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Old 07-15-15, 03:24 PM
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My wife got me a Citizen a few months back. Love it.
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Old 08-15-15, 10:42 PM
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Old 09-03-15, 02:01 PM
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I like 'em big and chunky...



...in basic black...



...and occasionally with a dash of color



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Old 09-03-15, 09:46 PM
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Just bought one like this. I'll post some pictures when it arrives.
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Old 09-07-15, 04:27 PM
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A compilation of the world's most complex and incredible watch mechanisms

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

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

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Old 09-10-15, 04:51 PM
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I know they're nothing super special but I've bought a couple of Invicta's lately. This one was a gift though.





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

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Old 09-11-15, 06:18 AM
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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.
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Old 09-12-15, 12:13 PM
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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.


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Old 09-12-15, 12:32 PM
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Found another 1950's ad for Breitling chronos featuring a cyclist. Too bad it's so small...

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Old 09-14-15, 02:52 PM
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I have a '72 Omega Constellation:
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Old 09-14-15, 03:04 PM
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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.
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Old 09-14-15, 07:20 PM
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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.
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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.


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


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
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Old 09-22-15, 09:06 AM
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Thought I'd share pictures of my newest acquisition - Seiko Sarb 065 "Cocktail Time". Really enjoying it.









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Old 09-24-15, 09:08 AM
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Originally Posted by ravenmore View Post
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

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Old 09-24-15, 10:14 AM
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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?
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Old 09-24-15, 07:30 PM
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Originally Posted by robncircus View Post
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

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?
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Old 09-25-15, 05:45 AM
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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!

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

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Old 10-05-15, 12:18 PM
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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.



Looks bigger that it is due to the thin bezel. 40mm not including the crown.
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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude View Post
I like 'em big and chunky...

Roadies: will spend as much to remove grams from their bikes as they will to add ounces to their watches...
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Old 10-05-15, 02:05 PM
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So while I'm at it I might as well post my daily wear watch:



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
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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.
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Old 10-05-15, 03:22 PM
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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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Depends on judgment of probability of problem. $3 vs $25, if something goes wrong with $3 attempt, not much lost. If it turns out fake, whatever. If it's real but broke, can afford a couple more tries and still be way under cost.

Besides, India is very much an english-speaking country.
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You have a point.

I guess I've been looking at more 'collectible' watches on fleaBay. No way I'm putting down real money on an 'authentic' 'rare' watch from Bulgaria or Viet Nam.
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