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Poor man's watch thread

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

  1. Douglas

    Douglas Senior member

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    LOL, that thing is busted and needs help. 30-60 minutes a day is completely unacceptable and not at all normal.

    It does happen though. Easy to knock the cheap Chinese movement but I had to return a Hamilton Khaki Officer for the same problem once. They gave me a new one, no questions asked. The replacement is on my wrist right now, keeps great time.
     
  2. Cant kill da Rooster

    Cant kill da Rooster Senior member

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    It should never even left the stable keeping time like that. Any watchmaker should be able to fix it if it can't be sent back.
     
  3. Sander

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    The problem with divers is, in my eyes, that the dial often is unbalanced (aesthetically). This one is really good, but I still think the hands are too massive. The Steinhart is very nice, but very big.
     
  4. TheWraith

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    The Helson is, as you say, unbalanced. The Steinhart looks fine, though. Not too big at all.
     
  5. Sander

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    Sorry, I wasn't very clear: I didn't mean the Steinhart was too big in itself, but too big for me (and most guys). 42mm with a rotating bezel is quite large. Just to nitpick: the minutes hand on the Steinhart could be a little wider and shorter.
     
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  6. TheWraith

    TheWraith Senior member

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    No worries. Even if you did feel it was too big overall, that's your right. All good :)

    I like the look of the Steinhart, including the hands.
     
  7. Kaplan

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    Should definitely not be shorter. The minute hand on a good tool watch should reach the minute markers to make it easy to get a precise reading, IMO. But I think you're right that it would be better balanced if it were slightly wider.
     
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  8. Sander

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    Yeah, you're right. Shorter doesn't male sense. Just had a look at the pics on the website again; if the hand catches the light so that you can see the metal, it looks the right width: http://www.steinhartwatches.de/en/OCEAN-vintage-Military-,477.html

    All in all a great looking watch. Not sure I could get over the whole homage/fake thing though.
     
  9. Kaplan

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    I haven't checked the site, so my comment about a wider hand being better was also only based on how the lume made it look.


    If I hadn't bought my sub more than 20 years ago, I don't think I would've had a problem going with something like this, as it seems Rolex don't care to make good looking watches anymore (and the good vintage ones are obnoxiously expensive).
     
  10. Sander

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    Hm. The Nassau also seems unbalanced to my eye, indexes and hands too fragile. Of the new Rolex models, I quite like the Explorer II. But if I wanted to buy a diver right now, I'd seriously consider the Tudor Black Bay.
     
  11. Kaplan

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    In that case I guess you also don't like the design of the original Submariners? That's perfectly fine of course, but this is a pretty close copy of those (and the reason I don't mind it being so close a copy, is that Rolex has abandoned that aesthetic).


    Definitely one of the best current production Rolexes.


    I like the BB (and the Pelagos even more) and I think that Tudor's current offerings are much more interesting than Rolex's (and at much more reasonable prices too). But I still prefer the look of an old sub :)
     
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  12. Sander

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    No, not necessarily. But I think the old submariner looks best on the actual old submariners. And were the hands really that thin?

    The Pelagos also looks nice, but I like non-black watches better. An old Tudor Snowflake would be great too.
     
  13. Kaplan

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    Pretty much. Below is a pic of mine (though 22 years old, still a newer version than the one the Nassau is modelled after):


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    Like with the watch above that sparked this conversation, when the light catches the metal, the hands look wider than they do here.
     
  14. plot

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    In response to your post about the Helson's hands being too large for the watch, it's just a matter of opinion but I think if they were any smaller they'd be dwarfed by the hour markings, especially the triangular ones. I do however wish the hand shapes were switched like the Steinhart's are (the hour being a broadsword and the minute being a pencil shape).
     
  15. Sander

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    That's a very nice looking watch. I especially like the faded bezel, looks almost mid-grey.
     
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  16. Kai

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    I have this watch. It's one of my favorites. The green dial is really spectacular. I replaced the stock band with a shell cordovan band.

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  17. Sander

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    @Kai: band looks really, really nice. I'm a bit torn on Seiko in general though - great movements and quality, but the designs... Don't get me wrong, I have a Seiko 5 that I have worn more than any other watch in my life but somehow the dial designs are always a bit off. Leagues behind the quality of the hardware at least.
     
  18. Cant kill da Rooster

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    The strap really makes that watch. Where did you buy it?
     
  19. jgold47

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    For you Seiko 5 folks....how long is your power reserve? I only get about 10-12 hours of reserve when the watch sits.
     
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    For you Seiko 5 folks....how long is your power reserve? I only get about 10-12 hours of reserve when the watch sits.
     

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