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Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by bratch, Jun 13, 2005.

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  1. garrettwc

    garrettwc Member

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    Actually a watch with hands (vs. digital) can be very tactical. It can give you your direction of travel just like a standard compass if you know how.

    Unless you have one of the new GPS phones, you can't do that with your cell phone.
     
  2. mbott

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    My favorite watch is my Citizen Skyhawk.

    Skyhawk

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  3. Camjr

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    Garrett,

    You forgot one key aspect in the watch v. cell phone or GPS battle. Try as she might, my wife can't call me on my watch :neener:
     
  4. garrettwc

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    Camjr, LOL!

    I hadn't thought of that one.
     
  5. GunGoBoom

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    I'm with the P95 camp - Timex Ironman Expedition with digital compass - $39.95. Leaves lotsa $$ for ammo. Does *your* uber watch have a compass, light, countdown timer, alarm, and lap/relay timer? (cuz mine tells time too). :D
     
  6. Beren

    Beren Moderator Emeritus

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    I've been looking for a watch for five years and haven't bought one yet. Guess there's just no pressing need for me to know exactly what time it is, and I do have a cellphone anyway. The money I would spend on a watch goes to guns..more guns...ammo for the guns...cute little "Hello Kitty" stickers to place on my AR-15, etc....

    I do like the Mark II Quad10 and may buy one. I prefer simple faces to really busy ones.

    http://www.mkiiwatches.com/sale.html
     
  7. Mongo the Mutterer

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    Mongo like watches

    Mongo have eight

    But the one I wear the most is a Citizen Promaster 1/100 Chronograph WR100. Picked it up used, without a scratch for $75. The second hand on the chrono would not zero, I showed it to the clerk and manager, they took off $25 of the price.

    I bought it, walked out of the store, zeroed the second hand, and laughed.
     
  8. Kestrel

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    What is that Skyhawk? It says it never needs batteries. How is it powered?
     
  9. Camjr

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    Never needs batteries? Must be coal powered.

    The Skyhawk is an Eco-Drive. It's powered by any light source. The power generated by the light source is stored in a capacitor. Nice system with a lot of power reserve.
     
  10. BenW

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    Steve -- it's solar powered. The face is a little solar panel. It's a really cool design actually. If you're in a dark place for a long time, the second hand stops moving to conserve energy, then when you hit light, it races around the dial to where it's supposed to be. If you're in the dark a REALLY long time, the other watch hands follow suit.
     
  11. MDG1976

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    Here's Citizen's "Nighthawk" in black. It's an Eco-Drive (solar powered). 2 minutes in direct sunlight charges the watch enough to run for 24 hours.
    kjh011.gif
     
  12. clipse

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    MDG1976,

    How do you like you Skyhawk? I ablsolutely love mine. I got mine is regular stainless though. That pic of yours is really good. I need to take a better pic of mine. :)

    clipse
     
  13. MDG1976

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    After look at the busy NightHawk watch for a while, it starts to look pretty cool. :)

    I think I may have to get one of this as a Chrismas gift for myself.

    -Pat
     
  15. MDG1976

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    It is very busy, but that's what I like.
    nighthawk.gif
     
  16. clipse

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    I got mine through amazon.com. Got it pretty quickly too. It keeps time really well and from I can tell, the batter will last 180 days (if fully charged) with needing charged. Yeah, it is a bit busy but I love it for that.

    clipse
     
  17. Jon Coppenbarger

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    I picked up a very nice used Omega automatic from 1961 for under $300.
    Looks as good today as it did over 40 years ago and runs like new.
     
  18. hightech

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    Old

    Boy am I old.
    I still wear my government contract watch issued in the last century, 1974.
    All metal parts inside and out. :)
     
  19. Kestrel

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    Does anyone happen to know how to remove the bezel from a Seiko Automatic Dive watch? (I would like to switch one.)

    Thanks.
     
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    Heres what my Citizen SkyHawk watch looks like, except a red second hand instead of yellow..

    2 years and I have no complaints.(Edit: Ok, so maybe I have just one tiny complaint about it, the digital screens don't have a backlight, so their no good in the dark, but really, that's my only complaint I can think of)
    I've scuba dived wearing it without any worries. Can also see at a quick glance what time it is in dark conditions. Stand up watch.

    Curious though, for anyone else who has this watch. Do you ever use the rotating bezal for anything? It can actually perform alot of calculations, but that inner dial is too hard to see to be practical, in my opinion.

    Edit:
    Thats pretty interesting. Anyone know where I could find more information on this? Thanks

    [​IMG]
     
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  22. clipse

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    http://www.inquiry.net/outdoor/skills/seton/watch_compass.htm
     
  23. BenW

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    A lot of times at work I have to do quick calculations between statute and nautical miles. I use it for that a lot, as long as I have good light. It's definitely meant for young eyes. The E6B on a watch concept is neat, but when I need to do other calcs, I usually go the lazy route and use an electronic E6B versus fiddling with the watch.
     
  24. Budd

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    Interesting read clipse, thanks.
     
  25. jthuang

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    I recall them mentioning a similar method of finding your way in the WWI movie Gallipoli. Good stuff.
     
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