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So I did it, I quit smoking after 25 years. My wife told me to get a hobby to fill the void of my former habit. So, I agreed, and started looking for a watch. I guess I did this so I could see the time pass since my last cigarette.

Anyway, it hit me the other day, I remembered my Father giving me a wind up watch when I was a kid. I loved that watch. I would wake up every morning, and make sure it was still ticking away. I am sure I broke it at some stage, I don't remember.

I guess I am looking for advice to start my collection. Nothing fancy, just stuff the Average Joe would wear.

I have a few odd things going on. I only like leather bands, and I like plain watches. Man, when I see 5 sets of hands I get confused lol.

Thanks for any advice.
 

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I guess I am looking for advice to start my collection. Nothing fancy, just stuff the Average Joe would wear.

I have a few odd things going on. I only like leather bands, and I like plain watches. Man, when I see 5 sets of hands I get confused lol.

Thanks for any advice.
Key question: How much money are you thinking of spending on this first one ?

£50 ? £100? £200 ? £400 ? or more ?

Welcome BTW :)
 

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Congrats and welcome aboard! Be very careful here.... this can be more addictive than nicotine. Best advice for starting a collection... take your time, look around, and, most importantly, buy what you like.
 
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Hello everyone,

So I did it, I quit smoking after 25 years. My wife told me to get a hobby to fill the void of my former habit. So, I agreed, and started looking for a watch. I guess I did this so I could see the time pass since my last cigarette.

Anyway, it hit me the other day, I remembered my Father giving me a wind up watch when I was a kid. I loved that watch. I would wake up every morning, and make sure it was still ticking away. I am sure I broke it at some stage, I don't remember.

I guess I am looking for advice to start my collection. Nothing fancy, just stuff the Average Joe would wear.

I have a few odd things going on. I only like leather bands, and I like plain watches. Man, when I see 5 sets of hands I get confused lol.

Thanks for any advice.
Mazel tov on your smoking cessation! I would celebrate with a Lange ab/auf!

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Just kidding (unless you are one of those gents that has saved 10's of thousands of quid since quitting that is).

In my opinion, a great starter watch, that is unique and great value is the Orient Esteem

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you can get 30% off of the 280 USD MSRP with the code summer2013 (can I get a confirmation that code is still active?)

Great size at 41mm, leather band, gorgeous blued steel hands and an open heart to see that baby tick.

Good luck in your search and congratulations again on your accomplishment.
 
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If you have fond memories of your old wind up watch, why don't you consider going vintage? Those are usually fitted on leather straps, pretty simple. Plus vintage timepieces usually have a lot of history.

I got my first vintage soon after I started my "proper" collection. Haven't stopped since - they are my absolute favorites nowadays.
 

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Hamilton Khaki Mechanical, is a no-nonsense military inspired hand wind, available with a couple of different face color and band options, including leather. I think it falls pretty nicely in-line with an "average joe" ideal.
 

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Welcome to the forum Alexander. You are best setting yourself a budget and using a combination of the WRUW threads here and online sellers you can get a feel for what is available. By looking at the WRIUW threads you can get an idea of what style of watch you like best. Be warned though you will see a lot of eye candy there and you could end up spending a small fortune in your mind.
 

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Welcome to the forum Alexander. You are best setting yourself a budget and using a combination of the WRUW threads here and online sellers you can get a feel for what is available. By looking at the WRIUW threads you can get an idea of what style of watch you like best. Be warned though you will see a lot of eye candy there and you could end up spending a small fortune in your mind.
My mind collection is really something to behold! My real "collection" is somewhat less impressive...LOL

Listen to this man, good advice. Since you said you like hand wound mechanicals, I have to plug the watch I'm wearing right now! The Victorinox Swiss Army Airboss Mach 4 Mechanical - paid around $500 for it about 9 months ago, still going strong.

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Hello everyone,



I guess I am looking for advice to start my collection. Nothing fancy, just stuff the Average Joe would wear.


Thanks for any advice.
Hi Alexander, and welcome!
Your question is a little tough, because the "Average Joe" does not wear a mechanical watch. :) You're moving into a select (I nearly said "elite" but the more time you spend here the more you'll see that's the WRONG word to use) group of people who have a strange interest in 200 year old technology that's been easily replaced with a $3 battery operated machine, or a $1 app on a smart phone.

That said, I'm thinking your "Average Joe" comment relates to price.

There was the suggestion to check out the "what are you wearing" threads to see what you like... that's a great idea, but if you do it in the public forum, you'll see watches that cost thousands of dollars and more. The Affordables forum might give you a better idea of watches costing on average less than $1,000.

That said, here are 5 "Average Joe/First Time" watches.

1. Seiko 5 -- There are literally hundreds of options. They generally don't come on leather -- either bracelets or nylon -- but on many of the watches, that's easily changed (you can get a good leather strap for $20 easily). They're simple; they're affordable; they have quality movements (though they are automatic, meaning they charge on the movement on your wrist... they don't handwind). Seiko is also a name that people know, and a watch a lot of people wear. Very "Average Joe." Just go to Amazon and search "Seiko 5". Here are a few examples:


2. Orient Mako/Ray/Bambino/Esteem/Symphony
A lesser known brand, but a common "go-to" here, is Orient. They work with Citizen but have in house, affordable, Japanese movements. Their "Ray" and "Mako" line of dive watches are extremely popular and affordable. (You should be able to get them for less than $200). Once again no leather on the dive watches, but that's easily changeable, and very common.
Diver - Men's Watches - Watch Collections | Orient Watch USA


Their more traditional watches, the Bambino, Esteem, and Symphony, get similarly good reviews. Like the Seiko 5, no handwinding, but they are automatic.
Classic - Men's Watches - Watch Collections | Orient Watch USA


3. Vostok Komandirskie
These are Russian watches (yes, there's a Russian watch industry -- and they still make mechanical watches!). Vostok is mostly known for its divers, the very rugged, retro styled and affordable Amphibians. But the Komandirskies (originally made for sale in soviet military stores) Might be right up your aisle. They are not automatic -- they're handwind only. Very basic (chrome plated brass cases, 50m of water resistance, smaller case sizes) and come on leather (though the quality of the strap is pretty low). But you can't beat the price -- about $40. They come in all sorts of styles -- militaristic and not so much.
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4. Rodina Automatic
This is a Chinese watch, made by one of the better Chinese manufacturers, Sea-Gull. Lots of threads around here discussing it. It's got a very modern, clean, Bauhaus styling to it, and a pretty impressive handwinding and automatic movement inside it for its $120 price. A little on the small side, but quite nice. Comes in black, white, and blue, with roman or arabic numerals.
Classic Rodina automatic wrist watch OEM by Sea-Gull ST17

5. Hamilton Khaki
Hamilton was one of the big American brands, but is now Swiss. The Khaki line, however, is one of the best deals -- easy to wear, everyday watches, with Swiss automatic movements, for less than $500 online. The movement is automatic but handwinds, and "hacks" (meaning that when you pull the crown out to set the time, the second hand stops. Easier to sync / check accuracy with)
Hamilton Men's H70455733 Khaki King Watch: Watches: Amazon.com

There are dozens of smaller makers creating watches in the under $1000 range, but we'd need to know what you like to even begin to guide you in recommendations (two particular favorites right now are Hong Kong-based Obris Morgan and Poland-based G.Gerlach -- you can check out their websites to see if you like anything).

Welcome again, and best of luck!
 

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Do you still have the watch your father gave you? Sounds like a broken mainspring which is a trivial thing to fix, a new 400mm mainspring costs less than 20 dollars and you can replace it yourself.That would be a good start.
 

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Hello everyone,So I did it, I quit smoking after 25 years. My wife told me to get a hobby to fill the void of my former habit. So, I agreed, and started looking for a watch. I guess I did this so I could see the time pass since my last cigarette...
Oh boy, did you ever find a hobby that will fill your time! The only problem is that this hobby can be even more expensive than smoking...
 

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Hamilton Khaki Mechanical, is a no-nonsense military inspired hand wind, available with a couple of different face color and band options, including leather. I think it falls pretty nicely in-line with an "average joe" ideal.
+1 for the Hammy.
 

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Nice post Perdendosi! A lot of thought went into it.

Since we have no budget listed... I'm going to imagine very inexpensive. Go over to the affordable forum (f71) and check out HMT, an Indian brand. Very popular and fun to collect for very little money. You just missed out on forum limited edition for 35 bucks, all in! Very nice, even though I haven't received mine yet. Check 'em out!!
 

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Congratulations buddy!
Wish I could quit, need some willpower.

I think a great place to start is a watch that's timeless and will never leave your collection;



Seiko Cocktail Time.
 

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Nice post Perdendosi! A lot of thought went into it.
Thanks for recognizing that... Sometimes I feel like I spend an hour writing a pretty decent post, and maybe the OP appreciates it. And then some guy posts an Insagram pic of his Speedy Pro and gets 35 likes.

But I'm not bitter... :)
 
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