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    Timepieces with Power Reserve Indicator

    Hello everyone.
    Just wondering what you guys/gals feel would be a good "entry-level" power-reserve indicator timepiece. Well, I am fascinated with this feature, and although it is simple concept, would prefer all my wristwatches to have it (as I do not have a winder).
    I have been looking to find such an 'entry level' timepiece as far as price is concerned, and it seems that Glycine's Power Reserve (46mm) is just under $1800. Although kind of big, I would like something more in the 44-45mm range.
    The Glycine features the ETA Valgranges A07.161, which I imagine is a good quality 'entry power reserve' movement (considering it is an ETA movement/not in-house for companies choosing to implement it into their wristwatch collections).
    Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
    Take care..

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    Re: Timepieces with Power Reserve Indicator

    Not sure if $1800 is entry level to me... Here're some sub-$1500 choices...

    Seiko Mechanical/Premier powered by 6R20/4S36.
    Tissot powered by modified ETA 289*.
    Orient Kingmaster/Star/Star Royal.
    Titoni powered by ETA with Soprod module.

    About in-house, there's very little to choose from if you're looking for a Swiss/German watch. Either ETA or Sellita with additional add-on modules mostly.

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    Re: Timepieces with Power Reserve Indicator

    Quote Originally Posted by vandice View Post
    Not sure if $1800 is entry level to me... Here're some sub-$1500 choices...

    Seiko Mechanical/Premier powered by 6R20/4S36.
    Tissot powered by modified ETA 289*.
    Orient Kingmaster/Star/Star Royal.
    Titoni powered by ETA with Soprod module.

    About in-house, there's very little to choose from if you're looking for a Swiss/German watch. Either ETA or Sellita with additional add-on modules mostly.
    Thanks for your reply. I figured that by adding the feature of power reserve indication, it would substantially increase the cost of an automatic watch (as it does). So I did not expect there to be too many swiss/german automatics for less than $1500 with this feature. $1500 is not 'entry-level, but I think you now know what I mean
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    Re: Timepieces with Power Reserve Indicator

    I'm not a big fan of PRs. Most tend to be overstated and through
    the dial out of balance. The only one I really liked was on an old
    Breitling Duograph. It changed colours from Green to Red in a small
    circle.

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    Don´t like PR indication with any automatic watch and I wouldn´t buy it.
    A PR indication has to be with a handwinding movement only. But these are only my two cents.

    Kinda "useless" with every automatic watch. What would you do when the PR is going down on your automatic watch. Shaking your wrist ? Turning the watch ? Makes no sence to me because the watch winds up automatically when on your wrist.

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    Re: Timepieces with Power Reserve Indicator

    Have you had a look at Hamilton? The Jazzmaster series has a Power Reserve model that looks great and should cost you well below $1000. Has an exhibition back, and a 40 or 42mm case too, I believe.

    I can't seem to get through to their website right now to provide you with a direct link, but if you start at www.hamiltonwatch.com, I'm sure you'll find it (or just Google "Jazzmaster power reserve").

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    Quote Originally Posted by stuffler,mike View Post
    Don´t like PR indication with any automatic watch and I wouldn´t buy it.
    A PR indication has to be with a handwinding movement only. But these are only my two cents.

    Kinda "useless" with every automatic watch. What would you do when the PR is going down on your automatic watch. Shaking your wrist ? Turning the watch ? Makes no sence to me because the watch winds up automatically when on your wrist.
    True. I am definitely still a newbie, so forgive me in my use of terminology. I should have said MECHANICAL, not specifically automatic. I am unsure if the Valgranges A07.161 is automatic or hand-wind, and have seen this in $1000-2000 timepieces.

    Mike, what would you recommend for this price range for mechanical timepieces with PR indicators?
    Last edited by automatik; December 6th, 2007 at 20:17.
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    Re: Timepieces with Power Reserve Indicator

    Quote Originally Posted by NSUser View Post
    Have you had a look at Hamilton? The Jazzmaster series has a Power Reserve model that looks great and should cost you well below $1000. Has an exhibition back, and a 40 or 42mm case too, I believe.

    I can't seem to get through to their website right now to provide you with a direct link, but if you start at www.hamiltonwatch.com, I'm sure you'll find it (or just Google "Jazzmaster power reserve").
    Thanks for your input
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    Quote Originally Posted by automatik View Post
    True. I am definitely still a newbie, so forgive me in my use of terminology. I should have said MECHANICAL, not specifically automatic. I am unsure if the Valgranges A07.161 was automatic or hand-wind, and have seen this in $1000-2000 timepieces.

    Mike, what would you recommend for this price range for mechanical timepieces with PR indicators?
    Dude, the Orient Stars/Kingmaster go for less than $500. The Star Royals, which is just short of Grand Seiko quality, for less than $1500. You've got to see the build quality to believe it. They're really good.

    Titoni's are betw. 500 to 1.5k.

    As to the useless for automatic comment, if you own more than 1 watch and don't have a winder, a PR is great to have for handwinding the watch.

    1. You know when to wind.
    2. You know how much to wind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by automatik View Post
    True. I am definitely still a newbie, so forgive me in my use of terminology. I should have said MECHANICAL, not specifically automatic. I am unsure if the Valgranges A07.161 is automatic or hand-wind, and have seen this in $1000-2000 timepieces.

    Mike, what would you recommend for this price range for mechanical timepieces with PR indicators?
    Well, depends on your taste. Here are some I like and probably will fit your billing:

    Limes Pharo Gangreserve (Gangreserve = PR) with hw ETA/Peseux 7001



    Nomos Tetra Gangreserve (here´s a very special edition called Tausendschön)



    Same movement with PR indication is also available in the Tangente models which are recommended on every forum

    Some Unitas movements are also equipped with PR indication; here´s the Davosa Pares, retails for 1100 Euro:


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