Anyone into Watches?

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  1. JSanta

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    If you want to get a decent watch, please stay away from fashion brands like DW. I am not familiar with Kent Wang, so I can't comment. If you're looking for a great all around watch with some heritage and brand prestige, check out Seiko and Orient. They both make their own movements for their automatic watches. I started with an Orient (their Bambino) and then after saving for a bit bought a Tudor Black Bay Blue. Since I bought the Tudor, I have not even considered buying another watch. It's absolutely spectacular.

    Quick explanation on movements:

    Quartz is battery operated. They are generally more accurate than an automatic movement. But you generally will have to change the battery unless it is a solar cell. There's nothing inherently wrong with quartz watches, but from what I've seen within the watch community, these are generally not the preferred movements unless you're getting something like a digital timepiece.

    Automatics have a mechanism that winds the watch while it's being worn or in a winder. Many automatic watches allow for the watch to be hand wound, but not all. Most movements have a period of time in which the watch doesn't need to be worn to keep going.

    Hand wound requires the wearer to wind the watch. After being fully wound, you'll get a day or two of reserved energy to keep the watch going.

    Last thing:

    Regardless of what I say, or anyone for that matter, you need to get something you'll enjoy wearing, regardless of who makes it. I steer friends away from the fashion brands because my experience has shown they are mostly garbage quality. You also need to think about your budget. For watch people, $5-8k isn't a lot to spend on a watch. For most of us ordinary people, that's a huge sum to spend on anything, especially a watch.
     
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    Ceramic Daytona is high on my list - but if we're talking Grail watches (probably one I'll never get to own), it's going to be Lange 1 Moonphase (in steel if I'm dreaming). I also love their Zeitwerk Minute Repeater.
     
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    Thanks dude, I'm mostly attracted to the Bauhaus because of its design, I would say I have a budget of max 350 USD. Do you know if Seiko or Oriente have this kind of simple designed watches? Also, are automatics and hand wounded precise or something?
     
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    I don't know how much the Kent Wangs retail for, but the rrp of 395 seems a bit steep for the movement used. You are well into Seiko/ Seiko Presage territory at that price. Orient do some lovely watches as well. My work watch is an Orient Ray 2 and cost me less than 150.
     
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    Get the Orient Bambino
     
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    That's exactly what I was going to recommend as well. I have one and it's a great little watch.
     
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    As I already cover a lot of ground w/ the ones I have, I'd have to choose a very fine dresswatch as grail-candidate. Always liked the large Reverso Duoface, nothing wrong with a Zeitwerk either. However, I'm having a hard time to justify buying a watch over 10k and I'm happy with what I have. The Aquaterra CW is still my most worn watch...
     
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    Thanks! I'll consider checking out the Orients and Seiko Pressages, one more question, do you have any thoughts on the Rodina Sea-Gull 1701? That watch also looks nice but don't know anything about the quality or precision :/ would like to consider it among my options as well.
     
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    Go with something from Orient or Seiko.
     
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    Hey! It's me again, I was looking at Seiko and I liked the design of the SRPA17J2 and it says "automatic with manual winding" so is it kinda like a kinetic but not quite? I don't really get it, how precise would it be? What should I expect? I'm very confused but it really got my interest.
     
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    It means it will wind both by you wearing it and just in case you haven't worn it in a few days, it can be set and hand wound.

    And if you're worried about precision, you either need something with a COSC (or equivalent) movement or go quartz. You're going to gain or lose some time each day with an automatic movement.
     
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    Don't worry about the precision, even that movement should easily be within +/-10s per day. If you bring it to a watchmaker, it can be adjusted to better precision for a few bucks. That said, the general tolerance of that specific movement can't be improved over a certain limit...
     
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    Thanks! Not super prioritizing precision, I just don't want to get a watch that is less precise than the average.

    My options right now are:
    -SNAF77P1
    -SRPA17J2
    -SNP143P1
    -SKP395P1

    Im leaning more towards the simpler designs, also what does LY stand for?
     
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    Might be trading some gear around for the White Dial Ceramic Daytona! Wish me luck!
     
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    Good call on white - that's the only choice! (Assuming you're getting steel...I think the black looks pretty awesome on the yellow gold, although I'd probably go champagne personally.)

    Do you actually have one located?
     
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    I do indeed, I hope it’s still available by the time I get this deal worked out, but knock on wood everything goes as planned and I can get my Grail!
     
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    Awesome man, hope you're able to get it worked out!
     
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    That's gonna be a lot of gear. Hope you have a dealer with short waiting times at hand, I heard of 1 year minimum...
     
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    Good luck on the deal, hopefully buying the gmt will grease the wheels enough to get me on the list and more importantly in a healthy position on it! Luckily I'm not in a rush for it right now.
     
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    Yay, managed to snag that white dial!
    In other news, if anyone wants to trade some of my high end gear for watches, hit me up haha!
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