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04-04-2017 07:21 PM
SheepDog68
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Originally Posted by Dutchprep View Post
I've always wondered about the accuracy of those watches when the shortwave signal goes down?
These operate with kilowatts of power...
As accurate as any quartz watch normally is!

SD
04-04-2017 01:27 PM
OldCorps
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Originally Posted by JLeeS1983 View Post
I read somewhere that when they were testing nukes that they noticed their battery powered watches still worked while other electronics failed. If a person is used to using a watch being able to tell the time can have an impact on moral. The small things can help a person keep going instead of giving up. People often forget that low moral can really destroy any chance at survival.
I've been reading a lot about the EMP lately. If I understand those engineers correctly, how badly electronics get affected has to do with the length of wire available to operate as an antenna. Thus, small devices with very short circuits do not attract the emp pulse. Something to do with the ability to allow voltage buildup. I don't quite understand it yet, but that is what I think they are saying.
04-04-2017 01:00 PM
JLeeS1983 I read somewhere that when they were testing nukes that they noticed their battery powered watches still worked while other electronics failed. If a person is used to using a watch being able to tell the time can have an impact on moral. The small things can help a person keep going instead of giving up. People often forget that low moral can really destroy any chance at survival.
04-04-2017 12:14 PM
kmech Honestly, if there was a total SHTF how important would knowing the exact time be?
04-04-2017 11:58 AM
Susanna Kindasortasomewhat true, as long as you can guesstimate the time close enough to set your broken watch. Still, it's a LOT better than using the "which side is the tree moss heaviest on" method...

Plus (for me) I can glance at my analog watch and know the time without my brain having to think about it.
04-04-2017 10:11 AM
Lee2017 Your analog watch will always work as a compass even if it didn't tell the time
04-04-2017 10:06 AM
Dutchprep
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Originally Posted by OldCorps View Post
Let's hope those batteries shelf life last that long.

Have you ever looked at the Pulsar Solar watch. I've had one over 15 years now. It still works and never have had to change the battery or make repairs.
Yeah, when stuff like that is added to the preps it gets replaced around the best before date. Ain't no use to a dead battery

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Originally Posted by SheepDog68 View Post
..that automatically adjusts via the time signals broadcast over the shortwave frequencies!
I've always wondered about the accuracy of those watches when the shortwave signal goes down?
These operate with kilowatts of power...
04-04-2017 09:45 AM
Susanna All the Vostoks are good and durable mechanical watches, but like anything else mechanical you have to have them cleaned every year or 3. I have a small collection of watch tools (and a couple timers that sit, cordless and grounded, just in that instance) because you either have a watch that's really really close to right all the time, or one that's right 2 times a day.

And like any other piece of machinery - you let dirt and dust accumulate in the works, or forget they need oil, you now have a very cool looking piece of steam punk jewelry - and not much else.

I have a couple seikos, a rolex, and a timex or 3... while my EDC watch is a Seiko Solar (that replaced a Citizens Ecodrive that got so scratched up you can barely read it) my mechanicals are G2G and ready.

I also have a couple 30 day clocks in the house (one that's my "master clock", accurate to about 2 minutes a year) and I want one in my shop - not because of any EMP threat, but because our "grid" up here is wishy washy at best. But if we DO somehow have an EMP hit, at least we'll still know what time it is.
04-04-2017 08:22 AM
SheepDog68 Casio makes nice solar powered waterproof dive type watches that run for who knows how long!

My old one is still plugging away years after I upgraded to a titanium model that automatically adjusts via the time signals broadcast over the shortwave frequencies!

SD
04-04-2017 07:31 AM
Elessar Yup, Seiko 5 Automatic, going on five years and running like a champ.
04-04-2017 07:26 AM
Harriman After the EMP it might be important to be able to coordinate with others. My problem is that wrist watches don't like me. I have shattered a $100 G-shock just by walking around being me.

I have a few cheapo winder watches and a dozen mech kitchen timers in my preps. After the SHTF what time it is won't matter as much but timing might.
04-04-2017 07:08 AM
OldCorps
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Yes? It's only a 4 pack of the right coin batteries I left behind at the BOL... Costed me 5 bucks at the most and gives me the time for the next 30 years when used in those Casio watches
Let's hope those batteries shelf life last that long.

Have you ever looked at the Pulsar Solar watch. I've had one over 15 years now. It still works and never have had to change the battery or make repairs.
04-04-2017 06:40 AM
Bellyman I don't wear a watch. But I do have an old wind-up pocket watch if I really needed one.

Honestly, I don't do a whole lot of things that are tied to a clock.

Also, I'm living in a house with a completely mechanical chiming grandfathers clock so I guess I do have some reference of time without actually be tethered to it continuously.
04-04-2017 03:28 AM
Dutchprep
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So you're storing watch batteries as part of your preps?
Yes? It's only a 4 pack of the right coin batteries I left behind at the BOL... Costed me 5 bucks at the most and gives me the time for the next 30 years when used in those Casio watches
04-04-2017 12:49 AM
Jersey Jubal I've got two recent production (2013) Seiko self-winders approx $60 each, so far they have been trouble free.
04-03-2017 11:50 PM
Tacamo Automatics (aka self-winding). As long as you are wearing it, the watch will continue running. Avoid the Swiss price by finding Japanese movements; (even some Chinese models are decent).
04-03-2017 10:45 PM
BFH
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Thank you Old Corps, I had no idea there were mechanical watches priced so low. Although I won't buy the one you reference, others sold on Amazon are very attractive to me.

I had always wanted a mechanical watch, but believed I would have to spend hundreds for one. I'm not looking for latest-greatest, elegance-super style, nor bells-whistles, but a fundamentally sound time piece without electronics. You've got me looking into new sales venues. I appreciate that.
If you want a good wind up at a good price. Vostok komanderskies are pretty cool. I was able to adjust mine to be very accurate.
04-03-2017 10:37 PM
tractorfarmer123
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I think watches are one of the most oft-forgotten preparations. How else can you assign watches and coordinate movement and meet-ups? Try backpacking with a group, separating, and then getting back together without watches.

I've had the devil of a time finding modern wind-up watches, though.
That is interesting. I was thinking the opposite. If there is a problem that big I don't think time will be a major concern of mine. I am planning on doing things based on sunrise and sunset instead of relying on the time of day if there is a problem. If a group was out I would expect them back when they could get back and not at a set time.
04-03-2017 10:32 PM
IceFire It wouldn't take an EMP to kill any watch I had...all it takes is for me to wear it. Doesn't matter if it's digital, analog, battery powered, wind up, whatever. If it has contact with my body, it's toast. Since sundials are too big to carry around, I've learned to approximate the time by sun position. At night, it's moon/star positions.
04-03-2017 07:30 PM
Mourning America Thank you Old Corps, I had no idea there were mechanical watches priced so low. Although I won't buy the one you reference, others sold on Amazon are very attractive to me.

I had always wanted a mechanical watch, but believed I would have to spend hundreds for one. I'm not looking for latest-greatest, elegance-super style, nor bells-whistles, but a fundamentally sound time piece without electronics. You've got me looking into new sales venues. I appreciate that.
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