The Watch Appreciation Thread (Reviews and Photos of Men's Timepieces by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Brei

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gdl203, May 20, 2007.

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  1. rnguy001

    rnguy001 Senior member

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    I think the OP said his budget is around 3-4k?

    I think this is a good price point for one 'solid' watch, as opposed to 3 lower tier watches..

    Now If you were talking maybe 10-12k, then you could make the argument about getting 3 solid watches to fit all your needs as opposed to one 'high end' watch..



     
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    i actually prefer the EBEL of the 2. i had one and was very happy with it. would agree that tying on is optimal if possible.
     
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    I know what his budget is, I just disagree that it is enough to get a one watch that won't be a compromise at either the dressier end of the spectrum or the casual end of the spectrum for him (I'm guessing here based on his comments and the pictures he has posted of watches he's considering). Going used might be a solution. There are plenty of solid watches out there around the $1K-2K price point to make up a 2 or 3 watch rotation if you don't mind ETA movements, which he may not mind.
     
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    Hayward gave you an excellent suggestion. Also, I think some other good options include: (1) the Orient Bambino, (2) the Orient Mako, (3) Seiko SKX007 (I think that is the number).

    Check out Long Island Watch Co., they have a great selection of inexpensive but excellent choices. Also, there are plenty of budget watch forums around.
     
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    Or going back to a previous post, a used Datejust or Air King might fit the "do everything" requirement well within budget.
     
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    It doesn't have to be new. I know it is blasphemy, but Rolex does not appeal to me. I am looking at JLC watches in my budget.



    I would compromise versatility, not quality.



    See above, neither watch appeals to me.


    I appreciate all the input and JLC is certainly a contender and maybe even the Speedmaster.

    While I understand the concerns about parts, here is another Habring in my budget that has a vintage 1960's Valjoux 7733 movement that the Habring's have remanufactured. This is a little on the sporty side and is 42mm, so maybe I am compromising dressiness with this one.

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    But what is your definition of "quality"? It's why I put the word in quotes. What types of movements are non starters? What examples of finishing quality are non starters? Are Nomos, Stowa, Hamilton non starters? I still consider them to be "quality" watches, but you may not.
     
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    Understood. The Master Control is a good bet for versatility, but if it doesn't have enough personality, then how about this? Available used in your price range, certainly smart enough for formal wear, but flip it over and it's good enough for fighting on horseback! Certainly setting you apart from the crowd, certainly versatile, and to my mind the one, original, absolutely JLC-only watch.

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    Also, I am questioning why you are so intent on the Habring2s. Would you mind explaining why you are drawn to them? Are you unconcerned about the availability of parts? Perhaps if you told us more about what you want from the purchase, it would be easier to help! (I do not mean to be terse, just trying to nail it down!)
     
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    Yeah, I'm not getting the draw, but I also don't know much about them. Do you like them because they aren't well known? Do you like their look? Do you like independents?

    Help us, help you.

    But you do seem drawn to Habring2, so perhaps there should be less listening to us, and more going on what you seem to be drawn towards.
     
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    100% agree with this..

     
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    I like the small company aesthetic with a lot of handwork rather than a large company. Sort of like choosing a small luthier to hand make a guitar instead of buying a Gibson or Fender. Gibson and Fender makes some great guitars, but I am drawn to the little guy.

    I also love their very clean look. I don't like clutter.

    I am open to alternatives whether new or used, but the Habring2 watches are very appealing.

    Maybe it would help if I share what I DO like... numbers only at 12, 3, 6 and 9 at most. Clean, easy to read dial, conservative with maybe a flash of something interesting like a chronometer, but done subtly.

    This JLC. I like how they were able to fit so much without appearing cluttered. If I were to nitpick, I don't care for the gold markers/hands. I would prefer a monochromatic look. And it is 34mm, which seems small.

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    This Rolex (yes, I know I said Rolex doesn't appeal, this is an exception). Again, clean, uncluttered, timeless (pun intended).

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    Double post, mea culpa.
     
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