What's your favourite obscure yet useful watch complication?

We all know the chronograph and GMT complications, but what are some of your favourite, more obscure yet equally useful complications you would like to see more of? Maybe it's the alarm complication. Wake up to the mechanical chirp of the Jaeger LeCoultre Memovox or Vulcain Cricket. Or the parking timer complication that can count down from up to one or even two hours, like the LIP MinuStop, Jaeger LeCoultre Memovox Park or the Vulcain MinStop. Maybe you love sailing and a regatta timer is more your speed, like the Yema Yachtingraf or Lemania Elvstrom. Or a completely different complication we should all know about. Let me know what your favourite is and why more manufacturers should make watches with that complication.
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A thermometer, like found in some Ball watches, is pretty neat in my opinion

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Herecy

A thermometer, like found in some Ball watches, is pretty neat in my opinion

Definitely something you don't expect on a mechanical watch. Very impressive, body heat doesn't effect it and it can accurately measure temperatures between -35掳C and 45掳C. A very useful complication I didn't know about.

I have never heard a mechanical alarm watch, but I think it would be amazing.

Olivier

Definitely something you don't expect on a mechanical watch. Very impressive, body heat doesn't effect it and it can accurately measure temperatures between -35掳C and 45掳C. A very useful complication I didn't know about.

And those Ball pieces arent terribly expensive either. Most other mechanical watches with a thermometer cost a kidney

NightWatch

I have never heard a mechanical alarm watch, but I think it would be amazing.

This youtube channel, youtube channel is specifically for mechanical alarmwatches if you want to take a listen/look..

The Parmigiani GMT rattrapante has be mentioned aswell, it can hide and reveal the GMT hand by pressing the crown. Giving you a clean dress/daily piece and GMT in one.

It never consciously dawned on me that mechanical countdown timers on a watch were a real thing. I know the digital ones are handy so the idea of literally dialing in a detonation, er parking meter timer has great appeal.

PoorMansRolex

It never consciously dawned on me that mechanical countdown timers on a watch were a real thing. I know the digital ones are handy so the idea of literally dialing in a detonation, er parking meter timer has great appeal.

Using that instead of the typical dive time bezel would make timing eggs and espresso shots that much more enjoyable. It鈥檚 a shame we don鈥檛 see the complication anymore like we did in the 60s.

divewatches with a built-in depthgauge's are very unique aswell. There are several ways they made them, pretty interesting to read up on.

Herecy

divewatches with a built-in depthgauge's are very unique aswell. There are several ways they made them, pretty interesting to read up on.

A fairly niche complication but a very impressive one. Another one in the same vein is the altimeter, Oris made a model with it around 2014 I believe.

Does that Vulcain MinStop watch with the parking meter complication feature an alarm (similar to the Vulcain Cricket), or is strictly a visual countdown timer? Either way, it's pretty cool. Chronographs are my favorite complication, but I'd love to have one that also featured a count down timer like that, especially if it had an audible alert when the countdown time had been reached.

tempus

Does that Vulcain MinStop watch with the parking meter complication feature an alarm (similar to the Vulcain Cricket), or is strictly a visual countdown timer? Either way, it's pretty cool. Chronographs are my favorite complication, but I'd love to have one that also featured a count down timer like that, especially if it had an audible alert when the countdown time had been reached.

The Memovox Park does but the Vulcain Minstop and other similar Minustops are a lot simpler and unfortunately do not chirp when the time runs out.

Olivier

The Memovox Park does but the Vulcain Minstop and other similar Minustops are a lot simpler and unfortunately do not chirp when the time runs out.

Thanks for the reply - I'm going to have to look further into these. I prefer the look of the Vulcain Minstop, but like the idea of an audible notification as well. If I can find one in great condition for a reasonable price, I may pick one up to go along with my vintage Benrus WristAlarm.

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My formula 1 alarm

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