Tool Watch – A Rough Guide

“Are you ready to fly into a hurricane?” Ball asks, promoting their new Engineer III Hurricane Hunters (above). Well, no. I have a hard time not freaking out during turbulence on a commercial flight. If I did fly into a hurricane, I’d be more worried about the plane’s instrumentation going on the fritz than whether or not my “tool watch” was about to crap out. But I get it . . .

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The Date Window Must Die!

Coronageddon destroyed my concept of time. My social life and entertainment options – movies, live music, plays, restaurants, museums, art galleries, indoor skydiving, pinball arcades, track days, etc. – are gone. Where I once needed to know the date for a quick schedule check, one day now bleeds into the next. Wait. It’s Thursday? You know where this is going, date window wise . . .

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Rolex Shortage 2020 -> Rolex Price Hike

The Rolex shortage remains in full force. Certain models – the stainless steel Daytona, GMT-Master II and Submariner – might as well be made of unobtanium. Models further down the food chain – the stainless steel Explorer, Air King and Oyster Perpetual – aren’t sitting on the shelves, either. They come in, they go out to waiting customers. As we enter the New Year, strong demand has facilitated yet another Rolex price hike, as follows:

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Longines Heritage Military 1938

The image above is not a Longines Heritage Military 1938. It’s the original watch. You can see why someone would want one – the dial is as clean, uncluttered and as elegant as an Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39. You can also understand why someone wouldn’t want one. Eighty-one years later, reliability, accuracy, parts and service are a thing. Now, here’s a pic of the Longines Heritage Military 1938 “re-issue” . . .

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