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View Poll Results: Smartwatch or "Normal" watch?
Bulova 4 66.67%
LG G Watch R 2 33.33%
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Unread 05-21-2015, 07:09 AM   #1
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Which Watch?

So I'm turing 30 in the next couple of weeks and I have decided to ask for a new watch, something "grown upish". I thought I had my mind made up, but then I glanced at a smartwatch that I liked.

Basically what im looking for in a watch is something to wear daily to work (office setting) and can also be used as a dress watch for weddings etc. Which I feel both could do.

Thoughts?
Is too soon to jump on a smartwatch?

I'm set on 2 very different watches.

1- Bulova Precisionist ($400ish)
Classic watch


2 - LG G Watch R ($300ish)
Smartwatch

Being an android smartwatch the faces available are limitless really
Stock it comes with these


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Unread 05-21-2015, 08:10 AM   #2
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Personally I'm a purist and like clean faces.
Of your choices I like the LG for it's uncluttered look.

Right now I'm wearing an Uzi Protector. Nice clean face, good to 200m and it's one of the very few watches that still use radioactive elements in the face so even at 3 in the morning the hands and points are glowing bright.
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Unread 05-21-2015, 12:33 PM   #3
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While I don't have an Android Wear based smartwatch (WindowsPhone based household), I do have a Microsoft Band Smartwatch/fitness tracker that I love! So, my vote would definitely be for the LG G Watch R. I can check and send texts, interact with Cortana (their version of Google Now), track my calories and exercise, and all sorts of fun stuff.
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The techy in me says Android watch all day! But the growing "don't rely on smart stuff so much" side of me says get a normal watch.

As I'm just getting back into wearing a watch after 20 years of checking my phone for the time, I'm bias to function over form.
Wal-Mart Timex to get used to wearing one again, then an Amourlite when I have money to spare.
If I was looking for a second watch, it would be a dress watch like the Bulova. Although it's a little too busy for me.
I'd have to see the feature list before spending my own money on a smart watch. I'm not sold on the idea yet.
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Unread 05-21-2015, 12:46 PM   #5
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Bulova looks more professional for daily wear IMO... smart watch is cool but doesn't look as classy.
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I appreciate the insight all, you'd think I was purchasing a new house or something as much thought im putting into this..

The nerd in me loves the idea of a smart-watch.

But the classic, nostalgic guy in me loves the idea of a watch that will basically last forever (not saying the LG won't, but it hasn't been proven).
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Unread 05-21-2015, 03:45 PM   #7
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I'd pick the Bulova if these are the choices because I love the craftsmanship and art of a true wristwatch and don't trust that a smartwatch has the longevity of a well-crafted watch, but I'm not fond of busy cases/faces and chronographs unless they're actually used; so many people never use chronographs. If you like the style and chronograph, I've no problem with that. There is also a good chance that the Bulova (especially one of the Precisionist collection) is a more precise timepiece than a smartwatch especially if the smartwatch doesn't have a data connection to check-in with. I can't see that particular Precisionist model being worn with formal dress, however--it's so industrial/loud/busy/inelegant.

I love watches and have a collection of 1920-1970 Bulovas all different and best for different occasions and outfits. My favorites are my 1935 Saxon/Hudson, 47 His Excellency SS, and 65 Commander E. Depending on which suit I wear, both the 35 and the 47 are gorgeous dress pieces, and the 65 makes for a fantastic daily watch as it is much sturdier and waterproof though it could still pull off more formal events easily. I love the rich history, art, and craftsmanship of mechanical watches. I also dislike the huge face fad of today especially since I don't have very large wrists; antique/vintage pieces tend to be smaller and much better fitting on my wrist than today's humongous watches.


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I'm a nerd (and I embrace that), that's why I chose the smart watch.
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I'd pick the Bulova if these are the choices because I love the craftsmanship and art of a true wristwatch and don't trust that a smartwatch has the longevity of a well-crafted watch, but I'm not fond of busy cases/faces and chronographs unless they're actually used; so many people never use chronographs. If you like the style and chronograph, I've no problem with that. There is also a good chance that the Bulova (especially one of the Precisionist collection) is a more precise timepiece than a smartwatch especially if the smartwatch doesn't have a data connection to check-in with. I can't see that particular Precisionist model being worn with formal dress, however--it's so industrial/loud/busy/inelegant.

I love watches and have a collection of 1920-1970 Bulovas all different and best for different occasions and outfits. My favorites are my 1935 Saxon/Hudson, 47 His Excellency SS, and 65 Commander E. Depending on which suit I wear, both the 35 and the 47 are gorgeous dress pieces, and the 65 makes for a fantastic daily watch as it is much sturdier and waterproof though it could still pull off more formal events easily. I love the rich history, art, and craftsmanship of mechanical watches. I also dislike the huge face fad of today especially since I don't have very large wrists; antique/vintage pieces tend to be smaller and much better fitting on my wrist than today's humongous watches.

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Wow man awesome insight, I truly appreciate it.

Personally I like the look of a chronograph, will I use it? Probably not, if I'm being honest.

The Bulova is a tad busy I agree, ive also looked at a couple citizen watches that were a tab less busy. I've got larger wrists so a big face is kind of what I'm looking for.

Ideally I would own both but that isn't in the cards. I'm no watch collector, but I wear one everyday. I've got a G-shock tide watch as my daily and a rip curl for dress.
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So I'm turing 30 in the next couple of weeks and I have decided to ask for a new watch, something "grown upish". I thought I had my mind made up, but then I glanced at a smartwatch that I liked.

Basically what im looking for in a watch is something to wear daily to work (office setting) and can also be used as a dress watch for weddings etc. Which I feel both could do.

Thoughts?
Is too soon to jump on a smartwatch?

I'm set on 2 very different watches.

1- Bulova Precisionist ($400ish)
Classic watch

2 - LG G Watch R ($300ish)
Smartwatch

Being an android smartwatch the faces available are limitless really
Stock it comes with these
I prefer digital watches, as they are easier to read while timing instrument approaches and procedure turns.
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Unread 05-22-2015, 04:40 AM   #11
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There are many other Precisionist models that aren't quite as busy but still do have a chronograph in case you didn't know and would be interested in such a thing. I like the 96B182/3 or 98B226/7--still get the chronograph but get a little cleaner look. There are "graphless" Precisionists as well which look quite classy and could probably pull-off formal quite well.

I do have to appreciate Bulova's modern chronographs for their remarkable precision, though--all the way down to thousandths of a second.
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I've have and have worn the same watch for forty-two years. Try and beat that.
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I think I'm going to go mechanical this time around. Thanks is for the input, guys. I want the smartwatch industry to evolve a little more before I jump on one.

I'll post what watch I decide on.
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