Dec 20, 20171429 views

2018 Wish List

As I start putting together goals for the upcoming year with savings and what not, I'm thinking about what I'd like to add to my collection in 2018. I've been more and more trying to abide by (not always successfully) only buying watches that I've been thinking about for more than 6 months. These are the ones (like a couple of my Seikos) that seem to end up getting the most wrist time. Ones I buy on impulse I often find myself rarely wearing, or flipping a few months down the road.
Here are a few that I've had my eye on.
Oris Chronoris Date - I've been reading everything I can about this one since the news came out of Basel and Stainless (I think) shared an image of it here on a thread a few months back that brought me back to it. Prices have continued to fall over the course of the year and this is one I'll likely go grey market on in 2018 on the bracelet.

Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical - I think my little Seiko is in trouble when these come over state side (only available in Japan at the moment).
Omega Speedmaster - TBD - This has always been a grail watch for me, to the point where I'm not sure which reference to get. I've thought about it so much I'm concerned that once I take the plunge I'll find myself disappointed. I'm also finding myself tempted by the Railmaster reissues...
Something w/ blue face on a steel bracelet - Since selling a watch that filled this niche (an old quartz beater I had for years and years) I find myself consistently missing something along these lines. I saw a really nice Longines GMT the other week, but it wore a little large (was very thick with the GMT complication) and this watch doesn't need to be anything fancy. I'm waiting until I see the right one and I'll know it.
Anyone out there have specific pieces they are going for in the new year? Releases you may be anticipating?
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You make some great points. Now, if I had the self control not to succumb to impulse ... :)
@Vintage1982Benz We've got something coming up in the next few weeks that should excite you! Can't reveal too much, but I'll link it here when it does launch.
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Already joined! Bummed the ones with bracelet went so quickly but snagged one on leather.
More from C Ward that is tempting...
"The trick to minimalism is in the quality of the details, and these hour markers are a perfect example. Just long enough to almost brush the hour hand and just bold enough to be easily legible from any angle, these markers ride the balance of austere design very well indeed."
Have you checked out the Dan Henry 1970, its also a compressor style diver like the Oris but much more affordable and has 2 sizes for small and big wrists and 2 colorways...
Do you have any experience with Dan Henry?
No, only because they don't have any models that I'm looking for, but they are highly rated over at the watchuseek forum, you can ask owners over there.
On my current radar. I find myself lusting after the Seiko sarb033 these days. Classy, affordable, and versatile. Not flashy, but just a quality watch.
I'm very much intrigued by Christopher Ward, specifically the C60 Trident 600 (above) . Seems like a lot of watch for the money. Not much brand equity, because they're so new, but they cut out the middleman. Customer service gets rave reviews.
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I recently purchased the Christopher Ward C8 Flyer Automatic With leather strap. Beautifully detailed watch. You can dress it up or casual. The strap is also one of the best I own and is super conforming to my wrist. I agree customer service is exceptional. The packaging was overdone and huge in my opinion. I can’t help but wonder how much of the price went towards the slick boxes. Ultimatly, you won’t be wearing the box. If unboxing is an important part of your experienc, you will enjoy it.
Good to know about the strap, fit & finish. The packaging I don't care so much about.
Any chance Massdrop will ever bring back this beauty? ? Would pick this little guy up in a heartbeat. I have been waiting patiently for its return for a long time now and from the look of these forums I am not the only one...
Love the Alpinist, I'd definitely pick one up at a good discount.
I gave up waiting on MD and bought one from Amazon in December. It's a great watch.
Enough with the crowded marketplace Orient Bambino, seiko's no one wants. The choices for drops are becoming much of a muchness. How about Branson bulova, Bulova moonwatch, Seiko MarineMaster or JDM Sumo's and Monsters? How about Balticus, NTH, Ginault, Phoibos, Farer or Bathys,
I don't work for Massdrop. You may want to air your grievances elsewhere.
I'd love to track down this bad boy. Alpina AL-860S4H6
Dan Henry 1939 - your budget alternative!
Id love to add a cosmo king to my box....but way things look now, might be a 2019 aquisition,
Highly unlikely this year.. (or next as I'm bound to get distracted before too long) but this is the one on my bucket list..
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I'm with you on just getting it for the cool looks. It's just that I found that the added functions get in the way of just using it as a watch. MIne had the additional hassle of a perpetual calendar. Let that get out of sync and you've got a half hour at least of figuring out how to set the damn thing (and figuring out when the leap year is). I would never get a perpetural calendar that wasn't quartz or solar, and I'm not interested in anything but automatic now.
Chronographs are cool looking but kind of stupid in the modern age. I have nothing to time with them. I have kitchen timers, and normal watches with second hands and I still have my short-term memory, and I have divers for several minute long timing. Having that chronograph hand just sitting there without moving bugs me. And I alway hit the button that changes it to chronograph mode by accident.
Divers are a good example of a kind of watch that is obsolete, with vestigial functions, but whose functions do not get in your way. Don't need the bezel? Ignore it. Same with the helium release valve. They are simple decoration. They are not suddenly turning around or unscrewing of their own volition or getting in the way of viewing something else.
That’s a sharp lookin one! Might be my new favorite!
Nice, and it doesn't have the boring Christopher Ward logo at the 9 o' clock position.
I don't mind the usual CW logo but much prefer the Two Flags logo used here. The texture of this dial is's on the short list for my blue face piece to pick up this year.
In 2017, I picked up Seiko Alpinist and Glycine Airman SST12 and been wearing them on a rotation. I have to find my old Tag Heuer sitting in a box somewhere and have the battery replaced. For 2018, I really want a German flieger watch like Stowa or Laco (since I can't afford to by Lange & Sohne or IWC) and Bauhaus Meister Telemeter.
I would love an IWC but I'm in the same boat. Maybe in 2019 ; -)
Only one thing I want... Omega Speedmaster Professional...but with a date window. Only been done once before with the Lenania movement.
Dan Henry watches : Any model : Beautiful and budget prices. Straton watches : Curve-Chrono or Syncro : well made for the price and that design...
Reduce the quantity, increase the quality! I could use a few less projects and a few watches that actually tell time.
I am looking at a few of the same watches (as Vintage1982Benz) no less:
--Oris Chronoris Date (on steel) --Hamilton Khaki Mechanical reissue/ or an mil-spec LLBean if I can find one --Halios Seaforth (if anyone can get one) --Seiko SBDC051/53 - the first divers reinterp. just hitting the internet now, but it's been at the Seiko AD locally for a few months --Sinn 556
and a wildcard, I've been thinking about something white dialed, a la, Explorer II ref. 16570 --Sinn 104 I st sa White --Orient Mako USA II (white dial) any other white dialed recs?

It’s a cream dial GMT, and its cool..... Union Glashütte
I only have 1 watch on my list. The new Daytona with the white dial. It’s OOS at most ADs so I have some time to save up. I do want to try it on before I purchase. Hopefully it will be more readily available in 2018.
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I’ve been trying to figure out which AD I should try. Between my father in law and I we’ve purchased quite a few Rolexes from 1 AD in our lifetimes, but I’m not sure it‘s enough “pull” to move to the front of the line on this. I haven’t reached out to them yet since I still haven’t discussed this purchase with my better half (that will be a challenging conversation). For some reason I feel like I’m going to walk into some random AD while traveling and it will just be in the case waiting for me.
Try a few AD's, especially your "one", since they know your sincerity on the matter. Should an LN come along before others, pass. The "Tough to get's" I've purchased were solely though commitment and a good relationship.
I'll keep my fingers crossed on you strolling into one man
The first watch I am getting in 2018 is a nice dress watch, I am thinking something in the JLC Master Control series.
I also recently fell in love with chronographs with telemeters and tachymeters like this.
I just can't get past the dead center "second hand" on chronographs. You'd think that they could figure out some way to have the center hand act as a second hand when the chronograph is not in use, i.e. 99.99999999 percent of the time, rather than pushing seconds into a tiny complication.
am working on a list too, but first order of business 2018 watch wise for me is to get an order paid for on a full overhaul/restoration of a vintage mechanical I've been needing to restore (requires custom made crystal and custom fabricated innards for some of the movement repair due to discontinued /unavailable parts). If i get it paid for in March, the shop says they can complete work to me maybe mid/late May or early June.
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Good plan. Hope you get it running and it brings you good memories each time you wear it!
For a 1960s piece this may not be practical, but when my wife's watch from the 1990s bit the dust, the repair guy explained that watch companies only have so many movements in production at a time, and all their watches are just different cases covering the same few movements. He said he could research what movement this watch was and look for other used watches with the same movement to either get parts from or do a complete movement transplant from. He called it the "donor watch."
I went home and my wife approved the plan, but I also peeked at an auction site, and lo and behold, the exact same watch was up there. I bought it for $15, and the repair guy just swapped the whole movement in. I now have a spare case and crystal and bracelet, etc.
Before the donor watch idea surfaced, he quoted me $100 for a newly fabricated stem. To tell the truth, this sounded cheap to me, because I had recently seen a television show where a watchmaker fixed a watch, including making a new stem. I could not believe how precise the thing was. He was basically lathing a thin wire to various diameters, and then filing parts of it into square cross sections and the like, and threading it. Because of damage to the case and crown, he made parts of it to different dimensions than the original. And I remember he got part of the broken stem out of the crown by drilling it out and then using a particular acid to dissolve the rest, but leave the crown undissolved.
The only watch I have been wanting for, for a while, is the Casio lineage LIW-T100TD-1AJF. I can't seem to find anyone selling it stateside.
Solar powered radio adjusted? That thing packs some cool tech and looks good while doing it. I see a number on ebay but you never know what you're getting on there.
My plan for 2018 and beyond is to focus on a few key pieces to add, and perhaps a thinning of the collection. There are five pieces in total that are on my list at the moment, probably in order of priority.
#1: Breitling Superocean Heritage, black dial and bezel, probably on the mesh bracelet in 42mm (maybe 46, still need to try them both again)
#2: Moonphase watch, not yet sure which, but the ones I fancy are the older Christopher Ward C9 Moonphase with blue dial, the Ball Trainmaster moonphase with blue dial, and the Perrelet Moonphase A1039/7.
#3: Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra blue dial on bracelet. #4: Breitling Navitimer, but not yet sure of the specific variant I want #5: Omega Speedmaster Moon watch 50th anniversary edition, or just the original moon watch.
You can't ever go wrong with a Speedmaster friend..... Any Speedmaster
The Omega speedmaster is on my list as well but I'm waiting till 2019 they will have to have a 50th man on the moon anerversty model
Would give me another year to save...
A Speedmaster had been on my list as well, but I am also waiting for the 50th anniversary edition.
Hamilton is on sale at Jomashop. $250 for the mechanical .
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That's the link I included in my initial post!
I'm a sucker for this what's old is new again vintage trend.
Sorry I missed the original link! Me too.
I've been on the lookout for a mechanical LLBean hamilton too. I stumbled across one on ebay a few months ago, missed it, but it spurred a fascination. This is a good write up about them: