What are your Watch Tastes

What are your Watch Tastes

Postby koimaster » May 19th 2011, 11:31am

I prefer dress watches or a casual watch. Not a real big dive watch fan. I also prefer watches between 43-48mm in size partly due to my wrist size, partly due to aging eyesight. I prefer autos or mechanical watches, and I do not care if the movement is Swiss, German, Japanese or Chinese made as long as I know what I am buying.

Years ago I preferred Dive watches and hot blondes. Tastes change, I married a brunette and prefer Maurice Lacroix to an Omega PO.
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Re: What are your Watch Tastes

Postby TemerityB » May 19th 2011, 11:51am

I'm in my late 40s; I stand these days at a smidgen under 6'' and I weigh 220 pounds (lay off the friggin' burgers, T). However, despite being one of the larger guys in the room in my circle of friends and family, I easily have below-average wrist size; I don't know specifically what size, but all I know is I can abide a 50mm, but not all that often and certainly nothing bigger than that - I think honkin' big watches are tasteless anyway. My sweet spot is about 43mm to 46mm, but I actually like the way old 38mm and even smaller pieces such as an old Hamiltion, some ancient Omegas, and other older pieces lay on my wrist.

I'll put things this way: I don't own a ranch, so I don't wear a cowboy hat. I'm not an astronaut, so I don't reach for my space helmet. So, I don't dive - and I don't own many dive style watches; I don't time anything, so chronographs don't do a lot for me either. As koi mentioned, I prefer dress pieces or simply handsome, masculine watches with classic styling. My grail at the moment is any one of several Glashutte Original timepieces.

In that light, I prefer Swiss auto movements to quartz, but a 2824-2 is just fine by me (and guess what - my best running auto that've calculated is friggin' Claro, amazingly), despite the overwhelming hype/love for chrono autos. In addition, I'm happy enough to own an ancient Rolex Submariner and a couple of aging Omegas, but I can't say I'm in any hurry to pick up any more from those brands. I am happy in my world of the less expensive semi-Swiis Oris, Hamilton, Tissot, Phillip Watch, and a couple of other similar companies - but once in a great while, I see a nice, dressy or handsome quartz piece and I pick it up. Life's short and I want to have as much fun as earthly possible.

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Postby Guest » May 19th 2011, 11:59am

I like a watch between 45mm and 48mm. I generally wear around 47mm. I like a watch to be dressy and casual. The most expensive watch on my buy list is 5k but, most of my watches are between $200-$500.
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Re: What are your Watch Tastes

Postby foghorn » May 19th 2011, 12:14pm

I will wear anything from 34-48mm depending on the watch. I prefer diver/sport styles but latley my tastes have gravitated to a more subdued,simple look. Not a fan of "dress watches" and even my "dressy" watches have a more vintage/casual look to them than a purely classy look. I am most comfortable in the 38-42 mm range. (7 1/4 inch wrist)
I'm not a fan of companies that take a vintage style and add a few mms to bring it up to date. A 44 mm datejust would look stupid, as would a 36 mm Seadweller.
Over 50mm,to me, looks silly-no matter how big the wearer is. I have seen oversized watches on big guys and I still think they look geeky.
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Re: What are your Watch Tastes

Postby iwasbanned » May 19th 2011, 12:44pm

I have no idea. Looking at my collection I have divers, dress pieces, sport pieces, and fashion pieces. So I like a little bit of everything, as far as what attracts me to a watch:

1. Clean, simple dials, be it a chrono or 3 hander.
2. Bracelet over strap.
3. 42 mm is my sweet spot, but will go as big as 45 mm.
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Re: What are your Watch Tastes

Postby svaglic » May 19th 2011, 12:49pm

The best size for me is 42-45mm, I can go smaller but do not like to go larger. I have a nice little gang of dive watches so I am not too interested in anymore right now.
I have been looking into vintage, dress and pilots watches. I have a small number of dress and pilots and would like to add to them. There are about 7 brands I am watching now and waiting for good deals or trades to come up. I like automatic's and mechanical's the most. I would like to add a Molnija movement, Zodiac Astrographic and Jump Hour, a Hamilton, Oris, Philip and more Accutrons to the collection. I would like to get a pilots watch from the 30's to 50's, name isn't as important as features on it. As far as where they are made, I don't really have a preference, I will not go looking for a Chinese movement but, as long as it isn't a cheap POS, I'd consider it. I'd like to have a German, Italian and Russian watch in my collection. I'm trying to get a nice variety to what I have.
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Re: What are your Watch Tastes

Postby boscoe » May 19th 2011, 12:57pm

Dress watches and divers. No chronos,
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Re: What are your Watch Tastes

Postby Northwestguy » May 19th 2011, 1:15pm

I like both dress and sport (diver) watches. I own mechanicals and autos with one quartz for biking and working out. Sizes range from 39mm-45mm. I like SS bracelets, leather, rubber, cloth, and canvas, etc. I like to change the look by changing the strap.
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Re: What are your Watch Tastes

Postby TVDinner » May 19th 2011, 1:19pm

44 - 46mm for me is best
bracelet almost always
silver and never gold or rosegold (yuk)
normally automatic, but not a movement snob and will consider a quartz if I like the watch (like my Marathon)
Normally Dive or Flight watch styles are my favorite.
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Re: What are your Watch Tastes

Postby DX » May 19th 2011, 1:27pm

Clean dial... Sterile if I can find it.
Arabic numerals. 40-42mm Classic design.
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Re: What are your Watch Tastes

Postby jb182 » May 19th 2011, 1:38pm

My tastes are evolving. I used to like "larger" (45 - 48mm) dive watches. Now I find my tastes running more towards classic designs in the 39 to 42mm range. My latest purchase was a 39mm Tissot, very simple three hand automatic, which I love. Absolutely nothing over 48mm and I'm not a big fan of chronographs. If I need to time something, I have a stopwatch.
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Re: What are your Watch Tastes

Postby Guest » May 19th 2011, 1:47pm

6' 225. 7.5" wrist. I prefer dive watches mostly because I'm just a blue collar guy. Some of my dream watches are Omega PO Orange, Breitling SuperAvenger (the ones I crave are the ones with contrasting subdials), Panerai Submersible, Chopard Mille Miglia GT XL, IWC Aqua Timer, Sinn-U1 (one of my all-time favorites) and Doxa Sub750 but I don't have that kind of money.

Will probably get one in the future but the thought of spending thousands on a watch scares me. Can't stand asymmetrical dials like what Sturhling puts out now or weirdo acid designs like Invicta come up with now. One of my first watches was a 9937 and I still have it and really appreciate it. Simple, classic (yes ripped off) design but that's how I like it.

My first watches were Seiko Divers like the Monsters. I just love them even to this day.

My upper limit is around 48mm. Fuck 50mm and up. That Citizen Eco Zilla is the biggest watch I ever bought. The size wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I bought a 50mm Sturhling Regatta, I like the look, but it was just too big. It was also cheap as shit. Don't know how you can make a 50mm watch with a huge bracelet for $90.

Prefer automatics/mechanicals because I love what it is. I understand what it does and how it works. I think it's awesome and I don't know why Modern Marvels has never done a show on time pieces.

Arabic numerals here too. I also like crazy lume.
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Re: What are your Watch Tastes

Postby timc. » May 19th 2011, 2:02pm

good question. nothing too big, too flashy no fake diamonds, no mother of pearl, no flame fushion, no bling. I like classic designs, arabic numerals, military / pilots style. both bracelet and leather. not really keen on rubber straps. deployant over buckles. divers and sport watches are cool too. only a few chronographs and I like stainless over gold, gold is ok,but only on vintage pieces
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Re: What are your Watch Tastes

Postby Rusty » May 19th 2011, 2:09pm

I have more dive watches than any other style. I prefer 42-45mm. And I am a sucker for vintage look watches.

I have divested most of my quartz watches not because I have anything against a fine quartz watch but in the past year, I have gravitated to automatics. However, as a fan of Christopher Ward London, half of my CWL watches are quartz=2.
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Re: What are your Watch Tastes

Postby conjurer » May 19th 2011, 2:19pm

boscoe wrote:Dress watches and divers. No chronos,


Ditto. I used to like chronos, but now I don't. Go figure.
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Re: What are your Watch Tastes

Postby koimaster » May 19th 2011, 2:23pm

conjurer wrote:
boscoe wrote:Dress watches and divers. No chronos,


Ditto. I used to like chronos, but now I don't. Go figure.



Hard to read the sub-dials and I have never used them in private life anyway. A nice simple three hand works for me.
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Re: What are your Watch Tastes

Postby fatman » May 19th 2011, 2:44pm

what ever jumps at me. 45-48mm
prefer 3 hand but will buy chrono
auto
dive watches and with the help of some here am really looking at aviation watches more.
bracelets were a must until i bought a tachymiler on leather and now i have 3 watches on leather.
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Re: What are your Watch Tastes

Postby Guest » May 19th 2011, 2:46pm

I mostly like sport watches, but also have some dress and classic watches.
I own a few quartz watches, but 95% of my collection are autos/mech. I mostly enjoy SWISS movements, but I do like Japanese movements as well, but only have a couple of them.
I will wear anything from 41-48, but my sweet spot is 43-46.
I usually replace my SS bracelets with leather and have a couple rubber as well. I mostly like leather of some sort because it feels more comfortable to me. SS has a tendency to pull on my arm hair or irritate my skin sometimes. IU also like how a leather or rubber band lightens the weight of the watch.
I love chronos, but also like 3 hand watches as well. I like having some of each.
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Re: What are your Watch Tastes

Postby Mark1 » May 19th 2011, 3:06pm

Prefer autos or mechanicals in 40-44mm range. Even with an 8" wrist anything larger than that is just too big for me anymore. Will hold onto a few that are marginally larger than that but not planning on buying anymore. Kind of over the tool diver thing of late. Have been tending more towards classic pilot style watches-simple (like me). Like a clean uncluttered dial in a 3 hand auto. Since I am way too lazy to sell watches I tend to buy only ones I can see myself wearing long term. Have soft spot for coin edge bezels and the lesser known underappreciated brands.
I have slowed way down in buying frequency the last 2 years. Still enjoy the hunt for the next thing but it has to be a good value deal-have yet to spend more than $1100 for any watch. Nothing I really feel I have to buy right now, unless I finally find a Junghans Vista chrono in titanium.
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Re: What are your Watch Tastes

Postby Guest » May 19th 2011, 3:56pm

These are the preferences Ive developed in my short time so far collecting.

1. Sapphire crystals
2. Mechanical only. Auto or not
3. Bracelets for the most part but if it must have a strap I like leather
4. I love tungsten, but steel and ceramic will do. Just no plastic or rubber.
5. Ill where anything between a 38 and a 48. Maybe 50 is it fit the wrist good.
6. It cannot have a CL888 (funny though Ill still buy a ST16)
7. As far as style I'm very eclectic and will buy whatever strikes me at the time. I dont prefer divers over military or vice versa. I judge a watches looks on a watch by watch basis.
8. I also prefer butterfly latches over fold over clasps.
9. I hate plastic spacers in the case but will except it on lower end watches.
10. If it is made by IWG it wont go on my wrist. Its a shame as I will admit some of the stuff they have put out I like. I just cant buy it due to ethics. The good news is I know if I like an invicta design all I have to do is find out who they stole it from.
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Re: What are your Watch Tastes

Postby TemerityB » May 19th 2011, 4:54pm

timc. wrote:good question. nothing too big, too flashy no fake diamonds...


Glad you brought that up. One more point: I won't do diamonds - EVER. Not even the smallest chips. If there's any industry that gets away with murder, literally, it's the diamond industry. Makes the watch industry look like it's run by the Pope.

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Re: What are your Watch Tastes

Postby Seattle » May 19th 2011, 5:09pm

Diver or simple style
Basic 3 hand and GMT
No Chrono or multiple sub-dials
Auto only (I guess I'm a movement snob?)
44mm - 46mm
Bracelet but will settle for some leather
Stainless, Gold...some Rose, some PVD
No rubber (yuk)
Square, round and rectangular
No plastic
No ana-digi please
White, blk, blue, silver, orange, yellow dials
I like decent Lume
No mechanical (too lazy and forgetful)
'bout sums it up

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Re: What are your Watch Tastes

Postby Guest » May 19th 2011, 5:59pm

I have no taste according to my wife Image
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Re: What are your Watch Tastes

Postby Guest » May 19th 2011, 6:10pm

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Re: What are your Watch Tastes

Postby Bigjimzlll » May 19th 2011, 6:40pm

No chrono's unless it is something truely special. NO rubber straps...NONE. For some reason everyone I have tried irritates my skin. 40-45mm 3 hand. I perfer swiss. Simple/clean easy to read dials. I like good lume on my daily wear.
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