Bomb Proof... reasonably priced watch

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Terrytori, Dec 15, 2008.

  1. DriveShaft

    DriveShaft Long timer

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    It looks like he's worked hard to take down the ebauche and decorate the movement, which is one thing that the big boys do when they leverage an ETA movement. He hasn't done anything to modify the movement though. It's straight up ETA 2824-2 / 7750, gilded a little. Whether it's decorated or not has no appeal to me. Looking at his work, imo he needs a more refined set of tools to do the finishing work. It looks a tad rough. ...or maybe he needs a better photographer. Who am I to say, I don't give a rat's ass about finishing, and anybody can be a critic. Personally, speaking, I think the 2824-2 is pretty top notch...It's a good engine; easily capable of COSC regulation. For a one man show, he's done the right things.

    Personally, though, I'd go for a Ball, if I wanted a watch made in the states. IIRC they were one of the few that could make the claim...them & Kobold. To me, Ball is as close to bomb proof & reasonably priced as automatics come.
  2. Bueller

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  3. scootertrash

    scootertrash Mobile Homie

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    + 2 on the Timex Expedition. I love my $28 Expedition. I put a black rubber strap on it and never worry about banging it up. I want to get the Citizen Eco Drive watch. Looks like the Expedition, but a little nicer and no batteries to worry about. Still a very reasonable $87.

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  4. maalstroom

    maalstroom Ferret Legger

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    Dynamite time . com have the 37mm Seiko Military autos on sale. Mine has been a great watch, the 7s26 movement is reliable and accurate.

    Yes, I know it has been mentioned here already.
  5. MikeyT

    MikeyT Krusty Olde Pharte™

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    "The" Citizen Eco-Drive watch is a bit misleading. I have one of those, and one of these

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    as well as five or six other Eco-Drive watches.

    Today, though, I'm wearing this Seiko SKX173.

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  6. SQD8R

    SQD8R Eat squids and be merry

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    Timex Expedition for me. :freaky
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    kojack My Hardley is a POS

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  8. rivers

    rivers Been here awhile

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    I like this one. What's the model #?

  9. dlearl476

    dlearl476 Two-bit Throttle Bum

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    Seiko Outlets. :deal

    My Heuer has been to service 3 times since I received it as a gift in 2007. (The last time for $562, but in all fairness it was my fault. Swimming laps when I realized the crown had come unscrewed. Then again, my Seiko's crowns NEVER come unscrewed.) Same Seiko chronograph for 9 years. One $10 battery change later.
  10. 5hunge

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    Even im amazed people still wear watches :eek1
  11. DriveShaft

    DriveShaft Long timer

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    It's just so damn convenient. There was a guy who stitched in a few neodymium magnets into his wrist so he could mount his iPod Nano on his wrist. Google iDermal. Maybe that'll be the next trend. :D
  12. Chad M

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    I think it's the BM6400 18E.


  13. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

    Manuel Garcia O'Kely Back at last

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    Terrisomething......

    Under $600? Lot's of GOOD stuff under that price point.

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    Seiko SKX009 [007 has all black] with WJean super oyster, about $300 all told. 200 meter dive rated watch.

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    Around $400 with shipping from Timefactors.com, the 100 meter WR Smiths Everest - has an acrylic crystal which scratches easily, but is an incredible value - a Miyota 9015 automatic movement in a top quality stainless case/bracelet - it's a touch thick and wears really big for a 40mm

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    My current favorite, the Japanese market Seiko SARB017 on the optional bracelet - just a hair over $600 with the bracelet, this WR 200 meter automatic watch has the fine 6R15 movement. Mine runs just about 4 seconds a day fast since I got it, has a sapphire crystal and is a smaller 38 mm and wears nicely on my wrist. The green dial has to be seen to be appreciated, it changes color depending on the background light and the Cathedral hands have plenty of lume to read in dark all night. The hour lume pips are smaller than I'd like but they work fine. There's a black dial, silver version SARB017 and a more rugged SARB059 that is in the same case as the SKX009 and has an external bezel instead of internal.
  14. dlearl476

    dlearl476 Two-bit Throttle Bum

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    A Macchina Sportiva designed by Guigiaro. Kind of sucks, though. It has a proprietary band and I broke the fastener. Seiko doesn't have a replacement and a standard band won't work on it. :cry
    IIRC, I paid about $400 for it at Ashford.com some 15-16 years ago.
  15. MikeyT

    MikeyT Krusty Olde Pharte™

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    It's a BM6400. I'm not sure of the suffix for the bracelet version. I bought this one used. On nylon it's BM6400-00E.

    Ooops. 205'd.
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    MikeyT Krusty Olde Pharte™

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    My newest, from April of 1969. It has the 6139 movement, arguably the first automatic chronograph ever.

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  17. DriveShaft

    DriveShaft Long timer

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    I'll be damned. First auto chrono...and first vertical clutch. Nice.
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    Shaggie Unseen University

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    My current favorite, the Japanese market Seiko SARB017 on the optional bracelet - just a hair over $600 with the bracelet, this WR 200 meter automatic watch has the fine 6R15 movement. Mine runs just about 4 seconds a day fast since I got it, has a sapphire crystal and is a smaller 38 mm and wears nicely on my wrist. The green dial has to be seen to be appreciated, it changes color depending on the background light and the Cathedral hands have plenty of lume to read in dark all night. The hour lume pips are smaller than I'd like but they work fine. There's a black dial, silver version SARB017 and a more rugged SARB059 that is in the same case as the SKX009 and has an external bezel instead of internal.[/QUOTE]

    i really like this!!!!!
  19. brianstanfill

    brianstanfill has adventure

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    I am super excited to see the raving reviews for the Seiko Automatic Diver's longevity in this thread. However, in the name of full disclosure, I report the death of mine after 12 years of nonstop abuse.

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  20. Flood

    Flood F5lood.

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    Wow, that one looks really abused.

    But you should be able to get a new movement for around $50 and a fresh bezel insert for $20. Or find a cheap used Seiko with a 7S26 movement on eBay and let a watchmaker do the swap.