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Best of Threads: Watches, Tobacco Suits, Boots & Books

What’s Dappered Threads? It’s our forum. Launched in 2011, Threads is a not too big, not too small, just-right-sized forum that doesn’t put up with snobbery. All thanks to the users and hardworking mods. Once a month, one of the users/mods from Threads provides us with a highlight package of the last few weeks.

 

What Watch I Wore Today

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Ever crowd-pleasing with watch enthusiasts, the What Watch I Wore Today thread continues to be a popular destination. DocDave kicked off the month with the Casio Edifice while BillN showcased the stellar modding work done by idvsego. Pborkstrom showed off some Sekio love, quickly followed by ajs116, jays0n and Loafer28. Christopher Ward watches are a popular pick with readers, with jwwilker and Rawfull displaying their respective watches. idvsego went one step further by showing some of his every day carry items, which prompted a brief discussion from the group on items other than watches. LesserBlackDog broke out a very nice Tudor selection, while Publius showed that not all watches have to be mechanical.

 

Tobacco Suit Ideas

Black Lapel Tobacco Linen Suit

User Pelennor ask the group what their thoughts were on tobacco brown suits after seeing one at Target. Galcobar felt the term ‘tobacco brown’ wasn’t descriptive enough while theplayerking commented that he had a tobacco linen suit which worked out nicely as an occasional summer piece. Bixmeister noted the suit in question as identified by Pelennor is of the color name Dapper Brown (no word on any Dappered copyright infringement) and felt the shade would be versatile enough to wear with a variety of colors. The discussion then turned to how to match/pair accessories with a brown suit, with Tokenemynd, mebejoseph offering their input. Finally LesserBlackDog pulled up an image from the interwebs that nicely illustrated an outfit. (photo credit: Black Lapel)

 

Desert Boots Anyone?

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Granted that style is a personal choice, BillN asked the group why so many people love Clark’s Desert boots. Shade chimed in saying he didn’t get the love either, Mad Martigan wasn’t a fan of the crepe soles, armedferret has never been a fan, Crims feels the shoes are overrated , and aps2012 has never really liked them. Of course that’s not to say the conversation was all one sided. Many users came to the defense of the desert boot including maich, julius12, MediumTex, and the Alpha King. Of interest is that user Kurps commented desert boots were one of the first items he bought after finding Dappered, but now he’s moved on to other shoes. Does this mean desert boots are a gateway drug to shoe love?

 

Summer Reading

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With summer here for many of us, it’s a time to pick up a book and relax down at the beach. Need some suggestions? hornsup84 just finished reading A Higher Loyalty, and LesserBlackDog finished Paris 1919Transient recommended a good fun book called The Name of the Wind and winghus joined in saying the sequel is a great read too. Finally The Wheel of Time fans sethtvaughn and Rawfull commiserated with Shade who decided to start rereading the series.

Looking for some advice, direction, or just to connect with some cool guys? Maybe you have a book you’d like to recommend for some summer reading.  If so, then Head on over to Threads and take a spin around. Many thanks to contributor Dave I. for assembling this month’s Best of Threads.


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It is on the left side: Graham watches

Once upon a time, British clockmakers ruled the timepiece kingdom. Names such as John Harrison and George Graham were highly respected for their many inventions that improved timekeeping. Meet Graham, the “British brand produced in Switzerland”, inspired by the 18th-century inventor.

George Graham

George Graham

George Graham

The original Graham (1673 – 1751) was a notable geophysicist, clockmaker, and inventor, born in Cumberland.

Thomas Tompion

Thomas Tompion

He left his home in 1688 to work with Thomas Tompion (1639 – 1713), considered the father of English clockmaking and Graham’s mentor.

The Orrery

The Orrery

The Orrery

Among George Graham’s inventions, we can mention the orrery he and Tompion built around 1704. It is a mechanical model of the solar system, driven by a clockwork mechanism, with the Sun at the center and a planet at the end of each arm.

Graham gave this model to John Rowley, a London instrument maker, who produced a copy for his patron Charles Boyle, the 4th Earl of Orrery, from which the instrument took its name.

Mural Quadrant

The mural quadrant for the Greenwich Observatory

The mural quadrant for the Greenwich Observatory

Another Graham creation was the great mural quadrant for the Greenwich Observatory, commissioned by Edmond Halley in 1725. The wall a mural quadrant is mounted at is precisely oriented on the meridian, allowing the observer to measure the position of a celestial body.

The Chronograph

Professor Bernard Humbert's book

Professor Bernard Humbert’s book

The 1990 book “The Chronograph”, by Professor Bernard Humbert of the Horology School of Bienne, calls Graham “the father of the chronograph“, because he was the first to design and build a horological mechanism (then for a clock) capable of measuring the duration of an event, the principle of chronography.

John Harrison

John Harrison

John Harrison

John Harrison (1693 – 1776), voted as the 39th greatest Briton in a 2002 BBC poll, was a self-taught carpenter and clockmaker. He would eventually receive the hefty prize – £20,000 of 1714 (£2,9 million today) – offered in 1714 by the British Parliament to anyone who created a precision maritime chronometer, a timepiece necessary to calculate the longitude of a ship. (If the longitude was wrongly calculated, it could send a ship to an enemy’s island, with serious consequences.)

George Graham helped Harrison in the development of the marine chronometer and even loaned him £200 in 1730 so that he could start the production of the H1, the first attempt to produce a precise timepiece.

The H4 marine chronometer

The H4 marine chronometer

But it was the H4, a pocket watch, that earned Harrison the longitude prize. Its accuracy was three times better than that required to win the promised prize. He was 80 years old and died three years later, but his invention – that had George Graham’s hand on it – caused a revolution in maritime navigation and saved countless lives.

Westminster Abbey

A plaque at Graham and Tompion's manufacture on Fleet Street

A plaque at Graham and Tompion’s manufacture on Fleet Street

Graham and Tompion are buried side by side in Westminster Abbey, an honor not easily achieved by a member of the middle class. It says a lot about the esteem in which he was held. The epitaph at his tomb says:

Here lies the body Mr. Tho Tompion who departed this life the 20th of November, 1713 in the 75th year of his age. Also the body of George Graham of London, Watchmaker and F.R.S. [Fellow of the Royal Society] whose curious inventions do honor to ye British genius whose accurate performances are ye standard of mechanical skill….

The Modern Graham Company

Eric Loth

Eric Loth

Even though there is no direct relation with George Graham, the modern brand evokes him with their motto, “Watchmakers since 1695”. It was created in 1995 by Eric Loth. Born in Bienne, he was involved in engineering since a tender age. His father was a professor at the engineering college of Neuchâtel and Eric graduated as a mechanical engineer there.

His career in the watch world started in Swatch Group, where he managed many plants. In 1992, he became a director at Gianni Bulgari Watches. Two years later, Loth founded a consulting company which had Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Bulgari Daniel Roth, and Gerald Genta e Jaquet-Droz as clients.

In 1994, he started to search for a brand in the luxury segment to express his own ideas. By that time he read about Graham and united this brand with another British-inspired one, Arnold & Son, creating The British Masters in 1995.

William Asprey

William Asprey

The association with the United Kingdom is not limited to the name. One of the company stockholders is William Asprey, chairman of William & Son. His family owns the uber-elegant store with his name in New Bond Street, with a Royal Warrant from the Prince of Wales.

In 2010, Eric Loth left as CEO of The British Masters, even though he still keeps a place on the board. This move allowed him to dedicate more time to projects such as contemporary art and car racing.

Sports and Graham

Using George Graham’s ideas as inspiration, virtually all Graham watches are chronographs with a substantial case, made with avant-garde materials and a casual DNA.

A racer at Tourist Trophy, Isle of Man

A racer at Tourist Trophy, Isle of Man

This is probably the influence of the founder on the design since Eric Loth is passionate about motorsports. This led the brand to be the official timekeeper of the insane Tourist Trophy at the Isle of Man, as well as of the annual rugby RBS 6 Nations tournament involving England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and Wales (until 2013).

Chronofighter Oversize Referee watch

Chronofighter Oversize Referee watch

The referees received Graham chronographs to keep track of the duration of the games.

Gurnigel Bergrennen hill race

Gurnigel Bergrennen hill race

The brand also served as Official Timekeeper of the Swiss Gurnigel Bergrennen hill race, this year held on September 9 – 10: their Silverstone RS GMT was the official watch of the oldest motorsport race in Switzerland, with more than 200 racing cars and 50 motorcycles competing on a course with 17 bends and gradients of up to 12.6%. This race, dating back to 1910, became an annual event in 1968: the 3,734-meter course starts in the village of Dürrbach and ends in Gurnigelbad.

The sponsorship of the Al Ahli soccer team

The sponsorship of the Al Ahli soccer team

The sports association keeps on with a sponsorship of Al Ahli soccer club of Dubai and the Mercedes GP Petronas Formula One team.

The Collection

The present Graham catalog comprehends the Chronofighter collection (with lines such as Vintage, Oversize, Superlight and Prodive), Silverstone RS and the Geo. Graham collection, with complicated movements.

Chronofighter

The inspiration for the Chronofighter was the pilot watches of World War II. They had to wear gloves and so they needed watches with big buttons. These watches have, as typical, a lever that engages some chronograph functions, all of them on the left side.

Contrary to what you could surmise with a smirk, the left-handed winding crown does not come from the British driving habits, themselves deriving from the medieval times and their swordsmen. (The left drive, by the way, became mandatory there in 1835.) The design allows the wearer to use the chronograph lever with the right hand and, as a bonus, it does not trouble the movements of the left hand.

 Chronofighter Vintage GMT

Chronofighter Vintage GMT

The Chronofighter Vintage GMT models have 44 mm steel cases with ceramic rotating bezels and come in four different colors (green, grey, blue or brown). A window shows the date at 12 o’clock, with the automatic Calibre G1733 providing a power reserve of 48 hours. The leather strap (in the color of the dial) has white stitches, conferring the model a definitive sportive look.

Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art: Nina

Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art: Nina

A beautiful and nostalgic timepiece is the Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art, with four different designs, each in a limited edition with 100 pieces.

Chronofighter Oversize Target

Chronofighter Oversize Target

As if the 44 mm diameter of the basic Chronofighter was not enough to ban it from the wrist of a suit wearer, the Oversize Target has a 47 mm steel case, also with a ceramic bezel, with a telemeter scale, allowing the user to determine the distance of a storm – or of the enemy’s gun…

Chronofighter Superlight

Chronofighter Superlight

The focus of the Chronofighter Superlight is, obviously, its weight. Made with a superlight black carbon composite, the 47 mm case is complemented by a dial made with the same material and a rubber strap.

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Chronofighter Prodive

Chronofighter Prodive

The Prodive is a version tested to resist to a 2,000 feet depth, more than what a gentleman’s need regularly. It has a monopusher chronograph system, automatic helium valve and luminescent hands for good legibility.

Silverstone RS

Silverstone RS Racing

Silverstone RS Racing

As any car racing fan may tell you, Silverstone Circuit is a racing track with 3.661 miles, graded 1 by FIA, meaning that it is apt for Formula One races. The Silverstone RS Racing watches have six versions, with different color and material alternatives, all with 46 mm diameter steel cases and resin bezels with tachymeter scales.

The movement employed in this collection is the automatic Calibre G1749, with 48 hours power reserve, chronograph functions (seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours counters) and day-date windows at 3 o’clock. The hands have Super-LumiNova luminescent elements and the seconds counter is shaped like a brake disc, with a yellow, red or orange indicator, depending on the version. Some models come with a rubber strap reproducing a tire tread with colored inset.

Silverstone RS GMT

Silverstone RS GMT

The Silverstone RS GMT is powered by the automatic Calibre G1721, with flyback chronograph function: this allows the user to start a new time measurement with a single action. The black-smoked dial is partially skeletonized, showing the date disks; the hands have a luminescent covering, and a second-hour hand – complemented by the rotating GMT graduation bezel – indicates a second time zone.

And don’t complain about the 46 mm steel case: older versions of this limited edition (250 pieces) had a 48 mm diameter. It comes with a quilted leather strap, but it may be replaced by a metal bracelet or rubber strap.

Geo. Graham

Presently, this collection includes the Tourbillon, the Orrery Tourbillon, and The Moon watches.

The Tourbillon

The Tourbillon

The Tourbillon has three versions in limited editions: eight each for the brown and the blue dials, and 100 for the white dial. The case has a more subdued 40 mm diameter in pink gold, with a G1796 automatic tourbillion movement. The strap is of alligator leather, in a color that complements the dial.

The Orrery Tourbillon

The Orrery Tourbillon

The Orrery Tourbillon has two versions in pink gold 48 mm cases, each in a limited edition of 8 pieces. This extraordinary watch has a mechanical solar system model with 100 years calendar. On the case back, it has a year counter with planet correction indicators. (Moon: 7 years, Earth: 1156 years, Mars: 25 years). The movement was developed by Christophe Claret for Graham and it has Haute Horlogerie finishing. A crown at 2 o’clock sets the calendar on the case back and adjusts the planets; there is a corrector for the Moon and for Mars.

The Moon in white gold

The Moon in white gold

The Moon is also a limited edition (8 pieces), with a flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock, a retrograde moon indicator with a precision of 122 years: it returns backwards to zero at the end of its cycle of approximately 29 ½ days. The case is white gold, with a generous diameter of 46 mm; the dial has 48 diamonds (totaling 0.24 carats) with a hand-painted moon.

Conclusion

With their big-sized cases, Graham watches are definitely not for the suit-and-tie gentleman. However, they can certainly be used on weekends or in sports situations. The trigger on the Chronofighters reminds me of the safety lock on the crown of Panerai watches, another brand with massive cases and aimed at the sports crowd.

The vast majority of Graham watches has prices below $ 8,000 in steel – with the Geo. Graham models ranging from $ 50,000 to over $ 270,000. I’d say that these are aimed at the collector, so that leaves us to consider the sports lines.

The Chronofighters are in the same price range as steel Omega Speedmasters and Breitling chronographs, two brands with reliable movements and good track records. So, any buying consideration on a Graham will rely on your interest in having a different watch, perhaps a conversation (time)piece. It will appeal to the war pilot in the wearer, as well as to those who want to be connected to a great watchmaker of the past. Preferably with a big wrist!


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Affordable Vintage Watches

Do you want to buy a “new” old watch that will not drain your bank account but will also be elegant, stylish and may even trigger a watch collecting hobby? It’s a tall order, but the Gentleman’s Gazette did the hard work of discovering how to buy an affordable vintage watch. 

 I believe that watch collecting is addictive, so be warned! If you want to get started as a collector, know that you may find them in antique shops, weekend fairs, garage sales, eBay, websites, and auctions galore (such as Sotheby’s, Christie’s and others). Sometimes, a friend has one to sell; another time, they may know of someone who is willing to part with some nice timepieces. Your dad or an uncle may be soft-hearted and help you with the “seed watch” in your collection.

Winston Churchill's Lemania Chronograph

Winston Churchill’s Lemania Chronograph

Obviously, it is a very competitive market, and some watches may sell for thousands, hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars, as is the case of very rare watches – think about Winston Churchill’s Lemania gold chronograph from 1946, recently sold at Sotheby’s: its pre-auction estimate was US$ 19,000-32,000, but the hammer dropped at over US$ 208,000.

Paul Newman with his emblematic wristwatch

Paul Newman with his emblematic wristwatch

Or Paul Newman’s own Rolex Daytona “Paul Newman” model, the watch that started the whole premium vintage watch market: it was sold for US$ 17,752,500 (including buyer’s premium), a world record for a wristwatch at auction.

Obviously, we will not be dealing with this kind of collectible. Our aim is to provide you a practical and affordable guide to vintage watches and brands below the US$ 1,000 point. In this price bracket, you will find many good steel watches and some gold-plated ones, with an eventual solid gold piece. But you should be looking for design, demand, and style, not for a financial investment!

Guidelines for Buying an Affordable Vintage Watch

Your focus should be on mechanical timepieces. Quartz watches – with very few exceptions – seldom appreciate in value, and many have their catalog price highly reduced after leaving the store. If you look carefully, you may even find the greatest value in vintage watches: the “new old stock“. These are watches that were never sold before and found a nice spot in the seller’s deposit or drawer until being sold now. Many will require a professional inspection and perhaps an overhaul (lubrification, change of gaskets, etc.)

A dial restoration should respect the original design

A dial restoration should respect the original design

However, resist the temptation of changing certain parts of a vintage timepiece, such as dial, hands or bezel. If you do so for esthetical reasons, keep the original parts in an envelope, so that they may be put back in place if you wish to sell the watch someday. Some repair shops “restore” (change!) the dial, devaluating the watch. The most you can do is ask a specialist to clean the dial, but without changing its original design.

Do not buy a watch just because it is a blue-chip brand, such as Rolex, Patek or Cartier. Buy it because you like it, and keep it running properly (which includes regular winding). By the way, an automatic watch should not be shaken around like a maraca to be wound; you must do it through the winding crown, giving it a start, and then wear it. Arm movement will do the rest.

Brands to Consider

Omega

Louis Brandt own workbench

Louis Brandt own workbench

For starters, let us talk about Omega, one of the most serious and known watch brands, with many collectible pieces. Founded in 1848 by Louis Brandt, it is now one of the most important brands of the powerful Swatch Group. They have many successful watch lines, such as the Speedmaster, the Seamaster, the De Ville and the Constellation.

An Omega Sea Master

An Omega Seamaster

You can buy a gold-plated Seamaster from the 1970’s for approximately US$ 1,000. It has an automatic movement and comes with a leather strap or metallic bracelet. It is sleek, clean and has a date window at 3 o’clock (some versions have a day window, too).

Some Omega Dynamics

Some Omega Dynamics

One of my favorites is the Dynamic. Created in 1965 and released in 1968, it featured an elliptical ergonomic case and came in many options of dial, strap and case material; also, you can choose between manual and automatic winding movements. It has a more relaxed look than the Seamaster, but may surely be worn for work. Prices range from US$ 250 to US$ 900, depending on the state.

TAG Heuer

Michael Douglas and Mansour Ojjeh, director of TAG

Michael Douglas and Mansour Ojjeh, director of TAG

The brand started as Heuer in 1860, founded by Edouard Heuer. In 1985, TAG (Techniques d’Avant Garde), a Luxembourg-based holding owned by the Arab Ojjeh family, bought it and helped it renew its portfolio, establishing TAG Heuer as one of the best chronograph makers. Finally, in 1999, it was bought by the LVMH luxury group.

TAG Heuer 4000 Automatic

TAG Heuer 4000 Automatic

The 4000 Automatic was produced in the 1990s and it is water resistant to 200 meters, making it a good companion for the weekend; a small window at 3 o’clock indicates the date. You may find this watch for US$ 650-700.

Breitling

Created in 1884 by Léon Breitling, his namesake watch company created a reputation for producing watches with great design. I will not emphasize their chronographs, their most prized collections because that would take you to another price range. The examples shown here have prices in the US$ 500-800 range; some have date windows and the older ones have a second subdial at 6 o’clock.

Longines

Another brand from the Swatch Group, Longines is considered an elegant brand, with an affordable price point. You will find many great Longines timepieces from the 1950’s and 1960’s, for instance. In this brand, founded in 1832 by Auguste Agassiz, you will find many 18k gold cases, something that in most other brands covered here will take you to a higher price point.

Longines Comet Automatic

Longines Comet Automatic

A Comet Automatic as the one shown has its case in yellow gold and automatic winding movement, with a date display on the dial, and would cost you less than US$ 1,000.

Tissot

The Tissot family founded their namesake watch company in 1853 in Le Locle, one of the most important watch centers in Switzerland. What was said about good value for Longines also applies here (and, by the way, Tissot is another Swatch group company!)

A pocket Tissot

A pocket Tissot

When you look for vintage Tissot timepieces, try to find the italicized name on the dial, with a long horizontal bar on the first “T”. Tissot produced interesting models and I would not hesitate in buying a pocket watch from this brand, such as this 1940s gold-plated model, selling for around US$ 800.

Tissot Militaire

Tissot Militaire

Another nice Tissot watch is the Militaire, with grey and black dial; the photo shows the stainless steel version, which would cost you US$ 300-350.

Angelus

Angelus mantelpiece with hygrometer, clock, thermometer, barometer, and compass

Angelus mantelpiece with hygrometer, clock, thermometer, barometer, and compass

The brand was founded in 1891 by the Stolz brothers and is mostly known for their table clocks and combos, such as the thermometer/barometer/clock seen above.

Angelus automatic wristwatch in stainless steel

Angelus automatic wristwatch in stainless steel

However, their wristwatches have always had a following, and the brand is still producing. An automatic model from the 1960s will set you back around US$ 450.

Baume & Mercier

Baume & Mercier Hampton Dual Time in steel

Baume & Mercier Hampton Dual Time in steel

We have talked about this Richemont group brand here. I know it is not as vintage (in the sense of “before 1980”) as most of the other watches mentioned here, but I have a sweet spot for the Hampton line, with its curved case adjusting to the form of the wrist. The Dual Time is my travel watch, with one movement for each dial – reference or home time and second-time indication. You may pay around US$ 850-900 for one in steel; the leather strap is an alternative for this model.

Cyma

Cyma Triplex

Cyma Triplex

Usually, Cyma is an underrated brand, even though they have been on the market for over 150 years. A nice timepiece from the 1950s is the Triplex, a military-style watch with good design. Expect to pay US$ 450-500 for one.

Eterna

The Kon-Tiki

The Kon-Tiki

The brand’s flagship is the Kontiki, called after the famous Thor Heyerdahl expedition in 1947. He sailed 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean in a hand-built raft, in an attempt to prove that the ancient peoples could have made long sea voyages, eventually spreading their civilizations to distant places.

The Kontiki watch

The Kontiki watch

A stainless steel model such as this, from the 1970s, will cost you around US$ 800-850, with automatic movement and date window. With a leather strap, it may serve you double time – at the office and on weekends.

Eberhard

Another brand with a name that does not resonate instantly in the American market, but has a long tradition dating from 1887, is Eberhard. Their most famous model is the chronograph with four subdials, but with a price range out of our self-imposed limits.

A gold-cased automatic Eberhard watch

A gold-cased automatic Eberhard watch

Their vintage models in steel may be purchased for reasonable prices (from US$ 350 to 800), depending on the conditions. A gold automatic model from the 1960s will cost a bit more (perhaps around US$ 850).

Glycine

A Glycine from the 1940s

A Glycine from the 1940s

The Meylan family founded this company, which became famous for their Airman watch, with a 0-24 hours indication, making it popular among the aeronautic crowd. But for normal everyday use, I would go with the 1940s or 1950s model. The rectangular model shown has a yellow gold case and manual winding movement, and costs about US$ 950. I like the numerals and the railway track around the dial.

Movado

The company was founded in 1881, but their flagship design is the Museum Watch, created in 1947 by Nathan George Horwitt. It is unmistakable for its big dot at 12 o’clock, as a symbol of the noon sun. In 1960, it entered the Museum of Modern Art, and it was the first watch to do it.

Movado Sapphire watch

Movado Sapphire watch

Recently, a vintage Movado Sapphire watch was being sold for US$ 225 at Chrono24, and in my opinion, it is one of the best buys around.

Universal Genève

Elegant and clean, the watches produced by Universal Genève – by the way, one of the few watch companies to include “Genève” in their name. However, when founded in 1894, it was known as Universal Watch. They have some claims to fame, such as the first 24-hour indication timepiece, as well as the first wristwatch chronograph in 1917.

A pocket watch from Universal Genève in steel

A pocket watch from Universal Genève in steel

One of their most interesting watches is the pocket model from the 1960-70s in stainless steel, a thin design that can be a conversation piece: it can be found for US$ 700.

 A gold-cased Universal Genève watch

A gold-cased Universal Genève watch

You may also find models with 18k gold cases in the US$ 300-700, depending on the state, such as the one from the 1970s shown.

Bulova

The Bulova Accutron Spaceview

The Bulova Accutron Spaceview

Founded in 1875 by an immigrant from Bohemia, it is one of the best-known American watch companies and one of the rare exceptions I would make to the “non-electronic movement” rule, because they created the Accutron in 1960. This watch uses a 360 tuning fork instead of a balance wheel for running the watch more accurately (and thus its name, a mixture of “accurate” and “electronic”). You’ll find an Accutron model such as the Spaceview for US$ 600.

Seiko

Even though they are renowned for their quartz watches – after all, they were the guys that almost broke the Swiss watch industry in the 1970s, after the release of their Astron watch – Seiko has been around since 1892. (At the time of its release, an Astron cost almost the same as a medium-sized car!)

Seiko Crown

Seiko Crown

A nice manual winding timepiece such as the Seiko Crown, with a diameter of 34mm, may be found in the vintage market for US$ 950-1,000.

Conclusion

I hope this modest guide may help you find a “new” vintage watch for your portfolio, no matter if you are a beginner or advanced collector, or just a gentleman that wishes to buy a classic model from a good brand – and comfortable price. Happy hunting!


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New J. Crew Factory Arrivals, Massdrop Watches, & More – The Thurs. Men’s Sales Handful

Sales that deserve some attention heading into the weekend or a bit earlier. Might not be some massive once a year event, but still worth a look. Those are what make up these handfuls. Five of the better sales, one for each finger, are below, plus bonus sales if need be. Included are a few picks worth pointing out. 

 

Allen Edmonds Shoebank: Liverpool & 5th Ave for $ 195

Allen Edmonds

Huge thanks to James W. for sending in the style tip here. Liverpool 2nds and 5th Ave 2nds for under two hundred bucks? That’s awfully good. Especially for the Liverpool chelseas. Fingers crossed yours come with hardly a blemish to em. I have a pair of Liverpool 2nds, and I lucked out on mine. Couldn’t find the defect. Remember, there’s a $ 10 re stocking fee if you return any factory 2nd shoes.

 

J. Crew Factory: Up to 50% off New Arrivals

J. Crew Factory

First, most of you guys know how this works. J. Crew Factory releases a bunch of new arrivals, and then we wait. Discounts aren’t usually great from the jump. So, since it’s still February and this is Spring stuff, holding off could save you some dough. And second, two observations:

  1. Those shirts look… short, don’t they? Are they going for the untucked look here? And are they ACTUALLY shorter, or did they just use taller models? Info doesn’t say.
  2. Good on JCF to make a cheaper version of the hugely popular “deep water” unconstructed linen cotton blazer from big brother J. Crew. That’s certainly worth investigating for our upcoming best spring/summer sportcoats & blazers post.

 

Massdrop.: Victorinox Auto – $ 249.99 FINAL | Glycine Combat Sub – $ 379.99 FINAL

Victorinox & Glycine Massdrop

I know that most people are gonna gravitate towards the Glycine… but that price on the Victorinox is crazy. Even if you’re not a stainless steel bracelet kinda dude, and want to rip the thing off and put it on a leather strap (which it’d look dynamite on). If memory serves, last time it hit Massdrop that thing was $ 280. Sapphire crystal, water resistant to 100m, and it has an exhibition caseback? Not bad for $ 250. But, as always, it’s final sale.

 

DSW: 30% off Boots w/ BOOTS30

DSW Boots

Some exclusions, but they don’t look like many of these brands would apply: (Excludes Birkenstock, Brooks, Converse, Keen, Nike, Rainbow, Sorel, UGG, and Under Armour products).

 

B.R.: 40% off $ 200+ w/ BRFRESH (no BR merch exclusions)

Banana Republic

A high threshold, but not a bad deal considering there’s no exclusions once you get there. And that new basketweave cotton blazer, unlined in the back too, sure looks like it has potential. More picks that should trip this threshold can be found over here.

 

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Allen Edmonds Higgins Mill Boot | Dappered.com

Remember when I said (or wrote) “Don’t expect these to last long” ??? Right. Well, they’re lasting surprisingly long. Heck, there even seems to have been an additional restock of the natural CXL. So, I was loud wrong, but it’s still worth another mention in case you’re looking to invest in some really nice American Made boots.

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Found: Sporty Watches That Are Actually Chic

These days, a watch does much more than tell time. It counts your steps, monitors your heart rate, sends  text messages…The list goes on. But sometimes all that tech means you’re left wanting for style. But the good news for women searching for chic sporty watches, now more than ever before, they do exist. To prove it, we’re rounding up a handful of our favorites on the market right now. 

From styles designed with the runner in mind to tech-inspired bands meant for everyday wear, we’re offering up a range of watches that are sporty without ever sacrificing style. So no matter what form of cardio you prefer (from sprinting to shopping), you’ll be set with the timepieces below. Now the time has come to do a little shopping and pick out a smartwatch for the savvy shopper you are.

A watch that tracks your steps and sleep.
Text your mom and map your run all on this handy interface.
Keep an eye on your heart rate with this handy watch. 
A childhood throwback.
Gucci’s bold take on the sport watch.
Sleek and sporty is a winning combination.
Simple in the best way possible.
You’ll be ready for your resolutions with this watch.
An everyday smart watch. 
Understated yet oh so cool.
A fashon-forward twist on the sport watch.
A little girly, a little sporty.

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Fossil watches heading for ‘an epic blow-up’

What’s in your wallet, Fossil Group? The answer is, not much. The watch and leather goods maker, which produces time pieces for Michael Kors, Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, DKNY and more than a dozen others, is sitting on a small and shrinking pile of cash — too little to service its enormous debt — while…
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David Beckham and Tudor Watches Just Joined Forces

Beckham is the face of the new “Born to Dare” campaign.

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Little Luna Watches Dad John Legend Perform with Mom Chrissy Teigen: ‘All Eyes on Dada’

Chrissy Teigen‘s 1-year-old daughter Luna had all eyes for her R&B singer father, John Legend, as seen on Teigen’s Instagram on Saturday.

In the short clip, the mother-daughter duo are candidly captured taking in Legend’s music at his concert. Teigen captioned the moment, “? all eyes on dada.”

Luna is currently on the road with her parents for Legend’s Darkness And Light tour, which kicked off earlier in May with 35 dates in North America — including a headlining slot at the Essence Festival in New Orleans.

Legend has said touring with baby involves a whole new environment that he and Teigen are ready to embrace with their daughter.

“I’m excited that we’re in the position where we can bring on tour this summer and late spring, so that’ll be fun,” he told PEOPLE in April. “I’m in a position where we can make things happen to make sure she’s around us as much as possible.”

And the tour bus will never be the same. The Underground producer admitted the bus has “quite a different vibe” now that he’s a dad.

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“Diapers on the bus, a crib on the bus — a long way from my bachelor days,” Legend said with a laugh.

Touring does have perks for Luna, though, as the family made a trip to the Miami Seaquarium in between shows in May. The adorable tot even tagged along as her mom received an impromptu henna tattoo with a stranger in Miami a couple days later.

 

 

 


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Finally, a Smartwatch for People Who Love Watches

TAG Heuer introduces the Swiss-made Modular 45.

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God Watches Over Me Storybook

God Watches Over Me Storybook


Illustrated with the adorable Precious Moments art, this sweet little book features rhyming text
about all the ways God watches over His children, helping little ones to feel safe and loved. The
book takes a child through all the things that happen in a day, accompanied with a prayer, and
closes with a sweet poem that reminds children that God is always watching over us, even when we
sleep. Complete with scriptures and prayers, this book will be a wonderful addition to every
family’s library. 5″ x 7″ Padded Board Book. 32 Pages.
List Price: $ 9.99
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U watch UX Bluetooth 4.0 Fitness Tracker Health Smartwatch with Heart Rate Monitor Phone Watches for IOS Android iPhone Samsung HTC

U watch UX Bluetooth 4.0 Fitness Tracker Health Smartwatch with Heart Rate Monitor Phone Watches for IOS Android iPhone Samsung HTC


Built-in light Heart Rate Sensor, Detect Human Ecg Signal Output Synchronization Heart Throb of the Pulse Signal.1.44-inch Capacitive Touch Screen Size.Function: Passometer,Fitness Tracker,Sleep Tracker,Message Reminder,Answer Call,Dial Call,Remote Control,Push Message,Heart Rate.Perfectly Compatible IOS iphone Android Smartphone.Freely Taking Photoes with Families and Friends.
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Milo Ventimiglia Watches ‘Gilmore Girls’ In Web Series, Declares ‘Rory Sucks’

File this under weird, meta and something we probably could have done without.

In a clip from the CW Seed web series “The P.E.T. Squad Files,” Milo Ventimiglia’s character Cash watches Rory tell Jess that she really doesn’t want to be with him on “Gilmore Girls.” Ventimiglia, of course played Jess on the CW series, which aired from 2000 to 2007.

“You guys watching Gilly Girls? I fucking love that show! Hey, Cash, that guy kind of looks like you,” his friend says in the clip, adding, “I took one of those personality tests, I’m like a classic Rory.”

“Rory sucks, bro,” Ventimiglia replies, which might be funnier if he and Alexis Bledel didn’t date in real life for three and a half years, or apparently have a tumultuous relationship of their own.

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Fossil: Fossil Watches: Men’s

Fossil: Fossil Watches: Men’s


Fossil: Fossil Watches: Men’s: Fossil: Fossil Watches: Fossil brand was founded in 1984 at a time when watches and handbags were created more for function than fashion. While their desire was simply to fill that fashion void in the watch industry they have soared to new heights by adding Fossil handbags to their wide portfolio of products. Today, Fossil watch and Fossil handbag designers are constantly studying emerging fashion trends. They are also continually striving to bring their customers the most innovative and unique handbags and watches on the market to date. With their main focus on bringing fashion to functionality, in the mid ’90s Fossil watch brand created a line of women’s handbags, men’s bags and small leather goods. Fossil’s women’s handbag line takes the finest materials and forms them into different styles and sizes appealing to a wide range of women. Whether you are looking for a tote, cross body bag, satchel or hobo, season after season Fossil Handbags will offer it all. In addition to women’s bags, Fossil also has a men’s bag line, which was created with the intention of providing men with durable bags to be either carried every day for work or for travel. Fossil watches are offered in an array of sizes, styles and materials. Watches with bracelet bands to watches with leather bands and everything in between can be found both in Fossil men’s watch line and Fossil women’s watch line. The company’s founding principal of bringing fashion to function are still in place today and can be seen season after season in their array of watches offered.
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GUESS: GUESS Watches

GUESS: GUESS Watches


GUESS: GUESS Watches: GUESS: GUESS Shoes: Men’s: GUESS: GUESS Shoes: Women’s: GUESS: GUESS Shoes: GUESS: GUESS Handbags: GUESS Handbags: The Marciano brothers, Maurice and Paul, have been instrumental to the growth and prosperity of the GUESS brand since its inception in 1981. Maurice and Paul Marciano have dedicated their lives to continuously creating fashion-forward and trendsetting GUESS shoes and handbags, GUESS watches for men and women, GUESS kid s shoes, and GUESS luggage. GUESS designs are what sets them apart, and keep them at the top of the fashion shoe, handbag and watch industry. GUESS has grown to become one of the most widely recognized shoe brands for men, women, boys and girls in the world. GUESS is synonymous with glamorous style at an affordable price. GUESS shoes are designed to have a cool and casual appearance that can be dressed up or down and worn for any occasion. GUESS shoes offer a vast selection of silhouettes and heel heights for the fashionable man, woman or child. GUESS is also widely known for their accessories, offering a plethora of fabulously wearable handbag, jewelry and watch designs. To remain at the forefront of fashion, GUESS watches offer every possible style choice for men and women. Their famous GUESS Waterpro line of watches has solidified them as a true force in the watch market. With so many styles of watches to choose from, there is a GUESS watch out there for every style and need. When style and functionality blend effortlessly, it’s truly a winning combination. GUESS jewelry is all about glamour, sparkle and that unmistakable style that’s beloved by GUESS fans all over the world. Even while traveling, you can proudly represent your favorite GUESS items with their assortment of chic and stylish luggage. Ranging from hardside cases to totes and even diaper bags, GUESS luggage is sure to be a fashion statement. With throwback prints and fashion-forward patterns, GUESS luggage caters to all forms of fashionistas and stylish women.
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GUESS: GUESS Watches: Men’s

GUESS: GUESS Watches: Men’s


GUESS: GUESS Watches: Men’s: GUESS: GUESS Watches: GUESS: GUESS Shoes: Men’s: GUESS: GUESS Shoes: Women’s: GUESS: GUESS Shoes: GUESS: GUESS Handbags: GUESS Handbags: The Marciano brothers, Maurice and Paul, have been instrumental to the growth and prosperity of the GUESS brand since its inception in 1981. Maurice and Paul Marciano have dedicated their lives to continuously creating fashion-forward and trendsetting GUESS shoes and handbags, GUESS watches for men and women, GUESS kid s shoes, and GUESS luggage. GUESS designs are what sets them apart, and keep them at the top of the fashion shoe, handbag and watch industry. GUESS has grown to become one of the most widely recognized shoe brands for men, women, boys and girls in the world. GUESS is synonymous with glamorous style at an affordable price. GUESS shoes are designed to have a cool and casual appearance that can be dressed up or down and worn for any occasion. GUESS shoes offer a vast selection of silhouettes and heel heights for the fashionable man, woman or child. GUESS is also widely known for their accessories, offering a plethora of fabulously wearable handbag, jewelry and watch designs. To remain at the forefront of fashion, GUESS watches offer every possible style choice for men and women. Their famous GUESS Waterpro line of watches has solidified them as a true force in the watch market. With so many styles of watches to choose from, there is a GUESS watch out there for every style and need. When style and functionality blend effortlessly, it’s truly a winning combination. GUESS jewelry is all about glamour, sparkle and that unmistakable style that’s beloved by GUESS fans all over the world. Even while traveling, you can proudly represent your favorite GUESS items with their assortment of chic and stylish luggage. Ranging from hardside cases to totes and even diaper bags, GUESS luggage is sure to be a fashion statement. With throwback prints and fashion-forward patterns, GUESS luggage caters to all forms of fashionistas and stylish women.
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GUESS: GUESS Watches: Women’s

GUESS: GUESS Watches: Women’s


GUESS: GUESS Watches: Women’s: GUESS: GUESS Watches: Men’s: GUESS: GUESS Watches: GUESS: GUESS Shoes: Men’s: GUESS: GUESS Shoes: Women’s: GUESS: GUESS Shoes: GUESS: GUESS Handbags: GUESS Handbags: The Marciano brothers, Maurice and Paul, have been instrumental to the growth and prosperity of the GUESS brand since its inception in 1981. Maurice and Paul Marciano have dedicated their lives to continuously creating fashion-forward and trendsetting GUESS shoes and handbags, GUESS watches for men and women, GUESS kid s shoes, and GUESS luggage. GUESS designs are what sets them apart, and keep them at the top of the fashion shoe, handbag and watch industry. GUESS has grown to become one of the most widely recognized shoe brands for men, women, boys and girls in the world. GUESS is synonymous with glamorous style at an affordable price. GUESS shoes are designed to have a cool and casual appearance that can be dressed up or down and worn for any occasion. GUESS shoes offer a vast selection of silhouettes and heel heights for the fashionable man, woman or child. GUESS is also widely known for their accessories, offering a plethora of fabulously wearable handbag, jewelry and watch designs. To remain at the forefront of fashion, GUESS watches offer every possible style choice for men and women. Their famous GUESS Waterpro line of watches has solidified them as a true force in the watch market. With so many styles of watches to choose from, there is a GUESS watch out there for every style and need. When style and functionality blend effortlessly, it’s truly a winning combination. GUESS jewelry is all about glamour, sparkle and that unmistakable style that’s beloved by GUESS fans all over the world. Even while traveling, you can proudly represent your favorite GUESS items with their assortment of chic and stylish luggage. Ranging from hardside cases to totes and even diaper bags, GUESS luggage is sure to be a fashion statement. With throwback prints and fashion-forward patterns, GUESS luggage caters to all forms of fashionistas and stylish women.
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Fossil: Fossil Watches: Women’s

Fossil: Fossil Watches: Women’s


Fossil: Fossil Watches: Women’s: Fossil: Fossil Watches: Men’s: Fossil: Fossil Watches: Fossil brand was founded in 1984 at a time when watches and handbags were created more for function than fashion. While their desire was simply to fill that fashion void in the watch industry they have soared to new heights by adding Fossil handbags to their wide portfolio of products. Today, Fossil watch and Fossil handbag designers are constantly studying emerging fashion trends. They are also continually striving to bring their customers the most innovative and unique handbags and watches on the market to date. With their main focus on bringing fashion to functionality, in the mid ’90s Fossil watch brand created a line of women’s handbags, men’s bags and small leather goods. Fossil’s women’s handbag line takes the finest materials and forms them into different styles and sizes appealing to a wide range of women. Whether you are looking for a tote, cross body bag, satchel or hobo, season after season Fossil Handbags will offer it all. In addition to women’s bags, Fossil also has a men’s bag line, which was created with the intention of providing men with durable bags to be either carried every day for work or for travel. Fossil watches are offered in an array of sizes, styles and materials. Watches with bracelet bands to watches with leather bands and everything in between can be found both in Fossil men’s watch line and Fossil women’s watch line. The company’s founding principal of bringing fashion to function are still in place today and can be seen season after season in their array of watches offered.
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Whimsical Watches Unisex Jewelry Lover Cultured Pearls Blue Baby Blue Leather and Goldtone Watch in Gold

Whimsical Watches Unisex Jewelry Lover Cultured Pearls Blue Baby Blue Leather and Goldtone Watch in Gold


WWC1205 Features: Unisex jewelry lover cultured pearls blue baby blue leather and Goldtone watch in gold Band material: Genuine Italian leather Case and back material: Stainless steel Perfect gift Miniature strings of jewels, a cultured pearl necklace and earrings, a brooch and a tiny watch Hand-crafted gift watch becomes a piece of deluxe jewelry in itself Designed and assembled by a team of artists and graphic designers in USA Japanese quartz movement Comes in beautiful gift box Not waterproof Includes: Long-life battery included Dimensions: Dimensions: 9” – 10” H x 1.25” – 1.5” W x 0.38” D Warranty: 1- Year limited manufacturer’s warranty

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Whimsical Watches G-0150018 Whimsical Unisex Elephant Hunter Green Leather Watch

Whimsical Watches G-0150018 Whimsical Unisex Elephant Hunter Green Leather Watch


Elephants are one of the most noble earthly creatures. The Elephant themed Whimsical Watch is an ideal gift for anyone who loves to visit the zoo travel around the world or who just loves animals.
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Whimsical Watches C-0150013 Womens Elephant Green Leather And Goldtone Watch

Whimsical Watches C-0150013 Womens Elephant Green Leather And Goldtone Watch


Elephants are one of the most noble earthly creatures. The Elephant themed Whimsical Watch is an ideal gift for anyone who loves to visit the zoo travel around the world or who just loves animals. Each watch is hand-crafted with unique miniature images
Band Width: 18
Clasp Type: buckle
Case Material: gold-tone-stainless steel
Case Size Thickness: 11
Case Size Diameter35
Dial Color: white-Elephant-theme
Bezel Material: gold-tone-stainless-steel
Bezel Function: stationary
Crystal: plastic
Movement Type: japanese-quartz
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Brighton: Brighton Watches

Brighton: Brighton Watches


Brighton: Brighton Watches: Brighton: Brighton Luggage: Brighton: Brighton Belts: Brighton: Brighton Sunglasses: Women’s: Brighton: Brighton Sunglasses: Brighton: Brighton Shoes: Women’s: Brighton: Brighton Shoes: Brighton: Brighton Handbags: Brighton Handbags: Brighton: Brighton Handbags: Brighton’s story is really a love story that began over 30 years ago when high school sweethearts, Terri Kravitz and Jerry Kohl (who have now been married for many years), started their own specialty store. Being store owners taught them that people love being treated specially and how important it is to have beautifully made products. Years later, in 1991, Brighton was launched with a single collection of belts. Over the years, Brighton has become an accessory company with something for everyone, including handbags, shoes and eyewear. As their journey has continued, everyone at Brighton continues striving to offer something creative and different to touch people’s hearts which is why the symbol and motifs adorning the products is a heart. Today the business has grown beyond Jerry and Terri’s wildest dreams, yet one thing never changes – the people of Brighton put passion, inspiration, and their hearts into each piece you see. The company prides itself on the Brighton Difference, which is rooted in the philosophy that the difference is in the details. Brighton is one of the few remaining design houses where designers sketch each creation by hand and then follow the product from concept to completion. Brighton leather accessories are hand assembled and often require as many as 140 individual manufacturing steps using up to 40 different parts. The results are timeless creations that women have come to love.
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Whimsical Watches S-0150013 Womens Elephant Green Leather And Silvertone Watch

Whimsical Watches S-0150013 Womens Elephant Green Leather And Silvertone Watch


Elephants are one of the most noble earthly creatures. The Elephant themed Whimsical Watch is an ideal gift for anyone who loves to visit the zoo travel around the world or who just loves animals. Each watch is hand-crafted with unique miniature images
Band Width: 18
Clasp Type: buckle
Case Material: silver-tone-stainless steel
Case Size Thickness: 11
Case Size Diameter35
Dial Color: white-Elephant-theme
Bezel Material: silver-tone-stainless-steel
Bezel Function: stationary
Crystal: plastic
Movement Type: japanese-quartz
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