The Timepiece Thread vol: READ THE 1st POST!!!

Discussion in 'General' started by Y4BBZY, Mar 23, 2014.

  1. Y4BBZY

    Y4BBZY formerly jyabbz

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    Time for a new watch thread, old thread has run its course. Opening post will include the basics of watches, recommendation guide, collection guide, maintenance guide, brand guide, and helpful links.

    Feel free to post your watches, watch related questions, or anything watch related.

    Thread Rules:

    + Don’t quote posts with a bunch of images (one or two) per watch
    + Don’t ask vague questions, “What is the best watch?” --- Read the entire first post
    + Need a Recommendation, Fill out the Recommendation Quote below
    + Don’t post or discuss counterfeit watches (there are sites for that)

    Need Recommendation, Fill this out:


    Basics of Watches:

    Movement:


    Quartz = Battery operated.
    Solar/Eco-Drive = Battery operated via a light source, exposure to sunlight is the best source.
    Kinetic = Battery operated via wrist motion like automatics.

    Automatic = Movement powered by wrist motion (and/or Hand-Winding component if included).
    Mechanical = Movement powered by Hand-Winding watch’s crown (clockwise).


    Crystal:



    Sapphire = Very scratch resistant and has hardiness rating just below a diamond but more prone to shatter when struck against solid objects

    Mineral = Hardened glass which is more scratch resistant than acrylic, but less than sapphire. Scratches cannot be buffed out and crystal needs to be replaced.

    Acrylic = Hardened plastic that is shatter resistance but can be scratched easily which can be buffed out easily with toothpaste or polywatch.


    Water Resistance:



    Picture below will give you an idea of the appropriate water resistance for different watches.





    Lugs:



    Standard Lugs = has the option for strap changes, look for watches with even lug widths (more strap options), need a strap changer tool or screwdriver (per Panerai).



    Integrated Lugs = has limited to no options for strap changes outside the one provided by the manufacturer.



    Maintenance:



    Quartz = battery changes usually every 2-3 years
    Solar/Eco-Drive = battery loss starts around 20 years but lack of sunlight power reserve will decrease battery life faster
    Automatic/Mechanical = service usually recommend every 3-5 years by manufacturers or if any problems occur but regular cleaning and oiling will suffice. Cost of Service will depend on the movement, availability of parts, and complication. Usually the more complications in the watch, the more expensive the servicing will cost.


    Watchwinder or Not




    Recommendation Guide:


    Before requesting advice on a potential watch purchase, please have an idea of what you are looking for. Fill out the questions below:


    Budget = (Price)
    Style = (Chronograph/Diver/Dress/Flieger/Pilot/Military/etc)
    Finish = (Stainless Steel (Polished/Brushed), Gold-Tone, PVD/DLC)
    Band = (Leather/Bracelet/Rubber)
    Case Diameter = (38mm? 40mm?)
    Movement = (Quartz/Solar/Kinetic/Automatic/Mechanical)
    Crystal = (Sapphire/Mineral/Acrylic)
    Water Resistance = (Look @ Buying Guide)





    Collection Guide:


    Tips:


      • Know what you want and Plan out your purchases
      • Factor in future maintenance costs in your purchase
      • Know your resale value, usually all watches depreciate in value but more popular brands and models take less of a hit than others
      • Know the difference between Authorized Dealer (AD) and Grey Market Reseller (GM)
      • Always try to negotiate when buying from an AD and pay in cash for bigger discount
      • Do your research first before buying any watch, read reviews but be careful of overly positive reviews, no watch is perfect and therefore every watch will have a flaw
      • If buying used, buy the best condition you can afford of that watch and know its service history

    Watch Collection:



    There is no set number of watches a person should have. A watch collection of 3 watches should suffice with enough variety for a majority of people.



      • Everyday/Work
      • Casual/Weekend
      • Dress

    Tools Recommended:






      • Spring Bar Tool



      • (Optional) Cape Cod Polishing Cloth (to restore polish finished)



      • (Optional) Scotch Brite Pad (to restore brushed finished)


    Brand Guide:


    Here is a quick and dirty list of brands that are regarded very highly in the watch community. Not a complete or definitive list.


    $5000:


    Japan = Grand Seiko, Credor
    Swiss = Patek Philippe, Audemars Piaget, Jaeger Le Coultre, Ulysse Nardin, Vacheron Constantin, Rolex, Breguet, Zenith, Panerai,
    German = A. Lange & Sohne, Muhle, D. Dornbluth & Sohne, Glashutte Original, IWC



    Interesting Sites:

    Watch Blog = Hodinkee, Worn & Wound, A Blog to Watch

    Watch Forum = Watchuseek/Timezone UK

    Shopping = Amazon, eBay, Watch Recon, Jomashop (Gray Market), Authentic Watches (Gray Market), Ashford (Gray Market)

    Straps = Crown & Buckle, Panatime, Cheapest Nato Straps
     
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  2. Y4BBZY

    Y4BBZY formerly jyabbz

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    TLDR: Noobs' Watch Recommendation List

    Budget (
     
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  3. antidope

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    I was planning to post in the watch thread one day because I need two watches to wear to work, and that watches for noobs list is exactly what I need to point me in the right direction.
     
  4. TipsyMcStagga

    TipsyMcStagga formerly kod843

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    I've purchased from mrwatch.com before. Good deals and fast shipping.
     
  5. knowledgebones72

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    Are Fossil watches poppin'?

    I've got a couple that I rock that I like, one's a black leather strap and the other is a brown aligator strap. I rock em cause I like how they look, and cause they were gifts from years and years ago.

    I don't see myself replacing them unless I go full-on the next level up.

    Also, am I the only one who likes leather straps WAAAYYYY more than metal?

    I know alot of dudes who would never rock a leather strap, cause then how would chicks know you got it like that?
     
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  6. Nawzlew

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    Loving it so far.


     
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  7. antidope

    antidope

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    This guy. Not a fan of metal straps at all, leather>>>>>>>. But I'm plain as hell so it fits me.
     
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  8. ej92154

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    Not a big fan either, actually taking them off my Omega planet ocean today and putting on a NATO strap
     
  9. rell826

    rell826 Banned

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    Rolex's being posted already. Should I even post my Citizen Eco's [​IMG]
     
  10. 7thave btn 31stn33rd st

    7thave btn 31stn33rd st

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    This thread is appreciated and will frequent.


    As for I, I'm a broke graduate student so I have just two basic G-Shocks. My pops gave me his Rolex Oyster Perpetual with 2ct bezel. Dope as ****.
     
  11. typerpinoy

    typerpinoy

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    42mm or xl? I can't imagine the 45 looking good on a NATO
     
  12. ej92154

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    42mm Liquid metal. I agree, 45 on a NATO might look a little odd 
     
  13. Top Boy

    Top Boy formerly jay patt

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    Broke 19 y/o college student :lol:
     
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  14. Nawzlew

    Nawzlew

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    stand up!

    weoutchea rockin sub $100 pieces pleighhboiii
     
  15. al audi

    al audi Banned

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    I don't do jewelry but I like a nice watch all day
     
  16. MetalMario

    MetalMario formerly m4riol

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    very well done List and categories done by OP here. looking at the first page alone will answer many questions people will post for (hopefully[​IMG]). I found the water resistance graph to be very informative. will always browse this thread
     
  17. currensy

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    Thread is on point already.
     
  18. htownshoefiend

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    the old thread was dead anyway [​IMG]

    p4l
     
  19. lpheat22

    lpheat22

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    Great info OP. Can't wait to see the heat everyone's wrist is rocking.
     
  20. lewshus75

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    looking for an all purpose watch.   I have about 4-5k to spend.   Whats the recommendations?
     
  21. BURRack Obama

    BURRack Obama formerly derrty6232

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    Timex :pimp:
     
  22. Y4BBZY

    Y4BBZY formerly jyabbz

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    Timex. Srs, please read the first post. I think there might be some useful info for you there.
     
  23. danyosahn

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    Weekender w/JCrew Camo band.
     
  24. Nawzlew

    Nawzlew

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    is this the weekender sport?

    was looking into this but wanted something a bit more casual so i copped the regular weekender.
     
  25. calikev34

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    P4L