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Old 11-06-2005, 12:14 PM   #1
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Hi Guys--

You know that all professors have a reputation for being absent minded. Well, I'm living proof. Today I got into the pool (yeah with water in it) to clean the sides of some algae and forgot to take off my watch--again. This is the 3rd time since June I've destroyed a good watch. The repairs cost more than the watches.

DW wants me to buy a Rolex Oyster that will withstand my dips. I am balking. Even the preowned are more than the cost of some small islands and besides, I'd feel very self-conscious wearing one, anyway. I think they are too over the top.

Any suggestions on tried and true water proof or resistant watches that don't rival the national debt? Thanks.

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Old 11-06-2005, 01:00 PM   #2
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Prof, you are retired - forget about a watch.

When the sun comes up it is time for coffee and breakfast, when the sun goes down it is time for a beer, in between, you do what you like, when you like.

Anyway, Rolexes (and other CC jewelry) attract vultures - as described elsewhere in this forum.
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Old 11-06-2005, 01:11 PM   #3
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Prof, you are retired - forget about a watch.
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Old 11-06-2005, 01:22 PM   #4
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Has anyone ever saw a digital pocket watch?

I'm thinking of the look of a classical pocket watch with a face cover with the internal workings/functions of a modern digital watch. Just something I've always wanted. I think I like the idea of a pocket watch, with a chain and not having something on my wrist.

If you ever seen one, let me know where I can buy one.
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A Rolex has a mechanical movement. In order to have it serviced properly, most people send theirs back to the factory. Needs service every three years or so. Costs a fortune! My BIL, who really likes fancy toys, has stopped wearing his for this reason. High maintentance . . .

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Old 11-06-2005, 01:43 PM   #6
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Avoid Rolex. Expensive to buy. Expensive to maintain. Doesn't keep time well. Requires winding (or shaking). And encourages thieves to cut off your hands.

Instead, get one of these:

Timex Expedition

Tough. Accurate. Indiglo light. Water resistant. $15.
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Old 11-06-2005, 02:03 PM   #7
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I used to be a lifeguard, and never once did I think "hmmm, maybe a rolex" while looking for waterproof watches :

More than anything, it was probably because I was only making $6.75/hr back then.
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Old 11-06-2005, 02:14 PM   #8
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I haven't owned a working watch since 1986 or so. Society provides enough clocks and people so I let someone else worry about the time.
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Same here--no watch since the university days. This probably contributed to my "stupid human trick" ability to guess the time within five minutes 90% of the time even without seeing a clock for hours. Back during the beach days, I used to win many beers this way.
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Old 11-06-2005, 03:10 PM   #10
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Let the wrist watch thing go....

I haven't worn a watch for more than 20 years since I developed a rash on my wrist from the metal under the watch face.* I've learned where all the clocks are around me and like tozz have developed a kind of sixth sense for knowing what time it is.*

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Old 11-06-2005, 03:13 PM   #11
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Have five watches, worth a grand total of maybe $300.

Hardly ever wear one...

But I could if I wanted!! :P
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Old 11-06-2005, 03:27 PM   #12
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I have a $20 casio that I swim in regularly. It is water resistant to 50M. I have a nice, expensive watch also but prefer my $20 casio.
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Old 11-06-2005, 03:58 PM   #13
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No watch for me. I also can guess the time pretty accurately. I even used to have an internal wake up alarm that I can set to try and wake up at a certain time. I can snooze for a 10 minute period and wake up. This has diminished with age so I now rely on a real alarm clock for those rare occaisions when I need to get up early.

This may sound handy but I need a coffee caffiene zap to really wake up - I am a zombie without it.

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Old 11-06-2005, 04:08 PM   #14
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I am with Wab.

Timex Indiglo.

Mine went through the washing machine recently and still lives.

I dig the Indiglo feature.

I, too, developed an internal clock. Ever since the Army, I wake up just before the alarm goes off, no matter when. My ears are still listening for the slam of the screen door and the voice of the drill sargeant.

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Old 11-06-2005, 07:55 PM   #15
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Hi wab--

Thanks for the info. That is one good looking timepiece. And the price is good looking, too. I'm not one for Madison Avenue hype--Mont Blanc pens, Rolex, etc. I would rather have money in my pocket than to be a part of conspicuous consumption.

Guys--I'm not retired yet. But you can bet I'm counting the nanoseconds!!!!!!!!!!! August or December of '06 and it will be mistletoe on my coat tale!!!!!!!!

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Old 11-06-2005, 10:26 PM   #16
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I was thinking about the watch I found about 10 years ago on the ground somewhere. It is a little beat up, but it has worked great. It is a pocketwatch - no arm band (got ripped off partially before I found it). I've been in water with it on multiple occasions (some on purpose, some not). I just checked - and it is a Timex indiglo Ironman Triathlon. Very reliable timepiece.
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Old 11-07-2005, 12:02 AM   #17
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Guys--I'm not retired yet.* But you can bet I'm counting the nanoseconds!!!!!!!!!!!* August or December of '06 and it will be mistletoe on my coat tale!!!!!!!!
If you must wear a watch, I've enjoyed the Casio sports watches (the 50M watch is great for a SCUBA backup timer) and the Timex Indiglo. I get a lot more battery life from the Casio and their "G-Shock" model is a lot harder to scratch up the face. The Timex was battle-scarred after a month.

Since you're committed to the ER lifestyle, make sure your watch has both a date and a day display on it. For the first couple months of ER you won't care about the time but you'll lose track of which day it is-- this is very bad if you decide to go shopping without realizing that it's a Saturday afternoon.

But a few months into ER you'll realize that your watch has spent the last week sitting on a desk or a nightstand somewhere...
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Old 11-07-2005, 06:45 AM   #18
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Any watch that cost most than 15 dollars that isnt at least water resistant is crap. I didn't even know it was possible to buy one that isnt water resistant today.
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Old 11-07-2005, 07:37 AM   #19
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Believe me, it's possible. 2 Elgins and a Citizen, They were low-end watches but I'm here to testify they were allegic to H2O.

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Old 11-07-2005, 05:06 PM   #20
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On weekends or vacations, the first thing I do is lose the watch. When I ER, I doubt that I will carry one, and I know I won't carry a cell phone, except one that is turned "off" to be used for emergencies.
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