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i like the anthracite dial better as well, but i do not love a rubber strap there. for me, past a certain price point i feel its gotta be croc/gator or gold/plat/steel. i just dont love a rubber strap on a 5 figure watch. call me a whore.

WHORE!

Come on, I'm the first to jump on that?! Y'all are gettin' slow...
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183 with a suit this evening
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Nice combo, Cleav.
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So, if anyone is having a slow day at work, I would suggest giving this a read:

http://jlc.watchprosite.com/?show=forumpost&pi=6365988&fi=2&ti=923673&s=0

Awesome essay. I have not even attempted to read more than the first page, but it looks to be a fascinating article. Well, fascinating for the watch nerds.
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Thanks Keith T, conscious of wearing the Pam with a suit but then wt...
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That is just super cool! A quick review would be welcome, as I am looking for a affordable tooly watch a la IWC XV(I), and this seems to tick a lot of boxes smile.gif
Hope you don't mind if I offer my two bits. I've spent some quality time with a 556 that I picked up in Frankfurt some years back for a friend (back when there was just the version they now call the "I") and I think it's as perfected of a watch as it gets for the money. The size is ideal, the optional bracelet is quite good, it suits just about any strap, the dial has a gorgeous deeply lacquered finish, and the whole package has the distinct vibe of understated quality. They were using the top-grade version of the solid 2824 movement last time I checked, too.

Simple is more difficult than complicated, and I don't see any design flaws on this. OK, I'd prefer a steel back to a display one, but I suspect I'm in the minority on that point. The hands, dial and case are just right together. The satin case finish looks great and can be touched up easily, unlike bead-blasted models such as my 356 (which I still inlove.gif after six years). It has the do-anything nature of a classic 36 mm Datejust without being a mere facsimile; there's a distinct identity to the watch.

I prefer this model to their more gimmicky stuff that seems to be designed for mall ninjas, since I think Sinn's a no-BS company at the core. I honestly can't think of a better alternative at the 556's very-reasonable cost if someone's looking for a simple, rugged and versatile watch that's easily serviceable and not going to look dated down the road.
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

i like the anthracite dial better as well, but i do not love a rubber strap there. for me, past a certain price point i feel its gotta be croc/gator or gold/plat/steel. i just dont love a rubber strap on a 5 figure watch. call me a whore.

WHORE!

Come on, I'm the first to jump on that?! Y'all are gettin' slow...

WHORE!

Oh darn it. Keith beat me to it......
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two bits

Thank you very much, my friend! Most helpful! How do you find the satin finish compared to the brushed finish on, say, the IWC XV or XVI?
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Oh wow. That Overseas 47450 is amazing. worship2.gif
I can now highly recommend Cheergiant. My 19/15 strap was delivered on Saturday and I am very impressed. It took about a week for George to make the strap, and then another 2 weeks for it to land in my mailbox.






The leather is a nice orange-reddish brown with variable color tone depending upon the light, and it's the kind of color that should darken with wear to a nice, rich hue. The padding is perfect, and the fit is also spot-on to my specs. I was afraid that, despite George discounting the "Fagliano look strap" from $180 to $130, I was throwing the money away on something that would be a worthless consolation prize compared to the real deal on 1931, but it's not the case at all - I really like this strap and couldn't be more thrilled with the purchase.

I hope everyone's Monday is proceeding sans drama. smile.gif

Very nice - old George comes through again. Quite a coincidence, I've been toying with buying a Casa Fagliano - they'll sell one for $500 + 75 shipping or free shipping if you buy two.
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Originally Posted by NonServiam View Post

That is just super cool! A quick review would be welcome, as I am looking for a affordable tooly watch a la IWC XV(I), and this seems to tick a lot of boxes smile.gif
Hope you don't mind if I offer my two bits. I've spent some quality time with a 556 that I picked up in Frankfurt some years back for a friend (back when there was just the version they now call the "I") and I think it's as perfected of a watch as it gets for the money. The size is ideal, the optional bracelet is quite good, it suits just about any strap, the dial has a gorgeous deeply lacquered finish, and the whole package has the distinct vibe of understated quality. They were using the top-grade version of the solid 2824 movement last time I checked, too.

Simple is more difficult than complicated, and I don't see any design flaws on this.

Awesome review, couldn't have said it better myself. I'd also add that if you have the money to get the 556 on the bracelet, do it. Buying the bracelet afterwards will cost a substantial amount more. Mine's currently on a leather strap with deployant clasp but I will be switching to a rubber strap soon.


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I'll also add that my 556 has been running well within COSC specs since I got it, gaining an average of 2 seconds/day.


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post #30746 of 48312
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is it a chopard watch or just a chopard movement? your post was unclear.

It's a ladies' GRAFF watch made by Chopard - actually I'm allergic to stainless steel, the Technomarine was my 40th birthday present from my parents from Selfridges, but it gives me a rash up my arm, so my new solid gold (Quartz) watch will become my everyday watch.

It's not a patch on my old mechanical platinum Blancpain, which I bought new nearly 20 years ago and was watch heaven, but very unreliable, was always being serviced and in the end when I was taken financial advantage of by a former boyfriend, I paid him off with it to get out of my life.
I still miss it, but it wasn't practical as an everyday watch..

If I were a man my dream watch would be the 1735 by Blancpain...I hope I find another Villeret in platinum one day but they don't make them any more..mine was firstly no,10, then replaced by no.4 when the mechanism was faulty.

At least my new watch just needs a battery!smile.gif
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yay
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yay

Glad you approve!!

If I ever come across another ladies' used platinum Villeret (mechanical or automatic) I'll snap it up, but they made so few it's unlikely.

The GRAFF watch will be lived in now all of the time, and I'll use a top strap maker for future replacement straps...

Can't wait to get it - my birthday is April 19th, so it's my birthday present to myself!smile.gif
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Reverso today paired with a casual twill shirt.

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Cleav: great tie, too!

 

Keith: made me chuckle. thank you.

 

Hirs: congrats, look forward to the pics :)

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