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Scratching the Itch aka Affordable Alternatives

  1. Nupero Jan 27, 2023

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    A thread to our budget conscious collectors. To all aficionados who settle for less.

    Because sometimes you can't afford the real thing. But you need something, maaan. A substitute is better than nothing, right?

    I'll start.
    I could not afford an Omega Seamaster 600 with and Arabic dial...

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    ...so instead, I bought a Leijona with an Arabic dial ($30)

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    Post your Affordable Alternatives, vintage or modern!
     
  2. Duracuir1 Never Used A Kodak Jan 27, 2023

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    Mil Ships instead of Fifty Fathoms.

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  3. calalum Jan 27, 2023

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    In lieu of a Daytona...

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  4. Nupero Jan 28, 2023

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    C-cased Constellation is an expensive watch...
    ...but C-cased Roamer is not!

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  5. Spruce Sunburst dial fan Jan 28, 2023

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    Is this, at £260, okay for inclusion in the thread.
    (That included the bracelet) ::love::

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  6. peatnick Jan 28, 2023

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    Seventy one Seamaster can be expensive

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    Seventy one Sea King was $71
     
  7. STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Jan 28, 2023

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    Longines 8888
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    Alpina Standard
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    One was half the price of the other ;)
     
  8. Dan S Jan 28, 2023

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    If you don't want to spring for a 1977 Rolex Sub, how about a 1977 Challenge Diver that costs 20x less?

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  9. EuroDriver Jan 28, 2023

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    A few years back - in lieu of a Seamaster, a Bulova Precisionist Marine Star. I really enjoyed this watch, especially the smooth sweep of the seconds hand.
    Now relegated to third string over my ATs
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  10. DaveK Yoda of Yodelers Jan 28, 2023

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    A black dialed CK2852 Constellation (pic is unknowingly courtesy of @Shabbaz)

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    …or a 1962 EternaMatic for CDN $350

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  11. Nupero Jan 28, 2023

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    Yeah, maybe you get pistol-whipped by a robber, but so what? Think about the satisfaction you're going to get after yelling "You idiot, it's a Citizen!"
     
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  12. DaveK Yoda of Yodelers Jan 28, 2023

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    A really lovely Longines 8035 (pic unknowingly courtesy of @seekingseaquest)

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    Or a $25 chrome plated Relide with a 25j AS movement. My go-to weekend watch

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  13. Nupero Jan 28, 2023

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    Great examples of affordable alternatives @DaveK :thumbsup: Especially that 1962 EternaMatic is an absolute banger of a watch!
     
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  14. DaveK Yoda of Yodelers Jan 28, 2023

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    Many thanks, and great idea for a thread :thumbsup:
     
  15. Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Jan 28, 2023

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    Scratches the SM 300/Bathyscaphe itch…. 006E8E41-BE43-446D-BF02-EA20F021BDD7.jpeg
     
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  16. Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Jan 28, 2023

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    My own Silver Snoopy…..
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  17. TexOmega Jan 28, 2023

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    Heuer Carrera 2447NST with Val72 vs Heuer for Zodiac/Clebar with Val72 for just a bit less $$$
     
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  18. connieseamaster Jan 28, 2023

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    The only difference between this and the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe of the same era is the name on the dial and the zeros on the price :D
     
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  19. Walrus Jan 28, 2023

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    I wanted to get one of the 750,000 usd Jacob and company watches but for a couple hundred got a KS with a funky crystal. I can hardly tell the difference
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  20. Foo2rama Keeps his worms in a ball instead of a can. Jan 28, 2023

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    Great affordable choice for the upcoming non smart watch, solar and Bluetooth AP Royal Oak debuts at 35,000k