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Discussion in 'Fine Watches, Jewelry, & Clothes' started by ralessi, May 23, 2004.

  1. ralessi

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    I am looking for my first watch at the moment and have been browsing the timezone.com sales forum for a week or so now. I found something that was sort of interesting and would like an opinion on it so I don't go blowing money on something that will wind up being a nightmare.

    http://forums.timezone.com/index.php?t=tree&goto=827259&rid=0

    This watch is very interesting to me. Cooler than most as it is old and has some character to it. The only thing that bothers me is the fact that it DOES look like the Blancpain 50 fathoms as this person has said - is it just a 40 year old knockoff? Another thing that scares me is the acrylic face - is this a nightmare waiting to happen?

    Also, I might as well ask for suggestions while I am at it. What should I be looking for in a first watch at around this price range (150-300, the lower the better)? I have been checking out the Hamilton Khaki Auto's, and saw a nice one for 220, but it has a white face - I think I would prefer the black although I'm not completely sure. I also like the Titoni Airmaster Pilot the best as of now, but it is 400 and those rarely go for sale on timezone.
     
  2. jimpo1

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    For the price range you're looking in, you won't be getting anything too high quality. That's not to say you can't get a good watch though. I just bought a couple of Wenger Swiss Army watches because I got a smokin' deal on them (wholesale!). They're normally about $400 watches and I've been very happy with them. Nothing wrong with the Hamilton you like either and if you want a black face, keep looking. They're available all over the place. Stick with a brand name you know, rather than something you've never heard of that looks cool. Be sure it's water proof so you can wear it wherever you want. I'd also suggest a bracelet band rather than leather as the bracelets last longer. If you like the looks of that watch you posted a link to, look at the Invictas. They're blatant Rolex knock offs, but they do the job. www.ashford.com used to carry them.
     
  3. tonyh

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  4. mark22-4

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    Hi, can anyone help me, I recently had a Cartier-ferrari chronograph stolen. I bought it new in 1990 it was one of the formula ferrari range. I am looking to replace it with something very similer. It had a stainless case, white chrono face with ferrari logo, gold bezels around the dials and gold stopwatch and adjuster buttons. It had a light tan calfskin strap with stainless clasp with ferrari logo. If anyone has something similer for sale please contact me as I am a keen buyer.
     
  5. darth550

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    I second that. Swiss army offers a great watch for the money. <$400.

    BTW...Tutima is a decent watch but more money however in the 2K range you can easily get into Tags and Omegas.

    DL
     
  6. LetsJet

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    The picture of the watch did not come up on the page so I don't know what style your looking for. I do suggest you try this site also. It has helped me in the past when I had a question or was looking for something.

    http://www.watchuseek.com

    Good luck
     
  7. jimpo1

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    I'm thinking it's time to buy another nice watch. This one needs to be automatic, because I just got a cool watch winder for Fathers day and I need to fill it up. I also typically buy chronographs, because I like the look of a 'complicated' watch. I have a Tag Kirium Chrono and an Omega Speedmaster, plus quite a few 'lesser' watches. Does anybody have any suggestions? I'm thinking about an Omega Seamaster just because I've always loved them, but on the other hand I'm not sure I want another Omega. I also want a Panerai Marina, but don't know if I want to cough up that kind of $$$.
     
  8. darth550

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    Check out the IWC Spitfire. They are reletively hot right now and not as common as a Breitling. Another good choice would be the tried and true Rolex Submariner.

    DL
     
  9. LetsJet

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    Jim,

    I have the Speedmaster and the Triple date ver. among others. I think Breitling makes some nice watches you might want to consider. As far as the Rolex Sub, DL, that's a little common. Check guys wrists and it's always a Sub or GMT. I like them, just a little over cooked IMO.

    BTW- My Breitling Emergency is probably the one most people want to discuss. It's not an automatic but does sit in my winder case just fine.
     
  10. chrislamborghiniatlanta

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    There is so much cool stuff out there right now in watches. Do you have a Tourneau Time Machine by you? We have one in Atlanta at Lennox Square Mall and they have a very wide variety of high end watches. The Chrono's are the way to go. Also check out this site, www.eastcoastjewelry.com as that is my customers store and he will take excellent care of you both pricing and inventory availability wise.

    Chris
     
  11. jimpo1

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    #11 jimpo1, Jun 24, 2004
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    I looked at the IWC Spitfire, but decided for that money I'd get the Panerai I really want. I haven't really explored the Breitlings, but I'll take a look.

    The one I'm looking at today is the Oris TT1 Divers Regulator. Water resistant to 1000 meters! That's Titanic deep. No, I don't dive. I like the separate hour hand though.
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  12. jimpo1

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  13. jimpo1

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    I broke down and bought the Oris Regulator. I even spent less money than I'd planned! I'm extremely happy with the watch, it's very well made, is very light weight since it's titanium, and it's large, 44mm, which I like. I saw the Oris F1 while I was in the shop, and it's damned nice too. I wasn't crazy about the rubber strap, so I just put the spare bracelet on it.
     
  14. LetsJet

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    Ok Rikky,

    Where are you at on this?
     
  15. PerryJ

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    Go Rolex, VINTAGE ;-)
     
  16. SefacHotRodder

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    Actually, its not. But who dives 1000 meters? You'd be flat as a pancake.
     
  17. Bimmerista

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    I have a Breitling & a Tag Heuer SEL. Honestly, the best watches you can buy for the $$$. Each ran me just under $1,000 b/c I bought them pre-owned.
     
  18. scott61

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    As long as the need to know the correct time is not a high priority. Rolex is great watch for durability but the Rugrats watch that my 5 year old got for about 2 bucks with her happy meal keeps better time than my Submariner or GMT Master II
     
  19. tonyh

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  20. darth550

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    I just looked at that one yesterday. I like it too. Have you seen the Cousteau?

    DL
     
  21. tonyh

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    #22 tonyh, Jul 11, 2004
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    Only in the brochure , Dave. is it nice in the metal? Chrono edges it for me between these 2.

    The Aquatimer Limited Edition
    "Cousteau Divers", Ref. 3548
    in stainless steel with rubber strap (front)
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  22. jimpo1

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    I'm w/ Tony, I prefer the chono too.
     
  23. darth550

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    I like the Cousteau because it does not look so much like the GST.

    DL
     

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