Wristwatches, watches and watch-like gadgets

Discussion in 'mobiles, tablets and wearable tech' started by weltweit, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. Virtual Blue

    Virtual Blue ready


    This Stowa is so fucking sexy.
  2. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    At the intersection of various branches of man-jewellery, Leica are making a watch.



    They look nice enough I guess, and we’re assured that the cheaper model will come in at less than €10,000 so that’s fine. Rumours that it is designed to make Leica’s cameras look like a bargain are just jealous hatery.
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  3. Virtual Blue

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    That is a real nice watch and I love how they have decided to go down the mechanical route.
    But at £10K, I fear they have limited their audience. Should have gone for the 7753 movement....
  4. not-bono-ever

    not-bono-ever Not what they want but what is good for them

    Picked this up in Kiev a fortnight ago
    Vostok amphibia. Literally pennies. Supposedly a divers watch- handled a sea swim at the weekend. you have to do it when you come across these

  5. not-bono-ever

    not-bono-ever Not what they want but what is good for them

    since getting it, I have done some research on the amphibia - it seems to be the real deal rather than a faux adventure watch. running at 20 seconds per day off, the case and plexiglass are designed to compress to make it tighter as the pressure increases and the winder that seems a bit wobble when undone is connected by some clutch mechanism to be purposefully wobbly, as most rigid winders place lateral stress on the setup when being used. Watchmakers as described it as lacking in subtlty or finesse but will last a lifetime. I like this - not as heavy or as recognisable as the subs and dwellers I have had, but much more comfortable on a nato style webbing strap. this could be my new default go to watch
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  6. Virtual Blue

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    It's the AK-47 of subs man.
    Personally, I like the look of them!
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  7. not-bono-ever

    not-bono-ever Not what they want but what is good for them

    jus done some more reasearch - looks like one was pressure tested to 850m before imploding by some watch geeks for the loz - which is immense consdering how little it costs. I think some of the geeks were a bit miffed that their watches costing 100x more may not have got to this level
  8. Virtual Blue

    Virtual Blue ready

    Need advice guys...

    Which one?

    Top - DW 5600 BBN
    Bottom - GLS 5600

    I’m having a real tough time and don’t want to get both.
    Heart is gearing towards the GLS...

    Wanna wear it as a beater for work, cycling and gym.

    Last edited: Aug 15, 2018
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  9. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    The DW definitely looks cooler. I’m not sure about the visibility of these inverse displays in practice though.
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  11. Virtual Blue

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    That design has outlasted and looks cooler than other watches of a similar shape (Apple Watch),
    I really want that as well.
    Excellent piece.

    There’s something about square Casios.
    Brings back warm memories of Ataris, BMXs and funny feet lollies. :)
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  12. LynnDoyleCooper

    LynnDoyleCooper Up against the wall motherfucker.

    That's great. I covet one of this range, but I'd get one like yours instead if I passed through that part of the world.

    Divers Watches
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  13. Poi E

    Poi E Pessimism: a valuable protection against quackery.

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  14. Virtual Blue

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    Bought the GLS-56000 in the end.
    Was tempted with the G5000E (version model before the 5610).
    Going to keep an eye on it...

    Still love automatics but man, I’ve been hit with some serious servicing bills lately.
    Can’t be fucked with that sort of stress.
  15. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus


    Wearables market grow by 21.7% in Q3 2018, Xiaomi beats Apple
  16. Virtual Blue

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    It's because Xiaomi's best seller isn't a watch that costs £300-£1000.
    It's (cheap) price is a true reflection on an electronic device that will be outdated in 12 months.

    I never understood Apple Watch wearers who upgrade every year or so.
    Like I said before, my mechanical watches or my Casio G Shocks will be alive and undated in 10 years time.
  17. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    I ended up getting a Garmin 235. Had only planned on wearing it for running, but actually use it all the time. Gets about 4 days before I charge it, but would probably do 5. I've become more curious then I thought I would about how many steps I do and resting heart rate. Not sure how I feel about smart notifications. Today they are turned off. Find my phone has been handy a few times. As a fitness tracker it's good, GPS locks quickly and links to Strava. Downloaded an app to show OS coordinates which could be handy on a shit day on the hill. Like the fact it's round, rather then square and very light on the wrist.

  18. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Screen cracked already?
  19. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Of course they will. But then they don't do a tenth of what smartwatches can do. It's like comparing a old fashioned telephone with a smartphone.
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  20. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    Just noticed that. It will be the glass screen protector I put on when I got it. I'll change it after xmas when this job is done.
  21. Virtual Blue

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    Apart from true fitness watches like Garmin Fenix or similar, I still don’t see the point of a smartwatch.

    I’ve been tempted many times to purchase a Garmin as I use a Polar chest monitor strap 2-5 times per day (I train 10-16 hours per week). Just waiting for the right deal...
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  22. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    Yeah. About the only thing that the Garmin doesn't do that I think would be nice would be to pay with things. Know the Fenix does, but that's more then I want to spend.

    You missed loads of the deals, Amazon had plenty discounted for Black Friday. I picked mine up second hand on a running group after someone upgraded.

    Not done any proper HR training yet, but find the stats after intresting. Also intresting to see how resting HR increases on days I'm tired/exausted and a reminder not to push to hard.
  23. Monkeygrinder's Organ

    Monkeygrinder's Organ Dodgy geezer swilling vapid lager

    AFAIK even if you get a watch that supports it you also need a bank that does, and it's a very limited list indeed at the moment. So maybe not useful for most people anyway, unless you're inclined to move bank.

    ETA: Garmin International | Garmin Pay<sup>™</sup> Participating Banks - basically Santander and a handful I've never heard of in the UK.
  24. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    Health stats and notifications for other things seem to be the big drivers for smart watches. I don’t want the former and I try to avoid the latter so they’re not a big draw for me.

    There may be another killer app for them, particularly once they get more powerful, but they’re always going to be limited by display size and UI.
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  25. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    Ah. Just assumed it would work like Google Pay. Oh well, I wouldn't spend shed loads more on a watch to save the few seconds it takes to use my phone.

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