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Well, let's say it was a particularly well timed value proposition.

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post #34172 of 48312
Add me to the list of those who detest the imbecilic nicknames. My guilty-pleasure 16613 is gauche enough without the "Bluesy" reference to further clown it. I sneer every time I read "Hulk", "Bruiser," "Platty," etc...I hate it all, save for the one time someone started calling the TT Yachtmaster II the "Bozo," which cracked me up. Hey man, sweet Bozo!

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Here's one of the better parodies of the new "116669BBB" from one of the best photographers on TRF:

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I hope everyone is having a great Friday.
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On one hand there are design conventions. The other hand there are indeed lazy designers.

Lazy design:

 

Ah...the GP Laureato.  I haven't seen one of those in many years. It looks like a genetic experiment gone wrong resulting from crossing a RO, Nautilus, and Ingenieur SL Jumbo.   I'm not sure if we can blame them for trying.  It seemed that once ROs started selling (it took 3 years to sell the original batch of 1,000), everyone released some type of luxury sports watch with integrated bracelet, some with more success than others.  Patek's Nautilus seemed to be the most successful of the other luxury sports watches.   VC sadly gave up too soon on their 222 (which was replaced by a serious of hideous models such as the 333 and the Phidias), IWC had the Jumbo SL Ingenieur, Chopard's St. Mortiz, and GP's Laureato ...just to name a few. 

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Truth be told it would be envisioned better with an El Primero or Rolex calibre and with the subdials in the right place, but my Photoshop skills are, well, nil. If they weren't I'd be posting pics of a rebadged Pelagos with Mercedes hands, etc. stirpot.gif

I think if you were to re-orient the subdials, and remove the date, and give it an El Primero based movement or an inhouse 4130, you would basically have 6263 with more modern movement. I love the looks of the 6263, but I don't think every brand should reissue their old watches.  I think on some level it reduces what is special about having the new one when its sort of a copy of the vintage.  While I like the current, modern Explorer 2 with Orange Hand, I have mixed feelings about it.  Its a nice watch, but on some level its a watered down version of the original. 

 

Also, I remember trying on those big block chronos when they were still availabe new, back in the 1990s, and they were ridiculously thick.  

 

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Since some people can't resist referring to every model by an insipid nickname, I kinda hope "Zoolander" sticks with that crowd.

The predictable "Deep Blue" just wouldn't fit with the make-believe-character theme.

Personally, I've grown tired of people trying to give stupid nicknames to every new Rolex sports watch that gets released.  

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Add me to the list of those who detest the imbecilic nicknames. My guilty-pleasure 16613 is gauche enough without the "Bluesy" reference to further clown it. I sneer every time I read "Hulk", "Bruiser," "Platty," etc...I hate it all, save for the one time someone started calling the TT Yachtmaster II the "Bozo," which cracked me up. Hey man, sweet Bozo!
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Here's one of the better parodies of the new "116669BBB" from one of the best photographers on TRF:

JockeMocke.jpg

I hope everyone is having a great Friday.

I generally agree, but I did have a colleague tell me I had a nice "batman" the other day and it launched a conversation since it was a signal he's a watch lover. Wouldn't have happened if he just said, "I like your watch."
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I hope everyone is having a great Friday.

 

That rendering looks fantastic and the text is hilarious.  Hah hah.

 

On the plus side, if they made the DSSD in platinum then I can get a kettle bell workout in on my left side constantly throughout the day.

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Well, let's say it was a particularly well timed value proposition.
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tell us now.
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Personally, I've grown tired of people trying to give stupid nicknames to every new Rolex sports watch that gets released.  

times infinity.
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That rendering looks fantastic and the text is hilarious.  Hah hah.

i lol'ed. did not realize until you pointed it out.
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A porous white gold case to vitiate the need for a helium valve! Genius!

Rolex finally makes a gas diver without a valve, catching up with Seiko... :bounce2: 

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Dino, would you mind expanding on this for me (specifics as to why)? Would love to hear your perspective on it.

I apologize for the delay in responding.  I actually started responding to this yesterday, and then lost my response and so I'm starting over.  Please forgive me for this being a bit jumbled but I don't have time to organize everything, its just sort of how it comes to me.  

 

First, I would state there is no right or wrong, both the 16520 and 116520 are great watches.   Many of my preferences for the 16520 are subjective, not from a practicality stand point.  The 16520 and the 116520 both represented great values especially when they were first released.  When I first started looking at a SS Daytona in 1994 the list price was approximately $3,850.  The demand for was insane with AD's having 5 year waiting lists.  One was considered lucky to get them at MSRP when you could find one, because many ADs and Grays were selling them with 50-100% mark ups and people continued to buy them.  I was diligent in my search and after a few years...I found one in each color at their MSRP.  These were far rarer than the 116520 is today, because from roughly 1988 though about 2000, Rolex was dependent upon Zenith for a supply of El Primero ebauches to be used in various models such as the tutone, all gold on a strap, and all gold bracelet models...and the SS had the smallest profit margin for Rolex.   The world was also a "Smaller place" back then...there were not as many watch internet sites and other than in maybe NYC or a handful of really large cities, you rarely saw new Daytonas on people, much less in a store.  

 

When one thinks about it there really wasn't much that offered what the 16520 offered particularly at its price level.  You have to keep in mind it was in production well before the public was beginning to insist on in house movements.  The 16520 was the first automatic Rolex chronograph, it was water resistant to 100m, and it was very rugged. The bulk of chronographs on the market back then were using Val 7750s, some modified more or less than others.  A few brands like Patek, VC and Breguet, were using Lemanias as chronograph bases in their higher end chronos, and a few companies, BP, Breguet, VC were using F. Piguet 1185s in their more modestly priced chronographs that listed for say $7,000 +.  It should also be noted that it wasn't until the late 1990s that AP released the RO chronograph and VC released the Overseas chronographs (both had 1185 base movements) and were in excess of $12,500 and $11,000 respectively.  So most of its competition was significantly more expensive, used the 1185 movement, and most depreciated significantly compared to the 16520.  

 

The use of the El Primero in a 16520 is often oversimplified in the minds of people.  Many think its was just popped in and it was the same movement that was found in a Zenith or Chopard St. Mortiz chrono.  That couldn't be further from the truth.  I have a list of changes that Rolex made to the El Primero, some are small some are large,  but there were well over 100 changes made to the El Prirmero base, before it became Rolex Cal 4030.  By some, its movement is considered the last Rolex movement to truly have a great deal of hand workmanship.   Furthermore, in my own personal experience, I wore one for 5 years as a daily wearer, beat the heck out of it, and it was the most accurate watch I ever owned.  It was dead on accurate, not fast, not slow...right on time.  So for $3800 -$5,100 (price I paid for my last one), one was getting an automatic chronograph, with a movement that was not commonly found in other watches, and which was highly modified by Rolex, and performed flawlessly in day to day life.  My first in-house movement 116520 Daytona had to go back to Rolex for 2 warranty repairs.  After a about 6 months or so I noticed one of the links on the bracelet (which was not removable), was uneven in terms of thickness compared to the other links (and this was on their new solid link SS bracelet). Rolex replaced the bracelet under warranty.  Then I didn't wear it for about 8 months.  The next time I went to wear 116520, when I went to use the chronograph function, one revolution of the large sweep second hand would result in the minute subdial hand advancing anywhere from 4-7 minutes with one revolution of the large sweep second hand.  So it went back and their repaired the movement under warranty.  These may have been teething issues, as I bought this 116520 within its first year of being released.  A few years later I traded it for a newer model, which has had no issues.  

 

As for the styling, for me the 116520 is a great watch, but there are nuances that I prefer about the 16520.  First the 16520 has fewer polished surfaces, the lugs are brushed and on the 1st year or 2 of production the bracelets are brushed (although the do not have the Oysterlock safety latch).  Then there is the dial.  The hour markers and lum are more delicate, a bit dressier and are perfectly matched to the hour and minute hands.  I think they give the watch a bit more versatility making it a bit dressier.  So IMHO it works just a tad better with a suit (although neither is a true dress watch).  Many people may not remember, but there are 2 versions of hands for the 116520.  The early ones, like my first 116520 are now known as "Thin hand" Daytonas.  What Rolex did was simply use the same hands that had been used on the 16520 and put them on the 116520, which sounds ok, until you consider how much larger the new hour markers and lum are on the 116520...IMHO they were very mismatched and awkward.  This was corrected around the end of 2004 when Rolex revised the Daytona hands, which became wider, the black line down the middle became wider and the lum markings became wider...and it became a known as the "Fat Hands" Daytona.  Then they were better suited to the revised dial, and gave it an even sportier look.  

 

Another, nuance I prefer on 16520 the subdial and subdial hand alignment which is more symmetric and in line with the hour and minute hands.  On the 116520 all of the subdials were moved I think 12 degrees upward (it was partly to make it tougher for people to make fakes...as most movements used in fakes have the hands and subdial hands level).  On the 116250 the subdials shifted upward and the hands on the subdials at 3 and 9 sit slightly above the centrally mounted hour/minute/large second hand.  I also prefer the classic black and white dials/subdials of the 16520.  

 

In the end the 116520 is a fantastic watch and today its the more practical choice, with its SEL bracelet (only the last year of 16520 production have SELs), bracelets that have solid center links, and it has a 72 hour power reserve.  Belligero and I were chatting a while ago, and his friend who is a watchmaker recently completed Rolex service training.  IIRC, he came away with new found respect for the engineering that went into the movements of the Daytonas (I believe he worked on both the cal 4030 El Primero based and the current 4130).  He clearly would have an understanding and appreciation that goes beyond what most of us would consider, but both are superb movements.

 

I think that both the 16520 and 116520 are great watches and I enjoy both of them.  I do prefer the 16520, however, other owners may feel differently and there are good reasons to favor the 116520.  Cheers!


Edited by Dino944 - 8/1/14 at 9:18am
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dino at his very best.
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Just impulse bought a watch this morning while brushing my teeth. Am halfway between shog[1].gif and icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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Well, let's say it was a particularly well timed value proposition.

 

When I saw the first reference to "brushing teeth", I couldn't help wonder if there was a clue there.  And the second post made me think even more.  But what watch looks like toothpaste, I thought?

 

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Hey man, sweet Bozo!

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Then CMT nailed it - the Rolex "Colgate"!

 

Here's one of the better parodies of the new "116669BBB" from one of the best photographers on TRF:

JockeMocke.jpg

I hope everyone is having a great Friday.
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That rendering looks fantastic and the text is hilarious.  Hah hah.

 

Fabulous.  I so hope it looks like that.  Then the Sub/SD/DS comparison will have a new winner for me.  I know, just because it's blue.  But the heart wants what the heart wants.  Unless it's in a precious metal, in which case it will also have brushed centre links, no doubt...

 

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dino at his very best.

 

The man is on fire.  Seems all one needs to do is show insufficient enthusiasm for old Daytonas and the blue paper is lit.  I love this guy.

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dino at his very best.

Dino is the TWAT Commander. He deserves a title.

I have wanted to respond to our conversation a few days ago, but unfortunately have been swamped. I will try to muster up the energy to formulate a much less eloquent response.
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Dino is the TWAT Commander. He deserves a title.

Supreme TWAT Commander should be the custom title for Dino.
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Seconded.

I was going to link that Jay & Silent Bob scene, but that could be an awkward Google search at work.

Back to watches for a second. Saw this on the 'Dink. I am absolutely smitten:

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Supreme Gold TWAT Commander!

post #34185 of 48312
@Dino944 thanks a lot for the response. I'm down the beach right now, so I can't read it, but I wanted to thank you in advance for the response.
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