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Old Monday 29th April 2019, 12:48   #1
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Fine Swiss Watches in the Field..?

I am also keen on nice watches and here is one of mine I wear on occasion out in the field.. Audemars Piquet White Gold Chrono..

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Bravo!
I'd not dare to wear a watch like that in the field, even if I owned one.
It is probably silly to be too concerned about such heirloom pieces, they were built tough to begin with, but still....
My threshold of pain for field watches is at the budget Timex/Casio level.
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Hello The BulbMogul,

I own a very nice Vacheron-Constantin watch but it is a dress watch, quite unsuitable for field work. I bought it used 24 years, ago and it gave me good service until last year. By then it needed an overhaul. I was shocked at the estimate of its value made by the watchmaker. I still wear it but I wear it neither in Central Park nor on the Metro.

I own a genuine B. Altman quarts watch for the field. B. Altman was a Fifth Avenue department store which went out of business about 35 years, ago. Just a little bit more expensive than a Casio.

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Bravo!
I'd not dare to wear a watch like that in the field, even if I owned one.
It is probably silly to be too concerned about such heirloom pieces, they were built tough to begin with, but still....
My threshold of pain for field watches is at the budget Timex/Casio level.
Hi there, I quite honestly only ear it out in the field if all we are doing is walking around with scope or binoculars. I would be very upset if I ever damaged it in any way...I have a hand full of pretty nice watches but the only Audemars Piguet.
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Hello The BulbMogul,

I own a very nice Vacheron-Constantin watch but it is a dress watch, quite unsuitable for field work. I bought it used 24 years, ago and it gave me good service until last year. By then it needed an overhaul. I was shocked at the estimate of its value made by the watchmaker. I still wear it but I wear it neither in Central Park nor on the Metro.

I own a genuine B. Altman quarts watch for the field. B. Altman was a Fifth Avenue department store which went out of business about 35 years, ago. Just a little bit more expensive than a Casio.

Happy bird watching,
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I also would love to buy a new Vercheron one day as they are also a lovely and top quality piece..
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Bravo!
I'd not dare to wear a watch like that in the field, even if I owned one.
It is probably silly to be too concerned about such heirloom pieces, they were built tough to begin with, but still....
My threshold of pain for field watches is at the budget Timex/Casio level.
Agreed - while my nicer watches are nowhere near what is shown here, I would not wear them in the field, that is on anything more than a little walk around my home patch on a nice sunday afternoon.

If you insist on wearing a mechanical watch for a serious outing, I would recommend a Vostok Amphibia - rugged, waterproof and cheap to replace when it gets scratched, lost, stolen or eaten by a tiger.

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..........stolen or eaten by a tiger.

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Here we are, trying desperately to save tigers from extinction and all they do is steal and eat our watches!

I blame the parents. Tiger mums and dads just don't have the same sense of morals and integrity that they used to have so they can't teach their kids good manners.

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