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Let me preface this by saying I know very little about watches, I bought an automatic from a fair and I'm pretty sure it's an .........s thing worth about $15. I want to upgrade to something that feels more like a quality product but really don't have much money. I saw the Ingersoll Grand Canyon IV for $210 NZD and am considering buying it. I checked out the brand on this forum and the information I could find seemed pretty negative; about it being a classic brand now farmed out to china and that the only difference between an Ingersoll and a knockoff china watch it branding. But I also saw that users here valued it around $100-150 USD. I live in New Zealand and $210 NZD is around $150 USD so the price seems appropriate. What I'm asking is is it worth it at this price, or could I do better at this price point (taking into consideration shipping costs from overseas if you recommend other watches)?. Thanks in advance.
 

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For that price I would consider the Seiko 5 line. Strong provem performance. Great value.



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In that style of watch I'm not terribly sure. Have a look in the Affordables forum and the Chinese forum for some ideas.

If you're not attached to that style of watch I can give you some brands to explore. They're Chinese and for what you spending they do the job quite well.

The other sure thing in tears, of quality is Seikos in that price point, they're A LOT better than the Chinese options.

I don't think Ingersoll is that bad. Bear in mind a lot of what you read here is written by watch nerds so information can be quite finicky. If you're new or don't care that much a lot of what you can read on watches is splitting hairs.
 

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Let me preface this by saying I know very little about watches, I bought an automatic from a fair and I'm pretty sure it's an .........s thing worth about $15. I want to upgrade to something that feels more like a quality product but really don't have much money. I saw the Ingersoll Grand Canyon IV for $210 NZD and am considering buying it. I checked out the brand on this forum and the information I could find seemed pretty negative; about it being a classic brand now farmed out to china and that the only difference between an Ingersoll and a knockoff china watch it branding. But I also saw that users here valued it around $100-150 USD. I live in New Zealand and $210 NZD is around $150 USD so the price seems appropriate. What I'm asking is is it worth it at this price, or could I do better at this price point (taking into consideration shipping costs from overseas if you recommend other watches)?. Thanks in advance.
Forget the Ingersoll. Forget Ingersoll as a watch company because they're not. Simply a mushroom brand with overpriced Chinese watch movements. With that money you could get some very nice watches such as seiko 5s. My recommendation would be the Seiko 809K or the SNZG15. Both with the 7S26 movement which is a seiko workhorse and the watches are beautiful too. These are just two watches from the Seiko 5 series, explore the series yourself to find what you like. Avoid Ingersoll is my suggestion.
 

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Is there a site that most of you use for purchasing? I'm looking on creationwatches.com right now and their prices seem pretty good.
 

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If your aiming for the somewhat dress watch style, you might consider Orient in addition to Seiko. The Orient Bambino is inexpensive and of good quality. Orient makes great watches for the price in my experience.
 

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Seiko 5 or 5 Sports is a good start. The slope gets slippery thereafter. Your wrist size and shape will tell which particular model suits you. There are a lot of dial and case designs that can suit any taste. Deciding on which one is part of the fun too. How one watch looks in pic does not necessarily comform to how you think it will feel on wrist though.
 

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That is a crazy watch face. If you like something a little different check out Invicta. They have watches in that range, and a lot of different styles. For more of a straightforward piece I agree with Seiko, check out Citizen and Stauer too. All have quartz and automatic watches in that price range.
 

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The Seiko 5 range is a bit like the Prairies of the U.S. (Huge) so have a good sift though them. There's not only lots of them but they are very good too
 

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Forget Ingersoll. Ingersoll Grand Canyon IV is same as hundreds of chinese mushroom brand watches available for $25-30 on Amazon.

For a wide range of looks at a reasonable price - look at Seiko 5 and Orient watches.
While I may be crucified for the following suggestions, simply based on your level of interest in watches... I would also suggest looking at mechanical Fossil watches (yes it is a fashion brand, but better than Ingersoll). And while I will definitely be crucified for these suggestion (and would not buy from them myself) - but Invicta and Stuhrling Original make fashionable watches at a low pricepoint that have reasonably good technical specs (although I abhor their business practices, discount vs MSRP pricing, and a lot more about them - they make fine products for non-WIS)
 

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Forget Ingersoll. Ingersoll Grand Canyon IV is same as hundreds of chinese mushroom brand watches available for $25-30 on Amazon.

For a wide range of looks at a reasonable price - look at Seiko 5 and Orient watches.
While I may be crucified for the following suggestions, simply based on your level of interest in watches... I would also suggest looking at mechanical Fossil watches (yes it is a fashion brand, but better than Ingersoll). And while I will definitely be crucified for these suggestion (and would not buy from them myself) - but Invicta and Stuhrling Original make fashionable watches at a low pricepoint that have reasonably good technical specs (although I abhor their business practices, discount vs MSRP pricing, and a lot more about them - they make fine products for non-WIS)
Thanks I'll check those out too. When you take about the business practices discount vs MSRP are they one of those companies that technically sets the MSRP at like $600 but the watches are conveniently always on sale for $30? I've seen a lot of that floating around.
 

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Thanks I'll check those out too. When you take about the business practices discount vs MSRP are they one of those companies that technically sets the MSRP at like $600 but the watches are conveniently always on sale for $30? I've seen a lot of that floating around.
Those are called Invictas. Get yourself a Bulova, Orient, Citizen, or Seiko around that price point.
 

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Those are called Invictas. Get yourself a Bulova, Orient, Citizen, or Seiko around that price point.
Blah blah blah.
You can get a swiss made Invicta for that price too.

On par with all aforemwntioned. Amd yes this one MSRP is over 1k. So what?

Who pays full MSRP on anything?



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Stay away from the open hearts. Its a new watch lover trap. I got hit by it and I've seen numerous others here also get hit by it and it always turns out the same. After you wear it on your watch you quickly realize its really not very appealing.
 

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And still not worth more than $30. Be kind, don't recommend Invictas to anyone when they are just as shi++y as Ingersoll.
Invictas are generally pretty solid watches for their street prices. If you're savvy about it, you can get a workhorse movement with sapphire quite inexpensively. They're not great watches for watch nerds, and customer support is non-existent (so buy it from Amazon or another dealer with easy returns), but there are an awful lot of happy Invicta owners out there who just wanted an inexpensive, functioning fashion watch.

I'd still recommend a Seiko in that price range, but at least bash Invicta for the things it actually does wrong.
 

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Stay away from the open hearts. Its a new watch lover trap. I got hit by it and I've seen numerous others here also get hit by it and it always turns out the same. After you wear it on your watch you quickly realize its really not very appealing.
Especially true when there's nothing inside worth seeing.
 
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