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  1. Diver - Vostok Amphibia, £70 Chrono - another one for seagull, £120 Dress - Seiko SUP880 (solar “Tank”), £105 Beater - Casio f91w, £10. Field - Timex expedition, £70 Misc (just so there’s one on a bracelet) - Seiko solar SNE039p1, £120 Total - £495 Vostok - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/265306111646?_trkparms=amclksrc%3DITM%26aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908105057%26meid%3Dd463e68a650e4f69b9bb0e395d3c63fc%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D265306111646%26itm%3D265306111646%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2380057%26brand%3DVostok&_trksid=p2380057.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=pageci%3A7fb76b41-16f8-11ec-871b-6636f2cb6075|parentrq%3Aeef6125e17b0a7b21cc750c4fffdb530|iid%3A1 Seagull - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/194364411317?hash=item2d41058db5:g:X2kAAOSwdO1hQTZ4 Seiko SUP 880- https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/20043561830 Casio - https://www.argos.co.uk/product/2533393?istCompanyId=a74d8886-5df9-4baa-b776-166b3bf9111c&istFeedId=c290d9a9-b5d6-423c-841d-2a559621874c&istItemId=ixwmwiqwr&istBid=t&&cmpid=GS001&_$ja=tsid:59130|acid:289-152-2757|cid:265006737|agid:14507206137|tid:pla-450340118600|crid:73382240337|nw:g|rnd:7649096993924711409|dvc:c|adp:|mt:|loc:9046624&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=265006737&utm_term=&utm_content=shopping&utm_custom1=14507206137&utm_custom2=289-152-2757&gclid=Cj0KCQjw1ouKBhC5ARIsAHXNMI8dvvLZe_xKEefWtQqxLrLSHgBPss1SbClhcKITUeDXccwIoR_3A_oaAhRzEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds Timex - https://www.timex.co.uk/expedition-sierra-40mm-leather-strap-watch/Expedition-Sierra-40mm-Leather-Strap-Watch.html?dwvar_Expedition-Sierra-40mm-Leather-Strap-Watch_color=IP-Steel-Tan-Cream&cgid=expedition Seiko - https://www.fhinds.co.uk/watches/mens-watches/Seiko-SNE039P1-Stainless-Steel-Solar-Bracelet-Watch-W2404?utm_source=google&utm_medium=product+search&gclid=Cj0KCQjw1ouKBhC5ARIsAHXNMI8vPXNR5O_nTNP_G3CNaMcAmoCP_PQg0m3RMC5tQgQRGWjnMzAAK_kaAnY7EALw_wcB
  2. I was about to start a new topic before I saw this about ‘iconic’ watches around this price point and below, which stemmed from a chat to a chap in a watch shop yesterday about my Vostok amphibia. I don’t think there are any “must haves” at any price point, but there are some even under 500 with a story or something cool about them. Might not necessarily be the “best” or nicest watches at that price, but have got something about them beyond just being any other watch you can buy from a high street jeweller. Probably some history, a good origin story, cool/‘new when introduced’ technology etc. I’d put a lot of those mentioned above into that category - Vostok Amphibia, the Bulova lunar pilot, some form of rectangular Casio, Hamilton Khaki field. I’d probably add Sea gull 1963, a Citizen eco-drive. Interested to hear more.
  3. Nice dial up close but for me the overall package is a little underwhelming at nearly 1,000. Their (cheaper) Ocean star tribute looks much better IMO, as does their (same priced) ocean star gmt. They’ve got a few nice dressier watches - in the Baroncelli heritage line in particular I’m a big fan of their white dial one with blue seconds hand and the rose gold pvd coated one is also nice if you’re looking for something in rose gold. I also like their Multifort Dual time with the rose gold pvd coating as well. I’d put them around Certina’s level, but with the advantage that they aren’t in shops in the UK (only one AD I think in Portsmouth) so are a bit less commonly seen.
  4. Omega for me. The BB possibly the more versatile of those three, but if you don’t need to dress it up too often then the Omega wins my vote quite comfortably.
  5. Even with my small collection (minuscule compared to some on here) it’s rare I wear the same watch for much more than a day or two in a row - so I quite like taking one automatic and wearing it all day everyday for a week or so. I’m eyeing up a Tissot Gentleman powermatic 80 as a small treat before the next time I go away (nothing yet planned). Looks like something I’d be able to wear anywhere from a nice meal to the beach/trekking, looks nice but not so expensive that I’m going to be scared to lose it/have it stolen.
  6. All i can see online is that it takes a Jimi Hendrix song “if six was nine” as it’s inspiration. The 6 is in the 9 position but beyond that I’ve got no idea why none of the other numbers make any sense relative to that change. Can’t say I’ve ever heard the song though so perhaps there’s something obvious which would explain it!
  7. I haven’t read/watched and don’t know what point he was trying to make. It sounds like the argument being made is going too far for the sake of argument/“likes”. The wider point though IMO is that the watch industry as a whole is perhaps missing a trick by not targeting/playing up the sustainability bit more. By way of example, I’ve recently been looking at getting a Tank and saw that Cartier are bringing out a Tank Must solarbeat. They’ve played up the environmental factor. Every article I’ve read and video I’ve watched has mentioned something about the sustainability element. The “leather” strap is vegan (made out of old apples among other things), the solar powered mechanism needs replacing far less often than a normal quartz battery (about once every 16 years), doesn’t need the electricity charging of a smart watch etc. Now I’ve no idea if any of that stacks up in reality but isn’t that a great idea? Their entry level Must line, which was originally intended to entice a new generation into buying Cartier, is bringing out an eco-friendly, vegan watch. That’s going to be right up the street of a lot of youngsters today. And still, as far as I’m aware, going to be two thirds the price of the automatic.
  8. Also a fan of the Alpina. I was having a semantic debate (rock and roll) about the use of “collection” for watches a couple of days ago. Personally, I wouldn’t call mine a proper “collection” as they are selected purely on a practical basis (something for the office, something for social events, something for formal events, weekend beater etc.). There’s no real thought to it other than I want something for x situation and out of all the watches that tick that box, this is the one I like the most in my price range. I very much like the thought and set up of yours with multiple sub-collections all with a theme, albeit that the theme seems to be just the type of movement. Any plans to subdivide/sub categorise further? What’s next?
  9. I have a bit of a soft spot for Longines and would have to say they’re a pretty good shout in the c.1-2000 price range. Sport/diver - Conquest/Hydroconquest/legend diver/skin diver Pilots - say Spirit Square - Dolce Vita Dress - Flagship, Presence or master lines/collection - flagship heritage for me Quartz/GMT - Conquest VHP/VHP GMT Chronograph - lots but say heritage chrono classic for a more race-y one Moonphase - Master collection moonphase Tuxedo dial - heritage classic tuxedo Make a good and very varied collection out of that. I’d want some brand variety so wouldn’t do it in practice. But if money were no object I think it would be pretty cool to have lots of mini collections from different brands all with the same five or six ‘categories’ of watches ticked off.
  10. Like most really - one watch a day, unless I go to the gym when I’ll switch it out. If I’ve worn a nice watch out, I’ll either carry on wearing it when I get home or just not wear one. That said, my collection isn’t massive - if I had loads I might do a switch in the evening.
  11. That’s a very good shout which wasn’t even on my radar. Will definitely look into - thanks!
  12. Synthetic cabochon, fake jewel, that’s what I said ;) I think any of their steel watches use the synthetic (steel being cheaper than precious metal in the first place so keeps the whole cost down), and I think even some of the precious metal ones use synthetic now. Not a problem for me either. Also think you’re right. Specs wise, probably plenty that are better at this price point, but it is a lovely watch. The Pasha isn’t one I’ve looked at very much but also really gorgeous watch @Daveyboyz- definitely different / a conversation starter! Thanks also @Briceyand @Ugg10, most of those probably leaning a bit sporty for what I’m looking at, although that Monaco is half tempting…
  13. So, long story short, I’ve got an unexpected budget of 2,500-3,500 to spend. I’m tight so the lower end of that scale is preferable My fancy has been tickled by the new Tank Must solarbeat. Solar quartz, but looks quite cool. I’m not too fussed about movements generally, but if going quartz, this solar one sounds like something a bit different (and I’m not vegan but the vegan “apples” strap is also a bit of a conversation starter). I also quite like the look of the Cartier Santos Dumont. The Santos de Cartier medium with steel strap would probably be my first shout, but unfortunately over double the lower end of my budget. The Santos Dumont on the blue leather strap though still looks great to me, I like the blue fake jewel (which is more prominent on the Dumont than the Santos de Cartier) and I love the history. Anyone got experience of tank vs Santos Dumont? I’m also sure there are bucket loads of great watches in this price range. Criteria would be (1) dressy but suitable for most social/casual settings too (which the two Cartiers achieve IMO), (2) ideally a great story or history (3) ideally a ‘name’, so probably not any micro brands (4) not essential, but I also like the non-round shape, as everything else I’ve got at the moment is round. Any good alternatives?
  14. Neither really do much for me, but if you forced me to choose, it would be the ML quite comfortably. It’s quite cool (albeit a rip off as mentioned), but probably not something I’d wear. The only thing that stops the FC being very boring reminds me of a knuckle duster…
  15. Might not have lent a watch to anyone before, but someone in the gym last week asked me what time it was (I was wearing a Casio for timing my sets). That’s once more than I’ve ever lent someone any sugar.
  16. Never for me - only really got “into” watches shortly before covid so I haven’t had much chance. I did manage a long haul trip in late 2019 via a short stop off in Zurich - plenty of watch window shopping there but no cash across the counter!
  17. A very nice collection - as a whole probably a bit too dressy for me personally, but individually all gorgeous pieces. You may have answered this previously @yokel, but was there any collecting ‘strategy’ behind this at any point or do you always just buy what you like?
  18. Got five now, which I think is a decent size and ‘ticks all the boxes’ of what I need. My plan is to basically upgrade the ones I’ve got. Wouldn’t necessarily get rid of anything, just buying nicer ones as I can afford to (noting that price doesn’t always equal nice!). Eg; my old diver was a Vostok Amphibia - I upgraded for a Longines Hydroconquest. Massive jump up. Very rarely wear the Vostok now but still got it and occasionally do for gardening or similar. So long term, I’d still probably have around five I wear on a regular basis with the older versions as rotation options once in a while.
  19. Certina have the ds action quartz, one with the green accents, somewhere recently online I saw it half price (around £250). Omega railmaster vibes. Was very tempted.
  20. Absolutely re personal taste - I actually really like the busy dial of the IWC - but I get what you mean about classic watch. If that’s going to be my main (only?) expensive purchase, I don’t think I’d go for this IWC. But if I was minted, had plenty of watches already in this sort of price bracket or could get more in the future without much fuss, and was then basing my choice purely on which of the two I liked the most, IWC easy for me!
  21. Everything seems a bit bolder, the wording on the dial, the indices, even the shadow on the crown - which makes me wonder whether it’s actually bolder or just the picture. Good spot on the date font though - tiniest little flicks on the two I had completely missed.
  22. Don’t think it’s about watch snobbery. Most of the time I’d agree with you that alternatives are often better value for money. But with some watches/brands my guess is that the thing which attracts most people is as much the ‘story’ as the watch itself. Yeah some people will like the Doxas just because they look funky, but my guess is most people who seriously think about buying one are into Doxa for other reasons - they’re serious divers, the story about testing and development of the orange dial, Clive Cussler novels, Jacques Cousteau etc. You don’t scratch that itch without the real thing IMO.
  23. Got to say, for me, this is one you should save up for and get the original. Chances are if you like it, there’s more to it than just how it looks (although if not then crack on with the alternatives!). It’s a bit of an iconic/cult watch whose itch I don’t think could be scratched by something else. (Same also for getting the sub200 vs 300 - 200 half the price but it’s just not the 300!)
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