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    Default Re: automatic/mechanical watches on a budget.

    Quote Originally Posted by fpalitang View Post
    A friend of mine has an Orient Mako with the yellow face...solid piece, and at ~$200 USD is on my list.

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    I really like my Bathys. It's a bargain even at three times the price of the Mako.
    I have been lusting after that one for far too long.... Great looking watch.

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    Awesomeness! I've been wondering how it was treating you. I certainly dig mine!

    Pictures?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rydesteel View Post
    Someone asked about Steinharts, here's a pic of my Steinhart Ocean Red 42mm keeps great time and get's lots of comments.

    Thank you, that was me asking about the Steinharts. Great to hear feedback. The more I look at them, the more I like. There is no way I will ever afford a true milsub, a red sub, or a Steve McQueen GMT, so the "homage" aspect speaks to me.
     

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    Brillrick

    Bias perhaps, but my fav sub-homage is still Bill Yao's MKII. Can be tough to track down though. OWC is also getting great reviews.
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    OWC popped up on the radar after I'd picked up the Ocean 1 Vintage Red, for about $400 shipped I got an ETA 2824-2 movement, domed sapphire crystal and a really nice bracelet. My friend at The Jewelry store commented on how nicely built it was when he sized it for me. As he said lots of folks make watches to look like something else..they aren't all as nicely done as this one. I'd love to find Blackwater but the price has crept up on them.

    Where's pics of the new watch btw??
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    Haven't taken any yet, will try and get one soon. First thing I did when I opened the box was take it off the bracelet and put on a proper Maratac NATO ;-)
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    Default Re: automatic/mechanical watches on a budget.

    Quote Originally Posted by musgravecycles View Post
    Brillrick

    Bias perhaps, but my fav sub-homage is still Bill Yao's MKII. Can be tough to track down though. OWC is also getting great reviews.
    Agreed, I had a Yao-modified Seiko diver for a while. I sold it across the hall to Vaxn8tr back in 2006. Great watch and the newer MKIIs are even better.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by billrick View Post
    Agreed, I had a Yao-modified Seiko diver for a while. I sold it across the hall to Vaxn8tr back in 2006. Great watch and the newer MKIIs are even better.
    I got to handle one of the Yao Explorer II ones a couple weeks ago. I think it was in the LRRP family, as far as Yao's names go. This one didn't have the McQueen dial, but a more sterile one, and the watch was super nice. I was actually amazed at how nice it was, since a lot of the homage watches I've seen leave quite a bit of quality on the table to hit a price point. I'd really love to find a Blackwater/Paradive one day.
     

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    Default Re: automatic/mechanical watches on a budget.

    I could really use one of these:

    SBPP007_1.jpg

    Seiko Spirit SBPP007 (JDM).

    Anybody know where I can get one? They are Japan-only and apparently aren't made very often.
     

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    Default Re: automatic/mechanical watches on a budget.

    Quote Originally Posted by nahtnoj View Post
    I could really use one of these:



    Seiko Spirit SBPP007 (JDM).

    Anybody know where I can get one? They are Japan-only and apparently aren't made very often.
    Seiya Japan is probably your best bet.
     

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    Nothing listed there right now, I'll keep checking...
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by nahtnoj View Post
    Nothing listed there right now, I'll keep checking...
    Might be worth emailing them to see what they could track one down for you. I can't tell from casually searching if it has been made in a while or not. Weird that there aren't any used ones floating around, either.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by cody.wms View Post
    Seiya Japan is probably your best bet.
    These guys seem to have it:

    Tokyo Power Design Project,SBPP001,SBPP003,SBPP05,SBPP007
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by cody.wms View Post
    Seiya Japan is probably your best bet.

    Contact this guy.^^ He is a very stand up type of guy!
     

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    Default Re: automatic/mechanical watches on a budget.

    The latest acquisition:


    deville by Cody Wms, on Flickr

    You can grab some really cool older watches if you're diligent about poking your head in every jewelry shop and pawn shop you pass. I wish I had a spare $1500 to grab that gold JLC memovox I found, but alas. Loving this one.
     

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    Default Re: automatic/mechanical watches on a budget.

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    Vostok Amphibia - the finest Russian automatic timepiece that $66 (including shipping) can buy. Showcasing legendary Russian workmanship, it just oozes class and sophistication.

    It's my every day watch and people tell me it is easily mistaken for a watch that costs $10-$20 more.
     

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    Vostoks are awesome. I had this one for a little while, but sent it to my mom cause she really liked it.


    Vostok by Cody Wms, on Flickr
     

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    Default Seiko

    Heads-up, there are some nice Seiko 5 autos on the flash-sale site "Ruelala" (who comes up with these names?) today. $90ish. I'd link but they're behind a password. You can email me for an invitation if you want, but I don't think this is the place for affiliate links, and you can probably just sign up on your own so they can avoid giving me ten bucks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geoffk View Post
    Heads-up, there are some nice Seiko 5 autos on the flash-sale site "Ruelala" (who comes up with these names?) today. $90ish. I'd link but they're behind a password. You can email me for an invitation if you want, but I don't think this is the place for affiliate links, and you can probably just sign up on your own so they can avoid giving me ten bucks.
    There is a forum member who works there I believe. I shipped something he bought from me to his business address.

    You can sign up for free though - no invite needed. Shipping appears to be $9.95 for anything you buy within 30 days.
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    <http://www.hodinkee.com/interview-meet-dan-spitz-anthrax-guitarist-turned-master-watchmaker>

    Might be of interest to people on this thread.
     

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