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    Most useful complication?

    We all like watches with a complication or two, provided that the dial face is legible. What, in your opinion, is the most useful complication or complications one can have on a watch? :idea:

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    Most useful complication?

    Date. Even though mine are rarely right

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    Date. no question.

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    Yep, definitely the date. Followed closely by a second (GMT) timezone.

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    Re: Most useful complication?

    I agree. So why does the IWC Portugese chronograph not have one! Off my shopping list now. :!:

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    Re: Most useful complication?

    Date for me too.

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    Re: Most useful complication?

    Espresso dispenser.

    Then date.

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    Re: Most useful complication?

    Date followed by chronograph central minute hand (in the style of Lemania 5100).

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    Most useful complication?

    Moon phase..........howwwooooooool.

    Not really. Date for me too.

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    Re: Most useful complication?

    Date and power reserve.

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    Re: Most useful complication?

    Date.

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    Re: Most useful complication?

    date, timing bezel, gmt hand, chrono :)
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    Re: Most useful complication?

    Bi-directional minutes bezel.

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    Re: Most useful complication?

    Date, followed by gmt and chronograph for me

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    Re: Most useful complication?

    Date > chronograph > day-month > GMT hand > power reserve

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    Re: Most useful complication?

    Another vote for date...
    I always end up looking at my watch when I need to check the date, in particular at work, and i find it a little frustrating when there isn't one!

    Really like the day date on Rolex or Tudors, not that you really the need the day frankly it but I think it looks nice!

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    Re: Most useful complication?

    Date, by a long way.

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    Re: Most useful complication?

    Date, but alarm a close second rare on mechanical watches though :x

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    Re: Most useful complication?

    Quote Originally Posted by LouS
    Date > chronograph > day-month > GMT hand > power reserve
    I can't argue with this.

    All my watches have date. Some anal part of me would be lost without it :(

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    Re: Most useful complication?

    Personally i'm happy with a date and at times GMT.....But forget useful, some get as many in as possible....36?!


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    Re: Most useful complication?

    It does depend upon your circumstances but personally i would say GMT hand once you've correctly set the hour markers of the bezel.



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    Re: Most useful complication?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bravo73
    Yep, definitely the date. Followed closely by a second (GMT) timezone.

    For me too

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    Most useful complication?

    In order of importance:
    Date
    GMT Hand
    Power Reserve

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    Re: Most useful complication?

    Like many others, the date first, then: chrono, power reserve, GMT. I also prefer my watches have a unidirectional bezel...though not sure that is a complication as such.

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    Re: Most useful complication?

    Date and GMT. I can not get by without the date, for some reason I just can not remember it! It's good to have GMT as well for phoning people in the uk, the difference is either 11, 12 or 13 hours so it's never that hard to work out but it's even easier just to look at your watch :)

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    Re: Most useful complication?

    In this order date, day, gmt.

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    Re: Most useful complication?

    Helium escape valve.

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    Re: Most useful complication?

    Since getting the daytona I've realised how often I do look at my watch to get the date... That said I'm not that bothered I don't have it as I just look on my phone instead.

    Always liked the GMT and Chrono functionality and intrigued by an annual calendar as per the sky dweller... Even if the dial does look a mess!

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    Re: Most useful complication?

    Definatly date,
    I neven know which date it is when I'm wearing my Vostok, very annoying :P

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    Re: Most useful complication?

    None.

    I prefer non date watches with a clean dial.

    I do however like chronographs because of how they look. :D
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    Re: Most useful complication?

    Cheese grater, date. Without the cheese grater.

    I'll get my coat.

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    Re: Most useful complication?

    The time.
    Then the date.
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    Most useful complication?

    Date, day and power reserve.

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    Re: Most useful complication?

    Date > Day Date

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    Re: Most useful complication?

    The day/date is problably the most useful complication I have, although I do use the chronograph a lot day to day.

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    Re: Most useful complication?

    Date and GMT.

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    Re: Most useful complication?

    I don't like date or, especially, day indicators on automatics or handwinds as I don't like setting them each time I put the watch on and I don't really need them. Like having a date on quartz watches though.

    For me the most useful thing, by far, is a rotating bezel. It's not really a complication but I use it all the time. For me it's better than a chronograph as I rarely need to time anything to more than a minute's accuracy and it leaves a much cleaner dial.

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    Re: Most useful complication?

    Timing bezel, then date

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    Most useful complication?

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrik Gelardi
    Timing bezel, then date
    Exactly, though the bezel is a feature, not a complication

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    Re: Most useful complication?

    Quick-set hour hand, for travel. I have a day/date chrono (Lemania 5100) and a no date chrono (Speedy Pro), and love them both. But the feature that I really value is the quick-set hour hand on my SMP 2264.

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    Re: Most useful complication?

    I have few chornographs but find the only use is to time how quickly I can get to the pub! :(

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    Re: Most useful complication?

    It looks like it must be the date then, however i've just traded my sub for an explorer so i no longer have a mechanical watch with a day complication guess i'll just have to use my phone :shock:

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    Re: Most useful complication?

    Quote Originally Posted by helidoc
    Quote Originally Posted by Henrik Gelardi
    Timing bezel, then date
    Exactly, though the bezel is a feature, not a complication
    However, if you want to add a bezel yourself, you'll find it's quite complicated......

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    Re: Most useful complication?

    As mentioned by most: date > power reserve or chronograph.

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    Re: Most useful complication?

    Quote Originally Posted by Neil.C
    None.

    I prefer non date watches with a clean dial.

    I do however like chronographs because of how they look. :D

    This man is talking a lot of sense to me!! :P

    I totally agree - I prefer my dial nice and clean...

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    Re: Most useful complication?

    i must admit, i'm liking the cleaner non-date look, especially on vintage. this is rapidly becoming my daily wearer




    Quote Originally Posted by OliverCD
    Quote Originally Posted by Neil.C
    None.

    I prefer non date watches with a clean dial.

    I do however like chronographs because of how they look. :D

    This man is talking a lot of sense to me!! :P

    I totally agree - I prefer my dial nice and clean...
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    Most useful complication?

    Time only for me. I have no need of anything else.
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    Re: Most useful complication?

    As others have stated, Date and GMT as I travel quite a lot and it is easy to lose track. I also prefer that complication to be housed in a case with a count-down bezel. Since the bezel is a feature of the case, I'll also add the other important features to me: decent (reasonable) water resistance and sapphire crystal as there is quite a lot to knock into with frequent air travel.

    One nice option is the Steinhart BlackSea, although as a L.E., they are a bit of a challenge to find.

    Here's a quick photo - sorry for the glare


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    Re: Most useful complication?

    Date -> Alarm -> 24hr indicator

    I must buy another watch with an alarm; I had a GP Traveller II and I really miss that feature.

    On the other hand, I've really cooled on chronos - both my WTBs at the moment are for the non-chrono version of a watch - and I can't bear GMT hands: I find they make it harder to read the time with a microsecond glance.

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    Re: Most useful complication?

    For me date is the obvious one, but hacking seconds is a must. That must count as a complication?

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