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23 hours ago, Madstacks said:

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Ended up going for this for now, the new ceramic bezel Longines Hydroconquest in the new 43mm size. I have big wrists and like big watches - £981 after code with francis gaye, im sure could be sorced on the grey market cheaper but im happy, appart from the fact i have to wait a month as orders are backed up😕

I do want to get an omega one day, but this fits my price bracket a bit better right now. I could have got a black one cheaper at around £926.50 but for me it has to be blue. Stunning dial can be seen in this video at 4.10 seconds. 

 

Longines make great watches and at a more wallet friendly price, not that £981 is exactly cheap for a watch and defo a bit of a self indulgent splurge.

A watch that if looked after can be passed on down the family with a timeless design.

 

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Cheers Mr Dead - I do think I have made the right choice on this one. 

I first wanted the Omega Seamaster 300, but i tend to like my watches bigger than 41mm so id probably looking at a planet ocean and they are even more. 

The Longines seems to offer most of the quality at a fraction of the price - official servicing seems to be about half the price, and is still from a prestigious watch company with a strong history, they seem to be somewhat underappreciated and undervalued and being a serial bargain hunter that calls to me too! But to be honest I was sold on it as soon as i saw it, the price is a bonus. 

I still would like an omega one day in the future, but now I will have a nice diver i think it would have to be the moonwatch. 

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Not so much a watch but I just treated myself to a cheap Chinese watch winder which seems to be doing the job fine 

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I'm into my Japanese watches myself, love Sekios and Orients in particular, just find them to be straight honest watches at a reasonable price, I have really scrawny wrists so the 37mm of the Seiko is ideal.  That Longines Hydroconquest is a really nice watch and is affordable and I  might treat myself to that one as well, I'm a little disappointed that Swatch seems to have decided to reduce Longines down a tier though, I bought the Grand Classique for something dressy and it's not value for money.

Funnily enough the watch that's getting the most wrist time with me at the moment is a cheap but not nasty Chinese job as well, a Parnis Daytona homage.

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I like it though, only £60 and it has sapphire glass, nice mechaquartz movement and fully stainless 316L case and bracelet with ceramic bezel and the bracelet has solid end links and a machined clasp which is something I would not get with most Seikos even though I put in on a leather strap, looks good and wears well.

Sorry to lower the tone with "shitters" as Archie Luxury would say.

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On 16/01/2019 at 19:29, shortstack68 said:

Out of curiosity what is the service costs of a Rolex?

I got quoted between £500 and £600 depending on steel or gold model. Although the guy i spoke to basically said if its still keeping good time then dont bother! Although it would be more a cosmetic thing when i do service as they come back looking brand new. 

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