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Need a watch recommend please...
« on: February 17, 2016, 07:33:30 PM »
I figured this would be a good place to ask about watches as I'm not real knowledgable about them.

I've an interest in getting a new watch that's a wind up, if there is such a thing anymore. But I also want to have the day of the month as well. Non-dress up/formal looking too. Just a everyday watch is what I'm after.

I've been looking at a Seiko 5, which I know is an automatic, but it can be wound up as well if needed?

I like the size of the Seiko 5 at 37mm, as I'm a bit of a skinny guy and don't care for a larger, heavier watch, on my wrist.

So I'm wondering if there are other, similar models, I should look at.

And if there are perhaps older, discontinued, models I might find. One I have that I enjoy wearing is a US Army issue Hamilton from the Vietnam era. Keeps very good time, nice and thin, and is still in great shape. I had it serviced not too long ago and the guy said he doubted it was ever used much and just needed a little lube inside and that was it. It doesn't have the day of the month though.

Thanks guys! Joe

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Re: Need a watch recommend please...
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2016, 07:42:12 PM »
http://www.nomos-glashuette.com/

http://www.junghans.de/

https://shop.laco.de/

Some brands with what I think are good looking watches which fulfill your criteria. There's actually quite a lot of choice with many brands. They cost a pretty penny, though. The only problem is day of month is more usual for automatics than hand wound ones.
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Re: Need a watch recommend please...
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2016, 07:50:00 PM »
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Jaragar (automatic), see the latest watch thread for more on them.

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Re: Need a watch recommend please...
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2016, 08:01:44 PM »
Hamilton Kahki Mechanical (wind up only)

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Re: Need a watch recommend please...
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2016, 11:07:19 PM »
My first thought when reading the title and waiting for the thread to open was "he'd probably like a Seiko 5."

Then I read your post and yup, I'm still thinking Seiko 5.

The other suggestions (at least the ones I know of!) are good choices too, but the reality is that if you think you like the Seiko 5 and you've done a bit of research on the Seiko 5 then you might as well go for a Seiko 5. 

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Re: Need a watch recommend please...
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2016, 12:08:51 AM »
I have to agree with Grant ...  :facepalm:

A Seiko 5 is a great watch at a great price, I got myself a Seiko 5 Aviator and I love it.  You can't wind it up with a button, but when you shake it with your hand for like 15 seconds it will run for a day or so, and once you're wearing it, it just keeps going ...

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Re: Need a watch recommend please...
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2016, 03:21:07 PM »
Thanks for the recommends guy, much appreciated.

After checking out the links and some interwebs searching, it seems that there really isn't too much of a selection of manual/wind up watches in the, say $175 neighborhood. My desire for having the date also seems to be a hitch which I can understand I suppose due to the required added machinery in the watch that's needed for that.

The Seiko 5 seems a good choice and has positive reviews. Especially at its price point. The watch sites where I read reviews spoke well of its mechanism they have in them.

I may pick up a Seiko to go along with my battery run Victorinox watches and my old wind up. Judging what watches similar to my old wind up, it may make sense to get another one just to have as a spare. They really have gone up in price since I bought mine off the suction site.

I notice that many guys aren't wearing watches any longer which I would imagine is partly due to our digital age where everyone has a cell phone and all its assorted features. Maybe it's just cause I'm a bit older, but I like to wear a watch. Always have since I was a youngster. It seemed to be expected. A guy wore a watch and carried a pocket knife. I feel half naked if I don't have one on, even around the house where there is a wall clock in about every room. :)

Thanks again!

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Re: Need a watch recommend please...
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2016, 03:53:16 PM »
I think there's a lot of people who didn't get the memo about not carrying a knife and their own watch. Myself included.  :D
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Re: Need a watch recommend please...
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2016, 04:20:52 PM »
I've been carrying the Seiko 5 for a few weeks. Like the watch, works fine, looks classy. Only one thing I don't like: the seconds hand doesn't stop when you pull out the crown, so there's no way of setting it accurately to the second.

But like the man who sold me the watch told me: "does it really make that much of a difference in the day to day, if your watch is 15 seconds behind/forward?"

Must... try... to... accept... this...
 :facepalm:

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Re: Need a watch recommend please...
« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2016, 04:40:14 PM »
I've been carrying the Seiko 5 for a few weeks. Like the watch, works fine, looks classy. Only one thing I don't like: the seconds hand doesn't stop when you pull out the crown, so there's no way of setting it accurately to the second.

But like the man who sold me the watch told me: "does it really make that much of a difference in the day to day, if your watch is 15 seconds behind/forward?"

Must... try... to... accept... this...
 :facepalm:

I always try to pick it up very softly (when it's standing still), and then start to shake it when the seconds hand is at the right position with the current time, with a bit of practice you can get it quite accurate  :D.
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Re: Need a watch recommend please...
« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2016, 04:45:45 PM »
I've been carrying the Seiko 5 for a few weeks. Like the watch, works fine, looks classy. Only one thing I don't like: the seconds hand doesn't stop when you pull out the crown, so there's no way of setting it accurately to the second.

But like the man who sold me the watch told me: "does it really make that much of a difference in the day to day, if your watch is 15 seconds behind/forward?"

Must... try... to... accept... this...
 :facepalm:

I always try to pick it up very softly (when it's standing still), and then start to shake it when the seconds hand is at the right position with the current time, with a bit of practice you can get it quite accurate  :D.

You need it to stop to do that. I carry it daily, it will be awhile before I can do that... and you still can get a couple of seconds ahead/behind...
 :rant: :rant: :rant: :rant:


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Re: Need a watch recommend please...
« Reply #11 on: February 18, 2016, 05:05:08 PM »
I've been carrying the Seiko 5 for a few weeks. Like the watch, works fine, looks classy. Only one thing I don't like: the seconds hand doesn't stop when you pull out the crown, so there's no way of setting it accurately to the second.

But like the man who sold me the watch told me: "does it really make that much of a difference in the day to day, if your watch is 15 seconds behind/forward?"

Must... try... to... accept... this...
 :facepalm:

I always try to pick it up very softly (when it's standing still), and then start to shake it when the seconds hand is at the right position with the current time, with a bit of practice you can get it quite accurate  :D.

You need it to stop to do that. I carry it daily, it will be awhile before I can do that... and you still can get a couple of seconds ahead/behind...
 :rant: :rant: :rant: :rant:

I can do this all the time, since I keep switching between my two Suunto Core's, my Black Monster, my Casio Riseman, my Casio ProTrek and my Garmin Fenix ...  :think:

And a couple of seconds is still better than the huge 15 seconds gap you mentioned ... 15 seconds ... every time you look at your watch  :poh:.
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Re: Need a watch recommend please...
« Reply #12 on: February 18, 2016, 05:14:09 PM »
If your on the fence about a Seiko 5 and it being an automatic, I'd recommend taking a look at a Citizen Eco-Drive.

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Re: Need a watch recommend please...
« Reply #13 on: February 18, 2016, 06:23:48 PM »
I have to agree with Grant ...  :facepalm:

A Seiko 5 is a great watch at a great price, I got myself a Seiko 5 Aviator and I love it.  You can't wind it up with a button, but when you shake it with your hand for like 15 seconds it will run for a day or so, and once you're wearing it, it just keeps going ...



I have the same Seiko 5:

I alternate between it and the Swiss Military got from Grant:

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Re: Need a watch recommend please...
« Reply #14 on: February 18, 2016, 11:32:19 PM »
If your on the fence about a Seiko 5 and it being an automatic, I'd recommend taking a look at a Citizen Eco-Drive.

Thanks for that suggestion. I hadn't looked at those.

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Re: Need a watch recommend please...
« Reply #15 on: February 23, 2016, 12:54:21 AM »
Automatic watches require a standard of care well above that of a quartz.  If you're on the fence, quartz is a safer option.  Seiko makes a number of solar analogue watches in a variety of styles.
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Re: Need a watch recommend please...
« Reply #16 on: February 23, 2016, 03:36:29 AM »
I've got the same Seiko 5 posted above.  LOVE that watch.  I don't yhink you'd be disappointed with one. :tu:

There's no such thing as "Too pretty to carry".  There's only "Too pretty NOT to carry"...... >:D
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Re: Need a watch recommend please...
« Reply #17 on: February 23, 2016, 01:39:08 PM »
Thanks for the recommends guy, much appreciated.

After checking out the links and some interwebs searching, it seems that there really isn't too much of a selection of manual/wind up watches in the, say $175 neighborhood. My desire for having the date also seems to be a hitch which I can understand I suppose due to the required added machinery in the watch that's needed for that.

The Seiko 5 seems a good choice and has positive reviews. Especially at its price point. The watch sites where I read reviews spoke well of its mechanism they have in them.

I may pick up a Seiko to go along with my battery run Victorinox watches and my old wind up. Judging what watches similar to my old wind up, it may make sense to get another one just to have as a spare. They really have gone up in price since I bought mine off the suction site.

I notice that many guys aren't wearing watches any longer which I would imagine is partly due to our digital age where everyone has a cell phone and all its assorted features. Maybe it's just cause I'm a bit older, but I like to wear a watch. Always have since I was a youngster. It seemed to be expected. A guy wore a watch and carried a pocket knife. I feel half naked if I don't have one on, even around the house where there is a wall clock in about every room. :)

Thanks again!

When I was a small child I always wanted a watch because in those days no one seemed to know what time it was.  Everyone would constantly be stopping other people and asking them what time it was, and even when I was young I didn't want to rely on other people like that.  Luckily I was a kid in the 80's and that's when cheap digital watches became readily available.  Heck, you could even get them in gumball machines for a quarter in those days.

My first watch was my mother's old one, which I just wore because I liked it.  I doubt very much that it worked, and as it wasn't digital I didn't even know how to read it, but I had a watch and that was good enough.  Looking back on it, my mother has always had cheap watches and replaced them when they were no longer salvageable, so if she let me wear it, it must have been completely dead.

Through much of the 80's this was my watch:



Then in my teens it was one of these:



My first auto was a Timex as well, which I had built largely from parts when I worked in watch & jewelry repair for a large department store.  It looked similar to this but I honestly don't remember it that clearly.



But yes, this long winded narrative has been my agreement that I was raised that a man always had a watch and a knife as well.

I have to agree with Grant ...  :facepalm:

A Seiko 5 is a great watch at a great price, I got myself a Seiko 5 Aviator and I love it.  You can't wind it up with a button, but when you shake it with your hand for like 15 seconds it will run for a day or so, and once you're wearing it, it just keeps going ...



I have the same Seiko 5:
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I alternate between it and the Swiss Military got from Grant:
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I bought several of those Swiss Military watches and gave them all away.  Great little inexpensive beater watch.

Didn't you have a digital watch too?  Or did that one finally die?  Seems to me you had that for a lot of years.

Def

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Re: Need a watch recommend please...
« Reply #18 on: February 23, 2016, 02:21:50 PM »
If your on the fence about a Seiko 5 and it being an automatic, I'd recommend taking a look at a Citizen Eco-Drive.
I can heartily recommend the Citizen Eco-Drive. Been wearing mine every day for the last 7 years or so and it's still going strong. I haven't been gentle on it - worn it on the building site, in the care home, shower etc.

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« Reply #19 on: February 23, 2016, 02:33:00 PM »
That robot watch sure brings back some memories ...  :dd:
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Re: Need a watch recommend please...
« Reply #20 on: February 23, 2016, 03:33:44 PM »
I bought several of those Swiss Military watches and gave them all away.  Great little inexpensive beater watch.

Didn't you have a digital watch too?  Or did that one finally die?  Seems to me you had that for a lot of years.

Def
It still lives, it was my at work watch as it had already taken a beating, so I wasn't worried about it getting scratched, or getting resin or other gunk on it at work. It's on the 3rd or 4th strap and probably similar for the battery. I got it via a coworker when I worked at Celestica in Toronto, she bought it at Costco on sale and it was too small for her husband's wrists (He was a pretty big guy). So... I've had it since... 1996 or so?


I also have a number or WTI watches that I got during a newspaper promo thing... I really should go for a timelord badge, I have plenty of watches kicking around. :D

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Re: Need a watch recommend please...
« Reply #21 on: February 23, 2016, 08:14:53 PM »
The Eco-drive looks like it's a good one to check out I think.

More details please on the Swiss military watch. I've two or three Vic models, but I'm not familiar with that one in the picture.

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Re: Need a watch recommend please...
« Reply #22 on: February 23, 2016, 08:46:46 PM »
Vics are far nicer, at least all the ones I've seen, this is a pretty bottom of the scale watch, but makes a good daily wear IMHO, also not self winding.

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Re: Need a watch recommend please...
« Reply #23 on: February 23, 2016, 09:07:59 PM »
quick pic, not that great

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Re: Need a watch recommend please...
« Reply #24 on: February 23, 2016, 11:27:30 PM »
It is a nice looking model. Needs the date though. Half the time I'm too senile to remember what day it is. Lol.

Which company makes those, or is it just called "Swiss Military"?

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« Reply #25 on: February 24, 2016, 05:54:37 AM »
They're branded as Victorinox.  I don't have a Vic watch (yet ;) ), but I do have two Wengers.  Several months ago I got my first Citizen Eco Drive.  Great watch. :tu:

No, that's not the current time or date.  The pic was taken on Thanksgiving. :)

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Re: Need a watch recommend please...
« Reply #26 on: February 24, 2016, 12:42:21 PM »
It is a nice looking model. Needs the date though. Half the time I'm too senile to remember what day it is. Lol.

Which company makes those, or is it just called "Swiss Military"?

It was a Wenger Watch.  I think it was called the Alpine II or something along those lines.  I bought a bunch of them on closeout so I'm not certain they would be all that easy to find now.

Def

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Re: Need a watch recommend please...
« Reply #27 on: February 24, 2016, 01:06:59 PM »
It's branded Swiss Military, and the back looks almost identical to the Wenger back:

actual:

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Re: Need a watch recommend please...
« Reply #28 on: February 24, 2016, 01:18:22 PM »
Thanks Grant......

Great pictures as well.  :tu:

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Re: Need a watch recommend please...
« Reply #29 on: February 24, 2016, 03:46:48 PM »
Casio G-Shock and forget about problems and maintenance.  :tu:

 

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