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Great news! Congrats!

From what I've read the bergeon comes highly recommended, but its not plastic, and ofrei probably knows a thing or two about speedy pros: http://www.ofrei.com/page252.html If youre serious get the 6285!!

i was planning on purchasing one tonight for the same reason--I got a suede strap on the way and may get a nice brown gator soon.

The springbars are really easy to access on the speedy so im not too worried.

Cant wait to see pix!

thanks! done and done. I just got the regular one. i guess i just need to be careful. the watch i got came with some extra straps that seem ok, but I want a few NATOs and I'm going to see if the guy who makes belts for me does watch straps too--I've been loving some of hodinkee's instagram pics of his speedmaster on various brown straps (assuming they are all hodinkee straps--the suede and the leather brown both look great).
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are there spring bar tools made of plastic or something else non-scratchy? I finally bit the bullet on my speedy (waiting for it to ship from the seller on TRF... hopefully have it in hand friday) and I know I'm going to want to play with the bracelet, some straps, and maybe a NATO. I'm desperately afraid of scratching my new purchase though.

 


No, and even if there are you wouldn't want to use them because they would break on your first try. What I would recommend in your case would be to pick up some $20 beater watch from Target or something, a roll of gaffer or other decently thick tape, learn to tape your lugs up and get to practicing before your Speedy gets here.

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No, and even if there are you wouldn't want to use them because they would break on your first try. What I would recommend in your case would be to pick up some $20 beater watch from Target or something, a roll of gaffer or other decently thick tape, learn to tape your lugs up and get to practicing before your Speedy gets here.

good idea. you'd think they'd make them from some fancy polymer or carbon fiber that could withstand the pressure. but gaff and practice can work too.
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My advice is : don't get too anal about scratching your case. It will happen at some point or another, nicks too. So maybe the right thing to do is just to get it out of the way and scratch those lugs on the first strap change - you'll feel much more relaxed afterwards...


Also, light scratches are pretty easy to buff out so don't worry
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It's not the tool that scratches - it's the spring bars. If you're anal about scratches, use tape to cover the back of the lugs when playing with straps/bracelet.

/M
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If I wanted a cheap military inspired watch I'd go for a Timex Expedition or a Victorinox. Moving upward, then Stowa and Sinn.

Have you considered a generic milsub? MKII or Orange Watch Company?


Bell & Ross looks good but costs too much IMHO.



And thanks to gdl for the quick response to my earlier Q! I like some Speake Marin designs but those lugs...

whoa...I definitely did not say cheap. I've been looking for a vintage one to be honest, however, have seen the Bell & Ross and liked the look of it. I posted to see how it stacked up against the cheaper Sinn because I knew that most here would consider more than just looks. Seems like most think Sinn is the better buy. If I were to go cheaper, just to get the look I would seriously consider Steinhart as well.
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Out of these two, I prefer the design of the B&R. But I would prefer to own a Sinn than a B&R. Which is weird because I own a B&R which is a Sinn.... 1159[1].gif

Anyhow, if you stacked the B&R next to a 356, I would have voted Sinn without a doubt

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Out of these two, I prefer the design of the B&R. But I would prefer to own a Sinn than a B&R. Which is weird because I own a B&R which is a Sinn.... 1159[1].gif

Anyhow, if you stacked the B&R next to a 356, I would have voted Sinn without a doubt

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I need a casual watch...may have to give this some serious consideration. Where's the best place to buy?
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are there spring bar tools made of plastic or something else non-scratchy? I finally bit the bullet on my speedy (waiting for it to ship from the seller on TRF... hopefully have it in hand friday) and I know I'm going to want to play with the bracelet, some straps, and maybe a NATO. I'm desperately afraid of scratching my new purchase though.

Congrats on the Speedy. You bought Rpcody's speedy? I was eyeing that listing..I almost pull the trigger.
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I need a casual watch...may have to give this some serious consideration. Where's the best place to buy?

I like watchbuys.com.
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I found this at one of my local guy's shop the other day. I believe it's early, mid-80's. I'm not Ka-Ray-Zee about the white dial but it's super clean, almost like-new and pretty cheap. Might be nice to grab for an extra in the rotation.... thoughts or info from any of you knowledgeable sages out there?? Thanks!

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whoa...I definitely did not say cheap. I've been looking for a vintage one to be honest, however, have seen the Bell & Ross and liked the look of it. I posted to see how it stacked up against the cheaper Sinn because I knew that most here would consider more than just looks. Seems like most think Sinn is the better buy. If I were to go cheaper, just to get the look I would seriously consider Steinhart as well.

 

Didn't mean to imply that you were looking for a cheap watch. I was just offering a broader perspective--from low end to progressively higher. Nothing wrong w those watches per se. It all depends on what you are looking for. I'm probably going to buy a stowa flieger and a generic milsub at some point and thought you might like to look in that direction if you hadnt considered it already. Or even a steinhart...I don't know I think I just have a hang up regarding watches I would consider "casual." I dont ever see myself dropping a few thousand on a B&R. There are plenty of other bargains out there at the moment. Some older grande taille reversos or master controls for 3-4k or a rolex explorer for around the same. I'd take those any day of the week over some B&R or Tag Heuer.

 

 

In other news, I almost put money down on the 2012 TT reverso yesterday after reading the hodinkee post. Called the boutique and everything. A cooler head prevailed, however. Don't tell my wife but I think i'm saving up for the new panomaticlunar drool.gif + lookaround.gif I was eyeing the panoreserve first because I already have a moonphase, but the caseback on the manual wind is slightly disappointing. The rotor on the automatic coupled with the double swan neck decoration...fapfapfap

 

And another aside: where did all the old OG's come from? Kid Nickels, Newcomer, Cuttingboard, WarrenG, gdl203, and even singular shows up? HAI GUYS


Edited by Cylon - 4/25/12 at 8:34pm
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Haha, I completely agree Cyclon. The new PML will "eventually" be mine. The way that I look at it, is as nice as the Reverso is, I personally like the "standard" ultra thin version better. I really just don't get that strap. And the whole aged lume isn't really my thing anyways.

The new PML is just wonderful. I wish it was 39, maybe 37mm even, but 40mm does not bother me in the least.
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I agree. I like the standard edition too, but gdl203 made a valid point too regarding the patina. I dont know how I feel about it. And if I dont ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT then I shouldnt really be buying it right? If im not getting a decorated open caseback and a complication for ~8k...then sorry. Too many other good brands out there to choose from. It's one of the big reasons I dont particularly care for rolex ATM. Sure, they make nice watches and I respect their contributions to the watch industry but it seems like theyve been riding their history more than anything else right now (and why id consider a vintage 5513 before anything else--the new datejust II looks pretty sweet with its smooth bezel though). Tudor showed them up this year, though surely Rolex used their offerings as a test case.

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you guys and me both. i was actually gonna get a PML this month, but....taxes happened ffffuuuu.gif (had to pay more than originally anticipated)
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