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About 13 years ago the soon to be Mrs. Dino gave me a black dial Rolex Explorer 2 as a wedding gift.  She knew I loved watches and thought it would be nice for me to have something with a GMT function, as we were going to the South of France for our honeymoon.  I have never let a watch go that long without service, but its a pretty rugged watch,  it was still keeping great time, and I wanted to see how long it would go on keeping great time.  It was still keeping great time this year, but I figured I'd treat it to an overhaul at Rolex NYC (although I requested that they not polish/refinish it).   I dropped it off in April and it just arrived at my office today.  It arrived with a 2 year warranty on the service, paperwork, a customer service evaluation form, and a polishing cloth.  Always nice welcoming back and old friend.

 

A quick photo of the Oysterquartz that I started off wearing this morning, next to the Explorer II that I'm now wearing this afternoon. 

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Wonderful Dino, thanks for sharing! It looks as great as the day it was purchased! May you continue to wear it for many more years with the Mrs.
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That's awesome Dino. So they cleaned it but didn't repolish/refinish? Then again you really know how to take care of your watches. And one that deservedly requires that kind of Dino-Care, being a gift from Mrs Dino!
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Very nice Dino and great story!  I didn't know you can request to not polish the watch on a service.  I will have to let my FIL know about that.

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I request this too, with my sub of 23+ years.
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Some interesting talk lately about the "double Rolex" question.

First, in regards to Frilly--his suits look A-OK in person. They definitely fit how they are "supposed to." The pose definitely makes the suit look substantially more exaggerated. In person, they actually fit very, very well.

Onto the other question. I think I may take the minority side here. I am a young guy as well... and I think that at our age, you may want to just go with one of the Rolex models for now. My answer that follows is contingent on you not having any other watches in your collection--so please correct me if that assumption is incorrect.

I think you should buy either the BLNR or the Sub new, and then kind of see where you stand. I think that you may find the GMT and the Sub a bit too similar, in that they will both be fighting for wrist time and both be serving the same role in your relatively small collection. I just find the Sub and GMT a bit duplicative. Again, I know that I am probably in the minority here... but you may find that you are also in the minority. On the wrist, both watches give off a very similar vibe. They both utilize the same maxi-case, the dial's are similar, etc. The BLNR is a bit flashier--but then, I think it is a better looking watch than the current iteration of the Submariner.
Another thing--again, you are a young guy. I think the BLNR may fit in better with a younger person, especially considering the other watches that you look at. The Sub is a bit stodgy, and far too frequently conveys the wrong impression to people.



I think the Pelagos is a great watch, but it is not a submariner. It is a completely different entity. The Pelagos is a thicker, larger, and more toolish watch. The submariner has a low profile, is shinier, and is a few mms smaller. They will wear very, very differently. If you want a sub, you want a sub, if you want a pelagos, you want a pelagos.

In regards to the IWC Chronograph thing… I think that for a younger guy, it could count as a dress watch—at least in its previous iteration. The newer one is significantly bulkier though, and to be honest, I do not really care for it. It still has the Portuguese DNA, but to a lesser extent. It almost seems to be inspired by the line, rather than a derivative thereof. But that is neither here nor there.
If I were in your shoes, I would pick up the BLNR, and then just wait. You may be surprised what directions you will go!

And in an unrelated note: I forgot I never posted these pictures. This bad boy has been pulling on my heartstrings for a while.


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I think you should buy either the BLNR or the Sub new, and then kind of see where you stand. I think that you may find the GMT and the Sub a bit too similar, in that they will both be fighting for wrist time and both be serving the same role in your relatively small collection. I just find the Sub and GMT a bit duplicative. Again, I know that I am probably in the minority here... but you may find that you are also in the minority. On the wrist, both watches give off a very similar vibe. They both utilize the same maxi-case, the dial's are similar, etc. The BLNR is a bit flashier--but then, I think it is a better looking watch than the current iteration of the Submariner.
Another thing--again, you are a young guy. I think the BLNR may fit in better with a younger person, especially considering the other watches that you look at. The Sub is a bit stodgy, and far too frequently conveys the wrong impression to people.

I actually think this is the majority opinion. I would personally go ND Sub because the polished center links bother me a bit more than most (despite loving the GMT). I really wouldn't wear either with a suit personally, but I don't think one distinguishes itself as more versatile in that regard if you were going to do that with your first Rolex. If you buy a new Sub, please do not put it on a Nato, it would be a waste of that bracelet (and I agree with Nuke that you should just buy new, and pick one of the Sub or GMT).

 

I agree with Nuke on the IWC, I think it's dressy enough for a young man. It's not strictly dress watch territory, but it doesn't seem out of place like a Sub or GMT would to me personally in more formal environments.

 

And Nuke, that Journe...:drool:

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Wonderful Dino, thanks for sharing! It looks as great as the day it was purchased! May you continue to wear it for many more years with the Mrs.

Thanks Nuke.  Yes, I take pretty good care of my watches.  There are some fine scratches here and there, but its in really nice shape for a watch that was a daily wearer for several years and is 13 years old.  Then again, I'm not a Superhero like Frills, so my watches don't are not subjected to some of the wear and tear that Batman's watches have to deal with regularly.  Thanks again for the good wishes. 

 

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That's awesome Dino. So they cleaned it but didn't repolish/refinish? Then again you really know how to take care of your watches. And one that deservedly requires that kind of Dino-Care, being a gift from Mrs Dino!

Thanks Frills.  Yes, a watch with such special memories deserves special care.  You are correct, I just asked them to clean it and NOT refinish/polish it.  If you take very good care of watches, they really don't need refinishing.  I prefer to keep the original factory edges and bevels rather than repeatedly have them polished/refinished which often turns crisp edges round.  The official service center is pretty good with refinishing but too much refinishing even with a factory service center isn't good for the lines of a watch. 

 

With the RO or Patek I'd try to avoid refinishing unless it absolutely needed it.  Further, that is something I'd only allow the AP service center or the Henri Stern Agency to handle.  I've seen several vintage ROs and Nautilus's (not sure the plural of Nautilus) ruined and overly rounded from refinishing work by the "local watchmaker."  

 

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Very nice Dino and great story!  I didn't know you can request to not polish the watch on a service.  I will have to let my FIL know about that.

Thanks JB.  Yes, I specifically requested told them not to refinish/polish the case or bracelet.  The paperwork just said Customer requests only wash and clean.  Came back looking they way I requested, with the few fine marks and light scuffs that were already there. 

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I agree with Nuke the BLNR and Sub may be too redundant for most. Unless you're frills. Out of the two, I prefer the Sub-C with date. If I were you, and it was your first and only Rolex, maybe hold out for the new SD. I personally love the new IWC Port Chrono and find it an improvement in every possible way over its predecessor, but it's damn expensive. And I wish it had more blue. Whatever you choose you've got a fine list in mind and keep us all posted!

Frills - you came to DC in vintage crappy humid weather, but I hope you had a good trip. Maybe we can catch up next time, bud
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So I just finished watching "X-Men: Days of Future Past."  This may come as a huge shock to many of you, but I dig superhero movies.  Get over it.

 

In the movie, a mutant with super speed moonlights as a thief (he's a teenager, it's sort of expected that a super speedster would do that). The movie is set in 1973, so I thought he was wearing a Royal Oak - which would be cool since AP launched the RO in 1972, and it was the original "premium stainless steel sports watch" at the time.  

 

As it stands, it doesn't look like an RO - at least from promo shots I found on the internet.  Perhaps they didn't have the budget to pay AP for such rights.  Hah hah.  But it would be cool if there was someone in the movie who paid a wink wink tribute to the Genta designs emerging at around the time (the Nautilus came out in 1976).

 

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Of course this could well be an old Hamilton LED, but that bracelet looks so... Nautilus. 

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saw it too, agree - quicksilver stole the show
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So I just finished watching "X-Men: Days of Future Past."  This may come as a huge shock to many of you, but I dig superhero movies.  Get over it.

Nothing wrong with that, Frilly. I write superheroes. How's them apples?
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Nothing wrong with that, Frilly. I write superheroes. How's them apples?

 

I did a little editing for my friend on this.  There's no superhero here, but something along those lines in the coming sci-fi world...to which I hope to contribute.  Anyway, if you're into comic books and graphic novels, do take a look. :)

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I did a little editing for my friend on this.  There's no superhero here, but something along those lines in the coming sci-fi world...to which I hope to contribute.  Anyway, if you're into comic books and graphic novels, do take a look. smile.gif

Excellent! Feel free to check my stuff out too.
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