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post #5806 of 6508
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Originally Posted by tennisguru View Post


*Nerd alert* - A Zulu strap can come in 2 different flavours, 3 ring which is as you describe - a single piece of nylon (or leather/whatever material) or a 5 ring, which has the extra section of strap to help secure the watch head should one spring bar fail. A Nato (G10) strap usually come with the extra section of strap (as the 5 ring Zulu) but in the RAF pattern Nato omits this extra section as is as a 3 ring Zulu! The major differences being that a Zulu has larger, oval shaped heavy duty hoops and strap keepers, where the Nato has smaller, rectangular keepers (or on the RAF pattern a fabric keeper). Nato's tend to be made of thinner material than Zulus to accosted the extra section of strap through the keepers.

Personally I like the RAF pattern Nato over the G10 pattern and I find the hardware on the Zulu a bit "clunky"

Clear as mud smile.gif

 

Haha, clear as mud indeed!

 

Thank you for correcting me; looks like I've been in the wrong for the longest time!

post #5807 of 6508
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Originally Posted by tennisguru View Post


Personally I like the RAF pattern Nato over the G10 pattern and I find the hardware on the Zulu a bit "clunky"

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post #5808 of 6508
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Originally Posted by Elessar View Post

Haha, clear as mud indeed!

Thank you for correcting me; looks like I've been in the wrong for the longest time!

After some further *nerding* it appears that "Zulu" is a trademark of a US company and "Nato's" should really be called "MOD's" as there isn't a Nato military specification but they were designed to meet the MOD military spec, hence why you see them referred to as "G10" - the requisition form that had to be completed to receive a nylon strap was designated "G1098" or "G10" for short.

*End Nerd*
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Originally Posted by Ace_Face View Post

Not sure if you guys follow the timezone sales corner, but I thought this vintage Omega Seamaster looked like a decent deal at $375. Photo makes it looks like rose gold case and black dial, but I think it is actually a stainless case with a green face.




http://forums.timezone.com/index.php?t=tree&goto=7286860&rid=0#msg_7286860

I picked up my manual wind Omega from the jeweler today. Needed a new crystal after dropping on the bathroom floor.

post #5811 of 6508
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Originally Posted by Michigan Planner View Post

Great choice! The lugs on the Sumo were my main complaint with it when I owned one as well. The Sumo would definitely benefit from 22 mm lugs. Here's what I replaced my Sumo with:



Shogun with MM300 hands

All that said, I'd jump at another Sumo if I could get my hands on one of the limited edition yellow or white versions for a reasonable price.

That looks fantastic. I'm waiting for a nice price on a used Shogun 007 to pop up on Yahoo Auctions, it's my next watch and I've been lusting over one for a while (decided to blow that money on a pair of triple sole Dinkelackers). I wanna pop on a sapphire cover and the MM300 hands look really, really good. The case is gorgeous, the Monster hands are probably the only part I'm not a huge fan of.

If you have a chance, show us what it looks like on a Nato strap.
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I really like the look of the Mako with white dial.  The Mako is discontinued and the Mako II is not currently made with a white dial.  Can anyone recommend a watch that is similar to this in looks, quality, and price?

 

Much thanks in advance!

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Originally Posted by mosy View Post

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I really like the look of the Mako with white dial.  The Mako is discontinued and the Mako II is not currently made with a white dial.  Can anyone recommend a watch that is similar to this in looks, quality, and price?

Much thanks in advance!

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Edit: sorry, that Seiko has been discontinued. I was looking also for a Citizen like the NYxxxx ones, but can't find anything current. Hard to find an auto white dial diver in the Mako price range. Lots of quartz, though.

For a bit more you choices expand, like the Halios Tropik SS ($650).

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Edited by HanEyeAm - 6/17/16 at 5:36am
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Thought I'd add a pic of my old Certina. Thing has been bombproof after 7 years of hard use.
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A new arrival for me - a PVD coated Squale 50 Atmos. I've got a matte blue version that I really like and have had my eye on the PVD version for a while now but never wanted to pay anywhere near the full price as my blue one has a slightly misaligned bezel (which is seems to be a common issue with them) and I was really unimpressed by the rubber strap that it came with - it feels downright cheap.

Well, somebody had a LNIB PVD version on eBay and I made a low ball BIN offer and they accepted so now it's on my wrist! No issues with the bezel and Squale seems to have slightly improved their strap and the buckle; this strap even has that rubber vanilla smell!

post #5816 of 6508
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Originally Posted by Brian SD View Post

That looks fantastic. I'm waiting for a nice price on a used Shogun 007 to pop up on Yahoo Auctions, it's my next watch and I've been lusting over one for a while (decided to blow that money on a pair of triple sole Dinkelackers). I wanna pop on a sapphire cover and the MM300 hands look really, really good. The case is gorgeous, the Monster hands are probably the only part I'm not a huge fan of.

If you have a chance, show us what it looks like on a Nato strap.

Mine also has a double AR coated sapphire crystal. I bought it already modded but if I were having them done, I don't know if I would have done the AR coated sapphire. It's got a slight blue tint to it that I really liked when I first got it but sometimes I wish it wasn't there so that the black of the watch face would always appear black. I think the coating would actually look sort of cool on a Blumo though.

I grabbed my Shogun on the way out the door to my office today intending to put in on a NATO strap that I had at the office but the one I have sitting here on my desk is a 20mm one, not the 22mm that I thought it was. I'll try to get a shot of it on a NATO tonight.

FWIW, I've never put it on a NATO mainly because I really like the lightweight titanium bracelet. However, I wear my MM300 on a NATO all the time because, while the bracelet is nice enough, it adds a lot of weight to an already heavy watch. Even though I really like it on the NATO it's still very top-heavy compared to just about every other watch I own. Now I'm sort of excited to try the Shogun on a NATO because Shogun is such a light watch.
post #5817 of 6508
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Originally Posted by HanEyeAm View Post

SNZF11_3p.jpg

Edit: sorry, that Seiko has been discontinued. I was looking also for a Citizen like the NYxxxx ones, but can't find anything current. Hard to find an auto white dial diver in the Mako price range. Lots of quartz, though.

For a bit more you choices expand, like the Halios Tropik SS ($650).

TropikWht1.jpg

And then there is the full lume Citizen NY0040. Harder to come by these days but around.

NY0040-09W_MED.jpg
post #5818 of 6508
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Originally Posted by HanEyeAm View Post

And then there is the full lume Citizen NY0040. Harder to come by these days but around.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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I really like that Citizen as well and tried to get my hands on one for a while before I gave up (I ended up getting a vintage full lume Zodiac that quenched my thirst). I was surprised at how rarely they pop up for sale anywhere.

As I type this, I went on to eBay to search for one and it looks like there are now quite a few available (all seem to be shipping from Singapore). I think last time I looked, maybe 12-16 months ago, they were not as plentiful and had BIN prices closer to $300. Maybe Citizen is producing more of them now?
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My "poor man's" MilSub...

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Fantastic build quality at a very reasonable price - has barely been off my wrist since it arrived as it suits so many different environments - If I could be a one watch man (which I never could, but if I had to) then this might be "the one".
post #5820 of 6508
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Originally Posted by Brian SD View Post

If you have a chance, show us what it looks like on a Nato strap.

I remembered I had another NATO in a drawer in my desk. The watch is definitely very light and comfortable on a NATO.



Next to an MM300:



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