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Poor man's watch thread

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

  1. Mas1231

    Mas1231 New Member

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    Hi all, I've been reading for a while now, but I'm looking to buy my first real watch. I have a handful of quartz pieces and a single mechanical, but none of them are of very high quality. My budget is around $500, but I'd like to stay farther below that if I can.

    I love the style of the Universal Geneve Tri Compax's from the 40's, but obviously they're out of my price range. I definitely want a chronograph on there, but ideally the watch would have a moonphase as well as the day and date. Mechanical movement preferable, but I would maybe take quartz. Am I dreaming too much for 500 dollars?

    I've had my eye on this Sea Gull that's right at the top of my range, but I keep going back and forth on it: http://www.seagullwatchstore.com/SEAGULL-M199S-Classic-Moonphase-Chronograph-Watch-p/m199s.htm


    Any help is appreciated! I'm open to suggestions and wisdom from you experienced guys, so if you have anything that's similar to this at all or have something I need to know please let me know! I could go vintage too, if there's a particular model that fits this description. Much appreciated!
     
  2. BostonHedonist

    BostonHedonist Senior member

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    Here are some I've been looking at. Seems like there are not that many great GMT watches out there to begin with. Even fewer entry-level automatic GMTs. Some of these get above "poor man's watch" territory at MSRP, but I think you can find or haggle most below $1k. But here's what I've got so far (apart from the Orient Star). I'm not crazy about all of them, but it's nice to look at all of them in one place.

    Zixen Zulu
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    Glycine Airman Base 22 GMT
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    Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon GMT
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    Raymond Weil Nabucco GMT
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    Longines Admiral GMT
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    Thoughts? OK Wraith, your turn.
     
  3. Galix

    Galix Senior member

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    Dude, I would not by any means consider a Grand Seiko a poor man's watch ;)
     
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  4. RogerP

    RogerP Senior member

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    No kidding. I'd love to be poor enough to have a bunch of those. ;-)
     
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    Wes Bourne Senior member

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  6. BostonHedonist

    BostonHedonist Senior member

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    Ooh I quite like this! Not sure about that bracelet but the design of the watch itself has got a lot to like.
     
  7. TradThrifter

    TradThrifter Senior member

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    Got a new Seiko 100m quartz for my 25th birthday from parents. It came with one of those rattly bracelets that pull arm hair so I put a strap I had on.


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  8. Kaplan

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    Nice, clean design. Are the hands and indices gold or silver coloured?
     
  9. mimo

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    @BostonHedonist @TheWraith @Wes Bourne

    If you're into that early 70's aesthetic, maybe go for something from the early 70's?

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    Each available within the official "PMW" budget of US$1,000. Just a thought. :)
     
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  10. peppercorn78

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    What about the Orient "sun and moon?" Not really a true moon phase, but you can get it around $275ish direct from orient web site by using the code dappered30

    I agree that Sea Gull is nice. I keep waffling on it too...
     
  11. Ebichuman

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    Is there anything special about the Glasshutte watches made in East Germany in the post WW2 era? I thought they were more or less mass produced...
     
  12. BostonHedonist

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    My novice impression is that Glashutte Original watches are highly regarded and mainly use precise in-house movements. Many consider GO manufacture finer even than Rolex (which doesn't say much in the realm of high horology). Glashutte, Germany is a watchmaking region and also home to Nomos Glashutte, which some say is one of the first larger manufacturers to have a truly unique take on horology in some time.

    No it's not Swiss. For purists that might be a problem. But for this thread, one should be so lucky to see the word "Glashutte" scrawled on one's dial.
     
  13. TheWraith

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    There are several watch manufacturers headquartered in Glasshütte. It really is Germany's Jura.
     
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    I'm thinking if this for my next dress watch. I currently have a SARB033 and want a light dial watch. The Macy's near me is going out of business so it's available for $690 right now (50% off). But that Seagull moonphase is enticing.
     
  15. TradThrifter

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    The bezel, hands and indices are in gold. I'm not usually the biggest fan of two-tone, especially "gold coloring" but I think it looks ok on the strap
    There was those GUB Glasshute watches that were pretty mass produced at the time. You can get some great deals on the second-hand market

    http://www.chrono24.com/en/gubglash...=/gubglashuette/index.htm&manufacturerIds=591
     
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    Mimo, I think that the Heuer GMT Automatic is actually a re-edition from about 10 years back, rather than the original from the 1970s. Still a nice watch, but not "vintage" if that's what someone wants.



    Yes, Glashutte is home to quite a few watch manufacturers and nowadays, GO is very highly regarded, as are Glashutte watchmakers such as A. Lange & Sohne and Nomos.

    However, prior to re-integration between East and West Germany, Glashutte was (not unexpectedly) a government owned business called Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe (or GUB) which made decent, but not fantastic watches.

    So a Glashutte from the 1970s is definitely not the same as a Glashutte from today.
     
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