Poor man's watch thread

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

  1. linsook

    linsook Senior member

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    V175 Knock off? I believe you are mistaken.
     
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  2. facet

    facet Senior member

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    Oops :), good thing I didn't post a pic of my Bulova 96B104 on here.
     


  3. B|aze

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    Yeah you could say that. I wouldn't call it a knock-off. It's the ST-19, and if you know the history, this is as close as you get to the V175, because they use the original V175 tooling, which they bought in the late 50's. This is probably one of the best movement to made in china and it's a beauty to behold :)
     


  4. AB01

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    That's the same one I own. I never wear it.

    Post yours anyways. Make me a believer.
     
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  5. PMac

    PMac Well-Known Member

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    Steinhart Proteus today.

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  6. Flake

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    I don't believe I am mistaken, although knockoff may have been a poor choice of words. It's not a Venus 175. Yes, I know the history. But buying the tools certainly doesn't make them the same as Venus. They have certainly done a nice job with it though.
     


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    the alpha must have come from the same factory as those replica rolexes, just a dial swap and you got a winner
     


  8. KObalto

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    Seiko 5. Read this thread, it has already been recommended numerous times.
     


  9. B|aze

    B|aze Senior member

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    One could argue that ST-19 is the upgraded version of V175. With 21.600 bph against the the original 18.000 bph along with the shock absorber.
    Knock off is a poor choice of words, as that would indicate that it is a counterfeit...and that is certainly not the case, as they bought the movement and tools to make them over 50 years ago.
     


  10. Ahab

    Ahab Senior member

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    I just got one of these Saturday and I love it. I really lovethe colors. The cream of the face and the hand colors are great.


    I wish it was a little bigger, a little thinner and not a chronograph but it does look really nice. A couple of questions. I thought the red hand was the second hand but it seems to be the chronograph hand? Also, The top pusher seems a little rough...is that normal?

    Is there any problem with letting the chronograph run all the time since I think it makes a nicer second hand.

    Thanks.
     


  11. jimmyfingers

    jimmyfingers Senior member

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    What is the consensus on those Alpha watches? They look decent and come with a 1 year warranty.
     


  12. Mr.K

    Mr.K Senior member

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    Alpha makes a decent watch. I have had a few over the years and never had any issues. They are good watches, since they are inexpensive and when they need service you can just rplace them for much less.
     


  13. coreyaugustus

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    I haven't had mine very long, but it seems to keep good time. Hasn't self-destructed, etc. It's obviously not a rolex, but plenty good enough for folks on this thread. I finally decided to replace the rickety bracelet. For the money, an Alpha is a good buy.
     


  14. LeeReynolds

    LeeReynolds Active Member

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    Many Chinese movements are unmitigated crap. Sea-Gull is one of the exceptions to this rule. They make very good movements, especially the ones that go into their own watches.
     


  15. LeeReynolds

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    I think Parnis makes interesting watches. This one is inspired by the IWC Portuguese line.

    I can't speak to the quality of the watch itself since I've never owned one, but I can say that its using Sea-Gull's copy of the ETA 2893.

    If you didn't pay much then you've probably got a good watch for the money.
     


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