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New to Watchlords but not Watch Collecting

Post by pauliedoggs » August 28th 2020, 7:02pm

Hi Everyone,
My first watch was a Citizen Skyhawk Blue Angels edition I purchased in 2009. I bought it online without wearing it and was pretty disappointed when it fit like shit on my 6” wrist. The steel band was terribly inflexible and the leather replacement I bought wasn’t much better.

I joined WUS shortly after that to learn more about watches by reading reviews, asking questions and scouring the internet for dimensions and blogs about dive and military-styled watches. I quickly learned how to buy and sell as a way to try different watches without having to keep the ones I didn’t like that much and to save some money (yeah right). Slowly I built my collection moving from quartz to mechanical. I started with Seiko (Orange Monster was my first auto) and have tried many auto microbrands since. I even tried my hand at watch modding by customizing my SKX173 with a different dial, hands and bezel. All in all I’ve sampled about 90 different watches in the past 11 years and have about 10 remaining in my collection now. These days my budget cap hovers around the $300 mark but hopefully that will change. I still consider myself a noob in the watch hobby world. I like to keep learning all I can when I can. I’m an engineer by profession so I like all things technical.

I’m also a big fan of knives (production folders mostly), fountain pens, tactical pens, multitools (currently have several Leatherman and SOGs) and LED flashlights. Oh, and I just entered the photography hobby with a used Nikon D7100; even more of a noob there.

I recently heard about this website through a WUS acquaintance and have been lurking around checking things out ever since.

Anyway, good to be here. Thanks for letting me in. Hope to get to know you all better.

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Paul
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Re: New to Watchlords but not Watch Collecting

Post by Nuvolari » August 28th 2020, 7:10pm

Welcome Paul!

A guy who likes watches, knives, fountain pens, and Streamlights can’t be all bad. (I say, Streamlight because that is, in my opinion, the gold standard of LED torches... but who really knows?)

You can find all sorts of good mechanical watches in the $300 range.. and there are no shortage of educated opinions here.

Post some pictures and hang out. It’s the only watch forum with which I am willing to bother... you may feel the same way. But it may take a little while.
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Re: New to Watchlords but not Watch Collecting

Post by pauliedoggs » August 28th 2020, 7:23pm

Nuvolari wrote:
August 28th 2020, 7:10pm
Welcome Paul!

A guy who likes watches, knives, fountain pens, and Streamlights can’t be all bad. (I say, Streamlight because that is, in my opinion, the gold standard of LED torches... but who really knows?)

You can find all sorts of good mechanical watches in the $300 range.. and there are no shortage of educated opinions here.

Post some pictures and hang out. It’s the only watch forum with which I am willing to bother... you may feel the same way. But it may take a little while.

Thanks for the welcome!
Four mandatory things I always carry on my person: cell phone, folder, a pliers-type multi-tool and my SureFire. Never owned a Streamlight but I’m always after my next light!!
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Re: New to Watchlords but not Watch Collecting

Post by biglove » August 28th 2020, 8:21pm

Hidey-Ho!

Nice intro. Need a couple of photos of the goods, and by that I am not speaking of genitals.

Absolutely the most informed lot, especially so since we are a relatively small group. A great place to learn and share.

Not much is sugar-coated though, which is great.
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Re: New to Watchlords but not Watch Collecting

Post by TemerityB » August 28th 2020, 10:36pm

An excellent introduction, indeed. A welcome to you from New York City.
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Re: New to Watchlords but not Watch Collecting

Post by MAX » August 29th 2020, 6:17am

Guys who like flashlights should try a few Ultrafire models. Best bang for the buck IMHO. Surefires are the best but spendy and I like Fenix as well.

Down to 21 flashlights which oddly enough is the same number of watches I presently own. Like watches and you probably collect a few other things as well.

Is this a watch forum with a few flashlights or a flashlight forum with a few watches? Stick around and find out.
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Post by pauliedoggs » August 29th 2020, 5:08pm

I think “Surefire” is Latin for “twice as expensive“ but they do offer a great warranty”. Sometimes I wonder if you are just paying double for that complete replacement warranty of which they boast :). I’ve had zero issues with the 3 that I own.

I have O-lights, a Jetbeam, a few Klarus’s, a Fenix, Nitecore, Sunwayman, and a Pelican 7600 which is my brightest at 1000 lm. I know there are higher output lights out there but I’ve cut waaay back on my spending lately so I’m not even looking at anything because I’ll just want to buy. Haven’t tried an Ultrafire yet but sounds like I should. There’s something about flashlights, knives, watches and multi-tools.....it just feels like you can never have too many—they’re so useful!!


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August 29th 2020, 6:17am
Guys who like flashlights should try a few Ultrafire models. Best bang for the buck IMHO. Surefires are the best but spendy and I like Fenix as well.

Down to 21 flashlights which oddly enough is the same number of watches I presently own. Like watches and you probably collect a few other things as well.

Is this a watch forum with a few flashlights or a flashlight forum with a few watches? Stick around and find out.
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Post by pauliedoggs » August 29th 2020, 5:18pm

I’ve had a lot of nicknames over the years. My username on this forum (same as most of the forums I belong to) was coined by a friend of mine I hadn’t seen in a long time. We met at a mutual friend’s house for a cookout. I was there early and all settled in with a beer on the deck railing next to me and a hotdog in each hand. My buddy walks up to me and says, “Hey, Pauliedoggs!!” It stuck like shit on Velcro.

Here’s to your friend **(@ (wait, there’s no beer icon on this forum?).
He sounds like someone not to be taken lightly.
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Welcome, goddamn it!

I knew a Paulie Shoes back in Chicago; he had a hairlip and had a six inch nail taped to his right leg, and he didn't use it in no woodshop.
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Post by bbattle » August 29th 2020, 5:51pm

Welcome, Paulidoggs. I'm reminded of the song "salty dog", which then reminds me of the drink 'salty dog'.

Then I remembered the character Paulie Walnuts on the Sopranos tv show. That made me remember the actor? Paulie Shore.

I look forward to seeing your collection. We take a look at a lot of microbrands and startkicker watches here.
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Re: New to Watchlords but not Watch Collecting

Post by koimaster » August 29th 2020, 6:46pm

pauliedoggs wrote:
August 29th 2020, 5:18pm

Here’s to your friend **(@ (wait, there’s no beer icon on this forum?).
He sounds like someone not to be taken lightly.
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Welcome, goddamn it!

I knew a Paulie Shoes back in Chicago; he had a hairlip and had a six inch nail taped to his right leg, and he didn't use it in no woodshop.
Sure there are beer icons. Hit previews, look at the bottom of the icons where it says more smiles and click

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Re: New to Watchlords but not Watch Collecting

Post by pauliedoggs » August 31st 2020, 6:26pm

pauliedoggs wrote:
August 30th 2020, 7:03pm
Thanks everyone! I was trying to post a photo but it keeps coming out upside down in the preview. I even tried rotating it on my iPad before i upload it but no go. Is this a common problem?
I’ve been here 5 minutes and I’m already a pain in the ass :vrw:
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Post by koimaster » September 1st 2020, 8:46am

pauliedoggs wrote:
August 31st 2020, 6:26pm
pauliedoggs wrote:
August 30th 2020, 7:03pm
Thanks everyone! I was trying to post a photo but it keeps coming out upside down in the preview. I even tried rotating it on my iPad before i upload it but no go. Is this a common problem?
I’ve been here 5 minutes and I’m already a pain in the ass :vrw:
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Re: New to Watchlords but not Watch Collecting

Post by Falstaff » September 1st 2020, 9:02am

pauliedoggs wrote:
August 30th 2020, 7:03pm
Thanks everyone! I was trying to post a photo but it keeps coming out upside down in the preview. I even tried rotating it on my iPad before i upload it but no go. Is this a common problem?
Are you posting from Australia? That would account for it.
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Re: New to Watchlords but not Watch Collecting

Post by koimaster » September 1st 2020, 9:37am

by koimaster » Yesterday, 11:59am

A new member mentioned having photos from Ipads uploaded directly to the forum not being shown correctly. I asked Dion about it and this is the response below.
That's a common problem with uploading images to phpBB -- it ignores the rotation data stored in images. The issue was supposed to be resolved in the version of phpBB you're now using, but it still doesn't seem to be fixed even in the most recent releases.

The issue only exists with images taken on mobile devices. If the phone/tablet isn't upright when taking the image, it will not have the correct orientation in phpBB.

The best fix for this is to use an image upload service such as imgur. It correctly auto-rotates uploaded images. I'm sure I could write something that would fix the issue as well, but it wouldn't be cheap.
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Post by pauliedoggs » September 1st 2020, 6:44pm

Here’s my current collection. Sorry for the rushed photo. 3 autos and the rest are all quartz. I’m looking around for pics of some of the autos I used to have in my collection. The only microbrands I’ve got now are the Dagaz CAV-1, Spinnaker Tesei (is Spinnaker even a microbrand?) and the Scurfa Diver One D1-500. I’ve sampled Raven, Benarus, Halios, Borealis, Armida, Obris Morgan, MKII, Debaufre, Steinhart and Deep Blue just to name a few. I’m partial to dive watches and pieces with highly legible dials. I wear my G-Shocks and the Protrek in the summer more than anything. In the winter they don’t fit under the cuff of my winter coat so I tend to wear the autos and the lower profile watches.

My grail is a Sinn U1. I need to just start saving but other (cheaper watches) keep getting in the way. I guess it just boils down to a lack of self control :)
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