A Poor Man's watch collection

The title comes from the famous affordable watches forum PMWF which stands for Poor Man's Watch Forum, founded by watch passionate and collector Reto Castellazzi; at PMWF the basic rule is that the price range is generally below 1000$.
And this is very true for my small collection of wrist watches -- Swatch's, as per a general rule, don't count.



Seiko SKX007, automatic diver, bought from a Hong Kong Ebay seller back in 2005. Solid, reliable, with a killer lume. The perfect diving companion, if we were still in the 80s and the diving computers didn't exist. A true classic.


Casio DW-310 Heavy Duty series (pre G-Shock), module 690, circa 1987. A recent purchase, again from Hong Kong. Now a daily beater, it was one of my childwood years' dream which I couldn't afford. I was lucky enough to find a genuine aftermarket strap, with the HD logo.



Seiko 6119-6400 also known as The Ufo for its shape, made in 1981, according to the serial number engraved on the back. Automatic sport watch powered by Seiko in house 6119 workhorse caliber, belongs to the Seiko 5 series. Day-date, inner rotating bezel, now with a rally style leather strap. Got in a trade, it was very worn out and damaged, but a local watchmaker fixed it and also replaced the glass and the balance wheel.


Maybe my favourite wristwatch. A circa 1993 Hamilton HTC Khaki automatic chronograph featuring an Eta 2892 plus Dubois-Dupraz chronograph module (alson knows as Lemania LW283). One of the most beautiful dials I have ever seen. Panda subdials, magnifying date window and unidirectional rotating bezel make this timepiece unique. In order to preserve the original Hamilton strap, it is now equuipped with an Italian natural leather band with white stitching.

Sector SGE 500 diving chronograph equipped with an ETA 251.262 quartz chronograph module. Comes from early 90s (1993 I guess). 500 m water resistant rated, three subdials and seven hands, screw down crown and pushers, a solid oyster style bracelet featuring the desirable wet suite extension. It doesn't come up very frequently in classified ads or forums sales, and the sale price is generally very high for a quartz watch.
My first stainless steel, analog, diver style watch. I bought this Citizen, powered by a reliable Myiota quartz movement, back in 1998 after seeing it advertised on a magazine. It came with a nice cylinder box and a president style bracelet, which I replaced with an after market Oyster. Despite its non screw down crown, it was on my wirst while I received my PADI Advanced diver certificate.

Recently got in a trade, it's a 1997 Sector 650 automatic chronograph. I wanted a Valjoux 7750 and this was a great deal so I couldn't avoid to pull the trigger. Pre ETA 7750, a very particular decorated dial, solid engineer style band with deployant clasp, unidirectional rotating bezel and 300 m water resistant rated. A solid, automatic chronograph with a so-and-so design. Maybe suitable for a modding project or a caliber transplant.

1952 Zenith equipped with a manual wind in hous caliber 126. Inherited from a family member in bad conditions, the watch was serviced, the case polished, the glass and the strap replaced and the dial reprinted. The full sory is described here.

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