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Nick T
January 7th, 2014, 03:46 PM
I saw that there are attachments. I'm testing this theory.

Bah, limit 5 per post? Hmm.

Ok then.

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Random
January 7th, 2014, 08:23 PM
Attachment limit has been raised. ;)

harper
January 7th, 2014, 11:22 PM
That Steinhart mil sub is absolutely gorgeous. Me gusta.

Dicknose
January 8th, 2014, 02:15 AM
I got a pebble.
First watch I've bought in about 15 years
(Got a gift about 2 years ago)

It's good in that I can control my iPhone music playing in my helmet while phone in pocket.
Also got a Ducati watch face for it.

But it's tech sexy, not style sexy

Freude am Fahren
January 8th, 2014, 03:18 AM
But who watches the watchers of the watcher of watches?

Kchrpm
January 8th, 2014, 06:36 AM
but who watches the watchers of the watcher of watches?
The NSA.

novicius
January 8th, 2014, 06:52 AM
The Bulova is love at first sight -- but I'm also diggin' that first Steinhart Ocean Vintage Military too. :up: :up:

Nick T
January 8th, 2014, 08:15 AM
But who watches the watchers of the watcher of watches?

My wife ;)


The Bulova is love at first sight -- but I'm also diggin' that first Steinhart Ocean Vintage Military too. :up: :up:

This Bulova was the watch I bought (and wore for the first time) for my wedding.

The OVM is so awesome because it looks like a million bucks while being around $450.

harper
January 8th, 2014, 01:25 PM
My grail watch is a Grand Seiko. Still haven't decided between a Spring Drive (drool) or a....quartz. Don't laugh -- the GS quartz models are like +/- 10 seconds A YEAR.

Nick T
January 8th, 2014, 02:39 PM
You don't have to defend yourself to me, I love watches. Most of mine are quartz.

(I just reeeeeeally dislike the Monster :lol: )

harper
January 8th, 2014, 10:38 PM
I might be coming around to that view too, but I just don't want to go through the hassle of getting rid of it for enough value!

MR2 Fan
February 4th, 2014, 02:46 PM
Might be getting a higher quality watch for daily use, than my fauxmega, folex, and other crap watches I own :p

Trying to decide between these two divers in the $500 to $700 range:

Tempest Viking

http://www.wristwatchreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Tempest-Viking-18.jpg

http://home.watchprosite.com/img/watchprosite/ml/68/scaled/ml_image.2384768.jpg

http://discipleofchronos.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/p1020433.jpg%3Fw%3D529%26h%3D529

Deep Blue

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-KzNepT1BgeQ/TfQJkWv6TSI/AAAAAAAAQC0/VcC9xE1HUgY/s1600/DEEP%2BBLUE%2BDepth%2BMaster%2B3000m%2B04.jpg

http://perpetuelle.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/deep-blue-depthmaster_3000m_lume.jpg

http://www.worldwatchreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/deep-blue-depthmaster-3000-automatic-diving-watch-blue-dial.jpg

Leon
February 7th, 2014, 05:34 PM
new toy!

Random
February 7th, 2014, 06:24 PM
Gotta love lists of the "Top 10 Affordable Watches" that casually comments that "nothing in this list is over $5000."

Seriously? "Affordable" is under $5000? :|

How about a list of cool/interesting/good watches for under $100?

edit: http://dappered.com/2013/07/the-best-looking-watches-under-100/

Kchrpm
February 7th, 2014, 07:58 PM
I like that you can just go to something like the Dakota Watch Factory kiosks in a mall and see a not terrible variety of inexpensive watches.

MR2 Fan
February 7th, 2014, 09:45 PM
no comments on my two choices above? good/bad/ugly?

Kchrpm
February 8th, 2014, 05:24 AM
They look like nice watches.

Yw-slayer
February 8th, 2014, 07:32 AM
Leon, nice one. Chris, I like the blue face, but it does need careful matching with the rest of your outfit.

I recently got back into wearing my Porsche Design chrono on the weekends. Man, that is a nice bit of kit.

Leon
February 8th, 2014, 02:36 PM
My new watch feels like I am wearing a brick.

May take some getting used to.

Kchrpm
February 8th, 2014, 04:55 PM
I'm still waiting for a smartwatch to jump out at me. I'm not exactly sure what I want it to do, other than not look completely ridiculous.

Yw-slayer
February 9th, 2014, 02:02 AM
Now I know why my watch looks even better than before. It's due to the fact that you can see my VEINS, BRO

CudaMan
February 10th, 2014, 07:32 AM
MR2 Fan, I like the Deep Blue. Personally I'd have a hard time justifying $500+ for a watch unless I was absolutely crazy about it (like a Certina Podium GMT!) and had the money to spare. I see $500-700 and I think how much that would buy in MR2 improvements. :p But that's just me, being in car restoration mode lately.

Leon, great looking watch! Looks heavy - is it?

Rando, cool list! I haven't worn my Fossil Decker much, I think mainly because it turns out I don't care for the rubber strap. I've heard it's particularly difficult to change straps on that watch.

Random
February 10th, 2014, 08:01 AM
Yeah, I'm dithering over the $50 Seiko 5 and the $80 Eco-Drive. :D Or maybe I should just get my Swiss Army Excursion worked on. :p

MR2 Fan
February 10th, 2014, 11:28 AM
MR2 Fan, I like the Deep Blue. Personally I'd have a hard time justifying $500+ for a watch unless I was absolutely crazy about it (like a Certina Podium GMT!) and had the money to spare. I see $500-700 and I think how much that would buy in MR2 improvements. :p But that's just me, being in car restoration mode lately.

Yeah, but I'm doing both right now :D

The watch isn't something I'm buying right away....but just have those two on my short list of when I decide I want one. Actually I have a very nice fauxmega Skyfall Planet Ocean that's been hella reliable for me...owned it for about 6 months and its been near perfect.

Leon
February 10th, 2014, 07:14 PM
Leon, great looking watch! Looks heavy - is it?


I actually am not sure ... it's Nixon "The Ride", but I can't seem to find a weight on it.

M4FFU
February 17th, 2014, 06:18 AM
Got me a new watch yesterday.

http://www.heinnie.com/uploads/images_products_large/10524.jpg

Officially counts as my most fancy watch, being a habitual g shock wearer.

Infinity
February 17th, 2014, 03:14 PM
I have the Basis, not much to look at but monitors tons of info about me, heart rate, sleep patterns, perspiration, body temperature, etc.

Yw-slayer
February 17th, 2014, 11:58 PM
Nice one Matt.

Every time I look at the new G-Shocks (with world time, aero-specific features) I do want one. But then I try one on and decide that it's just not for me. If I want a sporty watch I have my Seiko, or even my Forerunner 610. I just can't justify buying more watches.

Yw-slayer
February 21st, 2014, 08:26 AM
Now I'm really tempted by the Garmin Fenix 2. My first world problem is that my Forerunner 610 (rev2) and Edge 800 are working great!

MR2 Fan
February 21st, 2014, 08:53 AM
I've been thinking about all of these smart watches. They're all square or rectangular and none of them have a classic look to them.

I've considered making a watch that has the classic round face, with bezels that can be swapped out, and the watch face, since its digital can be changed to emulate many different styles.

Obviously it wil have some smart features, but just basics. I just wonder if other people would be interested in that?

Kchrpm
February 21st, 2014, 10:30 AM
Sounds similar to the Cookoo

Cookoo: http://www.laptopmag.com/review/software/cookoo-watch.aspx

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2012/12/cookoo-smart-watch-1.jpg

MR2 Fan
February 21st, 2014, 03:23 PM
Very slightly, but that is just a monochrome watch face and generic hands and bezel. I'm talking about full color watch face and different bezel styles that can be interchanged.

Yw-slayer
February 21st, 2014, 04:06 PM
Could be good for the Fossil/G-shock market.

Kchrpm
February 21st, 2014, 04:14 PM
I wonder how much extra circular LCD costs, considering no one is making one in a watch.

MR2 Fan
February 21st, 2014, 05:40 PM
I wonder how much extra circular LCD costs, considering no one is making one in a watch.

Well you don't REALLY have to make it circular. Just make a square one where the bezel/frame goes around the square part of the display.

Kchrpm
February 21st, 2014, 07:38 PM
But then you can't really use the LCD to have different (good looking) watch faces.

Random
February 21st, 2014, 07:44 PM
Sure you can; the e-paper Pebble has a bunch of different faces.

http://www.mypebblefaces.com/?pebble_sdk[]=2&&ccm_paging_p_b344=1

Kchrpm
February 21st, 2014, 07:58 PM
I wouldn't consider a square full color screen inside of a circle very capable of having a lot of good looking faces, since they can't cover the whole area you're pretty limited.

Random
February 21st, 2014, 08:02 PM
I think MR2 Fan was envisioning a non-circular watch, which is a common form factor in traditional watches already, no? Thus my comparison with the Pebble.

Kchrpm
February 21st, 2014, 08:06 PM
I've considered making a watch that has the classic round face
I was going off of that. If the idea is just a rounded rectangle, yeah, that's easier to fudge.

MR2 Fan
February 21st, 2014, 10:13 PM
Ok, apparently I'm not being very clear.

Here's a photo. Basically you design the watch frame as it were, to house a screen, say, 1.5 inch, you'd basically split what's one piece into two pieces, then the bezel goes on top.

287

Yw-slayer
February 21st, 2014, 11:04 PM
It's doable (like Miranda Kerr), but you may face problems with sealing/transfer design.

Kchrpm
February 22nd, 2014, 04:10 AM
I understand your idea, I just think...hell, what does it matter what I think, build a prototype and Kickstart that bitch and see what the market thinks. Good luck to you :up:

MR2 Fan
February 22nd, 2014, 07:59 AM
I would, but I'm actually working on another Kickstarter idea right now that's easier to develop (low cost 3D scanner)

Kchrpm
March 7th, 2014, 05:48 AM
Smartwatch design with zero engineering behind it. Usually I just ignore these, considering it's not much more than photoshopping a sweet picture onto a watch face and does not consider at all the realities of building the damn thing, but this one's extra pretty and discusses control ideas other than a touchscreen.

http://www.theverge.com/2014/3/7/5477768/gabor-balogh-circular-smartwatch-concept

http://cdn1.sbnation.com/entry_photo_images/10035013/concept_gal_1_verge_super_wide.jpg

http://cdn0.sbnation.com/entry_photo_images/10035001/concept_gal_3_verge_super_wide.jpg

http://cdn2.sbnation.com/entry_photo_images/10035015/concept_gal_4_verge_super_wide.jpg

http://cdn3.sbnation.com/entry_photo_images/10035005/concept_gal_2_verge_super_wide.jpg

http://cdn2.sbnation.com/entry_photo_images/10034991/concept_gal_5_verge_super_wide.jpg

Yw-slayer
March 7th, 2014, 06:02 AM
It would look quite cool if it really had a super high-res screen as is envisaged.

Kchrpm
March 18th, 2014, 09:18 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrqZl2QIz0c&feature=youtu.be

Kchrpm
March 18th, 2014, 09:26 AM
Motorola moto 360

http://moto360.motorola.com


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=dnerqDWwVgg

Bomb dropped?

Yw-slayer
March 18th, 2014, 04:28 PM
Looks good, but I find it hard to believe any of these will ever replace any of my real watches. I'm more interested in the Garmin Fenix 2.

MR2 Fan
March 18th, 2014, 06:59 PM
ironically that video shows nothing about the smartwatch capabilities of it

Yw-slayer
March 18th, 2014, 07:18 PM
I think it was deliberate. The point is that this is the first smartwatch that you might actually want to wear, as a watch, from an aesthetic point of view, and hence maybe instead of your "normal" watches rather than merely as an adjunct to your phone.

21Kid
March 20th, 2014, 08:45 AM
http://gizmodo.com/this-watchs-spinning-spectacle-is-more-distracting-tha-1547178033

http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/t_ku-xlarge2/ajvoh8mv681oetajpuai.gif

Kchrpm
March 26th, 2014, 10:39 AM
App brainstorming for the smart watches.

http://bgr.com/2014/03/26/moto-360-android-wear-concept-apps/

21Kid
April 8th, 2014, 12:35 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=UwpP_s8LV_Y

Random
April 8th, 2014, 07:34 PM
I finally pulled the trigger on a new watch; still haven't figured out where/when to take in my Swiss Army watch for servicing/battery.

I spent whole tens (tens!!!) of dollars and picked up this basic Timex (http://www.amazon.com/Timex-T2H281-Reader-Black-Leather/dp/B000AYYIYU). Tells the time, tells the date, and that's it. :lol:

*flex*

harper
April 9th, 2014, 01:42 AM
I have one of those as my "wear with a suit" watch :)

I think I know what I want to get next: Seiko SARB (http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/B001AE9XRQ/ref=pe_31682_164609542_em_slvf_is), or maybe the SARX (http://www.amazon.co.jp/SEIKO-PRESAGE-サファイアガラス-日常生活用強化防水-SARX015/dp/B00G9XRW30/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=HE4Q45AWZOCU&coliid=I3N3GWXA3TKLPD) with the different face...decisions, decisions.

CudaMan
April 14th, 2014, 08:31 PM
I saw this (http://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SNDE27-Silver-Stainless-Steel-Quartz/dp/B00BK4V98M) in a store a few days ago. Dig it.

And this, too (http://www.amazon.com/Seiko-Solar-Black-Olive-SNE331/dp/B00I1KW2FW/). The photo doesn't really do it justice.

Random
April 14th, 2014, 09:14 PM
The first one reminds me of this Seiko 5 (http://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SNK809-Automatic-Watch-Canvas/dp/B002SSUQFG) with the minutes around the outside. I can't decide if I like it or not.

Yw-slayer
April 17th, 2014, 01:55 AM
I've finally bought a (single) watch winder, and a new watch case (holds 10 watches) to hold my watches.

MR2 Fan
April 17th, 2014, 12:44 PM
I've finally bought a (single) watch winder, and a new watch case (holds 10 watches) to hold my watches.

Yeah, I need to get those as my collection keeps growing.

neanderthal
April 18th, 2014, 01:23 AM
I'm really digging the Archimedes Big Pilot Chronograph (google it you lazy fuck) as i'm super into pilot watches right now (I love a clean uncluttered face) but I told myself i'd get a Luminox Atacama Chronograph (google it) before I got my Maratac Pilot (yes, again, google it. It's gorgeous!!! And currently available!) so I think I kinda need to get that first.

Yw-slayer
April 18th, 2014, 01:33 AM
The thing is that I have a bunch of watches that I hardly wear. Most of them are actually out of battery. I suppose the watch case may help me decide to wear some of them more often. On the other hand, I should probably get rid of the 1 or 2 which do not keep time properly. That will enable me to buy MORE watches! Hang on a minute...

CudaMan
April 18th, 2014, 01:53 AM
Oh wow, that Archimedes. So much want.

Random
April 18th, 2014, 10:15 AM
Took my "good" watch in for battery/cleaning, finally. w00t.

MR2 Fan
April 18th, 2014, 07:17 PM
Here's one I picked up recently.

For some reason, I wanted a black/tan look, so I found this Timex quartz chronograph for only $40 and got a $10 NATO strap for it:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZvSqcwfNhxY/U1HGkgcZpyI/AAAAAAAACsw/79p47RZEGe0/w562-h749-no/20140418_182619.jpg

Sadly, it isn't a true dive watch (As expected for $40, but I wish the bezel turned at least)

Random
April 21st, 2014, 01:01 PM
Took my "good" watch in for battery/cleaning, finally. w00t.

Picked it up today--one of the buttons is still a little sticky. The case may actually be slightly bent there--I guess I'm hard on watches.

Watch shop set the time (on both displays), but, unlike the truly anal, did not match the two clocks to each other. :mad: So, I set them both to the atomic clock in Denver. :hard: :lol:

neanderthal
April 22nd, 2014, 12:36 AM
Oh wow, that Archimedes. So much want.

"Do I make you horny baby?"

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f178/Quoll06/Archimede/ArchimedePilotChronograph3.jpg

Yw-slayer
April 22nd, 2014, 03:47 AM
I've finally gotten all of the relevant batteries replaced and even got my broken rubber strap on my Lotus watch replaced with a basic leather one which actually suits it quite well.

Pic of watches in their cases will follow.

neanderthal
April 23rd, 2014, 11:05 AM
Oh wow, that Archimedes. So much want.

By the way, there is a nice clean cheaper alternative to that Archimedes; Ticino.

If they had an auto chrono i'd probably be all over it, but so far it looks like their pilot chrono (https://www.sizzlinwatches.com/proddetail.php?prod=ticino_44vintage&cat=7) is hand wound. Sad trombone...

Random
June 3rd, 2014, 08:56 PM
Picked up the Seiko SNK809 that's been on sale for evAr, so that I can stop looking at cheap watches on Amazon. ;)

Smaller than currently fashionable, but matches the rest of my watches, size-wise.

Yw-slayer
June 3rd, 2014, 10:21 PM
The Fenix2 is so awesome.

neanderthal
June 18th, 2014, 11:51 PM
I think I might do something similar as this... (http://forum.tz-uk.com/showthread.php?240960-Seiko-007-modded-as-a-homage-to-the-Seiko-Spork)

That's a nice looking mod.

Kchrpm
June 26th, 2014, 11:48 AM
http://youtu.be/vFi-QpuZfXs

Mr Wonder
June 26th, 2014, 09:59 PM
Oh now that looks pretty good. Any word on pricing?

Kchrpm
June 27th, 2014, 03:37 AM
The two square-faced Android Wear watches that went on sale yesterday were $220 and $200, the assumption is that this will be more than that.

neanderthal
August 27th, 2014, 01:10 PM
So, i'm strolling through the Duty Free shop at Frankfurt Airport, killing time on my four hour layover to South Africa. I happen towards the watches. I say happen because I didn't intend to go there and just happened to find myself there anyway. Some expensive ones, all glitzy and gaudy, some cheap ones, all gaudy and "hey look at me." Some ,... well what have we here. Anyone who knows me knows I favor function over form. And when it comes to watches that's just as true. Look at the selections i've posted in this thread.

There, nestled amongst the baubles and chintz are some Junkers watches. There seems to be a lot of interrelatedness between watches and aircraft and Junkers is another case. They used to make airplanes in the early to middle part of the last century. And sitting amidst them are two that immediately capture my eye. Three really, but I already have a plain aviator type watch, my Maratac Pilot.

http://wornandwound.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/MARATAC_PILOT_WHOLE12.jpg Not my picture.

So I ignore that gorgeous pilot watch they have on display, and instead focus on two particular chronographs nestled amongst the others. One has a pusher on the upper part of the left side in addition to the two on the right. Squinting, I gather that it has an alarm, and it falls a few rungs as a result. I'd rather have a mechanical watch. Also, I see some green on the dial, designating some arcane function i probably wont use, and just a smidge of red, for some other even less likely to be used feature. That's enough to turn my attention to the other one.

This one is stunning. I gather it's an anniversary model from the 150 Jahrs on the face. It's also a more reasonable 220 euros vs the 250 euros of the one I just dismissed. I wrestle with the idea of buying it then, but, who wants to spend money before they've even reached their destination? I decide I can wait. I take a couple of lousy pics with my phone. If it's intended to be, be there on my return in three weeks.

I go. I sit. I fidget. I read. I go take a shower. I check emails and Jalopnik. I decide to go buy the watch. It might not be there when I get back. I gather my few tihngs and go back to the shop. It's gone. I'm heartbroken. This little shop is not the type to have stock elsewhere, otherwise why would they sell the display model? I remember passing another Duty Free Shop earlier and try my luck at that one. Nothing.

Oh well, it's not meant to be.

3 weeks later I decide to reward myself with the same watch. I've been doing some research on it and it sells for significantly more than I saw it priced. I head over to the same DF shop and they don't even have the Junkers watches in their display anymore. Oh no. I hurry over to the other one and don't see it on display. I'm crestfallen. I try to justify spending $485 on a watch when I get home, but decide that's a bitter pill to swallow. The nice lady asks me if she can help me. I break out my phone and ask if they no longer have the watch in the picture. She takes a look, looks in the case, and says, "let me see. I think I saw..." She walks off and comes back with a key. She tries the drawer under the display. No joy. She tries the other drawer and this one looks promising. It has cases with the Junkers logo on them and so and fumbles with a watch or two before bringing up the very watch I wanted. It's different, as it doesn't have the 150 Years annotation on it, but it's less busy as a result, and that's ok with me. I bust out the credit card and behold, a new watch is mine.

Here she is. Not my picture. And mine doesn't have the 150 Jahrs on it.

http://uhrforum.de/attachments/312301d1318435918-junkers-6684-2-150-jahre-hugo-junkers-pa080980.jpg

stephenb
September 13th, 2014, 12:07 PM
Well this was unexpected but I am now the proud owner of a new watch. A 2014 TdF limited edition Festina chronograph. I say limited edition advisedly as they did make 10,000 of them. They (official UK distributor) also had the limited edition they brought out to celebrate 100 years of the tour, along with most of the rest of the range or so it seemed. There was hardly anything in price between the two but I preferred the looks of the 2014 edition as being slightly more understated. A few photos attached but they don't do it justice.

It must have been fate as earlier this week I noticed that part of the back of my Fossil, which has seen daily service for over six years, had fallen off. Nothing major, just a slim disc shaped piece which sits in the centre. I'm not sure it really provides any function other than to give a flat surface to the back. Anyway Festina are the official time keeper for the Tour of Britain, which I visited today, and to celebrate had 20% off all models. I've long admired their sports models and after spending much time uming and ahring managed to talk myself into a purchase. I got a new Festina top thrown in as well. I still have an old official team one plus bib shorts from back when I bought my first road bike, this was just at the time the big drug scandals were breaking! And I've always wanted a chronograph, seeing the 10th/sec hand spin round is so sexy :D

This is the model for anyone interested: http://www.festina.com/en/collections/man/limited-edition/f16776_1-2-2/

810811812813

MR2 Fan
November 28th, 2014, 10:24 AM
So I was on WOOT! today, they're having a black friday WOOT off! and YES, I got a bag of crap!!

Can't wait to see what's in that,but meanwhile I also picked up this beauty for $39 Android DiveMaster 200 - Japanese Quartz mov't, but looks very nice

http://www.seriouswatches.eu/media/catalog/product/cache/3/image/1200x1200/f830239d6a396bcdc1de7597e5c98a6d/a/d/ad765bbu-1.jpg

MR2 Fan
April 8th, 2015, 01:39 PM
I did it again. I love the Android watch ^^ but the crown is digging into my wrist...so do I buy another crown to fit it? Nooo, I buy another watch :p

http://groupon.s3.amazonaws.com/sponsorship-imgs/Goods/Invicta%20Mens%20Chronograph%20Assortment/843836017688-1768.jpg

Got this for $80.

A lot of watch people hate Invictas, but I think they're decent for the price. The only bad part of this one is the bracelet is crap...will need to find a nicer one for it.

Freude am Fahren
April 8th, 2015, 04:44 PM
I had that exact watch (I think) until I lost it. I quite liked it. Great value.

MR2 Fan
April 13th, 2015, 04:38 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6f5wZHL7EI

neanderthal
April 13th, 2015, 06:28 PM
How do you know when someone has more money than taste?

Yw-slayer
April 13th, 2015, 07:39 PM
I'm pretty sure that at some point it's pretty obvious.

MR2 Fan
April 14th, 2015, 07:15 AM
Someone who has more time than I do should make a list of other things you can buy for $18 million....it is truly absurd (which is the point, I know)

Yw-slayer
April 14th, 2015, 08:19 AM
A very large, well-kept and designed house here in one of the best neighbourhoods in town, for one thing.

Freude am Fahren
June 2nd, 2015, 12:12 PM
Picked up my first mechanical watch, the Seiko SNZG11J1

http://www.21jewels.com/pictures/SNZG11J1_big.jpg
(stock photo)

Really wanted the blue Orient Pilot watch, but I couldn't find it anywhere. Even at only 41mm, it's about the biggest watch I'd want to put on my tiny wrist. Interestingly the secondary language on the day of the week is Arabic on mine. I really like that it has 24 hour on the inner ring, as I use that for every clock that allows it.

harper
June 9th, 2015, 02:53 AM
Nice gateway drug :)

Freude am Fahren
June 9th, 2015, 01:42 PM
I had read it gained as much as 10 seconds a day, but I think mine is around 30 :| I wonder if that can be tuned out by a watch tech?

neanderthal
June 9th, 2015, 08:05 PM
You can do it yourself. There are instructions on the web.

harper
June 10th, 2015, 05:42 AM
I had read it gained as much as 10 seconds a day, but I think mine is around 30 :| I wonder if that can be tuned out by a watch tech?

Don't resort to that yet. Let it bed in a bit; and if that fails, it's common courtesy to give a misbehaving cheap Seiko automatic a slap on the back of the case if it's running fast. Seriously, it's like smacking the top of an old tube TV. It just works sometimes.

Random
June 10th, 2015, 03:17 PM
My cheap automatic Seiko runs a little fast, too. I just let it run down over the weekend and reset it on Monday. :D

MR2 Fan
June 10th, 2015, 03:51 PM
My Fauxmega (fake Omega) only runs fast about 5 seconds a day :rawk:

Sad, little man
June 10th, 2015, 06:45 PM
This is kinda cool, apologies if it was already posted.

http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/in-depth-the-van-cleef-arpels-midnight-planetarium-an-entire-solar-system-on-your-wrist

The part about the watch itself is near the end. What I want to know is how they got Saturn to move so slowly that it takes 29 years to make it around the face of the watch.

Freude am Fahren
June 11th, 2015, 08:37 AM
You can do it yourself. There are instructions on the web.

:up: A lot simpler than I thought it would be. I'll just need to get the proper tool and get it done. I think it's gotten even faster over the last few days :( I read something about positioning it is such a way over night to gain or lose time.

Nick T
June 20th, 2015, 04:19 PM
I had read it gained as much as 10 seconds a day, but I think mine is around 30 :| I wonder if that can be tuned out by a watch tech?

FYI, this is perfectly normal for that movement.

https://watchotaku.atlassian.net/wiki/display/swr/Seiko+7S26

Adjusting it yourself is going to be a crap shoot without the necessary-ish equipment. That movement adjusted perfectly will tick 518400 times in one day. Your watch is fast by an extra 180 ticks over that time span.

overpowered
August 31st, 2015, 11:09 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zxXa8CJcgU

CudaMan
December 27th, 2015, 06:14 PM
My parents surprised the heck out of me with a Certina DS Podium GMT for Christmas. :D

They picked a reasonable color combination (there are tons available), not one of my top 2 favorites (1 (http://watches.uhrzeit.org/bilder/uhren/C0016391605701_2.jpg), 2 (http://www.bodying.com.au/watches/images/certina/c001_639_16_037_00-big3.jpg)) but since it was a surprise, it's awesome anyway.

The hybrid leather/clasp band is most uncomfortable, so I'll have to look for something to replace that with. I like the comfort of canvas bands but I don't know that one would go with a watch like this.

Watch photography is hard.

1551 1552 1553 1554

Freude am Fahren
December 28th, 2015, 06:16 AM
Nice, my Mom got me a watch too, the Orient Flight:

http://www.ablogtowatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Orient-Flight-Aviator-watch-4.jpg

I want to find a NATO strap for it too, though the brown leather isn't bad. It's already starting to break in and get more comfortable. I wish I had bought the Martini colored strap I saw once, now I can't find it.

For only a few bucks more than my Seiko I bought earlier, it's much better quality. Runs about 10sec/day fast out of the box, and has a much larger power reserve (at least it's supposed to, haven't tested it yet).

JoshInKC
December 28th, 2015, 12:21 PM
How can a strap be martini colored? In my experience martinis are clear, or at least close to it.

Freude am Fahren
December 28th, 2015, 01:52 PM
Har har
http://thumbs3.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/m/m--1vU8_SDN1nZF7I0_Tk2A.jpg

thesameguy
February 3rd, 2016, 02:05 PM
A friend has up to $1000 to buy her man a watch - knowing nothing else, what should she buy?

speedpimp
February 3rd, 2016, 02:08 PM
Give Rec Watches (http://www.recwatches.com/collections/all) a try. The feature two lines(Cooper and P-51) that are made of used Mini and Mustang parts.

Random
February 3rd, 2016, 02:28 PM
A friend has up to $1000 to buy her man a watch - knowing nothing else, what should she buy?

That's kind of like asking "I have $75,000; what car should I buy?"

thesameguy
February 3rd, 2016, 02:28 PM
I know... and I know that she doesn't know the answer, so any answer will do. :D

thesameguy
February 3rd, 2016, 02:33 PM
Give Rec Watches (http://www.recwatches.com/collections/all) a try. The feature two lines(Cooper and P-51) that are made of used Mini and Mustang parts.

That's rad!

Random
February 3rd, 2016, 02:35 PM
http://www.askmen.com/fashion/trends/watches-under-1-000.html
http://hiconsumption.com/2015/06/best-mens-watches-under-1000/
http://www.thetrendspotter.net/2015/08/best-mens-watches-1000.html

I would personally probably end up with something Swiss, maybe a Tag Heuer or Tissot?

thesameguy
February 3rd, 2016, 02:36 PM
Thanks!

I can't look at this stuff, because I love watches but hate wearing them.

MR2 Fan
February 3rd, 2016, 04:11 PM
Check these out:

http://www.steinhartwatches.de/

http://www.tempestwatches.com/product/viking/

CudaMan
May 15th, 2016, 12:49 PM
Bought my watch for the year. I've had an eye on this one for a long time and it went on sale last week. Couldn't resist. :)

1725 1726 1727

My pictures don't do it justice at all.

This will go in the "daily" rotation alongside my black Seiko SNDA65 and my gray/green Timex.

I realize I now have enough watches to certifiably say I have a collection. :o

MR2 Fan
May 15th, 2016, 01:05 PM
:up:

novicius
May 15th, 2016, 04:13 PM
Yep, tacticool! :up:

Yw-slayer
May 15th, 2016, 06:48 PM
I bought a Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire Titanium.

This is my review of it so far: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3PWFK5OB3TWGM/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B01A5HILNA&channel=detail-glance&nodeID=2335752011&store=wireless

Kchrpm
June 22nd, 2016, 07:01 AM
http://www.mvmtwatches.com/

Thoughts?

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0377/2037/products/Chrono_Black_Black_New_Dial_ebfe9712-dad2-4dd2-b396-d9c96e2701ec_1024x1024.jpg?v=1453400591

novicius
June 22nd, 2016, 07:19 AM
Sharp!

I've been rocking Polar Loop for the past year. I don't know why. :lol: #gift

overpowered
July 14th, 2016, 11:00 PM
Unicode watch ⌚

http://www.fileformat.info/info/unicode/char/231a/index.htm

George
November 8th, 2016, 04:47 PM
Gents, I could use some watch disposal advice, if anyone feels charitable.

In 1994, I was given a Swiss Army Officer's Watch with a metal bracelet which looks just like the picture below, that I just found online. It cost about $225 back then. It's battery-driven, of course (is quartz the proper term for that?).

A long time ago, the battery died. I had it replaced, but the watch didn't start working again. The person who replaced the battery suggested I have the watch cleaned, to make it start working again. I thought only automatics had to be cleaned, but I'll be the first to admit that I don't know much about wristwatches.

Okay. A good ten years later, if not more, I found it in a drawer, and tonight after work I took it to a watch repair shop. I was quoted $95 for a new mechanism.

Edited to add: not mechanism. Movement. I just remembered that.

I don't want to spend $95 on this watch. What are my options for getting rid of it? I hate to just throw it in the trash or recycling bin. Are there watch nerds out there who would want it?

I searched my local craigslist jewelry section just now for "broken watch" but didn't find a thriving market for old watch parts.

Even though it was a gift, that person is long gone from my life and this has no sentimental value, other than I sure liked how it looked and felt and worked, back when it did.

What should I do with it?

Edited to add: should I get a second opinion at another shop? I have no reason to think this shop is disreputable or pegged me for a rube, but ya never know. Maybe they saw me looking at the Casio G-Shock display (the only watches in the joint I could afford) and figured I was a sucker. Eh...they're probably right.

Thanks.

http://www.classybrand.com/watch_photo/Swiss+Army/24205.jpg

JoshInKC
November 8th, 2016, 06:30 PM
Make a thread on watchuseek in the for sale forum (http://forums.watchuseek.com/f29/) and see if you can get a few bucks out of it? It'd probably be a bit better moneywise than craigslist.

Yw-slayer
November 9th, 2016, 01:26 AM
Or a recycling centre that accepts metal and plastics?

21Kid
November 9th, 2016, 06:24 AM
I keep hoping NickT is back every time I see this thread pop-up. :(

Phil_SS
November 9th, 2016, 11:43 AM
Samesies. :(

George
November 9th, 2016, 03:38 PM
What happened to NickT? Sorry if I should know, but I don't, and a search of his name didn't reveal anything.

Thanks for the suggestions, Josh and YW. I really can't be bothered trying to sell a broken watch for peanuts, so I'll probably just recycle it, but I just hate to get rid of things like that. I always assume there's some guy somewhere wringing his hands and thinking, "Oh, IF ONLY I could find a part for this watch...", but as I saw one of these with a $30 BIN on eBay last night, I'm not going to lose too much sleep over it. I really did think that was a quality watch, but today on the forum that Josh linked I saw someone claim to have bought a similar Swiss Army watch for $5 at a flea market, so I guess I never did know anything about watches to begin with, other than what my college roommate told me about his Tudor, and from old Timex ads back when they were built well enough to "take a lickin' and keep on tickin'".

I did some googling today and discovered Seiko 5 automatics. They're new to me, but apparently have been around for along time and have the things I like - they're said to be durable, surprisingly affordable, and I liked the classic appearance of most I saw.

I do still have a late'-80s Casio that's styled like a scuba diving watch that I should probably have a new battery put in, while I'm thinking of watches. Trouble is, that one is just like the cheap Timexes I've picked up for nearly nothing recently at a nearby discount sporting goods store: too big to fit under a dress shirt cuff when it's time to look like a grown-up.

MR2 Fan
November 9th, 2016, 04:42 PM
The Seikos are very nice and so are the Orient ones, especially their dress watches like the Bambino and Symphony:

http://i1056.photobucket.com/albums/t362/OrientWatchUSA/DSC_1558_zps8414fd2d.jpg

JoshInKC
November 9th, 2016, 05:26 PM
Yeah, seikos and orients are really good buys if you want an automatic. If the automatic thing isn't that important, I highly recommend Citizen - They're quartz, but powered by some sort of solar element in the face that charges a capacitor or something, so no battery. A lot of them are really tough - Mine hasn't missed a beat, and archaeological fieldwork can be like a torture chamber designed to break watches.

Yw-slayer
November 9th, 2016, 06:46 PM
The Seiko 5s look good, especially for the price. I had one and it started to run slow by around 5 minutes after I wore it to a metal concert though, and I eventually had to bin it.

21Kid
November 10th, 2016, 05:45 AM
What happened to NickT? Sorry if I should know, but I don't, and a search of his name didn't reveal anything.

A lot of the old gang just stopped coming around. Nick, Nigel, Chris, Rob, etc...

George
November 10th, 2016, 01:31 PM
If the automatic thing isn't that important...

I don't know if it is or it isn't. I'm so clueless.

I do know that there seems to be an incredible number of dirt-cheap refurbished Seiko 5s on eBay coming from India with free shipping. If you sort to see the lowest priced ones first, there are some great candidates for Ugliest Watch Ever selling in the $10 and under price range. :lol:

Orient watches look really nice. Thanks again for all the help.

CudaMan
November 10th, 2016, 04:23 PM
I don't know if it is or it isn't. I'm so clueless.
With an automatic timepiece you won't have to replace a battery every few years. (The battery types are commonly known as quartz watches, as you guessed). Automatic watches all need some form of care in order to keep running. Three common options:

- Solar. Many can store solar energy for weeks, maybe months. But leave it in the dark too long and it'll eventually stop. Indoor light is enough to keep it charged for a while. Citizen calls their solar watches EcoDrive and Seiko calls their line Solar.
- Kinetic movement. A weight (sometimes visible through a clear case backing) moves in a circular motion inside the case as you move around during normal daily activity and the watch movement stores energy in a spring (someone correct me if my assumption is wrong). Leave the watch unworn for long enough (days or weeks I want to say) and it'll stop. You can move it around 'manually' for a few minutes in your hand to restart it.
- Old fashioned winding of the crown. I've never owned one of these so I cant' comment on power reserve. Some fancier watches have a sub-dial that tells you how much power is stored in the mechanism.

For me the solar watch is my favorite power option, but there are many other considerations when choosing a watch. Style, size, weight, cost, lume, just to name a few. I own more quartz watches than anything else, but I am a cheapskate who is picky about style. :)

Also, some $10-20 watches can look cool in pictures on the internet but are not of very good quality when you see, touch, and use them in the real world. Something to be aware of. I do like my newest Fauxlex (https://www.amazon.com/WatchStar-Waterproof-Leather-Military-Digital/dp/B018VMVFZW) for what it is, though. :D

I've become a Seiko/Citizen fan for their high quality, good value, and variety of well executed styles.

And MR2 Fan, thanks a lot for posting that pic (sarcasm). ;) That Orient in black is looking real good again. A dress watch is something I'm missing from the collection and I'm of the opinion a dress watch worn with a suit should be a proper mechanical time piece, not a quartz movement. Orients are relatively affordable, quality automatics from what I hear. Maybe that'll be next year's watch. Or an SKX009... I don't have any divers either. :p

JoshInKC
November 10th, 2016, 06:06 PM
- Solar. Many can store solar energy for weeks, maybe months. But leave it in the dark too long and it'll eventually stop. Indoor light is enough to keep it charged for a while. Citizen calls their solar watches EcoDrive and Seiko calls their line Solar.
- Kinetic movement. A weight (sometimes visible through a clear case backing) moves in a circular motion inside the case as you move around during normal daily activity and the watch movement stores energy in a spring (someone correct me if my assumption is wrong). Leave the watch unworn for long enough (days or weeks I want to say) and it'll stop. You can move it around 'manually' for a few minutes in your hand to restart it.
- Old fashioned winding of the crown. I've never owned one of these so I cant' comment on power reserve. Some fancier watches have a sub-dial that tells you how much power is stored in the mechanism.

Yeah, Citizen ecoDrives are great. Highly recommend.

Minor clarification: When I was referring to "automatic," I was referring to mechanical automatics which store energy (gained from a weight moving around) in a spring - also referred to as "self-winding". This is what all of the Seiko 5 series watches are. And pretty much every other watch you see listed as "automatic." They need to either be worn regularly (like, once a week minimum I think, though it depends on the watch) otherwise, it'll wind down and have to be reset. They make cases for these that move them around to keep them wound up.

Kinetic is slightly different - that's a specific product line produced by seiko. It uses a little weight to generate energy which, unlike an automatic/self-winding - is converted to electrical energy and stored in a battery which powers a quartz movement. Its a really cool idea.

The old-fashioned 'turn the knob to wind a spring' type is usually referred to as either 'manual' or 'hand-wound'

One thing to keep in mind is that while neither of the mechanical types require batteries, they do need periodic maintenance and cleaning. Also, the Citizen EcoDrives (and I think the Seiko Kinetics) don't take batteries either - like I said, they've got some kind of capacitor or something, which lasts like 20 years. I'm not sure if the Seiko solars are the same, or if they use normal batteries.

Freude am Fahren
November 10th, 2016, 06:11 PM
I have/had a Seiko 5 and a Orient Pilot. The Orient blows the Seiko out of the water. Higher quality, better time, and much more durable. The Seiko scratched immediately, and broke on its first short drop. The Orient I've been wearing daily for the last year, bumping into things, etc, and not a blemish.

Out of the box, the Seiko was way fast. Maybe 70 seconds a day? I forget, but it was a lot. Some tinkering and I got it down to less than 20 I think. The Orient gains about a minute a week, never adjusted it. All based on the clock we use at work (a TV station, so it's accurate).

Seiko: https://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SNZG11J1-Sports-Analog-Automatic/dp/B003BZ33NM

Orient: http://www.longislandwatch.com/Orient_ER2A008D_Aviator_Watch_p/er2a008d.htm?gclid=CjwKEAiA0pDBBRCFtoPyguTh8AUSJAD NWeuxTFjVICQJx-wo46i4ZH-68ixUI5XD8RL2b8HaVnvdQxoCanLw_wcB&utm_source=google&utm_medium=CSE&gdfms=D1C77A623DAB4F9980EE49A9B435883E&gdffi=07a28cb57d454d66a87c031e90dbcc99

When I bought them, they were about the same amount ($140).

Yw-slayer
November 10th, 2016, 06:17 PM
I did see the Orient BRZ watches for sale in Malaysia, but I couldn't bring myself to buy them. Not hating on the brand in general, just those ones. I did try and buy the Orient limited edition STI models via ebay but all the transactions failed.

George
November 10th, 2016, 07:26 PM
Orient: http://www.longislandwatch.com/Orient_ER2A008D_Aviator_Watch_p/er2a008d.htm?gclid=CjwKEAiA0pDBBRCFtoPyguTh8AUSJAD NWeuxTFjVICQJx-wo46i4ZH-68ixUI5XD8RL2b8HaVnvdQxoCanLw_wcB&utm_source=google&utm_medium=CSE&gdfms=D1C77A623DAB4F9980EE49A9B435883E&gdffi=07a28cb57d454d66a87c031e90dbcc99

Does that watch come with a matching metal (stainless steel?) band?

I'd go search and not bother you guys with such a question, except I've already looked for two days and haven't found it.

JoshInKC
November 11th, 2016, 04:16 AM
Not that I can readily see. That style of watch is called an aviator or pilot's watch and they'll pretty much all have either a leather or canvas band. You might have slightly better luck looking for what are 'military' or 'field' watches, which tend to have similarly simple/readable faces, though most of those also have leather/canvas straps. I have seen a few with metal bracelets though.

FaultyMario
November 11th, 2016, 07:52 AM
If you'd want to change to a metal band, the swap is prettly simple, the band is held in place by a a spring-loaded connector, you need a really small screwdriver to pop it out/in.

George
November 11th, 2016, 08:45 AM
Right. And I've switched bands before, such as putting a leather band on my last watch that came with a matching metal band originally, so I'm familiar with those little pins.

Wait, isn't that contradictory to what I just asked about? Well, yes, but the point is I would like a matching metal band, not just some aftermarket metal band that's "close enough". Then I can swap bands around when I feel like it but when the metal band is on, it should match and also have the properly fitting curved parts so there's no gap between the round sides of the watch and the square end of a metal band.

I guess I too am a cheapskate who is picky about style. :)

CudaMan
November 11th, 2016, 11:18 AM
There are lots of watches that have multiple band/strap options to choose from for that specific model. Looks like you've discovered that Orient isn't one of them.



Minor clarification:

Well, yeah, if you want to be all, like, correct and stuff. ;) Thanks for the clarity. My mind was pretty mush when I wrote that. And now I've learned that some watches use a rotating weight to charge a battery... interesting.


I remember years ago in a shop, I was still in high school and a sales person tried to convince me a certain watch "runs off your pulse." Did I really look that dumb? :)

neanderthal
November 11th, 2016, 09:24 PM
This (https://countycomm.com/collections/mechanical-watches/products/maratac-pilot-automatic-watch-1) is my favorite watch. Amazing lume, great visibility, uncluttered face. I wear mine more than the others, also pilot style watches but with chronos.

MR2 Fan
November 12th, 2016, 08:45 PM
The old-fashioned 'turn the knob to wind a spring' type is usually referred to as either 'manual' or 'hand-wound'

Some (or most?) automatics still have a manual winding option. Seikos do not, and have had the term "seiko shuffle" used as a term to manually wind the watch (move the watch around enough to get the rotor spinning and charge the power reserve.

Edit: I'd also like to recommend a good youtube channel about watches: The Urban Gentry

https://www.youtube.com/user/theurbangentry

CudaMan
November 12th, 2016, 09:12 PM
TGV is hilariously into watches. Nice channel and good info, good video quality. Sometimes he goes on and on a bit much. :)

MR2 Fan
November 13th, 2016, 03:38 AM
TGV is hilariously into watches. Nice channel and good info, good video quality. Sometimes he goes on and on a bit much. :)

Definitely but he's a really cool chap and he has great enthusiasm. It's good to see someone like him who's in a good mood even after he's had a lung collapse like 4 times....inspiration!

CudaMan
November 13th, 2016, 10:19 AM
Everything you say is true. I don't have time to watch all his videos, he's so prolific, but I did hear something about that.

George
November 13th, 2016, 03:44 PM
I have a $10 Amazon gift card that I won at work for filling out a HR benefits survey (apparently so few employees do that they pay people for it), and the HR lady has been hounding me to use it, since it keeps showing up on her report of open items or some such. I might just use that to knock the price of one of these down from cheap to really cheap:

https://www.amazon.com/Timex-Weekender-Analog-Canvas-Strap/dp/B01M636GNK/ref=cts_wa_1_vtp?_encoding=UTF8&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=2601945442&pf_rd_r=XHXPAG4WKQ4M7ADQ4RJZ&pd_rd_wg=SeuAD&pf_rd_s=desktop-detail-softlines&pf_rd_t=40701&pd_rd_i=B01M636GNK&pd_rd_w=O9FUI&pf_rd_i=desktop-detail-softlines&pd_rd_r=XHXPAG4WKQ4M7ADQ4RJZ

I figure if I'm not going to wear something to really be proud of, a Timex is (or used to be) better thought of than, say Armitron or whatever else they sell in department stores as "mens fashion watches". You know, the gold-tone ones with the gold that practically wipes off to reveal that it's made from recycled beer cans.

Eventually I'll get something nicer. I was looking at the Orient Defender watch with a stanless steel band online, and I really like the ones with the blue face, but apparently those are discontinued or at least out of stock on every watch-selling link I clicked. If I hadn't seen the blue ones, I'd probably be okay with black.

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41h45u8740L._SY300_.jpg

I like this one too, even better in green, and simpler...except for the band. This is the Orient Stingray. What I need is a local watch shop with both in stock so they could put the simpler band of the Defender on a green Stingray for me. Chances of that happening? Approximately zero, I'm thinking.

https://images-eu.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51tDHlgAHIL._AC_UL320_SR238,320_.jpg

FaultyMario
November 13th, 2016, 04:37 PM
$10 Amazon gift ... from cheap to really cheap ... Timex

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_p_76_0?fst=as%3Aoff&rh=n%3A7141123011%2Cn%3A7147441011%2Cn%3A635853901 1%2Cn%3A6358540011%2Cp_89%3ATimex%2Cp_n_material_b rowse%3A379288011%2Cp_n_feature_nine_browse-bin%3A5021360011%2Cp_n_feature_three_browse-bin%3A2205662011%2Cp_n_size_four_browse-vebin%3A6896053011%7C6896040011%2Cp_76%3A266162501 1&bbn=6358540011&sort=price-asc-rank&ie=UTF8&qid=1479087328&rnid=2661623011

George
November 13th, 2016, 05:46 PM
Free shipping, eh?

https://media.tenor.co/images/b5b525642d31fc32571618da55f973e5/raw

Thanks, Mario.

MR2 Fan
November 13th, 2016, 08:17 PM
My first photoshop "franken" experiment. Just throwing some ideas together. I like the idea of GMT but prefer a diver style bezel, hence this setup, let me know what you think. I plan to do more of these.

https://scontent.ftpa1-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15027492_10155041226196874_7976229900269714468_n.j pg?oh=b80286009c9f88ba25ca01b2e7b78d3a&oe=588D2FA1

George
November 14th, 2016, 08:28 AM
Eww.

Timex watches get lousy reviews on Amazon.

Oh well, I can't say I'm all that surprised. They're probably all made in China, like everything else these days.

CudaMan
November 14th, 2016, 08:48 AM
I really like mine (http://www.pbase.com/bryanh/image/154009178/original), it did stop working after a couple years though. :\

Yw-slayer
November 14th, 2016, 04:08 PM
Timex watches get lousy reviews on Amazon.

Oh well, I can't say I'm all that surprised. They're probably all made in China, like everything else these days.

The point is...?

FaultyMario
November 14th, 2016, 04:17 PM
He wants, but can't afford, a Swiss wristwatch.

Yw-slayer
November 14th, 2016, 05:06 PM
Swatch. Easy.

CudaMan
November 14th, 2016, 05:29 PM
Seiko and Citizen both offer excellent quality for the money.

George
November 15th, 2016, 09:18 AM
He wants, but can't afford, a Swiss wristwatch.

Actually, the one I'm wanting to replace says SWISS MADE on the face. *shrug*


The point is...?

General bellyaching, as usual.

MR2 Fan
November 15th, 2016, 09:46 AM
Christoper Ward has some very nice swiss made watches, as does Steinhart, for anywhere from $500 to $1,000

CudaMan
November 28th, 2016, 02:10 PM
Long Island Watch put my preferred variety of Orient Symphony II (http://www.longislandwatch.com/Orient_ER2700GB_Dress_Watch_p/er2700gb.htm) on sale for Black Friday / Cyber Monday weekend. $87 shipped. Great value. I debated too long. Should have known better. They're out of stock now. I'm considering ordering the bracelet version (http://www.longislandwatch.com/Orient_ER2700EB_Dress_Watch_p/er2700eb.htm) and an aftermarket leather strap to put on it. That kills the discount by half, but I've still been eyeing one of these so YOLO and all that.

Strange that I normally don't go for metal bracelets but I love the way my Nighthawk looks and feels with it.

Also I'm considering venturing into colorful NATO fun with something cheap like the Timex Weekender Chrono (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QIJ6HW2), with a white face and a few straps to go with it. The Weekender Chrono is a nice price and a decent looking watch, if a little cheap in its finish (Target has them out in the open).

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81a7qspldmL._UY445_.jpg

It's kind of a hard style to find. I'm not even sure what you call it. Kind of a sporty/casual/everyday beach look, or something.

CudaMan
November 30th, 2016, 04:55 PM
I've also started to look into vintage digital watches. Mainly because I had a few as a kid and some designs bring back memories of a bygone era. Man I'm old. :lol:

Doing some research, one watch I had growing up that I distinctly remember is the Casio W71:

https://mdata.yandex.net/i?path=b0901041026_img_id8676400737878801455.jpg

No longer available of course. Used examples likely all thrashed, as mine was.

But Casio still (or again?) produces some old school digitals. Likely I'll end up with an F91-W. For $10 how could you not!

http://www.iconeye.com/images/2014/04/iStock_000015913029Large.jpg

There's also the AL-180, which caught my eye for its clean design. Looks like there are some "NOS" watches on eBay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/rare-vintage-casio-AL-180-AL180-solar-watch-Battery-Less-Made-In-Japan-NOS-NEW/222228102396), but I wonder if they are cheaply made fakes. They're kind of pricey too.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8662/16677243736_322cab031f_b.jpg

I think this is one of those weeks where 25% of the watches I see are must-haves. Ought to wait this out and prioritize. Although a $10 watch that you like is kind of a no-brainer.

MR2 Fan
November 30th, 2016, 07:51 PM
I had one of these as a kid in the 80's

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/88/61/0e/88610e3529073034d7e00121ac3d4f8b.jpg

Random
November 30th, 2016, 07:59 PM
F-91W puts you on the OMG TURRIST list!

CudaMan
December 1st, 2016, 11:05 AM
Yeah, probably a bad idea to fly with one. Wonder why the multitude of other Casio digital variants aren't infamous for detonator use if that one is. Sure it's the cheapest but not by much. I actually prefer its design over most of the others.

MR2 Fan - I'm sure I had something similar to that as well. I think in more of a traditional round form factor but definitely something along that order. Things are fuzzy. :) The reason I remember which Casio I had is because I have a distinct image of part of the display in my head, and the W71 is the only model that has that particular nuance. The brain is a funny thing.

Random
December 1st, 2016, 11:47 AM
Those classic Ironmen are still floating around...I guess there was a 20th anniversary release that put a bunch more into circulation. I'm pretty tempted--had one in college that was really a great watch.

21Kid
December 1st, 2016, 01:24 PM
I had one of these as a kid in the 80's

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/88/61/0e/88610e3529073034d7e00121ac3d4f8b.jpg

Who didn't? ;)

George
December 1st, 2016, 01:47 PM
Who didn't?

*raises hand*

I remember Ironman watches. They were the first digital watches that looked cool to me, but I never owned one of the originals.

The second digital watch that looked cool to me was this, which was hugely popular when I was in college. My friend Bryan threw his from a fourth-floor balcony to a paved parking lot below and it wasn't damaged. We all had a good Beavis & Butthead style giggle-fest about that, I'm sure.

And I must say, in part to counterbalance all the grumbling I do about how much things cost these days, I'm pleasantly surprised to see how little these have gone up in price. For some reason the number $44 sticks in my mind for what mine cost in the '80s, and I see now this older model is selling for not a lot more than that.

http://world.g-shock.com/asia-mea/en/concept/history/img/pc/DW-5000C.png

It's what I really should wear in terms of functionality, but they no longer work for me visually.

Random
December 25th, 2016, 12:38 PM
http://gtxforums.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=2126&stc=1

Xmas present/promotion celebration: an Orient Mako II. :)

dodint
December 25th, 2016, 02:18 PM
Score!

neanderthal
December 25th, 2016, 04:07 PM
Nice.

The Seiko 50 Fathoms is on sale on massdrop if anyone cares.

https://bladebarrelbezel.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/img_0946.jpg

Kchrpm
December 27th, 2016, 05:40 AM
My dad received a very fancy looking watch from a family friend with a brand I'd never heard of, Unlisted. Just looked it up and it seems to be the Amazon equivalent of Dakota Watch Company. Makes way more sense than when I thought it was a fancy brand that I just hadn't seen you guys mention yet.

CudaMan
January 3rd, 2017, 08:50 PM
That's a sweet sweet Orient, Russ. :up:

Random
January 4th, 2017, 08:08 AM
Thanks! I mean, it's not a Rolex or anything, but then again, I'm not a Rolex-needing kind of person, so... :D

Just figured out last night that there is an additional size adjustment point in the clasp, so I'll be able to fine tune the bracelet size. Last week, I got the bracelet to the point that it was either definitely too loose (three links removed) or just a smidge too tight (four links removed). I'll play with it some more tonight and see what a combination of adding a link and adjusting the clasp does. :)

Yw-slayer
January 4th, 2017, 05:47 PM
You could always just work out more.

Kchrpm
January 5th, 2017, 06:49 AM
Yeah, fatty.

CudaMan
January 22nd, 2017, 05:48 PM
I had my Orient Symphony II delivered on the metal bracelet and shopped for a leather band to replace it. Ended up with a Flucco band that I think suits it well, for all the countless times I wear a suit. :p

http://www.pbase.com/bryanh/image/164873946/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/bryanh/image/164873944/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/bryanh/image/164873945/original.jpg

It was hard to capture in photos but the face has a subtle sunburst effect when the light hits it.

Is it a faux paux to put a German band on a Japanese watch? :P

-

I went ahead and got the Timex Weekender Chrono, too. At $36 on Amazon it was tough not to. This bright yellowy/orange leather NATO strap isn't quite what I wanted either but it was the cheapest way to get this watch with the silver hands on a white face. I've got a few straps of various colors on the way, some of which I can put on my other Timex as well (they are my only 20mm lug width watches). I fixed that Timex, by the way. I'm not quite sure how but I fixed it. On both of my modern Timexes there seems to be occasionally spongy action from the detents in the crown.

http://www.pbase.com/bryanh/image/164873947/original.jpg
The face is slightly off white, almost a cream color.

I'm thinking about selling my Fossil. I think it looks great but for some reason I never wear it. I thought it was the rubber strap, but even now on a cool carbon fiber texture leather strap I still find myself rarely reaching for the Fossil.

I also ought to look up the best cleaning methods. A few of my oft-worn watches need a little grime removal. There's metal to clean but also canvas/leather hybrid straps.

MR2 Fan
January 22nd, 2017, 08:56 PM
very nice Symphony!

Freude am Fahren
January 22nd, 2017, 09:30 PM
I quite like that Timex, actually. I might pick one up if I see it that cheap!

CudaMan
January 22nd, 2017, 10:00 PM
Target has them for $55-60. Looks like at the moment on Amazon they have different/fewer color choices and no sub-$40 options: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01JO766FW/

MR2F - Thanks, enabler. :p

Leon
January 23rd, 2017, 12:35 AM
Agree about that Timex, I'd be adding it to my cart if I saw it for that price :)

Though that said, how big is it? I have ridiculously tiny wrists.

Yw-slayer
January 23rd, 2017, 06:52 AM
Fenix 5 coming out. Glad I got my 3.

FaultyMario
January 23rd, 2017, 08:48 AM
That Orient looks great.

CudaMan
January 23rd, 2017, 08:51 AM
Though that said, how big is it? I have ridiculously tiny wrists.
Me too. I usually wear 42-44mm watches. 44 is realistically as big as I can go before the lug tips start to overflow off the ends of my wrist. This Timex is 40mm. The lug tips are further apart top to bottom than I would expect but they do curve inwards at the ends so you could use a non-NATO strap to make it wear a little bit smaller. Also the case itself is fairly thick for a 40mm watch I think.

Freude am Fahren
January 23rd, 2017, 09:29 AM
Yeah, I was thinking the same thing when I saw it was called "oversized" then saw it was only 40mm. I have tiny wrists too.

MR2 Fan
February 11th, 2017, 12:13 PM
Question for you gents. There's a nice watch I bought for my gf last year, and it really is nice. I'm considering buying it for myself actually, and she likes us to have matching things as a couple.

The funny part is this is called a "women's" watch, supposedly it's 40MM but it looks much bigger in person.

Do you think it looks too womanly?

http://www.bodying.ph/watches/images/akribos_xxiv/ak695ttr-big1.jpg

Yw-slayer
February 12th, 2017, 12:54 AM
Personally, I don't like it. It does look a bit feminine due to the rose gold trim. You could probably get away with wearing it as long as it's with a nice suit or blazer.

neanderthal
February 12th, 2017, 08:14 PM
I prefer simpler watch faces. But you know what they say; opinions are like arseholes...

CudaMan
February 12th, 2017, 09:44 PM
It does look a bit feminine due to the rose gold trim.
This for me. Is the same watch available with different color trim? Would your gf still consider that 'matching'?

MR2 Fan
February 13th, 2017, 08:12 AM
Good question...I think if I put it on a leather strap it might be better...I think the extra gold on the bracelet makes it more feminine feeling

Kchrpm
February 13th, 2017, 08:46 AM
I was looking for a similar model from their male collection on their site, this shares multiple but not all design elements, and kind of flips the color choice. They also have stainless steel instead of gold, and all black.

http://akribosxxiv.com/extremis-collection/extremis-men-s-matte-dial-chronograph-diver-ak857.html

http://akribosxxiv.com/image/cache/data/products/7b8d57f9-fb8c-4a91-be5b-5ae30836e218-500x500.jpg

Yw-slayer
February 13th, 2017, 07:54 PM
Personally, I think they're both really far too blingy - but of course that's entirely subjective and depends to some extent on what you would wear with them.

Leon
February 13th, 2017, 08:10 PM
2243

Courtesy of you bastards .... I now have a new cheap Timex :)

CudaMan
February 14th, 2017, 02:01 PM
Awesome. :) Always loved those Timex hollow hands.

Yw-slayer
February 15th, 2017, 06:52 AM
Looks good.

Leon
February 15th, 2017, 09:19 AM
I'm pleased that it doesn't look huge on my tiny wrist.

neanderthal
February 15th, 2017, 02:33 PM
2243

Courtesy of you bastards .... I now have a new cheap Timex :)

NO. Courtesy of us you now have a NICE timex.

MR2 Fan
February 16th, 2017, 07:41 AM
I have a new version of my "grail" watch.

I've wanted an Omega Planet Ocean for a long time but the new refreshed ones look that much better to me:

http://www.ablogtowatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Omega-Seamaster-Planet-Ocean-Master-Chronometer-Chronograph-2016-aBlogtoWatch-20.jpg

Too bad these are up to $8,000 for the chronograph version

Kchrpm
February 16th, 2017, 07:44 AM
That's beautiful.

CudaMan
February 16th, 2017, 06:59 PM
Took the words right out of my mouth.

Yw-slayer
February 17th, 2017, 06:15 PM
Nice.

neanderthal
February 17th, 2017, 07:48 PM
C'est sexy!

MR2 Fan
February 27th, 2017, 07:36 PM
since I can't afford that one, or a similarly priced Breitling, I um....found a nice homage version:

https://scontent.ftpa1-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/16708241_10155430872416874_4089074337149230636_n.j pg?oh=1ea2812a85036efb7c57af590fa7af5b&oe=593CD3C2

Total spent for watch and strap, $85. This combo is sooooo nice :D

JoshInKC
February 28th, 2017, 03:17 PM
If its going to the trouble to have XXIV on the face, it should be a real 24-hour watch (https://www.russian-watches.info/shop/raketa-24-hours-watches/raketa-classic-24-hour-mechanical-watch-red2/).

Yw-slayer
May 3rd, 2017, 05:28 AM
I'm looking into the Elliot Brown Canford and Tyneham.

Yw-slayer
May 28th, 2017, 12:02 AM
Now I'm looking into the Ancon X-35 and the SevenFriday V-series.

MR2 Fan
October 5th, 2017, 02:37 PM
A lot of youtube ads and other things have mentioned MVMT watches recently....a startup that will disrupt the watch industry, blah blah, b.s.

I thought it was funny that the watches were covered by Matt Farah as a promo talking about how he loves all watches and he is enjoying theirs...yet in all of his Smoking Tire videos he's wearing an actual expensive watch like a Rolex...not their crap.

I saw some of their (overpriced) designs and thought they looked ok....then I found this pretentious shit....3 subdials with NO markings.....incredible. Yes, some watches have no markings on the main watch face which is one thing and you still know approximately the time, but subdials???


https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0377/2037/products/Gunmetal-front-1_grande.jpg?v=1501529610

neanderthal
October 6th, 2017, 08:07 PM
A lot of youtube ads and other things have mentioned MVMT watches recently....a startup that will disrupt the watch industry, blah blah, b.s.

I thought it was funny that the watches were covered by Matt Farah as a promo talking about how he loves all watches and he is enjoying theirs...yet in all of his Smoking Tire videos he's wearing an actual expensive watch like a Rolex...not their crap.

I saw some of their (overpriced) designs and thought they looked ok....then I found this pretentious shit....3 subdials with NO markings.....incredible. Yes, some watches have no markings on the main watch face which is one thing and you still know approximately the time, but subdials???


https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0377/2037/products/Gunmetal-front-1_grande.jpg?v=1501529610

They should really go all in on the minimalist thing and remove the hands too.

Random
October 6th, 2017, 09:00 PM
They kinda did, with the main hands being black.

MR2 Fan
October 10th, 2017, 08:23 PM
just saw a video on The Urban Gentry (great youtube channel about watches) and he had a couple of Dan Henry watches...saw this one and it is stunning

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1238/1014/products/1963-B_dddb880b-b8a4-4b6f-985f-107ccf4474d9.png?v=1507024760

SkylineObsession
October 10th, 2017, 10:11 PM
Maybe i missed something, but where is Nick T?

And since i'm here, this has been my watch since our Australia trip in 2013 when i found it in a mall on the Gold Coast ('found' as in, in a shop for sale ;) ).

Not my pic, but the serial code or whatever i typed into Google bought up the exact one. In person it's actually more bluer than greyer.
https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/lot-images.atgmedia.com/SR/10541/2911857/64-2014811155030_540x360.jpg

Wifey just bought her first watch in nearly ten years during our USA trip. So basically we need to leave NZ to find a watch we like. ;)

Kchrpm
October 15th, 2017, 03:58 PM
Maybe i missed something, but where is Nick T?

Happily married and moved on from here (and I believe other internet places as well).

SkylineObsession
October 15th, 2017, 07:05 PM
Ah. All good, just hadn't seen the name around for a while so thought something bad may have happened that i missed.

Nick T
October 15th, 2017, 09:43 PM
Ah. All good, just hadn't seen the name around for a while so thought something bad may have happened that i missed.

Well apparently I fucking heard you because here I am after wondering today if this place was still around. And what do I see but a thread that I started years ago still kicking about. So weird.

I've stopped counting my watches, although the collecting has gone way down. Probably around 100 at this point. I mostly get them for anniversaries and that's it. I'll have to go through this thread and see what everyone has been getting themselves.

And Keith was right. I've abandoned just about everything on the internet that has to do with people "talking" to each other. Except reddit. I've got to appease the internet troll in me somehow.

Random
October 15th, 2017, 09:51 PM
HI NICK! :D

Nick T
October 15th, 2017, 09:54 PM
Hey Russ!

I love my Mako. How's your II treating you?

Random
October 15th, 2017, 09:57 PM
Zero issues. :)

SkylineObsession
October 16th, 2017, 02:10 AM
Good to hear from ya again. :p Probably not a bad thing avoiding most of the internet, too many trolls and warriors out there now who get their thrills by typing words on a keyboard (or other such device). Internet has brought out the worst in people. I pretty much only come here and one other forum now.

Fiat500
January 14th, 2018, 02:58 PM
Got 630 000 and change you don't know to do with?

https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/greubel-forsey-gmt-earth-introducing