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    Watch feature that seemed neat and useful until you used it

    I recently bought a digital watch with a neat feature that allows me to swap
    the main display time with the WT (world time).

    At first, I thought it was a great feature and used it while on vacation. The
    trouble is, I immediately needed a 3rd TZ (time zone) -- what my normal WT
    is usually set at (work tends to follow me around).

    Therefore, I promptly lost my home time setting anyway.

    Now I just set the main display time when I travel to other TZs and don't
    mess with this feature :(

    Do you have a watch feature that you thought was useful until you tried it?
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    Re: Watch feature that seemed neat and useful until you used it

    I don't know if it's a "feature", but subsidiary seconds dials. Sure, they add interest to the dial. They also make it way harder to tell if the watch is actually running, which is kinda a big problem if you have an automatic or a handwind. With normal, 3-hand watches, I can tell if it's running or not on a glance. With a subseconds watch, I have to peer intently at the dial for quite some time to be able to say "yeah, this is running, so this is showing correct time". It's just an extra annoyance that I don't appreciate.
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    Re: Watch feature that seemed neat and useful until you used it

    Quote Originally Posted by ctt1760 View Post
    I recently bought a digital watch with a neat feature that allows me to swap
    the main display time with the WT (world time).
    If you need three time zones, how about a GMT watch with an independent 24-hour hand and a rotating bezel?



    I know that's not what you asked, but it is a good excuse to buy a new watch.

    I do have a watch with a bunch of useful features (Casio Edifice EQW-T610D) which uses a single subdial for world time, alarm, stopwatch, and countdown timer. Unfortunately because the hands are driven in only one direction by a very slow stepper motor, when you change functions you have to wait up to 30 seconds while the hands whizz round to their required positions. If you just want to time a boiled egg, it takes ages before you can actually get to the timer mode.

    It's the sort of thing that looks amazingly cool the first time you see it (dancing hands!) but is a pain to use in real life.

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    Re: Watch feature that seemed neat and useful until you used it

    Quote Originally Posted by ctt1760 View Post
    I recently bought a digital watch with a neat feature that allows me to swap
    the main display time with the WT (world time).

    At first, I thought it was a great feature and used it while on vacation. The
    trouble is, I immediately needed a 3rd TZ (time zone) -- what my normal WT
    is usually set at (work tends to follow me around).

    Therefore, I promptly lost my home time setting anyway.

    Now I just set the main display time when I travel to other TZs and don't
    mess with this feature :(

    Do you have a watch feature that you thought was useful until you tried it?
    Lol!! Reminds me of a Citizen Navihawk I bought maybe 12 years ago for that very same feature. Like you I tried it (time transfer?) once or twice and found it was not worth the bother. That model got moved on because the digital displays were so small that bright sunlight was needed to read them.

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    Re: Watch feature that seemed neat and useful until you used it

    Citizen Navihawk
    I had one new for about 12 hours.

    It just scared me when I looked at it....yet alone when I tried to play with it. Nope.
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    Re: Watch feature that seemed neat and useful until you used it

    I've got all manner of features on my watches and TBH with the exception of the date I've found them all pretty useless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nokie View Post
    I had one new for about 12 hours.

    It just scared me when I looked at it....yet alone when I tried to play with it. Nope.
    Yeah, I know. Tried to like that watch for much longer than you did but it just did not work. Cured me of chasing forum favorites.

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    Re: Watch feature that seemed neat and useful until you used it

    Quote Originally Posted by ctt1760 View Post
    I recently bought a digital watch with a neat feature that allows me to swap
    the main display time with the WT (world time).

    At first, I thought it was a great feature and used it while on vacation. The
    trouble is, I immediately needed a 3rd TZ (time zone) -- what my normal WT
    is usually set at (work tends to follow me around).

    Therefore, I promptly lost my home time setting anyway.

    Now I just set the main display time when I travel to other TZs and don't
    mess with this feature :(

    Do you have a watch feature that you thought was useful until you tried it?
    I absolutely love having a watch with two swappable time zones (Timex Ironman). It's extremely convenient for travel. Two is enough for me since work time is not an issue.
    But if you need three, there are other Timex Ironman models with three time zones! You should have a look at those.

    As for myself, I had bought a watch with an electronic compass once. I should have known better...

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    Re: Watch feature that seemed neat and useful until you used it

    Chronograph. I keep track of elapsed time by turning the bezel on my diver watches (kinda comes in handy when I feed a parking meter), but beyond that I found no real need to keep track of elapsed time. If I do, I turn to my digital Casio or iPhone.

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    Re: Watch feature that seemed neat and useful until you used it

    Bought a bunch of watches because I thought it would be cool to be able to tell what time it is. More hassle than it's worth. So much easier to just ask someone else. Finally got fed up with the aggro and sold 'em off except for a couple I wear as jewelry. That whole time telling thing is sooooooo overrated. Pfui.
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