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Old 03-06-14, 11:54 AM   #1376
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I'm awfully sorry guys. Wonderful pictures and wonderful stories and all, but if it's not bike related it has to go to Foo. From Road.

Sorry, next the motorcycle guys will want their own thread in Road, and the Ping Pong guys will want their own thread in Road, and . . . . and where does it stop?
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Old 03-06-14, 04:15 PM   #1377
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This is an example of a heavy watch that people wear for status.
Not always so. I'll admit I have may fair share of pricey watches. The Seadweller absolutealex posted is about as bomb proof as a watch gets. It's what I wear when I need a real tool watch.
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Old 03-06-14, 07:49 PM   #1378
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The Seadweller absolutealex posted is about as bomb proof as a watch gets.

I wore a submariner for 10 years, and I was not careful with it like I am with my watches now. It ran well the whole time and never complained. Unfortunately Rolex products have suffered the same publicity as BMW in that people buy them strictly for status and don't know anything about them. I don't wear the Rolex because I don't want to be viewed as "the kind of person that wears a Rolex". Even though I'm a car enthusiast I won't buy a BMW for the same reason.

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Old 03-06-14, 08:47 PM   #1379
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Watches have long been obsolete for most. Even so, a $15 digital will provide all the function you need at a very light weight. I don't think I'll ever be able to kill my cheapo ironman. This isn't about function. Watches are jewelry, and like most things BF, serve as a great way to parade e-wangs.
LOL, I have to agree. I use a cheap Casio diver's watch, good to 100 meters deep, which I figure that oughta hold up to the rain around here. Of course, the wind is an unpredictable variable, which makes predictions kinda variable.
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Old 03-21-14, 10:53 PM   #1380
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Old 03-21-14, 11:28 PM   #1381
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I've got a plain old Wittnauer divers watch like this one for intervals. Actually it's my work watch. It's kind of a Tag Heuer copy in style. 36 mm bezel. Turns my wrist grey when I sweat but I don't care.

Speaking of that:



These "Oris" styled silicon rubber watch bands would be nice for cycling as they don't get soggy like leather or turn your wrist grey (I like the diamond pattern ones like this). I have one on a Muhle-Glashutte but they won't fit on my Wittnauer.
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Old 04-12-14, 10:10 AM   #1382
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Old 04-12-14, 10:12 AM   #1383
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Old 04-17-14, 12:59 PM   #1384
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I Looooove watches. Who cares if they are not considered by some as the 'best' way to tell time? Earrings and necklaces don't tell time at all, and people still wear them.

I used to wear cheap sports watches (HR monitors) on the bike but they all broke eventually...then it was quartz beater watches but I got bored with those and sold them all. Now I just have automatics and I've worn the least expensive one on the commuter every now and then but usually it's no watch on the bike. If I'm off the bike I'll pick a watch suitable to what I'm wearing, although most of mine look pretty much the same, sporty/dressy Steel on a strap.

I carry my cell phone on all rides, for emergencies but that stays in my jersey pocket... I use my Garmin if I need to see the time during a weekend ride.
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Old 04-19-14, 01:43 AM   #1385
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I've got a Muhle Glashutte Traveler like this one. I use an Oris silicon rubber diver's band with it. Don't wear it riding though. It's a little bulky. I wear a cheaper diver's watch for that. This is something I got a good price on used that has the small 37mm bezel. So I save it for puttin' on the dog. Heavy duty Swiss movement.
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Old 04-19-14, 10:37 AM   #1386
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Just got one of these. Looks awesome with a nice dress shirt. My wife thinks I'm crazy because now I have 12 watches.

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Old 04-19-14, 10:56 AM   #1387
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I have to make do with my Rolexes. 1 Submariner in blackface, and 1 Stainless Yachtmaster.
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Old 04-19-14, 08:09 PM   #1388
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Just got one of these. Looks awesome with a nice dress shirt. My wife thinks I'm crazy because now I have 12 watches.
For a watch collector or enthusiast that is just barely getting started. I have more than 12 and that is after cutting my collection way down.
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Old 04-20-14, 03:07 PM   #1389
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For a watch collector or enthusiast that is just barely getting started. I have more than 12 and that is after cutting my collection way down.
There is a method to my madness. I have been gradually building my collection over the last two years. Back then I had an old G-Shock that I wore every day and some cheap Timex "dressy" watch for church. Then I found this thread. I am still quite a tight-wad and refuse to pay more than about $120 for a watch. I like the hunt of finding nice, affordable pieces. Now that I have 12 solid watches, my plan is to gradually upgrade to more exotic brands. Got my eyes on Tissot and Burberry right now.

Would love to have a Tag and a Breitling in my box some day. It's a long-range plan.

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Old 04-20-14, 09:12 PM   #1390
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There is a method to my madness...

Got my eyes on Tissot and Burberry right now. Would love to have a Tag and a Breitling in my box some day. It's a long-range plan.
Tissot is a real brand, Burberry is not (IOW they buy a $20 watch from someone else and sell it for $500). TAG is a real brand but their products are frequently overpriced when compared to other watches with the same movements and features.

You might want to check out pmwf.com, it caters to good watches at affordable prices. At one time I had a pretty good group of watches, none of them cost over $105. There are some other good watch forums on the internet.

I find that watch collectors are extremely fickle. They buy watches, decide they don't like them and sell them right away. Or they wear a watch for a few months and then sell them. I've tried to think I was different but then I've found that I have had watches that I really liked, but I later sold them for something else that I thought I would like. I eventually cut my collection down and haven't had any urges to sell any of them for awhile.
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Old 04-21-14, 05:08 AM   #1391
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Old 04-21-14, 03:39 PM   #1392
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Tissot is a real brand, Burberry is not (IOW they buy a $20 watch from someone else and sell it for $500). TAG is a real brand but their products are frequently overpriced when compared to other watches with the same movements and features.
I did not know that about Burberry. I just like the looks of some of them. Really hot for a Tissot for some reason.
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Old 04-21-14, 06:46 PM   #1393
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I did not know that about Burberry. I just like the looks of some of them. Really hot for a Tissot for some reason.
If you are interested in buying watches, there are 3 things to keep in mind-
1. There are brands that sell for high prices but don't have much substance to them. I bought a Festina for around $100 and already owned a Casio that I bought for under $20. When it came to change batteries I discovered that both watches had identical Japanese quartz movements in them. I always thought the Festina was a good looking watch but then when I started buying real watches, the Festina looked like cheap junk in comparison, even in comparison to Seiko watches that I paid less for.
2. Most brands you don't want to buy in retail stores unless you have to. You can find a Seiko or Citizen online for half the price that you will find it at retail in stores. Since watch buyers tend to buy and sell a lot, you don't want to pay a lot for a watch and find out you can only sell it for 1/3 as much. Now if you want to buy an expensive brand such as Rolex, Omega or beyond, you should strive to buy from a reputable collector or reputable dealer. I see watches such as Omega on ebay, I would be extremely afraid of buying one of those. You can even get fakes from retailers like Costco.
3. Whatever you are interested in, do your research on the net before buying. Find out about the brand, the model, how owners feel about them, what reasonable prices should be. There are numerous good watch forums on the net- pmwf.com, timezone.com, watchuseek.com are some of the good ones.

Nothing wrong with Tissot as a brand if they have models that you like.
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If you are interested in buying watches, there are 3 things to keep in mind-
1. There are brands that sell for high prices but don't have much substance to them. I bought a Festina for around $100 and already owned a Casio that I bought for under $20. When it came to change batteries I discovered that both watches had identical Japanese quartz movements in them. I always thought the Festina was a good looking watch but then when I started buying real watches, the Festina looked like cheap junk in comparison, even in comparison to Seiko watches that I paid less for.
2. Most brands you don't want to buy in retail stores unless you have to. You can find a Seiko or Citizen online for half the price that you will find it at retail in stores. Since watch buyers tend to buy and sell a lot, you don't want to pay a lot for a watch and find out you can only sell it for 1/3 as much. Now if you want to buy an expensive brand such as Rolex, Omega or beyond, you should strive to buy from a reputable collector or reputable dealer. I see watches such as Omega on ebay, I would be extremely afraid of buying one of those. You can even get fakes from retailers like Costco.
3. Whatever you are interested in, do your research on the net before buying. Find out about the brand, the model, how owners feel about them, what reasonable prices should be. There are numerous good watch forums on the net- pmwf.com, timezone.com, watchuseek.com are some of the good ones.

Nothing wrong with Tissot as a brand if they have models that you like.
Thanks for the info. I definitely do my research before buying...especially anything over $100. I pretty much don't even bother looking at retail stores, however there is a Seiko store about 5 minutes from where I work and I like to pop in once in a while to see what's on sale.
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I'm not a roadie... can I still post here...?

I inherited a fantastic Longines when my grandpa died, looks like this one (but cleaner), 14k gold watch he got for retirement in the 60s:



It only ever gets worn when I'm dressing formal. Love that it is mechanical, but too sentimentally dear to wear it around everyday.

When I was hunting around for prices, I was amazed that some vintage Longines watches go for not too much money. Were I to take up wearing watches, it would be either G-Shock classic or a series of Longines.

The other watch I have looks like this:



And says "Automatic" on the back, but is actually a wind-up mechanical Chinese knockoff... I paid $20 for it because it is mechanical wind and you can see the workings, not because it's a fake VC...
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I like your thinking. I have just about enough dough saved up for a new Cervelo...but I can't decide between the R5 and the S5.

If I can liquidate a couple of watches, I may just get both....

Edit: Grand Seiko is a nice watch, however!
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Old 04-26-14, 06:30 PM   #1397
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Awesome watch, you'll love it. I picked one up on a watch forum a couple of weeks ago and I love it. I get more people noticing the OM than any other watch in my collection. Mine came with the original rubber strap and Watchadoo bracelet.

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Now THat is a cool lookin' sports / divers watch right there.....But what is it?
That looks like an older Seiko that has been modded- bead blast the case and bezel, new bezel insert, new hands and dial. I believe there are some boutique brands that currently make watches with cushion cases like that.
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