Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Claghorn, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. The Noodles

    The Noodles Skid Fu

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    I have had this TagHeuer watch for about 5 years and have noticed that it has continued to fall behind by at least two minutes after each reset. Is this common?
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  2. jrd617

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    ^ Depending on typical usage, exposure, knocks, it might be time for a service.
     


  4. The Noodles

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    Yes, that serivce costs about 500 usd if sent to tagheuer. Not worth it on this watch.
     


  5. jungleroller

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    Howdy folks! Been busy but still around. Getting settled in new work digs. Closing on 10/30 for new home digs. I'll have to do something about the closets though may not be enough. Or could be a good time to purge some crap. :slayer:
     


  6. jrd617

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    send it to me noodles

    i'll pay for shipping and you won't have to waste money on a servicing at tag heuer

    just get a new one instead! win win situation
     




  7. The Noodles

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    Heeee ha~ welcome back jungle thug!!!
     


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    Noodles, don't replace that watch with another TAG Heuer. Too much of the purchase price goes towards their gigantic advertising budget, which is finely honed to draw in aspirational guys in their late 20s/early 30s who are making their first significant watch investment. They have cheap ébauche movements inside, the styling is fashion-driven and dates quickly, and really the only thing good about TAGs is their bracelets.

    The brand is improving now, with a lot of money being thrown at innovative (but ultimately pointless) new complications like belt drives and magnetically-regulated balance assemblies. But none of this whizzbangery will ever find its way into the regular TAG Heuer lines, and for equivalent money there are dozens of better choices.

    Since you spend most of your time in suits, I would think about a nice dress watch, or at least, tilting the stylistic balance more towards dress than sports. If chronographs are your thing, there are plenty of elegant chronos out there.
     
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  9. unbelragazzo

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    Aren't all watch movement tricks ultimately pointless? Cheap quartz watches keep better time, right?
     


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    It's a Valjoux 7750 in there - maybe one of the most common chronograph movements. Any watchmaker can service it. If there isn't one you trust in your area, just send the watch to Jacky at Industrial Watch Works and he'll service it well for probably half of what Tag would need (my guess is Tag would cost more than 500).
     


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    And clip-on ties have the most consistent knots
     


  12. mimo

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    Only as pointless as hand-welted shoes or canvassed suits. It's a matter of love for the small differences and workmanship that most people would never notice. Watches are art and expression; old-fashioned engineering handiwork and aesthetic meaning unified into a very male kind of nerdiness. They ceased to be about function since we started carrying around self-synchronising mobile telephones.

    Sure, my $30 Sekonda keeps better time than my mechanical watches. But my aspiration and desire is always for more and better of the latter.

    Noodles, your Tag is unloved by watch freaks, for the reasons Cox has explained, but that's all relative. The main objection would be that a new one is far too expensive compared to what it is (next to, e.g., an inherently similar piece from, say, Sinn or Stowa or Tissot or Hamilton). But you've already got it and it's also perfectly decent in itself - a solid chronograph on a cool bracelet. I'd certainly wear it. Pay for the service. Then get a more grown up dress watch once your credit card has cleared from those Formosa suits.
     
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  13. unbelragazzo

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    Yes to all of that. My point is not that they're stupid to buy, just that it's kind of silly to buy a $10k watch because it keeps time well or tells you what phase the moon is in or whatever. If that information itself is what you really care about, much cheaper ways to acquire it.
     


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    I do not think most people who buy $10k plus watches, like Greg, buy it to keep time. Shoot, I check the time on my cell phone without realizing that I have a watch on my wrist.

    Thanks, Greg for the insight. I will check my local shops to see how much it would cost.

    Watches ($10k and up) are jewelry rather than a watch, in my opinion.

    Shoot, I think a $30 Casio from Wal-Mart would keep better time than my tag.
     
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