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Poor man's watch thread

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

  1. Bill Smith

    Bill Smith Senior member

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    Recent acquisition, a 30 year old Seiko 6309-7290. Arrived this morning and I switched over to a NATO strap from the OEM silicone/rubber that came on it.[​IMG]
     
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  2. mimo

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    Great looking watch; like the strap choice too.
     
  3. ter1413

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    +1
     
  4. Bill Smith

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    Thanks, I got the NATO strap from Crown and Buckle, they have a great selection.
     
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  5. TtownMD

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    Very nice watch and good to know about the strap.
     
  6. Brenner

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  7. TheWraith

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    My latest acquisition...a Raymond Weil watch. It's only a quartz, but I really liked the look of it:

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  8. mimo

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    Very unusual, in a good way. I have to say I'd rather go vintage than quartz in general, but the love is still strong.
     
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  9. TheWraith

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    I had a vintage Elgin (from the 30s), but my father in law, who visited my wife and I last November from the US, liked it so much I gave it to him as an early Christmas present. This RW caught my eye and I must say, it looks better in person than photos can convey. No second hand, so it being quartz isn't really noticeable.
     
  10. Brenner

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    [​IMG]

    I suppose this is a fake
     
  11. PR1234

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    Was looking for a subtle cheap automatic and ended up buying an old Seiko 5 on ebay which arrived from India today. To be honest I'm not entirely sure what I've got - the advert described it as a refurbished 7009A from between 1971 and 1983, but it looks fairly modern to me and doesn't look like any of the watches with 7009 in their names on the Seiko 5 Finder website. It came on a metal bracelet but I had already bought a NATO strap for it so put it straight on that. The face has more of an enamel/gold tinge to it which doesn't come across in the photos and I'm not entirely sure the white on the strap looks good against that.

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    The only concern I have is that there seems to be a metallic scraping sound sometimes when the watch is moved, it seems a bit louder that the whirling I had expected. I'm not sure if this is normal or not?
     
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  12. ff4marvel

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    Just swapped my Hamilton Khaki's beat up leather strap for a brand new one from Crown & Buckle

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  13. justridiculous

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    What size is that watch? It looks big...
     
  14. stook1

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    As someone who has bought some suspect antique watches on Ebay in the past... my recommendation is to tread <very> carefully if you are not very familiar with the specific watch model that you are purchasing. There are many, many hacked up cobbled together watches sold on ebay as refurbed, etc. They are assembled from multiple watches. A case from one, a movement from another, a dial from a third, etc. to produce a watch that could be marketable. The watchuseek forum is an excellent resource for validating whether a watch is legit prior to purchase. I am sure there are other resources as well where you can build your knowledge about the brands that interest you.

    A metallic scraping sound does not sound good to me. Generally, it is safe to assume that any used watch purchased from Ebay should be serviced prior to use regardless of the service history described by the seller (unless, perhaps, they can provide receipts for the service).
     
  15. PR1234

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    Good advice! Unfortunately this was one of those browsing ebay in the middle of the night and seeing something with only 5 minutes left type of purchases. I had suspected that it was an old movement in a more modern case but didn't consider what this might mean. I'll take it down to a watch repair shop and see what they say, but it seems to be keeping time very well and got it for a good price so I'm not too worried. If it costs a fortune to service and I end up leaving it and it stops working after a couple of months then so be it - I'll know better next time!
     
  16. mimo

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    At the risk of sounding unsympathetic, with the range of new Seiko 5s at under £100, what is there really to lose? Enjoy it; if it breaks get another one!
     
  17. Journeyman

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    With regard to the post about the Elgin-branded chronometer:

    The Wikipedia article for the Elgin Watch Company notes that:

    "All US manufacturing was discontinued in 1968, and the rights to the name "Elgin" were sold and subsequently resold multiple times over the years. The rights eventually were purchased by MZ Berger Inc., which company manufactures its watches in China and distributes them outside traditional watch dealerships. Elgin-branded watches produced after 1968 have no connection to the Elgin Watch Company."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elgin_National_Watch_Company
     
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  18. Oli2012

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    Do you guys find when you first start an automatic after a couple of days it loses an hour?

    I find my Orient does. Once I reset it again though it works fine.
     
  19. ff4marvel

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    It's actually not a big watch, only 38mm, my wrist is just small
     
  20. TtownMD

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    Ah got yea still good watch.
     

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