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Poor man's watch thread

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

  1. mimo

    mimo Well-Known Member

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    For $100, I'd go Orient "Bambino" for something smart, or a Seiko 5 Military for something more laid back. Easy to find either one under the price limit, plenty of colour and options, and it's a decent mechanical watch that looks and feels a lot more special than the price would suggest.
     
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  2. Oli2012

    Oli2012 Well-Known Member

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    I would also go the Bambino. Absolutely stunning watch for the money.

    I'm not too fond of Seiko 5 dress watches - they're generally boring.

    Seagull make some beautiful watches but their movement isn't great.
     
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  3. mimo

    mimo Well-Known Member

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    I agree viz. the Bambino over the dress Seiko 5. But the Military is a really smart pilot for $80.
     
  4. Akeem

    Akeem Well-Known Member

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    recently got the bambino, and it's a lot of watch for $100. clean design. domed crystal. the strap is rather cheap looking, but that's easily fixed.
     
  5. Oli2012

    Oli2012 Well-Known Member

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    I'm with you on that one too. More of a casual watch though.
     
  6. mimo

    mimo Well-Known Member

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    Yep, buy both I'd say: Bambino for work, S5M for play!
     
  7. aglose

    aglose Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for all the help! I'll start looking into the Bambino.
     
  8. BostonHedonist

    BostonHedonist Well-Known Member

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    Hey Y'all, what's the difference between the Orient bambino and the symphony? Is it just the domed glass and slightly diff case & date design? Movements look identical, but it's a $40 difference

    Bambino:
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    Symphony:
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  10. ridethecliche

    ridethecliche Well-Known Member

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    redacted.
     
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  11. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Well-Known Member

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    @BostonHedonist , did you end up getting the Sumo or the Shogun?
     
  12. BostonHedonist

    BostonHedonist Well-Known Member

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    The Shogun - (SBDC007): A sub-$1,000 automatic diver that feels like a $3,000+ diver.

    Easy to size up with the right tools.
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    Reminiscent of the Sub, but with a definite and unique Seiko twist.
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    Lightweight titanium bracelet. Comes with a rubber strap.
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    A view from the back end.
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    Feels nice. Titanium is cooler to the touch than steel, and extremely lightweight. The watch is just a great size overall and the smooth sweep of the second hand says "yeah, I'm no cheap automatic."
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    Overall, I get it. This may be the best sports watch under $1,000 that I've ever come in contact with. I'm not going to wax poetic about it like so many reviewers and say it's better than my Rolex or the "best watch ever." It's not. But for the money, I SERIOUSLY doubt you can do better in a diver. It is most certainly more comfortable than many higher-end Swiss watches, but not all or even a majority of them. The titanium bracelet is very well made, and so lightweight and cool to the touch. I mean really a lot of thought clearly went into the design of the entire piece. It's just so secure and comfortable. I was certainly impressed when a stray slash with a pusher left a mark on the Diashield-coated bracelet that rubbed off with a quick thumbing. This thing does NOT want to scratch. Matter of fact, I'm not sure I've seen scratch resistance like this before. But further "testing" is needed there. The bezel rotates gloriously.

    What this watch excels at is not emulating luxury. This watch excels at the bang-per-buck principle. Comparing my brief experience to the numerous reviews out there, my initial conclusion is that unless you really need to get your luxe on (as I often do) your watch obsession can probably end here (if divers are your thing). I mean it just wears so easy, so substantially, and is so true to the genre without being too derivative or over the top in its design elements. It doesn't want to pick up scratches and if I know anything at all about Seiko, I can assume that the water resistance is at least 10% better than advertized and that the accuracy will be at least in the top 20% of its class.

    Definitely satisfied so far.
     
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  13. westie187

    westie187 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for great review! Beautiful watch. Enjoy.
     
  14. TheWraith

    TheWraith Well-Known Member

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    Good on ya, Boston. That's a great piece!
     
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  15. kimmo

    kimmo Well-Known Member

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    Really cool piece and review. Except you've re-kindled my Seiko-interest. Only thing in this watch I don't like are the round indexes. With batons, I'd probably already bought one.
     
  16. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Well-Known Member

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    Great pictures and review. I bought a Sumo a few weeks ago as a weekend watch and have been blown away by the quality to price ratio. I'm a new Seiko convert and think I'll always have at least one Seiko diver in my rotation. Even though I bought it as a weekend watch, I like it so much that I've been wearing it much more than that. I'll try to snap a picture later today.
     
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  17. Fred G. Unn

    Fred G. Unn Well-Known Member

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    I have an orange Sumo (rubber strap) I bought as a weekend/pool watch a year or so ago, and I agree, the quality to price ratio is really great! A great value for a sub-$500 diver.
     
  18. BostonHedonist

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    Thanks guys. I really think everyone who goes near water should have a Seiko diver. I bought this to upgrade my little orange Starfish and am glad I did. Only problem is, there's nothing left to pine for in a "beater" diver. Diashield really is something and as cool as Seiko's kinetic and solar tech is, you get a certain confidence from a plain old mechanical automatic. Though I was told at the NYC Seiko boutique that Diashield can come off in chlorine. The sales person wasn't the sharpest, so I don't know if I should believe it. But that's a serious problem for a watch you'd wear in a pool.


    What you want is the limited edition SBDC027
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    It is also quite gorgeous. Check out how the bezel is set in.

    [​IMG]
     
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  19. JHT652

    JHT652 Well-Known Member

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    Seiko Sea Urchin - SNZF15K1

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    Orient Bambino

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    I never get bored of looking at the domed crystal on the bambino.
     
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  20. kimmo

    kimmo Well-Known Member

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    Gee, thanks. As if my watch budget for this year wasn't already spent....
     

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