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Movado Watches

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by sss, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. sss

    sss Member

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    Hello,

    I am looking to add a watch to my accessories which is preferably business casual and was wondering what others thought of this Movado watch I am considering buying.

    http://store.brandnameonly.com/mosamewa068.html

    It retails at stores for about $1600, I am thinking of buying it from the outlet for half that. I know many people think that mechanical watches are better, but they all seem to be well over $1000. I read a few posts about watches and people talk about how the value of mechanical watches does not depreciate in value compared to a quartz. My question is who is buying watches for under $2000 for investments? Also what type of services costs are their for a mechancial, for a quartz its just the simple battery change.

    Can anyone recommend a watch for under $1000 that is mechanical?

    Is their a difference between automatic and mechanical watches?


    Thanks
     
  2. x26

    x26 Senior member

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    Hello,

    I am looking to add a watch to my accessories which is preferably business casual and was wondering what others thought of this Movado watch I am considering buying.

    http://store.brandnameonly.com/mosamewa068.html

    It retails at stores for about $1600, I am thinking of buying it from the outlet for half that. I know many people think that mechanical watches are better, but they all seem to be well over $1000. I read a few posts about watches and people talk about how the value of mechanical watches does not depreciate in value compared to a quartz. My question is who is buying watches for under $2000 for investments? Also what type of services costs are their for a mechancial, for a quartz its just the simple battery change.

    Can anyone recommend a watch for under $1000 that is mechanical?

    Is their a difference between automatic and mechanical watches?


    Thanks


    Hi:

    Please don't do that!!! [​IMG]
    Others will be along shortly with explanations...
     
  3. Zackb911

    Zackb911 Senior member

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    That watch is horrid, most Movados are.

    Automatic watches are mechanical, but not all mechanical are automatic. Some are manual wind.

    Autos should be serviced every 6-10 years or so, varies by the watch and it's not always cheap (roughly $125-$500 depending on the watch). They usually run +/- 6 seconds a day accuracy but are a marvel and often have a very smooth sweep. You're paying for that marvel, a timex costs a fraction and is far more accurate.

    Quartz is the "ticking" a battery operated movement with a tiny motor making the tics. Very accurate, super cheap, but not the enthusiast choice.

    Sub $1000 I'd look for used Omega, Sinn, or maybe a new higher end Hamilton. Really depends on what your own taste is. Just stay far away from the Movados. Check out watchuseek forums too.
     
  4. acecow

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    There was a nice Movado I liked. Simple brown face with a stainless steel case and a brown strap. Almost bought it. The one you posted is quite ugly. If you want to save some bucks - find a clean, classical Seiko.
     
  5. MadAboutPlaid

    MadAboutPlaid Senior member

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    This is my first post, but I will jump in here. I would advise you not to buy the Movado. I think you'll regret it. A couple other brands you may want to look at would be Oris and Baume & Mercier. Good luck.
     
  6. Jay Gatsby

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  7. sss

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    I'll look into a oris. I find a lot of the watches to be the same, that's why I like the uniqueness of this movado with the gunmetal color.

    How are breitlings?
     
  8. Oleg

    Oleg Senior member

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    It will do very nicely if you live in the future, only wear silver jumpsuits and get all of your nutritional needs from a single pill. [​IMG]

    Not keen at all, I'm afraid. Have yet to see a Movado I'd actually want to wear.
     
  9. SirGrotius

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    Another vote against Movado.

    Go to watchuseek.com and check out the private sellers. You'll find some good deals on used omegas and brietlings, which i'd recommend over Movado and Sinn. Sinn is decent though.

    I'd shy away from quartz if you're looking to purchase a "nice" watch. Quartz isn't beautiful.
     
  10. saiyar1

    saiyar1 Senior member

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    There are two types of mechanical watches: automatic and winding ones.

    If you really like Movado style, then I encourage you to take your time and really look for a good discount. I'm sure you can find that brand at even less than $800 (half the $1600 you said). As long as you like it, don't let someone else discourage you as far as the looks.

    As far as automatics: If you just want to have a watch that uses an antiquated form of timekeeping, that's fine. Maybe you want to collect vintage things. Maybe you just like complicated mechanics for whatever reason. Maybe you want a watch that depreciates as little as possible (collectibility). But if you want a watch that is aesthetic to YOU and uses the most accurate form of timekeeping (quartz), get the Movado. Nothing wrong with it. Just be careful to get the lowest price out there in the world.

    What I don't understand is why someone would want a watch that requires such expensive maintenance when it doesn't even keep better time than the much cheaper alternative... seems a bit silly to want it just to see a sweeping second hand. That's the only thing that would make the watch "nicer" or more "beautiful". To each his own though.
     
  11. Beatlegeuse

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    I have a Movado Bold watch that I really like, it's very non-SF approved and I'm sure 99% of people here would hate it - it has a black leather strap and an all-black face, which IMO looks better than Movado's signature style, like the one in the link you posted. But, I know next to nothing about luxury watches, so don't take my word for anything. My watch was also less than half the price of the one you posted, I think $1000 is way too much for a Movado.
     
  12. Thanks SF (a new me)

    Thanks SF (a new me) Senior member

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    for your $1500 or so budget, my suggestions are Sinn, Baume & Marcier, or Ebel ...there are models out there for your price point...
     
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  14. gateslion

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    There are two types of mechanical watches: automatic and winding ones.

    If you really like Movado style, then I encourage you to take your time and really look for a good discount. I'm sure you can find that brand at even less than $800 (half the $1600 you said). As long as you like it, don't let someone else discourage you as far as the looks.

    As far as automatics: If you just want to have a watch that uses an antiquated form of timekeeping, that's fine. Maybe you want to collect vintage things. Maybe you just like complicated mechanics for whatever reason. Maybe you want a watch that depreciates as little as possible (collectibility). But if you want a watch that is aesthetic to YOU and uses the most accurate form of timekeeping (quartz), get the Movado. Nothing wrong with it. Just be careful to get the lowest price out there in the world.

    What I don't understand is why someone would want a watch that requires such expensive maintenance when it doesn't even keep better time than the much cheaper alternative... seems a bit silly to want it just to see a sweeping second hand. That's the only thing that would make the watch "nicer" or more "beautiful". To each his own though.


    I'd have to call it a collectors thing. Personally, I prefer mechanical watches as my casual watches, but that's because with casual wear I actually love a skeletonized face. If I'm wearing jeans, and a casual shirt, I'm probably wearing a Bulova.

    For the record though, anther vote against Movado. I just never ever liked the look of them. That's just my personal taste though. I feel like any one is the same as all the others, non of which are spectacular. Movados seem less like timepieces and more like pieces of jewelry that happen to tell the time.

    Its all name too. I feel like people buy movados because they want to be "wearing a movado", never bacause they see one and its just a great looking watch on its own.
     
  15. MadAboutPlaid

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    What I don't understand is why someone would want a watch that requires such expensive maintenance when it doesn't even keep better time than the much cheaper alternative... seems a bit silly to want it just to see a sweeping second hand. That's the only thing that would make the watch "nicer" or more "beautiful". To each his own though.


    This is kind of like asking why someone would spend so much money on a suit that is canvassed as opposed to fused when they both cover your body the same way and 99.99% of the population doesn't know the difference.

    It's about quality and craftsmanship.
     
  16. Patek

    Patek Senior member

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    This is kind of like asking why someone would spend so much money on a suit that is canvassed as opposed to fused when they both cover your body the same way and 99.99% of the population doesn't know the difference.

    It's about quality and craftsmanship.


    +100000000...

    I don't understand how some people dont get this. Why do people buy Goodyear welted shoes when you can buy 50 pairs of glued ones for the same price???
     
  17. marg

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    movado = expensive seiko take that money and buy something with a classic look that will last a long time. my suggestions in this price range are omega and ebel. baume & mercier is great, too. i have a 2 tone capelane chrono that i picked up pre-owned, and i'm verry happy with it. you could also save some more money and get a used breitling or rolex. i suggest ordering from national watch in philadelphia. they specialize in pre-owned rolex, but they have others. i bought my submariner from them in 05. www.nationalwatch.com
     
  18. Valproate

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    I think the museum watch is a little too pretentious--the watch doesn't really tell time. As a work of art, it was a novel idea when it came out.
     
  19. sss

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    I think that's one of the great things about a movado, the watch seems like a piece of art and it has such a classic design. Other watches sometime have way too much going on such as a breitling. It's all about individual tastes some people like the bling of a Joe rodeo watch, others the mechanical movement, and so on. I'm sure that if you buy a movado today, 10 years from now it will still be sharp looking as it's soo simple and timeless.
     
  20. zinski1990

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    I know this thread is super old but hoping to revive it. I have a movado watch and have never had any problems with it whatsoever. I find their museum design simple but great in appearance and movado watch faces seem to shine more than any other brands. Living here in Indiana I rarely have seen anyone with one so it's definitely a unique watch to wear here in the midwest. My step dad who's from LA has 4 of them and are his favorite brand so that's how I found out about them about 10 years ago when he married my mom. Maybe it's more of a big city flavor of watch.
     

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