Menswear: Which watch?


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ismvil
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1301 posts since 16/9/11

posted 24 Jul 2020 17:45, edited 24 Jul 2020 17:45
Just had an email from Rolex and I’m picking it up tomorrow so this thread has obviously helped. CSB etc
eazypz
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3207 posts since 16/4/10

24 Jul 2020 20:23
Seriously baller watches in this thread.

Love the older/vintage pieces.
MattC
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783 posts since 20/3/12

24 Jul 2020 20:47
Holy shit Wembley Ubercool
candidate
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2457 posts since 12/11/06

posted 24 Jul 2020 23:49, edited 24 Jul 2020 23:49
What's a good entry level steel sports watch? Looking for something with a smaller face, £1-2k. wary of certain models in the 2nd hand market. Is there a good place to be looking as well? Chrono24 seems a bit too good to be true/risky for some watches. Need something to enter the game with. Looked at a new longines not long ago but feel I could get more for 1.4k
Paul88
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279 posts since 6/12/12

25 Jul 2020 06:05
candidate wrote: What's a good entry level steel sports watch? Looking for something with a smaller face, £1-2k. wary of certain models in the 2nd hand market. Is there a good place to be looking as well? Chrono24 seems a bit too good to be true/risky for some watches. Need something to enter the game with. Looked at a new longines not long ago but feel I could get more for 1.4k

I think Oris have a couple of nice divers at that price point. Their aquis diver is a good looking watch but the bracelet is integrated so may put some people off. Also their vintage inspired sixty-five is nice for the money, but some models have the fake patina which some folk won't like.
wembly
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487 posts since 15/1/13

25 Jul 2020 07:41
ismvil wrote: Just had an email from Rolex and I’m picking it up tomorrow so this thread has obviously helped. CSB etc

I assume the will have changed the crystal to a t19 service one which looks shite. Check out true dome. The produce 1:1 aftermarket t19 superdome which will give the watch a whole new looks and character
wembly
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487 posts since 15/1/13

25 Jul 2020 07:51
candidate wrote: What's a good entry level steel sports watch? Looking for something with a smaller face, £1-2k. wary of certain models in the 2nd hand market. Is there a good place to be looking as well? Chrono24 seems a bit too good to be true/risky for some watches. Need something to enter the game with. Looked at a new longines not long ago but feel I could get more for 1.4k

What kind of style do you looking for? Dress, sporty?


I started with a Seiko SKX007 and it was a very good watch to start with. Have a look at some Grand Seikos, Oris

For vintage: have a look at some Tudor prince Oysterdate for example


But don’t make any compromises. Save up a little longer if you need for your desired model but at the end you will be happier
candidate
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2457 posts since 12/11/06

posted 25 Jul 2020 08:25, edited 25 Jul 2020 08:25
Thanks for the advice. I looked at great length at the Seiko skx007. Are you talking about buying the new models of those? The ones in the 200-500 range?

I really like the look of the grand seikos. This would be perfect really if it was automatic.


And yeah it's been a long process. Been wearing this trashy low-key bapex for the longest time now.
deuce
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13860 posts since 21/1/08

25 Jul 2020 08:33
The SKX013 would be a better suit for you / smaller wrists. Had one myself as the 007 was too big for me. I don’t believe the new seiko 5 sports (new 007/013) come in a smaller case size so they might be a tad big for you

Was gonna say you won’t find a GS for less than 3k retail (quartz), but yeah second hand older models you’ll find some great deals.

Tbh, I’d suggest waiting a little longer and saving a bit more;
1) you don’t really know what you want yet, and thats fine, but waiting will give you time to look into watches more and find something you really like
2) when you get to the 3k mark you really start to see some great watches available. Omega railmaster, Tudor black bay 58, Grand Seiko quartz models (I have the sbgn005)

In the meantime you could probably sell the bapex and get a skx013 and have change left over

candidate
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2457 posts since 12/11/06

25 Jul 2020 08:46
Cheers for that. Just looked at the skx013, think I'll start off with that with the money made from selling the bapex as you said.

Then save more over time to get to 3-4k range. Will come back to you when I'm in that market

Again cheers for the advice.
Doogan
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749 posts since 13/4/14

posted 25 Jul 2020 08:56, edited 25 Jul 2020 08:56
You could get a Black Bay 58 for just under 3k on interest free credit.

If you put 1-2k down at the point of buying then the monthly payments wouldnt be much.

I would only ever recommend taking the interest free credit if you have the cash to buy it outright though. Can't condone going into debt for a watch.
compulsiveshopper
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1275 posts since 12/6/12

26 Jul 2020 08:38
You should be able to get a GS for £3k, including import duties. They hover around the £3,300 mark in the UK it appears
https://www.chrono24.com/search/index.htm?dosearch=true&maxAgeInDays;=0&onlyDealerAds;=false&pageSize;=60&priceFrom;=0&priceTo;=-1&query;=grand+seiko+automatic&redirectToSearchIndex;=true&sortorder;=1&usedOrNew;=new
Trent
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1970 posts since 18/1/09

26 Jul 2020 09:44
As Wembley said I started with a Seiko, I moved onto vintage Heuer 1000 then Tag Heuer Spirotechnique 180 then a Tudor Princedate. All bought sub-1500quid a few years back.
oldgregg
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26 Jul 2020 11:03
wembly wrote:

NickMSM
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394 posts since 21/8/13

26 Jul 2020 12:52
Good entry level sports watch - have a look at a used midsize Omega Seamaster Pro. Can't really go wrong for the money. 36mm case.
burny
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5887 posts since 25/5/06

26 Jul 2020 13:02
Just to throw a curve ball in here. All good options above but a bit old school Swiss (bar the seiko) centric. What about something like Unimatic? Or even Baltic. I get the whole brand thing but for me Unimatic watches are far better on the eye than a Seiko or Omega. Obviously they’re one of my clients but Christopher Ward is extremely good quality for the money. Most look a bit shit admittedly. Depends if you want horology clout or something that looks good?
oldgregg
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6367 posts since 13/4/02

26 Jul 2020 13:13
Sinn ezm3 is a v good entry sport watch, a bit of history and solid as fuck

Birdman
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26 Jul 2020 13:21
candidate wrote: What's a good entry level steel sports watch? Looking for something with a smaller face, £1-2k. wary of certain models in the 2nd hand market. Is there a good place to be looking as well? Chrono24 seems a bit too good to be true/risky for some watches. Need something to enter the game with. Looked at a new longines not long ago but feel I could get more for 1.4k

Omega Speedmaster Reduced?
RickRude
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26 Jul 2020 14:23
Baby Ploprof?
ismvil
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1301 posts since 16/9/11

27 Jul 2020 08:03
@wembly got my decades wrong. It’s a 14060. But damn it’s good to have this back.