The Member Berries of the Watch World

View Poll Results: What are your thoughts of modern, "vintage throwback" remakes?

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    The Member Berries of the Watch World

    You would need to have seen the most recent episodes of South Park to understand this right off the top. Member Berries are basically a metaphor for sometimes, instead of innovating and moving the world forward, people prefer to soak in nostalgia, sit back, be lazy, and "member the good times". South Park has so far tied this into the latest Star Wars release. Apparently the writers just thought the movie was lazy lol. Anyways, it made me think about how this could relate to the watch world.

    Do you guys find all the recent throwback heritage watch models to be really cool and worth the money, or lazy and relying on nostalgia too much and not innovations in build/design? Tudor comes to mind, with its heritage throwbacks, which I love. But watching South Park made me think deeper about it (As South Park always seems to do...), and made me wonder if Tudor was kind of the "member berries" of the watch world.

    "Member big crowns with no crown guards?!"
    "Yeah! I love big crowns with no crown guards!"
    "Member when men's watches were 36mm?!"
    "Member the Tudor rose, snowflake hands, the Monte Carlo, and the Ranger?!"
    "Yeah I member!"


    This isn't exclusive to Tudor either. I can think of multiple watch companies that are guilty. Oris 65, Longines Legend Diver, Hamilton's Pan Europ just to name a few. I want to be clear that I have nothing against Tudor at all, I have a Pelagos and its my favorite watch, I'll never part with it. Just thought it was an interesting discussion point. I know Tudor has plenty of watches that are innovative and aren't throwbacks.







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    Re: The Member Berries of the Watch World

    If you designed something great in 1950 why not create a heritage version of it so that the current generation can share in it without having to buy vintage?
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    Re: The Member Berries of the Watch World

    I like them, Alpina has a heritage. Should be something actually from the brand and not a rip from someone else.

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    Re: The Member Berries of the Watch World

    Seiko has over the years issued several watches that if not exact copies are close representations of vintage watches. One example is a group of 9 colorful Seiko 5 Sports % watches that look right out of the 1970's. The dial colors are deep, lume first rate, the back looks old and they use an updated movement.
    Several years back I read that Seiko also reissued a chronograph with the Sport 5 series. I would love to find one.

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    Another would be the fine Seiko Laurel.

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    I think there will always be a market for well done reissues.
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    Re: The Member Berries of the Watch World

    I have nothing against re issues but I do not like "vintage lume" its just trying too hard.
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    Re: The Member Berries of the Watch World

    I love many reissues and I'm not saying they aren't great watches or there isn't a market for it. So do you guys think modern reissues are a great blend of modern with a nod to the history, or are they a lazy play on nostalgia?

    Retro is definitely big right now, not just in movies or watches. Take a look at cars, even. The latest gen of Challenger's take several heavy styling/marketing cues from the original challengers of the 70's. So is retro styling just the latest flavor? Is "membering" just a trend?

    I also wonder if a throwback watch can become a future classic? Or does it need to have a fresh, unique design to become an iconic watch in the future?

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    Re: The Member Berries of the Watch World

    I thought this was a play on the dingle berries of the watch world. You know those brands that stink but manage to cling on somehow. Everyone says how much they dislike them and how annoying they are but some people secretly harbor them. I'm not gonna out any particular brand but it's with an I and ends in an A.


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    Re: The Member Berries of the Watch World

    Im more of a guy who believes in progression, and the Simpsons:

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    Re: The Member Berries of the Watch World

    Quote Originally Posted by watch_hor View Post
    I thought this was a play on the dingle berries of the watch world. You know those brands that stink but manage to cling on somehow. Everyone says how much they dislike them and how annoying they are but some people secretly harbor them. I'm not gonna out any particular brand but it's with an I and ends in an A.


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    Haha. I guess this topic requires a familiarity with the new south park episodes. I had hoped there would be more watch nuts who were also South Park fans!

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    Im more of a guy who believes in progression, and the Simpsons:
    LOL. Kodos would make a fine alternative candidate in this upcoming election...

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    Re: The Member Berries of the Watch World

    I think they are cool but they always change something that makes it a deal breaker for me. For example, they make it bigger and it is too big for me.

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