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watch lovers....what's your favorite watch?

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My new guilty pleasure - a Tisell "Marine Diver":
Here's some quick impressions:

Nicely made watch for the money. Looks more expensive than it is and with a ceramic insert, sapphire glass, decent movement and a functioning (albeit, barely) copy of the Glidelock it's a nice watch for those who don't mind the sub styling. The sapphire has AR which immediately made me realize how much I'd love to have that on my Sub. The caseback is lower than the Sub so the Marine Diver hugs the wrist much better which makes it a more comfortable watch.

Now the bad - the SEL's are slightly narrow and there's a tiny gap allowing them to shift from side to side. The SEL geometry is not quite as elegant as the Rolex's Sub and the bracelet line doesn't flow just as gracefully. The "glidelock" deserves a C-, it works but lacks any precision and the clasp itself takes a superhuman effort to open on my watch. The bracelet rattles, the Miyota 9015 rotor grinds like an old neglected ball bearing (probably needs a bit of lube). The bezel markings are just white paint so the question remains of how well they will age. The pearl on my sample is slightly off to one side, not by much but once you see it you can't unsee it. The downward pointing triangle is just a hair off the 12 o'clock mark. Accuracy-wise, I haven't been as lucky as many others who reported +- 2-3 seconds a day, mine looses 10 seconds over 24 hours, I haven't tried leaving it different positions to correct it yet. One more thing I detest (but it's not Tisell's fault and doesn't apply to my watch) is the stock Miyota date font, it's simply atrocious, so I opted for the no date watch.

One more thing that may drive an OCD person mad - the round and the rectangular markers on the differ from each other. The round ones have angled borders while the rectangular ones are flat, so they reflect light differently at different angles. Because of the AR coating on the crystal, the dial is more clearly visible than on the Sub, so the difference is pretty stark and stands out quite a bit. The other inconsistency is that the round markers have more lume (it's applied with a little "heap") while the rectangular ones have it applied flat and there's less of it. Not a dramatic difference but right after a quick flashlight blast the round markers are visibly brighter (the difference fades away after some time). Not huge cons, these, especially considering the price, but the watch would have been even better had all the markers been finished in the same style. But even having said that, the lume is glorious! I like to wear a watch to bed and so far this watch is just as good as my Sub in this department, it glows like a beast and lasts as long as the Rolex.

Overall - it's a functional and visually appealing watch (again, if you don't mind the Sub styling), great beater for summer and nice enough looking to wear to work. I'll most likely grab the blue variant as well.
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Igor01 wrote:
May 5th, 2017 11:06 am
One more thing that may drive an OCD person mad - the round and the rectangular markers on the differ from each other. The round ones have angled borders while the rectangular ones are flat, so they reflect light differently at different angles. Because of the AR coating on the crystal, the dial is more clearly visible than on the Sub, so the difference is pretty stark and stands out quite a bit. The other inconsistency is that the round markers have more lume (it's applied with a little "heap") while the rectangular ones have it applied flat and there's less of it. Not a dramatic difference but right after a quick flashlight blast the round markers are visibly brighter (the difference fades away after some time). Not huge cons, these, especially considering the price, but the watch would have been even better had all the markers been finished in the same style. But even having said that, the lume is glorious! I like to wear a watch to bed and so far this watch is just as good as my Sub in this department, it glows like a beast and lasts as long as the Rolex.

Overall - it's a functional and visually appealing watch (again, if you don't mind the Sub styling), great beater for summer and nice enough looking to wear to work. I'll most likely grab the blue variant as well.
You could always replace the dial or have it relumed!
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groo wrote:
May 5th, 2017 1:45 pm
You could always replace the dial or have it relumed!
All latest revision Tisell sub dials are like this. And luckily, I am not OCD enough to be bothered by these design inconsistencies too much, I just highlighted them in my post for the benefit of those who may be interested in getting a Tisell sub. The poor SEL tolerances and geometry as well as a rattly bracelet are much bigger flaws but that's fine too, this is still a kick ass value watch that is a solid performer, great looker and good enough timekeeper.

As for reluming the markers - I dunno, it's a pretty cheap watch (US $220 shipped) so any kind of modding or reluming would take away from the amazing bang for the buck factor the Marine Diver has in its stock form.

I was actually amazed at how much I liked the watch and specifically the colour when I got it as I always thought the green colour was odd and would be very hard to match with anything. But so far it matches well with pretty much every outfit I've tried it with, and actually livens up the look without clashing. The watch is so pretty on the wrist, I am now tempted to get the Hulk as well lol ...
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Steinhart is a little too big for me and I don't like the way silvery metallic markers on the bezel become completely invisible under certain angles because of the glare on the ceramic insert. Also, not a fan of costly "homages" :) Tisell is an honest-to-God ripoff of Sub's design but is very cheap and has a ceramic insert, saphire crystal and a working copy of the Glidelock.

As the only watch I'd not recommend it but not because of its flaws (of which it has many) but precisely because of its homage status. As a watch in its own niche of a summer beater I think it's a fantastic value.
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My first watch as a teen was a Nautica copy of the Blue/gold Rolex Sub :P I was seriously in love with that watch and thought it was the greatest thing ever.

My first "real" watches were an IWC fleiger in uni, and Longines dress watch (gift). My tastes changed and I moved on from those.

As an adult, my primary two are my JLC Reverso (dress), Rolex Explorer 1 (36mm). I've cycled through the usual suspects, but am most attracted to iconic models and dress watches.

To answer your question, the JLC Reverso (in my mind) is one of the most beautiful and iconic watches of all time.
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blindemboss wrote:
Apr 29th, 2017 10:15 am
Just curious if the SKX007 you purchased was the Japan made version.
If so, does it say 'made in Japan' on the face? Thanks. I've been looking to pick up this 'classic'.
Yes it does say Made In Japan BUT it does not necessarily mean it is. It's a marketing loophole they use to sell to Mid East where country of origin is not enforced. So the date dial will have english and arabic vs the "K" version where it's english and spanish.
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^ Looks very crowded with the giant bezel and hour markers.
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invite wrote:
May 13th, 2017 4:41 am
^ Looks very crowded with the giant bezel and hour markers.
It's a Seiko Monster, classic look. Always wanted one. Orange Monsters are getting harder to come by so I settled for the Dracula.
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icemasta wrote:
May 13th, 2017 8:08 am
It's a Seiko Monster, classic look. Always wanted one. Orange Monsters are getting harder to come by so I settled for the Dracula.
Even the Dracula seems to be quite scarce. I've been watching ebay frequently for it, and it's always the same few sellers.
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