultimately cool. 5 motors, analog display, atomic time sync, solar powered, count down timer that makes it run backwards, water and shock resist, and it looks nice too. You can read the time at a glance and know that it is absolutely correct. Since I got mine I stopped looking for any other watch. I picked mine up at a Saks 5th Ave outlet store for $240.

Mechanical watch (5, Interesting)

timpaton (748607) | more than 2 years ago | (#40037961)

A watch is just for telling the time - your other gadgets are for everything else.

That being the case, there are few things as geekishly awesome as an automatic (ie self-winding) mechanical wristwatch.

A little tiny machine, small enough to wear on your arm, that uses nothing but springs and harmonic motion to keep time, accurate to within a couple of seconds per day.

If you have the means, you can spend $_absurd on a status-symbol automatic watch.
If you don't have those means (or that inclination), you can get some serious bargains.

My everyday watch is a Vostok. http://www.vostok-inc.com/ [vostok-inc.com] . Delivered from Moscow for under $100. Seemingly indestructible, and more than accurate enough - I only ever need to adjust it if it stops, after not being worn for a couple of days.

I've seen some Seiko 5 automatics recently on Amazon for similar prices. More elegant (and delicate) looking than my Vostok (which is more like a watch movement set in an anvil), but very good little units.

Second-hand mechanical watches can be found for even less.

Get some cheap watchmaking tools off Ebay and pull a cheap mechanical watch to pieces, just for fun. Because you can.

Re:Mechanical watch (1)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 2 years ago | (#40038033)

That being the case, there are few things as geekishly awesome as an automatic (ie self-winding) mechanical wristwatch.

Personally, I'm partial to the Citizen Eco-Drive watches. They look like traditional mechanical analog watches, but under they hood, they use atomic clock signals to keep exacting time, and use solar panels to stay charged. They're not cheap, but you get to walk around all day, smug in the knowledge that everybody thinks you have to wind your watch every day.

Re:Mechanical watch (2)

timpaton (748607) | more than 2 years ago | (#40038085)

They look like traditional mechanical analog watches, but under they hood...

Yes, sure, and you can get battery-powered analog quartz watches that look like a mechanical analog watch, and you don't have to wind them either.

There's something special about a wearable machine. An atomic-syncing solar-powered watch is cool and all, but I'll keep my automatic thanks.

Re:Mechanical watch (1)

mirix (1649853) | more than 2 years ago | (#40038055)

I have a few Vostoks too. They're built like a tank but also heavy like tenk. Typical Russian construction I suppose.

Get the self winder though, Never having to wind the thing is worth the ten dollar differential.

I prefer the models with soviet stuff on them, but they have plain ones too. amfibija series is my favourite.

Something Old-school Geeky (3, Informative)

Dr. Mu (603661) | more than 2 years ago | (#40037967)

The Torgoen T01 [torgoen.com] sports a slide rule bezel. These aviator-style watches are like a poor man's Breitling, with battery-powered Swiss movements assembled into their housings in China. I've had mine for over six years, and I love it. The hands and numerals are large with phosphorescence that remains strong throughout the night. There's also a separate hand that reads in 24-hour time and which can be set to another time zone -- handy if you conduct overseas business.

Re:Something Old-school Geeky (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40038075)

Oh yeah, that one is nice! Id get that one over the citizen for sure. Same features, but sturdier and more stylish. Its a go.

Re:Something Old-school Geeky (1)

Dr. Mu (603661) | more than 2 years ago | (#40038181)

Actually, I screwed up with the model number. The one I have is the T6 [tagpilotsupply.com] , which Torgoen no longer lists, but which appears still to be available from dealers.

Fuelband (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40037977)

Never settled on a watch until I got a Nike Fuelband. Wear it every day.

The 1980s called. They want their tech back! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40037979)

It’s like saying: "Which horse carriage does the transportation minded of today prefer?"
Or: "Which oil lamp does the lighting minded of today prefer?"

You have a mobile pocket computer (which also serves as a phone), don’t you?
It should have a nice clock even when locked and power saving. Otherwise, get a real smartphone.

And if this post ever appears on printed paper, I hope you cut yourself on it, and bleed to death! :P

The natural one. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40037981)

Internal clock.
When I have enough sleep, I can tell the time +-5mins.
You just need a bit of training.

Tissot T-touch (5, Informative)

puthan (155000) | more than 2 years ago | (#40037999)

I have a Tissot T-touch. Looks like an ordinary watch. It uses a touch screen to bring the underlying gadgets to life. Altimeter, compass, barometer, thermometer, etc. Goes well with a suit too!

Dick Tracy (1)

akeeneye (1788292) | more than 2 years ago | (#40038005)

Are you looking for Dick Tracy-wear, or would you consider uber-retro geek? You can find stand-out vintage watches, even mechanical ones, with lots of dials and gimmickry. I haven't looked recently, but I imagine that you can still find yourself a fancy, vintage, atomic-age chronograph with a radium dial that will eventually give you superhero powers (think Hulk) and in the meantime will set off every radiation-detector in your city.

Suunto Core (1)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | more than 2 years ago | (#40038009)

Mine is a Suunto Core. I'm not real happy with how big it is, but large seems to be the style these days.

But other than that, it is very functional. Barometer and altimeter work very well, and it even has a storm alarm when the pressure drops faster than a certain rate. I have found that works well, too.

Very functional, and nice looking (for a men's-style watch). I could hope for a smaller version, but I haven't seen any.

Re:Suunto Core (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40038109)

I was gonna post about Suunto ones... quite geeky, I use'em primarily for outdoorsy activity; and very old fashioned mechanical analog kind watch for everyday wr0k.

The 1970s called... (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 2 years ago | (#40038019)

I haven't worn a watch since I started carrying a cell phone around. Even long before smartphones existed... cell phones have pretty much always had the time right on them - so who needs duplicate functionality attached to their wrist?

Re:The 1970s called... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40038315)

1) People who want to know the time but don't care much for cell phones;
2) It's easier to check the time in a watch;
3) Habit.

Astrodea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40038021)

Astrodea [astrodea.jp] , because you need to know where the stars are, not just what time it is. Not only is it analog, but you'll need two; one for the northern hemisphere, one for the southern.

geek it old school (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40038035)

Citizen (and very few others) make a pilot's watch with a thing called a "tachymeter". I haven't shopped one in years, but it used to be that the bottom price for these was like $400. I have no idea why, because it's a very simple gadget. The face has a rotating dial with a pair of logarithmic scales. It can be used exactly like a slide-rule, to perform calculations. Though, I found that in practice, by the time I worked out how to do the product or dividend, it was usually easier to just do it in my head. But they're nifty for confirming anyway. Unfortunately, for $400, you got a cheap, fragile band, that didn't stand up to much. . . :(

Casio PRX-7000T (1)

faust2097 (137829) | more than 2 years ago | (#40038037)

The Casio ProTrek PRX-7000T is a good candidate, it's solar, sets itself from an atomic clock signal automatically and has altimeter/barometer, compass and thermometer. It's also their first all-analog version. It's a bit expensive at $1500 but it should come down a bit if it gets release outside of Japan.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOPaj5BW-Zg [youtube.com]

Alternately you could get one with a slide rule like a Citizen Skyhawk A-T which could be had for under $500. It's atomic solar as well and has a bunch of other features.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDoBAT57hII [youtube.com]

Pulsar Y911 (1)

thisisauniqueid (825395) | more than 2 years ago | (#40038043)

I have a Pulsar Y911 watch. This is my favorite watch ever despite its simplicity. It has four killer features: (1) it is 100% titanium, so it's very light. (2) It's cheap (got mine for $57 new or something). (3) it has a "white-on" display, which is a cool LCD technology that appears over the analog watch face in *white*, but only when you push a button. The watch doesn't have a backlight (the only real downside IMO), but white-on is just cool. (4) with two pushes of the top-right button, it enters "1-AL" ("Single-time alarm") mode. Every subsequent push of the same button sets a one-off alarm one minute further in the future from the current time. This makes it really easy to set a reminder alarm for something, at any small number of minutes into the future, without even looking, by pushing the button (2 + the number of minutes) times. I use this feature *all* the time, and in fact it is the best feature I have ever found in a watch. I have looked all over for other watches that have this feature, and failed to find one. Does anybody know of other watches with 1-AL mode?

Fossil (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40038045)

There is a Fossil watch with rotating discs for hours and minutes, instead of pointers, to do away with the analog display.

This guy (1)

ma1wrbu5tr (1066262) | more than 2 years ago | (#40038067)

has one of these.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2143689/Tattoo-artist-implants-MAGNETS-arm-hold-iPod-place-permanently.html

Life choice? Publicity Stun? Who am I to judge?

Casio AWG101-1A Atomic Solar G-Shock watch (1)

yoctology (2622527) | more than 2 years ago | (#40038069)

Self-time setting in Europe, USA, Japan. Solar so never needs batteries. G-shock so it can stand submersion and getting beaten up. And doesn't cost too much. It also is very light. A man's watch.

"Casio's Multi-Band Atomic watch for men is a high-tech timepiece designed for superior performance under a variety of conditions. Featuring a gray, brushed stainless steel case with gray dial, sporty, black plastic resin band, and a combination of analog timekeeping and digital stopwatch functions, this solar and battery-powered watch also offers accurate timekeeping for 28 time zones, water resistance to 660 feet, an LED backlight, a daily alarm function, a calendar function, and a power-saving option with battery power indicator."

Severla models available.

I got the pure digital 1980's retro rectangular lcd model. Just put it on and do your shit. It's set for the rest of your life, basically.

Mine is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40038073)

Ebel Sport Classic in 18k & stainless. It does one thing and does it well.

Only one answer... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40038081)

Casio F91W.

Actually .. (1)

n5vb (587569) | more than 2 years ago | (#40038099)

I actually want a watch that I can pair with my phone via Bluetooth, that will let me do things like dial and answer calls. I don't know if the protocols for that even exist, but it's what I want. Touch screen for a multi-modal display that's a watch when it's not being used for something else, but switches to a dial with send/end buttons when I need it, Maybe make it switchable between various analog and/or digital dial skins. Open source/open architecture if that can be done without introducing malware vectors.

If I had the time and resources to develop it myself, that'd be the watch I want.

The Wageslave's Tale (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40038117)

I was looking for a techie watch, to replace my very old one that broke. Wanted something that does more than tell the time. But the options are quite limited.

First off, a mobile phone don't cut it. You have to fish it out of the pocket; not easy sometimes, such as when cycling.

Ipod nano can look pretty neat as a watch [iwatchz.com] . However: (a) It does not have an always on mode (b) When you need to turn it on you have to press a tiny button on the side -- not very practical (c) Its not waterproof. It would be great if Apple actually made an iWatch, since they are as much a fashion company as a tech company.

Watches with radioactive tritium tubes for a glowing night display look so cool [luminox.com] , but they are way over-priced.

Finally, just settled for a Casio. At least I can see how long I've been swimming.

A good techie watch should have:

  • bluetooth
  • good visibility in the dark
  • function as a notification system for the phone for incoming emails, messages, calls, calendar events, etc.
  • waterproof
  • don't have to press a button to switch on display
  • does not need to be charged everyday
  • supports 3rd party apps

Good to have: ability to hitch a ride on passing spaceships

Seiko Coutura Kinetic Perpetual (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40038119)

The technology in it is great. It has a kinetic generator charging a battery that when fully charged, lasts for 4 years of disuse. I stopped wearing mine for a year when i wasn't allowed a watch at work (medicine), and the hands stopped moving the next day to save power. A year later I picked it up the hands all spun to the time again, and it was only out by 5 seconds (I usually keep the time correct to the second for fun). They recommend a service every ten years, but I don't think it will really need it.

Future Retro: Citizen Black Eagle (1)

RemiT (182856) | more than 2 years ago | (#40038123)

Serious heavy metal jewelry: Solar powered quartz anatog-digital, multizone, with E6B flight computer (i.e. slide rule) bezel. No need to leave the smartphone behind, but wtf: this is a different kind of tech statement. Program something else. - ['DB]

I don't wear a wrist watch (YIC) (0)

rossdee (243626) | more than 2 years ago | (#40038143)

I don't wear a wrist watch yiu insensitive clod!

For one thing the skin on my wrist is sensitive to some metals and I get dermatitis
Also, I have been working for most of the past 25 years in jobs where I have had to wash my hands a lot, most recently as a Nursing Assistant.

So I prefer a clip watch, pocket watch or one around my neck (like a stopwatch)

A writst watch is generally too small to have a big enough screen and controls for all the tech stuff that you have on a smartphone

And many of the features of tech watches don't serve any purpose where I live. (eg tide times, altitude, dept, oxygen remaining in scuba tank) we don't have any oceans or mountains in MN

Casio GW-M5600 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40038223)

Simple and easy to read. At one glance it presents the day of the week, day of the month, the month, and the time. It is also solar-powered and is capable of receiving time signals all over the world (multi-band 5).

It's also a G-Shock so you never have to worry about babying it.

Omega Speedmaster is NASA's watch (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40038225)

Now there's an Omega Spacemaster Z-33 designed as an aerospace watch, frankly as a geek, if NASA think its good, I think its good, end of story!

http://omegaforums.net/threads/omega-z-33-spacemaster.532/

Ball Stormchaser DLC Glow for sure (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40038249)

66 Tritium vials round the face and on the hands
Day-date
Chronograph with telemetry and tachymeter
Screw down crowns
Black and red :-)
All running on a Valjoux 7750 for cheaper repairs than any other movement and rock solid timekeeping.

I've been wearing one for 6 months and it keeps time to the second. The Ta-C coating and sapphire face make it bulletproof and it still looks like it was bought yesterday. What more can I say, this watch is perfect foray geek.

Apple Nano + Watch Band (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40038283)

http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_ipod/ipod_accessories/cases

LEGO + StarWars to the rescue (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40038321)

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=star+wars+lego+watch

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