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Re: I need an excuse to wear a pocket watch

Post  HAC on Thu Oct 09, 2008 6:46 pm

Keithe wrote:Another valid reason is to set your pocket watch to GMT, or another timezone. You can then use your wristwatch for mundane tasks and use the pocket watch for checking GMT. It also can be used to reinforce the statement that 'it is 5oclock somewhere and thus time for a [insert beverage of choice]'.

If you need GMT, get a GMT watch.. on the wearing a pocketwatch dilemma, just do what we watch collectors do, and wear whatever watch you want whenever you want to..

As far as GMT, there are lots of interesting ones around one opf my favorites is my vintage Accutron Astronaut "Traveller". Unfortunately the pi was taken when the regular hour hand was hidden by the minute hand. You can see the red secodnary hour hand, though.



There's also the Alpha GMT automatic, a clone of the Rolex GMT..


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Re: I need an excuse to wear a pocket watch

Post  Jeorge Hazel Montgomery J on Thu Oct 16, 2008 1:07 am

Haha, Reminds me of the time when I wore two wristwatches to school (For no reason whatsoever, of course Razz) and when questioned i'd answer "Well, One's set to Scottish time, And the other; GMT) I did get a few condescending looks from a few... Ah well Smile.

Now, all I wear is my Pocket watch and have had nothing but praise from my friends so far Smile.

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Post  pennydreadful on Thu Oct 16, 2008 4:04 am

I would use the alarm and timer features on the cell phone as prompts that you have a certain number of minutes left until the class time and just wear the pocket watch.
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Re: I need an excuse to wear a pocket watch

Post  Gazongola on Thu Oct 16, 2008 4:15 am

I wear both, because otherwise I find myself looking at my wrist when I haven't got a wristwatch on then remember I am wearing a pocket watch. Most of the time I wear a wristwatch, but I just guess it is up to you.


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Re: I need an excuse to wear a pocket watch

Post  Augustus Philpott on Thu Oct 16, 2008 4:38 am

HAC wrote:I need an excuse to wear a pocket watch

You do?

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Re: I need an excuse to wear a pocket watch

Post  HAC on Thu Oct 16, 2008 5:18 am

Augustus Philpott wrote:
HAC wrote:I need an excuse to wear a pocket watch

You do?

Did I say that? Silly me, I never need an excuse for a pocket watch.. I have a 1924 12s Hamilton 921 with metal deco dial inbound, as we speak.
PS.. the drop fob on my watch chain is a piece of the Sihote-Alin meteorite...

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Re: I need an excuse to wear a pocket watch

Post  Gazongola on Fri Oct 17, 2008 12:52 am

HAC wrote:
Keithe wrote:Another valid reason is to set your pocket watch to GMT, or another timezone. You can then use your wristwatch for mundane tasks and use the pocket watch for checking GMT. It also can be used to reinforce the statement that 'it is 5oclock somewhere and thus time for a [insert beverage of choice]'.

If you need GMT, get a GMT watch.. on the wearing a pocketwatch dilemma, just do what we watch collectors do, and wear whatever watch you want whenever you want to..

As far as GMT, there are lots of interesting ones around one opf my favorites is my vintage Accutron Astronaut "Traveller". Unfortunately the pi was taken when the regular hour hand was hidden by the minute hand. You can see the red secodnary hour hand, though.



There's also the Alpha GMT automatic, a clone of the Rolex GMT.


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The concept of a watch that needs to be set to tell GMT amuses me greatly. What is such a device? Surely one just sets their watch to the right time? Very Happy
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Re: I need an excuse to wear a pocket watch

Post  HAC on Fri Oct 17, 2008 2:51 am

What is "right" time? The answer varies. If you notice, a true GMT watch has 2 hour hands, one set to a 24 hour scale, the other to the normal 12 hour scale.
This can be used in several ways to track more than one time zone. GMT or Zulu time is a standard time reference for pilots, and the military, among others.
The hour hands can be set independantly. Some GMT watches have a setting function that allows the local hour hand to be adjusted in "jump" increments of one hour. very useful when travellling, as you can set the GMt hand to your home time zone, and then "jump" the local hand as needed to the time zone of your destination, without altering the setting of the minutes and second hands. The Accutron worked this way, and the railorad model was useful for working the LAggan and Mountain subdivisions where one actually crossed timezones in a working day.



In the nineteen fifties, Rolex designed the GMT Master, which was the very first watch to feature a dual time complication showing home time on a 24 hour display and local time on an independent 12 hour display. The feature proved out to be very convenient and allowed the pilots of PanAM to keep track of their home time while flying across time lines. Aviation professionals and licensed amateur radio hobbyists still use the 24 hour display for Zulu, GMT or UTC time and the 12 hour display for local time.

When I was having to deal with our Japanese brach office for CP Ships (I was doing some OS/2 support for them, on loan from the railroad, as it were), I used to set the GMT hand to the Japan office time zone, made it a lot easier than trying to remember the offset.
If the watch has a rotating bezel, you can actually track, if needed, 3 time zones. You can also get a true 24 hourGMT watch, along the lines of a Glycine Airman, whcih by design is a 3 time zone watch.



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Re: I need an excuse to wear a pocket watch

Post  VonHart on Fri Oct 17, 2008 3:06 am

Hey Harold,

since this seems to have turned into a wristwatch thread as sorts (to be clear, I'm not complaining, I love the little buggers) what do you know about paul breguette watches?
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Re: I need an excuse to wear a pocket watch

Post  HAC on Fri Oct 17, 2008 3:38 am

Paul Breguette is the name used by Ebel for its american market brand, introduced in 1929. Not a cheap generic Swiss, for sure. Ebel has been around since 1911, mid to high end Swiss..

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Post  von Corax on Fri Oct 17, 2008 6:30 am

So how do the dual-zone watches handle half-hour zones like Newfoundland Standard Time?

Or is dat one more t'ing for Danny Williams t'get torqued over, b'y?

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Re: I need an excuse to wear a pocket watch

Post  HAC on Fri Oct 17, 2008 7:59 am

Ah, therein lies the rub.. Very few GMT watches (especially those that use an ETA base ebauche) can handle a 1/2 hour offset. Oddly enough, the under $100 Alpah GMT with a Chinese movement, can...


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Re: I need an excuse to wear a pocket watch

Post  VonHart on Fri Oct 17, 2008 4:52 pm

HAC wrote:Paul Breguette is the name used by Ebel for its american market brand, introduced in 1929. Not a cheap generic Swiss, for sure. Ebel has been around since 1911, mid to high end Swiss..

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I see...
I've got one. Tell me what you think. Is there any sort of serial number dating for Breguettes? The face is completely worn, no markings, but the case and movements are both clearly marked.





Also got this little gem running. A Lord Elgin "Black Night"


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Re: I need an excuse to wear a pocket watch

Post  HAC on Fri Oct 17, 2008 7:33 pm

The Breguette movement is an Ebel 104, whcih is really an ETA 1080 variant (ETA 1080 base ebauche, altered and finished by Ebel). I don't know af any Breguette/Ebel serial number lists, but that movement is from 1945, so thats a good indication of the date of maufacture.
I have one watch with an ETA 1080, a Hamilton/Illinois 'debonair", model D, from 1945..




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