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I like the blue on the bracelet.

I like the red on a burgundy shell strap (for obvious reasons to me).

The strap is a little beat up in this pic, but you get the idea.

 

Yes.

 

What's the boot?

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Are these fake Rolexes or what!!!

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Both gorgeous, even if fake.

But seriously, the bezel protector looks funny.

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Yes.

 

What's the boot?

Viberg 2030 last Color 8 shell.

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Calatravas do nothing for me. shog[1].gif
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I don't agree entirely: sitting it alongside the original version, it seems like a pretty logical modern homage to its history, and I find it a lot more subtle than the 50 Fathoms.  The oddness of the date window - yes, it brings to mind a Valjoux 7751 chonograph - I actually quite like: being at none of the compass points actually makes it less distracting for me, and I somehow enjoy the peculiarity of it.  I also like the dial, and the proportions of the hands, for all their strangeness, please me.  The first time I saw a picture and review of this watch, I loved it: a proper diver that has historical reference, brand integrity, and is neither some pseudo-militaristic action figure's toy, nor anything at all like a Submariner.

And then there's the font thing: in this area, firstly I am easily caught out as my base knowledge of fonts, like most people, is negligible.  I understand (kind of) what you've said about "Arial" before, and on the Patek dials and whatnot, the example you've shown have made sense. But in all honesty, I would never have noticed from four numbers that this was Satan's own typeface.  Of course now I know, I agree that it's unforgivable given the detail normally required in the design of luxury timepieces.  I don't think this looks like a "parts bin special" at all, and I like the retro look of the slimmer bezel to dial proportion.  But yes, now the bezel looks cheap.  You have shat on this successfully in that regard, thank you!

But actually, on handling it in person, and being ignorant of the font-that-shall-not-be-named issue, there were two other issues that made it a disappointment: firstly, I don't think it needed to grow to a "modern" 43mm.  This jars with me against the interesting, subtle dial texture and old fashioned slimmer bezel.  39-41mm would have been quite "sporty" enough, and more consonant with the design, I feel.  Also, they gave it a sapphire caseback.  Which is fine - functional diver or not, it's a luxury watch, so having this luxury feature is not incongruous to me: after all, these makers put a lot into movement decoration.  Except they didn't.  I sort of get the matte-black textures on the rotor, although that's a bit lame for me.  But to go to the trouble of inviting a look at the movement, and then leave it looking relatively boring and functional, seems silly to me.

All in all, I still like the idea and the style of this watch - fonts notwithstanding.  But of course Dino, as usual, is right: even with 30-40% off easy to find, there is a lot of competition out there.  And if it were a bit smaller i.e. the size as subtle and retro as the concept, and if it had either a prettier movement, or a more authentic steel caseback - choose one, dammit - then it would stay firmly on my wish list whatever the TWATterati might think.  But, as a mere mortal, who's never bought anything nearly that expensive, and definitely won't in the near future, it would have to be perfect.  And it ain't.

Nice mini-review fistbump.gif

Agreed regarding the heritage, and the overall "NOT a Sub" factor. And it truly is more subtle than the 50 Fathoms, no question.

(Of course Subs are great, see frilly's post above...don't get it twisted).

But personally, I find the Bathyscaphe bezel too thin.

AND the markers a touch too small for the dial. (Actually too small for a dive watch, period).

Granted, there's still a lot to like about it.... the dial color and "depth" are great, and NATO strap is probably the best I've seen.

And TBH, I'm probably more a fan of the regular Fifty Fathoms-- absolutely LOVING that sapphire bezel-- but still find it large-ish for a round watch at 45 mm.

Had BlancpaiN made the updated FF closer to 42mm, I might have already bought one from my buddy Al several years ago satisfied.gif



Oh, and re: Calatravas, I'm pretty much a 5196J man LOL. Nice and vanilla, but my fave amongst the current offerings.
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(Of course Subs are great, see frilly's post above...don't get it twisted).

 

I have big Sub love - including the current version and its phat case.  I have little love for Sub-a-likes. 

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Understood, m! Same page.
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Me today:

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Calatravas do nothing for me. shog[1].gif

Youre just not old enough. Give it time.

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Agree with Dino about the hobnail. Not that I think that I would run a real risk of smacking one of those lugs off, but the fact its soldered is to me workmanship below the price point.

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Frilly, why is that Red Sub on a leather dinner plate? puzzled.gif
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Are these fake Rolexes or what!!!
 

 

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Frilly, why is that Red Sub on a leather dinner plate? puzzled.gif

 

:wow:

 

I just looked again, properly.  That is not a "Red Sub" as I understand the term.  The writing, I think, says "Sheikh Rashid al Maktoum".  I don't think I've ever seen a picture of one of those, let alone a real one.  Blimey.

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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

Are these fake Rolexes or what!!!
 

 

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Frilly, why is that Red Sub on a leather dinner plate? puzzled.gif

 

:wow:

 

I just looked again, properly.  That is not a "Red Sub" as I understand the term.  The writing, I think, says "Sheikh Rashid al Maktoum".  I don't think I've ever seen a picture of one of those, let alone a real one.  Blimey.


mimo - bingo. That is one of five pieces produced by Rolex for Sheikh Maktoum in 1973.

The protector/tape-encased SubC on the right is one of 135 pieces specially engraved on the case back by Rolex to commemorate their 135 year relationship with Relojaria Alemana from Spain. As the event itself was only a few weeks ago, my friend has not removed any of the original coverings. Nor may he want to: all 135 pieces sold out within a day. And as this is my friend's eighth Sub or something he may just choose to stick it in a vault for his collection.

"Just a couple of Subs."
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I think the Bathyscape is a nice watch, especially the dial. I just can't fall in love with that date position. I had a SINN with the same date position, come to think of it - similar hands and overall teutonic look - and I ended up moving on from it. I do like this version over the previous FF.

Someone once said that the bezel on the FF reminded him of a toilet cover, and after that I could not un-see the image from my brain. Unfair judgement? probably.

@no frills - of course no offense to your gorgeous PP, but looking forward to some Deep Blue Porn!
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wow.gif

I just looked again, properly.  That is not a "Red Sub" as I understand the term.  The writing, I think, says "Sheikh Rashid al Maktoum".  I don't think I've ever seen a picture of one of those, let alone a real one.  Blimey.

Sorry, I was distracted by the dinner plate.
post #35219 of 48312
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Originally Posted by rnguy001 View Post

I think the Bathyscape is a nice watch, especially the dial. I just can't fall in love with that date position. I had a SINN with the same date position, come to think of it - similar hands and overall teutonic look - and I ended up moving on from it. I do like this version over the previous FF.

Someone once said that the bezel on the FF reminded him of a toilet cover, and after that I could not un-see the image from my brain. Unfair judgement? probably.

@no frills - of course no offense to your gorgeous PP, but looking forward to some Deep Blue Porn!

What, you mean something like this?

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Or a shot of all three modern ceramic SeaDwellers, lying side by side?

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Yes, there's a large backside to these SeaDwellers, which may feel uncomfortable to some. To me, though, having all three and laying them down side by side kind of comes across like this:

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Hah hah.

My apologies if I have posted these lovely pictures before.
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wow.gif

I just looked again, properly.  That is not a "Red Sub" as I understand the term.  The writing, I think, says "Sheikh Rashid al Maktoum".  I don't think I've ever seen a picture of one of those, let alone a real one.  Blimey.

Sorry, I was distracted by the dinner plate.

I forgot the term for that dinner plate. It isn't to my liking, either. But Anish Bhatt, who owns that watch, is his own man when it comes to sartorial choices and the watch industry. I doubt he would care what I thought of his style choices. smile.gif
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Watch Anish???
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