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Best Beater Thread

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Nice thread on the BIG Watch Forum about the best cheap beaters. Some interesting ideas.

I would say my best beater is the Sandoz Diver. Automatic, withstands gardening and wall fixing, and looks nice.

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Orbit Watch

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WristFashion.com first picked this up but it’s a particularly clever little take on the whole sundial concept.

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Fratello and WWR are Both 1 Year Old

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Not to horn in on RJ’s party, but WWR is also one year old this month. Fratello Watches and WWR were probably the first two WordPress watch blogs out there and it’s been a great ride working with RJ through all kinds of crazy antics, from Motres Allison Cease and Desist attacks to a massive crash that blew out my entire past article archive. Although I was thinking of giving up a month ago, I’m proud that I can celebrate this one-year anniversary along with Fratello.

Happy Birthday, Us!

Bell & Ross BR01 Party

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Look at all the slightly beautiful people winging around St. Tropez in honor of the BR01. Great travelogue on TimeZone.

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Impending Burst of the Watch Bubble?

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Velociphile is saying the unthinkable. The watch bubble? Burst? People will always pay $10,000 for a Franck Muller with golden hands. The world is just thirsting for a $6,000 dubiously waterproof diver with a fat Unitas movement in it? What a fool!

The number of people asking “which are the best investments” just don’t have simple answers. Of course it’???s possible to make money buying and selling watches or there wouldn’???t be any dealers….. but right now….phew, you’d better have a collection made up of things you actually like. Right now the more relevant question is “which is best for value retention.” Having had a superheated market, with sky high list prices, out of proportion premiums on complications and the persistent marketing of the myth that because you could buy a watch in 1950 for $1000 and sell it for $5M now, it makes sense to “invest” now, I really believe we’re seeing some common sense finally intervene.

As usual, top-notch writing and top-notch commentary.

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Review – Seiko Sportura SNJ005

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Standard excellent review by WatchReport. Nice look at a worldtime Seiko.

The SNJ005’s world time feature is probably its primary appeal. It allows you to easily check the time in one of 28 different cities, and to watch two time zones simultaneously. I really like the way you select cities with the SNJ005, as well. All 28 cities are abbreviated around the bezel of the watch starting with GMT at the 12 o’clock position, and whenever you are prompted to select a city (in time set mode, world time mode, and world alarm mode), you press a button to advance the second hand until it points to the desired city. In case you’re not sure what the abbreviation stands for, the full name of the city scrolls across the top LCD.
Watch Report | Review of the Seiko Sportura SNJ005

Chopard’s ???Elton John??? Collection Introduces the ???Orange??? chronograph

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Listen, I’m not even going to write anything about this. What the hell is the Elton John Collection?

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Review – Vostok 24 Hour Aviator

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OK. So this isn’t a GMT, but it has a 24 hour dial and, technically, shows two time zones, so it appears to fit the bill. Like many Vostoks, this piece feels like something that fell through the cracks in the 1980s – something post-Communist and pre-Mafiya that would be worn by mid-level bureaucrats and farmers alike, and perhaps the occasional cosmonaut during his long, post-outer space stint as a Moscow taxi driver.

That said, this is one of the nicest 24-hour pieces for less than $50 you can find.

Nintendo Watches

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Wow. These look nice. Full color screen? Pinch me!

UPDATE – Feh! You can’t play the games! How stupid.

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Lie Detector Watch

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Priced at $16, you really can’t go wrong with this lie-detecting watch. Handsome, Nintendo-esque coloring and the a difficult UI makes this watch, sold by Smartphone, a winner.

Check it out here.