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Originally Posted by Newcomer View Post

Oh the watch is A-OK. I think I will just bike with beaters. I guess my question was generally posed in regards to the shock ability of watches. I have heard that you should take off your watch before playing tennis and such, and I was wondering just how susceptible watches are to low impact shocks.

I did take a nasty spill on a bike once and put a gash in my Mako. That thing is a tank.
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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

I think Belligero does a whole lot of biking (and motorcycling) with his watches, but I'll let him weigh in on this.   Glad the Speedy Pro turned out OK.

I wear my 114270 to the gym as I like using the sweeping seconds hand to time rest between sets.  But then I basically just lift things up and put things down.  And it appears the critter can take it.  I have yet to rub its case vigorously against a knurled barbell handle, though.

Good luck with the exam review!
Yes, I've been riding a bicycle and/or a motorcycle daily for over five years now while wearing a mechanical watch — occasionally with the more complicated stuff. No problems so far, and that's including frequent commuting over a fairly long and sometimes bumpy route. I've had my vintage GMT on a mountain bike ride that was originally intended to be relaxed and then turned into something with rocky descents at high speed, but I felt kinda bad afterwards. The watch was fine; I just would have felt pretty stupid if I'd crashed because I really like that one. Obviously, the key is "don't crash". It's probably logged the most road distance of any watch I have.

Off-road, I'll sometimes wear an ETA-based watch if it's a long trip where I have to carry the bike over rocks a lot, even though the movements are less durable than Rolex (yes, I said it) simply because I figure that's what they're for. No regrettable incidents yet, fortunately. I should really get a G-Shock sometime, but I'm foolish and vain enough to want to wear a mechanical watch for my various adventures. For just ripping around the local trails, I usually just don't wear a watch. To me, the memories offset the risk on the big rides, though. I'm wearing this watch in these photos:






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i am not a huge nomons fan. frown.gif
that looks to me like a less awesome stowa. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
also, flat date windows, meaning, no stepping/layering on the dial cut out, with no border make me so mad.
i think this patek, while not great, is not turrible, for example. but the date window really ruins it for me. its a really flat dead looking watch, and i think a little border on the date window would make a huge difference. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
as opposed to these, that at least have a little border that makes all the difference for me. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

also noteworthy, the lack of depth to the calendar dials on the first patek. basically, i really dont like that first patek because its dead looking. give some depth to the dials add a date border and bam, a whole different watch.
edit - clicked nomos for large size. date window is slightly stepped, and there is some nice guilloche on the sub dial. not a terrible watch. still would go stowa over that though. would like a wider strap too.

i feel so nit-picky frown.gif
Aside from looks, you can't really compare the two companies. Present-day Stowa just takes a generic movement and puts it into a case, whereas Nomos is a proper manufacture that makes their own movements. I'm not terribly interested in Stowa, but Nomos interests me a great deal.
post #21182 of 31007
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could not agree more.
i thought so, but i wasnt sure, so i erred on the side of wrong. thanks for clearing that up. smile.gif

No worries.  Glad I could shed some light on the subject of their dials. cheers.gif

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Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Yes, I've been riding a bicycle and/or a motorcycle daily for over five years now while wearing a mechanical watch — occasionally with the more complicated stuff. No problems so far, and that's including frequent commuting over a fairly long and sometimes bumpy route.

 

I've had my vintage GMT on a mountain bike ride that was originally intended to be relaxed and then turned into something with rocky descents at high speed, but I felt kinda bad afterwards. The watch was fine; I just would have felt pretty stupid if I'd crashed because I really like that one. Obviously, the key is "don't crash". It's probably logged the most road distance of any watch I have.

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Off-road, I'll sometimes wear an ETA-based watch if it's a long trip where I have to carry the bike over rocks a lot, even though the movements are less durable than Rolex (yes, I said it) simply because I figure that's what they're for. No regrettable incidents yet, fortunately. I should really get a G-Shock sometime, but I'm foolish and vain enough to want to wear a mechanical watch for my various adventures. For just ripping around the local trails, I usually just don't wear a watch. To me, the memories offset the risk on the big rides, though. I'm wearing this watch in these photos:






Aside from looks, you can't really compare the two companies. Present-day Stowa just takes a generic movement and puts it into a case, whereas Nomos is a proper manufacture that makes their own movements. I'm not terribly interested in Stowa, but Nomos interests me a great deal.

 

First, very cool photos!  So thanks for sharing them.

 

I think you really nailed the issues when you said, the watch was fine, but you would have felt pretty stupid if you crashed because you really like that one.  Many watches can handle whatever punishment we can dish out, however, it becomes a matter of how we would feel about seriously damaging the watch case, particularly, if its a vintage watch or something that is very difficult to replace.  I don't mean if if got some scratches, but what if it got a serious ding or you hit some rough rocks and the case got some very deep gouges.  

 

I don't do really high impact activities with good watches on as it is rarely worth the risk of what it may do to the watch's condition.  But everyone has to weigh the risk in their own mind.  Someone might feel after the watch gets some deep gouges and dings that now their watch "Has had an adventure and has a story to tell."  I prefer to enjoy my watches, in environments where I am pretty certain no harm will come to them.  

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Put it this way, if earlier, cruder, mechanical watches - often without specific shock protection - could survive being brought aboard piston driven propeller engined planes (as opposed to the turboprop types we see today), or for that matter survive the vibration of a Saturn V launch, then their modern counterparts should be fine during jaunts on modern bikes (motorised or push).
post #21184 of 31007
My sub has stood up to work outs, mountain biking, rafting, tennis, horse back riding and daily bicycle commuting for 20+ years. No movement related issues, but cracked the crystal once (totally my own fault).
post #21185 of 31007
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Originally Posted by Belligero View Post

Aside from looks, you can't really compare the two companies. Present-day Stowa just takes a generic movement and puts it into a case, whereas Nomos is a proper manufacture that makes their own movements. I'm not terribly interested in Stowa, but Nomos interests me a great deal.

solid point, i guess i just dont know enough about nomos. to me, they are both watches i would buy purely for looks, and for that, the stowa appeals more to me. but obviously, personal tastes vary when it comes to looks.
post #21186 of 31007
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Originally Posted by Kaplan View Post

My sub has stood up to work outs, mountain biking, rafting, tennis, horse back riding and daily bicycle commuting for 20+ years. No movement related issues, but cracked the crystal once (totally my own fault).


Damn it man, how old are you?
post #21187 of 31007
21?
post #21188 of 31007
Ancient.









I bought it when I was 19
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anyone need a belated mothers day gift?





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^^Send it over. you have my address. Paypal payment on its way.
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payment sent! my entire life savings is gone. I assume the asking price is $6.98? nod[1].gif
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post #21193 of 31007
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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

 I prefer to enjoy my watches, in environments where I am pretty certain no harm will come to them.  

 

Specifically, gently-driven Ferraris?

post #21194 of 31007
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anyone need a belated an early 2014 mothers day gift?

FTFY.
post #21195 of 31007
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Specifically, gently-driven Ferraris?

lol8[1].gif  On occasion...

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