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#16 +Chicane-UK

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:26

I disagree, however, with the idea of paying more than $250 for a Quartz watch (owing two which cost a lot more than that: a Tag Heuer and a Rado).


That's why I said unless buying from a reputable brand - e.g. Tag / Rado :)


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Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:32

That's why I said unless buying from a reputable brand - e.g. Tag / Rado :)


I apologise - I didn't read your post as well as I should have.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:32

That's why I said unless buying from a reputable brand - e.g. Tag / Rado :)


and at that point all you are paying into is the brand, in terms of quartz.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:35

and at that point all you are paying into is the brand,


To be fair you could say that of any high end watch really unless you get into the really special stuff.

Look for example at how Rolex increase their prices for watches they've sold for a number of years, year on year.. it's not like the product is costing them more to make really - they're charging more because they can - and people pay it.

However the benefit is that the high end watches tend to hold some good residual value and indeed with Rolex, quite often if you make a purchase and sit on it for 4-5 years it'll be at least worth the same as what you paid for it, if not more if you come to sell it on.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:41

To be fair you could say that of any high end watch really unless you get into the really special stuff.

Look for example at how Rolex increase their prices for watches they've sold for a number of years, year on year.. it's not like the product is costing them more to make really - they're charging more because they can - and people pay it.

However the benefit is that the high end watches tend to hold some good residual value and indeed with Rolex, quite often if you make a purchase and sit on it for 4-5 years it'll be at least worth the same as what you paid for it, if not more if you come to sell it on.


ya, people will pay for it. i just don't see much value in a quartz in comparison to a mechanical. do quartz tags hold good residual value?

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:42

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This is the watch (Fossil 2565) I bought recently after searching for a good while. It has a special meaning regarding the passing away of my dad this recent summer. I've always wanted to have a good and sturdy watch with the kind of watch band this one has. The watch band itself is darker IRL and it wears off a bit at some places, making those parts look like in that picture. That recoloring looks pretty damn good though, it always looks good on leather IMO.

The reason why it has a special meaning for me is because my dad also always had a watch on his arm. Always a low profile yet manly watch. And I was given part of his pension and I didn't want that money to go to waste. I wanted to buy something worthwhile, something that would have a meaning and something that I'd be able to keep with me for a long time. So that's the reason why I bought this watch and I'm so happy with it.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:07

i got a citizen eco drive gold something.
its too big, heavy, and im starting not to like leather straps - degrades after a while.
still looks pretty though :)

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 16:55

I'm fortunate enough to own an Omega Speedmaster Professional after saving up and buying a good pre-owned example earlier this year. I love it, not only because of the timeless design (essentially first released in the early 60's and the design has barely changed since then, except for a few cosmetic differences) but also the history of it (worn on Apollo space missions, worn on the moon, etc).

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But I also own a number of other far more affordable watches.

Essentially there are three types of watch movements:

* Quartz - battery powered
* Automatic - has a sort of pendulum inside the watch which, as you move around, winds up a mechanical movement
* Manual - you have to wind it up every day before you put it on

Quartz is very popular but usually cheap to produce unless you go into the more high end types of movement. Generally unless you're talking about a very very reputable brand, it'll have a cheap movement in so probably not worth spending a lot of money on ($250 max).

If you fancy a cheap entry into mechanical watches, then have a look at the Seiko 5 watches. They're very affordable, very well made, usually have a display back so you can see the inner workings, and they do a wide range of styles to suit most tastes. I have the fairly well known Seiko 5 'military' style watch and it works great and easy to regulate the time (automatics and mechanicals are generally far less accurate than quartz but can be adjusted to be pretty accurate).

There are some other good brands mentioned here - Tissot are very well known and have been in business for decades, Fossil watches are kinda cool and Parnis are excellent - I have one myself (which is a bit of a shameless homage of a Panerai watch which would normally cost $6000...)

But it's worth saying after all that, this is just my opinion on things - and really if you find a watch you like, regardless of cost, then just buy it. I can't quite get the mindset of people that buy quartz fashion watches at $5000... but each to their own I guess!

Keep us updated on what you end up buying!


Thanks for the info and that is a beautiful watch, i haven't settled on anything yet, i'm going to have a proper look next week.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 17:00

Swatch watches are ubber crap, they fall apart... from nothing... Damned by my other half as she loves them.


If I could find a reputable dealer for this watch id buy it in a heart beat:

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 17:24

Beautiful Omega and totally agree with the suggestion of going with a Seiko 5 as they are also fantastic watches.
Whilst I agree with the idea of spending any more than $100 on a watch from a fashion brand, I disagree, however, with the idea of paying more than $250 for a Quartz watch (owing two which cost a lot more than that: a Tag Heuer and a Rado).


well my 10+ year old Seiko Perpetual Calendar Titanium was a lot more than 250and it's worth it, even if I need to send it in to change battery every 5+ years. I do wish they could make a perpetual calendar that's kinetic powered though. most of the Seiko's today don't have the nice blue backplate that made me buy this one for significant savings back then though (they're like half the price today than they where then though)

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 23:06

well my 10+ year old Seiko Perpetual Calendar Titanium was a lot more than 250and it's worth it, even if I need to send it in to change battery every 5+ years. I do wish they could make a perpetual calendar that's kinetic powered though. most of the Seiko's today don't have the nice blue backplate that made me buy this one for significant savings back then though (they're like half the price today than they where then though)


i just checked their website, they do offer a kinetic perpetual.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:58

This is my watch, first watch in 11 years and certainly not my last.

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Tissot PRC 200. Got it during the Christmas sale at £200. I've replaced the clasp with a full butterfly one for a wider opening and it looks a little meatier than the stock one.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 14:28

Don't you guys buy clones, you can get those for around $105-$140 usually, are they any good?

Would love to get a proper clone of this:

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Official link: http://www.omegawatc.../32110445001001

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 17:32

I have a very nice Nautica watch, they are actually made by Timex
Got it because we have a Timexpo here, a Timex outlet, and it was like 50% off or so
I still pop in from time to time, never know what kind of great deals you can find. One day I'll be able to afford better

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 17:41

Don't you guys buy clones, you can get those for around $105-$140 usually, are they any good?

Would love to get a proper clone of this:

Official link: http://www.omegawatc.../32110445001001


speedmaster is very similar to thte rolex daytona. alpha makes a homage to the latter: http://www.alpha-wat...&list=8&pages=1