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Can anyone who knows about watches help me find a gift please!

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It's for my dad from several of us...yet I end up having to find it...gargh!

He loves Zenith, Omega, Tag, Jäger etc (but these are out of price range)

Needs to have a quartz movement (apparently!)

And under £250


PlinkyPlonker Fri 02-May-14 15:54:24

Tissot? I know the movements not as great as an omega but mine lasted 15 years. It's got the sapphire crystal face so face is still pristine. Would he consider vintage?

He'd love vintage but I've no idea where to start! Oh and we need it in 10 days just to be a pita grin

Thank you smile

PlinkyPlonker Fri 02-May-14 16:01:21

Some jewellers - especially watch specialists also sell vintage. I would be too worried about buying a duff to buy on eBay as a rule but you might find a jeweller who sells via eBay - just check the seller info carefully.

Good luck! Am sure there will be others along shortly with some more suggestions :-) so hopefully you can find something in time!

Rooble Fri 02-May-14 16:01:54

Have you looked at Skagen?|BTWN+0+255&No=20
Some similar kind of style and your price range. Best quality watch I have ever possessed!

ShakeYourTailFeathers Fri 02-May-14 16:03:34

I was going to say Tissot too. DH has three and i have one and they are quite old now ( 10 yrs +) and still going strong.

the Touch ones are fun - they have a compass and altimeter etc.

Thanks all!

Am in N London if anyone knows of a reputable place for vintage wary about getting one off eBay especially with only 10 days to go!

I've had a peruse and Tissot aren't really his style, but thank you smile

Will have another look at skaagan

I really like this but I don't know if it's any good!


If we were buying him shoes then I'd be fine!!

ChaffinchOfDoom Fri 02-May-14 16:12:29

quartz = battery,

the brands you've quoted are mainly stainless steel, sporty, with a chronograph - 3 little subdials inside the main dial

so...a sporty Rotary, Tissot,
go into jewellers and look at them. Don't risk online.

ChaffinchOfDoom Fri 02-May-14 16:13:49

Oh...maybe I don't mean quartz then!

He winds his and shakes them though I don't get that bit

Oh god I haven't got a bloody clue!

ChaffinchOfDoom Fri 02-May-14 16:15:40
ChaffinchOfDoom Fri 02-May-14 16:16:47

winding/shaking = automatic movements

unusual for under £250 to be honest, aside from the rotary I just linked

they're prestigious top end swiss generally - ie the Tag heuers et al

ChaffinchOfDoom Fri 02-May-14 16:18:21

ps advise him gently against shaking them as can actually damage the movement


most autos can be manually wound; and the manufacturers advise this a couple times a week for max efficient timekeeping along with a time reset when needed

TurnOverTheTv Fri 02-May-14 16:19:07

Christopher ward do nice stuff, we've had quite a few watches from there

ChaffinchOfDoom Fri 02-May-14 16:21:18

Ok...right...let's try again!

Must NOT be quartz

And up to £500 hmm


Lonecatwithkitten Fri 02-May-14 23:03:38

Another vote for Christopher Ward really excellent watches made in the UK.

DisgraceToTheYChromosome Fri 02-May-14 23:11:13

Yes, I've just been seized by massive lust for this Malvern Mk II.

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