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

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

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105.4

4,034 posts

69 months

Sunday 3rd December 2023
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After a crappy, wet, cold, snowy, stressful and looooong day at work, I decided to cheer myself up a bit by buying another watch without even asking the Wife’s permission first.



A whisker under half the thread budget and apparently recently serviced and ready to wear.


edited to add; Can any of you chaps advise on when you know how many watches is too many watches? I think I’m on over 40 now?

CharlesdeGaulle

25,924 posts

178 months

Sunday 3rd December 2023
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Nice watches, but what's all this stuff about seeking permission?

105.4

4,034 posts

69 months

Sunday 3rd December 2023
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CharlesdeGaulle said:
Nice watches, but what's all this stuff about seeking permission?
It’s just basic respect IMO.

We share what we earn. It’s ‘our money’ together, and we generally don’t make any unusual purchases without discussing it first.

Regbuser

3,163 posts

33 months

Sunday 3rd December 2023
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Never have more watches than your wife has pairs of shoes

Bobberoo

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38,072 posts

96 months

Monday 4th December 2023
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Regbuser said:
Never have more watches than your wife has pairs of shoes
Well that's me buggered then, 22 watches, versus about 10 pairs of shoes!!!

21st Century Man

40,499 posts

246 months

Monday 4th December 2023
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Bobberoo said:
Regbuser said:
Never have more watches than your wife has pairs of shoes
Well that's me buggered then, 22 watches, versus about 10 pairs of shoes!!!
Only 10 pairs of shoes? Blimey!

Bobberoo

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38,072 posts

96 months

Monday 4th December 2023
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21st Century Man said:
Bobberoo said:
Regbuser said:
Never have more watches than your wife has pairs of shoes
Well that's me buggered then, 22 watches, versus about 10 pairs of shoes!!!
Only 10 pairs of shoes? Blimey!
She's just corrected me on this, apparently it's only 8 pairs!!!
I'm an incredibly lucky man as Mr's Bobbers is the least materialistic person I know, she does change her wardrobe twice a year, a few hundred quid at a time but certainly not excessive as she doesn't do designer labels, the only thing she smashes out on is perfume and Radley bags/purses!!!

Tim O

545 posts

167 months

Monday 4th December 2023
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Advice sought, please. I live in a rural location, always up to something around the house, diy, chopping logs, gardening, etc., and I’m fairly active mountain biking, hill walking and so on. I’ve got an expensive watch but rarely wear it, doesn’t fit my lifestyle, frightened of damaging or losing it, so it sits in my sock drawer.

So I thought I’d buy myself a ‘fit and forget’ watch - robust, waterproof, light, easy to read day and night, preferably with a stopwatch feature, and analogue not digital.

Did some research, looked at Traser, Luminox but then stumbled upon two new G-Shock watches (one lot) in an auction and bought them for not a lot, thinking put them both on marketplace, and keep the one that didn’t sell.

Picture of what I ended up with attached.

However, I’ve concluded I just don’t like it. Not that easy to read at night, illumination is poor. Also far too complicated, do I really want to know the current time in Berlin or Bangkok. Stopwatch display is tiny.

I do like that it’s light, and tough, scratching it might even improve its looks, it’s a watch you don’t have to care about.

Recommendations sought - light (plastic?), clear display, no clutter, analogue, tough, stop watch preferred (or with a full scale sweep second hand). I know this the sub £200 watch thread but budget, within reason, not a limiting factor. Not against buying a second hand (ho ho) watch.

Advice please. Thanks in advance.

BrokenSkunk

4,541 posts

248 months

Monday 4th December 2023
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105.4 said:
edited to add; Can any of you chaps advise on when you know how many watches is too many watches? I think I’m on over 40 now?
Nice jump hour, I like that. What's the time keeping like? I had one briefly, but returned it because it kept stopping. It had a cheap pin pallet movement, and (when it actually ticked) it wasn't very accurate.

Too many? Well if the mortgage is getting paid, the house is warm, there's always food on the table, the wife's not threatening to leave you over the size of the collection and you're not considering selling one of the kids (or even one of the kid's kidneys) to fund the next watch purchase, I'd say you've got room for at least one more watch.

But you probably shouldn't take my advice. I have 45, not counting the one that I happen to know Santa has bought for me. My name is Mike & I'm a horologoholic.

105.4 said:
It’s just basic respect IMO.

We share what we earn. It’s ‘our money’ together, and we generally don’t make any unusual purchases without discussing it first.
We decided early on that we'd have a joint account and keep our individual accounts. The joint account covers all the bills and dull stuff. We both pay into the joint account so that we've got about the same left left our individual accounts. For example, if I took home £1500 per month and Mrs BrokenSkunk £2000, then I'd put £1000 per month into the joint account and she'd put £1500 in. We'd each have £500 left in our individual accounts.

What's in our personal accounts is ours to do what we want with. It works well, we can spend moderately without feeling guilt, whether it's on new shoes, a watch, or a treat for the other half. How do you buy a present for the wife if you're buying it with 'her' money?

I've watched too many of my friend's relationships falter over joint account spending to have it any other way. I understand, that legally it's all "our" money, but this works for us.

It doesn't stop Mrs BrokenSkunk rolling her eyes every time I get a new watch and complaining that I don't need another one, have too many & that I waste too much money on them, but it does stop me feeling guilty about it!

BrokenSkunk

4,541 posts

248 months

Monday 4th December 2023
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Tim O said:
Advice sought, please...]
First piece of advice, find a better hiding place. You sock drawer is the first place any self respecting burgler will look.

Second piece of advice, either get a titanium watch and bracelet or a steel watch head with a leather strap / nylon nato.

For titanium, try this search:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_t...

For stainless steel, you could get a new 1963 Seagul mechanical chrono within budget. Alternatively there are plenty of offereings from microbrands using the new mecha-quartz movements again, purchasing new, at or around threead budget. Google "Best watch micobrands 2023" and prepare to dissappear down the rabbithole.

Barchettaman

6,252 posts

130 months

Monday 4th December 2023
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Tim O said:
Advice sought, please. I live in a rural location, always up to something around the house, diy, chopping logs, gardening, etc., and I’m fairly active mountain biking, hill walking and so on. I’ve got an expensive watch but rarely wear it, doesn’t fit my lifestyle, frightened of damaging or losing it, so it sits in my sock drawer.

So I thought I’d buy myself a ‘fit and forget’ watch - robust, waterproof, light, easy to read day and night, preferably with a stopwatch feature, and analogue not digital.

Picture of what I ended up with attached.

I do like that it’s light, and tough, scratching it might even improve its looks, it’s a watch you don’t have to care about.

It might be a bit similar to the Casio, but would this Accurist be worth a look?

£75 and very much in the spirit of the Breitling Aerospace.



https://www.amazon.co.uk/Accurist-Analogue-Digital...

Mammasaid

3,717 posts

95 months

Monday 4th December 2023
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Barchettaman said:
Tim O said:
Advice sought, please. I live in a rural location, always up to something around the house, diy, chopping logs, gardening, etc., and I’m fairly active mountain biking, hill walking and so on. I’ve got an expensive watch but rarely wear it, doesn’t fit my lifestyle, frightened of damaging or losing it, so it sits in my sock drawer.

So I thought I’d buy myself a ‘fit and forget’ watch - robust, waterproof, light, easy to read day and night, preferably with a stopwatch feature, and analogue not digital.

Picture of what I ended up with attached.

I do like that it’s light, and tough, scratching it might even improve its looks, it’s a watch you don’t have to care about.

It might be a bit similar to the Casio, but would this Accurist be worth a look?

£75 and very much in the spirit of the Breitling Aerospace.



https://www.amazon.co.uk/Accurist-Analogue-Digital...
Or a 3rd option is to go cheap, really cheap....

Like this SKMEI Casioak homage, under a tenner so if it's scratched, so what?

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005005550800364.h...

Tim O

545 posts

167 months

Monday 4th December 2023
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Thanks all. Titanium has an appeal, I'll follow the white rabbit. As a temporary measure I'vefallen back on this, a genuine Singapore fake, 'SIWSS MADE'!


105.4

4,034 posts

69 months

Monday 4th December 2023
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Tim O said:
Advice please. Thanks in advance.
For my DIY, plastering, fixing the cars sort-of watches, I tend to buy a £20-£25 job from Argos, H Samuel’s etc.

Besides a battery and maybe a strap, I’ll get ten years+ out of them.

CharlesdeGaulle

25,924 posts

178 months

Monday 4th December 2023
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Tim O said:
Advice sought, please. I live in a rural location, always up to something around the house, diy, chopping logs, gardening, etc., and I’m fairly active mountain biking, hill walking and so on. I’ve got an expensive watch but rarely wear it, doesn’t fit my lifestyle, frightened of damaging or losing it, so it sits in my sock drawer.
Casio Marlin. Always the answer to questions like this, and everyone should have one in the mix.



Bobberoo

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38,072 posts

96 months

Monday 4th December 2023
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Any of the Timex offerings should suit your needs, nicely legible, not expensive and virtually impossible to kill if my two are anything to go by!!!

r159

2,226 posts

72 months

Monday 4th December 2023
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Tim O said:
Advice sought, please. I live in a rural location, always up to something around the house, diy, chopping logs, gardening, etc., and I’m fairly active mountain biking, hill walking and so on. I’ve got an expensive watch but rarely wear it, doesn’t fit my lifestyle, frightened of damaging or losing it, so it sits in my sock drawer.
Luminox with tritium £215
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Luminox-Analogue-Classic-...

Or a Casio which looks similar for about £14 (lume not very good though)
https://www.argos.co.uk/product/9025873?istCompany...


Tim O

545 posts

167 months

Monday 4th December 2023
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Thanks all for replies.

I obviously hadn’t looked hard enough. This ticks most of the boxes. Amazon, £203



Edited by Tim O on Monday 4th December 22:36

105.4

4,034 posts

69 months

Tuesday 5th December 2023
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BrokenSkunk said:
Nice jump hour, I like that. What's the time keeping like? I had one briefly, but returned it because it kept stopping. It had a cheap pin pallet movement, and (when it actually ticked) it wasn't very accurate.
Thanks smile

Yeah, it’s a quirky design. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but I like it.

As for how accurate it is? I’ve no idea. I only purchased it off of eBay on Sunday and the watch hasn’t arrived yet.

21st Century Man

40,499 posts

246 months

Tuesday 5th December 2023
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Not a smart watch, just a boggo digital. It's not LCD, it's like an e-reader, paperwhite. I don't usually do digital, but I like this.