Poor man's watch thread

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

  1. PointDexter2014

    PointDexter2014 Senior member

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    Since I am a new member. And just returning to the professional workforce I don't have a great deal of money to purchase the type of watches I desire. Here are my poor mans watch from Roamer of Switzerland. Here is a link to the brands home page http://roamer.ch/en/the-brand.html.

    Model: Series: R-Line
    Case: Stainless steel
    Case Shape: Round
    Dial Color: Silver textured, Hands: Silver tone
    Markers: Silver tone Arabic numerals
    Clasp Type: Buckle, Movement: Swiss made quartz, Ronda 6004.B, Crystal: Mineral,
    Case Diameter: 47 mm,
    Case Thickness: 13 mm,
    Water Resistant: 10 ATM/100 meters/330 feet
    Calendar: Big date display below 12:00
    Subdials: 60 second above 6:00
    Case Back: Screw-down
    Crown: Pull/push, Weight: 115g
    ROAMER
    Model: Series: R-Line
    Case: Stainless steel
    Case Shape: Round
    Dial Color: Silver textured, Hands: Silver tone
    Markers: Silver tone Arabic numerals
    Clasp Type: Buckle, Movement: Swiss made quartz, Ronda 6004.B, Crystal: Mineral,
    Case Diameter: 47 mm,
    Case Thickness: 13 mm,
    Water Resistant: 10 ATM/100 meters/330 feet
    Calendar: Big date display below 12:00
    Subdials: 60 second above 6:00
    Case Back: Screw-down
    Crown: Pull/push, Weight: 115g


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    Here is another Swiss Brand that's not that well known her in the states.

    Series: Aquaspeed,
    Stainless steel
    Case Shape: Round, Dial
    Color: Black
    Hands: Silver tone and luminous hour and minute, yellow second
    Markers: Silver tone and luminous indices,
    Bracelet Color: Silver,
    Bracelet Material: Stainless steel
    Clasp Type: Push button deployment with safety,
    Movement: Quartz
    Case Diameter: 42 mm, Case
    Thickness: 13mm,
    Water Resistant: Waterproof
    Calendar: Date display at 3:00,
    Case Back: Screw-down,
    Crown: Screw-down
    Bezel: Unidirectional stainless steel with black top ring
    Material: Stainless steel


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    Thx for looking,

    Point Dexter
     
  2. Hayward

    Hayward Senior member

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    Both Roamer and Rotary are brands with some history behind them, and I'm sure there well made,but the styling is not particularly optimal. They look like fashion watches.
     
  3. GuP

    GuP Senior member

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    Hayward, your Thoughts on a sinn 556?

    I'm in the market for a verstaile watch to start my collection. Never really had a quality watch in the past - usually just stuck to my phone for time, etc.
     
  4. Hayward

    Hayward Senior member

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    I used to own a Sinn 656. I liked it, but I got tired of the big numbers. If I had bought a 556 I would probably still have it today.
     
  5. jbcohen

    jbcohen Well-Known Member

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    Personally I do not wear a watch, my chosen time piece is my employer provided blackberry so my time piece cost me $0.
     
  6. cptjeff

    cptjeff Senior member

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    Really? I got this version as a gift a few years ago, and have been very happy with it. I wouldn't describe it as industrial at all. Mine is 40 mm, and the way the bracelet and watch is configured, it wraps really well around your wrist. Actually one of the sleeker metal bracelets designs I've seen, it doesn't look or feel as large as it is, and the movement of the links is noticeably smoother than on a lot of other metal bracelets I've tried (primarily thinking about my sekio here). And of course, the eco drive movement is a known quantity. A well made watch, and it's really hard for me to think of anything as rounded as this as "industrial". I usually associate that word with thick, sharp, angular edges, and that's decidedly not what you'll get with that watch.
     
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    cptjeff Senior member

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    Begone, troll.
     
  8. Dan e gee

    Dan e gee Senior member

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    I have a Co Axial Seamaster PO 2000ft Caibre 2500 (45.5mm) on rubber strap black face. I would highly recommend this watch. The escapement has certainly lived up to the hype. Sturdy and rides the knocks. The lum is top notch. The look of the watch is simple and timeless. Stylish enough to wear on special occasions too. A bit weighty, but very comfortable. p.s. The average wage in India is £3,000. They consider themselves lucky. Some people in the world find it hard to find the money to eat daily. So, if you consider a 'poor man' willing, let alone able, to spend nigh on £3,000 on a watch, you haven't a clue what it means to be poor mate. Think yourself very lucky.
     
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  9. Hayward

    Hayward Senior member

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    I wonder if we should delete the OP as it seems to elicit these tineared replies every now and then.
     
  10. Oli2012

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    Hey guys - does anyone know where I can buy a seiko 5 dress watch with decent international shipping? (I live in Australia).
     
  11. BoredMan

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    The Omega is not a "poor man's watch." It should be considered an entry level watch in the luxury segment.

    I own an Omega Speedmaster and I'm thinking about buying a Moon Watch this weekend. (And I also own a Rolex, an IWC, and a Chopard which are all more pricey than the Omega that I have.)

    However, I do turn my nose on watches such as the Movado, Raymond Weil, Logines, and etc. Not all Swiss watches are alike and I just don't think these brands have the storied background that a Rolex or an IWC would have.
     
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    You don't plunk down thousands of dollars on a timepiece, because you just want a watch that tells time.

    A $20 quartz digital watch made in China will tell more accurate time than Swiss timepieces costing tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    When you spend thousands on a timepiece, you're doing to, because:

    1 - You just want to. Why not? You don't buy a Ferrari just to commute, right?
    2 - You can afford to. There are those who appreciate the finer things in life, no matter how impractical or overpriced they may be. Overpriced watches qualify here as just that.
    3 - Expensive timepieces should be considered more akin to jewelry or accessories. Then, it's more palatable that you spent thousands on an over-engineered timepiece that tells inferior time than a $20 POS plastic, toy watch.
    4 - Personal preference. When I walk down Madison Avenue in NYC, I'll spot a pair of shoes or a watch that I probably shouldn't buy or couldn't afford. But I may still buy that pair of shoes or that watch. No rational reason.
     
  13. Cant kill da Rooster

    Cant kill da Rooster Senior member

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    Plus, the Seamaster is ugly. The PO wins hands down.


    Yes.


    Ebay.


    Longines doesn't have a "storied background"? Look it up.


    5. Horological appreciation of mechanical watches and their design.
     
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  14. plot

    plot Senior member

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    I just bought myself a Citizen Nighthawk. I've got 6 other watches, but this one's the most expensive so far, and I must say it's exceptionally finished for the price.

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  15. Oli2012

    Oli2012 Senior member

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    Alright. I've found a heap, too many, and very few have a brown leather band. This is a big ask, but could you guys please tell me:

    1) what are some good seiko 5 models (looking for a classic white face with date ala 1950s seamaster)
    2) where to get a good range of bands that will fit
     

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