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Poor man's watch thread

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

  1. Wes Bourne

    Wes Bourne Well-Known Member

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    @mimo: if you can get over your dislike of dress watches with 3 o'clock date windows, this newer Bambino variant is awesome:

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    I don't care much for Roman numerals, but that Bambino looks great.

    @Kaplan : I wish it were a bit smaller too. And 21mm lug width = :fu:
     
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  2. Papperskatt

    Papperskatt Well-Known Member

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    That new Bambino is beautiful, but I wish that it was smaller. 35-37mm would be ideal for me.
     
  3. mimo

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    I do think the Bambino has a lot of redeeming features, and have been seriously thinking about one on many occasions. But I can't quite get to pressing the button, mainly because of the date thing. Also, their big, coloured logo is a bit of a turd on a dress watch. As for the new one, I get it. But look how far those numerals are away from the edge of the dial, and how that space is padded with uselessness. No, I'm afraid. That's a swing and a miss for me!

    On the plus side, I bought a watch. I'm expecting it in about a week. :)
     
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  4. TheWraith

    TheWraith Well-Known Member

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    ^ What did you buy, @mimo?
     
  5. mimo

    mimo Well-Known Member

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    Time will tell, so to speak. :)
     
  6. TheWraith

    TheWraith Well-Known Member

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    My latest kop, the poor man's version of the Reverso (forgive the crappy photos. I suck at photography :( ):

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    I'm also getting an Alpha Explorer next week, which I'll keep just until I get the Rolex Explorer I've long been after. I'll then give the Alpha to my nephew :)
     
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  7. plot

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    Just ordered myself a SARX013. Stunning in pics, I'm guessing it'll be even more beautiful in person. I've been wanting a nice white-faced slightly dressy watch for a while now.

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  8. TradThrifter

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    oooo i love the bracelet, case and dial on that Seiko




    maybe i just love the whole watch
     
  9. BostonHedonist

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    Gentlemen, Mrs. Hedonist had two watches break this year and finally has come around to the idea of purchasing something a little more reliable. So I am looking for recommendations for a sub-$1000 stainless ladies automatic with a simple mother of pearl dial. Any thoughts? Frederique Constant comes to mind.
     
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    FC is an excellent choice in that price range.
     
  11. Stebbin

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    I wanted a diver watch and I recently ordered an Orient Blue Ray with a rubber strap from Longislandwatches. I've also ordered a 31mm dome sapphire crystal, a crystal press and a mesh band to try some mods once I receive the watch.
     
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  12. Gwarg

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  13. BostonHedonist

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    Hey, that's not half bad! At $130 on Amazon, incredibly affordable too. I must say, at that price I'm a bit suspicious about build quality/reliability/durability. Can you (or anyone) speak to the quality?
     
  14. TradThrifter

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    It's an Orient. So quality is good and will probably last forever without problems. But it is also..an Orient. Not a very exclusive/special brand. It all depends on what you want out of a piece. Does she care about brand recognition? Frederique Constant would have a bit more cache but much more expensive (and tbh will lose a lot of resale value over time)
     
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  15. BostonHedonist

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    Yeah I think she wants something swiss. I already tried to get her to look at Seiko and she said they didn't look "special" enough. I think she's looking for it to be priced around $400-$700. Thats why I was thinking F.C.
     
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    Here is my great poor college student collection. [​IMG]
     
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  19. mimo

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    BH, +1 on Tissot, but I've also seen a lot of MOP dials from Longines and Baume & Mercier, who I think both make some nice distinguished stuff. Given their high volume, you see quite a lot of NOS etc around. I'm sure you can find a nice MOP dial for a reasonable price, with a little patience. Under $1k anyway. With Tissot you can get a mechanical one under $1k though.
     
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  20. chobochobo

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    So I'm thinking that I could one of these new fangled smartwatches instead of Seiko Diver as a travel watch. Any thoughts please?
     

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