Watches - another passion of ours, it seems...post your pics!
Jun 29, 2010 at 9:54 PM Post #4,711 of 14,259

 
 
Left to right:
Omega Speedmaster Schumacher edition. bought it for myself for graduation in '98
Zodiac seadragon chrono bought on a whim on vacation in caymans
tag hauer aquaracer chrono given to me by my wife on our honeymoon
panerai luminor regatta 1950 rattrapante (replica!!! original retails for stoopid money) given to me by my wife for fathers day this year and to commemorate the birth of our second child next week!!! Here's to cheap watches from here on out.
 
i love watches.....
 
Jun 30, 2010 at 12:08 AM Post #4,713 of 14,259


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Hey guys. I'm deciding between a Citizen BJ2060-58E and AV0021-52H. I don't know anything about watches. Which do you think is a better buy? I plan to wear it to work and out in the town, but no sports with it on. Thanks in advance, and please let me know what other info you need.


They're both good watches.  Which style appeals to you more?  I have the AV0021-52H and a Citizen AquaLand Pro Diver similar to the BJ2060, but it's a commemorative model.  The AV0021 is a rather unique movement and very accurate.  The stop watch second hand moves in 1/5 second increments so it moves smoothly like an auto mechanical watch.  Best of luck!
 
Jun 30, 2010 at 12:46 AM Post #4,714 of 14,259
This is the Aqualand that I have;

 
Jun 30, 2010 at 12:14 PM Post #4,715 of 14,259
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Edit: I actually found some... for $300. I guess if I got the bracelet, I would be getting a third-party band.
More edit: Nevermind, do these look right?
Even more edit: Amazon puts the strap width at 19, and the only 19mm one at that site does not include the buckle. Grr.
I prefer the look of the leather, so I might just get that and save the $100 ($200ish by the time I get the extra leather band)


Are you really that stuck on the OEM strap?  If not, check out some of the strap dealers like Watch Prince, mywatchmaker.net, Lone Star, Sirtoli and others.  There are an infinite number of watch straps in every color and style imaginable and I'm sure you can get something close to the Tissot strap for under $100.
 
My personal favorite brand of straps is Di-Modell.  More than once, I've compromised the exact look I wanted to buy a Di-Modell strap.  Their higher end straps with the perforated lining and loop anchor are really good.  Throw in a mywatchmaker.net deployant and they'll last a long time.
 
Jun 30, 2010 at 12:31 PM Post #4,716 of 14,259


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Are you really that stuck on the OEM strap?  If not, check out some of the strap dealers like Watch Prince, mywatchmaker.net, Lone Star, Sirtoli and others.  There are an infinite number of watch straps in every color and style imaginable and I'm sure you can get something close to the Tissot strap for under $100.
 
My personal favorite brand of straps is Di-Modell.  More than once, I've compromised the exact look I wanted to buy a Di-Modell strap.  Their higher end straps with the perforated lining and loop anchor are really good.  Throw in a mywatchmaker.net deployant and they'll last a long time.

Good advice!!
 
 
Jun 30, 2010 at 7:25 PM Post #4,717 of 14,259
One last question guys, is it possible to get a Tissot from an authorized dealer on the internet? I only ask because the nearest Tissot dealer is 50 miles away and I don't want to deal with a grey market warranty-less unserviceable Tissot. I'm willing to spend a bit more for it to be truly legit. If there are any authorized internet sellers it would be great. If not, I'll have to go to the dealer.
 
Jun 30, 2010 at 10:00 PM Post #4,718 of 14,259
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One last question guys, is it possible to get a Tissot from an authorized dealer on the internet? I only ask because the nearest Tissot dealer is 50 miles away and I don't want to deal with a grey market warranty-less unserviceable Tissot. I'm willing to spend a bit more for it to be truly legit. If there are any authorized internet sellers it would be great. If not, I'll have to go to the dealer.


Very often authorized dealers are not permitted to sell over the internet.  However, they are allowed to sell over the phone.  Call your Tissot dealer and ask for their best price.  Then call a few others and compare.  Also, go to some of the good watch forums, especially watchuseek.com, and ask if there is a 'preferred' forum dealer.  Typically these dealers give very deep discounts if you happen to mention that you heard of them through the forum as it is business they would not have gotten otherwise.  The watchuseek Omega dealer was truly excellent when I bought my sapphire sandwich Speedmaster.  He even asked me to measure my wrist and he sized the bracelet perfectly.  Double digit percentage points cheaper than the cheapest dealer in Chicago, too.
 
Jul 1, 2010 at 12:32 PM Post #4,719 of 14,259
Lots of Seiko owners here - great to see 
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 they are great watches... I have two Arcturas right now:
 
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Sorry about the terrible quality photo of them, I couldn't be bothered to take a decent pic - just used my iPhone and the light wasn't great.
 
I have also owned a few Omega Seamaster Chronometers in the past, I'll have to dig up the pics off my old hard drive at some point. For anyone who knows the model numbers of the Seamasters I have owned two 2531.80.00's and one 2225.80.00. I miss them so much, sold them because I couldn't justify having such expensive watches as a student. Now I'm earning, when my wage goes up a bit I will buy another at some point, or maybe something a little different. Would really love a Rolex Daytona, but again, I'm not sure I could justify spending that much on a watch! Maybe in 30 or so years when I retire!
 
The Seikos will do for now. They are bomb proof! These Arcturas are autos, but will keep moving for up to six months on a full charge if you don't wear them! In many ways they are built just as well as the Seamasters, but I do have a real soft spot for Omega watches, they are beautiful.
 
Jul 1, 2010 at 11:37 PM Post #4,721 of 14,259
I'm considering buying this watch (Swiss Army Dive Master): http://www.amazon.com/Victorinox-Swiss-Army-Master-241262/dp/B0016ZSYKQ/ref=reg_hu-wl_item-added
 
Thoughts? I wish it had numeric markings instead of just dots and was a little less bulky looking, but I like the titanium bracelet and case, sapphire crystal, and rotating bezel.
 
Jul 2, 2010 at 12:57 AM Post #4,723 of 14,259


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I'm considering buying this watch (Swiss Army Dive Master): http://www.amazon.com/Victorinox-Swiss-Army-Master-241262/dp/B0016ZSYKQ/ref=reg_hu-wl_item-added
 
Thoughts? I wish it had numeric markings instead of just dots and was a little less bulky looking, but I like the titanium bracelet and case, sapphire crystal, and rotating bezel.


Personally, that kind of money, I'd rather go for an automatic/mechanical/kinetic over a quartz movement, but on the other note, I think it's a rather nice looking watch overall. I used to prefer number markings at the hours but ever since we got my dad his new Rolex, I've taken a liking to the diver style of dots and dashes at the hour markings instead. It looks very nice when the lume is fully charged and it is very dark.
 
 
 
On another note, a friend of mine from work needed a loan of about $30 dollars and asked for it last time I was at work. I was working over for another guy so I normally don't get to work with this guy but I loaned him the cash. Since he wasn't sure when we'd see each other again and when he'd be able to pay me back, he went ahead and gave me this watch that he was wearing that he hasn't been very happy with at all:
 

 
With a 52 mm case diameter, this watch is huge! And heavy! Not to mention bulky, with that gigantic screw-on cover cap for the stem. But its so much fun! It's been making a great conversation piece, and despite the fact that I haven't had much use in the last couple of weeks for the GMT feature, I really like having it, especially when I'll be doing some traveling again. And the tritium lume is fantastic when fully charged, showing up nearly as brightly as the lume on my Dad's submariner. All in all, rather please with a $30 investment for a watch.
 
Jul 2, 2010 at 2:01 AM Post #4,724 of 14,259


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And the tritium lume is fantastic when fully charged, showing up nearly as brightly as the lume on my Dad's submariner. All in all, rather please with a $30 investment for a watch.


It does look quite boss (especially if that kind of size is acceptable on you).  Although it is tritnite (a type of luminescent paint), not tritium (radioactive H3 that glows on its own from the energy it naturally emits).
 
Jul 2, 2010 at 2:09 AM Post #4,725 of 14,259
My bad, you are correct! Confused myself since I spent the last week I was at work looking at diver watches with tritium tube markers...
 
Yeah, when I was younger, I never did care about big watches and preferred reasonably sized digital watches. But once I moved to analog watches, I found that I didn't particularly care for watches that had too small a dial. My parents bought be a new watch a year back that has a 45 mm dial and since then I've been hooked on large watches. Now this Invicta is personally too large to be anything more than a casual/work/outdoor fun watch, but it works very well in those circumstances.
 

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