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    Case-design: Aerodynamic VS Cylinder

    These are the best way I can describe the two basic case designs. (At least looking at one aspect of case design). The more aerodynamic style is often found in vintage watches. A very classic design.

    The cylinder (ie "water tank") is the way that many contemporary watches are made. The Timex Easy Reader and Weekender models. Most dive watches. Later model field watches. Alan Silberstein. A more "functional" look in many ways.

    Which do you prefer?
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    Re: Case-design: Aerodynamic VS Cylinder

    2 examples:



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    Well, I thought they were posting. But here are links to the 2 images.

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    Re: Case-design: Aerodynamic VS Cylinder

    Apples and oranges. One is a dress watch design, the other more of a "tool" watch design - military, chronographs, divers, sport watches. Both have their appeal depending on the situation /collector interest. I like dress watches, but I have a lot of vintage.
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    Re: Case-design: Aerodynamic VS Cylinder

    I agree, Ray:

    The "aerodynamic" style is more for practical reasons: it would not catch on to shirt cuffs and feel more "organic" in a tactile sense. Additionally, without sharply intersecting planes, plating would not wear through as quickly.

    The "cylindrical" style is a more recent development which is very different. It might look good and sharp on its own, but it might not integrate quite as easily into the complete package of one's appearance.

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    Re: Case-design: Aerodynamic VS Cylinder

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray MacDonald View Post
    Apples and oranges. One is a dress watch design, the other more of a "tool" watch design - military, chronographs, divers, sport watches. Both have their appeal depending on the situation /collector interest. I like dress watches, but I have a lot of vintage.
    Right. One is a dress watch, the other a "field" watch design. Lemons and cumquats.
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    Re: Case-design: Aerodynamic VS Cylinder

    I have to respectfully disagree that one is dressier and one is more for tool watches. For example, many dive and field watches have traditionally used the aerodynamic design.

    And many dress watches have used the vertical edge. In fact, I used to think that the cylinder was "dressier" because it didn't look so much like a field watch.
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    Re: Case-design: Aerodynamic VS Cylinder

    I have no idea what you mean by aerodynamic or cylinder.


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    Re: Case-design: Aerodynamic VS Cylinder

    Quote Originally Posted by drunken monkey View Post
    I have no idea what you mean by aerodynamic or cylinder.
    Here is another picture of a cylinder.

    http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&c...t:429,r:5,s:15
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    Re: Case-design: Aerodynamic VS Cylinder

    I suppose that there are a lot of watches that you could probably say are in-between. But I think the cylinder style has been used a lot more lately. It's kind of trendy right now.

    Another way to describe it might be "circular". But I don't like that word either because the case could still be aerodynamic.
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