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Your daily watch

Got into collecting watches a while back, have a decent collection which I wonít bore you with but thought it would be interesting to see what everyoneís preferences are, what do you look for in one or do you even wear a wrist watch at all?

My daily is a humble Seiko 5 snzg15, the made in Japan version, automatic and a great lume for the price.

Anyone else into watch collecting, and what do you wear most often?
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I love the idea of a nice watch. But I'm a clumsy oaf, and cannot be trusted with nice things.

For the last few years, I have worn a Pebble Time, but it's getting rather ropey. It has resulted though in me being stuck with a smar****ch I think. The notifications are too handy to lose.

So I just ordered an Amazfit Stratos 2, in the hope that I've located some kind of successor to the Pebble (cheaper than the obvious ones, longer battery life).
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There is a nice watch thread in the images lounge for you to post some pics of your collection. I’ll post the link if I can find it.

I have two I alternate, a Seiko automatic (not a 5, although I do have one) and a Hamilton

https://www.beaverbrooks.co.uk/00011...c-Mens-Watch/p

Certainly didn’t pay that for it though, £300 off and 12 months interest free

Still forget to put either on most days.
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Haven't worn a watch for about 15 years. Don't even own one. Like the idea of a watch collection though as I do appreciate them.

Not sure I could go back to wearing one now.
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I have several, none massively expensive because I can't really be trusted with expensive things. They all got worn regularly. I don't tend to wear my g-shock with a smart shirt or one with a metal strap with a t-shirt.

I'm considering buying something from Seiko's recraft series next.
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I'm a subscriber to the monthy mag Motor Sport, which has advertorials on watches. They sent out a marketing survey which asked me (amongst other things) to tick the value of my watch collection, starting "under £5000" then £5000 to £10,000 and so on. I have one Lorus which cost me £30 ten years ago in Orpington High Street. Probably worth less than the hairs on my wrist.
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I'm keen on watches, I don't have a huge collection, and I am ashamed to say I have a couple of fakes.

1973 Seiko Jumbo Chrono (6138-3002) - was my dad's (he's still with us, but it's mine now)
Late 90's Seiko Kinetic - 18th birthday present.
Rotary Chronospeed (homage of a Breitling Navitimer)
Panerai 111, bought quite cheap, no papers, no box - not quite sure why I bought it, it never gets any wrist time.
Casio CA53W - bought as it was a big nostalgia hit.
Fake Rolex Daytona - well built, but a poor dial and subdial spacing - one day I will have a real one!
Fake Quartz Cartier Tank Louis Cartier - I just like the look of these things

My daily is my fav, and the only one worth any real money - it's an Omega Speedmaster Professional, which I wear on a variety of straps - it has the period correct hesalite crystal, and to all intents, it's the same spec as went on the lunar missions.

Here it is on my favourite brown Perlon strap.
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For the last dozen years my daily has been a Seiko Kinetic. Bought it so I wouldn't need to replace batteries, but I do scratch the glass enough to have replaced it twice - and now it needs doing again, in spite of being diligent to take it off for gardening, DIY and work on cars. Maybe I need to wear it on the inside of the wrist?

For umpiring field hockey I have a stopwatch from Decathlon cost £12 - good size numbers to see at a glance and minimum clutter. My old Decathlon watch is relegated to gardening, DIY, work on cars etc. I do seem to need a watch on my wrist.

At the bottom of a drawer is a dress watch: Omega De Ville - thin, minimal, gold, leather strap. Gets worn a handful of occasions per battery.
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There is a nice watch thread in the images lounge for you to post some pics of your collection. Iíll post the link if I can find it. .../...
This one, you mean: https://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/non-...-watches.html?

I have a few myself - bit of quartz (very convenient), bit of automatic (a gentleman has to, really).
I wear tool watches predominantly. I have a pilot's chronograph I wear a lot and a (desk)diver. Sometimes something a bit more dressy. Nothing too fancy, although I'm lucky enough to have had a gen 1 Breitling Emergency on more or less continuous loan for nigh on 20 years now.
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Wear it on the inside of the wrist and you'll be changing the glass even more often IMHO.

My kinetic has a dead capacitor, which I haven't been arsed to change out - I haven't worn it in some time, Seiko make some really good beater watches - the Jumbo Chrono I have is coming up 50 years old, never been serviced and still keeps good time - it's due some work though, the chrono pushers stick and I can't get it anywhere near water.

I do like Omega's dressier watches, a Constellation with the black pie-pan dial is a gorgeous watch - available used for decent prices at the moment.
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Anyone with an interest in watches, check out Watchfinder's channel on YouTube, really informative, and beautifully shot and presented.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLa...sa_KUK-DVpdZZA

All the benefits of high-end luxury watches without the horrendous price tags.
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I'll be on a strictly 'one watch in, one out' regime as the box is full.

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Top L-R: Golana quartz; Omega Constellation; Zenith Pacific; Tissot quartz chronograph; Vapaus Vorcut (was a kickstarter project);
Bottom L-R: A-13a navigation chronograph (personal project by an Italian engineer/pilot); Traska Freediver (was a kickstarter project); MWW Iconik 3 (was a kickstarter project); Breitling Emergency; Meistersinger Skripto):
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I have several, none massively expensive because I can't really be trusted with expensive things. They all got worn regularly. I don't tend to wear my g-shock with a smart shirt or one with a metal strap with a t-shirt.

I'm considering buying something from Seiko's recraft series next.
I love the G shocks too. Have a m5610 (square shaped) with the negative display and solar charging which is a solid all day everyday piece that I should wear more often!

Give me a Casio over a smart watch any day.
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Never seen the point of the things, and Iíd probably end up welding it to something if I wore one.
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A man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never quite sure.

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Nothing ritzy at all. A very simple Mondaine, which I think is about 13 years old now. I just know that when it eventually conks out, due to a chronic lack of imagination, I’ll replace it with another Mondaine; probably exactly the same one.
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I like wearing watches and I keep them daily.
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Nothing ritzy at all. A very simple Mondaine, which I think is about 13 years old now. I just know that when it eventually conks out, due to a chronic lack of imagination, I’ll replace it with another Mondaine; probably exactly the same one.
I like the Mondaine, simplicity in a watch.

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Nothing ritzy at all. A very simple Mondaine, which I think is about 13 years old now. I just know that when it eventually conks out, due to a chronic lack of imagination, Iíll replace it with another Mondaine; probably exactly the same one.
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I like the Mondaine, simplicity in a watch.
This was my favourite, I have a "Classic Official Swiss Railways Watch" bought about 25 years ago. It's been sitting in a drawer since 2008 with a receipt from H. Samuel (yes, I know) marked 'repair not carried out'.

I haven't worn a watch since as having a smartphone constantly on my person removed the necessity.

And I am another clumsy oaf who tends to scratch or damage anything attached to my wrist.


I might try again to get the Mondaine repaired now though, as I've just looked at it for the first time in years and it is quite a nice thing
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Quite cheered by the Mondaine love 🙂 it’s pretty much an all occasion wear watch, bar when I’m on my bike.

Chris - get yours fixed 🙂
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I've a couple that I tend to switch between. 1970s Omega Seamaster de Ville that belonged to my late father in law and a modern one from Finn watches. It's a local (N Ireland) manufacturer that I helped crowdfund a few years ago. The shape is based on the basalt columns in the Giants Causeway and this also is on the dial. A very decent watch for not a lot of money.
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I haven't worn a watch since as having a smartphone constantly on my person removed the necessity.

And I am another clumsy oaf who tends to scratch or damage anything attached to my wrist.
Isn't it more comfortable to have a watch on your wrist than a smartphone on your person?
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