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Eh i have seen watches in both prices below and higher that I like better. I dont really like it.

Your prejudice shows towards Leica branding.... Canon, Nikon, Pentax and I recall Olympus have made commemorative watches in the past.... Some of them pathetic cheap crap that those companies should be ashamed to put their name on. A Nikon one is still available new from BH for 40 usd..... probably worth half that price. Also, The price of Leica Valbray is inline with the other Valbray watches which start at $15k. There are people with watches in the $50k mark....


Oh yes.... there are Leica branded watches that were given as gifts too. They are sold on the open market at much cheaper prices.... typical timex prices. I know a dealer that has a few... you genuinely interested? Or where you just trolling and starting this thread without good intention?
 

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As a bit of a collector of Watches - nothing fancy, I have a bit of penchant for Japanese Seikos and other cheapish stuff - I have to say that thing is hideous. It looks like it was designed by a committee
 

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As a bit of a collector of Watches - nothing fancy, I have a bit of penchant for Japanese Seikos and other cheapish stuff - I have to say that thing is hideous. It looks like it was designed by a committee
Its based on a preexisting Valbray design. Here is what the non leica version looks like.

http://thewatchlounge.com/valbray-oculus-v-01-chrono-argentique-things-are-not-as-they-appear/

Note it indicates that this is Valbray (i am not totally familiar with them) first collection. Leica recently did a collaboration with Audi's design team... I have to say the results were much more impressive than this Leica Valbray watch.
 

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This is my timepiece (it's far more than a mere watch): :biggrin:

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In certain cultures, you show that you have become a man/gentleman once you can afford to buy a timepiece. I stopped wearing watches once I graduated from college. I spend most of my days behind a computer which always displays time. On weekends and time off, I could care less what time of day it is except whether it was morning, afternoon, or nighttime. Even then.. I still have my phone.

Watches have become a status symbol... practicality takes second place. No different from buy a car with a luxury brand. I can't help but feel that this Valbray watch is gimmicky and tacking on the Leica branding doesn't increase its value as a status symbol. If I were an extremely wealthy individual and I had my choice in watches, I always found this one absolutely stunning:

http://www.rogerdubuis.com/en/collections/excalibur/excalibur/quatuor-limited-edition/1874-rddbex0408.html

I believe it is over a million USD... so I doubt I will ever even get to try one on.

I also have been partial to this one which is "affordable". Came close to buying it until I realized it would just collect dust.

http://www.luminox.com/watches/land/?watch=A.1945

Interesting enough, other than my fossil skin and my engraved pocket watch from my wife, I don't own any other watches. I've always loved the look, engineering and artistic design behind them. I'm way too down to earth, practical individual; I wouldn't have nice enough attire to wear such high end watches. I dress daily via a stack of varied dockers/cargos next to a stack of neatly folded short sleeve polos. Once in a while I splurge on Izod.

I've been toying with getting this one "just because".... $35 bucks.. eh.. might be a neat novelty item to have. Heck it even has a "red-dot" at the top of the hour... I could almost play it off like it was intended to be a Red-Dot "Leica" Watch. LOL

http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/f-stop-watch/
 

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I have 10 watches... We eiko, invicta, tw steel, gshock. Love them but I'm hoping some nice android watches are coming soon like the moto 360.

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They're nice watches, Ray, but too late.

I retired a few years back and haven't worn a watch since.

Otherwise I'd have bought three or four of the Leicas...you know, a few to show and one to go :biggrin:.

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...Even then.. I still have my phone. ...
Back in the day I had a job which was rough on wrist watches so I carried a pocket watch. Reach in pocket, flip the cover, read the time, close the cover, replace in pocket.

Now, some four decades later I don't wear a watch but do carry a flip phone. Reach in pocket, flip the cover, read the time, close the cover, replace in pocket.

:biggrin:

The only difference - my pocket watch has (yes, I still have it) much more style than the flip phone.

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I have 10 watches... We eiko, invicta, tw steel, gshock. Love them but I'm hoping some nice android watches are coming soon like the moto 360.

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Moto 360 looks nice... only one I would consider if I just had to have a smartwatch now (i don't). The other android watches all remind me of calculator watches of the past... a bit too geeky. I'm hoping a technology company collaborates with a watch maker to deliver something truly stunning in both the technical and esthetics.
 

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I think that Leica thing looks ugly as sin... which is disappointing. They had an opportunity, and they got it sort of right with the aperture blades, but the watch face is not camera-oriented at all, and the metal grid looks annoying.

I hate wearing watches, and I also hate the idea of status symbols - I'm so very egalitarian you see. But I do enjoy looking at fantastically expensive watches just for kicks, some are incredible. But for practicality's sake, I want nothing to do with something heavy on my wrist that just tells time.

I would, however, use the heck out of a mechanical pocket watch. I don't want one with a battery. Unfortunately, the truly mechanical ones are nearly impossible to find.
 

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agentlossing;647717...mechanical pocket watch. I don't want one with a battery. Unfortunately said:
Nope, they're still made and readily available.

Inexpensive:

http://weddingshop.theknot.com/mechanical-pocket-watch.aspx

A bit more:

http://www.princetonwatches.com/shop/XWA1034.asp

A bit more more:

http://www.pocketwatchcentral.com/miscellaneous/aw10210-aero-swiss-made-pocket-watch/

My gold (plated) pocket watch is, unfortunately, battery powered as is my el-cheapo pot-metal-keeps-time-like-a-calendar pocket watch that my grandkids gave me when they were little. My mechanical watches bit the dust long ago, like my meerschaum pipes :frown:.

I keep 'em out of sentimental value but don't really have a use for them anymore. My wristwatch, being solar powered, sits on an open shelf facing the door wall in the bedroom and only gets moved when it gets dusted :wink:.

The wristwatch was much more convenient when I was working, attending meetings (yeeuch!), etc., but the pocket watch had much more panache and when one wanted to know the time one really wanted to know. :biggrin: There was no heedless glancing at one's wrist; with a pocket watch one had to consciously take the time to ummmm...check the time.

Maybe instead of a flip phone that also tells the time someone will come out with a pocket watch that can also make phone calls :biggrin:.

Regards,

Jim
 

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If you suffer GAS for cameras, I advice definitely to stay away from watches.... :)

I just love this classic look, very reasonable price

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And the other one I use regularly

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Ooh, Swiss metro design! Or is it Bauhaus?

•••GX1+LVF-2+Olympus 17mm f/2.8, GF3; Konica FS-1, C35v; various lenses•••
 

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