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Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« Reply #5010 on: September 05, 2018, 11:07:08 pm »
I'm pretty sure there were a couple people in the 60's that would've killed for a scratch resistant crystal...
Not to mention dirt cheap, super accurate, super durable watches, like your beloved G-Shocks.

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« Reply #5011 on: September 06, 2018, 12:31:54 am »
@mclaincausey I've seen G-Shocks on the wrists of astronauts in space, so I know that mineral glass at a minimum are approved for space travel.
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« Reply #5012 on: September 06, 2018, 12:33:11 am »
@Chris


If you saw the photos of the divers that rescued those boys from the cave in Thailand, they all wore G-Shocks in addition to their specialized dive equipment. They're the new "tool watches".
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« Reply #5013 on: September 06, 2018, 05:22:09 pm »
The date issue (and let's face it, scarcity) of the Tudor GMT and the price of the Grand Seiko and Rolex variants have scared me off from those options in my quest for a daily banger GMT, but I really want a GMT with a jumping main hour hand. The massive Oris @DougNg wasn't enamored with is an interesting option, but it comes in fairly high on price as well, and is more in line with a flieger than a diver (mild preference for the latter). Generally I prefer the 24 hour sweep hand, but Oris managed a really nice alternative that is even easier to read and has that cool novel bezel adjustment.

Balancing price, functionality, reliability, and ruggedness, the most appealing remaining option of which I'm aware is the Prospex Kinetic models.

So, two questions:

1) are there other GMT models with jumping main hour hands that I should consider?

2) has anyone experience with SUN019P1 or similar Prospex models? Is kinetic any good? I don't need an automatic movement unless I'm dropping serious coin.
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« Reply #5014 on: September 06, 2018, 08:11:18 pm »
Good lord, I don't have any experience with that Seiko but the case shape is atrocious.
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« Reply #5016 on: September 06, 2018, 08:25:38 pm »
Might be worth a look too:


http://www.creationwatches.com/products/citizen-promaster-47/citizen-promaster-eco-drive-gmt-200m-bj7080-53e-mens-watch-6285.html


I think the jumping hour hand is going to hold you back. But this has a lot of your check boxes: GMT, reasonably priced, diver (compressor style), date
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« Reply #5017 on: September 07, 2018, 12:54:11 pm »
Yeah, it's almost G-Shock fugly :D

Jumping hour is a hard requirement for me.

The case shape is classic for Seiko divers, but definitely not for everyone--fans called the original "tuna" (since it resembles a tuna can) and believe it or not this version is a bit more svelte than the original, which had more vertical sides.

I grabbed one of the ugly mofos and will likely look for a third party bracelet if this one is as painful as I expect.
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« Reply #5018 on: September 07, 2018, 02:00:37 pm »
Why is the jumping hour hand a requirement? Is there a specific reason or you just really like it?
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« Reply #5019 on: September 07, 2018, 02:45:01 pm »
Easier to set time zones traveling while maintaining accuracy. Having used the alternative, it's a hard requirement for me now. For seconds not to hack while changing time zones on the main dial of the watch is for me the essence of a useful GMT function.
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« Reply #5020 on: September 07, 2018, 03:22:46 pm »
Oh, I had a completely different interpretation of jumping hours in my head. I thought you meant that the hour hand jumped from hour to hour when the minute hand hit the 12 o'clock mark.
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« Reply #5021 on: September 07, 2018, 08:30:06 pm »
Oh no, it means that the minute and second hands don't hack or move with the adjustment, and that only the main hour hand will at a certain crown setting: you can see how that's super convenient for shifting time zones. Particularly if you have an accurate watch and maintaining accuracy is inportant to you. Grand Seiko, Rolex/Tudor, and it seems not too many others do this, since the ETA GMT calibers backing so many on the market don't do this.
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« Reply #5022 on: September 08, 2018, 01:24:52 am »
Looking into Sinns.  Leaning heavily towards @appaff 's 104 on a leather band.  Any advice on best place to buy?  Also would likely be looking for an after market leather strap (I prefer a lighter tan color to the stock leather). 

Not completely sold yet and am open to other routes, but Sinn seems like a sweet spot on the quality/price chart.



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« Reply #5023 on: September 08, 2018, 02:04:19 am »
I really love Sinn. They have the "UTC" that I like a lot as far as travel watches go. https://www.sinn.de/mobile/en/Modell/857_UTC.htm

The one thing that gave me pause was the dehumidifier capsule. The idea of consumable parts in an automatic watch bothers me a little.
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Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« Reply #5024 on: September 09, 2018, 03:04:36 pm »
Considering the Tudor Black Bay variations, but dropping that kind of jack I feel like I should be at least considering a used rolex/omega/tag etc.

I need to go to a local dealer and try some on. 

Also in the opinion of people with more experience in the industry, is it stupid of me to buy grey market or should I buy direct from an authorized dealer? 

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