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^Thanks. Would love to see them.
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inlove.gif   Love that AP, and it looks great with your St. Dupont!

Thank you. I've collected quite of few from the Montparnasse line over the years. The lacquer on them is just beautiful.
Here's a fuzzy old Blackberry shot of some of them. It's hard to see the differences, but some are solid and some have fairly intricate designs.

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^Thanks. Would love to see them.

Found it!

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I have been doing some research on that AP as my future dress watch.

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AP RO 15300 review, part 2 of 2. I'll start with a pic.

After a good amount of wear, here are my thoughts so far.

My feelings towards this watch had three stages.

1. I cannot believe I finally have this watch. Wowowowowowowowow

2. This cost me soooo much money, and for a watch. Its not even a high complication. Did I make a huge mistake?

3. THIS WATCH IS PERFECT TO THE MAXIMUM!!!!!

Without question, the most amazing aspect of the watch is the design and finishing. You cant even fully appreciate it without seeing it in the flesh and experiencing it over a few weeks.

The AP brushed finish is unreal. I dont even know how to describe it. Its intense and soft at the same time. Like no brushed finish I have ever seen before. The back and forth between brushed and polished surfaces is nothing shirt of genius. Overall you would say the watch has a brushed finish, but the polished screw heads, the middle of the bezel, the edges of the bracelet and its links, all small surfaces, but they create such a beautiful play of light and contrast between each other.

Then there is the dial bracelet of course. The dial motif is as beautiful as it is purported to be. The creamy white color shifts from white, to off white, to almost silver, and in so many hues and shades, depending on the angle. The tapered bracelet, the aforementioned polished edges, and the relatively narrow links, create a veritable light show with every flick of the wrist.

One thing that I cant stop looking at is how the bezel is round around the dial, but octagonal around its edge. Its almost an optical illusion.

There are two almost unnoticed details, that also just add to the overall commitment to the finishing of this watch. The first is the knife edge to the rehaut. It reflects light on the dial in a much more effective way than a simple flat polished ring. The second is the cream background to the date-wheel, which blends perfectly into the dial. Oh, the serifed numeral on the date-wheel too are another little touch that show the thoughtfulness of design throughout.

As far as comfort, I find the watch to be supremely comfortable and perfectly balanced. Its hefty enough that you know you have something significant on your wrist, but not too heavy. I do wish that there was a micro adjustment to the bracelet, but I cant really see how that would be integrated into the way the bracelet is made. Maybe a horological engineer could figure it out?

The movement is as impressive as the rest of the watch. I louped it and thats where you really see the fineness of the finishing on what is one of the best automatic movements ever made.

I have but two small gripes, if you can even call them that. I do wish that the date changed at 12 midnight exactly, its more like 12:07. And I think they could have done a better job on the box. The wood is fantastic, but the leather interior is rather plain, I think for the price and level of finishing on the watch it should be a bigger more impressive box. Also, the pillow is really weak. Its a very tight squeeze to put the pillow in the hole, and it should have been a plush leather pillow, not a cardboard one wrapped in leather.

But hey, if your only real issue with your watch is the box, I guess you done good.

 

Great review.  I'm glad to hear you are enjoying your 15300, it looks great on your wrist!   The finish on the case, bracelet and movement is simply superb.  For me the fit, finish and workmanship really helped sell me on a RO even though you could buy more complicated watches from other makers for this price.  In addition, its one watch that my appreciation of has grown stronger with each month I've owned it.  Before pulling the trigger I was a bit concerned I might have some buyer's remorse spending that amount on a time only steel watch, but that never happened. It is probably one of, if not the most satisfying watch purchase I ever made.  

 

Sadly there are no micro adjustments.  However, depending on how it fits you, AP does make a half link for many ROs.  Well actually I should call it a 1.5 link as its in between the size of 1 and 2 links.  For some people they take one or two links out and the 1.5 bridges the gap between the fit being too loose or two tight.  You might consider contacting AP's customer service center in Clearwater FL to see if they offered it for the 15300, and if its still available for it (since its been out of production for a while).  Maybe it will work for you.  

Anyway, so happy that you got your Grail and that the watch (if not the box ;)) is living up to your expectations.  Cheers!:cheers:

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Thanks very much. I'm not sure of the model name, but I've generally seen it referred to as the "ultra thin", 

Hi Dopey and 518aata,

lots of people call it an "Ultra thin" as it was one of, if not the thinnest watch when introduced.  Back in those days I don't think AP was using model names, there was simply a reference number. 

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Great review.  I'm glad to hear you are enjoying your 15300, it looks great on your wrist!   The finish on the case, bracelet and movement is simply superb.  For me the fit, finish and workmanship really helped sell me on a RO even though you could buy more complicated watches from other makers for this price.  In addition, its one watch that my appreciation of has grown stronger with each month I've owned it.  Before pulling the trigger I was a bit concerned I might have some buyer's remorse spending that amount on a time only steel watch, but that never happened. It is probably one of, if not the most satisfying watch purchase I ever made.  

Sadly there are no micro adjustments.  However, depending on how it fits you, AP does make a half link for many ROs.  Well actually I should call it a 1.5 link as its in between the size of 1 and 2 links.  For some people they take one or two links out and the 1.5 bridges the gap between the fit being too loose or two tight.  You might consider contacting AP's customer service center in Clearwater FL to see if they offered it for the 15300, and if its still available for it (since its been out of production for a while).  Maybe it will work for you.  
Anyway, so happy that you got your Grail and that the watch (if not the box wink.gif ) is living up to your expectations.  Cheers!cheers.gif

Thanks, Dino. I had a lot of fun writing it, though I am sure I forgot about some more awesome details. They are innumerable.

I have zero regrets, and I have a very hard time imagining parting with this, unless I find myself under financial duress, G-d forbid.

I have read about the 1.5 links, but I dont like how they look. Thankfully it feels great on my wrist, but its nice to have micro options for weather changes, and just in general our wrists expand and contract with temp and stress and things like that. It would have been a nice bonus.

Now, about that box....
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Dude...one picture of the 15300.  I feelz so unsatisfied.

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Dude...one picture of the 15300.  I feelz so unsatisfied.

Fear not. There will be moar to come. Like, a lot more. smile.gif
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AP RO 15300 review, part 2 of 2. I'll start with a pic.








After a good amount of wear, here are my thoughts so far.

My feelings towards this watch had three stages.

1. I cannot believe I finally have this watch. Wowowowowowowowow

2. This cost me soooo much money, and for a watch. Its not even a high complication. Did I make a huge mistake?

3. THIS WATCH IS PERFECT TO THE MAXIMUM!!!!!


Without question, the most amazing aspect of the watch is the design and finishing. You cant even fully appreciate it without seeing it in the flesh and experiencing it over a few weeks.

The AP brushed finish is unreal. I dont even know how to describe it. Its intense and soft at the same time. Like no brushed finish I have ever seen before. The back and forth between brushed and polished surfaces is nothing shirt of genius. Overall you would say the watch has a brushed finish, but the polished screw heads, the middle of the bezel, the edges of the bracelet and its links, all small surfaces, but they create such a beautiful play of light and contrast between each other.

Then there is the dial bracelet of course. The dial motif is as beautiful as it is purported to be. The creamy white color shifts from white, to off white, to almost silver, and in so many hues and shades, depending on the angle. The tapered bracelet, the aforementioned polished edges, and the relatively narrow links, create a veritable light show with every flick of the wrist.

One thing that I cant stop looking at is how the bezel is round around the dial, but octagonal around its edge. Its almost an optical illusion.

There are two almost unnoticed details, that also just add to the overall commitment to the finishing of this watch. The first is the knife edge to the rehaut. It reflects light on the dial in a much more effective way than a simple flat polished ring. The second is the cream background to the date-wheel, which blends perfectly into the dial. Oh, the serifed numeral on the date-wheel too are another little touch that show the thoughtfulness of design throughout.

As far as comfort, I find the watch to be supremely comfortable and perfectly balanced. Its hefty enough that you know you have something significant on your wrist, but not too heavy. I do wish that there was a micro adjustment to the bracelet, but I cant really see how that would be integrated into the way the bracelet is made. Maybe a horological engineer could figure it out?

The movement is as impressive as the rest of the watch. I louped it and thats where you really see the fineness of the finishing on what is one of the best automatic movements ever made.

I have but two small gripes, if you can even call them that. I do wish that the date changed at 12 midnight exactly, its more like 12:07. And I think they could have done a better job on the box. The wood is fantastic, but the leather interior is rather plain, I think for the price and level of finishing on the watch it should be a bigger more impressive box. Also, the pillow is really weak. Its a very tight squeeze to put the pillow in the hole, and it should have been a plush leather pillow, not a cardboard one wrapped in leather.

But hey, if your only real issue with your watch is the box, I guess you done good.

 

Fantastic write-up and pic, Stitchy! Congrats again!

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@no frills - that's one of my daily pens (it's a Waterman my sister bought me many years ago). I have quite a few, and often just take up what's nearest to hand. I don't write by hand as much as I used to in my youth (in school and college, I wrote all my papers by hand, which today's kids/young adults wouldn't know a whole lot about), but I still try to write as much as possible per day in my study at home. I print whatever manuscript I'm working on on the day and go through it and make notes by hand all over it. I try to write letters to family and friends by hand, rather than type them out, but that's diminished over time as well. Like you, I like the aesthetic and workmanship of pens, though as with most things on this forum, in a much more modest form than many others here.

 

Very awesome.  I used to religiously keep a personal journal, and send handwritten notes to friends and family and business associates.  About a decade ago I shifted more to the electronic versions of such, and about three months ago I started getting into handwritten notes again.  Even keeping a personal journal and such.  My delusion is that one day my daughters will read through the drivel their father wrote and get to know him a bit better (and maybe feel worse about him).  

 

I see that there have been a few pen posts of late so I will share a pic of the pens I use at work and at home.  Let me just take a decent pic...

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^ I've been thinking lately of starting a daily journal, too, Frilly. A combination of jotting down a few daily thoughts as well as any novel/story ideas or interesting words I wish to use in my writings. Give my pens a little more to do wink.gif
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Fantastic write-up and pic, Stitchy! Congrats again!

Thanks, brospehus.
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^ I've been thinking lately of starting a daily journal, too, Frilly. A combination of jotting down a few daily thoughts as well as any novel/story ideas or interesting words I wish to use in my writings. Give my pens a little more to do wink.gif

Inextricably smitten. Thats a good one.

Intensely dislikable. Another good one.
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Off topic for TWAT, sorry.

Here are my two "keeper" fountain pens.

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The one at the bottom is the Ascending Dragon model by Nakaya. The lacquer is red Urushi, and with time and use it gradually makes way for the dragon painted underneath to become more prominent. Even the converter inside is a small work of art, cherry blossoms rendered via the Maki-E approach.

The one at the top is the White Knight in palladium and black Chinese lacquer by ST Dupont. It's pretty eye catching - in contrast to the Japanese Nakaya pen which tends to be more restrained in design. Both have "medium" nibs but the Nakaya tends to write in finer lines.

I have about two to three more roller balls and ballpoints, used mostly for travel, but that's about it for my "collection" of fine writing instruments. I use the Nakaya at home while the Dupont stays in the office. As with watches, I'd like to think that I lean towards quality versus quantity.

And yes, having one Dragon and one Knight was a deliberate choice. smile.gif
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As with watches, I'd like to think that I lean towards quality versus quantity.

 

I thought you did both??? :D

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