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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by earthdragon, Nov 18, 2008.

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  1. jaypee

    jaypee Senior member

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    New, used, mechanical, quartz, auto, vintage, vintage looking, size, strap, brand, bracelet, location, case size?

    One google search, clicking on the first link resulted in this. http://www.coolvintagewatches.com/Watches/Under_300/under_300.htm

    Go, read, search, decide..

    Away!
     


  2. thebrownman

    thebrownman Senior member

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    Sorry man, I wasn't ignoring your post. I doubt I'm as knowledgeable about wristwatches compared to others in this thread, so I didn't offer any thoughts. Perhaps others were turned off by your joke that you'll go Señor Chang for their assistance :D LOL

    I own two watches

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    The first one has a different strap to what's shown. Dark blue calf, flat, no stitching, no padding. I recently bought a new strap for it (burgundy lizard from Hirsch). I wore it for 18 minutes. I don't like it. I'm buying the same blue one I had before. If anyone wants the Hirsch burgundy lizard one at a heavily discounted price - get in touch :)
     


  3. Prince of Paisley

    Prince of Paisley Senior member

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    I think he said vintage military around WW2... so that necessarily limits his options I think:

    Mechanical, vintage, used, military style.

    More to the point is what style of military is he after - army, diver's, airman's watch...

    Bunny - this something like you had in mind?

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    EDIT - this link might give you some ideas: http://www.timelyclassics.com/portal/index.php?route=product/category&path=66
     
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  4. The Ernesto

    The Ernesto Senior member

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    The Perth.

    Thanks for your insight, by the way.
     


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    fxh Senior member

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    thebrownman - that casio looks great - are they hard to come by?
     
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  6. Prince of Paisley

    Prince of Paisley Senior member

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    No worries, best of luck. The Perth is a nice shoe - did you get a calf model or the suede?
     


  7. sliq

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  8. JimmyHoffa

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    Thanks Journeyman and Lachyzee - it takes balls to stick up for the underdog, especially when he is getting barrelled by Streetminimal and P Bear.

    JM, you hit the nail so squarely on its head. That is exactly the predicament I am in. I am taking people's advice pretty seriously.

    FXH, you'll like my next post. I like your post because it reminds me that just because you pay a hefty price tag, doesn't mean your guaranteed to look and feel great. I like your imaginative writing :).
     
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  9. JimmyHoffa

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    Today I popped into the Herringbone store at Macquarie Place – where all the wanker bankers go. I was checking out the metro cotton jacket in the beige colour and the navy colour. Both jackets were slightly too long, the sleeves were too long and there was excess fabric at the back of the jacket. The navy was nice, but beige made me look like a 50 year old guy at the Ivy Bar on a Saturday night. Each jacket was $315, and it would have cost about $100 in alterations. I held off.

    While I was there, I got speaking to Stephanie – who has been working at Herringbone for 7 years. I asked her about Ethan Newton, Guido, Patrick Johnson and her sister’s fiancé, Thomas, who runs a blog called HespokeShespoke. She knows them all. She spoke highly of Ethan and his shoe polishing skills. I didn’t know he was responsible for Herringbone’s MTM service. That is how he must have met Phat Guido; through Herringbone. She says they were in the same ‘watch club’ amongst other things. PG got her tick of approval for style. Apparently Ethan bought almost every C&J shoe Herringbone stocked. She also raved on about how good Patrick Johnson looks in suits; which sought of pissed me off. A lot was said about Joshua leaving the business, Matt Jensen starting MJ Bale and the buyout of Herringbone from a few years back. A lot was said. It was the hand gestures that mimicked a plane heading towards the ground that said the most. Anyway, it was a good crash course into the history of some of the ‘Styleforum Elite’.

    Afterwards, I met Markus at Myer to try on the P Johnson jacket. Markus was sensational to deal with: he wasn’t pushy at all, he was relaxed and he was honest. He claims that the jacket hadn’t been worn outside the house. Considering the thread that holds the double vents closed was still attached on both sides, I believed him. I did Rob’s test of checking the boutonniere hole – it was open and there is a thread to hold a flower in place. Tom was the one that commissioned the jacket, not Patrick. Perhaps that is why there are 3 buttons, not 4. The buttons are working buttons – which are quite nice. On the inside of the jacket there is a red monogram ‘MW’ which are Markus’s initials.

    The shoulders, chest, waist, sleeves and the fabric at the back of the jacket are perfect. However, it was too long by about an inch. In other words, it was perfect, except for length. I paid $250 to Markus and went to my tailor who measured the jacket to make sure that it would be absolutely fine to take up an inch. There is nothing worse than having besom pockets that are too close to the bottom of the jacket. I am pretty lucky because the besom pockets are quite high and shortening the bottom of the jacket does not affect the proportion of the jacket. To shorten, it costs $50. So all up I paid $300 for a jacket that I like, that fits well, and feels great.

    On a side note, I was asking my tailor about the 3 jackets I have brought him over the last month. I didn’t tell him it was a P Johnson jacket. He said, “The elite suit jacket is very average quality. The MJ Bale suit is about 10x better than the Elite suit jacket. This jacket (P Johnson jacket) is about 20x better than the MJ Bale Jacket”. He pointed to the lining on the sleeve, the shoulder, the inside of the jacket and said that it must be made by a single tailor in Europe – “true MTM”. He held up a $2,000 Bagozza jacket and claimed that the P Johnson jacket was a slightly better finish. I questioned him and he defiantly claimed that tailoring is his profession and life’s work, and that he can tell straight away whether something is quality or not. So I guess there is a logical reason after all, as to why P Johnson is more expensive than MJ Bale or Elite Suits. I was really hoping 1-2 months ago, I could get P Johnson quality at Elite Suit pricing. The world just doesn’t work like that unfortunately.

    I could have popped into the Herringbone warehouse, but I didn’t have time, and I assume that their would fit pretty similar to the 2 jackets I tried on at Macquarie Place.

    Anyway, my experience laid out for any new young fellas, like me, that are thinking of buying their first jacket or suit.
     
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  10. The Ernesto

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    I went calf as something to wear at work. The suedes in my size seemed a little dark to me, plus they would have been much, much harder to justify to HRH at home.
     


  11. TehBunny

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    Woops, sorry forgot to write that I'm looking for a mechanical watch (the windy ones); my dad broke his really old one 5 years ago and I've been wanting to get him one for Christmas.
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    Thanks you guys for the auto suggestions; if I end up getting an auto I'll get the one Paisley found that;s exactly the type I'm looking for; though if it were mechanical than would be even better. Mum said it's perfect too [​IMG]
     
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  12. sliq

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    $300 for a MTM jacket that fits you like a glove is value [​IMG]. congrats on the buy.
     


  13. TehBunny

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    Woops, forgot to mention I'm looking for a mechanical one (windy). Sorry I'm not very experienced at watches :p
    EDIT: Thanks for the help so far though. Prince that is a great watch, if I can't find a nice mechanical watch I will get that one for my dad.
    Mum said Prince's was perfect if I couldn't find a windy one (at their house this afternoon). [​IMG]
    P.S.
    Army or airman's watch pls :)
    FUARK I THOUGH I DIDN"T POST THIS (CHROME CRASHED ON MY ASS T_T) Sorry
     
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  14. Journeyman

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    TehBunny - sorry if I missed this detail, but do you want a new watch, or an old one?

    If you want a new, mechanical watch in a military style, why not see if you can get a Hamilton "Mechanical Officer" watch?

    Sorry - I can't remember if you posted a budget, either, but I think that you should be able to get the above watch for around US$450 new-in-box, perhaps less than that if you look around.
     


  15. TehBunny

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    First sorry to flood this page with so many of my posts...but here goes
    My budget is less than $350, no preference when it comes to old and new. Journeyman that's a great watch.
    I think I just found it on paisley's website under the name 'Khaki Field' the only difference I notice is that there is no date on that one compared to your's 'Mechanical Officer' (model difference I presume?).

    Thanks for your patience :)

    EDIT: And in other news I realised there was a hyper link function [​IMG]
    EDIT AGAIN: Fxh-those Casio's sure aren't hard to come by, that's the digital watch my dad uses[​IMG]. I think he koped it at one of the mainstream jewellers (Prouds etc.)
     
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