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What watch do you wear?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Doran, 21 Apr 2008.

  1. dLockers

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    One of the favourites in my collection.

    Can anyone advise about speedmasters? I'm looking to pick one up but they seem to vary massively in price but look fairly indistinguishable.

    Edit: Just done some of my own homework. Chronograph vs. Chronometer, Sapphire glass. Got it.
     
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  2. aayzof

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    CWC Mellor 72 arrived yesterday. Enjoying it so far.
     
  3. dLockers

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    CWC, Hamilton, the Christopher Ward above. All look "similar" (I'm not well educated in this field). What is the story?
     
  4. mrk

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    The Christopher Ward above is a dive watch not a field watch, the only similarity is the barrel shaped case design really.

    As for Hamilton and CWC, those two brands along with a small handful of others were employed back in the day by both American and British military forces to manufacture field watches to W10 and G10 specifications, so they all looked similar. These days CWC still continue making the same watches but with a more modern Japanese movement inside. Hamilton have gone the modernisation route and decided to fully re-issue models like in the Pilot Pioneer Mechanical with higher specs all round and spring bars instead of fixed bar lugs which CWC still use and of course higher grade movements.

    I have a Classic Bond NATO coming from Barton Bands for the Hamilton, feel that this will be a nice strap rotation for it between the Zuludiver rubber and Bond which with the vision in my mind's eye should suit the watch really well. Was initially going to get the genuine Geckota Vintage Bond from Watchgecko but the Barton version has wider holes and bigger milled buckle which means I can use the modern Hamilton milled buckle that came with the watch whereas with all the other Bond NATO straps the holes are small so I'd risk fraying the holes over time using a thicker buckle tongue.

    I'm still feeling the same about the Khaki Pilot though, if it was my only watch, I'd be perfectly happy with it.

    A worthy nod to the late Mellor himself :cool: The only thing I found curious about it is they use 18.5mm lug widths, so the 18mm NATO has a tiny gap either side, and 19mm straps aren't all too common although Watchgecko and a few others have been steadily increasing range.
     
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  5. Chewie

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    Very nice, congrats!
     
  6. dLockers

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    Very help thank you.
     
  7. Flanders

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    What is the strap you have there?
     
  8. Danthus

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  9. Super Tigers

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  10. Minusorange

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    Made in China and not cheap, just average price really
     
  11. Hyburnate

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    Yeah fake history, they talk a load of crap. Made a deal with someone from DHGate :p
     
  12. mrk

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  13. Flanders

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  14. gailjon

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    Love the way companies do this. Designed in London, .... but made in China. If it says London under the makers mark I would expect it to be made in London. I wonder why they named it after a department store?
     
  15. hughtrimble

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    Or just add 'London' to your brand name, like Christopher Ward https://find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk/company/05167936

    They can therefore have 'London' on whatever they like, despite being based in Berkshire and made in Switzerland!
     
  16. BeeP

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    They show up on the SKY shopping channels sometimes (I think it's Ideal World), normally with that dippy old bloke telling you how everything is fantastically made as it falls to bits in his hands. Never mind though you do get a free pen or a set of cufflinks....
     
  17. mrk

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    NOS buckle arrived today, Italian rubber strap, Italian original buckle :cool:

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  18. lsg1r

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    I was literally going to say the below (albeit seen on freeview)... they're in the 'high msrp once in a lifetime low price but still far too expensive for what you get' group I'm afraid, at least for the ones I've seen on tv while laughing my head off at the sheer rubbish they're spewing out...

    Most of the designs seem to be a 'homage' to some other watch so you'll likely be able to find another watch like it for even less from someone like pagani, parnis or some other super cheap Chinese brand (not all Chinese brands are bad, seagull 1963 is pretty well regarded, although no first hand experience), if you're getting a Chinese made watch might as well go direct for the full savings lol.

    I can remember that dippy old bloke (assuming it's the same one I'm thinking of) from his earlier career as a childrens tv presenter...
     
  19. BeeP

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    Peter I think his name is, yes he presents the shows like a kids presenter.
     
  20. lsg1r

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    Yeah that's the one, he was a kids show (90's things like double dare) presenter before getting into the 'selling game'....