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post #40936 of 48312
That two tone GMT has really been growing on me lately. And I wear nothing gold or remotely close.
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Originally Posted by aleksandr View Post

where for some unfathomable reason, my eye kept irresistibly being drawn to a couple of two toned models:

I'm a fan. I own an older 16613 and adore it for the robust "starburst" blue dial and bezel:










I have loved this watch for its blue dial and bezel since I first saw the 16803 in the 80s. I was initially disappointed by the ceramic 116613 replacement when Rolex changed the blue to a more flat, pastel hue, but Rolex has since returned the dial to a blue that closely resembles the classic/original version that I (and others) love.

Good luck whatever the ultimate choice. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #40938 of 48312
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Originally Posted by tricky View Post

That two tone GMT has really been growing on me lately. And I wear nothing gold or remotely close.

 

My thoughts exactly.  I don't even like the two tone bracelet.  But I really want one.

 

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Originally Posted by CMT1 View Post

I have loved this watch for its blue dial and bezel 

 

Some would see that as a grotesquely ostentatious display of ego and unashamed alpha peacockery.  They might even be right.  But bloody hell, it is pretty, isn't it?

post #40939 of 48312
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Originally Posted by Kaplan View Post

Speaking of Type XX (and their descendants) how do you like the Dodane Type 23?
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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As for the recent discussion, even though it's not the kind of thing I'm usually attracted to, I find that the Journe Chronomètre Bleu has grown a lot on me over the last year or so.

I dunno. It's all right, I guess. For me, there are many others to consider before getting a modular chrono with overdesigned lugs. Among them is their simpler Type 21, though it apparently uses the same ETA 2892/Dubois-Depraz 42022 combo that gives me the heebie-jeebies for servicing.

I do find the MSRP on the Type 21/23 a bit ... optimistic. Nothing against Dodane, as they're an independent company that was one of the original suppliers to civil aviation and NATO, but for that kind of money, you'd have to really love the specific watch. Personally, I think the Sinn 103 with the rock-solid Valjoux 7750 is the military-ish pilot's chronograph to beat for both price and design, and I like the purest/simplest acrylic version the best. I respect Sinn as a company, too; they've established themselves as a legitimate and honest watch manufacturer over the past 54 years, even if some (OK, almost all) of their new stuff is a bit on the mall-ninja side.

And yes, the FPJ Chronomètre Bleu is completely drool.gif.
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I would still take a standard Type XX Aeronavale with its boring movement and unfashionably modest proportions, with a great deal of joy.

post #40941 of 48312
Well for free, who wouldn't? But would you purchase one new for Daytona money? I sure wouldn't.

I would consider a military-issued Type XX from the '50s, however. But really, when you see a military Minerva — from when they were a top watchmaking house, well before suffering the indignity of being eaten by a pen company — listed for €1750, I don't see much point in that option either; at least not for wearing.





On the other hand, Breguet XX/XXIs get reamed on resale, so they seem to be a decent buy secondhand, provided one's prepared to fork over a pile of cash at service time.
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I would buy a recent used Type XX Aeronavale for $4k.  I just like them.  But the XXI and XXII, no..not worth it, you're quite right.

 

You've just given me quite some food for thought, though.  As usual.

post #40943 of 48312
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Originally Posted by aleksandr View Post

Quick straw poll.

Yellow gold in watches:

1.Never
2. Will consider two tone
3. Okay if it's done tastefully
4. BRING ON THE BLING

Ever since I've gotten into nice watches it's been option 1 but recently I feel drawn to a few models. Not quite at option 4 yet but options 2 and 3 are definitely possible.

I'll crawl out of winter hibernation to say: 4 pimp.gif

I prefer rose gold, but yellow gold can be super nice! It helps if you (unlike me) have a darker-than-pasty-white complextion, and vintage yellow gold often have a warmer glow to it than new (at least it seems to be the case with Rolex). On a brown leather strap yellow gold can be amazing and for everyone!

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Or hell, just wear that bracelet proudly! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

Klokkebilder675.jpg
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Originally Posted by gopherblue View Post

How 'bout a Patek 5175R? Calling @no frills...



Full story on Hodinkee. Of course the bigger question...can you get two?

I've seen this one in the flesh. Pass.

Bad pic I took with bad lighting:

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post #40945 of 48312
Yellow gold? Why the heck not?

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post #40946 of 48312
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Originally Posted by CMT1 View Post

I'm a fan. I own an older 16613 and adore it for the robust "starburst" blue dial and bezel: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)









I have loved this watch for its blue dial and bezel since I first saw the 16803 in the 80s. I was initially disappointed by the ceramic 116613 replacement when Rolex changed the blue to a more flat, pastel hue, but Rolex has since returned the dial to a blue that closely resembles the classic/original version that I (and others) love.

Good luck whatever the ultimate choice. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

Very nice! Thanks for sharing.
post #40947 of 48312
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Originally Posted by Belligero View Post

I dunno. It's all right, I guess.

I first saw it yesterday, when reading up on Type 20/XX models. If the Breguet Type XX you and Mimo talk about is the new one with the polished bezel, then I have to say I prefer the more utilitarian look of the Dodane (and I don't get the Breguet's 30 minute counter - seems unnescessarily hard to read with only having markings every second minute and no numerals). Though if that second screw in the Dodane's lug doesn't do anything (which I guess it doesn't), then that would annoy me too.

Type XX Aeronavale (Click to show)

Of the ones I'm aware of, my favourite Flieger chronos are the IWC 3706 (and the double, 3711/3713). How do you rate those against the Sinn 103?

3706 (Click to show)
post #40948 of 48312

Oh you're right, there's nothing utilitarian about the Aeronavale.  I just like it.  For sitting on a yacht in linen and loafers, eating cakes.  For rugged manly stuff, sure, get a Sinn.

post #40949 of 48312
To celebrate the opening of a new boutique, JLC brought some eye candy to town:







That meteorite dial is :love:

Unfortunately they couldn't be tried on but I took the opportunity to try some others..



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Originally Posted by NonServiam View Post

I'll crawl out of winter hibernation to say: 4 pimp.gif
I prefer rose gold, but yellow gold can be super nice! It helps if you (unlike me) have a darker-than-pasty-white complextion, and vintage yellow gold often have a warmer glow to it than new (at least it seems to be the case with Rolex). On a brown leather strap yellow gold can be amazing and for everyone!
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
DSC_0056.jpg

Or hell, just wear that bracelet proudly! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

Klokkebilder675.jpg


Yep. That would be my #1 choice for a YG case and bracelet watch.
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