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Old 06-11-2019, 02:06 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Saw this this morning, a Mercer handsome piece with a mechanical Seagull Chinese movement.

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Tom:
I suggest you amend So many watches, so little time to read
so many watches, so little disposable income!!! Least that's my
situation.

Anyone heard anything from that x USMC guy or Space View?

Lou Snutt
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Old 06-12-2019, 10:18 AM   #23 (permalink)
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well, I bought a watch. a chronograph. finally pulled the trigger.

I debated a long while over whether i could/should shell out the extra money for an automatic chrono, but in the end, two factors inevitably pushed me towards a quartz movement.



first, the price. most of the automatic chronographs i was really interested in were just impossible to get without spending $800+ for a used model, or close to it. (im looking at YOU Hamilton!)

there were cheaper automatic Chronos on the market from Tissot, Bulova, and a host of other brands that I had never heard of before, but the affordable Tissot's were all sporting the ETA C01.211 movement (which I've had before) and i was afraid of service issues down the line. (i never really liked the look of a lot of Tissot watches anyway) some of the brands that were unknown to me had ETA 7750 or 7753 movements, but i was reluctant to purchase a brand i had literally never heard of before. plus, some of the designs were simply gaudy.



second, I'm not entirely sold on a Chrono as something i will wear regularly, so i didn't want to invest too heavily in one without first knowing if im actually going to be into chronograph watches.



given those facts, I decided to narrow my search to quartz Chronos and keep the budget under $500 while still getting something i felt i would actually wear.

I really wanted a moto koure MKI, but after two messages via their website with both my emails and several attempts via their FB page through regular posts and messenger with NO responses...i gave up on that option.

perhaps in the future I will get one of the Straton speciales, which are a similar square shape, but $500 instead of $350. (in meca quartz)



Ebay+patience is what eventually won the day. that, plus setting a hard budget and actually sticking to it (super important where eBay is concerned)

I managed to stay under budget, and got something that is both the "non diver" addition that i had been wanting to add, and yet at the same time, familiar enough to me that I think it will get a reasonable amount of wrist time.



its due here on friday, so if its delivered on time and i have the chance before going to work friday night ill post a shot of it for the big reveal.

in the meantime, ponder on what sort of quartz chronograph i could have picked up for $500 or less (i got it used so factor that in...im a huge fan of buying used) and we will see if anyone got close.
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I second the Straton Tom!
Love mine. I have a Gavox, 2 Drydens and a few other micro brand chronos as well.
They're out there, just gotta do some diggin!




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The Stratons really do seem exceptional Scott. All those of yours' are honestly !
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Tom:
I suggest you amend So many watches, so little time to read
so many watches, so little disposable income!!! Least that's my
situation.

Anyone heard anything from that x USMC guy or Space View?

Lou Snutt

You are so right Art, it's the same situation here to tell truth.
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well, I bought a watch. a chronograph. finally pulled the trigger.

I debated a long while over whether i could/should shell out the extra money for an automatic chrono, but in the end, two factors inevitably pushed me towards a quartz movement.



first, the price. most of the automatic chronographs i was really interested in were just impossible to get without spending $800+ for a used model, or close to it. (im looking at YOU Hamilton!)

there were cheaper automatic Chronos on the market from Tissot, Bulova, and a host of other brands that I had never heard of before, but the affordable Tissot's were all sporting the ETA C01.211 movement (which I've had before) and i was afraid of service issues down the line. (i never really liked the look of a lot of Tissot watches anyway) some of the brands that were unknown to me had ETA 7750 or 7753 movements, but i was reluctant to purchase a brand i had literally never heard of before. plus, some of the designs were simply gaudy.



second, I'm not entirely sold on a Chrono as something i will wear regularly, so i didn't want to invest too heavily in one without first knowing if im actually going to be into chronograph watches.



given those facts, I decided to narrow my search to quartz Chronos and keep the budget under $500 while still getting something i felt i would actually wear.

I really wanted a moto koure MKI, but after two messages via their website with both my emails and several attempts via their FB page through regular posts and messenger with NO responses...i gave up on that option.

perhaps in the future I will get one of the Straton speciales, which are a similar square shape, but $500 instead of $350. (in meca quartz)



Ebay+patience is what eventually won the day. that, plus setting a hard budget and actually sticking to it (super important where eBay is concerned)

I managed to stay under budget, and got something that is both the "non diver" addition that i had been wanting to add, and yet at the same time, familiar enough to me that I think it will get a reasonable amount of wrist time.



its due here on friday, so if its delivered on time and i have the chance before going to work friday night ill post a shot of it for the big reveal.

in the meantime, ponder on what sort of quartz chronograph i could have picked up for $500 or less (i got it used so factor that in...im a huge fan of buying used) and we will see if anyone got close.


Hmm, that is tough figuring what that might be WM !

Think I will just be patient, and enjoy the anticipation of Friday
to be honest, and of course wish you a huge congrats there to
you ahead of time !!!

Also have to say, it's awesome seeing how thorough, thoughtful,
and patient like you pointed out. That you were in figuring which
watch would be next for you. Think it was terrific !
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The Stratons really do seem exceptional Scott. All those of yours' are honestly !
Thanks for the kind words my friend!
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Thanks for the kind words my friend!
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You got it sir, and the thanks go to you honestly !
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Well dang....fedex came early.

So.... Chronograph, but still with a hint of diver. Stainless steel bracelet and a nice high dome sapphire crystal.
I also really love the hands on this model.



i appreciate everyones help with this one.
its no Man-on-the-moon, but I like it.
the bracelet is super comfy...im actually a little surprised at how well it wears.
I got over my "large diver" phase, this zodiac is 41.5mm. fits me nicely.





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Congrats on that one, I like it.
A great looking chronograph you have there the choice of colours really work well together the dual register type was also my preference for my only chronograph too, wear it in good health.


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Love the Zodiac Chronograph!
Wear in good health, she's a beauty!

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This is one of the most comfortable bracelets I have ever had. Damn near as good as my Oris bracelet. I think its the articulating center on the endlinks... All bracelets should have that instead of sticking out past the lugs. It makes the watch conform really well.



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Love the domed sapphire crystal.
At an angle there's a lovely bit of distortion.


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I know there are many premium brands with good chronograph functions, but I personally prefer Casio EX362. The details can be found here - https://www.watchista.in/casio-edifi...56db-2avudf-3/

This is indeed the most complete timepiece! I loved the color combination and the built quality.
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Well done there WM. Enjoy your new watch. The colours of that one are rather similar to the brown vintage Seiko Bullhead
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Well done there WM. Enjoy your new watch. The colours of that one are rather similar to the brown vintage Seiko Bullhead
I think in the listing they called it a topic dial?
Dont know if that's an accurate description or not, i just know i liked the look

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Not a bad bit of lume for a chrono



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Man oh man, that is just too good WM, and so unique too !!!

Actually has such a retro, or vintage way about it with the style, along
with sub-dial look, and especially colors sir. ..Looks like something in
between a cool Seiko, or even Heuer from years back. But is all Zodiac
at the same time with it's outstanding design, and fit, and finish !

Love just the root beer vibe, and the unmistakable hands, and could
stare at this all day long. Or night with that fantastic lume ! ..ENJOY !

BIG congrats WM, and so happy it arrived early like that !!!
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