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post #3106 of 4103
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Originally Posted by B|aze View Post

Here's a poor mans watch
What watch is this?
post #3107 of 4103
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Originally Posted by noremac View Post

What watch is this?

Seiko Blue Spark. No longer made. I had and sold one. It is beautiful, but I found it too thick (high).
post #3108 of 4103
I've got a beautiful Helson 40mm Shark Diver on its way.

post #3109 of 4103
Nice. Let us know how the SD fits. I have wanted one for eons, just have been nervous to pop my micro cherry.
post #3110 of 4103

I have one of these bad larrys en route. Uses a Sea-Gull ST17 movement. For a $120 seems like a solid watch.

 

Anyone know where I can get that strap? Or have any suggestions for good watch strap websites?

 

post #3111 of 4103
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Originally Posted by crisscross View Post

What do you guys think of the Sarb 017 Alpinist?

I took advantage of a relatively weak ¥ a couple months ago and picked up the SARB017 and love it. The emerald green dial is a real stunner in the sunlight and the watch goes great in just about any situation. My only complaint is that the tang on the band seems sort of chintzy and out of place for the watch (which if it were not for the weak yen, would probably be one step above the "poor man's watches" category).


(Too much glare in the photo, but a great looking watch regardless)

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Originally Posted by plot View Post

I've got a beautiful Helson 40mm Shark Diver on its way.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

I love these Helson's. I think these are probably at the very upper limits of what should be considered a poor man's watch (unless you get a great deal on one). Every time I check them out, I am very impressed with the specs for cost and they seem to have some of the best lum.
post #3112 of 4103
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Originally Posted by Newcomer View Post

Nice. Let us know how the SD fits. I have wanted one for eons, just have been nervous to pop my micro cherry.

From what I've heard the lugs make them wear a bit large, but I'm hoping the 40mm version will go well with my 6.75" wrist.

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Originally Posted by ErikW View Post

I have one of these bad larrys en route. Uses a Sea-Gull ST17 movement. For a $120 seems like a solid watch.

Anyone know where I can get that strap? Or have any suggestions for good watch strap websites?
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


What a coincidence, that's actually a photo I took a few days ago icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
I got the leather NATO from cheapestnatostraps.com; the strap is very comfy, but the leather may be a bit thin for some.

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Originally Posted by Michigan Planner View Post

I took advantage of a relatively weak ¥ a couple months ago and picked up the SARB017 and love it. The emerald green dial is a real stunner in the sunlight and the watch goes great in just about any situation. My only complaint is that the tang on the band seems sort of chintzy and out of place for the watch (which if it were not for the weak yen, would probably be one step above the "poor man's watches" category).
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
(Too much glare in the photo, but a great looking watch regardless)
I love these Helson's. I think these are probably at the very upper limits of what should be considered a poor man's watch (unless you get a great deal on one). Every time I check them out, I am very impressed with the specs for cost and they seem to have some of the best lum.

Excellent Seiko, I've always been a fan of the SARB collection. As for the Helson, I was indeed able to get quite a discount buying used wink.gif

I received a Seiko SNZH60 yesterday, and what a fantastic watch it is. Came on a gold bracelet but I thought it was a bit blingy, so I swapped it with a black NATO. I think it definitely helps tone down the "bling" factor.

post #3113 of 4103

Good taste! Thanks for the suggestions! 

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Originally Posted by plot View Post


From what I've heard the lugs make them wear a bit large, but I'm hoping the 40mm version will go well with my 6.75" wrist.
What a coincidence, that's actually a photo I took a few days ago icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
I got the leather NATO from cheapestnatostraps.com; the strap is very comfy, but the leather may be a bit thin for some.
Excellent Seiko, I've always been a fan of the SARB collection. As for the Helson, I was indeed able to get quite a discount buying used wink.gif

I received a Seiko SNZH60 yesterday, and what a fantastic watch it is. Came on a gold bracelet but I thought it was a bit blingy, so I swapped it with a black NATO. I think it definitely helps tone down the "bling" factor.

post #3114 of 4103
Great watch, got rid of the stock band as you did, then also did a dial swap, and changed the seconds hand for one from an Orient Mako.

post #3115 of 4103
Beautiful mod! That seconds hand really stands out nicely.

My Helson 40mm Shark Diver arrived in the mail yesterday:



It's one of the most beautiful watches I've ever handled; I may like it even more than my Steinhart OVM.

Before buying I was weary that the watch would wear a bit big; although only 40mm (pretty much my idea size), it was advertised as quite chunk and thus harder to pull off. I was however very pleasantly relieved when I tried it on, it wears almost exactly the same as my other 40mm divers; the lugs make the case slightly larger, but at a distance they only serve to add a tool-like quality to the watch instead of increasing the perceived size.

Here's my Steinhart OVM to offer size comparison (Steinhart is 42mm):



I wrote a short review on the watch here if anyone is interested. For the price Helson offers quite an amazing watch.
post #3116 of 4103
Very nice review.
One heck of a watch to add to your collection. Enjoy it.
post #3117 of 4103
Plot, I've been looking for a used helson myself or maybe new. Where should I be looking at?
post #3118 of 4103
New I would recommend http://www.helsonwatch.com/watches.php of course.

I got mine used from a seller on watchuseek.com, however I like to use watchrecon.com to browse all listings. Another alternative to watchrecon is lionseek.com.
post #3119 of 4103
While the Helson looks nice, the lugs are too big IMO. I prefer the overall design of the Steinhart.
post #3120 of 4103
Guys,

I am now the owner of a seagull 819.368.

This is my first automatic watch and I'm finding that of a morning it is off by 30-60 minutes.

Is this normal for an automatic or does it need a service?
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