Just for fun Hunting vs Open Face

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Hunting case or Open Face?

  1. Hunting case is my favorite

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  2. Open Face is my Favorite

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  3. Makes no difference, I like both

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  4. Original Sidewinders are the best

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  5. Demi Hunter is the best

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  6. I'm going out to shovel some snow

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  1. musicguy

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    #1 musicguy, Feb 1, 2019
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    people who vote remain anonymous. You can vote
    for more than one answer(try to keep it to less than 4)
    You don't have to post a comment in the thread to vote.

    The majority of my collection consists of Open Faced watches with a few
    Hunting cased watches as well, and some sidewinders.

    I can say the hunting cased 18 size watches are very impressive
    and the 0 size are very nice as well(and those in between). I like both but I would have to say
    that based on the majority of what I have collected it seems that I'm more of an
    open faced watch guy. When I was a kid the answer would be 100%
    hunting cased.



    Rob
     
  2. Lee Passarella

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    Personally I like to see the dial on my watches so Open Faces are my favorites. Easier to display too....
     
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    Haha...........Ray who lives in the Australian tropics has a daughter who has never
    even seen snow. My one daughter moved with her mother to Betendorf Iowa while
    I raised the other daughter all over the planet. So one saw heeps of snow, while the
    other built her immune system against all forms of pneumonia, every 18 months.

    Now the big "C" down in Georgia, saw pics of my snow here in KY, so I know one
    Georgia resident who's seen it.

    Here's some snow Lee.:)

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    I saw enough of it when I lived in Philly. Thanks.
     
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  6. Kent

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    It's that white stuff that occasionally falls from the sky in Atlanta and points north, and even in Columbus (I can remember when 2 inches of the stuff shut Columbus down for two days about 19 years ago). Why heck, I can even remember getting a quarter of an inch of the stuff here in the Savannah area.
     
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    I just wish it would decide if it wants to be winter or not.... I don't care one way or the other, but it was well below zero yesterday, and supposed to be almost 60 Sunday......
     
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    :p:pSomebody complaining about 60? Can't satisfy people these days.
     
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    I'm not complaining about 60, haha. I just don't want to end up getting sick again. Temp is bouncing around an awefull lot.

    We'll see tomorrow when old Phil comes out and tells us how much longer winter is going to be.
     
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    come on Keith that's just a dusting
     
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    HAHA!

    Sure am glad he takes better care of his watches than he does his favorite truck. Poor thing must be cold!!
     
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    Rob,

    I have to say hunting case has become my favorite. Several reasons. Remember, I only collect Hamiltons.

    The movements are the same quality and finish as the open face.
    The early hunters (Waltham stem) are somewhat scarce in cases.
    The hunting cases I use are gold filled but nicely and in many cases hand engraved.
    Something about the ritual of opening them.

    I do like open faces in working man cases; silveroid for early, Hamilton cases for later 992/992b. I do not really like the plain gf cases.

    Together, both tell a more complete story about pocket watches. How they were used as precision instruments, and how they were used in middle class life (either as presentation pieces or as a statement of position).

    I do not have any solid gold cases; I suspect that is why I was able to acquire the early Hamilton hunters.
     
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    I used to enjoy the "flash" of opening a hunting case watch to check the time, but for daily wear, in "the big city", I gradually decided it was not always a good idea to call attention to my watch. I also like the contrasting appearance of the dial side and case side of the watch.
     
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    It is cold(around zero this morning) here but we only have a dusting of snow.

    It's interesting what Jerry said about wearing in "the big city" because
    one of my sons won't wear a pocket watch in Manhattan(wears a wrist watch instead)
    because he doesn't want to pull the watch out of his pocket (all the time) and have
    someone in the city decide they want it too.

    I've been asked multiple times(in different cities) what time is it knowing the person
    asking just wants to know what type of watch I was wearing(was followed
    a few blocks more than once).








    Rob
     
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    I voted for the snow shoveling but I like both hunting and open face. My only reservation about hunting case watches is that the cases are much more prone to damage and trouble...much more of a pain in the you know what.
     
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    Ray (Omexa) gave me a good answer on why he favored sidewinders. It's knowing the stem
    is at 3 when you first pull it out of your pocket and easier for orientation at a quick glance. For
    me I spent a lot of time driving, so ease the watch out stem first and you can peek at a glance
    and know the time with a sidewinder. If it's a hunter you have to flip it open, close it back without
    snapping the cover.

    I just sent one to Rob Carter (original sidewinder) to put me a bigger old style winding crown on.
    I like the silver two ounce cases for wear.

    I voted open face and original sidewinder.

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    I prefer open face. I wear my watches to work regularly, as a manufacturing engineer I'm usually on the factory floor and an open face is just easier to use. Not as liable to getting clipped on a machine as a wrist watch too!

    As for snow, until you've had it drift over the top of the garage in one smooth swoop you don't know what shovelling snow is.

    At minus 40

    In pitch dark

    At only 4pm

    Boy, am I glad we move south!
     
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    As someone who has spent a career in manufacturing I can say that, as a safety consideration, you shouldn't be wearing a wrist watch on the factory floor. Loose, dangling pocket watch chains aren't such a good idea either.
     
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    #19 Fritz Katzenjammer, Feb 3, 2019
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    Agreed! The pocket watch is a nice way to wear a timepiece without risk to it or my hide. Chains are always worn very snugly and very carefully tucked away. When worn, wrist watches are removed when entering the higher risk areas. Luckily, it's automotive electronics (lighting mostly) so the amount of moving machinery is very minimal and slow.

    My biggest issue is magnetic fields, every now and then one of my old 18s watches gets a burst from some process that sends it racing ahead 10 minutes per hour and has me taking a tongue lashing from my watchmaker as he demagnetizes another one of my pieces. I suppose I could use the unit in our tool room but I've not worked up the nerve, silly really as it's so simple. Beside, my watchmaker enjoys having the back off my stuff... it's so much nicer than the modern stuff he usually works on.

    There was a time when I was having all of my bank and credit cards wiped out about twice a year by the field around our pneumatic/magnetic drive robot... I'm glad I don't have to work with that bitch any more!
     
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    I gotta agree the crystals can be pain. Serously, my favorite hunter; I must have replaced the crystal 3 times last year and it is not because of height. FWIW, I use my SO clone carbide grnder for fitting cystals. But I am far too skilled on fitting crystals to that one watch!

    I also agree that no jewelry of any kind belongs when working machine tools.
     
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    The weather/watch discussion made me recall being politely asked if I had the time as I was crossing the Boston Common on a particularly cold, snowy, and blustery day. I accommodated by removing my gloves, reaching under my overcoat, and extracting my timepiece - either a Hamilton 4992B, Ball-Elgin 333, or Waltham 1883 (all inherited), providing the desired information, and reversing the process.

    I was thanked so profusely that I doffed my deerstalker before resuming my trek.

    If I had had a hunter, I don't know if I would have had it in me.
     
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    Are you allowed to say that on the forum;)
    I don't even know what it means and I'm afraid to
    google it.

    Rob
     
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    Rob, Rick and all.............I had inherited a cat, well it came time to get me a hound. I went to
    the Animal shelter and there she was, just dropped off, looking for "mama". I grabbed her, nursed
    it all the while growing up with a grown black cat. To this day she walks slowly right past me, like
    a stalking robot, just before the strike, she lowers her head and then pounces (this example is a
    stuffed beaver I got her.........). Now she's 65 Lbs and thinks she's transparent. She thinks the cat is
    the mama (goofy dog).

    But she's my little stalker.

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    I also like odd ball.

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