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    Off Topic post Talk me into (or out of) a MeisterSinger

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    These have grown on me and I'm getting close to taking the plunge on a tan dial No. 01 hand wind (ETA 2801) with solid back, but few things are making me hesitate:


    • At 43mm, it's at the upper end of my size limit (wrist = 6.75"). The thin bezel and amount of glass will make it appear large for its case size I think, although lug-to-lug is only about 51mm.
    • Too dressy maybe? The case sides are brushed, but the top and lugs are polished. I worry it may be too dressy for my usual casual dress. But it's easy enough to change out the croc strap for calf, which should dress it down. In my experience, dressy watches don't get much wrist time.
    • Novelty? I wonder if the novelty of the one hand wears off after a while. I've had my 24-hour one hand Botta a short while and I do enjoy it on lazy days where precision is not needed.
    • Cost. At over $1100, it seems maybe a bit expensive for what it is.


    I do like things that are a bit offbeat, however, and a MeisterSinger would certainly be a unique addition to the family. What do you guys think?
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    Re: Talk me into (or out of) a MeisterSinger

    Quote Originally Posted by LH2 View Post
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    These have grown on me and I'm getting close to taking the plunge on a tan dial No. 01 hand wind (ETA 2801) with solid back, but few things are making me hesitate:


    • At 43mm, it's at the upper end of my size limit (wrist = 6.75"). The thin bezel and amount of glass will make it appear large for its case size I think, although lug-to-lug is only about 51mm.
    • Too dressy maybe? The case sides are brushed, but the top and lugs are polished. I worry it may be too dressy for my usual casual dress. But it's easy enough to change out the croc strap for calf, which should dress it down. In my experience, dressy watches don't get much wrist time.
    • Novelty? I wonder if the novelty of the one hand wears off after a while. I've had my 24-hour one hand Botta a short while and I do enjoy it on lazy days where precision is not needed.
    • Cost. At over $1100, it seems maybe a bit expensive for what it is.


    I do like things that are a bit offbeat, however, and a MeisterSinger would certainly be a unique addition to the family. What do you guys think?
    What is it? But seriously, if you like it, and can keep the lights on, go for it! While not my style, I can see that being a very nice watch.

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    Re: Talk me into (or out of) a MeisterSinger

    If you're not sure if you'll like it, try a less expensive alternative, like Kemmner.

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    Re: Talk me into (or out of) a MeisterSinger

    If you want people to talk you out of buying a watch you have probably come to the wrong place. That watch is a winner.
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    Re: Talk me into (or out of) a MeisterSinger

    I like the handsome, clean dial and its contrasting color scheme. I think you should go for it, especially if you are a fan of simple, clean watches like the Sinn 556.
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    Re: Talk me into (or out of) a MeisterSinger

    It is a lovely watch. My only question is whether you will get used to single hand time and approximating the minutes. Some watch collectors love the watch while others grow frustrated with the design and stop using it once the newness wears off. It is difficult to give you advice on the purchase because I don't know whether you would expect the watch to tell the time quickly to the minute and second. I would tire of the novelty.
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    Re: Talk me into (or out of) a MeisterSinger

    Buy it, I'm after the same watch in the 38mm version.....or the Pangaea which is 40mm
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    Re: Talk me into (or out of) a MeisterSinger

    Like it! It is unique and would fit in well with what you already have, imho. If you're liking the Uno and don't tire of it, I think the Meistersinger will be a keeper, too . . .
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    Re: Talk me into (or out of) a MeisterSinger

    I was interested in these watches too at one time; they're neat but my reasons for passing them up were:

    1) Forty-six year old eyesight. Having two distinct hands sort of helps me to triangulate the approximate time...most of the time
    2) Practicality. Like was mentioned earlier, I wasn't sure if I could transition between the two configurations easily enough
    3) Looks. The more I looked at the dial, the more it looked like a scale in a butcher shop to me. That's actually kind of cool - especially because it looks like a scale in an old fashioned butcher shop - but I found it a bit too utilitarian. I like this watch though so go figure:

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    Re: Talk me into (or out of) a MeisterSinger

    I like them a lot. If you're concerned with 43mm then try one of the smaller versions.
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