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If you had $250 to spend on a watch...

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by boxdiver, May 17, 2010.

  1. boxdiver

    boxdiver Senior member

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    What would you buy if $250 was your budget...and you wanted the watch to look like it was worth more than you paid?

    Seiko? Hamilton?
     


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    Vintage Omega. I picked one up for $200 and I get more compliments on it than any other watch Ive owned.
     


  3. KitAkira

    KitAkira Wait! Wait! I gots an opinion!

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    Vintage Longines, far sexier than Omegas [​IMG]
     


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    RFX45 Senior member

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    I'd probably get a Tissot PRC200.
     


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    I faced a similar debate around this time last year. Ultimately, it came between Victorinox Swiss Army and Hamilton. I chose the the Victorinox because it had a white face. The Hamilton Khaki was a close second, though.
     


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    Vintage Longines, far sexier than Omegas [​IMG]
    TouchÃ[​IMG] my friend. Although I havent ever seen a decent looking one for less than $250.
     


  7. RFX45

    RFX45 Senior member

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    Are there any vintage Omega or Longines you can get at that price in a size bigger than 33mm case though?
     


  8. boxdiver

    boxdiver Senior member

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    Vintage Omega. I picked one up for $200 and I get more compliments on it than any other watch Ive owned.

    Interesting, where?
     


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    Interesting, where?

    I got mine on ebay about a year ago. I see a lot of them going for 200-300 on there.
     




  10. Johdus Fanfoozal

    Johdus Fanfoozal Senior member

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    I've had a Hamilton Khaki for the last three or four years, and it's a great every day watch. Simple, stylish and built like a rock. I've dropped it on the floor more often than I'd like to admit, and there's hardly a scratch. Their leather bands (with nice contrast stitching) are very thick. Mine shows little wear. http://www.classybrand.com/watches/w...-H64451733.asp
     


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    Vintage watches can be great value, but keep in mind the (likely) cost of an overhaul.

    I think for $250, I might go for a vintage Mido Commander for around $100, and spend the rest on service from a trusted watch-servicer. Mido uses top of the line (not in-house) movements. They're great value for the money in mechanical watches--aesthetics are subjective, of course.

    For new, I think I would look to Seiko, Citizen, Tissot, Hamilton.

    The best outcome for the OP might be to either luck into a fantastic deal for a titanium Seiko Samurai, or to up the budget a tad and luck into a good deal on one (probably gently used). Those are nice watches; I wish I'd sprung for one back when it was possible to find the orange Ti Samurai on a bracelet. I'm not a big fan of the stainless sammies.
     


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    ^+1 Some people recommend going vintage without considering the fact that the OP knows nothing about watches. Cherry ain't ready to pop yet.
     


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    What would you buy if $250 was your budget...and you wanted the watch to look like it was worth more than you paid?

    Seiko? Hamilton?


    Hamilton Khaki King, I guess, if you're not going vintage. I think I paid around $250 for that.

    Are there really any seiko's that are at the $250 line? Most of the Seiya stuff that's worth getting (6R15 movements) seems to have a new price of $330 and up; conversely, most of the Seiko 5 sports stuff can be had for $100~175 on the grey market. Maybe the Samurai, Sumo or Knight (iirc, not sure on the models) are some Seiko diver models worth having, but I am not sure where they are priced at.

    For some reason I actually get a lot of complements for my Seiko Sea Urchins; they can be had for $100 to $135, with a little bit of work.
     


  14. KitAkira

    KitAkira Wait! Wait! I gots an opinion!

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    ^+1 Some people recommend going vintage without considering the fact that the OP knows nothing about watches. Cherry ain't ready to pop yet.
    Dive in, the water's great!
     


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