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Poor man's watch thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by SirGrotius, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. Kingstonian

    Kingstonian Senior member

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    Where do poor men who buy mechanical watches get them serviced and repaired?

    Quartz watch? It is just a matter of battery change; but mechanical watches require regular cleaning and servicing.

    In London there used to be a watch repair area centred around Clerkenwell. Nowadays there are only a few places left there. Some only open a couple of days a week.

    Nobody ever mentions servicing their watches.
     
  2. shinninglikeme

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    lol
    Seiko is not a poor mans watch comeon,
    Titan is [​IMG]
     
  3. revad

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    I had a slightly different version of that watch. The hands are blued steel and actually in real life look pretty dark, only look blue like in their picture if you catch the light right. You can see in a picture I posted in this thread previously.

    http://www.styleforum.net/t/223261/poor-mans-watch-thread/2505#post_6041408
     
  4. Douglas

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    Is it worth paying more for the 819? The only real difference I can see is the movement (which I can't find any reviews of) and sapphire glass.
     
  6. Hayward

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    Servicing watches probably hasn't been mentioned because we just flip them on eBay before they start running out of spec and buy new ones.
     
  7. Cant kill da Rooster

    Cant kill da Rooster Senior member

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    The more expensive one has a movement similar (clone) of the ETA 2824-2. They also state that the case is better. Is it? They both have sapphire glass.

    Also, I think the dial looks better and will probably be a bit more reliable.

    RW...nice Seiko.
     
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  8. Oli2012

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    I double checked the glass on the goodstuffs site, definitely is mineral.

    Reckon the movement and sapphire is worth the extra $120?
     
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    Here is my Archimede Pilot M with a handmade leather strap.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. Cant kill da Rooster

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    I don't like to tell people what to buy especially since I am not fan of Seagull watches. I understand though that they hit a very good price point for what you get and that their movements are arguably up to ETA standards. You should buy what you like.

    However, I will say a mineral glass is fine on a vintage watch but on a modern watch it's a pain in the ass. I can see it being scratched daily.
     
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    It specifically says on the site that the Seagull M186S has saphire glass, is it wrong on their site or something?
     
  12. Devoti

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    These have been around in other forum sites but this maybe is a good one for the poor man thread. It's a homage to the Blacpain Diver with Seiko 5 automatic movement & case called "Fifty Five Fathoms".

    It's a DIY project but you can get them already finished new for about $300 or you can do it yourself for less, there slightly different dials and bezel to choose from. The case/bezel size is 42mm

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
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  13. lamergod

    lamergod Senior member

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    Would you believe it, I was on ebay last night just looking at those watches. I'm waiting on dagaz to re-stock the dials shown above because, those give a more vintage feel than the newer numbered dials.

    I'm thinking of getting one as a gift for myself when I get into the army next year (mandatory 2 year stint in my country).
     
  14. Devoti

    Devoti Well-Known Member

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    Is this the one your talking about?

    http://www.10watches.com/apps/webstore/products/show/244957

    [​IMG]

    I like the cross hairs and brass color accents but I like them both a lot.

    I just wished they weren't so freakin big (42mm), I would get one in a heart beat if they had a 36-38mm case size.
     
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  15. Oli2012

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    Out of curiosity why is that? I think they're a step above our beloved Seiko 5s in quality, personally.

    I think I'll go the sapphire case as I want this to be my one and only.
     
  16. lamergod

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    Yessir. I tried one SNZ on before. I don't know how big your wrists are, but I've got pretty average sized wrists. It sits alright. IMO, it doesn't look weird compared to a watch that is truly 42mm as it is that size due to the bezel. Otherwise, the face itself is pretty small. You really should give it a shot. If you have a SKX, it's exactly the same size.
     
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    These have been around in other forum sites but this maybe is a good one for the poor man thread. It's a homage to the Blacpain Diver with Seiko 5 automatic movement & case called "Fifty Five Fathoms". It's a DIY project but you can get them already finished new for about $300 or you can do it yourself for less, there slightly different dials and bezel to choose from. The case/bezel size is 42mm [​IMG] Anyone know where one can get this exact model, as a finished product? Source that ships to Europe. Thank you in advance.
     
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  19. Cant kill da Rooster

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    I have seen these before on this thread. Honestly love that bezel and dial.
    Seikos are a comparison, Im just not in this price range anymore. And if I were looking in the 300-400 range I would personally go for a used Hamilton or Steinhart, maybe a vintage longines. Example... Hamilton http://forums.timezone.com/index.php?t=tree&goto=6535045&rid=0#msg_6535045 Steinhart http://forums.watchuseek.com/f29/fs-steinhart-ocean-1-green-bezel-874887.html Longines http://forums.watchuseek.com/f29/fs...atic-lemania-movement-only-175us$-872324.html
     

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