Commentary

Is it just me?

So basically this is an overly fancy single hand watch – and I’ve had them before, bought for the novelty, but which unfortunately in practice soon wears off – and I sold them on to some other geek somewhere. 

Timex Ironman Transit

I like it’s clean looks and easy to read dial with large digits on a very clear display, something that I feel Timex leads the way over all others.  The contrast is good and the displayed information gives the Day, the Date and the Year, plus the time – what more do you need on a quick glance. 

The wonder of Citizen

And when it comes to the slide rule data.  I wonder how many customers actually have a clue as to how it works, let alone use it?  Maybe we’re all “hangar” pilots at heart

It looks the part!

There is also another digital window opposite the 2, which has a mobile segmental style counter of sorts – I say of sorts as I have to discover exactly what it represents.  The square segment markers don’t seem to run in any identifiable order, though I suspect they should count 10 seconds in sequence, but they don’t – maybe a glitch just on this particular watch.

Get it – forget it ?

And let’s be clear, this watch gives the correct and always accurate Time, Day and Date, anywhere, anytime – period!  It’s easy to read day or night and is super simple to use.  As the definition of what a watch does – it’s about as good as it gets.
You simply get it and forget it. . . . . . . . . . . . .

Day Date survivors?

A great feature of the Automatic is that a) it doesn’t have a battery, b) it doesn’t require a light source and c) setting Time Zones or Summer Times is a simple case of crown out, move hands, crown in – job done. No instruction booklets

Expectations?

So when I see a vintage “quartz” Patek for over £5000+ – I confess I struggle to see the value when I open up the back and see that common old battery sitting there. Nice battery holder I agree, but for me it doesn’t feel like a whole lot of money.

Why did I get that?

Quite overly big in every way, mostly unnecessary too as the function set, whilst OK is nothing particularity spectacular. Digital Compass, World Time, Stopwatch, Chronograph, Timer, Alarms plus good night lighting it has to be said. But no Solar and no Radio Control. Lots of physical protection, though this increases the dimensions so much that the protection is in itself an attractor of damage. It gets in the way.

There’s Rolex and there’s . . .

The sheer number of Rolex watches that come up for sale and offered on the market from Pawnbroker stocks, is staggering. Usually dumped by those same folks who bought the watch as a status symbol in the first place and one of the first items to go, when financial reality comes home to roost.