The Under £200ish Watch and occasional Opera Thread! Vol2

The Under £200ish Watch and occasional Opera Thread! Vol2

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Kes Arevo

3,555 posts

42 months

Thursday 23rd March 2023
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Bobberoo said:
Excellent value!!
Maybe. Maybe not! I'll find out. If it's ok I can see me getting several of all the sorts!

blue_haddock

3,503 posts

70 months

Thursday 23rd March 2023
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Bobberoo said:
CharlesdeGaulle said:
Chaps, I'm after a bit of help. One of the watches I want to replace is my much-loved Casio Duro Marlin in Blue. Where's the best place to buy from?

I'm on the Continent so need to be careful about taxes. So far all I can find are US sellers that don't ship to Lux, or Israeli sellers that I'm sure are charging twice what I paid before (maybe that's the going rate these days) but can anyone point me to a reputable European seller please?
I'd say Barchettaman could help, but i've also emailed you.
All of my Duros have come from greatwatches.co.uk

He's based in the state's but I've never been hit with any fees when they land.

CharlesdeGaulle

26,808 posts

183 months

Thursday 23rd March 2023
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blue_haddock said:
All of my Duros have come from greatwatches.co.uk

He's based in the state's but I've never been hit with any fees when they land.
Thanks for that. I've placed an order and will let you know how it goes.

ETA - I anticipate having to pay duty but it will still be the cheapest I've seen by some margin.

Edited by CharlesdeGaulle on Thursday 23 March 19:11

ZesPak

24,549 posts

199 months

Thursday 23rd March 2023
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Had this set of Bambinos come in the other day. I can see why they get so much praise.
Incredible watches for the money.

Bobberoo

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39,436 posts

101 months

Friday 24th March 2023
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Lovely!!!

Barchettaman

6,396 posts

135 months

Friday 24th March 2023
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ZesPak said:

Had this set of Bambinos come in the other day. I can see why they get so much praise.
Incredible watches for the money.
I bought one (s/h) and can agree. Even the strap was decent and that’s something that gets criticism in reviews.

Ultimately I sold mine as I’m not really a dress-watch kind of guy, but that was no fault of the watch.

Anyone in the market for that style (dressy, leather, well-finished) should give it a close look. I used to call it my Poundland Calatrava.




If you buy pre-owned you’ll get back what you paid, should you, like me, come to sell it on, if you have a bit of luck.

In other budget horological news, that €55 Hanowa automatic is getting a new strap courtesy of our friends in China. €5 shipped and one of these is on the way:





I like it a LOT on leather but brown isn’t really the colour:



Still running like an absolute champ and didn’t look out of place yesterday in Vienna. You might feel there’s a bit of a contradiction as it also looks dressy but it‘s more of a stainless steel sports, ahem, ‘piece’, and the crystal sits pretty flush so I’m less worried about dinging it.




Edited by Barchettaman on Friday 24th March 10:59

7 5 7

3,312 posts

114 months

Friday 24th March 2023
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Still rocking my Rolex Daytona, sorry, do apologise I mean my £58 Invicta Speedway.


Bobberoo

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39,436 posts

101 months

Friday 24th March 2023
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Not remotely watch or opera related, but in York today this happened.......

CharlesdeGaulle

26,808 posts

183 months

Friday 24th March 2023
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Bobberoo said:
Not remotely watch or opera related, but in York today this happened.......
The phrase 'enjoy in good health' seems incompatible with this image!

BrokenSkunk

4,636 posts

253 months

Friday 24th March 2023
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Bobberoo said:
Not remotely watch or opera related, but in York today this happened.......
I do hope there was a thorough tasting session before those were purchased. Infact given the retail on those, I strongly suspect there was!

Looks like we have similar taste, I love a good Islay. My favourite is Lagavulin Distillers ed., but I can be persuaded by pretty much anything from their distillery.

Bobberoo

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39,436 posts

101 months

Friday 24th March 2023
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BrokenSkunk said:
Bobberoo said:
Not remotely watch or opera related, but in York today this happened.......
I do hope there was a thorough tasting session before those were purchased. Infact given the retail on those, I strongly suspect there was!

Looks like we have similar taste, I love a good Islay. My favourite is Lagavulin Distillers ed., but I can be persuaded by pretty much anything from their distillery.
Tried the Caol Isla which was lovely, didn't try any of the others that I purchased, I did however try the Benraich smoky 12, not impressed, the Oban Distillers edition, nice but not outstanding, I was also fortunate enough to try a 21yr old Bushmills, and that was sublime, but at £190 would have meant that I was restricted to just a couple of bottles, the Dalmore Cigar Malt has been in my radar for a while and at £105 was a reasonable purchase.

gregs656

11,063 posts

184 months

Friday 24th March 2023
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This arrived. It's absolutely mint. I had bought it with an eye on selling it, but not sure that will happen now.


Barchettaman

6,396 posts

135 months

Friday 24th March 2023
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Bobberoo said:
Whisky related stuff
A very decent selection there!!

Tremendous work. I’m going to pour an Ardbeg in tribute.

r159

2,298 posts

77 months

Saturday 25th March 2023
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Bobberoo said:
Not remotely watch or opera related, but in York today this happened.......
I really wish I could enjoy whiskey. It’s on list that includes coffee and cheese of stuff that seems to be great to get into, but no matter how many times I try it just isn’t happening.

Regardless of my lack of taste, looks like some proper stuff there!

But it does leave me with some pennies for car and watches first of which has changed this week the other hopefully will have the collection added to depending on a conversation this afternoon…

Edited by r159 on Saturday 25th March 11:41

Dal3D

1,205 posts

154 months

Saturday 25th March 2023
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Barchettaman said:
In other budget horological news, that €55 Hanowa automatic is getting a new strap courtesy of our friends in China. €5 shipped and one of these is on the way:





I like it a LOT on leather but brown isn’t really the colour:



Edited by Barchettaman on Friday 24th March 10:59
That strap is just what I'm looking for being infinitely variable as I always seem to be in between holes on a conventional strap.

Have you a link please or a description?

ZesPak

24,549 posts

199 months

Saturday 25th March 2023
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Dal3D said:
That strap is just what I'm looking for being infinitely variable as I always seem to be in between holes on a conventional strap.

Have you a link please or a description?
From the looks of it, that clasp still ties into holes.

Barchettaman

6,396 posts

135 months

Saturday 25th March 2023
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Dal3D said:
That strap is just what I'm looking for being infinitely variable as I always seem to be in between holes on a conventional strap.

Have you a link please or a description?
It’s a deployant clasp that uses holes, it’s not an infinitely variable one.

What you want is a nice mesh Milanese strap. Lots of fans of those round here.

Having said that, when it arrives I’ll post a photo. It was from AliExpress. It was from HENGRC official store.

redrabbit

1,474 posts

168 months

Saturday 25th March 2023
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Saturday night, in front of the TV with the family watching 80s John Hughes movies, and with a bottle of Bordeaux rapidly diminishing I have just spotted this ad on the back of the Saturday supplement...



A few thoughts..

1. What a clumsy looking watch.
2. Probably costs north of £10k (can't be bothered to check, it's so fussy)
3. The blurb, whilst trying hard to convey some sort of prestige pitch, includes a split infinitive which offends me.

However, the ad (or perhaps the wine) has triggered the purchase of another sub-£200 watch...

I'll probably read this post in the morning and delete / cancel watch purchase. Time will tell...

Edited by redrabbit on Sunday 26th March 02:03

Bobberoo

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39,436 posts

101 months

Sunday 26th March 2023
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redrabbit said:
Saturday night, in front of the TV with the family watching 80s John Hughes movies, and with a bottle of Bordeaux rapidly diminishing I have just spotted this ad on the back of the Saturday supplement...



A few thoughts..

1. What a clumsy looking watch.
2. Probably costs north of £10k (can't be bothered to check, it's so fussy)
3. The blurb, whilst trying hard to convey some sort of prestige pitch, includes a split infinitive which offends me.

However, the ad (or perhaps the wine) has triggered the purchase of another sub-£200 watch...

I'll probably read this post in the morning and delete / cancel watch purchase. Time will tell...

Edited by redrabbit on Sunday 26th March 02:03
Strangely I really like that, however I certainly wouldn't pay north of £10k for one.

It raises a couple of questions, firstly, just how much is too much?
Personally I would never spend more than a few thousand on a watch, even if I was rich enough to not consider the cost.
Secondly, what actually makes a watch worth that amount of money? Is it made of unobtainium? Diamond encrusted? Was it made by fairies?
Most watches use the same materials and have very similar workings, so is just a brand name tax?

TheThing

942 posts

137 months

Sunday 26th March 2023
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Just ordered one of these (picture from Google)
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Should be here around the same time as the Mission Impossible Casio a few pages back. I've wanted one for a while but any for sale in the UK seem to be quite pricey for what they are?