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    Complications you think you don't need but use all the time

    When I made my one big watch purchase, my "this one I'm keeping for ever" decision, I bought a Rolex Explorer 114270. It's about as simple a watch as you can get: fixed bezel, no date, no chrono or other complications. If you asked me what my favourite sort of watch is that's the kind of thing I'd say, a simple time teller.
    Naturally my collection contains lots of other watches at much lower price points with a broader range of features. What I've realised lately is that when I'm wearing a watch with a timing bezel or a chrono I almost always end up using it, albeit usually for nothing more exciting than timing the dinner.
    When I'm wearing the Explorer I don't miss the ability to time, I *whispers* just use my phone, but the realisation did surprise me a bit.
    So, what features do you not need in a watch, only you do?
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    I agree, especially with the timing bezel. Very useful!
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    El bot. geoffbot's Avatar
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    Date. Utterly essential and I can't believe I bought a watch without one.
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    +1 for the date complication. I always know what the date is but I always look at my watch to tell the date.

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    You need a dateless watch just to remind you 3 times a day when you wear it not to do a daft thing like that again

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    Three hands are all I need. Two to tell the time, one to tell it's working.

    I don't mind a date but sometimes choose the dateless version.

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    oh, you mean in watches?

    i like my auto and analog to be simple.. but to be honest, i love 3 hand and day date in my seikos.. there are sometime i got brain 'hang' and need to see my watch to make sure what day it is.
    for features, i mostly relay on my digitals for alarm, count down timer and stopwatch (yeah i'm nerdy and dorky remember? =)

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    When I got my Tudor Advisor, I thought I wouldn't use the alarm frequently. I was wrong.

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    I love the idea and look of no date watches, especially dress/vintage watches, but I do fine the date very useful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CFR View Post
    When I got my Tudor Advisor, I thought I wouldn't use the alarm frequently. I was wrong.

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    Much more useful that a bezel or chrono imo - I set them then forget, and burn the carrots.
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