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Re: Marc from Island Watches Now Selling "The Islander" . . .

Post by hoppyjr » Wed Sep 25, 2019 10:15 am

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TimelessLuxWatches wrote:
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The fact that these cases, bezels, crystals, crowns, and movements are all available from Crystal Times does seem to make his “own watch brand” a bit easier to do. Maybe he’s making his own stuff, but I doubt it. Design your own dial, assemble, sell, enjoy profit. Seems pretty straightforward.
I suspect it's part of the process, both as a test and a learning opportunity, on the way to producing more of a unique model down the road. It's a good way to test the water before you make big mistakes or overcommit to a certain business model. If this makes LIW a lot of money then we'll probably see more daring designs and more proprietary parts down the road.
Both Dagaz and MK II started as Seiko mod shops. Two data points that seem to cancel each other out.

Yes - and I don’t have any issue with this guy doing it either.

I’ve actually been considering buying the case, etc from Crystal Times and having a custom piece made, so this makes the process easier. I just wish he did a nice no-date.

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Re: Marc from Island Watches Now Selling "The Islander" . . .

Post by Danny_T » Wed Oct 02, 2019 5:37 am

CGSshorty wrote:I have a lot of nice Seiko OEM dials and hands. Maybe I’ll pick one up and build something fun.
I’ll do the same. I’ve got a bunch of leftovers from my mods and this is a great deal. I want to do a 007 version of my 013’s


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Re: Marc from Island Watches Now Selling "The Islander" . . .

Post by deepcdvr » Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:59 pm

I think that’s great, although I’m already over ceramic bezels - too shiny for me

I wish him well
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Re: Marc from Island Watches Now Selling "The Islander" . . .

Post by Selym » Wed Oct 02, 2019 4:39 pm

deepcdvr wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:59 pm
I think that’s great, although I’m already over ceramic bezels - too shiny for me

I wish him well
I like the old-school aluminum bezel inserts. I actually like the way they weather and age.

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Re: Marc from Island Watches Now Selling "The Islander" . . .

Post by deepcdvr » Wed Oct 02, 2019 5:59 pm

Selym wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 4:39 pm
deepcdvr wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:59 pm
I think that’s great, although I’m already over ceramic bezels - too shiny for me

I wish him well
I like the old-school aluminum bezel inserts. I actually like the way they weather and age.
Generally I do too. I don’t have anything against the ceramic flavor, just don’t like how blingy they are. It’s like a wearing a mirror lol
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Re: Marc from Island Watches Now Selling "The Islander" . . .

Post by CGSshorty » Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:32 pm

Replacement inserts are cheap as hell. Endless options available, too.
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Re: Marc from Island Watches Now Selling "The Islander" . . .

Post by 1954Selmer » Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:10 pm

deepcdvr wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:59 pm
I think that’s great, although I’m already over ceramic bezels - too shiny for me

I wish him well
I have never been a fan of the shiny ceramic bezels. I've always considered having my 114060 bezel blasted (Like Wu's Mod), but never did it.
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Re: Marc from Island Watches Now Selling "The Islander" . . .

Post by deepcdvr » Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:35 pm

1954Selmer wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:10 pm
deepcdvr wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:59 pm
I think that’s great, although I’m already over ceramic bezels - too shiny for me

I wish him well
I have never been a fan of the shiny ceramic bezels. I've always considered having my 114060 bezel blasted (Like Wu's Mod), but never did it.
Yeah - I’ve seen that (Matt has all the cool toys)

Wonder if there are any watches that come with a blasted ceramic bezel. I think I’ve seen some matte examples
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Re: Marc from Island Watches Now Selling "The Islander" . . .

Post by toxicavenger » Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:21 pm

deepcdvr wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:35 pm
1954Selmer wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:10 pm
deepcdvr wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:59 pm
I think that’s great, although I’m already over ceramic bezels - too shiny for me

I wish him well
I have never been a fan of the shiny ceramic bezels. I've always considered having my 114060 bezel blasted (Like Wu's Mod), but never did it.
Yeah - I’ve seen that (Matt has all the cool toys)

Wonder if there are any watches that come with a blasted ceramic bezel. I think I’ve seen some matte examples
I have a loner Helm Komodo that I think had a blasted insert. Now that I think of it I am not sure it is ceramic.

Either way I totally dislike ceramic inserts. Way to fragile for a daily wearer for me.

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Re: Marc from Island Watches Now Selling "The Islander" . . .

Post by flyskate » Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:00 am

Seems like a winner for the SKX crowd. I do applaud him for keeping his logo simple and not crowding the dial with unnecessary text! The price point is really nice as well.
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Re: Marc from Island Watches Now Selling "The Islander" . . .

Post by tyd450 » Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:41 pm

deepcdvr wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:35 pm
1954Selmer wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:10 pm
deepcdvr wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:59 pm
I think that’s great, although I’m already over ceramic bezels - too shiny for me

I wish him well
I have never been a fan of the shiny ceramic bezels. I've always considered having my 114060 bezel blasted (Like Wu's Mod), but never did it.
Yeah - I’ve seen that (Matt has all the cool toys)

Wonder if there are any watches that come with a blasted ceramic bezel. I think I’ve seen some matte examples
i always liked the matte finish on the pelagos I had

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Re: Marc from Island Watches Now Selling "The Islander" . . .

Post by pbj204 » Fri Dec 27, 2019 4:35 pm

Looks like they now have yellow and orange dials

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Re: Marc from Island Watches Now Selling "The Islander" . . .

Post by CarloDWC » Fri Dec 27, 2019 6:33 pm

It seems to me that the watch is larger then an SKX and the dial probably not compatible with the usual aftermarket Seiko dials. The rest I assume is not compatible either with the SKX parts. It seems actually that maybe he used the base model that Deep Blue watches has used in the past for a similar watch.

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Re: Marc from Island Watches Now Selling "The Islander" . . .

Post by CGSshorty » Fri Dec 27, 2019 11:19 pm

CarloDWC wrote:It seems to me that the watch is larger then an SKX and the dial probably not compatible with the usual aftermarket Seiko dials. The rest I assume is not compatible either with the SKX parts. It seems actually that maybe he used the base model that Deep Blue watches has used in the past for a similar watch.
I’m pretty sure it is compatible with all SKX parts, both OEM and aftermarket.
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Re: Marc from Island Watches Now Selling "The Islander" . . .

Post by River Rat » Sat Dec 28, 2019 3:01 am

matt.wu wrote:
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I don't understand what makes this very direct copy compelling...
I am thinking the same if I want a watch that looks like a Seiko why not just buy a Seiko ?

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Re: Marc from Island Watches Now Selling "The Islander" . . .

Post by Selym » Sat Dec 28, 2019 11:37 am

River Rat wrote:
Sat Dec 28, 2019 3:01 am
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Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:01 pm
I don't understand what makes this very direct copy compelling...
I am thinking the same if I want a watch that looks like a Seiko why not just buy a Seiko ?
That particular line of Seiko watches (ref. SKX***) has been discontinued.

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Re: Marc from Island Watches Now Selling "The Islander" . . .

Post by sierra11b » Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:15 am

tyd450 wrote:
Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:41 pm
deepcdvr wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:35 pm
1954Selmer wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:10 pm
deepcdvr wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:59 pm
I think that’s great, although I’m already over ceramic bezels - too shiny for me

I wish him well
I have never been a fan of the shiny ceramic bezels. I've always considered having my 114060 bezel blasted (Like Wu's Mod), but never did it.
Yeah - I’ve seen that (Matt has all the cool toys)

Wonder if there are any watches that come with a blasted ceramic bezel. I think I’ve seen some matte examples
i always liked the matte finish on the pelagos I had
Yep.

My skywalker as well.

I swore off ceramic in general after my SD4K but the matte or lightly subdued versions brought me back.

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Re: Marc from Island Watches Now Selling "The Islander" . . .

Post by Panerai7 » Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:26 am

DenverBuff wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 2:01 pm
I guess if this business model is good enough for Bill Yao, Eyal Lalo and Gunther Whathisname at Steinhart, it's good enough for Marc at Island.

Hell, that guy at Deep Blue has been selling SKX knock offs (the "NATO Diver"!) for years.
The only good thing about Deep Blue which worked for me was that it’s 44mm. I like the larger size of Turtle but I like the case shape of SKX. So it’s kind of a hybrid that I wanted.
Clearly it’s SKX knock off yet it has better Seiko hacking movement and sapphire crystal and nice PVD job.

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Re: Marc from Island Watches Now Selling "The Islander" . . .

Post by CGSshorty » Mon Dec 30, 2019 12:35 am

That’s a good looking watch, Art.
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Re: Marc from Island Watches Now Selling

Post by Panerai7 » Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:56 am

CGSshorty wrote:
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That’s a good looking watch, Art.
Thanks Chris. It was hard to pass up at $149.99

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Re: Marc from Island Watches Now Selling "The Islander" . . .

Post by caesarmascetti » Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:54 am

I'm digging his turtle variant

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Post by caesarmascetti » Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:57 pm

https://www.longislandwatch.com/v/vspfi ... SL-11a.jpg

pulled the trigger on the above should have it friday

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Post by caesarmascetti » Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:38 pm

here it is

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