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It’s So Damn Hard to Buy a Watch!

July 27th, 2013 Leave a comment

    Recently on of my watches broke. It was a cheap Casio ana­log model, one I wasn’t wear­ing all too often any­way. Since my older Seiko Kinetic 5J22-0A10 Auto Relay is in great need of ser­vice I was left with my trusty old Timex Iron­man T5B141 – an analog-digital combo. Unfor­tu­nately, the bat­tery pow­er­ing the ana­log move­ment was slowly fad­ing. Looks like Mur­phy sin­gled me out just to let me know he’s still alive and kick­ing. Not being con­cerned too much I just thought, “Let’s buy a new watch.”

    I wanted to buy some­thing sim­i­lar to my old Iron­man, mainly another analog-digital combo for every­day use. Now, I don’t expect all that much from a wrist watch and I don’t want it to do every­thing. You know, I never cared too much about my watches as long as they did what I expected them to do. With the excep­tion of my Seiko – which is just a ‘sim­ple’ watch – every sin­gle one of my watches had at least a stop­watch fea­ture. I’ve grown so used to these type of wrist watches, I sim­ply can’t have one with­out this func­tion. So, let’s take a look at my min­i­mum requirements:

    • metal bracelet
    • solar pow­ered
    • stop­watch
    • per­pet­ual calendar
    • price: no more than € 400 max

    After a bit of brows­ing Ama­zon I real­ized this wasn’t going to be easy. Firstly, with these require­ments I restricted myself to a cou­ple of brands – Casio and Cit­i­zen being the most promi­nent among them. I quickly dis­missed ana­log watches alto­gether because the watch face almost always looks too crowded. Even if you are lucky enough to get an ana­log watch fea­tur­ing some­thing like Casio’s Five Motor Drive tech­nol­ogy, switch­ing between func­tions is a pain in the ass.

    Sec­ondly, who the fuck came up with the idea of a 1/1000-second chrono­graph on a wrist watch? That is fuck­ing ridicu­lous! And don’t get me started on mea­sur­ing capac­i­ties of 24 min­utes or less. These are highly spe­cial­ized watches most cer­tainly not qual­i­fied for daily wear. I also don’t want a very small dig­i­tal dis­play or a clunky moun­tain of a watch. I’d appre­ci­ate a G-Shock like the MRG-7600D but it’s just too expen­sive. Thus, here’s the refined list of requirements:

    • metal bracelet
    • solar pow­ered
    • stop­watch (min. capac­ity: 12 hrs)
    • per­pet­ual calendar
    • ana-digi combo or purely digital
    • sap­phire glass if possible
    • price: no more than € 500 max

    Basi­cally, nobody man­u­fac­tures a watch I’d buy with­out a sec­ond thought — at least not with­out dip­ping sig­nif­i­cantly deeper into my wal­let. This is dri­ving me crazy. Have you ever been in the same sit­u­a­tion? If you do have a sug­ges­tion, I’d really appre­ci­ate it.

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    1. July 28th, 2013 at 00:15 | #1

      Thanks for this infor­ma­tive article:)

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