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Watches

saggiosaggio Registered User regular
edited February 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
H/A, I need your help.

I'm a big fan of time pieces. I don't why, but over the last couple of years I've really developed an appreciation for fine watches and clocks. They intrigue me, both with their utility and their fashion. I'm planning on expanding my "collection" (really just the watch that I've had for years), and I need your help.

You see, I really like Rado watches. They are modern, fucking stylish, scratch resistant and light. I'm probably going to get myself a nice wrist watch from them at some point when it get some money, but what I'm really looking for - and have been thus far unable to find - is a fine quality pocket watch.

Specifically, I'm looking for a relatively modern, quartz-action pocket watch with a hunter cover (the little hinge thing that hides/protects the watch face). But it doesn't seem like my favourite watch manufacturer actually makes them, and I don't know of any other well-known watch company that actually makes them.

So, I have two questions:

1. Is there a modern (preferably Swiss) watch maker that makes quartz action pocket watches?
2. If no, what should I look for in a vintage pocket watch? They are all going to be automatic or wind-action, and I'm wondering if there is a specific action I ought to be looking for.
3. Price. Fine quality watches, especially gold watches, can get pretty pricey. What is a reasonable price for either (1) a modern pocket watch, or (2) a vintage pocket watch?

I hope this question isn't too obscure. Thanks in advance.

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    fuelishfuelish Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I don't think I have seen a wrist watch "hunter" I have a quartz Colibri hunter pocket watch that looks very nice and was not to expensive. But I prefer winders and automatics. I have a couple of Elgin pockets and a Gerard Perrregaux pocket. For daily wear my favorite is a Seiko snx427. It is an automatic wrist watch with skeleton back. Militay style but it lacks a hack function. Seiko makes several models with the same mech.
    You might look at the aeromatic watches, they are quartz function but with a period look. I got one recently and it works well.

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    saggiosaggio Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    fuelish wrote: »
    I don't think I have seen a wrist watch "hunter" I have a quartz Colibri hunter pocket watch that looks very nice and was not to expensive. But I prefer winders and automatics. I have a couple of Elgin pockets and a Gerard Perrregaux pocket. For daily wear my favorite is a Seiko snx427. It is an automatic wrist watch with skeleton back. Militay style but it lacks a hack function. Seiko makes several models with the same mech.
    You might look at the aeromatic watches, they are quartz function but with a period look. I got one recently and it works well.

    Just to be clear: I'm looking for a pocket watch with a hunter cover, not a wrist watch. Already have a wrist watch, and I'm looking to pick up a Rado soon enough.

    I've never owned a winder or an automatic - how well do they keep time? I'm afraid that they will stop when I'm using it, and I will have a watch that doesn't keep time.

    saggio on
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    fuelishfuelish Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I misunderstood that, about the wrist watch. I think you would like the Colibri pocket watches. You can get them witha quartz movement , hunter, and stainless case.

    Mechanical watches keep decent time as long as they are wound (or worn every day for an automatic). The better quality ones are accuratte to within a few seconds a day. and because they vary losing/gaining time depending on the position they are in they tend to average out over time for accuracy. They can also be adjusted if they run slow or fast. I check mine to my phone time every morning, and adjust it if needed. Most people have no idea what time it really is anyway so a minute or two does not matter.(A man with one clock knows the time a man with two clocks has no idea- B. Franklin?) I just like how an automatic will transfer motion into stored energy and there is something very cool about all those little parts working away in a mechanical watch, esp the chronographs.
    A quartz watch will be more accuratte but it will lose or gain the same amount of time every day. So if it is a half second slow, in thirty days it will be 15 seconds off.

    fuelish on
    Another day in the bike shop Pretty much what it sounds like. The secret lifestyle, laid open.
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