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Nice basic watch suggestions

What's a nice basic watch that I can buy?

I'd prefer a watch with a leather strap as a metal watch band waxes the hair off my wrists. That hurts!

Any suggestions?

by Anonymousreply 2910/10/2012


by Anonymousreply 110/08/2012

Buy a Hamilton. Really like mine. Had it for years and years.

by Anonymousreply 210/08/2012

Hamilton is owned by Swatch now, BTW.

by Anonymousreply 310/08/2012

The Aeternitas Mega 4 by Franck Muller.

by Anonymousreply 410/08/2012

Avoid Guess watches. I think I payed about $80 for mine and it looked nice and had a detachable watch band, but the battery died after a year and you have to send the watch to a repair center or else you void the warranty and they charge you $11.50 for shipping and a replacement battery. Do that a couple of times and you have bought the watch again in maintenance fees.

Also please avoid the bandwagon Timex gold digital watch worn by all the hipsters/male models who are blatently copying Ryan Gosling. The thing is a tackey reminder of the 1980s. Not sure why a big star would be seen wearing such a cheap watch.

by Anonymousreply 510/09/2012

I'd recommend a Coach watch. The one I have was actually made by Movado, and it has run beautifully for 15 years. The battery can be replaced easily by any jeweler.

by Anonymousreply 610/09/2012

Are you a time traveler, OP? No one has worn a watch for a decade.

by Anonymousreply 710/09/2012

I've got a Steinhausen. Thinnest watch with the best price. I think I paid about $100 for it.

by Anonymousreply 810/09/2012

A steal at $1.3 million...

by Anonymousreply 910/09/2012

Why is that R7

by Anonymousreply 1010/09/2012

Raymond Weil

by Anonymousreply 1110/09/2012


by Anonymousreply 1210/09/2012

What's a watch?

by Anonymousreply 1310/09/2012

R10, because everyone has a cellphone which has a clock in it so watches are no longer needed. They're antiquated technology, they look stupid and they feel awful.

by Anonymousreply 1410/09/2012

Watches always look good. They're sexy.

by Anonymousreply 1510/09/2012

Second Coach watches - you can also go to TJ Maxx and pick up watches at a discount.

by Anonymousreply 1610/09/2012

I hate having to take out my cellphone to see the time.

by Anonymousreply 1710/09/2012

I like Skagens. Not flashy, not ridiculously expensive.

by Anonymousreply 1810/09/2012

Agree that Hamilton has some good looking watches. I have an ancient one that I like.

For an inexpensive automatic (self-winding) watch in the $60-$300 range (most at the lower end of that range), Seiko has some good choices. Everything depends on how much you want to spend and what you mean by "basic."

An automatic or mechanical watch feels like a real watch, something worth having; a battery watch feels throwaway and Seventies.

Of course wrist watches are something of an anachronism, largely replaced by a 21st Century version of the 19th Century pocket watch, the smartphone - but so what?

by Anonymousreply 1910/09/2012

Why do rich people collect watches? I always wondered about that.

by Anonymousreply 2010/09/2012

Personally, I went with the $19.99 Timex, currently available at If I lose it or scratch it, who cares?

by Anonymousreply 2110/09/2012

I wear a watch because it was my father's and he gave it to me. Reminds me of him when I wear it. Easier than pulling the cell phone out of the pocket.

If you want an interesting watch, OP, go to a thrift store or pawn shop and get one with character. Most of those places will let you return something with a receipt within three days, so if it doesn't keep good time, you aren't stuck with it.

by Anonymousreply 2210/09/2012

Cartier tank with croc strap.

by Anonymousreply 2310/09/2012

People who wear watches never wash their hands properly.


by Anonymousreply 2410/09/2012

I also like Skagens. Trim, thin, and very classy. Some are rather artisitic in the design which is also very cool.

by Anonymousreply 2510/09/2012

Neiman Marcus has a watch special on right now, though it's for his and her watches. You could check to see if they have his and his available.


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The buyer lucky enough to purchase these watches will also receive two business-class tickets to Paris and Geneva to tour the Van Cleef & Arpels boutique, atelier, and watchmaking workshops.

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by Anonymousreply 2610/09/2012

Old people problems

by Anonymousreply 2710/10/2012

Another Skagen fan. I have several others, too, Seiko, Citizen, Omega, a solid gold vintage Lord Elgin, some others I can't think of the brands offhand.

by Anonymousreply 2810/10/2012

Any Victorinox is a classic!

by Anonymousreply 2910/10/2012
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