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    If you were going to the Philippins for three weeks...

    Hi everyone,

    Planning a three week holiday in the Philippines over Christmas. I'm going to use the time to send my Longines 4x retrograde for a warranty service as the day/date changes over about 5.20am (I'd like it closer to mid-night) and the second hand only makes it to about 55s and goes back down below 0s.

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    So, just for kicks I've been considering my watch options for the trip.

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    Would you:

    A) Wear no watch at all
    B) Get a new battery for the cheap "Elite" quartz (2nd from left) to wear
    C) Get the Citizen auto repaired to wear. Needs a new crystal after the spring-bar rusted away, the bracelet gave way and the watch crashed into the hard pavement. So I'll also need a new bracelet/strap. Might need to get the movement looked into as well.
    D) Wear the hideous large blue quartz (purchased so when I run the occasional fun run I can time myself)
    E) Try find a cheap G Shock on eBay (might be useful to have an alarm).

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    Re: If you were going to the Philippins for three weeks...

    F) Buy one there
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    Re: If you were going to the Philippins for three weeks...

    seems like you might find yourself on the beach or in wet/humid environments, so the g-shock makes a lot of sense for such a travel destination, and it's not going to stand out like the current digital monster you own.....that thing looks massive.

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    Re: If you were going to the Philippins for three weeks...

    E)


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    Re: If you were going to the Philippins for three weeks...

    I'd go with a G-shock; in my case, it'd be my trusty GW-5000.

    Get a DW-5600e or its solar equivalent the G-5600e, which I believe has world time functionality. Both are rather well-regarded and relatively inexpensive G-shocks with a reputation for durability and reliability.
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    Re: If you were going to the Philippins for three weeks...

    wear that one on the right with all the buttons!

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    Re: If you were going to the Philippins for three weeks...

    F) Avoid drinking the water or eating seafood, google "fukushima radiation map" if you aren't already aware......

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    Re: If you were going to the Philippins for three weeks...

    G-Shock for sure.
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    Re: If you were going to the Philippins for three weeks...

    G-Shock for sure as it can be replaced inexpensively. I would not take any watch of great value traveling as they can be any easy target for theft.
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    Re: If you were going to the Philippins for three weeks...

    From someone that moved here last year, my 2 cents:

    1) Don't avoid eating the seafood here, radiation concerns or otherwise. You're traveling to an archipelago of 7,000 islands where seafood is part of the culture, not to mention an integral part of the cuisine. As anyone would normally advise, go for food that is freshly cooked and you'll be fine. Filipinos are generally very hygienic but exercise normal caution.

    2) The Philippines is one of the safest places I have visited, and I would not worry about theft while considering which watch to wear. Filipinos are extremely passive, non-intrusive, and friendly. I have taken public transportation (jeepney) wearing my Longines Legend Diver, no problem or stares. I've worn my Oris TT1 in a quiet diving town late at night and felt perfectly safe. I routinely wear my Rolex and Tudor around Manila and never find myself pulling down my sleeve. The usual caution is always recommended but don't over-think which watch to wear because of security reasons.

    3) As the above posters have mentioned, if you're like most folks that visit the Philippines, you'll be in and around water a lot, and outdoors often. Bring something sturdy and water-resistant.

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