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Thanks for the information. I tend to like some of their models, from an aesthetics standpoint (Navitimer and Transocean), but like I said, I'm new and don't have the background knowledge on many of these brands that most on the forum probably do.

If anyone could provide specifics, that would be great. Like I mentioned, just curious.

Not that it's relevant to this discussion but, I am more partial to Panerai (I'm 30 FWIW) and really like the look of the 112. I'm strongly considering making my first real watch purchase next year and the 112 is at the top of the list.
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Thanks for the information. I tend to like some of their models, from an aesthetics standpoint (Navitimer and Transocean), but like I said, I'm new and don't have the background knowledge on many of these brands that most on the forum probably do.

If anyone could provide specifics, that would be great. Like I mentioned, just curious.

Not that it's relevant to this discussion but, I am more partial to Panerai (I'm 30 FWIW) and really like the look of the 112. I'm strongly considering making my first real watch purchase next year and the 112 is at the top of the list.
It really just comes down to personal preference. There is no reason NOT to buy a Breitling. If you like it then that is really all that matters. I think people will talk you out of Breitling just because they don't like them. And that is probably mostly from an aesthetic point of view. Luckily not everyone likes the same things. I would hate to make (strong word but just making a point) you spend your money on something you don't think looks as good as the Breitling you really like just because it's a Pam or 'insert other brand'.
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It really just comes down to personal preference. There is no reason NOT to buy a Breitling. If you like it then that is really all that matters. I think people will talk you out of Breitling just because they don't like them. And that is probably mostly from an aesthetic point of view. Luckily not everyone likes the same things. I would hate to make (strong word but just making a point) you spend your money on something you don't think looks as good as the Breitling you really like just because it's a Pam or 'insert other brand'.

+1

 

There is nothing wrong with Breitlings.  I've just never had much interest in them, as many of them are too busy (I don't need a slide rule on my watch), and I find the Bentley watches too blingy.  Years ago many had rather ordinary movements based the Val 7750 or other ETA products.  So they seemed more style than substance to me.  I think a few of their current simpler watches are a big improvement to the  line up.  It also helps that they are producing some of their own movements.  In the end the watches that get discussed here are a matter of personal preference and often when a person comes here to either discuss a possible purchase or to ask about a deal they have been offered. I suppose for what most Breitlings cost, there have always been watches from other brands that I would prefer to own.  But what we each deem worthy of our hard earned $$$ is very subjective.  What matters is that a buyer is happy with whatever watch he buys regardless of other's opinions.  

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+1 on the PAM 112, I have been told panerai's are simply over priced pocket watches. Bottom line aesthetically I like it, not because of resale value or status. Not that either of these are necessarily bad reasons. To each his own if you like it buy it.
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It really just comes down to personal preference. There is no reason NOT to buy a Breitling. If you like it then that is really all that matters. I think people will talk you out of Breitling just because they don't like them. And that is probably mostly from an aesthetic point of view. Luckily not everyone likes the same things. I would hate to make (strong word but just making a point) you spend your money on something you don't think looks as good as the Breitling you really like just because it's a Pam or 'insert other brand'.

Good insight, and I agree. I'm not going to not buy something just because, a bunch of guys on a forum don't agree (no offense).

Are the biggest issues with Breitlings their aesthetics?
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+1

There is nothing wrong with Breitlings.  I've just never had much interest in them, as many of them are too busy (I don't need a slide rule on my watch), and I find the Bentley watches too blingy.  Years ago many had rather ordinary movements based the Val 7750 or other ETA products.  So they seemed more style than substance to me.  I think a few of their current simpler watches are a big improvement to the  line up.  It also helps that they are producing some of their own movements.  In the end the watches that get discussed here are a matter of personal preference and often when a person comes here to either discuss a possible purchase or to ask about a deal they have been offered. I suppose for what most Breitlings cost, there have always been watches from other brands that I would prefer to own.  But what we each deem worthy of our hard earned $$$ is very subjective.  What matters is that a buyer is happy with whatever watch he buys regardless of other's opinions.  
and a +1 to you, Dino.
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Good insight, and I agree. I'm not going to not buy something just because, a bunch of guys on a forum don't agree (no offense).

Are the biggest issues with Breitlings their aesthetics?
Haha. None taken. I will admit that I am guilty of letting forum views influence some purchases.
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+1

There is nothing wrong with Breitlings.  I've just never had much interest in them, as many of them are too busy (I don't need a slide rule on my watch), and I find the Bentley watches too blingy.  Years ago many had rather ordinary movements based the Val 7750 or other ETA products.  So they seemed more style than substance to me.  I think a few of their current simpler watches are a big improvement to the  line up.  It also helps that they are producing some of their own movements.  In the end the watches that get discussed here are a matter of personal preference and often when a person comes here to either discuss a possible purchase or to ask about a deal they have been offered. I suppose for what most Breitlings cost, there have always been watches from other brands that I would prefer to own.  But what we each deem worthy of our hard earned $$$ is very subjective.  What matters is that a buyer is happy with whatever watch he buys regardless of other's opinions.  

Thanks for the explanation. I've really enjoyed this forum and learning about the intricacies of watches and watchmaking.
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It really just comes down to personal preference. There is no reason NOT to buy a Breitling. If you like it then that is really all that matters. I think people will talk you out of Breitling just because they don't like them. And that is probably mostly from an aesthetic point of view. Luckily not everyone likes the same things. I would hate to make (strong word but just making a point) you spend your money on something you don't think looks as good as the Breitling you really like just because it's a Pam or 'insert other brand'.

+1

 

There is nothing wrong with Breitlings.  I've just never had much interest in them, as many of them are too busy (I don't need a slide rule on my watch), and I find the Bentley watches too blingy.  Years ago many had rather ordinary movements based the Val 7750 or other ETA products.  So they seemed more style than substance to me.  I think a few of their current simpler watches are a big improvement to the  line up.  It also helps that they are producing some of their own movements.  In the end the watches that get discussed here are a matter of personal preference and often when a person comes here to either discuss a possible purchase or to ask about a deal they have been offered. I suppose for what most Breitlings cost, there have always been watches from other brands that I would prefer to own.  But what we each deem worthy of our hard earned $$$ is very subjective.  What matters is that a buyer is happy with whatever watch he buys regardless of other's opinions.  


There is nothing wrong with the Breitling babe either.

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^^ Well you can certainly tell that she likes Pateks.
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Well, it took almost two months but I finally got my 3970P's pusher cap replaced. Patek elected to replace the bottom one too since it was apparently "worn" inside (whatever that means).

While the service and wait time seems unreasonably long for a seemingly easy replacement, there isn't much one can do. Patek will not sell original parts like this one for a Grand Complication to independent watchmakers - they will ask to see and repair the 3970 themselves. And they will want to inspect the watch and make sure other parts aren't damaged blah blah blah.

I consider myself a patient, reasonable guy but I admit having to wait two months to have a repair estimate and a pusher cap or two replaced stretched my virtues. Hahah. Lesson learned: try not to damage your mechanical piece, and the more complicated it gets prepare to shell out more in terms of time and money to have it properly repaired. This goes not just for Patek but for other timepieces as well, I suppose.

Without further adieu, the return of my 3970P!

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A better angle perhaps?

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One last thing: props to my dealer who covered the cost. Wasn't chump change either. But it's been less than a year since I purchased the watch and I'm glad they honored their warranty, even though it technically covered only movement. Who knows what fancy martial arts or calisthenics move I did to lose the pusher cap in the first place? But ya know what, they did me right and I couldn't be happier with how they helped me out. Boom!
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y does breitling have sex dolls in their boutique? confused.gif
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^^ Well you can certainly tell that she likes Pateks.

 

That she apparently does. :fonz:

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Interestingly, a breitling montbrillant 1461 was the watch that got me interested in mechanical watches, back in the mid 1990's. That said, I have never owned a breitling.
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Frills, I'm glad to see the 3970P is back home where she belongs.  Enjoy it.  

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