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    What are your favorite tell-time-at-a-glance analog watches?

    In my short time as a collector, I've discovered that for a watch to remain in my collection, it needs to be legible at a glance. I'm the kind of guy who doesn't like having to take more than a second to read the time: pull back sleeve, glance at watch, release sleeve -- one smooth motion.

    As I was browsing for my next keeper, I came across the Sinn 556. The watch seemed perfect for my 6.5" wrists: 38.5 mm case diameter, low profile, etc. One problem. The hour markers are all identical. I looked at several pictures and I feel dumb for admitting this, but I'm certain I wouldn't be able to tell time with this watch at a glance despite its stark, legible dial.



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    So, I'm opting for its brother instead even though I prefer the cleaner look of the first example.

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    So, what are your favorite at-a-glance pieces, preferably ones that you've owned?
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    What are your favorite tell-time-at-a-glance analog watches?

    Your reasoning is the same reason I like the Explorer1, simple and straight forward time telling. I used to own a Timex Weekender I believe accomplishes this feat well

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    Re: What are your favorite tell-time-at-a-glance analog watches?

    Ball Fireman 43 - great legibility both day and night

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    Most of my watches are very legible. It's a high priority for me. Probably none better than this one.

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    Re: What are your favorite tell-time-at-a-glance analog watches?

    These are all very easy to read at a glance. The watchmakers made a special effort to maximize hand and dial contrast with the silver dials. It's an art that current watch makers should give more attention to. While I enjoy nicely scripted numerals on a dial I don't find them helpful for telling time.



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    Re: What are your favorite tell-time-at-a-glance analog watches?

    This watch. Too bad it's so HUUUUGE.



    that's why I sold it and got this:
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    Nomos Zürich Weltzeit • Omega Speedmaster Pro • Sinn UX

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    Re: What are your favorite tell-time-at-a-glance analog watches?

    2 watches I have found that are remarkable, both in simplicity and in legibility at extreme angles:



    The Speedmaster is the only thing we took to the Moon that had no modification whatsoever – it was right off the shelf. What’s interesting about my first one is that it’s beat up, it’s never been cleaned, it’s never been repaired and to this day I can take that watch and wind it and it keeps time as well as the day I got it. And I’ve walked in space with it for two and a half hours and worn it on the Moon for over three days.

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    Re: What are your favorite tell-time-at-a-glance analog watches?

    Always have liked that newer Dynamic!

    This one is mine. Something about it.



    This one was pretty good. Too big, though.


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    Re: What are your favorite tell-time-at-a-glance analog watches?

    Probably my GS, although it has no lume, so if that bothers you, then it's a no go:



    no hour/minute numbers on it either, which I love. For me, numbers clutter it up unnecessarily. The numbers on the Omega are so small and out of the way that they're nearly invisible, so it didn't bother me. I do like that the cardinal markers are larger than the others on the GS. I would have opted for a special 12:00 marker if I were designing it, but a minor detail really.

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    Re: What are your favorite tell-time-at-a-glance analog watches?

    Any non chrono Pam model,my current favorite is Pam 372,gold hands on black dial gives a nice contrast,but the patina lume is not as bright as the standard green lume,every once in a while I ended up forgetting to check the time while I see the watch hahaha

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