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How do ya choose your watch(es)?

Discussion in 'Watches' started by oke, Sep 3, 2021.

  1. oke

    oke Loaded Pockets

    Jan 27, 2010
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    Ummm, help? I saw this article in the GearPatrol email and clicked on it thinkin' it'd be a good read, yet although it currently compiles all most of the watch buying guides that they've written, why aren't Citizen or Seiko included?

    Complete Buying Guides to the Best Watch Brands and Models

    Does that mean that they do not consider Seiko or Citizen to be on par with the best watch brands and models? Or is it a deal where gp is one of many places to get the gear "scoop", and it doesn't mean that they're really experts about what's best?

    Well, since I'm new to watches, I guess I thought Seiko & Citizen had some good models, however, is that the incorrect impression? Or, is their compilation just not complete?

    Just wonderin'...:confused:

    ETA that I did some searchin' - apparently, they don't know how to compile their own lists, as I did remember a guide to the Seiko watches recently, and, sure enough, they be over yonder: https://www.gearpatrol.com/watches/a555424/seiko-watch/

    And, although they say it's a complete guide, they do say in the text that they're sharin' "many" of the brands, which to me means it's not complete:
    So, maybe they just don't think much of Citizen?

    2nd edit: Oh wait - found one of a few sponsored, or, "in partnership with" adverticles from Jun, which they didn't include, maybe because it wasn't very descriptive: https://www.gearpatrol.com/watches/a36422999/citizen-watches-buying-guide/

    And I think I realized something else - their buying guides might be complete/comprehensive for a particular brand, yet the compilation in the article isn't supposed to be understood as complete - yeah, just thinkin' visibly, lol...
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  2. Sentinel-14

    Sentinel-14 Loaded Pockets

    Oct 7, 2019
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    I've found that "buying guides" are usually just thinly-veiled advertisements for whatever particular brand the website/person is shilling. if you want reasonably-unbiased opinions on watches (or anything really) you'd be best served by going to where people that use them congregate and discuss them. The WatchUSeek forums will give you more info than you can handle, and you'll be getting that information from people that own the watches and can give you real-world reviews instead of these websites that simply shill whatever new watch model the maker sends them to "review".
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  3. MatBlack

    MatBlack Loaded Pockets

    Jul 11, 2009
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    I'm my own buying guide. Why would I take the word of a stranger who was probably compensated for writing an article?
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  4. oke

    oke Loaded Pockets

    Jan 27, 2010
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    So, what do y'all think of the Bradley watches from eone (short for "everyone"), which are designed to be able to be "read" by touch? I was an early bird backer (and kept the version with stainless steel back cover, since I figured those'd be rare after folks probably opt for an all-Ti version) of their first campaign because I thought it was a creative concept to let folks tell the time w/o needing to look at the watch. Ended up bein' too clunky for the better half, yet still got it.

    Well, they have a new iteration currently gettin' crowdfunded at that one site, the "Switch", where you can now change out the timepiece faces for other looks/designs. Even though they made the watch so those who w/ impaired vision can use it, they also aim to have spiffy-looking designs as well. To me, it's sorta like how lamy made the Accent writing instruments, in terms of changing up the look of the items. For the Accent, you could buy various grips with different materials/colorways to sorta change up what the pen looks like, and that's what the swappable dial faces are like for the Switch. To me, it just seems like a good marketing ploy to get folks to keep paying for more faces as they make 'em available, yet to each their own.

    I think I mostly tend to choose function first while considering the form, 'cuz I think it should at least look like something I can live with using, yet this one's not worth the money, imo (since there's also the cost to factor in, and subjectively determinging whether it's a good value).


    So, I guess, to tie this in with the previous replies, @Sentinel-14 & @MatBlack, yeah, it does make more sense to look to communities where there's discussion about the various items to find out why folks choose stuff or what they think, along with goin' with one's own preferences, to help make decisions, more than lookin' just at some site's buying guide.

    Still, I guess I need to read more, yet why do some folks like certain brands' diver's or field or pilot's or mechanical or automatic watches? Or why is it that some models/styles are more in demand? For instance, w/ the Seiko offerings, what is it about the Turtles or the SKX007? Or how do they choose a Monster mod? Guess I don't understand all of that yet...

  5. FiaOlleDog

    FiaOlleDog Loaded Pockets

    Oct 27, 2017
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    Fashion is not on my criteria list, but functionality is: my watch needs to provide additional value besides showing time & date.

    Hence I've settled with an Amazfit T-Rex: robust (metal case, water proof), 10+ days runtime with one charge, compass and barometer on-board (work without smartphone), step-counter, workout tracking and heart-rate sensor are welcome.

    Before I used a Casio SGW-1000 TripleSensor outdoor watch - for the same reasons.

    Even in urban environment a compass came handy, e.g. emerging from a subway station in a big city it may take up to a minute or so before Google Maps with the help of GPS (low signals due to skyscrapers) shows where I am and where i need to head to. The compass gives me a direction within seconds :)
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  6. DCBman

    DCBman Loaded Pockets

    Mar 8, 2014
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    Great topic!!

    I'm a 'watch guy'. I love watches, and I always have one on my wrist 24x7 (rain, shine, shower, swim, diving, nasty environment...always). I have a number of different watches for different situations and different levels of dress. Mostly though my watches are functional first and everything else follows this. Overall, I am an analog watch guy. I only have one digital watch (and I'll cover that in a moment).

    I have about a 4 way tie for the first criteria in selecting a watch. So, in no particular order... 1.) Case size, 2.) legibility at a glance, 3.) water resistance, 4.) chronometer (if not a dive watch). I'm a big dive watch guy, so I have several dive watches, but not watches that just "look" like a dive watch, but rather watches which can actually endure SCUBA diving (I'm a diver). I also work in aviation, so if it's not a dive watch it needs to have a chronometer. Time is critical, so accuracy is critical. When I put on a watch I immediately hack the watch to NOAA...exactly down to the second. If a watch drifts, as some mechanicals will do, I will hack it more than once per day. I'm OCD about what time it is...exactly (not close, but exactly).

    Movements are another consideration. I have several different kinds. I like pure mechanical watches for the nostalgia, and I don't mind winding them. Touching a watch is experiencing it, enjoying it. I do like the Citizen Eco-drive watches, and I've had really good luck with them, I have several. I've had one die and couldn't be repaired, but otherwise they all keep on ticking. I also like automatics, but mainly Seiko's as they seem to keep the best time. I do NOT like kinetic watches!

    If I had to describe the style watches I like, they would be - Dive watches, Chronometers, Field watches and a couple dress watches. As far as straps are concerned, the strap needs to fit the watch (style wise). I have very few watches with rubber straps. Most of my divers are on either a metal bracelet, or a NATO strap. I like NATO straps because they can keep you from losing a watch if you break a spring bar (especially when diving). With the NATO strap design you only need one spring bar to keep the watch on your wrist. A regular band, if you break a spring bar it's "Bye Bye!" watch! On my field watches I like either a leather strap or a NATO. All of my chrono's are either a metal bracelet or a leather strap. Incidentally, my "dress" watches fall into one of the categories above, nothing fancy.

    If I had to pick one trait in all my watches it would be "understated". I think understated looks scream classy and quality. Nothing flashy or bling-ey, but something which, when someone notices it, they immediately think "Wow, that's a really nice watch!" (and usually want to know more).

    I'm not a watch snob (at all!), I love all watches from a $10 watch to a $10,000 watch. My main brands are Citizen, Seiko, TAG and Casio. I do have one Rolex Submariner I never wear (should probably sell it). Too many negative connotations and looks whenever I wear it. It just stays home anymore, not worth the grief.

    On a side note, I mentioned case size being important. I have a big wrist (8.5") so 44mm is about as small as I can go with a case before it starts looking like a kids watch. But here's something interesting I've found. Case diameter is not the only factor in how a watch wears on your wrist. Band width also has a lot to do with it. I can wear a smaller diameter case if the band is 22mm. If a band is 20mm, it doesn't matter what size the case is, the watch looks small on my wrist. Thought I might share this discovery. The specific sizes here vary by person, but the important thing is the ratio of the band width to the case diameter.

    Lastly, I have one digital watch. I actually got it this past year on a lark, and now I love it. It's the Casio DW-291H with the 10 year battery. I bought it to be super light, tough, low profile and have a light. I wanted something I could wear working on the tractors, or doing ranching stuff (we raise cattle), and something I could hammer on and beat up without worry. This watch completely fits the bill, and I wear it just about every night when I go to bed just for the backlight (I'm a light sleeper).

    I've probably written more than you cared to know, but hopefully it helps. And just for fun, as I am writing this, here is the watch I have on today...