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  • jfeb
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    My beloved Tag Heuer watch has died after 13 years of good service.

    What watches should I be looking at for around £500 in a similar style to Tag’s?

    Better still, something on sale!

    Premier Icon matthewjb
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    What is your Tag like? Steel?

    Any features you want on the watch? Stop watch? Water resistant?

    surfer
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    I’v still got an early Tag Formula 1, a graduation present from 1991. Never misses a beat.

    I have more recently got an Oris which I am very happy with.

    Premier Icon matthewjb
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    How about this Seiko? Japanese only model. Pretty rare in the UK.

    Or this Hamilton?

    Two time zones. Can be had on different coloured straps.

    Oris are good as well. I’m not sure what you would get for £500.

    Seiko would get my vote at that money, but maybe not that one! Great value, great watches. If you can stump up a little more, get an understated Omega.

    Premier Icon matthewjb
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    If you can stump up a little more, get an understated Omega.

    Not sure what you would get.

    How about a Quartz Seamaster for £650?

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    I asked for watch gift advice before Xmas and was steered towards Christopher Ward.

    Their watches are indeed lovely, and quite reasonably priced – and they currently have a sample sale that includes some very nice looking steel models.

    Would have snapped one up for myself but think they’d be a bit chunky for my puny wrist.

    surfer
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    The first Seiko looks like an Omega wannabe!

    They make good watches though, if a bit boring (in the way that reliable Japanese cars are boring)
    Believe it or not I chose my Oris over a Rolex! The Rolex was over 4 times the price but I liked it better (hard to believe maybe)

    richcc
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    For £500ish I’d be looking at something like the Oris Big Crown range – I like the look of those. If you can run to a bit more then Omega Seamaster’s are very nice. Also worth bearing in mind that if you have hard cash and are serious about buying then jewellers will move on the sticker price – especially in the current climate.

    Premier Icon matthewjb
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    The first Seiko looks like an Omega wannabe!

    They make good watches though, if a bit boring (in the way that reliable Japanese cars are boring)

    I know what you mean. Although the limited edition Japanese market stuff is better. How about this one? Only $7,000

    Believe it or not I chose my Oris over a Rolex!

    I can understand that. There are very few Rolexes I’d have but Oris make some good watches.

    jfeb
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    What is the quality of Christopher Ward watches like? They are pretty “inexpensive” (plus I can get a 10% discount)

    And to the first questions – my Tag is steel, don’t need any features apart from waterproof, date and a face that really does show up at night (my Tag is readable all night)

    jfeb
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    Woody – nice but too expensive 🙁

    Premier Icon matthewjb
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    This Omega looks like it meets all your criteria.

    If your buying brand new you should get a serious discount in the current market.

    Premier Icon matthewjb
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    If you really want to push the boat out…….

    I’d prefer something a bit more understated..

    GW
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    Any £10 Casio will last way longer than 13years

    I’va had This beautyfor about 10 years now. I.m just about to send it back for its second battery and service. It goes back to the factory in Switzerland and last time it cost me £35 including having a new glass fitted!

    It’s really thin and comfortable on the wrist and looks stunning even after 10 years.

    I’ve got a Steel Tag and a gangster rap gold Rolex Oyster(inherited) too, but this is the one I wear mostly.

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    Jfeb – I know next to nothing about watches, but the Christopher Ward watch I bought for my Dad (Henley Automatic) was obviously a very impressive and high-quality item.

    I’m buying another model for myself from their sample sale in fact.

    coffeeking
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    I Dont get watches somehow, they annoy me by being on my wrist. They get in the way. I have to take them off to work. I forget where I’ve put them and generally lose track of them, have to use my mobile which serves perfectly. £500 on a watch seems criminal to me, but each to his own I guess! My casio thermometer watch still works 15 years and two batteries on, but it has had 2 £3 straps and is now in my drawer as the last strap-caught-on-bike-while-crashing event damaged tha casing.

    colnagokid
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    Your TAG hasnt died, it does need an overhaul!
    a good TAG dealer will be able to do it, new battery, glass, bezzle, friction-ring, seals, cleaned etc. I paid £125 to get a F1 done and that included a new strap!
    and the same to get a rolex serviced-no battery obviously, but new glass, seals etc. it came back like new, not a scratch to be seen!
    Also that panerai will cost you rather more than£500, as it says you have push the boat out!!! nice tho

    colnagokid
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    Your TAG hasnt died, it does need an overhaul!
    a good TAG dealer will be able to do it, new battery, glass, bezzle, friction-ring, seals, cleaned etc. I paid £125 to get a F1 done and that included a new strap!
    and the same to get a rolex serviced-no battery obviously, but new glass, seals etc. it came back like new, not a scratch to be seen!
    Also that panerai will cost you rather more than£500, as it says you have push the boat out!!! nice tho

    JonEdwards
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    I had a Christpher Ward for Christmas (C6 Kingfisher with a white/champagne face). It’s a beautiful piece of kit, and the presentation and paperwork (all hand signed and dated by CW) adds to the feeling of owing something special.

    As above though – what about getting the TAG serviced? Any watch of that kind of calibre should last for a LOT longer than 13 years. Hell, I got 10 out of a cheapo Animal one.

    Premier Icon bonzodog
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    I cant believe anyone would really pay £500 for a watch. 😀

    surfer
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    I’m not a materialistic person but its not difficult to understand.
    A good one will not depreciate and may gain value. They can look great and will often last for many years and during its life has a hugely useful purpose.

    RudeBoy
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    I like nice watches (hardly any of the above are nice; all ugly bulky things), but for day to day use, a cheap Casio is surely a far better bet? This ‘you get what you pay for’ thing is bullsh1t. I’ve seen things like Sekondas last longer than expensive stuff. And the most accurate timepiece I’ve ever owned was a £20 Swatch. Lost about a second every 2 months. The casing eventually disintegrated, sadly.

    I like the idea of something being serviceable, rather than disposable. So I’m not totally against a watch costing a lot of money. But a lot of it is just hype. Modern quartz watches are going to be more reliable than any mechanical thing, over time, and are less affected by heat, humidity and magnetic forces.

    Spending a lot of mone on a piece of jewllery is a bit different. Because that’s all expensive watches are; jewellery, and status symbols. Go ahead, spend what you want, but don’t buy into the marketing crap.

    You want accuracy? Get a radio signal watch. From about £50 or so.

    My Sewills automatic cost me £150 15 years ago still keeps good time bargain in my opinion

    sq225917
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    Still digging this 3 years after i bought it.

    surfer
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    Vive la difference!

    You enjoy your cheap tat and leave us alone to admire quality timepieces.

    RudeBoy
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    No, don’t get me wrong, I like nice watches! But I appreciate them for what they are; jewelry. Functional jewelry, but jewelry nonetheless. I have a nice little Seiko, actually. Stylish and understated. My uncle has a lovely old Omega, that he has cleaned and serviced periodically. I can see the appeal of something that will last.

    As for cheap tat, most of the stuff above looks like that vulgar junk you pick up in far-eastern flea markets. 😉

    pantsonfire’s watch is very ice, though. I like that.

    What I would like, is an old-school LED digital watch, like the first digital watches. Before LCDs became popular. Anyone know of such a thing?

    jfeb
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    Fair point about my TAG having not died – I haven’t checked with a jeweller yet. It is started stopping randomly and then starting again. The battery should be fine (it hasn’t started jumping 2 seconds at a time) and I can’t find any pattern to the stopping and starting. I am loathe to spend £100 having it sent away and investigated only for them to tell me it can’t be fixed or will cost me another £100 to fix.

    I do need to speak to a TAG dealer to find out the costs of having it looked at/serviced though.

    (It was serviced about 4 yrs ago when a new face was fitted)

    trevorx
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    You want a Tissot T-touch Touch.

    Get a few good functions too and the oh so sexy touch sensitive screen.

    dooosuk
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    jfeb – have a look at this link:

    http://www.chealwatch.com

    Someone from this forum recommended them before Christmas on the old forum. Prices look very good.

    Premier Icon matthewjb
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    I don’t think anyone buys an expensive mechanical watch because it’s more accurate. Of course a quartz will keep time as well but I like my watch that will run forever just powered by the movement of my arm.

    It’s a bit like paying £4000 for a push bike. It doesn’t get you to your destination 10 times faster than a £400 bike. But the journey may be more enjoyable.

    Premier Icon DezB
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    Can those £500+ watches take a beating? Or do you have to be careful with them?

    colnagokid
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    jfeb, I dont think youll be charged for them to have a look at it, just to service.
    some dealers do it instore so they dont send them away, Berry’s for example, dont know if you have one near you, worth a trip though just to fantasize.
    Ive got a cheap casio that cost £10 12years ago-I bought it for the stop watch- still going strong, never had a battery, and I was offered the chance to insure it for £1 extra!!!

    gixer.john
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    My Tag is better at keeping accurate time than my Oris. Took the Oris back to the shop last week to tell them it was running too fast. Watch is now back in Switzerland being re-calibrated.
    I tend to buy watches in the January sales when they are about half price. Don’t like anything with loads of dials that i never use and can’t read. Just time, seconds, day and date will do.
    Do like the Bell&Ross models.

    thewombles
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    boys and girls…….nothing beats this monster….trust me this is the Large hadron Collider of the Wristwatch world : )

    happy timekeeping ; )

    surfer
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    Gixer.john

    Interesting you say that my mate has a Rolex and he always checks the time with me on my Oris!
    Bit of a standing joke…….. I suppose you have to be there!

    Anyway nothing keeps time like my original Formula 1. Cant kill it with a stick!

    Premier Icon matthewjb
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    Can those £500+ watches take a beating? Or do you have to be careful with them?

    Well my Panerai is water resistant to 200m which is more than I am.

    Generally a sports watch like the Omega will take a fair bit of punishment. It may not look as pretty but it will keep going.

    jimmylad
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    dont buy a watch! i’m generally late for everything so if you dont have a watch, you can never be late. well at least thats my theory.

    safe trails

    Premier Icon Jerome
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    Bought an Oris modern classic few years ago in sales for £200.
    Think you need something better than a casio ( my other watch ) if you wear a suit..
    Sometimes look in windows at watches and never seen anything else I would want.
    Except a Maurice lacrois slim thin ñ but that was £2k.
    Cheers
    J.

    qwerty
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    another big up for Tag Formula 1, i got mine in 1990 for £85 and its been used every day and is still going strong, has gone through a few straps and had a service 🙂

    hora
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    colnagokid- Sure? My 91 F1 needs a few extra links (gf wore it for a few years and lost the ones taken out). She then (somehow) gave it a good whack so the movement second arm just ticks backwards/fwds one way each way!

    Any Tag dealer?

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