Ladies & rentelman Please, What is a good mid to low level three dates watch?

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    Ladies & rentelman Please, What is a good mid to low level three dates watch?

    I found this example on EbayName:  GothamDateOMatic01.JPG
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    I am looking not only for suggestions on what to avoid. My budget is 45 dollars not including repairs. Does making it a triple date automatically add value to any watch?

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    Re: Ladies & rentelman Please, What is a good mid to low level three dates watch?

    I would say yes. Mainly because you don't see them as often.

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    Re: Ladies & rentelman Please, What is a good mid to low level three dates watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by watch origins View Post
    I am looking not only for suggestions on what to avoid.
    I am a great fan of date pointer watches. I have 10+ or so.

    Avoid that one. This is mine and more like what it should look like:



    There are some problems with the watch you posted that will only cause you pain.

    1. Hands. Stick hands are probably OK, as that one is a bit earlier. But likely they will need to be replaced/replated.
    2. What the hell is that green sh*t on the dial?
    3. Looks like the sub second pinion is missing.

    Quote Originally Posted by watch origins View Post
    My budget is 45 dollars not including repairs.
    You can get a redial for maybe $50 - they might be able to salvage the hands at the same time, the movement (if the same as mine) is a common A.S., so you might be able to source a second wheel. But all up, you are looking at a lot of money to redeem it.

    For your budget you might also consider a Benrus double (not triple) calendar. Its a hard ask at $45 though. As I have said before, if you double your budget, you will have a better watch, that needs less money spent on it, and will look better in the end. For $90 you can find something much nicer. $45 is false economy.

    Quote Originally Posted by watch origins View Post
    Does making it a triple date automatically add value to any watch?
    Yes. But... it will also cost you a lot more to service. Some watchmakers will simply refuse to work on them, or charge you chronograph rates. Unfairly really as they're not that complicated and I fix mine myself.
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    Re: Ladies & rentelman Please, What is a good mid to low level three dates watch?

    I think $45 is stretching it unless you want a complete wreck. I got this Z working well but in need of service for just under $200 and that was considered very good price. True-some of the more generic brands go for a bit less but I havnt seen anything go for less than $100 in a good long while. :
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    Re: Ladies & rentelman Please, What is a good mid to low level three dates watch?

    The watch I posted went for $52. Here is the movement.Name:  GothamDateOMatic10.JPG
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    Re: Ladies & rentelman Please, What is a good mid to low level three dates watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by watch origins View Post
    The watch I posted went for $52. Here is the movement.Name:  GothamDateOMatic10.JPG
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    The mvmnt looks intact but the dial looks like it was lumed by a 5yr old. and its missing a sec hand (no big deal). Plating is gone too. Its true that a service could bring this up to speed for another $100-$150. Then you have to decide how much to spend on a redial if you want that done.
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    Re: Ladies & rentelman Please, What is a good mid to low level three dates watch?

    As far as redials go as long as it is clear enough to read that's good. The repairs are $35 to $50 but is that watch worth $100?

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    Re: Ladies & rentelman Please, What is a good mid to low level three dates watch?

    I don't agree. The repairs are not 35-50. You'd be looking at $100-150 (without a redial) to get it in reasonable shape assuming you can source a pinion. So, 52 + 150 = 200, which is what DB paid for his. And no, the watch isn't worth that as the plating is bad.

    I have repaired a number of uneconomic watches. I have also repaired rough ones as I couldn't justify buying a good one. I would not bother with the one you posted, it is too far gone and needs too much time and money to put right.

    There is nothing wrong with a challenge, and nothing wrong with fixing something terrible, but paying someone else to do it is a quick and certain way to get poor.

    Reminds me of the joke about airlines: How do you make a small fortune running an airline? Start with a big fortune.
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    Re: Ladies & rentelman Please, What is a good mid to low level three dates watch?

    I saw this all the time in cars... people would buy a wreck because they could afford it and then end up sinking a small fortune into it. It is an expensive way to get good cars. Watches too!
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
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    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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