#1 Posted by Farmer (325 posts) -

This is a question that's been dominating conversation with my friends for some time. You can have one of the following things:

  • Time-travelling DeLorean with the Mr. Fusion and hover conversion
  • Bernard's Watch, exactly as it is demonstrated in the CITV show of the same name. Basically, this gold watch allows Bernard to stop time.

I won't do a poll because I'm more interested in the logic behind the choice, rather than the choice itself.

#2 Posted by Twisted_Scot (1169 posts) -

DeLorean, the reason is that even if you had the watch you are capable of freezing time, time will always continue to travel forwards (when not stopped). With a time traveling machine you would be able to travel back to the situation you intended to freeze and stop it from happening all together. This combined with the ability to travel forwards and backwards to any point seems like a way better deal.

PS I always hated that show "Bernard's watch" and the other shit like "The queens nose" etc. I am however trying to remember the name of that show with the 3 kids and their dad who live in the lighthouse. I think it was Australian, anyone know it?

#3 Edited by Canteu (2814 posts) -

I grew up so jealous of that motherfucking watch, oh the terrible shenanigans you can get up to. Although, my ideas were a little less innocent than Bernard's. God damn he even paid for the shopping when he used the watch to not have to wait in line, what a load of shit.

The Delorean will just get you killed.

Edit: Even watching that video, when she says "the sight of the hold all gave him his first good idea", then he puts the rocks in the bag, I was thinking, yeahhhhh fill it with rocks, then beat them to death with the rock filled bag.

Stupid kid just makes the bag heavy...

#4 Posted by TruthTellah (7641 posts) -

Time-traveling DeLorean. If I want a watch like Bernard's, I'll just go into the future to some point where they have that technology. That way, I have both. Why settle for one when you can have both plus most anything else you can imagine?

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#5 Posted by SoyBob (161 posts) -

@Twisted_Scot: You are think of "Round the Twist"

Also, hell yeah Bernard's Watch. While visiting the past world be cool and whatnot, Bernard's Watch is way more practical in real life.

#6 Posted by LD50 (416 posts) -

The Watch

1: maintenance (3000BC: do we have a 7mm socket? I'll check the river)

2: resources (don't have a blowout in 3000BC)

3: security (hiding a car in 3000BC)

#7 Posted by AlexW00d (6059 posts) -

Bernard's Watch all day every day. I always used to want that watch. Goddamnit Bernard you lucky shit.

#8 Posted by McBEEF (353 posts) -

Got to be the Watch- For example, stopping time in the morning so you get a lie in everyday, you could go get your shopping for free, become an amazing photographer etc etc, with very little effort

I love the Delorean but the watch is just easier.

Question- If bernard had wound the watch backwards or forwards, would he have travelled through time?

#9 Posted by RustySanderke (117 posts) -

Man, that watch! No more deadlines, you can get away with pretty much anything or escape a nasty situation.

So, for practicality, the watch wins by far. Also, the reliability of the DeLorean is a bit dodgy.

#10 Posted by Demoskinos (13849 posts) -

I'm going watch. If that DeLorean breaks down then your screwed and stuck in another time you don't want to be in. Also starting to fuck with time would cause some unintended effects. With the watch if it breaks you've lost a cool power but at least your in the correct time and place and don't have the potential to screw up and entire timeline.

#11 Posted by IBurningStar (2145 posts) -

Watch. Less problematic and more easy to abuse for my own gain.

#12 Posted by A_Dog (742 posts) -

Time Belt.

#13 Posted by GunslingerPanda (4479 posts) -

Don't call me "lad."

Watch because I can't drive.

#14 Posted by Jimbo (9709 posts) -

I'd rather have Penny's crayon any day of the week.

#15 Posted by Ramone (2931 posts) -

Bernard's Watch or maybe that 50p coin off the Queen's Nose.

#16 Posted by xaLieNxGrEyx (2576 posts) -

I would rather have the car's abilities in a small package like the watch.

Zing I win.

#17 Posted by Korolev (1646 posts) -

The Watch! Good God, THE WATCH!

#18 Posted by FourWude (2261 posts) -

Brum.

#19 Posted by Joey_Connell (56 posts) -

The watch is much more practical and the car would be to hard to cover up. With the watch you could sleep all you want then go down the shops and take everything you need and have infinite time to play games.

#20 Posted by Hunter5024 (5170 posts) -

@Demoskinos said:

I'm going watch. If that DeLorean breaks down then your screwed and stuck in another time you don't want to be in. Also starting to fuck with time would cause some unintended effects. With the watch if it breaks you've lost a cool power but at least your in the correct time and place and don't have the potential to screw up and entire timeline.

What if it breaks and your stuck frozen in time, never capable of moving forward, and dooming humanity to a stagnant existence? That sounds way worse.

#21 Posted by Demoskinos (13849 posts) -
@Hunter5024

@Demoskinos said:

I'm going watch. If that DeLorean breaks down then your screwed and stuck in another time you don't want to be in. Also starting to fuck with time would cause some unintended effects. With the watch if it breaks you've lost a cool power but at least your in the correct time and place and don't have the potential to screw up and entire timeline.

What if it breaks and your stuck frozen in time, never capable of moving forward, and dooming humanity to a stagnant existence? That sounds way worse.

How dare you debate me with logic! :-P
#22 Posted by S0ndor (2715 posts) -

Time Belt

#23 Edited by Akyho (1549 posts) -

When I was hitting puberty. I actually had a similar thought. My younger self won out on "Bernards Watch".

Now take a horny 13 year old and imagine what a watch that could stop time would be used for.

@Canteu said:

I grew up so jealous of that motherfucking watch, oh the terrible shenanigans you can get up to. Although, my ideas were a little less innocent than Bernard's. God damn he even paid for the shopping when he used the watch to not have to wait in line, what a load of shit.

The Delorean will just get you killed.

Edit: Even watching that video, when she says "the sight of the hold all gave him his first good idea", then he puts the rocks in the bag, I was thinking, yeahhhhh fill it with rocks, then beat them to death with the rock filled bag.

Stupid kid just makes the bag heavy...

Exactly! I still feel annoyed by his "oh I need a birthday present...this cards good this is a good gift. Ok here is the exact change and a note telling you I bought it" then skips his way to the party....the entire time...I felt the use of that watch was wasted.

#24 Posted by ssj4raditz (1125 posts) -

That watch. As much as I love the DeLorean, the time paradoxes I would inevitably cause would keep me from using it too much.

#25 Posted by fetchfox (1158 posts) -

If the laws of time travel from the BTTF movies applied to the real world, I'd go for the DeLorean. The watch is a lot more practical for everyday use, but you'd still age when stopping time... You somewhat face the same problem with the DeLorean though, having to go back (or forward) to the time you left so nothing seems suspicious. You could get around this by being on "holiday" and then travel back (or forward) to the time your "holiday" is over. In that way you wouldn't age more than the time you used to time-travel, or less if you for example chose to come back a month later having only time-traveled for a week.

#26 Posted by Shirogane (3560 posts) -

DeLorean. I'd go cause a time paradox and end existence as we know it! Or at least see what happens when a time paradox occurs...

Though i could always just forget about the time travel and use it as a flying car, that'd be pretty useful on its own.

#27 Edited by believer258 (11039 posts) -

The watch, of course. It has far, far more practical applications. Even legal ones, for those of you thinking that you could just steal things at your leisure. For instance, say you're at a job interview and the interviewer asks a question you can't rightly answer without some thinking - the watch will give you that time. Say a mugger stops you on the street and demands your money - you can pause time right there and walk away (or beat him up). Or maybe you just want time to stop in the middle of the night, every night, so you can get your full night's rest without wasting the entire night. Or, hell, say you need a nap in the middle of the work or school day - pause time, find a comfortable spot, and take your nap.

I do have a good question, though - will this paused time also stop a computer or Xbox from working? These rules seem kind of finicky and when the timestopper in question needs something, it usually seems to magically work despite time being paused.

As for the DeLorean, we saw in the movies that using it can cause some serious problems. Even if you could prevent that, it seems to break down all the time. Still, if I did end up having the DeLorean, I would go forward in time, grab an Almanac, NEVER LET IT GO, and go back to my own time. Then I would put the car in a garage and start making money.

#28 Posted by Grillbar (1772 posts) -

ill take the watch. the car has to be insured and all that and its going to be a hazzle. also with all the stuff on it, it would properly be a safety hazard so the police will properly have you remove some of the loose bits or at least in case it, rendering the car useless for its purpose.

now having never heard of the watch im guessing that stopping time lets you still move yourself and objects without making you burn up alive by friction, and if electricity/oxygen/water and what not still works and so on ill take the watch.