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trackhub 03-27-15 06:22 PM

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Originally Posted by ahsposo (Post 17662436)
I'm having a 60's Omega Speedmaster overhauled and I saw the shop had a very nice selection of Citizen Ecodrive. When I go back to check on my watch I'll see if they have that, by chance.

I appreciate that. It seems that watch fans, like cyclists, tend to "have each others' backs". :thumb:

Here is a website I came across recently: Watches you Can afford.

This site focuses on the more common brands, that most of can afford, as opposed to the very wonderful, but very expensive
swiss makers. It's worth checking out.

coolcamaro12 03-27-15 06:28 PM

I have been fancying some Russian watches lately...
http://i.imgur.com/ElKiwYW.jpg

RPK79 07-15-15 03:24 PM

My wife got me a Citizen a few months back. Love it.
http://www.kay.com/images/products/2...2901_MV_ZM.jpg

crank_addict 08-15-15 10:42 PM

http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTAyNFg3NT...TrJqm/$_57.JPG

Drillium Dude 09-03-15 02:01 PM

I like 'em big and chunky...

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7264/...fb0a1457_b.jpg

...in basic black...

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8341/...675dcaa4_b.jpg

...and occasionally with a dash of color

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5609/...7bba5cb8_b.jpg

DD

ahsposo 09-03-15 09:46 PM

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Originally Posted by crank_addict (Post 18079151)

Just bought one like this. I'll post some pictures when it arrives.

FlatSix911 09-07-15 04:27 PM

A compilation of the world's most complex and incredible watch mechanisms

https://www.facebook.com/inverse/videos/867590113289437

[video]https://www.facebook.com/inverse/videos/867590113289437[/video]

ravenmore 09-10-15 04:51 PM

I know they're nothing super special but I've bought a couple of Invicta's lately. This one was a gift though.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v7...pslcw40w01.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v7...pseiyqitsr.jpg

For around $100 they seem pretty solid. If heavy. Very heavy. :)

ravenmore 09-11-15 06:18 AM

I would love to collect nice watches but I'd probably never spend more than $500 on one. Just seems silly to me.

Also I kind of wonder if the people who can afford nice watches have conservative tastes, because honestly most really nice expensive watches are kind of boring. For example I've never seen a Rolex that I thought was exceptional looking, although I respect the brand very much. Of course I haven't seen every one out there so maybe they'd have something I'd find exceptional.

ahsposo 09-12-15 12:13 PM

Here's a antique Breitling from 1950 to 1952 similar to the one in the ad above.

Venus 188 movement - the first of the cam operated chronographs. The minute timer is at the 3 o'clock position and running seconds at 9 o'clock. The chrono second hand is the skinny hand at 12.

In researching this watch I learned quite a few things about old watches; for example the 3 longer marks on the chrono minute timer are at 3 minute intervals to time long distance calls.

http://i.imgur.com/YP2CgeH.jpg

ahsposo 09-12-15 12:32 PM

Found another 1950's ad for Breitling chronos featuring a cyclist. Too bad it's so small...

http://sfile.f-static.com/image/user...pg?id=11520218

ahsposo 09-14-15 02:52 PM

I have a '72 Omega Constellation:
http://i.imgur.com/iBMyDcc.jpg

Wulf 09-14-15 03:04 PM

I like chronographs. The outermost markings are sometimes generic but sometimes have a special purpose:
Tachymeter - reads speed in MPH/KpH directly
Pulsations - count 10 beats of heart rate and read directly off the scale.
Distance - Time the sound of something and read the distance directly off the scale.

ahsposo 09-14-15 07:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Wulf (Post 18163686)
Distance - Time the sound of something and read the distance directly off the scale.

Called a telemeter. On the Breitling above it's for kilometers because it goes to 20 - sound travels about a km every 3 seconds. With miles it's close to 5 seconds so the scale is almost like the 12 anyway.

Catinella 09-14-15 10:59 PM

I have several watches, including a 1980 Seiko quartz, and a couple of (non-working) Rotary dress watches from the late 50s. I have two Orient watches I use regularly.

http://www.domczasu.pl/allegro/domcz...R003W%201a.jpg
I use this Orient (UG1R003W) as my formal dress watch. It's thin, and slips under the shirt cuff easily. Sunday is in red. It has a quartz movement. $129

http://cdn3.volusion.com/htlyr.vuqkj...jpg?1408684729
This is a thicker Orient watch. (EV0S005W.) I use this watch on weekends and vacations, or when wearing short sleeved shirts. Each day of the week is in black. The watch has an automatic movement. $129

robncircus 09-22-15 09:06 AM

Thought I'd share pictures of my newest acquisition - Seiko Sarb 065 "Cocktail Time". Really enjoying it.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...ps5b7k4uuz.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...psrpwnb3ix.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...psd11piavb.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...pspbhhxs2o.jpg

Cheers

Rob

robncircus 09-24-15 09:08 AM

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Originally Posted by ravenmore (Post 18155326)
I would love to collect nice watches but I'd probably never spend more than $500 on one. Just seems silly to me.

Also I kind of wonder if the people who can afford nice watches have conservative tastes, because honestly most really nice expensive watches are kind of boring. For example I've never seen a Rolex that I thought was exceptional looking, although I respect the brand very much. Of course I haven't seen every one out there so maybe they'd have something I'd find exceptional.

The good news is $500 is a great budget for watches in the "affordable" spectrum. So many unique choices offered by the micro brands.

Not sure of this is considered exceptional but certainly one of the more unique Rolex offerings. I bought it for the green sapphire crystal and the lightening bolt hand :)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...psa5daada7.jpg

RubeRad 09-24-15 10:14 AM

Stupid question from a guy who absolutely does NOT care about watch-jewlery:

I wear my timex ironman every day, but I have an analog watch (Fossil Blue) that I wear when I'm feeling fancy. Since that's probably less than once a month, is my battery life better off always running, or if I 'stop' the watch by pulling out the crown and just set it every time I wear it?

ravenmore 09-24-15 07:30 PM

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Originally Posted by robncircus (Post 18190593)
The good news is $500 is a great budget for watches in the "affordable" spectrum. So many unique choices offered by the micro brands.

Not sure of this is considered exceptional but certainly one of the more unique Rolex offerings. I bought it for the green sapphire crystal and the lightening bolt hand :)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...psa5daada7.jpg

This is more interesting than many. I don't know what makes a watch interesting to me - I just know it when I see it. I liked the Seiko you posted above although it was mainly the backside of it that I thought was cool. :) $500 is waaay on the top end for me. I buy roughly $100'ish watches most of the time. I have a Casio G-Shock on the way just because I've always wanted one. I'm surprised how often I see them on 'top affordable to buy' watch lists along with some Timex models. I mean they're cool and all to me but I don't see them as something 'collectible'. However I was absolutely stunned to learn there are some G-Shock watches that go into the THOUSANDS of dollars. WTF?

ravenmore 09-25-15 05:45 AM

Here's a nearly $1000 Casio G-Shock.

http://www.amazon.com/G-SHOCK-GPW-10...WYDZBHQDZWYC1X

They're are several waaay more expensive than this even - here's one north of $3k! :eek:

http://www.amazon.com/G-shock-Hybrid...0_SR160%2C160_

ahsposo 10-05-15 12:18 PM

Here's a German watch that ought to appeal to a roadie; a Vollmer Titan. Titanium case and bracelet - I guess the package weighs less than 50 grams. Incredible lume, non reflective sapphire crystal, 5 atmosphere water resistant. Automatic movement with about 40 hour reserve.

http://i.imgur.com/jVgM2ng.jpg

Looks bigger that it is due to the thin bezel. 40mm not including the crown.

mconlonx 10-05-15 12:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude (Post 18135463)

Roadies: will spend as much to remove grams from their bikes as they will to add ounces to their watches...

ahsposo 10-05-15 02:05 PM

So while I'm at it I might as well post my daily wear watch:

http://i.imgur.com/Nfjb3f8.jpg

The Seiko 5 line is an INCREDIBLE value in a mechanical watch. I picked this one up on fleaBay for less than $25 including shipping. Automatic movement with almost a 48 hour reserve, water resistant to 50 meters, not chronometer accurate but keeps really good time. The Seiko 5 line has so many styles it's crazy. Check this out: SEIKO 5 Finder - Searchable Seiko 5 Catalog

RubeRad 10-05-15 02:54 PM

Best part of this thread is all the extreme closeups of everybody's arm hair!

Took a peek on fleabay, looks like there's an outfit in India with all kinds of vintage automatic Seiko 5 styles that are selling for under $5, free shipping -- unless those are actually fakes, I wouldn't be able to tell.

ahsposo 10-05-15 03:22 PM

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Originally Posted by RubeRad (Post 18219433)
Best part of this thread is all the extreme closeups of everybody's arm hair!

Took a peek on fleabay, looks like there's an outfit in India with all kinds of vintage automatic Seiko 5 styles that are selling for under $5, free shipping -- unless those are actually fakes, I wouldn't be able to tell.

At least it's not short arm hair...

I avoid doing business with non English speaking countries on fleaBay. From experience it's MUCH easier to deal with a problem with out Google translating for you. Plus India, Peru, Bulgaria (and the good old USA for that matter) are full of non legitimate ware.


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