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The Doctor



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I’m limited to some Rotary’s and a Casio G-Shock Sid so I’m sure I’d only count as a fringe member of any consortium Laughing LL.B (Hons) - University of Derby
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Sidthecat



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England 2013 Freelander 2 SD4 HSE Auto Orkney Grey

Steve D wrote:
Iguana wrote:
Got this as a 50th treat to myself in 2016 Thumbs Up


Guess what I got for my 60th. Very Happy



Need to wind it up, it was the same time yesterday Rolling with laughter

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Steve D



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Steve D wrote:
I’ve finally decided on the diver. The chrono is far too busy and chunky for me plus I have two chrono's already. The Diver is nice and slim and can double up as a dress watch as it’ll slip nicely under a cuff. It also has a ceramic bezel so quite scratch resistant. Finally made my mind up when I saw it for a reasonable price in Jersey last week. Almost bought it there and then but bottled it in case I got caught bringing it home. Plus, they have a new SMP300 coming out in August. Thicker than the current model and with an etched wave dial, an exhibition caseback and a peculiar shaped helium escape valve. I just don’t like it so have gone for one of the last of the current models with the 2500D movement.


Just ordered it. Got a VERY good deal - £200 cheaper that the price of the 'tax free' one in Jersey plus an extra £100 store card coming as a promotion from the wife’s new Amex card for hitting a certain spend level. Coming tomorrow. No sleep for me tonight. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Past: FL2 TD4 HSE Auto
Present: Evoque SD4 Dynamic Lux Auto

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Steve D



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And it’s here! Very Happy Looks black in the photos but it’s a lovely deep blue. Gotta take the dog out now, she’s been crazing me all morning so I’ll get my tools out and size it up later.



 Past: FL2 TD4 HSE Auto
Present: Evoque SD4 Dynamic Lux Auto

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The Doctor



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You’ll get your tools out and size it up Shocked What about the watch? Laughing LL.B (Hons) - University of Derby
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jenks1950



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So there seem to be a number forum members who are very keen on their watches. I am in need of a new watch. As a non enthusiast, but someone who appreciates nice things, what sort of brands and where is a good place to start looking up to a maximum of say £250 ??

My previous/current watch a Bering Radio Control which I think was about £150 4 or 5 years ago has just stopped working and is apparantly "not economically" repairable which I feel quite p****d off about

Anyway, hope I haven't lowered the tone of this thread too much

Thanks steve

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MartynB



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United Kingdom 2009 Freelander 2 TD4 GS Auto Zermatt Silver

For £250 if you want a solid watch that is mega accurate , reliable , hard wearing , I’d look at something from Traser . http://www.traserwatches.co.uk/index.php?option=category

Great service , repairs don’t cost the Earth in the unlikely event you need one , and you are not paying for fashion brand status or association with some celebrity . Functionally and accuracy wise they will run rings around things costing ten or twenty times the price( they have a Swiss quartz movement ) . I used one of their base H3 military watches as my fishing watch for over ten years and my travel watch in places where I’d have been murdered for my GMT Pepsi Rolling with laughter . 2009 GS Auto Zermatt Silver - Halifax winter necessity.
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SYFL2



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From the Andy McNab books I gather Traser are popular with our special forces.

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Steve D



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jenks1950 wrote:
So there seem to be a number forum members who are very keen on their watches. I am in need of a new watch. As a non enthusiast, but someone who appreciates nice things, what sort of brands and where is a good place to start looking up to a maximum of say £250 ??

My previous/current watch a Bering Radio Control which I think was about £150 4 or 5 years ago has just stopped working and is apparantly "not economically" repairable which I feel quite p****d off about

Anyway, hope I haven't lowered the tone of this thread too much

Thanks steve


What sort of use do you want it for (apart from telling the time!). Sports chrono, diver, dress watch or a combination? Hand wind, auto, Quartz? New, secondhand? My advice would be to consider that before looking. You could get a pretty decent one for that price. Past: FL2 TD4 HSE Auto
Present: Evoque SD4 Dynamic Lux Auto

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MartynB



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Wouldn’t surprise me . I think the days of the M.o.D issuing Rolex Submariners and Rolex Sea Dwellers to its James Bond types are long gone Laughing , although one of the Gulf States was still issuing GMT Masters to it’s fighter pilots in recent years. The Basic H3 traser was designed as a mil spec watch hence it’s reliability . 2009 GS Auto Zermatt Silver - Halifax winter necessity.
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The Doctor



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A couple of lads (brothers) who I know of, served on the front line in Afghanistan and their choice of watch for the rough and tumble environment was a Casio G-Shock. At £50 even I could stretch to one for my work on the front line on the dog walk Laughing LL.B (Hons) - University of Derby
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@ jenks1950
have a look at SEIKO Kinetic Auto Relay ranges, i bought myself one for a wedding present at about £250, they type thats self winds due to wrist movement and 16 years later, never serviced and its been faultless

don't wear it now, as i gone Apple watch, but even a year or so later its hands still rotated to the correct time when i moved it No Longer the Site Moderator - Martins the Man to Speak too now

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jenks1950



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England 2013 Freelander 2 SD4 XS Auto Santorini Black

Thanks for the tips chaps Thumbs Up that gives me some ideas to get started

I guess that style wise I am drawn either to something slimline/plain or maybe something a bit chunkier, though not loads of dials

Steve

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Steve D



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Well, I'd say look at quartz or manual wind models if you want thinness(Auto's tend to be on the thicker side) and avoid too many complications. Complications are anything extra apart from the hands - chrono, day, date, moonphase etc. which generally add bulk as a bigger movement is needed. Quartz are generally cheaper but more accurate. Best thing is to try some on in shops - one 39mm size face will look different to another of the same size - all depends on things like the bezel, lugs etc. Find what you want in jewellers then look online for the best price. Don't rush. Good luck, Come back and let us know how you get on.

These are not bad value and plenty in your price range.

https://www.orient-watch.com/ Past: FL2 TD4 HSE Auto
Present: Evoque SD4 Dynamic Lux Auto

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jenks1950



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England 2013 Freelander 2 SD4 XS Auto Santorini Black

Well this is what I ended up with..................A seiko solar powered jobbie which i am very pleased with .............so far

I ended up buying it from the high street at full price (£299) as you definitely need to see, touch and try on. I realise that you can buy cheaper online but at this price i didn't feel the extra time and aggro was worth any possible saving

Anyway thanks everyone for your suggestions which were really helpful and got me started in the right direction

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