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  1. ive been using express VPN for a while now. its not free, but you get two devices with the cheapest option. i use it on my desktop and my phone.
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  3. A Tudor has always been a bit of a grail watch for me as well, but im not sure i could get one on a bracelet for $2k.
  4. As most of you know, I am a huge advocate of affordable watches. (mostly because I can afford them) we all have our "grail" watches, true to my nature, it too is pretty affordable (as far as "grails" go anyway) I always reasoned that there was no point in having a grail watch that was most likely never going to be within my reach, yet it should be something that i really love and would likely be keeping for the long haul. For me, it is the Omega speedmaster reduced. (alternatively the professional, but for my 6.75 inch wrists I think the 39mm would fit nicely) I have an opportunity coming up shortly that, if all goes well, will allow me to make a watch purchase previously well out of my reach. I will have a budget of approximately $2000 and i was thinking it would be the perfect time to snag that speedmaster. i believe that will be enough money to pick up a speedmaster reduced in good condition with box and papers. but before I seriously look into this possibility, i would like to consider what other options i might have in that same price bracket. I could rattle off several dozen options at $500 or less, but at the $2k mark i am honestly at a loss since that isnt the price bracket im used to looking into. so...grail-esque watch at $2k or less.....no particular brand in mind, no particular style, not a huge dress watch fan so it would likely be either a diver or a chronograph. Gimmie some options!
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  7. On my American paramedic salary i could probably afford a Rolex in about 10 years or so, depending on what I got....or i could enjoy my steinhart now. I do enjoy originality, but the truth is, theres not much left to be done. Hell, Invicta is pretty Damn original but my poor little wrists just can't pull off more than a 48-49mm lug to lug. When i first got into watches I fell in with a homage hating crowd and wound up selling a few watches, some steinharts and squales, to please my new internet friends. As i grew into my own watch tastes and opinions, i realized what a dumb move that was and Regretted selling some pieces i had really loved. Now I am of the opinion that except for fakes, buy what you want. Wear what you like. Enjoy the hobby more and worry about what random internet people think less. TL;DR Homages are fine....wear what makes you happy and enjoy the hobby. Sent from my LM-G710 using Tapatalk
  8. Ordered a black toad leather strap from Aaron at combat-straps to replace the caribu leather strap on my wifes Steinhart ocean 39, which she had ordered to replace the OEM leather strap which was too big for her wrists (she had to add an extra hole to wear it) For reference, the caribu calf strap was $60 and the toad leather was $188. Both prices include shipping. The biggest functional difference between the two is the toad strap is padded (which cost extra) and the caribu strap is not. I had ordered the toad strap for my wife in secret as a replacement strap for her steinhart not knowing she had already ordered the caribu. The toad seems a bit stiffer due to the padding, but it will take a few days of wearing to break in for a final analysis. Aaron was great to work with. the strap had a 2.5 week turn around time plus shipping time from Canada. communication was great and Aaron was quick to respond to emails. he was very helpful answering all my dumb questions regarding the different materials and options, and his strap sizing (the toad is a little shorter than the caribu) was spot on. unlike purchasing the caribu strap (which was simply picked out of a list and ordered) this was a much more customized experience. my order was pretty simple because of the constraints on what would look good with the rose gold (pretty much had to go with black strap/black stitching) but there were custom options at almost every step of the ordering process from strap length, stitching type, and stitching color. Aaron was happy to help discuss each option with me and help me decide which would be best for my intended application. for the strap length, i deferred to his judgement, which turned out to be a few mm shorter than the caribu on both strap sections and leaves less overlap on my wifes wrists, which in turn, looks a little better in overall presentation. i was even emailed pictures of the leather he would be using before production even started so i could see exactly what he would be working with. Sent from my LM-G710 using Tapatalk For reference, he's a few shots of the caribu strap. Honestly, its a great strap at a third of the price of the toad. No complaints with it at all. my wifes initial thoughts were that the padding on the toad leather is a tad more comfortable on her wristbone, but the caribu conformed a little better. but again, the toad is brand new. from even a short distance, its impossible to tell the difference between the caribu and the toad strap with the watch on wrist. its only when you get pretty close that you can see the padding and texture difference. we will see how the wife feels about it after shes been wearing the toad for a bit and it has a chance to break in. in the meantime, the caribu strap resides in my watchbox until needed again. Sent from my LM-G710 using Tapatalk
  9. i was considering a dan henry 1964, although i do like the new offering... i kinda prefer the 1964 just because it comes on a bracelet. ive also been considering a Nezumi chrono since they also use a seiki meca-quartz movement. one of these days ill find a used square straton or moto koure meca quartz at a decent price and pick one of those up.
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  12. It sure specs out nicely for the price you paid (not MSRP though) I wanted to dip into the chronograph scene and automatic chronographs can get expensive. I ultimately settled on a zodiac quartz until i can put money aside for an auto. Not sure what my zodiac is based on, although it does seem to have a bit of diver DNA in it. I paid a lot more than $54 and it doesnt even have sapphire crystal! Sent from my LM-G710 using Tapatalk
  13. its case size is only 40mm, and lug to lug is only 49mm
  14. Finally arrived.... My zodiac super seawolf 53 compression. It came in a nice wooden inner box with felt lining and a pretty nice outer box. Its lighter than I was expeciting at 138 grams sized for my 7 inch wrists. Mine came with the larger, more traditional diving clasp and not the butterfly version that automatically adjusts with some spring loaded adjustment. It has all the usual stuff you would expect from a Swiss watch....120 click bezel, sapphire coated bezel insert, domed sapphire crystal with AR coating, STP1-11 movement... Always loved zodiac hands and indices. Very clean looking dial, although I do wish they had printed "super seawolf" on the dial like they did with the model 63. Anyway....here it is. Sent from my LM-G710 using Tapatalk
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