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post #61 of 96
I like a classic, no frills watch. It will look good forever and tell time. With that said, I bought the best watch I could with the money I was prepared to spend for a watch. In today's market, it would cost about $4,000 - a steel Breitling Colt Automatic. I also have a military Timex with a nylon band. I like both and do not care much what others think about them. So, I say spend what you want, get what feels good, and enjoy.
post #62 of 96
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Originally Posted by dapperdoctor View Post

A nice watch will last a lifetime.  If you have the extra money and you enjoy watches, then do it.  If you don;t have money to spare, stick with a Seiko. 


Excuse me?     Lifetime you say?      my watch is 55 years old, looks gorgeous, keeps time perfectly.   and it's a Seiko.

can your Rolex do that?  seriously,  if you want to know the time, forever, Only buy Seiko. Period.

post #63 of 96
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Originally Posted by size 38R View Post


Excuse me?     Lifetime you say?      my watch is 55 years old, looks gorgeous, keeps time perfectly.   and it's a Seiko.
can your Rolex do that?  seriously,  if you want to know the time, forever, Only buy Seiko. Period.

I agree that Seiko is a very underrated brand but i dont think he was directly bashing seiko itself but rather the general image of japanese watches. Pretty sure if he ever saw a grand seiko's price tag he would reconsider he views. Btw i have seen watches in my family from my grandfather that are over 55 years old that were rolex's, pateks etc that still work so your "only buy seiko" statement is as narrow minded as the previous poster bashing them. Come to think about it my friend just got his grandad's rolex from the 1920's for his birthday last year and he uses it daily so yes a Rolex can do that.
post #64 of 96
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Originally Posted by size 38R View Post


Excuse me?     Lifetime you say?      my watch is 55 years old, looks gorgeous, keeps time perfectly.   and it's a Seiko.

can your Rolex do that?  seriously,  if you want to know the time, forever, Only buy Seiko. Period.

My Rolex is only 40 years old.

 

So I guess you might be right, I mean it still has 15 years to go.

post #65 of 96
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Originally Posted by size 38R View Post


Excuse me?     Lifetime you say?      my watch is 55 years old, looks gorgeous, keeps time perfectly.   and it's a Seiko.

can your Rolex do that?  seriously,  if you want to know the time, forever, Only buy Seiko. Period.

 

I'm a big fan of Seiko - particularly the often overlooked Grand Seiko line.  Much respect for the brand.  But the above is undiluted rubbish.  "Only Seiko"?  Seriously?  Tell that to my Omega dating back to 1947.  Or explain the thriving vintage market of 50-plus year old watches in perfect running order - most of which do not have Seiko printed on the dial.  Do ease up on the fanboy drivel, will you?

 

 

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Originally Posted by dapperdoctor View Post

A nice watch will last a lifetime.  If you have the extra money and you enjoy watches, then do it.  If you don;t have money to spare, stick with a Seiko. 

You might want to get out more.  Seiko makes a number of very nice watches that will indeed last a lifetime.

post #66 of 96
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Originally Posted by RogerP View Post

I'm a big fan of Seiko - particularly the often overlooked Grand Seiko line.  Much respect for the brand.  But the above is undiluted rubbish.  "Only Seiko"?  Seriously?  Tell that to my Omega dating back to 1947.  Or explain the thriving vintage market of 50-plus year old watches in perfect running order - most of which do not have Seiko printed on the dial.  Do ease up on the fanboy drivel, will you?




Thats the thing with seiko fanboys. They preach all over the internet about how awesome they are and how everybody who buys something besides a GS is an idiot. But in reality i would be very surprised if more than 1 out of 50 of them would actually buy a GS over a rolex or omega
post #67 of 96

well now,smack.gif i am in a position to by a Rolex. and probably won't.  swing more towards a vintage seamaster. Last watch was an EBEL. (sold it) 

 but every time, it's a Seiko. i currently have 2 now, both 50+ years old.

and no,not Grand Seiko's. one is a "Marvel" (1958), the other is a "5 -Sportsmatic deluxe"(1962) . the next will be a King Seiko, or another Sportsmatic.  GS are nice though.  

-loving the casio edifice "red bull f1" watch right now. so.want.

the O.P said he has a budget, so why not get a quality time piece?   he could even get a vintage GS for $300. hell, buy 3 various models and he is still under budget!!

 

because at the very least, it's a more sound choice than a TAG, or Tissot in his price range.  a rolex or GS is most likely not

. but who cares, he is after a watch, not a jewel encrusted conversation starter. so to get it straight,

if i were a "Fanboy"  i would just buy another swiss watch and show it off to people. because people would say, "hey is that a  ......."   

 

 

 

instead, i go to a Jeweler, and they say " that's a beautiful watch" . satisfied.gif

 

 

let the O.P work it out. because in his price range, he's not missing out on anything. 

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post #68 of 96
Originally Posted by size 38R View Post

if i were a "Fanboy"  i would just buy another swiss watch and show it off to people. because people would say, "hey is that a  ......."   

 

If you were a fanboy, you would make statements like:

 

Originally Posted by size 38R View Post  if you want to know the time, forever, Only buy Seiko. Period.

 

As definitive an example of a fanboy comment as I can think of.

post #69 of 96
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Originally Posted by RogerP View Post

 

If you were a fanboy, you would make statements like:

 

Originally Posted by size 38R View Post  if you want to know the time, forever, Only buy Seiko. Period.

 

As definitive an example of a fanboy comment as I can think of.

 

ORLY?    my statement still stands, thanks for highlighting it.  lol8[1].gif           -  I shop for quality, not labels. they just happen to be the best quality.

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Originally Posted by The Titan View Post

How does Citizen compare with Seiko in the durability category?


Citizen are good watches, some (all?) have used Seiko movements. if you are happy with one you like, go for it. a good one could be bought relatively cheap.  and you can replace it anytime you change your mind.

post #70 of 96
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Originally Posted by size 38R View Post

 

ORLY?    my statement still stands, thanks for highlighting it.  lol8%5B1%5D.gif           -  I shop for quality, not labels. they just happen to be the best quality.

Of course your statement stands - it is what defines you as a fanboy - I hardly expected you to change your tune.  Suggesting that the ONLY watch to buy for long term reliability is brand "X" defines you as a fanboy of that brand insofar as it clearly demonstrates that you are wearing a gigantic set of blinders with that brand's logo plastered all over them.

post #71 of 96
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Originally Posted by The Titan View Post

How does Citizen compare with Seiko in the durability category?

If you peruse through the poor man's watch thread, you will find more information. Otherwise Watchuseek forum is another forum with great references.
Nevertheless from what I gather Citizen is good for their solar powered watch whilst Seiko for the mechanical. Durability-wise they're both good value for money.
post #72 of 96
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Originally Posted by The Titan View Post


Great, thanks. Citizen doesn't seem to get much love around here. Yet, similarly priced as Seiko.

 

Big question is whether Citizen can last as long as Seiko (according to fan boys) is purported to.


another member on here has a Citizen "Crystal Date" from 1968. -it works perfectly. how do i know?   i traded it to him.lol8[1].gif

 

 

few scratches, but 27 jewels,automatic. and holds time well.

sorry for the bad pic, it is a gorgeous watch.

post #73 of 96
I think expensive is subjective. Each person has his/her own threshold.

Regarding Seiko, it's a bit unfortunate that Seiko brand is underrated especially the Grand Seiko and Credo lines. They both produce fantastic watches.
Perception-wise it's also unfortunate that for general audiences GS isn't perceived as luxurious brand, only the purist/horologist understand the quality in GS line.

Just my two cents, I think it's fair to compare Rolex / Omega with Grand Seiko whilst the standard Seiko line is comparable to entry level (Seiko 5 line) and mid tier (Seiko Spirit Made in Japan line) watches.
post #74 of 96

The advantage to owning a Rolex or other expensive watch is it can be sold and some money recouped. If you buy a $10,000 Rolex you can expect to be able to sell it quickly and get back 40%-50% of what you paid. I don't know how easy it would be to sell a cheap $200 watch.

 

The downside is expensive automatic watches require service every 3-5 years, and service can range from $400 to $1000+ depending on what watch.

 

Do your research before you buy, how much you can sell it used if you wanted to buy a different watch, how much it costs to service, ect.

 

You will be wearing the watch so buy what you like. Decide if a 36mm or 40mm or larger watch looks good on your wrist. Bigger is not always better, Charlie Sheen wears a 36mm YM on tv and he has a collection worth millions. Decide if you want steel, gold, white gold, or something else and be prepared to pay more than the precious metal is worth. Decide how much you want to spend. Decide what you will use the watch for, do you dive or swim with it, do you use it to time a race, do you want to know the day or date or other information on the watch? That should help make a decision. 

 

I had a Rolex and sold it. It ran fast and I got tired of resetting the time every week. They offered to fix it, and perform a service for $1000. I sold it.

 

I have worn Omega but never owned one. Omega is pursuing Rolex to grab the market of $10,000 watches. They raise prices often to try and catch Rolex and they stopped selling in stores and now sell in corporate owned botiques. 5 years ago you could by a Seamaster for $2,000, now they are selling for triple that amount. Omega is developing in house movements. If you buy Omega, know what you're buying, if the movement is the more valuable inhouse or if it is an older movement, and if it is an older quartz that does not hold value like automatics.

 

What I like recently is the Citizen eco-drive watches. They are quartzs, they have almost no resale value, but they look good and they have features that I like.

 

Once you own and sell watches, you will probably want to have 2 or 3 nice watches.

 

Remember, if you own an automatic and don't wear it for a couple days it will stop running and you will have to reset the date, time, ect. They sell winder boxes to take care of that but some people think that reduces the life of a watch.

 

I hope you find a watch you like and don't worry too much about other people. I can say when I had my gold Rolex the only women who noticed it are women who had no good intentions than to try and get as much money from the wearer as possible. Most people didn't notice it. A cheap stylish watch may have more desired outcomes of completing a look you're going for without attracting attention from gold diggers.

post #75 of 96
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Originally Posted by size 38R View Post

ORLY?    my statement still stands, thanks for highlighting it.  lol8%5B1%5D.gif           -  I shop for quality, not labels. they just happen to be the best quality.


Citizen are good watches, some (all?) have used Seiko movements. if you are happy with one you like, go for it. a good one could be bought relatively cheap.  and you can replace it anytime you change your mind.

Citizen does not us Seiko movements. They use Miyota movements...... Made by. Citizen . Quality is comparable to Seiko, although they lack some of the history in my opinion.
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