Poor man's watch thread

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

  1. Douglas

    Douglas Stupid ass member

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    Thanks Ed.

    Some of these look pretty interesting, though I'm skeptical of the NATO-style under-the-dial design with a thicker band style.

    http://formfunctionform.com/
     
  2. Devoti

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    Just saw your post, love to hear why you think so? Remember orig flieger's were manual's, not auto's or quartz. I'm not knocking them (Laco & Vollmer), they have there place. Do any of them have a sapphire crystal or nice bands? The movement alone sells for about $150, it's a nice ETA movement.

    I have had several Vollmers over the years (1st in '01) and while there nice, they ended up in drawer and later sold. They photograph well but there was something about them in the flesh that was cheap. The matching of finishes with the case,dial, hands and band was just slightly off. I was put off by the dials most of all. IMHO watches of this type and price range are over lumened with a bright yellow/green makers for a dress watch similar to a timex or seiko and the dial has a bit of a shiny plastic appearance to it, not much but enough to give it a cheaper feel. I have the vintage originals as well and there is a definite difference and feel.

    I think these small details makes the difference.

    I would ask the watch maker to see more hi res. photo's, then you can see the difference. You maybe right if the pics show otherwise
     
  3. GuP

    GuP Senior member

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    Looks massive - I guess if that's your cup of tea then I understand. Personally, I think it looks ginormous and will probably be something I would never wear.
     
  4. Devoti

    Devoti Well-Known Member

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    Posted the wrong pic above, I corrected the pic in above post. The wrist is 7".

    It's way too big for me but a lot people seem to like large watches like PAM's and the IWC big Pilot, so I thought maybe someone would like a poor man's option. Website: http://www.melbournewatch.com

    I think this watch looks really nice for a Fleiger and I don't think the $500 Vollmers or Laco's compare in quality. There certainly are cheaper watches out there, I like my $10 Soki pilot but Aristo's or the cheap Laco's or Parnis don't even come close.

    For $445 shipped from Melbourne for a hand assembled, ETA movement, hand finished watch, sapphire glass and bench tested for a week is a pretty good deal.

    I've got no connection with this but it might be a good cheap option for someone. I wished they made one in a 36mm case.

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  5. MatthewG18

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    I've heard of these guys before, a friend of mine has the Type B pilot watch, looks beautiful and runs really well, im not a fan of the Type B it's a bit cluttered for my liking but i'm looking forward to their new addition coming out soon: http://www.melbournewatch.com/pages/available-soon
    It's cheaper but i just love the gunmetal on black, looks fantastic
     
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  6. kashmir

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    when did panerai enter the watch world? why are all my friends obsessing over it like it's jaeger or something? gotta be some heavy marketing behind it right?
     
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    1860. Though only on a greater scale from 1995'ish.
     
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  8. Hayward

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    The most notable part of Panerai history, for marketing purposes anyway, appears to be their military use during the 20th Century, especially by SDV operators during World War 2. Italy basically invented the SDV. Panerai apparently made watches and instruments for other areas of the Italian military, but no one dwells on these because only the human torpedo guys didn't surrender*

    *I can make this joke because I'm half Italian
     
  9. kashmir

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    I see. That's why it's chunky and militaristic (big numericals for legibility I suppose?)... looks out of proportion even on most wrists, let alone skinny asian wrists...
     
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    This is ridiculous. He calls himself a watch snob, yet compares a $5000 watch with something that costs $25,000+? I'm a complete amateur when it comes to luxury watches, but c'mon, there's no credibility here. Like one of the comments states:

     
  12. kashmir

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    I went through the watch snob thing. I'm not sure whether dude is legit or marketing. Can be both, can be either, I don't know... There are some things to be learned from the snobbery itself as well as the content... staying away from garish stuff is one.
     
  13. skrishnan

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    Hi guys,

    My name is Suj and I'm the owner of the Melbourne Custom Watch site.

    Basically I'm an enthusiast in Melbourne, Australia who after building many watches for friends and family decided to offer them to the public, primarily via the Watchuseek forum.

    My goal is to provide hand assembled watches that are affordable when compared to the big names like Laco, Stowa etc and that are also a cut above the generic cheapies flooding eBay like Parnis etc.

    My approach is to offer up pieces as I build them rather than have a standard offering that I churn out. This way I can keep thing unique and offer variations on movements, straps, dials and hands etc.


    Thanks for your comment edmorel - I'm not sure how'd you say that my watches look worse than Parnis at $100. For starters, the quality of their cases is terrible (I've owned a few for research purposes!) and they don't have sapphire glass. They also don't use Sea-Gull movements, but instead a cheaper "hangzhou" varietal that is not in the same league. They also fit $2 fake leather straps which are just horrible and their dials are hardly luminous - overall you get what you pay for.

    I am providing sand blasted and hand finished cases with sapphire glass, quality german leather straps and proper Sea-Gull ST36 or ETA 6497/8 movements. Also, I think you need to check your facts as Swiss movement Laco watches are usually well upwards of $500 new.

    Thanks for the comments Devoti - that's actually my wrist in the photo - excuse the hairy arms!

    If you want to know what the finish is like from someone else, there's a review of one of my ST-36 movement watches in the WUS thread which I gave away via a competition. There are also higher quality photos taken by the winner.

    http://forums.watchuseek.com/f71/of...eger-thread-now-proudly-offer-wus-874221.html


    Thanks guys!
     
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    Also FYI this is how they look in a business casual setting :) yep...I have a day job sadly!

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