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Old 10-11-2009, 09:41 AM   #991
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Ratbob, that timex solar looks like it would be a nice cheap beater that I wouldn't worry too much about.

I was going to order one, but I can't tell if the face is recessed or not. It bothers me when a watch face gets all scratched up.

So, is the face recessed a little to protect it?
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Old 10-11-2009, 04:21 PM   #992
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Yup. Prolly 1.5-2mm below the bezel.
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Old 10-27-2009, 10:40 AM   #993
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Seiko automatic wearers...

...how often do you have to have them serviced? I'd love to get an auto, but I've always been told they are expensive to service and need to be serviced just as often as a quartz timepiece battery needs to be replaced.
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Old 10-27-2009, 12:01 PM   #994
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...how often do you have to have them serviced? I'd love to get an auto, but I've always been told they are expensive to service and need to be serviced just as often as a quartz timepiece battery needs to be replaced.
A watch needs regular servicing, usually every 2-4 years depending on the watch, to provide the longest possible life. There are a LOT of small precision gears and the "bearings" are synthetic rubies. If the oil dries up or a burr develops, it can wreak havok on the internals. I can't say how often they need serviced because I haven't had mine long enough. The nice thing about the sub $200 Seiko autos is that, for an automatic, they are a throw away watch. I know that may seem crazy to some, but I am guessing a basic clean and polish might run $75-$100. That is half the price of the watch. In my opinion, wear it until it croaks and either get a new one or replace the movement (about $75). Or, learn basic watch repair knowing that a new movement is pretty cheap. But, with that said, these watches are known to be bullet proof and their low (relative) cost makes them a "just wear it and don't worry" watch for me. I am sure you will have people chime in that they have had their Seiko 7S26 movements unserviced for 10+ years with no issues.
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Old 10-27-2009, 06:58 PM   #995
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A watch needs regular servicing, usually every 2-4 years depending on the watch, to provide the longest possible life. There are a LOT of small precision gears and the "bearings" are synthetic rubies. If the oil dries up or a burr develops, it can wreak havok on the internals. I can't say how often they need serviced because I haven't had mine long enough. The nice thing about the sub $200 Seiko autos is that, for an automatic, they are a throw away watch. I know that may seem crazy to some, but I am guessing a basic clean and polish might run $75-$100. That is half the price of the watch. In my opinion, wear it until it croaks and either get a new one or replace the movement (about $75). Or, learn basic watch repair knowing that a new movement is pretty cheap. But, with that said, these watches are known to be bullet proof and their low (relative) cost makes them a "just wear it and don't worry" watch for me. I am sure you will have people chime in that they have had their Seiko 7S26 movements unserviced for 10+ years with no issues.
+1

from what i've read on watchuseek.com (like advrider for watch-heads), the swiss ETA movements need to be serviced every couple years. lots of people seem to wear their seiko autos until they die, which could be ten or twenty years.

i'm sure rough handling, temperature changes, underwater use, etc all make a difference.

if you're considering a waterproof "dive" watch, also consider that changing a battery on a quartz diver gets expensive if you have the gaskets tested/replaced each time the battery goes.

if i ever get another quartz watch, it will have to be super accurate (quartz doesn't necessarily equal super accurate) and powered by a long life battery.
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Old 10-27-2009, 09:41 PM   #996
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...how often do you have to have them serviced? I'd love to get an auto, but I've always been told they are expensive to service and need to be serviced just as often as a quartz timepiece battery needs to be replaced.
You'll never service an automatic as often as replacing the batteries on a quartz. I've had no problems with my Automatics in 5 years until last week. One watch is losing time by as much as an hour!

Not sure what service will cost... but I have no complaints, it's been a great watch!
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Old 10-27-2009, 09:54 PM   #997
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I bought the Suunto Core at REI for $200, and I'm really liking it. It's the first digital watch I've owned, and is a nice change-up from the Diver. The ability to track altitude while moving, and then switch to barometric pressure while stopped, is, like... totally cool. This is going to be a lot of fun, and quite useful, on the next backpacking trip.
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Old 11-04-2009, 01:56 PM   #998
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This thread run its course?.....
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Old 11-04-2009, 01:59 PM   #999
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My $12 china walmart watch has survived two vacas in Jamaica (water, etc.) and has been dropped quite a few times. Just get what you like. I'd love to have any of the ones I've seen in this thread though!
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Old 11-04-2009, 03:22 PM   #1000
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owned a $30 timex for 4 years. still does what a watch needed to do. never really wore the thing much since cell phones come with clocks. recently decided to get a "nicer" watch; it's a casio pathfinder. pretty cool. built in electronic compass, altimeter, barometer, solar powered/rechargable, and atomic time keeping. plus all the other: sw, tmer, alarms, second world time. they have an all black model with reversible lcd. quite cool. i'll probably end up losing this one and going back to the timex like all other expensive replacements i buy

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Old 11-05-2009, 03:36 AM   #1001
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My newly acquired do-it-all watch:




Never thought an automatic watch could run this accurate. It has lost like two seconds in four weeks. And if I leave it at home for a day it gains one or two.
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Old 11-05-2009, 08:45 AM   #1002
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My newly acquired do-it-all watch:




Never thought an automatic watch could run this accurate. It has lost like itwo seconds in four weeks. And if I leave it at home for a day it gains one or two.
Its a mixed bag with the Automatics. I like the Eco-Drives for accuracy.
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Old 11-05-2009, 10:59 PM   #1003
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I have the same Citizen. Ran great the first two years; now it gains a minute a day. Time to get it serviced. I think the Seiko's are better but I like the styling of some of the Citizen Diver's better.
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Old 11-06-2009, 12:38 AM   #1004
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I "regulated" my previous Citizen diver myself. After a few tries it was running great again. From new it lost like 3 mins a week. Got fed up with it, openened the back and played with the beat of the watch. Once the watch was running great again I installed a new gasket and some silicone grease.
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Old 11-07-2009, 02:37 AM   #1005
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I`ve just got one of these



Casio AW590 much lighter and doesn`t knock lump out of my wrist when I`m on my mountain bike
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