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Was just wondering if there was a massive EMP would your watch still run?
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Old style analog that you wind up, yes. Newer digital, no.
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My pocket watch will work, and so will the sundial in the garden....

I may put some cheap battery watches away in a gi ammo can in the faraday drum out back, along with the auto brain boxes stored there.
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Sundial, check. Armillary, check. Wind up watches, check. Wind up clocks, check.

I'm good for time here in the backwoods.
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I would say for sure a mechanical watch (wind or auto). Wonder about an analog quartz? Battery might be okay, but they do have internal circuitry that would be toast. Digital watches toast for sure.
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I wear a mechanical watch, but I still think digital watches would survive a "massive" EMP. It's too small and electronically simple to be much affected
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I keep several old wind ups as back up in case of an event that kills powered devices.

Keep in mind that some winders are a bit off over time, or operate best if wound at certain periods. Know that in advance to reduce the amount of time you lose to inaccuracy.
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Never wind a watch when it's between 9 and 3...
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I wear a mechanical watch, but I still think digital watches would survive a "massive" EMP. It's too small and electronically simple to be much affected
This. There are no long wires, and according to the Metatech report for Oak Ridge National Laboratories, an EMP would do nothing to a watch.
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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.
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My $18 watch will still work. All mechanical.

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The often overlooked problem with mechanical watches is the needed maintenance. Every 5 years is recommended, after 10-15 years without it, it will die on you.
You can replace batteries on most G-Shocks yourself, I know I can't service a mechanical watch. Got me a 10 dollar Casio F-91W for backup with spare batteries

The Seiko 5 range of watches might not be wind-up, but they are automatic mechanicals for around 50 bucks. I wouldn't trust any cheaper mechanical watch
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The often overlooked problem with mechanical watches is the needed maintenance. Every 5 years is recommended, after 10-15 years without it, it will die on you.
You can replace batteries on most G-Shocks yourself, I know I can't service a mechanical watch. Got me a 10 dollar Casio F-91W for backup with spare batteries

The Seiko 5 range of watches might not be wind-up, but they are automatic mechanicals for around 50 bucks. I wouldn't trust any cheaper mechanical watch
So you're storing watch batteries as part of your preps?
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It doesn't work now, so probably not.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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I've got two recent production (2013) Seiko self-winders approx $60 each, so far they have been trouble free.
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