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    do you wear a watch while riding if so what watch?

    I can't stand not wearing a watch .. I like watches and have a bunch of them.. mostly dive watches.. but dive watches aren't really made for mtb and I don't want to mash them so I generally wear a Casio G-Shock DW-5600 which is a $45~ish watch so no biggie if something happened to it..

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    As you can see my Cat Fitz is highly approving of this fine watch choice..


    Anyways do you wear a watch if so what while riding?

    when not riding I can frequently be found wearing some of these (plus a whole ton more I won't show them all).

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    I wear a samsung gear S3 so that I'll have phone service, but don't have to carry a big phone with me. So far it has been great and has survived a couple crashes well

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    Depending on where I'm riding I have a watch. I have to have a watch on all the time.

    I usually wear my citizen watch. It's smaller than my other ones and a bit simpler. Even though I have time on my Garmin I wear the watch.

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    I tried a few times and it just wasn't comfortable. I've got some skinny wrists and the watch moves around way too much. It's banging off the bone on my wrist.

    Most of my watches are on a NATO strap.

    I got an SKX for Christmas from my GF. Awesome watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RS VR6 View Post
    I tried a few times and it just wasn't comfortable. I've got some skinny wrists and the watch moves around way too much. It's banging off the bone on my wrist.

    Most of my watches are on a NATO strap.

    I got an SKX for Christmas from my GF. Awesome watch.
    very nice.. SKX is a personal favorite of mine

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    I wear a Garmin Forerunner 35, if that's watch enough for you

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    Since 2000 I have only worn one watch biking...

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    I never could wear a watch at all. My hands would go numb wearing them. It could be related to my carpal tunnel problems. I had to loosen the watch so much that it slipped around my wrist all day. I decided to not bother with them anymore.
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    I don't wear this biking ever, but it's a pretty cool watch nonetheless. Also picked up around 2000. It was a TLD limited run.

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    I ride with a Samsung Gear S3 Frontier. Mainly to be able to answer the phone if my wife or daughters call while I'm riding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbkrmike View Post
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    nice.. honestly I don't think I could bring myself to wear a rolex while mtb riding.. but I respect you for doing it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by atarione View Post
    nice.. honestly I don't think I could bring myself to wear a rolex while mtb riding.. but I respect you for doing it...
    I didn't notice the big gash in the bezel to the left of the zero marker until I posted that pic. I was able to polish most of it out but yeah - that watch has obviously taken some hits.

    I would like to give it to my daughter some day. Maybe I should think about not wearing it anymore, and consider myself lucky that it survived 18+ years of unpampered abuse.

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    I have a thing for watches so yes I always wear one. Usually wear the breitling for about everything but have had to replace the crystal twice due to scratches that occurred while riding so now it's one of two others.

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    Just wear whatever watch I have in circulation at the time. Never even gave it a thought. Any fairly rugged waterproof sport or dive watch will do. I guess I'd leave out a "delicate" dress watch, not that I wear them often.

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    What is this "watch" thing? Does it tell time, like a phone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    What is this "watch" thing? Does it tell time, like a phone?

    Ha, that's what I was thinking. Other than a love of jewelry I can't understand the appeal, and even if I were into jewelry I'm not sure I'd care about it on the trail.

    I guess if you don't carry a phone or GPS and and are time crunched they would still have a useful function.
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    I always wear a watch when riding. Use it tell time. That is handy to know how long I have been out riding and quick check on pace (where I expect to be at certain time) and general use. I wear cheap sports watch I got at walmart. Digital and Velco band so no "in between" sizes. Plus lightweight.
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    Apple Watch Series 3 LTE

    It tells time plus I don't have to carry my phone. It charges pretty fast, too, and I can get about two days on a charge if I don't use the phone for too long.

    Most people just text me, anyway, and I can get my emails as well.

    It's completely waterproof. I swim with it and have had no problems.

    I only bring my phone now when bikepacking...more for the camera then anything else.

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    Fitbit Surge. Bought it used for $40. Has its own GPS, so I don't have to eat up phone battery to track rides. It beams the data from rides and runs to Strava with ease. The calorie, step, stair, and heart rate info has been useful as well. I wear it all day, every day, but it's especially useful for riding and running. It sends texts to me as well, so if someone texts me during a ride, I don't have to dig my phone out of my pack to check it.

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    I don't wear a watch, havn't for over thirty years. Don't think I even own one. I have a phone which has the time on it, everyone around you has a watch and the few places that's no the case are places I probably don't want to know the time.

    So I guess the only reason I'd want to wear a watch is.. an ego thing? Make a statement of some kind?

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    I love mechanical watches. Most of mine are vintage (several Olmas from the 60s and 70s, a Oris After 5 from the 60s, an Elgin from 1929, a Smiths Empire) or Vostoks (from Russia).

    I wear a G-shock for biking. It is much easier to check the time then pulling the phone out of the pack. But I'd like to get something with heart rate and GPS.
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    Garmin Vivoactive 3. I use a 820 to record my rides but the Vivoactive is a good backup plus I can record other stuff too like kayaking, swimming, etc. It's not perfect but better than most of the other smart watchers IMO.

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    I never wear a watch..... These days everywhere you look there is a clock.

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    I also wear a samsung gear frontier. Waterproof, shock proof and direct connection to Map my ride which is my default cycling metric thingy. That way I can bury my phone in my pack and just focus on riding but still have phone call ability and text ability.

    I used to be a watch hound, with a drawer filled with watches at home but since the smart watch came into my life it is the only one I wear, unless my phone is dead, then i will pull out my Nike Oregon digital because it is nicely sized to not conflict with my gloves and has been rock solid for over 20 years now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo View Post
    I never wear a watch..... These days everywhere you look there is a clock.
    Exactly! I used to wear watches, but haven't in 25+ years.
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    Analog for me.

    I wear my Citizen all the time. I've forgotten to take it off even when welding, so unfortunately the crystal has some pits in it, but it's tough as nails overall.
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    Haven't worn a watch in a decade, and when I'm riding I don't care what time it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo View Post
    I never wear a watch..... These days everywhere you look there is a clock.
    It's not about the clock.
    I wear a Sunnto GPS wrist computer while riding. This thing tells me about anything I need to know including est recovery time, EPOC, PTE. How much time is spent in which HR zones, time spent climbing, desending, on flat ground, ect. And about 20 other aspects of the ride/workout.
    I don't have to carry my phone and worry about breaking it or getting it wet in a downpour or water crossing.
    The watch is transferable to just about any sport, including water sports. And I don't have to worry about mounting it anywhere, or it flying off in a crash like some GPS units.
    I do use a cheapo Bryton GPS on the bars because it has a huge display and is easier to read when going 20mph. But I use the "Watch" to download all the info.
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    Fitbit Ionic user here. I will probably switch to Garmin when this breaks as Fitbit can;t seem to get their crap together around synching. As others have mentioned, it tracks my ride via GPS and I can upload to STRAVA after without worrying about my phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 93EXCivic View Post
    I love mechanical watches. Most of mine are vintage (several Olmas from the 60s and 70s, a Oris After 5 from the 60s, an Elgin from 1929, a Smiths Empire) or Vostoks (from Russia).

    I wear a G-shock for biking. It is much easier to check the time then pulling the phone out of the pack. But I'd like to get something with heart rate and GPS.
    I also like old mechanical watches (no interest in quartz movement and digital watches)... donít wear them when riding though..

    My coolest one is a 1920ís rectangular white gold Tiffany watch with small second hand that has Rolex internals! Bought it from a retiring watchmaker back in the 1990ís. It was his favorite timepiece as well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MozFat View Post
    Just wear whatever watch I have in circulation at the time. Never even gave it a thought. Any fairly rugged waterproof sport or dive watch will do. I guess I'd leave out a "delicate" dress watch, not that I wear them often.
    This. Never think about which watch I was wearing when I get ready to ride. I have two I rotate with, usually.

    As for the "you have a clock on your phone" crowd, sure. Much easier to look at my wrist, than stop and pull out my phone if I need the time, whether on the trail or elsewhere. Plus, I've worn a watch since I was about 10 or 12 years old, so feel naked without one! Habit now as much as a need.

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    Mechanical watches only! Right now its a Marathon general field watch, I wear it when biking, except in the summer because of sweat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skiahh View Post
    As for the "you have a clock on your phone" crowd, sure. Much easier to look at my wrist, than stop and pull out my phone if I need the time, whether on the trail or elsewhere
    I never wear a watch but have been thinking about buying one just for riding because of this reason. As a working dad my rides are often time constrained and I check the time often (maybe too often!). I haven't seen any clocks on my trails so I keep stopping to pull my phone out

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    Apple Watch, 'cause I have it and it's waterproof (we have plenty of lakes to get a swim in around).

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    Have not worn a watch (or any jewelry) for about 20 years. I got married in 1984 and ditched my wedding ring (not my wife) after about a year. I just don't like crap attached to my wrist and hands.

    OP...I used to do some diving back in the 90's and have that exact same dive watch stuffed in a drawer somewhere. I only used it for dives...freakin' thing is HUGE!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    Exactly! I used to wear watches, but haven't in 25+ years.
    I stopped wearing watches when I got my first pager in the early 90's. I had clipped to the inside of my pocket...so when I need to check the time...I'd just look down at my pocket. I started wearing a watch when I starting using a mobile phone and got rid of the pager. It's just easier to look at a watch to check the time.

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    Other reason I wear a watch is that in my job majority of the time I either can't touch my phone because my hands are dirty or my phone is in my truck because I'm soaking wet from sprinklers. I can go all day without my phone. Knowing what time it is can be important.

    My father in law is a crane operator. He has custom made overalls for his pocket watch. That's a whole different story.

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    I have a Timex Expedition that I wear to work and usually wear when I'm riding. Sometimes, like if I'm on vacation, I wear my titanium Citizen.
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    And I did have a nice citizen that I used to wear, but that thing would get so damn banged up, just even at work, but especially when riding/wrenching. Just made no sense to wear it, and I don't care about how fashionable it makes me look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacon Fat View Post
    I wear a samsung gear S3 so that I'll have phone service, but don't have to carry a big phone with me. So far it has been great and has survived a couple crashes well
    I as well (except the phone part), my phone is usually with me for Strava and obligatory pics :-)

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    I hike and ride using a Citizen divers watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bickle View Post
    Haven't worn a watch in a decade, and when I'm riding I don't care what time it is.
    I donít care what time it is either. Great life style but.....I wear a watch for unlimited variety of music on long rides and for emergency cell coverage so my Wife can call for assistance. I guess I could call her if I crash but I stopped putting myself on the ground. Also see the weather on the face like temp, wind speed and direction and so on.

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    good stuff.. I really prefer to be able to quickly check my wrist for the time.. partly to figure out how soon it will be getting dark / how long till I need to head back.. whatever.. my phone isn't much use for that while on a bike..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Rager View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coal-Cracker View Post
    You wear that riding?
    Please tell me you're kidding.

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    I used to wear a Rolex while riding until a scumbag pulled a knife and told me to flip it to him. I pulled a 45 Kimber and he ran. Stopped wearing the watch that night. Now I just wear the Apple

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    I wear a super cheap digital Casio. It's so light that I barely feel it and if I bash it into oblivion, I can replace it for less than 10 bucks. But it works perfectly fine.
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    I also often forget to change watches and end up wearing a slightly more expensive (but still not that expensive) Casio dive watch that I wear all the time. It's a tough watch so I'm not really worried about it, but the weight sometimes pushes the stem into my wrist, particularly if I'm doing things like bunny hopping so I try to take it off for any serious riding. An amazing watch for the price though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edubfromktown View Post
    I also like old mechanical watches (no interest in quartz movement and digital watches)... donít wear them when riding though..

    My coolest one is a 1920ís rectangular white gold Tiffany watch with small second hand that has Rolex internals! Bought it from a retiring watchmaker back in the 1990ís. It was his favorite timepiece as well.


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    Oh that sounds like a cool one. I love the tank style watches. But yeah I don't wear my mechanicals while biking or doing yardwork.
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    I wear the Apple Watch, it has the fall alert, allows me to answer calls without digging through my bag, runs Strava, and has my heart rate data. I guess it is a possibility of breaking it at some point but so far so good.

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    You guys take phone calls while riding??
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    I do not wear a watch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    You guys take phone calls while riding??

    Sometimes, depends who's calling. I keep my phone in a rear jersey pocket so I can check calls (or time) on the fly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbkrmike View Post
    I don't wear this biking ever, but it's a pretty cool watch nonetheless. Also picked up around 2000. It was a TLD limited run.

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    Yes, I have another variant of the limited TLD watches:
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    Thanks for sharing yours, they are pretty cool watches!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CUP-TON View Post
    It's not about the clock.

    That's what the op seems to be about. A fitness watch is a different deal and that would be useful for me.

    Also I guess I might consider wearing a (regular) watch if I didn't have easy access to my phone, but then again if that were the case I'd probably just get a bar mounted GPS or a smartwatch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    You guys take phone calls while riding??
    I do. I can either sit at my desk and wait for calls or a can go riding when I want and stop if some one calls me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcusBrody View Post
    I wear a super cheap digital Casio. It's so light that I barely feel it and if I bash it into oblivion, I can replace it for less than 10 bucks. But it works perfectly fine.
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    I also often forget to change watches and end up wearing a slightly more expensive (but still not that expensive) Casio dive watch that I wear all the time. It's a tough watch so I'm not really worried about it, but the weight sometimes pushes the stem into my wrist, particularly if I'm doing things like bunny hopping so I try to take it off for any serious riding. An amazing watch for the price though.
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    Casio makes some awesome watches for the price.

    I still have my "Mudman" from either 99 or 2000. Friend of mine bought it for me when he went to the Tokyo Auto Salon in Japan. I don't really wear it anymore. I can't remember the last time the battery was changed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coal-Cracker View Post
    You wear that riding?
    Please tell me you're kidding.

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    Yep. I wear it just about all the time. Damaged it once crashing on a road bike and needed to get a new case. I own it to wear it, not admire it on my dresser.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacon Fat View Post
    I do. I can either sit at my desk and wait for calls or a can go riding when I want and stop if some one calls me.
    Thats how I feel about it to. I am a realtor I have scheduled a showing pulled off to the side of the trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abaughman View Post
    Thats how I feel about it to. I am a realtor I have scheduled a showing pulled off to the side of the trail.
    Before I retired, I was a Railroad Superintendent and was always on call. Cell phones allowed me to ride almost anywhere and still do my work. Some hate the phones but it allows many like me to continue our lifestyle and keep our careers.

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    Samsung gear S3 Frontier. This is my everyday watch. As others hav3 already stated, it allows me to put my phone in the bag under my seat and still have the ability to take calls and texts. It also has some good tracking features like distance traveled, heart rate etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    You guys take phone calls while riding??
    Sometimes I have to. I'm a physician so I have to take some calls.

    The beauty of the Apple watch is that I can see who is calling or texting me without having to dig out the phone (if I'm even carrying it).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedalon2018 View Post
    Before I retired, I was a Railroad Superintendent and was always on call. Cell phones allowed me to ride almost anywhere and still do my work. Some hate the phones but it allows many like me to continue our lifestyle and keep our careers.
    Unfortunately I am never called about anything good.

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    Why a watch is greater than a phone:
    Doesn't die after one day away from a charger.
    About 1 tenth the size.
    No radiation.
    Can easily be read in bright sunlight.
    Doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg to replace.
    Far more weather/impact proof.
    You can check it in the dark without constricting your pupils.
    Adds to your appearance.
    If the battery goes, no fire.
    Less environmental impact/footprint.
    No monthly bill or forced obsolescence.
    Doesn't alert you unless you set it to.
    Not a tracking/surveillance device (if you're concerned

    For daily life, I have been trying to go old school, wear a watch, be on time and leave the phone in the car. For cycling, no watch and a phone for emergencies. None of the above are of greater concern than needing a ride/medical assistance.

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    Time is one of the fields on my bike computer so I don't miss race starts.

    Other than that I rarely find myself wondering what time it is and certainly wouldn't shackle myself by the wrist to a contraption displaying the pathetic human concept of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knutso View Post
    Why a watch is greater than a phone:
    Doesn't die after one day away from a charger.
    Not if you are in airplane mode and if you are out for multiple days a GPS/computer unit is probably a better idea anyway.
    About 1 tenth the size.
    Sure, but I've smashed watches probably more than phones, due to their more exposed nature.
    No radiation.
    Well, not only was this determined to not link to cancer with any correlation, but your watch still has an electromagnetic field since it's an electrical device, so technically there "is" radiation, but the scare from the 90s has turned out to be not proven, so the entire point is invalid.
    Can easily be read in bright sunlight.
    Depends on analog, etc. Generally easier to view, unless we are comparing against a bike computer.
    Doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg to replace.
    Depends, watches go from a few bucks up to thousands, plus as I mentioned above, I've found them to be more exposed and easier to damage. That's why my citizen is sitting at home and I don't use it.
    Far more weather/impact proof.
    Again, more exposed, some have decent water-proofing, but if it's solar powered you have to keep it more exposed and then if you are constantly brushing vegetation it can get quite annoying.
    You can check it in the dark without constricting your pupils.
    Depends, phones have night-bright levels and more expensive watches have the tritium or whatever, but then that kind of erases the "cheap watches" benefit above, as those types of watches are generally much more expensive.
    Adds to your appearance.
    I guess, if you like gold chains, ear-rings, things hanging off your extremities, etc.
    If the battery goes, no fire.
    Used to be true, but more and more are using lithium batteries.
    Less environmental impact/footprint.
    I went through a lot of watches as a kid and early adult. I'd have to question that.
    No monthly bill or forced obsolescence.
    Sure, unless it's a GPS watch like a Garmin.
    Doesn't alert you unless you set it to.
    Exactly like a phone.
    Not a tracking/surveillance device (if you're concerned
    Not concerned.
    For daily life, I have been trying to go old school, wear a watch, be on time and leave the phone in the car. For cycling, no watch and a phone for emergencies. None of the above are of greater concern than needing a ride/medical assistance.

    My watch of choice is a Casio OCW P1000
    This is why I have a personal locator beacon, its tiny, broadcasts on 406mhz directly to the NOAA sarsat, which goes directly to search and rescue (no third parties or commercial parties). A phone is a poor substitute for this.
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    Great S3, but only really for time and alerts. The GPS in it sucks and I still use Endomondo from my phone to track my rides. It's nice to be able to see what my messages are or who's calling so I can figure out if I need to stop and answer it.

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    I do not doubt plenty of studies have shown cellphone radiation is right-o. Mobile phones/telecom is a $2triillion+ industry worldwide. But there are others that have proven it mutates DNA, sperm cells etc. No one knows what that long term exposure will do to todays children and their reproductive health.

    Solar watches last months without charging, and can charge off indoor lighting in a day.

    A phone that is a replaced every few years, has a large battery and draws power from the wall daily has an exponentially larger environmental impact than a watch that lasts decades with a tiny battery and no power draw.

    Yes you can set your phone to airplane or no alert mode. But then it is just a large, expensive, fragile, power hungry watch. The calls, texts etc are what give it its value. With that value you have to take the downside which is calls, texts etc that you would have preferred to ignore.

    You keep saying the exposed nature of a watch, but that only speaks to its advantages of compactness and durability. You could wear your phone on your wrist or wrap your watch in a case and put it in a bag, but doing either seems silly due to their size and durability characteristics.

    I am not anti phone. Just stating why one is not a stictly better substitute for a watch. If I had to only have one or the other, I would no question, take a phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcusBrody View Post
    I wear a super cheap digital Casio. It's so light that I barely feel it and if I bash it into oblivion, I can replace it for less than 10 bucks. But it works perfectly fine.
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    I also often forget to change watches and end up wearing a slightly more expensive (but still not that expensive) Casio dive watch that I wear all the time. It's a tough watch so I'm not really worried about it, but the weight sometimes pushes the stem into my wrist, particularly if I'm doing things like bunny hopping so I try to take it off for any serious riding. An amazing watch for the price though.
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    that dive watch is a lot of watch for $40.. nice !

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    I will say this, in grade school I had Tetris watch. It was the best thing ever. If there was one thing from that era that I should have kept, that would be it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    I will say this, in grade school I had Tetris watch. It was the best thing ever. If there was one thing from that era that I should have kept, that would be it.

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    I used to wear a watch when I first started riding; it became unbearable once I started to sweat.. then in colder weather, harder to see if you've got sleeves in the way. Once I got a mounted Garmin, seriously rendered watches obsolete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    Well, not only was this determined to not link to cancer with any correlation, but your watch still has an electromagnetic field since it's an electrical device, so technically there "is" radiation, but the scare from the 90s has turned out to be not proven, so the entire point is invalid.
    Unless you have a mechanical watch. I have one battery powered and one mechanical, perpetual winding (by arm motion). No field with the mechanical one!

    Quote Originally Posted by knutso View Post
    Jayem

    I do not doubt plenty of studies have shown cellphone radiation is right-o. Mobile phones/telecom is a $2triillion+ industry worldwide. But there are others that have proven it mutates DNA, sperm cells etc. No one knows what that long term exposure will do to todays children and their reproductive health.


    I am not anti phone. Just stating why one is not a stictly better substitute for a watch. If I had to only have one or the other, I would no question, take a phone.
    Yes, there are studies that say it does stuff. In the Navy, my job was electronic countermeasures. I sat on top of and beside extremely high powered transmitters ranging from lower frequencies (khz) to high frequencies in the Ghz range. Plenty of hours with these things blasting away. No impact and my kid is perfect (as perfecta as a tween/teen can be!). None of my shipmates have any health issues outside the normal range of stuff, so I tend to agree that those studies that say the low power outputs of phones have an impact are slanted.

    As for having to choose just one, I'd take the watch. Mechanical watch, at that. Once the zombie apocalypse comes, cell phones will be useless!

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    Quote Originally Posted by skiahh View Post
    As for having to choose just one, I'd take the watch. Mechanical watch, at that. Once the zombie apocalypse comes, cell phones will be useless!

    They'll only be worth their weight in gold, all those pretty Rolex watches will go into the melting pot.
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    This watch Seiko SRP637 (shrouded Monster) was a gift from my wife for xmas a couple years ago.. this is the heaviest / biggest watch I own.. I quite like it..

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    Quote Originally Posted by atarione View Post
    This watch Seiko SRP637 (shrouded Monster) was a gift from my wife for xmas a couple years ago.. this is the heaviest / biggest watch I own.. I quite like it..

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    Nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbkrmike View Post
    Nice!

    What is to the left of the beer can? With the tube(s)?
    thanx.. the thing with the tubes is a Darkvoice 336SE OTL tube headphone amplifier, with vintage USA made tubes (RCA 6SN7GT and RCA 6AS7G)..

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    Quote Originally Posted by 93EXCivic View Post
    Oh that sounds like a cool one. I love the tank style watches. But yeah I don't wear my mechanicals while biking or doing yardwork.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bickle View Post
    Haven't worn a watch in a decade, and when I'm riding I don't care what time it is.
    This.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dylandewandel View Post
    I used to wear a watch when I first started riding; it became unbearable once I started to sweat.. then in colder weather, harder to see if you've got sleeves in the way. Once I got a mounted Garmin, seriously rendered watches obsolete.
    Well that depends what you wear a watch for. I use my Apple 4 almost exclusively for music via Air Pods and emergency cell purposes. The rest of the watch is nonsense to me, especially when you run a Garmin 1030.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shark View Post
    This.


    Mostly agree, unless you're doing an out & back and don't have lights or extra clothing. Gotta adhere to your turn around time, I've pushed it a time or 2 and it can be an unpleasant ride back when the sun sinks below the horizon and it drops 20 degrees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by atarione View Post
    This watch Seiko SRP637 (shrouded Monster) was a gift from my wife for xmas a couple years ago.. this is the heaviest / biggest watch I own.. I quite like it..

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    I'd be afraid of dinging that up on a ride; that is nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ailuropoda View Post
    Sometimes I have to. I'm a physician so I have to take some calls.
    I play hockey with a guy who is a heart surgeon, and he brings his work phone on to the bench during games. More than once, he has had to leave mid game for an emergency surgery...

    I wear my GArmin Vivoactive watch all the time since my heart attack. It tracks everything I need...ride maps, heart rate, zone time etc. At first, I didn't like it cause it was so big, but now I am used to it. I just use the Garmin Connect app/software to keep records of the info. I usually only have my phone on rides for the camera or for communications after the ride. I do use it for GPS on some longer rides occasionally.

    Before that I had 2 Fossil analog watches from the mid 90's that I wore until they started to get beat up. I really like the design of the original Fossil stuff...
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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    Mostly agree, unless you're doing an out & back and don't have lights or extra clothing. Gotta adhere to your turn around time, I've pushed it a time or 2 and it can be an unpleasant ride back when the sun sinks below the horizon and it drops 20 degrees.
    that and if you are wearing prescription sunglasses, it is almost like riding at night with no lights as the sun goes away for the night. I hate that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atarione View Post
    I can't stand not wearing a watch .. I like watches and have a bunch of them.. mostly dive watches.. but dive watches aren't really made for mtb and I don't want to mash them so I generally wear a Casio G-Shock DW-5600 which is a $45~ish watch so no biggie if something happened to it..

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    As you can see my Cat Fitz is highly approving of this fine watch choice..


    Anyways do you wear a watch if so what while riding?

    when not riding I can frequently be found wearing some of these (plus a whole ton more I won't show them all).

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    I'm daily wearing a Seiko SRP779 that I got this past Christmas. It's like yours in the keyboard photo but it has the Pepsi (red/blue) bezel. I asked my wife for it as a gift so I could retire my 30 year old Seiko 6309 I bought new in the 80's. These Seiko's are great watches and my 6309 has never had the case opened. I may send it out for a lube/oil/filter now that it's retired.

    I also see your probably a lefty like me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbkrmike View Post
    Since 2000 I have only worn one watch biking...

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    Wow, biking with a Rolex Sea Dweller. If it's an actual Rolex and not a knock off your a braver man than me.

    My father has a Submariner he bought in the late 60's. It will be in my collection some day, and the later the better is fine with me.

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    I've worn my GMT II cycling. Not sure why that's brave.

    Of course, I am in Bellingham where it's not that big a risk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed1774 View Post
    I'm daily wearing a Seiko SRP779 that I got this past Christmas. It's like yours in the keyboard photo but it has the Pepsi (red/blue) bezel. I asked my wife for it as a gift so I could retire my 30 year old Seiko 6309 I bought new in the 80's. These Seiko's are great watches and my 6309 has never had the case opened. I may send it out for a lube/oil/filter now that it's retired.

    I also see your probably a lefty like me.
    awesome yeah the pepsi one is nice.. I got the black because I already had this SKX009:
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    you should definitely get the 6309 serviced.. MAKE SURE They don't start swapping out the dial / hands / bezel insert as old all orig 6309's are getting rare.. they still don't sell for that much $500~ish but they are cool.. especially when all original.

    And yes sir, I am indeed a lefty as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by atarione View Post
    awesome yeah the pepsi one is nice.. I got the black because I already had this SKX009:
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    you should definitely get the 6309 serviced.. MAKE SURE They don't start swapping out the dial / hands / bezel insert as old all orig 6309's are getting rare.. they still don't sell for that much $500~ish but they are cool.. especially when all original.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed1774 View Post
    Wow, biking with a Rolex Sea Dweller. If it's an actual Rolex and not a knock off your a braver man than me.

    My father has a Submariner he bought in the late 60's. It will be in my collection some day, and the later the better is fine with me.
    The thing is a tank. It's been to hell and back and has kept incredibly accurate time since 2000. I have never dropped it off for the servicing Rolex says is necessary from time to time. It's spent lot of time in temps ranging from minus 40 to plus 50 Celsius, it's been down to 150+ feet of seawater and yeah - it has seen 18+ years of continuous mountain biking. I generally don't take it off. Ever. So it has experienced everything I have experienced since 2000.

    Nothing to fear. It's about the furthest thing from delicate that there can be.

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    You cats wear some nice timepieces whilst riding!
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    I love watches, own a couple automatics (Seiko, Air Blue) and solars (Citizens). But I never wear one while riding. If I did it would be a digital Pulsar that's my toss around watch for going in the water, etc. But still it would probably bounce around too much against my wrist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atarione View Post
    I can't stand not wearing a watch .. I like watches and have a bunch of them.. mostly dive watches.. but dive watches aren't really made for mtb and I don't want to mash them so I generally wear a Casio G-Shock DW-5600 which is a $45~ish watch so no biggie if something happened to it..

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    Anyways do you wear a watch if so what while riding?

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    I wear a gshock for riding too. I have a smart watch for regular daily wear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigguy1 View Post
    Samsung gear S3 Frontier. This is my everyday watch. As others hav3 already stated, it allows me to put my phone in the bag under my seat and still have the ability to take calls and texts. It also has some good tracking features like distance traveled, heart rate etc.
    And the SOS feature

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    Ha, that's what I was thinking. Other than a love of jewelry I can't understand the appeal, and even if I were into jewelry I'm not sure I'd care about it on the trail.

    I guess if you don't carry a phone or GPS and and are time crunched they would still have a useful function.
    I'm just old, watch works well. You have to stop and pull the phone out of your pack? Or put it on your bars? Mine is analog. As a photographer I used to shoot a lot of polaroids for test lighting, would process for 30 sec. b&w, color was 45 seconds.

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    Garmin vivoactive HR. Ugly rectangle for maximum wrist articulation! Wear it playing hockey too.

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    are you in a recording studio there?
    no sir.. that is my Sony TA-N77ES 65~lbs 200WPC Stereo Amplifier (circa 1989) it is powering vintage Yamaha nS-344 10" 3way speakers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leeboh View Post
    You have to stop and pull the phone out of your pack? Or put it on your bars?

    No, I just pull it out of my jersey pocket, I've even answered a call or 2 while still rolling on mellow singletrack.

    If all you want is time a watch is perfect, personally I'd rather have a smartwatch, or a bar mounted Garmin which would make wearing a watch redundant.

    What I really can't understand is wearing a $8,000 Rolex when a $30 Timex would accomplish the exact same thing and weigh half as much. To each his own of course, I just don't get it.
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    I like looking at watches, and you guys have some nice ones, but I hate wearing them. I have a couple old Fossils in a drawer, my grandpa's old Waltham, and an old spring-wound conductor's watch from my great uncle.

    But, the only time I wear one is when I'm collecting water/soil samples at work. I need to know what time it is, and use a stop watch, without worrying about dropping my phone into a creek or some toxic goo.

    My Cateye Enduro bike computer has a clock that handle's my biking needs. I just need to remember that it's like an 1:20 off of the real time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    What I really can't understand is wearing a $8,000 Rolex when a $30 Timex would accomplish the exact same thing and weigh half as much. To each his own of course, I just don't get it.
    I think it's just the fact that's the watch someone is wearing when they get ready to go riding. I put my watch on in the morning and don't take it off until bedtime. If I change for riding, I just change clothes. I don't even think about the watch. Sure, the Timex would do the same thing, but if you're going to buy the nice watch - that's supposed to be strong and durable - why baby it and take it off for things like biking or whatever? Sure, I know some people do. I'm not one of them. So whatever watch I have on that day is the one that goes riding.

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    Garmin Fenix, duh. I have the first gen, was only $99 refurbished a couple years ago. I'm sure they're super cheap now. My next watch will be the fenix 3 or 4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bickle View Post
    Haven't worn a watch in a decade, and when I'm riding I don't care what time it is.
    I mostly agree with this. I wear a watch daily at work, I'm in health care so it should have a second hand for taking a pulse. In an earlier life, I worked for UPS - goofy buggers tell time by the 1/100th of an hour. That shit gave me some serious PTSD...if I'm not at work, I could really not care less WTF time it is.

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    I've had horrible bad luck with battery powered watches, they don't last more than a battery change, and then somewhere along the life of the 2nd battery they die for good. I even tried those G watches too and they didn't last either. So when I ride my bike I go for my stainless steel Seiko Prospex diver watch, this watch is now 12 or so years old and still going strong. I have other auto watches but that's the one I wear when riding.

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    I remember when I was younger my dad came home from work later than normal. He always swore by his g shock. It stopped at 11:43am. Battery didn't die, the clock stopped. Said it was the longest day ever. Still has the watch, still at the same time.

    I used to wear g shock. I can't wear rubber banded watched. I have lost too many from incidents. Mostly sailing not riding. There are several in the bottom of San Diego and Mission Bay.

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    If I'm not in bed, my Apple watch is on my wrist. It saves me from constantly pulling out my phone to see who is e-mailing or texting me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    No, I just pull it out of my jersey pocket, I've even answered a call or 2 while still rolling on mellow singletrack.

    If all you want is time a watch is perfect, personally I'd rather have a smartwatch, or a bar mounted Garmin which would make wearing a watch redundant.

    What I really can't understand is wearing a $8,000 Rolex when a $30 Timex would accomplish the exact same thing and weigh half as much. To each his own of course, I just don't get it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikekook View Post
    If I'm not in bed, my Apple watch is on my wrist. It saves me from constantly pulling out my phone to see who is e-mailing or texting me.
    Exachery, but no iPhone/Apple ;-)

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    those of you that wear plastic watches have to keep in mind that the stainless steel diving style watches are much more indestructible than a plastic watch. I mentioned I wear a Seiko diving watch earlier but I can't even recall the number of times I banged it and nothing, not even the crystal gets scratched. Granted I wouldn't wear an expensive watch while out riding just because there is no need to do that unless I was riding a $15,000 bike and wanted to make some sort of point, but I'm not like that nor can afford to be like that. I don't like reaching into my pocket to pull out the cell phone just to see the time; while my bike computer has a clock I still like to wear a watch, but that may be that I've been wearing a watch every day since grade school, if I don't have a watch on I feel partially naked! LOL!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by froze View Post
    those of you that wear plastic watches have to keep in mind that the stainless steel diving style watches are much more indestructible than a plastic watch. I mentioned I wear a Seiko diving watch earlier but I can't even recall the number of times I banged it and nothing, not even the crystal gets scratched. Granted I wouldn't wear an expensive watch while out riding just because there is no need to do that unless I was riding a $15,000 bike and wanted to make some sort of point, but I'm not like that nor can afford to be like that. I don't like reaching into my pocket to pull out the cell phone just to see the time; while my bike computer has a clock I still like to wear a watch, but that may be that I've been wearing a watch every day since grade school, if I don't have a watch on I feel partially naked! LOL!!!
    i feel the same way in that I don't like to get my phone out to check the time...the extra 5 seconds seems like a "Waste" when I can just glance at my watch. I think that is a generational thing though....none of my students wear watches, and they always ask me why I look at my wrist when they ask the time. And. now that I think about it, many of them do have Fitbits or Apple watches, and they still always use their phone to check the time
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    Garmin Vivoactive Hr on my wrist, used to be a G shock prior. Rolex and Tissot would go out on the roadbike at times

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    I rarely take mine off....sleep with it, shower with it, ride with it, swim/dive with it, work with it, wear it working on the bike/car/house/yard... I have taken it off for rock climbing.
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    I wear an old (from 1992) Timex Ironman watch.

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    I wear a Suunto Traverse, paired with a chest HR monitor... I can track my HR and mileage/GPS tracks. oh and it tells the time too

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenren81 View Post
    I wear a Suunto Traverse, paired with a chest HR monitor... I can track my HR and mileage/GPS tracks. oh and it tells the time too
    Time too? No F'in way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zomby Woof (MCM700) View Post
    I wear an old (from 1992) Timex Ironman watch.
    That is a very durable watch. I was wearing one in 1981 when I jumped off a freight train at 50 mph just before we hit another train. Several days later, the wreck crew found my watch and gave it back to me still working. Took a licking and kept on ticking. Just like the old ads would say. The band however was a total loss.

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    I wear a Apple Watch series 4
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    Quote Originally Posted by brent701 View Post
    I wear a Apple Watch series 4
    Wife wears the the same
    Kid wears a Garmin watch.
    You are hooked up well. Very useful deals but I use mine mostly for music out in the wild and for cell coverage. Garmin does the rest for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedalon2018 View Post
    You are hooked up well. Very useful deals but I use mine mostly for music out in the wild and for cell coverage. Garmin does the rest for me.
    Nah. We just use the watches as a smart watch. My all run Garmin edge 520 plusís
    My son (11) uses his watch to watch heart rate.
    He doesnít like to wear the chest strap. We also carry our phones though. Mainly him for live beacon through Strava when he races due to the miles he does.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JimF777 View Post
    Time too? No F'in way!
    I know, crazy right? I don't actually even have the time on the first screen when out for a ride... more for tracking the distance etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedalon2018 View Post
    That is a very durable watch. I was wearing one in 1981 when I jumped off a freight train at 50 mph just before we hit another train. Several days later, the wreck crew found my watch and gave it back to me still working. Took a licking and kept on ticking. Just like the old ads would say. The band however was a total loss.
    uhhhh....ok

    1. were you a stuntman, or a railroad worker?

    2. how is anything on a MTB scary after that

    3. was that a common occurence?

    4. that is pretty bad ass
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    Quote Originally Posted by froze View Post
    those of you that wear plastic watches have to keep in mind that the stainless steel diving style watches are much more indestructible than a plastic watch. I mentioned I wear a Seiko diving watch earlier but I can't even recall the number of times I banged it and nothing, not even the crystal gets scratched. Granted I wouldn't wear an expensive watch while out riding just because there is no need to do that unless I was riding a $15,000 bike and wanted to make some sort of point, but I'm not like that nor can afford to be like that. I don't like reaching into my pocket to pull out the cell phone just to see the time; while my bike computer has a clock I still like to wear a watch, but that may be that I've been wearing a watch every day since grade school, if I don't have a watch on I feel partially naked! LOL!!!
    umm.. I honestly think a g-shock is a better choice.. Seiko diver watches are great and I love them, but they aren't really designed for the sort of shocks a mtb spill would possibly entain.. My SKXA35 had a springbar fail and fell 1.5~ft maybe onto my patio (i was working on my weber gas grill at the time).. day later it stopped working ... rotor fell off.. in fairness I fixed it and it is fine ~2.5 yrs later.. My dw-5600 costs $40~ and if it gets damaged..oh well I'll get a new one.. but impacts / shocks is kinda of it's raison d'etre.

    oh here is the A35 I don't wear it mtb'ing as it is discontinued and expensive~ ish now

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    Quote Originally Posted by sXeXBMXer View Post
    uhhhh....ok

    1. were you a stuntman, or a railroad worker?

    2. how is anything on a MTB scary after that

    3. was that a common occurence?

    4. that is pretty bad ass
    I was the head brakeman that day. Cold 13 degrees out with no clouds in the sky. Came around a curve and a train was on our track. It was jump or die so we jumped. About ten million dollars damage in 1979 dollars. I was back on my feet in less than two months. It was a type of malfunction that cannot occur today as that technology is long gone. No time to be scared as opposed to near out of control down hill in Alaska which gives you plenty of time to scare the crap out of you. I clearly remember smiling and thinking I was Superman after the noise stopped. I was bleeding but knew I would be ok. I was most concerned with the other two crew members. They all recovered. No injuries on the other train. Almost like yesterday. It was only one of three of near death experiences I have had in 65 years. I guess I am a survivor. And yes, rail accidents are rare and are now becoming even rarer as Positive Train Control devises are now mandated with full implementation due no later that 2021.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedalon2018 View Post
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    I was the head brakeman that day. Cold 13 degrees out with no clouds in the sky. Came around a curve and a train was on our track. It was jump or die so we jumped. About ten million dollars damage in 1979 dollars. I was back on my feet in less than two months. It was a type of malfunction that cannot occur today as that technology is long gone. No time to be scared as opposed to near out of control down hill in Alaska which gives you plenty of time to scare the crap out of you. I clearly remember smiling and thinking I was Superman after the noise stopped. I was bleeding but knew I would be ok. I was most concerned with the other two crew members. They all recovered. No injuries on the other train. Almost like yesterday. It was only one of three of near death experiences I have had in 65 years. I guess I am a survivor. And yes, rail accidents are rare and are now becoming even rarer as Positive Train Control devises are now mandated with full implementation due no later that 2021.

    yikes.. I'm glad you survived.. that was a lot of damage in 1979 dollars.. woah.. hopefully they didn't try to take it out of your pay =p

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    Quote Originally Posted by atarione View Post
    yikes.. I'm glad you survived.. that was a lot of damage in 1979 dollars.. woah.. hopefully they didn't try to take it out of your pay =p
    Well actually they paid me. I still have a few of those dollars left. Destroyed two locomotives, 25 rail cars, a Mathews 42 foot boat and a pick up truck that was flattened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atarione View Post
    umm.. I honestly think a g-shock is a better choice.. Seiko diver watches are great and I love them, but they aren't really designed for the sort of shocks a mtb spill would possibly entain.. My SKXA35 had a springbar fail and fell 1.5~ft maybe onto my patio (i was working on my weber gas grill at the time).. day later it stopped working ... rotor fell off.. in fairness I fixed it and it is fine ~2.5 yrs later.. My dw-5600 costs $40~ and if it gets damaged..oh well I'll get a new one.. but impacts / shocks is kinda of it's raison d'etre.

    oh here is the A35 I don't wear it mtb'ing as it is discontinued and expensive~ ish now

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    I had a G shock I got sometime in 1990 called the Pro Trek, it broke after 2 1/2 years. I've been wearing the Seiko for a long time and it hasn't broken yet so it must handle crap just fine...better than the Casio.

    I use to wear a Tissot Seastar which I bought way back in 1969 and my god that thing went through hell, I even swam in the ocean with it many times even though it wasn't a diver watch with a screw down crown like the Seiko I have. But after about 30 years some sort of movement bearing failed on it, someday I will hopefully send it to Tissot to have a new movement put in because that old bearing movement can't be fixed when the bearing fries. I have a few other watches which are all autos, none of which I would use for riding.

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    When I worked, I only wore a watch while I was working. Now that I'm retired, I never wear a watch.

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    I hope when I'm retired (if that ever happens) that I wouldn't care what time/day it is. Good for you, enjoy

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimF777 View Post
    I hope when I'm retired (if that ever happens) that I wouldn't care what time/day it is. Good for you, enjoy
    you donít care what time it is but you sure need to now what day it is. Cannot miss trash day! My biggest concern in life now. Very best time of my life! Plus you can ride anytime anywhere with no pressure or stress. The very best time in my life!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedalon2018 View Post
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    I was the head brakeman that day. Cold 13 degrees out with no clouds in the sky. Came around a curve and a train was on our track. It was jump or die so we jumped. About ten million dollars damage in 1979 dollars. I was back on my feet in less than two months. It was a type of malfunction that cannot occur today as that technology is long gone. No time to be scared as opposed to near out of control down hill in Alaska which gives you plenty of time to scare the crap out of you. I clearly remember smiling and thinking I was Superman after the noise stopped. I was bleeding but knew I would be ok. I was most concerned with the other two crew members. They all recovered. No injuries on the other train. Almost like yesterday. It was only one of three of near death experiences I have had in 65 years. I guess I am a survivor. And yes, rail accidents are rare and are now becoming even rarer as Positive Train Control devises are now mandated with full implementation due no later that 2021.
    Crazy experience to have, nice to hear you were alright and able to walk away from that event.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedalon2018 View Post
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    I was the head brakeman that day. Cold 13 degrees out with no clouds in the sky. Came around a curve and a train was on our track. It was jump or die so we jumped. About ten million dollars damage in 1979 dollars. I was back on my feet in less than two months. It was a type of malfunction that cannot occur today as that technology is long gone. No time to be scared as opposed to near out of control down hill in Alaska which gives you plenty of time to scare the crap out of you. I clearly remember smiling and thinking I was Superman after the noise stopped. I was bleeding but knew I would be ok. I was most concerned with the other two crew members. They all recovered. No injuries on the other train. Almost like yesterday. It was only one of three of near death experiences I have had in 65 years. I guess I am a survivor. And yes, rail accidents are rare and are now becoming even rarer as Positive Train Control devises are now mandated with full implementation due no later that 2021.
    My god that's weird, why didn't the automated systems tell anyone there was train on the track and communicated that to the moving train so it could stop safely? This was in 1979 but there had to be some sort of alert device back then wasn't there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by froze View Post
    My god that's weird, why didn't the automated systems tell anyone there was train on the track and communicated that to the moving train so it could stop safely? This was in 1979 but there had to be some sort of alert device back then wasn't there?
    There were some systems available back in the day that were crude but worked in some circumstances. The safety system that used to be on those tracks were removed because .........there had been no accidents. So to save money, the FRA allowed the roads to remove the devices. Numerous head ones and rear ends resulted. It was not until the Rail Safety Act of 2008 that finally mandated PCS be installed on mainlines and where Passengers travel. Will not all be operational until 2021 but some roads are done and others in the progress. I think the whole unfunded mandate from the Feds was about 8 billion bucks, all out of the pockets of the Railroads. It will saves lives for sure. It probably already has.

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    I used to wear nothing, then I started with a Fitbit and found that it always did not connect to my phone. So I went with a garmin fenix3 with a silicone strap.

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    No way in hell I could stand to wear a watch while riding. But I do wear one nearly everyday. As shocking as it might sound...it's actually easier to look at my wrist for the time than it is to pull my phone out of my pocket. And as archaic as it is to wear a watch these days...sometimes being old school is cool.

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    I used to always wear a G-shock similar to Nubster's. Didn't wear it while riding. It was a GW3000BB. Great watch and it lasted many years. The band ended having some issues and it was time for something new. I ended up getting a Fenix 5x plus. It replaced the G-shock and my garmin 305 (used for riding). I don't wear it on my wrist while riding, but do mount it to the handlebars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nubster View Post
    No way in hell I could stand to wear a watch while riding. But I do wear one nearly everyday. As shocking as it might sound...it's actually easier to look at my wrist for the time than it is to pull my phone out of my pocket. And as archaic as it is to wear a watch these days...sometimes being old school is cool.

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    I am 100% with you about the old school thing, and the ease to just glance at the watch. I never use my phone to check the time unless i am on it for something else. Watches are cool looking pieces of machinery, just like bikes!
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    I don't mess around with my Gear S3 like I used to. I was just looking for a better weather radar app for it and I found the Strava app. Bonus! No more pulling out the phone to record, check stats, etc. Love it.

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    G-shock (Rangeman) camp here. I also have an S3 Frontier, but barely even use that in daily life. (I have yet to find much value in even the latest generations of smartwatches.) The Wahoo ELEMNT Bolt handles ride log data (with one of their chest strap HRMs as well) and does so with more accuracy and stability than the smartwatch anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbkrmike View Post
    Since 2000 I have only worn one watch biking...

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    Nice! I have one of those too a red-letter Submariner 1680. I got it in 1972 when I graduated from college. I wore it every day, spared it nothing until I found out how rare it is and what itís worth these days. I had it ďsympatheticallyĒ restored by Bob Ridley a few years ago and now I wear an Apple Watch for riding. The AW4 is much more useful for that purpose.do you wear a watch while riding if so what watch?-742522a9-ce5c-40d8-861f-3936a204fb03.jpeg

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    Have started wearing a Garmin Instinct (that I *won* at the local silent auction supporting trails), has a built in HR monitor on the underside of the watch. Does all the good GPS stuff that I want and I can download courses into it, nice to have on a big race.
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    Casio G-shock atomic solar, early 2000 era. Solid dependable but not light weight. It's my go-to watch and I usually feel strange if not wearing one.

    https://www.casio.com/products/watch...ck/mtgm900da-8

    I have a Casio redline with leather band that is sporty or casual and a Citizen that cost me around $180, also sporty - most I've ever paid for a watch. I also have a knock-off Rolex given to me by a friend. I'm not really a watch guy though. Valuing time and accuracy is as easy as having my phone nearby and this is one of those things I like to keep simple.

    Cartier makes a roadster watch that looks cool but I'd never be tempted to spend big money on a watch. Maybe a swiss knock-off for less than $200 though.
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    Watch nerd here; I have an older Seiko Monster, Seiko SNK807 (the classic "My First Automatic" watch), Citizen BL-5250, Momentum Base Layer, Suunto Observer, but the one I prefer for riding is the G-Shock. Solar, atomic, and probably would be the least messed up if/when I biff it hard. I'll maybe wear the Suunto if I'm gonna do a bunch of climbing/descending and feel like I wanna track vertical. Would love to spring for an Suunto Ambit3 Peak, but I just bought a new bike so my budget needs a little rehabilitation before I buy another watch.

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    Was using a Garmin 920XT on the bike, ASUS ZenWatch for work (notifications/agenda/mapping) and a Samsung Gear Fit2 for the bits in-between.

    Now all combined into a Garmin 935.
    If go for a Garmin 945, but $$$!

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    No, I just pull it out of my jersey pocket, I've even answered a call or 2 while still rolling on mellow singletrack.

    If all you want is time a watch is perfect, personally I'd rather have a smartwatch, or a bar mounted Garmin which would make wearing a watch redundant.

    What I really can't understand is wearing a $8,000 Rolex when a $30 Timex would accomplish the exact same thing and weigh half as much. To each his own of course, I just don't get it.
    for one thing, most Rolex watches retain their value or go up. Plus the Submairner just looks and feels great. Lastly, if you ever need fast cash, a Rolex is your answer.

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    Yes. When I ride I wear an $80 Invicta dive watch.

    I love wearing watches too, have a nice collection of them I've received as presents or inherited, most of which are quite valuable. I'm not going to risk smashing one in a crash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedalon2018 View Post
    for one thing, most Rolex watches retain their value or go up. Plus the Submairner just looks and feels great. Lastly, if you ever need fast cash, a Rolex is your answer.


    If you need fast cash an atm is faster, and more convenient. To each his own but I'd rather have the $30 timex and put the $9,970 change in the bank, Rolex watches are a bit too pretentious and gawdy for my tastes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    If you need fast cash an atm is faster, and more convenient. To each his own but I'd rather have the $30 timex and put the $9,970 change in the bank, Rolex watches are a bit too pretentious and gawdy for my tastes.
    To some they are a timeless way (pun intended) to commemorate an important life event. And something worth handing down to each successive generation.

    And as already mentioned, they are bulletproof.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbkrmike View Post
    To some they are a timeless way (pun intended) to commemorate an important life event. And something worth handing down to each successive generation.

    And as already mentioned, they are bulletproof.


    That's why I said to each their own, to me they just seem ostentatious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    That's why I said to each their own, to me they just seem ostentatious.
    I hear you. Not everyone's cup of tea. That's cool.

    To me though, it's no more ostentatious than an S-Works. At least the Rolex will appreciate with time. Mine, that I posted a pic of above, is very understated. I love it. It's on me 24/7 and has been since 2000. I checked just now and a used 2000 model the same as mine is worth considerably more than what I paid for it. Definitely not a good investment, but nowhere near as bad as spending $10k on a bike that is worth a small fraction of that within a few years. And like I said, it's timeless and something worth passing down to a loved one.

    If things are higher on the priority list, do a hard pass on the pricey watch. If not, then, what the hell. Life is short.

    PS - every time I look at my watch, I am reminded of why I bought it (it was commemorative) and how fortunate I am. That is a good feeling, and worth every penny.
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