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Swiss military Hanowa

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Looking to get one for a knock about work watch that's not going to cost an internal organ but still be rugged enough

Not as active at work now as moved over to project management but I have always been hard on watches as I often forget to take them off if a chance of getting knocked about is at hand

 

Any thoughts on these

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Well, they appear to be your basic fashion watch, built with a Chinese or German case and a mass produced swiss or asian movement. You can see the same sort of thing in any shopping centre. Probably absolutely fine as a daily beater though.

 

Personally, at that price point I would be looking at CWC, Steinhart, Seiko, Timefactors and the like.

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Wasn't expecting them to be the dogs nads, not at those prices, just liked the look of them at relatively cheap prices so if destroyed wouldn't be a major upset

To be honest the longest lasting everyday watch I had was a £20 Rolex oyster rip off that lasted about 4 years

I've not really wore a watch as an everyday item for over 10yrs now, but as I'm no longer on the tools, thought I might dip my toe back into the pond at the budget level and see how I get on

 

Thanks for your input and it gives me others to consider

 

Duey

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Yes and yes!

 

These are mine (although the Seiko is an older and larger 7548-7000).

 

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I am wearing a Seiko 5 Military mechanical auto as a replacement for my every day Seiko Divers that needs a service. Initially I was a bit cynical about the Seiko 5 however its time keeping is superb, better than 1 minute per week when worn 24/7 - Not bad for GBP55 and it is standing up to the every day knocks of the workshop and beating.

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I really like most of the time factor watches but I'm loathed to spend that kind of money on a watch that I will probably trash through stupidity when it can go on a gun or a scope

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The Timefactors PRS-25s and PRS-18Qs show up regularly on eBay for much less than a brand new Hanowa.

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I'm often dubious about eBay on authenticity of items, especially if it's something I'm not fully conversant with

Sure there's majority of genuine sellers on there but fake stuff is ripe on the Internet to catch the unwary

Cynical I know

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Never heard of a fake Timefactors. CWC and Seiko yes, but I reckon that an internet only business out of Sheffield is too boutique to attract the fakers. My PRS-18Q off eBay was the best £120 I ever spent on a watch.

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No doubt your right

That was a bargain indeed, one on eBay now at £225

Will keep my eyes peeled and see what pops up

As usual in most things that I see, that I think 'now that's nice ' before I look at the price, it tends to be nearer the £1000 than the £100 mark

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