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Old 12-06-2015, 08:06   #1
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Watch or time piece?

I wanted to throw this one out there and see what kind of watches people recommend or use when sailing. I have been trying to find a quality watch for a while that looks decent, is functional on a boat (i.e. maybe has but doesn't need to have but can also take the abuse of sailing, swimming, doing repairs on board, getting banged into things, being thrown across the room by my 2 year old etc.

I currently have a cheap $50 timex that I wear because it is low profile and I don't worry about damaging it. The problems are it scratches easy and if I am going somewhere nice/dressy it is definitely sub par.

So what kind of watch or "time piece" do you wear and why?
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Re: Watch or time piece?

I have a citizen, solar powered titanium dive watch and I love it. unfortunately after over 10 years the watch band wore out and I can't find another. I spent hours on internet trying to find a replacement so if anyone knows where to get 1 please let me know.
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Old 12-06-2015, 08:24   #3
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Should have put this in first post
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Old 12-06-2015, 08:58   #4
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Re: Watch or time piece?

Casio with altimeter, barometer and thermometer
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Old 12-06-2015, 08:59   #5
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Re: Watch or time piece?

I have a G-Shock, solar it is one of the few watches that can stand the beatings I give them. I've had the same one for going on 6 years.
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Re: Watch or time piece?

G-Shock something or other. Water proof to some depth or other. Resets itself from the atomic clock in Denver (or wherever) every day.


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Re: Watch or time piece?

Citizen Titanium eco drive. WR 200 meters. No need for batteries. Mine's one of the older ones.

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Re: Watch or time piece?

Casio Oceanus , recently had a new crystal and movement installed , that cost more than the watch . Needless to say I love the thing and it is a keep sake . As soon as I'm on the boat it comes off . We have a Royal Mariner mounted on a bulkhead in the house that is easily seen from the cockpit .

To answer your question for me it's time piece and watch .
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Hi.

I have considered one of these in the past.

I am sincerely curious about two things related to their use and accuracy. Since you own one, perhaps you know.

1. Is the thermometer affected by the body heat of the person wearing it? I can't imagine how it would not be. Have you ever done a test to see what it shows OFF the body and then ON the wrist in the same ambient temp?

2. I wonder how accurate the barometer function is? Have you ever compared it to any other barometer (built for boats?)?

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Re: Watch or time piece?

A $35 solar Casio will keep excellent time (with 15 seconds/month) and frankly, that's cheaper than the recommended or required annual maintenance on a "good" watch. Casio costs way less than Citizen for routine service (case gasket and crown gasket must be replaced every 2nd or 3rd year to ensure waterproof-ness on any watch) with Seiko running a little more than Citizen. The premium names (Rolex, Breitling) all will set you back closer to $150-200 every third year unless you skip the authorized service and risk water damage as well.


So...having a $35 quartz watch for sailing, and a dress watch for when you put on socks and go ashore, is not entirely irrational. That also gives you a spare to wear while "that other damned watch" is out getting a battery change or servicing.


A lot of watches, including the multi-timitier ones, are using custom bands that you won't be able to replace as easily as a watch that uses standard "spring bar" bands. For a $35 watch, no big deal. For a $300 watch...I'd want standard bands, period.
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Re: Watch or time piece?

I am brutal to watches, I either lose them or destroy them. The Casio G-shock has proven itself to be tough enough, now if I could avoid losing them....
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Re: Watch or time piece?

Casio males a solar powered watch called the Pathfinder, that has served me well through more than 5 years of a boat rebuild. The band has gotten really scruffy with the abuse but the watch is doing fine. It gets a time hack from satellites so is always accurate. The battery has lasted through a month or longer of mainland travel where the watch is buried under the clothing detritus that winter requires. The crown is recessed so it is protected from scratches. Display is large enough so these 70 year old eyes can read time without glasses. It has a bunch of features like barometer, altimeter, temperature, stop watch, etc.

The model I've got doesn't have tide information which I wish it had. This model does have the tide and moon function and will replace my current watch if it ever stops working. Casio Mens Pro-Trek Solar Multi-Band 6 Atomic - ABC - Orange Accents - 5 Alarms PRW2500R-1
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1. Is the thermometer affected by the body heat of the person wearing it? I can't imagine how it would not be. Have you ever done a test to see what it shows OFF the body and then ON the wrist in the same ambient temp?

2. I wonder how accurate the barometer function is? Have you ever compared it to any other barometer (built for boats?)?

Thanks for any replies.
I just bought a new watch, G-Shock GWN1000B Master of G Series, from Amazon. I looked at a bunch of different boating related watches and this is the best one I could find for my needs. Years ago I had a G-Shock with the thermometer, altimeter and barometer.

Yes, the thermometer measures the heat from your body so you have to take the watch off in some circumstances to get an accurate number.

The altimeter works but it is influenced by barometric pressure. There is a way to account for the pressure though.

I can't attest to the accuracy of the barometer but I was mostly wanting the up and down trend of the pressure compared to the exact pressure. I would guess that the watch is accurate enough. The watch will measure/display the current the pressure but it also has a small graph to show the up/down pressure trend.

This watch synchs with atomic clocks in various places around the world. This happens overnight and you are supposed to put the watch near a window to help catch the clock synch signal. I manually synched, or shall I say attempted too, but the watch never quite got the complete time. Eventually, the watch did synch overnight even though I was wearing it. I tested the time and it was accurate to the second to the US atomic time clock at time.gov. I think the clock is supposed to be 15 seconds +/- in a month if it cannot synch. The watch has not synched in a since 6/5/2015 and it was off by one second yesterday when I checked with time.gov.

The watch has analog hands which is what I wanted and can be configured to show digital time as well. It can also show the time for two time zones which was a feature I wanted.

The watch is solar powered with no battery that needs replacing. Supposedly. Once the battery was charged after removing the watch from the box, the watch has been at the H charged state. It only takes 8 minutes or so in sun light to fully charge for the day.

There is a tide function but I think doubt it really works but I have no way to test it at the moment. It also has a moon cycle indicator that I do find useful.

The watch is pretty big though. I think it is bigger than the G-Shock I had in the last century. Unfortunately, I need a big watch face to read without my reading glasses and/or in the dark.

I like the watch.

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Re: Watch or time piece?

I have a cheap casio somewhere on the boat, but haven't worn a watch in many years.

Time seems to take care of itself without me watching it - time to wake up, time to go fishing, time for lunch, time for a nap, time for a cocktail, time for dinner, time to go to bed.

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Me too - SeaPathfinder - also has fluxgate compass and race countdown timer.

(But the thermometer is useless when you are wearing the watch. It is closer to skin temperature than air temperature)
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