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Post by Sabre on 22/11/2012, 18:28

What is on your wrist?

I use a Luminox Navy Seal Divers for work , the tritium is very bright and ideal for night time ops.
When I have my suit on I use a Tag Heuer 3000.

Never had a problem with either :)

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Post by hoepoe on 23/11/2012, 10:09

I'm actually looking for a new watch and am open to suggestions.

My requirements:
Must be light.
Must have dual timezone.
Should be elegant enough to wear for business.
(I had a Tag Aquaracer which i hated, was too heavy for my puny arms :-) )

Suggestions?

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Post by Ted-Pencry on 25/11/2012, 11:45

I wear a Seiko diver's 200m (Japan) make sure you buy a Seiko made in Japan!

You can't go wrong with the below:

-MTM spec ops watches
-Traser
-Omega (seamaster)
-Rolex (deep sea dweller)
-Luminox
-All Gshocks
-Suunto

Avoid 5.11 watches they are a total joke. I had one and it lasted a few weeks.

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Post by hoepoe on 25/11/2012, 11:50

Ted-Pencry wrote:I wear a Seiko diver's 200m (Japan) make sure you buy a Seiko made in Japan!

You can't go wrong with the below:

-MTM spec ops watches
-Traser
-Omega (seamaster)
-Rolex (deep sea dweller)
-Luminox
-All Gshocks
-Suunto

Avoid 5.11 watches they are a total joke. I had one and it lasted a few weeks.

Thanks Ted.

I was actually deciding between a very nice, but very tactical Luminox SEAL and the Victorinox Maverick GS Dual Time.

I bought the Maverick, mainly because it has dual time and is way less tactical (although heavier) than the Luminox.
http://www.victorinox.com/ch/product/Timepieces/Category/Classic/Maverick-GS/Maverick-GS-Dual-Time/241440
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Post by Ted-Pencry on 25/11/2012, 12:29

Nice watch H!
You can't really go wrong with Swiss watches.

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Post by hoepoe on 25/11/2012, 13:06

Ted-Pencry wrote:Nice watch H!
You can't really go wrong with Swiss watches.

Yes mate, i just saw i overpaid by around 60 Quid!

But it is what it is :-)

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Post by Sabre on 25/11/2012, 13:58

The Maverick does look more classy than the Luminox , nice choice hoepoe :)


I had looked at the 5.11 watches previously Ted , disappointing to hear they are poor, i usually rate their gear. Thanks for the warning!

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Post by sworks on 28/11/2012, 14:45

How much did you pay for the Victorinox? Looks very nice, my Suunto has just bitten the dust after 10 years of impeccable service.

Just a guide price mind, so as I don't pay over the odds!!

Oh yes, my work colleague had a fancy 5.11 watch. We all said wow! what does that do? Answer was not much, it broke within 5 days of him having it!!

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Post by hoepoe on 28/11/2012, 14:47

sworks wrote:How much did you pay for the Victorinox?
Around 450CHF/USD.

Much cheaper online/Amazon etc.

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Post by sworks on 28/11/2012, 14:50

Thanks!

I have found a Jeweler on the dreaded (but fun) ebay, selling them for £244 which seems reasonable!?

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Post by hoepoe on 28/11/2012, 14:52

sworks wrote:Thanks!

I have found a Jeweler on the dreaded (but fun) ebay, selling them for £244 which seems reasonable!?

Amazon UK shows the same model at 356 so 244 seems excellent.


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Post by sworks on 28/11/2012, 14:54

No my mistake, the £244 was the standard GS which is lovely!!

£356 seems to be right for the Dual Time..

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Post by hoepoe on 28/11/2012, 14:57

That's steep; i paid less and i was ripped of. Check Amazon.com.
http://www.amazon.com/Victorinox-Swiss-Army-Maverick-241440/dp/B0040J40GW/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1354114560&sr=8-3&keywords=maverick+gs+dual

On sale NOW! Only 3 left.
214GBP!

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Post by sworks on 28/11/2012, 15:03

Thats brilliant but shipping sucks!!

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Post by Ted-Pencry on 28/11/2012, 19:48

Its not for small wrists I find it quite bulky.

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Post by Ted-Pencry on 28/11/2012, 19:51

I won't ever regret buying this one.


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Post by Ted-Pencry on 28/11/2012, 19:52

Don't like the nato strap?
Put a classy leather bracelet on!


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Post by hoepoe on 29/11/2012, 04:27

Nice Ted!

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Post by Chris Turnbull on 10/2/2013, 09:46

I'm a bit of a watch nerd tbh, at the moment my daily is a Longines Hydro-Quest with a black face.
Not usually a fan of Longines but i love the feel and chunkiness of this watch.
Breitling chronos are always nice, but you simply cannot beat Rolex imho.
All the Sub Mariners are simply oustanding pieces of kit, but the Daytona has to be one of the nicest watches ever made.
If it was a tactical style and money was no object, a GMT master, Sub or Daytona in black. I think that Rolex did a limited edition in black for the military as well at one point.

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Post by Ted-Pencry on 18/9/2013, 09:07

After having owned Gshocks, a Seiko Diver watch, MTM specops, Uzi, 5.11, Smith and Wesson.
I have to say that the best choice I ever made was to buy a Traser.
I was very impressed with the MTM specops as it is very strong and hardwearing, however the tritium didn't stay on all night.

I can say today after having checked out most tactical watches, that TRASER is the best.

Does it get any better than traser? cheers 


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Post by hoepoe on 20/10/2013, 06:37

Victorinox dropped and died, waste of money and last time i buy a Victorinox; wrote:
I bought this for now and love it so far. Simple, cheap and light.

http://www.momentumwatch.com/pages/products/list-of-products/atlas.php?family=Atlas&dial=Black&band=Black_'Cloud'_Leather






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Post by Ted-Pencry on 21/10/2013, 03:33

Victorinox should stick to what they are good at which is Swiss Army knives. They are good with marketing and because they are Swiss their watches attract a lot of people and attention.
But watch making is a specialist trade and you can't go wrong sticking with the big brands who have been around for many years.

Regarding tactical watches I think I have tried them all.
I loved my MTM specops and I like my G-Shock but I have a preference for Traser watches which are just top notch.

The negative side with the traser being that it looks military/tactical and I very much like the style of watch you bought hoepoe which is very classy and will look great on covert ops or with a suit and tie.

I might get myself a classy watch with a leather bracelet actually....

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Post by Ted-Pencry on 21/10/2013, 05:24

Look no further than Christopher Ward watches if you are looking for a classy timepiece to wear with a nice suit.
You want quality matched with a good price.

CW watches: British Heart, Swiss Movement...

WHY CHRISTOPHER WARD?

Our reputation has been built largely by word of mouth or because someone has admired one of our watches on the wrist of a friend or colleague. So, if you haven’t yet had the pleasure of seeing, feeling, or better still owning, a Christopher Ward, here are a few reasons why you may want to change that.

UNMATCHED VALUE

We are a small English watchmaker with a simple aim ... we want to put premium quality watches within the reach of everyone.
To achieve this we have inverted the usual business model used by brands such as Breitling, Tag Heuer and Omega. The manufacturing costs of our watches may be similar to theirs but that’s where comparisons end.

Christopher Ward or Brad Pitt?

Our competitors spend millions in the creation of “brand halos” around their watches through multi-national advertising campaigns, high profile sponsorships and celebrity endorsements. Marketing is, of course, an important part of any business but when the cost of marketing runs to many times the cost of the product, as is often the case in the luxury watch industry, it seemed to us, to quote the bard, that “something is rotten in the state of Denmark.”
Our marketing spend as a percentage of the watch price is a fraction of our competitors and we may not, therefore, reach as many people as quickly as our competitors, but when we do we seem to delight more often than not - and if you do see Brad Pitt wearing a Christopher Ward watch at least you'll have the satisfaction of knowing he paid for it himself!

No Middlemen

The traditional Swiss brands are sold through third party retailers. This means that their wholesale prices (already inflated by huge marketing costs) are then doubled by the retailer before the final price tag is attached. Again, the Christopher Ward way is different.
We sell directly to our customers through our own website and over the phone through our brilliant customer services team. This alone means the selling price of a Christopher Ward watch is halved. Therapeutic, isn’t it!

Honest Pricing

Finally, because we want as many people as possible to enjoy the pleasure associated with owning and wearing a truly luxurious watch we make sure that the cost benefits of our model, described above, are shared equally with our customers.
Our passionate belief in “honest pricing” means that the selling price of a Christopher Ward watch is between 2 and 3 times the base manufacturing price. The luxury watch industry average is nearer 10 times and we have an example of a well known watch that retails for 30 times the manufacturing cost.
We think these multiples are completely unwarranted and exist because there has been no benchmark premium watch brand with an alternative philosophy. Until now.

ENGLISH STYLE

From the quiet sophistication of our dress watches to the subtle confidence of our sports collections there is a timeless, understated quality reflected in a Christopher Ward watch which owes much to its English roots.
Designed at our studio in Berkshire, England, with meticulous attention to every detail, it takes thousands of hours to complete the design of one of our watches but, as we are sure you’ll agree, nothing of real value is ever produced quickly

SWISS ENGINEERING

A watch is only as good as the movement at its heart. Among the most intricate and precise pieces of engineering in the modern world, great movements are works of art in their own right and, without question, the finest movement manufacturers are Swiss.
From the outset we were clear that we would only ever use Swiss made mechanical and quartz movements and we’re proud to have established close relationships with some of the finest movement manufacturers including ETA, who provide our mechanical movements and Ronda whom we turn to for many of quartz movements.
Assembled By Hand in The Jura
Watch making is in the DNA of the Swiss and, having designed a watch, we entrust its assembly to our two dedicated ateliers in the famous watch making region of the Jura.
These highly skilled watch makers do not understand the word “compromise” and their meticulous attention to every small detail is a key reason why Christopher Ward watches have been praised by watch connoisseurs around the world.

Swiss Made

To carry the words “Swiss Made” a watch must have a Swiss made movement and be assembled in Switzerland- as are all Christopher Ward watches. Other parts of the world may be able to produce very good watches at far lower costs but we insist on the highest standards at CW and these standards are only achievable in Switzerland.
Whilst we have a different business model and philosophy to other Swiss Made brands which allows us to create such fine watches at such astonishing prices we are, nevertheless, very proud to be part of the finest watch making industry in the world. We just wish more people could afford to enjoy its output – but that’s why we’re here.

UNRIVALLED SERVICE
We have an unashamedly old-fashioned approach to customer service that is borne of an increasing frustration with the ever more impenetrable barriers most companies erect between themselves and their customers. How maddening is it when you can’t speak to a human being without first spending half the morning talking to a machine.And what about when you are made to feel like a criminal because you dared to return a shirt or blouse to a famous High Street chain even though they claim they have a “no quibble” returns policy. Aggghhhh!!!

At Christopher Ward we know that we will only succeed if you’re happy. So when we say we have a “no quibble” returns policy - we actually mean it. And if you have a problem and only want to talk to Chris about it, you will get to talk with him even if he has to call back when he’s free. And so on and so on.
No platitudes, just courtesy, respect and common sense.
In the 1970’s, Robert Townsend, who was then Chief Executive of Avis Car Hire at the time was famous for creating the motto “We try harder” as the company battle cry in their struggle against the hugely bigger Hertz. We would like to think that same sort of gritty realism is evident at CW as we take on the might of the Swiss luxury watch industry. Please tell us if it isn’t by emailing any one of the founders as follows:


 

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Post by hoepoe on 21/10/2013, 05:38

Ted, those are some great looking timepieces! Thanks for that find!

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Post by Ted-Pencry on 21/10/2013, 06:23

I will get this one:
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Post by hoepoe on 21/10/2013, 09:28

Beautiful but I would stay away from automatic unless from a top tier brand.

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Post by alexa1 on 29/3/2014, 12:06

I have a casio G shock for work the solar powered one and a old suunto vector as a back up just in case and a rolex submariner date for when I am home stainless steel body black face looks good with anything.

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Post by hoepoe on 3/4/2014, 15:05

alexa1 wrote:I have a casio G shock for work the solar powered one and a old suunto vector as a back up just in case and a rolex submariner date for when I am home stainless steel body black face looks good with anything.

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Post by alexa1 on 4/4/2014, 04:47

Hi Ivor

thanks good to hear from you too hope all is well and your business  is booming.

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Post by Sabre on 9/4/2014, 16:14

I have put my Luminox Navy Seal diver watch on Ebay. £150 +£10 P&P. I will knock off the delivery cost for verified members.

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Post by Ted-Pencry on 12/11/2015, 12:26

A lot of hype about those Luminox but not great really.... Its the navy seal thing that gets them sold. Now I know that next time I sell my car I will put "Navy Seal Mercedes" Very Happy

I am now a big fan of German watches. KHS Tactical Watches.
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Very nice Ted!

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Post by Ted-Pencry on 12/11/2015, 13:19

This one is superb:


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Post by hoepoe on 12/11/2015, 13:24

Very nice! Have you bought it yet?

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Post by Sabre on 12/11/2015, 15:01

The KHS does look nice. I must admit I miss the luminox (Navy Seal Ted! Cool ) purely for the tritium, you can't beat it for illumination at night when you are out in the middle of nowhere as I sometimes find myself, if only I could find a tritium Tag Heuer!

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