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Ball Watch you guys rock! This is the end result of hitting asphalt and sliding a few feet. Eek So much for a relaxing bike ride in the park.

It looks like nothing even happened! No gouges, no deep scrapes, this leather is fricking TOUGH! There is still a little dirt in the threads but I was SHOCKED to discover I hadn’t ruined my watch band.

 
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Man, it sounds like you need a beater for riding! Eek

Sorry about your wipeout, but I’m glad your watch seems otherwise unharmed.

Edit - Friggin’ autocorrect. Roll Eyes

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I got lucky. The leather belt I was wearing didn’t fair nearly as well. It took a direct hit and ripped apart a little. My left arm and hip hit hard but thankfully I didn’t have a lot of weight on my wrist when I crashed and slid. I’m not going to ride with a good watch ever again.



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On a separate note did anyone see Gnomon has more of their Steinhart Marine Blue homages of the Tudor Sub? The new version has a domed sapphire crystal instead of the plexi. The dial looks different and better with the sapphire crystal.

Steinhart Marine Blue

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Um, I'm starting to think that maybe you shouldn't go out on 2 wheels at all, forget with only a beater watch.

Yikes. That could have been a lot worse.


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Stick,

How many crashes is that for the year so far?

I'm with Leeann.... might want to sanity check your activities. Big Grin



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I’m not going to ride with a good watch ever again.


There. Fixed it for you


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Yeah, I’m not really feeling the urge to ride a scooter or mountain bike any time soon.

Sorry JHE888 I didn’t mean to derail the thread.

Back on topic.

What are your thoughts on this? I like Günther’s philosophy quite a bit.

“My philosophy is that we should produce Swiss made watches and this with really nice quality and for a real honest price, because all humans in the world should and must have the possibility to have a nice Swiss made watch and this for an honest price”

-Günther Steinhart.




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I'm a big fan of great quality for a reasonable price. I hadn't really looked at Steinharts much, but their Ocean One Vintage models are pretty interesting. I especially like the "old radium" lume look.

I don't see myself buying another watch until maybe this coming spring or thereabouts, but I'm hoping to set enough aside that something like a Steinhart is attainable.
 
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P220 Smudge, If/when you do get a Steinie I think you will be pleasantly surprised. In my experience they are great watches for the money. Superb quality and fit and finish.


Ladies & Gents what do we think of the Raymond Weil brand? I found a chrono made by them that I find quite appealing. Are they decent watches?
 
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Oh man. I can’t even fathom getting a Sub for $1200. If Marathons chrono wasn’t so expensive (and big) I’d already own one.


2020 has not been my year guys. I had another two wheeled accident today that resulted in more road rash and I was wearing my Ball Fireman when I went down...



Glad you're OK!

I was overseas in the Marines at the time, good friend had a very clean Sub, and was going on a trip, needed some "fast cash".
I had the $1200/$1250, and kinda hemmed and hawed for a little while, someone else tossed The guy the $, and walked away with a Rolex, got the box when the guy came back.
STILL KICKING MYSELF IN THE ASS OVER THAT ONE!

A few months ago, I could have gotten TWO brand new, still in the unopened box, Rolexes. Sitting in the gutter at about 900 N Michigan, east side of the street. That night was a fuckin RIOT! (As in literal and figurative Wink)
Had to pass on that deal too.

Eehhh, one of these days, I'll get one.


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I’m not sure if I’ll own the real deal or it’s sister brand Tudor. Maybe one day. Who knows, for now I’m loving this little strap monster that seems to be on a different strap/bracelet every week. Big Grin

 
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Go big or go home! LOL

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That is a BEAUTY Bald1! I love the way that dial is laid out, especially the white hands on the black dial. Have you had any alignment issues with your GMT hand? I’ve heard the ETA 2983-2 can sometimes be a bit sloppy in this area in some cases. I have one that is perfect and one that is a little off.



I recently discovered I have the same wrist size as my wife and mother. Big Grin With my small wrists 42-43mm is the largest size I like to wear. I have a 47mm watch, an odd full lume/white dial Invicta diver with a Seiko NH35A Auto movement but I hardly ever wear it.

My 43mm Ball chrono feels just right, not too big or small. I love the dial & sub dials on this watch. The sea of blue tritium at night is just icing on the cake.

 
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You guys are going to love this. My uncle apparently has a beaten to hell old Rolex Submariner that is non functional. It was used extensively in salt water. If I had to guess prob 1980’s-90’s vintage with lots of submersion in the brackish water of the Chesapeake bay. Hmmm

I’m going to get more info...

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That is a BEAUTY Bald1! I love the way that dial is laid out, especially the white hands on the black dial. Have you had any alignment issues with your GMT hand? I’ve heard the ETA 2983-2 can sometimes be a bit sloppy in this area in some cases. I have one that is perfect and one that is a little off.


I have 3 GMT watches all powered by the ETA 2893-2 (1 Glycine, 2 Zeno) and NONE exhibit any alignment issues after 2 decades of ownership.




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You guys are going to love this. My uncle apparently has a beaten to hell old Rolex Submariner that is non functional. It was used extensively in salt water. If I had to guess prob 1980’s-90’s vintage with lots of submersion in the brackish water of the Chesapeake bay. Hmmm

I’m going to get more info...


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You guys are going to love this. My uncle apparently has a beaten to hell old Rolex Submariner that is non functional. It was used extensively in salt water. If I had to guess prob 1980’s-90’s vintage with lots of submersion in the brackish water of the Chesapeake bay. Hmmm

I’m going to get more info...


Have a Rolex certified shop (make sure!) work it over.

For $1000 ~ $2000 you could have a real deal vintage Rolex.

Mine is a 1982 16800 Sub Date with the 3135 movement and sapphire crystal. Well worth owning! Can't tell it from newer ones. Keeps chronometer accuracy.
 
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Have any of you seen the Bulova Sinatra line? The tank watch looks kinda interesting. Looks like they have some autos as well.


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Bulova is owned by Citizen so it should use one of the many great movements that fall under its corporate umbrella. I almost scooped up an interesting vintage Bulova automatic chronograph diver style watch but I was not sure if it’s authenticity.



Regarding that Sub, I of course need to see how bad it is but I wonder what a Rolex sub in that condition is worth?
 
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One of my favorite watches I own is a Hamilton Khaki King Scuba. It has a super cool vintage vibe going with the black dial and I love how they arranged the day and date locations. Unfortunately this watch has been discontinued for a few years now so I didn’t really plan on finding a clean silver dial automatic example with the blue bezel insert ref: H64545153 for a VERY good price. I have the Quartz version but it is soulless and is in pretty rough condition.

In the sub $500 category this was my grail watch. I have a minty example inbound!!!
 
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