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The Watch Appreciation Thread (Reviews and Photos of Men's Timepieces by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Breitling, JLC etc...) - Page 2604post #39046 of 4831212/18/14 at 5:48ampost #39047 of 4831212/18/14 at 7:43ampost #39048 of 4831212/18/14 at 7:51am
Nomos: Clean designs and great value. I also love that they moved more parts in-house and kept prices the same. I find a majority of their range extremely attractive. Very few I would turn away, but outside of the Weltzeit, nothing blows me away either. They are just really nice watches that I like.
Lange: Outside of the Datograph, I like all of their lines. Their movement design and finishing are my personal favorites among any manufacture. The 1815 lineup is where my heart is for Lange though. They basically make up my entire grail list.
FP Journe: So this one just kind of snuck up there this year. The more I got a chance to handle and see these in person, the more I fell in love with the brands. Dial design, hands, and movement designs are just fantastic.
Honorable Mention Rolex: This would have made my list above Journe, but I just find the new Sub and GMT cases displeasing aesthetically. I've tried multiple times to come around on them, but I just can't.post #39049 of 4831212/18/14 at 8:25ampost #39050 of 4831212/18/14 at 10:04ampost #39051 of 4831212/18/14 at 11:30am
I agree with Stitch and Keith T, lets see some more watch porn. Its always fun to see watch photos from fellow collectors. Cheers!post #39052 of 4831212/18/14 at 11:37ami just had the thomas preik sapphire caseback installed on my rolex GMT II
quite happy with it. install was minutes and it was pressure tested perfectly.
purists may not approve but i think it's nice / important to be able to see the movement and these pieces are great quality and take minutes to switch back if you go to sell it to someone who doesnt want it.post #39053 of 4831212/18/14 at 11:40ampost #39054 of 4831212/18/14 at 11:49am^
I'm as curmudgeonly as it gets, and I have no issue with that. Looks pretty cool, in fact. I would consider doing the same to my Daytona, as I currently don't have a single watch with a display back and sometimes it's nice to see what makes it tick. And as you said, it's easily reversible.
Nice!post #39055 of 4831212/18/14 at 12:09pmI would always prefer a sapphire caseback because I'm more interested in looking at the movement than anything else. Can't even imagine why a purist would have an opinion one way or another. I can't wait until my inbound Nomos finally arrives so I can ogle the movement!post #39056 of 4831212/18/14 at 12:32pm
I posted my puny collection--Tag Heuers and Girard Perregaux included--and lived to tell the tale.
Do it.Quote:Originally Posted by bings
i just had the thomas preik sapphire caseback installed on my rolex GMT II
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quite happy with it. install was minutes and it was pressure tested perfectly.
purists may not approve but i think it's nice / important to be able to see the movement and these pieces are great quality and take minutes to switch back if you go to sell it to someone who doesnt want it.
I like this. Not sure I'd go to the trouble on my Sub, but I still think it's kind of cool. Wouldn't feel that way if it weren't so easily reversible, but it is, as you point out.post #39057 of 4831212/18/14 at 12:32pmQuote:
As long as the owner keeps the original back its fine. The main things for a Purists, is probably originality. Beyond that if it were a very collectible piece, say a 1675, 6263, 1655, anything aftermarket lowers its value...but as mentioned if the owner holds onto the original back no issues (just don't misplace it). Then there is service, if you want to have Rolex service it, you have to swap back to the original, or have someone do that for you, if you can't do it yourself. Rolex, at least in the US, will not service any watch with aftermarket parts. You have to re-install the original parts, or buy new ones from Rolex (in which case they confiscate the aftermarket parts), if you want them to work on a watch currently equipped with aftermarket parts.post #39058 of 4831212/18/14 at 12:44pmQuote:Originally Posted by Dino944
As long as the owner keeps the original back its fine. The main things for a Purists, is probably originality. Beyond that if it were a very collectible piece, say a 1675, 6263, 1655, anything aftermarket lowers its value...but as mentioned if the owner holds onto the original back no issues (just don't misplace it). Then there is service, if you want to have Rolex service it, you have to swap back to the original, or have someone do that for you, if you can't do it yourself. Rolex, at least in the US, will not service any watch with aftermarket parts. You have to re-install the original parts, or buy new ones from Rolex (in which case they confiscate the aftermarket parts), if you want them to work on a watch currently equipped with aftermarket parts.
Sure, I would understand a purist not wanting to buy the watch without the original caseback or even someone having a concern that the watch is infinitesimally worse off for having switched casebacks outside of a Rolex service center, but there's this weird notion in the watch world of appearing purists as if you need sign off from the counsel of elders before swapping straps. I'm not saying that bings cares about any of that stuff, but there are certainly people out there that do.
In other news, I'm more than a little concerned that many if not most of my shirt cuffs will catch on my watch. I've never worn a watch consistently but in preparation for my decision to wear a watch daily I've been practicing with watches I have laying around and have realized that all of my custom shirts are sized to my wrist, and the majority of my off the rack shirts leave very little room. Barrel cuffs seem to be the worst offenders. I don't have a large wrist so I'm not sure why this is the case, but will be interesting to see how it goes. I'm not committed enough to wearing a watch that I would bother taking all my shirts to a tailor to redo the buttons so I might just need to limit watch wear to the shirts where it works out. A lot of watch people say that once you get a nice watch you can't stop at one, but this is one of the factors that may very well limit my collecting.post #39059 of 4831212/18/14 at 12:55pmpost #39060 of 4831212/18/14 at 1:00pm
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