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Old 07-27-2022, 12:13 AM
 
Location: Mountains of Oregon
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My dad served in the Army Air Corp, in World War ll. He had two simple military watches with the black face. You wind them.
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Old 07-27-2022, 06:38 AM
 
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I solved that problem by not owning any watches.

My cell phone has a clock. So does my car. In my home, my computer has a clock, my oven has a clock, and I have a couple of plug in clocks around the house. One has a battery backup. Hardly ever have to change the battery.
^^^ this

I have a Rolex that I bought brand new in the early 90s. It needs to be serviced, it stopped keeping time and last time I inquired it was $600 or so to service it. I want to have it fixed at a Rolex service center, not just a watch repair guy so I need to get that done.

I don't wear any jewelry so wearing a watch is kind of a special occasion thing (like if I'm wearing a suit).
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Old 07-27-2022, 08:44 AM
 
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However, I would say that the minimum price for a good automatic watch that will keep accurate time is about $1000. Cheaper automatic watches do not have accurate movements (which is the rotor/timing assembly inside the watch.)

I get a chuckle out of people who claim that watches are an expensive hobby and that the minimum price to get a decent watch is $1,000! My daily wear watch is a manual watch from the 70s. I bought it on ebay for lass than $50 including shipping. It's not an automatic so the above comment doesn't directly apply but it works great and keeps time to within +-2 minutes per week (French Lorsa P62 movement) which is more than good enough for me.
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Old 07-27-2022, 09:01 AM
 
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I get a chuckle out of people who claim that watches are an expensive hobby and that the minimum price to get a decent watch is $1,000! My daily wear watch is a manual watch from the 70s. I bought it on ebay for lass than $50 including shipping. It's not an automatic so the above comment doesn't directly apply but it works great and keeps time to within +-2 minutes per week (French Lorsa P62 movement) which is more than good enough for me.
I'll agree! I have $30 watches and I have $600 watches and although all are under the mystical $1k mark...the important thing is they all are pretty darned accurate...and more importantly I ENJOY them...ALL of them!
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Old 07-27-2022, 11:03 AM
 
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I do not doubt this is true. Do I personally want to do that to my wristwatch? No, I do not. I do not know what I am doing, and I prefer jewellers with the proper tools to do it expertly for me. That is my personal choice of course. Everyone is free to choose for himself/herself
I tried to do it myself once and gave up, lol.
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Old 07-27-2022, 11:45 AM
 
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I tried to do it myself once and gave up, lol.
I do not blame you. It think it might be difficult to do with some wristwatches, but I am not interested in finding out.

My neighbour buys wristwatch batteries at the dollar store and takes them with him to the flea market on weekends where he has a booth. He used to charge $6 to put in a battery. Not sure if he charges more now or not, but I would not let him do it for me. I prefer to take my Seiko to the Fast Fix.

OP, do not they still sell inexpensive windup Timex wristwatches? I still have a Longines that my spouse gifted me many, many years ago. It is a windup wristwatch and very attractive, but I never wear it anymore. Do not like to replace the straps on it. My classic Seiko sports wristwatch (which I believe is patterned on Rolex) has been my regular wristwatch for many years now.
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Old 07-28-2022, 10:29 AM
 
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I do not blame you. It think it might be difficult to do with some wristwatches, but I am not interested in finding out.

My neighbour buys wristwatch batteries at the dollar store and takes them with him to the flea market on weekends where he has a booth. He used to charge $6 to put in a battery. Not sure if he charges more now or not, but I would not let him do it for me. I prefer to take my Seiko to the Fast Fix.

OP, do not they still sell inexpensive windup Timex wristwatches? I still have a Longines that my spouse gifted me many, many years ago. It is a windup wristwatch and very attractive, but I never wear it anymore. Do not like to replace the straps on it. My classic Seiko sports wristwatch (which I believe is patterned on Rolex) has been my regular wristwatch for many years now.
No, they don't. I actually spent a lot of time looking for wind-up watches a few years ago. The only ones I could find were used ones on e-bay, but the faces/numbers were too small for me to see well.
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Old 07-28-2022, 10:42 AM
 
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No, they don't. I actually spent a lot of time looking for wind-up watches a few years ago. The only ones I could find were used ones on e-bay, but the faces/numbers were too small for me to see well.
Wow, I am surprised no one makes inexpensive Timex type wind up wristwatches anymore. I feel like a dinosaur.....
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Old 07-28-2022, 10:43 AM
 
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Wow, I am surprised no one makes inexpensive Timex type wind up wristwatches anymore. I feel like a dinosaur.....
Me too, lol. I wish they did. I've had watch batteries go dead while I'm out somewhere having dinner or something. Much easier just to wind it a few times!
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Old 07-28-2022, 11:32 AM
 
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Wow, I am surprised no one makes inexpensive Timex type wind up wristwatches anymore. I feel like a dinosaur.....
Well, they aren’t inexpensive. And they aren’t technically wind up. They are called automatic which means as you move throughout the day it self winds.

And they’re all men’s. I don’t like a man’s watch it’s too big.

https://www.timex.com/browse/watches...matic-watches/
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