Happy New Year — 10 Comments

  1. Likewise (almost). Despite years in IT, I just want an analogue watch, easy to read, I prefer no date/day, and hopefully with the old-fashioned luminosity that sent my school physics lab's geiger counter totally bananas back in 1965.

    Not easy to find at a sensible price.

  2. It's been a Timex basic quartz watch for me (hour, minute, and second, hands are the only requirement) for as long as I can remember. No date window needed or wanted. If I could find a decent analog auto-winder that kept decent time I'd go for that as well. At least with a Timex (I'm really not plugging Timex here) you can still change the battery yourself. Others, not so much. Once the back is snapped on at the factory there's no getting it off.

    Hope you get the date straightened out.

  3. Check your local auction house, there's usually box-loads of decent watches from house-clearances which you can buy for peanuts.    Lots of choice of dials, straps, wind, auto or battery – what's not to like?   Usually cheaper than buying a new battery.   OK it's probably a dead-man's watch, but he won't complain.

  4. Was gifted a Citizen solar / light powered /  charged watch  15 years ago. Dead simple, Black background white luminous numbers. Great. Has day date window, but with my eyesight, not used. Gains about a second a week. Best watch I have ever had.

    Original canvas strap rotted in Aussie heat humidity induced sweat in third year. Replaced with stainless steel link strap, bought on line. Perfect since.

    I thought the battery or capacitor that holds the charge had failed 7 years ago, but 6 hours on a sunny windowsill fixed it. Dreich Scottish winters and long sleeved woolies was the problem. Not getting enough light to maintain charge.

    When a schoolboy I had a Smiths luminous. Used to look through high magnification lens and see the individual sparks of atoms decaying.

    You can buy radon beta light luminous watches, but half life is only 12 years

  5. As above I have a Casio wavecepter watch that is now 17 years old, solar powered, analogue face with a digital inset. It is  also reset to precise time every 24 hours from the Rugby atomic clock. Shockproof, waterproof to 50m ( quite pointless really since I am neither). It's been brilliant.

  6. I haven't worn a watch since 1979, when I got a rash on my wrist, from a leather strap. I had just bought a Casio pocket calculator which displayed the time, so I used that, until mobile phones came in.

    There are clocks in the car, my cellphone, the sound system, the fixed line phones, the TV, the oven, the boiler control, and by the bed.

    I can actually guess the time to within ten minutes anyway.

    Ive been retired five years, so who needs to know the time anyway.

    • Similarly retired, about 3 1/2 years.

      I also haven't worn a watch since late '70s, although there are a couple in a cupboard.

      And I too like to guess the time, woken from sleep or waking from a nap;- also very close.

      Rarely more than 10 min out, sometimes closer, but if way out odd times, perhaps the drink?

      Not sure (unlikely) whether one might post a EweTube video here, but let me reference one:

      Chicago – Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?




  7. I have an Elgin pocket watch that my dad bought me as a graduation present in 1970. As far as watches go, it's the only one I have. It loses 2 or 3 minutes a day. Good enough for me.

  8. When exams take place in school, now, the time has to be digitally displayed at the front, some of the students can't tell the time using an analogue clock.

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