The Most Pointless Complication?

The Most Pointless Complication?

Postby koimaster » December 7th 2017, 4:04pm

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Re: The Most Pointless Complication?

Postby foghorn » December 7th 2017, 4:35pm

Non quick changing date.
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Re: The Most Pointless Complication?

Postby bedlam » December 7th 2017, 4:51pm

Moon phase. Who ever bought a watch because they needed a moon phase indicator?
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Re: The Most Pointless Complication?

Postby MKTheVintageBloke » December 7th 2017, 5:46pm

I'd say tourbillon. It doesn't noticeably increase accuracy, the only thing it increases is the price and the cost of servicing (even when we're talking of Chinese tourbillons).

The other two most useless ones are the foudroyante and sidereal time. The first one would give me nausea, and the other one is fucking useless unless one's an astronomer.

As to moonphase, its purpose is mostly an aesthetic one, really. Well, maybe it could be useful to people believing in some superstitious mumbo-jumbo related to the phases of the Moon, but even I can't immediately think of one such superstition that's still popular today. The only reason to need a moonphase complication, is when one needs it to complete a complication-themed collection. Then again, it's hard to say if it's a matter of "want" or "need", but collecting/hoarding registers as a need in the mind of an addict.

foghorn wrote:Non quick changing date.

I don't think there are a lot of contemporary pieces without quickset - or at least semi-quickset - date. In vintage watches, quickset only became popular in the 1960s, but still, a lot of brands - including Rolex, Omega, Longines and Zenith - used a primitive semi-quickset (date set by changing 21-24h) or no quickset at all until circa 1970-1980. Well, of these four, Omega is an exception, they did use it in some of the 56X/6XX-series movements. It's a pain in the arse to set the date on such a watch, but that's just the way it was.
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Re: The Most Pointless Complication?

Postby codguy » December 7th 2017, 5:51pm

24 hour indicator.
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Re: The Most Pointless Complication?

Postby codguy » December 7th 2017, 5:51pm

Day/Night indicator.
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Re: The Most Pointless Complication?

Postby codguy » December 7th 2017, 5:52pm

Roulette wheel.
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Re: The Most Pointless Complication?

Postby svaglic » December 7th 2017, 5:54pm

Spitball launcher.

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Re: The Most Pointless Complication?

Postby foghorn » December 7th 2017, 6:26pm

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Re: The Most Pointless Complication?

Postby Thunder1 » December 7th 2017, 6:27pm

Bottle opener...
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Re: The Most Pointless Complication?

Postby biglove » December 7th 2017, 7:21pm

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Re: The Most Pointless Complication?

Postby Racer-X » December 7th 2017, 7:25pm

The bezel protector on the Victorinox I.N.O.X. I mean, it's not useless, but guessing 99% of them stay in the box.

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Re: The Most Pointless Complication?

Postby MKTheVintageBloke » December 7th 2017, 7:34pm

Racer-X wrote:The bezel protector on the Victorinox I.N.O.X. I mean, it's not useless, but guessing 99% of them stay in the box.

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Looks like a...bezel condom?
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Re: The Most Pointless Complication?

Postby Pubbie » December 8th 2017, 1:11am

Racer-X wrote:The bezel protector on the Victorinox I.N.O.X. I mean, it's not useless, but guessing 99% of them stay in the box.

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Ehhhhh... I thought the point of these INOX models was that they were indestructible. As limp-wristed as putting a car bra on a Hummer. Very 21st century!
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Re: The Most Pointless Complication?

Postby gerdson » December 8th 2017, 1:11am

svaglic wrote:Spitball launcher.

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Re: The Most Pointless Complication?

Postby Pubbie » December 8th 2017, 1:19am

MKTheVintageBloke wrote:As to moonphase, its purpose is mostly an aesthetic one, really. Well, maybe it could be useful to people believing in some superstitious mumbo-jumbo related to the phases of the Moon, but even I can't immediately think of one such superstition that's still popular today. The only reason to need a moonphase complication, is when one needs it to complete a complication-themed collection. Then again, it's hard to say if it's a matter of "want" or "need", but collecting/hoarding registers as a need in the mind of an addict.

Your completist, affluenza-riddled, one-up luxury-product brand addict is pretty much what powered the high-margin, low-value-add mass luxury segment. You know, people who spend thousands on multiple watches instead of dental care. How else is Omega going to shift all those Speedmaster limited editions?
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Re: The Most Pointless Complication?

Postby kevco » December 8th 2017, 11:17am

codguy wrote:Day/Night indicator.



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Re: The Most Pointless Complication?

Postby Hawk » December 8th 2017, 11:50am

Moonphase and tourbillon seem to be similarly pointless in that dubious function is combined with something reasonably pleasant to look at.

A day-night indicator pretending to be a moonphase is doubly questionable. The old Rado "spinning anchor" doesn't have much of point other than being indicative that the watch isn't broken.

But if one were to be totally objective it might be reasonably argued that better than 80% of the complications on a 2.5 million dollar Patek are without a point.
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Re: The Most Pointless Complication?

Postby conjurer » December 8th 2017, 12:28pm

Day of the bloody week you fucks thats the most stupid complication you pillocks I know the day of the fucking week you cocks Id like too find out who invented the fucking thing and smear cooking fat on his arse and roger it you wankers.
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Re: The Most Pointless Complication?

Postby TemerityB » December 8th 2017, 5:58pm

gerdson wrote:
svaglic wrote:Spitball launcher.

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Re: The Most Pointless Complication?

Postby bobbee » December 9th 2017, 8:47am

The spinning "R" on a Rado is not actually attached to the mechanism Hawk. It is a ruby jewel, with a pivot whose other end is pivoting inside another jewel.
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Re: The Most Pointless Complication?

Postby codguy » December 9th 2017, 10:27am

Hawk wrote:The old Rado "spinning anchor" doesn't have much of point other than being indicative that the watch isn't broken.


Agree, the spinning anchor is everything! Displaying the time is just a secondary benefit.
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Re: The Most Pointless Complication?

Postby AlbertaTime » December 9th 2017, 7:18pm

Tourbillon. Does nothing but look pretty. Image

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