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I shan't comment further on this matter for fear of derailing this thread, which is supposed to be about watches.

Good night, sir.

And Good Night & a Happy Easter to you and yours Sir:
post #5477 of 6369
This conversation ended up a lot more intense than I anticipated. I visited a brick and mortar store today and asked them about price matching. I showed her the exact model Oris I wanted on their website and advised her that the watch was selling for $900 less through other channels. She claimed to have no negotiating power and that all their watches sold for MSRP. I tried on a few Hamiltons, Tissots and Tags, and thanked her for her time. Even with $500 off, there wasn't a single watch that was cheaper there than other retailers.

Luckily, the credit is transferable, although I'm not sure if I even want to sell it. Whoever bought it from me is now obligated to purchase from a store that I know is overcharging. I think I'll just hand it to somebody who's already walking in the door and buy something from Jomashop.

And on that note, here are two that I'm interested in. I know I'm pushing the boundaries of poor, but does anybody have comments or insight on either of these two pieces? The Oris is the one I was going to buy from Jared.



post #5478 of 6369
You are a much nicer person than I am. However instead of just giving the credit away, I'd like to suggest you sell it on eBAY for a buy it now price of $300-$350. The person buying it would wind up not getting hurt too bad by Jered, due to your generosity.

Couldn't find the exact Orvis watch online so I can't comment.

Did find the other watch at Jomashop, for $1049. It looks OK, but it's an auto and while I know a lot of people LOVE them, I find them a pain. If you have more than one, you need a get an auto watch box to keep it moving. Your also going way up from your original price. I don't even know if your getting a huge amount of status from this watch,

Jomashop also has several Citizen watches that are state of the art & have similar appearance in the $300 range.

They also have a Tissot auto for $450 and that probably has the same status value as the $1049 model.

If you want to buy from Jomashop there are discounts available.Retailmenot has 2 codes available, if you log in through them.
http://www.retailmenot.com/view/jomashop.com

You can take $10 off $200 with code JMGA10.

Dealsea has a bunch of codes
http://dealsea.com/view/jomashop.com

Cuponcabin has some codes
https://www.couponcabin.com/coupons/joma-shop/


best of luck & get at least $300 for your credit

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Here is the Oris I was talking about. It's $100 less than the Alpina. I think Citizen makes nice watches, but I don't know if I'd call them state of the art, or even on the same level as these two pieces. I happen to own an automatic Tissot already (a dress watch) and I think they're a great brand, but they don't have what I'm looking for in an every day casual watch.

 

It sounds like we are very different types of "watch people." Personally, I prefer automatic watches, because I think the appeal of these types of watches comes from the intricate movements that allow them to operate without any external power. I would consider a quartz watch like a G-Shock for wearing at the gym, but I don't find myself attracted to any other battery-powered watches.

 

Also, spending $1,000 on a watch is certainly not about status. It's about investing in a well-made item that I can enjoy for years. If owning a car were only about getting from point A to point B, everybody would buy Honda Civics and Toyota Corollas, and high end cars would not exist. Sometimes people prefer to spend more money on an item they know will provide more enjoyment to them. If I haven't worn a watch for a while, I'll set it before I put it on. I don't think the extra 30-45 seconds of work is a big issue, but maybe you see watches as more of a stylish accessory that you'd rather not have to mess with as long as it looks nice. There's certainly nothing wrong with that.

 

In the grand scheme of things, that's really not all that much money for a watch.

post #5480 of 6369
Nice Watch-go for it.

On the subject on autos. it can be that Quartz is the ultimate achievement of watchmaking.

http://quillandpad.com/2013/12/30/why-accuracy-matters-to-me-and-why-it-should-matter-to-you-too/

Think of hundreds of years of watchmakers working to make the most accurate watch possible. After hundreds of years, someone finally got it right. They came up with something that was cheap and more accurate then all but the most complex of
watches, typically selling for $100,000 or more.

Glocks sell in the $400-$500 range. There are a lot of guns that are more attractive (not hard), more expensive & come with more bragging rights. Glocks tend to go bang every time you pull the trigger even if it hasn't been cleaned for 5000 rounds. In terms of dependability they sort of set the standard. They are carried by more US police then any other handgun.They are on the short list for the new military handgun. I understand where your coming from because they don't have the same feel of my 1978 S&W J frame.


This is just my point of view.
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@flvinny521 I am glad you will not be standing outside the store with placard and leaflets until the end of June. It is difficult to accuse a retailer of "overcharging" if they are selling at MSRP. It is good that the retailer's policies allow transfer of the credit: many don't.

@Godot I understand your view and have some sympathy. My only high-end watch is a quartz and I appreciate its accuracy and ease-of-use. However, to describe the quartz watch as the culmination of an evolutionary process in watchmaking is pushing it, since the technology wasn't developed by watchmakers at all. Rather it was invented by physicists who needed to measure time accurately in the laboratory. It was later borrowed by watchmakers when separate developments in solid state physics allowed the crystal oscillator to be miniaturised. The watchmaker's intellectual input into quartz timing per se has been very limited.
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Who knew?smile.gif
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@flvinny521 , I have had an Oris Aquis for close to a year now and love it.  The finishing on the watch and bracelet are outstanding when considering the cost.  The movement is ho hum and has been running at about +12 per day for me.  I've been very happy with the purchase.  I suspect you will be very pleased with the Oris you picked out.

 

 

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@flvinny521 , I have had an Oris Aquis for close to a year now and love it.  The finishing on the watch and bracelet are outstanding when considering the cost.  The movement is ho hum and has been running at about +12 per day for me.  I've been very happy with the purchase.  I suspect you will be very pleased with the Oris you picked out.

 

 

Thats a great looking diver.

 

I've seen a lot of vintage Oris pieces on eBay for dirt cheap. Obviously, who knows the condition, but the risk is pretty low considering many of them go for under $40

post #5485 of 6369
Love the Oris logo.
post #5486 of 6369
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Originally Posted by New Shoes1 View Post
 

@flvinny521 , I have had an Oris Aquis for close to a year now and love it.  The finishing on the watch and bracelet are outstanding when considering the cost.  The movement is ho hum and has been running at about +12 per day for me.  I've been very happy with the purchase.  I suspect you will be very pleased with the Oris you picked out.

 

 

 

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Thanks for weighing in. Is that the one with the dark blue face? I really like that one as well. I'm not a huge fan of divers to be worn daily, or that might be in consideration over the ProPilot model I am looking at. I do think I'd buy a diver for beach/pool days, but probably at a lower price point. I like what I've heard about Oris, though, especially regarding the quality of their bracelets.

post #5487 of 6369
Love my Timex Weekender - personally think it's a fabulous looking watch and only £80.

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post #5488 of 6369
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Originally Posted by flvinny521 View Post
 

 

Thanks for weighing in. Is that the one with the dark blue face? I really like that one as well. I'm not a huge fan of divers to be worn daily, or that might be in consideration over the ProPilot model I am looking at. I do think I'd buy a diver for beach/pool days, but probably at a lower price point. I like what I've heard about Oris, though, especially regarding the quality of their bracelets.

 

It is the version with the dark blue dial and bezel.  I actually wear this pretty frequently for work on business casual days.  It works pretty well for this due to the bracelet and the contrast between the polished and brushed links on the bracelet.

post #5489 of 6369
Go for the Oris, @flvinny521. It's a good watch at a good price, good quality and a good size for the wrist.
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Love my Timex Weekender - personally think it's a fabulous looking watch and only £80.

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That's nice. I might replace my Timex Easy Reader with it as I have scratched it up something terrible.
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