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post #2416 of 3942
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Originally Posted by mjt73106 View Post

Great looking watch! The more that I am looking at it the louder I am hearing the Siren song that it is singing. Give us a short review. . . Code please?

I purchased this watch a few weeks ago as well, it looks even better in person! The dial is more silverish than white, however everything is nice and crisp. Great for anyone who can't shell out for a Max Bill. I do plan on swapping the strap out for a brown leather one, which is currently in the mail.

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700

 

Got an error first time I tried to post (apologize if it double posts). My first "dress" watch. I love the silver face, though I do want to change out to a black leather band. I feel like it has an elegant look without being overwhelming, simply complimenting my outfits. I know nothing about watches, but it was VERY cheap so I'm satisfied.

post #2418 of 3942
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Saw some A. Lange watches in person the other day and DAMN. But now I want to step my watch game up a bit. Budget would be up to $1000 or so, but ideally I'd want something in the $500-700 range with automatic movement.
Really like either a clean face Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
or a world time zoneish watch Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
and the Seiko blue shock is so nice! Something like that would be nice as well.


This reply doesn't really belong in the Poor Man's watch thread but as a poor man myself it's nice to dream. I think the Stowa Antea 390 would fit the bill for what you're looking for perfectly. I aim to get one when I'm no longer a poor man.

post #2419 of 3942
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This reply doesn't really belong in the Poor Man's watch thread but as a poor man myself it's nice to dream. I think the Stowa Antea 390 would fit the bill for what you're looking for perfectly. I aim to get one when I'm no longer a poor man.


I believe the Stowa watches use ETA, so compared to an Hamilton they are kinda expensive. That can be said for most German watches tho, such as Sinn for example.

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Originally Posted by letranger View Post


I believe the Stowa watches use ETA, so compared to an Hamilton they are kinda expensive. That can be said for most German watches tho, such as Sinn for example.

If you are comparing Sinn to Hamilton you are sadly mistaken. I would also take Stowa over Hamilton as well. Just because they use an ETA does not mean they are exactly the same.
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There is, however, something to the argument that there is a lot less difference in movements than what the difference in price would suggest.

The difference is usually finishing which is basically a question of polishing parts. The effect on timekeeping is minimal.

Sinn does some interesting things to make the sportier watches more sturdy but their movements aren't anything special though the price has now crept up to pretty close to the special range.
post #2422 of 3942
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Originally Posted by plot View Post

I purchased this watch a few weeks ago as well, it looks even better in person! The dial is more silverish than white, however everything is nice and crisp. Great for anyone who can't shell out for a Max Bill. I do plan on swapping the strap out for a brown leather one, which is currently in the mail.

After talking smack about all KC watches, categorically, I have to admit that one is pretty nice. A very competent take on Bauhaus.
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Originally Posted by Cantabrigian View Post

There is, however, something to the argument that there is a lot less difference in movements than what the difference in price would suggest.
The difference is usually finishing which is basically a question of polishing parts. The effect on timekeeping is minimal.
Sinn does some interesting things to make the sportier watches more sturdy but their movements aren't anything special though the price has now crept up to pretty close to the special range.

Hamilton Jazzmaster = $750
Stowa Marine = $738
Sinn 556 = $980

Sinn has a lock down crown, anti reflective coating, up to 200m depth and anti magnetic. Both watches look better in person than the Jazzmaster. I don't think the range is as significant as you suggest. Well worth the price IMO.
post #2424 of 3942
Geez. Didn't realize Jazzmasters were that much.

I got someone a Khaki as a graduation present last year and paid something on a 3-handle.
post #2425 of 3942
Those are non discount prices of course. I sold mine $325 and condition was probably around 90%. They can be had pretty cheap used.
post #2426 of 3942
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Originally Posted by kentyman View Post

Wow, you and I are in the exact same market. Good news is I've been doing some research and I have a list of candidates that I think might be 20mm. Bad news is I'm not done with my research, and pro'ly won't be able to complete it until next week. I'll be sure to let you know what I come up with, but until that please keep us informed on what you find!

 

Well that blew up way out of proportion! I set out to catalog all the Seiko 5s with the following characteristics:

 

  1. simple, dressy style (not sports models)
  2. light dial (white, silver, etc.)
  3. no gold (just my preference)
  4. standard lugs that can support a leather strap (no small integrated bracelets)

 

The idea was to find something I liked with a 20mm lug width so I could share straps between all of my watches. Unfortunately, it's very hard to get reliable lug width information. Most models I have searched have conflicting information. Sometimes they list "band width", which doesn't necessarily indicate how big a leather strap it would take. You can see the data I have found so far by checking out this Google Spreadsheet:

 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AnQuSo_IjhHcdGNvREVjZTF4dGNLcFJ0cEczY0lXcmc

 

Yep, that's over 50 watches. Most are SNK or SNX models, though there are a couple SNZ models. I only included one sports model as that's not really what I'm looking for.

 

If you're in the market for a Seiko 5, please keep in mind that even though I only put in light, gold-free watches, you can easily find black/blue/gold versions of most of these by searching for adjacent model numbers (likely within plus or minus 10). Also, know that for any SN**** watch, you may find it listed as SN****K/K1/J/J1 depending upon whether it was made outside or inside Japan.

 

If anyone owns any of these watches and can confirm the lug width or give any other relevant information on them, please let me know. If you have a model in a different color but otherwise identical, its lug width would be helpful as well.

post #2427 of 3942
Check out the sales at pmwf. There is very reliable info about the watches there (including some on your list).
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Kenty, check this baby out!! The SNKE51, my favourite out of the Seiko 5s.. Just remember that most (if not all?) of them are only 3atm waterproof, which is technically not enough for swimming. I've swam and showered with mine for a month without issues though.

 

 

If you're looking at spending around 5x as much, you might be able to find one of these (ordered one a couple days ago)
 

post #2429 of 3942

700

 

Bulova 98H51 -- simple watch, very thin and lightweight!
 

post #2430 of 3942
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Bulova 98H51 -- simple watch, very thin and lightweight!

 

Very nice.
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