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  1. I have 7.75 inch wrists and 40mm with long lug to lug is the smallest I’d go. I have a Steeldive homage sub and it’s verging on too small for my taste. 42-46 is my strike zone. However bigger is better if the dial is complex. I turned down an omega at world time a short while ago as I found the dial hard to read. Also I didn’t find the quality as good as I’d expect for a near 8k watch.
  2. Of the original question 1. The bezel on 2 makes my teeth itch. Of the new pair, the Sternglas. If you want a green sub lookey-likey then look at steel dive et al. The spinnaker is a good call worn my hull all this weekend.
  3. If you haven't already, check out https://www.watches.com/ All the mad.
  4. I've bought no watches this year - actually that's not strictly true, I bought a Seestern Doxa Homage with trendy light blue dial as my xmas present from the wife so technically she 'bought' it. Hopefully next year will feature a couple of new watches as a job change means I'll have a good excuse.
  5. I like the design of the watch head, it reminds me slightly of the Armand Nicolet J09 with some AP chucked in but it's different enough to be it's own beast. The bracelet is nasty though, The end link doesn't blend with the watch head at all and the pleasing soft curves and cushion shape are not mirrored anywhere in the bracelet. It may be different in the flesh , these things often are, but the last thing that kills it for me (and this is entirely a personal thing) is the size, sub 40mm don't work on my wrist. If this was 42mm and had a more integrated bracelet, I'd be all over it though. Although that seems to be damning with faint praise, I do like the design of the watch head, the dial is interesting and has a lovely colour. If you can live with the bracelet and the size it's a bit of a bargain.
  6. If you like a bit of madness in your watches like DeBethune and MB&F but don't have the wallet for them, take a look at the offerings from Azimuth. I believe they are Australian but are 'swiss made' not cheap, cheap but some utterly mad designs for the price of a Tag or Grand Seiko. (although I suspect the twin barrel tourbillon is a bit more) https://www.azimuthwatch.com/index.php
  7. Sub £200 - Steeldive - Great quality for not a lot of money - honourable mention to Seestern. £201 - £500 - Seiko £501 - £1,000 - Longines £1,000 - £2,500 - Eterna - they are dying but they deserve a shout for the sheer history - and I want a Kontiki. £2,501 - £5,000 - Breitling - best value 'High St Luxury' brand out there the SOH is a thing of beauty. £5,000 - £10,000 - Ulysse Nardin - High horology on a budget. A seriously undervalued brand - I'm a total fanboi. Honourable mention to Minaise. £10,001+ UN again really as my money would go on a Freak or Moonstruck World time but if I had to choose something different Parmigiani Fleurier or Czapek - the latter's movements are a thing of beauty Microbrand (sub £500) - Smiths - as above great quality for not a lot. Microbrand (£501+) - Ming probably as they are the only expensive microbrand I've really heard of
  8. I've spent under £100 on my watch hobby this year. Next year I will hopefully be a little more relaxed financially so I'm looking at indulging my passion for Ulysse Nardin or maybe dipping my toe into Omega for the first time or maybe another Breitling. Highlights would be: Some sort of UN diver or 2nd hand: or maybe a marine or this which needs a video it's so lovely From Omega this is currently ballooning my trousers And Breitling would be A Navitimer or Unitime of some sort. Only one would be on the agenda and I'd have to get it's approval past the wife. Another one that I do rather like is the Laco Frankfurt GMT: which I may be able to sneak in without approval. so might go for 2
  9. Alternate way of showing gmt / home time and seconds And (seconds method) taken to extreme in a £12 ali express special. Xeric watches are great for this kind of thing with all sorts of stuff from things similar to the above to full on wandering hours.
  10. I didn't mean grim looking Without getting too indelicate I sweat quite a bit - this means, definitely in summer, they can get a bit whiffy after a couple of days wear. Also I tend to switch between watches every few days which means that in the past, a few were left to 'fester' for a week or so before discovering that that watch box had been polluted. This means that wearing them requires that they be removed and washed after every day or two of wear, which is just an enormous PITA. I have come to the conclusion that anything worn that can soak up liquids is best changed every day to avoid embarrassment. Hence my preference for metal, leather and rubber (ooh errr missus) and my disappointment with canvas. I also tend to clean my straps every 3 months or so - metal in an ultrasonic cleaner, leather and rubber with mild soap and water and then some leather 'restorer'. Sorry seem to have gone a little off topic here but hey ho.
  11. I'm going against the grain here in that I prefer a looser fit to all my watches. Predominantly materials are metal, leather and rubber. I like the idea of sailcloth but the reality didn't work for me and NATO's are just grim. Sports / tool watches go on metal, dressier watches go on leather and I have I think 1 watch on rubber as it has a bronze case. I'd love a bracelet that has an auto adjusting 'spring' link / clasp that allowed the strap to expand and contract by a link allowing a comfy fit - I believe the Tudor Pelagos and VC Overseas have something like this but I'd like to see it on 3rd party bracelets so I could try it out.
  12. I'm lucky enough to have a couple of 'luxury' watches that I bought with part of an inheritance, I wear both regularly and gain a lot of satisfaction from appreciating their craftsmanship and complexity. The majority of my collection is sub £500 pieces with many being in the £100-200 range and I've had to save for those and take advantage of sales and codes to afford them. I also enjoy wearing these a lot - I'm currently wearing an Eterna I bought for a very steep discount from 'drop' when they stocked watches. Most numerous brand I own is 'steeldive' which I feel are immense bang for the buck. I try not to buy a watch that doesn't 'speak' to me in some way and which I therefore am likely to find satisfying to wear. The 2 I had the most 'problems' with were a spinnaker hull cali dial which I tried on a multitude of straps before bonding with and a steeldive submariner homage which I bought to see if it would change my mind about Rolex and submariners, it didn't, I find a bit generic and 'meh' but is useful for when I'm doing DIY or anything that may cause damage to a watch so it's kind of satisfying in a 'beater' kind of way. The dark side of my collection is a number of quartz watches, I tend to find the the closest to being 'unsatisfying to wear' not because of any snobbery (i think) but because i find the idea of springs and cogs doing their thing more satisfying that I do batteries and quartz. I can appreciate their advantages over a mechanical watch but they don't really mean a lot as I don't do extreme sports or time races etc.
  13. My Ulysse Nardin is currently out of commission and needs a service I miss it deeply but Xmas and a new job in january with an out of kilter pay day has me saving all my pennies for things my wife tells me are more important than 'a damn watch' like 'the mortgage' and 'food'. What does she know eh? Once the pay is back in sync with the bills it'll be straight off to be sorted out.
  14. I loved my apple watch but once I started down the dark path of WISery it got left to one side, relegated to an alarm clock until even that was taken from it by alexa. Eventually sold it to someone wishing to try the smartwatch phenomenon for a reasonable price so it owed me nothing. I now have a huawei or some such smart band that does everything I wanted of the apple watch for £20. I bought it for the gym but lockdowns put paid to that and I've lost the charger for it but don;t really miss it so I doubt I'll actually replace it.
  15. Office or Travellers? Office is where the 24 hour hand can be jumped in 1 hour increments without hacking the movement. This allows you to track a far timezone and is useful when in an office setting where a cutomer or other office is abroad. Most GMT watches in your price range are office GMT's Travellers GMT's allow the 12 hour hand to be jumped in 1 hour increments without hacking the movement or effecting the 24 hour hand. This allows you to land at your destination with the 12 and 24 hour hands synchronised, then jump the 12 hour hand to the new 'local' time and still know the time 'back home'. These are rarer in your budget with Alpina, Mido, Certina, Seiko and a few others maybe meeting some (if not all) of your requirements - my goto recommendation of the Mido Ocean Star GMT in this category is out due to it being 44m. The difference is subtle but horologically important. I'll also throw in a curve ball or the Ball WorldTime. If you're lucky and haggle these are available at or close to your budget and show all the timezones at once.
  16. Out of budget but always worth a mention is Harold Pinchbeck, they do some lovely (if expensive) watches that I'd certainly love to own once my Ulysse Nardin obsession was sated (will never happen barring a massive lotto win). https://www.haroldpinchbeck.co.uk/ Movements are a bit pedestrian (ETA / Unitas) but the rest of the watch seems to be UK made - I rather like the 'Orpheus' it has a whiff of Daniels or R.W.Smith about the design.
  17. I'm with CB200 Ulysse Nardin. For one their design language is evolving so you 2 or 3 types of look to their watches and for two they have some of the most utterly bonkers watches on the planet if you have the bank account to afford them. My second choice would be Breitling for similar reasons - their design language is also evolving giving you the choice of modern classic look or the 2000's chunky stuff. I quite like both so...
  18. Heuer - Monaco - Steve McQueen - Le Mans Carl F. Bucherer - Manero - Keanu Reeves - John Wick. Breitling - Navitimer - ??? - Thunderball Breitling - Top Time - Sean Connery - Dr No? Panerai - Many - Stallone, Statham, Clive Owen, The Rock - most 'meathead' action flicks feature a panerai somewhere.
  19. I don't own any outrageously expensive watches 3.5k outlay is my ceiling at present but being in the OP's ballpark I thought I'd comment. This is what insurance is for. I use M&S insurance and for the princely sum of less than £45 a month I get buildings and contents with the relevant bits being: and This means I'm not *that* bothered wearing my Breitling or Ulysse Nardin and wandering into a dodgy area or giving it a knock. Yes I'd be utterly gutted by the total loss of either of these but they are only 'things' - even if the Breitling would cut deep as I bought it to remember my mum as she was herself a bit of a closet watch lover. The rest of my watches are of the under a grand variety with the majority being Chinese homages from Steeldive which I think are insane VFM if you like the styling and would urge you look into if you like that kind of thing. On the 'under a grand or there abouts nice watch' front I'd urge you to look at Longines and Eterna - massively underrated watches with insane historical cachet now fallen on 'hard times' the Conquest and Heritage Diver from Longines are great and the Super Kontiki from Eterna is fantastic. They positively scream 'knows his onions' horologically but fly under most naer'do'wells radar. Good luck with the collection though, whatever makes you happy is the most important thing.
  20. There's a discussion about the shop issues over on TZ-UK but the gist of it is: Eddie works out of his house and employs his nephew to help with packing and posting. Due to space restrictions this allows him to QC and send a fixed number of watches per week. The shop he uses only allows funds to be held for a week before being refunded and funds cannot be paid until shipment. This severely limits how many watches can be sent per week even if more are in stock. I believe his previous store setup allowed funds to be held for 30 days but this still doesn't help with things when demand is high and people were antsy about funds being held for that long with no product sent hence the switch to a 7 day shop. The current discussion is for other sub vendors to be set up to help out but ultimately this is down to Eddie and from what little I know of him this is probably not his style. As for the big hand / little hand. Most serious divers have some way of emphasising the minute hand as this is the 'important one' on a dive, look at the Omega Ploprof for example. The dreadnaught itself is quite a historical piece as it pretty much started the whole microbrand thing back in the 90's. I'm lucky enough to own a 40mm smiths Everest which is a great watch and Id encourage anyone who is taken by one of eddies pieces to persevere with the shop setup, they are certainly worth it. Eddie sometimes does not have the best customer interactions but I have never had any issue in my communication with him. He does not seem to suffer fools gladly which may not be the best thing when customer facing.
  21. Personally I don;t buy into the 'manufacture is better' hype. If a manufacturer wants to build their own movement to fulfill a particular need be it economical, functional or just showing off then great, but it does have drawbacks for the end user, for example, initial release issues (tudor gmt date, etc), possible increased service costs or restricted service providers, etc. I have no issue with a reliable, durable, ETA, Selita or Seiko movement being used in any watch. Just remember the lowliest automatic Seiko has a 100% in house manufacture movement in it.
  22. Hey, Panerai learned from the best by reselling Rolex back in the day. If ever there was a company that was a shining beacon for 'lying by omission' to get ahead then the charity watch brand is it.
  23. We have a monstrosity I had to card back down cheddar gorge 'cos the Mrs decided it was just the job but is in reality wank. and an Alexa Clock which is the best thing ever for kitchen timers etc.
  24. Don't open that can of worms - let's just say the letter from Rolex's then MD to Smiths apologizing for their lying knee **** advertising and acknowledging Smiths dominance is enough for me. What is also enough for me is that Rolex still try to siphon off some glory from this debacle in their modern day marketing and it's probably the major reason I'll never buy one. As for being a rip off of the explorer? Well technically yes, yes it is however it's a rip off of the elegant gentlemans watch that you could imagine Bond turning into a knuckle duster that you can no longer buy from the original source, not the fat sack of crap made of unobtanium the Explorer has become.
  25. ffffuuuuuuuuuu.*&*&*&^*&*&KKKKKKKK. Just cashed in the brownie points with the wife and bought a new steeldive, which I don;t regret but damn I want one of these now. That 'coral blue' is calling my name.... think..think..think.... I'll probably wait until the UK distributor has them in. then order it so it arrives when she's at work... G*D DAMMNIT
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