Thanks, Coldie. I’ve always liked the bright blue face. I was wearing dad’s watch (the very one in the photo) one day and a woman remarked about it, as she was looking for a gift for her boyfriend or husband. She wanted to know what kind it was. When she found out it was a Seiko she lost all interest. Well, what did I expect from a patron of a Porsche/BMW/Mercedes/Jaguar/Land Rover/Ferarri mechanic? Hey, I like it, and that’s all that matters.
I don’t know much about Poljot watches. I suspect that they’re inexpensive because of the Russian economy. They make a lot of them and that probably keeps the price down. Here’s the middle of three pages from The Sovietski Collection. The top watch is called the “Submariner”, but it’s only water resistant down to 20 meters. Probably okay to shower with it, but not for diving. (BTW: Who showers while wearing a watch? Weird.) Its case is chrome-plated brass, which also helps keep the cost down. It costs $50.
That’s a nice-looking watch you linked to. Very “European looking”. (I go for the “sports watch” style myself though.)
The Invicta watches Waverly linked to seem to be somewhat popular. I think I’d trust them more than a Poljot. they’re water-resistant down to 200 meters and only cost $109. (I’ve seen the same watches on The Home Shopping Channel – no, I don’t watch it, I just happened by – for $259.) Invicta seems to like to make Rolex copies. I looked at a couple of their other watches at random, and they seem to be sports watches rather than dress watches.
When I was looking for “dad’s” Seiko I found many mechanical Seikos on eBay by searching on “seiko”, “automatic” and “new”. It looks like they’ve either started making mechanical watches again, or they have always been making them and I’ve just noticed them. Here is a new Seiko S-Wave with a striking red face and leather strap for $75 with the “Buy it now” option (retail $235). Here’s a black face one that you could put a leather strap on if you wanted to for… damn, the page isn’t responding. I think it was $80.
In any case, I’d get a Seiko before I got a Poljot or Invicta. do the seiko-automatic-new search on eBay and you’ll get two pages of listings. You might also want to do a search for “vulcain”, a Swiss watch that I’ve heard will be re-introduced to the U.S., and “zodiac”, another Swiss maker of attractive mechanical watches.
I remember in the 1980s when digital watches seemed to be a good idea. Everyone was enthralled by their accuracy and by just seeing the time instead of having to interpret angles :rolleyes:. They’re certainly still popular. But I have a feeling that automatic watches are making a comeback.
LMK what you think about the other options, eh?