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New member ...not much but my daily wear is my Aquaracer day/date. Love the watch . Switch it between bracelet/leather strap occasionally

http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii39/ssingh1975/Tag%20Aquaracer%20Automatic/SAM_0667_zpsea00e516.jpg

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Dressed up for a dear friend's 40th birthday yesterday, but enjoyed myself way too much to snap pictures of watch or outfit. Both watch and tie were however still on my dresser this morning:

Shantung by Drake's and chrono by JLC satisfied.gif

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NonServiam - fantastic shot as always of a great timepiece.
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+1. Nothing more to say, NS
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Originally Posted by NonServiam View Post

Dressed up for a dear friend's 40th birthday yesterday, but enjoyed myself way too much to snap pictures of watch or outfit. Both watch and tie were however still on my dresser this morning:

Shantung by Drake's and chrono by JLC satisfied.gif

 

 

Love the master series (I am biased as I own the RDM).  Any chance we can get a peek at that back?

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One of my two bundles of joy. Type XX in titanium. Distinguishing feature is the weave pattern carbon dial.
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Probably blasphemy to bring it up in here, but is quartz ever a viable option? Not asking for myself (the answer is a resounding NO) but my wife is annoyed that her watches stop every time she doesn't wear them for a couple of days so has requested that the next watch I get for her (birthday coming up in a month or so) have a quartz movement. In the alternative I could get something from Chanel or Dior or what have you, but I'd much rather drop the 5 grand or so on something that is probably forever. Well maybe not forever but will in all likelihood last longer than nicely tanned and sewn sheepskin.

For reference, she has in the past expressed some liking for the Happy Sport range by Chopard but I would be interested to see if anyone else has any recommendations. My boss has a quartz Nautilus and every time I glance at her wrist during meetings and what-not and see the ticking hands I die a little inside but then that's also a little excessive for the budget. Am trying to save the pennies to get myself a 15400 sometime in the hopefully not-too-distant future.
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quartz is beautiful. for the ladies I think it's a highly viable choice.
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There are some very high quality quartz movements, notably in Grand Seiko and the Citizen Chronomaster ranges.

A Grand Seiko Quartz will have a movement with a metal base, a level of finish comparable to a fine mechanical movement, and a sealed gear pack with metal parts ensuring a long service life. Accuracy will be under 1 second per day. Cae sizes in the men's lines range from 37 to 41mm, and there are ladies models at 26mm.

Downside is the relatively short battery life of 3 years.

Alternatives might be looking at mechanicals with longer power reserves and/or power reserve indicators.

http://www.timelessluxwatches.com/reviews/grand-seiko-ladies-model-quick-look-stgf075
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For reference, she has in the past expressed some liking for the Happy Sport range by Chopard but I would be interested to see if anyone else has any recommendations.

I find auto/self-winding watches are generally not viable for women (from those I've spoken to), particularly those who do not wear watches every day (this sounds like your wife's complaint). So yes, quartz is a very viable option.

I bought my SO a Cartier Ronde Solo - she loves it (she also absolutely wouldn't consider any self-winding watches). It was USD2000ish. The whole range of Cartier watches is a very safe choice for women, not sure if anyone else has other recommendations.
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I find auto/self-winding watches are generally not viable for women (from those I've spoken to), particularly those who do not wear watches every day (this sounds like your wife's complaint). So yes, quartz is a very viable option.

I bought my SO a Cartier Ronde Solo - she loves it (she also absolutely wouldn't consider any self-winding watches). It was USD2000ish. The whole range of Cartier watches is a very safe choice for women, not sure if anyone else has other recommendations.

Yes, exactly. We have an 11 month old and she is very careful about jewelry and anything dangling but she will wear a watch to work to accessorize when appropriate. Or something like that.

Thanks on the Cartier recommendation, will check that out.
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Love the master series (I am biased as I own the RDM).  Any chance we can get a peek at that back?

Sure, but not much to look at. Unfortunately, they chose an automatic movement for this chrono, and it has a rather basic finish (for a JLC). So they went with solid caseback ...

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[…]I find it blingy because of the (now) polished center links. The polished center links are, to put it lightly, blingtastic.
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Thanks for the write up, Belli. Curious, do you find the Daytona to be a bit more blingy because of the steel bezel? Or is it something else about the watch? Do you think it would still be too flashy with a black bezel, as a casual sport watch?

Nah; I like the steel bezel. It's when you add the shiny links, lugs and subdial accents that the reflective surface area starts getting noticeable. It works, although my preference in an everyday watch is for understatement. It's really not that bad; the classic size and shape keeps it from being too obnoxious, especially when it slips under long sleeves so easily. I tend to not to think about it once it’s on the wrist — it goes with everything.

Although an aftermarket bezel changes the look, as a chronograph on a steel bracelet, I see it as an inherently casual watch in the first place. If the steel bezel’s not your thing or you just want to keep it from getting dinged, it’s possible to swap it without too much hassle. I’m not into modified watches, but I've seen black acrylic bezels for Daytonæ and it can work, depending on the watch.

I think it looks goofy on a stainless 4130-movement model:


photo: dhh on trf

However, it’s definitely a viable alternative for 18K, which shows marks more easily due to its softness:


photo: matdaytona on tz-uk

And it looks pretty good on the steel Zenith ones:


photo: concepta on trf

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A steel Daytona hasn't been available new with a black bezel in more than 25 years. I find on the vintage manual wind Daytonas the ones with black bezels are a bit sportier looking. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I'm not Belli, but as someone who has owned several Daytonas I never thought the steel bezel made them blingy. In fact a steel bezel was on option when Daytonas were released over 50 years ago. So its not something new, its sort of a traditional look for Daytonas. IMHO, the polished lugs started to add to the bling factor to modern Daytonas. Whether you find the modern ones too blingy is something only you can decide.
Hi Nuke,
Not sure what you mean by the "(now) polished center links." The center links have been polished on these watches for just shy of 25 years or nearly half of the Daytona's entire existence. The only polished surface that has changed with introduction of the current 116520 Daytona of 2000/2001 was the introduction of polished lugs (which I can live with, but would prefer in a brushed finish). In the end the center links do pick up surface scratches and don't remain too shiny for very long.
IMHO, the polished center links are actually a better tie in to the polished SS bezel, than when the bezel was the only polished top surface of the watch on 6265s, and everything else was brushed. I find the all brushed bracelet looks better with the vintage black bezeled 6263s. YMMV. Cheers.

The polished links are fine on either the 4030- or 4130-movement Daytona, but I also like the look of the first few years of 16520 production with the all-brushed 78360 bracelet. The porcelain-dial version is really something special:


photo: hennabav.blogspot.com

I’m happy with my 116520 just as it is, though.
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Thank you so much for the response, and all the context as well. Just beyond helpful. I have the current Speedy Pro, which I love, so overlap vs iconic chronos is part of the equation for me. I don't like the SubC all that much any more. It's just too much of several things that I don't find particularly attractive (lugs, squarish/chunky, and too many shiny surfaces). The SeaDweller checks a lot of boxes I liked with the older Subs while bringing it inline with Rolex's current tech. It's also a bit more subtle. I don't really worry about beating either around too much, I mean I'll beat them around, but I suspect both will handle it fine. I definitely prefer the contours of the Daytona, but then after that it just becomes apples and oranges I suppose. Both will need to be on the wrist at some point to really figure it out. I'm sure @no frills
can help me with that one though.

My pleasure; glad you found it to be of use. I don’t think either requires special treatment, and they should be about equally robust for regular use. The Daytona will show scuffs more easily, but it sits closer to the wrist and should be a bit less likely to get knocked around in the first place. The clasp is going to be the part that generally shows the most wear on any watch, not that it’s a big deal. As far as the current Submariner goes, I've had it on the wrist enough to know that it's not quite for me, whereas the Sea-Dweller suits me just fine.

Looking forward to reading your thoughts after checking them out! Make sure to try out that Explorer of his, too. I certainly wouldn’t mind having a simple 36 mm model in all-brushed steel. As I’m covered for black dials, the 17000 Oysterquartz, the 16200 Datejust or the 116000 Oyster Perpetual would be ideal as a normal, chilled-out watch. They’re often overlooked in favour of the sports models, but they’re equally suited to anything that you can do with a Submariner, save for actual commercial diving. Even then, it would be fine well past its extremely-conservative depth rating.
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Probably blasphemy to bring it up in here, but is quartz ever a viable option? Not asking for myself (the answer is a resounding NO) but my wife is annoyed that her watches stop every time she doesn't wear them for a couple of days so has requested that the next watch I get for her (birthday coming up in a month or so) have a quartz movement. In the alternative I could get something from Chanel or Dior or what have you, but I'd much rather drop the 5 grand or so on something that is probably forever. Well maybe not forever but will in all likelihood last longer than nicely tanned and sewn sheepskin.

For reference, she has in the past expressed some liking for the Happy Sport range by Chopard but I would be interested to see if anyone else has any recommendations. My boss has a quartz Nautilus and every time I glance at her wrist during meetings and what-not and see the ticking hands I die a little inside but then that's also a little excessive for the budget. Am trying to save the pennies to get myself a 15400 sometime in the hopefully not-too-distant future.

Even if seeing a quarts kills you a little, do yourself a favor and buy her what she wants.  First she will have a much greater selection of watches if you go quartz for her, second ladies watches really aren't as collectible as men's watches so on some level its not as relevant quartz vs. mechanical, and third but most importantly - its what she wants.  

 

There are lots of great options be it from Cartier, Chopard, or countless other brands.  

 

Funny thing is my wife has heard so much about automatics and manuals vs. quartz watches, that she has become a quartz snob and won't wear one even though one of my own watches is a quartz from Rolex, the ref. 17000 Oysterquartz.  Good luck with whatever you decide.

 

Here is a quick shot of a very respectable, but out of production quartz. 

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Originally Posted by aleksandr View Post

Probably blasphemy to bring it up in here, but is quartz ever a viable option? Not asking for myself (the answer is a resounding NO) but my wife is annoyed that her watches stop every time she doesn't wear them for a couple of days so has requested that the next watch I get for her (birthday coming up in a month or so) have a quartz movement. In the alternative I could get something from Chanel or Dior or what have you, but I'd much rather drop the 5 grand or so on something that is probably forever. Well maybe not forever but will in all likelihood last longer than nicely tanned and sewn sheepskin.

For reference, she has in the past expressed some liking for the Happy Sport range by Chopard but I would be interested to see if anyone else has any recommendations. My boss has a quartz Nautilus and every time I glance at her wrist during meetings and what-not and see the ticking hands I die a little inside but then that's also a little excessive for the budget. Am trying to save the pennies to get myself a 15400 sometime in the hopefully not-too-distant future.

Why not just get a winder?
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