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Watches - Advice Please

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mistryv, Sep 13, 2006.

  1. alflauren

    alflauren Senior Member

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    Nothing wrong with a Seiko. I have an Omega and a vintage Rolex, and my two Seikos are on my wrist about 99% of the year. I love em.

    Although I don't think any of these bands are leather, this page shows a lot of models that you can't find in the US.

    http://www.pmwf.com/Watches/WATCHSAL...SalesTable.htm

    I would second the Antea recommendation.
     


  2. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Distinguished Member

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    In your price range I would go with a Seiko, and save up for a nice watch in the future.
     


  3. alflauren

    alflauren Senior Member

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    I would question this watch: http://cgi.ebay.com/c-1960-18K-SOLID...QQcmdZViewItem

    Note that the interior side of the case back should be stamped with the watch manufacturer. In this case, the interior is not shown, and on the outside you can clearly see "Industria Argentina."

    Also of note is the inscription to Lt. Carlos A. Carnelos "for your assistance." Search on that name and he shows up as a former military intelligence student or instructor at the School of the Americas.

    http://www.derechos.org/soa/ar4996.html

    This watch has an odd history.
     


  4. grimslade

    grimslade Stylish Dinosaur

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    If you like the Antea, you should definitely go for it. A nice watch in your price range, made in Germany, great value, timeless design. I would avoid a vintage watch if you are not ready to add another $100 for a movement service.

    You may want to have a look at this: http://www.styleforum.net/showpost.p...5&postcount=34



    Me likes the look of the Stowa Antea. Is the date version an annual calendar? At that price, I guess probably not.
     


  5. gdl203

    gdl203 Affiliate Vendor Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Is the date version an annual calendar? At that price, I guess probably not.

    No it's not. It only shows the date btw, no day or month like annual calendars do
     


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    grimslade Stylish Dinosaur

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    No it's not. It only shows the date btw, no day or month like annual calendars do


    Thanks. Is there any (good) reason one would pay the extra 200 euros for a COSC certified movement?
     


  7. gdl203

    gdl203 Affiliate Vendor Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Thanks. Is there any (good) reason one would pay the extra 200 euros for a COSC certified movement?

    Yes - to have a guaranteed chronometre accuracy. Some people place accuracy at the higher end of their priority list, some don't. It certainly takes extra time and cost (paid to COSC) to get it certified so some makers let the customer decide whether or not they want to pay for it
     


  8. Ambulance Chaser

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    An awful lot of watches are for sale in Argentina. Does anyone know why this is so? Are the sellers honest and the watches good quality? I've always had vague misgivings about it for some reason.
    According to the website Finer Times, "For many years watches imported into Argentina faced a very high import duty on cases. Many fine watches were cased in Argentina and the cases were of the highest grade and materials."

    http://www.finertimes.com/asp/watche...6%27%29&Page=4
     


  9. someoneNew

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    Although the Seiko is a quality watch, I am having second thoughts as to the 'stature' of this watch. I almost feel as if I should be considering a higher end watch.

    Well there goes my reputation on this board [​IMG]
     


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    Not necessarily to your specs but I strongly recommend St. Moritz for something within your price range. The quality is exemplary as they are traditionally "diving" watches.....I bought one for my friend who went to Iraq last year and with all the wear and tear he goes through on a daily basis the thing hasn't skipped a beat. I also have a friend who frequently scuba dives and he swears by their quality. Their 'Titan II' model is a little bit more formal than some of their other models and can be had for around $200. You can then, of course, switch the band to your preference:

    [​IMG]
     


  11. gdl203

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    Not necessarily to your specs but I strongly recommend St. Moritz for something within your price range. The quality is exemplary as they are traditionally "diving" watches.....I bought one for my friend who went to Iraq last year and with all the wear and tear he goes through on a daily basis the thing hasn't skipped a beat. I also have a friend who frequently scuba dives and he swears by their quality. Their 'Titan II' model is a little bit more formal than some of their other models and can be had for around $200. You can then, of course, switch the band to your preference:

    [​IMG]


    Never heard of St Moritz but this watch is such a blatant knock-off of the iconic IWC 3706 (Pilot Chronograph) that it is just painful to watch. (sure, they added a little bit of red on the dial and their logo... [​IMG] [​IMG])
     


  12. philosophe

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    Unless you see a watch you really, really love, buy the Seiko and put the extra money in the budget into savings.
     


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    Never heard of St Moritz but this watch is such a blatant knock-off of the iconic IWC 3706 (Pilot Chronograph) that it is just painful to watch. (sure, they added a little bit of red on the dial and their logo... [​IMG] [​IMG])
    The dials are different the numbers are different it doesn't have day function

    I also cast a vote for Swiss Army my aunt just bought me one for my birthday I love it
     


  14. gdl203

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    The dials are different the numbers are different it doesn't have day function

    You've got to be kidding me...
    [​IMG][​IMG]
    Yes - there is indeed a difference between a knock-off like this (not identical) and a fake (identical)


    If I saw this on anyone, first thing I would think is "alright, here's another IWC Chinatown mutant"...
     


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    Thank you for all the help. I appreciate it. I highly considered the Stowa, but decided againest it simply because It was not the exact style I wanted. I've decided that I too should own the classic workhorse Seiko, and will be buying the watch within a few days. While the Omega Seamster Cal. 420, Circa 1954 is a great watch for any collector, I think I'll buy the Seiko and add the Seamaster to my collection further on down the line. Thanks for the help.
     


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