: I have a watch fetish, post your watches . . . .



Aron9000
11-13-09, 05:25 AM
So I have a confession, I am a total watch whore. I normally hate jewlery on men, but something about a very tasteful and expensive watch just conveys wealth and good taste. Some of my favorites:

Omega Seamaster(the James Bond watch):

http://watches.infoniac.com/uimg/omega-seamaster-diver-300m-james-bond-watch.jpg

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m Quantum Of Solace Limited Edition:
http://watches.infoniac.com/uimg/omega-seamaster-watch-limited-edition-quantum-solace.jpg

Rolex Submariner:

http://www.goldbuyerwales.co.uk/image_library/library/12279/orig_Rolex_Submariner.jpg

Rolex Milgauss:

http://www.chadthewatchguy.com/postpic/2007/07/rolex-milgauss-2.jpg

Tag Carerra:

http://images.businessweek.com/ss/06/03/watches/image/carrera_tachymetre.jpg

Bulova 96P101

http://images.quickblogcast.com/6/2/9/1/5/161541-151926/bulova_watch.jpg

I'm a total James Bond nut, so naturally Omega is my watch. I really wish I had the type of coin to drop on expensive watches. If I ever struck the lottery, I swear I'd have a solid $200,000 invested in watches:bonkers:

Gary Wells
11-13-09, 08:11 AM
I have worn Omega watches since I received my 1st one from my parents as a Birthday gift at about age 12 or so. I currently own 3, unfortunately, no pics. (1) my favorite, a mid to late '80's dress version of the chrono, is that graph or meter, I've honestly forgotten. Actually a dress version of the "1st watch worn on the moon", stainless case, gold bezel, stainless with gold trim band. Very close in appearance to the Tag chrono as shown above. (2) unfortunatley, literally destroyed by a certified Omega watch repair center, one of 100 only watches built for the Seoul & Calgary Olympics in about 87 or so. Mine is serial # 99X or something like that. If you have something nice like an Omega, Rolex, Tag, anything along in those lines, for repair definitely send it only to the original manufacturer. Don't even ask how I know. Definitely do not under any circumstances have a Jeweler or any watch shop send it to any of the authorized certified Omega, Rolex, Tag, or whatever watch repair centers.
(3) a early '80's Omega, Cartier tank style, battery operated, & exceptionally accurate. My daily driver of the watches.
If you would like to see a beautiful Omega, check out a picture of a "APOLLO 15" commemorative if you can find a pic of one.
Thanks for posting up one of my favorite subjects.

Submariner409
11-13-09, 10:16 AM
James Bond (Sean Connery) and in the original Ian Fleming novels did not wear an Omega. Ever. He wore a Rolex Oyster with expanding s/s bracelet and then later a s/s Submariner. Only after Sean Connery stopped doing the series and various other actors tried to continue did Omega buy the rights to advertisement.

Read the original Dr. No and look for where Bond "........quietly slipped the big Rolex Oyster down onto his knuckles, spun around and quickly hit ------ square in the face....."

Karen and I own and wear 6 different Rolexes: Eat your heart out........my 1975 GMT Master chronometer in s/s was bought new by me at the Navy Exchange in Rota, Spain for $325 during my missile sub patrol days. I also wear my Dad's Oyster Perpetual Chronometer in gold and s/s with leather strap. Karen gave me a gold and s/s GMT Master II for our 10th Anniversary. So I'm a happy camper, watch-wise. Somewhere in the water and sand at the southern tip of Sullivan's Island, SC there's a 1962 s/s Rolex Oyster Date Chronometer - I lost it in '66 while water skiing. That one cost $110 in LaSpezia, Italy during a port visit in '62.

(If anyone feels rich or just wants to drool, log into www.melrosejewelers.com, main page and in left column, "unique models".)

nikon
11-13-09, 11:09 AM
Wearing a seamaster now...mine has a blue face though, and no 007 anywhere on it...didn't know they made '007' editions.....that planet ocean looks nice...personally I want a rado next.

Yeqon
11-13-09, 12:15 PM
I have my Special Edition Breitling Bentley on right now. But my true love is my 44mm Panerai Luminor Power reserve. I just don't wear it daily. I would eventually Like a IWC portuguese.

dkozloski
11-13-09, 01:10 PM
I'm carrying a "Barbie" watch that I found in a box of cereal a while back. It keeps great time.

hardrockcamaro@mac.c
11-13-09, 01:14 PM
My daily watch is a Breitling Aerospace Professional in two tone (titanium with gold accents).

I don't have a picture of it on its own, but here's a B&W one I took of it with a couple of other items:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3517/3456605198_f03255413a_b.jpg

EcSTSatic
11-13-09, 01:24 PM
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51l2jzIKX3L._SS500_.jpg

Gary Wells
11-13-09, 02:57 PM
I have worn Omega watches since I received my 1st one from my parents as a Birthday gift at about age 12 or so. I currently own 3, unfortunately, no pics. (1) my favorite, a mid to late '80's dress version of the chrono, is that graph or meter, I've honestly forgotten. Actually a dress version of the "1st watch worn on the moon", stainless case, gold bezel, stainless with gold trim band. Very close in appearance to the Tag chrono as shown above. (2) unfortunatley, literally destroyed by a certified Omega watch repair center, one of 100 only watches built for the Seoul & Calgary Olympics in about 87 or so. Mine is serial # 99X or something like that. If you have something nice like an Omega, Rolex, Tag, anything along in those lines, for repair definitely send it only to the original manufacturer. Don't even ask how I know. Definitely do not under any circumstances have a Jeweler or any watch shop send it to any of the authorized certified Omega, Rolex, Tag, or whatever watch repair centers.
(3) a early '80's Omega, Cartier tank style, battery operated, & exceptionally accurate. My daily driver of the watches.
If you would like to see a beautiful Omega, check out a picture of a "APOLLO 15" commemorative if you can find a pic of one.
Thanks for posting up one of my favorite subjects.

Copied & pasted for the pictures only.
http://cgi.ebay.com/OMEGA-SPEEDMASTER-APOLLO-15-XV-LTD-ED-MOON-MOONWATCH-NR_W0QQitemZ250524676564QQcmdZViewItemQQptZWristwa tches?hash=item3a546f31d4#ht_6416wt_1167

Submariner409
11-13-09, 03:52 PM
hardrock, That particular Breitling is the model selected (titanium strap, though) by the Young America 12 meter teams during their defense of the America's Cup. Their promo model was done with the computer 3-D shark logo on the left between the digital windows and "Young America" on the right. I have one - it's a great watch with more programming features than the space shuttle.

Sorry about the blurring - no tripod.

eXile
11-13-09, 04:18 PM
Here's mine! :D

http://images.mypilotstore.com/products/5734.jpg

Submariner409
11-13-09, 04:35 PM
hardrock...........Lousy picture, but there's your watch. ^^^

hardrockcamaro@mac.c
11-13-09, 04:37 PM
I really rate Citizen watches actually.

I had a two tone one that looked kinda like a curvy version of my Breitling but with the 3 chrono faces instead of the digital screens.
My dad gave it to me after I passed an exam at school which was over 15 years ago and it was about 5 years old at the time.
When I bought my Breitling I gave it back to him and he uses it daily just as I did. The buttons are a bit stiff now, it takes a few presses to wake them up, due to lack of use really. I think it's only ever had 2 batterr changes in its 20+ year life...

hardrockcamaro@mac.c
11-13-09, 04:39 PM
@Submariner:

I've never seem that edition before! I suspect it may only have been sold in the USA?

I have a similar titanium strap although it is also two tone as per the watch itself.

I'll see if I can take a pic of just the watch...

Submariner409
11-13-09, 04:48 PM
Yeah........It was a special edition commissioned by the Directors of the Cup defense as a fund raiser. The 9 and 3 hour markers were replaced by the logos. My elderly uncle kicked in for one and couldn't figure out how to set it so he gave it to me, brand new. Not too shabby !! That watch (all titanium) last sold for around $3,000 U.S. before it was replaced by another Aerospace Professional Repetition Minutes. I still have the black box, yellow manual (8 languages ?), receipt, warranty, and the huge Breitling catalog with the awesome color pictures of U.S. aircraft carriers and planes in action.

hardrockcamaro@mac.c
11-13-09, 05:28 PM
Here's another crummy (but at least colour) pic, I'm too tired to make much effort tonight, lol!

http://homepage.mac.com/hardrockcamaro/.Pictures/misc/breitlingaerospace.jpg

The image it's lying on top of is actually a self adhesive sticker, presumably for store displays.

I have a spare I'd be happy to pop in the mail for you if you'd like?

Submariner409
11-13-09, 05:36 PM
Thanks, but you keep it for posterity...............A very similar picture was used in Navy clubs and as a recruiting poster: It shows an F14 Tomcat climbing at a steep angle, clouds, and an aircraft carrier far below on a blue sea - you are looking directly into the pilot's sun shield. The caption is "Make my day !"

Several years ago an old submariner friend's son was an F15 carrier pilot in Desert Storm. I was chatting with him online when he cut in and said "Sorry to run, Jim, but I'm working nights nowadays...........!"

greencadillacmatt
11-14-09, 05:08 PM
http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp126/greencadillacmatt/Stuff/Invicta.jpg

My Invicta Speedway Chronograph. I love this watch. I got a great deal on it, and I wear it almost every day. :cloud9:

V-Eight
11-14-09, 07:33 PM
People seem to love my watch and I always get compliments on it.
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31G79MDSG6L._SL500_AA260_.jpg

MacMuse
11-14-09, 11:27 PM
I gave up on watches after my last nice watch died. Now I only use ...

http://www.gadgettastic.com/wp-content/2008/10/flip_clock_iphone1.jpg

inurok
11-15-09, 04:37 AM
Heres some of what I own. I am not rich but I do like collecting affordable watches.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y193/inurok/P1010709.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y193/inurok/P1010711.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y193/inurok/P1010712.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y193/inurok/P1010719.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y193/inurok/P1010720.jpg

01devilledts
11-15-09, 08:36 PM
Here are some of mine.
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b153/Camneedsfoodyo/IMG_5884.jpg

With this one on its way
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b153/Camneedsfoodyo/Picture2-2.png

Submariner409
11-15-09, 09:01 PM
:histeric: Do you wear all the sunglasses and goggles, too ????

V-Eight
11-15-09, 09:10 PM
^ Thats way to man glasses/goggles

I guess I could include this:

http://www.heartzones.com/store/images/products/pt-forerunner305hr-LG.jpg

Its a heart rate monitor/GPS that I use for biking.

01devilledts
11-15-09, 09:21 PM
:histeric: Do you wear all the sunglasses and goggles, too ????

Yeah, and that doesnt have the top shelf in the picture with more, but i do switch off and rotate....

I guess i just have a accessory fetish?

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b153/Camneedsfoodyo/IMG_5886.jpg

V-Eight
11-15-09, 09:24 PM
LOL I love how you have the F***ing store display case to store them all in lol

01devilledts
11-15-09, 09:31 PM
LOL I love how you have the F***ing store display case to store them all in lol

one of the perks of being a sales rep, you get all the POP and display stuff ;)

V-Eight
11-15-09, 09:37 PM
That's sick dude, you should hook me up :P

01devilledts
11-15-09, 09:41 PM
you should hook me up


the story of my life :cool:

01devilledts
11-15-09, 09:48 PM
Omega Seamaster(the James Bond watch):

http://watches.infoniac.com/uimg/omega-seamaster-diver-300m-james-bond-watch.jpg


I like the Seamaster's
I did have this watch for a few months, I loved it, but i got more than I paid for it so i couldn't pass up the sale...

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b153/Camneedsfoodyo/jbw007-20060328James_Bond_high-1.jpg

Temptone1
11-16-09, 08:28 AM
Here are a few....Root Beer GMT , 2 U-Boats, Engelhardt U-BOOT , Omega Planet Ocean , The One
Also a Submariner,black

V-Eight
11-16-09, 09:09 AM
Jeeze, I wish I had 2k for an Omega

Yeqon
11-16-09, 10:02 AM
No other Pan's? That makes me kinda sad.

V-Eight
11-16-09, 11:31 AM
the story of my life :cool:

Yeah, I bet

codewize
11-16-09, 11:40 AM
I'm a jewelry whole all the way around.

My watches include a Breitling Cockpit 2-tone with MOP face and diamond markers. definitely my favorite and I intend on buying a black version of it in the spring. Then the rose gold one maybe next year. The cockpit is such a clean elegant style.

I have a rose gold ESQ, not extremely high end but I very nice looking watch.

2 Bulova's, one tank style and one round face with diamond markers.

A few Timex, one titanium cased diving watch.

Oh and I have a very inexpensive but extremely nice looking Cadillac watch

That's about it for the watches. Hopefully my collection will be growing soon but I agree, I think a nice watch says a lot about a person.

C&C
11-18-09, 07:17 AM
Okay, a bit pedestrian by some of your standards but I like it:
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a388/cdgrenci/IMG_0009-1-1.jpg

westons
11-18-09, 11:44 AM
Jeeze, I wish I had 2k for an Omega

Um yea, I think I have watch lust now.

Gary Wells
11-18-09, 12:49 PM
Jeeze, I wish I had 2k for an Omega
Just out of my curosity, which Omega do you like for 2K?

V-Eight
11-18-09, 01:41 PM
The 300M, which is about 1.5kish American so about 2k Canadian out the door.

Gary Wells
11-18-09, 05:08 PM
The only "newly manufactured" Omega that gets my blood up is the one that I hot linked from an E-Scam ad up in the beginning of this thread. The Apollo 15 version manufactured from about 2000-2005 or so.

bjv
11-22-09, 04:17 AM
There is a name for being a watch enthusiast- WIS. And there are lots of watch forums on the net. timezone.com and pmwf.com are the ones I read.

I received an Omega for high school graduation and wore it for a long time. I would always look at the Rolex subs in the jewelry store window in the local mall, this was before every "wanna-be" had to have a Rolex and BMW. My wife surprised me with a Rolex sub for my birthday, and I wore it for a long time. But I still had an interest in other watches, such as the Casio G-Shock when it first came out. Years later I ran across watch forums on the net and realized it was OK to have more than one watch, and I also realized that some of the inexpensive watches could be interesting too and much more affordable if bought on the net. So I started collecting inexpensive watches and wearing a different one each week.

This is a shot of my collection a few years ago. Some of them are gone but I still have a few.

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a370/bjd70/DSC_9544b.jpg

c5 rv
11-22-09, 06:53 AM
I stopped wearing a watch some time ago. I may start again. However, it will be a Rolex and not this Dick Tracy style I saw online a few weeks ago:

http://www.geekalerts.com/cell-phone-watch-with-camera-and-bluetooth/

cadichronic
11-22-09, 01:02 PM
Here's my watch. Love this thing. Well built, nice weight and always gets attention.

codewize
04-11-10, 11:56 PM
Well, while on vacation I couldn't resist. I ended up with my second Breitling. Steel case with rose gold bezel, Champagne dial and black band.

Here's a couple pics. The one doesn't show the no longer available mother-of-pearl dial but you get the idea.

notld67
04-12-10, 12:28 AM
wow...nice watches guys! I'm a big watch fan as well...don't have anything like those rolex's though haha. I've got a Movado Juro and a Citizen Eco Drive..

codewize
04-12-10, 09:14 AM
Rolex? Pffft. Rolex is a designer watch. The real watches begin with Breitling and move up to things like Patek Philippe.

Even the nice things like Cartier, designer. The actual movement in them isn't that great. It's more a piece of jewelery that keeps time pretty well.

Sorry guys. I'm not trying to start a war but as a Breitling guy I don't like the Rolex comparison. Funny thing is one of the Breitling reps told me even her Rolex customers are stepping up and switching to Breitling.

I guess it depends on what you want but if you're looking for a fine extremely accurate timepiece ........

Submariner409
04-12-10, 09:40 AM
Rolex/Breitling - both great watchmakers, BUT when Rolex went to CNC watchmaking and began cranking out freight cars full of expensive, cutesy examples the mystique went away. Fortunately I was stationed (Navy) at several overseas bases so my Rolex collection is all pre-1990. Those are the real McCoy. I like my titanium Breitling Aerospace, too......

Rolex was a great watch back before the 50's, but it took Ian Fleming's James Bond (Dr. No) to catapult the name onto the grand marquee. In the last movies Omega bought the name rights and the phony Bonds wore them. (Sean Connery was the real James Bond.)

Fuzzy pic, but the S/S Rolex GMT Master on the right is a 1975 model, bought new in 03/'75 at the Navy Exchange in Rota, Spain, for $325 ! I have all the original papers and boxes for every one of those watches. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual with leather strap was given to my Dad in 1960 for 25 years with his father's lumber company. It has been maintained by Rolex, New York, so it's in perfect condition. The S/S Lady Date was my gift to Karen in '79 - $380 in Annapolis, MD that spring. (Do you get the idea that Rolex is overpriced now ???)

dkozloski
04-12-10, 11:41 AM
My pink Barbie watch that came in a cereal box still keeps perfect time.

Submariner409
04-12-10, 02:51 PM
I'll see your Barbie and raise you a Mickey Mouse from the '50's.

Yeqon
04-12-10, 03:43 PM
Rolex needs to bring their watch faces up to date as well. I have an Omega submariner and even that feels tiny compared to my Breitling Bentley and Panerai Luminor.

orconn
04-12-10, 04:03 PM
I have never understood the popularity of the humongous mens watches regardless of maker. Wearing a watch the size of a CD on my wrist does nothing for me.

I do understand the appreciation of fine watches by men. Not only are they beautiful masculine jewelry and amazing examples of mechanical craftsmanship but they let your piers know you are wealthy enough to afford one and with the various elite brands knowledgeable and sopisticated enough to be a member of the club. I for one never got along with high grade mechanical watches (starting just above Timex); i.e. they would stop on me after wearing one for a week. Even the decent Seiko Automatics I bought at the PX would stop and after the repeated sending back to the factory for repair only to have them stop again I gave up on them. Thank God for quartz watches which allowed me to put away my Timex pocket watches for good!

Today I have several inexpensive quartz watches and indulge the masculine need for expensive wrist wear by fittiing them very nice bands, especially shell cordovan and authentic crocodile. I have to be honest I did splurge on a Citizen Ecodrive that looks like a Cartier tank watch ... but I've vowed that's as far as I go with watches. However, fine writing instruments and mechanical cameras, now that's another story!

Yeqon
04-12-10, 04:17 PM
Haha... I can't seem to keep from putting my Mount Blanc's in the wash. I two with broken caps that have been sitting here for almost two years... if I can even find them anymore.

Stingroo
04-12-10, 04:43 PM
Fine pens FTW. I have a Waterman pen, and I love that thing to death. :)


Pocket watches are awesome too, I think. Otherwise, meh, I have a cell phone, an iPod touch, two computers, an Xbox 360, and an iPod dock that all tell the time. Not sure I need another device for it.

orconn
04-12-10, 04:53 PM
Haha... I can't seem to keep from putting my Mount Blanc's in the wash. I two with broken caps that have been sitting here for almost two years... if I can even find them anymore.

To pen offficianados Montblanc's propensity for breaking their "precious resin" barrels and caps is well known. But don't throw them away, you can send them into Montblanc for repair for a fraction of the cost of a new replacement.

That being said Montblanc makes a pretty, but very middle managemnt pen. Instantly recognizable with their snowcone cap they are highly overated, especially for durability. They are a nice design easily regognised by one's piers around the water cooler, but will hardly win appreciative glances in the senior executive dining room. For appreciation from a more knowledgeable crowd one should use a Cartier, S.T. Dupont, or senior models of Montegrappa, Visconti, Pelikan or Omas or other very high quality pens. Just as with watches their is a definite pecking order in writing instruments level of prestige. And there is considerable variance as to opinion as to how they are ranked and perceived. And, of course, there are those who have no use for "modern" pens but only are interested in pens made before 1970.

codewize
04-12-10, 06:10 PM
That's what they said, that Rolex started mass producing and the quality of the movement dropped. They do something like 700,000 units a year and Breitling does 7,000 worldwide.

I also agree with the over-sized thing. I have a small wrist so I'm very conscious of that. The Cockpit is about as big as I'll go and if I didn't love the design so much I'd probably look for something just a touch smaller.

Here's a pretty good article (http://www.jckonline.com/article/283603-New_Breitling_factory_meets_merciless_demands_of_c hronometer_production.php)

c5 rv
04-12-10, 08:30 PM
As a Christmas present for myself, I had the band on my late brother's Rolex resized. I had the watch inspected, appraised, insured, and I'm wearing it daily in his memory. My brother was a Chief Engineer, U.S. Merchant Marine. Before that he served two hitches in the Navy in the 1960s, on the surface (USS Providence, CLG-6) and subsurface (USS Darter, SS-576). The watch is a 1970 Red Sub.

orconn
04-12-10, 08:37 PM
Sounds like a great way to pay tribute to your brother on a daily basis!

codewize
04-12-10, 08:49 PM
:yeah:

Submariner409
04-12-10, 09:03 PM
c5 rv,

"Harder, Darter, Trigger and Trout.
Three stay in so one goes out."

Refers to the 4 small diesel fast attack boats that had pancake radial diesel generator packages - the engines were always broken so parts were scavenged between boats to keep one boat in commission.

c5 rv
04-12-10, 10:07 PM
c5 rv,

"Harder, Darter, Trigger and Trout.
Three stay in so one goes out."

Refers to the 4 small diesel fast attack boats that had pancake radial diesel generator packages - the engines were always broken so parts were scavenged between boats to keep one boat in commission.

Thanks for the new search phrase. Apparently, the Darter came later after the other Tang class boats.

dkozloski
04-13-10, 01:49 AM
I have never understood the popularity of the humongous mens watches regardless of maker. Wearing a watch the size of a CD on my wrist does nothing for me.

I do understand the appreciation of fine watches by men. Not only are they beautiful masculine jewelry and amazing examples of mechanical craftsmanship but they let your piers know you are wealthy enough to afford one and with the various elite brands knowledgeable and sopisticated enough to be a member of the club. I for one never got along with high grade mechanical watches (starting just above Timex); i.e. they would stop on me after wearing one for a week. Even the decent Seiko Automatics I bought at the PX would stop and after the repeated sending back to the factory for repair only to have them stop again I gave up on them. Thank God for quartz watches which allowed me to put away my Timex pocket watches for good!

Today I have several inexpensive quartz watches and indulge the masculine need for expensive wrist wear by fittiing them very nice bands, especially shell cordovan and authentic crocodile. I have to be honest I did splurge on a Citizen Ecodrive that looks like a Cartier tank watch ... but I've vowed that's as far as I go with watches. However, fine writing instruments and mechanical cameras, now that's another story!
In the airplane racket the conventional wisdom is that the size of a pilots watch is inversely proportional to his experience.

eldorado99
04-13-10, 02:18 AM
I'm not a commie, but I have one of these:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/52/140978260_3078bd7f4c.jpg

firstimecaddi
04-15-10, 03:37 PM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/onegoodtum/4421116321/

it's a cheapo but has the look of something more expensive.


http://ablogtoread.com/urwerk/urwerk-ur-cc1-king-cobra-linear-time-watch/

if I had the coin...I'd love to have that.

codewize
04-15-10, 08:17 PM
I don't think that 21 jewel watch is a cheapo. That's pretty respectable as far as movements go.

I hate to say this but I'm considering selling my new Breitling. Yeah today is tax day and I'm thinking that I could stand to recoup that cash. Just in case anyone is interested.