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Topic Title: Opinions on the best surfing watch.
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Created On: 09/17/2022 06:44 AM
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 09/18/2022 01:59 PM
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SlimyBritches

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My wife bought me a watcg from Surfer Mag last century. First time in the water I was going down the line when a flailer dropped in on me and hit my hand and it was gone.
 09/18/2022 09:52 PM
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seaspray

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Once I got an Apple Watch (series 5), I never looked back.

My wife gave it to me since there were a couple of incidents that I locked myself out of my car after surfing, and had to approach strangers to borrow their cell and call her.

The Apple Watch lets me call or text, but sand already go into the mic and must have broken it, so I can only text now.
 09/19/2022 10:48 AM
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RustyTruck

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Originally posted by: johnnyboy

">http://www.costco.com/glycine-...721205.html



I got this with my Costco rewards check. The lightweight fabric band goes around the underside so one pin failure won't send it to oblivion. Waterproof to 1000' and automatic no battery. I was intrigued by this idea if going back in time to buy an antique before it become an antique and deciding to buy it solely on the merits. I was watching antiques roadshow and there was a guy there with a Rolex submariner that he bought for 200 in 1980 and he beat it up in normal wear and tear for four decades. It was still worth 8k. That's what I was looking for.


Excellent choice, an actual Swiss made mechanical watch with automatic winding. Excellent taste. Glycine recently released a Combat Sub in 39mm also.

Beware, fine mechanical watches are a rabbit hole that's easy to fall in.

For water sports you can't beat a Casio G shock, I've got a few but my favorite as an all around sports watch is the new GAB-2100.



Solar powered, synchs to your phone with Bluetooth for atomic clock accuracy, world time, only $150.

EDIT: Also not hockey puck sized like the Gulfman

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Edited: 09/19/2022 at 10:49 AM by RustyTruck
 09/21/2022 06:26 AM
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johnnyboy

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I can see how the dream of an automatic, Swiss forever watch grows like a cancer in me. I really do like this glycine. But I may be a serial monogamist on this. I am very happy for now.

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 09/21/2022 06:36 AM
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dingpatch

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johnnyboy,

I'm with you on the "Swiss automatic".

I used a cheap Casio for surfing but, on dry land I wore my Breitling Superocean.

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 09/21/2022 07:50 AM
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johnnyboy

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Thats quite a watch. I also would never jeopardize that in the surf. I wanted this one to be everyday all day and if I lost it, I wouldn't be broke. $300 is the very top end of that analysis.

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 09/21/2022 09:18 AM
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dingpatch

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And, at the price you paid, it's an excellent deal and, , , , , , the sapphire crystal is a big Bonus.

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 09/21/2022 12:21 PM
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ww

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My ancient Omega Seamaster was a necessity for about 10 years of outdoor jobs but lost its waterproof status long ago, so it's for show. Back when, water resistant watches were kind of hard to get.
 09/21/2022 08:52 PM
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johnnyboy

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Water resistant was a lot like "some assembly required." I had an old Heuer before they were Tag Heuer. It was one of the first screw down crowns. Water "resistant to 660'" That beautiful watch lasted about two years. The jeweler at Hamilton in the mall told me if I wanted it to last, I shouldn't surf with it. It died like so many others.

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 09/22/2022 05:17 AM
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RustyTruck

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Originally posted by: johnnyboy

Water resistant was a lot like "some assembly required." I had an old Heuer before they were Tag Heuer. It was one of the first screw down crowns. Water "resistant to 660'" That beautiful watch lasted about two years. The jeweler at Hamilton in the mall told me if I wanted it to last, I shouldn't surf with it. It died like so many others.


Vintage Heuer is in high demand in the watch community, and unless it was flooded with water and rusted, it can (should) be serviced by a professional watchmaker.

Vintage Omega Seamasters are also classic, I'd like to see that one.

But surfing or diving, I'd go G-shock. Don't risk a 4 figure watch in the ocean.



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 09/23/2022 11:20 AM
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WG

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When I'm surfing,
I don't want to care
what time it is

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 09/23/2022 04:28 PM
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StirfryMcflurry

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Originally posted by: WG When I'm surfing, I don't want to care what time it is
5/5, for the WIN!
 09/23/2022 05:38 PM
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hititback

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Garmin makes some really good gps enabled watches. I don't have this particular model but I've heard good things.

Garmin instinct

Edited: 09/23/2022 at 05:43 PM by hititback
 09/24/2022 03:49 AM
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Bamboo

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Originally posted by: johnnyboy

I can see how the dream of an automatic, Swiss forever watch grows like a cancer in me. I really do like this glycine. But I may be a serial monogamist on this. I am very happy for now.


Yeah, I like automatic watches and am not a total watch nerd or brand snob but do appreciate a good mechanical watch and there are a lot of good ones out there.
I'll say this though, eco-drives are wonderful and I only have to reset the time when the time change happens. They are always within about 10-30 seconds of USNO time after six months. Mechanical watches just can't keep that type of accuracy. The eco=drive pro dive series is pretty impressive and lot of hard users like them.

Glycine has some good things going for it. Yes, a few years ago they became part of Invecta but invecta has not messed with them and let them carry on their heritage watches. The company has been around for over 100 years. Pete Conrad wore an Airman during his space flight. Sapphire crystal with good anti reflective coating. Decent lum, a good size screw down crown with stout threads and a healthy o-ring that is easy to maintain and stays waterproof. Solid movements by ETA and sellita, Thin...these are thin for a 200 or 300 meter automatic. Solid bracelet construction and finish. A decent jeweler can regulate these to <+/-3spd if yours is funky. I haven't had a reason to have that done that to a glycine, but have on much more expensive watches. Both the Combat Sub and Airman lines are really good watches overall, especially considering the price.
My hope is that they come out with a good Ti Combat sub in 42mm. I have a couple of Ti watches from other brands and they are a great cool wearing and light watch.





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Edited: 09/24/2022 at 07:51 AM by Bamboo
 09/24/2022 10:35 AM
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johnnyboy

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I got this glycine from Costco for $300. I think it sells elsewhere for about 400. Costco also had an automatic timex for 250 that has a plastic face. That wouldn't last a year in good times. The movement was Japanese. The timex felt like a cheap kids watch compared to the glycine. It's not easy to find all those features for 300.

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 09/24/2022 06:37 PM
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ww

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    The Omega. I wore it every day for ten years or so. Crystal's been replaced once, the second hand is a lousy substitute for the original.


Edited: 09/24/2022 at 09:55 PM by ww
 09/25/2022 11:15 AM
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johnnyboy

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That's what I was thinking of when I said a lifetime watch. Look at that soldier!

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 09/25/2022 11:53 AM
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ww

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I think I could have got a model with a recessed crystal. The scar on the back was some blundering watch repair person.
 09/25/2022 01:41 PM
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IamSAW

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nice watch ww, cool factor off the charts. And that vid is amazing RT, more parts than an AT and so tiny. These days that's def a watch to wear going out, but not going in.
 09/26/2022 04:57 AM
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Bamboo

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Yeah, WW, that old Seamaster is muy cool!

You must have been in a flash gordon phase when you picked out that second hand!


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