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Im done with Fossils and Guess.The new styles seem to go for these giant dials with giant numbers. ugh... why?I think I just need to pony up and drop 400 for a nice one.I guess Tag Hauer and Seiko top my list. Movado is too up there.Anything else?

My last three watched were Fossil, Fossil, and Guess. All three were crap. None of them work right now. I use my cell phone. want to buy a something nice that will last me ten years,
Most <$100 watches with the possible exception of Casio, Seiko and a small handful of others are meant to be disposible. Production is jobbed out to Chinese factories. The watches have non-jeweled quartz movements, plastic spacers and poor water resistancy. They'll tell time fine until the battery dies or you get moisture inside. There's nothing wrong with them if you find a style you like.$100-$300 is a tough range because it includes watches that are functional equivalents of the cheapies but have a better brand name and case. It also includes higher quality quartz and lower end mechanical movements. I think the variability of quality at this price point is the highest.Once you get above $300, most but not all of the crap has been winnowed out. There's still a huge range of brands and styles. You can argue about quartz and mechanical or chrono vs. non-chrono models but most everything in this range should at least last a while.There are exceptions of course. You can get a G-Shock for $80 that's virtually indestructable, has a solar charged battery that should last a decade and will sync up to Fort Collins every night.
Price range wise are we talking retail or Amazon prices? It's crazy how big some of the savings are on Amazon.
Street price. MSRP for some brands such as Invicta are wildly inflated, presumably as a status symbol. Even for well-established brands like Omega, you should be able to get an authorized dealer to knock at least 15% off of retail.

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Went ahead and bought that Skagen that DrD posted earlier in here. Brown strap. Beautiful watch. Thanks for the link. :thumbup:

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My pocket watch has a calender, surfs the internet, sends text messages, makes and receives phone calls, and has thousands of apps.

It is a nice Motorola.

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My pocket watch has a calender, surfs the internet, sends text messages, makes and receives phone calls, and has thousands of apps.It is a nice Motorola.

Cool story bro.Seriously a watch is faster to check the time and a fashion statement.

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My pocket watch has a calender, surfs the internet, sends text messages, makes and receives phone calls, and has thousands of apps.It is a nice Motorola.

Cool story bro.Seriously a watch is faster to check the time and a fashion statement.
I work as a chemical engineer on oil drilling rigs in north dakota. I do not need a fashion statement at work.I date cowgirls. They drive trucks, wear skintight jeans, have dogs, and ride horses. I do not need a watch to make a fashion statement to pick up girls.

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This thread is pretty awesome. Re: Invicta

I was reading they are huge in Latin America and they have such a large line. If you do an Amazon search it comes back with over 2k choices just in Men's watches. That's more than Casio! I mean they are bulk Chinese watches but they do have a lot of attractive options and they're gonna have almost any style you'd want. Sounds like customers are really mixed on these, I was reading on Amazon that some complain about having stems falling off pretty easily but it seems like most get good ratings. Dunno, but for under $200 they do have a boatload of options, which was kind of the intent of the thread. :shrug:

I also found out while going through all these watches that "Swiss Made" is actually trademarked and must meet certain standards, but it doesn't mean that that watch was made in Switzerland.

It is not generally known that quite a few Swiss companies have watches assembled in China for export to North America, Asia and even Europe, where the brand name is more important that the “Swiss made” label. Such watches may consist of a Chinese case and a Chinese crystal, a Taiwan-made dial and metal bracelet and Japanese hands. If the movement is to be considered Swiss, 51% of its value must be Swiss and at least the last wheel must be added in Switzerland. Swiss watch brands without the “Swiss made” label are usually equipped with a Japanese movement. The “Swiss parts” label means that the movement is assembled in Asia using kits consisting at least partially of Swiss made components.

The watch market is so full of counterfeits it's incredible. This site for example has some great rip-offs and I bet they look like the real thing. But how long would they last? I think the whole point of the real thing is they last forever and are a measure of pride and status. I guess guys who run payday loan places would have these watches, but then again if I bought a real one, people might think it was actually a rip off. :unsure:

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I love watches. My wife gave me a $200 Kenneth cole as a wedding gift and I don't wear anything else. Very durable and the battery lasts forever.

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My pocket watch has a calender, surfs the internet, sends text messages, makes and receives phone calls, and has thousands of apps.It is a nice Motorola.

Cool story bro.Seriously a watch is faster to check the time and a fashion statement.
I work as a chemical engineer on oil drilling rigs in north dakota. I do not need a fashion statement at work.I date cowgirls. They drive trucks, wear skintight jeans, have dogs, and ride horses. I do not need a watch to make a fashion statement to pick up girls.
You could let the cowgirls listen to your watch tick

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My pocket watch has a calender, surfs the internet, sends text messages, makes and receives phone calls, and has thousands of apps.

It is a nice Motorola.

Cool story bro.

Seriously a watch is faster to check the time and a fashion statement.

I work as a chemical engineer on oil drilling rigs in north dakota. I do not need a fashion statement at work.

I date cowgirls. They drive trucks, wear skintight jeans, have dogs, and ride horses. I do not need a watch to make a fashion statement to pick up girls.

1.) A $200 or even $500 watch should not be purchased to impress any woman.

2.) I think most in this thread like watches like others like iphones or drills.

3.) Please start a thread about cowgirls and post some pics, I like cowgirls better than I like watches. :thumbup:

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My pocket watch has a calender, surfs the internet, sends text messages, makes and receives phone calls, and has thousands of apps.It is a nice Motorola.

Cool story bro.Seriously a watch is faster to check the time and a fashion statement.
I work as a chemical engineer on oil drilling rigs in north dakota. I do not need a fashion statement at work.I date cowgirls. They drive trucks, wear skintight jeans, have dogs, and ride horses. I do not need a watch to make a fashion statement to pick up girls.
Awesome! So GTFO.

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1.) A $200 or even $500 watch should not be purchased to impress any woman.

2.) I think most in this thread like watches like others like iphones or drills.

3.) Please start a thread about cowgirls and post some pics, I like cowgirls better than I like watches. :thumbup:

I disagree, if I am spending 200 dollars on an item that is strictly for fashion it better get the ladies. The whole purpose of fashion is to get the girl :confused:

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1.) A $200 or even $500 watch should not be purchased to impress any woman.

2.) I think most in this thread like watches like others like iphones or drills.

3.) Please start a thread about cowgirls and post some pics, I like cowgirls better than I like watches. :thumbup:

I disagree, if I am spending 200 dollars on an item that is strictly for fashion it better get the ladies. The whole purpose of fashion is to get the girl :confused:
I didn't say a watch is strictly for fashion, you did. Pretty sure a watch tells time too, FTW.

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1.) A $200 or even $500 watch should not be purchased to impress any woman.

2.) I think most in this thread like watches like others like iphones or drills.

3.) Please start a thread about cowgirls and post some pics, I like cowgirls better than I like watches. :thumbup:

I disagree, if I am spending 200 dollars on an item that is strictly for fashion it better get the ladies. The whole purpose of fashion is to get the girl :confused:
It's not strictly for fashion. It's functional. Someone with a watch can tell the time fater than someone with their phone in their pocket. I work in the healthcare field and a wrist watch with a second hand is invaluable.

Also fashion is a statement of your personality. That's what gets girls/attracts the girls you want.

Dress like a cowboy, get girls who like cowboys.

Dress like a rapper, get girls who like rappers.

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1.) A $200 or even $500 watch should not be purchased to impress any woman.

2.) I think most in this thread like watches like others like iphones or drills.

3.) Please start a thread about cowgirls and post some pics, I like cowgirls better than I like watches. :thumbup:

I disagree, if I am spending 200 dollars on an item that is strictly for fashion it better get the ladies. The whole purpose of fashion is to get the girl :confused:
I didn't say a watch is strictly for fashion, you did. Pretty sure a watch tells time too, FTW.
I always carry my cell phone with me. Even when I am out of a service area fishing in the backwoods. My cell phone doubles as my watch and as my camera.

For me having a watch would strictly be for fashion. There might be people that still do not carry cell phones with them. :unsure:

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1.) A $200 or even $500 watch should not be purchased to impress any woman.

2.) I think most in this thread like watches like others like iphones or drills.

3.) Please start a thread about cowgirls and post some pics, I like cowgirls better than I like watches. :thumbup:

I disagree, if I am spending 200 dollars on an item that is strictly for fashion it better get the ladies. The whole purpose of fashion is to get the girl :confused:
I didn't say a watch is strictly for fashion, you did. Pretty sure a watch tells time too, FTW.
I always carry my cell phone with me. Even when I am out of a service area fishing in the backwoods. My cell phone doubles as my watch and as my camera.

For me having a watch would strictly be for fashion. There might be people that still do not carry cell phones with them. :unsure:

My job is very deadline driven and I have clocks and watches readily available wherever I turn. A cell phone is not practical if you always need to know what time it is, that would require at least three distinct movements to fetch, open and view. They also aren't dependable, run out of batteries and are controlled at a network. In fact, for your job I would think you'd want to have a watch so you know what time it is when you realize your cell phone just fell in the lake. My watch is water resistant to 500 meters. :thumbup:

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1.) A $200 or even $500 watch should not be purchased to impress any woman.

2.) I think most in this thread like watches like others like iphones or drills.

3.) Please start a thread about cowgirls and post some pics, I like cowgirls better than I like watches. :thumbup:

I disagree, if I am spending 200 dollars on an item that is strictly for fashion it better get the ladies. The whole purpose of fashion is to get the girl :confused:
I didn't say a watch is strictly for fashion, you did. Pretty sure a watch tells time too, FTW.
I always carry my cell phone with me. Even when I am out of a service area fishing in the backwoods. My cell phone doubles as my watch and as my camera.

For me having a watch would strictly be for fashion. There might be people that still do not carry cell phones with them. :unsure:

My job is very deadline driven and I have clocks and watches readily available wherever I turn. A cell phone is not practical if you always need to know what time it is, that would require at least three distinct movements to fetch, open and view. They also aren't dependable, run out of batteries and are controlled at a network. In fact, for your job I would think you'd want to have a watch so you know what time it is when you realize your cell phone just fell in the lake. My watch is water resistant to 500 meters. :thumbup:
true but you have to be at or around 500m too to read it

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1.) A $200 or even $500 watch should not be purchased to impress any woman.

2.) I think most in this thread like watches like others like iphones or drills.

3.) Please start a thread about cowgirls and post some pics, I like cowgirls better than I like watches. :thumbup:

I disagree, if I am spending 200 dollars on an item that is strictly for fashion it better get the ladies. The whole purpose of fashion is to get the girl :confused:
I didn't say a watch is strictly for fashion, you did. Pretty sure a watch tells time too, FTW.
I always carry my cell phone with me. Even when I am out of a service area fishing in the backwoods. My cell phone doubles as my watch and as my camera.

For me having a watch would strictly be for fashion. There might be people that still do not carry cell phones with them. :unsure:

My job is very deadline driven and I have clocks and watches readily available wherever I turn. A cell phone is not practical if you always need to know what time it is, that would require at least three distinct movements to fetch, open and view. They also aren't dependable, run out of batteries and are controlled at a network. In fact, for your job I would think you'd want to have a watch so you know what time it is when you realize your cell phone just fell in the lake. My watch is water resistant to 500 meters. :thumbup:
true but you have to be at or around 500m too to read it
This reminds of a story about the guy who dropped his cellphone in the toilet.

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1.) A $200 or even $500 watch should not be purchased to impress any woman.

2.) I think most in this thread like watches like others like iphones or drills.

3.) Please start a thread about cowgirls and post some pics, I like cowgirls better than I like watches. :thumbup:

A) Of course. However, dudes will be impressed, nttawwt.

B) I love iphones and I drill ish for fun.

IV. Concur on cowgirls. Bring on those straw haired, loose women.

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Checking the time on a cell phone is a pain in the butt.

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Checking the time on a cell phone is a pain in the butt.

:goodposting:

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I've been into watches for the past couple of years, looking at lots of things and doing some research. Here' what I've decided works for me:

For a nice watch, I'm ok with up to $2k, but right around $1k is what I'm comfortable spending. What I'm looking for with this watch is something that looks nice that I can wear to the office and out to formal occasions. There's a lot of cool stuff out there.

However, I also like to have a cheap watch for weekend wear. Once you get used to wearing a watch, you want to have one all the time, and I spend a good bit of time doing things where one really wouldn't want a nice piece of precision machinery on one's wrist - camping, hiking, digging in the back yard, etc. I call it my weekend beater. I still like analog, but for this beater watch I want it to be able to do things that my other watch can't - alarms, push-button back-lighting, etc. I also want it to be cheap so if I lose it, I won' be upset.

G-shocks are a good choice for this type of watch, but I they are much more than I want to spend on something that is semi-disposable. Here is my current weekend beater - I'm pretty happy with it and it serves it's function very well.

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Dr. D > I've had an invicta for two years now. I like, but don't love it. Haven't had any problems with its functionality though.

For the real nice, over 200 dollar watch I much prefer Movado.

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I've been into watches for the past couple of years, looking at lots of things and doing some research. Here' what I've decided works for me:

For a nice watch, I'm ok with up to $2k, but right around $1k is what I'm comfortable spending. What I'm looking for with this watch is something that looks nice that I can wear to the office and out to formal occasions. There's a lot of cool stuff out there.

However, I also like to have a cheap watch for weekend wear. Once you get used to wearing a watch, you want to have one all the time, and I spend a good bit of time doing things where one really wouldn't want a nice piece of precision machinery on one's wrist - camping, hiking, digging in the back yard, etc. I call it my weekend beater. I still like analog, but for this beater watch I want it to be able to do things that my other watch can't - alarms, push-button back-lighting, etc. I also want it to be cheap so if I lose it, I won' be upset.

G-shocks are a good choice for this type of watch, but I they are much more than I want to spend on something that is semi-disposable. Here is my current weekend beater - I'm pretty happy with it and it serves it's function very well.

My knock around/yard work/weekend/cabin watch is something close to this one accept it is black reinforced plastic plated with a rubber wrist band. I can't remember where I bought it or when, but figured it was when I lived Europe while I was in the military. I went back and looked at some pictures and I had it in 1998 in Saudi Arabia and was in all my Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq pictures among others. The bezel and original band are pretty beat up (band has no cracks though) but the crystal doesn't have a scratch (couple of very small nicks) and the watch has never had an issue and probably only needs a battery every 30 months or so.

This was the watch I hunted Al Qaeda, nailed hot Eastern European chicks and went on safari with! Glad I just bought another Swiss Army watch, it deserved another spot in my rotation. :thumbup:

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Damn this thread. Got me browsing Amazon and made me buy this Bulova

Got it in the mail today. Really, really nice looking watch, and a great spend of 92 bucks.

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Tissot with a sapphire crystal and automatic movement under $400. I have larger hands so the 43mm case suits me.

Another Tissot with a slightly smaller case that's a little more dressy.

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I have larger hands

:hifive: :thunderclap:

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Tissot with a sapphire crystal and automatic movement under $400. I have larger hands so the 43mm case suits me.

Another Tissot with a slightly smaller case that's a little more dressy.

I like it alot, but I'd be a bit leery about buying a >$200 watch on Amazon. Tons of counterfeits out there. If I'm spending more than $100 or so, i want to be pretty damn certain that the dealer is legit.

ETA: Tissot is carried by most department stores (Macys, etc). Go get your Tissot there.

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Damn this thread. Got me browsing Amazon and made me buy...

Hah, I have a few watches that I never wear. I only care about one. My dad's old Rolly. But this thread had me hunting around too. Not gonna do it though. Watches are going obsolete.

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Tissot with a sapphire crystal and automatic movement under $400. I have larger hands so the 43mm case suits me.

Another Tissot with a slightly smaller case that's a little more dressy.

I like it alot, but I'd be a bit leery about buying a >$200 watch on Amazon. Tons of counterfeits out there. If I'm spending more than $100 or so, i want to be pretty damn certain that the dealer is legit.

ETA: Tissot is carried by most department stores (Macys, etc). Go get your Tissot there.

You have to be joking.

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Tissot with a sapphire crystal and automatic movement under $400. I have larger hands so the 43mm case suits me.

Another Tissot with a slightly smaller case that's a little more dressy.

I like it alot, but I'd be a bit leery about buying a >$200 watch on Amazon. Tons of counterfeits out there. If I'm spending more than $100 or so, i want to be pretty damn certain that the dealer is legit.

ETA: Tissot is carried by most department stores (Macys, etc). Go get your Tissot there.

You have to be joking.
about what?

Maybe Amazon is cheaper, maybe your B&M retailer might be. it's worth looking, and worth something to be buying from a B&M store that has a legit return policy and some assurance that the product comes direct from the manufacturer (instead of the so-called "grey market").

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Tissot with a sapphire crystal and automatic movement under $400. I have larger hands so the 43mm case suits me.

Another Tissot with a slightly smaller case that's a little more dressy.

I like it alot, but I'd be a bit leery about buying a >$200 watch on Amazon. Tons of counterfeits out there. If I'm spending more than $100 or so, i want to be pretty damn certain that the dealer is legit.

ETA: Tissot is carried by most department stores (Macys, etc). Go get your Tissot there.

You have to be joking.
about what?

Maybe Amazon is cheaper, maybe your B&M retailer might be. it's worth looking, and worth something to be buying from a B&M store that has a legit return policy and some assurance that the product comes direct from the manufacturer (instead of the so-called "grey market").

:confused: amazon has the best return policy in the world. Half the time they tell you to keep the damn thing and then refund your money with it.

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Tissot with a sapphire crystal and automatic movement under $400. I have larger hands so the 43mm case suits me.

Another Tissot with a slightly smaller case that's a little more dressy.

I like it alot, but I'd be a bit leery about buying a >$200 watch on Amazon. Tons of counterfeits out there. If I'm spending more than $100 or so, i want to be pretty damn certain that the dealer is legit.

ETA: Tissot is carried by most department stores (Macys, etc). Go get your Tissot there.

You have to be joking.
about what?

Maybe Amazon is cheaper, maybe your B&M retailer might be. it's worth looking, and worth something to be buying from a B&M store that has a legit return policy and some assurance that the product comes direct from the manufacturer (instead of the so-called "grey market").

You can research exactly who is supplying the watch via Amazon, it's not grey at all. Pretty much black and white.

Tissot Men's T0444302605100 T-Sport PRS 516 Black Day Date Dial Watch

List Price: $595.00

Price: $395.00

Deal Price:

You Save: $200.00 (34%)

In Stock.

Ships from and sold by The Watch Locker.

Only 1 left in stock--order soon.

* Automatic movement

* Round stainless-steel case

* Black dial

Watch locker reviews

I think the perception that a brick and mortar like Macy's will have better or more authentic goods is something I thought we put behind us in 1999. Macy's gets their stuff from wholesalers who would be just as likely to have a counterfeit IMO. If you are getting into the used market for watches on-line I would tread lightly, and I wouldn't buy anything above $2000 on-line because of the customer service and details. But Amazon often comes with the same warranties and guarantees a brick and mortar offers.

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Tissot with a sapphire crystal and automatic movement under $400. I have larger hands so the 43mm case suits me.

Another Tissot with a slightly smaller case that's a little more dressy.

I like it alot, but I'd be a bit leery about buying a >$200 watch on Amazon. Tons of counterfeits out there. If I'm spending more than $100 or so, i want to be pretty damn certain that the dealer is legit.

ETA: Tissot is carried by most department stores (Macys, etc). Go get your Tissot there.

You have to be joking.
about what?

Maybe Amazon is cheaper, maybe your B&M retailer might be. it's worth looking, and worth something to be buying from a B&M store that has a legit return policy and some assurance that the product comes direct from the manufacturer (instead of the so-called "grey market").Ships from and sold by The Watch Locker.

:confused: amazon has the best return policy in the world. Half the time they tell you to keep the damn thing and then refund your money with it.
guess I'm not sure how the world of Amazon works.

"Ships from and sold by The Watch Locker.", where The Watch Locker is another retailer using amazon as a store front. does the same return policy apply? If you want to return it, does that get organized thru Amazon, or The Watch Locker?

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Tissot with a sapphire crystal and automatic movement under $400. I have larger hands so the 43mm case suits me.

Another Tissot with a slightly smaller case that's a little more dressy.

I like it alot, but I'd be a bit leery about buying a >$200 watch on Amazon. Tons of counterfeits out there. If I'm spending more than $100 or so, i want to be pretty damn certain that the dealer is legit.

ETA: Tissot is carried by most department stores (Macys, etc). Go get your Tissot there.

You have to be joking.
about what?

Maybe Amazon is cheaper, maybe your B&M retailer might be. it's worth looking, and worth something to be buying from a B&M store that has a legit return policy and some assurance that the product comes direct from the manufacturer (instead of the so-called "grey market").

You can research exactly who is supplying the watch via Amazon, it's not grey at all. Pretty much black and white.

Tissot Men's T0444302605100 T-Sport PRS 516 Black Day Date Dial Watch

List Price: $595.00

Price: $395.00

Deal Price:

You Save: $200.00 (34%)

In Stock.

Ships from and sold by The Watch Locker.

Only 1 left in stock--order soon.

* Automatic movement

* Round stainless-steel case

* Black dial

Watch locker reviews

I think the perception that a brick and mortar like Macy's will have better or more authentic goods is something I thought we put behind us in 1999. Macy's gets their stuff from wholesalers who would be just as likely to have a counterfeit IMO. If you are getting into the used market for watches on-line I would tread lightly, and I wouldn't buy anything above $2000 on-line because of the customer service and details. But Amazon often comes with the same warranties and guarantees a brick and mortar offers.

Grey market: A grey market or gray market, also known as parallel market,[1] is the trade of a commodity through distribution channels which, while legal, are unofficial, unauthorized, or unintended by the original manufacturer.

When you go to tissot's web page, I can find Belk(not Macys - Belk is the department store I was thinking about that I saw Tissots at last time I was looking at).

A search for "Watch Locker" turns up empty. hence, The Watch Locker is not an authorized dealer, and therefore "grey market". That's really what I'm talking about here. I'm not trying to imply that The Watch locker is a crook, i'm just pointing out that they aren't an authorized dealer.

Most watch manufacturers won't honor the warranty for watches unless purchased at one of their dealers. Tissot Warranty policy.

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I knew a guy made some decent side money selling fake Rolexes in the 80s. He never misrepresented them. In searching around I found the replica market covers all kinds of awesome watches. If you know you're buying a replica, and you just like the style, and you'd never pose it as the real thing, is buying a replica a bad thing?

How about a re-creation of an old out of production watch that you like?

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Tissot with a sapphire crystal and automatic movement under $400. I have larger hands so the 43mm case suits me.

Another Tissot with a slightly smaller case that's a little more dressy.

I like it alot, but I'd be a bit leery about buying a >$200 watch on Amazon. Tons of counterfeits out there. If I'm spending more than $100 or so, i want to be pretty damn certain that the dealer is legit.

ETA: Tissot is carried by most department stores (Macys, etc). Go get your Tissot there.

You have to be joking.
about what?

Maybe Amazon is cheaper, maybe your B&M retailer might be. it's worth looking, and worth something to be buying from a B&M store that has a legit return policy and some assurance that the product comes direct from the manufacturer (instead of the so-called "grey market").

You can research exactly who is supplying the watch via Amazon, it's not grey at all. Pretty much black and white.

Tissot Men's T0444302605100 T-Sport PRS 516 Black Day Date Dial Watch

List Price: $595.00

Price: $395.00

Deal Price:

You Save: $200.00 (34%)

In Stock.

Ships from and sold by The Watch Locker.

Only 1 left in stock--order soon.

* Automatic movement

* Round stainless-steel case

* Black dial

Watch locker reviews

I think the perception that a brick and mortar like Macy's will have better or more authentic goods is something I thought we put behind us in 1999. Macy's gets their stuff from wholesalers who would be just as likely to have a counterfeit IMO. If you are getting into the used market for watches on-line I would tread lightly, and I wouldn't buy anything above $2000 on-line because of the customer service and details. But Amazon often comes with the same warranties and guarantees a brick and mortar offers.

Grey market: A grey market or gray market, also known as parallel market,[1] is the trade of a commodity through distribution channels which, while legal, are unofficial, unauthorized, or unintended by the original manufacturer.

When you go to tissot's web page, I can find Belk(not Macys - Belk is the department store I was thinking about that I saw Tissots at last time I was looking at).

A search for "Watch Locker" turns up empty. hence, The Watch Locker is not an authorized dealer, and therefore "grey market". That's really what I'm talking about here. I'm not trying to imply that The Watch locker is a crook, i'm just pointing out that they aren't an authorized dealer.

Most watch manufacturers won't honor the warranty for watches unless purchased at one of their dealers. Tissot Warranty policy.

So now we've digressed from counterfeit $110 Amazon watches to warranty policies, ok.

The Watch Locker is staffed by watch professionals with over 40 years of combined industry experience. All watches are shipped in their original boxes and with all paperwork (this includes warranties)

Both watches I've bought from Amazon are covered by the manufacturers warranty, again something that is stated in the selling ad.

Honestly I think you should go to Belk and buy the $150 watch you want for $225, I don't think you'd be able to sleep otherwise. :thumbup:

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just got Citizen Eco Drive but for $112 from watch locker.

damn you fbg

i love my ecodrive. it has been my everyday watch for about 4 years now (i think, maybe longer) and has worked perfect. not having to worry about a battery is fantastic. the only time i've had to reset it (other than daylight savings time adjustments) is when it got lost in the sofa cushions for over a week.

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Tissot with a sapphire crystal and automatic movement under $400. I have larger hands so the 43mm case suits me.

Another Tissot with a slightly smaller case that's a little more dressy.

I tried on the first one this evening... Holy smokes 42mm is big (at least that's what I'm trying to tell my wife!). Also tried on a 38mm Tissot and think the sweet spot for me is the 40mm, which is what watch #2 is.

Anyone know where there's a Belks in Houston?

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Are there black (or gunmetal) ceramic automatic watches out there for under $200. Has anyone bought from chronoshark?

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Tissot with a sapphire crystal and automatic movement under $400. I have larger hands so the 43mm case suits me.

Another Tissot with a slightly smaller case that's a little more dressy.

I tried on the first one this evening... Holy smokes 42mm is big (at least that's what I'm trying to tell my wife!). Also tried on a 38mm Tissot and think the sweet spot for me is the 40mm, which is what watch #2 is.

Anyone know where there's a Belks in Houston?

so here's what you do. look up a Tissot dealer from their web page. go try some on, see what you like. compare their prices to Amazon. Give the B&M guy a chance to beat the amazon retailer, and/or let him talk you into paying the premium for buying from him. If Amazon is a better deal, go with that. At the end of the day, you will at least get a chance to see some different stuff and try to figure out what you want.

When I was first looking at watches, that same Tissot was the first one that drew my eye...it's nice, IMO. I wouldn't worry about it being big; if you look around and pay attention, big, chunky, oversized watches are what folks are wearing these days. I'm not one to give style advice, but the current scope of upscale watches pretty much start @ 42mm. I'm wearing a 43mm right now, and love it.

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I knew a guy made some decent side money selling fake Rolexes in the 80s. He never misrepresented them. In searching around I found the replica market covers all kinds of awesome watches. If you know you're buying a replica, and you just like the style, and you'd never pose it as the real thing, is buying a replica a bad thing?How about a re-creation of an old out of production watch that you like?

I'm wearing a fakie right now. Bought it when I was in China a couple of weeks ago. I know what it is and what it isn't; I purposefully bought something I wouldn't buy other wise so I can try out some different style elements and see how I like it. To me, it's a way of experimenting with a new style without forking down a ton of cash, and will help me make a good decision next time I want a new, legit watch.This watch is off by about a minute every 24 hours, which is pretty bad. It has some visible crap beneath the dial in back. There aren't nearly as many jewels as there should be (mechanical automatic with a display back). The finish on the internals isn't as good as one would hope. I have no confidence that it is waterproof to any depth, and fully expect it to crap out with any decent shock. But, it's larger (43mm), has a domed bezel, chronograph, and is very shiny/blingy.When it finally ####s the bed, I'm really looking forward to taking it apart... that's going to be almost worth the asking price on it's own.

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So I bought this Bulova watch at Thanksgiving and I really like it. It has a very large face and my Grandmother noticed it and said, "must be nice to have all that money." lol

The sweeping second half is :moneybag: and the band is very comfortable. The crystal is raised and curved which gives it a very pronounced look in the light and it also brings out the red and black of the face.

But I like the Swiss Army I just bought quite a bit better. They have an automatic gun metal version of this watch for $800, maybe I'll try that one next. This watch is just perfect, love it.

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Hey watch guys,

Posting this in the latest watch thread rather than creating a new topic although it doesn't fit into the "$200 and Under" subtitle.

My most recent watch (Seiko Titanium) is a few years old and getting a little banged up and starting to think of what I'll get next. Thinking of going a little bigger and a little higher end than my latest run of Seikos.

Saw this Tag Heuer Stainless F1 Chronograph "mint condition" on local Craigslist for $600 OBO and like the look of it. Probably still $100-$200 over what I was thinking but can probably get him down a bit if still available since he's posted it a couple times.

Any thoughts on this watch and the price?

TIA!

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It's all about who you want to impress.

If you just want to make yourself happy, buy whatever the hell you want. End of story.

If you ONLY want to impress the ladies, just understand that they like watches that look like they imagine a good, masculine watch should look (think big and steel or gold), and are impressed by names they've heard of...but they know nothing about watches and nothing about men's watch pricepoints, unless they're married or work in a jewelry store. So you're probably going to get the most mileage out of a knockoff Rolex or Cartier, even if you wear it with your off the rack K-Mart blazer. For $150 bucks or whatever, it's not going to last forever, and it's sure as hell not going to contain decent craftsmanship, but it'll look good enough on your wrist in the dark of the club.

If you want to impress guys who've been there, and know what watches and men's style are all about, then carefully consider your pricepoints.

If you don't have $100 to spend, just skip the watch and make the cell phone excuse if it comes up. That works in today's world.

If you want to go $100 - $200, there are pretty much two sure things. The various Seiko diver's watches, and the Orient Mako. Wear either of those with a non-embarrassing suit or casual blazer/shirt, and even guys sporting quarter-million dollar Richard Milles will give you that nod of approval. It's kind of recognized and accepted among watchies that there are a few, good, entry-level personal timepieces that show you've bothered to understand the market. These are them.

If you want to go $250 - $2000, don't. Get one of the above-mentioned Seikos or Orients and save the rest, or use it on a vacation or whatever. A watch guy knows what a real watch costs. He's willing to accept that if you feel you need a man's watch, you can plunk down the minimum for a respectable piece of craftsmanship without looking like a rube. But he also knows that beyond that, you shouldn't even think about playing this game unless you can afford to. A nice watch is supposed to be a status symbol, after all. A Tissot, or a Bulova, or any of those Macy's and Zales watches say loud and clear: "I want you to like and respect me, but I'm either poor or cheap." The same guys who will nod at you approvingly if you wear a Seiko Blue Monster will laugh behind your back if you show up in a Tissot. It's a watch that says you are desperate enough to want to be a watch guy that you'll spend money you don't really have in order to pretend, but can't spend enough to suggest style or appreciation of craftsmanship. You're the guy at the gym with the beerbelly who is doing a workout straight out of Muscle & Fitness, instead of deadlifting and doing roadwork like you ought to be.

Over that, you almost can't go wrong, as long as you're not paying a premium for jewels or something. Even at the bottom end of the "real watch" continuum, everybody knows you've splurged enough to assure quality. An Omega Seamaster costs half a million less than the watches old-money royals are running around Europe wearing, but it will play just as well at polo with Prince Charles as it will at the bowling alley. But if you aspire to watch-guy level manliness, till you get one of those, stick with the Seiko or the Orient. Everything in between just sticks out like a sore thumb.

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Bought this last summer and I love it!! Oakley

I've also switch to the Marc Ecko brand, I get A LOT of compliments from ladies and gents.

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If you want to go $250 - $2000, don't. Get one of the above-mentioned Seikos or Orients and save the rest, or use it on a vacation or whatever. A watch guy knows what a real watch costs. He's willing to accept that if you feel you need a man's watch, you can plunk down the minimum for a respectable piece of craftsmanship without looking like a rube. But he also knows that beyond that, you shouldn't even think about playing this game unless you can afford to. A nice watch is supposed to be a status symbol, after all. A Tissot, or a Bulova, or any of those Macy's and Zales watches say loud and clear: "I want you to like and respect me, but I'm either poor or cheap." The same guys who will nod at you approvingly if you wear a Seiko Blue Monster will laugh behind your back if you show up in a Tissot. It's a watch that says you are desperate enough to want to be a watch guy that you'll spend money you don't really have in order to pretend, but can't spend enough to suggest style or appreciation of craftsmanship. You're the guy at the gym with the beerbelly who is doing a workout straight out of Muscle & Fitness, instead of deadlifting and doing roadwork like you ought to be.

GTFO :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

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If you want to go $250 - $2000, don't. Get one of the above-mentioned Seikos or Orients and save the rest, or use it on a vacation or whatever. A watch guy knows what a real watch costs. He's willing to accept that if you feel you need a man's watch, you can plunk down the minimum for a respectable piece of craftsmanship without looking like a rube. But he also knows that beyond that, you shouldn't even think about playing this game unless you can afford to. A nice watch is supposed to be a status symbol, after all. A Tissot, or a Bulova, or any of those Macy's and Zales watches say loud and clear: "I want you to like and respect me, but I'm either poor or cheap." The same guys who will nod at you approvingly if you wear a Seiko Blue Monster will laugh behind your back if you show up in a Tissot. It's a watch that says you are desperate enough to want to be a watch guy that you'll spend money you don't really have in order to pretend, but can't spend enough to suggest style or appreciation of craftsmanship. You're the guy at the gym with the beerbelly who is doing a workout straight out of Muscle & Fitness, instead of deadlifting and doing roadwork like you ought to be.

GTFO :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:
Seriously, but thanks for mentioning Orient. Never heard of them but they have some nice watches at decent price points.

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