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  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Watch Slut, Mumble Hivemind Drone Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Nov 2012
    Some great deals today:

    Orient Esteem for $119 [Black / White]

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    Rotary Aquaspeed Chrono for $89.99

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    Bulova 96A125 for $99.99

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    Junkers JU-52 for $99

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    And just because I love Germasian watches...

    Lucien Piccard Grande Casse for $80
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    And one for the ladies!

    Bulova 96r151 for $224
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    BuddyJ
  • UPSLynxUPSLynx :KAPPA: Redwood City, CA Icrontian
    Railroads were instrumental in the development of hyper-accurate wristwatches and wall clocks. Only the best timepieces are railroad approved and ready from durability and accuracy.

    I want a Ball RR standard watch SO BAD.

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  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Watch Slut, Mumble Hivemind Drone Austin, TX Icrontian
    Speaking of hyper accuracy, the Citizen AT4007-54E is on sale for $323, discounted down from $600.

    Sapphire glass crystal face, surgical-grade stainless steel case, syncs with the atomic clock in all US and the GMT timezones for date/time, and recharges via outdoor AND indoor solar power through the dial.

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    BuddyJ
  • RyderRyder Kalamazoo, Mi Icrontian
    edited Nov 2012
    Ok, now both those have increased my interest in this thread.
    I have had Seiko since I started wearing a watch, which was high school graduation.
  • CrazyJoeCrazyJoe Winter Springs, FL Icrontian
    CB said:

    If that high-speed rail had gone in that was to run along 75, I would visit detroit much more frequently.

    Yep. Florida passed on high speed rail as well. We had federal funding for a rail line from Orlando to Tampa but the Governor refused the money.
  • ardichokeardichoke Icrontian
    :( I hate flying. Want moar light rail.

    On the topic of watches... I really want a skeleton watch, but don't have a bunch of money to spend on one and don't want one with crappy mechanics. I need a better jorb.
  • RyanFodderRyanFodder Detroit, MI Icrontian
    edited Nov 2012
    The only watches I like are the simple, clean skeleton watches, nothing flashy other than the mechanism. I've never been able to consistently wear a watch though, so spending a bunch on one doesn't appeal to me.
  • TeramonaTeramona Consulting Tea Specialist Best Coast! Icrontian
    I found these.

    amazon.com/mn/search?field-keywords=wewood%20watch&tag=093-20

    Thought they were interesting.
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Watch Slut, Mumble Hivemind Drone Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Nov 2012
    More deals today!

    Bulova Accutron 63B110 for $149
    Bulova is a trusty old brand, and their "Accutron" line introduced a horologically revolutionary and fascinating movement. It once used a tuning fork positioned between two electromagnetic coils, vibrating at 360Hz, to set the time. Rather than ticking, the watch emitted a faint, high-pitched hum in operation. Sadly, the tuning fork movement now lives on only in Bulova's logo, as every "Accutron" model since 1977 has used quartz. Bulova watches are nevertheless known for their accuracy and reliability, even after the changeover.

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    TW Steel CEO Chronograph for $250
    This one has a Swiss Ronda or Japanese Citizen-Miyota quartz movement. Very good! Not usually my cup of tea on the design, but there's something about it that I like. I think it's the angularity of the hands. :)

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    Timex T2N639 for $19.99 (8 HOURS REMAINING)
    Another day, another Timex. This 40mm quartz number features the classic, easy-to-read Timex dial design in a size that will handily fit virtually any man's wrist.

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    Wenger Commando Chrono for $149.95
    Wenger and Victorinox are the two companies behind the famous "Swiss Army" line of products. In watches, Victorinox is probably the stronger brand, but Wenger is nothing to seeze at. This 42mm chronograph (large, but not obscene) has sub-dials for seconds, minutes and hours, powered by a sturdy quartz movement and protected by a crazy-durable sapphire crystal face!

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  • UPSLynxUPSLynx :KAPPA: Redwood City, CA Icrontian
    Not bit on the look of that TW steel either, but it's got something interesting going on with the crown. Looks like a screw cap or something.
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Watch Slut, Mumble Hivemind Drone Austin, TX Icrontian
    Yes, it's a screwdown cap that inhibits water from entering through the mount for the crown. I believe that design was first introduced on Russian diving watches.
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Watch Slut, Mumble Hivemind Drone Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Nov 2012
    Speaking of diving, some of you may want to know what the water resistance really means on a watch. That TW Steel, for example, is rated for 5 ATM (atmospheres), or 300 ft. But what does that really get you?

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  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Watch Slut, Mumble Hivemind Drone Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Nov 2012
    Aaaand Groupon has a great deal on some Seiko watches and some Wenger watches today, too!
  • CrazyJoeCrazyJoe Winter Springs, FL Icrontian
    UPSLynx said:

    Railroads were instrumental in the development of hyper-accurate wristwatches and wall clocks. Only the best timepieces are railroad approved and ready from durability and accuracy.

    I want a Ball RR standard watch SO BAD.

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    This watch is super cool. This thread is making me want to get into watches. I've been wearing Grennen watches for the past few years. Anyways my grandpa's dad was a conductor so I need to talk to my grandma to see if he had any train watches.
  • waxwax A mere 2800 feet north of Detroit Icrontian
    edited Nov 2012
    I got my AK Homme this week and it doesn't keep time. After I set the time, the second hand continues to move and sometimes I'll get ten minutes of movement out of the minute hand but then it just stops. :/

    Edit: Machining on the watch body is meh as well.
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Watch Slut, Mumble Hivemind Drone Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Nov 2012
    1) A second hand that continues when you've pulled out the crown to set the time is called a non-hacking movement. Totally normal!

    2) Did you shake the watch to get it started, then wind it from the crown with the crown inserted? Winding is up to forty revolutions, turning the crown clockwise.

    I'd be a little surprised if it were actually broken.
    wax
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Watch Slut, Mumble Hivemind Drone Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Nov 2012
    More deals!

    Seiko Sports 5 for $79
    Auto movement, exhibition caseback, durable stainless steel. Nice, reliable watch.
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    Steinhausen Grid Elite for $29.99
    Another Germasian brand that uses Asian movements under a vaguely Germanic name. This has a Citizen-Miyota quartz from Japan, so it's pretty good despite the tidal flood of BS pouring out of this brand. I like the look, too.
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    Rotary GS0241 for $59
    This is a beautiful, beautiful watch from this British watchmaker. It's another Citizen quartz movement, but it looks sensational and it's discounted down from $325. This is a great deal on a fancier watch that could be worn casually, or as a dress watch in all but the most somber affairs.

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    Rotary GS00022 for $59
    Rotary makes an obvious homage to the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date with this watch, right down to the "Mercedes" three-point star representing land, sea and air on the hour hand. If you've ever wanted the Rolex look, here it is for $60.

    You can also get the significantly superior Orient Ray for $139. (Or in blue.)

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    Rotary GB02527 for $99
    You don't see too many skeletonized watches with Japanese movements in them, but this is one of them. Another Citizen-Miyota movement, this a cool and elegant stainless steel watch. It's 43mm, though, so people who dislike larger watches (<6.5" wrists) may want to steer clear.
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    Rotary LS42825 for $59
    One for the ladies! This small, 29mm watch is SUPER classy. The style is admittedly somewhat masculine, but it's very clean and the blue hands are pretty.

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  • waxwax A mere 2800 feet north of Detroit Icrontian
    edited Nov 2012
    Thrax said:

    1) A second hand that continues when you've pulled out the crown to set the time is called a non-hacking movement. Totally normal!

    2) Did you shake the watch to get it started, then wind it from the crown with the crown inserted? Winding is up to forty revolutions, turning the crown clockwise.

    I'd be a little surprised if it were actually broken.

    Shook it to get it going all morning, Set the time just now and wound it clockwise (LOL IT'S A WRIST CLOCK) 40 times. I'll keep my eye on it.

    Edit: 5+ minutes later the minute hand has not moved. :/

    Edit Two: It's still 12:43 :P
  • UPSLynxUPSLynx :KAPPA: Redwood City, CA Icrontian
    Damn, I can't wash my car with my watch on :( Only 30M resistance.


    That Rotary skeleton is veeeeery tempting.
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Watch Slut, Mumble Hivemind Drone Austin, TX Icrontian
    MORE WATCHES! Kind of a bleh day overall, though.

    Pulsar by Seiko Chronograph for $34.99 (reg. $155)

    This is a fantastic quartz beater watch. Looks slick, too!

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    And for the ladies: Danish Design IV15Q789 for $62

    Powered by a Citizen-Miyota quartz movement, these watches are designed by a young Danish artist. Very thin, petite watch.

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  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Watch Slut, Mumble Hivemind Drone Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Nov 2012
    Sooo... It's been a busy weekend for me. I have a boatload of watches coming! Very excited about these. Most of them are powered by well-graded Sea-Gull movements, 'cept for that Indian one which uses HMT's own design.


    HMT Jhalak (Indian's largest mechanical watchmaker)
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    Tao International TAO-044WD (Small seconds, day/night, 24-hours)
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    Parnis Portugese (Power reserve/Small Seconds)
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    Parnis ??? (Day/Date/Month/24-hour/day+night)
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  • UPSLynxUPSLynx :KAPPA: Redwood City, CA Icrontian
    Nice picks dude. I'm a huge fan of blue on white faces. Very sleek. That Parnis is lovely.

    Does that HMT have any movement on the face, or is the open heart just for fancy?
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Watch Slut, Mumble Hivemind Drone Austin, TX Icrontian
    You can see a sliver of the balance wheel through the opening at the 10H on the HMT.

    I'm a sucker for anything with blue hands/numerals, too. :)
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Watch Slut, Mumble Hivemind Drone Austin, TX Icrontian
    OH! And I totally forgot about two more that I have coming:

    Jaragar ??????
    I LOVE the big second hand, very unique! Also, open heart? I fell in love. Probably average quality at best, but the price was fine.
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    And I went against my own rules on the Fineat brand and bought one. I bought one for a couple reasons:

    1) It was $15. Shipped.

    2) The links of the bracelet don't appear to be folded. What the whaaaaat? Unheard of in this pricerange.

    3) The rear of the case is engraved with "Shenzhen Fineat Clock & Watch Co. Ltd." This level of honesty from these mushroom brands is unheard of. If the cases aren't sterile, they're usually stamped with crap like "Made in some European country famous for its engineering prowess (but not really because fuck you)".

    4) OH GOD SUCKER FOR SKELETONS IT'S A PROBLEM.

    5) The movement doesn't look half bad. It's not amazingly well-machined, but it's not covered in scratches or burring. So hey, worst case I'm out a really god damn nice cheeseburger.

    Anyhow, here it is:

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  • BasilBasil Nubcaek England Icrontian
    edited Nov 2012
    Thrax said:

    Parnis Portugese (Power reserve/Small Seconds)
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    Oh that looks really sleek, would be interested to hear your thoughts when you get hold of it.
  • AlexDeGruvenAlexDeGruven Not as tall as Bobby Tallbeer. Twilight Sparkle is overrated. Meechigan Icrontian
    Thrax said:

    OH! And I totally forgot about two more that I have coming:

    Jaragar ??????
    I LOVE the big second hand, very unique! Also, open heart? I fell in love. Probably average quality at best, but the price was fine.
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    And I went against my own rules on the Fineat brand and bought one. I bought one for a couple reasons:

    1) It was $15. Shipped.

    2) The links of the bracelet don't appear to be folded. What the whaaaaat? Unheard of in this pricerange.

    3) The rear of the case is engraved with "Shenzhen Fineat Clock & Watch Co. Ltd." This level of honesty from these mushroom brands is unheard of. If the cases aren't sterile, they're usually stamped with crap like "Made in some European country famous for its engineering prowess (but not really because fuck you)".

    4) OH GOD SUCKER FOR SKELETONS IT'S A PROBLEM.

    5) The movement doesn't look half bad. It's not amazingly well-machined, but it's not covered in scratches or burring. So hey, worst case I'm out a really god damn nice cheeseburger.

    Anyhow, here it is:

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    Oooh... Let us know how the quality is when you get it. Even if it's just a touch above 'meh', that looks fantastic.
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Watch Slut, Mumble Hivemind Drone Austin, TX Icrontian
    I have a huge backlog of videos to get on, and I promise I'll catch up tonight so I'm ready to do my new acquisitions. I need a better way of propping up my cellphone's camera, but I may have solved the audio issue with lav mic that should work. WE SHALL SEE.
  • drasnordrasnor Starship Operator Hawthorne, CA Icrontian
    Uh, that movement totally looks like it's covered in scratches and burring.
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Watch Slut, Mumble Hivemind Drone Austin, TX Icrontian
    It's not scratched, it's just unpolished. The edges are also smooth.

    Refer to my post here.
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Watch Slut, Mumble Hivemind Drone Austin, TX Icrontian
    Speaking of watches, I just finished my Alias Kim AK-Homme AK-W158 review:

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