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19 hours ago, Geeman said:

That's the smaller one, mines the one size up. 45mm I think. 

Thanks for the links! The smaller one is ok - I have pretty skinny wrists so 38-40 is about my sweet spot.

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@Wei Wen thanks man. a wise man (my godmother and cousin), who's in the watch industry, once taught me "if you wanna get a watch, only ever get rolex or patek. they're sure to appreciate in value and hold it's value no matter what the situation is."

although from my POV, i'd much rather have the AP. love the royal oak's shape. nothing too fancy though, maybe the basic auto or even the chrono..

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I just picked up a Seiko 5 Sports SNZG11J1 MiJ for my daily beater. Dark Blue face. Everyman's Automatic. I spent the extra $15 +/- to get the MiJ version over the Maylasian version. From what I've read it prolly makes no difference at all. Great watch. (I can't upload a pic directly from phone tho...) 

I'll upgrade the stock nylon strap to a nicer leather strap, just not sure which one yet. I've ordered a couple mid price straps that get good reviews but they are all just thin cheap leather bonded to some sort of thicker backer that seems like junk. I'm looking into a couple of leather crafters who make straps with full grain leather. 

I'd also like to upgrade the crystal to AR domed sapphire at some point. 

Not being much of a watch guy, I know less about watches than I do about raw denim (specific models, movements). But I find watches fascinating, and I'm loving this thread and the watches fellas are posting here. In general watches are way too busy for my taste (not the ones here). I prefer minimalist style. The SNZG has about 90% of what I want out of a watch without being too expensive. Compared to a Timex it's a little more but I think you get a lot more for the $. I have an Expedition model and its pretty cheaply made, but it tells the time. 

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I have a tendency to bash my arm against the wall while I'm walking around. It results in scratches (or cuts if I'm just wearing my skin) so I generally wear cheap watches. These are the 2 I'm currently rotating between. The band on the Casio is just a cheap one from ebay.

 

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@louisbosco Yep, I really like the Patek 7118 basic model too. I will say the Rolex sport models match the rugged style a little bit better than the Patek and AP, that is my option. 

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another SKX. bought in 2009 and worn daily since then. unfortunately i somehow scratched the crystal between 4 and 5 just before christmas :(. would love an explorer one day.

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@Wei Wen i'd agree that patek isn't too rugged. but something like the nautilus/aquanaut can be quite casual. and also, have you seen john mayer pair visvim with his rose gold AP??? i thought that was pretty alright..

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Part of me hopes the Rolex Air King 116900 sells so bad prices plummet and I can snag one. 

So many people can't stand it but I've taken a shine towards it. 

 

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I like the Air King but I think it's the logo that puts people off.

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The discount must be the difference because otherwise the GS divers MSRP is right there with the basic sub. I'm sure the quality is there; I just wasn't aware the brand was doing so well. In fact I'm looking at several Seiko options for a diver including SBDC047 and 051 (or 53, depending), but I'm not sure they compare favorably to smaller brands when looking at the specs as listed. I wish I could hold all those watches in my hand.

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On 1/12/2018 at 6:00 AM, louisbosco said:

@Wei Wen thanks man. a wise man (my godmother and cousin), who's in the watch industry, once taught me "if you wanna get a watch, only ever get rolex or patek. they're sure to appreciate in value and hold it's value no matter what the situation is."

although from my POV, i'd much rather have the AP. love the royal oak's shape. nothing too fancy though, maybe the basic auto or even the chrono..

i was always on the fence about this.  I primarily would buy and wear watches that appeal to me in terms of style and design over investment.  Honestly, Rolex and most Patek designs are just plain boring in my opinion but they can get away with it because they are Rolex and Patek!  That said, this old French watchmaker I used to work with put it very simply.  If you get kidnapped in the Congo, a Rolex could secure your freedom.

 

The Royal Oak was always one of my favorite designs also.

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The RO is this pretty unique design that's both outrageous and classy.

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I can't remember if I posted this but yeah... quite the watches in my family.

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damn, those are serious. This whole thread got me looking at some watches on my wishlist....been wanting a pilot watch for a while now. I'm very tempted to pull the trigger on an archimede or a stowa....

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13 hours ago, garden gnomes in space said:

i was always on the fence about this.  I primarily would buy and wear watches that appeal to me in terms of style and design over investment.  Honestly, Rolex and most Patek designs are just plain boring in my opinion but they can get away with it because they are Rolex and Patek!  That said, this old French watchmaker I used to work with put it very simply.  If you get kidnapped in the Congo, a Rolex could secure your freedom.

 

The Royal Oak was always one of my favorite designs also.

Yes. I’d agree that style and design has to take precedent. Although, I wouldn’t go for something really fancy like MB&F and the sorts. Rolex to me is pretty functional, although I can’t agree with them using white gold on their gmt. With Patel though, I can’t say their designs are boring and plain, especially with the amount of complications in terms of their movements. I do almost tend to go with my heart first on the watches I like rather than it’s value potential.

with that said, an expert in Rolex once told me when I asked him, “given today’s Rolex watch prices, how can you be sure that a Rolex will appreciate?” 

What he said was, “back in those days, the few hundred or thousands of dollar people spend on watches were considered huge in those times, they’d wouldn’t be too sure the value would appreciate but it did.”

morale of the story, only if you plan on buying based on investment value, that is not to be put off by today’s retail prices..

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^louisbosco I agree - buy what you love. That way you at least have a watch you want.

Buying for investment is speculation like in any other market - no one can truly predict what will happen. E.g. when 3D printers come in and make perfect replicas - who knows how the market will react? The Rolexes that have increased the most in value we’re typically the least popular ones of their time. That constrained supply and once demand picked up - prices shot up as well. By that logic you should buy the least popular Rolex now - who wants to do that?

On a different note - today I’m wearing another military issued watch. This time a Hamilton. Hope you’re all having a nice weekend..

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You guys are inspiring me to get an automatic! One thing I've always wondered though, does it hurt the watch if I don't wear it all the time and it stops? I always remember my mom yelling at my dad about her watch stopping again, and jesus can't you make it not happen?? It always seemed like excessive drama.

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45 minutes ago, justintk said:

does it hurt the watch if I don't wear it all the time and it stops?

Good on ya! Id start with I cheap one to see if you like it. To answer your question; no, it won’t hurt the watch. In fact it should, theoretically, make the watch last longer until you need to have it looked over by a professional. This due to when it doesn’t move there is no friction on all the moving parts, something you won’t get on a quartz.

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Thanks! I'll most likely pick up a Seiko 5 of some kind, they seem to hit the apex of low price and quality.

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No worries, and yeah, that sounds like a good idea!

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Follow up on my search for the perfect dive (vacation) watch. I just agreed to buy a pre-owned Damasko Dsub1. Will post pics when it arrives.

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looking for a decent watch of 33mm diameter - keep coming back to Nomos Tangente 33 (which I quite like) - any other suggestions?

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^ I never saw you wearing a watch... I see a potential rabbit hole of enormous dimensions here :D

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33mm is actually quite a small dimension.

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right, not really wearing a watch or feeling like missing one...

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