Thanks but I think you would be absolutely crazy to sell the strap. It's looks perfect together with the watch. Enjoy!
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The Watch Appreciation Thread (Reviews and Photos of Men's Timepieces by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Breitling, JLC etc...) - Page 1463
Styles mentioned in this thread:post #21932 of 483016/14/13 at 1:48pmpost #21933 of 483016/14/13 at 2:02pmpost #21934 of 483016/14/13 at 3:12pmpost #21935 of 483016/14/13 at 3:21pmpost #21936 of 483016/14/13 at 3:42pmpost #21937 of 483016/14/13 at 3:52pmpost #21938 of 483016/14/13 at 4:32pmQuote:Originally Posted by mimo
This is a prime example of what I mentioned to Khal a page or two back. I actually saw a similar VC on eBay when I did a quick search of examples for him. But it's that 33mm case size that makes it so cheap, while at the same time so difficult to sell to a modern gent....
And also, we mostly have women in our lives, don't we? I'd get a lot of pleasure out of seeing her wear this. Nice pick, Ron. :)
The size issue is true of many vintage VCs, Piagets, Pateks, APs, etc. Years ago 31-33 was a very popular size, but with today's market favoring larger watches it limits the values and ease of selling some vintage pieces. You kind of have to search for what was once considered the "odd ball oversized" watch to get something in the 36-38mm range on a vintage piece.
However, as you pointed out many of these vintage pieces would look great on the women who put up with us...I mean adore us.post #21939 of 483016/14/13 at 5:17pmTo wit, not that anyone cares, but in the college graduation gift to my sister, I ended up having my midsize Seamaster Pro automatic hand-engraved on the underside with the date and her initials. It was quasi-meaningful because when I was much younger, she used to always ask to borrow the watch and loved to wear it. While still 36mm, looks great on her.
"Vintage" insofar as to me personally, got the watch with summer work money when I was 15. Along those lines, great feeling to gift a watch to someone you care about who is interested in them.post #21940 of 483016/14/13 at 5:25pmQuote:Originally Posted by PartagasIV
To wit, not that anyone cares, but in the college graduation gift to my sister, I ended up having my midsize Seamaster Pro automatic hand-engraved on the underside with the date and her initials. It was quasi-meaningful because when I was much younger, she used to always ask to borrow the watch and loved to wear it. While still 36mm, looks great on her.
"Vintage" insofar as to me personally, got the watch with summer work money when I was 15. Along those lines, great feeling to gift a watch to someone you care about who is interested in them.
Nice story - I appreciate that. My sister's graduation is coming up in a few years. Perhaps that is a good time to pass on my Stowa.post #21941 of 483016/14/13 at 5:51pmpost #21942 of 483016/14/13 at 7:28pmQuote:Originally Posted by mimo
Day off, bored in the afternoon...time for some tyre-kicking in the ever-empty Panerai boutique: I've tried the base Luminor before, and it's the most reasonably priced and, imho the "definitive" Panerai. But given your suggestion, I tried some fancier options that caught my eye:
I continue to be surprised by how "wearable" these boys are in the flesh. This 323 thing has a GMT subdial (and I like the centre second hand they've added) and 10 day power reserve, and is a monstrous 47mm of lumpy steel automatic. I suppose because it has the wire loop instead of lugs, the feel of it is much smaller. I was really surprised by how easy it wears. I love that strap too. Trivial, perhaps, but the whole thing was very appealing.
Almost every aspect of this watch looks awesome, the colour of the strap kinda puts me off though. If the strap was darker it would look even better.post #21943 of 483016/14/13 at 11:04pm
I can't help but agree. There is something about a Reverso that really is awesome. Your pics are doing plenty of convincing as well! I think that your new strap really completes it.
And that is very interesting regarding servicing. Personally, I am kind of scared shitless to send my watch anywhere other than La Grande Maison. I know it is pricey, but I am just incredibly OCD about that kind of stuff. With that said, the job looks OUTSTANDING. Looks like a brand spanking new watch. That has got to be a great feeling. Thanks a lot for the pictures. I may go through ABP this time, and I think that I will get a tang buckle. The JLC deployant on the MUT Moon and I just are not getting along.
I dig the 323 a bunch. That watch looks spectacular.
And I see what you did there in re the Tank! Sneaky Mimo. You know, if I was to get one I think I would get the Ultra Thin though... I will keep you guys up to date .
Duly noted sir.
Terrible influence. You know Dino, I think you have me convinced on the square watch bug...Quote:
That is true. Unfortunately, to me there is a little bit of a comparison--they are both rectangular. I just do not see myself owning two square watches at this point in my collection. And I cannot help but feel that if I purchased the Tank Solo, I would always want the Reverso (or something like Dino's magical Tank).post #21944 of 483016/14/13 at 11:13pmpost #21945 of 483016/14/13 at 11:32pmStitch that Reverso is awesome man. I was about to suggest that anyone looking in the <$5k range check out a used/vintage Rev. And the strap is perfect, you can tell it's made for that watch, it fits with the lugs perfectly. Is the clasp from the JLC mothership too?
And re: the sueded croc strap-- I've been playing around on ABP's site lately and while I don't specifically recall seeing sueded croc, that place has pangolin leather as a strap option, so I would be surprised if they don't carry/can't get sueded croc. Seems like turnaround/shipping is pretty reasonable too.
I'd also like to echo my support for anything in the 36-40mm range. I'm not a small guy and IMO it's the size range that looks best on me. Some great deals to be found in those sizes if you don't mind digging a bit, too. And re: online vintage, I've heard good things about Matthew Bain (I think he's in Miami?) and a shop in Dallas whose name escapes me at the moment. Bain skews high end though.
ETA a question-- can anyone opine on the merits of lining and padding in an alligator strap? I'd like to get one put together, and I'm not quite sure where to go in that department. Watch is 40mm diver and it would be worn mostly in warm weather. Thanks!
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