Watches: Indulging yet another hobby...


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Some good looking pieces. Pepsi Rolex is a classic.

I'm a fan of vintage omega seamasters... Though I don't own any I've been on the hunt for a few years for the perfect one.

When I was in London last year, I visited a vintage omega store. They had a square faced omega with a numbered dial. By far the sweetest looking omega I'd ever seen. I asked what model it was, and the gentlemen informed me it was one of the first wrist watches they did and it simply went by the name omega men's dress watch. Sadly the price tag was well beyond my means. But if I ever become ridiculously wealthy, I'm finding that watch and buying it!

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Very old.... Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk

This just came in today. Orient Mako II USA.

and..... vintage... Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk

I have a cell phone. It has the most precise and intricate horology - the most advanced in history. My cell phone links to an atomic clock via 60KHz, and NTP via satellites and GPS, to provide precise and accurate timing to 1 millisecond of the time standard.

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I have a cell phone. It has the most precise and intricate horology - the most advanced in history. My cell phone links to an atomic clock via 60KHz, and NTP via satellites and GPS, to provide precise and accurate timing to 1 millisecond of the time standard.

The cell phone is great for setting my mechanical watches

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Love the APs, just got this Deepsea and loving it!! Will be showing some watch/cigar pics once i decide which stick to go with

You need to get together with our good mate Arty. He wears a gold Rolex and drives a Maserati.

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Watches are one of my favorite topics as you may know. Oris of course plays a huge part and for some reason I have a few of those but I recently took a side track and bought a watch that I had wanted for a long time. The Omega Speedmaster Professional is one of those timeless watches ( actually that doesn't sound right ) that is as interesting today as it was when it first came out. The one I ended up with is not the one most people think of but it actually goes back to the beginning of the Speedmaster story. The 1957 re issue of the Broard Arrow Speedmaster.

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I have a cell phone. It has the most precise and intricate horology - the most advanced in history. My cell phone links to an atomic clock via 60KHz, and NTP via satellites and GPS, to provide precise and accurate timing to 1 millisecond of the time standard.

But it looks so bulky on my wrist :P

In all seriousness, there is no real technical reason to wear a mechanical wristwatch, but it is one of the few pieces of jewellery that I would wear and as an engineer by training I do appreciate the underlying technology.

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I have a cell phone. It has the most precise and intricate horology - the most advanced in history. My cell phone links to an atomic clock via 60KHz, and NTP via satellites and GPS, to provide precise and accurate timing to 1 millisecond of the time standard.

True dat! However, my watch has been working and relevant for 84 years. Tell me... what do you think you will be doing with your cell phone 84 years from now? LOL! innocent.gif

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True dat! However, my watch has been working and relevant for 84 years. Tell me... what do you think you will be doing with your cell phone 84 years from now? LOL! innocent.gif

I'm guessing that in five years, I'll have it implanted in my brain.
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This is almost as much fun as cigar porn!

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Bought my sub nearly 10 years ago. Absolutely love it. Have worn it almost everyday and in every situation and it has never failed me. I just picked up a 1970 Omega Seamaster as my second. It wasn't running and was filthy, had a cracked crystal but after a service it turned out to be a fantastic watch.

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I haven't been able to enjoy a cigar for a while now because I've been waiting over a month for a follow-up evaluation with my oral surgeon for a weird brown "patch" on my bottom lip. Thankfully, the surgeon is pretty confident that I just bite my lip a lot (which I do) and that the combustion from the cigars themselves just cause the skin to be dry, so I'm waiting for a re-evaluation and keeping my promise that I won't smoke in the meantime.

So, naturally, I've had to fill this void in my hobbies with yet another hobby....WATCHES!

My collection is very humble (and of the Japanese persuasion), but I'd like to see you all share your own watch collections if you will, or at least some of your favorites--even if it's one you're saving up for! I've really come to appreciate the intricacies and heritage in a lot of brands and their respective movements. But for the quality, integrity, and price point I was looking at, Seiko and Orient hit the mark for me across the board.

Orient Mako (blue)

This was my first watch. I was a little hesitant about getting a dive watch, as I'm not a diver, but many convinced me that they can still be fun/casual everyday kind of watches. Out my current collection, this is the one that I'm sort of considering getting rid of...but the way that blue dial shines in the sun just right keeps bringing me back eeeevery time!

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Orient Sun & Moon

This is pretty much the "wild card" of my collection. The closest thing you could call this watch is a dress watch, but even then the gimmick is that there is a "Sun & Moon" indicator (or "day & night" or "AM & PM"). I don't need a watch to tell me whether or not the sun is out, but I'll be damned if it isn't cool as hell. Plus, the detail on the face of the watch is surprisingly intricate for its price point. If you look at the date indicator there are a lot of layers to the face. Its gimmick is essentially pointless, but it's sure fun to look at!

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Bonus pretend casual "oops! you caught me with my hands in my pocket!" photo...

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Seiko SNK809

This wasn't my first watch, but for a lot of people on a budget this watch is one of the quintessential "entry level" automatic watches. At about a $50-$70 price point, this is the cornerstone of Seiko 5 with their five features: an automatic movement, day/date indicator displayed in a single window, water resistance (it's not much, but it's there), recessed crown at the 4 o'clock position (probably my least favorite feature, as it is so tiny and recessed that it's very difficult for me to adjust), and a "durable" case and bracelet (I actually changed the strap on mine, so that last feature is debatable). The pilot-type watch face is very easy to read, it has a red-tipped second hand that looks nice against the black face, a minimal amount of lume, and a surprisingly robust movement.

Mine has a particularly small scratch on the crystal which you can hardly see, so the guy who sold it to me basically gave it away for free, which I was extremely grateful for. It's also a rather small watch, but I find that to be a nice change of pace for my collection.

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Seiko SKX007

Do you like the Submariner but nearly suffer a heart attack at the mere thought of the usual asking price? Well, so do I, and that's why I like the SKX007 so much. It has a similar feel to a Subby, but it retains all of its integrity by copying nothing and giving it its own unique Seiko spin. To be honest, I didn't like this watch at first...now it might be one of my favorites. It's so unique, tough and stylish all at the same time. It's cheap, and yet it's something to be proud of.

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Bonus shot in the sun

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Seiko SARB033

An affordable dress watch to end all affordable dress watches.

Modeled after their high-end Grand Seiko line, the SARB033 is made specifically for the Japanese domestic market, but it is fairly attainable with the nearly unlimited access the internet gives us today. Detractors will say that this watch is boring, or that it doesn't differentiate itself enough from a ton of other Seiko dress watches, but a careful eye will realize that this watch is subtle, understated, and incredibly classy.

This watch comes with Seiko's in-house 6R15 movement, which is robust and includes hacking, hand-winding, and a beefy 50-hour power reserve. I'd like to put it on a nice leather strap eventually, but for now I'm enjoying it on the oyster bracelet. Another great thing about this watch is its ability to dress up or down. With its simple dial, almost any bracelet or strap will work on it. Everything from plain leather, to textured leather, to perlon, to a bracelet, to NATO, it is surprisingly diverse!

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Bonus shot with all black

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Seiko SARB065 ("Cocktail Time")

Like the Orient Sun & Moon, this is sort of another wild card. Also made for the Japanese domestic market, this dress watch was designed by Shinobu Ishigaki, a famous bartender in Japan. He gave it a very 1920s/1930s art deco style with its incredible sunburst dial and subtle blue needle second hand. Being a fairly busy face, this watch needs simple/solid color straps in my opinion, so the stock shiny leather strap works well in my opinion. Like the SARB033, it comes with Seiko's 6R15 movement, so it includes hacking, hand-winding, and a 50-hour power reserve...all impressive and surprising features.

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Who knows what I will love next or fall out of love with in the future, but for now these are my top choices.

I'm interested in what you all have to share as well! What's in your collection? What is your "dream" watch? Hell, what is your least favorite watch? Feel free to share...

WOW! Thanks for showing us this one! For my budget it's perfect - going to the top of my shopping list.

Dave

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