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Old 02-27-07, 05:53 PM
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Help me buy a watch!

Hey guys I am interested in buying a nice watch to wear. I have never worn any jewlery for my entire life but I think I would like to get a watch. So heres some info...

I am 20 (so no grandpa styles), male (no ladies or kids styles), and have a fairly large wrist if that matters. It will be worn every day. I would like it to be very durable as I am hard on things I buy.

I dont like ones with tremendous faces. I like silver not gold. Stainless steel is nice. I would like a nice name brand (no BK value meal watches) so people dont laugh at me.

As far as features I think i would prefer analog and not digital. For other things. None of this is set in stone but the date would be nice, and one with the tide would be nice (Since I live on the water and in the summer time it is always something I am looking up for the beach or going out on a boat) but not necesary.

As far as water proofness. It would be nice if it was capable of being submerged 10 feet but not needed more then that (incase I decide to go swimming and dont remove it). Whats the difference between water resistant, water proof, water whatever... Any cycling related ones would be a plus (like the ironman one below) but I dont want a HRM as thats cheesy.

My budget is around $150 and under (not much when you are talking about watches).

So there, any input would be appreciated. I did some research but I only know the major brands and some are way out of my price range. I like these but I dont know if there anygood though.

Timex IRONMAN* Triathlon® MSRP: $90
http://www.timex.com/gp/product/B000...=core&v=glance

Timex Expedition E-Compass™ MSRP: $120
http://www.timex.com/gp/product/B000...imexBrand=core

I looked at Seiko but they are so expensive. This one is nice but at over $550 its way over my limit.
http://www.seikousa.com/Product.aspx?productId=488

Thanks

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Go for a Seiko. Don't be afraid to buy the watch gray market. I have used "Poor Man's Watch Forum's" online shop twice with no problems.

I'm sure you can find something you'll like here. Big bonus is that all of these are mechanical watches. I recommend the "Seiko Monster". I like and own the orange one but you can also get it with a black face for a less flashy look. The Monster lists at $149 + shipping.


http://www.pmwf.com/Watches/WATCHSAL...IKO_Mechanical
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Old 02-27-07, 07:56 PM
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http://www.pmwf.com/Watches/T20PMW%20List%20Table.htm
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Seikos have come a long way. But for a little less and a little exclusivity, I bought this big, honkin' diver for an every day, kick-around watch. Orsa Sea Angler Lume (the entire face as well as the hands will illuminate) 45mm wide, 16mm thick (not a weight weenie watch) $450 http://www.orsawatchco.info/the-collection.php
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Old 02-27-07, 09:19 PM
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That's a fine looking watch. ORSA appears to be based just north of me in Morin Heights, Quebec. You ordered yours online?
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Old 02-27-07, 09:21 PM
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It should have Roman Numerals and be self-winding. I've got an indestructible Seiko that I really like. Personally I like something with as low of a profile as reasonably possible, too chunky loses points for me. I'd say grey market is OK as long as you know you're getting the real thing and not counterfeit crap.
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If you want something unique, lighter, and have a grayish metal color, I reccomend Fossils titantium line.

Here is one for $165. I know it's a bit much, but it's nice.
http://www.fossil.com/shopping/produ...roductID=36602

They're Chornograph line is really nice also.
http://www.fossil.com/jump.jsp?itemI...mType=CATEGORY

Oh yeah, if you ever get 650 this is nice=p
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Originally Posted by santiago
That's a fine looking watch. ORSA appears to be based just north of me in Morin Heights, Quebec. You ordered yours online?
the orsa is a casual watch that i don't wear to work. i have a nice chronograph raymond weil for that...

you can send an email off the orsa site to order or check on ebay (this is how i ordered), he has auctions for the watches.

btw, they only make 50 of each watch then change "the collection" to something else.

also, the orsa is an automatic movement...no batteries needed.
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Hi Turboem1-

Everything you need to read can be found on TimeZone and then some! You would be well-served by an excellent used FORTIS model which is exceptionally legible, reliable, and looks great in a variety of situations. My favorite hobby aside from bicycles is collecting automatic Swiss watches.

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Originally Posted by santiago
Go for a Seiko. Don't be afraid to buy the watch gray market. I have used "Poor Man's Watch Forum's" online shop twice with no problems.

I'm sure you can find something you'll like here. Big bonus is that all of these are mechanical watches. I recommend the "Seiko Monster". I like and own the orange one but you can also get it with a black face for a less flashy look. The Monster lists at $149 + shipping.
A good, and practical suggestion. The Monster can also be found for around 120$ on ebay.

The PMWF is one idea, another is the Seiko Citizen Watch Forum. There's a Sales Forum there, where you can get decent deals.

Originally Posted by Blue Jays
Hi Turboem1-

Everything you need to read can be found on TimeZone and then some! You would be well-served by an excellent used FORTIS model which is exceptionally legible, reliable, and looks great in a variety of situations. My favorite hobby aside from bicycles is collecting automatic Swiss watches.

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Timezone is a fine and dandy resource for information about watches, and a great place to go to if you are looking for a 1,000$ plus watch.

Seeing as Turboem1 is 20, and specifically stated "no grandpa styles" and "My budget is around $150 and under" that's about the last place he should go.

May I suggest that next time you read the post before you reply?

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Hi query-

My suggestion to you is that you avoid rude and abusive posts to BikeForumites whom you don't know. That is an ad hominem attack which is considered bad form.

Many, many other types of watches are discussed on that site and you'll also note that I said a USED watch. I selected my last digital G-Shock model with resin strap based on discussions there. Have a good day.

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Originally Posted by Blue Jays
Hi query-

My suggestion to you is that you avoid rude and abusive posts to BikeForumites whom you don't know. That is an ad hominem attack which is considered bad form.

Many, many other types of watches are discussed on that site and you'll also note that I said a USED watch. I selected my last digital G-Shock model with resin strap based on discussions there. Have a good day.

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I realize that I should take your advice, and avoid your rude and abusive post, but I can't help myself.

I am fully aware of what kinds of watches are discussed on Timezone. Occassionaly they might even discuss 'beaters' like a G-Shock. If you frequent Timezone, then you will know that those are rare discussions. By the way, a used Fortis is still well over 150$.

I hope you have a nice day too, and might I part with a suggestion? A little vitamin E might help to thicken your skin.

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I bought a citizen titanium navihawk with their solar drive, it's great. Very light (some coworkers think its made of plastic), relatively tough, looks good, and I probably won't have to replace the batteries until I retire. It shuts down the mechanical arms when its in your sleeve to save power, when you whip it out, all the hand whiz back into their respective positions, its awesome watching it come to life. You can usually get em for about 300-350 on sale NEW but I've seen em go for 100-150 on ebay.

Otherwise, if you bike and exercise a lot, get a polar with HRM.
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Originally Posted by Turboem1
Hey guys I am interested in buying a nice watch to wear.
Back on topic, here's some more suggestions, that are actually within your stated budget. The seller is a good one. Cick the image for the link.

Little small (for me) at 39.5 mm, also quartz, but reasonably priced:



Similar to the watch above:



It is automatic and water resistant (there is no such thing as a water proof watch).



The SKX007, a contemporary classic:


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Hi Turboem1-

Now that fellow forumite "query" has recovered from her tantrum, I must say that I agree with what she has suggested with regard to those fantastic workhorse Seiko automatics. There are legions of fans on TimeZone and elsewhere about that watch and I own one that I absolutely love. It looks great with a NATO strap if you want to give it a more casual look at times. Also, remember to take a look at the used market. Lots of great deals can be found from people just looking to make a change...and you can find yourself with an Omega Seamaster sitting on your wrist at a bargain!

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Originally Posted by Blue Jays
Hi Turboem1-

Now that fellow forumite "query" has recovered from his tantrum, I must say that I agree with what she has suggested with regard to those fantastic workhorse Seiko automatics. There are legions of fans on TimeZone and elsewhere about that watch and I own one that I absolutely love. It looks great with a NATO strap if you want to give it a more casual look at times. Also, remember to take a look at the used market. Lots of great deals can be found from people just looking to make a change...and you can find yourself with an Omega Seamaster sitting on your wrist at a bargain!

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I do not know what tantrum you are referring to Honey, nor do I know which which "she" you are referring to.

You seem to be missing the point, probably because you have chosen not to read the OP's post, or maybe you are simply incapable of understanding it.

He has 150.00$ (that is One Hundred Fifty Dollars and No Cents) budgeted for a watch. Please share your sources where a genuine pre-owned Omega Seamaster is selling for 150$. Apart from the once ina blue moon mislabled item on ebay, they do not exist.

Bueñas dias, and do not forget to take your vitamin E.

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You can't go wrong with a good vintage watch. I wear a manual-wind OLMA and a self-wind Timex most of the time and I wear my DateJust (SS, white dial, roman makers) for special occasions or any time I won't be knocking it into things.
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Botto is the resident watch expert, however he's currently on a short vacation, but I"m sure he'll chime in when he gets back.

I'll give my opinion that I really like my Skagen. Very slim design, but doesn't meet your water proof criteria (at least mine doesn't): https://commerce76.datapipe.com/skag...iefix=65876407
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Hi query-

It's called private transactions. I purchased a three-hand, 40mm Fortis Flieger in fantastic condition for less than $100.00 on the secondary market. Why are you so bitter on these threads? There is no need to "lock" forumite Turboem1 into any one brand of watch or country of origin.

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Originally Posted by Blue Jays
Hi query-

It's called private transactions. I purchased a three-hand, 40mm Fortis Flieger in fantastic condition for less than $100.00 on the secondary market. Why are you so bitter on these threads? There is no need to "lock" forumite Turboem1 into any one brand of watch or country of origin.

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You either bought a fake, or you got yourself a unique deal.

Please elaborate how I am "bitter on these threads"? You seem to be projecting, and taking offense when none was intended. I would take a look in the mirror, before I started making such ridiculous accusations if I were you, which thankfully I am not.

I am merely trying to answer the OPs question, within his stated budgetary constraints. You answers are similar to the 'buy a Madone' replies, when someone asks if they should get a Trek 1000, or 1500.

I see no point in continuing this meaningless tit-for-tat with you any further, so this is the end of my contributions to this thread.

You have a great day, and remember: vitamin E.



PS - good luck in finding a watch OP!
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BTW, here's the "Which Watch?" thread from a week or two ago here in Foo.

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i would look into getting a seiko or maybe a swiss army watch. Best thing to do is go to the mall and try on a bunch of watches and see what you like. then go online and pay half
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Hi query-

I know my watches because I also own an IWC Portuguese Chrono-Automatic 3714, a Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor, two Glashutte Original models, three Omega Seamasters, the Fortis mentioned earlier, some vintage models, and a whole bunch of quartz-variety watches both analog and digital. I love all watches across all pricepoints and I'm wearing a Casio G-Shock as I write this since I'm working from home.

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Blue Jays,

Have you ever heard of the term "Let sleeping dogs lie"?
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