New Watch Alert: Omega Flightmaster Ref. 145.036
After a few years of considering the idea, I pulled the trigger and bought myself an Omega Flightmaster. It was an early chronograph, in the late 60s and early 70s, and features the aforementioned stopwatch functions, along with a nice time zone hand for travel and a rotating interior bezel. I saved a bit by buying one with a cracked crystal, and having it replaced with an OEM crystal by my watch guy, Mr. Yoon when it was serviced. It’s hefty - definitely a casual or sporting watch. But I have a lovely little gold Longines manual from the 50s that my grandfather gave me for special occasions, and a Junghans Max Bill automatic for in between.

New Watch Alert: Omega Flightmaster Ref. 145.036

After a few years of considering the idea, I pulled the trigger and bought myself an Omega Flightmaster. It was an early chronograph, in the late 60s and early 70s, and features the aforementioned stopwatch functions, along with a nice time zone hand for travel and a rotating interior bezel. I saved a bit by buying one with a cracked crystal, and having it replaced with an OEM crystal by my watch guy, Mr. Yoon when it was serviced. It’s hefty - definitely a casual or sporting watch. But I have a lovely little gold Longines manual from the 50s that my grandfather gave me for special occasions, and a Junghans Max Bill automatic for in between.

$30? With a nylon strap and a metal case? Yeah, that’s the kind of cheap watch I can get behind. Available in light and black faces, with a variety of different bands, as well. Way to go, Timex.

$30? With a nylon strap and a metal case? Yeah, that’s the kind of cheap watch I can get behind. Available in light and black faces, with a variety of different bands, as well. Way to go, Timex.

To go with my mandatory Andre Benjamin reblog policy, I’ve added a mandatory Junghans Max Bill reblog policy. In this case, the chronograph with date. Doesn’t get much more beautiful than this watch.

To go with my mandatory Andre Benjamin reblog policy, I’ve added a mandatory Junghans Max Bill reblog policy. In this case, the chronograph with date. Doesn’t get much more beautiful than this watch.

(Source: airows, via youdontmeet)

New Watch Alert!
A simple, inexpensive manual for breezy summer wear. Feeling very good about it. Note that this is pre-teenybopper Abercrombie & Fitch, from their days as the world’s premiere adventure outfitter.

New Watch Alert!

A simple, inexpensive manual for breezy summer wear. Feeling very good about it. Note that this is pre-teenybopper Abercrombie & Fitch, from their days as the world’s premiere adventure outfitter.

Here’s a handsome and affordable watch: the Seiko SNDB73. It’s a substantial chronograph, with an automatic movement and an impressive price tag: about $150.
EDIT: A couple folks have written to inform me that the watch is mis-labeled as an automatic. It’s actually quartz. Still pretty nice, but a little less nice.

Here’s a handsome and affordable watch: the Seiko SNDB73. It’s a substantial chronograph, with an automatic movement and an impressive price tag: about $150.

EDIT: A couple folks have written to inform me that the watch is mis-labeled as an automatic. It’s actually quartz. Still pretty nice, but a little less nice.

The Five Days of Summer Series, Part V: Summer Style on the Cheap

Before Jesse let me start writing here, I was a dedicated PTO reader for more than a year. One of the things I’ve always appreciated about Jesse’s posts was how grounded they were. While other blogs were off writing about $500 shoes and $2,000 suits, Jesse was recommending things that were actually affordable for most people. 

Since I’ve begun blogging, I’ve found myself slipping into the same trap - mostly writing about really expensive things. Now, I strongly believe the philosophy that you should buy less, buy better. I get much more out of my really expensive purchases than my discount ones. However, it’s not like menswear is just a choice between Target and Cucinelli; there’s a lot of stuff in between. So for the final installment to this series, I wanted to cover some options for those who might be really strapped for cash. 

PantsUniqlo’s vintage fit chinos fit pretty slim around the seat and thighs, but they’re a bit more straight legged from the knee down. If you’re OK with that, call up Uniqlo’s New York store and you can order a pair for around $30. 

Shirts: Lands End Canvas has a line of decent shirts marketed under their “Heritage Collection.” You can get some for as low as $13. If you buy over $50 worth of items, they’ll knock off $10 and give you free shipping once you punch in the coupon code PARENTS (pin: 3135). That makes each shirt about $10. 

There are also the telnyashka shirts I wrote about earlier this week. I really like the carded cotton on St. James, but if you’re strapped for cash, a reasonable verisimilitude can be had for under $20. 

Shoes: I think most of the plimsolls I wrote about this week are affordable. For example, if you Google around you’ll find Supergas for around $45. You can also find Converse All Star Cups for pretty cheap here and here. Lastly, RopeySoles has some nice handmade espadrilles for $30. I especially like the denim and linen ones. 

Watch: Timex Easy Reader is an obvious choice, but you might also want to consider Maiden Noir’s. Throw a Nato strap on either of these and you’re good to go. You can get straps either through Central Watch or eBay. Once all is said and done, you’ll have a great looking watch this summer for less than $70.

Belt: Beltoutlet.com has woven belts for $13 for and web belts for $8. You can also get elastic surcingles from Wood’s of Shropshire for $11. My favorites are the wovens, but any of these can be paired well with some cotton chinos. 

Pocket squares: One of my first editorial posts ever was about custom pocket squares. Go find some fabric you like and send it to Son so he can sew some handrolled edges on it. The whole thing should cost you around $25. 

Socks: I hear going sockless is free. You’re not poor; you’re just stylish. 

That concludes the Five Days of Summer. If you want to review the past installments, just click here for the full series. Now you don’t have an excuse to look bad this summer. 

I’ve spoken out against expensive watches with quartz movements, but I’m making an exception for this $180 beauty from Braun. The Dieter Rams is strong in this one.

I’ve spoken out against expensive watches with quartz movements, but I’m making an exception for this $180 beauty from Braun. The Dieter Rams is strong in this one.

A guy at the flea market yesterday had one of these in his case. I tried it on.
He wanted $2200 for it, and it took all my self control not to write him a check on the spot.

A guy at the flea market yesterday had one of these in his case. I tried it on.

He wanted $2200 for it, and it took all my self control not to write him a check on the spot.

A watch I didn’t specifically mention in my watch rundown the other day that’s a great value is the Seiko 5. It’s a simple, attractive automatic watch with a solid movement that retails for less than $100. There are a number of styles, from military to sporty to somewhat more formal. Certainly worth your time and consideration if you’re looking for a watch that’s less than a hundred bucks.

A watch I didn’t specifically mention in my watch rundown the other day that’s a great value is the Seiko 5. It’s a simple, attractive automatic watch with a solid movement that retails for less than $100. There are a number of styles, from military to sporty to somewhat more formal. Certainly worth your time and consideration if you’re looking for a watch that’s less than a hundred bucks.

Q and Answer: When Should I Wear a Pocket Watch?
A straw man asks: When is a good time to wear a pocket watch?
1922.

Q and Answer: When Should I Wear a Pocket Watch?

A straw man asks: When is a good time to wear a pocket watch?

1922.