Wristwatches |OT| Keeping time with class

Oct 26, 2017
119
Montreal
Heya RESETERA!

I take the opportunity to (re)launch this timepiece/wristwatch/... thread today.

Welcome to all RESETERA! Horologists or not!

GS

edit: WIP BELOW. PM me if you want to help :)

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WHY A THREAD ON WRISTWATCHES IN 2017? WE ALL HAVE A PHONE IN OUR POCKET...

Yes you do have a connected phone that can keep track of time much better than any mechanical/quartz watch out there.
And yes, it seems you don't absolutely need a wristwatch in this day and era.

Except you actually do, here is why:



- Because it looks stylish. It really does. Look:




(stolen from the dink)


(stolen from reddit)

- Because when it comes to mechanical watches, the craftsmanship involved is interesting and unique. Let me explain:
All the stuff we own today is made in millions of units: Iphones/shoes/glasses/TVs/etc... And while some of us may find the original design interesting, we can all agree the process of building those items is actually quite boring (when it's not worse...). Mechanical watches on the other hand, can be both appreciated for their design - how they were conceived - as much as for how they are made: sometimes they are hand finished, often hand assembled, checked for defaults by the thorough eyes of a specialist, carefully painted/engraved, etc.
All this process, old and generally unchanged for decades, is poetic and interesting today in an era where everything is 'outdated' after a few months and very rarely handmade...



- Cause mechanical watch movements are the coolest/geekiest and they look absolutely gorgeous especially when finished and decorated by the hands of a master:


(stolen from Ablogtowatch)
(A, Lange Sohne Datograph Perpetual movement)



(stolen from worldtempus)
(Patek Philippe calibre 89)



(stolen from quill and pad)
(Vacheron Constantin Calibre 3030)




- Cause they have a fascinating history. Today most watches are just trying to capture a trend, but at some point during the last century they were really part of human history. I will just name a few iconic examples:

The first watches were actually pocket watches, they were followed by wristwatches which were first only worn by women. The very first dudes who requested a wristwatch were actually... Pilots! They needed to be able to time things and do it just glancing at their wrist while piloting a plane was much easier... This happened roughly during WWI.

In the 50s, the first diver watches hit the market. They are often seen with a 'bezel', a round shaped object around the watch dial which can usually be turned. Specifically the diver used to turn the bezel to try and align the 0 with the minute hand, and then be able to measure time underwater and gage the oxygen left.



In 1969, when landing on the moon, Neil Armstrong was actually wearing an Omega Chronograph called the Speedmaster. As you can imagine, the watch had to pass several extremely harsh testing, and the work of Omega's engineers is absolutely stunning in that regard. Even crazier, it looks fantastic! This watch, now legendary among collectors and nicknamed the 'moonwatch', is still sold today with a similar movement, and is still approved by NASA to use in space flights.

Omega Speedmaster 105.003 (1963)

(stolen to LunarOyester)

Current Speedmaster


In the late 60s, the scientists working on the Super Collider in CERN in Geneva have an issue. They find themselves timing stuff all the time, but in their environment any mechanical watch is really unreliable as they get magnetized all the time... CERN reaches out to ROLEX and order a watch that could take up to a thousand 'gauss' which is a measure of magnetism. ROLEX diligently delivers the 'MILGAUSS' (Mille is a thousand in French), which quickly became the 'scientists/physicist watch' everywhere at that time, and is still sold today in what is (IMHO) its best iteration: (the second hand hints at this history :D)



Oh, and on top of having great stories, they were worn by people who made our History (in a good or bad way...).

Pablo Picasso rocking a nice GMT Master ref. 1675


Check Yeager with an early Rolex Submariner


MLK and his Date Just


The Omega Speedmaster in its natural environment (on Gemini 4)


Che Guevara and his Rolex GMT ref. 6542


- Last but not least: cause, when you want to check time, you can either graciously raises your wrist and gently push your sleeve up to reveal a lovely wristwatch, or you can awkwardly thrust your hand in your jeans pocket to grab a phone, take it up to finally turn it on... Think about it.



BLOGS/NEWS

HODINKEE - The number one blog of the watch world. Not really a big fan myself, but they are extremely influential. All their reviews are always very positive, and they work with a lot of brands which make their opinion probably biased.

SJX WATCHES - In my opinion the best watch blog out there. They feel the trends, and they give an honest opinion.

Monochrome / worn and wound / a blog to watch - other blogs, most of the time covering similar stuff as the 2 above.

INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS


A huge part of the watch community and culture is focused on IG these days. Here are a few interesting accounts to follow:

WATCH ANISH - sometime classy, sometime bad taste... But still, the guy pretty much invented the 'wrist shot' culture singlehandedly, you got to give him that...

FAKEWATCHBUSTA - as the name indicates, the guy busts celebrities and their fake watches... He was the 'coolest' a couple of years ago... Now he tends to be forgotten a bit...

WATCH FRED - If you like vintage chronos, Fred is your guy. Beware, includes an awful lot of watches in coffee beans. (?)

SANTA LAURA - Singapore based collector. If you think that tuning you fluo green half a million dollar watch to your (same colored) Lamborghini is cool, you may like this guy :D

ATOM MOORE - Art director of the famous 'AnalogShift' vintage watch store in NYC (they are vastly overpriced, don't buy from them btw :D). He has an interesting eye and artsy angle.

HDFANATIC - The excellent Hatem, possibly my favorite vintage collection on IG...

Obviously Hodinkee, SJX have an account too. And so all the major brands.

INSTAGRAM RESET ERA ACCOUNTS

ultra7k

I WANT TO BUY A WATCH!

SECOND HAND (INCL. VINTAGE)

WATCHRECON - forum aggregator. Very useful, especially with the 'alerts'. There is also a mobile app.
EBAY - well you know :)
CHRONO24 - usually a bit overpriced, but a lot of pieces are only sold there, so keep an eye out if you are looking for something a bit rare...

NEW

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DIAL (cadran) - the disc surface containing markings or figures upon which the time of day is indicated by hands.

CRYSTAL - concavo convex glass covering the dial. Usually in sapphire in high end offerings these days, used to be plexiglass in the 60s/70s.

BEZEL (lunette)

BRACELET

LOLLIPOP

POPSICLE

PANDA

MECHANICAL WATCH

QUARTZ WATCH

DRESS WATCH

TOOL WATCH

FORMAL WATCH





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Raein

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Oct 27, 2017
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How about some pictures to get things started? I picked up an Orient Mako II USA earlier this year, and it has been my daily all summer. The updated USA version comes with a sapphire crystal, hacks and handwinds, and has an updated in-house movement. I bought a NATO strap to switch out with the oyster bracelet from time to time, but the bracelet is fantastic in my opinion. Pictures with both types of straps:

 
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Galacticsushiman
Oct 26, 2017
119
Montreal
How about some pictures to get things started? I picked up an Orient Mako II USA earlier this year, and it has been my daily all summer. The updated USA version comes with a sapphire crystal, hacks and handwinds, and has an updated in-house movement. I bought a NATO strap to switch out with the oyster bracelet from time to time, but the bracelet is fantastic in my opinion. Pictures with both types of straps:
It looks fantastic. Great size on your wrist. Congrats!
 
Oct 27, 2017
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that milgauss has definitely been on my wish list though I'll probably never pull the trigger
also love the nomos metro in the original post, but there's something about the nachtblau variant that really speaks to me.
but.... so that I don't have multiple blue watches in my collection, I will probably be getting white face club neomatik

my daily wearer is blue which is just a standard seiko sumo sbdc033
 

Hesemonni

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Oct 27, 2017
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I guess I'm a bit of a Seiko fanboy. The amount of value these pack is ridiculous. Take this SARB033 which I guess pretty much every Seiko fan owns by now. I find myself just admiring the details and finishing of the thing every now and then. I should find a place where to get my hands on a Grand Seiko just to prove myself (hopefully wrong) that the thing is not worth 10-15x the price.

I've found myself looking to buy myself a Tuna in the near future. A Baby Tuna would be in a price range I'm comfortable instead of a full blown Tuna. As an added bonus the Baby Tunas come with automatic movement which I'm more fond of than the entry level quartz Tunas.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Speedy Moonphase owner checking in. It's my daily driver and I've been on the hunt for a birthday Seiko for years. Came close to buying a couple times, but got swayed by the condition and cost of restoration. Still on the hunt for a SARB031 and maybe I'll pick up a 007 when it's time to service the Speedy.

I used Nato straps almost exclusively, but now I'm using a Hirsch Robby. Liking the rubber now that the watch doesn't spin around my wrist.
 
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Galacticsushiman
Oct 26, 2017
119
Montreal
I guess I'm a bit of a Seiko fanboy. The amount of value these pack is ridiculous. Take this SARB033 which I guess pretty much every Seiko fan owns by now. I find myself just admiring the details and finishing of the thing every now and then. I should find a place where to get my hands on a Grand Seiko just to prove myself (hopefully wrong) that the thing is not worth 10-15x the price.

I've found myself looking to buy myself a Tuna in the near future. A Baby Tuna would be in a price range I'm comfortable instead of a full blown Tuna. As an added bonus the Baby Tunas come with automatic movement which I'm more fond of than the entry level quartz Tunas.
The SARB line is very probably the best value for money on the watch market today. The in-house automatic powerhouse, the case and dial finish, everything oozes '$1k+' watch. I love my (old version) 'cocktail time':



^ speaking of there's that new grand seiko limited to 700 pieces that I saw on fb today

but yeah, $6,500 :X
Very interesting 'stamped' pattern on the dial - on top of the (absolutely mind blowing) finish on the case and movement. Yeah, it's not free, but compared to what you can get from the Swiss brands in the same price range, it's still a 'steal' :)

Also, dark green FTW!

(I just regret the 'limited edition', you guys are Grand Seiko, not Hublot :D).

Speedy Moonphase owner checking in. It's my daily driver and I've been on the hunt for a birthday Seiko for years. Came close to buying a couple times, but got swayed by the condition and cost of restoration. Still on the hunt for a SARB031 and maybe I'll pick up a 007 when it's time to service the Speedy.

I used Nato straps almost exclusively, but now I'm using a Hirsch Robby. Liking the rubber now that the watch doesn't spin around my wrist.
You should find fantastic vintage SEIKOs in great shape without breaking the bank! Can you tell us more? Year of birth if you are not too shy about it? I'd like to help :) Here is my Seikomatic Silverwave from 1962 in its 'sunburst' version:



Enjoy the hunt!
 
Oct 25, 2017
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You should find fantastic vintage SEIKOs in great shape without breaking the bank! Can you tell us more? Year of birth if you are not too shy about it? I'd like to help :) Here is my Seikomatic Silverwave from 1962 in its 'sunburst' version:

Enjoy the hunt!
I've been looking at turtles and 7625's with an 8Nxxxx serial number. The ones I've seen are in rough shape or more than I'd like to spend after including a service since I already have a "fancy" watch...haha. A SARB031 would fill the gap of a dress watch and easier to swallow.
 
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Galacticsushiman
Oct 26, 2017
119
Montreal
I've been looking at turtles and 7625's with an 8Nxxxx serial number. The ones I've seen are in rough shape or more than I'd like to spend after including a service since I already have a "fancy" watch...haha. A SARB031 would fill the gap of a dress watch and easier to swallow.
N is for November. 8 means it was made during a year finishing by 8, so 78 I guess? (79 here).

This is an 8D**** (December, is it bad? :D) for an ok price, unpolished with the original bracelet. I imagine a $200AUD offer will do.

EDIT:

Even better shape, same price, 8N**** serial on the case back :) (I have my doubts on the authenticity of the hands set though, they look short, and are not finished like SEIKO usually does, but I imagine it's easy to find...)
 
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dallow_bg

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Oct 28, 2017
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Great job GS! Glad to see this community survive!
And nice to see OnkelC around. :)

As mentioned in the old thread, here's my new (to me) Super Divette with the bracelet it came on.
I'm not a big fan of it, though I've given it some wrist time to see if I could warm up to it. Hasn't happened so I'm looking for a leather strap instead, or a matching Enicar beads of rice bracelet that's more suited for it.


 
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Galacticsushiman
Oct 26, 2017
119
Montreal
Great job GS! Glad to see this community survive!
And nice to see OnkelC around. :)

As mentioned in the old thread, here's my new (to me) Super Divette with the bracelet it came on.
I'm not a big fan of it, though I've given it some wrist time to see if I could warm up to it. Hasn't happened so I'm looking for a leather strap instead, or a matching Enicar beads of rice bracelet that's more suited for it.
Thank you so much Dallow! Trying my best :) This is an iterative process!

The Super Divette (such Frenglish to mix 'dive' and 'ette' :D) is absolutely stunning! The dial and lume plots all look untouched, original crowns and the case seems unpolished, BRAVO!

Are you sure about the bracelet? This is very personal I imagine, but I really dig those caterpillar from the 60s (and I actually think it fits a 'diver compressor' watch better than a beads of rice, which is less 'raw' and less 'fitting' in this case IMHO).

Would you mind sharing a wrist shot?

My personal 'grail' (as they say) is the Eberhard Scafograf 100, which also is supposed to be on a caterpillar bracelet:



Let us know!
 
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Galacticsushiman
Oct 26, 2017
119
Montreal
Subscribed! Happy to see this thread return.

Now, where's the fountain pen thread...
Thank you mate!

I went to a nice store in downtown San Francisco a year ago... 5 minutes walk from Union Square, small store in a mall, old dude who refused to sell online and had a few very cool vintage chronographs in great shape at a very competitive price... FYI :D
 

dallow_bg

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Oct 28, 2017
4,258
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Thank you so much Dallow! Trying my best :) This is an iterative process!

The Super Divette (such Frenglish to mix 'dive' and 'ette' :D) is absolutely stunning! The dial and lume plots all look untouched, original crowns and the case seems unpolished, BRAVO!

Are you sure about the bracelet? This is very personal I imagine, but I really dig those caterpillar from the 60s (and I actually think it fits a 'diver compressor' watch better than a beads of rice, which is less 'raw' and less 'fitting' in this case IMHO).

Would you mind sharing a wrist shot?

My personal 'grail' (as they say) is the Eberhard Scafograf 100, which also is supposed to be on a caterpillar bracelet:

Let us know!
That Scafograf is amazing.
"Caterpillar" bracelet eh? So that's the name for it. Funny because I was thinking it gave off a "bug" like feel.

Yeah, my lady friend likes it actually because it looks so unlike traditional bracelets out there.
For me it's just looks too stiff, despite actually being quite flexible and molding to the wrist. I need to give it more time though I don't plan on ever giving it up of course.

I posted about it on WUS and someone posted this advert:
https://u.teknik.io/VjVGR.jpg

I know Enicar made all sorts of funky bracelets though.

Here's some wrist shots:

 
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Galacticsushiman
Oct 26, 2017
119
Montreal
That Scafograf is amazing.
"Caterpillar" bracelet eh? So that's the name for it. Funny because I was thinking it gave off a "bug" like feel.

Yeah, my lady friend likes it actually because it looks so unlike traditional bracelets out there.
For me it's just looks too stiff, despite actually being quite flexible and molding to the wrist. I need to give it more time though I don't plan on ever giving it up of course.

I posted about it on WUS and someone posted this advert:
https://u.teknik.io/VjVGR.jpg

I know Enicar made all sorts of funky bracelets though.

Here's some wrist shots:
I heard the term 'caterpillar bracelet' twice, it's not super widespread (yet), but I thought it was fitting :)

Again, bracelet are a pure matter of taste, but I think it looks fantastic like this on your wrist, actually better than the one in the advert :) The Super Divette came on many different bracelets indeed, depending on when and where it was sold, I guess it's just about finding the one you prefer, or switch to a strap :)

Fantastic piece again!
 

erpg

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Oct 25, 2017
252
Ottawa
Watching this watch thread.

Bought a vintage Omega Globemaster off of eBay. Very difficult to get information on this piece, so I'm planning on taking it to Montreal. Swatch recently opened up a service center there.

Hope it's legitimate!
 
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Galacticsushiman
Oct 26, 2017
119
Montreal
Watching this watch thread.

Bought a vintage Omega Globemaster off of eBay. Very difficult to get information on this piece, so I'm planning on taking it to Montreal. Swatch recently opened up a service center there.

Hope it's legitimate!
Hey fellow Canadian horologist!

I cannot promise I will be able to check authenticity just based on picture, but if you share a few, I may be able to help :)

Also, FYI, I happen to live in Montreal, and I know the watchmaker of the SWATCH service center, he is great even if slow :). If you'd like to have a drink after, or do a mini RESETERA wristwatch get together (wow I did not think this would happen THAT FAST :D), just ping me with PM :)

Enjoy erpg!
 

ekimneems

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Oct 29, 2017
127
How do you guys feel about the Hamilton Intra Matic 68? I've been lusting after one of these, even though really I want a vintage Chronomatic Panda.

Really nice and good value for the price.

 
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Galacticsushiman
Oct 26, 2017
119
Montreal
How do you guys feel about the Hamilton Intra Matic 68? I've been lusting after one of these, even though really I want a vintage Chronomatic Panda.

Really nice and good value for the price.
In the (rapidly growing) world of vintage inspired watches, the Intra Matic 68 is not (in my humble opinion) among the best offers. It's not 'bad' by any means, and it's surely an acceptable watch when it comes to value/price, but it has a couple of flaws in my opinion:

The H-31 (the movement inside) is basically a V7753 with an increased power reserve (which is cool) and an 'H' engraved on a couple of bridges (which is lazy). There is nothing wrong with the 7753, and it's used in vastly more expensive watches on the market, but it's nothing really special either. It looks crude, but it's a proven powerhouse... On the other hand the Chronomatic from the early 70s are mounted on the legendary cal. 11, which not only looks great, but is also a milestone in watchmaking (first automatic chrono with Zenith and Seiko, the cal. 11 equips legends like the Tag Heuer Monaco, some autavias, and some Brietling...).

The biggest case you can make against this watch is really the case size. The original Chronomatic is a very nice and gentlemanly 36mm. This was bumped up to a huge 42mm case (they also changed the lugs to something much more generic). I don't have anything against big watches (well, except the fact I have tiny wrists really :D), but in the case of a racing chrono, a huge size is just not that fitting IMO. I like big tool watches (the ploprof is among my favorites), but when it comes to dressy, or racing, small 36-39mm cases are just perfect... On top of that, the watch is 15mm thick (the 7753 is known for his fattiness :)), this is a big beast! (although I have to admit the original is thick too).

So, to conclude:
You have huge wrists (you lift? :D), you love big watches, and I understand, really I do, then just go for the Intra Matic 68... You have small to medium wrists, you can live with a small (BY TODAY'S STANDARDS!) watch, just try and snag the original. (also bear in mind the original from the 70s will most likely not lose any value, and could even go 'up', when the re-edition will lose 30% of its value the moment you buy it...). Also, if you have no idea what a 42mm watch looks like on your wrist, don't hesitate to go to a store and try on a couple of casual racing chronos in the 42mm size, if the lugs' tips exceed your wrist, you have an issue :) (don't try a tool watch like a diver, they can be 'ok' because of the case and bracelet, but it's really different when on a strap...).

Enjoy the hunt! Let us know if we can help in any way!

EDIT: they changed the date window color? On the website and in reviews, it's black (which is also a design flow as it 'pops' less on the black dial). But in your pic here it's white, do you know anything about that?
 

ultra7k

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Oct 27, 2017
472
Ahh glad to see this thread back. Just another outlet to feed my watch addiction...

for anybody that want to check out my humble and affordable wrist watch collection, ->> instagram.com/ultra7k

I submit my ultra affordable, solar powered Orient Panda for viewing.

 

ekimneems

Member
Oct 29, 2017
127
In the (rapidly growing) world of vintage inspired watches, the Intra Matic 68 is not (in my humble opinion) among the best offers. It's not 'bad' by any means, and it's surely an acceptable watch when it comes to value/price, but it has a couple of flaws in my opinion:

The H-31 (the movement inside) is basically a V7753 with an increased power reserve (which is cool) and an 'H' engraved on a couple of bridges (which is lazy). There is nothing wrong with the 7753, and it's used in vastly more expensive watches on the market, but it's nothing really special either. It looks crude, but it's a proven powerhouse... On the other hand the Chronomatic from the early 70s are mounted on the legendary cal. 11, which not only looks great, but is also a milestone in watchmaking (first automatic chrono with Zenith and Seiko, the cal. 11 equips legends like the Tag Heuer Monaco, some autavias, and some Brietling...).

The biggest case you can make against this watch is really the case size. The original Chronomatic is a very nice and gentlemanly 36mm. This was bumped up to a huge 42mm case (they also changed the lugs to something much more generic). I don't have anything against big watches (well, except the fact I have tiny wrists really :D), but in the case of a racing chrono, a huge size is just not that fitting IMO. I like big tool watches (the ploprof is among my favorites), but when it comes to dressy, or racing, small 36-39mm cases are just perfect... On top of that, the watch is 15mm thick (the 7753 is known for his fattiness :)), this is a big beast! (although I have to admit the original is thick too).

So, to conclude:
You have huge wrists (you lift? :D), you love big watches, and I understand, really I do, then just go for the Intra Matic 68... You have small to medium wrists, you can live with a small (BY TODAY'S STANDARDS!) watch, just try and snag the original. (also bear in mind the original from the 70s will most likely not lose any value, and could even go 'up', when the re-edition will lose 30% of its value the moment you buy it...). Also, if you have no idea what a 42mm watch looks like on your wrist, don't hesitate to go to a store and try on a couple of casual racing chronos in the 42mm size, if the lugs' tips exceed your wrist, you have an issue :) (don't try a tool watch like a diver, they can be 'ok' because of the case and bracelet, but it's really different when on a strap...).

Enjoy the hunt! Let us know if we can help in any way!

EDIT: they changed the date window color? On the website and in reviews, it's black (which is also a design flow as it 'pops' less on the black dial). But in your pic here it's white, do you know anything about that?
Interesting perspective. I don't have large wrists and I don't like overly large watches (would never wear a Panorai or a Big Pilot, etc), but anything in the 36-42mm range is fine for me. I have a Tudor Black Bay (in-house) and a lot of folks would argue it's too big for my wrists but I'm cool with it.

I'm finding the Calibre 11, especially in a Panda Dial, pretty hard to find which is why I was considering thing one.

Good feedback though, and having bought that Black Bay and a Tangente this year I have some time before I pull the trigger, lest the wife divorce me. So maybe I'll keep a lookout on a Panda version of the original and see what happens
 
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Galacticsushiman
Oct 26, 2017
119
Montreal
Interesting perspective. I don't have large wrists and I don't like overly large watches (would never wear a Panorai or a Big Pilot, etc), but anything in the 36-42mm range is fine for me. I have a Tudor Black Bay (in-house) and a lot of folks would argue it's too big for my wrists but I'm cool with it.

I'm finding the Calibre 11, especially in a Panda Dial, pretty hard to find which is why I was considering thing one.

Good feedback though, and having bought that Black Bay and a Tangente this year I have some time before I pull the trigger, lest the wife divorce me. So maybe I'll keep a lookout on a Panda version of the original and see what happens
Obviously it's a question of taste at this point, and my opinion is just that, an opinion :D But I still think you will not regret it if you save up a bit more and snatch an original one.

...I agree that the Black Bay does not wear that large actually, I have very small wrist, and while I thought it was too big, it was really 'not by much', so I guess I see where you are coming from.

Keep us posted!
 
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Galacticsushiman
Oct 26, 2017
119
Montreal
Ahh glad to see this thread back. Just another outlet to feed my watch addiction...

for anybody that want to check out my humble and affordable wrist watch collection, ->> instagram.com/ultra7k

I submit my ultra affordable, solar powered Orient Panda for viewing.
Oooh, good idea actually :D I could have a 'RESETERA INSTAGRAM' part in the OP... And you will be the first one in there sir :)

I like how they fit the date in between the 2 subdial to avoid 'cutting' anything. Good job Orient, good job :)

My no-date Sub rarely leaves my wrist.
...I can see why :D The 'cool' version of the modern sub :) On a proper wrist, bravo :)
 

KimonoNoNo

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Oct 26, 2017
328
I started having a yearning to get a nice mechnical watch, and after many failed auctions on ebay later I finally managed to get this Orient Star a couple of weeks ago.



It's just what I was looking for; Not too big for my tooth-pick sized wrist, and casual enough to wear daily but not too OTT as a dress watch. I've since put it on a dark blue leather strap for day to day use, but I can easily change it back if I want to bling it up.



Only problem is I feel I've opened a can of worms and now got the watch collecting bug.
 
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Galacticsushiman
Oct 26, 2017
119
Montreal
I started having a yearning to get a nice mechnical watch, and after many failed auctions on ebay later I finally managed to get this Orient Star a couple of weeks ago.

It's just what I was looking for; Not too big for my tooth-pick sized wrist, and casual enough to wear daily but not too OTT as a dress watch. I've since put it on a dark blue leather strap for day to day use, but I can easily change it back if I want to bling it up.

Only problem is I feel I've opened a can of worms and now got the watch collecting bug.
Love the blue dauphine hands :) Very classy both on strap and on bracelet :) Bravo!
 

erpg

Member
Oct 25, 2017
252
Ottawa
Hey fellow Canadian horologist!

I cannot promise I will be able to check authenticity just based on picture, but if you share a few, I may be able to help :)

Also, FYI, I happen to live in Montreal, and I know the watchmaker of the SWATCH service center, he is great even if slow :). If you'd like to have a drink after, or do a mini RESETERA wristwatch get together (wow I did not think this would happen THAT FAST :D), just ping me with PM :)

Enjoy erpg!
That would be great! I'll be sure to let you know when I head up to Montreal.

Here's a couple images:



Movement: https://imgur.com/sZ2vrQi
Serial number: https://imgur.com/SLSOhWI
Case back: https://imgur.com/7LPWRcM
 
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Galacticsushiman
Oct 26, 2017
119
Montreal
That would be great! I'll be sure to let you know when I head up to Montreal.

Here's a couple images:

Movement: https://imgur.com/sZ2vrQi
Serial number: https://imgur.com/SLSOhWI
Case back: https://imgur.com/7LPWRcM
Please let me know! It will be a pleasure to talk watches over a beer!

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On the piece itself:

The good:

- the crystal is obviously original, we can even clearly see the OMEGA signage in the center. No doubt.
- the movement looks stunning, it was probably serviced not too long ago. Perfect.
- The crown and case back both look ok. I can't certify the case and lugs, but it seems fitting.

The not so good:

- The hands are perfectly ok and period correct, but the lume is pretty inconsistent. It's a detail really, but I don't like that greenish hue on the hour hand lume, and the absence of lume on the minute hand. I would not be surprised if the hour hand was relumed at some point.

- the dial... This one is much more problematic for me. I cannot 100% certify it was redone, but there are a few orange flags. First, it looks pristine, compared to the hands and case, it seems far too 'spotless'. Second, the SWISS down bellow is CUT by the edge of the case, this is not normal at all. It can either mean the dial was re-cased in a smaller case, or that the dial was redone and then placed back in the case... Third, the OMEGA font is a bit too 'modern'. I know OMEGA has tons and tons of variation of their logo and font, and it may very well be one of those variations, but here it looks iffy to me...

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Obviously this is just an opinion based on picture, so do not hesitate to cross reference it, on the OMEGA forum, on WUS, on reddit, etc. I just have some doubts on the dial, and again, it could very well just be a dial variation I do not know of. Good luck!
 

erpg

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Oct 25, 2017
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Ottawa
Yeah, good points. I'm really excited to get it over at the service center. I hope they'll know more.

I took some time to look up some articles written by Desmond Guilfoyle about the early Constellation/Globemaster watches in the U.S. The Swiss marker bring covered by the case might be due to a redial, or due to the fact that casing dials and movements was done by various companies in the US. Some of the pictures in this article seem to have no Swiss marker, or partially covered Swiss markers.

Hoping to get the hands replaced. They don't seem to original, given some pictures I've found. But the Globemaster only ran for such a short period of time that I can't seem to find much information on it.
 
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Accoun

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Oct 25, 2017
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We still alive & tickin', I guess?
Well, that was cheesy. :-P



Once you get the bug...it’s hard to stop, that’s for sure.
I'm not sure if Soviet watches being kinda cheap is a blessing or a curse. I only have two so far, but it's more tempting to buy another cheap one instead of something bigger...
and another, and another, and another, and another...
 
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bionic77

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Oct 25, 2017
8,701
Need to buy a watch for a gift.

Thinking to spend less than $1,500.

Any ideas? Links?

My wife was suggesting a Tag but I am clueless on watches...
 
Oct 30, 2017
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I must say the Seiko spb051 is up there along with the Submariner and Planet Ocean as one of the best looking dive watches.
 

Brandson

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Oct 26, 2017
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I love everything about the Nomos Ahoi Atlantik: https://www.nomos-store.com/en/Watches/Model-series/Ahoi/

I bought my wife a Nomos Tetra Goldelse a few years ago: https://www.nomos-store.com/en/Watches/Model-series/Tetra/Berliner-Mischung-the-Berlin-set/Tetra-Goldelse-sapphire-crystal-back.html. She wanted a Cartier Tank Francaise, which is such a common women's watch with a standard quartz movement, and still quite expensive. I convinced her to let me get her the Nomos instead, and it is a truly stunning thing with a fabulous movement. One day the Ahoi will be mine.
 

Brandson

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Oct 26, 2017
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Another watch I always liked was Jasper Morrison's Rado r5.5 Chronograph:


Rado should really take the shell of this and make an Android Wear smartwatch already.
 

Samurai G0SU

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Nov 2, 2017
2,336
Denver, CO
thanks for this thread, i have been getting into more watches recently. I bought myself a 12 slot box and i think i need more! i've been a sucker for those online websites where you pay for shipping and get the watch for free LOL... just a few