I've always preferred Timex because John Cameron Swayze proved they were
shockproof and waterproof.
I like the kind with a calendar because I sometimes I don't have a
marker to cross the days off my wall calendar. I like the kind with a
stopwatch to be sure my mower is up to speed and my toilet isn't clogged.
They don't hold up equally well. The one I bought in 2000 lasted until
2004. The one I bought in 2004 lasted until 2005. The one I bought in
2005, for $14, is still going strong.
However, I had a little trouble this year when it kept leaking. The
O-ring had expanded so it didn't stay in the groove when I screwed the
back down. I solve that by using plumber's grease instead of an O-ring.
Plumber's grease is hard to apply correctly because it's transparent and
colorless. What would be a better grease? The easiest method would be
to leave the cover a little loose, pump the watch full of grease until
it came out the crack, and tighten the cover. Where can I get a Zerk
fitting for a wristwatch?
Water proof is BIG words. Most likely water resistant. Water proof upto
what depth? My Casio G shock is said to be water proof down to 100
meters. Could never dive that deep to check it out. My other
watches(sort of high end ones) need regular check up at service center.
Part of check up is testing the water leak using pressured
water. And this watches stay on winder when not worn to keep it running
and prevent gumming or drying of lubricating oil. I watched my watch
maker using a little tiny pointed brush to oil watches. I thought O ring
and gasket is two different thing....
Mine says "water resistant 100 M."
I may have been 11 or 12 when I bought my first wrist watch. it said
waterproof. I returned it the day I bought it because it was wet inside
and stopped ticking.
I told the store guy I'd washed my hands with it on. He got mad. "You
shouldn't get a watch wet just because it says it's waterproof!"
Here's the IP code.
Fenix headlamps seem to be IPX-6 or IPX-8. The X means they aren't
concerned with penetration by hands, fingers, wires, dust, or other
solids. If my calculations are right, the 6 means you you could take a
1/2" nozzle with water coming out at 300 km/hour and spray the light at
3 meters for half an hour without getting any water inside.
The 8 means it can be submerged indefinitely. Fenix says they test
their lights at 2 meters.
I wonder if I could get the fire department to test my watch!
I call it an O-ring if it's a circular loop with a round cross section.
You may be right. How can I tell the difference?
My daily wear is G shock which is solar powered, with 3 time signal
receivers. Any where in the world I go, I just tell it what city I
am in. Then it shows local time. Very accurate, light and taking shower
wearing it causes no problem. It has bunch of other features but I
don't use them all.
I had an antique motorcycle. At one lube point, it had a little hole
instead of a Zerk fitting. I'd use a piece of inner tube as a sort of
washer. I'd lay it around the hole and press the nozzle of the grease
gun against it.
My mother's cousin knew what to do. He ground the threads on a Zerk
fitting to match the taper of the hole. If I had tapered bits, I could
drill a tapered hole in my watch case. Do they make "pencil-sharpeners"
for Zerks, to grind the threaded end to a desired taper?
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