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If you had $250 to spend on a watch...

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by boxdiver, May 17, 2010.

  1. noxlord

    noxlord Active Member

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    At a new job, it always looks more professional to glance at your watch to check the time instead of pulling out your phone.

    +1

    Phones and Gadgets can run out of juice. Watch can also do much more than telling time.
     
  2. brad-t

    brad-t Well-Known Member

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    Watch can also do much more than telling time.

    Such as?
     
  3. Nil

    Nil Well-Known Member

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    Such as?

    The date.

    And stuntin' on hoes and plebs.
     
  4. blynch

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    Someone recommended the over budget, Laco Classic Flieger($500ish), looking into it I see that Laco offers a cheaper version: [​IMG] Pilot A auto. Miyota 198 euros, equates to $250ish free shipping. Not as nice as the Classic, which has a 25 jewel ETA movement instead of this 21 jewel citizens movement. Also does not have a screw down crown. Aesthetically it is basically the same though and at $250 quite a steal. Trying to decide between this Laco for $250, or splurging for a Stowa Flieger for around $600. Love the exchange rate right now. Only Automatic I have right now is a Seiko 5, and it is just way too small for me most of the time. Cheap and good looking, but I would not advice it unless you have tiny wrists. Edit: Went to checkout and they drop the VAT as well, so it is really only $210 shipped.
     
  5. paulesquire1

    paulesquire1 Well-Known Member

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    any cheap diver (seiko 007, orient mako) with a dark face on a bond nato.
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    do you know what size that nato strap is? 18mm, 20mm, 22mm?
     
  6. PLaydice

    PLaydice Well-Known Member

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    No seiko japan movement garbage!
    I would go on craigslist and look for a TAG heur or an Omega watch.
    make a post watch wanted, 250 youl get good responses.
    I got a oris watch for around that at a pawn shawp for a gift for my step pops.
    check those too. nice watches can be had for 250 with a little effort.
    I have made this work you should try. couldnt hurt.
     
  7. jay3429

    jay3429 Well-Known Member

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    No seiko japan movement garbage! I would go on craigslist and look for a TAG heur or an Omega watch. make a post watch wanted, 250 youl get good responses. I got a oris watch for around that at a pawn shawp for a gift for my step pops. check those too. nice watches can be had for 250 with a little effort. I have made this work you should try. couldnt hurt.
    I wouldn't dismiss Seiko's as garbage...or rather any other companies in the japanese watch industry. Actually that moniker is probably better reserved for TAG Heuer and several other "swiss" companies. If you do your research correctly, you'll find that most TAGs have a little more than poorly decorated BASE ETA movements. Also, as for the whole "swiss made" argument... according to Swiss law, as long as 51% of the watch was made/assembled(forget which) in Switzerland, they get to stamp it on the watch as such. Go figure. [​IMG] So I wouldn't get too hopped up on your Swiss time pieces if I were you.
     
  8. lynch_king

    lynch_king Well-Known Member

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    I wouldn't dismiss Seiko's as garbage...or rather any other companies in the japanese watch industry. Actually that moniker is probably better reserved for TAG Heuer and several other "swiss" companies. If you do your research correctly, you'll find that most TAGs have a little more than poorly decorated BASE ETA movements. Also, as for the whole "swiss made" argument... according to Swiss law, as long as 51% of the watch was made/assembled(forget which) in Switzerland, they get to stamp it on the watch as such. Go figure. [​IMG] So I wouldn't get too hopped up on your Swiss time pieces if I were you.

    i have 2 seikos and a citizen sitting on my dresser, i was an ex-tag owner!
    Yeah alot of people look at "swiss made" likeit actually means anything!

    if you go to walmart you'll see that stamp on those watches, or better yet, those garbage invictas!
    [​IMG]
     
  9. wannabeagiant

    wannabeagiant Well-Known Member

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    For the money, Seikos are some of the best watches you can get.
     
  10. Crane's

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    Such as?

    Calculating which way is North.
     
  11. RFX45

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    No seiko japan movement garbage!

    BS. Get the hell out of here if you have no clue what you are talking about.
     
  12. PLaydice

    PLaydice Well-Known Member

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    BS. Get the hell out of here if you have no clue what you are talking about.

    nobody had anything bad to say about omega.
    I admit I am biased towards swiss.
    Some tags are nicer than others.
    when i think japanese movement I think cheap, but dont get me wrong, I dont want to dismiss the quality. cheap is good to some. I like my watches to look good while they function. I dont think alot of watches look good, swiss or not. Im glad you guys like them.
     
  13. somatoform

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    when i think japanese movement I think cheap, but dont get me wrong, I dont want to dismiss the quality.

    And yet you call them "garbage". Sounds like a dismissal to me.
     
  14. RFX45

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    Seiko is probably the only company who is still a true in-house watchmaker today. All of their parts and components are made in-house, unlike Tag or Omega who outsource some (if not most) of their parts. The Grand Seiko of Japan is highly praised and often ranked above Tag, Rolex and Omega.
     
  15. PLaydice

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    Seiko is probably the only company who is still a true in-house watchmaker today. All of their parts and components are made in-house, unlike Tag or Omega who outsource some (if not most) of their parts. The Grand Seiko of Japan is highly praised and often ranked above Tag, Rolex and Omega.

    On what rankings? I know name cache on seiko is garbage. I look at them like running shoes functional, but they usually look terrible. I dig euro styling on timepieces. me saying they are garbage is a bit harsh. There is a place in the world for watches like these.
    Not for me. when it comes down to the technological aspects of watchmaking I have no doubt japanese can perform but its like cars, Id rather drive a german mercedes anyday than a japanese car. we can start breaking down performance to price ratio's but who cares.
    what makes materialistic things special is the attachment you have with them. so good for you if you like these.
     
  16. RFX45

    RFX45 Well-Known Member

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    [​IMG]

    Once again, I give up.
     
  17. CDFS

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    On what rankings? I know name cache on seiko is garbage. I look at them like running shoes functional, but they usually look terrible. I dig euro styling on timepieces. me saying they are garbage is a bit harsh. There is a place in the world for watches like these.
    Not for me. when it comes down to the technological aspects of watchmaking I have no doubt japanese can perform but its like cars, Id rather drive a german mercedes anyday than a japanese car. we can start breaking down performance to price ratio's but who cares.
    what makes materialistic things special is the attachment you have with them. so good for you if you like these.


    I hope, the following can be of some help:


    Even is the Stowa is a very beautiful watch and great value for money, I would never wear one.

    Here is why: As a matter of fact, STOWA produced the Flieger for the German Air Force in WW2. Wearing it hence identifies you with... well the nazi.


    Yet, as I see it, US citizens have more distance to these matters so delicate to us Europeans. So if you should opt for this watch, the original would be the handwinding version with a steel bottom. You should also look for the model that does not feature the quite sizable logo on the dial. Imho it is much more elegant.

    The other model is not known to me.

    ..
     
  18. danilo

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    do you know what size that nato strap is? 18mm, 20mm, 22mm?

    the orient mako is a 22mm so the strap is a 22mm most likely
     
  19. boxdiver

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    you can get an orient mako for half of with the code scubaboard50, is it worth picking up over the seiko 007 which is almost double the cost?
     

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