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Hello folks, 

I'm new here, so I thought I'd start by posting images of my modest collection.

My oldest watch is the heavily battered but much loved Seiko quartz chrono, don't know the model number.  I've had it about 20 years.  It's been scraped on rocks, scraped on desks (I wear my watches on the inside of the wrist, a habit I picked up from my dad as a child) dropped, bashed, abused and neglected.  And it just doesn't die - takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'  :biggrin:  It's one reason I've developed a great respect for Seiko.

Not in the pictures, because I don't have it to hand, is another Seiko.  It's a quartz titanium dress watch.  Nothing special, but it's OK.

The dress watch in the photos is the Seiko SDGM003, and my shoddy photography does it a complete injustice.  It really is gorgeous.  I think the bracelet, though very well made, is too clunky and 'engineery' in appearance for a dress watch, but the case, the dial, the hands and the indices are beautiful and, at the price, actually quite astonishing.

My scariest (i.e most expensive) acquisition is the Sinn U1 SE.  I visited the Sinn shop in Frankfurt, pretty much intent on buying the standard U1.  Tried it on and liked it, but when I tried on the SE I was surprised to find I preferred it.  Went away and mulled it over for a few months (this was a BIG purchase for me) and settled on the SE.  I have to say, despite its bulk and its weight, I do love it.  It's built like a tank, but the precision of the engineering is a thing of wonder to me.  Downsides?  It's not a strap monster.  I've yet to find any shade of brown strap that doesn't look wrong on it.  Black works well, as do dark NATOs.  And I think it might work well on a cream coloured strap.

Anyway, that will do for now  :)

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nice.

i'll pm you a link to another forum where there are references to crystal numbers should you be interested in renovating the chrono a bit.  am guessing its the Ti version so wouldn't bother with the case but its always nice to have a clear crystal. liking the strap btw:thumbsup:

 

 

 

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8 hours ago, Rotundus said:

nice.

i'll pm you a link to another forum where there are references to crystal numbers should you be interested in renovating the chrono a bit.  am guessing its the Ti version so wouldn't bother with the case but its always nice to have a clear crystal. liking the strap btw:thumbsup:

 

 

 

100% agree with @Rotundus - Appreciate your history with the watch but I could not live with that! - Loving that Sinn too :thumbsup:

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9 hours ago, Rotundus said:

nice.

i'll pm you a link to another forum where there are references to crystal numbers should you be interested in renovating the chrono a bit.  am guessing its the Ti version so wouldn't bother with the case but its always nice to have a clear crystal. liking the strap btw:thumbsup:

 

 

 

Thanks very much for the link, but I've sort of grown to love the Seiko in its battered state.  You've got me thinking, though... :biggrin: 

The strap is from Haveston. I really like it, and it works far better than I expected on the Seiko. (It's steel BTW, not titanium). 

9 hours ago, GASHEAD said:

That's a cool Sinn. I've had two U1's but ended up selling both.

I'm half considering selling mine. I still love and admire it.  It's my first high end watch (if I can call it that) so my first time appreciating serious build quality, and I still get that little burst of appreciation every time I look at it. However.... I've got a hankering for a white dial Aqua Terra with grey hands and indices, so if somewhere down the line I decide to get one, the Sinn will have to go to help fund it.  Pretty big 'if', though - I'd still need at least another £2k, and I won't be finding that down the back of the settee :)

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17 minutes ago, sabailand said:

Another here who likes the Sinn, it looks fine on that strap.

Thank you, folks, for all the kind remarks about the Sinn. The current strap is sailcloth. It also looks particularly good on the Sinn black leather strap with orange stitching. Might change it over after and post some snaps :)

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Welcome to this sometimes august, but frequently mad, forum. You are in the right place to deplete your bank balance quite drastically.

Thanks for sharing your collection  --  I too like the Sinn.

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22 hours ago, AVO said:

Always good to see a collection that’s “starting out”.

Where do you see it ending up?

It's a good question, but I'm afraid I don't have a good answer. 

I've got a quartz Yema Marine Nationale turning up next month (wanted the mechanical, but funds are seriously tight). And I'm very much fancying the Bulova Lunar Pilot. 

On the somewhat unrealistic side, I'd like a Tudor Pelagos and an Omega Aqua Terra.

And on the wildly unrealistic side (my beloved would shoot me on sight... :biggrin:) my grail watch is the Omega Grey Side of the Moon, with which I am properly in love.  I can't think of a single thing I don't like about that watch, it is - to me - perfect.

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17 minutes ago, Thrudge said:

It's a good question, but I'm afraid I don't have a good answer. 

I've got a quartz Yema Marine Nationale turning up next month (wanted the mechanical, but funds are seriously tight). And I'm very much fancying the Bulova Lunar Pilot. 

On the somewhat unrealistic side, I'd like a Tudor Pelagos and an Omega Aqua Terra.

And on the wildly unrealistic side (my beloved would shoot me on sight... :biggrin:) my grail watch is the Omega Grey Side of the Moon, with which I am properly in love.  I can't think of a single thing I don't like about that watch, it is - to me - perfect.

Some fine choices.

 

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23 hours ago, yokel said:

Welcome to this sometimes august, but frequently mad, forum. You are in the right place to deplete your bank balance quite drastically.

 

I know.  And I used to think hi-fi was an expensive hobby..... :biggrin:

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