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What is your favorite mechanical watch

I suppose in sailing I should say Chronometer for finding Longitude. I am looking to buy a new watch and am wanting a mechanical one that is water proof for diving etc. Night viewable is nice too.
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Re: What is your favorite mechanical watch

Quartz, battery-powered watches will be much more accurate, cheaper, and more readily available. Night-visible mechanical watches sounds like an oxymoron. Radium dials are not known for aiding longevity. A skipper I sailed with used a key-wound chronometer mounted on the bulkhead with his sextant, but he knew it gained 2 seconds a day IIRC and made the corrections. A mechanical watch that you plan to take diving would be subject to all sorts of other variations that would have effects on its keeping time and could really mess up your plots. I like the Casio IronMan series because it has a countdown start timer for racing as well as keeping good time, a lit face, and big buttons.

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Re: What is your favorite mechanical watch

Funny, I've been looking for a mechanical, wind up chronometer for the boat. Hard to find one at anything but pristine-antique prices.

I don't really care about accuracy down to the second, or even many minutes. If I need that I can look at my iThing. I'd just like something that gives me the time (generally speaking).

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Ebay is your friend. That’s where we found ours, though it is battery-powered. The mechanical ship’s clocks tend to have louder bell chimes than the battery-powered ones.
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I have only Citizen chronograph ECo-Drive watches. Medium priced and many different types. Sapphire lenses.
My wife bought me my first one and I was only a Timex guy at the time.
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Re: What is your favorite mechanical watch

When I did Marion Bermuda via celestial used a Rolex submariner. Now do not have a watch on me ever or do I wear my wedding ring. Two reasons. Want a low profile when on land. Don’t want anything on me that could catch.

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Re: What is your favorite mechanical watch

Same as Dave,... Citizen eco drive first one was huge and had 3 batts... present one is smaller and solar charged black and smaller. I am used to wearing a watch... and don't really use it for time telling.

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Re: What is your favorite mechanical watch

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Funny, I've been looking for a mechanical, wind up chronometer for the boat. Hard to find one at anything but pristine-antique prices.

I don't really care about accuracy down to the second, or even many minutes. If I need that I can look at my iThing. I'd just like something that gives me the time (generally speaking).
Then you need a clock, not a chronometer. Big difference.

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Re: What is your favorite mechanical watch

A chronometer is not a time piece that keeps perfect time, but one that has a consistent known error. Therefore, buy any quality watch of your choice and check it daily, weekly and monthly until you have the error exactly. If memory serves, 4 seconds error in time is an error of 1 mile on a reduced site.
However, you are much better off to use a stop watch (or several, if taking multiple sites for latitude and longitude at the same time) and using WWV or WWVH for the exact time.
Personally, I wouldn't rely on a watch I wore for navigation. If you must have a chronometer, the follow Mike's lead and get a dedicated navigation chronometer, with a known error, stored in a special case below to protect it from anything that might alter it's error, like being dropped or banged against a shroud.

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Used my watches for racing vs celestial navigation. Only jewelry I wear aside from wedding band.
Outbound....why no watch.....it’s not safe where you are?


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