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What a beautiful trio.  After looking recently at all those Tudor and Rolex sports watches side by side, the proportions of your "Coke" really stand out as immaculate.  And the case shape of that GP chrono is mouth-watering.  Reverso GMt 8 Days is pretty sexy too, and unusual - what size is that?
Many thanks. The Reverso GMT is 29.5 x 46.5 mm x 12mm. For some reason, I find that it's a bit goofy on me; I haven't worn it once yet this year. I put it on last week intending to wear it to work, but I swapped out to the GP before I left the door. :-|

Good watch, just not my style. Plus I guess I'm super-racist against Richemont. wink.gif
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I would happily relieve you of your obnoxious Richemont burden.  Lange and VC probably occupy the leading positions in my dream locker, but JLC, IWC, Panerai and Cartier are all welcome to feel the love...

post #33033 of 48312
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Originally Posted by bdeuce22 View Post

Was getting a bit hot under the collar with the leather. Swapped out for now.
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panny rubber strap is best summer strap all time.
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As you're probably all aware, I've been bitten by the simple gold dress watch bug, too (though I am in my late 30s). I finally had a chance to visit some boutiques while visiting family in Singapore, and had the opportunity to try on many of the watches discussed here, including the AP Jules Audemars Extra Thin, newer variations of the AP Jules Audemars Self-Winding, AL&S Saxonia Thin, AL&S Saxonia Dual time, AL&S 1815 (40mm, Up/Down, Chronograph), Lange 1, various Breguets, and PP Calatravas. I didn't get a chance to try any Vacherons, but maybe next week.

My favourite of the lot was the AL&S 1815 40mm in rose gold. The blued hands, subtle detailing on the dial (e.g. 3-dot marks at 3, 6, 9 and 12), rail-road track markers, recessed small seconds, three-quarter plate and beautifully finished swan-neck regulator just blew me away. The warmth of the red gold was also very pleasing, really taking a bit of the edge off the famed Glashutte austerity. The 1815 has a lot of heft on the wrist, yet feels incredibly balanced and slips nicely under a shirt cuff. Surprisingly, the 40mm watch sat nicely on my 6.75" wrist (I had gone in with reservations, fearing that the watch might be just a bit too big, with such a narrow bezel); probably something to do with the shape of the lugs. I had expected to be wowed by the AP Jules Audemars Extra Thin (open-worked rotor and movement detailing are simply stunning), Lange 1 or 1815 Chrono (the depth to the chrono movement and fineness of the finishing is simply superlative), but somehow the simple beauty of the 1815 time-only just sung to me. Just enough visual interest to the dial that I could wear the watch on more casual occasions, yet enough German austerity that it easily pairs with a suit and tie. The Saxonia Thin and AP JA Extra Thin felt just that little bit too formal for my needs/life style, with only 2 hands and very plain dials. Now the (long) wait until enough investments have matured that I have a little bit of spare change! confused.gif Here's a photo from watchprosite.com (my own iPhone photos just didn't do the watch justice):


well, did you kop yet?
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Embrace the root beer. 10 out of 10 times I'd pick a steel sub over the bronze GMT but it sings to me for some reason. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


I've got a thing for GMTs.


lovely. i have always liked that root beer model.
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I love when people call you out for a fake watch on IG. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
This guy tagged my photo to "The Rolex Enforcer".
Obviously the guy who tagged it doesn't know whats real and what is not.
Oh well... 


what a moran. nothing but ToG luv over here.
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Wow, Belligero.

Great GMT post!

Talk about mix and match....I'd probably be paralyzed by the endless bezel and strap options. Hours of fun!
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The first GMTs had Bakelite inserts with radium lume. They're worth a fortune these days ($20K+ just for the insert), since they were recalled and replaced with the more-familiar aluminum ones due to radiation levels. The black option started becoming available with the 1675, and the black/burgundy started with the first GMT II (16760) in '83. There were some uncommon versions as well, such as all-blue and all-brown plus the options for two-tone and 18K watches.


 

 

I fookin love this blast from the past.

 

And this doesn't sound like an Evil Corporation at all.  Although - that would be exactly what an Evil Corporation would want you to think, 'no?  (Wink wink)

 

bkotsko - welcome to the world of "fake watch busting" on Instagram.  I get tagged by morons every few days calling out my "potentially fake watches."  Badge of honor, I tell ya.

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This may be a silly question, but are inserts readily so swappable? Dont they need to be secured with adhesive, and doesnt repetitive installation and removal damage them or gunk up the bezel? Or do you buy extra bezels and install them into those and swap those in?

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Originally Posted by DerangedGoose View Post

This may be a silly question, but are inserts readily so swappable? Dont they need to be secured with adhesive, and doesnt repetitive installation and removal damage them or gunk up the bezel? Or do you buy extra bezels and install them into those and swap those in?
I wouldn't call it easy. You need to pry the entire bezel off with a case knife for something similar then the insert just pops out. The insert is just held in with a force fit. No adhesive or screws. The most important part is keeping an eye on the bezel click spring. It tends to fly ff. I wouldn't want to do it once a week, but I swapped bezels maybe once a year on my Subs.
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It takes me about a minute to do an insert swap. You can gently remove the bezel without marking the case with the same type of plastic tool you use to swap busted phone screens. The process is really easy once you get the hang of it. It's just a matter of working the insert around with the right amount of force; the fit is perfect so it just snaps in. I don't bother with extra bezel assemblies. I've never had a problem with click springs, either.
post #33039 of 48312

Easy for you to say, you're a kind of Rolex ninja.

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Speaking of GMTs...

I'm putting up this minty fresh GMT Master II with ceramic bezel on the bay, today, so thought I would share some pr0n.















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Speaking of GMTs...

I'm putting up this minty fresh GMT Master II with ceramic bezel on the bay, today, so thought I would share some pr0n.



 
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Minty fresh!

post #33042 of 48312
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Interesting! I am glad to hear back on your "decision." I think that the AL&S 1815 Small Seconds may very well be the best of the bunch, for similar reasons to yourself. I love the VC Small Seconds, but it certainly lacks that reassuring heft that the Lange has. The Calatrava (5227) has a similar presence, something that I feel other watches in this price range are lacking. However, the 5227 is $10,000 more than the Lange, and $20,000 more than the VC. By the way, did you have a chance to check out the "new" 38.5mm version? That may work even better on your wrist.

It is funny that all this comes up this weekend, as yesterday I went to my semi-local Lange / Patek AD. I tried on the Lange Saxonia Thin, and really, really did not care for it too much. It felt very nice on the wrist, but it looked like a darn dinner plate. And the movement felt a bit small for the case size. I would like to get a chance to see the 38.5 1815 and Saxonia before too long, that might be the direction I end up going. Who knows. I seem to vacillate on a daily basis. Fortunately, I too am in the saving zone. It is not very easy saving up for a purchase this large, especially with NMWA only a click away!

The "time-only gold" watch segment has a ton of really, really great options. Very hard to ween the choices down.

I think one of the greatest things about the AL&S 1815 series is the versatility. I think you are right--in about 75% to 80% of situations, not only would the 1815 be a good choice, but it would be a GREAT choice. I feel it would look at home wearing a suit, or wearing shorts and a polo. That is very important to me.

I tried the new smaller 1815 the other day and thought it was very nicely proportioned - a nice return to Lange's smaller sizes when they first launched. I think it and the VC's movement is a step up in finishing compared to the Calatrava, and also some of the VC small seconds special editions are pretty stylish while still remaining elegant (the slate grey dial, the Paris boutique special etc)

The Saxonia Thin would have been a gorgeous watch, had it been just 2 or 3mm smaller. I can't imagine why they designed a 2 hand watch for a 40mm case, with such an empty dial, and paired it with a small movement. I asked several well-placed sources at Lange about the small movement, but never got a definitive answer. I've a feeling they decided at the last minute to upsize the watch, thinking it would sell better. The smaller 1815 is much better proportioned.

Other options to look at for elegant gold watches would be Moser (older ones) or Parmigiani, or perhaps vintage for great value.
post #33043 of 48312
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Originally Posted by academe View Post

To me, the Saxonia Thin felt in some respects almost like the Platonic ideal of a watch, but didn't have the same degree of warmth as the 1815. I was less concerned about things like the movement size relative to the size of the case (as the discrepancy is not as large as for the time only Saxonia, some of the PP Caletravas, or VC Patrimonys). Also, at least in my own subjective view and worn on my own wrist, the watch didn't look or feel dinner-plate like (nor did the 40mm AP JA Extra Thin or the 41mm VC Patrimony Traditionelle Self-Winding); I think the dinner-plate like appearance is contingent upon your wrist shape and geometry. The biggest thing for me was the feeling of warmth and rightness I felt when strapping the 1815 on. That moment when you know that is the watch for you...

I had hoped to try on the 38.5mm version of the 1815, but alas very few units had shipped to Singapore (at least our friend who's dealership I visited had not received any since the launch of the new models earlier this year). I suspect I would like the 38.5mm as much as the 40mm; perhaps incrementally more, as the more conservative dimensions appeal to my classical impulses. When the time comes, I may in fact order the 38.5mm. Based on the wrist presence of the Up/Down which I tried (39mm case), I suspect the smaller case size of the new 1815 will have just as much wrist presence as the 40mm version.

Stay strong and keep saving - you'll ultimately regret splurging on another watch and not holding out for the one you really want. Less is more! biggrin.gif

I think part of the dinner plate feel with the Sax Thin is the combination of largish case, small lugs and flat crystal. Had it been a bit curvier all round, it might have mitigated that flat effect.

There's one piece of the 38.5mm 1815 at the SG boutique if you're looking btw.

Maybe check out the Richard Lange as well? The movement is a bit more interesting than the 1815 and Saxonias.
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That GMT looks hardly worn.  My polished links had more scratches than that after a week of wear!

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INORITE!!!! when i say minty fresh, i mean minty fresh. smile.gif
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