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Watch Preference in the lab?

  1. Aug 17, 2013 #1
    I'm curious? Do you prefer analog? Digital? No watch? Any specific brands or features you wouldn't wear a watch without?
     
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  3. Aug 17, 2013 #2

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    I prefer a H3 wristwatch. Analog dial.

    Many years since lab-work, but I putter around the house and garage and a reliable watch is important.
     
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  4. Aug 17, 2013 #3

    dlgoff

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    Yea. At our age every minute becomes more important. :biggrin:
     
  5. Aug 18, 2013 #4

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    For many years I've worn a cheap Casio digital watch with a stopwatch feature (chronograph). I use the stopwatch fairly often even outside the lab.

    However, most students nowadays carry phones that have a stopwatch either built in or as an app. We need to keep only a few stopwatches handy in lab for the people that don't.
     
  6. Aug 18, 2013 #5
    This is why I was curious. I'm not one of the people who are constantly glued to their phones and it seems more practical to me that I use a watch. I was thinking that the stopwatch might be useful too.

    There was also the hope of being linked to the ultimate wristwatch that solves differential equations for you...
     
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  7. Aug 18, 2013 #6

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    Good luck with that. My life is simple. I have a wristwatch that tells time (and date). I have a cell phone that makes phone calls. It doesn't take pictures or any other fancy stuff. In my experience, simple devices tend to last a long while and give good service. I'd still be carrying my old pocket watch if It hadn't crapped out after about 10 years of service. I think it cost me a buck or two at the local corner store. I think it was a Scotty by Westclox. Worth every penny, though it probably succumbed to being carried in a sweaty, linty pocket for a decade.
     
  8. Aug 18, 2013 #7
    I just was given a mechanical pocket watch. I imagine winding it up every morning when I wake up and before I go to class this fall. But thinking realistically, I don't know how long that will last, especially when it's a wind per day deal.
     
  9. Aug 18, 2013 #8

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    I stopped wearing a watch once I started carrying a cell phone, they're redundant. I can see still wearing them as jewelry.
     
  10. Aug 18, 2013 #9
    They can be seen as redundant, two timepieces and all, but I think lots of things are redundant in nature. A heart ticks and the mind can tell you seconds, and I sure wouldn't want one hand counting faster than the other, say chopping fruit or something. I guess it's a matter of where you want to check it and what it brings up mentally. Phones are stressful, and I'd rather look at something simple, or do without.
     
  11. Aug 18, 2013 #10

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    I have a very old fashioned cell phone it makes calls and tells time. :smile:
     
  12. Aug 19, 2013 #11
    I haven't had a cell phone or land-line for a few months now, and I don't think I'll be getting a smart phone when I do have one again. I don't mind me not being able to call to talk and ask people for something, but sometimes they get irate with me when they can't call either!
     
  13. Aug 19, 2013 #12

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    I disconnected my landline and DSl and saved $100 a month, until recently, my cell phone was free (my company paid it) now I get it at a discounted rate, so I'm still saving a fortune, but I have children that have insisted that I have a phone so that they can make sure I am alive.

    I am with you on new technology, I don't need it.
     
  14. Aug 19, 2013 #13

    George Jones

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    I always wear (even when I am setting up equipment) a somewhat expensive analog watch that my wife's parents gave me as a wedding present.

    In 2005, I asked a class of 130 university students "How many of you don't regularly wear a watch?" Well over half the class said that they didn't. I just finished teaching a summer class of 15 students, and I asked them the same question. Only three or four said that they didn't wear a watch. I don't know if watches are making a comeback, or if this was just a statistical fluctuation in a small sample.

    Lack of watches can be an inconvenience at times at university. Students use cell phones to cheat during exams, I know of several examples, including the final exam for a calculus course that my wife taught. recently Consequently, students cannot be allowed access to cell phones during exams.

    Many examinations room do not have clocks, particularly for smaller classes, but, a year ago, I had a class of eighty students for which this happened. If there isn't a class display for a computer onto which a clock app can be projected, the instructor has to remember to call out the time (or write it on a black/whiteboard if available) every thirty minutes or so.
     
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