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Interesting Wrist Watches?

Cliff posted more than 8 years ago | from the different-ways-to-tell-time dept.


brobak asks: "I've always been interested in interesting, wearable timepieces, and lately I've been wanting to start my own collection. They needn't be wiz-bang, high tech gizmo's, so much as interesting ways of displaying the time. What are some unique, or interesting time pieces that Slashdot readers own? Where should I start my collection?"

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binary watches (2, Informative)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 8 years ago | (#14756986)

There's the selection of binary watches at ThinkGeek. [] I personally prefer simple classic analog timepieces, though.

Re:binary watches (4, Funny)

SpacePunk (17960) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757024)

Nixies are neat []

I also prefer analog or the old 70's LED watches. Funny now many people look at a LED watch and are just astounded.

Re:binary watches (2, Informative)

ottothecow (600101) | more than 8 years ago | (#14758033)

I am suprised that noone has mentioned Skagen watches [] so far. I really like their mesh bands which are available in stainless steel, titanium, and black titanium.

They are amazingly slim and the titanium is quite strong and scratch resistant. I own a black one and its a beatiful watch, quite comfortable to wear and the japanese movement is fairly accurate (obviously its not a several thousand dollar watch but...), and it has the date on it. The design is very modern and clean and they are very affordable (I ended up exchanging a Citizen Ecodrive for this watch and I couldnt be happier for 1/6th of the price).

For the "Old School" retro geek - Fossil Palm (2, Informative)

beacher (82033) | more than 8 years ago | (#14758179)

I'm at work but Amazon is safe for me - Here is the Fossil Palm OS watch [] . I've been seriously debating this as a novelty. It bet it sucks the souls out of batteries and is difficult to synch.


Re:binary watches (3, Funny)

onion2k (203094) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757025)

If you're going to wear a binary watch, make sure that you're able to read binary as if it were Base10. If a foxy chick asks you the time in a bar not being able to read your watch loses whatever geek points a binary watch might have afforded you.

Re:binary watches (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14757571)

Yeah, but:

1. Do people who wear binary watches even go to bars?

2. Do foxy chicks ask people with binary watches what time it is? I mean, if you're wearing one of these things in a bar, you're probably also wearing a shirt off of ThinkGeek with some profound saying like "Got root?", a holster containing a graphing calculator, and maybe even this hat [] , things collectively known as The Foxy Chick Repellant Kit.

3. And even if all you have is the binary watch, and the chick is interested enough to ask what it is, how long will it take for her eyes to glaze over as you try to explain, at which point she walks away?

Of course, this all goes out the windows if she happens to be a geek chick, but if she is, she may already have her own binary watch, so she won't even have to ask you what time it is.

Re:binary watches (5, Funny)

Feanturi (99866) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757651)

The more important part there though is, if you meet a foxy chick in a bar, do NOT let her know that you have a binary watch.

Re:binary watches (5, Interesting)

DahGhostfacedFiddlah (470393) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757710)

Also, make sure the bloody thing doesn't actually *display* in base 10.

I was very disappointed when I opened my binary clock and found that each base-10 digit was represented in binary, so 35 would be 0011 0101, rather than 100011, as it should be.

Re:binary watches (1)

magefile (776388) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757988)

bloody thing doesn't actually *display* in base 10

For the record, this is called BCD, or Binary Coded Decimal.

Re:binary watches (1)

edremy (36408) | more than 8 years ago | (#14758063)

If you have the ThinkGeek binary clock it can do either Binary Coded Decimal (the default) or true binary. I forget the setting, but you hold down one of the buttons on the back when you turn it on.

True binary mode is damn hard to read fast- the BCD version is much easier.

Re:binary watches (1)

insertwackynamehere (891357) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757206)

heh I use a Binary watch (from ThinkGeek). The Samui Moon (blue LED) one :)

Bah... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14757264)

Borderline dorky. There are thousands of very nice watches out there. Why settle for something somewhat original but god ugly (or ugly retro-wannabe)?

I bought a London Boy watch about ten years ago (ex-wife's father collects 'em too). That was one of the weirdest watches I had ever seen. Looked quite nice, very decently priced, but impossible to read when drunk ;)

I have a fair amount of watches, but honestly I prefer wearing a nice and normal looking watch (currently wearing a plain Timex Chronograph)

Not to rip on you guys but (3, Insightful)

hobotron (891379) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757014)

Ever since my watch battery ran out and I didnt get another, Ive found Im really good at knowing the time without one, clocks are everywhere so you can recalibrate when you enter a building etc, also when I used to work outside, I became very adept at knowing the time by the position of the sun, (the one thing that Daylight savings fucks up when the time changes, I bet farmers are pissed too).

Anyways, im not knocking your habit of collecting time telling devices, just saying you already have a fairly accurate one built in.

Re:Not to rip on you guys but (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14757196)

Actually, watch technology is finally avaliable to us farmers for reasonable prices, but we have also learned to tell time by the behavior of our oxen.

Re:Not to rip on you guys but (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14757518)

Actually, daylight savings was brought in primarily to benefit farmers.

Re:Not to rip on you guys but (2, Informative)

toddestan (632714) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757621)

Actually, daylight savings was brought in primarily to benefit farmers.

Actually, that's a myth. Farmers base their schedule around when there is going to be daylight, not around what the clock says. And chickens and cows don't care at all what time it is.

Re:Not to rip on you guys but (1)

fimbulvetr (598306) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757891)

Agreed, time messes with farmers more than helps them.

Grain elevators, milk trucks (for dairy farms), and grain delivery all run on DST and farmers run on day-time. Cows need to be milked at the same time so whether it's 6:00am or 7:00am, it needs to be done. Trains from grain elevators need to leave on DST so if you're trying to get your grain in by a deadline, you're now at the mercy of DST. Elevators usually have agreements to deliver grain to feeders, etc. by 9:00am - although pigs and most other livestock aren't physically affected by food arriving at a different time - it can cause stress, etc.

Re:Not to rip on you guys but (5, Funny)

hunterx11 (778171) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757567)

Kramer: "I don't wear a watch."
Elaine: "Well, what do you do?"
Kramer: "Well, I tell time by the sun."
Elaine: "How close do you get?"
Kramer: "Well, I can guess within the hour."
Elaine: "I can guess within the hour and I don't even have to look at the sun."
Kramer: "Yeah."
Elaine: "So what do you do at night?"
Kramer: "Well, night's tougher, but it's only a couple of hours."

LED watches (4, Funny)

Odocoileus (802272) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757015)

When I get a job, I will be finding myself a nice old red LED watch. These old watches are the defacto standard for fine programmers everywhere. LED watch == fine programmer.

Re:LED watches (1)

eclectro (227083) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757545)

LED watch == fine programmer.

No kidding. And those "binary" watches are for wannabes/posers.

Re:LED watches (4, Funny)

cgenman (325138) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757702)

LED watch == fine programmer


Re: I get it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14758161)

>These old watches are the defacto standard for fine programmers everywhere. LED watch == fine programmer.

Ohhh. I get it! There's a secret code word in the parent's post! I'm guessing this is the same "fine" that people use when telling someone politely to "read the fine article". When you're not in polite company, the root word rhymes with "duck". So I guess in this case it rhymes with "ducked up" instead of "ducking".

What do I win? :)

Obligatory Reference (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14757032)

You still think digital wristwatches are a pretty neat idea? How primitive.

Re:Obligatory Reference (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14757561)

The days of the digital watch are numbered.

eptional lovable accessories, exclusive brands (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14757068)

Whaddaya doin', Kyishna

I would love to see you wearing one around! It'd be pleasant for you to splurge on some unique timepieces for yourself.

You've been working so hard; you always have deserved a stylish timekeeper to show off all your success. You remember how I had to scrimp on niceties in the past? Now I can afford to celebrate! []

I've already purchased presents from this worldweb store in the past, so I know it's a good one. You deserve to have a luxury item and it won't cut apart your paycheck much.

Re:eptional lovable accessories, exclusive brands (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14757500)


Spam as a slashdot post!

Oh, wait... that's about par for the course, actually.

my watch (1)

John Frink (919768) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757071)

I suggest you get a Citizen Skyhawk like mine, it's great for a pilot cause it has a whiz wheel (it's a circular slide rule), really comes in handy.

Re:my watch (1)

3waygeek (58990) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757127)

I just got one off eBay a month ago; it keeps much better time than any LCD watch I've owned.

Mondaine Don't Rush watch (5, Interesting)

sulli (195030) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757076)

I have a neat watch [] from Mondaine [] (makers of Swiss Railways watches) that only has one hand, and little hashmarks that show the minutes in 5 min increments. It's very minimalist - after all, if you have a good enough eye, one hand is all you need - and it never fails to confuse people when they see it. (Someone has it on ebay. [] )

Some suggestions... (5, Informative)

mmclure (26378) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757084)

First I'd take a look at getting at least one mechanical automatic in your collection. You can get brand new mechanical Seikos using their 7S26 movement (a real workhorse) off eBay for around $50. These usually have glass backs so you can see the movement and the hairspring ticking. Another option is a skeletonized automatic - Swiss versions of these are quite expensive, but recently there have been a lot of lower-cost mechanical automatics available.

Another good option is an ana-digi - i.e. a watch with hands over an LCD dial - the LCD dial can show the time digitally while the hands show it as analog.

It's sort of embarassing to say this, but if you have the ShopNBC channel on your lineup, you might want to look for their watch shows. The guy who runs them (Jim Skelton) is knowledgeable about watches, and they often have interesting watches available. If you're looking for "funky", watch out for shows with Android Watches. Often they will have inexpensive (relatively - note that in the watch world anything under $1000 is considered a "poor man's watch") skeletonized automatics ($100 - $500 depending on the complications and the quality of the decoration on the movement.)

Of course, if you want really funky and price is no object, take a look at either the Ulysse Nardin Freak [] or the Harry Winston Opus V [] .

I love my Tag (1)

slasher999 (513533) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757123)

My wife bought me a Tag a few years ago and I love it. I'm thinking of getting an Omega while I save for my Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona with meteorite dial. At $27k, that will take me a few years to save for! As you can tell, I'm into nice watches, not funky one. Probably not what you were looking for.

Japanese Domestic Market Watches (4, Informative)

mr.henry (618818) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757142)

As with everything else, Japan keeps the best watches for itself and ships the merely OK watches to the US. A Seiko in America is nothing special, but the "Grand Seiko" line in Japan is higher quality than Rolex/Omega/etc. I think the best bang for the buck in Japanese domestic market watches is the Seiko Alpinist -- $300 -- and includes auto calendar, GMT hand, titanium, and 5 year battery. They are "interesting" -- it is unlikely you will see anyone else with one.

Higuchi [] is a great place for Japanese watches, BTW. They ship to USA.

Re:Japanese Domestic Market Watches (3, Insightful)

techno-vampire (666512) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757191)

I think the best bang for the buck in Japanese domestic market watches is the Seiko Alpinist -- $300 -- and includes auto calendar, GMT hand, titanium, and 5 year battery.

Nice, but a $50 Timex or Boliva will tell the time just as well.

Re:Japanese Domestic Market Watches (3, Informative)

Glonoinha (587375) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757310)

The Alpinist is a sharp looking watch - I wear a stainless Rolex Submariner and love it (couldn't imagine wearing anything else) but it was a gift.
Would I drop ~$3,500 on a watch for myself ... not so sure. I'd like to think so, but if the Alpinist is anywhere as nice as it looks online and is 1/10th the price - it would be a hard choice to make.

That said, I recommend a Swiss automatic to the OP. If he can carry it well and afford it, a Sub will be a life-long companion wherever he goes because a. it will last forever, and b. at $3,500 he isn't likely to leave it somewhere it can get stolen or broken. I actually asked the shop-owner if I needed to baby mine when I got it, for fear of damaging it - he explained that the amount of force required to scratch the crystal was easily enough to blow my arm off. He was right - five years later and nary a scratch.

Re:Japanese Domestic Market Watches (1)

Average_Joe_Sixpack (534373) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757749)

The Grand Seiko is an excellent watch, the rest of the line is a little iffy. Most of the movements, cases and bracelets are now being mass produced in China ... kind of sad to see another great Japanese brand reduced to such means.

Personally I prefer vintage mechanical watches to the gaudy crap being produced today, or at least it seems America is getting all the large tuna can watches. I have a 30 year old Omega Speedmaster that I wear everyday and a 50 year old gold Hamilton tank when I need to go formal. Both are well made, good looking pieces that keep excellent time and will probably outlast me.

Watch for the UberGeek (1)

techno-vampire (666512) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757161)

If you really want to geek out, you've got to get a Timex Datalink. [] Not only does it have a neat set of functions, you set it by connecting it to your PC.

I've heard that it was developed because Bill Gates mentioned to a Timex executive that he'd always wanted a watch he could set from his PC, so they came up with one. Mine is a few years old and reads barcodes off the screen; the newest ones hook up with USB. In either case, get one and geek out.

Re:Watch for the UberGeek (1)

Nai7 (703453) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757457)

I have a newer USB version of the DataLink watch and like its data functions a lot. One caveat, if you already have to carry a cell phone, that may cover many/all of the same data features already. Further it cannot be synced easily or into mail/organizer applications easily and possibly not at all under Linux (?).

    Further, I really dislike the non-standard, virtually unchangeable band style of the DataLink and it sounds like you want to wear a watch for style, this watch may not cover that depending on what you are going for. It has nerd triathlete down pretty well!

Re:Watch for the UberGeek (1)

wolrahnaes (632574) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757980)

I used to have one of those. Did they ever update it to be able to work on the screen from NT? Last time I used one, it needed a serial port adapter for NT/2K/XP systems and even required a TSR to work on my Rage 128 in Windows 98....Timex tech support said the video card was "too fast".

Re:Watch for the UberGeek (1)

techno-vampire (666512) | more than 8 years ago | (#14758131)

I don't know. I too have one of those adapters, but only because it doesn't work with a laptop screen.

My Favorite (1)

MBCook (132727) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757200)

My favorite watch I can never remember the name of. I saw it on Beyond 2000 years and years ago (either that or one of the other old shows on the Disovery Channel, like Next Step). The watch is shaped like a domino with four pips on each half (a 4:4 domino). The pips raise and lower based on the time, the combination of which are up and down telling you the exact time (note: the minutes were in 5 minute increments). I managed to find it online about 5 years ago (it was somewhere in Europe, Denmark?) and eventually managed to find out the price ($1500, at least).

Good luck finding it, but it has always been my favorite watch (from a decorative standpoint).

My favorite normal watch? I've got a Timex Datalink (early generation) that I can no longer use (I'm on Mac and use a laptop, so I don't have a CRT). I can't use it's data features, but that's OK, it's a great watch too. I've been wearing it for a LONG time now (7 years+) and I just love it. I'd might a new one, but they don't have the band style I like any more.

Re:My Favorite (1)

bunbuntheminilop (935594) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757704)

Yes! I remember that! I think it was designed by an artist so you could check your watch without looking at it, which would be rude if you were with people.

My mission is to find that watch!

As any HHGTTG fan knows... (0, Redundant)

ZorroXXX (610877) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757223) watches are overrated.

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.

Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.

(Copied from [] )

Old hat (2, Insightful)

Oldsmobile (930596) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757237)

Frankly, I think watches are kinda old hat.

Cell phones have clocks on them, why would you want to carry two time pieces on you?

Re:Old hat (1)

Stephen Williams (23750) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757409)

Convenience. Glancing at a watch is more convenient than fumbling around in one's pocket for the telephone and possibly switching it on.

Also, not everyone takes their mobile telephones everywhere. S'nice to have the freedom to leave the silly thing at home and not be contactable. However, I always wear my wristwatch (basic analogue one, just tells the time and displays the day of the month; nothing fancy). I feel somehow incomplete without it, actually.


Re:Old hat (1) (107853) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757583)

Why does having it with and on imply reachability? It's possible to have it handy but silent (or just ignore it). Just because a technology that has useful features can be annoying doesn't mean it has to be.

Re:Old hat (1)

kraut (2788) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757472)

Because I can't yet strap my cellphone to my wrist?

Not without looking like a complete plonker, anyway.

Re:Old hat (1)

FLEB (312391) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757898)

Whatever happened to that cellphone watch that transmitted the incoming through your wristbone? I saw that in Wired a few years back, and I've always wanted one.

Re:Old hat (1)

blackomegax (807080) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757595)

because looking at your wrist is a lot easier than pulling something out of your pocket, unfolding it if its a flipphone, and putting it back. ESPECIALLY when you're driving.

Re:Old hat (1)

Oldsmobile (930596) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757683)

"ESPECIALLY when you're driving.

What the hell are you talking about? Even my Lada [] has a clock on the dashboard.

Re:Old hat (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14757682)

If you wear a jumpsuit all of the time with built-in underwear, there's no need to buy all 3 clothing items separately. So why isn't your closet full of jumpsuits?

Re:Old hat (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14758231)

Some of us don't have, need nor want a cellphone.

So we need a watch...

Show your UberGeek status! (1)

hot soldering iron (800102) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757260)

Strap a Linux PDA to your wrist, and have it show a world map and the phase of the moon!

Re:Show your UberGeek status! (2, Insightful)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757796)

Why would you need a watch to display the phase of the moon? Surely you know that already from Nethack.

Milieris (2, Interesting)

gregbaker (22648) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757270)

I have a "Minstrel Copper" from Milieris' Watchcraft [] . Very cool stuff in their catalogue.

Start Your Collection at number 007 (2, Interesting)

Quirk (36086) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757280)

James Bond wore a Rolex Oyster Submariner [] . In one of the Bond books 007 grips the handle of his razor between his middle fingers making a fist with the head of the razor outward, (an old stainless steel case and handle that took razor blades inserted under the top then screwed down onto the handle), he then wraps his prized Rolex Oyster Submariner around his fist and over the head of the razor. It's the only weapon available to him and he uses it to kill the man guarding him with a single blow.

The Rolex Blackface Oyster is coveted worldwide.

Re:Start Your Collection at number 007 (1)

bblazer (757395) | more than 8 years ago | (#14758267)

Interesting. I thought that he wore an Omega Seamaster.


TokyoFlash (2, Informative)

X86Daddy (446356) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757297)

I've bought several interesting / alternative watches from TokyoFlash [] My favorites have been the Equalizer, Pimp, and Twelve 5-9 B. When I was in China and Thailand, I bought some by brands called ODM and Thix, a few of which are carried / were carried by TokyoFlash as well. You'll see many of the same models on ebay too, although often around the same price.

I did have to send back my Equalizer due to it being extremely dim, even with a new battery, and TokyoFlash turned it around pretty quick and paid me back for my shipping to them. As far as readability of those funky designs, I find the Twelve 5-9 to be the quickest / easiest, with the Equalizer a bit behind the Pimp.

Re:TokyoFlash (1)

unfunk (804468) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757810)

I have an EleeNo Art 8 [] , and I have to say, it's an utterly beautiful analogue watch - sure, it takes slightly longer than usual to work out what the time is, but it looks so damned good!

Multi-function (1)

thestuckmud (955767) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757352)

You need to include something like this p?CONTENT%3C%3Ecnt_id=10134198673958098&FOLDER%3C% 3Efolder_id=9852723697223384&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=8 45524442492820&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=140847439590 3526&bmUID=1140393060596 [] , which has GPS, altimeter, and compass, among other features. Naturally, data can be transferred to your computer. What's that? You're a Slashdot reader so you don't go outside? Righto. Then my consider my favorite for a while, the Breitling Aerospace ( erospace_avantage/ [] ). One button interface with sophistication very much appreciated in this day of unforgivable human factors design. Little things like a alarm that beeps discretely at first, allowing the owner to silence it before it becomes a nuisance. It stopped being my favorite after the minute hand fell off and servicing that broke the speaker and introduced intermittent timing failures. Gott send it back for probably $300+ worth of repairs...

Re:Multi-function .. now with smaller url's (1)

pbhj (607776) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757716)

You need to visit []

Atomic clock sync (2, Interesting)

blakestah (91866) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757357)

I really like atomic clock sync-age. It lets my watch agree with my NTP time on my computer. But it has a battery...

Today, for $50-60 US, you can get an atomic clock sync'd watch which recharges with solar power. That will be my next watch, but probably after it cheapens a little....

To me, watches are mainly functional. Nothing keeps better time than my watch, but lots of things cost more...

Re:Atomic clock sync (2, Informative)

BanditRider (955768) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757440)

I remember an old saying that went:

"A man with two watches doesn't know what time it is"

My watch is a Casio MTG with a black metal band.

Syncs to an atomic clock every night, solar cell keeps battery charged, simply rasing my arm and tilting my wrist to read it turns on the backlight for a few seconds.

It's nice to know the accurate time. Isn't that what a watch is for?

Re:Atomic clock sync (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14757828)


I have a watch called a "Timex Expedition." It's got an LCD display just like my computer, chronograph, alarm, and two extremely cool-looking rubber badges on the wristband (velcro!) to let everybody know that I'm wearing a "Timex Expedition."

And dude, let me tell you: since I plunked down my $35 for this baby, the women just won't leave me alone. It's kind of embarrassing, actually.

atomic wristwatch (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14757367)

you need an atomic wristwatch (and not one of those radiocontroled ones) []

I like my Atomic one... (2, Interesting)

ShyGuy91284 (701108) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757396)

Casio has (surprisingly) pretty good non-dorky looking atomic watches. I love mine.

Re:I like my Atomic one... (1)

Wdi (142463) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757771)

Also have a look at Junghans atomic watches (

Re:I like my Atomic one... (1)

gadzook33 (740455) | more than 8 years ago | (#14758222)

Ug, I know casio calls them "atomic" but on slashdot, please...these are simply watches that receive the VLF radio time signals transmitted by NIST from station WWVB near the US atomic clock in Boulder, Colorado. There's nothing atomic about them...other than the fact that they're made of atoms.

The definitive site on funky japanese watches... (2, Informative)

Glog (303500) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757397) []

My not so interesting way (1)

ValiantSoul (801152) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757444)

I used to wear a nice Armitron watch that I bought at Kohls, however when the battery died I started just look at my cell phone's time and haven't yet gone back to buy a battery. The watch died about a year ago.

Tokyoflash (1)

0x20 (546659) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757480) []

Always has interesting stuff.

Pocket watches are nice (1)

plover (150551) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757498)

I have inherited a few pocket watches, one from each grandfather and one from my father. One grandfather left me his with art deco style digits and a seconds "wheel" hidden behind a window; unfortunately it was stamped-from-tin and doesn't really work well. The other grandfather left me a very nice "railroad watch" hearkening from the 1920s with a porcelain dial (although with only 11 jewels, it's not an "official" railroad watch which is supposed to have 17 jewels.) And my mother gave me my father's watch, which was newer and works well, but has a sculpted and too-ornate flip-open cover which I find uncomfortable to wear.

I used to wear the railroad watch daily, until disaster struck. I dropped it on the granite floor of a jewelry store (of all places) which broke the flywheel shaft. One jeweller quoted me $375 for a guaranteed repair (higher than its value when it was working,) so I took it to a different jeweler who "fixed" it for $100 (but it won't keep running.)

Anyway, when it was running it kept perfect time, never drifting by more than a few seconds a month. The fact that it was my grandfather's made it even more special to me. But hauling out an old pocket watch by the chain always caught people's attention, and it sparked a few conversations.

You can still buy mechanical pocket watches today, but I find the older watches more appealing. There's something about a hand lapped mechanism that makes you appreciate it more, even if it's hidden inside the case.

an Earth Watch (1)

idonthack (883680) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757528)

A year or two ago on ThinkGeek I saw an awesome watch they had for about $400. It's not there anymore but I think this [] is it. It has a holographic image of the world floating under a bubble, and it turns (with day/night effects) to show the time.

Temperature responsive self winding timepieces (1)

dtmos (447842) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757549)

I don't know if it ever made it to the market, but a wristwatch powered by temperature variations of the air [] would be really cool. (Its inventor, Steven Phillips, died [] in March, 2004, and I can no longer find his shop, the Budapest Watch Company of Guilford, Connecticut, on the web.)

Re:Temperature responsive self winding timepieces (1)

the eric conspiracy (20178) | more than 8 years ago | (#14758232)

Citizen is selling a watch in Japan that is powered both by the temperature difference between your arm and the air and photoelectric cells.

Who uses a watch anyway? (1)

mnmn (145599) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757624)

Real men type 'date' in bash. The women move the mice to the lower right corner of the screen. Why do you need plastic wrapped around a limb?

Travel to Hong Kong. (2, Interesting)

cgenman (325138) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757632)

If you're serious, travel to Hong Kong, Bangkok, or any other major Asian city with a lax view of copyrights.

You'll be able to start a large collection of many different styles for not very much money. And on top of that you will have traveled around and have a story for all of your watches. The story really makes the watch.

Other than that, try a
Casio Waveceptor [] (note, doesn't work in New England)
Fossil PDA Watch []
USB Watch []
YES watch []
MP3 watch []
Sleep Tracker Watch [] (too bad it is so ugly)

Tokyo Flash []
Nike Watches [] (always something interesting)

Also, consider pocketwatches. They're rare enough that you get immediate oddball points for using one, but they're common enough that you can find interesting ones [] .

Storm of London (3, Informative)

kafka47 (801886) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757637)

Nice topic! Watches are my only accessory.

Not geeky, no gizmos or doodads, but Storm watches [] look the coolest (and are fairly cheap, too).

I have two Storms, one Diesel [] and a beautiful St. Moritz [] for scubadiving. Am always on the lookout for nicely designed watches.


My Coolest Watches (2, Interesting)

the eric conspiracy (20178) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757711)

Omega Speedmaster Pro - only watch worn on the moon
HP-001 - only RPN calculator watch
Nixie Watch - only watch based on vacuum tubes

Re:My Coolest Watches (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14757870)

Definite yes on the Omega Speedmaster Pro (I have a mid 70s model). I'd say if there were a watch hall of fame.

* Omega Speedmaster Pro - The pre 69 models were used on all the Apollo and Skylab missions.
* Heuer Carrera - Before the Tag group ruined the line
* Rolex 5512/5513 - James Bond's watch
* Rolex 1675 - First GMT
* Bulova Accutron - First battery operated watch
* The Hamilton Pulsar - First digital watch
* Rolex Explorer I - Mount Everest Watch

Poljot Traveller (1)

brentcastle (807566) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757721)

I looked long and hard to select my current watch. I'm quite happy with my find. I wish I had an automatic now, but I still thoroughly enjoy this watch. m []

Minimalistic (1)

karnal (22275) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757767)

I know everyone has their own needs or wants for a watch...

For my tastes, I like Movado. Their styles are usually minimalist; the watch I chose for my wrist is this one: ion=Classic%20Museum []

Of course, I just like minimal. I'm sure there are others here who may want a lot of other tools handy on their wrist. For me, I don't even want #'s on the face of my watch.. :)

Visible gears (2, Informative)

Saberwind (50430) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757790)

If I were to wear an analog watch, I would definitely consider this one:

Swatch analog watch with visible gears [] (zoom in to see detail)

There's something about watching moving parts that inspires the engineer in me.

Kinetics kick ass, but have no other cool options (1)

MCRocker (461060) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757820)

I love my kinetic [] watch! Even though my old automatic was cool, the whole idea of a self winding quartz watch is even more cool and kicks solar ass. It even has a window on the back side where you can see the generator weight, gears, coils and capacitor, so you can show poeple how it works.

The only thing I don't like about kinetics is that there are virtually no options. They're all analog display. Why is it that the Casio G-Shock [] solar watches come in all sorts of flavours including a plethora of digital options and even 'atomic' setting radio, but none of this is available for kinetics, which seem to be a much more reliable power source? The fact that my ultra-cool Sieko kinetic watch requires manual changing of the date at the end of each month is pathetic!

What I want is an atomic, digital, kinetic watch with a few simple alarm and calendar functions, but nobody makes one. At this stage in our technological eveolution, a watch that you never have to wind, change batteries or set and has the capability of keeping track of the day of month shouldn't be too difficult, but seems to be almost beyond the capabilities of the marketplace.

P.S. Repost of Kinetics kick ass, but have no other cool options [] .

Kinetics kick ass until they break (1)

metamatic (202216) | more than 8 years ago | (#14758062)

I had a Kinetic. I loved it, but it broke after just over a year. I got it repaired, about a year later it broke again.

So, I switched to a Casio G-Shock titanium solar.

approximate time (1)

LazyBoy (128384) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757848)

Talus. [] Click the one on the right for a demo.

Water powered watch! (2, Interesting)

bunbuntheminilop (935594) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757856)

Many years ago I remember a guy I knew had a watch that was water powered. Well, you had to hold it under a tap for a minute or so every couple of weeks, and it would charge the battery. It was pretty cool then, and just thinking about it, its pretty cool now.

If anyone remembers this watch......

A compass is a NEATO feature... (1)

BucksCountyCycleGeek (893639) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757885)

Not too enthusiastic about aesthetics - the most useful feature I've found on watches is a compass, which I wear on my Timex Expedition watch. As long as you're not doing surveying, you can definitely solve a lot of problems in unfamiliar cities with it.

Bulova Accutron Spaceview - got to have (1)

foobar77 (664261) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757887)

A got to have for any collection. One of the earliest electronic watches from the 1960s - used a tuning fork for timing, very accurate for the time. You can hear the hum if you listen closely. The Spaceview had a clear face so you could see the tuning fork and all the guts. My scout master had one (and a GTO), and we thought he was a very cool guy. I bought one in the early 70's. []

Scientific calculator watch (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14757903)

Since the seventies I've wanted a scientific
calculator watch, but the ones made then are
pretty run down now. So, I got a Fossil Abacus
wrist pda and put a scientific calculator program
on it. Also, a lisp interpreter so I can run more
complex problems like intergral eqns.

Casio Wrist Remote Controller (0, Offtopic)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757950)

I have a Casio Wrist Remote Controller. It's a calculator watch with a built in 'universal remote'. It's not super great as it's really only useful for VCRs and TVs (no DVD player...) but it does have a learning function. I was able to control my fancy-ass remote controlled fan with it. I'm sure a more creative geek could find a use for it. I should warn you guys, though, that it's not very fashionable. Watches with calculator buttons on them scare away the ladies.

Mars watch (1)

jkastner (581372) | more than 8 years ago | (#14757974)

Why not get a watch that shows the correct time on Mars? This fellow [] made some watches for the JPL Mars Exploration Rover team and I think that he sells them to the public too.

Re:Mars watch (1)

way2trivial (601132) | more than 8 years ago | (#14758014)

Yes, but which timezone do you set it for?

Polar Heart Rate Monitor (1)

PerlHeadJax (614572) | more than 8 years ago | (#14758096)

My Polar S725i Heart Rate Monitor [] has to be one of the more impressive feats of wristwatch geek engineering ever invented. It records heart rate, temperature, and altitude right out of the package, as well as cycle speed, cadence, and power with optional wireless or wired sensors. All of the captured data can be downloaded to a PC using the built-in IR port and analyzed/graphed using Polar's own software or other publicly-available packages. []

One is not forced use the HRM or cycling functions to utilize the watch's other sensors. I once used the watch on a vacation trip around Colorado. When I got back home I was able to download the sensor readings into Polar's software and better visualize the elevation changes I had experienced during my trip.

A word of note: this watch is huge. I bought a runner's version [] of the same watch for my wife and it looks very out of place on her dainty wrist. A fashion statement it is not, but I've been surprised at the number of comments I've received about it (mostly from people who own HRMs of their own.)

Slightly offtopic, shock resistant and *thin* (1)

clintp (5169) | more than 8 years ago | (#14758118)

I play volleyball a lot. I've been looking for a thin but shock resistant watch to wear when I need to play but keep an eye on the time. (Strapping one to my ankle or someplace else isn't just inconvenient, it's.. well, really dorky.)


Where should I start my collection? (-1, Flamebait)

bergeron76 (176351) | more than 8 years ago | (#14758132)

Where should I start my collection?"

Try GOOGLE you fucking dolt.

G'head, mod me down; but somebody needed to say it.

REALLY high end watches . . . (1)

jgaynor (205453) | more than 8 years ago | (#14758203)

A little off topic, but still related.

This xmas I was looking for a nice looking, sub-$500 watch and picked up the Citizen Calibre 2100 [] . While searching for watches I stumbled across the ridiculously rich timepiece enthusiasts at [] . Don't bother looking for a watch you can buy there as most of the pieces they review are >$10000, but those same reviews are fascinating to read. I warn you though, after you see a flying tourbillon [] in action you will be unhappy with whatever you end up getting.

My coolest watch (1)

tfinniga (555989) | more than 8 years ago | (#14758270)

The coolest watch I ever owned was the Timex Internet Messenger. It's an alphanumeric pager (1-way unfortunately) that would receive pages via 800 number of email address.

The cool part was that I've got my name as a domain name. So I set up to forward to my wrist.

Unfortunately, it died while I was giving my kids a bath one night. :|. I'm back to the g-shock I got 12 years ago.

Nixie tube wristwatch (1)

NixieBunny (859050) | more than 8 years ago | (#14758337)

Sure it's blatant self-promotion, but it is a rather unique watch that is also easy to read. The chicks dig it!
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