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The Watch Appreciation Thread (Reviews and Photos of Men's Timepieces by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Brei

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gdl203, May 20, 2007.

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  1. RFX45

    RFX45 Well-Known Member

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    Pretty much this. Don't like then don't buy so everyone can just...


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  2. Belligero

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    Say what!? I thought you were big-time into Rolex and AP!

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  3. velomatt

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    On a new topic. Does anyone have suggestions on where to buy decent quality, but affordable vintage pieces?

    I'm in New Hampshire. So Boston is convenient, and I've looked at some of the usual suspects (European Watch Company, Paul Duggan, etc.) online, but not in person.

    Can you find decent stuff in pawn shops? are there other watch dealers that sell online?

    I'd prefer to go through a reputable dealer, rather than a private party, simply because I'm not knowledgeable enough to feel comfortable checking authenticity.


    My budget is under $1,500 if that helps.
     
  4. jbarwick

    jbarwick Well-Known Member

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    What are you looking for in a vintage watch? Chrono? Time only? Any ideas of what may look good? Vintage watches turn into Franken-watches pretty quickly at that price point. Seems like a Longines may be a good brand to look into.
     
  5. velomatt

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    Time only, sweep second hand would be nice. I was looking at some 50's and 60's Tudors that were promising. I'm not a huge fan of bracelet watches, so prefer straps. Simple, clean designs. Dislike roman numerals. Stainless steel in this price range obviously.

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  6. Belligero

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    I found this Enicar in a Budapest street market for about €200:

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    The movement inside is gorgeous, despite the solid back. ;) Still runs, too!

    I think the best bet for finding something similar is on forums, and watchrecon.com aggregates the private listings, so it's a good tool to find something specific or just browse around. The bigger watch dealers don't typically mess around with relatively inexpensive stuff from bygone makers like this.
     
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  7. in stitches

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    Lol, good point. Id say my personal fave 3 brands, in no order, are AP, Rolex and JLC.

    That being said, Id say they are all pretty big outfits. When I said Independents, I meant the smaller, more niche, brands. Not the well established older brands that have managed to stay out of corporate hands, and huge kudos to them for doing so, its no easy task.

    Though I think this poses a great end of 2015 question!!

    TWAT dwellers, what are your fave 3 watch brands? Feel free to expound why or not, but list 3.

    AND GO!! :slayer:
     
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  8. tifosi

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    My three in no particular order are; Rolex, AP and Seiko.
     
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  9. RFX45

    RFX45 Well-Known Member

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    Hublot
    IWC
    Invicta



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    Couldn't be serious, could you??? haha
     
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    Seiko and Invicta? :puzzled:

    To each their own.
     
  12. rnguy001

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    @in stitches -

    IWC :happy:
    Omega
    JLC

    throw in Panerai for good measure for the Richemont trifecta. (Belligero-shields UP!)


    @RFX45, @RogerP - beautiful watch no doubt. Only wish I had the $97,000!
     
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  13. tifosi

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    Yea, I like Seiko. Some of the first watches I ever had and that brand has always stayed with me. Granted, now, I'm talking Japanese Domestic Market only Prospex divers and Grand Seiko... but still a Seiko.

    I don't think RX was being as serious as I...
     
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  14. TradThrifter

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    Choosing only 3 is really hard. Mine would probably be

    Seiko
    Omega
    JLC
    runner up: Rolex

    Currently have 2 of the 3
     
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  15. jbarwick

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    Brands I could afford?
    Rolex
    Hamilton
    IWC - The Port Chrono is lovely. I would purchase one.
     
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    JLC
    Lange

    Runners-up:
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    Rolex, Omega (sports watches)
     
  17. MSchott

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    Good points. I've owned Chopard with their LUC movements and currently own an Archimedes (Ickler). Many of these you list are good values as well as being independent of the Big 3 luxury conglomerates. I'm also a fan of Girard Perregaux which isn't really an Indy but Sowind is a small group. I own a JeanRichard with the JR1000 movement. However, if my collection consisted solely of Lange, I wouldn't be too sad [​IMG].
     
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    Thanks for all the help with IWC vs. jLC. I went back to the store today and was able to compare the IWC Portoguese Chronograph with the JLC Master Chronograph. As much as I was trying to convince myself to get the IWC I just loved everything about the JLC a little more so went with that one. Below is a stock photo of what I went with (getting it on a brown strap though).

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    The latest Talking Watches episode on Hodinkee was very fun. I really like their new trend of featuring atypical watch collectors and exploring how each guest began collecting and eventually arrived at his present collection. It really shows that there are many ways to enjoy this hobby. The line about how even Jesus would need to wait for a Patek application piece was very funny, especially in the context of the story.
     
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    Great choice! I started out with JLC myself too. A wonderful manufacture with so many great and innovative in-house movements.
     
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