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My beloved ESQ finally gave up the ghost & there is zero chance of repair. Soooo, I need a nice watch, I'm open to any and all. Drop a pic here, give me the details (not a well versed watch person so be kind) I don't know what i want but i'll know what i like when I see it.

Must be willing to trade for pens or repair services.

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I know watches, so I'll be gentle hearing you do not.
Some things to consider on your quest are as follows, things to keep in mind.
Forgive me if you already know this stuff as I am unsure how much you know or do not know.
Your ESQ by *Movado [*?], was it an ESQ Fusion? I am not very familiar with this model, just barely know the brand.

Movement types:
Quartz watches are generally more accurate than mechanical, usually within +/- a few seconds per month. They are "Set and forget" watches that provide the time.
Automatics or "self-winders" are a good choice if you wear one all of the time, many can be accurate to within +/- a few seconds per day. If you don't keep it on your wrist you'll need to invest in a watch-winder, or be forced to reset it and give it an initial wind each time you put it on.
Mechanical watches that are manually wound need winding at the same time each day to remain consistent and there are those too that can achieve +/- a few seconds per day accuracy.
Style & sizes:
There are dress watches, there are Diver-types, there are chronographs [stop-watches], round dials, square, rectangular, so many styles to choose from.
Knowing your wrist size would be helpful in helping you to choose a new watch, or a gently handled pre-loved watch.
For example, a wrist size over 7-1/2" you'd be best to buy something in the 40mm case size range or larger.
I really like Omega watches, especially the SeaMasters, but my wrist being 8" and their bracelets being only capable of @ 7-1/2" adjusted to full are too small for me unless an extension is available.

OK, I think you get the picture.
So what would be to your liking, or are you just wondering what's out there that someone may be willing to trade for pens & services and not too interested in any particular style/ movement type?
Do you need or prefer high water resistance?

The ESQ Fusion has a Swiss quartz chronograph movement, I believe, I do watch repairs on the side and have most tools to do so, just unable to do so for a living.
Why do you believe yours is beyond repair? Run over by a truck, perhaps?
If it's not completely destroyed, I may be able to do some repairs, you now have me curious why you think it's beyond hope.
If that's the watch of which you speak, it's also not a cheapy by any means [MSRP of @ $1,200!], well worth trying to fix if at all possible.


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You sir are my new personal guru. I bow to you in all things time and fashion related. That was an amazingly informative post and I thank you heartily for it good sir'ah!


I sent my ESQ to Glezer-Krauss, in Lincolnwood, IL. They returned it.

The info on the invoice should help ID it much better than I ever could describe.

Brand: ESQ Chrono Mens
Color: 2 tone
Bracelet: 2 Tone
Crystal
Dial Color: White
Dial specs: Date RN
Movement: Crystal~Battery.
Strap: Clasp
Stem: Balance Staff
Hands

Style# 300630
Caliber numberG10.711

LOL Their comments:

Crystal, case back, bezel, bracelet badly marred and guaged, crystal chipped all over. bracelet worn. yellow plating worn off. stone on crown badly chipped, watch doesnt work. battery.


LOL what a kind way to say this is a POS paperweight now.

It's living in the return baggie in a sock drawer these days. I wore it everyday, everywhere and loved every second of it.

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From what I can surmise by the reply by ESQ, the watch was just "used" quite heavily, often referred to as a "beater" in the industry.
I read nothing saying it's beyond repair, only that they feel it's better it be replaced than serviced from the extent of "wear & tear" they'd observed.
It's certainly not worth having a new crystal, ceramic/stainless bracelet/case/crown,.. all replaced as that would be like building an entire watch from scratch.

The G10 movement is pretty basic quartz by ETA of Switzerland [I believe], similar to the RHONDA Swiss quartz chronographs seen everywhere but these are used in the more high-end watches sold.
The last line that reads "...watch doesnt work. battery." leads me to believe the movement may still be OK, that all it needs is a battery replacement and that I can do very easily!

As for all the rest, if you can live with the chipped crystal and ceramic bracelet, then I can most likely revive your watch to work again, breath new life into it by installing an Energize bunny, and thus once again keep time.
I live in NE Florida and if you'd like me to replace the battery and see if I can get it running I'd be happy to do so, your cost for battery & return shipping alone.
Chase-Durer uses this same movement in a few of their watches, like the Meteor that can still be bought NIB for @ $300, but seeing you're trying to get a watch in trade for pens/service I don't suppose that matters.
I think you'd be better off getting a new Tag-Heuer with a Sapphire crystal, sounds like yours may be a mineral quartz crystal but I'm not sure [with all the chips & scratches described as sapphire is generally far more scratch-resistant].
EDIT: OUCH! I just realized that Site is for "Replicas"! Dang, I don't do "replicas" as to me they hurt the industry and are just another name for "counterfeits". my bad and my apologies for that improper Link. I was wondering how they could sell a Tag-Heuer for under $100, totally missed it until I went back and took a second glance. Sorry, I've removed the Link as not to support the counterfeit trade.
I'd found a NIB Indy 500 T-H for under $100 here [Link removed], says Member price whatever that means.

I'm trying to find out what battery the G10.711 takes, most likely something easy for me to find.
Shouldn't cost more than @ $5 for a replacement battery and I can pop one in in just minutes if that's all it needs.
From what I've found, I think this is the battery you'll need, probably available at places near you like CVS stores or Wal-Mart.
1.55 V Battery, No. 394, SR 936 SW.
Or a Seiko and Energizer battery cross-reference as follows...
SR936SW/SR936W Silver Oxide
394 Silver Oxide

-- Edited by InkaFX on Sunday 8th of November 2009 04:42:09 PM

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Used quite heavily is an understatement. Frankly I beat the hell out of it for years & still kept coming back for more. I'll be happy to send it your way for a look see. PM me your address & I'll drop in the mail tomorrow.

Thank you very much. Thats mighty cool of you.
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This is very cool- excellent!

Maybe we need to change the name of this forum!

The Fountain Pen/Knife/Watch Community!! :)


(I like this stuff too!)




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Ok so should I create a watch and knife forum as well?

gimmie a name for it & some input.



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DWL wrote:

PM me your address & I'll drop in the mail tomorrow.

Thank you very much. Thats mighty cool of you.
Dennis




PM sent with shipping info.

Hi, Frank!


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This is a cool Website, & Frank just one more post and you've already hit 200!
I usually don't count my posts but I just happened to see yours, @ 199.

"The Fountain Pen/Knife/Watch Community!!", I like that idea!

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InkaFX wrote:

This is a cool Website, & Frank just one more post and you've already hit 200!
I usually don't count my posts but I just happened to see yours, @ 199.

"The Fountain Pen/Knife/Watch Community!!", I like that idea!



Thanks Scott!

Yeah, I find myself here pretty often. I love it here!
As you know, guys who like pen do like watches.

I have a couple of good timepieces.
Some knives, but more utility type
Leatherman Micro/Micra, etc...


Dennis!

Yeah, maybe a forum here about "Other hobbies", or just a working title!


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Hehe, at least we all have good taste in knives too.
I carry my Mil-Spec Leatherman Supertool everywhere and would be lost without it, have just one Microtech UDT auto and a few other autos, mostly fixed blades and Benchmade stuff.
I began knife collecting decades ago, long before I knew that there were good fountain pens on the market.

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"The Fountain Pen/Knife/Watch Community!!"

We could be the one all encompassing juggernaut collectibles forum in the world bwahahahahahaahahahahaha

er uh, yeah that'd be neat.



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"all encompassing juggernaut collectibles forum"

Now that's a name!

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"Pointy and Ticky Things," perhaps?

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Some good prices on Invicta Watches going on at Shop NBC this week!
Check your listing for channel/times!

I have two Invicta watches, a "Speedway" model (Think Rolex Daytona), and a "Pro-Diver" model.
Both are several years old, and I have no no trouble with them!

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I have a speed way as well & love it.


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DWL,
A little food for thought. I am the kinda guy who can literally kill a Timex in less than 24 hours, they simply die. After a day or so, they come back to life once they are off of my wrist. Seikos fare no better with me. Exasperated I looked in to more expensive (quality?) watches and discovered Tag Heuer. I liked 'em. They were guarenteed to function for life of the owner. Sounded good.
That was 25 years ago and I am still wearing it! I have sent it in to the factory twice in that time to have the battery replaced. It does not require winding, or much of anything else. It is the "Mens Aquaracer" and has a "sapphire" crystal. I have worn it through 10 years as an aerospace mechanic / inspector, a decade of nursing and bodyart.... some jobs were concurrant...Im not THAT old... but the point is, this watch has been through solvents ( methylethylketone, methylisobutylketone, alcohol, gasoline, cavicide, wavicide, at least one shower a day for twentyfive years and more bangs , bumps and whacks than any watch should ever face.... and there is not one single, solitary, minute scratch on the face. The case barely shows wear. The bracelet has been replaced two times , not too bad eh?



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Very nice indeed!

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Forum for watch fans!

 

www.watchuseek.com 



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Tell us about your watches here!!



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