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Poor man's watch thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by SirGrotius, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. theruk

    theruk Active Member

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    I can't find a blue numeral/hand IWC port homage or another PM's watch that has the same feel that isn't total garbage. Sad days. I obviously don't do replicas or fakes. [​IMG]

    Any recs?

    Seems like the respectable thing to do is to just acquire a seiko 5 auto and frankenstein it with a nice strap. Really want that clean IWC white faced feel though.
     
  2. Cantabrigian

    Cantabrigian Well-Known Member

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    I bought a Seiko blue spark in part to tide me over until I get a 5001-07 (refuse to spend more than 2k salary dollars on a watch and very leveraged 'investing' has been tricky recently).

    I've got it on a tan gator strap that's a great honey brown with a couple years' patina.
     
  3. theruk

    theruk Active Member

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    Sounds pretty tasteful. Any pics of the watch?

    I usually end up leaving the house with my Tag Carrera twin time auto which I love. I removed the chain link band (couldn't get it to fit my wrist right and was too formal anyway), and put on a black leather strap to match the black face to make it more casual. It's my go to watch. I really like clean, simple looking watches like that. I have two handwound beater homages [panerai/iwc] I'll wear out to the bars and what not. Ironically I get more comments on my panerai homage than I do my actual tag. Women I guess. Impressed by the biggest shiniest thing they see? o_O;
     
  4. Cant kill da Rooster

    Cant kill da Rooster Well-Known Member

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    I would probably Steinhart or Stowa Marine if it's within your budget. Stowa can be found for around $500 used and can be easily sold when you get your grail. Of course the Stowa Marine Chrono looks a lot closer but overpriced IMO.

    [​IMG]
     
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  5. theruk

    theruk Active Member

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    Wow. I like that a lot actually.

    A question I've been meaning to ask SF:

    What mediums do you all use mainly for buying/selling used watches?
     
  6. lamergod

    lamergod Well-Known Member

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    I got it from the same place as you did. The ticking is pretty loud on mine as well. It feels pretty good. Well I haven't held any expensive watches apart from an AP ROO for a brief glorious moment, so I can't really compare the finish to high end watches. But for that price, it is definitely a steal. I wear it to school as an everyday watch and get tonnes of compliments on it.
     
  7. Reevolving

    Reevolving Well-Known Member

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    You get 99% of the style at 4% of the cost. It's a huge win. Stop worrying about the damn ticking. In other times, a loud watch was a sign of success!
     
  8. Hayward

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    The 1% being that gap. It would be a better looking watch without that display back, or with a better movement mount. I guess you could just never take the watch off...
     
  9. drmmr

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    Where can you find Stowas for around $500? I've been stalking WUS for a bit now and haven't seen any in that price range. Or maybe my eyes and memory fail me.
     
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  10. Cant kill da Rooster

    Cant kill da Rooster Well-Known Member

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    Mostly just Timezone myself but Watchnet sometimes.



    You are partly right. I found a couple that were $550 with shipping included, but they were the lowest. You'd have to be patient to find it at that price or negotiate them down. New they are 478eur. I assume the high resale is due to the fact they take so long to aquire from Stowa directly.

    $540
    http://forums.timezone.com/index.php?t=tree&goto=6144446&rid=0
    $550
    http://forums.timezone.com/index.php?t=tree&goto=6035844&rid=0
     
  11. theruk

    theruk Active Member

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    Probably right. Someone was selling one here on the b/s board. I think he was asking 1,000 that retailed 1,500.

    Just have to hunt I suppose.
     
  12. theruk

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    It's not the ticking that got me. It's the damn zzZZZ noise of the automatic swinging endlessly around the inside of the watch. It sounded unnatural and weird. I had people ask me wtf the noise was like we were being haunted. After it got brought up a few times I just stopped wearing it.

    If it weren't for that, I would wholeheartedly agree with you. I have no qualms sacrificing quality of function if the aesthetics are there. But when people think they're starting to go crazy because they're hearing my watch zip around.. I think that's where I draw the line.
     
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  13. Kai

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    I love that show!


     
  14. Cantabrigian

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    Here's my Seiko blue spark. I don't have the photography skills to get the blued hands to show up in a photo. There are some good ones online.

    [​IMG]

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    Flash shot that better shows the color of the strap (which actually cost more than the watch itself).
    [​IMG]
     
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    A very elegant dial.
    Cambric
     
  16. djwoblely

    djwoblely Well-Known Member

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    Nice! What kinda strap is that?
     
  17. bik2101

    bik2101 Well-Known Member

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    ^this. that strap looks awesome
     
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    Can't believe I first learned about this a couple of months after it was discontinued/sold out everywhere :(
     
  19. Cantabrigian

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    Thanks - DiModell. Better tha Hirsh IMO and a little cheaper.
     
  20. nohio

    nohio Well-Known Member

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    Looking for a casual watch around $200 and I can't decide between the Riki Wantanabe Alba with brown strap:
    [​IMG]

    or the Seagull 1963 (acrylic crystal):
    [​IMG]

    Anyone have experience with these?
     

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