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post #16 of 46
CAPT. KOONS                         This watch I got here was first                         purchased by your great-granddaddy.                         It was bought during the First World                         War in a little general store in                         Knoxville, Tennessee. It was bought                         by private Doughboy Ernie Coolidge                         the day he set sail for Paris. It                         was your great-granddaddy's war watch,                         made by the first company to ever                         make wrist watches. You see, up until                         then, people just carried pocket                         watches. Your great-granddaddy wore                         that watch every day he was in the                         war. Then when he had done his duty,                         he went home to your great-                         grandmother, took the watch off his                         wrist and put it in an ol' coffee                         can. And in that can it stayed 'til                         your grandfather Dane Coolidge was                         called upon by his country to go                         overseas and fight the Germans once                         again. This time they called it World                         War Two. Your great-granddaddy gave                         it to your granddad for good luck.                           Unfortunately, Dane's luck wasn't as                         good as his old man's. Your granddad                         was a Marine and he was killed with                         all the other Marines at the battle                         of Wake Island. Your granddad was                         facing death and he knew it. None of                         those boys had any illusions about                         ever leavin' that island alive. So                         three days before the Japanese took                         the island, your 22-year old                         grandfather asked a gunner on an Air                         Force transport named Winocki, a man                         he had never met before in his life,                         to deliver to his infant son, who he                         had never seen in the flesh, his                         gold watch. Three days later, your                         grandfather was dead. But Winocki                         kept his word. After the war was                         over, he paid a visit to your                         grandmother, delivering to your infant                         father, his Dad's gold watch. This                         watch. This watch was on your Daddy's                         wrist when he was shot down over                         Hanoi. He was captured and put in a                         Vietnamese prison camp. Now he knew                         if the ever saw the watch it'd                         be confiscated. The way your Daddy                         looked at it, that watch was your                         birthright. And he'd be damned if                         and were gonna put their                         greasy hands on his boy's                         birthright. So he hid it in the one                         place he knew he could hide somethin'.                         His ass. Five long years, he wore                         this watch up his ass. Then when he                         died of dysentery, he gave me the                         watch. I hid with uncomfortable hunk                         of metal up my ass for two years.                         Then, after seven years, I was sent                         home to my family. And now, little                         man, I give the watch to you. (Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction)
post #17 of 46
The one thing that i know makes a difference for me when it comes to automatic movements is the actual movment of the second hand. Rather than the "tick tick" of a quartz watch there is a very elegant and smooth movement to an automatic or hand wound watch, and i know that makes a difference to me. As for materials and style (sport vs. classic) that is up to the wearer, and also remember this, an automatic watch takes months to assemble. when you wear a watch like that you do feel like you are wearing something special, something i definitely do not feel when i go running in my timex ironman watch - even if it does keep better time...
post #18 of 46
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(Think about it this way: a photograph will capture an image much more accurately than a painting, but no one's paying $40 million for a photograph of a vase with flowers.)
Perfect analogy. Hats off to you for that.
post #19 of 46
Thread Starter 
Kai, What $100 watch has all the features you mentioned? I agree that those ironman watches really don't coordinate well with a suit. But, the watch I have, I think its dressy enough. I'd rather wear something as simple as this than one of those gaudy Rolexes.
post #20 of 46
"I'll have you know that my grandfather, on his deathbed . . . sold me this watch." --Woody Allen
post #21 of 46
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Kai, What $100 watch has all the features you mentioned? I agree that those ironman watches really don't coordinate well with a suit. But, the watch I have, I think its dressy enough. I'd rather wear something as simple as this than one of those gaudy Rolexes.
Citzen's Eco-Drive model in stainless steel. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....83&rd=1 http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....58&rd=1 http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....73&rd=1 http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....12&rd=1
post #22 of 46
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Originally Posted by christian View Post
On the recent thread about the 5 things what every man needed, almost everybody agreed about the importance of a quality watch. I'm confused about what everybody means when they say a 'good watch.' What are the features that separates a good watch from a ordinary watch? When I think of something 'good' for clothing, I think of something that will have specs that will make it last longer. For example, how a canvased suit will not bubble like a fused suit. Yet, it seems with watches, this idea is inverted. Its the more expensive watches which lose seconds every month or year. I'm just trying to understand why my Timex watch wouldn't be considered a 'good' watch, other than the fact it costs less than $30. It will be less likely to lose time. And, the style is classical and clean.
I would agree, there is nothing wrong with a Times watch and if it is quartz it will keep better time than my JLC Reverso. But it is all about soul. A hand made mechanical watch has a soul and a heartbeat. It has been carefully assembled by a highly trained watchmaker who has put some of his personality into it. It is all about what feel right for you and not what other people think. By the way does Mr Clinton not wear a Kolbold?
post #23 of 46
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Originally Posted by kenneth View Post
I would agree, there is nothing wrong with a Times watch and if it is quartz it will keep better time than my JLC Reverso. But it is all about soul. A hand made mechanical watch has a soul and a heartbeat. It has been carefully assembled by a highly trained watchmaker who has put some of his personality into it. It is all about what feel right for you and not what other people think. By the way does Mr Clinton not wear a Kolbold?
hmm, soul? really? They make a nice sound, but still... I think mechanical watches are superior to quartz watches for 2 reasons. First, they are more traditional, they stand for years and years of small improvements, and not to mention they may come with a story. Second, the fact that they cannot be 100% precise is a good thing: it sends the message that you don't really care about what the exact time really is. Why would you care? Are you in a hurry? It sends the message that you're your own boss... you don't have meetings to go to, you don't have appointments, etc. So in my opinion, a good watch is a mechanical watch that's esthetically pleasing and fits your personality. (Would you wear a Panerai if you're 130lbs?) A really good watch is a watch that comes with a story... my grand father bought it before the war, or I was passing through this little village in Austria and I met this watchmaker, or my first girlfriend's father always wanted to have a son..., etc. It took me a long time to find a good watch to fit my personality. I found it in the form of Nomos (Ludwig model). It's beautifully understated. The white dial is not really white and the hands are blue-flamed, but really hard to notice. Most people wouldn't give it a second look. Next my eyes are on a Reverso Duo, but I'm not 100% sure. --trajan
post #24 of 46
While its subjective what one consider's "good"; I believe there are a number of common "desireable" traits.

1) Swiss movement (the internals of the timepiece). This is a generalization, as German, American and Japanese movements all have followers. Regardless, choose a watch that's COSC certified ( this will limit your choices dramatically).

2) Mechanical in power - e.g., automatic via a inertia powered swing arm, or manual wind.

3) All steel or metal construction. Most sub-$1000 watches will have a plastic outer ring than holds the movement in the frame. Plastic = bad.

4) Sapphire Crystal. That's the glass part - sapphire is about has hard of a mineral as you can get besides diamond. It won't scratch or break without major force.

5) High Quality Band/Braclet. Either solid metal (stainless steel is common) or calf-skin leather with silver/stainless clasp.

6) One or more "complications". Adding a date, day of week, chronometer, etc all add value to a timepiece. Some prefer a simpler design of just the hour and second hands, but most contemporary pieces have at least one complication.
post #25 of 46
Not to hijack a topic, but could some of the more knowledgeble people out there recommend some tips for checking out a used mechanical watch and possibly some good watches to look for.

Browsing around on ebay, I see there are several Omega Geneve watches that can be had for under $200. Any thoughts on this item?
post #26 of 46
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post #27 of 46
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Originally Posted by Teacher View Post
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Jon.
post #28 of 46
Accuracy is one thing, long-term reliability is another.

If you leave a mechanical watch in a drawer for 50 years, you will still be able to put it on your wrist and expect it to keep good enough time. Watches hundreds of years old routinely get auctioned off in perfect working condition.

If you leave a quartz watch in a drawer for 10 years, the battery will most probably have leaked, completely destroying the internal mechanism. Unfortunately, even solar-powered or motion-powered quartz watches contain a battery.

That being said, I commonly use a hand-wound Patek Phillipe Calatrava in steel with a black dial and small seconds hand at 6:00 (elegant), a quartz Seiko SNA411 slide-rule chronometer with alarm (useful), and a quartz Timex Expedition watch with fabric band and analog dial (durable). Elegant, useful, and durable are three characteristics of any good watch.
post #29 of 46
For me it's: Size and weight.
It can't be too "blingy", either, because that's really telling.

Sean
post #30 of 46
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