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    So I was thinking about buying the watch above, a Zeppelin 7680-1, but I can't find much info about the company on the internet as it is a small and traditional watchmaker. So has anyone ever had a Zeppelin watch and what do you think of it? Biggest point is if it is longlasting.
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    I've never heard of the brand before today, so I thought I'd do a bit of background searching. This particular watch uses a Ronda 5030.D movement inside, a quartz chronograph movement with date complication and split seconds feature. In terms of that, it should be fine, as a general rule, quartz movements are very reliable. HOWEVER, should something go wrong, I don't know of any resellers in the UK, and it could be an absolute nightmare to get it fixed. You can get nice quartz chronos for much, much less than the £250 they were quoting on aviation-time.com. For me, there are just too many unknowns, and the lack of an aftersales network in the UK would tell me to steer clear.

    Just my two cents

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    (Original post by pinkpont)
    I've never heard of the brand before today, so I thought I'd do a bit of background searching. This particular watch uses a Ronda 5030.D movement inside, a quartz chronograph movement with date complication and split seconds feature. In terms of that, it should be fine, as a general rule, quartz movements are very reliable. HOWEVER, should something go wrong, I don't know of any resellers in the UK, and it could be an absolute nightmare to get it fixed. You can get nice quartz chronos for much, much less than the £250 they were quoting on aviation-time.com. For me, there are just too many unknowns, and the lack of an aftersales network in the UK would tell me to steer clear.

    Just my two cents

    Pinkpont
    He many thanks for the reply. I don't live in the UK, but I don't think the situation is much different here in Holland, altough Germany is pretty close. So what exactly could go wrong, in terms of the 'unknowns' you're talking about?

    And do you maybe have some nice suggestions. I am looking for a pilot like this one, i don't really mind if it's quartz or automatic or handwind. Only point is that it has to be a pilot watch, decently priced.

    Thanks again man!
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    He many thanks for the reply. I don't live in the UK, but I don't think the situation is much different here in Holland, altough Germany is pretty close. So what exactly could go wrong, in terms of the 'unknowns' you're talking about?

    And do you maybe have some nice suggestions. I am looking for a pilot like this one, i don't really mind if it's quartz or automatic or handwind. Only point is that it has to be a pilot watch, decently priced.

    Thanks again man!
    Well, there are lots of things that can go wrong with a watch, especially when you have added complications, in this case the chronograph and alarm functions. The parts can wear down over time, faults can happen, etc. So, I can foresee two potential areas of problems - firstly, parts for the movement, and secondly, parts from the manufacturer. The first area is pretty self explanatory, but should you have issues with, say, the chronograph pushers or the crown, those could be difficult parts to replace, as they won't be standardised. I just can't attest to quality of Zeppelin watches, and I'm always wary of very small new watchmakers - they've only been in production for 2 years, and an apparently low profile doesn't really inspire confidence.

    I have found a couple of nice alternatives. This Seiko SNAB71P1 is a good choice - same features, same size, bit more of a modern look, and the same kind of price. In addition, you get the support of the Seiko dealer network, and an efficient service department. It uses their in house 7T62 (as opposed to a brought-in movement in the Zeppelin), and, with it being Japanese, it'll be bulletproof. Seiko's quartz movements are amongst the best in the world.

    If you want a more Breitling-esque approach to a Pilot's chronograph, then maybe this Rotary Aquaspeed might be a good choice. I own this one myself, and the quality and comfort of it is top notch. It's also an absolute bargain, coming in at less than half the price of the Seiko and the Zeppelin. I'm not sure about availability of Rotary watches in the Netherlands though, so maybe you could tell me a bit more about that.

    Hope this helps

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    (Original post by pinkpont)
    Well, there are lots of things that can go wrong with a watch, especially when you have added complications, in this case the chronograph and alarm functions. The parts can wear down over time, faults can happen, etc. So, I can foresee two potential areas of problems - firstly, parts for the movement, and secondly, parts from the manufacturer. The first area is pretty self explanatory, but should you have issues with, say, the chronograph pushers or the crown, those could be difficult parts to replace, as they won't be standardised. I just can't attest to quality of Zeppelin watches, and I'm always wary of very small new watchmakers - they've only been in production for 2 years, and an apparently low profile doesn't really inspire confidence.

    I have found a couple of nice alternatives. This Seiko SNAB71P1 is a good choice - same features, same size, bit more of a modern look, and the same kind of price. In addition, you get the support of the Seiko dealer network, and an efficient service department. It uses their in house 7T62 (as opposed to a brought-in movement in the Zeppelin), and, with it being Japanese, it'll be bulletproof. Seiko's quartz movements are amongst the best in the world.

    If you want a more Breitling-esque approach to a Pilot's chronograph, then maybe this Rotary Aquaspeed might be a good choice. I own this one myself, and the quality and comfort of it is top notch. It's also an absolute bargain, coming in at less than half the price of the Seiko and the Zeppelin. I'm not sure about availability of Rotary watches in the Netherlands though, so maybe you could tell me a bit more about that.

    Hope this helps

    Pinkpont
    He thanks again for your help! Sorry I haven't reacted earlier, I've been a little busy the past week.

    In the same time I made a complete turn on what I wanted, mainly because of this watch: the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle calibre 2755.

    I'm completely in love with the classic look. But, of course, I'm not able of paying 25000 euros for this watch. So I'm looking for the same style of classic watch, preferably with the same pink gold and brown leather strap, but within a price range up to 500. Do you have any suggestions?

    Thanks again!
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    You might be interested in this Rotary limited edition - Rose plated case, automatic, brown leather strap, plus it comes with a free watch winder come presentation box. Not a bad watch for the money, you also get exclusivity - only 150 were made.

    Alternatively, this Hamilton might fit the bill. Again, automatic, with a PVD rose gold plated case, nice and classic, understated. The dial is nice and clean, the watch should be elegent and dressy.

    Unfortunately, Rose coloured dress watches are particularly scarce at this price point, these were the best I could find
 
 
 
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