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    The OP mentioned that he expected a large number of microbrands to feature in this thread, and apart from my Field Engineer I imagine this one also probably marks me out as a WIS too.

    It’s my Gruppo Gamma Divemaster mark 2 reference DG-08. Another one I’m particularly taken with.

    https://i.imgur.com/tlIY4lN.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by uktotty View Post
    Pretty sure only watch nerds have a selection of Bubbles

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    love vintage Longines


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    also an Urwerk


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    Quote Originally Posted by tobywatches View Post
    Don't own one and never have but surely the ultimate WIS watch is the MM300. I'm amazed it's not been mentioned yet.
    To me, to be an expert (or geek) on a topic is to understand why one person's bog-standard is worth the extra money it costs.
    The MM300 looks to most like any other Seiko diver and the brand itself suggests to those same people that that's a £~50-100 watch.
    Yet those who know, know. Everyone you speak to says it's as good as there is, bang for buck, and is worth the c. £3k it costs to get one new.
    ...yet the one watch I was least impressed with compared to expectations...

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    Or this one...


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    Possibly one of these two. Doxa has a small but dedicated following and I've never seen another one of this model in the real world

    GS seems to becoming more mainstream these days but this quartz sports / everyday wear model is a less common option than the multitude of, albeit very nice AT's OP's or Explorers out there. Again, not seen one of these on real life either





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    Which watch confirms your`WIS` status?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mycroft View Post
    Just like Pupp, my immediate response to this thread was my Offshore Professional Field Engineer.

    Here is no. 131 in all its glory

    https://i.imgur.com/nF1ms3K.jpg

    @Snowman: if another one ever comes up on SC my advice would be to grab it with both hands! They are stunning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by proby24 View Post
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    Agreed, especially a 1953/4 Rotomatic

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    These are somewhat off the beaten track, but the Meistersinger is WISest of them all?

    Meistersinger Neo Plus
    Heuer Monaco Calibre 11
    NOMOS Tangente 38
    Sinn 903 St
    Breguet Type XX Aeronavale
    Fortis Flieger B-Uhr
    Seagull 1963 Mechanical Chronograph
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    Another piece of evidence...


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    Quote Originally Posted by J J Carter View Post
    These are somewhat off the beaten track, but the Meistersinger is WISest of them all?

    Meistersinger Neo Plus
    Yes, good call!

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    Another Dornblüth, a Newmark, and a JLC (I’m not sure these are well known to the general public at all).




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    Not easy to choose as having quite a few candidates from the mentioned Eberhard (with 5100 on top) to the likes like vintage King Seiko etc.
    However my safe bet would be the French Yema Superman from 60s and 70s.
    I think even in the watch world they are not as known or popular outside of France.
    (Although it changed somewhat with the reissue models.)
    The vintage ones have mesmerising blue dial and they were serious dive tools with 300m WR in the era when the Submariner was rated 200m.



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    Agree on Meistersinger, nobody understands them


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    i quite like the habring range


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    I guess this is pretty WIS...



    Why else would I lust after a 40 year old quartz watch...?

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    How about a fifty year old quartz?


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    What about a 52 year old quartz watch…..

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    Hmm...maybe this 18k gold vintage Omega?




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    That omega is gorgeous

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    How about a sorely under rated Omega from a few years back.
    This is my grail, and purchased from this very forum...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickyboyo View Post
    How about a sorely under rated Omega from a few years back.
    This is my grail, and purchased from this very forum...

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    Agree it's under-rated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickyboyo View Post
    How about a sorely under rated Omega from a few years back.
    This is my grail, and purchased from this very forum...

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    Yes, very underrated. I sold mine in response to a WTB - a minter, complete with everything from new, bracelet, strap, pencil holder box, leaflet etc. the complete kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by E_2_Right-Force View Post
    Anyone can own a R***x, an Omega, Breitling, or a Seiko for example, and `anyone` would probably be familiar with them, but which watch in your collection would you consider to be the one that confirms your status to be a `WIS`?
    The one that is probably totally unknown to the general public should it come up in conversation?
    The one which might strike up a conversation with another watch fancier should their gaze rest upon it?
    The one which only another watch nerd would recognise?

    Vintage stuff notwithstanding I suspect a lot of micro brands will be mentioned..
    It's a Seiko, but it's not just any Seiko...



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    Quote Originally Posted by gunner View Post
    It's a Seiko, but it's not just any Seiko...
    With one of those the Seiko Kippax is selling must be quite tempting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wileeeeeey View Post
    With one of those the Seiko Kippax is selling must be quite tempting.
    Would have to be a swap, couldn't justify both!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunner View Post
    Would have to be a swap, couldn't justify both!

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    Yep, can't have two different versions of what is meant to be the ultimate Marine Master. There can only be one!

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    This 1960s vintage Datejust maybe...








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    And as an out and out conversation piece....




    it does so many things

    Not seen this before, I like it alot. What is the model number please?

    For me it'd be either my Hamilton 1975 6bb of which something like 1200 where issued or the Lip Super Nautic Ski. Ive hardly worn either the last few years.

    The other would be any vintage speedmaster with a step dial or earlier. Surely only a WIS can spot the differences.

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    Some wonderful exotica in this post, and not just the usual suspects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunner View Post
    ...yet the one watch I was least impressed with compared to expectations...
    Whereas I was in the opposite camp. Funny old game this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by subseastu View Post
    Not seen this before, I like it alot. What is the model number please?

    For me it'd be either my Hamilton 1975 6bb of which something like 1200 where issued or the Lip Super Nautic Ski. Ive hardly worn either the last few years.

    The other would be any vintage speedmaster with a step dial or earlier. Surely only a WIS can spot the differences.

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    Hi, and thanks. It's a Seiko Breitz SDGA001. It uses eInk technology for the display, (similar to Kindle eReaders), which provides for great flexibility and clarity in the display. I usually have it in World Time mode as the map changes dependant on where you are in the world, (or more accurately, where you set your time zone to be), but putting it into Card mode always attracts comments when out for a pint etc. Seiko released a range of these watches with different displays, some comic character based, though sadly they've removed them from the current catalogue. They do come up on eBay from time to time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Griswold View Post
    Hi, and thanks. It's a Seiko Breitz SDGA001. It uses eInk technology for the display, (similar to Kindle eReaders), which provides for great flexibility and clarity in the display. I usually have it in World Time mode as the map changes dependant on where you are in the world, (or more accurately, where you set your time zone to be), but putting it into Card mode always attracts comments when out for a pint etc. Seiko released a range of these watches with different displays, some comic character based, though sadly they've removed them from the current catalogue. They do come up on eBay from time to time.
    Thanks for the interesting information

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    Quote Originally Posted by zelig View Post
    I guess this is pretty WIS...

    ...

    Why else would I lust after a 40 year old quartz watch...?

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    Anyone just looking at the brand name on the dial might...

    Sorry, but anything Rolex is always going to be too mass appeal to qualify.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Griswold View Post
    .....

    And as an out and out conversation piece....




    it does so many things

    I remember those. E-Ink. There was a time when mechanicals were just old tech.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Papa Hotel View Post
    Should have kept mine then.

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    Vintage Ventura V-Matic auto/chrono...








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    You really do have some lovely stuff in your collection

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    Vintage Ventura V-Matic auto/chrono...


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    An iconic watch, self-modified, says WIS to me.

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    I feel this is a nice WIS watch, most people who see it have never seen anything like it before.

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    Inform - Educate - Entertain

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gee252 View Post
    I feel this is a nice WIS watch, most people who see it have never seen anything like it before.

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    That’s great; really do have a hankering for a Bubble


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    Well since you asked

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chewitt13 View Post
    Well since you asked

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    That’s not helping! Fabulously daft


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    I used to think that what makes a WIS, is the reasoning behind a purchase, not necessarily the purchase of itself.
    I then realised the limits of my insight, and that a WIS would intuitively understand, just from a pic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pacifichrono View Post
    This 1960s vintage Datejust maybe...



    No- for the reason, that it could just have been your father’s watch that you inherited……………

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    I don't subscribe to that theory, do you wear your grandfather's suits?

    Wearing an inherited watch is still a statement of WISdom.

    But a vintage Rolex is still a Rolex and therefore fails the 'brand awareness' test.

    While a WIS may well wear a Rolex, wearing one doesn't mean the wearer is a WIS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Curta View Post
    Nice props:-)
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