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The Watch Appreciation Thread (Reviews and Photos of Men's Timepieces by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Breitling, JLC etc...) - Page 2612post #39166 of 4831212/22/14 at 6:29amI have a G-shock - it fills a niche need (to be used when I'm submerged in water or am going to be banging it about) but nevertheless it's used often. It was also a gift from my brother who scraped together the funds to buy it for me at a time when he was very financially constrained, so it's worth more to me than its utilitypost #39167 of 4831212/22/14 at 6:59amQuote:Originally Posted by mimo
But since when did need have anything to do with it? This is Styleforum, dude! And a thread of thousands of pages all about buying mechanical anachronisms. This isn't about need. This is about buying shit we don't need because we look at it by ourselves and say "ha, cool!". And share it with complete strangers on the internet.
I think it's reasonable to put a weird machine that turns your unworn unnecessary watches around to keep them wound while you're able to wear only one of them and keep it wound, apart from when you wind them manually just for fun to feel what winding them feels like, in the same category of fun.
This place is weird. I like it. I'm going to buy another watch. And maybe a winder.
Amen to that. This is the sort of chat that has me coming back for more.post #39168 of 4831212/22/14 at 7:05amQuote:Originally Posted by HRoi
I have a G-shock - it fills a niche need (to be used when I'm submerged in water or am going to be banging it about) but nevertheless it's used often. It was also a gift from my brother who scraped together the funds to buy it for me at a time when he was very financially constrained, so it's worth more to me than its utility
That's awesome. Another cool thing about watches is their sentimental value. I had a G-shock for awhile which I bought for a gym watch. Then I stopped wearing watches to the gym when I started using wrist wraps and sold my G. Cool little gadget though.post #39169 of 4831212/22/14 at 8:04ampost #39170 of 4831212/22/14 at 8:37ampost #39171 of 4831212/22/14 at 8:40amQuote:
No, what I am saying is that as owner of the Rolex trademark they get to set whether their goods can be imported into certain countries and under what circumstances. This has more to do with trademark law than with a distribution agreement (although I'm sure the distribution agreement says the same thing Customs wouldn't be enforcing this if there was no trademark on the product. U.S. Customs could care less what a third party distribution agreement says I would imagine). Basically it sounds like Rolex has told Customs that they do not want Rolexs being imported into the U.S (which they have the right to do as owner of the trademark) and Customs is enforcing that. From what I have read this seems to be more of a concern when somebody attempts to mail a Rolex into the U.S. as opposed to bringing one in while travelling.
As far as the penalty then yes that sounds like the consequence. Although as a consumer that is buying a fairly expensive item I would hope they would read the rules regarding importing an item before purchasing. It really takes less than a minute googling to figure out that it is not a great idea.
Also, I'm not a trademark lawyer and could be completely wrong on the above but that is what I came up with after doing a bit of research.post #39172 of 4831212/22/14 at 8:43amQuote:
Yes, I use to use a G Shock a while back which is why I wanted one again. I plan to use it for running, camping, skiing, etc.post #39173 of 4831212/22/14 at 8:49ampost #39174 of 4831212/22/14 at 9:09ampost #39175 of 4831212/22/14 at 9:15ampost #39176 of 4831212/22/14 at 9:17amQuote:Originally Posted by aleksandr
So the wife went shopping today and this is what she came back with:
I know the date display is not TWAT approved but am really digging it. Cleaner than the other version posted above with the large date abs day/night indicator, this version is manual wind with power reserve. Can't wait for boxing day.
Congrats! Looks like the Mrs. picked a very nice choice. I am sure it will give you many years of great service and enjoyment. Congrats again!Quote:
There is an old saying, "Ignorance is not a defense." I know if I were going to buy an expensive watch overseas and ship it to the US, I would do my homework. Hell, knowing that watches do on occasion get stolen in the shipping process, I know its not something I would contemplate doing just to try to save a little money.
In the end, I'm sure plenty of people get away with shipping a Rolex into the US. However, if you are unlucky and get caught shipping a Rolex into the US, the watch gets confiscated by customs. I'm not saying I agree with this policy, simply I wouldn't waste my time trying to battle Rolex USA and US Customs. I would either buy a Rolex in the US, or physically travel abroad, buy the Rolex I want and then import it lawfully by wearing it back into the US, thereby avoiding any problems. Its simply again a matter of a person's level of risk aversion. If someone wants to play roulette with an expensive watch they just bought, that is totally up to them and I wish them the best of luck!!!post #39177 of 4831212/22/14 at 9:23amQuote:Originally Posted by academe
Bah humbug. I have several autos, including several with complications without a quick-set date (e.g. AP RO Dualtime), and haven't found a winder necessary. Granted, it takes me a bit longer to start-up the watch again if it hasn't been used for a few days, but it's not a huge inconvenience. I think of winders as accessories and ones that I've never felt I needed. YMMV.
I've never owned a winder either. I once asked a watchmaker about winders, and he did not have a favorable opinion of them. He thought, unless its a perpetual calendar, then its a waste of money and it needlessly puts wear and tear on a movement. While I generally think cars and watches are very different and not a great comparison, the watch maker summarized his opinion by saying, "You wouldn't leave your car running all day and all night when you are actually using it, would you? So why do that with a watch?"
Beyond that, if someone is buying a winder, they need to make sure the watches are held in a very secure manner. Years ago, someone had a platinum Vacheron damaged when it some how came out of its position on the winder and some mechanical part of the winder continued to scrape against the case until it was discovered a day or so later.post #39178 of 4831212/22/14 at 9:59amQuote:Originally Posted by academe
The date display preference is subjective/aesthetic. My Grand Reverso Duo has a similar date display, with a placement at 12 o'clock and I think it works well:
I prefer the 12 o'clock placement to the one at 3 o'clock as is used for IWC Pilot Mark XVII, or the Cartier Calibre. The 12 o'clock placement curves nicely with the top of the dial, and reminds me of an arch or other architectural feature. It also balances out the seconds sub-dial at 6 o'clock, and hence adds balance to the watch.
I really like that.post #39179 of 4831212/22/14 at 10:19amThanks Moo. It's a really easy watch to love and a great watch to wear. I don't think I took it off my wrist for the first 6 months I owned it!
Edit. Ok may be I did take it off to sleep and shower, but you know what I mean!post #39180 of 4831212/22/14 at 11:28amQuote:Originally Posted by Tried and True
Yes Sir, Mr. Customs Agent, these are my personal watches.
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If your last name was Hayek that would actually work. Then again, you'd also probably be flying on a private jet.
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