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They make a gorgeous pocket watch.
Ooh, I like that
Just in case you're interested the reason behind this is that all the clocks at Swiss railway stations are centrally controlled via a pulse every minute so that they are all in sync. The second hand mechanism in these clocks isn't particularly accurate and is always set to run a bit fast. So what happens is that as the second hand reaches 12 o'clock the clock mechanism will completely stop and wait for the pulse. As soon as the pulse is received the minute hand will advance and the second had will kick off again.
I look at that clock design every day, moaning that the train is really late again, like 3 minutes late
Oh the humanity! But I know what you mean, having grown up in Lugano, isn't it just *awful*
I've got a blacked out version (i.e. black housing, black bracelet), it's the watch I wear whenever I feel like wearing at watch (travel, otherwise, rarely). The inverse screen is surprising legible- not as easy to see as the normal screen, but it's certainly never been a problem for me.
Thanks. Then I have to actually consider the manual wind. I can live without a date complication.
My Steinhart Ocean Vintage Military 42mm has an ETA 2824-2 Elaboré. Easy to handwind and it is a happy runner.
My cheap Vostok Amphibia(n) has a wobbly crown for friction reduction. It can wind itself but when I wind it up it is smooth and it happily ticks again. If a cheap Russian movement is tougher than an ETA movement from Switzerland I will skip the upgraded 2824-2. If it is so "upgraded" I expect more.
Is this a Hamilton issue or modern ETA? I really do not know. I have to find out...
I gave away my Timex Marlin to my best friend. Ever since a dress watch has been on my mind. Orient have made a really nice one...
P.S. The caseback is see-through and it still has that automatic handwound movement. This is good...
Oh, very interested. I love the ingenuity behind some systemic solutions. Mondaine also describes the system on their website, read that when I first learned about Stop2Go. I must admit, I have taken a good few Swiss trains in my travels, and had never noticed the pause in the clock at the time.
I haven't posted on SBAF in a while because school has been kicking my ass (can't remember the last time I listened to my headphones).
Just got this guy in, been saving up for a few months. I thought it would become my daily wear but the polished case and double-sided AR coating on the crystal has me thinking twice. The double coating makes the crystal almost invisible but it is a scratch magnet.
Sinn 104 St on Eulit Perlon (favorite strap for casual wear, comfy, cheap, waterproof and looks nice)
It's one of those things that when you first notice it it's a bit of a WTF moment, and then you end up watching one of those clocks for 5 minutes solid to just to make sure what you saw was not a glitch in the matrix, so to say.
If you want something similar but more beater watch with vintage appeal go for the classic Steinhart Homage at 39mm. It is so much value for money.
That’s one way to go and it’s a classic design, but saving the Sinn for special occasions or whatever deprives you of much of the enjoyment of owning it in the first place. When thinking about wear I’m always reminded of this picture of an original iPhone some engineer carried in his pocket with keys, etc. for years. The first scratch and maybe you’re horrified but an accumulation of them over time, those are reminders of it being part of your life.
Never knew there are some watch people on here too! This is great to see. Anyone into vintage watches? I've got a couple vintage speedys and subs.
Vostok is a great vintage watch too. There was a thread I read somewhere where a guy actually did a depth test to see when the case would be destroyed. Tough and very enjoyable watch.
I actually have a very similar watch which has been my daily for quite some time. It’s a Squale 20 Atmos. I think I posted pictures of it a few pages back.
The bezel insert on yours looks much nicer though. I have the aluminum root beer bezel but it has faded considerably since I got it.
I'm also into vintage watches. I have a modest collection of Bucherer watches. Bucherer is an European jeweler, similar to Tiffany's or Cartier, that often rebranded other Swiss watches. I have a mix of quartz, manual, and automatic because I have small wrists (6.5") and vintage watches tend to fit me better. Some of the watches have serious chronometer grade movements, and cracking one open is an adventure.
Bucherer has become a full-on manufacture (they are now making their own movements) in recent years. They also bought Tourneau, so we'll be seeing more of them in the U.S.
Here's some of the high-end stuff they are up to:
And there's also this:
In other news, there's a hyper hyped brand called Richard Mille that has been very successful selling ultra overpriced watches. For example, they just came out with a "bonbon" watches, candy themed.
$150,000-$175,000, no joke.
It's pretty hideous.
So, I joked on a watch site that Russian oligarchs would buy one for their mistresses. People got offended, on behalf of Russian oligarchs, whoops. Sorry, not sorry.
That's not a joke, that is Russian Oligarch Mistress style. At least round this neck of the woods - and you can spot them a mile off.
I'm a big Formula One racing fan, and Richard Mille clearly spends a lot of money on sponsorships as I see their name on several different team's cars including McLaren , Sauber, and Haas.
I do kind of like this one, but I'll admit their designs are pretty over the top.
Also, a million bucks is a bit out of my price range...
$1m for a woven nylon strap? Maybe it's Nomex, but still...
I'd expect strands of hair from a unicorn's mane at the least
For once I made a decision with my better judgement and sold the broken pulsar for $80 on ebay.
However, now a new watch is catching my eye....
Not mine, yet...
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