Watch Thread

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  1. mscott58

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    put a Citizen Eco Drive Pro Master Diver in my cart at Amazon at $89. But then took it out. Super freaking deal though.
     
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    Daughter picked me up a watch for my birthday recently. Nothing special but a cool little time piece.

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    Really cool! Having seen this, if I finally ever get a ZMF headphone, I will try to get a matching watch. Seriously.

    I too have a new one, though I bought it for myself as an early Christmas gift:
    The Casio Royale
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    For less than $20, I get nostalgia from childhood, James Bond homage (can't afford Omegas or Rolexes), and a functional, lightweight daily beater. I might be more out of the box pleased with this watch than any of the ones that I modded for significantly more money.
     
  5. Deep Funk

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    Postponed the Casio G-Shock 5510 to fund a new tattoo. I am eyeing a cheap classic though.

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    This one is cool too...

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    Saw one of these the other day. Not my picture.
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    New Grand Seikos in the last year or two have been very impressive but very subtle and quiet about it. Bunch of little things like how insane the polishing is, etc.
     
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    The Seasons collection is one of the best things to happen to GS, I adore all of the dial work they put in, simply inspiring stuff and I'm amazed by how they keep delivering on fantastic dial finishes that are also unique.

    The Eichi II is something that intrigues me as an exercise in absolute minimalism that puts all other watches (Journe, Laurent Ferrier included) to shame while simultaneously being the pinnacle of watch finishing and the human touch. Sadly it's not something I'm willing to commit to without seeing a physical watch, and I would probably never see one unless I paid for one myself.

    So yeah, the thing holding me back from Grand Seiko is the possibility of getting the best Grand Seiko...I suspect I'll pull the trigger on a blue snowflake someday though. The Eichi is too good for this world.
     
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    Their "spring drive" Snowflake is a timeless classic if you ask me. Grand Seiko certainly knows how to surpass Rolex.

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    It is a watch to strive for.
     
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    Between the Snowflake and their new "Taisetsu" from the seasons collection, I really have torn opinions on which one I want to save up for!

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    I've been to a couple of dealers around town just window shopping and trying the watches on. Classy move by the sales rep to just hand me a magnifying glass and say "Here" when I asked to try on the Snowflake.
     
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    Really thinking about getting this watch, Balticus Stardust. Has cool AP royal oak vibes, but still is its own unique thing with that cool dial. The only thing is the cheap Miyota movement that doesn't have hacking, seems a bit of a cheap movement for a $600 new watch. I would get it used for $450 though...
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    Definitely like that sparkly star field dial, especially that it has lume. The one I got for my Seiko is missing that. (Hmm. They have the Hokusai Wave dial as well. Wonder if Lucius Atelier found inspiration here or the other way around). It does seem like they should have sprung for a better movement. Margins should still have been strong based on their pricing. Really hard to assign a good value to the billion microbrands out there now.
     
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    Yeah, it does have some nice lume. Ill see if I can get it for cheaper, I just made an offer on one on ebay.
     
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    Make sure you can accept the flaws of the movement.

    I would rather have the ETA 2824 or NH35 even in basic form above something similar to a 7S26. If an automatic watch is more than 150 Dollars/Euros it has to be able to beat the Vostok Amphibia(n) for me.

    If a few Russians can make a decent beater movement with manual wind for little money, the Japanese and Swiss have no reason to lag behind.

    Thing is, the Swatch Group's Sistem 51 movements strike that balance and then more. But hey, if you are not a member of the Swatch Group access is difficult. That basic automatic movement is durable, has manual wind and is rather pleasing to the eye i.m.h.o.
     
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    Well I bought it for $400. Still has hand winding, and keeps good time, so good enough for me
     
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    I think that the new seasons collection is the new case with shorter L2L. I found that it wore a lot better than the old snowflake design, something to consider if you're thinking about new vs. used.
     
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    I don't get the Seiko appeal, even Grand Seikos. The bands are a pain to remove links to resize. If I was spending over $5000 on a watch I would go Rolex. Timeless and decent resale value. The one Rolex I owned was a gold Midsize President with the hidden clasp bracelet. Links used screws, a snap to resize and when I decided to stop wearing a year's rent on my wrist I sold it for more than I paid for it.
     
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    Some Rolex model have held their value well for the past 10 years. That's it. The quartz crises hit them just as hard and resale picked up only because of the recent surge in demand of steel sports watches. There's no evidence that this is a long term thing and precious metal Rolex's have never had the resale potential of their steel counterparts.

    What you get with GS is absolutely top-notch dial finishing that is easily on par with watches 2-3x the price, a movement that well exceeds even the latest Rolex model in accuracy (the updated Snowflake is +-1SPD), and a perfect second hand sweep. Downside is the bracelet, as you mentioned, and their watches run fairly large especially if you want a diver or chrono. But Seiko uses pins because the titanium on the bracelet is too soft to take screws. Steel GS models do use screws although the bits might be hard to track down in the US.

    I also think that people shouldn't think about watches as investments period. If you worry about resale value that's just saying that the watch is too much risk for you and you're taking on unnecessary risk and should probably consider a cheaper watch. All of the watches I buy, I expect them to depreciate to exactly zero dollars in value. Anything more from resale is a plus.

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    (Not mine, but a personal favorite re: finishing)
     

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