Help me pick a watch
I. Would like to buy myself a new watch. I would like a rolex submariner but that’s way to expensive.
I have been looking at this.
Any got any good idea on who does good nice watches for reasonable money?Posted 4 years agomatthew_hMember
I’ve got one of these (mines on the leather strap though) and they’re great watches. Really high quality build and movement but a cracking price. Definitely recommended.Posted 4 years ago
if you want a watch, consider a Fortis. Same ETA mechs as many name brands + some interesting history. Ignoring that, get a vintage Rolex. Ignore the ETA-based brands that rely on celebrity endorsement and overinflated prices to maintain ‘brand’ character.
Just googled ETA and fortis and the result that came up was the same model as my watch.Posted 4 years ago
OP. The Steinhart pieces look nice. Check out the origin of the movements, not to put you off, but to reassure you. When I looked at watches ages ago (er, >10 years) I found that many manufacturers, including big names, used ETA movements. Just like many motor manufacturers use e.g. Lucas parts or Sony use Samsung LCD panels. That made me rethink my ‘I’d like an Omega speed master’ idea. Folks will notice from my earlier post that I went for something quite different. Several factors played into it.
One thing I was certain of was that I was prepared to sacrifice accuracy for an automatic movement and some fun.
I had to have an automatic movement because I cannot bear the sound of a quartz movement as I try to go to sleep. The quarter-minute ‘tocking’ of a quartz movement keeps me awake to the point where I have to take the battery out of any clock where I visit. The tick-tick-tick of a clockwork movement however is a very different thing.
the ETA movement in my Cosmonaut’s automatic has the fun of German and English day abbreviations. I only found that out after I played with it. I was certain I wanted a day/date mechanism.Posted 4 years agoCountZeroMember
Seiko FTW. That Tuna Ioddrik posted up is the mutts, frankly, and I’d much, much rather have one of those than a Rolex. If you can find one, a Seiko SPORK, (SP045RK), is a lovely watch, automatic, beautifully clear dial, and very accurate once properly set up.
Here’s mine, the strap is not standard, it’s a ‘sharkskin’ stainless-steel mesh strap from eBay:
I genuinely love this watch to bits, cost me £350, NOS, this model’s been discontinued, but you can probably track one down.Posted 4 years agoCHBSubscriber
Steinhart and chris ward are both good.
Hamiltons are nice too, but style is hit and miss for me.
I have a chris ward harrison GMT and its really nice.Posted 4 years ago
The other option I always recommend is casio oceanus range. They do some fantastic solar powered, radio controlled watches for c£500 and thats with titanium and saphire crystal. Dont be put off by the brand name, oceanus stuff is really good quality.toys19Member
I echo the seiko comments above, that steinhart, whilst very nice, looks exactly like this which is 165quid, automatic and bloody handsome with a 35 year pedigree. I have one and it draws comments, has a nostalgic feel of the early 80’s and is frankly awesome.
(PS yobokies makes awesome modded seiko’s, for that individual feel)
Posted 4 years agopeterfileMember
From that, you’d be stupid not to buy a Rolex.
I’m always confused by statements like this.
Yes, rolexes hold value/appreciate…but do people actually hold on to an expensive watch for 25 years and then sell it? Surely they either swap them out sooner (and probably taking some form of hit) or then can’t part with it and pass it on or keep it?
So the fact that it holds value is meaningless to some extent. I bet most of the 25 year old rolexes you see for sale come from two sources (a) people who’ve inherited and thing it’s gopping/need the cash, or (b) constant trade between those buying and selling used rolexes exclusively (i.e. the majority of 25 year old rolexes you see being advertised wouldn’t be being sold by it’s original owner)Posted 4 years agosmcicrMember
Got any Tesco club card vouchers lying around?
I paid about £500 cash towards an £1800 Omega many years ago by using a fistful of club card vouchers at Goldsmiths. Admittedly they are 3x value now rather than the 4x they were then (I think).
If you have to buy now then get a cheaper stopgap, get a club card credit card, spend everything on it each month and look out for bonus point offers to boost your total.
Bit of patience required but it should mean you can get a more expensive watch 🙂Posted 4 years ago
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