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    If You Had to Buy a Watch Today

    And you had £500 burning a hole in your pocket (or PayPal) account, what would you buy? It needs to be available to order and at or under budget.

    I'm tempted by a Dekla Flieger, mainly inspired by the Just One More Watch review.
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    Steinhart titanium 500. Although it's probably over £500 now.

    So maybe a Seiko sumo.

    Or a Christopher Ward diver if a sale is on.



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    Probably that Cresticle titanium GMT diver with both an inner and outer rotating bezel - looks really very, very good indeed.
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    The Tissot Powermatic 80 Silicum looks like a great all rounder at that sort of money. RRP is £650 but I think you could probably get one close to budget by shopping around.


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    Quote Originally Posted by hughtrimble View Post
    Probably that Cresticle titanium GMT diver with both an inner and outer rotating bezel - looks really very, very good indeed.
    Cresticle? Cresticle? My PC wants to auto-correct to Testicle.

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    If i hadn't already set aside £500 for this I wouldn't be spending £500 on a watch today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alansmithee View Post
    Cresticle? Cresticle? My PC wants to auto-correct to Testicle.
    Mine did exactly that, hence the edit!
    They have now rebranded to Crestic, though their sales photos still show Cresticle.

    https://www.cresticwatches.com/

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    I'd actually re-buy a watch I already own - MWC Depthmaster automatic, with Tritium tubes:





    It does so much that I want - easy to read under all light conditions, extremely tough and waterproof, rotating bezel for timing, sapphire glass, reliable and cheap-to-replace NH35 inside, drilled lugs - £435 leaves plenty for a few nice straps and a well-deserved pint

    It's only fault is that it's not a chronograph, otherwise it's the most watch for the least £££ that I own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hughtrimble View Post
    Probably that Cresticle titanium GMT diver with both an inner and outer rotating bezel - looks really very, very good indeed.
    Crestical - now Crestic (what WERE they thinking?), and the only other slight issue is they appear to be closer to $5K...

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    Quote Originally Posted by earlofsodbury View Post
    Crestical - now Crestic (what WERE they thinking?), and the only other slight issue is they appear to be closer to $5K...
    Their blurb is all rather confusing, and those prices are simply not correct on their website (they may not be USD, but rather another currency?). Unfortunately another example of them giving out very mixed messages on the price point and branding!

    They're well within budget in reality: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/c...d-dive-watch#/

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    Probably put a WTB for an Everest 36mm.

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    Which is better, Cresticle or Parnis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaOmega View Post
    Which is better, Cresticle or Parnis?
    I think a Parnis and two Cresticles is a well balanced collection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hughtrimble View Post
    Their blurb is all rather confusing, and those prices are simply not correct on their website (they may not be USD, but rather another currency?). Unfortunately another example of them giving out very mixed messages on the price point and branding!

    They're well within budget in reality: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/c...d-dive-watch#/
    Ah - couldn't see where they were located on their (useless) website! Fair enough - I'd roll the dice on one at that price, lot of watch for not a lot

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaOmega View Post
    Which is better, Cresticle or Parnis?
    Cresticle I think is doing something actually new and interesting (double bezels, titanium, GMT) but Parnis I thought were just a maker of copies? So I'd vote Cresticle, even with the brand name.

    Edit: Having now read Russ's comment, I see I swung and miss on that one. Wouldn't have got the link to the meat and two veg part with Parnis otherwise!

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    Quote Originally Posted by earlofsodbury View Post
    Ah - couldn't see where they were located on their (useless) website! Fair enough - I'd roll the dice on one at that price, lot of watch for not a lot
    I'm very tempted indeed, in spite of their confused branding. Though to be fair, I may have not noticed them had it not been for their original name...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russ View Post
    I think a Parnis and two Cresticles is a well balanced collection.
    Quote Originally Posted by hughtrimble View Post
    Cresticle I think is doing something actually new and interesting (double bezels, titanium, GMT) but Parnis I thought were just a maker of copies? So I'd vote Cresticle, even with the brand name.

    Edit: Having now read Russ's comment, I see I swung and miss on that one. Wouldn't have got the link to the meat and two veg part with Parnis otherwise!
    Thanks, that is helpful.

    I already have a couple of Balls which I'm struggling to get on to the watch winder to be honest. I'll try the Cresticles instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hughtrimble View Post
    Probably that Cresticle titanium GMT diver with both an inner and outer rotating bezel - looks really very, very good indeed.
    I'm really really sorry but I sometimes suffer from Schoolboys humor. I just had to laugh at Cresticle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaOmega View Post
    Thanks, that is helpful.

    I already have a couple of Balls which I'm struggling to get on to the watch winder to be honest. I'll try the Cresticles instead.
    Only some of the Cresticles are wind-ups, the rest are just strap-on and go, so choose wisely.

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    I gather it's possible to acquire both Cresticles and Parnises in Thailand, even when shopping for an entirely different brand...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypjon View Post
    I'm really really sorry but I sometimes suffer from Schoolboys humor. I just had to laugh at Cresticle.
    I think the vast majority of people did, hence why they've rebranded!

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    A citizen signature series

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    Quote Originally Posted by hughtrimble View Post
    I think the vast majority of people did, hence why they've rebranded!
    First time I've come across them.......................And no pun intended! What were they thinking? I take your point about rebranding and am sure they offer great value for money. What a talking point though, if someone asks about ya watch.

    Quote Originally Posted by Russ View Post
    I think a Parnis and two Cresticles is a well balanced collection.
    This is classic.

    Quote Originally Posted by earlofsodbury View Post
    I gather it's possible to acquire both Cresticles and Parnises in Thailand, even when shopping for an entirely different brand...?
    And this has turned me into Fnbarr Saunders!

    Profuse apologies to the OP and I'll get back in me box now.

    Thanks for the smiles tonight ;-)

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    One of these in no particular order.

    G-Shock Rangeman at £399 down from £799 at Ernest Jones

    Seiko King Turtle at £550 on bracelet or £520 on rubber.

    Smiths Everest PRS-25 in 40mm for £330

    Any variant of the G-Shock B5000 which interested you. Various prices but most are below £500.

    If you open yourself up to used I'd probably go straight for an Seiko SPB079. They're £799 new but with haggling can be had for just over £600 so I would guess within your budget at £500.

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    Seiko 007. The last of the line of a true classic and I literally did order not one but two today.

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    had my eye on these chaps for a while.

    MWC 300m Military Quartz Divers Watch with Tritium GTLS and Sapphire Crystal on Matching Bracelet

    https://mwcwatches.com/collections/d...tritium-gtls-1

    £339.00 GBP under- budget-tastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by estoban7 View Post
    Seiko 007. The last of the line of a true classic and I literally did order not one but two today.
    Funny you should say that - my local dealer recently got what he believes will be his last ever delivery of SKX's.

    So a couple of weeks ago I got (another) 009 and (on impulse while I was there) an 011.

    The downside is that he's fully aware that they're becoming scarcer and his prices have risen dramatically. Not quite 500, but not too far off either.

    The upside was that he had a few of each and I was allowed to sort through and check for the usual issues and pick the ones I wanted.

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    Seiko orange monster

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisparker View Post
    Probably put a WTB for an Everest 36mm.
    I'm wearing one as I type this.

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    From what i have seen of the 3 sub £500 Hong Kong watches i have owned i would go for another.

    The Turtle homage i bought the other day is nicer than the actual watch it is meant to be a homage of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by estoban7 View Post
    Seiko 007. The last of the line of a true classic and I literally did order not one but two today.
    I have an SKX013. I've come close to selling it a few times but my son always asks me to keep it. I like the watch a lot, but rarely wear it.

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    Can it be tomorrow? The alkin Model 2 release is tomorrow (30th), and it is in budget, so I would go for that.
    I might add that I have opted for two Crestic watches (they have wisely dropped the Crestical moniker). One plain Ti and one in black.
    I will also add that I am sincerely hoping that my money is not going to disappear, Crestic have gone into radio silence mode. I am a little worried.
    But the alkin is a good looking watch.
    Dave

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    Tomorrow is fine. I'm far too indecisive to but a watch in a day. Plus I'm interested to find out if there are any other watch brands who have balled up their branding.

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    Maybe a Baltic Aquascaphe.

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    Some nice Hamilton pilots around. really like H69439511 (white) or H69439531 (black)

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    That's a cool looking watch
    Quote Originally Posted by earlofsodbury View Post
    I'd actually re-buy a watch I already own - MWC Depthmaster automatic, with Tritium tubes:





    It does so much that I want - easy to read under all light conditions, extremely tough and waterproof, rotating bezel for timing, sapphire glass, reliable and cheap-to-replace NH35 inside, drilled lugs - £435 leaves plenty for a few nice straps and a well-deserved pint

    It's only fault is that it's not a chronograph, otherwise it's the most watch for the least £££ that I own.
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    I'd watch ebay like a hawk for a slightly underpriced vintage Tudor.

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    Just bought the Seiko Lord Marvel from the SC. Canít wait to see it.


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    If You Had to Buy a Watch Today

    I would buy one of these. Itís a Straton Curve. I think they look cool.
    $499.




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    Last edited by Stilgoe1972; 29th June 2020 at 21:10.

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    Iíd barter for the Seiko Crown Chrono LE re-issue on SC now. Chuck a few extra quid into that and be well happy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by M4tt View Post
    I'd watch ebay like a hawk for a slightly underpriced vintage Tudor.
    I've always liked the idea of owning an Oyster Price but I thought I would be looking the wrong side of a grand for a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notenoughwrists View Post
    Iíd barter for the Seiko Crown Chrono LE re-issue on SC now. Chuck a few extra quid into that and be well happy.


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    I had a peek and that is a lovely looking watch but a little too big for me. I prefer sub 40mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerrudd View Post
    I had a peek and that is a lovely looking watch but a little too big for me. I prefer sub 40mm.
    Think itís 40mm, ignore the official specs!
    Let me put callipers across it, there is no way it wears any bigger than my Sub


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    A Seiko Prospex. Either the Blue Sumo or A Save The Ocean

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    CWC RN dive model. You can have a quartz one for £499.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seabiscuit View Post
    CWC RN dive model. You can have a quartz one for £499.
    I concur.


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    Full metal G shock in black or steel.

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    If You Had to Buy a Watch Today

    Go for something a bit different. You can get the pouch for 19.99 and still have 80 quid in your pocket!




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    Proberbly a second hand fortis

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    Quote Originally Posted by verv View Post
    Full metal G shock in black or steel.
    Great shout, would be my choice too

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