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Bushranger
07-25-2009, 05:43 AM
Can somebody please direct me to suitable websites? My attempts on the internet have been ineffectual. I am searching for a design, make and marque. I have seen several in magazines (French names) but can not recall them. They may even be made in Switzerland.

1. white/cream face
2. analogue - automatique
3. may or may not have multiple dials
4. black or blue hands
5. rectangular face (though not averse to round)
6. readable in poor light
7. 'brown' leather strap

There are more makers than I considered possible. I want this to be a lifetime watch, and budget and marque are hard to estimate at this stage.

Form, function and quality dominate over price.

Thanks for any assistance in directing me to suggested marques, sites, groups etc.

Thebigspendur
07-25-2009, 12:50 PM
The problem is there are hundreds probably so if someone gives you a name it will only be their favorites. Your combination is very common really. How about-breitling, hamilton, Seiko,Sinn,JLC,Lange just for starters

ari95
07-25-2009, 04:01 PM
www.stowa.com I have the Marine automatic. It is a great watch of simple design.

trevize
07-29-2009, 03:52 AM
Steinhart watches

http://www.steinhartwatches.de/index.php?id=67&Sel_ID=26

I have a diver and it's a great automatic watch with a ETA 2824-2 Swiss Made

mretzloff
07-29-2009, 04:40 AM
Are you looking for a watch forum? If so, The Rolex Forums (www.therolexforums.com) and Watch U Seek (www.watchuseek.com) are my two favorites.

If you're looking for us to recommend you a brand, you need to specify your price range.

scottish steve
07-29-2009, 04:58 AM
Was just going to recommend that one

http://forums.watchuseek.com/forumdisplay.php?f=2

Walter Sobchak
07-29-2009, 06:53 AM
www.stowa.com I have the Marine automatic. It is a great watch of simple design.

Great, classic design. I might put that on my wish list.

smoothjim
07-29-2009, 07:59 AM
timezone.com (http://www.timezone.com/)is the B&B or basenotes of the watch world, except possibly more so.
They have almost thirty separate active brand forums, amongst others, and two very busy sales forums.
All my horological referencing begins here.

watchnet.com (http://www.watchnet.com/) is another reliable, versatile site, albeit smaller scale.

Bushranger
07-30-2009, 05:57 AM
thank you all Gentlemen. I will look at these links. :thumbup:

chickpea
07-30-2009, 10:14 AM
seiko (grand?), orient (star?), archimedes, stowa antea, nomos tangente, A. Lange, Longines, IWC, Panerai.

In order of increasing expense.

There are literally hundreds more, but those are likely the easiest to come bye.

mretzloff
07-30-2009, 10:16 AM
seiko (grand?), orient (star?), archimedes, stowa antea, nomos tangente, A. Lange, Longines, IWC, Panerai.

In order of increasing expense.

There are literally hundreds more, but those are likely the easiest to come bye.

How are Panerais and Longines more expensive than Langes?

chickpea
07-30-2009, 11:23 AM
How are Panerais and Longines more expensive than Langes?

my mistake. I had them originally in a different order.

FLTiger
07-30-2009, 11:33 AM
www.stowa.com I have the Marine automatic. It is a great watch of simple design.

You beat me to it. I own two Anteas (and love them), but if I were to buy a third, it would be a Marine.

EDITED to add: Ooo, I'd not seen the new Partitio! :001_wub:

wimbouman
07-30-2009, 11:43 AM
Meistersinger?

http://www.meistersinger.net/media/am702k.gif

http://www.meistersinger.net/index163.htm

Still pretty affordable, IMHO.

mretzloff
07-30-2009, 11:43 AM
my mistake. I had them originally in a different order.

No problem. I was just curious.

Bushranger
07-31-2009, 01:23 AM
i saw on ebay a 30s Stowa. Very nice style, kind of the rectangle 'style' in mind (a round watch is also necessary :wink: ). I wish Stowa had that style again. Of current Stowa, the Antec is nice with bauhaus inspiration. (though after reading FLtiger, I do concede the maritime is gaining preference) I do like the hands on the marine romeon. much to look for.

btw, can a Stowa be read in the dark? or is it complete blackout?

I notice a feature (chrono cosc) for 177 euro for the Stowa....what is the purpose of that, and does it alter the appearance of the dial? must I avoid water and magnets with them?

price range....I'd say Stowa to twice that at the most.

mretzloff
07-31-2009, 02:05 AM
i saw on ebay a 30s Stowa. Very nice style, kind of the rectangle 'style' in mind (a round watch is also necessary :wink: ). I wish Stowa had that style again. Of current Stowa, the Antec is nice with bauhaus inspiration. I do like the hands on the marine. much to look for.

btw, can a Stowa be read in the dark? or is it complete blackout?

I notice a feature (chrono) for 177 euro for the Stowa....what is the purpose of that, and does it alter the appearance of the dial? must I avoid water and magnets with them?

price range....I'd say Stowa to twice that at the most.

If by "chrono" you mean "chronograph", then that's a feature used to time things. Basically, any watch with a timing feature is a chronograph.

You need to avoid water depending on how deep the watch is rated for. No watch is water proof, some are "water resistant". If a watch is rated to, say 100 feet, that doesn't necessarily mean it will resist water at 100 feet. Over time watches also lose their ability to resist water.

Magnets are bad for a watch, however, unless you work in an environment where many magnets are present, most magnets won't damage your watch.

Bushranger
07-31-2009, 02:17 AM
thanks Matthew. magnets and water will not be a problem. Yes, I was just interested in the cosc chronograph feature for purpose and appearance and if a a marine or antea Stowa can be read in dim or dark.

mretzloff
07-31-2009, 02:45 AM
thanks Matthew. magnets and water will not be a problem. Yes, I was just interested in the cosc chronograph feature for purpose and appearance and if a a marine or antea Stowa can be read in dim or dark.

I do not know if they can be read in the dark. Lume (or luminous phosphorescen) needs to be in the watch for it to be read in the dark. See if the watch has that.

COSC means that the watch was sent to Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres, which tests watches for accuracy. Most watch enthusiasts would agree that COSC is nothing but a selling point for watches. Many of the best watch brands never send watches to COSC.

zegrave
10-04-2009, 06:58 PM
here is a post i made up for another site. i never did complete it but should keep you busy for a while, some of the sites may have changed by now, but the links will at the very least get you close.

enjoy:


• A. Lange & Söhne
http://www.alange-soehne.com/en/home/index.php

• ALL MECA
http://www.allmeca.com/

• Alpina
http://www.alpina-watches.com/corporate/index.asp

• ANONIMO
http://www.anonimo.com/

• AQUANAUTIC
http://www.aquanautic.com/

• Aquaswiss
http://www.aquaswisswatch.com/Scripts/default.asp

• Audemars Piguet
http://www.audemarspiguet.com/

• Baume & Mercier
http://www.baume-et-mercier.com/country.aspx

• BEDAT & C°
http://www.bedat.com/

• Bell & Ross
http://www.bellross.com/

• Bertolucci
http://www.bertolucci-watches.com/e/home.php

• Blancpain
http://www.blancpain.ch/e/

• Boucheron
https://www.boucheron.com/intro.html

• Bovet Fleurier
http://www.bovet-fleurier.ch/logo_lanceur.html

• Breguet
http://www.breguet.ch/welcome.php?withflash=enabled

• Breitling
http://www.breitling.com/en/

• Bulgari
http://www.bulgari.com/splash.php

• Bulova
http://www.bulova.com/

http://www.cartier.com/

http://www.chanel.com/

http://www.chase-durer.com/

http://www.chaumet.com/

http://www.chopard.ch/

http://www.chronoswiss.com/start.php

http://www.citizenwatch.com/

http://www.clercwatches.com/

http://www.concord.ch/#/Main/

http://corum.ch/

http://www.danielroth.com/

http://www.degrisogono.com/index_f.html

http://www.dewitt.ch/

http://www.dior.com/pcd/International/JSP/Home/prehomeFlash.jsp

http://www.ebel.com/

http://www.epos.ch/

http://www.esq-watch.com/

http://www.fendi.com/

http://www.festina.com/

http://www.fortis-watch.com/

http://www.fossil.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/HomeView?langId=-1&storeId=12052&catalogId=10052&N=0

http://www.fpjourne.com/

http://www.franckmullerusa.com/

http://www.fred-paris.com/

http://www.frederique-constant.com/

http://www.geraldgenta.com/

http://www.gevril.ch/

http://www.girard-perregaux.ch/index_fr.aspx

http://www.glycine-watch.ch/

http://www.gucci.com/

http://www.hamiltonwatch.com/webapp/en-us/

http://www.hermes.com/

http://www.haimovwatches.com/

http://www.hublot.ch/hublot_prod/site/hublot/index.php

http://www.hugoboss.com/

http://www.icetekwatch.com/

http://www.ikepod.com/

http://www.invictawatch.com/

https://www.iwc.com/index.asp

http://www.jaeger-lecoultre.com/

http://www.jean-mairetgillman.com/intro_eng.html

http://www.bucherer.ch/en/home.html

http://www.limes-watches.com/

http://www.longines.com/

http://www.panerai.com/s_page.xpd?id_lingua=2&id_sezione=1

http://www.luminox.com/

http://www.lum-tec.com/

http://www.montblanc.com/index.php#trailer_Montblanc_Starisma_Collection

http://www.movado.com/

http://www.omegawatches.com/

http://www.oris.ch/home.aspx

http://www.parmigiani.ch/index_content.html

http://www.patek.com/patek-philippe.html

http://www.paulpicot.ch/

http://www.piaget.com/

http://www.poiray.com/accueil.php

http://www.rado.ch/Pages/splash.aspx

http://www.raymond-weil.com/Master/main.asp

http://www.richardmille.com/

http://www.rodolphe.ch/

http://www.rogerdubuis.com/

http://www.rolex.com/en/#/en/xml/index

http://www.seikowatches.com/

http://www.sinn.de/

http://www.sothis.de/

http://www.swatch.com/

http://www.tagheuer.com/

http://www.technomarine.com/

http://www.tiffany.com/International.aspx?origref=http%3a%2f%2fwww.abp-paris.com%2fabpw%2fwatch_straps_before_starting.ph p

http://www.tissot.ch/

http://www.ulysse-nardin.com/

http://www.vacheron-constantin.com/

http://www.versace.com/flash.html

http://www.waltham.ch/

http://www.wengerwatch.com/

http://www.wylervetta.ch/home.htm

http://www.xemex-swiss.com/html/home.asp

http://www.zenith-watches.com/index2.html

Austin
10-04-2009, 08:17 PM
timezone.com (http://www.timezone.com/)is the B&B or basenotes of the watch world, except possibly more so.
They have almost thirty separate active brand forums, amongst others, and two very busy sales forums.
All my horological referencing begins here.

watchnet.com (http://www.watchnet.com/) is another reliable, versatile site, albeit smaller scale.

I'm a member and it's as gentlemanly as this site. I highly recommend it.

Kouros
10-05-2009, 06:19 PM
www.authenticwatches.com

lamina
10-06-2009, 05:08 AM
For darker nights...Luminox

And a beautiful and classic watchmaker in Portugal, the oldest one:

http://www.relogiosreguladora.com.pt/page.php?7

DS/B MCS
10-06-2009, 04:37 PM
You have some good info about the different watch forums. Lots of knowledge available on those sites. There are hundreds of choices, so you really need to determine a budget before you start looking. Since you are looking for a "lifetime watch" if your budget allows, I'd start with...JLC, IWC, and GO. If not, take a look at Stowa, Sinn, Omega, Rolex, etc. It's just about impossible to make a bad choice with any of these brands. Once you decide on a style/brand take a look at the preloved models for sale on the different forums. It's a very easy way to save THOUSANDS of dollars on your purchase. If you do decide to go the preloved route...Buy the Seller and you won't have any worries.

Hughies_online
10-17-2009, 11:08 PM
Interesting thread. I'm in the market for a new watch too :001_smile

Bill Smith
10-19-2009, 08:03 AM
www.stowa.com I have the Marine automatic. It is a great watch of simple design.

I'm warming up to the hound wound version.