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post #2986 of 4085
I have always wanted a cocktail time and an alpinist. Gorgeous watches. Maybe it is about time...
post #2987 of 4085
These are great choices!
post #2988 of 4085

If your looking for a cheap black dial watch (quartz), check out Soki's pilot watch ($10 incl ship.) on *Bay. There's a bunch of reviews on them on WatchuSeek forums.

 

Bought the watch for traveling in the rough and it worked great. 40mm case, surprisingly the finish was pretty nice.

 

You'll need to change the strap (21/22mm) and change the battery (easy fix), battery didn't last that long (8 months) but the time was spot on the whole time. Put a Martac NATO strap ($9+) on it and your good to go. I actually got compliments on it.

 

For about $20 bucks total it's hard to go wrong and almost equal in quality to a Jcrew Timex version ($150) and a little bigger but looks almost identical. Soki is just ever so slightly more matte finish than Jcrews case.

 

 


Edited by Devoti - 6/11/13 at 11:56pm
post #2989 of 4085
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Originally Posted by rohde88 View Post


Just replace the strap yourself. Who cares what it "comes with"

Actually, I was just curious about what it would look like. I don't ever see photos of S5's with leather straps, so I'm just wondering if the leather strap just doesn't work with it looks-wise.

post #2990 of 4085
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Originally Posted by Hayward View Post

I've been thinking it might be a good idea to put together a hierarchical list of "good" watches at the 3 figure and below price point similar to the hierarchical suit thread. The question is what criteria should be used? I'm not sure that quartz or non-in-house movements should be ruled out, for instance, but I do think classic style in line with CBD and good build quality need to be in the criteria. I'll post more later when I'm not drunk.

 

 

I think this is a really good idea, you know your watches and I think good info for newbie's or cash strapped members would be very helpful.

 

Maybe make a guide/selction/suggestion of watches new & used for business dress (suits) & formal evening wear. Another guide for casual, jeans and weekends.

 

Also info & basic guide on how to find a good used watch/vintage and what to avoid. There are a lot of really cool old watches that sell for very little on ebay but many newbies are scared because they don't know what to look for in a watch or know what to do if it needs work.

 

I would think $750 max or less for a poor mans watch (not quartz) but under $350 is probably better. I think quartz would be ok but I agree it needs be cheap and good quality/value ($250 max), I know I like to use one when traveling in the rough, like when I go surfing in central america. A lot times I throw the only watch in a drawer for a week and it's nice to pull it out, see that's still working and telling good time (so not to miss plane the flight).

 

Sheldon Brown did this for bikes and it's now considered the bible.

post #2991 of 4085

Where would the Seagull 819.368 rate? :(

post #2992 of 4085
First versatile watch that can be dressed up or worn casual -

So far I have sinn 556 - should I just get it or are there other to seriously consider? I already have a white dial antrella and am looking for something other than a white dial.
post #2993 of 4085
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Originally Posted by GuP View Post

First versatile watch that can be dressed up or worn casual -

So far I have sinn 556 - should I just get it or are there other to seriously consider? I already have a white dial antrella and am looking for something other than a white dial.

In that price range? I'm sure there are many but that come to mind. Stowa Antea or Pilot. Junghans Max Bill or 6060-2. Vintage watches 38mm or higher like a Seamaster. Nomos Club (used of course). Hamilton Khaki. Longines.

I'm a Sinn fan though. A higher price model that can fill both roles is their financial district watch. 6060?
post #2994 of 4085
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Originally Posted by Cant kill da Rooster View Post

In that price range? I'm sure there are many but that come to mind. Stowa Antea or Pilot. Junghans Max Bill or 6060-2. Vintage watches 38mm or higher like a Seamaster. Nomos Club (used of course). Hamilton Khaki. Longines.

I'm a Sinn fan though. A higher price model that can fill both roles is their financial district watch. 6060?

The sinn 6060 is nice, but over budget. I am trying to stay below 1k and already have a white dial poljot strella chronograph that I picked up from B&s here.

Edit - I have tiny wrists like 6.5 to 7 inches. What's the largest watch I can wear without looking goofy?
post #2995 of 4085
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Originally Posted by GuP View Post

The sinn 6060 is nice, but over budget. I am trying to stay below 1k and already have a white dial poljot strella chronograph that I picked up from B&s here.

Edit - I have tiny wrists like 6.5 to 7 inches. What's the largest watch I can wear without looking goofy?

Size wise, a dress watch to me is anything that will fit under your cuff. Otherwise, wear what you like.
post #2996 of 4085

Did someone say Cocktail time?

700

post #2997 of 4085

A possible option:  If your looking for a big pilot watch 44mm with black dial 44mm. Similar to IWC Big Pilot

 

There's a guy on WUS that has started a watch project making a homage to military flieger pilot watches. If your into this look and size, the watch looks pretty nice considering the price. He has a two models with couple of options and range from $260-$420. 

 

 

http://forums.watchuseek.com/f71/official-melbourne-affordable-hand-built-flieger-thread-now-proudly-offer-wus-874221.html

 

post #2998 of 4085
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Originally Posted by Devoti View Post

A possible option:  If your looking for a big pilot watch 44mm with black dial 44mm. Similar to IWC Big Pilot

There's a guy on WUS that has started a watch project making a homage to military flieger pilot watches. If your into this look and size, the watch looks pretty nice considering the price. He has a two models with couple of options and range from $260-$420. 


http://forums.watchuseek.com/f71/official-melbourne-affordable-hand-built-flieger-thread-now-proudly-offer-wus-874221.html



How will a 44mm look on a 7 inch wrist worn in a business casual setting?
post #2999 of 4085
Anyone have good recommendations on where to get nice watch bands?

I have a Hamilton Khaki officer that had an awesome sand-colored suede band on it, but over time it just got worn out. Summer sweat was not good for it. I don't want to spend the $160 or so they want for the straight-up replacement - seems absurd for something that is virtually by definition temporary. I've had a Bond NATO strap from Maratac on it for a while but I'm jonesing for something new. I'd love to have another suede strap.
post #3000 of 4085
That pilot looks like the same thing (actually a bit worse) you can get from Laco, Parnis, etc, and Parnis goes for less than $100.


Dougie, ebay or watch prince.
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