closing tag is in template navbar
timefactors watches



TZ-UK Fundraiser
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 50 of 74

Thread: An interesting development . . .

  1. #1

    An interesting development . . .

    Hello.

    Hope everyone is well.

    With everything that's going on in the world, my life-long fixation with watches has unexpectedly subsided.

    I stuck a cheapo beater on a NATO at the beginning of all this and I haven't looked back.

    I still drop in and out of the Forum for a nose and I don't expect I'll never buy another watch but my other obsessive behaviour has ground to a halt.

    Just seems like lots of other stuff is much more important now.

    I wondered if anyone else has had a similar epiphany.

    Cheers,
    Martin

  2. #2
    Grand Master learningtofly's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Everywhere & nowhere, baby
    Posts
    30,007
    Yes, massively. I expect the interest to be rekindled once all reverts to normal, although I doubt I'll have any money to buy anything!

  3. #3
    Master
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Northwest England UK
    Posts
    1,745
    Quote Originally Posted by Mean_Go_Getter View Post
    Hello.

    Hope everyone is well.

    With everything that's going on in the world, my life-long fixation with watches has unexpectedly subsided.

    I stuck a cheapo beater on a NATO at the beginning of all this and I haven't looked back.

    I still drop in and out of the Forum for a nose and I don't expect I'll never buy another watch but my other obsessive behaviour has ground to a halt.

    Just seems like lots of other stuff is much more important now.

    I wondered if anyone else has had a similar epiphany.

    Cheers,
    Martin
    Hi Martin, I am almost certain that a large majority of people can relate to your situation and things like this kind of put things into perspective.

    I hope for everybody's sake that things improve and we begin to see an end to this sad situation.

    Mike

  4. #4
    Grand Master JasonM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Cambridgeshire
    Posts
    13,371
    I donít think Iíve worn a watch in a week.
    Cheers..
    Jase

  5. #5
    Craftsman
    Join Date
    Jul 2016
    Location
    West Yorks
    Posts
    743
    I only wear mine when i go out of an evening as i work in construction and have a pro trek for that. Not going out much so not seen any of them in a fortnight.Not missing them either.

  6. #6
    Master
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Co.Down Northern Ireland
    Posts
    3,265
    100%. Has put a totally different perspective on everything for me. Watches are nice trinkets but in the scale of things mean nothing. The other side of this I can see me selling up the majority and using the money in other ways to do the things I've always put off. This isn't a rehearsal and we only get one chance at it, I think I've only come around to realising that.

  7. #7
    Master mycroft's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    London
    Posts
    5,138
    Yes and no.

    On one hand I am certainly not contemplating buying anything (and like Tony I will definitely have less money when this pandemic is over!) and I'm not thinking about the 3 or 4 watches I probably need to sell because I know I can't go to the Post Office to post anything and SC seems to be slowly grinding to a halt!

    On the other hand I'm pretty much having a nose around the forum every day simply out of general interest and a certain degree of boredom!

    Simon

  8. #8
    Master Alansmithee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Burscough, UK
    Posts
    7,276
    Quote Originally Posted by JasonM View Post
    I donít think Iíve worn a watch in a week.
    I took off my watch about two weeks ago when I got home from the last day in the office and have not put one on since...

  9. #9
    Master Wooster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Milan, Italy
    Posts
    3,200
    Just bought my 4th MM300 from the forum and couldn't be happier!

  10. #10
    Grand Master Wallasey Runner's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    Merry Old England
    Posts
    10,832
    Most of the time it feels like business as usual, my daughter is a Healthcare Professional with the NHS and has just been 'ordered' to work seven days a week and the wife works at a school and although on the News they suggest schools are shut, she is still full time and hasn't had a single day at home. They opened the other day for one pupil!! There is talk of her staying home on the 80% pay arrangement, but it hasn't happened yet.

    That means during the day it's just the dog and I as usual. I'm still going out most days for a long walk, so it all feels slightly surreal. As such, it has had no real impact on watch enthusiasm. I do appreciate that with what is happening to many others, both health wise and financially, I am very lucky.

  11. #11
    Grand Master Velorum's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Cornwall
    Posts
    13,689
    I am down to one watch now and I doubt that I will be able to afford to indulge myself as I used to when we return to something approximating normality. This has ruined me financially, I still have a small shareholding in the business I pumped all my available resources into which had just begun to make progress before all of this and will now take a very long time to recover if at all. I've now gone back to working in healthcare. Apart from the financial hit and now lost opportunity of retiring before I'm 70, Im actually a lot happier!
    Last edited by Velorum; 3rd April 2020 at 13:47.
    ''I must acknowledge, once and for all, that the
    purpose of diplomacy is to prolong a crisis"

  12. #12
    Master Rod's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Co. Durham
    Posts
    8,405
    Being stuck indoors hasn't affected me too much and keeping fit to me is more important than watches, however, I'm starting to tinker around by fixing a couple of watches, so I've replaced a capacitor, ordered some batteries to replace dud watches, and quite enjoying it.
    I'm lucky to have such a caring lady in my life too.... so things not too bad.

  13. #13
    Craftsman
    Join Date
    Jul 2016
    Location
    London & Kent
    Posts
    780
    I have only been able to summon the enthusiasm to wear a G Shock in the last week. Like others I suspect the funds and enthusiasm for watches will be slimmer ďon the other sideĒ. I did toy with the idea of an Apple Watch but have rejected that. Maybe eventually we will all have them or similar for health monitoring; until then Iíll steer clear.


    Sent from my iPhone using TZ-UK mobile app

  14. #14
    Master Wooster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Milan, Italy
    Posts
    3,200
    Quote Originally Posted by Velorum View Post
    I am down to one watch now and I doubt that I will be able to afford to indulge myself as I used to when we return to something approximating normality. This has ruined me financially, I still have a small shareholding in the business I pumped all my available resources into which had just begun to make progress before all of this and will now take a very long time to recover if at all. I've now gone back to working in healthcare. Apart from the financial hit and now lost opportunity of retiring before I'm 70, Im actually a lot happier!
    Chapeau for the attitude!

  15. #15
    Master
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Surrey, UK. OdiŠxere or somewhere in-between
    Posts
    8,299
    Blog Entries
    19
    Opposite - I now have extra time to fixate on this hobby - but not planning to make major investments I want to learn more about horology etc. TV shows make my mind go numb. I have got other interests but this continues to be one. Cheers all. Martyn.

  16. #16
    The major difference is I no longer wear a watch to work, Iím not really sure why but in my mind it feels like another way of spreading the virus... thatís probably just silly, but Iím very conscious that when Iím working in other peoples homes, I canít be sure that they are as vigilant as they could be, so I do worry about contamination.

    What that has meant though is when Iím at home waiting for a job or when I return home I am more enthusiastic about my Ďnon workí watches then ever, more time on my hands I guess?

    I bought a new watch just before lockdown, Iíve no plans to buy right now... but Iím still looking!!

  17. #17
    Craftsman
    Join Date
    Aug 2017
    Location
    London
    Posts
    328
    I just said to my partner ĎYeah, weekend !í, to which she replied Ďitís all the same, whatís the differenceí.

    I donít think I realised how the construct of the typical working day was so connected with a watch and time.

  18. #18
    Master
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Massachusetts
    Posts
    4,912
    Quote Originally Posted by mycroft View Post

    On the other hand I'm pretty much having a nose around the forum every day simply out of general interest and a certain degree of boredom!

    Simon

    Agreed

  19. #19
    Only watch I have worn since this started is a Citizen...don't really feel like wearing the usual suspects. More concerned with starting my volunteering to help the eldery, etc...Leeds City Council taking their time to organise. Maybe this suggests they are inundated with volunteers which is a good thing!!

    Sent from my SM-G930F using TZ-UK mobile app

  20. #20
    Journeyman
    Join Date
    May 2017
    Location
    Leeds, England
    Posts
    184
    Not worn a watch for two weeks but the forum is a nice distraction to all that's going on. I'm currently furloughed for a month, with an uncertain future after that. My wife is a key worker, a job she started 18months ago taking a massive wage cut to start a new career. Financially poorer but much more rewarding in other ways. My days are a mix of home schooling (I'm struggling with maths for ten year olds!), diy, cooking then Finishing the day with a family walk.
    I'm really enjoying my days and I don't mean that to sound flippant in the current situation, I have concerns for the future but that's largely out of my control.
    Once this is all over I may indulge in a little treat for myself, but it will be vostock budget if you get my drift.

  21. #21
    Master
    Join Date
    Jun 2019
    Location
    Blackwood, United Kingdom
    Posts
    1,185
    Nothing has changed for me regarding my watch wearing habits. Woke up with my new (to me) Oris 65 on, went for a 9km walk with the Mrs. around some local lanes wearing it. Came back, changed into my g-shock for garden work, will put the 65 or one of my turtles on for this evening.

    Sent from my SM-A105FN using Tapatalk

  22. #22
    Journeyman
    Join Date
    Jul 2018
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    158
    Been wearing a Garmin of late to track runs etc nowadays. When I want to wear something else, it's usually an inexpensive quartz. Others stay in the box.

    Been browsing for any good watch deals though.

    Sent from my SM-G975F using Tapatalk

  23. #23
    Master
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Edinburgh
    Posts
    2,310
    I’ll always wear a watch. It’s as natural and necessary for me as putting on my specs, brushing my teeth and making myself presentable. I’ve spent all day rushing around like a blue arsed fly (all work related) and I needed to keep track of time. I’ve never been one for faffing around with changing my watch during the day.
    Life isn’t normal for anyone at this time and it’s going to be a long time before normality returns. I worry for the health of friends, family and colleagues, less so for myself.

  24. #24
    Iím looking at making a purchase when things normalise.
    Iím on the intubation team that is tubing the sickest COVID patients and putting them on ventilators.
    My wife has promised me a new watch when itís over so Iím considering a DOXA (hope Iím still around to claim it!)

  25. #25
    Iím still rotating my modest collection with the g-shock getting more wear than usual. Iím really appreciating the forum at the moment as I live on my own so thanks to everyone for their continued contributions.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  26. #26
    Master Gullers's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Solihull, UK
    Posts
    1,042
    Changed for me. Rather than a Seamaster or Breitling or whatever Iíd had worn the office Iím reaching for my smart watch (Huawei GT2) to track my cross trainer workouts and make sure Iím hitting my 10k steps per day!

    Will often change to something on a nato for evenings, CWC or Pulsar military typically

  27. #27
    Journeyman
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    203
    I wear my GMT all times expect bed time

  28. #28
    Journeyman
    Join Date
    Jan 2017
    Location
    Teddington
    Posts
    115
    I find myself wearing more of my weekend watches for some reason... hmmm


    Sent from my iPhone using TZ-UK mobile app

  29. #29
    Craftsman
    Join Date
    Feb 2017
    Location
    London, England
    Posts
    327
    My interest hasn't waned, the forum provides a nice way to detract from everything else going on. I also haven't worn a watch for the past two weeks, but often find I don't when I'm home in normal circumstances.

  30. #30
    Craftsman
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    571
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by ODP View Post
    Iím looking at making a purchase when things normalise.
    Iím on the intubation team that is tubing the sickest COVID patients and putting them on ventilators.
    My wife has promised me a new watch when itís over so Iím considering a DOXA (hope Iím still around to claim it!)
    Iím sure I speak for everybody here when I say that you and all your colleagues have our deepest respect and admiration!

  31. #31
    Craftsman smalleyboy1's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Northern Ireland
    Posts
    895
    My Sub has been put in the safe and Iíve being wearing my SKX007 for last 2 weeks. Fantastic watch.

  32. #32
    Journeyman
    Join Date
    Jan 2020
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    79
    Quote Originally Posted by FazerBoy View Post
    Iím sure I speak for everybody here when I say that you and all your colleagues have our deepest respect and admiration!
    +1


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  33. #33
    Journeyman
    Join Date
    Dec 2017
    Location
    Scotland
    Posts
    159
    Iím finding that Iím only wearing my quartz watches - no clue why but Iím enjoying it.

    Recently put a new battery in my Tag F1 quartz after a few years off so Iíve been swapping between that and my Scurfa.

  34. #34
    Journeyman
    Join Date
    Jan 2020
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    79
    I donít know if itís coincidental but Iím really appreciating my simple, cheapest watches right now. I think they are, in my ways, truer to what the hobby really means to me.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  35. #35
    Craftsman
    Join Date
    Sep 2015
    Location
    Newcastle UK
    Posts
    302
    Quote Originally Posted by TheGent View Post
    I donít know if itís coincidental but Iím really appreciating my simple, cheapest watches right now. I think they are, in my ways, truer to what the hobby really means to me.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    That was exactly what I was going to say. However I'm sure you did it with more eloquence than I would.

    Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk

  36. #36
    Master Caruso's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Worthing
    Posts
    1,977
    I was wearing my Marathon Navigator a lot a couple of weeks ago, but am now back to wearing my usual watches in rotation. Being away from the office is no reason to let standards slip!

    Have been flirting with the idea of making a cheeky offer on a watch that a local jeweler has had in the window for at least 6 months, but a) they're closed and b) my long term investments aren't doing so well.

  37. #37
    Master Gullers's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Solihull, UK
    Posts
    1,042
    Quote Originally Posted by Caruso View Post
    I was wearing my Marathon Navigator a lot a couple of weeks ago, but am now back to wearing my usual watches in rotation. Being away from the office is no reason to let standards slip!

    Have been flirting with the idea of making a cheeky offer on a watch that a local jeweler has had in the window for at least 6 months, but a) they're closed and b) my long term investments aren't doing so well.
    Do tell? What is the watch?

  38. #38
    Craftsman Murdoc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    England
    Posts
    785
    Like some others, I find coming on here to be a nice distraction.

    Iím still working flat out (though from home now) so things donít feel as unusual to me as they do to others.

  39. #39
    Journeyman
    Join Date
    Jan 2020
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    79

    An interesting development . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by weaselid View Post
    That was exactly what I was going to say. However I'm sure you did it with more eloquence than I would.

    Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
    Not sure about eloquent!
    I guess when something like this happens it gives an element of perspective. We need to appreciate what we have. Sometimes I become more obsessed about buying another watch that just stopping, taking stock and realising that a)watches donít really matter and b)my simplest cheapest watch could be enjoyed just for what it is.
    Whatíís the saying - true happiness is being content with what you have?


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    Last edited by TheGent; 4th April 2020 at 18:16.

  40. #40
    Master
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Location
    Unknown
    Posts
    1,796
    This situation is grim but itís getting personal now as my father in law who is in a care home with Parkinsonís is a suspected case. We have also both lost all our income and taken a bit of a financial spanking.

    But we will be ok, not sure about dad but thatís out of our control. Hardest part is we canít visit him.

    Looking at this forum is a welcome distraction, wearing my BB58 full time at present.

  41. #41
    Master woodacre1983's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2015
    Location
    Lancashire
    Posts
    1,372
    For me watches have become more and more of an interest as I use this place and my interest in watches as an escape from the reality of the moment.
    Iím like many where Iíve been hit financially Iím out of work until September at the earliest we think. So yeah thereíll be no big purchases in the foreseeable.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  42. #42
    Hoping the best for you and family, Montello.

    For me, I am as busy as ever so Monday to Friday this mostly passes me by - I now work in construction of supply chain infrastructure across the EU so am classed as a key worker, and I can travel around and to site etc. - plus can do most of my work from home via video and conf calls.

    I did about 4 days without a watch and only noticed it a few times. I have a new Sub on the way but it feels both good, and a bit trivial right now.
    Iím wearing an old quartz Seiko now, and all is well. I have stopped obsessing (and realised how much I did) over watches, drop into the forum but maybe a little less.

    I love watches. I also know they are totally unimportant and this is reaffirming that.



    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  43. #43
    Craftsman
    Join Date
    Sep 2015
    Location
    Newcastle UK
    Posts
    302
    Although thinking about watches stops me obsessing with the news.

    Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk

  44. #44
    I'm another one who had been wearing my G-Shocks more than usual, although I have the Speedy out for the weekend. I find the GW-5000's hourly alarm beep helpful reminding me of the passing of time and structuring the day. Although I was sure yesterday was Thursday and not Friday! Automatics have taken a back seat, due to not going out the house.

    My mum is 85 and my brother has COPD and asthma, so I do the shopping for both of them. I'm heading out tomorrow, but like last week, I don't like wearing a watch out of the house as it's another thing to clean when I get home. Risk minimisation is a thing!

    As a self employed IT person with only one main client, who has had to close, I'm one of the 950,000 who has had to sign on. Who knows when this will be over. I'm luckier than many though, I've no mortgage and have savings, for the proverbial rainy day. Well it's pissing down now.

    Take care everyone!

  45. #45
    Master RustyBin5's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2017
    Location
    Scotland central
    Posts
    8,601
    Not sure I understand why everyone is suddenly wandering around with no watch on. Seems odd to me. Iím enjoying my watches as much as at any other time. Donít get why that would change just because you are at home

    Sure I can see savings being hammered and some watches being sold to fill the void but Iíll still enjoy those that will remain. Horses for courses I guess

  46. #46
    Master
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Aberdeenshire
    Posts
    2,940
    Quote Originally Posted by ODP View Post
    Iím looking at making a purchase when things normalise.
    Iím on the intubation team that is tubing the sickest COVID patients and putting them on ventilators.
    My wife has promised me a new watch when itís over so Iím considering a DOXA (hope Iím still around to claim it!)
    Last week I was doing training and drills for this exact scenario, we are potentially going to have three teams performing this role. This week I am performing face fit testing for the FFP3 masks. Preparation, preparation, preparation.

    While I never wear a watch at work, I am enjoying wearing my recently acquired (Thanks David!) MKII Cruxible, once home. Actually considering buying several NATOís for it and rotating them through the laundry...

    I was planning to purchase my first modern Tudor before all this kicked off. That currently feels like a unnecessary extravagance, not that my AD is open for business.

    Still visiting the forum everyday though. This little community of ours feels all the more valuable in these trying times.

    Dave

  47. #47
    Master
    Join Date
    Jun 2019
    Location
    Blackwood, United Kingdom
    Posts
    1,185
    Quote Originally Posted by RustyBin5 View Post
    Not sure I understand why everyone is suddenly wandering around with no watch on. Seems odd to me.
    Me also, I don't understand being WIS but choosing not to wear one. Odd.



    Sent from my SM-A105FN using Tapatalk

  48. #48
    Craftsman
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Location
    London
    Posts
    990
    I am actually rotating more frequently and as a result some of the watches that I hadnít worn for a while are getting some wrist time now.

  49. #49
    Master mycroft's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    London
    Posts
    5,138
    Quote Originally Posted by Ruggertech View Post
    Me also, I don't understand being WIS but choosing not to wear one. Odd.



    Sent from my SM-A105FN using Tapatalk
    Iím with you, seabiscuit and Rusty, I couldnít not wear a watch ever! As I said on another thread, Iím rotating through my watches changing each day as Iíve always done and enjoying doing so.

    It has caused me to recognise that there are 5 of my current collection that I should dispose of - not that I see any point in trying to sell anything at the moment...

    Simon

  50. #50
    Grand Master abraxas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    London
    Posts
    32,192
    Quote Originally Posted by Ruggertech View Post
    Me also, I don't understand being WIS but choosing not to wear one. Odd.
    It becomes more noticeable via its absence.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Do Not Sell My Personal Information