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    No PDI, but still want a new watch....idea inside.

    So, since I've felt the itch for a few months now and by the end of the week, I'll have some time (as some of you know, I recently quit my job and started law school) but no money, I was thinking about shifting some pieces I originally considered keepers and turning them into something else that will be a keeper (as well as selling off my lesser worn pieces, but that's something else.

    So here's the thing. Would you do the following?

    Seiko MarineMaster 300m and Hamilton Flight Timer out, preowned Breitling Airwolf Raven in.



    Not the most abundant watches, but they're starting to pop up in the $2000 range, which means it's striking distance. I'd try to get one on the bracelet, but if I can't find one, I'll get a bracelet for it later, like I did for my Speedmaster. I've never owned a Breitling before, so it would add a rugged daily wearer from a brand I don't own to the collection, and it's something that would be unique in my collection (without the Flight Timer).

    I'm a bit of an anadigi nut. I love them. I think all quartz watches should be anadigis. That way you lose some of the soul of a mechanical, but you get so much more utility.

    These are the two watches in question:



    MM300. Most of you know it. It's a great watch. I love it. But, to be fair, when I finally start making money again, I was planning on replacing it with a DeepSea or a Submariner anyway (after I buy my mom an Omega), so it might not have been a keeper as much as a placeholder.

    A couple of issues with selling mine. It's customized. It's got a sapphire crystal and a triple gasket crown. And while the bezel is marked up, I've got a fresh one that can be installed.

    So if I sell it and regret it, it wouldn't be as easy as hopping on Watchrecon and buying a random replacement.




    The Hamilton Flight Timer....man, I love this watch too. It's so cool. And man, it is gorgeous. It's tough, but without being super in your face about it, and nice enough that it could pass in most any situation. Biggest issue for me is that it's 40mm wide, which is really small for me. It's not like I wear it and say "This is so small, damn this infernal machine!", but it's 2mm smaller than my next smallest watch. If it were 42mm, I probably wouldn't even be considering this. But the world is what it is and not what I want, so that's how it goes.

    The Airwolf Raven (basically the coolest named watch out there...named after the coolest 80s TV vehicle and the third coolest bird) would outright replace the Flight Timer as a like for like, and the MM300 would basically be a big chunk of change for a prospect to be named later. Its 43.5mm size is much more suited to my wrist than the Flight Timer's 40mm. It's a bit big, but it's not like I'll be wearing it with a suit or anything, so it should be fine.


    What do you guys think? Would you do it? Is there anything I need to know about the Airwolf Raven? Do you have any other suggestions other than the Airwolf Raven?

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    The MM looks really nice in this shot, but I am pretty sure you could get your hands on another one if there is any seller's remorse, though less those mods.

    If I remember well, you did go thru some efforts hunting down the Hamilton....would you suffer regret selling it, and worse, can't replace it?

    Sorry, can't comment on the Brietling as I don't own any.

    If you trade the MM300, and keep the Hamilton, is this an option for you?

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    I think you have made up your mind and are just seeking justification so go for it. You said yourself that you would replace the Seiko anyway so you might as well put the funds towards something you want.

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    Whilst the Hamilton isn't my style, the Breitling certainly isn't.

    For me, I'd keep the Hammy and the MM300 .... they all look pretty damn cool in the shots provided though.

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    Seems like a reasonable train of thought.

    A MM300 has always been on my list too but I think as has been mentioned earlier, is quite easily replaceable when it comes down to it. Except the mods of course, which again, can be redone for a price. And in any case, if you were gonna sell it eventually to get a Sub or DeepSea, then I say no biggie.

    THe Hammy would be harder to replace and that's a call you need to make. If you see yourself missing it, then I'd keep it.

    You could always try the old "hide the watch(es) in question away for a few weeks and see if you miss wearing them" trick.

    I'd do the swap but it probably wouldn't be for that particular Brietling.

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    Hmmm I don't like anadigis so I'll say...save for the sub! Or Tudor chrono.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nutty28 View Post
    The MM looks really nice in this shot, but I am pretty sure you could get your hands on another one if there is any seller's remorse, though less those mods.

    If I remember well, you did go thru some efforts hunting down the Hamilton....would you suffer regret selling it, and worse, can't replace it?

    Sorry, can't comment on the Brietling as I don't own any.

    If you trade the MM300, and keep the Hamilton, is this an option for you?
    I could conceivably keep the Hamilton and still be okay funds-wise. That would be possible. I was worried about overlap in the collection between the two watches though.

    But, being smaller and more elegant, they are quite a bit different visually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingK View Post
    Seems like a reasonable train of thought.

    A MM300 has always been on my list too but I think as has been mentioned earlier, is quite easily replaceable when it comes down to it. Except the mods of course, which again, can be redone for a price. And in any case, if you were gonna sell it eventually to get a Sub or DeepSea, then I say no biggie.

    THe Hammy would be harder to replace and that's a call you need to make. If you see yourself missing it, then I'd keep it.

    You could always try the old "hide the watch(es) in question away for a few weeks and see if you miss wearing them" trick.

    I'd do the swap but it probably wouldn't be for that particular Brietling.
    All fair points. My Hamilton is acting up, so I haven't been wearing it (I'm taking it in to be looked at by a watchmaker over winter break) and I do miss it something awful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raza View Post
    So, since I've felt the itch for a few months now and by the end of the week, I'll have some time (as some of you know, I recently quit my job and started law school) but no money, I was thinking about shifting some pieces I originally considered keepers and turning them into something else that will be a keeper (as well as selling off my lesser worn pieces, but that's something else.

    So here's the thing. Would you do the following?

    Seiko MarineMaster 300m and Hamilton Flight Timer out, preowned Breitling Airwolf Raven in.



    Not the most abundant watches, but they're starting to pop up in the $2000 range, which means it's striking distance. I'd try to get one on the bracelet, but if I can't find one, I'll get a bracelet for it later, like I did for my Speedmaster. I've never owned a Breitling before, so it would add a rugged daily wearer from a brand I don't own to the collection, and it's something that would be unique in my collection (without the Flight Timer).

    I'm a bit of an anadigi nut. I love them. I think all quartz watches should be anadigis. That way you lose some of the soul of a mechanical, but you get so much more utility.

    These are the two watches in question:



    MM300. Most of you know it. It's a great watch. I love it. But, to be fair, when I finally start making money again, I was planning on replacing it with a DeepSea or a Submariner anyway (after I buy my mom an Omega), so it might not have been a keeper as much as a placeholder.

    A couple of issues with selling mine. It's customized. It's got a sapphire crystal and a triple gasket crown. And while the bezel is marked up, I've got a fresh one that can be installed.

    So if I sell it and regret it, it wouldn't be as easy as hopping on Watchrecon and buying a random replacement.




    The Hamilton Flight Timer....man, I love this watch too. It's so cool. And man, it is gorgeous. It's tough, but without being super in your face about it, and nice enough that it could pass in most any situation. Biggest issue for me is that it's 40mm wide, which is really small for me. It's not like I wear it and say "This is so small, damn this infernal machine!", but it's 2mm smaller than my next smallest watch. If it were 42mm, I probably wouldn't even be considering this. But the world is what it is and not what I want, so that's how it goes.

    The Airwolf Raven (basically the coolest named watch out there...named after the coolest 80s TV vehicle and the third coolest bird) would outright replace the Flight Timer as a like for like, and the MM300 would basically be a big chunk of change for a prospect to be named later. Its 43.5mm size is much more suited to my wrist than the Flight Timer's 40mm. It's a bit big, but it's not like I'll be wearing it with a suit or anything, so it should be fine.


    What do you guys think? Would you do it? Is there anything I need to know about the Airwolf Raven? Do you have any other suggestions other than the Airwolf Raven?
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    Novelty is sometimes the siren's call. When cash has been short, I've found it all too easy to tag a watch as dispensable, just to enable another parcel delivery.

    The Breitling is appealing, but so is the MM300. Maybe if you already had the Breitling you might now be considering trading it for the MM300. I could easily lose the Hamilton, but that's a personal thing - they're a brand that has never tempted me.

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