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A More Durable Watch

I broke another Timex expedition watch(T40091). The stem broke without good reason while the watch was protected in my pocket. The previous expedition was destroyed when the stem was forcibly removed when gardening( T47902). So much for the “takes a licking and keeps on ticking”. I had some high hopes for the Expedition series. I thought they would be more durable than they actually were. I replaced the Timex with the Momentum Steelix watch. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA What I wanted:

  1. Durable construction. The body and pins had to be made of something strong.I have had the pins bend, and the holes enlarge and deform. Supposedly durable and rugged plastic has ripped on me as well. The steelix has 316L marine grade stainless.

  2. Water proof 20ATM steel casing (water resistant to 200m) 2. Locked down crown. This keeps dust and grime out and protects the stem from being ripped out. I was not familar with this option, till I had my second stem disembowlment. It is a bit of a pain having to unscrew the crown, but knowing that it is protected is worth it. Interestingly the stem is set at the 4 o’clock position, offsetting it from a bent wrist.

  3. Scratch resistant glass— [saphire crystal]. Saphire crystal is highly scratch resistant but may shatter with the right force. The first things I notice as a watch ages are fine scratches on the watch face. After wearing the steelix for 5 months, there is not a scratch on the face.

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Michelin Defender Sidewall Cracks

On Monday I discovered that my front right tire was completely flat. I had bought 4 Michelin Defender tires only a year ago. No big deal I thought, probably a nail or something big. When I took the tire in, they found sidewall cracks all around the tire and rubber bits inside.

I was not pleased to discover this as it seems to be an issue with the tire construction rather than a random accident. The tires have handled well, even in the winter and I was pleased with the mileage during the summer. Maybe this was just a freak manufacturing defect. Unfortuneately, other people have run into similar problems.

The good thing was that the defective tire was prorated, so the new one only cost $16. But, I hate the thought of the same thing happening with all the other tires.