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Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Paul7, May 29, 2020.

  1. Paul7

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    My question was do you have any first hand instances of a mechanical watch damaged by shooting?
     
  2. tipoc

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    That's the original post. From what i see it has not been answered with any direct experience after 4+ pages (apologies if I missed something).

    Now Paul7 did not ask for any direct experience he asked a general question "if the recoil shock would harm anything". This gets general answers, all the time.

    So first: Does anyone have a gun that was directly harmed by the shock of shooting a handgun?

    Second: Paul7, go shoot your guns with your Rolex on your wrist. If it damages the watch it won't be something that can't be fixed. So don't worry about it. If it does damage the watch then come back here and tell folks about it. We will all want to know.
     
  3. Speedo66

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    I believe It was answered several times by people saying there was no damage, myself included.

    And as to your "first question", "Does anyone have a gun that was directly harmed by the shock of shooting a handgun?", that's obviously an error.
     
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    Huh?
    Actually, yeah I have seen a 44 Magnum Super Blackhawk shoot loose after running thousands of full-house loads through it in IHMSA competition.;)
    Just kidding around tipoc.:) I know what you meant. And my answer is no, I don't have a watch that was directly harmed by the shock of shooting a handgun. Neither does my wife, and she's the one that shot a mighty Super Blackhawk loose by running thousands of full-house 44 Magnum rounds through it in IHMSA competition.
    However, I'll ask this question again - how could my wife's wristwatch have been damaged from the shock of shooting a handgun, even a hard-kicking 44 Magnum, when she wears her watch on her left wrist and shoots handguns with her right hand?:uhoh:
     
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  5. Speedo66

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    Well, people do use two hand holds, especially for some more powerful handguns. That would put shock in the watch hand also, but perhaps less so.
     
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    Yep, me - I almost always "use two hand holds" for handguns. So does my wife. And because we're both right-handed, the shock from shooting a powerful handgun hurts my right elbow, and it hurts my wife's right thumb joint. But our wristwatches are on our left wrists, and are not damaged, at least as far as I know. I suspect it would work the same way for left handed shooters that wear their wristwatches on their right wrists.
     
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  7. Paul7

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    It has been answered by many, who said it has not harmed their mechanical watch. Just what I wanted to know.

    Crickets on that one.
     
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  8. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    That said by you has been my thought from the beginning of this post.
     
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    Yes. I'm a flight test engineer, have been in the field for 40 years.
     
  10. .38SuperMan

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    I sold my Rolex because it never kept good time even after getting it adjusted several times but I never wore it when shooting. I have a watch that was my dads that has a Tag movement and don’t subject it to the punishment of shooting either. When I shoot I wear a beater that I don’t care about.
     
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    Hmmm... this is interesting to me. I don't have a Rolex but I do have a Breitling Colt that I used to wear constantly. I sent it in for service because it was losing a little time per day after 10 years, and it seemed good to go afterward... and then I got into shooting pistols, some high recoil .44mag and a lot of 9mm and .45acp. I have had to have the winding stem replaced (Breitling serviced and repaired it). 3 years later, same issue. Had it repaired locally. It lasted another couple of years and then the stem came out again. I can't help but believe shooting is the culprit.
    It's not a Rolex of course, but Breitling watches have a good reputation. I have not had it repaired and serviced again ($300-400 was the last factory service cost) but if I ever do, I will not shoot while wearing it.
     
  12. Ernie Bass

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    Haven't seriously worn anything but a Timex since I was a kid. My gosh my latest $35.00 watch has gone through tens of thousand of ammo include so many rounds of Buckshot I cannot count. Gone in the Atlantic Ocean, fitly swamps, covered in Deer Blood, chopped wood and just has taken one beating after the other and God knows what else. Wait years before I replace one when the battery wears down or the strap just fall off.
    I worked in the Corporate world for years. Spent big dollars on suites. Yet Most of the time I would forget and just use my Timex. Bought a few cheap watches for dress like fake jewelry etc. Thing is, I hated suites. Still do, A good Timex to me is like a favorite Flannel shirt, a trusty dog.
    I have some more expensive watches given to me over the years as gifts. They all just sit in a box, never worn.
     
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    You know all those Special Forces/Seals Operator movies show analog "divers" type watches. ;)
     
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    I don't know if the phosphorus furnaces at my old outfit were demolished or just abandoned in place. I did not work on them and only had one project in the adjoining acid plant. But I made good use of electric furnace superphosphoric acid.
     
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  15. tipoc

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    OK, does anyone have a Rolex that was harmed by firing a handgun? Provided that you weren't shooting at the Rolex.

    OK does anyone have a gun that was harmed by a Rolex watch?
     
  16. tipoc

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    What I'm supposed to pay attention to what I write? When did they make up that rule?
     
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    Don't know about shooting but I can tell you for a fact you DO NOT want to golf wearing one!!!
     
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    My Submariner ran for 40 years before I give it to my son, who had it serviced. How old is yours?
     
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    My everyday watch is a Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 and I shoot 9mm and 45 while wearing it with no ill effects
     
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    I asked a reputable watchmaker this about 20 years ago. His response... “that watch can take anything you can take”.

    The question was asked in reference to a vintage Heuer Chronograph.
     
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    My $30 Timex Ironman and $30 Timex Expedition have no problem with recoil! ;)
     
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    They go together like Prime Rib and Horseradish.

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