Hey folks! Just a quick thank you for all the information compiled in this excellent forum! I've been lurking for a little over a month and I've learned a ton, all culminating in me placing my very first order for an automatic watch (2 actually!!)!
Name's Sam and I'm in Massachusetts. Previously I've only owned Quartz watches and mostly crappy ones. So much so that I had given up on watch wearing and just used my cell phone. Just recently however I decided to give the watch thing another go and decided to do my research. Before you know it I was neck deep in calibre write ups, grey markets, and curved spring bars .
I set out to find 2 automatic watches; slightly dressy & everyday. After days of research, shopping & reading (with this forum always being my reference) I settled on the following;
I also ordered from Panatime;
For the Seiko;
22mm XXL Panatime Vintage Distressed Oak Genuine Calf Leather With Black Stitching 135/90 22/22 with BLACK PVD
22mm Panatime Olive Ballistic Nylon Nato with 5 PVD (Black) Rings 12"/308mm
For the Orient;
22mm XL Panatime Black Genuine Leather Watch Strap with Gator Print and White Stitching 135/85m 22/20
Finally, for swapping the straps out I ordered from Esslinger;
Bergeon 3153 Watch Band Tool Spring Bar Removal Tool
My budget was unfortunately a lot smaller than my taste allowed but I think with the above 2 I got myself a good set up and a decent start of a collection! There's a few watches that are already on my wishlist but one thing I know is that my next purchase will include a Greg Stevens strap!!!! They're soooo nice but I just couldn't justify putting one on the Seiko!
Now I just have to wait for all this stuff to get here! arrrrgghhh
Anway, thanks again for all the info, reviews, pictures, comments! They were incredibly helpful! Any and all comments on my purchases would be appreciated!!