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    Default Re: automatic/mechanical watches on a budget.

    Quote Originally Posted by NYCfixie View Post
    Why not?

    It was the original sports (i.e. Polo) watch. Do the well heeled not sweat like the rest of us mere mortals?
    I guess it depends on how you define hiking. For me it's usually something like this, where I've scaled rock faces with a 3 year old on my back, so I leave the dress watches at home. Hell, in this photo you can see that I leave all watches at home.



    But for playing polo, a JLC reverso is fine.
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    Here's a couple of Seiko's I'll sell for $110 shipped fees paid. Both run but don't keep perfect time week to week. I bought them both new and they are first quality Seikos. PM with any questions. The dive watch was >$250 the other was like a buck-fifty. Both mechanical and you can enjoy/fix/whatever I'm done with them!

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    Jmgorman clear your inbox please!

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    Seikos sold thx.

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    I just picked up one of these San Martin Pilot Watches:





    39mm diameter, Seiko NH35 movement, Sapphire crystal, C3 lume, bronze case, leather strap.

    Nothing fancy but I liked the green color with the bronze case. And the price wasn't bad; $175 including shipping

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    Default Re: automatic/mechanical watches on a budget.

    Quote Originally Posted by bbattle View Post
    I just picked up one of these San Martin Pilot Watches:





    39mm diameter, Seiko NH35 movement, Sapphire crystal, C3 lume, bronze case, leather strap.

    Nothing fancy but I liked the green color with the bronze case. And the price wasn't bad; $175 including shipping
    That's very cool!
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    I need a 24mm black leather replacement band for a Shinola Runwell Chrono...I’m a bit tired of the band color and it’s about 7 years old with plenty of use. Any recommendations other than the Shinola store? Thanks
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    Default Re: automatic/mechanical watches on a budget.

    Quote Originally Posted by rwsaunders View Post
    I need a 24mm black leather replacement band for a Shinola Runwell Chrono...I’m a bit tired of the band color and it’s about 7 years old with plenty of use. Any recommendations other than the Shinola store? Thanks
    24mm Watch Straps | Crown & Buckle

    Plenty of 24mm lug options.

    I'm also a fan of Bulang & Sons, but I don't think they do 24mm.
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    This showed up in the mail yesterday:




    It's a reissue of the Chinese Air Force watch first issued in 1963. Seagull ST21 mechanical handwind chronograph movement. Sapphire crystal and caseback. 38mm width. It also came with a black leather strap in addition to the nylon NATO strap. It's 14mm high but not heavy so it wears well. They also make a 42mm and a number of color options; the green dial "panda" looks pretty cool. There's a cheaper, more authentic acrylic crystal version, too.

    ordered from Authentic Seagull 1963 store - over 7 years of experience shipping was via fedex, arrived in a few days.
    Long Island Watch carries them, as does HKED watches. They are also all over alibaba and amazon. There are some variations; mine has the gold triangle indices but others have square gold indices. Some have 19 jewels, some have 21.
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    Due to pandemic and other reasons I am not wearing (all of) my watches as often as I would like so it is time to pass them along for very fair prices. PM if interested.


    Quote Originally Posted by NYCfixie View Post


    Seiko SNZH55 Fifty Five Fathoms mod
    Purchased: 7/2019
    Status: For Sale
    Notes: Love it but have too many black dial diver watches. Comes with original unworn bracelet, box, and papers.




    Collins Hyperion - Limited Edition Blue Dial
    Purchased: 10/2019
    Status: For Sale
    Notes: I love the blue dial and that it is 1 of the 5 limited edition pieces the owner made for fun. Stock version has black dial. Comes with original unused brown leather strap, box, papers, and this lightly used Nylon Sport B-2 Leather Lined Watch Strap by Geckota - Grey.



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    Grahame Fowler always has a nice selection of $500-$2500 mechanical pieces from excellent makers. Not much in stock atm but there are are few steals there, especially the CWC and the
    OLLECH & WAJIS https://www.grahamefowler.com/shop/timepieces/
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    I am down to these 3 and would like to pass them along to good homes. Everything else has either sold via eBay (or a few people here who contacted me via PM).

    I am simply not wearing them and really have never worn any of them more than a few times so better they get used by others than sit idle in my watch box.

    Any fair and reasonable offers considered. Donation to VS at the end to help keep the lights on.

    Quote Originally Posted by NYCfixie View Post

    Seiko SNZH55 Fifty Five Fathoms mod new dial, new sapphire crystal, new NH35 movement which hand winds and hacks.
    Purchased: 7/2019
    Status: For Sale, will come with original unused bracelet (not shown).
    Notes: Love it but have too many black dial diver watches.



    Seiko SARB035
    Purchased: 11/2019
    Status: For Sale, will come with original unused bracelet (not shown). Those are smudges and not scratches on the crystal. The prices have been increasing on eBay since this is no longer made.
    Notes: My travel dress watch. Added cyclops crystal so I can read the date without my reading glasses. Will include original sapphire crystal if you want to change it back.



    Seiko SKX011 mod v2 new hands, new sapphire crystal with cyclops, new ceramic bezel insert, new NH35 movement which hand winds and hacks.
    Purchased: 11/2019
    Status: For Sale
    Notes: My travel sport watch. Added sapphire cyclops crystal so I can read the date without my reading glasses. Will include original mineral crystal if you want to change it back.


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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCfixie View Post
    I am down to these 3 and would like to pass them along to good homes. Everything else has either sold via eBay (or a few people here who contacted me via PM).

    I am simply not wearing them and really have never worn any of them more than a few times so better they get used by others than sit idle in my watch box.

    Any fair and reasonable offers considered. Donation to VS at the end to help keep the lights on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dashDustin View Post
    Been wondering where you've been...
    was being trolled in the timepieces thread by funcrusher so I took a break for several months.

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    I picked up this Timex Marlin automatic just because I liked the green dial. I may swap out the green leather strap for a black one; maybe go with a red one for Christmas.



    Straps look better with age so don't worry about them getting sweaty; they'll just develop more character. And fit better on your wrist. You can always clean them and polish them if necessary or desired.

    I found my collection of the Simpsons watches that Burger King was selling about 15 years ago. Only one of which was ever worn or taken out of its box. Who knows, they might be the most collectible watches I own. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbattle View Post

    I found my collection of the Simpsons watches that Burger King was selling about 15 years ago. Only one of which was ever worn or taken out of its box. Who knows, they might be the most collectible watches I own. :-)
    If only I could find that Keith Haring Swatch...

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    My Maratec Mid Pilot is now running wildly out of time. It looks like it's adding two whole minutes per hour. I suspect service may cost more than replacement.
    Any other contenders I should be looking at for simple, inexpensive, under the radar mechanical watches?

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    Quote Originally Posted by defspace View Post
    My Maratec Mid Pilot is now running wildly out of time. It looks like it's adding two whole minutes per hour. I suspect service may cost more than replacement.
    Any other contenders I should be looking at for simple, inexpensive, under the radar mechanical watches?
    Citizen often has some nice options under $200 for automatic or Eco-drive. Here are two quick examples:

    https://www.amazon.com/Citizen-NH838...s%2C115&sr=1-6

    https://www.amazon.com/Citizen-Chand...s%2C115&sr=1-7
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    Default Re: automatic/mechanical watches on a budget.

    Quote Originally Posted by defspace View Post
    My Maratec Mid Pilot is now running wildly out of time. It looks like it's adding two whole minutes per hour. I suspect service may cost more than replacement.
    Any other contenders I should be looking at for simple, inexpensive, under the radar mechanical watches?
    It's probably magnetized, which is an easy fix. I've never done it, but I think you can buy the de-magnetizer for pretty cheap and do it at home whenever needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dgaddis View Post
    It's probably magnetized, which is an easy fix. I've never done it, but I think you can buy the de-magnetizer for pretty cheap and do it at home whenever needed.
    Oh, excellent. Sometimes I do play with magnets... I could see this happening. I also came across the Tissot Antimagnetique. Cool watch.

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