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  • Chronograph

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  • Dress

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  • Grab and go quartz

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Thread: Which gap in my collection should I fill first?

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    Which gap in my collection should I fill first?

    I have a collection of 13 watches right now (and plan on adding a few more this year, couple more Vostoks [NVCH-30 reissue, Steve Zissou and a dateless vintage blue scuba dude if I can find one) and some builds) but I feel like I am missing three big things from collection, a chronograph, a dress watch and a grab and go quartz. I am going to be saving up a little to buy something nicer then my usual stuff in one of these three categories. It will be in the $400-$600 range and vintage except the grab and go.

    Which gap would you fill first?

    For the chronograph, it would be either a vintage Strela or vintage Olma.
    For the dress watch, I was thinking a vintage tank or something from Longines or UG. It will be a two hander or maybe a sub-dial second.
    Grab and go quartz I have no idea. I am leaning away from vintage and more towards something newer because I'd like watch resistance (water resistance being not having to worry about it in the rain). Basically I want a watch that could be used anywhere except with a suit. So thoughts on this one would be great. Pre-owned preferred.

    I have a few quartz watches but two are not all that nice and the other two are beaters. I have an Olma which functions as my current dress watch but honestly I don't really like it as a dress watch more of an everyday watch to me.
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    I'd go with the one you'd get the most wear out of first.

    Out of the three categories you list, the grab and go quartz sounds like the most likely candidate. If you needed a chronograph you'd probably already have one and if you get a quartz chronograph, you can put a vintage mechanical chronograph on hold until you find the right one.

    For the dress watch you already have the Olma which can function in that role, so it isn't as high on the priority list.

    As I hinted above, a quartz chronograph is a great option. I'd suggest the Seiko SSCxxx line. They are solid watches and have screwed down pushers for water resistance. I have the one with blue trim, but they have quite a few nice color options.


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    I'd say pick the chrono first and put more $$ there for a nice piece.
    Then pick up a nice beater (not too expensive) and finally, a nice formal/dress piece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FuzzyB View Post
    I'd go with the one you'd get the most wear out of first.

    Out of the three categories you list, the grab and go quartz sounds like the most likely candidate. If you needed a chronograph you'd probably already have one and if you get a quartz chronograph, you can put a vintage mechanical chronograph on hold until you find the right one.

    For the dress watch you already have the Olma which can function in that role, so it isn't as high on the priority list.

    As I hinted above, a quartz chronograph is a great option. I'd suggest the Seiko SSCxxx line. They are solid watches and have screwed down pushers for water resistance. I have the one with blue trim, but they have quite a few nice color options.

    Great recommendation, I have one with yellow accents. Also check out a Seiko Tuna or a Marathon TSAR. All great watches that wear great on bracelet, rubber straps (e.g. isofrane) or natos.
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    Finding the vintage chrono of your dreams might take a while, so why not make a good start on that?

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    A totally random suggestion for a vintage chrono: a Breitling Top Time, a watch I learnt about just a couple of days ago:

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    Quote Originally Posted by FuzzyB View Post
    I'd go with the one you'd get the most wear out of first.

    Out of the three categories you list, the grab and go quartz sounds like the most likely candidate. If you needed a chronograph you'd probably already have one and if you get a quartz chronograph, you can put a vintage mechanical chronograph on hold until you find the right one.
    I'd say I'd wear the chrono the most since it would be in the daily rotation but I have other watches in the daily rotation whereas I have nothing to grab in a hurry so that is maybe the biggest need. I had a quartz chrono but I sold it mostly because of the flat mineral crystal. I can't stand flat crystals and I really don't like mineral crystals. So whatever I get grab and go it must have a domed crystal.


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    What about a quartz Max Bill?

    Anyone owned one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Der Amf View Post
    Finding the vintage chrono of your dreams might take a while, so why not make a good start on that?
    I have been lusting over a creme-dial Strela since I joined the other place and saw one for the first time.

    I have also been lusting over one of these.

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    You can actually grab just about anything and go if you have to, so the quartz can wait.
    If you needed a dress watch that badly, you'd already have purchased on.
    That leaves the chrono - and it's pretty useful for daily living anyway, so I say chrono.

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