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Grand Old Duke

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  1. Unless things change in the world I wouldn't be thinking that long term, as Fraser from dad's army said 'we're all doomed'. If I did have that longer term mentality when buying a new timepiece I would probably go with a JLC Reverso as I don't think that style ever really ages. Also the Cartier Santos maybe. For a lesser budget I would probably say something like the Rado Captain Cook.
  2. Anordain for the cool dials, REC as I like the concepts they use. Also just come across Autodromo and think they are interesting from a design perspective. My issue with the microbrands is the perception that it is somehow going to be unreliable, I don't know why as they are typically using bombproof movements from Seiko or Eta but its just a nagging feeling that is probably really just brand snobbery. I should get over myself and just go and buy one I am sure I wouldn't regret it!
  3. This. If you kept the original movement you could flip it and give a future buyer the choice.
  4. I suppose the rationale is building a collection of 10 £500 watches might take 4 years whereas saving up for one big hit £5k purchase can be daunting. Also some people just like to be able to change their watch depending on outfit and occasion and maybe would get frustrated just having the one option. I personally have a mint vintage Omega Geneve with a lovely face which cost £450 but will retain or appreciate in value, a Ltd edition Seiko blue lagoon diver which was £450 but again should retain value and then a Oris Atelier which set me back about £900. Probably that will have taken a fair hit if I move it on. I like that I have a dressy watch, a diver and a day to day steel sports watch. Could have probably got a Tudor for all that but I am happy with my little collection. Each unto their own.
  5. Personally I would wait another 3 or 4 weeks until furlough ends then I think you will see bigger reductions but could be wrong.
  6. This is really cool. I'd have gone mad if I had been in your situation, presumably there is sentimental value and you want to look after it. Hope it keeps running for many more years.
  7. That said I love to see the workings through an open case back, maybe I'm just strange.
  8. Skeleton watches for me for the fact they are hard to read and for me just look ugly.
  9. Looks OK if a bit dull, maybe the green looks better on the wrist. Always put off having a quartz dive watch as costs extra pennies getting it pressure sealed when you come to battery change time. For the money it is pretty decent, personally I would go for something a bit more interesting like a Vostock Amphibia
  10. @rafy1 nice looking h2o without the date window
  11. Do you ever go diving in any of these @pauluspaolo I have just bought a Seiko Samurai Blue Lagoon and waiting on it to be delivered but honestly don't think I would ever even swim with it on even though that would be fine as it says 200m water resistance. I do wonder how many dive watches actually get used as intended!? That said I love them and like your collection, especially the Borealis, I nearly bought the Estoril one with a blue dial but the Seiko won me over.
  12. Fake Casio's jesus is nothing sacred anymore.
  13. @Richard734 yes you are right. At the price point I am looking at (sub £500) probably less of an issue though I'm sure even fakes exist at the budget end too.
  14. Rading all of this I will probably buy more stuff off ebay now, I genuinely had no idea the buyer is so well protected. I have only ever bought 1 thing of there so far, which was of course a watch!
  15. What about a Sinn 104, that looks nice with a white dial. Having read reviews of these they seem pretty bombproof too so you can have it for a nice daily wearer. Maybe a few hundred cheaper too so you could appease the Mrs too!
  16. Just to qualify when referring to favourite brands do you have to own one! ? I currently have an Oris Arctyx and an Omega Geneve and while I do like both brands, my favourite would be either JLC or Glashutte Original. Not likely to be buying any of their offerings anytime soon. Its a bit like when I was young having posters of Ferraris on my wall, but now driving a Ford. The real favourite is always just tantalisingly out of reach. But it is nice to have something to dream about!
  17. Yeah it looks nice. @DJJazzyJeff could try getting a cloth and squeeze a bit of lemon juice on it and give it a good rub. That will speed the patina up I reckon. Will be interesting to see how this looks in a few months. Enjoy it, wish my missus would buy me another watch!
  18. Nice watch. But don't go telling everyone you only have one Ball
  19. I'm looking at the SKX007 myself as for the money they look good and are easy to read. Is the username an acronym by the way!?
  20. Matchboxes lined with bubble wrap! I should probably invest in a watch box.
  21. Controversial one but if you can overcome the sacrelige just wear it with the wrong date. You will be the only one who notices, it's quite liberating once you get used to it.
  22. Ignore the watch snobs, it looks nice albeit slightly tall for my liking (maybe just the camera angle?).
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