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Hamilton Intra-Matic or Archimede 1950s?
Eric Yang [11:40 PM]: I’d spend the money on finding a vintage Le Jour or a ’70s Longines. you might even be able to get a Universal Geneve under 1K. There’s no shortage of cool retro Seikos too
[11:42]: Archimede is a more intimate story than the mass Intra-Matic (nothing against Hamilton though).
[11:43]: If he’s going to pass it down then I’d go this order: Universal Genevé (pronounce it right if you’re on video though or it’ll sound painful later), Longines, Archimede (if new is necessary).
Andrew Connor [9:12 AM]: If we’re talking just new watches, I’d actually pick the Hamilton over the Archimede. I have more faith in a bigger brand’s long-term reliability, plus I just think it’s the better-looking watch, plus the Hamilton has a Swiss movement if that matters to the buyer (frankly it shouldn’t but everyone has their preferences).
[9:14]: Otherwise yeah I agree with Eric, this dude clearly wants the ’50s/’60s style and for the money s/he could have an actual watch from that era — go with a vintage Omega Seamaster, they’re great-looking, ubiquitous and every competent watchmaker under the sun is going to be able to service/repair it if need be.
The Nixon Mission Smartwatch
Up to the Job?
Air King or Milgauss GV
Which Is Better?
Henry Phillips [6:13 PM]: This is actually a great question. I’d say Milgauss.
Andrew Connor [6:16 PM: Definitely Milgauss.
Henry Phillips [6:16 PM]: Is the Air King the worst Rolex? Sources say yes.
Andrew Connor [6:22 PM]: I don’t like the new one. The original Air King was cool — just a super simple watch.
Eric Yang [8:18 PM]: Air King is a great piece. Not sure why it gets so much crap. Milgauss is definitely a cooler piece though, just from a personal perspective.
[8:30]: This Air King does not suck.
Henry Phillips [8:43 PM]: It’s like an Explorer, but not as good.
Eric Yang [6:10 PM]: You can only say the Air King sucks if you go on camera and say that to the person.
Henry Phillips [6:10 PM]: I will say it while shaking hands with the Air King designer.
Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45
Worth the Price?
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