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Let's see your mechanical watches

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by Dr Roly, May 19, 2014.

  1. Dr Roly

    Dr Roly New in Town

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    To get things started; here's my Poljot International Strela. The photo didn't turn out as well as hoped, as my Photobucket app adds a lot of compression.

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  2. Seb Lucas

    Seb Lucas I'll Lock Up

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    Isn't there a thread on watches already?
     
  3. Dr Roly

    Dr Roly New in Town

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    I think the other thread is for vintage watches. There are still a few modern hand-winders out there, and I thought it might be interesting to see them.
     
  4. Left to right: '50s vintage Bulova, Poljot "Shturmanskie" chronograph, Slava 1980 Olympic watch.

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  5. ingineer

    ingineer One Too Many

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    Here are some,don't make me wear out my thumb
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    Richard
     
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  6. Annixter

    Annixter Practically Family

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  7. The Poljot 3133 family seems to be a favorite here at the FL.
     
  8. Nyah

    Nyah One of the Regulars

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    Well before I discovered the Fedora Lounge, I'd been looking to get a mechanical watch. Not out of a desire for vintage style but for utility. I don't think I ever found anything suitable.

    What companies currently make mechanical watches? Are there any that stay below the jewelry (Rolex, etc) realm?
     
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  9. ingineer

    ingineer One Too Many

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    Nyah;
    Here you go perfect starter watch, Cheap, durable, automatic, The Vostok
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    If you have the money go for the Poljot 3133, they have been going up in price
    Richard
     
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  10. Pretty much all the major watch manufacturers make mechanical watches. You can get them for around $100, far below higher end "jewelry" watches.

    And out of curiosity, what kind of utility are you looking for in a watch?
     
  11. GHT

    GHT I'll Lock Up

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    Stauer do a number of quartz watches but their main market is very, very accurate reproductions. They are good, and I have no moans about their quality, oh but do they ever not leave you alone once you have made a purchase? I have blocked their texts and emails, but they still mail me by post, even though every letter gets returned: "Not known at this address." Beware.
     
  12. gwold

    gwold New in Town

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    Take a wander through the Watchuseek forum: http://forums.watchuseek.com/forum.php. Give yourself a long weekend, just to get started.
     
  13. And for a vintage style watch Poljot made Hanhart copies like this one with the 3133 movement.

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  14. Foxer55

    Foxer55 A-List Customer

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    Two of my favorites.

    My 50 year old Rolex GMT Master that I got in Europe oh so many years ago.

    Rolex good.jpg

    A more recent acquisition, a Tudor stainless and gold chronograph. I also have one of these in stainless only. This one actually needs a slightly darker band.

    Tudoir Gold 2.jpg
     
  15. viclip

    viclip Practically Family

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    What price range are you considering?
     
  16. Talbot

    Talbot One Too Many

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    Consider a Hamilton Khaki Automatic in your search. I have two - a black military dial and a silver dial. Quality is good and they are reasonably priced on eBay. I feel they are attractive without being showy or blingy, and they have an American heritage - sort of.
     
  17. gwold

    gwold New in Town

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    Take a look at Mk II.

    http://www.mkiiwatches.com

    Boutique watchmaker, doing homages to classics, typically with a military heritage; but updated for a somewhat modern touch as well. Be aware, though, that buying new means a long wait.
     
  18. LuvMyMan

    LuvMyMan Vendor

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    Rado watches from the 1950's up to the 1970's are some hard watches to beat for quality and style.
     
  19. Stearmen

    Stearmen I'll Lock Up

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    Have you considered a good old vintage Timex? I got this one for free, just added a band. It keeps good enough time, since you wind it every morning. I actually get complements, and lots of people remember the old John Cameron Swayze commercials! [​IMG] [video=youtube;HVatUaplyVU]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVatUaplyVU[/video]
     
  20. ChrisT

    ChrisT One of the Regulars

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    I love your watch Stearmen. Do you know when it was made?
     

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