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Old 02-29-2012, 11:38 PM   #1
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Need a New Watch Band

My sport watchband snapped in half as I took it off. It's made out of that polyurethane type material and only lasted slightly more than one year.

I went ahead and bought a cheapo replacement at Amazon.

Amazon.com: Voguestrap TX16G13 Allstrap 16mm Black Regular-Length Fits Casio Sport and Diver Watchband: Watches

With Amazon Prime, it should arrive by Saturday.

I do have a backup watch as I feel naked without one.

Hopefully playing around with those springs won't be too difficult with my old eyes
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Old 02-29-2012, 11:52 PM   #2
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I just replaced the bands on 2 of my watches (I also bought the replacement bands on Amazon). A tool like this one makes working with those tiny spring bars much easier:

Amazon.com: Spring Bar Remover. Tool Has a Hexagonal Black Bakelite Handle, Graduated in Millimeters/inch for Measuring Distance Between Lugs Tips Are Threaded for Easy Replacements: Jewelry
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Old 03-01-2012, 05:27 AM   #3
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Why do you need a watch? It's not like you will be late to a meeting or something...
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I have heard that watches are becoming passe among 20 somethings who rely on phones. I like to have a watch, needed or not.
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I took my watch and amazon purchased band to a storefront jeweler because I didn't want to deal with the springs myself. She only charged me $1.00 to replace it.
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Why do you need a watch? It's not like you will be late to a meeting or something...
Many people are BUSY in retirement. Have the retirement schedules to keep. Old habits are hard to break. Watch bands are easier.
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Many people are BUSY in retirement. Have the retirement schedules to keep. Old habits are hard to break. Watch bands are easier.
Yes, people are BUSY and my comment was just being playful. My cell phone displays the time. Still, there are few occasions even in my busy life where a watch is needed. I use my father's pocket watch with a chain on formal occasions.
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Yes, people are BUSY and my comment was just being playful. My cell phone displays the time. Still, there are few occasions even in my busy life where a watch is needed. I use my father's pocket watch with a chain on formal occasions.
A playful reminder to smell the flowers. I need a reminder like that once in a while.
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Yes, people are BUSY and my comment was just being playful. My cell phone displays the time. Still, there are few occasions even in my busy life where a watch is needed. I use my father's pocket watch with a chain on formal occasions.
I haven't worn a watch for years, while working or now while retired. Since I have my cell phone with me at all times, why do I need a watch. There are clocks everywhere anyway. I have a pile of watches on my dresser, I will probably sell the ones of value on eBay, I've already pitched the cheap ones. YMMV
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I just replaced the bands on 2 of my watches (I also bought the replacement bands on Amazon). A tool like this one makes working with those tiny spring bars much easier:

Amazon.com: Spring Bar Remover. Tool Has a Hexagonal Black Bakelite Handle, Graduated in Millimeters/inch for Measuring Distance Between Lugs Tips Are Threaded for Easy Replacements: Jewelry

Thanks for the tip. I ordered one (love Amazon Prime):

Amazon.com: SE 6" Spring Bar Tool: Everything Else

Hopefully, it'll prevent me from cussing while doing the band change.
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I took my watch and amazon purchased band to a storefront jeweler because I didn't want to deal with the springs myself. She only charged me $1.00 to replace it.
I had this very same thought. If I got to a jeweler, then I don't have to monkey around with the springs. I decided to just do it myself (with the proper tool) as I figure this can be a recurring event a year a two. Thanks for the idea.
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I've always been a watch wearer. As a kid, I liked having a chrono stopwatch to time stuff. Even silly stuff like how long I can hold my breath . While w*rking, all I needed was one with a big hand and little hand to know how many hours untill quitting time in the afternoon. Now, in FIRE, I'm back to a chrono type.

I really like my main watch:

Amazon.com: Casio Men's WL500-1A Tough Solar Digital Sports Watch: Casio: Watches

It's nice to have a 24 hr stopwatch and countdown timer right on my wrist.
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I have heard that watches are becoming passe among 20 somethings who rely on phones.
Very true, but with a watch the time is only a second away, and I always know where it is. I don't have my cell phone while watching TV, and it isn't handy to pull out when on my bike. I also use my watch (datalink) to time things or set a reminder -- much faster than with a cell.
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I do carry a phone with me at all times and I don't have to go anywhere fast, so I don't need a watch. But I still like to wear a watch.
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I do carry a phone with me at all times and I don't have to go anywhere fast, so I don't need a watch. But I still like to wear a watch.
And the second question is, why the need to carry that phone everywhere
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OK, I will be the first on this thread to admit this:

I don't really USE my watch in retirement much at all, but I am so used to having it on my wrist that I need to have it there! I would feel naked and alone without a watch on my wrist.

I seldom if ever look at my iPhone for the time, date, or day of the week.
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I've always been a watch wearer. As a kid, I liked having a chrono stopwatch to time stuff. Even silly stuff like how long I can hold my breath . While w*rking, all I needed was one with a big hand and little hand to know how many hours untill quitting time in the afternoon. Now, in FIRE, I'm back to a chrono type.

I really like my main watch:

Amazon.com: Casio Men's WL500-1A Tough Solar Digital Sports Watch: Casio: Watches

It's nice to have a 24 hr stopwatch and countdown timer right on my wrist.
Looks good. Now I know what to tell DW to get me for my birthday.
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When my watch band broke, I bought a broken watch at a garage sale for ten cents that had the same sized watchband...
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When my watch band broke, I bought a broken watch at a garage sale for ten cents that had the same sized watchband...
Good idea. I didn't even think of that . Will have to remember that for next time.
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Looks good. Now I know what to tell DW to get me for my birthday.
I really like it. Even more than my Casio G-Shock solar.

That's what I'm using now while I await the new band in the mail.
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