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Anyone into nice watches?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussions' started by John Stone, Nov 24, 2004.

  1. John Stone

    John Stone Every day is Leg Day
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    I've been wanting a luxury watch for a very long time. To me, a man's watch is right up there with his shoes and suit when it comes to making a visual impression. A nice watch is like bling, for adults. :)

    This Christmas Lisa and my entire family are all pitching in to buy me my first luxury watch. It will mean even more to me knowing that everyone in my family helped purchase it.

    I looked at Rolex, Omega, Tag Heuer, Breitling and Cartier (among others). I wanted something sporty, but something that also looks good with a suit. After many months of research, I've made my choice: The Omega Seamaster Professional Chronometer. I went with the full sized, COSC certified automatic (model #2531.80). I absolutely love this watch, and I can't wait to start wearing it! Anyone who's seen one in real life will tell you that pictures do not do it justice. It's an amazing looking watch.

    Does anyone else here have an Omega or other fine watch? I'm far from an horologist, but I find the craftsmanship that goes into the mechanical Swiss watches absolutely amazing.

    Here's the watch:




     

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  2. badgolfer

    badgolfer Well-Known Member

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    i know nothing about watches but that is a nice looking watch.
     
  3. karatetricker

    karatetricker Well-Known Member

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    I know exactly what you mean about the watch being an important part of a visual impression. I am not too into watches, but I do have myself a pretty sweet RADO that I rock with my suit as well as any time I am just wearing a nice outfit.

    I must say, the one you picked out is really nice. I'd definitely like to put that thing around my wrsit. Good taste! :tu:
     
  4. Hort

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    That's the current "James Bond" watch I believe... never been into watches for $1,000-$3,000 plus... but hey, whatever jazzes you. :)
     
  5. John Stone

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    You are correct, Hort. In fact this is James Bond's exact watch of "choice". 007 switched from a Rolex Submariner to this model Omega starting in "Goldeneye" (although I think in "Goldeneye" he had the Quartz model, stepping up to the automatic in subsequent movies).

    The James Bond tie-in didn't play any part in my choice, but hey if it's stylish enough for 007, it works for me! :)

    Glad you guys like it!
     
  6. 1FastGTX

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    My watch is pretty tight, I'll need to find a pic or take one. It's a titanium Elgin, really heavy too.

    How about these? :)

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  7. Bluestreak

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    Oh yeah. I LOVE watches. Very nice choice, John.

    My daily watch is a nice Seiko Arctura Kinetic. I have a Tag Heuer that only comes out for special occasions. I have several watches by Fossil that are color coordinated to outfits and suits, and I'm thinking of looking into a Tissot sport as they have some nice ones that catch my eye.

    The ultimate would be a Patek Philippe. But I wouldn't wanna pay more for my watch than I did for my car. ;)
     
  8. guava

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    Just today, one of my girlfriends told me she is considering to possibly buy her husband a Tag Heuer watch for Christmas. I asked her about why he wanted one, and we discussed it for a bit. Myself, I get bored of watches (and clothing) easily, so I'd rather have about half a dozen $15 watches, then buy half a dozen more in a couple of years. I might buy my husband a watch this year, but it'll be in the $150 dollar range. That's an expensive watch to me.
     
  9. Bluestreak

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    In reality, they're ridiculously expensive. It's just one of those things that I think every guy should get to do once in his life - have a really sweet watch.It's easy to see and feel the differences when you hold a watch (say, less than $200) against a more luxurious one. When I got my Arctura, and I held it against my Fossil watches (which was all I wore to that point) you could tell an obvious difference. My Fossils are about $100 watches, and are nice, but there's a lack of craftsmanship and quality materials that stands out.

    Everything about an expensive watch feels good. They have some heft to them, the crystal is so clear it's like it's not even there, the band is very sturdy and has no "wobble" to it, the function buttons are very solid and precise when you touch them - there's no "slop" in them when you push a button. When you wear a nice watch with a suit, they seem to gleam and call attention to themselves; it is a classical finishing touch to the look.

    It's by no means a necessity and is quite a luxury when you're talking about a nice watch that costs in the thousands. It's just a great feeling to put a quality timepiece on your arm. I don't know how to explain it other than the pride of owning and appreciating something truly beautiful like that.

    -R
     
  10. JeremyLikness

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    I am a fan of this one ...

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    Jeremy
     
  11. jRS

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    No doubt it feels good and it's the little extra that makes a huge difference. Very sound of you to get one!
     
  12. J2kDarkSkies

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    I had an armitron once.
     
  13. Freddi

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    I've got a thing for the ones you carry in your pocket with a chain... Dunno what you call them in english. The cool thing about them is that almost all grandparents have them. So if you get one, it has a history behind it as well...
     
  14. John Stone

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    Nicely articulated, Blue.

    A fine watch is basically functional jewelry for men (and women, of course). Many of them are heirloom-quality and can last several lifetimes. A tremendous amount of work and craftsmanship goes into high-end watches: the automatic COSC-certified movement, the sapphire crystal, the quality of the metals, the clasp, the bracelet, the crown, the seals, the dial, the arms - it's really quite amazing how accurate and well made they are.

    You all have some very nice looking watches!

    TAG makes some terrific looking watches. I was very close to going with this
    TAG Kirium. I also like this Omega Constellation (the one in the foreground), but it was a bit too dressy for everyday use.


     
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    John: Does the omega come standard with the red-light laser for cutting through jail bars after the bad guy tells you the one and only thing that could possibly stop his plot for world-domination?

    Or is that extra?

    I'm embarrased to say that I stopped wearing watches when I was really skinny (looked like a clock on my wrist instead of a watch). Since then I have always used my cell phone as my watch.

    I don't wear it on my wrist.
    If I found a watch communicator--with the laser--then I'd wear a watch again.
     
  16. John Stone

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    The laser is so 1995 (we'll ignore "Die Another Day" for the moment). I opted for the retractable grappling hook. :D
     
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    I have a Tag Heuer that I adore. It's not only beautiful, but incredibly durable.
    Unlike many women I know, I'm not really big into jewelry, but I love nice watches. I bought my husband a Tag as wedding gift and he also loves his.
     
  19. Emilio

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    I love watches. My current daily is my Citizen Skyhawk (Blue Angels edition). As a pilot you have to have a chrono(ok i just loved the look and the features!). The new tag F1 color watches are relatively cheap(Seen as low as 500 at the local dealer). I plan on purchasing that one for myself when I hit my goal weight. When I graduate from college though I really want to go all out and buy a nice breitling(I've been eyeing the emergency for quite some time now but its around 3,500 and thats well out of my range... someday though). As for your watch John.. its garbage.. i suggest sending it to me for proper disposal. Hah yeah right thats one hell of a watch there John I am sure it will be with you for quite some time. Enjoy it!

    - Emilio
     
  20. Bluestreak

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    Bwahahaha!

    I love those. I've got a buyer for my Tag right now (I need the $$$ for some guitar equipment and I enjoy the Arctura more) so I think I'm going to let the Tag go, get the guitar gear I need, and get a Citizen. Possibly one of the perpetual calendar watches... this one:

    Citizen Eco-Drive Calibre 8700

    I adore that watch, and I'd rather have a couple daily wear watches than one I wear only a few times a year. Awesome watch, Emilio!
     

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