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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?
     
  2. Exit English

    Exit English 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.
     
  3. KitAkira

    KitAkira Senior member

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    Vintage Longines, far sexier than Omegas [​IMG]
     
  4. RFX45

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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.
     
  6. Exit English

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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?
     
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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

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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

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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!
     
  15. bob_gnarly

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    someone suggested the prc200 from tissot, i have that watch and like it. Get compliments on it but rarely wear it. I would suggest swiss army as well, some of their watches look good for everyday wear.
     
  16. RFX45

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    To be honest, as much love as Seiko gets, if someone were looking to get a watch that looks like it cost a lot more than he pair, he should probably stay away from Seiko especially if you live in the U.S. I would also stay way from Citizen for that matter.

    For $250, OP is better off buying a Burberry watch made by Fossil. People will think it is expensive being a designer watch and the quartz movement is pretty maintenance free so good for new watch owners.
     
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    An automatic Seiko black monster dive watch can be had for right around that price. You'll have to look around but it's doable.
     
  18. gannonyu

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    An automatic Seiko black monster dive watch can be had for right around that price. You'll have to look around but it's doable.

    +1 on the recommendation, the seiko monster is a huge value.. reliable movement and a great solid link bracelet.
    It pays to check out watch forums, I got mine for $100!
     
  19. Islander

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    I had the same decision to make a couple of years ago and went with the Hamilton Khaki Mechanical. It has held up very well and I still wear it all the time. The style may not be for everyone but it suits me well. One of my few pre-SF purchases that is still with me two years later with no regrets.

    I am very impressed with the leather strap this watch came with. It is embossed Handcrafted in Germany and after much wear the thing is buttery soft, very comfortable and still looks new except for the creases. It matches up nicely against Horween Chromexcel if you care about that sort of thing.
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