Hodinkee's "One-watch" article

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Re: Hodinkee's "One-watch" article

Post by rain_maker » Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:53 am

I had a 16710 with all three bezels (black, pepsi, coke) and I wore it 3-4 times a week for about 3 years. It was a great watch ... versatile, thin, classic design/size, quick set hour. Only sold it to fund my 5513. Definitely a strong "one watch" candidate.

A 2-liner Rolex Sub is another strong candidate but for a "one watch" I'd probably choose a 14060 over the 5513 for the sapphire. An Exp 1 is also a great choice.

For a lower priced option, the Sinn 556 is also a great one...

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Post by bedlam » Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:06 am

What would people's cheapest 'one watch' be?

For me, probably the Shogun.

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Post by RALAustin » Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:38 am

Definitely the SubC for me, and probably the steel over the WG Smurf due to the weight and versatility, but I could get used to the Smurf 24/7.

Cheapest one watch option? If going with what I own, the Doxa 300 BL would be a weird choice, but from bracelet to rubber to nato it hits all the boxes for me and I could get used to orange 24/7. Otherwise, from what I have owned in the past, the Seiko Turtle with all the various strap options would probably get the nod.

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Re: Hodinkee's "One-watch" article

Post by Panerai7 » Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:16 am

For me least expensive one-watch would a Turtle as well 777, 779, 773 in no particular order. I'd do a sapphire conversion and that would be it.

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Post by SoCal C4S » Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:20 am

Same- 777 with the sapphire. And an Art canvas, of course!
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Re: Hodinkee's "One-watch" article

Post by giosdad » Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:21 am

A one-watch for me would have to be a 5 digit Rolex sports model. I would probably go Wu's route with the versatility and slim wearing GMT.

I miss the wearability of my 1675 all of the time but for one watch maintaining the 100M WR would be required.

For a low cost one watch I would probably choose a Seiko or 38mm Sinn. I like the Shogun suggestion for the versatility.
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Re: Hodinkee's "One-watch" article

Post by gamecock111 » Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:31 am

Pelagos. As much as I love my speedy, it is often forgotten because weeks go by with the Tudor. Often it doesn’t come off for sleep or showers.

It has perfect readability in water, sun, ...


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Post by unsub073 » Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:43 am

In my current collection, I would stick with this.

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Post by Joeprez » Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:04 am

unsub073 wrote:In my current collection, I would stick with this.

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Good choice if you dont need a date!


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Post by toxicavenger » Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:11 am

Scurfa No Date Diver One for me

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Post by toxicavenger » Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:27 am

Ruggs wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:00 pm
I’ve never owned a sub (little out of my range cost wise), so I can’t comment on that. But out of everything I’ve got at the moment I’d go with this

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Personally that is a great choice. Super light and fits under the collar perfectly. :salute:

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Re: Hodinkee's "One-watch" article

Post by smalls » Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:43 am

116600 Sea-dweller for me. All the modern touches with a date and matte dial in a 40mm size. I enjoy how unique it is and I don’t find it overly thick or heavy at all. That or the Mark II 214270 Explorer. Just so damn comfortable.

As far as inexpensive option, Sinn 556 would be a great choice or the venerable skx007 on jubilee.
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Post by JBZ » Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:58 am

For cheapest, I've got a 1984 Oysterdate Precision 6694. Not cheap in absolute terms, but they can be found for $2,000 or less depending on condition. It's the watch that got me into nice watches - a good friend had one in college and wore it every day. I'd been casually looking for one for awhile, and found one recently in really good condition. 6694's were produced for many years, and are all over the board condition wise.

Hand cranker with a silver dial, acrylic crystal, and non quick-set date. Simple, robust movement. 100m WR.

It's probably the only Rolex you can get for less than $2,000 at this point. Only downside for some is that it's only 34mm, but I think it works fine for my wrist size. Can be dressed up or dressed down, similar to a datejust.

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Post by logan2z » Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:35 am

I'd choose either the Speedmaster Professional or the Planet Ocean 2500 as my 'one watch'. Both could pretty much do it all for me, with the PO tipping the balance due to WR. That said, I hope I never have to choose just one ;)

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Re: Hodinkee's "One-watch" article

Post by Joeprez » Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:06 am

logan2z wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:35 am
I'd choose either the Speedmaster Professional or the Planet Ocean 2500 as my 'one watch'. Both could pretty much do it all for me, with the PO tipping the balance due to WR. That said, I hope I never have to choose just one ;)
Amen brother! And great choices :grin:

I really like the NAFTS, but Seiko needs to offer an updated SKX (at least with a 4R movement) asap! For me, the size of an SKX is better for an everyday watch.
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Post by nweash » Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:00 pm

matt.wu wrote:(Also, I'm getting the cyclops removed on the 16710....)

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Post by HapaHapa » Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:04 pm

Joeprez wrote:
logan2z wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:35 am
I'd choose either the Speedmaster Professional or the Planet Ocean 2500 as my 'one watch'. Both could pretty much do it all for me, with the PO tipping the balance due to WR. That said, I hope I never have to choose just one ;)
Amen brother! And great choices :grin:

I really like the NAFTS, but Seiko needs to offer an updated SKX (at least with a 4R movement) asap! For me, the size of an SKX is better for an everyday watch.
Your SKX size comment rings so true. I grabbed a few watches when was thinking about this and the SKX and Sawtooth were most comfortable on my wrist. I imagine smaller Sinn models would be in that boat if I tried them.
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Post by 1954Selmer » Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:32 pm

I would be completely satisfied with

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Post by tmw » Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:54 pm

I wore my original 6309 for like 15 years as an only watch. It still could be as an affordable.

But the new nafts could also work.
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Hodinkee's "One-watch" article

Post by Rackness » Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:56 pm

This one ticks so many boxes for me I have been wearing it as my one watch for a while now. Changing straps based on use and gtg. I am going to see how long I can make it before switching off.Image
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Re: Hodinkee's "One-watch" article

Post by Seppia » Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:57 pm

For the cheap “one and only” it’s no contest for me, sarb017 alpinist

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Great versatile size, sporty enough to be worn on vacation but nice enough not to look weird with a blazer, screw down crown, very well finished for the price.

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Post by smalls » Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:53 pm

Rackness wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:56 pm
This one ticks so many boxes for me I have been wearing it as my one watch for a while now. Changing straps based on use and gtg. I am going to see how long I can make it before switching off.Image
I really want to try one of these. Love the Rambler!
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Post by Rackness » Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:15 pm

smalls wrote:
Rackness wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:56 pm
This one ticks so many boxes for me I have been wearing it as my one watch for a while now. Changing straps based on use and gtg. I am going to see how long I can make it before switching off.Image
I really want to try one of these. Love the Rambler!
Thanks! It really make a versatile Doxa. If you get the chance I certainly recommend Image

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Re: Hodinkee's "One-watch" article

Post by Knome » Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:08 pm

I guess I'd go with my 16700 GMT Master, I hate the "II" on the dial more than a cyclops.

No mods, nothing. Just GMT and a quickset date.

Also if this actually came to pass and my one watch was a rolex, id probably have lost all my passion for watches as well and wouldn't really care to mod it anyways.
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Re: Hodinkee's "One-watch" article

Post by matt.wu » Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:10 pm

Knome wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:08 pm
I guess I'd go with my 16700 GMT Master, I hate the "II" on the dial more than a cyclops.

No mods, nothing. Just GMT and a quickset date.

Also if this actually came to pass and my one watch was a rolex, id probably have lost all my passion for watches as well and wouldn't really care to mod it anyways.
16700 doesn't have independently adjustable hour hand though, does it? I think that's worth the trade off of the "II" and quickset date. :mrgreen:
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