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  1. This popped up on my Facebook and looks interesting (sorry if it’s been posted before, search came back empty). Smart watch but with automatic winder style charger. Not a silly price either. Nomos style looks are decent but it’s a big watch.
  2. I have a Rolex Oyster Speedking Precision with a 1946 (likely, tallies with DOB or original owner and being a wedding present) or 1958 (less likely) serial number. It has a stainless case, plain back with a white (possibly cream but may be age) dial and gold hands/numerals (Arabic, not Roman). If anyone has any info on this watch, brochure, movement details etc. I’d be grateful if you could let me know. Thanks in advance.
  3. Yep, in the market for an everyday watch (will be my only watch and expect it to last 30years+ as my last Omega did), short list is Omega Aqua Terra 41mm with white dial, orange second hand and bracelet (maybe with additional rubber strap), Grand Seiko SBGA211 Snowflake and Rolex Air King. Saw the Omega on a rubber strap today, nice watch, modern feel but need to compare all three if I can find a dealer who has all of them in stock (big if!). May need a trip to London midweek when the schools are back.
  4. Well, that was a damp squib and I don’t think I am much the wiser. Emailed the dealer last week end and provided a list of three watches I wanted to view - White face Omega Aqua Terra on bracelet, Blue face Rolex Perpetual and Grand Seiko Snowflake. Arrive today at the booked time and they had none of them!! Closest was the Aqua Terra on a rubber strap and no Perpetuals in the shop only Date Just so at least I could compare a little, not much in it. The only bonus was that I now know my wrist can take the 41mm watch size which I thought it may not. The Omega was very nice, modern looking especially with the rubber strap, but no big wow factor at this point. I did see a second hand Rolex Milgauss in a shop window and that looked nice so the Air King is certainly worth looking into I think. Looks like a trip to the smoke may be needed to see all three/four on the list. (apologies for the doggy old phone photos). [img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51216254665_501dbc038b.jpg[/img] [img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51215185766_eeeb1e6e1e.jpg[/img]
  5. @SolaVeritate thanks for the comment but I have no interest in resale values as this will be my only watch and I expect it will last 30+ years (like my previous one) and will probably see me out. They are around the same budget and prices haven’t moved over the past three months or so I have been looking but one reseller is currently giving around 15% discount on two of the watches so if one of those happen to push all the right buttons it will give me a bartering point to work from.
  6. Doing one last scout through the websites to see if there is anything that takes my fancy and spotted the Rolex Air-King. Looks to have a movement that is a step up from the perpetual +/-2sec and has magnetic shielding. Anyone got any thoughts on this compared to the perpetual, is the extra £700 worth it I guess also?
  7. My son’s Bell and Ross BR05 looks equally good with the bracelet and the rubber strap, one of the few that does IMO.
  8. Interesting thread that seems to suggest that we all have different circumstances, motivation and values and there is no one right path but generally there is a good appreciation of the differences and as a forum it is good to see limited levels of judgement. So, I’m fairly new to the forum and I guess I fall into the “one watch guy” category. I was bought an Omega as a graduation present which lasted 30+ years and was on my wrist pretty much every day until it finally started to become too costly to keep going in first class order. No idea what the original RRP on this was as it was a gift but over 30 years this must be less than £100 per year even taking inflation into account. Roll on to the present day, I have reciprocated the graduation gift for my Son (Bell and Ross BR05 with rubber and bracelet straps) as I am in the fortunate position of being able to afford such luxuries without compromising living expenses (and would never do so, I am of the opinion that you save up and buy outright or do without). He is also getting a bit of collection having inherited an 1980’s omega and a 1950’s Rolex which he treasures for who they belonged to and not for their monetary value. So my next watch (thread already running) will be a similar class of watch that will hopefully see out my days and still be in a state to pass on. On a practical point this outlay will amortise at around £150 per year which is what many people spend on a night out.
  9. Definitely will be. Rolex don’t do a dial that in pictures I am immediately wowed by, blue is the closest, but they do have the name/brand etc., I have had omega and know they are quality and the white dial/orange hand look good IMO. The GS on paper hits the mark and to me is pretty good looking and I have no issues with the light weight titanium, I am used to a small light watch to no preconceptions of weight = quality. Oh, anyone bought form Watches of Mayfair, their prices seem almost too good to be true (15% discount), are they a decent company and can deliver what their website says?
  10. Thanks for all the comments so far. I have booked to look at and try some watches next Monday (bank holiday) so will let you know how it goes. Specifically asked to see the Grans Seiko Snowflake, Omega Aqua Terra 38 and 41mm with white dial and Rolex Perpetual 36 and 41mm with Blue dial plus any wild cards they wish to throw in. Any last ideas I need to add to those already provided? Will report back what I find.
  11. Thanks for the comments so far, please keep them coming. Been doing a bit of research today. Not sure about the Tudor, oddly to me it reminds me of a Dr Who Cyberman??? The Grand Seiko is intriguing, looking into their movements (stock, hi beat and Spring Drive) the Snowflake model seems to keep popping up as a “must see/have”. Any thought on this, similar price to the AT and Perpetual but has the renown GS polished finish and Spring Drive movement? Big assumption is it is OK on the wrist being 40mm. So current running favourites based on looks/movement are the Omega AT in steel/orange and the GS Snowflake. If I need a smaller watch the 38mm AT in Steel/white would be my first choice. Thoughts? I also like the Bremont MBIII 10th anniversary but I think it will be too big, and based on comments the quality will not be up to the Omega/Rolex/GS. Need to get that appointment booked up to see some in the flesh.
  12. @Bricey thanks for the quick reply, much appreciated. I think I am of a similar view, boring and functional, even the Breitling is bordering on bling in my eyes. The Grand Seiko looks interesting, firstly is there any snobbishness with it not being Swiss made and is it worth paying a bit extra for the Hi Beat movement. https://amjwatches.co.uk/grand-seiko-hi-beat-sbgh201g.html Any thoughts on the Bremont MB111 10th anniversary edition, just on the off chance it’s 43mm case looks OK on? https://www.watches-of-switzerland.co.uk/Bremont-10th-Anniversary-Limited-Edition-40mm-Mens-Watch-MBIII+WH+LE/p/17190178?lsft=utm_content:shopping___adty__pla_with_promotion___prch__online___stco_____prid__17190178,utm_medium:cpc&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIic7qr-TH8AIVwgh7Ch2IsgbmEAQYBCABEgJZbfD_BwE
  13. Bit of a thread resurrection here, hope that is ok. Anyway, now the shops are starting to open and I now have funds available the search starts in earnest. Not really looked for a while so there may be new models available that I have not seen before. I have been wearing a very cheap watch to get me by and so this has given me an idea of size limitations for my scrawny little wrist. The Omega Polaris was a dainty 32mm case which I was obviously used to for 30+ years, the cheap as chips watch is 40mm which is the absolute max I can go to, but probably somewhere in between is the most likely size for me 35-38mm. So rough spec is Wrist size 18-18.5cm therefore 35-38mm dial face, 40mm absolute max. Automatic/self wind, no batteries Waterproof for swimming only (10m+) Preferably a Chronometer / COSC Only need a 3 handed, date would be nice, everything else is a bonus Like the clean everyday “tool” look but some sports are ok but not with the outer dive style dial Bracelet, would prefer steel but ok with others Oh, and budget, fairly healthy at £5k but obviously if there are bargains out there happy to hear about them, buying New or ex-display not second hand UK based As my previous watch lasted 30 years then this is my expectation for this new one, worn everyday 24hrs per day which is why the budget So I hand it over to the forum to provide suggestions/comments/personal preferences that I can use to get a shortlist together for a trying on session in the next few weeks. Thanks in advance for the suggestions. Bit of a thread resurrection here, hope that is ok. Anyway, now the shops are starting to open and I now have funds available the search starts in earnest. Not really looked for a while so there may be new models available that I have not seen before. I have been wearing a very cheap watch to get me by and so this has given me an idea of size limitations for my scrawny little wrist. The Omega Polaris was a dainty 32mm case which I was obviously used to for 30+ years, the cheap as chips watch is 40mm which is the absolute max I can go to, but probably somewhere in between is the most likely size for me 35-38mm. So rough spec is Correction - Wrist size 17.5cm therefore 35-38mm dial face, 40mm absolute max. Automatic/self wind, no batteries Waterproof for swimming only (10m+) Preferably a Chronometer / COSC Only need a 3 handed, date would be nice, everything else is a bonus Like the clean everyday “tool” look but some sports are ok but not with the outer dive style dial Bracelet, would prefer steel but ok with others Oh, and budget, fairly healthy at £5k but obviously if there are bargains out there happy to hear about them, buying New or ex-display not second hand UK based As my previous watch lasted 30 years then this is my expectation for this new one, worn everyday 24hrs per day which is why the budget So I hand it over to the forum to provide suggestions/comments/personal preferences that I can use to get a shortlist together for a trying on session in the next few weeks. Thanks in advance for the suggestions.
  14. All, many thanks for your replies. So looks like a toss up between the Omega Aqua Terra and the Rolex Oyster Perpetual. Looking at the Omega site, if my wrist can take the 41mm size then the white face with orange highlights is very appealing. Unfortunately this is not a colour combination available in the smaller sizes if 41mm is too big (either that or I will need to eat more pies!). https://www.omegawatches.com/en-gb/watch-omega-seamaster-aqua-terra-150m-co-axial-master-chronometer-41-mm-22010412102001 @KAS118 Thanks for the heads up on the Bremont Armed Forces but I prefer a simple dial and not keen on the Chronograph style ones.
  15. Doh, about 3 months too early for me! The blue annual calendar version has a good discount as well.
  16. I think this just about qualifies for this part of the forum. I have a 1980 Omega Constellation, square face metal bracelet. Model 111041, far right on the pic link below. http://www.old-omegas.com/pics/dieuhr/p8.jpg Originally this came with a “spider” dual face which I believe is a ceramic varnish that they let crack in manufacture and looks like a spider web. So, really long shot, if anyone has such a face or sees one for sale please can you let me know. Thanks in advance and fingers crossed.
  17. Thanks for the comments guys. Just to put a bit of context to the “uneconomical” bit. The watch went in for a battery change (they last around 3 years on this watch), initially came back with a palatable £80 but that was not sealed. Now, if you do an eBay search you will see loads of “for spares” sales as the whole face is an LCD and if you don’t have it sealed then the moisture kills the screen (this watch is on its third movement, and they are hard to find). It was then sent off for a quote to change the battery and re-seal. £900 quote came back including a long list of worn out items to be replaced. Now don’t get me wrong, 30 years is a long time to have the same watch on your wrist every day but the watch is very much showing it’s age including quite loose links in the bracelet where it has worn, one of the strap anchor points has worn through and had to be mended, I suspect the others are not far off, and it is looking well used and with the internals needing significant work I think it is time to open another watch chapter. I could just buy another second hand Polaris for £500 ish, retire this one and carry on, which did cross my mind, but it will still be a 30+ year old digital watch. Please do keep the comments coming they are much appreciated and also do let me know of any alternatives that I should look at.
  18. @JonnyOldBoy Thanks for the response, much appreciated. Had a look at the 38mm (220.10.38.20.02.001) vs 41mm Aqua Terra, is there any significant difference between the two movements (8800 vs 8900)? As for the Hublot, are you saying it is not worth the extra £££ or is it a class above the others, I think I read it uses a bought in movement, is this an issue or is there a name mark up because it is a Hublot? The ATs are around £5k and the Hublot £6.4K (or £5.5 with leather strap) is it worth the difference?
  19. So, my first post so please be gentle. I have owned an Omega Seamaster Polaris (the bi-coloured one with digital/analogue movement) for over 30 years (bought 1990) which has rarely been off my wrist. It is a bit of a triggers broom having has a new back, replacement movement and strap repairs but when I sent it in for a new battery recently I have been informed it needs a full overhaul and is now beyond economical repair. So, I am looking for a new watch, hence joining the forum. Having done a search I’d be grateful if “the forum” could provide some guidance on the pros/cons of the following watches that have taken my eye. Happy to receieve good and bad comments as I want to gain as much knowledge before I take the leap and buy. So the short (longish) list is (it should be noted that I have a small wrist (18cm) and a 40/41mm is probably the largest I can go, smaller would be better)- Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 41mm, steel on steel with grey face and blue highlights, 220.10.41.21.06.001 Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41, Silver or black dial, Reference 124300 Hublot Classic Fusion 38mm, Titanium strap, 568.NX.1170.NX Bremont Solo37 White Bracelet IWC Aquatimer Automatic, steel strap/black face or Jacque Cousteau version, IW329002 Now the IWC may be on the large side and the Hublot is definitely at the very top of the budget but hopefully this gives you and idea of style I like. So, any help on the pros/cons of each, personal experience or others to look at would be gratefully received. Thanks in advance from a newbie buying a watch for himself for the first time in 30 years. (Note, I have recently bought a Bell & Ross BR05 for my son so have a bit of an idea, but very limited).
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