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I'm think of throwing the Speedy on a Bond NATO for my upcoming trip to Norway. I'm going to be a ton of hiking and figure it would be a lot more comfortable on a NATO.

NATO is great for hiking, here on the highest point of the British Isles, Ben Nevis in Scotland (which isn't all that high).

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Great pic.
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As promised, here it is (I really like the look of this one). It's the 36mm version. Just the right size IMO:
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This is great. Thanks for posting....looks good proportionally, and ATs seem to be very reliable.
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vurry noice, wraith.
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As promised, here it is (I really like the look of this one). It's the 36mm version. Just the right size IMO:
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Lovely, lovely, lovely! Congrats!

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Voting for the best list of dress watches under $5K is now up (until Friday the 13th (of June.))  Vote here.

 

Cheers,

 

Fok.

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Hint: Get the vote out.

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This is great. Thanks for posting....looks good proportionally, and ATs seem to be very reliable.
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vurry noice, wraith.
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Lovely, lovely, lovely! Congrats!

Thanks guys smile.gif
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I'd love folks to vote for me in the dress watch contest because any title amongst this estimable watch community would mean a lot to me. Dino and and Stitchy and Frills and many others have taught me a lot and I hope I represented the community here well with my choices.

If I don't win, then I hope Mimo pulls it out. I always love his contributions. Good man, that Mimo.

On an unrelated note, I think I recall that some of Dino's friends have had less than stellar experiences with FP Journe. Am I remembering correctly? I am contemplating the Chronometre Bleu and I can't seem to find any pics from the TWAT community who owns one. Does anybody have any firsthand thoughts they would like to share? TIA.
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I'd love folks to vote for me in the dress watch contest because any title amongst this estimable watch community would mean a lot to me. Dino and and Stitchy and Frills and many others have taught me a lot and I hope I represented the community here well with my choices.

If I don't win, then I hope Mimo pulls it out. I always love his contributions. Good man, that Mimo.

On an unrelated note, I think I recall that some of Dino's friends have had less than stellar experiences with FP Journe. Am I remembering correctly? I am contemplating the Chronometre Bleu and I can't seem to find any pics from the TWAT community who owns one. Does anybody have any firsthand thoughts they would like to share? TIA.

First and foremost--congratulations The Wraith! I imagine that one of the characters in your books would wear something very similar! That is a lovely piece. A great all-rounder, that I am sure will bring you much enjoyment.

Also, Keith, great picture man! And Kaplan, I really like the way that you wear your watches. You have a knack of really showing them in action. I mean, I wear my watches... but I go from my air conditioned car to my air conditioned office.

Now, to partially answer CHRK33's unrelated, but nonetheless very interesting, question. Dino has mentioned that several of his friends who owned FPJ's had issues. And in no way, shape or form, do I doubt it! I have heard on TZ, TPP, etc., that FPJ, at least with their earlier models, experienced many issues, echoing exactly what Dino described. Medtech Expat, who frequents these boards more frequently in other threads, experienced similar issues. If I recall correctly, he purged his FPJ collection in favor of Lange, more or less. I feel less comfortable speaking for Medtech, but this is what I remember (I have been in these parts too long...).

So, FP Journe was founded ~1999. From what I have gleaned, most of the problems that have come to fruition revolve those timepieces that he created in the first 5-6 years of the company's operation. I know in around 2004, 2005, the brand did a fairly major recall. Again, do not quote me on this, but I believe that in most timepieces, the entire movement was switched out. Now, between 2008 and the present, I honestly do not know much about the reliability concerns. I have spoken with an AD who assured me there were no issues. But an AD would certainly make such an assurance. So I guess what I am trying to say, is that I am skeptical.

With that said, I think there is inherently less of an issue with the Chrono Bleu. Compared to, you know, something like this:



There are simply fewer parts, and less room for something to go awry.

Are my fears alleviated? Absolutely not. Would I buy one without further examination. Nope.

But I too am absolutely smitten by the Chrono Bleu. It is absolutely magical. But to paraphrase Dino's analogy: "do you really want a beautiful woman who is going to spend three to six months of the year with another man?" (there may have been a VD analogy as well, but I will keep it clean for now).

And my retort: "maybe some beautiful woman are worth the risk." Hell, if I could spend nine months a year with the TWAT-goddess, I think I would lend her to another gent for a few months a year!

But in all seriousness, I think the issue needs to be examined further. There is a shockingly large amount of anecdotal evidence regarding the instability of the movements in these watches. And it certainly gives me pause.




*Haven't done a long post in a while. Sorry for the shitty phrasing, blame it on the booze.
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First and foremost--congratulations The Wraith! I imagine that one of the characters in your books would wear something very similar! That is a lovely piece. A great all-rounder, that I am sure will bring you much enjoyment.

Thanks, Newcomer smile.gif Yes, my superhero character tends to ape my own style choices wink.gif
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^ Thanks Frilly smile.gif

I've tried larger dress watches in the past, and they just didn't click with me. I don't mind larger sport/dive watches, though, but dress watches I prefer 36mm or 34mm.
Nice choice on the 36 mm!

I agree completely; larger watches can end up wearing you, which is not the look I'm going for in a dressy situation, even with my large, flat wrist.

Sales staff really seem to push oversized watches. When I was looking at Nomos at a shop in Vienna a few years ago, the well-intentioned saleslady tried steering me toward the oversized stuff by the Richemont brands they carried, saying that the normal-sized watches in the store were for ladies, or something to that effect.

This was despite the fact that I was wearing this 34 mm behemoth from 1948 at the time:



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I could be wrong, but wearing attention-seeking jewelry in a formal-ish environment doesn't exactly say confidence and masculinity to me.
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Love the photo of the IWC on the Nato. This got me thinking. None of my watches is a real 'bruiser' (which I mean in the generic rather than Rolex sense). Does anyone have any recommendations for a watch that would satisfy the following criteria:

 

- cost sub-GBP2k second hand

- complications not essential - basic is better

- rugged - could be used for running, hiking, swimming, biking, etc, without any worries, so anti-shock, waterproof and reliability/robustness of movement a must

- look good on Nato strap

- good, recognised brand

- not quartz, digital, etc.

- could be swapped into the rest of the rotation for casual wear

 

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Does anyone have any recommendations for a watch that would satisfy the following criteria: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
- cost sub-GBP2k second hand
- complications not essential - basic is better
- rugged - could be used for running, hiking, swimming, biking, etc, without any worries, so anti-shock, waterproof and reliability/robustness of movement a must
- look good on Nato strap
- good, recognised brand
- not quartz, digital, etc.
- could be swapped into the rest of the rotation for casual wear

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At this price level, I'm not much of a fan of the typical brands with mass recognition, as they tend to be dominated by the big luxury conglomerates' generic-movements-at-premium-prices offerings.

It sounds like you want something German. I'd look at Sinn first; they're a thoroughly honest company that I have a lot of respect for. Their high quality is subtly obvious (if that makes any sense), they use the same (good, proven, reliable, service-anywhere) movements as the vast majority of more-famous names, and you'll get more watch for your money, as well as not having to deal with the Swatch Group / LVMH / Richemont parts-availability BS when maintenance time comes around.


Edit: On second thought, two kilopounds gets you a fair selection of 34 or 36 mm steel Rolex in the private secondhand market. I'd start there given your desire for watertightness, reliability and robustness. Steel AKs, OPs and DJs are more sporty than dressy anyway, the variations with subdued dials/bezels look great on NATO, and there's no better mechanical movement out there for everyday no-worries use.
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As promised, here it is (I really like the look of this one). It's the 36mm version. Just the right size IMO:

 

Great choice - that should make for a very versatile piece and the size looks absolutely perfect for you.

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Originally Posted by Dachshund View Post
 

Does anyone have any recommendations for a watch that would satisfy the following criteria:

 

- cost sub-GBP2k second hand

- complications not essential - basic is better

- rugged - could be used for running, hiking, swimming, biking, etc, without any worries, so anti-shock, waterproof and reliability/robustness of movement a must

- look good on Nato strap

- good, recognised brand

- not quartz, digital, etc.

- could be swapped into the rest of the rotation for casual wear

 

Sinn and Damasko would be my recs.

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