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    Less Expensive Watchs for Complete Watch Nerds

    I have been pondering this a bit as I continue my watch journey. Most of our watches will be practical to a degree. Sure you might geek out at the idea of your watch being worn on the moon, a movie, or just used to dive. Those are still just cool everyday watches. But then there are the really geeky things. Tourbillon movements, skeletons, or other just quarky things really only a watch lover would be interested in. That said these are often super expensive so it had me thinking more about some more "affordable" examples.

    Anyway figured I'd ask others about some of the more affordable watches (ideally under 5k, but clearly if it's a really special addition there's a level of being reasonable) that really are for the watch geeks.

    More affordable example of a tourbillon - sure complete impractical given servicing, but so cool!

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    Skeleton - I know a bit polarizing for some here, but I think to really enjoy these you have to be a bit of a watch nerd. Tissot does this with enough work that it's interesting.
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    Quartz - High Accuracy. Now this *might* be breaking the theme with the price being rather high for a quartz, but under 5k is still obtainable for normal watch geeks.
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    But why did I really post that lovely quartz watch with a near 5k sticker?

    Oh yeah a quartz with a display case back!

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    Re: Less Expensive Watchs for Complete Watch Nerds

    Seiko makes nice 'affordable' enamel-dialed watches
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    Re: Less Expensive Watchs for Complete Watch Nerds

    Quote Originally Posted by IGotId View Post
    Seiko makes nice 'affordable' enamel-dialed watches
    Good call! The dial geek in me loves them. The movement geek in me hates them. :)


    I really thought a bit about this and a few similar models. Lovely black color. But couldn't pull the trigger. Pretty sure I'd not be upset with it.
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    Re: Less Expensive Watchs for Complete Watch Nerds

    Watches that cost less than $5000 that appeal to folks here ("watch nerds")? How wide is the sea?

    FYI--Your definition of the watch nerd as one who likes "Tourbillon movements, skeletons, or other just quarky things" doesn't touch one base of what I think the typical watch enthusiast lusts after--in fact, to a person, those intangibles differ rather dramatically, based on the threads here--so, again, watches that appeal to folks here that cost under $5000 is a pretty large playing field.
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    $5000 cap being "less expensive"? F M L!
    I thought you were going to make it challenging and say "$500 max."
    Why is $5,000 considered high for a quartz but okay for anything else?

    my list of sub $5000 amazing watches.

    Omega Speedmaster Professional
    used Rolex Explorer 14270
    SBGV207
    Stowa Flieger
    Casio GShock MR-G

    Never ever confuse interestingness with unaffordability.
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    Re: Less Expensive Watchs for Complete Watch Nerds

    Quote Originally Posted by timefleas View Post
    Watches that cost less than $5000 that appeal to folks here ("watch nerds")? How wide is the sea?

    FYI--Your definition of the watch nerd as one who likes "Tourbillon movements, skeletons, or other just quarky things" doesn't touch one base of what I think the typical watch enthusiast lusts after--in fact, to a person, those intangibles differ rather dramatically, based on the threads here--so, again, watches that appeal to folks here that cost under $5000 is a pretty large playing field.
    The idea are watches that COULD cost a lot more but give a cheap way into something rare or way more expensive. I also said 5k with a caviot that one could go more if such added thing was cool enough. I didn't want 70 or 50k watches as well that's out of reality for 99% of us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by imaCoolRobot View Post
    $5000 cap being "less expensive"? F M L!
    I thought you were going to make it challenging and say "$500 max."
    Why is $5,000 considered high for a quartz but okay for anything else?

    my list of sub $5000 amazing watches.

    Omega Speedmaster Professional
    used Rolex Explorer 14270
    SBGV207
    Stowa Flieger
    Casio GShock MR-G

    Never ever confuse interestingness with unaffordability.
    Thank you for a list of watches completely off topic, and even one I said was completely not what I was talking about. Wow...

    Find me a swiss tourbillon for 5k....that WOULD be on topic! And the reason for the 5k number again, because we're talking tourbillon coolness not boring everday watches like your list. Seriously did you read what I posted?

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    Pardon me for disagreeing here, but I tend to think of skeletons as something that primarily appeal to non-watch nerds. There are many threads on here started by newcomers who think they want a skeleton or open-heart watch. I tend to see lots of cheap ones in the wild. Further, I personally can't see how anyone who really deeply cares about the craft of watchmaking could look at that Tissot you posted and swoon. YMMV.
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    My first thought was...a classic

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    Re: Less Expensive Watchs for Complete Watch Nerds

    Quote Originally Posted by DustinS View Post
    Thank you for a list of watches completely off topic, and even one I said was completely not what I was talking about. Wow...

    Find me a swiss tourbillon for 5k....that WOULD be on topic! And the reason for the 5k number again, because we're talking tourbillon coolness not boring everday watches like your list. Seriously did you read what I posted?
    Tourbillon movements, skeletons, or other just quarky things really only a watch lover would be interested in.
    what is Quarky?
    Many watch lovers couldn't give a crap about Tourbillons and Skeletons. Many REAL watch lovers really don't get that obsessed with Swiss provenance. In fact, many so called watch fans obsessed with the Swissness of watches are just neophytes who fall for Swiss Marketing. Also, that Tissot is kinda meh.
    if you like Skeletons that much just get this and keep the change.
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