Wrist watch and timepiece discussion thread

GSB

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@GSB nice work, it looks mint..
I bought both my then girlfriend (now wife) and I watches in 96, i've just dug out the soft cases to check the date.. I must have been loved up or something. She still wears hers too, black face, different bezel, they've never cost us anything other than replacement batteries, service and reseal.

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My dad never wore a watch, he had the uncanny ability to stop them within hours of putting them on, wind'up, battery it didn't matter.. they just stopped.
you may find this video interesting…
 

Betsy

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^Wow.. amazing, i can't believe i got sucked into that video

Some nice watches.. i like that Swatch on the previous page, very humble.
I should probably clarify my stand point, it's not watches i find vulgar pre se, it's jsut the status symbol, wealth flexing bullshit of which the watch game seems to be a huge part of.. This kind of thing which you see splattered around the internet..Ugh! it's just grim af!

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Classy?

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GSB

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In that case I recommend the twitter account ‘WatchWankers’, im sure you‘ll find it amusing.

The watches themselves aren’t the issue. The sort of people who shave the back of their hands for a watch photo or risk losing countless spring pins and spend hours messing about just to strap the bracelets of 6 AP royal oaks to their steering wheel are undoubtedly meat flute strokers of the highest order. If it wasn’t watches it’d be something else. The fact he has only AP, Rolex and Patek strapped to that wheel is evidence enough that he’s not a ‘watch guy’ he’s a ’look at my money’ guy. If he could get away with having a collection of Birkin handbags, you can bet he would do it in a heartbeat.

Having a distinct and well ingrained engineering bent myself, I cant help but admire the detail, the engineering and the precision of a well made watch. They are mechanical masterpieces, and I’m absolutely astounded by them.
 

KermitGKona88

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^Wow.. amazing, i can't believe i got sucked into that video

Some nice watches.. i like that Swatch on the previous page, very humble.
I should probably clarify my stand point, it's not watches i find vulgar pre se, it's jsut the status symbol, wealth flexing bullshit of which the watch game seems to be a huge part of.. This kind of thing which you see splattered around the internet..Ugh! it's just grim af!

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Classy?

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Those shoes just say it all, fecking hideous...
 

oaklec

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When I was 40 I had a bit of a mid life crisis and bought myself a Rolex watch. It's a cheap Rolex watch but an absolute work of art, a datejust made of stainless steel, with a blue baton face and a jubilee strap. It's small, 36 mm but so are my wrists. It's worth more now than when I bought it but investment was not why I bought it. Time has passed and I wear it less and less because Rolex is a brand that makes people judge you for wearing one. Just recently I bought a Bremont mach 2, not new but a year old at a good price. The Bremont appeals because it also is a really nice watch, not as elegant as the Datejust but it goes under the radar. I can wear it without feeling judged.

There is something nice about wearing a well crafted watch, a bit like riding a hand crafted bike, like a Ron Cooper or an Ephgrave.

But wearing a Rolex is like riding a Colnago.

However, with both of those watches there is a feature that I really miss compared to my trusty Timex - and that is indiglo. With my timex I press the button and the light comes on, it's fantastic.

And the moral of the story? Don't have several beers and then start posting about watches 😉
 
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Fudd

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I'm a vintage Seiko guy at heart and I've owned many 6138 and 6139 chronographs and a good few 6306 and 6309 divers, but this is the current collection -

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G Shock 5610, started out as the standard version but I've added the metal case and bracelet and bull bars.
Omega Speedmaster from 2016. I've got the bracelet but usually wear it on a Nato or velcro strap. Modded with an ever-so-slightly longer crown to make it easier to wind.
Timex Snoopy in Space. Rarely gets worn but it was cheap and a bit of fun.
Enoksen Fly 01. I do some work for these guys and this was a freebie. Seiko NH35 movement inside and I've painted the hands white and relumed the dial and hands for the faux-vintage look.
Seiko SKX171. I've spent more than the watch cost modding it with a domed sapphire crystal, SKX173 seconds hand, SKX007 bezel and insert, 4R36 movement, SARB059 engraved crown and stem, Strapcode bracelet and Seiko titanium MM200 clasp.

The SKX gets worn most of the time, the Speedmaster some of the time and the others only occasionally. I also have a Tag F1 chronograph I bought new over 20 years ago but that's currently in pieces after I needed a part from it for another watch. It's also tiny by todays standards and I wouldn't wear it much if it was working, but it's the only watch I'll never sell.

I've a hankering for a Sinn 556A, but like many watches they've almost doubled in price since I first started looking at them and it gets harder to justify with every price rise, plus I'm still kicking myself for not buying a Rolex Polar ExpII back in 2015 when £2.5k was the going rate.
 

grantoury

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I am thinking about buying a new Seiko 5 field watch. The only reason being I would like a modest watch that doesn't need service or a battery for the next thirty years, apart from adjustments. I am still not clear though on how realistic that is.
 

GSB

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Not that realistic. It can be done, just like you ‘could’ run a new car for 50,000 miles without an oil change. Advisable? Not really.

The lubricants used in a watch have a habit of drying out, degrading or otherwise not doing the job as well as they used to after a period of time. 10 years is doable with, perhaps even 20, but I can’t see a watch operating 3 decades without needing some kind of intervention. If you’re opening it up for adjustments, then you may as well get it serviced. Bear in mind that watch servicing, whilst undoubtedly a bit specialist and beyond the eyesight and dexterity of most of us, doesn’t cost the earth, especially if you use an independent.
 
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