BBC's Top Gear Interviews Jack Heuer [06 January 2005]:
BBC's Top Gear Interviews Jack Heuer [06 January 2005]
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BBC's Top Gear Interviews Jack Heuer [06 January 2005]
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N E W M o d e l — Sinn 142 Titanium D1 Jan 18, 2005 - 07:45 AM
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1985 space flight that saw the Sinn 142 become the first automatic chronograph in space, at the hands of German Astronaut-Professor Reinhard Furrer, Sinn has re-issued a new Limited Edition 142 chronograph.
Sinn has procured the last 500 calibers of the famously robust Lemania 5100 movements that are still available. A first batch of 50 pieces is available with a COSC chronometer certification.
The case is in titanium, with sapphire crystal and offers 100 meters of water resistance.
It's a sad day for fans of the less than beautiful but incredibly versatile, strong, reliable and durable movement. It's a bloody shame that Swatch group is killing off this movement dispite pleas from manufactures who use it and fans of the movement who would continue to buy them.
It appears that with Swatch group pablum trumps performance. Such is the pity. It's a shame this movement is being killed while less deserving movements are pushed. It's a shame that Swatch group won't spin off or sell the movement, probably fearing they'd get their proverbaial chronometre's cleaned.
We keep the flame from here on out boys and girls... Those of us who are fortunate enough to own them need to care to preserve them for posterity. The rest of you don't know what you're missing.
Both Chris M. and Brian Cantor alerted me to a discussion taking place on the Military Watch Resource talking about the late Deke Slayton's Omega Speedmaster Professional which was recently auctioned...
I've updated my "Summertime/Daylight Savings" article to include more correct description of the status of Saskatchewan, Canada. Which didn't elect to not observe DST, but rather switched timezone (which had the effect of switching to DST all of the time)!
Special Thanks to W.M. Hanover for pointing out the true story
JM sent me this email message and pictures:
My dear "speedfan" friends
I think I am turning "addicted" to the speedy ;-)
After receiving back my good old speedy 145.022 from Bienne , it was looking so nice that I think it was a pitty to keep it in it's "beater" task : this watch follows me in my sports activity since the 90's and I confess that I have swim, motorbike, ski, parachute dive ... with it , it endure perfectly the task but its look was a little bit messy after so much action ... but now when I am looking to the beauty with its display back fitted I could not continue to have it as a "beater" ....
hum how to replace it ? I also have 2 other beaters: my Sinn 142 Ti and Sinn 156 B .... perfect "action" watches but not a slim as the speedy which for certain activity is not perfect (for motorbiking I do not like think watches which are not nice to wear under the riding gloves and for parachute diving instructors refuse students wearing too thick watches)
I think about the replacement of my speedy and the only conclusion was .... finding another speedy !!! I just find a 145.0022 of 1997 in very good condition on e-bay , I have choosen the "basic" version because it will be assigned to "action" : I prefer hesalite crystal over any other because scratches can be polished off and there is less risk to brake the crystal under a high shock ....
here are two shots of my little speedy familly (still not on the pic the flightmaster and the X33) ... I am now with 7 speedies hum , I think I turn addicted !!!!
Well, I don't see any Speedmaster Quartz, no Speedsonics, no Bullheads, no Mark Series, Tutonics or c.1045's no 125's... I'm up to at least oh gosh... 28 Speedmasters I believe.
Some specialized timers for some specialized purposes:
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2005 18:49:45 -0600
To: Chuck Maddox <email@example.com>
Subject: Seeking an accurate watch
Chuck, I work with high speed video. We use IRIG timecode generators to figure out when things happen.
On almost every location (in the desert) there are at least 5 and as many as 15 of these time code generators. I need a watch that will allow me to see if these things are all reading from the same sheet of music, so to speak. All the watches and Palm programs I have seen are only accurate to the closest second, or at least only display to the closest second. Do you know of any affordable watches or programs that will give me 10th to 100th of a second?
Well, the answer Xxxxxxx, is it depends... It really depends on what you are looking for, how much you are willing to pay what activation methods are optimal, does it need to be a watch and how accurate do you need.
I have a Palm/Cellular phone that seems to be synchronized to my GPS time. I was hoping to use that, but have not had any luck finding a time program that displays to 10th of a second.
For the Palm, there was a program, 5 or 6 years back (circa 1998) called "Chronos" that had a 1/100th of a second stopwatch that was activated by a tap on the screen. Let me see if I can find a link for you...
The other option was a WWV receiver watch but still have the same problem, no decasecond or centasecond hand. Of all the people I have met on the web you seemed like the most likely to know where I can turn for a solution.
Well, if you're willing to live with a wristwatch solution, I'd recommend you look at either a Citizen Skyhawk: 1, 2.
This is a pointer to a discussion I joined after Chris Meisenzhal pointed it out over at Purist's... This is where I learned about the new Sinn 7750 variant with the center pinion Chrono Minute hand...
I'm in a "Circle back and get caught up" mindset today. This was at the top of the list...