How about a new watch thread?
I guess everyone knows I like them. Friday I wore one of my 1974 (year, not number in the collection!) blue-dial Seiko Bell-Matics. Pretty watch, but a PITA to set the date. You set the date by rocking back and forth around midnight, but to set the date you have to go round and round. Wednesday I wore my late-'70s vintage non-date Sub, and yesterday was the GMT Master II. My '90s G.I.-issue Stocker & Yale is out. I’ll have to wear that one soon. Too bad they were disposable watches; the tritium is depleted. (I always liked the nuclear trefoil on the dial, and ‘DISPOSE OF RAD. WASTE’ on the back.) I’m not fond of watches that require batteries, but my Hamilton Ventura is on the table and I haven’t worn it in a while. My '86 Seiko Sports 100 Chronograph is happily ticking away in my bedroom.
I checked prices on the Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph Moon Watch this morning. Ten years ago I could have bought one at a dealer for $1,800. Now they retail for almost twice that. Ouch. I still want one, though. Someday…
I also like the Rolex Air King, with the blue dial, no bezel, and no numerals (just ‘hash marks’). Samclem says he’ll keep an eye out for one for me in his shop. I like this watch because there’s no bling-factor.
I’d like to get some watches from the mid-'60s to, say, 1972. I need to learn more about the available brands during that time period. I mean, I know Rolex, Bulova, Omega, and Seiko and Hamilton; but I need to learn about more mass-market brands of the time period.