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    Do you think a mechanical is an option for me?

    I'm a 15 y/o competitive kayak paddler, and I'm wondering if wearing a mechanical watch while training and competing would work for me, or would the watch be way too inaccurate to be of any use?
    Training is 1-1.5 hours 6 days a week, with even more during the summer, including intervals and quick, short distances.
    There is pretty much no risk of impact with anything, unless you fall on someone(which you need to be especially "talented" to do).
    The watch I want to get is a Seiko SKX007, if that makes any difference, but I could settle for a solar or just buy a separate gshock.

    Thanks in advance.
    an absolute beginner

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    Re: Do you think a mechanical is an option for me?

    I should add that I paddle in sprint distances, not the mountain river ones
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    Re: Do you think a mechanical is an option for me?

    Sure, no problem. As for model choose the one you like best:)

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    Re: Do you think a mechanical is an option for me?

    the Seiko SKX007 is a pretty robust watch. So as far as mechanicals go, that's a good option if you're worried about it.
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    Re: Do you think a mechanical is an option for me?

    Quote Originally Posted by allhailgilmour View Post
    ... would the watch be way too inaccurate to be of any use?
    If you need the accuracy ?.... Just buy the G-Shock. Your kind of activity is what they were designed for.
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    Re: Do you think a mechanical is an option for me?

    Accuracy should be a non-issue as they should run within +/- 15 seconds per DAY, more or less... If you like the diver styling of the SKX007 get it, it's a great watch. If you like big techy plastic watches then a g-shock would hold up well.

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    Re: Do you think a mechanical is an option for me?

    But wouldn't my arm wind it too much? (At this point you might have noticed i know nothing about this)
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    Re: Do you think a mechanical is an option for me?

    You can't over wind an automatic wathc.
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    Re: Do you think a mechanical is an option for me?

    Oh... Well, thanks for educating me!
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    Re: Do you think a mechanical is an option for me?

    You could go for it but the only thing with automatics is that they require a lot more maintenance and care then quartz. As accuracy is concerned automatics can lose anywhere from 4 to 10 second a day to 4 to 10 minutes if they're in their twighlight years. So a new automatic watch like your seiko could serve you very well. On the upside automatics generaly a lot more elegant and cool and can be great conversation starters. On the downside they also are a lot more delicate with a quartz you drop it or bang into something with it, it's fine. With an automatic it can fupp it up pretty bad if you're not careful. Now i'm not saying there's no possibility but they do need a lot more attention. Seikos though make very good diving and swimming watches. so you picked a good one. My verdict: go for it. (just be a little more careful though)

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