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Old 02-18-10, 08:25 PM   #1
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Anyone here know about some watches?

I had a watch... and now i cant find it, or i should say i know the general area it is in but i just moved and i don't want to dig through all the stuff that is stacked on top of it to find it. It was a pretty nice watch of around about $250.

I want to get a different one for my outdoor activity's as it was more of a dress watch. Does anyone here know of some good brands or know of any watches period that are really nice. At first i was looking for a watch with lots of fancy stuff like a barometer and an altimeter and such. I think after looking though i would be really happy with a simple hardy watch. One thing i would like it to be is analog and not any light colors like YELLOW! *yak*

I originally went looking for a watch forum but from what saw nun existed so I came back to the trusty BF to ask
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Now paging Botto. Botto to foo for watch consultation please. Please pick up the white courtesy phone to speak to Botto about watches.

Yes, there are quite a few watch afficiandos in this forum. Wait a bit, they will show.

Now paging Pgoat, Pgoat, please report to Foo for watch consultaion.
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Old 02-18-10, 09:42 PM   #3
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Yep, Botto will send you in the right direction.

While we are waiting though, I picked up a dual time zone Wenger a couple of years ago when I left home without one. It has been great and looks decent. At least people who know nothing about watches like it! It was about 200 or so.
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Well, I'm pretty happy with mine, but it's a bit more than $250 worth of watch.


Simple, no batteries, perpetual movement and keeps great time.
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I shall stand by and wait

OH OH another thing (i saw after being curious and look searching up dual time zone wenger) i don't really want a watch with metal links... don't really like the way the silver color looks.. so maybe if it was black I wear a lot of darker colors and i don't like the way it sticks out. Just thought i would share for future suggestions.
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http://www.hamiltonwatch.com
Check out Hamilton watches.
They have Swiss movements now (used to be American built).
You can pick up a quartz movement for <$200 and automatic movements for <$450.

No garish colors.
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You're more likely to catch his attention by alerting his stupid-meter with a real gem.

FWIW: Seiko watch forums are here.
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I shall stand by and wait

OH OH another thing (i saw after being curious and look searching up dual time zone wenger) i don't really want a watch with metal links... don't really like the way the silver color looks.. so maybe if it was black I wear a lot of darker colors and i don't like the way it sticks out. Just thought i would share for future suggestions.
Well, here is a link to the one I bought. <$100 now.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002N322HG/...SIN=B002N322HG
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http://www.hamiltonwatch.com
Check out Hamilton watches...

...No garish colors.
Looked around there site and a lot of those are really nice.

This one looks puurrrrrrdy
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I really like Hamilton.
Fine watches for decent money.
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timex expedition should meet your needs.ability for three time zones,night light. my last one lasted eight years before i hit it with a hammer and kafooyed it. found a timex resin on timex's web site which is similar to the one i had.

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As a jeweler, I am pretty familiar with watches. My suggestion is more about what to look for and less about specific brands, Most Swiss movement watches use the same electronic movements- you are paying for case and band details. That's right, a Tissot, a Brietling and TAG Heuer often have the same guts, if they are quartz movements.
The main brand of Swiss movement is ETA; but there are also Rhonda, EFA and ISA. Basically, there is little difference between these movements in terms of quality or reliability. These movements are found in watches from many countries, not just Swiss.
There are two varieties of decent Japanese movements; Hattori/Seiko and Miyota /Citizen. Again, these are equally reliable and accurate. Avoid Chinese-made movements- they are unreliable.
Mechanical watches are another, more esoteric "Collectable" species all together. The very accurate ones can be very costly, and when servicing is needed- quite expensive. They are not as accurate as Quartz movements and are subject to certain idiosyncrasies. Self winding versions or "Automatics" should be preferred to any traditional wound watches, if you are considering them at all. "Jewels" are precision bearing surfaces inside watches, either quartz or mechanical, that are made from synthetic Sapphire or Ruby; called Corundum. More jewels are preferred to less jewels for long lived accuracy. A mechanical movement should have no less than 17 jewels. Quartz movements have considerably less moving parts and, therefore, require less jewelling.
Look for a "Diver's Case" watch- these are usually rated water resistant to a specific depth or pressure. They should have a screwed on Back and a screw down crown (the "stem" where one sets the hands). The case back and crown (and under the crystal edge, as well) will have rubber gaskets that seal the watch movement from water. Even if you never intend to Scuba dive with the watch, this type of sealing is a must for ruggedness.
A mineral crystal (i.e. Synthetic Sapphire- Corundum) will not become as scratched or fogged as an acrylic crystal. It will last much, much longer.
If you get one of these diver's cased watches with a quartz movement and a metal bracelet, you only need to pay for yearly battery changes for accurate time. If you get one with a leather strap , you will have to replace them , as well. Some diver's watches have a rubber bracelet, I find these to be better for the Aquatic pastimes- the sweat that can build up under them (which would "breathe" away with a leather strap) can cause skin irritation, for most people.
A Stainless steel finish, rather than a gold plate will stay better looking for longer than any "gold-tone" finish. I suggest only gold accents on stainless, if you must.
I also think the glow-in-the-dark markers and hands, on a darker face are more readable while riding rather than a lighter or silver dial face, with darker hands. This is more of a personal preference than anything, though. If you want some sort of G-Shock or HR monitoring watch; I offer no advice. If you want some sort of stop watch function, these are readily available in quartz movement watches. Mechanical watches with stop watch capabilities are often called "Chronometers". Actually, a watch must pass a rigorous accuracy (for mechanical) test that is certified by the Swiss testing organisation, known as COSC, to be officially called a "chronometer".
COSC aka C.O.S.C. is Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres, is the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute which certifies the accuracy and precision of wristwatches in Switzerland.
You will pay dearly for any COSC Certified Chronometer. The best known, of course, is Rolex. No other watch manufacturer has had as many COSC Certificates awarded for their timepieces. But other makers have COSC certified models.
Thus, my recommendation for a cyclist is some sort of stainless diver’s watch with a quartz movement and a metal bracelet.
Well, that's my two minute Watch seminar.... Happy hunting!
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Well, I'm pretty happy with mine, but it's a bit more than $250 worth of watch.


Simple, no batteries, perpetual movement and keeps great time.
How does it really work? What does this perpetual movement thing do?
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Counterweights and flywheels and dual mainsprings. I have to manually wind the watch about every six months.
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How does it really work? What does this perpetual movement thing do?
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Take a look at www.bluedial.com and www.princetonwatches.com.

Seiko, Swiss Army, Wenger and Citizen have a lot of watches that fit your description.
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Aerospace. I've been wearing these for 15 years. Very light, one crown adjusts chronograph, alarm, two time zones, date, etc.

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As a jeweler...
Thank you very much for taking the time to type all that out. Had to read it twice to put it all together . Also thank you to everyone else for helping out.
Today i think im going to head down to some shops and get some hands on look at some watches and see what they have to say. I'll come back with what i find
and get the real news on the watch... just in case i get some pushers at the store that don't know crap lol.

You peoples are AWESOME!
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I wear a solar powered Casio G-shock...not a dress watch by any means but I swear I could put a bullet through it and it would still run. I love it...
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I wear a solar powered Casio G-shock...not a dress watch by any means but I swear I could put a bullet through it and it would still run. I love it...
I think most G-shocks you probably could good watch for the outdoors have had a lot of friends stand by them

I went out to a store or two and saw a watch and fell in no joke.
Maybe not the best watch for the outdoors but i love the look features and PRICE!
With a 5 year warranty and 30% off i think it might be sold, but with everything i buy. I'm going to mull over
it a little and see what my gut tells me in a day or so

http://www.citizenwatch.com/COA/Engl...ber=BL5295-55E
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http://www.jewelswarehouse.com/DS_DP...Drive+Bracelet

Nice watch, not a bad price either.
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If you are not looking for a particular model, you could check the watch sale sites over the next few weeks. Chronoshark has a Seiko on sale today (not my taste but it changes every day) and 1saleaday has a nice Seiko that would be a nice basic watch. I've purchased items from both sites and had all positive experiences.
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this guy can tell you about watches

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As a jeweler, I am pretty familiar with watches (...snip...) Well, that's my two minute Watch seminar.... Happy hunting!
Thanks for that, elcraft! Great post.
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When I wore watches, I'd go to MallWart or BigLots and get a $7 to $12 watch, wear it until the battery died then get another one. There's a lot of nice looking cheap watches now.

Why cheap? Because I can destroy, lose, or scratch the crap up out of an expensive watch just as fast as I can a cheap one. And the cheapie kept just as good of time.
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