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That is one of the top three TWAT posts of all time. Bravo Mr. Frills!
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Originally Posted by rnguy001 View Post

Lovely VC. Would love to see more of them around here. How do you like it? Is that the older style bracelet?


Thank you. Nothing short of a constant source of pleasure. I have this thing for smaller, understated chronos. And also prefer the older numeral style vs the new baton dials.

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Welcome, byang09 that's a great VC.


And the frilly continues to amaze....
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So, I picked up my new watch today icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gifWarning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Kaplan, were you right?

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Yes! Good job nod[1].gif

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Of course, it's a Rolex Oysterquartz, mod 17000, 6.4 mil serial number, making it a 1980 vintage. Silver dial, and in a mint condition.

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All the bells and whistles: Inner and outer box, leaflets, punched papers.

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And even the original blue dial. A spectacular blue color, but the last owner had it changed for a silver one.

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Sold locally here in Norway, that's nice.

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The seller had a new battery installed, and we met at a local watchmaker who also shortened the bracelet. Just perfect!

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I'm sorry for the mobile pictures and lack of more info, but I'll be back with proper shots and more thoughts on the watch. So far I can say that it is indeed both descreet and loud, a very audible TICK smile.gif Thanks!

a lovely watch. dont think i could ever make that leap, but i fully appreciate and admire it.
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went into a local AD today, and they had the PAM 346 and the 323 today. With all this talk about Radiomirs recently I had to have them pulled out so I could try them - exquisite! I've always put the 323 as something I would strive for, but could never find one in the metal (as well as the 346), so getting to see both today and confirming my worst fears - I MUST OWN ONE. They also had several of the newer 1940's style Radiomir cases. Though I see the appeal in terms of modern design, I think I would prefer the traditional Rad's wire lugs and crown.

I love the automatic 10 day power reserve of the the 323, but I think I overall find the simplicity of the 346 more appealing. It'd be a tough call. (Mimo - your thoughts?)

I was thinking this out loud to the dismay of my wife, who kindly pointed out I was still wearing my less than week old DSSD...

pics shamelessly pulled from the net..

323:


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346

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i vote 346. love that watch, especially the back.
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eventually she'll stop even mentioning it. won't even bat an eye.

Just got confirmation that ill be picking up my new one saturday morning. Pretty excited...one of the few panerais I've never owned. lol8[1].gif

bounce2.gif but how does the ROO feel about this? will she be ok?
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Hey, by the way, I can't remember of I ever updated you on what I ended up doing. The two on the right are the new ones. smile.gif Thanks for the advice.

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now that is a tight collection.
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I will play

Very Nice Overseas.  I greatly prefer its design over the current model.  There aren't 2 many VC owners here.  I have 2, but both are dress watches rather than sports watches. 

 

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Originally Posted by rnguy001 View Post

Lovely VC. Would love to see more of them around here. How do you like it? Is that the older style bracelet?

Yes, that one is the original style of bracelet and also original case shape (the new ones don't have shoulders to protect the crown/pushers).  IMHO, the original was better looking, but there were complaints about the links of the original bracelets locking together sometimes.  I only saw it happen once at an AD years ago.   The new design doesn't do that at all, but I find it too flashy with the "logo" styled bracelet links.  

 

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Originally Posted by byang09 View Post
 


Thank you. Nothing short of a constant source of pleasure. I have this thing for smaller, understated chronos. And also prefer the older numeral style vs the new baton dials.

I like the "Military dial" with Arabic numerals on your watch far more than the batons.  Great looking watch, enjoy it!

 

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Lots of awesome watches being posted here! These aren't the best of pictures because of the dim lighting, but I was at a watch event last night and wanted to share:

It was a fun gathering with friends:

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In yellow gold - 5970J, me with my 3970J, 3940J. In steel - the Aquanaut Travel Time 5164A.
 

Wow, looks like a great evening!  Definitely some very sophisticated watches there!

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GMT Master II on a Greg Stevens Leather band. Endlinks from ETUR on TRF.

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GMT Master II on a Greg Stevens Leather band. Endlinks from ETUR on TRF.

Great watch...but I'd rather see it on a different strap.  I find that one too rustic and IMHO doesn't really compliment the watch.  

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Great seeing another BP on here, TC

I wear the strap with the tang at 6 like this: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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I also sold my friend on the watch so he got a 5009 (I have the 5004)

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I'll be honest the IWC deployant is just not very comfortable for me. I much prefer the buttery butterfly one on my JLC MC.

Still, the BP looks great on you TC, as does the AP and the Sub on your wife

R

Thanks, man, aprpeciate the kind words! My understanding is that strap orientation (tang at 6 as you call it) is the intended configuration. I thought it looked really weird at first, but decided to live with it, and now I think it would be weird the other way. The deployant clasp happens to fit the underside of my wrist very well--my issue is that the strap is ridiculously stiff. I've probably worn the watch 25 times and it hasn't broken in at all. If i didn't love the black so much I'd consider switching it to something more comforatable.
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The black croc is notorious for being very stiff. The OEM buffalo brown is softer which is why I wanted to change it out. Something to think about. Both straps look very sharp IMO.


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Originally Posted by TC (Houston) View Post

Thanks, man, aprpeciate the kind words! My understanding is that strap orientation (tang at 6 as you call it) is the intended configuration. I thought it looked really weird at first, but decided to live with it, and now I think it would be weird the other way. The deployant clasp happens to fit the underside of my wrist very well--my issue is that the strap is ridiculously stiff. I've probably worn the watch 25 times and it hasn't broken in at all. If i didn't love the black so much I'd consider switching it to something more comforatable.
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That is one of the top three TWAT posts of all time. Bravo Mr. Frills!

 

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And the frilly continues to amaze....

 

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Wow, looks like a great evening!  Definitely some very sophisticated watches there!

 

Thank you brothers.  But just imagine the kind of logistics (and insurance?) required to transport pieces like that to a show/gathering in another city (or country).  Those were not the only pieces on display - there were piece uniques there, fantastic works of art, along with their full range of Nautilii and minute repeaters, plus a few priceless watchmakers who answered what must have been (to them) incredibly dumb questions from me.  Hey wait, maybe they should have stayed in the lab working on replacing my missing pusher cap...

 

For example, below is (published!) advice from the IWJG for Exhibitors for security concerns at their events.  Wonder what fun things Patek asks from their ADs and/or local offices to put together to secure collections like the one they displayed yesterday...

 

http://www.iwjg.com/EXHIBITOR-security.shtml

 

Exhibitor Security

All IWJG shows feature heavy security for our members. Nevertheless, jewelry robberies are always a serious threat: many in our industry have been robbed, especially while traveling. So in the interest of safety, please follow our tips for protecting yourself and your valuables. We will prevail as a group!

Use our Security Services

Contact our office to use any of these inexpensive IWJG services, exclusively for members:

  • Armed escort guards. When arriving and (especially) when leaving shows.
  • Brinks shipping for your merchandise. When possible, ship rather than carry your merchandise. Smaller dealers use UPS.
  • Brinks insurance at shows.

General Tips

  1. Travel with other dealers. The more the safer. Change your travel plans to work this out.
  2. Never be alone. Don't let yourself get anyplace that will make it easy for them to use a gun.
  3. Get insurance! You can afford it. The alternative is financial disaster. (See our insurance tips.)
  4. Don't put your life's work in one bag. Don't try to carry too much!
  5. Don't underestimate the crooks.
    • They know each of us.
    • They are organized with teams in every major city.
    • They work every jewelry, coin, and antique show in America. We are just another payday for them.
    • Don't believe they get lucky when they steal a bag. It's what they do for a living!
    • It can happen to you.

If You Drive

  1. Do not stop for gas. Tank up before the trip.
  2. Do not stop for food. Avoid restaurants and drive-ins, even with large groups.
  3. Do not stop to fix a flat tire. Just drive on the rim.
  4. Do not stop if your car is hit. The other driver may be a dangerous criminal: this is a common scam that uses two cars.
  5. Do not stop, period.
  6. Use valet service, if you must park. Stay out of garages.

If You Fly

  1. Hire a cop to escort you through airport security. Do not go through security alone. The X-ray machine is a prime spot to lose your bag!
  2. Keep your bag with you at all times. Don't put it down, even for one second. Keep it on your shoulder, with a hand on it.

In The Hotel

  1. Do not leave valuables in the hotel room. The thieves have keys too.
  2. Do not trust your life savings to the hotel lobby with only one person on duty at four o'clock in the morning.

Other Travel Tips

  1. Do not put down your bag in the restroom. (Better to wear adult diapers than lose your life savings.)
  2. Avoid alcohol unless your valuables are securely locked up.
  3. Do not share a taxicab.
  4. Do not let anyone open a door for you.
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That is some security protocol!  We all know Frills has his own "armed" security at all times. :rimshot:

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Originally Posted by rnguy001 View Post

The black croc is notorious for being very stiff. The OEM buffalo brown is softer which is why I wanted to change it out. Something to think about. Both straps look very sharp IMO.

Hmmm, brown actually would have been nice today . . . All this Big Pilot talk, of course I had to wear it.

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Love that TC. Like seeing an old friend, thanks nod[1].gif
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NICE. BP looks quite awesome on you

R
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Thanks, gentlemen, have a great weekend!
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