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Been away from the forum for the better part of a day, finished snow blowng our way out of what remained of a blizzard, then did a bit of watch recon so it was time well spent.  Incoming arriving Saturday.    

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Dudes, I really like the baton-marker 116000. Fuggit — I might just have to peel off the stickers and keep it. It's remarkable how well the Oyster case design that Gerald Genta spoke about in that interview linked a few hundred posts back has endured...

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^^^ That above is one really nice watch....Time to "un-peel" it

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Not to draw the ire of the crowd, but does anyone have an opinion of Montblanc watches from experience?

 

This dual time is rather attractive

 

They're certainly investing heavily; just seen a boutique upgrade where I live. What's bothered me most about MB until now has been their complete lack of distinct personality.  MB pens are distinctive, but their watches seem to be derivative of a dozen different makers.  Sure, most classically-styled watches seem to be derivative of something, and that's often the point, but nevertheless, most makers manage to project their own individual design language throughout their range.   MB looks like anything from Blancpain to Tissot, with the only defining factor being the oddly inflated cases to make them "modern".

 

That said, this is one I rather like...

 

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Their movements are actually pretty good. Most are originally from Minerva, a former maker of high-grade watches which Montblanc [****fuck Richemont woooop****]

 

But are they?  I know they bought two "proper" makers, but my understanding was that these higher end in house numbers were still used very selectively, and that most MBs are still cuddling a Selitta interior.  Enlighten me!

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The heritage perpetual calendar, also quite nice

 

No it isn't.  It's like a baby's features on an elephant.  Look at that tiny movement, clustering all the dials into the middle of that fat moonish face.  It is a crock of shit, and exactly what I had in mind when writing my first paragraph.  Apart from that, I have no strong feelings about it...

 

 

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 pics of the Royal Oak 15300.

 

I slightly hate you.  And not just because you rejected my credit application.

 

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shots of the 15400

 

And you're a jerk as well.

 

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Looks like JLC added the black dial MUT moon to their site.

 

Hmm...interesting...want to see.

 

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Dudes, I really like the baton-marker 116000

 

Haha.  You said you didn't like the double sticks when I was raving about these.  Now, what did you do with the steel grey one, and how's my credit with you?

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Thanks!

The problem is that it's difficult to justify another steel Rolex on an Oyster bracelet (I think I'm up to eight of 'em right now), especially when it's so similar (at least to normal people) to the Oysterquartz, and isn't even that different from the Daytona in form. These things need maintenance every so often — Rolex unofficially states ten years before first service, although they'll go a lot longer than that from what I've seen — and I have too many damn watches as it is.

On the other hand, I think prices are going to take a sharp increase in Norway given the weakness of the NOK and the recent jump in the CHF, so I don't think I have anything to lose by hanging onto it. I might take a 5-10% hit if I peel off the stickers and it becomes a non-BNIB watch, but that's about the price of a decent insert for a plexi GMT these days, and not even the cost of a nice pair of shoes.

It's too damn easy to rationalize this stuff. Also, I do actually wear and appreciate every single one of them except for the Deepsea, which is definitely a cynical currency-speculation tool to me. On the other hand, it's worth nearly the same non-BNIB, and it could be a fun one to bust out once in a while too...

Aw, dammit.

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 Incoming arriving Saturday.    

 

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So here's a new addition to my collection. This was a tenth anniversary present from my wonderful wife - a 2005 (geddit?) Speedy. I'm enjoying it immensely, particularly the way the light catches the dome of the crystal, and being able to time random stuff.

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But are they?  I know they bought two "proper" makers, but my understanding was that these higher end in house numbers were still used very selectively, and that most MBs are still cuddling a Selitta interior.  Enlighten me!


Haha.  You said you didn't like the double sticks when I was raving about these.  Now, what did you do with the steel grey one, and how's my credit with you?

To be honest, I don't pay much attention to Montblanc, so I'm afraid that I can't offer much enlightenment on that subject. AFAIK, their entry-level stuff does use ETA or ETA clones from Sellita or Soprod or Spooginar or whoever's supplying the hordes of generic-movement-using assemblers out there.


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Coulda been someone else. I truly can't recall stating anything negative about the 36 mm OP, and I do like the double markers at the 3/6/9 positions. Those big batons remind me of those "wide-boy" dials from certain 1970s DJs and DDs:


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I'd consider the 116000 to be a perfected wristwatch. As with the current Sea-Dweller, there isn't a single detail I'd want to change.

Regrets, but the steel-grey dial version is long gone from the local shop. There was still a red grape model in stock as of Tuesday evening, and I'd have no problem with wearing that colour. Also, dial swaps are easy. wink.gif
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Been away from the forum for the better part of a day, finished snow blowng our way out of what remained of a blizzard,
then did a bit of watch recon so it was time well spent.  Incoming arriving Saturday.    

Woa.. say more?
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Dino - Tell us naow!!!

Belli - Looks great, time to do some peeling.

Dach - Congrats!

Nemo - I hate you too, so I guess it all works out! :-)
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I've been away for a while but I'm back boys. Spent the last few months moving cross country for a job and selling off my Cartier Santos, Nomos Ludwig, Omega Seamaster Pro and my Frederique Constant to get...
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SEL, lug holes, tritium. The exact one I wanted!

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They're certainly investing heavily; just seen a boutique upgrade where I live. What's bothered me most about MB until now has been their complete lack of distinct personality.  MB pens are distinctive, but their watches seem to be derivative of a dozen different makers.  Sure, most classically-styled watches seem to be derivative of something, and that's often the point, but nevertheless, most makers manage to project their own individual design language throughout their range.   MB looks like anything from Blancpain to Tissot, with the only defining factor being the oddly inflated cases to make them "modern".

 

 

:fistbump:  Spot on Mimo!  

 

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:rotflmao:  Mimo, you are always cracking me up!  Thanks for the laughs!

Its definitely not that momentous... but putting it on my wrist put a smile on my face.

 

Funny thing is I've  seen that movie.  I was a kid and my Dad found it on some TV station that shows movies from the 1950s and 1960s.  

 
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Woa.. say more?

It was a bit spur of the moment.  I liked this watch, but didn't come up with the idea to look for one until Tuesday night (while I was snowed in by a blizzard).   All the recent talk of the CHF and its affect on the watch industry was also a bit of motivation to add this piece before a possible price increase. 

 

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Dino - Tell us naow!!!

I'll share a hint.  It sort of brings me back to the beginning of my journey collecting.  This is the modern but spiritual successor to my first "Good watch."  

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I've been away for a while but I'm back boys. Spent the last few months moving cross country for a job and selling off my Cartier Santos, Nomos Ludwig, Omega Seamaster Pro and my Frederique Constant to get...
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SEL, lug holes, tritium. The exact one I wanted!


Excellent choice.

I've said it before, and I'll likely say it again. The pre-ceramic GMT II is the best watch ever made for a normal person.

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I'll share a hint.  It sort of brings me back to the beginning of my journey collecting.  This is the modern but spiritual successor to my first "Good watch."  

Cool, congrats on the incoming 116710 BLNR. What do I win for guessing correctly? biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by MZhammer View Post

I've been away for a while but I'm back boys. Spent the last few months moving cross country for a job and selling off my Cartier Santos, Nomos Ludwig, Omega Seamaster Pro and my Frederique Constant to get... Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
SEL, lug holes, tritium. The exact one I wanted!

 

:inlove:Congrats that's a classic!  Love the Pepsi GMT.  Enjoy it !!!
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