- Christmas watches – what did you get?
Quartz sadly, I scurried off to the website earlier. Might email them later to see if they’ve any plans for an automatic version.
With my current Breitling experience I am wishing I hadn’t gone for automatic, that’s the reason I am having to have it serviced at the cost of a bloody good new watch.Posted 4 years agoIvanDobskiMember
Up until recently I’d only ever had quartz watches and couldn’t see why you would pay more to get an automatic which is, by almost any measure, an inferior product.
However having bought a couple of Orients almost on a whim there’s definitely something about them which puts me off quartz completely.
Whilst expensive automatics like your breitling probably should be serviced by an authorised centre I’m happy getting my £150 watches serviced locally if I bother getting them done at all.Posted 4 years agoAlpha1653Member
Not sure what servicing costs are for the EB but I’ve had my Traser battery & seals replaced and watch pressure tested every 2-3 years for £30 a time. All being well, the EB battery’s meant to last for nigh on 5 years so I don’t see servicing costs been a problem! (famous last words…!)Posted 4 years ago
Thanks straightliner. I really love it. As an investment it’s very hard to say but new it would have been about 200 usd in 1961. Now you’ll struggle to get one in this condition for much less than 20k usd. Will it keep going up, who knows? But it looks nice and is robust enough for daily use.Posted 4 years agoRo5eyMember
Replicas… seen some really good ones of late but they were bought in HK or dubai. So any ideas where I can try on decent replicas in London?
Not a tight arse honest … 😀 … just rather absent minded and I really don’t want to be literally (after stupidly misplace it) dropping 3+k on a watch.Posted 4 years agoprawnyMember
Bregante, I got it for my birthday the week before christmas so I suppose I must have ordered it late november time. The strap isn’t massive, I have probably normal-thin wrists and I’m on the middle of 5 holes on it. I think to be off the end you’d have to have some fairly serious arms.
I don’t have a ruler or anything with my, but I’ve just stretched it across my keyboard and it’s from the A to the colon keys to the hole I’m using if that helps. There’s about 5-7mm between holes, so an extra 10-15mm of strapPosted 4 years agomrben101Member
I got a Dieter Rams Braun for my Birthday DrJ – Lovely watches. Wear it loads, though partly because its really thin compared to the rest of my collection and so fits under tight shirt cuffs nicely. I got this one
Really liking the vintage Seamaster and the Elliot Brown. One day I hope to have a Speedmaster MKII in the collection, and Elliot Brown is on my list now too – loved Animal Watches back in the day!Posted 4 years ago
Slightly OT but as there are some watch lovers out there you may be able to advise.
Just had a call from the jeweler and they have quoted 272 for a service plus an advisory replacement of lens and dial for an additional 300! Can anyone think of any reason why the dial and lens would need replacing? It was in spot on cosmetic condition as far as I was concerned when I sent it in, it just needed the internals fiddling with.Posted 4 years agoStraightlinerSubscriber
johnj2000 – what watch is it that’s being serviced?
Did the lens come with a coating to prevent reflections and has worn away? Does the dial show any signs of fading or cracking of the colour?
For some expensive watches the manufacturer will try and return it to as close as new as possible, however in the case of some unusual or low volume models, when this has been done it’s actually devalued the watch in the long run.Posted 4 years ago
I find it ironic that one of the first watches on this thread, the 70’s seamaster, was what I was wearing on Xmas day, I made it out of the front door & it’s strap disintegrated dumping it on the path 🙁
I have no idea if it’s worth getting a new strap, polishing the scuffs from the shoulders & getting a new glass or if I should just let it go 🙁
Anyhow I quite like the look of this
🙂Posted 4 years ago
johnj2000 – what watch is it that’s being serviced?
It’s one of the cheaper Brietlings, the Wings model. Hadn’t noticed any deterioration in the dial but there was a tiny scratch on the lens but I wasn’t worried about it. I am getting the feeling they are just after some cash so am going to just go for the service.
I have no idea if it’s worth getting a new strap, polishing the scuffs from the shoulders & getting a new glass or if I should just let it go
If the watch is still going it seems a shame not to use it, nice watch as well.Posted 4 years ago
Thanks, I’m tempted, but it just doesn’t keep time unless your very active, maybe self satisfying 24/7 (I wish) would work?Posted 4 years ago
But the reason I only got it out for Xmas was reason enough to tell me it’s not worth spending about £1k to restore it, a new strap alone is over £400! 🙁
Leather strap? My Brietling came with a lovely leather strap originally, only changed as I got the metal bracelet as a Xmas gift one year. Once you have it re strapped you have a valid reason to keep it moving 24/7, and now and again you can get someone else to wear it so you do t get too tired 🙂Posted 4 years agotronMember
I had a good nosey at a few replicas (ie, blatant knock offs) in one of the big malls in China a while ago. The watches wouldn’t fool anyone who owns the real thing or knows much at all about watches. The quality on the stuff I saw varied from very poor to passable, but nothing was really at the level of quality you would expect from something like a Seiko 5. Even if the quality were right, details like the size and proportions of the case mean you won’t fool anyone.
To be honest if you want something that looks special for not a lot of cash, the only worthwhile ways to go about it are to get a custom seiko or a second hand vintage watch.Posted 4 years agosomafunkSubscriber
i cant afford a rolex as such as that unless i sell a kidney so i had to settle for a yobokies seiko 5 mod, this one below , similar to the rolex but so much not the same in quality or design.
Yet again that rolex is an absolute timeless design, you are to be commended on your taste sir 😉
My yobokies seiko 5 mod is a crass copy of that rolex
Posted 4 years ago
Well seiko is probably one of the few non European manufacturers who can actually turn out a good mechanical movement. Some of their grand seiko movements are the equal of anything rolex makes and sometimes better. It’s a reasonable homage, while not pretending to be something it isn’t (unlike some other divers out there)Posted 4 years ago
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