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BaldieJr
09-05-2007, 04:19 PM
I'm asking this here because slide rules are a necessity for flight.

I want the watch that makes the most sense during a catastrophe (like nuke wars or zombie infestations). I know I want an analog flight computer and I know I don't want to wind it or replace batteries.

I might actually use it in-game too so any help would be appreciated.

VonGrantoven
09-05-2007, 06:49 PM
I have had a Citizen diver's watch for a while that I like. I looked at a ton of Seikos and even Omegas and eventually decided on the Citizen because it was solar powered and I would never need to wind it or change batteries. It is titanium making it both light and extremely tough (good to 300m) and the price was very good.
They have a reputation for basically lasting forever too.
I was a bit sceptical of the 'solar' aspect as it just looks like a normal black face, but it really is 0 maintenance and keeps good time (mine seems to gain a couple of seconds a month so I may have to re-zero the time every couple of years just to be accurate)

Esel1964
09-05-2007, 07:21 PM
Originally posted by VonGrantoven:
I have had a Citizen diver's watch for a while that I like. I looked at a ton of Seikos and even Omegas and eventually decided on the Citizen because it was solar powered and I would never need to wind it or change batteries. It is titanium making it both light and extremely tough (good to 300m) and the price was very good.
They have a reputation for basically lasting forever too.
I was a bit sceptical of the 'solar' aspect as it just looks like a normal black face, but it really is 0 maintenance and keeps good time (mine seems to gain a couple of seconds a month so I may have to re-zero the time every couple of years just to be accurate)

I'll second that,I have a Citizen diver's watch,that I've had for 20+ yr.,it's not solar,so has to be sent to a licensed Citizen tech(To ensure a waterproof seal,it requires a special tool to take the back off) for battery change every 4-5 yr,but even with this drawback,I love it.The dive computer in it's amazing!

Choctaw111
09-05-2007, 07:35 PM
I have a Citizen Ecodrive (solar power) divers watch also. That's what I have been wearing for years. It went through a LOT of punishment and still works fine. After many years I finally had to get the band replaced. I should have it back in about a week. Take a close look and you'll see it on my wrist. that was four years ago and I already had it for several years.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v343/PublicPhotoAccount2/Brad-Small.jpg
Here's a closeup.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v343/PublicPhotoAccount2/Bradley-CovertMission-CitizenDivers.jpg

Someday I will pass this watch on to my grandkids just like my grandfather passed the watch he had in the service to me before he died. I think it's kind of neat.

tagTaken2
09-05-2007, 08:34 PM
While I'm not sure that the correct time would be your first concern during the above-mentioned events, a mechanical watch would fit the bill. Get an automatic if you can't be bothered winding. I think Breitling even make one with a sliderule in it, but they're expensive, heavy and promoted by Scientologists.

BaldieJr
09-05-2007, 08:38 PM
I'm leaning toward another eco-drive. My biggest concern is getting good features without paying for things i'll never use.

hurricane1948
09-05-2007, 08:46 PM
Fortis.
http://www.fortis-watch.com/en/collection/frameset.html

http://www.fortis-watch.com/imgs/collections/pilot/watches/pages/5952241.html

BaldieJr
09-05-2007, 08:50 PM
niiiiiiiiice!

http://www.fortis-watch.com/imgs/collections/b42/watches/6361012lc05_2007.jpg

Skunk_438RCAF
09-05-2007, 08:56 PM
Slide rule? Pilot's watch?

I have a Chase-Durer Pilot Commander. Its nice, but I still havent learnt to use the slide rule for anything but speed conversions. There are lots more parameters I can use the slide rule with, like fuel consumption and ETA, but I still have to read the instruction manual for that...

I'm lame, I know.

http://www.chase-durer.com/ima/w_pilotxvi/main.jpg

tagTaken2
09-05-2007, 09:04 PM
Don't think the ecodrive will survive an EMP, if it has electronic parts.

I think this gets used in space, or something:

http://www.fortis-watch.com/imgs/collections/b42/watches/6392211m_2007.jpg

BaldieJr
09-05-2007, 09:10 PM
i assume zombie hordes don't steal watches but an EMP could pose a sizable problem.

Targ
09-05-2007, 09:21 PM
Originally posted by BaldieJr:
niiiiiiiiice!

http://www.fortis-watch.com/imgs/collections/b42/watches/6361012lc05_2007.jpg

Sweet indeed!
Baldie, spot me $5800 US!
I will pay you back in beer over time http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

hurricane1948
09-05-2007, 09:31 PM
A little more on Fortis. I own a Fortis that is similar to the current Pilot Professional model. Automatic, white face, sapphire crystal(highly reccomended), glass back, date only. The cronograph types are cool (and expensive) but I do not consider them to be practicle. The stop watch dials are small and I may not be able to have a hand free to get a good look. Better to have a large digital timmer on the panel or clipboard.

hurricane1948
09-05-2007, 09:33 PM
...and the Russians pilots use Fortis.

BaldieJr
09-06-2007, 12:49 AM
targ,

thats a shame because i just quit drinking last week

GIAP.Shura
09-06-2007, 02:47 AM
Originally posted by Choctaw111:
Someday I will pass this watch on to my grandkids just like my grandfather passed the watch he had in the service to me before he died. I think it's kind of neat.

I just hope you didn't keep it hidden up your a$$. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

raaaid
09-06-2007, 04:31 AM
http://www.yeswatch.com/

AlGroover
09-06-2007, 04:44 AM
I have a couple of Citizen eco drive watches. No problems with either and no batteries to change. Really not a big investment compared to the specialist stuff and you don't have to return it to Lichtenstein if you do get a problem. Just make sure you wear it regularly without your sleeve covering it to keep the battery charged although the factory blurb says they will run for 6 months in the dark from full charge.

FluffyDucks2
09-06-2007, 05:50 AM
I can HIGHLY recommend Poljot Russian aviators watches. I bought one out of curiosity four years ago and have been absolutely chuffed with it since. I have done everything with it, sports diving, and other water sports and it it hasnt missed a beat. For a mechanical watch it is pretty accurate too, I reckon it gains about 2 minutes every six weeks or so. They are very good quality and the Aviators look impressive too http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Look here: http://www.aviator-watch.com/


They also make watches for many other brands like Junkers (all have Poljot movements). Which sell for MUCH more simply on their brand name http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
I would not be surprised if those Fortis watches were re-badged Poljots http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

OH...BTW Poljot were the watchmakers of choice for the Soviet air force and for the Cosmonauts too...they do replica cosmonaut watches and even have some made from actual SS20 missiles http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

DuxCorvan
09-06-2007, 08:26 AM
The best watch in a catastrophe is David Hasselhoff's watch:
"Kitt, come take me!"
http://www.davidhasselhoffonline.com/KnightRiderPoster01.jpg

Maj.Kaos
09-06-2007, 09:27 AM
Well, as for me, the correct time of day would be the least of my concerns in the event of a global or local catastrophe. My cheapie cardboard flight computer takes care of the navigation. Kinda clunky with the wrist band, though.

My brother spent thousands of dollars on survival gear, getting ready for some imminent big disaster. He would try to get me to do the same, challenging me to give him a reasonable response as to what I would do in case of a catastrophe. I told him that I had no belief in impending disasters, nor in the practicality of preparing for such, because all I need to do, if there ever was such a catastrophe, is knock on his door.

Oh, this one is immune to EMP, and looks nice. No batteries, no winding. I've got a pocket version.

http://www.stanleylondon.com/sundialcomp.htm#PREM

Jediteo
09-06-2007, 02:12 PM
Originally posted by GIAP.Shura:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Choctaw111:
Someday I will pass this watch on to my grandkids just like my grandfather passed the watch he had in the service to me before he died. I think it's kind of neat.

I just hope you didn't keep it hidden up your a$$. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


+1 for the Pulp Fiction reference

mortoma
09-06-2007, 02:59 PM
As a former pilot I recommend Tag Heuer or Breitling. Now these are expensive but made in the only country where they know how to make watches. Switzerland!!! You get what you pay for in any case. I simply will not buy a Japanese watch. A Japanese car yes, but not watch. If it ain't from Switzerland, it ain't no watch.