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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

Nothing wrong with a Christopher Ward watch or an Omega, just as there is nothing wrong with a Citizen or a Timex Ironman.  They will all do the same job.  However, I wouldn't spend much money on a watch from an internet based company with no actual description about servicing the watch.  Yes, they will let you return it for any reason in 60 days, they also guarantee the movement for 5 years.  Given that the movements are ETAs they can probably pop a new movement in there.  But what about other parts that can get damaged and need replacing, such as bezels, winding crowns, and other smaller items.  My friend bought his wife an Eterna about 10-12 years ago, from a well known watch store in NYC.  They were only being sold in the US by a few stores, and they had little to no distribution or service here in the States.  His wife badly damaged the bezel (after about 5 years of ownership).  When he brought the watch in and asked about service, not only were they no longer carrying the brand, but they told him he was out of luck with a new bezel.  They said there is almost no parts availability here.  Parts for Eternas may have improved with them being part of the Gevril Group...but I'm not sure.  I wonder what parts availability is like several years from now for a Chris Ward watch where there is no mention of actual service facilities or parts availability on their website.  I'd hate to think I dropped $1,000 for a disposable watch.  Even if I decided to spend less money on a watch, I'd rather buy from a company that has been around for quite a while and which I know has actual service centers to support after sales needs.  Just my 2 cents.

They will service your watch (details on the website) or take it to any good watch place and they will do it for you as well. CW have been around for years now and are doing very well. They're not going anywhere and their watches are excellent. I'm not saying they're as good as Omega or any other high-end Swiss brand, but they're very good and people shouldn't hesitate if that is the particular brand they're after.
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Thanks for the responses guys.  I think I'm going to keep saving and see what I can afford around the holidays, might be a Christmas present to myself.

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Originally Posted by TheWraith View Post


They will service your watch (details on the website) or take it to any good watch place and they will do it for you as well. CW have been around for years now and are doing very well. They're not going anywhere and their watches are excellent. I'm not saying they're as good as Omega or any other high-end Swiss brand, but they're very good and people shouldn't hesitate if that is the particular brand they're after.

 

They have only been around since 2005.  Thats not much of a track record to know how long they maintain an inventory on parts or what their policy is on that.  Eterna has been around for decades and parts have not always been easy to obtain for their watches.  Yes, since the CW uses an ETA movement, almost anyone can work on it.  However, if you damage a bezel which is specific to their watch, whether or not you will be able to obtain one in 10 years is anyone's guess.  Companies like Rolex (and probably Omega, IWC, Breitling etc.) guarantee a stock of parts for their watches for at least 20 years after production ends. 

 

The original poster asked in reference to the CW "I'm wondering if the difference in quality is worth the difference in price or if I should keep saving up for the Omega."  IMHO, you get what you pay for.  There is a reason the CW is less expensive than an Omega. Whether or not someone wants to spend the extra money for an Omega is something only they can decide. 

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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

I agree completely about the AP Royal Oak.  I've never really been interested in the Offshore models, I've always favored the original design.  I've looked at them for years, and roughly 2 months ago I just picked up a new AP Royal Oak 15202 (based on the original design).  Its a really fantastic watch.  I hope one day you will be enjoying one on your own wrist.

i happened to see a few in person over the last few weeks. i am feeling a desire to own one.
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awesome. can we see it in regular exposure?
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post


i happened to see a few in person over the last few weeks. i am feeling a desire to own one.
 

 Thats a dangerous feeling $$$$, but what a great watch.  A true pioneer in design that paved the way for watches such as the Nautilus, the Ingenieur, the Rolex OQ 17000/1530, and the VC222  and its decendants, the Overseas.

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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

Although I was in Baghdad from 2005-7, I actually got this much earlier - a gift from a now departed friend, some time late 80s.  I think he'd had it since the 70s.  I don't know anything about it at all, except that it's marked "Rodania Quartz" on the face.  The Arabic writing, assuming you don't read it, says "The Leader Saddam Hussein".  It belonged to the former Governor of Kirkuk.  It's in a pretty scruffy condition; no major scratches but the bracelet and case are both discoloured and have never been cleaned.  The face has some darkening around the edges from being kept in a humid environment for a while - it's definitely not waterproof.

To be honest, I just wanted to see if anyone knew anything about the maker or style.  I imagine there are thousands of these around, but I'd be interested to know who the supplier of dictator vanity watches was!

Saddam and Gaddafi both gave out watches with their images as propaganda tools and gifts, so they are quite common. A lot of them made their way to Turkey or Pakistan along with the Iraqis and Libyans who fled the regimes, and then some have made their way to the West. Most of them are awful, probably the worst one I've seen has a picture of a pre-plastic surgery Gaddafi with PanAm flight 103 flying overhead.

In the early days some pretty good Swiss manufacturers like Universal Geneve and Favre Leuba used to make these pieces (although I'm not sure if they were made as is or were purchased as stock watches by the regimes and the dials modified in Iraq/Libya - probably a bit of both I suspect).

Rodania are still around making lower end Swiss watches today: http://rodania.com/. Thanks for sharing the backstory on yours. Certainly a piece of modern history, though not something I'd be wearing on a daily basis!
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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

 Thats a dangerous feeling $$$$, but what a great watch.  A true pioneer in design that paved the way for watches such as the Nautilus, the Ingenieur, the Rolex OQ 17000/1530, and the VC222  and its decendants, the Overseas.

it would be more dangerous if i could even theoretically afford one. its a pipe dream for now.
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post


it would be more dangerous if i could even theoretically afford one. its a pipe dream for now.

Reality has to start somewhere,and very often it is nothing more than a dream.

 

If it is what you truly want, here's to getting the one you want.

 

Cheers.

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Reality has to start somewhere,and very often it is nothing more than a dream.

If it is what you truly want, here's to getting the one you want.

Cheers.

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indeed, all my watch purchases have started that way.

panny is up next. maybe RO after that. smile.gif
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I think you need to have more faith, Dino. I'm sure people bought Rolexes et al when those companies were only 7 years old lol8[1].gif
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^ That's as regular as it gets around my place! rotflmao.gif
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Forgive me if I am out of my league....I just saw a Patek go by....Maybe once I get out of school, lol!

 

One of my 2 watches.

 

 

 

 

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Awesome.

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Originally Posted by Keith T View Post

Tank Francaise today....I took it off the bracelet and have been wearing on a faux-croc strap:
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Also just noticed that I must have set it incorrectly this morning as it's the afternoon of 24th and the date apparently changed at noon (DOH!)
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Got some breitlings we bought, ready for sale.

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The 2 i want

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The rest

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And 1 JLC

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