Sep 2, 20172015 views

I Got a fever.....

I was going to list some pieces that intrigue me, and what's on the radar, but I have so many I like. This Rolex Air King 14000m is really, REALLY sticking out right now though. The Blue is amazing, and I really like the classic 34mm size, with the in-house 3130 movement. The fact that the Air King remained essentially unchanged visually for almost 70 years (1945 to 2014) and also has so much history attached is the biggest factor attracting me to this piece.
I'm trying not to go further down the rabbit hole
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Anyone else got something they're eyeballing?
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One from my wish list: vintage Breitling Top Time Chrono:
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Anyone on these comment boards take delivery of one? The dial gives me the feels, especially the lume shots. #SpeedyTuesday
https://www.fratellowatches.com/omega-speedmaster-speedy-tuesday-limited-edition-pictures/
Vintage1982Benz
Nope.... Tried though when they first released, but they sold out in a flash at MSRP, and I reconsidered. You can get them secondary for around $8200 though.
StainlessOnly
Pretty minimal markup. I wonder if it will go up or down in the next 12-24 months...
I swore I was done buying watches this year. I swore it. Then today Evant had to go and release this one, which I love and which completes the search for a bronze diver. ETA 2824-2 Elabore movement, sapphire crystal, CuSn8 bronze case, green dial, limited to 100 pcs. Unless I sell something, this is definitely that last watch I'll purchase this year (although I do have another from a summer purchase incoming as well). Should ship around 12/4.
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One of the things I like about it, which is also what I like about the SOH, is the lack of numbers on the bezel. Just markers adds some elegance.
Ummmm, maybe THIS will actually be the last watch I buy this year. I just found a great price on Amazon for the Seiko Alpinist SARB017 that I've been waiting for MD to drop again. The last two modest watch goals I had were a bronze diver and the Alpinist. I think the next goal is probably that Breitling Superocean Heritage, but that'll take perhaps until this time next year, unless I trim some of the herd.
Part of what I love about time pieces is their stories - whether it be their development, famous people who wore them regularly, etc. I've expressed on these forums my love for Omega, but there is one Rolex that makes me tingly every time I see it.
https://blog.crownandcaliber.com/rolex-milgauss-price/
This thing gives me the feels. I like the piece in general because of the story, but the black face with the green crystal gives me a case of the vapors. I think I'm in love.

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Vintage1982Benz
These are really very very nice watches, and are a radical model as far as Rolex goes. I almost bought one when they first arrived from my AD, green glass and all, and I loved the orange on the dial. They were WAY overhyped early on though, commanding almost $10k on the secondary markets, as speculators were concerned of it being a limited model. Fortunately, these have come back down to almost original MSRP, and you can find the 116400GV black dial for $5k-ish.
I was lucky enough to get a look at Halios Seaforth and their upcoming Seaforth Series II at a recent watch fair. Although I'm not huge into microbrands and startups, I had a feeling I would be surprised. I needed to see the Seaforth in person before making judgement. It obviously has classic references, and an amazing boxed crystal, but it doesn't feel retro. Needless to say, I'm posting because it's been on my mind ever since.
This is the original Seaforth Series I with the blue dial and the rotating steel bezel. It has the Miyota 90S5 automatic inside. The Series II will have a Swiss movement I believe, with a date window at 6 and some new very bold pastel dial colors. The owner was so receptive to feedback at the table, it was very respectable. I could get behind a micro, if it's this good.
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c0rnelius
I really like Halios microbrand watch. I am waiting for their release for Halios Seaforth II and this will be my first microbrand watch.
WatchOut
You and me both!
I've been eyeing Turtles for months now, specifically the SRP-775. The other day I almost pulled the trigger on a different Seiko with some gold on it that was cheaper, but only by about $100, and this would have been a silly move to try to scratch the itch I've had for the Prospex. I told myself to practice some restraint.
Well, screw that. Saw Jomashop having a sale and I'm going to pull the trigger. No one in Chicago seems to have a Prospex in stock, which I'd prefer so I could go try it on. Based on what I've read and heard it wears much like a SKX, which has been a favorite of mine since I got it, so I'm rolling the dice.
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My better half won't be super thrilled, but I just ordered up a watch as a Xmas gift for her. If she is really upset she might get it early!
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Seiko releases some of the coolest turtles in Malaysia and Thailand (some are very limited too). The SRPB01 is a nice one. It was quite popular in Thailand, and is accordingly hard to get.
So many cool Turtle models are available outside the US market, it’s obscene.
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Took about 30 minutes. I didn't make it easy on myself.
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OK I can't really say I had a fever for this... More like a scratchy throat. This is a 44mm Kenneth Cole fashion watch, skeleton automatic with a Chinese movement. I picked this up at a local TJ Maxx for $60, and I'm on the fence about keeping it. I've longbeen interested in adding a skeleton watch to my collection, but then really wonder how much wrist time it would get if I spent a lot on, say an Oris. A cheapie like this could satisfy the skeleton need at a low cost.
Pros are the low cost, easier to read than most skeletons I've seen with the white hands, 21 jewels with blued screws, and it's very comfortable on the wrist. Cons are that it's a bit big (but wears well and doesn't feel like it's 44mm), it's a fashion brand with a movement that may be low quality or unreliable in the long run, and the leather strap looks like it would be difficult or impossible to swap. Vote below if you think it's a keeper or I should return it.
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I'd go British made but simpatico.
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Vintage1982Benz
I can't argue, I was also thinking Aston Martin.
So yesterday I went to day 1 of a 2-day multi brand watch event at Little Treasury Jewelers in Crofton, MD. I tried on this U Boat bronze Chrono diver. While the thing seemed massive (46mm x 18mm thick), it wore surprisingly well on the wrist. Honestly, I barely noticed it on my wrist, which I know sounds strange (of course, I do have 8" wrists). If I had $12K to spend on a watch (and after picking up higher priorities, such as the Breitling SOH and Omega AT), I could see going for this. Somehow it just worked. That said, I've never been impressed by or interested in U Boat watches until actually trying one on. Shows how important it can be to try before you buy. Something you might think you love might not be the thing, and something of no interest to you could be just the ticket.
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There's no way to direct or private message on here is there?
PetrosD
Here's an entire website devoted to counterfeit U-Boat watches:
https://www.uboatmens.com
I think I found the Speedmaster that would supersede even the Speedy Tuesday for me
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Omega 45th Anniversary Apollo 13 "Silver Snoopy Award" ref. 311.32.42.30.04.003
*Failure is not an option...... Nuff' Said
Cheers friends
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This one is proving much more elusive than the Speedy Tuesday, at least at a reasonable price. I think this one covers lots of genres so to speak. Snoopy? Check. Historical Attachment? Check. Speedmaster.... Granted, the Tuesday looks cool (and I can get one quite easily for a tad over retail), BUT this one IS cool to me. I have friends on the lookout for this one!
StainlessOnly
I like the bit of whimsy Snoopy brings to the dial.
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I have a 14000m myself, absolutely love the little beast. Such a charming watch (albeit mine is the silver dial rather than the blue) the size is perfect, then again I am smol, but it is such an elegant piece.
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My next guess: He worked for Mattel (the Magic 8 Ball ... or is that a real pool ball?).
Cloaca
It's a real pool ball and yes.
The Speedmaster "First Omega in Space" edition. The black on brown looks good to me, and I know I'd like it after the leather got a little more worn all the better (as the gentleman in the review here mentions). The fact that is slightly smaller and has some subtle differences to a traditional Speedy also appeals to me.
https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/the-omega-speedmaster-first-omega-in-space
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While Rolex deserves all the praise they receive, I've always lusted after an Omega. Between astronauts and James Bond I've wanted one since I was a kid.
I've seen a few of these on the grey market for about $2k USD lower than going manufacturer direct. As someone who has never invested this much in a time piece, is it worth it? This would be something I'd hold on to forever, so part of me wants to pay full freight. I don't mind grey market on a $300-500 dollar piece, but I'm skeptical about doing it for something nicer.
FWIW, Jomashop is the place I have been watching it.
*edit for clarity - when I ask "is it worth it" I am talking about the savings on the grey market, not the piece itself
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Great to know, and I appreciate the recommendation 👌!!!
Awesome watch.
Great looking watch. Speedy’s are awesome
I swore I was going to stop buying watches until I get the Seiko Alpinist. But this came on my radar today and I pulled the trigger. I like the simplicity of it.
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PetrosD
Have to show that baby off when you get it! I like Victorinox watches, plus they make some really kick ass knives for the money too!
StainlessOnly
I'll definitely be featuring it in the wrist check thread when it gets here. It just seemed too good to pass up. ETA 2824-2 for $200 with a clean simple design. What's not to like?
I used to have a Baume and Mercier Riviera, sold it off and thinking I may come back around but to a sportier version of it (I had the more classic two tone dress in 18k and ss and quartz). This one[now sadly discontinued but good in that can be found pre owned ], reference MOA 08670 has beautiful lines, the proportions and dial execution are spot on, that red 24 hour crescent moon hand pops but doesn't distract, and it has a reasonable case size (40mm, vs the sweet chronograph that comes in at 43mm, that seems a bit big to me). Totally running a temperature over this , would love to add it to my box sometime soon-ish
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Danbo_de_Piano
That is a gorgeous watch. I love Roman numerals on a dress watch, or simple markers. I've never really liked Arabic numerals on a dress watch.
Nice one. Although I've developed a mental block for anything under 40mm.
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That's a beauty especially with the black leather strap.
Vision is also what makes me avoid chronometers or any other sort of overly cluttered dials (or lack of dial skeleton watches).
This is some watch that I saw at RGM today. In house movement. Just amazing to hold in my hand.
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I wasn't able to find that article. Have a link by any chance?
PetrosD
This is also in my sights, Breitling SuperOcean Heritage "Silver Stratus", ref. A1732016.G642.152A. I like this.... A lot.... For very obvious reason.... 45.5mm, B13 movement (Val 7750 with decorations galore). This is very hot on the radar

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StainlessOnly
Who could argue with any flavor of the Superocean Heritage? You got me hooked on it. Even though I have 8" wrists, I'd likely go for the 42mm, and possibly the newer SOH II, with the in-house movement they created with Tudor. But really, any SOH is a winner. I think I'd have a hard time settling on a dial color.
But I would definitely get it with that bracelet.
StainlessOnly
Drooling over this one! (Albeit with a dark brown rustic leather strap)
I have to add this one to my list. Heuer Autavia reissue.
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Yeah it's really a stunning watch. I have a Tag Chrono (as you know) so another Tag has not been on my list until I saw this one.
PetrosD
Tried that on last week - beautiful watch.
Massdrop should try and get an Archimede drop on. This watch in particular with a strap by @nmankey would be awesome!
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https://www.archimede-watches.com/upgrade-for-left-hand-version-of-pilot-42-h-bronze-automatic.html
Untreated Bronze Case, ETA movement, optional sapphire crystal.... and under $1k.
Funny, I replied to a similar thread on WUS and was thinking to start one here. The next watch that I am confirmed to get, because I preordered and paid for it from Ball and it will ship in Nov-Dec, is the Ball Engineer III Endurance 1917 LE.
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Besides that, I'm eyeing the Seiko Alpinist and a bronze watch (possibly the Steinhart Ocean One Bronze, although I'm cooling on that one a bit).
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Current grail watches are the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra and Speedmaster Moonwatch, and the Breitling Superocean Heritage II.
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Nice. You're really gonna enjoy it. I can envy you a little bit though :-) post some pics (day and night) once you get it please. By the way does Ball recharge or replace the micro gas tubes? And what's their half lifetime?(10?)
WatchDoctor
I don't know for sure but I'm sure there's a service for it. I think the half life for tritium is 25 years.
Like you I have many on my radar and as you may or may not know I'm into vintage watches these days. For the first two watches, I have to say I don't know that much about and whether they're worth collecting. What definitely be considered my next vintage grail is the "Ed White" speedy or ones with the DO90 bezel. Atm, I have a speedy with the DN90 bezel.
*these are actual pics of for sale watches
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Breitling Navitimer 806 (c.1967) - Double Jet
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Heuer Autavia 11630 MH (c.1978)
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Omega Speedmaster 105.003 "Ed White" Pre-moon (c.1960s)
GES11T
Have a thing for vintage chronographs do we?
You my friend, would have a field day at Wanna Buy A Watch in Hollywood.... they have just some simply amazing vintage pieces. If I ever had an urge, I think I would probably get this Brietling 2030 Chrono Sport from the early 1970's. Cool cushion case and a manual wind movement, just a bygone era that was bit more raw.
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I think it captures everything about the era, and the style and association with motor sport.
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Keep an eye on these guys. https://www.hagerwatches.com/. I have purchased 2 of their watches, the quality is impeccable and movement is on par with other very high end watches. When they offer a new model there is a low pre-order price. Up next is a very clean dress watch called the Diplomat(check their instagram) similar to the AirKing, while it doesn't have the heritage of Rolex, you have very similar design features and look.
DangerDodger
Thanks for the link.... you should post pics of yours in "wrist check" Dodger.... see them guys!
I agree. I considered buying that very model, but then bought this with the added date feature. Beautifully minimalist.
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dpj1
That 15210 is indeed elegant in it's minimalism, timeless as well
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