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Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« Reply #5070 on: October 11, 2018, 03:35:10 pm »
I agree that the helium escape valve is pointless. I think that it's become a bit of a box-ticking exercise.

I used to have a Breitling, and that had a flush mounted, automatic one. Given the watch was water resistant to a thousand metres, I'm sure that Omega could engineer something more elegant.


Right, Seiko had never had one and believes that needing one is a sign of inferior case design *Z-snap*

Just another thing to break and maintain and in Omega's case ruin the aesthetics of the watch.

While I'm on my rant, all the script on the topic of diving features on Rolex dials is also obnoxious. The worst offender is that godawful ring on the Deepsea, though at least that model ditches the cyclops.
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Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« Reply #5071 on: October 11, 2018, 03:52:06 pm »
I agree that the helium escape valve is pointless. I think that it's become a bit of a box-ticking exercise.

I used to have a Breitling, and that had a flush mounted, automatic one. Given the watch was water resistant to a thousand metres, I'm sure that Omega could engineer something more elegant.
Hasn't Omega decided that this is a design signature for the Seamaster line, pointless and ugly though it may be?

And I have a Dievas watch that also has a flush mounted, automatic HEV.  It's only water resistant to 500 meters, but it also retails for less than half what an Omega or Breitling does, so I guess that's acceptable.

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Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« Reply #5072 on: October 11, 2018, 05:10:01 pm »
Clearly.

Here's an alternative I prefer: SBEX005

Not sure I'm sold on the screws on the bracelet at the case though.

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Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« Reply #5073 on: October 12, 2018, 01:02:14 am »
@mclaincausey - I hate to do that to you, but look at the date window and tell me whether it's correctly centered between the 4 & 5 o'clock markers...

This being said, I like it too...

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Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« Reply #5074 on: October 12, 2018, 01:48:39 am »
@mclaincausey - I hate to do that to you, but look at the date window and tell me whether it's correctly centered between the 4 & 5 o'clock markers...

This being said, I like it too...

Also not sure I like the black BG on the blue face, but excellent point. A surprising miss for a company who usually pays attention to detail.
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Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« Reply #5075 on: October 13, 2018, 10:54:39 am »
I saw an Omega Planet Ocean Big Blue yesterday. It's got a ceramic case, which is good, and a helium escape valve, which isn't.

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Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« Reply #5076 on: October 14, 2018, 03:47:55 am »
I've always liked the Planet Oceans, but that one is especially nice looking.  I'm not thrilled with the decision to print a novel on the face, copying one of Rolex's worst design choices.
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Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« Reply #5077 on: October 14, 2018, 05:47:00 am »
Like Chris, I like the PO. I'm not bothered by the He valve. Yes, it's useless, but then again, a mechanical dive watch is an exercise in anachronisms and & pointless over engineering...

I do like the steel and Ti models better than that one, and I find the GMT a bit too ... well ... over engineered and a tad busy.

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Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« Reply #5078 on: October 14, 2018, 11:15:41 am »
The HEV doesn't bother me either (obviously). I actually don't get why people get so hung up on it. You already have an almost identical crown at 3 o'clock...?!?


"I have an ugly crown at both 3 and 10 o'clock but I only hate the one at ten because it's a second one.."


The PO GMT is almost as tall as it is wide...wore it for two seconds before saying "NOPE"
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Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« Reply #5079 on: October 14, 2018, 01:04:16 pm »
My dislike for the HEV is more that it's become a design statement rather than an engineering solution. I find rotating bezels more annoying because they get knocked out of position all the time, and that bothers my OCD tendencies.

To be fair I'm not a fan of divers watches for that reason, plus I'm not allowed to go scuba diving on account of my asthma, so they seem pointless.

As for Omegas, they tend to be quite thick watches. The Planet Ocean is typical of this.

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Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« Reply #5080 on: October 14, 2018, 04:11:18 pm »
The He valve carries cost in terms of initial outlay and maintenance and does nothing but weaken the case for a diving use case that will never be realized for 99.999% of these watches, when better case engineering would solve the problem. We didn't have the materials when these were pioneered that we do now. It is wholly an obsolete and pointless feature.

It's also ugly but that's not the main issue. It's not "just another" crown, it's asymmetric and throws off the balance of the watch.
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Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« Reply #5081 on: October 14, 2018, 04:14:42 pm »
My dislike for the HEV is more that it's become a design statement rather than an engineering solution. I find rotating bezels more annoying because they get knocked out of position all the time, and that bothers my OCD tendencies.

To be fair I'm not a fan of divers watches for that reason, plus I'm not allowed to go scuba diving on account of my asthma, so they seem pointless.

As for Omegas, they tend to be quite thick watches. The Planet Ocean is typical of this.

At least with the bezel there are non-diving use cases as well as being a backup to a diving computer. I use my bezel to time things occasionally, which is why I also like chronographs.
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Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« Reply #5082 on: October 14, 2018, 04:29:49 pm »
If practicality were a priority mechanical watches would not be a discussion point.
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Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« Reply #5083 on: October 14, 2018, 04:39:07 pm »
I disagree with that. Everything on my watches has a function that I use. There may be MORE practical options but they are practical.

Practicality is A, not THE, priority for me. Aesthetic balance is too.
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Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« Reply #5084 on: October 14, 2018, 04:41:19 pm »
Wait, what rotating bezels have you had that got knocked out of whack?

I’ve never had that happen except on Seikos because their bezels are so loose.
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