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Airborne is selling "time"(14 posts)

Airborne is selling "time"Akirasho
Jan 18, 2003 7:00 AM
http://www.airborne.net/eready/janette/store/compdetail.asp?sku=OA-TB-LE-GLD
http://www.airborne.net/eready/janette/store/oakley.asp

Though it might clash with natural finished titanium.

... start saving up for X-Mass 2003...

Be the bike.
aren't they asking too much?weiwentg
Jan 18, 2003 7:08 AM
I don't own any jewelry. I do not intend to buy any until I have a very steady girlfriend. my mom rarely buys jewelry nowadays. therefore, my comment may very well be off base. but isn't $25k WAY too much for a watch that doesn't even have any diamonds? and $1500 for the ti model ... I don't think so, I can almost get a cloesout Merlin Extralite frame from www.hi-techbikes.com.
aren't they asking too much?Fez
Jan 18, 2003 8:21 AM
I don't think $1500 is unreasonable for a watch, but I wouldn't even consider buying any of the Oakleys. For that kind of money I want a watch that looks good in a suit as well as in t-shirt and shorts.

Last year I got one of those $180 Oakley D1 digital watches as a gift, and found that it didn't do anything a Timex or Nike watch could do for $45. It was the black on black model and I had trouble reading the display in different lighting conditions.
Thats how much Oakley watches costPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Jan 18, 2003 9:41 AM
Now why they are that expensive is beyond me.

Nick
PodiumBound.ca
are they made in china? :-) [nm]Leroy
Jan 18, 2003 9:59 AM
are they made in china? :-) [nm]Fez
Jan 18, 2003 10:43 AM
probably. it says swiss movements, but a swatch has a swiss mvmt also.
At Airborne, it is always time..Uncle Tim
Jan 18, 2003 11:19 PM
...for the workers to get back to work or they can forget about that great $3.50/hour wage and report to the gulag.
Thats how much Oakley watches costRob Sal
Jan 18, 2003 12:38 PM
Perhaps its got a lovingly handcrafted 22 jewel automatic movement with Breguet springs and sapphire crystal.

But its probably just an average watch with a high profile logo
now, the sunglasses are another storyweiwentg
Jan 18, 2003 1:50 PM
at this stage in my life, they're ALMOST worth paying full retail, although I usually get mine from the more reliable sellers off ebay. the optical clarity and the style are worth the price to me, though I realize a lot of the price tag is just marketing. but I don't see myself paying for a Rolex. I've got a $200 or so Timberland that I think is nice, and that was an impulse buy. and if I wouldn't pay for a Rolex, an Oakley is definitely out of the question.
maybe in 30 years when I can actually afford and may actually want a Rolex, Oakley will have the history and the cachet to justify the price. then again, by then, the prices may have quadrupled.
It costs $25k b/c...fbg111
Jan 18, 2003 12:30 PM
It is "fully rendered in 18-karat, every individual component is cast in molten bullion."

An impressive bit of engineering, given gold's softness and maleability.

Cool, but extravagant.
I don't believe the clock mechanisim is gold...Bruno S
Jan 18, 2003 12:58 PM
or it would last about a month and then fall apart. Rolex and similar swiss watches sell for 25K and much more. It doesn't have to be completly made of gold to have that price.
I don't believe the clock mechanisim is gold...Rob Sal
Jan 18, 2003 2:03 PM
I doubt very much whether EVERY component of the movement is made of gold. Having visited the Oakley website the description fails to mention if its automatic or quartz movement let alone whether it has a sapphire crystal back in order to see the movement!

One explanation of the high price is that its a 'limited edition' though the website also fails to mention how many examples its limited to!

Looking at another site a standard Timebomb has a '6 jewel automatic quartz movement' and add that there is no battery. As far as I know you either have an automatic movement or a quartz movement not both. Quartz is used to regulate the power from a battery, you don't need quartz in an automatic as it obviously has no battery.
Oakley automatic watches have a battery which is chargedPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Jan 18, 2003 7:41 PM
I think its because the automatic movement charges the battery which is then regulated by the quartz... this makes sense because when you went to bed unless you toss or turn a lot at night your watch would stop midway through the night.

Nick
PodiumBound.ca
Oakley automatic watches have a battery which is chargedRob Sal
Jan 19, 2003 11:14 AM
Mmm all sounds odd to me, some watch dealer website says it has an 'automatic quartz movement so no battery to change'. Most watches that use kinetic energy for power have 'a reserve' of at least a couple of days so they should not stop just because you don't wear it for a day or so.

Also in high quality watch dealers you can buy watch boxes that have a motorized turntable type thing in them in order that such watches can keep going even if you don't wear it for extended periods of time .