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    Vintage "SMART" watches

    A colleague at work was showing off his Apple watch the other day and a few of the started comparing Smart watches and seeing what things they could do etc, now one of them knows I'm into vintage watches and was laughing at the old technology of my watch, I then proceeded to show him all the features of my 34year old watch and it does a lot of what his does, time, date, countdown timer, alarm, and it can even remember a date up to one year in advance.

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    Ok it's not up to modern smart watch standards but the batteries last a heck of a lot longer

    Now don't be shy, let's see your "SMART" watches, anything with an alarm, calculator, perpetual calendar etc, or even picture storage.

    we should be able to give the new crowd a run for their money.

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    Re: Vintage "SMART" watches

    Hi Matt,

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    .. and was laughing at the old technology of my watch
    But it needs no phone for assistance and no daily connection to a charger. Were is the progress though?

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    Good points Good thread
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    Re: Vintage "SMART" watches

    Haven't got any vintage "smart" watches, not even one with any complications... Matt, if I remember correctly- from the "vintage" thread in the Tissot forum- you also have the Tissot-branded version of this Omega, right?

    As to the Apple watch... Let's be honest- its primary function is being an Apple product. OK, as a user of a Mac, iPhone and iPad I shouldn't really scoff at Apple that much, but I wouldn't wear the Apple watch even if someone would have paid me to do so...

    Besides, if your mechanical watch is close to depleting its power reserve, you just wind it. And all these smartwatches? The question "what time is it?" is replaced by "now, where have I left the bloody charger?"

    I don't even consider the Apple watch a watch at all- any quartz beater will be more rugged and functional than that, so it's a better deal to buy a Timex or a Certina DS quartz. And what about the argument, that it has many functions? I don't want to offend anyone, but is it really that much of an effort for the hand to reach the pocket and check the phone? Some will say that the Apple watch is convenient while driving, but really, it matters not whether the phone is in your hand or attached to your wrist, if you gaze into the screen, you won't see that tree, cyclist or pedestrian suddenly appearing in front of the car... Therefore, I think that it's a phone ersatz attached to the wrist. Well, it would have been an ersatz if it could operate on its own, but since it can't, it's not even that.

    These digital watches had a practical application back then, now they're a nice relic of the old times. Meanwhile, smartwatches just don't really have one.
    OK, I would go easier on the Breitling B55 "smart" watch, it just doesn't seem that much of a toy as the Apple watch does...

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    Re: Vintage "SMART" watches

    Yes I do have the Tissot F1 branded version of this watch but the module died on me, just waiting for a NOS one to pop up at the right price.

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    Surprised we haven't seen any Heuer calculators yet
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    Re: Vintage "SMART" watches

    The watches from the days gone by demanded smart wearers and were able to assist them:

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    This ad is from 1942,Breitling Chronomat, below is written the capability of the watch thanks to its bezel:

    tachymeter,telemeter, pulsometer,manufacture count. Can also solve mathematical problems with multiplying,dividing,price calculations and currency exchange....

    And all functions with winding it.

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    Re: Vintage "SMART" watches

    Got this, but I'll be damned if I know how to operate it...











    ...I suppose it needs a "Smart" operator.
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    One of my smartest.
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    Re: Vintage "SMART" watches

    very smart Gentleman from 1945; patent application 1940.

    Chronomat 769 and 786 with a rotating logarithmic slide rule, the " a “tool for Mathematicians and Engineers” that allowed for complex calculations with the turn of your fingers, not taps like today…

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    Re: Vintage "SMART" watches

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    very smart Gentleman from 1945; patent application 1940.

    Chronomat 769 and 786 with a rotating logarithmic slide rule, the " a “tool for Mathematicians and Engineers” that allowed for complex calculations with the turn of your fingers, not taps like today…



    'Sallright I suppose Fred!

    Would prefer this one, so send it to me!




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