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    Any other watch geeks here?

    I have always enjoyed watches/time pieces since I was a kid. I've been fortunate enough to have owned some fine examples. I recently sold a couple of them due to not getting enough wrist time. Plus they were so pricey I was hesitant to wear them out.

    I have gotten into more of the boutique brands (Doxa, Steinhart, Sinn and custom Seikos to name a few) and have been enjoying a revival of this hobby.

    Any body else into watches?

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    Re: Any other watch geeks here?

    I am, but can't afford nice ones

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    Re: Any other watch geeks here?

    I like watches. I usually go for the looks over name or price. I do however like Baum and Mercier (not that I have one).
    I have a limited edition pocket watch my FIL gave me for my wedding which is old school wind up with the glass casing so you can see all the components in operation. I don't use it, but it is pretty nice to "watch" and see all the finely machined parts moving in synch.

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    Re: Any other watch geeks here?

    They just started to interest me. I recently bought a Wenger Titanium Dive watch, and I think I'm hooked. I'm more with Falco at this point: I'm more into what's appealing to ME, visually. Although it seems visually appealing and cost go hand in hand for the most part...

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    Re: Any other watch geeks here?

    I love watches but I do not and will not spend much money on them.
    Clockwork is amazing stuff.

    Most of the time I will buy a watch that appeals to me to mark an occasion.
    My collection includes my grandfather's tank watch and a few that my Dad owned.
    I doubt that any of them are worth much more than sentimental value.
    I have a few pocket watches as well.

    I always admire some of the strange designs people come up with but at these prices I'd never buy something like this.
    http://gizmodo.com/5798942/wanna-wea...-on-your-wrist

    I like digital watches too. This is a cool site.
    http://www.tokyoflash.com/en/watches/1/

    One of these days, I will take the case of a pocket watch and build an MP3 player inside.
    I'll probably do it this coming winter since that is when I have more time inside. I'll have to hunt around for a suitable pocket watch to gut.

    I want to visit the watch museum in Waltham, MA. I just haven't had the time.
    http://www.walthammuseum.com/

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    Re: Any other watch geeks here?

    I've got a nice little Seiko collection going. I've always been a fan of them as they are incredibly reliable, look great and are priced well for the quality.

    A few of my current daily wearers....





    One day I would love to own this. In my opinion this company makes the nicest looking watches out there in terms of mixing contemporary with classic design.

    www.ballwatch.com



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    Re: Any other watch geeks here?

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    That orange monster is sweet! I have a black one.

    I'm waiting for my Christopher Ward dive watch to come in. This is a sweet little company. English owned but the watches are made in Swiss'land. Internet only sales keeping costs low. This will be my fourth watch from this company.

    I have mostly autos with a few quartz if I like the style. Cost wise I'm all over the range. $50 to .....well I'm ashamed to say what I've spent on pieces in the past. But no more.... My wallet just can't afford it.

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    Re: Any other watch geeks here?

    I'm a bit of a watch whore. My daily wearer right now is this Citizen




    I have owned some nicer watches in the past... some with quite high-end movements, but I babied them too much, and didn't wear them enough to justify keeping them. This is the watch I have my eyes on right now.


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    Re: Any other watch geeks here?

    I've got a couple Tissot' watches. One antique, an old Seastar, and one T-Touch that is titanium, including the entire band. The T-Touch offers a ton of cool features including time, temp, compass, barometric pressure, altitude, and a stop watch, all accessed by touching the perimeter of the sapphire crystal.

    http://www.tissot.ch/?mod_collection...BfNDRfMDU3XzAw

    http://forums.watchuseek.com/attachm...4204420200.jpg

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    Re: Any other watch geeks here?

    I went through a serious watch acquisition phase for a while there, but it's thankfully stopped. I guess I'm too busy spending money on motorcycle stuff instead.

    I've got a decent little collection of mechanical watches, both hand-wind and automatic. My go-to daily wear watch (and the one I always wear when motorcycle touring due to its toughness and day/date display -- very useful on a two-week tour when I forget what day it is) is a Seiko Diver.


    The other watch I wear a lot is a Hamilton chronograph.


    And occasionally a Glycine Incursore.


    I've also got a couple of Russian watches that get a fair amount of wrist time, including a 24-hour watch that's pretty cool.


    And a couple of other odds and ends that I never wear.

    Topping my list of watches I'd like to get eventually is an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean.


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    Re: Any other watch geeks here?

    Big into watches....you should check out ww.Watchfreeks.com Really cool site and a lot of good information.

    My girlfriend just bought me this case:




    And just bought this for myself....51mm Android SilverJet





    Next on the list is this:


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    Re: Any other watch geeks here?

    I love watches. My dream watch is a Breitling Colt with the diamond bezel. Right now I have a Reactor Fallout (see below). its solid stainless and rugged as anything:


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    Re: Any other watch geeks here?

    Quote Originally Posted by slammp View Post
    I love watches. My dream watch is a Breitling Colt with the diamond bezel. Right now I have a Reactor Fallout (see below). its solid stainless and rugged as anything:

    That is niice....what's the case mm?

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    I'm big into watches as well. Mostly the half dozen vintage wrist and pocket watches passed along through my family. I've got a nice Seiko that has been modified and sterilized as my all around beater, as well some quartz dress watches for work that have a nice look.

    I go for looks and reliability over brand. My favorites are my manual and auto watches and I just received 2 new Steinharts a couple of weeks ago. They are really well built watches.

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    Re: Any other watch geeks here?

    I hate this thread... Makes me wanna go out & spend money.

    I've got a nice Citizen that I've had since Highschool (it was my graduation gift) but hardly ever wear it cuz the size & shape of my wrist changed a few years ago with the addition of a titanium plate & a few screws... gotta get another link for the band but I'm sure I wouldn't be able to find one that matched the band that's on there. Suppose I could just get a new one, though.

    I'd really like a nice Panerai, but they're so damn pricey. Could buy a brand new bike or a couple of used ones for that much coin.

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    That is niice....what's the case mm?
    Its 40.1mm. I'm not into really big cases as they dont look right on my hand, but I wont go smaller than 40. The beauty on this watch (IMO) is the thickness of the case - it's 13.2mm and the links are solid as opposed to rolled steel.

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    Re: Any other watch geeks here?

    My cellphone has a clock on it that tells me the time. This handy fact keeps my arm free from being slightly heavier than the other and the hair pulling that ensues whilst wearing a watch.

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    Re: Any other watch geeks here?

    I am definitely a watch observer but short of participating enthusiast. I snoop around watchuseek often. The Stowas, Dornbluth & Sohn, and, of course, IWC Portugeuse, watches have all caught my eye and my appreciation for finely crafted things.

    But I haven't purchased anything -- yet.

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    Re: Any other watch geeks here?

    Here is my CW Pilot MKll

    44mm case not including crown

    ETA 2824 28 jewel movement

    38 hour power reserve

    AR coated sapphire crystal


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    Re: Any other watch geeks here?

    I'm definitely into watches... I've got a nice collection going everything from G Shocks to high end Automatics.

    Ball makes a great watch and is a good place to take the next step if you're looking to get into horology.

    Hamilton is probably one of the best bangs for the buck out there.

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    Re: Any other watch geeks here?

    Quote Originally Posted by OreoGaborio View Post
    I'd really like a nice Panerai, but they're so damn pricey. Could buy a brand new bike or a couple of used ones for that much coin.
    Which Panerai? There are some good deals to be had on them if you look. I just traded a 104 a few weeks ago for a vintage GMT Pepsi dial.

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    Re: Any other watch geeks here?

    Quote Originally Posted by LuvDog View Post
    if you're looking to get into horology.
    Now you've piqued my interest, but I thought this thread was about watches?

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    Re: Any other watch geeks here?

    Love watches..... but can't justify the expense. I did get to rock a high end Breitling for a couple minutes.

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    Re: Any other watch geeks here?

    Update to my original post:

    I have always been a Citizen fan just because its affordable but love the Eco-Drive. I also just picked up a nice Seiko SNP005 two Christmas' ago when my company who is a business partner with Seiko gave us an incredible discount. Love the Kinetic technology:



    Also got into the whole G-Shock look awhile back.

    my latest purchase and I am already in love with it is my Garmin Forerunner 405.


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    Re: Any other watch geeks here?

    Quote Originally Posted by ilikenapalm View Post
    My cellphone has a clock on it that tells me the time. This handy fact keeps my arm free from being slightly heavier than the other and the hair pulling that ensues whilst wearing a watch.
    Contrary to popular belief, telling the time is the least of the many reasons to own a watch.

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