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Postby JR8 » Fri, 25 Jul 2014 1:11 pm

zzm9980 wrote:A titanium Citizen or Seiko is well under S$1000. Victronix makes some decent ones around $1k too. Not the S$1k watch I'd buy, but they're not bad looking.


Excuse me, but many people live their whole lives with a $10 watch. To my parents the idea of spending what I have (it was only like S$3k back then) is utterly pornographic. ''''Under''' S$1k on some Jap-crap is arguably worse, at least mine has a resale value... :P

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Postby nakatago » Fri, 25 Jul 2014 1:34 pm

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nakatago wrote:Titanium ain't exactly renowned for being posh and renowned.. It's more about being tough and lightweight...

...and it helps if the wearer likes matte-but-metallic finishes. It's functional first; being metallic just happened to be a happy consequence.



Are Titanium watches cheap/everyday?

They weren't last time I noticed. Maybe times have changed...


They're on the high side of the middle. I know people who specifically bought titanium watches for everyday wear; granted these people are corporate code monkey types. Like I said, I would've gotten one if at the time I bought my watch there was a titanium watch that didn't look tacky.

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Postby PNGMK » Fri, 25 Jul 2014 5:12 pm

It's about stewardship.

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Postby JR8 » Fri, 25 Jul 2014 5:29 pm

PNGMK wrote:It's about stewardship.


You buy it, and it's immediately worth 75% less than you paid for it.

This supposed 'stewardship [for future generations]' didn't get off to a very good start did it?

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Postby x9200 » Fri, 25 Jul 2014 6:00 pm

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x9200 wrote:I have not used watches for well over 20 years at this point. Never really needed one even when all the gadgetary electronics were still not around in the current abundance - clocks were always everywhere, at home, cars on the streets.


I kinda like having somewhere constant to tell the time, in spite and despite of having gadgets with me. It may be a personality quirk but I like the simplicity of a wristwatch. I don't want a stopwatch, alarm or GPS with one.

For me the prosaic reason for not wearing one was that I normally destroyed watches pretty quickly by hitting or scratching them against something. After damaging 5 or so of them I said enough. On the other hand when I was a bit younger and less tired I normally was accurate about time, like less than 10 min within 2 hours without any watch/clock.

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Postby PNGMK » Fri, 25 Jul 2014 8:55 pm

JR8 wrote:
PNGMK wrote:It's about stewardship.


You buy it, and it's immediately worth 75% less than you paid for it.

This supposed 'stewardship [for future generations]' didn't get off to a very good start did it?


Ah you have the cart and horse about. I meant 'stewardship of your wealth'. Spending money, as you say on a rapidly depreciating item such as a watch, is very poor stewardship.

Phillpe Paquet (sp?) try to get around this with the idea that you'll pass your watch down from generation to generation and 'you're only looking after it' for the next lot but that's crap.

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Postby nakatago » Fri, 25 Jul 2014 8:59 pm

x9200 wrote:For me the prosaic reason for not wearing one was that I normally destroyed watches pretty quickly by hitting or scratching them against something.


Hence sapphire glass and titanium body+band.

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Postby JR8 » Fri, 25 Jul 2014 9:15 pm

PNGMK wrote:Phillpe Paquet (sp?)


Yah that's the local version that you'll find up in the night markets of KL and BKK... :lol:

Meanwhile, I've always found Patek Philippe very 'uncle'. Even their few 'modern' designs look like they're from 1970. Reminds me of Bristol cars, very very $, but as if through a time-warp.

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Let's play 'Pin the tail on the donkey', and guess what it costs. I have no idea. But.... woooo---hmmm--- [sucking teeth]... will have a stab at S$18k?


[Don't worry if you sell the house, car and wife to buy it... your son, in 20 years time will be SO so proud to inherit that piece of fugly junk)

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Postby nakatago » Fri, 25 Jul 2014 9:39 pm

Blech.

JR8 wrote:
PNGMK wrote:Phillpe Paquet (sp?)


Yah that's the local version that you'll find up in the night markets of KL and BKK... :lol:

Meanwhile, I've always found Patek Philippe very 'uncle'. Even their few 'modern' designs look like they're from 1970. Reminds me of Bristol cars, very very $, but as if through a time-warp.

'All in the best possible taste'
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Let's play 'Pin the tail on the donkey', and guess what it costs. I have no idea. But.... woooo---hmmm--- [sucking teeth]... will have a stab at S$18k?


[Don't worry if you sell the house, car and wife to buy it... your son, in 20 years time will be SO so proud to inherit that piece of fugly junk)

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Postby JR8 » Fri, 25 Jul 2014 9:56 pm

Well quite.

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Postby Mi Amigo » Sat, 26 Jul 2014 1:02 am

For some reason whenever I see that name my brain always translates it into Pathetik Philiipe.
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Postby zzm9980 » Sat, 26 Jul 2014 1:53 am

JR8 wrote:
zzm9980 wrote:A titanium Citizen or Seiko is well under S$1000. Victronix makes some decent ones around $1k too. Not the S$1k watch I'd buy, but they're not bad looking.


Excuse me, but many people live their whole lives with a $10 watch.


Yes maybe, but not the majority of this forum and thus the target demographic of my discussions. :cool:

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Postby taxico » Thu, 31 Jul 2014 2:21 am

i appreciate rolex watches... because even if you are able to beat them to death after wearing it as a good time keeper for 15 or 20 years, they are easily resurrected to like/near new condition for a few more life times.

if you buy in at the right price, they don't lose value. if you keep them long enough and don't destroy them, you might make a little something to cover the cost of inflation if you decide to sell them.

compared to pateks, rolex watches are affordable. the rolex movement itself is pretty much a proven 25 year design (and it evolved from a previous 10 year old design... which was based on a earlier 20 year old design... etc) that will more or less be supported with modern upgrades for a long time to come. and they are extremely easy to adjust to accuracy and keep accurate on the wrist of a healthy mobile person.

that is not to say a seiko or citizen is anything to scoff at. a $250 automatic seiko diver will do all of the above but not keep very good time from the onset (that's part of the character of the watch, some say). but because of the memories, you keep them in the closet after 10 years and buy another one as it's cheaper to do that than service the watch.

in the modern digital age of use and throw aways... mechanical watches and vintage automobiles, i can appreciate!

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Postby JR8 » Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:23 am

I like Rolex too, well, at least the S$20 steel one I bought from Batu ferringhi night-market.

It's auto-winding too, so undetectable to all but the aficionado :cool: :lol:


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