Watch advice

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by PHV, Oct 1, 2004.

  1. pinchi22

    pinchi22 Senior member

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    There are really two types of watch companies: Fashion-oriented ones such as Cartier who buy ready made mechanisms (usually from a company called ETA) without modifying them ; and watch companies that put the quality of the watch ahead of a trendy design. You have to decide which you prefer.

    I personally prefer a company that makes a true mechanical watch with a bit of artisanship. I have an IWC Pilot Chronograph which is precise to within 2 seconds a day, on average. I´d compare it to Edward Green shoes in that there´s someone at a bench paying careful attention to what he´s making. The quality control and attention to detail is impressive. I presume this model may be too "busy" for you, but it´s much simpler than, say, a Breitling, which is a very hot brand, but, in my opinion, add lots of bells and whistles to be trendy. I bought mine for $1700 s/h, which is a bit above your price range.

    IWC make a fairly "clean" Portuguese model which is large (and, thus, fairly trendy). I think it´s very stylish, as well as high quality, but it´s above your price range. Something to aspire too...

    Nomos doesn´t spend lots on marketing, but it makes good quality uncluttered watches. It believe it uses the same ETA 2890 as most Rolexes, but it´s priced in your range. It´s well regarded by WIS (watch idiot savants), though you won´t impress anyone who isn´t a WIS with the brand.

    I´d also second a basic Girard Perregaux model. They are one of the few "ebauch" left in Switzerland who don´t outsource the mechanism inside.

    Steve
     
  2. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    You bought a Pilot Watch Chrono Automatic for $1700 shipped? List is $6350 so if that's true, you got close to 75% off... That seems rather unlikely, unless it was a typo as he did mention that it was above his price range. I have this watch, and it is quite nice, I don't know that it's any more accurate than my Breitlings though.
     
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    BTW, Breitling uses ETA, Valjoux, and other movements in its automatics. They purchased a firm to modify these movements to their specifications. Supposedly the ETA 2892 DD (modified for Chronograph) is the most accurate module they use. http://www.chronometrie.com/eta2892/eta2892.html Here is some info on the ETA 2892.
     
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    I would add that for formal outings, nothing beats a vintage, 30s or 40s time piece with a croc strap, ultimate in style. [​IMG]
     
  5. PHV

    PHV Senior member

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    no, 1700 would be well within my price range... didn't I say something like 2000 or more?

    At this point I don't care. If I see something I like I'll buy it.

    Life is too short to let a trivial thing like money constrain you.
     
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    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    PHV: I suggest you check out the following site: www.timezone.com There is a wealth of information there.
     
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    arvi Senior member

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    baume & mercier hampton milleis fits your price range..available in stainless steel or gold (white & yellow)..a beautiful tank watch
     
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    Baume&Mercier is correct in your range price
     
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    Somes good advices :

    1) Do not buy quartz

    2) Do not buy a new watch unless you have at least 30% off

    French Tank of Cartier is nice, you can find it @ 2000 euros in mint condition.

    Hamptons are not too bad but milleis (last hampton) looks less thin/dressy so I prefer first Hampton
     
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    [​IMG] [​IMG] You can see my Cartier and my B&M And my BOUCHERON which I like very much as you can change the strap in 10 secondes
     
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    [​IMG] back of my master ultra thin of JL
     
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    Rolex does NOT use ETA
     
  13. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    For very formal wear, wristwatches are out. A pocket watch, if you really need to know the time.

    Same logic that proscribes notch lapels, wingtips, cellphones, or briefcases when doing black tie. Dinner dress implies an escape from work, and reminders that you might be in a hurry should be left elsewhere.
     
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    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    Rolex does make their own movements, and they are quite good. If you read the article I posted earlier, it discusses the Rolex vs Patek vs JLC vs Breitling (modified ETA 2892) movements. http://www.chronometrie.com/eta2892/eta2892.html
     
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    I currently own a TAG aquaracer. Good watch for its price point in my opinion, reminds me of a sportier submariner. The inset brushed circle inside the gloss face is a nice touch as well. I've always liked this Zenith, maybe I'll be able to afford it someday.
     

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