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Title: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: Talk Is Cheap on June 30, 2008, 11:36:43 PM
What will you be rocking to LS? Daily Quartz beater you got at Target? Graduation present? Item you slaved for a year to proudly purchase?

Will you switch it up for dress or professional wear?

This topic is, of course, way better than talking about laptop bags or what-have-you.
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: EarlCat on July 01, 2008, 12:10:17 AM
Paging ArthurKing...
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: JusAbstinendi on July 01, 2008, 02:45:32 AM
Haha. Nice, TIC.
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: Slumdog Lovebutton on July 01, 2008, 07:22:33 AM
I'm a girl, but this (http://www.authenticwatches.com/omse205.html) is the watch I wear:

(http://us.st12.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/movadobaby_2007_1788992964)

College graduation present from my dad...
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: wcombs65 on July 01, 2008, 09:37:02 AM
Casio G-Shock.  I'm a simple man.
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: mike4488 on July 01, 2008, 09:52:42 AM
Cartier Roadster that I received as a gift.  I love this watch because it is one of the few (if not only) high end watches that you can switch the bracelets out.  Can go from a stainless steel bracelet, to brown leather, to black leather (or anything else that suits you but those are the bracelets I have).  Might very well be the only luxury watch I ever own.

http://www.imagecows.com/uploads/060b-men.jpg

Still have my trusty Timex though for when I'm hiking, biking, kayaking and that sort of thing.

Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: JusAbstinendi on July 01, 2008, 11:00:03 AM
(http://www.princetonwatches.com/images/watches/AR3000-00F.jpg)

Love it or hate it, the solar-powered eco-drive is elite.
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: UnoriginalAndrew on July 01, 2008, 11:43:54 AM
Wow, I was actually just about to start a similar thread, because I've got a question. My mom wants to give me a watch for my graduation present, and is going to let me pick it out.  I've tried on some Breitlings and some Omegas, and I'm between the two brands.  I was wondering if anyone had any experience with either brand, or an opinion as to which one is "better"?  From what little I know, and from what I've seen, it seems like there isn't really a difference in quality as they're both excellent watches.

Basically, I just want a watch that will last for a long, long time.  Anyone wanna help me decide?
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: mike4488 on July 01, 2008, 11:48:04 AM
Wow, I was actually just about to start a similar thread, because I've got a question. My mom wants to give me a watch for my graduation present, and is going to let me pick it out.  I've tried on some Breitlings and some Omegas, and I'm between the two brands.  I was wondering if anyone had any experience with either brand, or an opinion as to which one is "better"?  From what little I know, and from what I've seen, it seems like there isn't really a difference in quality as they're both excellent watches.

Basically, I just want a watch that will last for a long, long time.  Anyone wanna help me decide?

Well, I don't think you can go wrong with either but if I was choosing I would pick an Omega Seamaster.  Those watches can do everything and will last you forever.
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: Matthies on July 01, 2008, 12:37:42 PM
Wow, I was actually just about to start a similar thread, because I've got a question. My mom wants to give me a watch for my graduation present, and is going to let me pick it out.  I've tried on some Breitlings and some Omegas, and I'm between the two brands.  I was wondering if anyone had any experience with either brand, or an opinion as to which one is "better"?  From what little I know, and from what I've seen, it seems like there isn't really a difference in quality as they're both excellent watches.

Basically, I just want a watch that will last for a long, long time.  Anyone wanna help me decide?

I have both. Breitlings are great, most people know what they are, and they seem to hold up better than a Rolex (scratch wise). If you have a Bentley they have a cool looking watch that will match it. :) The Omegaís are bulletproof, I got the James Bond commerative one cause Iím a geek like that. http://www.omegawatches.com/index.php?id=286&details=1&ref=21230412001001&no_cache=1 


With proper care and cleaning both will last you a lifetime. Also look into Tags, I like tags as everyday watch wear over either of the other two. But 99% of the time I just wear a G-shock I have had for like five years. Iím that guy that never takes his watch off, ever, and the only thing that will stand up to daily soap scum damage is the G-shock. Plus I can clean it with a an old toothbrush when I canít see the face anymore from soap scum and not have to take it to a jeweler. The rest are worn when dressing up for a few hours at a time at most (and I have like 10 watches).

Also if you donít plan on wearing it everyday, get a watch winder case that automatically moves the watches in storage so they are always wound, otherwise itís a PIA when you switch watches.

(http://www.gerstner-international.com/images/GI-710.jpg)
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: odd on July 01, 2008, 12:40:08 PM
Wow, I was actually just about to start a similar thread, because I've got a question. My mom wants to give me a watch for my graduation present, and is going to let me pick it out.  I've tried on some Breitlings and some Omegas, and I'm between the two brands.  I was wondering if anyone had any experience with either brand, or an opinion as to which one is "better"?  From what little I know, and from what I've seen, it seems like there isn't really a difference in quality as they're both excellent watches.

Basically, I just want a watch that will last for a long, long time.  Anyone wanna help me decide?

You're right, they're both great watches.  I wouldn't say either is better than the other.  Personally, I prefer the aesthetic of the classic omega styles (like the seamaster).  But it all comes down to the look you prefer.  Also, be sure to narrow down the type of watch you want -- something casual and sporty, or something formal and classic?  There's a lot of variation, even within these watchmakers' lines.

For more (and too much) info, check out the Omega and Breitling brand forums on Timezone (http://www.timezone.com/)
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: iscoredawaitlist on July 01, 2008, 01:47:30 PM
psch. don't worry about watches. Worry about alarm clocks:

http://www.voco.uk.com/
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: stotan on July 01, 2008, 03:14:27 PM
(http://img516.imageshack.us/img516/7869/p1000967yj1.jpg)

my new baby

it's this without the chronograph:

(http://www.luxist.com/media/2006/07/tiffanyt57.jpg)
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: UnoriginalAndrew on July 01, 2008, 04:47:49 PM
FWIW - I am between the Aqua Terra in the Seamaster series of Omegas, and a Breitling Superocean Steelfish.  The funny thing is that the two watches don't look all that similar.  I guess I just like different things about them.  I'm leaning towards the more formal Omega.  I have a perfectly fine Nike watch for running and surfing and other outdoors stuff, so I wouldn't necessarily need the ruggedness of a 'Ling. 

Stotan -- I do have some questions, so I'll send you a PM shortly.  Thanks for the help.

And from the look of it, us LSDer's have a pretty good taste in watches.  I'm curious to see what else people have...
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: stotan on July 01, 2008, 05:47:09 PM
my brother has the superocean chrono.  it's pretty pimp.
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: mike4488 on July 01, 2008, 07:39:31 PM
That is a really good looking watch.

(http://img516.imageshack.us/img516/7869/p1000967yj1.jpg)

my new baby

it's this without the chronograph:

(http://www.luxist.com/media/2006/07/tiffanyt57.jpg)
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: stotan on July 01, 2008, 09:28:56 PM
thanks.  i love it, but i'm having the damndest time trying to keep it wound.  it keeps stopping.
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: Talk Is Cheap on July 01, 2008, 10:59:36 PM
if you have any specific watch questions i'd be more than happy to answer them.  i know a good bit.  omegas and breitlings are relatively equal in the quality department.  i believe they both use ETA movements (as do a many brands), but i think breitlings have a bit more cachet, mainly cause they're more expensive.

btw i would kill for a cartier.

This is true...Omega is an Swatch company and most of their watches, except the high-end stuff like some Blancpain, Breguet, etc. use ETA or Valjoux movements...Swatch actually owns both these companies that make the movements. The various marques may modify them slightly and give them a different name but 95% of them are still using the same base movements. The Superocean runs an ETA 2824 I believe while your basic Seamaster runs a 2892. Swatch currently sells their movements out to other companies but is ending this practice within a year, I believe, so the proliferation of ETA/Valjoux movements in various watches should wind down.

As far as Breitling vs. Omega, both excellent watches. Especially if you're looking at the Superocean/X-Plus vs. the Seamaster/Aqua Terra series, you're really looking at two watches in the same "dive watch" family. It all boils down to personal preference. They both run excellent "workhorse" ETA movements and you're not looking at any complications so take your pick. Omega probably has more presitge among the general population but Breitling has a lot of fans among WIS-types and is also plenty prestigious. So again, personal preference. I've got a Superocean X-Plus and an Aqua Terra Railmaster and I love them both, although the Aqua Terra is a bit "dressier" so it doesn't get as much wrist time. Used to have your standard "Bond" Seamaster but I sold it to get the Railmaster...don't regret it.

Longines I like too, people tend to down them but I really like their Master Collection...I was thinking about getting a Master Collection chrono but have held off for now. Honestly anything within the Swatch empire that runs an ETA or Valjoux 7750 is going to be pretty similar...they use essentially the same parts. Unless you're going for major complications or a specialty watch, it all boils down to personal preference as well as how much you want to show off.

I think I'm going to get a nice solid 2893 Hamilton for a daily beater...I baby my watches too much and don't like to knock around with them too much. I just got rid of a Hamilton Navy Regatta Chrono like a week ago...had it for a little while, was nice but honestly had too much going on, had like 5 crowns/pushers and three rotating bezels. Made me kind of dizzy. That and the seconds were at 3:00 which was a pain. So I'm definitely on a Hamilton kick right now.

Whoever had the Roadster, I am envious.

The chick who wears a Seamaster is a woman after my own heart.

Stotan...do you keep your watches on a winder? Might be the stem or power reserve is off...happened on my old Bond because I over-wound it manually and f-ed up the stem...it never had the same power reserve after that.

Geez...look at me blabbing up a storm...will quit while I'm ahead. Glad to see other LSDers enjoy a good watch, though. Thought I was the only one!
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: stotan on July 02, 2008, 05:27:22 AM
nope i don't keep it on a winder, and i just got it a week ago.  it makes no sense.  for instance, last night i wore it out, and after 2 hours or so it just stopped.  i manually re-wound it a bit, then just wore it for another hour or so.  took it off when i got home and it's still running this morning.
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: Slumdog Lovebutton on July 02, 2008, 09:16:11 AM
I have an omega seamaster (see earlier post) and I adore it.  Spectacular watch, and it gets a LOT of compliments around the poker table.
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: UnoriginalAndrew on July 02, 2008, 10:57:57 AM
I have an omega seamaster (see earlier post) and I adore it.  Spectacular watch, and it gets a LOT of compliments around the poker table.

Hell yeah, it's certainly a sexy watch.  For me, it's probably going to come down to which one feels better on my wrist.  If my gut tells me to take one over the other, I'll assume there was a reason for it.
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: Slumdog Lovebutton on July 02, 2008, 11:52:05 AM
I have an omega seamaster (see earlier post) and I adore it.  Spectacular watch, and it gets a LOT of compliments around the poker table.

Hell yeah, it's certainly a sexy watch.  For me, it's probably going to come down to which one feels better on my wrist.  If my gut tells me to take one over the other, I'll assume there was a reason for it.

yeah, you really can't go wrong.
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: UnoriginalAndrew on July 02, 2008, 01:01:50 PM
Now another important consideration -- price negotiation.  I've really never been in the market for high-end luxury items before, but are AD's willing to negotiate prices on watches, or are they more or less set in stone?  If they're negotiable, does anyone have any tips on talking price?
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: nealric on July 02, 2008, 01:14:59 PM
My watch:

(http://mwdropshippers.com/test/images/Sony_Ericsson_W810i_Walkman.jpg)

Never needs winding, time is autoset, and I can even talk on it and listen to MP3s!
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: UnoriginalAndrew on July 02, 2008, 01:26:55 PM
My watch:

(http://mwdropshippers.com/test/images/Sony_Ericsson_W810i_Walkman.jpg)

Never needs winding, time is autoset, and I can even talk on it and listen to MP3s!

Ah, hotlinks.  But yeah, typically I used my cell phone too. 
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: odd on July 02, 2008, 04:32:17 PM
Now another important consideration -- price negotiation.  I've really never been in the market for high-end luxury items before, but are AD's willing to negotiate prices on watches, or are they more or less set in stone?  If they're negotiable, does anyone have any tips on talking price?

They're negotiable.  A lot of times ADs can't (officially) sell below certain prices.  But I've still gotten them to knock 10% to 15% off of some pretty price-controlled brands (e.g. Rolex).

It helps to know someone.  If you don't, it helps to offer cash on the spot and be prepared to walk away if they can't meet your price point.  Don't go crazy.  Most people can probably get at least 5% off with a cash purchase.  Shop around.  Get comfortable with asking people "if I pay cash, could you go a little lower?" or even suggest a modest percentage.  Also, if you have an available out-of-state address, they'll usually forget the sales tax.  I've had better luck with independent stores VS major chains and mall stores.

That said, I'm not a good negotiator myself.  I'd also like to hear more advice.
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: Talk Is Cheap on July 02, 2008, 08:27:28 PM
Where the hell did my big long post go?
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: Talk Is Cheap on July 02, 2008, 08:30:36 PM
Yeah, ADs definitely negotiate...never pay the MSRP.

I'd peruse gemnation.com or alanfurman.com to get a decent idea of going-rate AD prices for various models...although you'd probably be able to get an ever bigger discount negotiating in person with your local AD.

If you're comfortable buying used and online, I've gotta stump for Timezone.com's Sales Corner...but I wouldn't do it if you haven't seen your watch in person or aren't too savvy (no offense). It's pretty well regulated but it's still possible to get taken online. Plus, you usually want to actually see and feel your new watch before plunking down a lot of cash for it.
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: n/a on July 02, 2008, 08:51:03 PM
I have a Submariner, a white IWC GST, and a Omega Double Eagle Constellation.

Currently buying parts and putting together my own vintage Rolex Double Red Seadweller.
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: stotan on July 02, 2008, 08:52:51 PM
ughhhhhhh i want an IWC
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: n/a on July 02, 2008, 08:57:09 PM
Eye Candy:

(http://img112.imageshack.us/img112/7739/watchesjx7.jpg)
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: Talk Is Cheap on July 02, 2008, 08:59:20 PM
Nice!
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: stotan on July 02, 2008, 09:12:07 PM
there's like 17k worth of watch on that wrist right there.  damn.
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: Talk Is Cheap on July 02, 2008, 11:43:45 PM
there's like 17k worth of watch on that wrist right there.  damn.

Bull
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: stotan on July 03, 2008, 04:57:34 AM
the IWC is 8-10k, the omega is probably 2.5-3k, and the rolex is 5-7K...
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: TrumpWho?? on July 03, 2008, 07:08:47 AM
Tag Aquaracer
Two Movados
Armani
Dolce & Gabbana


Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: Matthies on July 03, 2008, 09:41:34 AM
Oh one thing that has not been mentioned on here yet, if you spending more than 1k for a watch or have more than one high end watch, get them insured. Most homeowners or renters polices will cover 1-2 watches, but the usually have a pre set value limit of less than $500 (total). Ask your insurer about a watch rider, they can usually add a rider up to the value of your collection for a few dollars more a month. Also be sure its replacement value, not depreciated value. If you watch is individually serial numbered keep that number in a separate place from your watches, if they ever get stolen you can enter that number into the police stolen item database and if it ends up at a local pawnshop or jeweler you have a good chance of getting it back.

Also I have found Amazon.com is a good place to buy high end watches, you can get some good deals from competing venders there. Also donít forget about buying used, its takes a while to find the right one, but I found the exact Rolex model I wanted used for about half the price of new. There are watch brokers out there who will search for you and let you know what they find and give you a price quote on a used model whatever.
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: Team Awesome on July 03, 2008, 11:02:32 AM
Good thinking on insurance!

I'd recommend jomashop.com. I have a Tag 2000 that I bought myself when I got my first(and only) promotion. I thought about selling it on ebay to pay for moving costs but decided against it.
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: Talk Is Cheap on July 03, 2008, 04:19:14 PM
the IWC is 8-10k, the omega is probably 2.5-3k, and the rolex is 5-7K...

I thought that LV sub was a seamaster the first time I looked at it...my mistake!

Anyways, why do people like TAGs so much?? Only thing I would ever want is one of those Carrera chronos, and that's if someone gave it to me. Having Tiger Woods and Uma Thurman peddle your wares must really work...I've read that TAG is the no. 2 selling luxury watch in the U.S. now behind Rolex.
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: Team Awesome on July 03, 2008, 06:23:25 PM
the IWC is 8-10k, the omega is probably 2.5-3k, and the rolex is 5-7K...

I thought that LV sub was a seamaster the first time I looked at it...my mistake!

Anyways, why do people like TAGs so much?? Only thing I would ever want is one of those Carrera chronos, and that's if someone gave it to me. Having Tiger Woods and Uma Thurman peddle your wares must really work...I've read that TAG is the no. 2 selling luxury watch in the U.S. now behind Rolex.

Well I can't speak for people. For me, I bought a Tag because I came from a family of sensisble watches and a Tag seemed like a certificate of accomplishment. No one spent money on crazy things like telling time. I remember thinking that'd be the first thing I'd buy when I had money to buy an adult watch. I did and I did. Kinda cliche but now it's mine. I stack it with a yurman bracelet. (I'm a lady - sorry for intruding on the thread but I love watches and could talk time pieces all day).
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: n/a on July 03, 2008, 10:43:18 PM
My LV sub is nice, it goes with alot of stuff and is flashy, but sometimes I wish I went with the more traditional black bezel sub.


I bought genuine dials and bezel inserts if I ever wanted to change over, but I dunno.
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: UnoriginalAndrew on July 03, 2008, 10:54:30 PM
Well gentlemen, today I went into the jewelry store to check out watches, and came out with one.  I tried on a Colt Automatic from Breitling, with an ivory dial, and couldn't resist.  It was exactly what I wanted, so I got it.  I really love the way it looks on my arm, especially with the polished band.
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: Talk Is Cheap on July 03, 2008, 11:27:01 PM
Well gentlemen, today I went into the jewelry store to check out watches, and came out with one.  I tried on a Colt Automatic from Breitling, with an ivory dial, and couldn't resist.  It was exactly what I wanted, so I got it.  I really love the way it looks on my arm, especially with the polished band.

Pics, pics, pics!

n/a, I would have picked the LV myself. Black/black subs are so common.
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: UnoriginalAndrew on July 04, 2008, 09:39:35 AM
One I took myself from my computer's webcam, so it's flipped.

(http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m252/unoriginalandrew/Watch/Photo34.jpg)

And one taken by an online shop

(http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m252/unoriginalandrew/Watch/breitlingwatch.jpg)
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: UnoriginalAndrew on July 04, 2008, 09:46:13 AM
Double post -- woops

Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: Matthies on July 04, 2008, 11:02:15 AM
nice! Is it strechy band or is that just an optical illusion?
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: n/a on July 04, 2008, 12:03:00 PM
Thats just the way Breitling bands are.  They are diagonal like that, but don't stretch.

That must have ran you like 1500... i like it.

I was thinking of getting a superocean steelfish one of these days.
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: UnoriginalAndrew on July 04, 2008, 02:48:31 PM
Thats just the way Breitling bands are.  They are diagonal like that, but don't stretch.

That must have ran you like 1500... i like it.

I was thinking of getting a superocean steelfish one of these days.

Newer model, so it was a bit more than that, as Breitling recently raised prices across the board. I was able to get the dealer to take off 10% though.

I was actually between the one I got and the Superocean Steelfish with an ivory dial.  It was a tough decision...perhaps I'll go for the Steelfish after I graduate law school :)   I also absolutely loved their higher-end models, even though I'd never have any need for all the chronographs and such....I just liked the look. 
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: TrumpWho?? on July 05, 2008, 07:26:23 AM
Has anyone bought a watch from EBAY? There are some pretty good deals but I am unsure if the watches are truly authentic. If I buy a watch  and I find out it is not authentic will EBAY refund the money or will I have to go after the dealer?
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: Matthies on July 05, 2008, 07:59:17 AM
Thats just the way Breitling bands are.  They are diagonal like that, but don't stretch.


All of them? Is that new? Mines not like that, its straight links. I better not have a fake  >:(
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: n/a on July 05, 2008, 11:19:44 AM
Most breitlings ive seen over the past couple years have had the diagonally running links.

Im sure yours is real... haha, whered you buy it?
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: Matthies on July 05, 2008, 11:40:33 AM
Most breitlings ive seen over the past couple years have had the diagonally running links.

Im sure yours is real... haha, whered you buy it?

Jewlry store that was a Breitling dealer, but this was in like 2000 so maybe they changed since then? I remeber my dad had a sretchy band watch, those are kind cool in an old school way.
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: UnoriginalAndrew on July 05, 2008, 12:32:24 PM
Has anyone bought a watch from EBAY? There are some pretty good deals but I am unsure if the watches are truly authentic. If I buy a watch  and I find out it is not authentic will EBAY refund the money or will I have to go after the dealer?

If it's Ebay, I'd be wary.  You'll get a good deal, but unfortunately there really isn't a surefire way to tell if it's used, or fake.  Ebay would not refund all the money, as they won't refund the full price of purchases above a certain point.  If it was fake, issue a complain with Ebay and the dealer. 

Most breitlings ive seen over the past couple years have had the diagonally running links.

Im sure yours is real... haha, whered you buy it?

Jewlry store that was a Breitling dealer, but this was in like 2000 so maybe they changed since then? I remeber my dad had a sretchy band watch, those are kind cool in an old school way.

Some Breitlings do have straight links on the bands.  What model is it?
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: Matthies on July 05, 2008, 03:01:55 PM
Has anyone bought a watch from EBAY? There are some pretty good deals but I am unsure if the watches are truly authentic. If I buy a watch  and I find out it is not authentic will EBAY refund the money or will I have to go after the dealer?

If it's Ebay, I'd be wary.  You'll get a good deal, but unfortunately there really isn't a surefire way to tell if it's used, or fake.  Ebay would not refund all the money, as they won't refund the full price of purchases above a certain point.  If it was fake, issue a complain with Ebay and the dealer. 

Most breitlings ive seen over the past couple years have had the diagonally running links.

Im sure yours is real... haha, whered you buy it?

Jewlry store that was a Breitling dealer, but this was in like 2000 so maybe they changed since then? I remeber my dad had a sretchy band watch, those are kind cool in an old school way.

Some Breitlings do have straight links on the bands.  What model is it?

Its a Blackbird, I could not find a pic of one that looks exactly like mine, buit its very close to this with a metal band and red tips on the hands
(http://www.watchtime.com.au/images/watch-images/Breitling%20BlackBird_s.jpg)
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: Team Awesome on July 06, 2008, 08:23:38 AM
Has anyone bought a watch from EBAY? There are some pretty good deals but I am unsure if the watches are truly authentic. If I buy a watch  and I find out it is not authentic will EBAY refund the money or will I have to go after the dealer?

There are plenty of authentic new and used watches on ebay but you need to be a very educated consumer. Ask the right questions, do research, etc. I'd recommend making sure that you're using a credit card and not your bank account via paypal. Credit cards often have more consumer protection.
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: Talk Is Cheap on July 06, 2008, 02:40:28 PM
I think most of the breitling aeromarine watches (superocean, seawolf, whatever the hell) have the diagonal steel bracelet...models like the navitimer do still have the straight links.
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: AmericanGunner on July 07, 2008, 01:38:07 PM
I've always been a fan of the Seamaster. When I'm raking in the dough, I want to get a vintage seamaster, and a vintage sub-mariner. But the mother of all watches may be this one:

http://www.blancpain.ch/e/complications

They only made 35 or so of them, they're worth almost a million dollars, and are made mostly of platinum and gold...
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: n/a on July 07, 2008, 01:55:47 PM
This Patek Phillipe sold for about 1.5 million.
Supposedly has 12 complications

(http://img53.imageshack.us/img53/1214/hk02861811lr1pn1.jpg)

Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: neverborn on July 07, 2008, 06:02:29 PM
I have a Movado Museum Dial that I love.

I have my eye on an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra and a Cartier Tank Francaise.
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: UnoriginalAndrew on July 08, 2008, 02:50:51 PM
The Aqua Terras are beautiful. 

...And so are those Patek Phillipes. Wow.  I'll take the blue one, please.
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: n/a on July 08, 2008, 05:04:46 PM
The Aqua Terras are beautiful. 

...And so are those Patek Phillipes. Wow.  I'll take the blue one, please.

Thats the same watch :) ... its double faced.  The workings in there must be ridiculous... it has something like:

Hour
Minute
Second
GMT Hand
Day
Date
Month
Moon Phase
Constellation Map/Skyline

And I must me missing a few.
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: UnoriginalAndrew on July 08, 2008, 05:38:43 PM
Thinking about how that thing works makes my brain hurt.
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: Matthies on July 08, 2008, 05:45:54 PM
The Aqua Terras are beautiful. 

...And so are those Patek Phillipes. Wow.  I'll take the blue one, please.

Thats the same watch :) ... its double faced.  The workings in there must be ridiculous... it has something like:

Hour
Minute
Second
GMT Hand
Day
Date
Month
Moon Phase
Constellation Map/Skyline

And I must me missing a few.

For $1.5 million there are a few things else it should do but the filter would block them out if I wrote them.
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: Matthies on July 08, 2008, 05:49:02 PM
The Aqua Terras are beautiful. 

...And so are those Patek Phillipes. Wow.  I'll take the blue one, please.

Thats the same watch :) ... its double faced.  The workings in there must be ridiculous... it has something like:

Hour
Minute
Second
GMT Hand
Day
Date
Month
Moon Phase
Constellation Map/Skyline

And I must me missing a few.

For $1.5 million there are a few things else it should do but the filter would block them out if I wrote them.

And if the watch doesn't do it, there had better be a person that comes with it who will.

For that kind of money they better be twins
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: Temporary Relief Assistant Trailer Park Supervisor on July 08, 2008, 10:04:22 PM
Two dozen people trying to decide between a seamaster and a colt.  What a wide range of taste.  I'm not a fan of divers, but to me, the seamaster is a nicer looking watch, and most in the know seem to consider Omega a hair above Breitling in design and quality.  I prefer the Speedmaster.  Not a Tag or Movado fan, and I would suggest looking at Longines, Oris, and Hamilton instead.
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: AmericanGunner on July 09, 2008, 03:03:16 PM
I dig that blue Patek Philipe as well - but I thought there were only six grand complications in horology. Does the Patek do each of them twice or something?
Title: Re: Men, Let's Talk Watches
Post by: Talk Is Cheap on July 10, 2008, 11:35:00 PM
Two dozen people trying to decide between a seamaster and a colt.  What a wide range of taste.  I'm not a fan of divers, but to me, the seamaster is a nicer looking watch, and most in the know seem to consider Omega a hair above Breitling in design and quality.  I prefer the Speedmaster.  Not a Tag or Movado fan, and I would suggest looking at Longines, Oris, and Hamilton instead.

I'm getting the old Speedmaster Pro when I land a real job...always been on the short list.

Props for the "value watch" suggestions...I'm a Hamilton and Longines fan myself.