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Watches #5445487 06/03/20 03:57 PM
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I have a watch collection. I've always been fascinated with the tiny machines we wear to measure time. Currently I have several high end Swiss made watches and even more moderately priced Japanese watches. I alternate wearing them so I have lots of experience comparing the 'quirks and features' of each.

My overall impression is that the Swiss make watches like Mercedes/BMW make cars. Very expensive, complicated, need lots of service and can be unreliable.

OTOH the Japanese make fine time pieces that run well with minimal service, almost Toyota like. Yes some Japanese watches are very expensive (Grand Seiko, Citizen caliber 0100, Orient Royal Star) but generally most are affordable.

I'm still a Swiss watch fan however and am looking to add a Hamilton Khaki and Tissot (had one for 30 years) to my collection.

BTW my best watch is a Breitling Aerospace.

Are you interested in horology?


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Re: Watches [Re: Passport1] #5445493 06/03/20 04:05 PM
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We've had a number of interesting watch threads here on BITOG over the years.

The only Swiss watch I own is a Zenith El Primero which I got from my parents as a wedding gift. It sits in a box somewhere. I'm uncomfortable wearing such an expensive piece of jewelry on my wrist, subject to easy damage.

I've got a few $100-$200 Orient automatics that I wear sometimes for nicer occasions, as well as a couple of cheap Casio beater watches that I wear when I know there is a high risk of sustaining some damage, or when I don't have the time to set the time on my automatics.


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Re: Watches [Re: Passport1] #5445500 06/03/20 04:13 PM
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I've bought three Tissot watches in the past 20 years. They're not as reliable as they used to be.


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Re: Watches [Re: Passport1] #5445504 06/03/20 04:15 PM
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Bulova is my favorite brand. I think it provides the best bang for the buck with high style. I particularly like their Marine Star line. Here is one example:

https://www.bulova.com/us/en/produc...ACh2BSQZtEAAYASAAEgKiQ_D_BwE&start=9

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I wore a watch until around 2000 and then a flip phone I carried took care of the need of telling time.

My interest is back in analog/mechanical ones them after gifted an Apple Watch which I realized I just use the analog face although it does have a temp showing in it.

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Patek Philippe


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Re: Watches [Re: gfh77665] #5445519 06/03/20 04:29 PM
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I have something of that similar class as a service gift at work. I break it out on special occasions. My daily wear watch is a Garmin these days.

Originally Posted by gfh77665
Bulova is my favorite brand. I think it provides the best bang for the buck with high style. I particularly like their Marine Star line. Here is one example:

https://www.bulova.com/us/en/produc...ACh2BSQZtEAAYASAAEgKiQ_D_BwE&start=9


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Re: Watches [Re: Passport1] #5445521 06/03/20 04:31 PM
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You're all going to laugh at me but here it goes anyways. I have watches from Bulova, Lessy, Officina del Tempo, North Eagles and Tissot to name a few.

The most reliable watch I own is a Swatch; Nothing fancy but reliable with little to no maintenance. (Just like my Asian vehicles OP!)


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Re: Watches [Re: Passport1] #5445527 06/03/20 04:42 PM
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Big fan of mechanical watches. I have a number of vintage Hamiltons, Bulovas, Seikos, Timex, Gruens, and a 1946 Rolex. I also like mass produced quartz watches from Casio and Timex. Bang for the buck, they are hard to beat.


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Re: Watches [Re: OilReport99] #5445529 06/03/20 04:46 PM
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I used to work with a guy that had a Patek Philipe. He never flaunted it and that was before I knew what it was. It seemed kinda nice but plain Jane. I would have been stunned if he told me what it was worth.


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Re: Watches [Re: Passport1] #5445538 06/03/20 04:53 PM
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Very interested, I have a modest collection of Swiss timepieces.

I also have (What I consider the worlds coolest clock) that is the closest thing man has yet invited to perpetual motion. (there's a bitog challenge in here for sure)

Most guys with Pateks have a Calatrava which to be honest is pretty boring and says you have some money but aren't that interesting.



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Originally Posted by Quattro Pete
We've had a number of interesting watch threads here on BITOG over the years.

The only Swiss watch I own is a Zenith El Primero which I got from my parents as a wedding gift. It sits in a box somewhere. I'm uncomfortable wearing such an expensive piece of jewelry on my wrist, subject to easy damage.

I've got a few $100-$200 Orient automatics that I wear sometimes for nicer occasions, as well as a couple of cheap Casio beater watches that I wear when I know there is a high risk of sustaining some damage, or when I don't have the time to set the time on my automatics.



The El Primero is a superb movement. Its more rugged than it seems.

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Too bad the COSC won't allow non-swiss watches to be certified chronometer.

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Re: Watches [Re: Passport1] #5445569 06/03/20 05:22 PM
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I have a Hamilton khaki that's currently on a nato strap because I wore out the leather band it came with. Good watch. I'm currently waiting for a spot to open up with a guy to do some work on my dad's old Seiko 6105 diver. The rest are my casios


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Originally Posted by UncleDave
Most guys with Pateks have a Calatrava which to be honest is pretty boring and says you have some money but aren't that interesting.


Funny, I'd say your typical Datejust owner is the one who has money but aren't that interesting. IMO, a Calatrava is the quintessential dress watch.

My most recent (and largest) watch purchase is an Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch. I haven't even had the bracelet sized but I just got word my local AD is open again.

I have a couple Hamiltons and a few Seikos as well.

I enjoy wearing chronos and divers. I had a few false starts with Tag Heuer Carrera chronos that I purchased and sold before I finally decided to take the plunge on the Moonwatch.

I'm eyeing up a new diver for my next purchase. I really like the Christopher Ward Trident C60 Pro 600, but their quality issues give me pause. An Omega Seamaster 300M is high on the list, though a friend just purchased one. I really think I'm going to end up with a Tudor Black Bay of some variety.

I'd love to add a Grand Seiko to the collection. I think their case finishing is second to none and their spring drive movement is super interesting. I'm most interested in their dress watches and I just don't wear a dress watch. Hard to justify that pruchase.

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