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Poor man's watch thread

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

  1. imwithtuxedo

    imwithtuxedo Senior member

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    [​IMG]Enjoying mixing in the NATO style bands with wearing a suit. Not going to make it a habit, but once in a while it feels good to sport a watch without a leather or metal band at the office.
     


  2. Friday

    Friday Well-Known Member

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    I love the Seiko automatics, such great watches. I have this one and wear it nearly everyday.

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  3. mexicutioner

    mexicutioner Senior member

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    i don't own a watch, but would like to. i've tried reading this thread and a few others, but am still completely lost as to what a good first watch is. i get the feeling that a seiko 5 is a good first watch, but even within that one line, there seem to be several (read: too many) choices. can someone just point me to one specific model that is a decent first watch to get (for a business casual environment), that's easy to find, and isn't crappy but also isn't too spendy? like the Allen Edmonds Park Avenue of watches? thanks so much dudes!
     
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  4. dron

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    While the seiko 5 range is pretty extensive, you'll find very few of them really worth owning. The movement and features are all the same so I'm talking purely of aestethics here.
    Go for the black military snk809 or the classier one mentioned upthread, snx111 for the dressy sports watch I'd go with the snk661 though.
    Just make sure that you get one with normal space between the lugs so you can change the bracelet.
     


  5. mexicutioner

    mexicutioner Senior member

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    dude you have no idea how helpful that was. thanks so much.

    one question:


    which one is that?
     
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    snx111, I think. You're welcome, just remember that this is all my subjective opinion.
     


  7. Pharaoh34

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    $1000 watch is not considered a poor watch. lol I understand it is when comparing it to the higher end ones.
     


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    Orient Black Mako:
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  9. NiceGuyTom

    NiceGuyTom Well-Known Member

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    Don't forget the Seiko 5 SNZJ series:
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    Edit: Or the submariner vibed SNZH:

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  10. mexicutioner

    mexicutioner Senior member

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    thanks everyone. i really like the look of this seiko, but can't figure out what model it is. any tips?

    i'm assuming that, given my luck, this will be some hard to find japan-only model, or some sort of hard to find vintage piece. so, if that's the case, any suggestions for similar watches would be greatly appreciated!
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  11. handsolo

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    It's a Seiko 5 of very recent vintage. There are about 200 variations on that watch. I like the one you've picked. Mind you, if you're unfamiliar with the current 5 lineup then you may see something along those lines that you like even more when you peruse the catalog.. Stylings range from military to traditional to sporty. These are Japan and Asia only watches. They feature auto winding and quickset day and date plus a display back. The glass is a reasonably tough Hardlex formulation that probably is a little more scratch resistant than the steel case is. (Really.) The street price should be a liitle less than $75 to your door. Ebay is full of brand new 5s from big time Singapore and Hong Kong sellers. Start digging through the listings. Or share your picture here http://www.thewatchsite.com/index.php?PHPSESSID=47730e959808b85216461e9b33bd38cd& (The SCWF) and let one of the friendly enthusiasts tell you the precise model number you're looking for.

    Seiko 5s are solid, reliable, no frills, extremely high quality for the money watches. I own a few from the past decade that get wrist time in spite of competing with other watches in my box that cost many multiples more.
     


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    nice watch, i'd say solid buy, i'm not an expert, but given that they've shown you the movement and caliber number, unlikely to be a Frankenwatch. It's not exactly my style but it's a solid watch and if you like it, two thumbs up for sure.

    That's a gorgeous Seiko above it, btw.
     


  14. handsolo

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    It's a good looking watch. Wear it. It's not a collector piece because the crown is non-original and it isn't an Omega replacement part. Plus I believe the dial is a redial. Probably other non-Omega stuff in there too.

    There's a database out there somewhere where you can run the various numbers to see if that movement was originally in that case. Look for it.

    I wouldn't get it wet no matter what anybody told you.

    Frankenwatch concerns kick in at the $1000+ level when you start fooling with the early SMP 300s and soforth.
     


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    I have no idea what any of that means, but thank you!
     


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