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Great Shots of a NH6050 Citizen Aviator

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James took some nice shots of his NH6050.

When you have a pair of aging eyes like mine, you will appreciates 40mm dials with very clear legible markings. At the flip of your wrist, you can read off the time within 1 sec. Seiko Black Monster is one of my quick examples but this recent addition – Citizen Automatic NH6050 certainly makes my eyes glow. Here are some photos to share ……

A dial that’s easy on tired & aging eyes like mine…. Citizen NH6050… many photos…. [Seiko&Citizen Forum]

Omega Buys JFK’s Watch

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Omega paid $350,000 for JFK’s famed Omega watch at auction yesterday.

The watch, from 1960, was a gift to then Senator John F. Kennedy from his friend Grant Stockdale before the election. With a bit of humor and perhaps some premonition, Mr. Stockdale had the back of the watch engraved with the following message: “President of the United States John F. Kennedy from his friend Grant.”

Also available at the auction were a thank you letter written by Jacqueline Kennedy to Mr. Stockdale who lauds the Omega as “nicer than the watch I gave him” and an image from LIFE Magazine of the 35th President wearing the watch on his inauguration day.

Review: Trias Automatic Massive Diver

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Why do I always do this to myself? Every few weeks, I’ll get tanked on a Friday and pick up an Ebay brand watch just to see what it looks like. I’ve played with Apogaum and a few other watches of dubious heredity in the past, and I keep coming back for more. This time, we’re going to take a look at the Trias Automatic Diver, a 53mm monstrosity that, if it weren’t so hilarious looking, would be the largest hunk of timekeeping ridiculousness ever to traverse the globe.

Review: Ariso U-Boat Captain’s Watch

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Look at the lume on this thing! Great review on WatchUSeek.

With its 25-jewel ETA 2824-2 automatic movement, there are no surprises here and the watch has been telling excellent time since I got it. These watches are available with leather, rubber, and nylon straps. There is also an all-titanium version that has a titanium case and strap. I bought mine with the nylon strap which was a mistake, but more on this later. The watch has a polished steel case with a glass back and speaking of its glass, both the crystal and back of this watch are normally of mineral glass.

Aristo U-Boat Captain’s watch (Kapitans U-Bootuhr) Review

Review: Seiko SKX781K3 aka Orange Monster

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No sub $200 watch holds so much cachet and rapt attention as the Orange Monster. New watch collectors take note: the Orange Monster is the best way to catch the collecting bug – it is hefty, colorful, beefy, and cool. It is extremely solid, extremely reliable, and water resistant to 200 meters. Why is the Orange Monster so popular? It’s inexpensive, it’s fun, and it’s a Seiko. It’s a beater, but it’s a beater that will get you compliments.

Patek Philippe Inflating Prices?

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An amazing piece on Velociphile about PP’s habit of inflating prices. Amazing.

So says Philippe Stern, but Patek Philippe has been supremely successful in conjuring a frenzy for its line of current wristwatches. What has Patek Philippe allegedly done specifically? Well, at the start of the 80s, Patek started aggressive buying of their vintage pieces on the second hand market “for their museum”. A strategy allegedly proposed and developed by Alan Banbury (acclaimed horological expert who was a personal consultant to Philippe Stern during the creation of the museum collection) to reawaken interest in the brand. Crucially they also made sure the results were loudly accounted in the press as evidence for the mounting value of old watches. Remember up until this point, that watches were really not bona fide collectibles. That all changed, particularly when the Calibre 89 fetched $3.7 million. Suddenly, this event created a market among collectors for wristwatches.

The Ultimate Shill [Velociphile’s Journey into Watches]

Are They Really Worth it?

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The age old questions comes up again: What makes a $7,000 watch worth the cash?

Very nice thread for newbies.

I recently became aware for the first time of the Breitling Brand watches and was drawn to the Navitimer and then to my utter horror discovered they cost anywhere from 3K to 7K or more depending on which model and where you buy. What can possibly justify that kind of money for a watch?

Stainless steel isn’t all that expensive, neither is any of the other raw materials involved in the manufacture so I’m guessing I’ll be told that somehow it’s in the movement, but wait those cheap wal mart watches with the quartz movement will keep time to plus or minus 15 sec. a month, the battery lasts from 3 to 7 yrs. and they cost less than $15 for the most part.I wore a casio to work every day for twelve years and I’m very hard on watches as I’m in construction. Not many watches will beat that and for even the ones that do can it be worth $4-7K ?

Are They Really Worth it? [WatchUseek Watch Forums]

ORSA Sea Angler

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Interesting. Orsa is really coming back with this Sea Angler. Very sexy beast.

ETA 2824-2 Automatic movement
316l Stainless steel case
Unidirectional rotating bezel with 120 clicks
Domed hardlex mineral crystal (sapphire optional)
300m/1000ft Water resistant
8mm Screw down crown
Date at 6hrs
Super luminova coated hands and dial.

For more photos go to – www.orsawatchco.info

Case finish is sand blasted
Bezel/case back polished.
22mm lugs with connecting rods
Weight: 136g
Dimentions: 45mm wide x 54mm length
Thickness 16mm
Stainless steel movement holder

Orsa SeaAngler: on wrist & comparison… [The BIG Watch Forum]

Product Page [Orsa]

The ColaMariner!

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Someone actually paid $750 for this abomination. Served him right.

Sigh…. [Fratellowatches.com]

Nooka Photos

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Got some shots of the new Nooka line including the limited edition Zot. The new pieces have clear acrylic in the dots to prevent the dreaded “shadow/reflection” problem that plagued some of the earlier models. All of them look great.