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    Regulate This!

    Maybe I've been bumped in the head one too many times, maybe it's insufficient sleep.
    I've been saying that I'm gonna put watch buying on hold so I can get a "nicer" car (relatively speaking to me)...
    but I've been drawn lately to Regulator watches. Blame Justin Trudeau for this.

    I looked at the Alpina Regulator but I couldn't find it on their site.
    I wish Nomos would make one...you can run a regulator on an Alpha or a Neomatik.
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    worn by the Canadian Prime Minister
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    if i had a gazillion dollars
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    this is so pretty
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    this is closer to my budget
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    Re: Regulate This!

    The bell & Ross and the Hamilton have the nicest dials. The ALS dial is a hot mess, certainly a watch to be worn upside down.

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    The Bell&Ross looks most appealing to my eyes.

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    Re: Regulate This!

    I'm a little cuckoo for regulators, too.
    Dornbleuth, Schaumburg, Meistersinger (got over to Time & Gold in YVR to see if they have one), and even a Christopher Ward are all cool versions.
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    Re: Regulate This!

    Quote Originally Posted by chuasam View Post
    but I've been drawn lately to Regulator watches. Blame Justin Trudeau for this.
    Alexander Shorokhoff has some interesting pieces, too..

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    Re: Regulate This!

    What extra functions do regulator watches have?

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    Re: Regulate This!

    Quote Originally Posted by Slm643 View Post
    What extra functions do regulator watches have?
    None. They just have separate dials for hours, minutes and seconds.

    The name is derived from the old high precision pendulum clocks used as the reference to regulate pocket watches or ship's chronometers in observatories, maritime institutes, etc., before the era of electronic time signal distribution. These clocks usually had the distinctive layout with three different dials for hours, minutes and seconds.

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    [OT] Edit: in that context, the story of Ruth Belville, the "Greenwich Time Lady" (-> read here), is an interesting episode. Her family had the business of going to the Greenwich observatory every morning, precisely setting a pocket watch, and then tour around London to visit about 200 paying customers who'd then set their own watches to Belville's reference.
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    I know the feeling, OP. I have an Alpina, white version. At some point, I'll have it's dark twin in the black. I really like the "corduroy" dial treatment and the simple hand-wound movement.
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    Re: Regulate This!

    Quote Originally Posted by ffritz View Post
    None. They just have separate dials for hours, minutes and seconds.

    The name is derived from the old high precision pendulum clocks used as the reference to regulate pocket watches or ship's chronometers in observatories, maritime institutes, etc., before the era of electronic time signal distribution. These clocks usually had the distinctive layout with three different dials for hours, minutes and seconds.

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    [OT] Edit: in that context, the story of Ruth Belville, the "Greenwich Time Lady" (-> read here), is an interesting episode. Her family had the business of going to the Greenwich observatory every morning, precisely setting a pocket watch, and then tour around London to visit about 200 paying customers who'd then set their own watches to Belville's reference.
    Thanks ffritz

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    Re: Regulate This!

    For me the ultimate regulator watch is the Ressence Type 1 Squared. Chu, new cars be damned. My grandpa had three kidneys and I've been tempted to throw myself down on the Xray table and see if the condition was passed on which would allow me to sell one of them on the black market in order to buy one of these.
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    The dial isn't fixed but instead the whole dial rotates around the large minutes hand every hour. It's genius. Check out their website where you can play around with the interactive time simulator.
    https://ressencewatches.com/watches/type-1-2
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