The $80 mechanical watch vs my Rolex 1018

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The $80 mechanical watch vs my Rolex 1018

Joined: May 19th, 2013, 6:26 pm

December 2nd, 2017, 8:50 pm #1

The easy answer is obvious. My 1018 (see last picture) is the superior watch. But that $80 Seiko is an amazing value. If you want a very very very good mechanical watch that will do its job and never give you heartburn if something happens to it, this is the one to look at. I found it in a Wall Street Journal article "Penny-wise Advise on Mechanical Watches." They were all under $250 and at $80 the Seiko was cheapest...and looked the best IMO. I followed the links, read the specs and reviews, spent my $80 and a few days later Amazon delivered it. Its a decent size, 38mm, they had a 42mm version with manual and autowind, but I chose this for the size. To wind I have to shake it back and forth for a couple of minutes and then it will keep going as long as I wear it. But off the wrist, the power reserve is less than 24 hours in my experience. Setting the time, day and date is routine and easy, with the warning about not setting the day and date between 9 pm and 3 am. Accuracy has been very good...on par with my Rolex. The look of the Seiko is also excellent. The dial is well made, the case is a matt steel, and a little thick for my choice. The case back has the see through crystal and the movement is nice and shiny. And the movement is made in Malaysia. Not sure where the entire watch is assembled but so far it keeps working away and I have no complaints. The original nylon strap was very stiff and uncomfortable so I splurged another $20 and bought a softer Hadly Roma nylon and leather strap that is much more comfortable. So here are pictures...sorry you'll have to use the links until I get Imgur sorted out. It is a very decent field watch that will probably never be worth repairing...and yet if you love mechanical watches, how could you not make the effort.

As for the Rolex 1018...the 36 mm case is as perfect a size as ever made. The watch lays on my wrist and seems to float there. The folded metal Jubilee bracelet is perfect. It is my daily wearer...even more than my 1013. Hope this entertains all of you.



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Joined: May 19th, 2013, 1:14 pm

December 3rd, 2017, 2:40 pm #2

purchasing them. The are many models to choose from. Some are
fairly expensive. I like yours.
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Joined: September 29th, 2016, 9:37 pm

December 3rd, 2017, 3:55 pm #3

The easy answer is obvious. My 1018 (see last picture) is the superior watch. But that $80 Seiko is an amazing value. If you want a very very very good mechanical watch that will do its job and never give you heartburn if something happens to it, this is the one to look at. I found it in a Wall Street Journal article "Penny-wise Advise on Mechanical Watches." They were all under $250 and at $80 the Seiko was cheapest...and looked the best IMO. I followed the links, read the specs and reviews, spent my $80 and a few days later Amazon delivered it. Its a decent size, 38mm, they had a 42mm version with manual and autowind, but I chose this for the size. To wind I have to shake it back and forth for a couple of minutes and then it will keep going as long as I wear it. But off the wrist, the power reserve is less than 24 hours in my experience. Setting the time, day and date is routine and easy, with the warning about not setting the day and date between 9 pm and 3 am. Accuracy has been very good...on par with my Rolex. The look of the Seiko is also excellent. The dial is well made, the case is a matt steel, and a little thick for my choice. The case back has the see through crystal and the movement is nice and shiny. And the movement is made in Malaysia. Not sure where the entire watch is assembled but so far it keeps working away and I have no complaints. The original nylon strap was very stiff and uncomfortable so I splurged another $20 and bought a softer Hadly Roma nylon and leather strap that is much more comfortable. So here are pictures...sorry you'll have to use the links until I get Imgur sorted out. It is a very decent field watch that will probably never be worth repairing...and yet if you love mechanical watches, how could you not make the effort.

As for the Rolex 1018...the 36 mm case is as perfect a size as ever made. The watch lays on my wrist and seems to float there. The folded metal Jubilee bracelet is perfect. It is my daily wearer...even more than my 1013. Hope this entertains all of you.



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I too have a Seiko mechanical watch. Its an SKX 007 with the 7S26 movement. I wear it as my daily beater and is incredible value. If it was lost or broke I would buy another.
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Joined: May 19th, 2013, 6:26 pm

December 3rd, 2017, 6:48 pm #4

The easy answer is obvious. My 1018 (see last picture) is the superior watch. But that $80 Seiko is an amazing value. If you want a very very very good mechanical watch that will do its job and never give you heartburn if something happens to it, this is the one to look at. I found it in a Wall Street Journal article "Penny-wise Advise on Mechanical Watches." They were all under $250 and at $80 the Seiko was cheapest...and looked the best IMO. I followed the links, read the specs and reviews, spent my $80 and a few days later Amazon delivered it. Its a decent size, 38mm, they had a 42mm version with manual and autowind, but I chose this for the size. To wind I have to shake it back and forth for a couple of minutes and then it will keep going as long as I wear it. But off the wrist, the power reserve is less than 24 hours in my experience. Setting the time, day and date is routine and easy, with the warning about not setting the day and date between 9 pm and 3 am. Accuracy has been very good...on par with my Rolex. The look of the Seiko is also excellent. The dial is well made, the case is a matt steel, and a little thick for my choice. The case back has the see through crystal and the movement is nice and shiny. And the movement is made in Malaysia. Not sure where the entire watch is assembled but so far it keeps working away and I have no complaints. The original nylon strap was very stiff and uncomfortable so I splurged another $20 and bought a softer Hadly Roma nylon and leather strap that is much more comfortable. So here are pictures...sorry you'll have to use the links until I get Imgur sorted out. It is a very decent field watch that will probably never be worth repairing...and yet if you love mechanical watches, how could you not make the effort.

As for the Rolex 1018...the 36 mm case is as perfect a size as ever made. The watch lays on my wrist and seems to float there. The folded metal Jubilee bracelet is perfect. It is my daily wearer...even more than my 1013. Hope this entertains all of you.



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Here are pictures now that I've found a way to post here.







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Joined: November 25th, 2011, 11:35 am

December 5th, 2017, 3:38 pm #5

The easy answer is obvious. My 1018 (see last picture) is the superior watch. But that $80 Seiko is an amazing value. If you want a very very very good mechanical watch that will do its job and never give you heartburn if something happens to it, this is the one to look at. I found it in a Wall Street Journal article "Penny-wise Advise on Mechanical Watches." They were all under $250 and at $80 the Seiko was cheapest...and looked the best IMO. I followed the links, read the specs and reviews, spent my $80 and a few days later Amazon delivered it. Its a decent size, 38mm, they had a 42mm version with manual and autowind, but I chose this for the size. To wind I have to shake it back and forth for a couple of minutes and then it will keep going as long as I wear it. But off the wrist, the power reserve is less than 24 hours in my experience. Setting the time, day and date is routine and easy, with the warning about not setting the day and date between 9 pm and 3 am. Accuracy has been very good...on par with my Rolex. The look of the Seiko is also excellent. The dial is well made, the case is a matt steel, and a little thick for my choice. The case back has the see through crystal and the movement is nice and shiny. And the movement is made in Malaysia. Not sure where the entire watch is assembled but so far it keeps working away and I have no complaints. The original nylon strap was very stiff and uncomfortable so I splurged another $20 and bought a softer Hadly Roma nylon and leather strap that is much more comfortable. So here are pictures...sorry you'll have to use the links until I get Imgur sorted out. It is a very decent field watch that will probably never be worth repairing...and yet if you love mechanical watches, how could you not make the effort.

As for the Rolex 1018...the 36 mm case is as perfect a size as ever made. The watch lays on my wrist and seems to float there. The folded metal Jubilee bracelet is perfect. It is my daily wearer...even more than my 1013. Hope this entertains all of you.



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are exceptional value for money and for what they are. These little quiet achievers made in the far East are the best secret in town. They are as rugged and reliable as most other timepieces made there like Seiko, which were indestructible especially amongst Soldiers during the Vietnam war.

Mine is a 40mm in 316L stainless steel with a miyota automatic movement. I have been wearing it as a daily beater for almost 5 years. I can replace the movement for some $25 and do it myeelf which is far cheaper than servicing it, even if I were to do it myself when considering that I will need to buy the oils and cleaning hydrocarbons that are not cheap either. Enjoy both of yours in good health!!!!
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Joined: February 7th, 2005, 5:57 am

December 5th, 2017, 6:27 pm #6

The easy answer is obvious. My 1018 (see last picture) is the superior watch. But that $80 Seiko is an amazing value. If you want a very very very good mechanical watch that will do its job and never give you heartburn if something happens to it, this is the one to look at. I found it in a Wall Street Journal article "Penny-wise Advise on Mechanical Watches." They were all under $250 and at $80 the Seiko was cheapest...and looked the best IMO. I followed the links, read the specs and reviews, spent my $80 and a few days later Amazon delivered it. Its a decent size, 38mm, they had a 42mm version with manual and autowind, but I chose this for the size. To wind I have to shake it back and forth for a couple of minutes and then it will keep going as long as I wear it. But off the wrist, the power reserve is less than 24 hours in my experience. Setting the time, day and date is routine and easy, with the warning about not setting the day and date between 9 pm and 3 am. Accuracy has been very good...on par with my Rolex. The look of the Seiko is also excellent. The dial is well made, the case is a matt steel, and a little thick for my choice. The case back has the see through crystal and the movement is nice and shiny. And the movement is made in Malaysia. Not sure where the entire watch is assembled but so far it keeps working away and I have no complaints. The original nylon strap was very stiff and uncomfortable so I splurged another $20 and bought a softer Hadly Roma nylon and leather strap that is much more comfortable. So here are pictures...sorry you'll have to use the links until I get Imgur sorted out. It is a very decent field watch that will probably never be worth repairing...and yet if you love mechanical watches, how could you not make the effort.

As for the Rolex 1018...the 36 mm case is as perfect a size as ever made. The watch lays on my wrist and seems to float there. The folded metal Jubilee bracelet is perfect. It is my daily wearer...even more than my 1013. Hope this entertains all of you.



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(unless you're 10 years old). If you want to know the exact time, look at your cell phone. Without sounding like an a**hole elitist, cheap shoes, cheap suits and cheap watches should be avoided.
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Joined: May 19th, 2013, 1:14 pm

December 5th, 2017, 10:03 pm #7

their own way. Cell phones usually are in a persons' pocket, while
watches are more accessible.
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Joined: February 7th, 2005, 5:57 am

December 5th, 2017, 10:41 pm #8

response....that I have the Seiko “Black Monster”. I do think it’s a terrific watch for the money, and seems virtually indestructible.
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Joined: November 25th, 2011, 11:35 am

December 6th, 2017, 6:04 am #9

(unless you're 10 years old). If you want to know the exact time, look at your cell phone. Without sounding like an a**hole elitist, cheap shoes, cheap suits and cheap watches should be avoided.
The price of the item is not always refective of the quality.

In horology, we have very expensive watches that are still cheap in quality. I have two watches on my work bench; both a Tissot and a Tag Heuer. They are both in quality stainless steel cases, with the same eta quartz module costing approximately $45 trade. Both have rotating bezels with a screw down crown and of same water resistant capacity. There is nothing wrong with neither of them but in need of a new battery and pressure testing.

The DIFFERENCE is the price tag, where one is over $3000 and the other $500. Without declaring which is which, I guess you can all work out which one had the higher price TAG (excuse the pun). You could say that the $500 timepiece is cheap and should be avoided, but the $3000 one is appealing because you are paying more so you believe to get a lot more for your money. In my opinion they are either; both junk or both good, depending on which angle you look at. Now, if you are buying a lower end Rolex for $3000, then this is different as it is all inhouse with a mechanical module which is of course more expensive. I cannot justify paying $3000 for one of those watches sitting on my work bench. That is very inferior quality for the price you pay, but definitely NOT cheap!!!. I could build a generic clone of the same for just under for $200. Surely if Seiko had 4 digit price tags, then they would not be looked at as cheap or inexpensive.
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Joined: July 9th, 2004, 2:59 pm

December 6th, 2017, 9:33 am #10

of the brands worth and somethings worth can be measured in many ways.

Its also a strange old world we live in...eg how many people wear a submariner type watch but never get it wet or a cosmograph type watch and never use the timing capability?

So often its the branding synergy that really counts ie where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

regards

John
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