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: Here's a definition posted by someone going
: under the name "Isthmus", on the
: WatchUSeek Dive Watch Forum, July 30, 2007,
: at 16:33: To me the characteristics that
: define a tool watch are first and foremost
: the same that define good quality tools
: (such as craftsman home tools and other
: similar brands):>
: First and foremost they are designed to
: perform a specific duty and perform it well.
: The design of the tool is defined by it's duty
: with minimal design influences being given
: over to styling features that add little or
: nothing to functionality.
: Overall design is usually simple, specific and
: Overall build quality and construction is
: solid and well within the tolerances of the
: intended job. the tool is not over designed
: or so overbuilt that the added features
: and/or tolerances are essentially unusable
: for the overwhelming majority of uses.
: The manufacturer has a history of standing by
: his product and his choices in design and
: construction, and chooses to make the
: tool/product available to users and
: consumers at a reasonably affordable (notice
: I did not say cheap) and attainable price.
: I should state that wherever possible I try to
: purchase many products besides tools and
: watches using as much of the standard
: described as possible.
: Based on five minutes on Google, that's the
: best defintion that I have seen.
: Maybe others have comments or other
It appears we have a split decision :)
Not a split between our justices, but a split on the watches put forward as exemplars.
Alarm watches are tool watches.
Drivers watches are tool watches, but not so much, at least my "test case" example.
Neither are to be taken seriously as "tool watches" if they are too dressy.
Sam aka Hewybaby