Discussion in 'Yellow Pages' started by RookeryDad, Apr 4, 2018.

  1. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    I've had the same watch since Graham Taylor went to Villa.

    A decent Longines one.

    On a recent trip back from the Philippines, the 8 hour time difference proved almost too much for the manual winder & I only just managed to get it back onto GMT.

    I haven't dared to try to turn it onto BST.

    If I don't just get it fixed, my dilemma is to stick with a watch which is right for 6 months of the year or see this as an opportunity to get a new one.

    Not having looked at watches since 1987, any advice would be most welcome.

    Budget a grand, maybe two.
  2. Never spent >£100 on a watch so can't help you. Can't beat a £90 Seiko.
  3. Halfwayline

    Halfwayline Reservist

    For that budget it counts out my favourite, a Rolex sub mariner

    For traditional look at the Bauer and Mercier Classima
    For modern look at the Rado True (I hate it) or the Christopher Ward Trident
    For a brand try the Breitling Colt

    But my favourite would be the Tag Heuer Aquaracer
  4. Keighley

    Keighley Squad Player

    £2000 on a watch???

    You are Marco Silva and I claim my £5.
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  5. Happy bunny

    Happy bunny Cheered up a bit

    Find out what Silva uses and buy one of those. Or maybe two - never hurts to have a spare
  6. hornmeister

    hornmeister Club Legend

    Get it sent to an approved service centre. Given it's age it's high time and shouldn't be too expensive.

    If you're going to have an expensive watch older ones are so more classy than the modern tat.

    Theres one in Tring

    If you decide on a new one then the top of the range Citizens are excellent.

    I have a 15 year old Citizen Eco drive. Fully titanium & Saphire Glass. It cost about $500 when it was $2.10 to the £ whilst on a Florida Holiday. The bugger is still going flawlessly. It knows about leap years and how many days there are in each month so it's only the daylight saving that needs sorting. I'm tempted to update it to one with radio/satellite time. They do a red arrow special edition which is nice.
  7. zztop

    zztop Eurovision Winner 2015

    I'm not knocking it, but I couldn't contemplate spending more than £100. These days they so reliable and accurate I can't see the point.

    So I'm wearing a Lorus (a Seiko in disguise) and it cost me £55. But my favourite was a Seiko.
  8. Optimistichornet

    Optimistichornet Penguin Assassin

    Each the their own but I wouldn't spend more than £200 on a watch. For that sort of price I would check out MVMT, I got one of their watches recently. Its simple and classy.
  9. Halfwayline

    Halfwayline Reservist

    Some wouldn’t spend more than £500 on an old banger, others would happily spend £150k+ on an Aston

    In the end they will both get you from A to B

    Difference is that if you invest 6.5k on a Rolex sub it will probably be worth the same or more in 5 years time
  10. hornmeister

    hornmeister Club Legend

    Agreed, unless some goit has nicked it.

    This is the one I fancied although they did a limited edition Titanium one which will last longer and is more scratch proof.

    Ideally I'd like it without all the extra dials though.

    Had a Seiko Kinetic. The rechargeable battery expired after 5 years and a replacement was 95% the cost of a new watch. Sort of defeated the purpose of getting a watch that powered itself. The Citizen is solar powered not movement powered which to me seems a better option to me. No need for an automatic winder if it's only worn infrequently.
  11. hornmeister

    hornmeister Club Legend

    This is what you need.
  12. I'm with you.
    I spend my money on great photo gear at c£6k which gets me much better wildlife photos than a £5oo SLR and a £90 watch which tells the time just as well as the most exensive watch. I drive a cheap company Mazda which drives as well as and is more reliable than a BMW. Each to his own but I can't see the point in spending big on a watch unless you are going to tell everyone about it and deliberately wear shirt sleeves that are 3 inches too short :) (no offence intended RD !!)
  13. Arakel

    Arakel First Team

    I honestly don't see the point of watches anymore. Everyone and their cat has a mobile.

    I haven't worn one in years and likely never will ever again.
  14. Blimey - £2K for a watch?

    I've got a smartphone which simultaneously shows the time in 4 locations of my choice around the world - more if I could be bothered flicking the screen up. It only cost £55 last year and I hummed & hawed before spending that much.
  15. sydney_horn

    sydney_horn Squad Player

    You'd be surprised. I've got a Rolex Cellini that I got as a bonus on a job I did in 1997. It was at the cheaper end, about £3k. I hardly wore it and the winder fell out about 10 years ago. I got a quote to fix it by an approved service centre last year and it came out at £750!!!!
  16. hornmeister

    hornmeister Club Legend

    Could command at least £6K now.

    Certainly I'd repair it. If it holds no sentimental value then sell it.
  17. sydney_horn

    sydney_horn Squad Player

    Thanks for the link but mine is not quite in that class. ItsIone of these....

    Probably about £2k when repaired. Still worth doing but I'll probably pass it on to my son.

    I couldn't believe the £750 repair quote though!
  18. hornmeister

    hornmeister Club Legend

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  20. Diamond

    Diamond First Team

    Mrs Diamond got me an Ice watch for my 50th, and that's as much as I'd ever like to be spent on one. Since my heart issue I wear a crappy fitbit thing just to keep a eye on resting heartbeat/steps/ blah blah blah, but to be honest I don't think it's much cop. I've never liked to wear a watch that won't fit under my shirt cuff so had hardly ever worn the Ice watch anyway.
  21. hornmeister

    hornmeister Club Legend

    Just leave it out in the sun and you can carry it round in a bottle.
  22. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    Excruciating yet brilliant.

    Oddly an ad for a Peter Gabriel dvd came up after it.

    PG tried, unsuccessfully, to screw Kate Bush.

    RD (ie me) tried, successfully, to see the glorious Kate live in 1979, twice.

    Hence RD needs/wants/merits a Peter Gabriel ad.

    The sledgehammer logic of the algorithm.
  23. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    Gents, many thanks for your guidance & observations.

    Ladies, any apercus?
  24. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

  25. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    Ssssilva’s version of this timepiece stopped on or around Nov 5.

    An unreliable chronograph.
  26. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    In my mind, that could be a summer shirt with actually quite long sleeves.

    No problem there.

    But you do pose q’s relating to identity, self expression & what is truly important.

    Kelso, I’m in a quandary.

    Any guidance from the gf?
  27. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    V fair point.

    My offspring have both fairly recently passed the 18th furlong mark & I did ask them if they wanted a decent watch to celebrate (basically not getting run over by the bin lorry).

    Neither really got the question.
  28. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    But I am not, in this moment.
  29. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    True enough.

    I’d dream of a Giroud or a Gabbiadini.

    Just to see one, to touch one would be amazing.

    Seriously, the Mounier looks quite good, better than the Rondon which is too big & doesn’t have many functions.

    My favourite was a MV23. I lost it, found it, & now it’s disappeared again. It was always a bit fast but I liked that.

    HWL, many thanks. You make me wish I had more than two wrists.
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  30. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett First Team

    I have a Cartier something or other.
    I saw it reduced in a jewellers in Watford in early 1991 and saved up and spent I think £1500 on it.
    It cost more than my then car,probably drove better too!
    It's still going strong although I think the service cost now exceeds its value.
    One of my lessons has one of those Apple watches that you can talk into.Star Trek on court 6!
  31. hornmeister

    hornmeister Club Legend

    I just don't get those "smart" watches. All they are is a remote microphone and reduced display that needs to be paired to your phone anyway.

    The phone screen isn't big enough to see everything. Most people have headphones or car integration so why do you need your watch to link to your phone which is likely in your pocket. It's difficult enough holding a conversation with a millennial that get's distracted every 5 seconds by a snaptweet or whatever they're doing.
    The tech will only be interesting when the whole phone gubbins is in the watch. It's solar or movement powered so doesn't need charging and they sort out some way of expanding the screen size when required.
  32. Last year I had to replace the watch I bought in 2004. Nice big chunky-ish stainless job. Cost me 23€ from Decathlon in Bordeaux. Including strap adjustment.
    Unless these watches actually appreciate in value (after service costs) they are just showing off, and you are all ****s just like Hissing Sid.
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  33. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    The crowd will take you for a local tomorrow.

    I would recommend you hum LOUDLY Philadelphia Freedom.

    To share your Hornetness.
  34. Keighley

    Keighley Squad Player

    Liked for Hissing Sid. Now there was a tune. Mollyboo?

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