Interesting datapoint on the MB Nicholas Rieussec - when they were first released (2010? 2011?) dealers were instructed absolutely no discounts, ever. And this is against the backdrops of dealers discounting 10% or 20% off list price for most brands (including MB) without one even asking, with the possibility of further discounts after some negotiation.
About a month or so ago I was offered the entry level at ~30% off list. Wonder what changed.
Can I know what dial is that? It's a 36mm Oyster? Thanks!
Oui, avec plaisir!
It's the basic steel 116000 Oyster Perpetual, which is the simplest men's model Rolex currently manufactures now that the Air-King is on hiatus. The dial colour is called "White Grape", and it takes on a great variety of tones and colours depending on the lighting and angle. I believe that RFX recently got the blue 3-6-9 dial version, which is also excellent in my opinion.
A big plus for me is that the bracelet centre links and top of lugs are brushed instead of polished. This extra reflective surface is tolerable on the Daytona — I guess — but to be honest, that's my least favourite feature of the 116520 and I would wear it a lot more if they hadn't done that.
Also, you get all the good shit like the Parachrom balance spring in the 3130 movement, which (IMO) is the top mechanical three-hander for reliability, durability and toughness in real-world use. There are no corners cut on this one; it's just less blingy compared to the Datejust. I'll have to do a group photo at some point to illustrate side-by-side with the sports steel models.
The bracelet is genius — I particularly appreciate the bas-relief crown on the sculpted clasp:
And yes, it's a 36 mm case. I consider it to be ideally-sized for a man's wristwatch, and I say this as someone whose wrists are 200 mm in circumference. Some who don't appreciate understatement say it's a bit undersized, but I assume that's just because they're disgruntled due to having small wangs.
As the regulars know, I'm a bit of a design fascist, and there's nothing to annoy me on this watch.
Hope this helps! Edited by Belligero - 1/22/15 at 3:48am
Not a fan. That date window in the middle of the dial has me picturing tumbleweeds inside the case. Good luck to whoever buys that if they're not looking to get burned on resale. I think these meaningless fluff watches are going to be the first ones culled with the Swiss Franc situation.