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Anyone have any recommendations for a solid, very affordable watch? No real preferences, something reasonable on the price, though.


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GO TO WAL*MART AND BUY ONE GRANT, $5.00 with a velcro band. BAW HAW AHAW HAW HAW!!


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I'll go with what Metro said; a $30 Timex from WalMart. It'll last forever; I have one that's 10-11 yrs old, still on the original battery.

Strange thing, I 've a had a couple of nicer, fancier watches... that don't last! They break or just quit working, so I keep going back to the reliable old Timex.
 

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Metro752 said:
GO TO WAL*MART AND BUY ONE GRANT, $5.00 with a velcro band. BAW HAW AHAW HAW HAW!!
I have one. The more expensive type, $6.99. Has a dual time fuction, one of which is set to Zulu. Works great.
 

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grantrobarts said:
Anyone have any recommendations for a solid, very affordable watch? No real preferences, something reasonable on the price, though.


Thanks
Ever heard of the B.W.L.D. theory? :D

Since the plane I fly has a clock in the dash, a clock in the ADF and one in the GPS, I have a Diver's watch...you never know when you might have to go down.
 

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FN FAL said:
Ever heard of the B.W.L.D. theory? :D

Since the plane I fly has a clock in the dash, a clock in the ADF and one in the GPS, I have a Diver's watch...you never know when you might have to go down.
Yeah, and thats why I am not looking for a BIG watch haha. I wanted to know if anyone has a preference on a certain type. I've had a couple instructors give me crap about not wearing a watch all the time, so I need to invest in one and keep it permanently attached to me.
 

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You obviously need a watch, but you definetly do not need to spend $300-$500 on those "aviation" watches! You will not need an E6B on your watch (or an altimeter), nor will you need more than 3 time zones. Also, since you are still a student, it doesn't make too much sense to spend all that money on a watch.

I use a Timex Expedition. Bought it from Walmart. It has 3 time zones, stop clock, and both digital/analog time. I would recommend this one!!
 

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I found the $30 Timex to be particularly useful. It has an analog face to which I set local time. It also has a small digital display, to which I set UTC. Admittedly, I am considering buying a $150 "pilot" watch. However, I'd probably never spend $300 for a watch with an E6B. That's kinda overboard.
 

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UnAnswerd said:
I found the $30 Timex to be particularly useful. It has an analog face to which I set local time. It also has a small digital display, to which I set UTC. Admittedly, I am considering buying a $150 "pilot" watch. However, I'd probably never spend $300 for a watch with an E6B. That's kinda overboard.
Buddy of mine dropped almost $700 dollars on one of those watches. Granted, he's got more money than he knows what to do with, but the price doesn't meet the necessity.

I think I'm going to go with the Expedition or something similar to it. I am looking for really only at least 2 time zones and a timer.

thanks for the info guys.
 

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i got a chase durer pilot watch for my graduation from my parents, but its so nice i feel like i will scratch it up in the plane so i usually just stick with my fossil i've had forever.
 

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I bought the $50 Timex that has an analog face and a digital line for Zulu. Comes in handy when some joker keeps changing the GPS time from zulu to local. I had to have the one with the indigo backlighting. Doubles as a flashlight in a pinch.
 
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Ive got a Pulsar (made by Seiko) pilot watch. It was $250 and I got it for my birthday. It has an E6b on it. Im afraid to scratch it so I only wear it for special occasions.
 

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Tiajuana Breitling. People like to see you have a touch of class even though you probably don't.
 

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Casio Pathfinder (or any other Casio like that). It has an altimeter, but I doubt you need that. Having the alarm and a stopwatch are important features for me. My old Casio had a countdown timer, but this one doesn't have it. I wish it did. I believe the USAF is issuing a Casio watch to new pilot training students.
 

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Huggyu2 said:
Casio Pathfinder (or any other Casio like that). It has an altimeter, but I doubt you need that. Having the alarm and a stopwatch are important features for me. My old Casio had a countdown timer, but this one doesn't have it. I wish it did. I believe the USAF is issuing a Casio watch to new pilot training students.
Yeah and those altimeters are inaccurate at hell.
 

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I have one of these. It vibrates, so I can feel the timer. I set the countdown timer for 45 minutes, and it vibrates, so I remember to switch back from the aux tanks. It has 2 time zones, so one is always on zulu. You can also set it so that it lights up when you turn your wrist.

http://www.globalassistive.com/pilots.html

It didn't cost me much, and it has lasted about 4 years. It is the only watch I know of that vibrates, instead of beeps. my ability to hear a beeping watch in a cockpit disappeared a long time ago. Oh, I got the leather band, which is still intact. It was $49 when I bought it, I see that they are up to $59.
 
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