Things a watch does better!

So a lot of people think of a mechanical watch, as being of no real practical value. Just something to look nice.

I live in Thailand, am currently in Germany, and work in NZ. I often care about 3 times zones. At a glance, I can see it's 6:22 locally, 4:22 AM in NZ (the odd numbers on the inside of the crystal), and 11:22 PM in Thailand (bezel).

No other tool I know of can do this at a glance. Not a smartwatch, not my phone, nothing.

Can you think of other ways a watch is more than jewelry? 

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Navigation is important. The sun in daytime and north star at nite gives you compass bearings. Timing sound against light gives you distance in weather and war. Time zones should really be by zulu time. At noon with charts and a sextant you tell where you are with accuracy. But whatever. Just look at your phone.

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OldSnafu

Navigation is important. The sun in daytime and north star at nite gives you compass bearings. Timing sound against light gives you distance in weather and war. Time zones should really be by zulu time. At noon with charts and a sextant you tell where you are with accuracy. But whatever. Just look at your phone.

I can not look at my phone and tell the time, in three time zones, in 2 seconds.

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That's why I got a refurbished Glycine Airman GMT. Although I travel with a Casio having the world time function (my beloved's is a Royale, mine is a round version) as one button cycles between four time zones and two buttons set one of these four to the main time.

Not mechanical, yet an example of how a purpose built tool (a watch) is better than a generic tool (a smartphone) for certain tasks.

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Jeremy

I can not look at my phone and tell the time, in three time zones, in 2 seconds.

No offense, but you are overselling this a bit.

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It took about 2 seconds.

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I have to pull the phone out of my pocket, unlock my phone, find the clock app, and then tap on "world". That's more work than glancing at my wrist.

I am not saying it's not easy on a phone. It's just cool that the easiest way is with a watch.

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Jeremy

I can not look at my phone and tell the time, in three time zones, in 2 seconds.

got you covered there.World Clock Widget

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Not sure why I am getting so much heat for talking about something positive about a watch, on a watch forum... but ok.

I renamed the thread. Maybe that was the problem.

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I want to make the joke about telling the time in London, Paris, Monaco, and Gstaad but instead I'll switch over to the tan line function. A watch will assess how discolored the sun is making your skin.

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Jeremy

Not sure why I am getting so much heat for talking about something positive about a watch, on a watch forum... but ok.

I renamed the thread. Maybe that was the problem.

Not really try to give you heat. I toned down my usual snark. You are exactly the sort of person that a GMT is designed for and it is a beautiful watch. Here is my old school desk clock:

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That’s three time zones at a glance, but nothing adding an hour or two wouldn’t do.

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Aurelian

Not really try to give you heat. I toned down my usual snark. You are exactly the sort of person that a GMT is designed for and it is a beautiful watch. Here is my old school desk clock:

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That’s three time zones at a glance, but nothing adding an hour or two wouldn’t do.

I have three clocks on my wall as well, so while at my desk, it's less useful. The only thing that I thought was interesting, and why I made this thread, is the GMT was created in the 1950s. Here we are 70 years later, with unbelievable advancements in technology and conveniences compared to back then, and a better "on the go, at a glance" multiple time zone tool has not been created.

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One of my favourite things to do when the inevitable 'ugh your phone tells time better' comes up whenever you say you are into watches:

Say 'ok'

Chuck your g shock at a wall

Then say 

'Should we do that with your phone?'

Also works at the pool

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Scooby

One of my favourite things to do when the inevitable 'ugh your phone tells time better' comes up whenever you say you are into watches:

Say 'ok'

Chuck your g shock at a wall

Then say 

'Should we do that with your phone?'

Also works at the pool

The "chuck your watch at a wall" test does not work for all watches.

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Aurelian

The "chuck your watch at a wall" test does not work for all watches.

Wait, you don't carry a Gshock with you at all times?

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Jeremy

I can not look at my phone and tell the time, in three time zones, in 2 seconds.

You always use the Breitling Super Chronomat UTC Plus the aided peak of time while driving without twisting your wrist 🤣

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OrangEdan

You always use the Breitling Super Chronomat UTC Plus the aided peak of time while driving without twisting your wrist 🤣

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thats one sexy watch there. All i can do is spin my watch to the inside.