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26 minutes ago, Austinvines said:

Gotdamnit. I’m looking for a $500 or less watch for the boy who likes watches but knows nothing and only has a cheap Bulova. New or easily obtainable used since his bday is early August.

Check put the Spinnaker brand. A great value for the fit, finish, and design. They have several in the $500 range or less.

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29 minutes ago, Austinvines said:

Gotdamnit. I’m looking for a $500 or less watch for the boy who likes watches but knows nothing and only has a cheap Bulova. New or easily obtainable used since his bday is early August.

There’s a thread for that. 
(Hamilton is my vote. - automatic)

 

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Does anyone have experience with IW Mark in Houston? They are the closest Zenith AD to Austin and I want to go by to see the new Chronomaster Original this week.

I emailed them to ask if they had any in stock and they said they have two, one 42mm and one 37mm. There is only one size, a 38mm (which it has been for 50+ years mind you).

I don’t know shit about watches relative to you guys, but how could the AD not know their brand’s newest release? I want to see it on the wrist before buying. I can only assume they do not have one since they don’t know WTF I am talking about.

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5 hours ago, Austinvines said:

Gotdamnit. I’m looking for a $500 or less watch for the boy who likes watches but knows nothing and only has a cheap Bulova. New or easily obtainable used since his bday is early August.

Not sure what he likes about watches, if it's just a cosmetic accessory, or a value thing, or the mechanics, or history, etc.

But if he likes mechanics and history and watchmaking significance, look at any Seiko with the Seiko 5 movement - they come in all sorts of different aesthetics from dress to dive watch, the movement is an old reliable stalwart and is iconic. Specific to a dive watch style, look at any Seiko Monster, there is a whole section of watch collection just dedicated to the Monster.

For watchmaking (and I'll almost recategorize it as "watch manufacturing") significance, look at the Swatch Sistem51 lineup. Sistem51 takes movement manufacture, what has always been the area of watchmaking that most required human care, and automated it, with surprisingly good performance.

If he likes mechanics, look at the Tissot (also Swatch family) Powermatic movement. 80hr reserve in a "budget" watch is quite unique, and is not easily done at any price point. There is a lot of movement engineering required to do this accurately and with good lifespan.

If you want to keep it in the Bulova family, the Precisionist/Accutron line of HAQ (high accuracy quartz) is not a pure mechanical watch but is absolutely a noteworthy engineering achievement, especially at its price point. I think the current lineup is out of budget, but a used one or an old stock new one should come in under budget.

And if he just wants a tool that works, look at Casio G-Shock. They've now grown to be all sorts of styles at all sorts of prices, and have built up a respected reputation, even among watch nerds. For a non-watch-nerd, this may actually be the 'coolest' option.

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On 6/30/2021 at 11:18 AM, HoustonHorn said:

 

I think there's a middle ground here. My IWC  Spitfire was my every day watch for a couple years and its got the dings and nicks to prove it. A watch that gets worn every day is going to show wear and tear. Do I wish it was perfect, sure, but I also want to wear the watches I but and that's part of the cost of ownership. That said, if I know I'm going to the beach or doing some repair work around the house, I'd switch to something cheaper. No reason to take the additional risk. Feel the same with my Speedmaster now. It gets worn most days but I'll switch it out for something else depending on what's going on. His IWC isn't a beater, but it is an every day watch that's going to get some bumps and bruises. Sounds like he's ok with that.

Just catching up on this.

I have taken to wearing my Pelagos almost exclusively because it doesn't get nicks and scratches (titanium).  After having Rolex and IWC daily wear watches and getting them banged up it is nice to not have to worry at all.  I still wear a Seiko on rubber strap for water sports and I have leather strap for those occasions but otherwise its the Tudor.

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23 hours ago, drewlaws said:

Does anyone have experience with IW Mark in Houston? They are the closest Zenith AD to Austin and I want to go by to see the new Chronomaster Original this week.

I emailed them to ask if they had any in stock and they said they have two, one 42mm and one 37mm. There is only one size, a 38mm (which it has been for 50+ years mind you).

I don’t know shit about watches relative to you guys, but how could the AD not know their brand’s newest release? I want to see it on the wrist before buying. I can only assume they do not have one since they don’t know WTF I am talking about.

I bet they are confusing the Chronomaster Sport (41mm) with the Original (38mm). 

If you are keeping it forever, fine. But I agree about buying a new Zenith. The value drop likes a rock so negotiate a good discount. 

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That is about one of THE coolest manufacturing processes to watch IMO, thanks for the post.

 I have to ask, why ?  Tissot retails for $300 ?  Is that close ?  They spent more than that taking it apart, cleaning, polishing, and replacing parts, didn't they ? 

It's got a certain "Tissot takes a licking, and still keeps on ticking...... once you've taken it apart, cleaned it, and re assembled it" vibe.

That Timex commercial was one of childhood favorites, and is part of why I love watches.  Cameran was always subjecting watches, and the poor schlubs wearing 'em to some cool "dangerous" event: shark feeding in the Azores, demolition derby crashes, or Acapulco cliff diving crashes.

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