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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:


Mate, dunno what happened. Didn't see this till alerted by a post elsewhere.

Looks special to me, very impressive nod[1].gif
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As promised, here it is:

 

Congratulations, Wraith, that really is beautifully proportioned (my 3 o'clock date aversion notwithstanding!).  You're totally right about the size, especially with this dial colour and the bracelet, it's plenty solid and masculine enough and just the right kind of subtlety for a regular dress watch.

 

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Nice choice on the 36 mm!
I could be wrong, but wearing attention-seeking jewelry in a formal-ish environment doesn't exactly say confidence and masculinity to me.

 

Exactly. Happy to be in the Understated Omega Club.

 

 

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

 

As usual, my thoughts turn to ze Germans.  Stowa's at the bargain end (Flieger Baumuster?), Sinn already mentioned.  But when you mentioned your outdoor activities, then how about something like this from Mühle?  The "Terranaut 1 Trail" would be especially awesome on a NATO, I feel, but easily within your $2k  budget (new!), the II or III would hit the mark for simplicity, especially in the brushed steel versions.  

 

I really like them, and with shock protection, 10 bar water resistance and that finish, I would have thought it fits your outdoor image pretty well.  This would be my pick - on a NATO, like you said, but I think also on some worn brown leather or suede to fill that casual role just as well as a Big Pilot or a Panerai.  Alternatively, I think it's pretty fly for both uses on the nylon:

 

 

N.B.  It's only a 40mm case, so might not be "bruiser" enough in that respect, but a whole lot more versatile for it I think.  If you want more chunk, the II is 44mm and available in just this configuration too.

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Exactly. Happy to be in the Understated Omega Club.
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As usual, my thoughts turn to ze Germans.  Stowa's at the bargain end (Flieger Baumuster?), Sinn already mentioned.  But when you mentioned your outdoor activities, then how about something like this from Mühle?  The "Terranaut 1 Trail" would be especially awesome on a NATO, I feel, but easily within your $2k  budget (new!), the II or III would hit the mark for simplicity, especially in the brushed steel versions.  I really like them.
Not kilobuxx, but k£s. Tasty options in the secondhand market abound. The best thing to do would be to find a 14270 Explorer in good condition, stay off watch forums forever, and be happy.
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N.B.  If I win the $5k dress watch challenge (which I must, for including a 36mm Rolex alone), Mr Fok has generously agreed to label me "Pernicious Enabler".  That is all I wish to say, other than to think my fellow TWATters for their sportsmanship. :)

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Originally Posted by Dachshund View Post

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

First thing that comes to mind is a no-date sub 14060. You may have to stretch the budget a little, but aren't they available around this price point second hand? I would be surprised if mine should fetch more than double of what I paid for it new, after having worn it hard for 20+ years (not that I would ever sell it, mind). Preparing a post right now about some of the stuff I've put mine through...
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My mistake - a used Sub would be nearer £3k if you want a nice one, but worth it!  I guess it depends on how it fits in the budget as the watch that's going to get abused a bit. 

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Love that pic, Kaplan....as said earlier, I really enjoy seeing these great watches out there being actively worn.
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Looks very nice - rugged.
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Great pic.
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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.
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Love the photo of the IWC on the Nato.

Thanks guys, your nice replies made me look for similar pics, and while I haven't any as good as that one, I'm gonna post anyway ;-)

Some of the pics will be more like holiday snaps than quality watch photos, so everything's spoilered for those just wanting to scroll through:


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My first real watch - after a few month's stint with a Cartier Tank that I was too young for as a teen - was a no-date Sub 14060 that I saved up for, after letting the Cartier go. For about 20 years it was my one-watch and hardly ever left my wrist, including when showering, sleeping, playing tennis or travelling in the seedier parts of the caribbean. Always on it's bracelet.

While I didn't think to grap watch shots back then, here it is worn during a climb to the summit of Mount Ruapehu, an active volcano and the highest point on New Zealand's North Island.

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That trip also saw the watch through: sand tobogganing, dolphin watching, black and white water rafting, mountain biking, sea kayaking, river canoeing, heli hiking to the top of Franz Josef glacier and trekking the Kepler track in two days.

New Zealand collage (Click to show)
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Here's a recent shot of how it's held up to all the abuse:

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A few years ago I added a Pam 177, worn here on the peak overlooking Capri (where we stupidly hiked to under the mid day sun):

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It's on the other OP rubber strap, the accordion:

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And, less strenuously, here it is worn with all linen, having a Negroni on Plaza Real in Barcelona:

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- on a Bruno strap from Di Stefano:

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Barcelona collage (Click to show)
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Now, this summer I'm mostly wearing the sub and the Mk XV on NATOs, like so:

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Edited by Kaplan - 6/11/14 at 8:19am
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Nice watch, mate!

 

Question. Just to be a bit less ignorant... what's the point of the movable bezels? I can't quite understand yet for what reason watches have them. 

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Nice watch, mate!

Question. Just to be a bit less ignorant... what's the point of the movable bezels? I can't quite understand yet for what reason watches have them. 
They are used to track your bottom time while diving.
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They are used to track your bottom time while diving.

 

Ahhhh! Thanks tifosi! :slayer:

 

Learn one new thing today, it's worth the day. :nodding:

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They are used to track your bottom time while diving.


Or meter time when parking.

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Ahhhh! Thanks tifosi! icon_gu_b_slayer%5B1%5D.gif

Learn one new thing today, it's worth the day. nod%5B1%5D.gif
No problem. That is why most bezels only turn in one direction. So you don't bump it and all of a sudden think you have more dive time.

Same thing for parking! crackup[1].gif
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Frills, Dino, and Keith T (aka Master TWAT icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif ) - great pics of your watches and optics. Keith T - your composition was awesome. Lovin' that Omega. Is that new ceramic bezel? The dial is incredibly blue

Dino - great combos, classic All Day ALL the way as usual

 

Thanks RNguy

 

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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:

Congrats!  Enjoy your new Omega, looks great!

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Originally Posted by Betelgeuse View Post

Nice watch, mate!

Question. Just to be a bit less ignorant... what's the point of the movable bezels? I can't quite understand yet for what reason watches have them. 

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They are used to track your bottom time while diving.
yes. Keep in mind that these are tool watches and that is how they were meant to be used. For example, I often use my rotating bezel, together with the day counter, to keep track of the intervals between when I have to water the plants. Some ferns like 80 hours between waterings. So after I water them, I set the day counter to 31 (why there is no zero marker is beyond me) and zero the bezel on the hour hand. So when the day counter shows 3 and the hour hand has moved 8 segments (or to the 40 minute mark), I know it is time to water the ferns again.
Same with yogurt making.

It is true that there are other ways to keep track of time intervals safely, but, really, nothing beats a good tool watch.
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