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cojak
5th August 2007, 13:28
Well, the time has come to look like a contractor.

I've decided to dump my £9.99 Limit special and get myself a proper contractor's watch (up to a point, I've set myself a £500 limit).

I've looked at a couple of forums and gone a bit geeky. I'm looking for a 36mm gent's watch. Possibly an Oris, or maybe an Ollech & Wajs.... :nerd

Decisions, decisions...

:banana: :banana:

thunderlizard
5th August 2007, 13:59
For something a bit different, Bonhams do pretty regular wristwatch auctions. Could probably get a 1930s rolex or similar for within £500.

cojak
5th August 2007, 14:04
Hmm - my new watch forum friends did suggest vintage.

Thanks, TL - I'll take a look.

~Craig~
5th August 2007, 15:06
If I had the spare cash I'd get one of these:

http://www.tagwatchesdirect.co.uk/tag_heuer_mens_watches_f1__formula_1_wac111a_ba085 0.html

They have quite a few under £500 :glasses

richard-af
5th August 2007, 16:00
Well, the time has come to look like a contractor.

THen you need one that shows GMT & Contractor Time, i.e. one that shows Time and A Half, Double Time, etc.

SallyAnne
5th August 2007, 16:16
gent's watch.

Eh?!!! :eek:

Have I missed something?

Gent? GENT?!!!!

We talked about shoes cojak!!!!

Every day is a new betrayal on this board :(

cojak
5th August 2007, 16:24
Ah - you might have missed the subtlety of this one Sal,

I'm going for the 'brook no nonsense but know elegance when one sees it' approach.

A 36mm dial is small but elegant and there's much more choice for men.

Alaso a good man/girlfriend admitted there was something 'tingly' about my suggestion of a good man's watch on my wrist...

It takes all sorts, I s'pose.... :laugh

thunderlizard
5th August 2007, 16:33
a good man/girlfriend

once again Cojak, your response raises more questions than it answers...

cojak
5th August 2007, 16:46
Sometimes I feel my whole life is like that, TL... :rolleyes:

Gonzo
5th August 2007, 16:56
Eh?!!! :eek:

Have I missed something?

Gent? GENT?!!!!

We talked about shoes cojak!!!!

Every day is a new betrayal on this board :(Relax SallyAnne. MF has met Cojak so there is no need to have any doubts. :grin

cojak
5th August 2007, 17:01
Thank you, Gonzo... :tired

zamzummim
5th August 2007, 17:05
Yep - I spoke to Cojack over the phone, definitely female :happy

Cojack - when it comes to watches nothing like Baume&Mercier.

Gonzo
5th August 2007, 17:23
Thank you, Gonzo... :tiredWell, if you will use such a provocative avatar, what do you expect?


Must go to a dark room now. :D

cojak
5th August 2007, 17:35
Yep - I spoke to Cojack over the phone, definitely female :happy

Cojack - when it comes to watches nothing like Baume&Mercier.

Hiya Zam!

will take a look at B&M...

Clippy
5th August 2007, 18:03
Hi Cojak

Not going to recommend a particular make/model but can offer the following suggestions:

Was at the Bicester shopping village recently and they now have a Tag Heuer shop there with some good watches at well within your budget. Might be worth a look see if you live that way. Linky (http://www.bicestervillage.com/bicester/village/default.asp?brands=72%26vId%3D10)

An overseas (Far East) etailer might be worth investigating as watches are cheaper there. Linky (http://www.orolus.com/)

The strong £/$ ER may make it worth while buying from a US etailer.

Check out eBay - I bought a watch safely on there a few years ago.

Clippy.

fzbucks
5th August 2007, 18:10
Ah - you might have missed the subtlety of this one Sal,

I'm going for the 'brook no nonsense but know elegance when one sees it' approach.

A 36mm dial is small but elegant and there's much more choice for men.

Alaso a good man/girlfriend admitted there was something 'tingly' about my suggestion of a good man's watch on my wrist...

It takes all sorts, I s'pose.... :laugh


There's much more choice in womens knickers than mens boxers but you don't see male contractors going around wearing knickers do you?

EternalOptimist
5th August 2007, 20:06
There's much more choice in womens knickers than mens boxers but you don't see male contractors going around wearing knickers do you?

<cough> :emb :emb

barely_pointless
6th August 2007, 04:56
I find them comfortable and they give me confidence........... :emb oh, regarding watches, there is only one .............


http://www.dmm.flyer.co.uk/images/breitling_emer_large.jpg

The Breitling Emergency

Saving lives Designed for pilots and aircrews,
the BREITLING EMERGENCY is an instrument watch with built-in
micro-transmitter, broadcasting on the 121.5 MHz aircraft emergency frequency*.
Following a crash or a forced landing, for example, the EMERGENCY will
broadcast a signal on which rescuers can home in. The watch thus serves as a
complement to the aircraft's own distress signaling equipment. The EMERGENCY's
transmitter is activated by unscrewing a protective cap and pulling the antenna
out fully. It will then broadcast for 48 hours. Over flat terrain or calm seas, the
transmitter's signal on the 121.5 MHz aircraft emergency frequency has a range of
about 160 kilometers (100 miles) assuming the search aircraft is flying
at 6'000 m (about 20,000 feet).
*For military personnel, BREITLING has designed an EMERGENCY version with
start-stop switch that transmits on the 243 MHz frequency.


........















Can be put to great use on a friday night in the city if you want to out-watch the traders :p

only kidding, only a tool of massive proportions would waste mony on this type of a watch, I have a swatch and it's 50 AUD :wave:

cojak
6th August 2007, 06:22
There's much more choice in womens knickers than mens boxers but you don't see male contractors going around wearing knickers do you?

.....

lilelvis2000
6th August 2007, 08:37
Ah - you might have missed the subtlety of this one Sal,

I'm going for the 'brook no nonsense but know elegance when one sees it' approach.

A 36mm dial is small but elegant and there's much more choice for men.

Alaso a good man/girlfriend admitted there was something 'tingly' about my suggestion of a good man's watch on my wrist...

It takes all sorts, I s'pose.... :laugh

My wife likes wearing my acient Zodiac, even if she complains that its a bit heavy.

'Course I go watchless and just use my mobile phone to check the time when I need to.

sasguru
6th August 2007, 08:40
The truly powerful control time and do not need a watch. A watch is a sign of slavery.

HTH.

cojak
6th August 2007, 08:40
I have just bought an RLT5.

(Reasonable price but can't be bought on the high st.).

I've just spoken to the watchmaker, he's making it to my specification.

Nice.

:banana:

Gibbon
6th August 2007, 08:42
Do not, do not spend 500 notes on a quartz watch. It'll be no better than a 50 quid watch.

Buy a proper watch, i.e. an automatic with a high beat movement so the secondhand appears to sweep. Get a refurbished one secondhand if the new prices are too much for you.

cojak
6th August 2007, 08:52
Don't fret, Gibbon, the RLT5's spec is 'Movement : 25 Jewel Automatic Wind ETA 2824-2 with quick set date.'

It is indeed high beat.

Sysman
6th August 2007, 09:05
Don't fret, Gibbon, the RLT5's spec is 'Movement : 25 Jewel Automatic Wind ETA 2824-2 with quick set date.'

It is indeed high beat.
Like the one pictured here? White too, or not?

http://www.thewatchforum.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=2522

PS. I'll back up the 'tingly' comment. :)

richard-af
6th August 2007, 09:07
Expensive watch=increased kudos... false!

I remember seeing "Mind Your Ps and Qs" on Beeb 2 with Tony Slattery years back. In one episode, uber snob Jonathan Meades was genuinely horrified to learn that his Rolex was a fake! So, if a snobby arse like him couldn't tell the difference, why bother with the real deal? Buy a nice cheapish digital that looks good. For a relatively small sum, you can get watches that synch with one of those atomic clock jobbies. So, more accurate than a Rolex.

I always lose watches, and, having once lost a ridiculously expensive Rado (limited edition, etc.), I have learned the lesson. Must run in the family, though. My brother lost an Omega limited edition "First Man on the Moon" watch years back. Worth a mint!

cojak
6th August 2007, 09:10
Bingo Sysman!

I even put a post asking for help.

I've bought the white one.

Roy (the watchmaker) is a very nice man with excellent customer service.

(re. tingle: I suspect it's a man thang... :wink )

cojak
6th August 2007, 09:10
And it's not expensive - very reasonable, in fact for what it is...

Lockhouse
6th August 2007, 09:12
If you want accuracy then you can get one of those Casio radio watches for around £100 that reset to the correct time by radio signal every evening.

Or you can by a Breitling for 2K that never needs adjusting between services.