Justa One More Time…(I wonder why…)



Posted by Time Flies on March 01, 1998 at 21:24:52:


Hello, once again, folks. I beg your patience, as I once again, remove some thoracic burden. This post is a slight variation on a recent post of mine, but this one focuses on I wonder why As before, this is not intended to incite, berate, or defile. But, they are real questions I have had as a result of my own experiences in the watch world. So, with that, I wonder why.


1. when you remove the bracelet from Rolex sport models, you are singularly unimpressed by the case finish which is hidden by the end-pieces?


2. Rolex case finish is very good but not superb?


3. when soon after purchasing a watch, you think you found a mechanism defect (and start to sweat) when winding or setting a function since you managed to pull the stem into a “neutral” position?


4. when you adjust a bracelet by removing and adding links, that a difference of one link either too loose or too tight, and there is no perfect solution?


5. when a watch is brand new, you always seems to put a good ding in it almost immediately, but the next substantial scar occurs only years later?


6. about only two of five watch purchases end up being “keepers”?


7. it takes only about a month for the your enthusiasm for most of your new watch purchases to wear off?


8. there is a perceptual effect whereby a second hand seems to temporarily stop when looking to see if it is moving?


9. a new watch purchase is beautiful, wonderful, the best, and without rival even when you sincerely understand its shortcomings of movement, finish or whatever?


10. they put the word “Khaki” on the dial of that Hamilton watch series?


11. they put little, embarrassing logos like airplanes, turtles, or silly monikers on watch dials?


12. so many people want “aviation” watches but there are so few pilots?


13. Japanese casework is so distinguishable?


14. Breitling puts an engraved temperature conversion scale on the BACK of Navitimers since a pilot sure would not remove his/her watch to do this for making density altitude and other computations?


15. Breitling and others put those silly, little E6B (flight computer/circular slide rules) on bezels?


16. when you first start collecting it seems the vast majority of your watches seem to all look alike, but as you progress, your tastes change and diversify?


17. BIG watches are “in” when not that long ago the average case size was around 34mm?


18. Rolex bracelets (excepting the Sea Dweller Oyster) are so flimsy?


19. you have so many watches that beg the question of “why did I buy that?”


20. the term “wrist instrument” is being commonly used by mid-level manufacturers to increase market share?


21. Re-editions are hot (are they running out of new ideas) ?


22. care cannot be taken at the factory in installing the hands so that the second or minute hand will line up properly with the minute/second chapter markers (especially true of quartz watches)?


23. care cannot be taken at the factory so that when bezel inserts are put in place on rotating bezels that the index marker (e.g., little triangle or whatever) lines up dead center at 12 o’clock?


24. people worry about a mechanical watch that is 7 to 10 seconds fast per day?


25. Rolex watches seem to endure abuse that defeats the integrity of most other watches?


26. upon VERY close inspection all watches have, at least, one minor, little, teeny, cosmetic defect ? (I have yet to purchase the PERFECTLY constructed and assembled watch although, I admit, I still can’t find the defect in my JLC Master series watches darn, I know they’re there . A screw head nick, something not dead on, just something I’ll find
’em!)


27. crowns are more often than not too big or too little for the watch they were designed for?


28. Omega engraves “First Watch on the Moon” on the Speedmaster Pro instead of “Replica of the first watch on the Moon”?


29. people want a rotor on an automatic that is dead silent? (Hey, I want to hear that the heart is pumping,, however, not necessarily, thumping — just a very fine
Whirrr.!)


30. we love these useful, complex, beautiful, feats of engineering and design. Enough. All the best and I wish you wise purchases, great design, perfection, and long-lasting love affairs with all of your treasured timepieces.


Time Flies -.- ..





— ..- — One more time…For the good time

Posted by Justin Time on March 03, 1998 at 0:13:03:


In Reply to: Justa one more time…. I wonder why…(real long) posted by Time Flies on March 01, 1998 at 21:24:52:


Another wonderful rumination by a fellow watchaholic. As usual, I’ve added my unnecessary comments… [I wonder why…]


1. when you remove the bracelet from Rolex sport models, you are singularly unimpressed by the case finish which is hidden by the end-pieces?


2. Rolex case finish is very good but not superb? 18. Rolex bracelets (excepting the Sea Dweller Oyster) are so flimsy? **Time Flies, methinks this is a simple case of diminishing return. Increasing Rolex quality a little will increase the price a lot. Besides, to hand-finish nearly 3,000 Rolex a day, you may have to mobilize the entire watchmaking force of Switzerland. By the way, you’ve got a Rolex! Life can’t get much better than that. Would you please just be happy and stop complaining!


3. when soon after purchasing a watch, you think you found a mechanism defect (and start to sweat) when winding or setting a function since you managed to pull the stem into a “neutral” position? **Oh yes. The first thought that comes to mind is usually: “Oh my Gosh. I broke the darn thing!” Except, the words tend to be more colorful.


4. when you adjust a bracelet by removing and adding links, that a difference of one link either too loose or too tight, and there is no perfect solution? **This is a well known problem in anthropology: the Missing Link. The traditional solution is the ubiquitous adjustable clasp that allows adjustments smaller than one link–unless you’ve lost that pin in the shag carpet. IWC uses a revolutionary idea; they make the links…shorter. But, to make up for this convenience, they take away the claps adjustment (except in some old Porsche Design bracelets). A couple of top companies that shall remain nameless not only took away the clasp adjustment, but also make the links very long to ensure that a perfect fit is impossible. A Neanderthal solution you may say? Not so, Horo Sapien breath. You can buy a special HALF-LINK at twice the price of a full link, which is already $300 each. Who is the Neanderthal? By the way, have you noticed that if you remove the same number of links from both sides, the clasp never ends up in the middle of your wrist?


5. when a watch is brand new, you always seems to put a good ding in it almost immediately, but the next substantial scar occurs only years later? **My solution: pre-disaster the watch. It works with car too. Put a tiny scratch on the watch immediately after purchase. The process completely removes all anxiety from anticipating the first scratch.


6. about only two of five watch purchases end up being “keepers”?


7. it takes only about a month for the your enthusiasm for most of your new watch purchases to wear off? **This affliction is better known as self-abuse or brain damage, quite common among watchaholics.


10. they put the word “Khaki” on the dial of that Hamilton watch series? **In 1944-1950, Hamilton made a similar watch for the US and British Armed Forces. Thus Khaki on the dial. Some of the watches even had khaki-color nylon straps. That’s the official story. The real story? They did it just to annoy us.


11. they put little, embarrassing logos like airplanes, turtles, or silly monikers on watch dials? **Time Flies, you need a XEMEX watch. They put their elegant logo on…the bezel! I think cluttering the dial is a punishment for our lukewarm reception to the Movado Museum watch.


16. when you first start collecting it seems the vast majority of your watches seem to all look alike, but as you progress, your tastes change and diversify? **Even a blind pig can find an acorn now and then.


17. BIG watches are “in” when not that long ago the average case size was around 34mm? **Is there a straight answer for this one? BQ (Before Quartz), it was hard and expensive to make thin, small, and reliable mechanical movements for dress watches. AQ, the challenge is gone–I can hear B. B. King singing in the background: “The thrill’s gone! Baby, the thrill’s gowne!” A big case for a tiny quartz movement follows a modern paradigm: Form Belies Function. Heck, to add insult to injury, Bulova makes Frank Lloyd Wright clocks using a quartz movements, complete with pendulums!


19. you have so many watches that beg the question of “why did I buy that?” **Brain damage.


21. Re-editions are hot (are they running out of new ideas) ? **Watch re-editions are like movie re-makes. Seldom as good as the they re-make a watch or a movie that failed miserably the first time around? Imagine, a re-make of Ishtar. Now, that would be a challenge! A watch suggestion anyone?


22. care cannot be taken at the factory in installing the hands so that the second or minute hand will line up properly with the minute/second chapter markers (especially true of quartz watches)?


23. care cannot be taken at the factory so that when bezel inserts are put in place on rotating bezels that the index marker (e.g., little triangle or whatever) lines up dead center at 12 o’clock? **I think they use the same gorillas that handled your luggage in the Samsonite commercials!


24. people worry about a mechanical watch that is 7 to 10 seconds fast per day? **Nope, not any more. Not since Mycroft’s definitive discourse on the subjective and relative nature of time.


25. Rolex watches seem to endure abuse that defeats the integrity of most other watches? **Kinda like those Timex commercials: It takes a licking and keeps on ticking!


27. crowns are more often than not too big or too little for the watch they were designed for? ** I have a deeper mystery for you, Time Flies. Two similar IWC watches, the large Flieger chronograph, and the smallish Mark XII. Guess which one has the bigger crown? Who swapped those crowns?


Justin (or out of) Time


 




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