Need a cheap beater watch?

That watch case opener will open the majority of watch backs but it will not open a Rolex case. If you look at my post #305 you will see that Rolex casebacks require a very specific type of opener. It's part of the mystique of Rolex that they need a speshul caseback opener even though they're mass produced by the million...
A two or three pin opener will open a Rolex caseback... and has an exponentially greater chance of damaging it. You can also open them with rubber balls, silicon grippers and balloons.

Rolex is the leader in precision mass production. They kind of invented it for watches... all the other Swiss houses are involved in the same, whether they make $100 crap, or $1,500,000 no so crap crap. Most of the advanced movements made today are not possible without very high end cnc machinery. There is very little hand work compared to the past, although most will still do some polish, engraving, fitting, and finishing by hand.
 
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Been toying with the idea of getting a Vostok Amphibian for a while now and this vid has made my mind up for me:


Cheap (circa £60 - £70), rugged and unusual. What's not to like?
Oh, and seeing the Invicta fail in the water pressure test at the beginning of the review is quite impressive!
 

jmb3296

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Been toying with the idea of getting a Vostok Amphibian for a while now and this vid has made my mind up for me:


Cheap (circa £60 - £70), rugged and unusual. What's not to like?
Oh, and seeing the Invicta fail in the water pressure test at the beginning of the review is quite impressive!
Got one to use as my beater and got my self am amphibian. Great watch. Good timekeeper. Scratched the face the first time I wore it. Not a problem you can polish it out, it's what it's designed to do.
Got the paste but didn't bother using it as I could see the face without problems. Flew to Vietnam and dived in a pool. The scratches now grew dramatically but the watch was still aTertight.

Got back to UK. Ordered a new glass from Russia and my local watch repair shop fitted it.

Unfortunately they thought the new glass was a smidgen on to large but made it fit and had a wire ring left over.

The watch failed pressure testing and I now have a waterproof watch I love as a daily beater that isn't actually waterproo any more.

I could cry. I have kept it for occasional wear and ordered a Casio Duro as my new daily beater. My son still has the mirvaine but it steams up in the rain. He has just been bought an invicta sub.

I will report back on our experiences with with them in a few months. (when I will almost certainly be buying another vostock amphibian, I like the Radio Room dial one in your video.)
 
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jmb3296

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Well, speaking personally, nowt. As every Timpson's I tried to get a new battery fitted to my Mirvaine failed.
Superglue a nut you have a spanner that fits to the back of the casing and then release the casing that way. Once battery exchanged and caseback refitted and tightened use nail varnish remover to release the superglue.

Not tried it myself but assured it works well.

Please let us know how you get on
 

TamH70

MIA
Superglue a nut you have a spanner that fits to the back of the casing and then release the casing that way. Once battery exchanged and caseback refitted and tightened use nail varnish remover to release the superglue.

Not tried it myself but assured it works well.

Please let us know how you get on
A few pages back I said that I got it done by a local independent watch specialist. Rather quickly as it happened, as he used one of those proper Rolex case opening tools.
 

jmb3296

Old-Salt
A few pages back I said that I got it done by a local independent watch specialist. Rather quickly as it happened, as he used one of those proper Rolex case opening tools.
Sorry missed that.

Your jeweller seems more competent than my Timpson watch botherer, see the Amphibia tale of woe above.
 
Been toying with the idea of getting a Vostok Amphibian for a while now and this vid has made my mind up for me:


Cheap (circa £60 - £70), rugged and unusual. What's not to like?
Oh, and seeing the Invicta fail in the water pressure test at the beginning of the review is quite impressive!
This is my cheap beater ~£700. Tissot Swiss automatic. I don't do watches with batteries.
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endure

GCM
Been toying with the idea of getting a Vostok Amphibian for a while now and this vid has made my mind up for me:


Cheap (circa £60 - £70), rugged and unusual. What's not to like?
Oh, and seeing the Invicta fail in the water pressure test at the beginning of the review is quite impressive!

That's a radio room watch. The red segments show the silence periods that are to be kept during a radio watch although to be correct the 00-03 and 30-33 segments should be green as in my avatar.
 
I've just been watching (no pun intended) this:


Which has a few cheap (and not so cheap) watches in there. Many of these the presenter has reviewed himself previously. One to look at on here is the Seagull 1963 (from 13:18) which is a blinder of a timepeice especially given that it is Chinese, it has a lot of history and a story behind it.
I have one and you get a hell of a lot of watch for the money in the sale (£160). The movement is a Swiss clone (the pattern was purchased by SeaGull in the 60's IIRC). I paid well over £200 a couple of years back when I got mine. An utter bargain, but just be warned, it only has an acrylic crystal glass and scratches easily (easily removed with Polywatch), so not too good for a hard working beater, but as a dress/casual watch is very nice indeed.

 
Superglue a nut you have a spanner that fits to the back of the casing and then release the casing that way. Once battery exchanged and caseback refitted and tightened use nail varnish remover to release the superglue.

Not tried it myself but assured it works well.

Please let us know how you get on
Did that, worked a treat. Make sure you clean it first with some spirt to make uber sure there is no grease/oil/fingerprints.
 
Whilst not 'cheap' Amazon have 44% off @£139.95 the Suunto Core for Prime members in their sale.
If you want a watch that does lots and is rugged and reliable (will take some learning though and for this price you can ignore the dim display) then this is one to look at-
They also have 25% off the Suunto Traverse GPS watch -
 
Whilst not a beater, this is certainly cheap and has been very well reviewed since it launched late last year.
A Chinese company called Starking (sounds like a Marvel character!) make their own in-house high-beat (28800 bph) automatic movements and have put them in a series of quite nice looking dress watches.
As for reliability, that remains to be seen as it's such a new movement no one has any long term testing done yet.
Still, at about £41 on Aliexpress (you can also get them for a bit more on Amazon) they are a steal and I think I'm going to indulge in one.

 

TamH70

MIA
Whilst not a beater, this is certainly cheap and has been very well reviewed since it launched late last year.
A Chinese company called Starking (sounds like a Marvel character!) make their own in-house high-beat (28800 bph) automatic movements and have put them in a series of quite nice looking dress watches.
As for reliability, that remains to be seen as it's such a new movement no one has any long term testing done yet.
Still, at about £41 on Aliexpress (you can also get them for a bit more on Amazon) they are a steal and I think I'm going to indulge in one.

So it's not a cheapy battery powered thing then? Hmm.
 
So it's not a cheapy battery powered thing then? Hmm.
Nope, also has sapphire glass, which is a very nice touch for the price.
 
I bet these will last at least a week....
 

TamH70

MIA
I bet these will last at least a week....
A week? Boy, you're confident in the workmanship of that watch.
 
I bet these will last at least a week....
Aaaah, a "Wowex"?
 

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