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@DerangedGoose  Wow, never knew Seiko made such pieces! I'll have to translate something about their vintage pieces. 

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Speedy today.
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Another of those despised IWC limited editions, the Big Ingenieur DFB. Hope some of you like it--I know I do!

(sorry about the shitty phone shot)

 

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oh, i have plenty of people that could easily correct it. just no one local and i dont want to send it away.

a few minutes every 3 weeks or so. nothing horrible, and its been this way for a while, does not get any worse, but my previous rolex and panerai, and my present JLC did/do not have this issue.

How old is the watch?  I had a Daytona (El Primero based movement) that was spot on for about 6 years then it was losing a bit of time (so I sent it in for service).  Then I had an Explorer 2 that was pretty close to being spot on for 12-13 years.  Both were daily wearers.  I got the Ex2 back from Rolex's NY service center in just 4 weeks and its running great.  Hopefully, yours just needs a minor adjustment if its not too old, but worse case scenario it goes in for an overhaul and will be running perfectly again soon. 

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I'm thinking of maybe...maybe...getting a Rolex Explorer 1 36mm. I'm not sure, though. Should I do it? I find it's calling me, but should I resist? Oh decisions, decisions... confused.gif
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I'm thinking of maybe...maybe...getting a Rolex Explorer 1 36mm. I'm not sure, though. Should I do it? I find it's calling me, but should I resist? Oh decisions, decisions... confused.gif
The 36 mm Explorer is a perfected watch; just do yourself a favour and get it. satisfied.gif

Resistance is futile.
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I'm thinking of maybe...maybe...getting a Rolex Explorer 1 36mm. I'm not sure, though. Should I do it? I find it's calling me, but should I resist? Oh decisions, decisions... confused.gif

Since you posted in the watch appreciation and enabling thread, I'm pretty sure you know what the answer is.
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At the risk of causing the heavens to rend asunder: I prefer the 39mm version for size.  But for a 36mm Rolex I'd pick the plain old Oyster, and do away with those irritating Arabic numbers.  The new grey one is lovely.

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I'm thinking of maybe...maybe...getting a Rolex Explorer 1 36mm. I'm not sure, though. Should I do it? I find it's calling me, but should I resist? Oh decisions, decisions... confused.gif

I agree with Belligero :fistbump:

 

Go for it!  Its a great watch.  Its the most understated of their sports watches, and yet it can easily be worn with a suit, and its not the same as all the DJs that are on most peoples wrists.  The DJ is a great watch, but I like that this is subtly different.  I also liked that the Arabic numerals make it very easy to read at a quick glance.  In addition, if its the 114270 it has solid end links and the Oysterlock clasp.   If it calls to you go for it!   

 

To me the Explorer is beautiful design that is very Rolex.  Over the last 50 years or so you could buy most models with different choices of metals, dials, and/or bezels (some more tasteful than others).  However, during the same period the Explorer 1 has been a constant.  It is delivered one way, in SS with a smooth bezel, black dial, no date, and Arabic numerals at 3,6, and 9.  For me the simplicity of it is part of its beauty, it doesn't need options, its perfect just the way it is.  Good luck with whatever you decide.  

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A different perspective on my BLNR. After 7 months of love, the polished center links are all scratched up. Does it make me love it less? No. What's to point of a fine time piece if it doesn't fit into your life? Any of the RO owners care to share what the bracelet looks like on the underside of their wrist? I've wondered what those look like as the finish on AP's is top notch and brushed just so.

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I'm thinking of maybe...maybe...getting a Rolex Explorer 1 36mm. I'm not sure, though. Should I do it? I find it's calling me, but should I resist? Oh decisions, decisions... confused.gif

Enabling pic:

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Get together last Friday, which my friends and I have now apparently "hashtagged" as #ManFridays on Instagram. All pics on my skinny wrist:

The Big Boys:

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The Nautilii:

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The classics:

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A different perspective on my BLNR. After 7 months of love, the polished center links are all scratched up. Does it make me love it less? No. What's to point of a fine time piece if it doesn't fit into your life? Any of the RO owners care to share what the bracelet looks like on the underside of their wrist? I've wondered what those look like as the finish on AP's is top notch and brushed just so.

Hi JB,

 

Its definitely true that polished surfaces show more scratches and scuffs than brushed links/surfaces.  I think that the curved Rolex Oyster bracelet links when brushed and with fewer changing surface angles than a RO bracelet tend to hide scratches better.  However, IMHO it truly depends significantly on the wearer, their habits, and activities.  I work in an office and I've worn my RO for the majority of the nearly 2 years I've had it.  I think its more angled links, with various beveled edges and polished areas would likely show similar scratches quite easily. However, because I usually have worn it with long sleeves it cushions it from rubbing against my desk or other surfaces.  I probably wouldn't wear the RO for super rigorous activities, but then again I might take off my Ex2 for very rigorous activities also.  I don't wear any of my watches if I'm on the garage floor doing something with my cars, but I've seen guys doing stuff on the ground while wearing Rolex watches and other things and I've heard the sound of steel against pavement.  I put a few small scratches in the bracelet of my Ex2 clasp getting out of an in ground pool, so I've heard the sound of metal against cement :eek:!  However, again I'm pretty careful about my surroundings, door frames, etc, and again at the office I am almost always wearing long sleeves.  So I tend to take rather good care of my watches, cars, clothing etc., so I am not saying that this is average wear on either watch.  They have both been daily wearers not vault queens, the Explorer II I've had for about 13 years, the RO just under 2 years.  If you saw them in person, you would see a few more scratches on the Ex2, its older.  I am a firm believer that if you have 2 people gave  each the same steel Rolex and the same steel AP, the differences in condition of the watches is going to be based on the wearer rather than the brand.  

 

Hope this helps. (Edit...I just took a photo so you can see the worst scratch on my RO, but photobucket is doing maintenance so I can't get to it.  I'll try posting it later.  

 

13 year old Ex2.  Its back from service just last month, but it has NEVER been refinished.  

A nearly 2 year old RO 15202. 

 

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Any of the RO owners care to share what the bracelet looks like on the underside of their wrist? I've wondered what those look like as the finish on AP's is top notch and brushed just so.

Hi JB,

 

Below is the worst scratch on my RO.  I have maybe 2 other scratches on another part of the bracelet that are much smaller and far less noticeable.  This one would easily buff out, but I don't like the idea of refinishing a watch unless its absolutely necessary.

 

Best regards,

Dino


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Dayum Dino you take care of watches really well.

I just don't know about that scratch on your RO bracelet though. Looks like value has gone to zero. You might as well ship it to me. Box and papers can follow later, thanks.
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Hey Frills,

It was quite devastating to notice that scratch on the small attachment link. If you caught me at the right time I might have sent it to you wink.gif Cheers!
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