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Why Seiko Is So Good

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Great post from the Dive Watch Forum:

Your previous post regarding watches you’ve had forever. This watch was my high-school grad present from my Dad in 1971, and I’ve had it ever since (obviously). It has been run over by a car, shot at, lost for four months in the snow (I went back later with a borrowed metal detector in the Spring). It’s literally been through Hell, and I will never part with it. It cost $95.00 brand new, and isn’t worth much more than that now but in terms of ‘priceless’ possessions, it’s at the top of the list.

Read the whole thing here.

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Omega Makes You Take Off Your Shirt

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The latest from Omega’s “Quality of Life Police” – You are no longer allowed to wear shirts or have hair when wearing the Planet Ocean. We are sorry.

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Seiko Orange Monster Chrono

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I don’t like quartz chronos that well but this one is purdy. $230 ain’t half bad.

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You can buy it here, apparently.

Review – Torgoen T2

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Torgoen makes a line of professional pilot watches that sell considerably less than standard Quartz chronos and have a styling and utility that rivals some of the bigger houses. The T2 is a 4-register chrono with 1/10, second, and 30 minute timers with split and lap functionality. Add on a flight computer slide rule bezel and you have a winner.

What’s Inside a Sandoz Sub?

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Reto of the PMWF posted this a few years ago but it’s definitely still fresh. Excellent close up look at the insides of my favorite beater, the Sandoz Submariner-alike.

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Best Beater Thread

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Nice thread on the BIG Watch Forum about the best cheap beaters. Some interesting ideas.

I would say my best beater is the Sandoz Diver. Automatic, withstands gardening and wall fixing, and looks nice.

Check out the entire threa here.

Orbit Watch

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WristFashion.com first picked this up but it’s a particularly clever little take on the whole sundial concept.

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Fratello and WWR are Both 1 Year Old

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Not to horn in on RJ’s party, but WWR is also one year old this month. Fratello Watches and WWR were probably the first two WordPress watch blogs out there and it’s been a great ride working with RJ through all kinds of crazy antics, from Motres Allison Cease and Desist attacks to a massive crash that blew out my entire past article archive. Although I was thinking of giving up a month ago, I’m proud that I can celebrate this one-year anniversary along with Fratello.

Happy Birthday, Us!

Bell & Ross BR01 Party

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Look at all the slightly beautiful people winging around St. Tropez in honor of the BR01. Great travelogue on TimeZone.

Check out the rest of the photos here.

Impending Burst of the Watch Bubble?

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Velociphile is saying the unthinkable. The watch bubble? Burst? People will always pay $10,000 for a Franck Muller with golden hands. The world is just thirsting for a $6,000 dubiously waterproof diver with a fat Unitas movement in it? What a fool!

The number of people asking “which are the best investments” just don’t have simple answers. Of course it’‚Äôs possible to make money buying and selling watches or there wouldn’‚Äôt be any dealers….. but right now….phew, you’d better have a collection made up of things you actually like. Right now the more relevant question is “which is best for value retention.” Having had a superheated market, with sky high list prices, out of proportion premiums on complications and the persistent marketing of the myth that because you could buy a watch in 1950 for $1000 and sell it for $5M now, it makes sense to “invest” now, I really believe we’re seeing some common sense finally intervene.

As usual, top-notch writing and top-notch commentary.

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