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post #16 of 21
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Interesting. What didn't you like about yours? They are just a basic 2824 movement right? Their basic Flieger and Sub homages look alright to me but I have never seen one up close. Stowas do have nice finish.

Basic 2824 movement, yes! While the heart of the watch might be a good one, it didn't feel as nice as expected in my hands. The finishing was mediocre to decent (depending on your benchmark), and it also had some minor finishing flaws. The customer service offered to fix these, but honestly - I was already disappointed at that time, so I didn't mess around with it any longer. For a Flieger replica I'd rather save for a Stowa. Sub homages aren't my type, so I can't comment on that.

 

Again - it's a nice package that Steinhart offers, but although the phrase is kind of lame, it's so true nonetheless: you get what you pay for!

post #17 of 21
Thread Starter 
Hey guys,

Many thanks for all the thoughts. I've been doing some research, and really like the Stowas, as well as the Hamiltons that previously posters have suggested.

Is my best bet to purchase these watches online? I'd ideally like to buy from a physical location (in NY, NY), where I might be able to try on a watch before purchasing it. However, if it would be significantly cheaper to purchase one online, that's fine, too.

I guess what I'm asking is: are there any reputable shops in New York that would sell the watches that have been suggested in this thread?
post #18 of 21

google watchtalk

 

More than you ever wanted to know about watches- a lot of high end stuff, but all price ranges are covered...

 

$500 will get you a decent watch.  Ask one of the experts...

 

Good luck.

post #19 of 21
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Hey guys,
Many thanks for all the thoughts. I've been doing some research, and really like the Stowas, as well as the Hamiltons that previously posters have suggested.
Is my best bet to purchase these watches online? I'd ideally like to buy from a physical location (in NY, NY), where I might be able to try on a watch before purchasing it. However, if it would be significantly cheaper to purchase one online, that's fine, too.
I guess what I'm asking is: are there any reputable shops in New York that would sell the watches that have been suggested in this thread?

Stowa: If you want one, it must be through their website. Once you place your order, your watch is produced and it takes roughly 3 months. Mine took 4 months due to a back order or the ETA movement for my watch. They are certainly worth the wait. You can find slightly used ones on the www.watchuseek.com sales corner forum and skip the wait.

Hamilton: The watch repairman I go to in Manhattan at 280 Madison Ave (40th & Madison) had a bunch of Hamiltons (new and used) for good deals. I'd lookk there if I were you. I believe it's Ron Gordon watch repair? Do a google search for it
post #20 of 21
This might be heretical, but I've purchased two Orient watches (Japanese automatics), one Metro (white face, brown leather strap) and one Rally (skeleton with SS bracelet). I've found the movements and quality to be quite good, and with discounts available I got them both for about $500 total. I think these would be a good combination for you too, as we seem to be in similar work situations/spending levels.
post #21 of 21
Thread Starter 
Hey guys,

Thanks again for the thoughts!
Edited by jslade - 7/8/12 at 1:29pm
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