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I have 2 chronographs. One of them has the tachymeter and telemeter scales on the bezel. I've no idea what to do with these features. I don't time boiled eggs in the kitchen with my telemeter scale. These are just a couple interesting extra buttons that look cool. One of my watches has a GMT/24hour hand. Got me on that one too. Wazzit for? I bought these watches because I liked the way they looked. Not very clever, but still a valid method of picking.

I like complications, but I want some that I can find a use for so here's my list.

1. three center hands, hour minute & second.
2. Day month and date large enough to see like on the Khaki or Chronoswiss
3. power reserve. I forget to wind or don't wear often so this I find helpful on every watch that has one.
4. exhibition back. I like to watch da watch.
5. I like numbers on the dial, indicators are okay, but I like numbers.
6. I like contrast between the back and the hands so it's easy to read. My Ananta has polished steel hands on a silver dial and in poor lighting it drives me nutz!
7. Lume! I haven't tried Tritium but everyon raves who has.
8. Automatic and I want a gold rotor! that has to be as useful as a GMT hand
9. guilloche dial
10. moon phase...this is a maybe
11. hacking. gotta be able to set da thing!

Well there ya go...what's on your list?
 

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1. three center hands, hour minute & second.
4. exhibition back. I like to watch da watch.
5. I like numbers on the dial, indicators are okay, but I like numbers.
6. I like contrast between the back and the hands so it's easy to read. My Ananta has polished steel hands on a silver dial and in poor lighting it drives me nutz!
7. Lume! I haven't tried Tritium but everyon raves who has.
8. Automatic and I want a gold rotor! that has to be as useful as a GMT hand
9. guilloche dial
11. hacking. gotta be able to set da thing!
Technically, these (along with tachymeter and tele meter scales) are not complications
 

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I have 8 out of the 11 options although not all on the same watch. None are deal breakers, although the hacking feature does come really close.
I'd love to own a Minute Repeater but that's never gonna happen unless I hit the lottery. And thanks to astronomy, I could actually find an Equation of Time indicator somewhat useful!
 

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Never was much for complications. Didn't find them useful and cluttered up the dial. Some watches do them well though. One combination I like is the triple date moonphase:




Always liked GO's Pano series too, particularly thebig date / power reserve PanoReserve and the big date / moonphase PanoMatic Lunar:






The single coolest complication, IMO, is the repeater. Scored an 18ct pocket watch 15 minute repeater that's being repaired now. I'll see if I can shoot a video of it when it comes back. Might end up being my desk clock.
 

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I tend to wear and like Chronometers, at one time I used the functions on a regular basis and I like the looks. With that said I own several watches, all different kinds, I buy em because I like em, the looks, the style, size and shape.
In reality the complications on a watch are like widgets, no one really needs them, but fun to have.....
 

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I don't care for chronographs, have never seen one that didn't look cluttered but certainly beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I like for a watch to have the date and I always want one or two with the GMT function for traveling.
 

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I only wear non digital watches and have only 1 quartz watch. I prefer clean looking watches with just day/date. And I prefer automatics and vintage pieces. And, since I do not make the money I once did, I get most of mine for under $50, including my Dugena, Seiko 4 x2, Favre Lueba Sea King and the like. My oldest watch is an art deco style Buren in original box, possibly from the 1920s or 30s
 

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Things I have

I like my watches to have a date - 8 out of my 10 watches have this feature. The only two that don't are the IWC Portuguese, which is such a drop dead gorgeous dial that it really doesn't need it - and the Breguet La Tradition where a date just wouldn't be appropriate.

I really like Chronographs. It all part of the mechanical timekeeping/precision engineering fix that I am into. The flyback function is super cool if one can stretch to the extra expense.

I never appreciated a power reserve until I had one (Panerai) but it has to be well placed or it can make some watch dials look awfully unbalanced (it's what I dislike on some JLC Master Control watches).

I have a thing for the retrograde function. I just think it is fun.

Annual Calendars are cool. I love my Patek and when I wore it for a whole year virtually non stop (I only had three watches then) it was a useful feature.

I have a Moonphase but I'm ambivalent when it comes to these.


Things I want

I would love a minute repeater but will never be able to afford a Patek so the IWC (Donuts version) remains my grail.

I would also love a Grande date with the wheels on the same level. I think it will be a GO that satisfies this urge soon.


Things I don't seem to want

I have really gone off the idea of a Tourbillon. They always seem to look ugly on the dial to me. I used to crave one. Now I think they look like a wound on the face of the watch. Maybe I'll lurch back to loving them again one day?

I cannot justify the expense of a Perpetual Calendar. Yeah it's uber cool that it waits four years to do its thing but it adds about 拢35k to a watch if you are looking at a PP Annual vs a Perpetual. 拢35k for a once every 4 year trick? I don't think I could justify that.
 

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Power reserve gauge! I want one!

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I've always likes chronographs, I guess I like a busy dial. Lately, the Pro & Grand Divers have caught my eye, especially with automatic movements. The only complication I don't have is a power reserve indicator which I would like. And like GETS above, a minute repeater would be a nice addition. Invicta does make one in the $400 range, ahhhh, someday!!
 

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For some reason, I'm enamored with the look of the moonphase. Ulack's Chronoswiss is the type of watch that is my grail. Month, day, date, moonphase and a decent pedigree.

Now if I could only get it all on one watch that is an automatic.

This one has it all, except it is a quartz and a Stuhrling. Still looks nice though. Right concept, wrong implementation.



Oh, forgot about this Timex. Besides being ugly, unreadable, and the fact that month and year need to advanced by hand.... Did I say this is ugly? How can it have all these features and be so horrible? :scared:



This Orient, was a step in the right direction. Date, power reserve, and a retrograde day.



A little closer, with a decent movement and dial, but lacks a moonphase, though it does have a power reserve.



As of right now, this FC is a close as my budget allows me to get to my dream watch. Moonphase and date with a solid movement made by a decent company (all relative to my price range)

 
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