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The Watch Appreciation Thread (Reviews and Photos of Men's Timepieces by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Breitling, JLC etc...) - Page 1245post #18661 of 483123/5/13 at 7:56pmpost #18662 of 483123/5/13 at 8:09pmpost #18663 of 483123/5/13 at 8:20pm
But here's the thing: I've stated my clear preference for the 3940 versus the 5140. I feel that the relative proportions of the case size and subdial letterings for the 3940 work better than the 5140 (photo from Mech at PuristSpro):
I think the larger letterings work for the 5040 (which I have too), but because of the unique tonneau shape:
But what really comes across as a bit "off" to me about the 5140 is that squished up "27" in the date/moonphase subdial:
Which, interestingly enough, does NOT show up in the 5136/1J, despite the smaller case size (36/37mm versus the 5140's 39mm) and the larger letters in the other subdials:
I know I may be acting a bit unnecessarily nitpicky about this, and if someone wants to give me a 5140P for free I'm happy to own it.
Just wanted to share my nitpicky thoughts with you folks.post #18664 of 483123/5/13 at 8:30pmpost #18665 of 483123/5/13 at 8:39pmpost #18666 of 483123/5/13 at 8:57pmInteresting. See, I actually prefer the 5140. Although I do love the 3940, the 5140 feels more balanced in regards to the north-south, and east-west orientations. I find the "north" of the 3940 to be a little bit stark and empty.
This is probably going to sound really stupid, but perhaps some numbers can help me? I feel like with the 5140, you have a "2" on the west, and a "2" on the east (with "1" being the standard unit of measurement. It is just supposed to be a proportional analysis). Additionally, with the north you have a "1" with the bigger text, and the south a "3" with the bigger moonphase. I feel like the north-south and east-west are balanced, even though the south of the dial is more occupied than the north.
As for the 3940, I will give east and west a "2," and the north maybe a ".75" and the south a "2.5."
I don't think this made any sense. But I swear in my head it sounds good. Also, I find the "busy"-ness of the moonphase in the 3940 to be a bit overwhelming in lieu of the simplicity of the other subdials.
This is, of course, picking the pickiest of nits.post #18667 of 483123/6/13 at 12:01am
I'm looking to buy my wife a new watch for our anniversary and have been drawn to the MoP dials and some with diamonds on the bezel. I would prefer an automatic watch rather than a quartz in the 3-5K range. I mostly have been landing on Omega DeVilles. She has a small wrist so 22/27/32mm I think would be best. I would appreciate your suggestions/recommendations.post #18668 of 483123/6/13 at 12:16amQuote:
But you've stopped buying watches for a while, I remember that. I mean, after you bought the "endgame" watch...with a bonus extra watch for Madame. Yep. Can quite clearly see that your appetite is sated. No problem here at all. Who needs that house in the Hamptons anyway?post #18669 of 483123/6/13 at 2:11amHamilton jumps the shark.
Yes that is not one but two ETA movements in a watch that you have to physically flip around - you only see one dial and movement back at any one time.
Cherry on top of this? It's 53mm across.
So... basically it's a Reverso that rides the short bus? I'd love to see if watch #888 is ever sold.post #18670 of 483123/6/13 at 3:23ampost #18671 of 483123/6/13 at 4:05ampost #18672 of 483123/6/13 at 4:37ampost #18673 of 483123/6/13 at 4:40amQuote:
Beat Haldimann is a one-man independent making watches mostly by hand. But I think watches is one product that does not benefit from the benchmade artisanal handmade process like suits or shoes. They benefit from tight tolerances and replaceability that can only be delivered by factory production and interchangeability.
After all, you would admire a pre-war Rolls Royce Phantom II with a coachbuilt chassis, but you wouldn't take it on a Grand Tour of the Continent. A modern Ferrari FF would be far more reliable. (Did I just call a Ferrari reliable?!)
Doesnt Omega have a central tourb as well? I think the Haldimann looks nice, but resale value and reliability and longevity of service is always the issue with independents. What's the retail price on that piece?post #18674 of 483123/6/13 at 4:43amQuote:Originally Posted by apropos
A couple of German beauties. Classic looks, perfect proportions. I'd love to have either by my side.
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I like how the subdials on the 1815 echo the... erm... subdials on the other model.post #18675 of 483123/6/13 at 4:43am
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