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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

 

The Galways! Are these yours? Did they arrive in good condition?

Yes they are indeed.

 

They arrived today, in excellent condition.

 

I was surprised how well they fit.

 

I may just have to get more shoes or boots on the 82 Last.

post #18617 of 48312
Just to name a few...

IWC: I like them as a brand, and I own a Pilot's watch, but I don't think I could pick out FIVE of their models that truly sing to me.

Panerai: plenty of variety to be had there, but I feel like I've scratched that itch already.

BlancPain: I'd take a 50 Fathoms and one of those beautiful Villeret calendars...not much else.

Breguet: Type XX, I guess? I like the history there, but it's not one of my favorite manufactures, obviously.

Overall, I suppose it speaks more to a collecting philosophy (excuse the term)....are you looking for breadth, so to speak, across a lot of different watchmakers?... or are you looking more for depth within a single brand.

Color me broad.
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http://home.watchprosite.com/show-forumpost/fi-17/pi-5757323/ti-848568/s-0/

This thread is arguably one of the most absurd things I have seen in a while.

Highlights:



post #18619 of 48312
mimo - buy it. now.

~B~ - was that lange pic from wempe?
post #18620 of 48312
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Been thinking about this. Yay or nay?

Might have to sell off a couple of watches and top up to buy this. It's more expensive than many of my kidneys put together. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)



That must be one of the nicest tourbillion's I have seen! Beutiful.
post #18621 of 48312
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Warning: May Contain Hornets  nest.gif

 

 

As a watch ignoramus, I need to ask a question.  I suspect it might be "sensitive" to some, so all the more reason:

 

How big is too big?  I mean, the obvious answer is "whatever you like" and "depends how it looks on the wrist", etc.  But I sense there is a stronger orthodoxy than that among the real wit-stolen watch lovers.  The ones who spend more than they can afford and, well, "collect", in their own words.  Well, you guys no who you are.  The Watch Appreciation Thread Royalty!

 

It seems to me that way back in the day, a man's watch was about 33-36mm.  Now 36 is considered small, 33 is for girls, and something like 38-40 becoming the "moderate".  Meanwhile 40-42 is just a bit obvious, but not excessive, and mainstream makers are offering 45+ in established models.  And of course, the girls no longer wear girl watches all the time - small and medium "man" watches are now their thing.

 

The impression I get is that for those who have serious collections, or a decade or two of active collecting and learning, the big monsters are considered inherently bad form.  Would that be fair to say?  As well as all you Patek-flashing high rollers out there, I'd be interested to hear from Mr Stitch, who as both a dealer and Panerai lover, might have a different slant.

 

So come on, spit it out: are big watches silly, and where do you personally draw the line?

 

 

(One of the reasons I ask is that I tried the above watch on yesterday, while taking my old (35mm!) Omega for repair: this felt like a real blunt instrument.  It also appealed to my inbuilt affinity with excess, and didnt' look entirely stupid against my vast cow-eating body.  But...is it just wrong?)

 

Much depends on a) the type of watch, b) your wrist size, and most importantly c) your personal aesthetic preference.

 

For a dress watch, 36-39 mm is my preference.  For a sports watch, 40 to 44mm works for me.

 

That Omega Planet Ocean is gorgeous and there's not the slightest thing wrong with it so long as you like the way it looks on your wrist.

post #18622 of 48312

I like that GO in white.  

 

Also check out the Panomatic Reserve - similar of course but I like the tweaks, I love a good moonphase complication but feel like the execution of it on the GO isn't as good as a Blancpain or Breguet.  Still - amazing, amazing, amazing watches.

post #18623 of 48312
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Originally Posted by RogerP View Post

Much depends on a) the type of watch, b) your wrist size, and most importantly c) your personal aesthetic preference.

For a dress watch, 36-39 mm is my preference.  For a sports watch, 40 to 44mm works for me.

That Omega Planet Ocean is gorgeous and there's not the slightest thing wrong with it so long as you like the way it looks on your wrist.

+1
post #18624 of 48312
+2 and nice Bond reference, mimo...."blunt instrument" LOL.

Planet Ocean is a great watch in my opinion....(not an owner)....and I assume this particular model is what, 42mm? Pretty standard for a modern diver, although I think I'm going to sit out this round of the discussion over watch sizes.

Personally from seeing what they have at the boutique, I like the bracelet heft on the PO, and I like the new bezel material. Plus I hear good things about the co-axial movement.

Get a couple more endorsements and consider yourself enabled devil.gif
post #18625 of 48312
The only companies I can think of for me would be IWC, JLC and Panerai.

I know I know, and no - I'm not a Richemont fanboy..



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I find this remarkable, by the way. And for Rolex, I'd probably rank them in a very similar order.

But five different models....of what other manufacturer could you possibly say the same?

I suppose Patek for myself. Gimme a Nautilus, and a Calatrava, and a World Timer, and a .....

Or perhaps for dino, he could find five Vacherons that he would truly be captivated by.

But I'd be hard-pressed to name five different models "that really do it for me" from quite a few very recognized, highly-respected brands.

Who's got a roster that's any deeper? And those are all sport models.
post #18626 of 48312

+1 on PO 8500.  Have had it since August, loses less than a second a day, it's insane.

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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

I tried this on today.  It is 41mm but somehow doesn't look it.  I just thought I share that, before I reply properly!




*No, I didn't buy it.  In another life...
Had a chance to pick up a lnib first gen Datograph a few years ago at a phenomenal price. I passed, as it was still quite a big investment in a single watch. I kick myself every time I think about it.
post #18628 of 48312
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Originally Posted by Keith T View Post

+2 and nice Bond reference, mimo...."blunt instrument" LOL.

Planet Ocean is a great watch in my opinion....(not an owner)....and I assume this particular model is what, 42mm? Pretty standard for a modern diver, although I think I'm going to sit out this round of the discussion over watch sizes.

 

The model shown is the titanium version which at present only comes in the 45mm size.  The steel version comes in a 42mm size, but you can't get it with that blue dial.

 

Another option to consider would be the Aqua Terra with the same terrific cal. 8500 movement.  More versatile than the PO, it's a terrific beach-to-boardroom watch:

 

 

post #18629 of 48312
Ooooooh...thanks for the correction.....see, once you're going up to 45.....I don't know man, that's hefty.

Looks great in pics, etc...but you definitely have to have the wrist for that.

I suppose the Ti would at least keep it lighter!

What size is that Aqua Terra? Is that one 42mm? Definitely not as sporty / tool watch-y....obviously.
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Yes, the AT is 42mm.  Not a dive watch, not a tool watch, but I thnk it straddles the sporty / dressy fence in the same way that, say, a Rolex Datejust II does.  It is by no means delicate, and has enough water resistance for anything short of actual diving.

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