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Old Wednesday 4th March 2020, 19:48   #1
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I like Watches

I am constantly looking at watches and when the right one comes along I buy it although I sometimes regret it . I have probably had 15 - 20 different watches in my life and presently have five watches.
The watches I presently own are two Seiko Kinetics (one dressy one casual), a Seiko military style automatic and an old Seiko lcd digital databank from 1985 that still works although shows it's age . My newest watch that I bought late November 2019 is a remake of an old digital from the 1970's by Bulova , the Computron .

The Computron.
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Old Wednesday 4th March 2020, 19:49   #2
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Seiko Kinetic casual
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Old Wednesday 4th March 2020, 19:50   #3
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Seiko Kinetic dressy
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Old Wednesday 4th March 2020, 19:54   #4
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and the Seiko Databank
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Old Wednesday 4th March 2020, 19:59   #6
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The backside . Left to right we have the Seiko kinetic, Seiko automatic and the Bulova Computron . I love the battery access on the Bulova , simplicity at it's best.
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Old Tuesday 17th March 2020, 20:45   #7
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Nice collection, Seiko over the years has produced great watches at modest prices.

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Old Tuesday 24th March 2020, 16:21   #8
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Thanks , this is why I like Seiko , decent quality and style at a decent price although they do make some watches that are in the thousands of $ range .
I had a three other Seiko's that are long gone now . One got smashed while at work and the other two were given to a couple of my brothers .
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Old Tuesday 24th March 2020, 16:26   #9
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If I get another watch in the near future it will be a Timex S1 . It's a little pricey for a Timex but in my opinion worth it considering the movement they use and the style and quality of the build .

https://www.timex.ca/giorgio-galli-s...SAAEgIIM_D_BwE

It didn't take long for it to be out of stock . My name is on an email list for when it's back in stock .

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Lovely watches there

I've been collecting watches for 45 years, This is around half of what I have but most of the rest are non runners that I used to scavenge parts from!

Also, I think i've bought another thirty or more since I took the pic



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Lovely watches there

I've been collecting watches for 45 years, This is around half of what I have but most of the rest are non runners that I used to scavenge parts from!

Also, I think i've bought another thirty or more since I took the pic



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Do you have an inventory list? How do you know what you have? Do you wear them or just collect them?
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I am constantly looking at watches and when the right one comes along I buy it although I sometimes regret it . I have probably had 15 - 20 different watches in my life and presently have five watches.
The watches I presently own are two Seiko Kinetics (one dressy one casual), a Seiko military style automatic and an old Seiko lcd digital databank from 1985 that still works although shows it's age . My newest watch that I bought late November 2019 is a remake of an old digital from the 1970's by Bulova , the Computron .

The Computron.
The Computron is unusual. Very cool.
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Old Wednesday 27th May 2020, 22:05   #13
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Lovely watches there

I've been collecting watches for 45 years, This is around half of what I have but most of the rest are non runners that I used to scavenge parts from!

Also, I think i've bought another thirty or more since I took the pic



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I started collecting watches about one year ago and I just showed your picture to my wife, because every crazy collector relishes the thought that there is somebody out there demonstrably crazier than he is
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Do you have an inventory list? How do you know what you have? Do you wear them or just collect them?
No inventory but I know each watch, I just can't recall where I put them sometimes, I put a Citizen Eagle somewhere safe more than ten years ago and haven't seen it since!!

I tend to wear a watch for a week or so then strap another on then!

Here are a few of the latest that i've acquired


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Here is a picture of my latest and greatest acquisition.
This one was pre-owned
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That's almost as many watches as Eddie has sold
Seikos are really good value Albie
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That's almost as many watches as Eddie has sold
Seikos are really good value Albie
I've been to Eddies house a couple of times, He's a really nice fella

My latest landed yesterday!

Seiko SKX 007 on a solid link Jubilee bracelet (My fave bracelet of them all!)

This watch had a problem and went back to Seiko under warranty, They agreed and re cased the watch (Stem was out of alignment with the threaded tube!), They sent the original case complete with stem and crown back to the gent I bought it frtom, It's perfect now

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My favourite of all my watches, really hard to find like this completely original 2541.80.00 the original Brosnan Bond, Tritium dial and hands, and the bezel has faded to a glorious denim blue (well I think it has).
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My favourite of all my watches, really hard to find like this completely original 2541.80.00 the original Brosnan Bond, Tritium dial and hands, and the bezel has faded to a glorious denim blue (well I think it has).
That's a beauty!!

A lad at our works was bought a Seamaster Pro for his 21st birthday by his parents, He used to bring it to work and ask me to fit a blue strap that he'd bought, Three months later he'd bring iot back and ask me to refit the bracelet, It went on like this for ages, but then I mentioned to him that he'd not brought it in for a strap change in ages, He'd sold it!

I couldn't sell anyhing that was a gift much less a gift from my parents!


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That's a beauty!!

A lad at our works was bought a Seamaster Pro for his 21st birthday by his parents, He used to bring it to work and ask me to fit a blue strap that he'd bought, Three months later he'd bring iot back and ask me to refit the bracelet, It went on like this for ages, but then I mentioned to him that he'd not brought it in for a strap change in ages, He'd sold it!

I couldn't sell anyhing that was a gift much less a gift from my parents!


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I`d have treasured it always as well, and what a generous birthday gift, I`v tried it on various after market straps but it just looks so right on the bracelet.

I`m always on the look out for an original twin ribbed rubber deployment strap but I think its a tall ask quite honestly.

Cheers.

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I couldn't sell anyhing that was a gift much less a gift from my parents!
Well, I still have the Rolex Oyster I received from my parents in 1966. It's in semi-retirement now as Rolex don't supply spares for the 1210 calibre and while not my favourite watch, it's the last one I would ever sell.

I recall travelling to Bond Street in London to make my decision and a salesman at Watches of Switzerland telling me that IWC was better than Rolex (which it probably was then) and that at Asprey's the "cheapest" Patek Philippe was 150 GBP, exactly four times as much as the Rolex. As the second cheapest was 250 GBP, I suspect the first one must have been stainless steel, a rarity for Patek then and worth a fortune today, certainly more than the same watch in precious metal. I fulfilled the dream of a Patek over ten years ago before the prices went exospheric.

Just to throw some controversy into the conversation, I don't like quartz, which has no soul and neither like nor can afford complications. I can admire the ingenuity of a minute repeater or a perpetual calendar, but a wristwatch really only needs three hands. Winding a fine watch can be an aesthetic experience, but, unfortunately handwound watches are becoming a rarity. An automatic is fully wound after two or three hours of wearing but after that you are just feeding it with unnecessary energy, which is dissipated in friction and wear.

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PS:- John, You don't happen to have a handwound Vacheron & Constantin among those? I passed on one from the 50s a few years ago for comparatively cheap €2500 and regret that today.

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...Just to throw some controversy into the conversation, I don't like quartz, which has no soul and neither like nor can afford complications. I can admire the ingenuity of a minute repeater or a perpetual calendar, but a wristwatch really only needs three hands. Winding a fine watch can be an aesthetic experience, but, unfortunately handwound watches are becoming a rarity. An automatic is fully wound after two or three hours of wearing but after that you are just feeding it with unnecessary energy, which is dissipated in friction and wear...
Agreed to all that except that I appreciate quartz for certain watches and purposes (e.g. Hamilton Khaki Quartz models are very nice thin reliable field watches) and I prefer a date with those 3 hands (preferably at 6 o'clock position). I consider it very unfortunate that handwinding is so rare these days. I find it more convenient than automatic, especially if I am rotating between watches, because with a tiny bit of attention once a day, it is easy to keep several watches properly wound and ready for use (without need for winders). Some autos shouldn't be hand-wound, making it tricky to be confident that they are getting reasonably well wound while in rotation, even if they have big power reserves. Also, handwinders can easily be made thin, and so fit under clothing layers better, which is good for field use in winter!

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Agreed to all that except that I appreciate quartz for certain watches and purposes (e.g. Hamilton Khaki Quartz models are very nice thin reliable field watches) and I prefer a date with those 3 hands (preferably at 6 o'clock position). I consider it very unfortunate that handwinding is so rare these days. I find it more convenient than automatic, especially if I am rotating between watches, because with a tiny bit of attention once a day, it is easy to keep several watches properly wound and ready for use (without need for winders). Some autos shouldn't be hand-wound, making it tricky to be confident that they are getting reasonably well wound while in rotation, even if they have big power reserves. Also, handwinders can easily be made thin, and so fit under clothing layers better, which is good for field use in winter!

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Alexis,

A three-hand watch only takes a few seconds to set, so I wouldn't want to accelerate wear by keeping anything running except my daily beater, a Nomos Club. I recall an ex-colleague had an Omega chronograph with full calendar and moonphase, which he only wore occasionally. He said it always took him about 10 mins to set. Conversely, another friend has a Patek Gondolo 8 Days and an Annual Calendar and only bothers to set the time!
I believe some of the older Seiko automatics couldn't be hand wound but the only one I've heard of where it was inadvisable is the Lemania 8810 (aka Longines 990).

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Alexis,

A three-hand watch only takes a few seconds to set, so I wouldn't want to accelerate wear by keeping anything running except my daily beater, a Nomos Club. I recall an ex-colleague had an Omega chronograph with full calendar and moonphase, which he only wore occasionally. He said it always took him about 10 mins to set. Conversely, another friend has a Patek Gondolo 8 Days and an Annual Calendar and only bothers to set the time!
I believe some of the older Seiko automatics couldn't be hand wound but the only one I've heard of where it was inadvisable is the Lemania 8810 (aka Longines 990).

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Hi John,

A Nomos is on my radar, they seem great value given the daft prices some brands are commanding these days.

A few years ago I would have agreed with you about quartz but getting the Omega has totally changed my mind.

I had the auto version as well which wore the same but preferred the quartz, also the cost of servicing is getting silly these days IMHO, 30-40 years ago I used to get my Bulova serviced every two years by a local watch maker who would strip the movement, clean and lubricate it for 10, still have it by the way but can`t find anywhere to service it in the same simple way, they all quote 3-400, mad.
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