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Poor man's watch thread

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

  1. Stebbin

    Stebbin Senior member

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    @Foxhound , you should consider the Seiko SNZF17K1 . If you don't like the dial or hands, you can order some replacements from Yokobies or Dagaz watch and have any accomplished jeweller replace them with a pressure test afterwards. I'm trying this with an Orient Ray that I picked up for cheap from Long Island.
     
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  2. mimo

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    Gentlemen: any thoughts on the Baume & Mercier Hampton?

    I ask here rather than TWAT as I think these qualify as a PMW these days - around the $1k mark for many, simple ETA movement, not a particularly beloved maker among the cognoscenti, etc.

    But I rather like them. They have a proper history - classic 1940s design with a pretty consistent style ever since, they have a price consistent with their simple generic movement - at least after discounts, the size is rather large for the men's versions but that's really why I'm surprised they're not more popular at the moment. I like the shiny black and brown dials, and I'm a little torn between strap and bracelet. The copper dialed chrono version is a few hundred more, but very interesting. Anyone bought one, or thought about it?
     
  3. TheWraith

    TheWraith Senior member

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    I don't mind some of their designs. They seem decent watches, though I'm no expert.
     
  4. mimo

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    Yeah, I'm interested specifically in the Hampton: they've brought out some new ones with display backs and whatnot, and the discounts on the older ones are massive. Almost irresistible..but...right?

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  5. TheWraith

    TheWraith Senior member

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    ^ Very nice indeed. I do like those you've listed, mimo.
     
  6. BostonHedonist

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    My first impression is that it's modeled after the Cartier Tank, which I believe was the first wristwatch. But apart from that I think it's quite a handsome looking watch. I'd say leave the chronograph off to keep it classy.

    Mind you, a pre-owned Tank Solo XL can be had for around $2,600 if you look around...
     
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  7. TheWraith

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    I do prefer the non-chrono version pictured above myself.
     
  8. mimo

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    I like that one a lot...if only it wasn't for the three o'clock date...

    Fair point on the Tank XL. But these are currently half the price.
     
  9. Beckwith

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    I have an old Hampton Classic that I haven't worn in years. I might try and turn it in to Tourneau to see if it worth anything.
     
  10. BostonHedonist

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    Any photos of it?
     
  11. Foxhound

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    Hmm, that was definitely an option but I think I'll go with the 007, mainly due to the fact that is an actual diving watch, not a diving style watch. I've read that the movement should also be more reliable.
     
  12. Cantabrigian

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    Really feel in' this one. Bambino on a DiModell gator strap. [​IMG]
     
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  13. clotheshorse69

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    I am really liking these styles:
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  14. BespokeBrooklyn

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    Found this retro Seiko 5 on eBay. The seller is in India, so who knows, but has a 98% positive ranking. Think it's worth a shot?

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  15. BostonHedonist

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  16. Sander

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    Really nice, but just too big for my taste. At 38mm, it would have been perfect.
    If you like the design and the price is okay, sure, why not? I would guess that this kind of Seiko is too cheap to fake. Worst case you get a Frankenwatch.
    *shudder*
     
  17. mimo

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    I have a PWM incoming. My best yet, I hope! Pics tomorrow...
     
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  18. thefastlife

    thefastlife Senior member

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    That my watch!

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  19. TradThrifter

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    Now that's cool. It probably isn't fake, just hope that it works properly when you get it.
     
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