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    Which complications are an anachronism?

    This hasn't been done in a while.

    I nominate:

    1) Wrist alarms. Functionally useless even when the case is used as a bell because the human wrist acts as a sound dampener.

    2) Moon phase displays. Pretty to look at but unless one is a littoral fisherman or vampire what function do they perform?

    3) Flybacks Type 20 and 21. How many owners fly antique airplanes?

    4) Rattrapantes. Can anyone suggest another use beside horse racing and other sequential time trials when an electronic timer has rendered them obsolete?

    5) Tourbillons. Originally designed to counter the static position of pocket watches, wristwatches rendered them redundant.

    Disclaimer: This does not mean I wouldn't take any of them.

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    Re: Which complications are an anachronism?

    Actually, I think tourbillons might serve a purpose for those who spend a lot of time tied to a desk during their working day.
    I know that when I'm doing drafting work, my left hand is very stationary over that side of the keyboard where I have my hot-keys set.


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    Re: Which complications are an anachronism?

    I know what you mean. I used to fall asleep at my drafting table.
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    Re: Which complications are an anachronism?

    This recent article adds a couple more to your list...

    Top Five Useless Watch Complications
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    Re: Which complications are an anachronism?

    My next watch could very well have a moon phase display. I am an astronomy buff... of course I have other (arguably better) ways of tracking the phases of the moon, but I also have other ways of finding out what time it is.

    I don't disagree that moon phase displays are something of an anachronism though.

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    Re: Which complications are an anachronism?

    Battery powered Quartz movement.
    Why? We do not need the precision of the Quartz movement, and the battery is an environmental hazard.

    Seconds hand.
    Why? Who on earth needs to count seconds?

    Precious alloys in the case.
    Once upon a time, stainless steel did not exist ( practically meaning before WW1) so the option was Silver ( which tarnishes), gold plated base metal ( gold wears away ) and Gold alloys. Those cases lasted a lifetime.

    But, Gold is expensive and soft.

    Stainless steel does a better job keeping the movement save and dry, it does not tarnish, is fairly scratch resistant, and is cheap.
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    Re: Which complications are an anachronism?

    Would the wristwatch itself qualify?
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    Re: Which complications are an anachronism?

    Quote Originally Posted by Janne View Post
    Seconds hand.
    Why? Who on earth needs to count seconds?
    I do in cooking. Most often in pastry work. At least to half minute intervals. I prefer 120-click elapsed time bezels for that reason.
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    Re: Which complications are an anachronism?

    That is because you are a Pro Chef. I estimate the time when I burn stuff in the kitchen!

    In my work, I need to know 15, 20, 30, 45 and one minute. Different agents and materials need tondo certain things for those times. I have trained myself to count accurately, and get it correct to one second. Took me about 5 years.

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    Re: Which complications are an anachronism?

    My phone has about 4 hours battery life when used heavily (WUS on Tapatalk etc) so when I went to a 4 day music festival earlier in the year it ran out immediately; the charging points were miles away. There were no clocks so a wristwatch was essential, and had I required alerts for the next act I wanted to see or even to wake up I reckon a mechanical alarm would've done the job; I'm not a light sleeper but I played with one in London a few months ago and it was loud enough.

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