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That C-Sub looks really great in the snowy environs, btw.

Thumbs up.
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Originally Posted by aleksandr View Post

Speaking of unauthorized purchases..

 

How do you find that blue in the bezel? Sonnet-worthy? Nice acquisition!

 

I'm struggling right now. The new maxi dial, ceramic bezel GMT Master IIs are pretty much the best looking GMT watches (in my opinion) I've seen and handled. But with two years of travel to all sorts of neighborhoods in all sorts of countries coming up, I feel like the right thing to do is something a little more anonymous.

 

You gentlemen who wear Rolexes and travel alot - do you ever feel like the recognizability of Rolex watches ever draws undue attention? Or is that concern just blown out of proportion.

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Did you just get it? I remember seeing a Cartier purchase recently from you, is this another new acquisition? Looks nice and wear in good health, I debated between BLNR and Exp. II 216570 black dial and this will go with Exp in the end.

Ah, yes. You recall correctly. I also picked up a DJII along the way as well.

Which is why this is an unauthorized purchase..

Although that being said, I also have my eye on a tt blue / gold sub. I need help.
Edited by aleksandr - 2/23/15 at 7:40am
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Originally Posted by BostonHedonist View Post

How do you find that blue in the bezel? Sonnet-worthy? Nice acquisition!

I'm struggling right now. The new maxi dial, ceramic bezel GMT Master IIs are pretty much the best looking GMT watches (in my opinion) I've seen and handled. But with two years of travel to all sorts of neighborhoods in all sorts of countries coming up, I feel like the right thing to do is something a little more anonymous.

You gentlemen who wear Rolexes and travel alot - do you ever feel like the recognizability of Rolex watches ever draws undue attention? Or is that concern just blown out of proportion.

You really have to see it in person,. I vacillated for a long time between a Coke and a Pepsi, but once I saw the BLNR, there was only ever going to be one winner. I was blown away.

Ah I only ever travel to first world countries so I wouldn't know. But I don't think I've ever attracted strange looks anywhere ever. Either that or I'm too oblivious to notice. My travel watch of choice is usually my trusty old (somewhat beat up and nondescript) yachtmaster I.
Edited by aleksandr - 2/23/15 at 7:38am
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Originally Posted by BostonHedonist View Post

 

You gentlemen who wear Rolexes and travel alot - do you ever feel like the recognizability of Rolex watches ever draws undue attention? Or is that concern just blown out of proportion.

 

I've heard several disconcerting stories about traveling with rolexes.  I don't travel with mine that much, but when I do I don't worry so much, it doesn't have a cyclopes with makes it much less noticeable.  

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Anyone notice Neil Patrick Harris wearing what I think was a Royal Oak? It was definitely an AP with the same bracelet style as the RO.

Not like that makes the watch any cooler, but it is just fun to watch TV and notice a detail that few others would pick up.
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The only undue attention I have received from my BLNR was from my wife's grandparents who asked her if I was wearing a Rolex during our wedding.  Since her family likes secrets...I had to say my father-in-law let me borrow it for the special occasion.  This is also the reason why I wore my Hamilton abroad in January.

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Originally Posted by Dillardiv View Post

Anyone notice Neil Patrick Harris wearing what I think was a Royal Oak? It was definitely an AP with the same bracelet style as the RO.

Not like that makes the watch any cooler, but it is just fun to watch TV and notice a detail that few others would pick up.

I certainly noticed the bracelet last night, when he was doing the schtick with the predictions.

I was waiting for the evening news to come on (albeit nearly an hour late).

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Originally Posted by Dillardiv View Post

Anyone notice Neil Patrick Harris wearing what I think was a Royal Oak? It was definitely an AP with the same bracelet style as the RO.

Not like that makes the watch any cooler, but it is just fun to watch TV and notice a detail that few others would pick up.

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I certainly noticed the bracelet last night, when he was doing the schtick with the predictions.
I was waiting for the evening news to come on (albeit nearly an hour late).

I didn't see the show, but I saw this shot from the wardrobe dept. of what he had available to wear:
http://www.gq.com/style/201502/behind-the-scenes-with-neil-patrick-harris-and-his-five-killer-oscars-tuxedos?mbid=social_facebook#slide=2

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Originally Posted by aleksandr View Post

Speaking of unauthorized purchases..

Very nice choice !!!  Congrats it looks great on you. Hope it gives you many years of enjoyment! :cheers:

 

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Originally Posted by BostonHedonist View Post
 

 

How do you find that blue in the bezel? Sonnet-worthy? Nice acquisition!

 

You gentlemen who wear Rolexes and travel alot - do you ever feel like the recognizability of Rolex watches ever draws undue attention? Or is that concern just blown out of proportion.

I love the blue and black bezel of the GMT II BLNR !!!  Its subtle in low light situations, but it has a nice contrast in brighter light.

 

I've traveled with Rolex watches for years to lots of major cities and never had any issues.  Granted I've never gone into any really bad neighborhoods wearing any of them, but they have never attracted any unwanted attention.  I think if I knew I was going to a really bad area I certainly wouldn't wear a gold watch, regardless of the brand.  In addition, I certainly wouldn't wear a good watch that would be really hard to replace (either due to rarity or sentimental reasons), to a particularly bad area.  Or maybe I'd wear my Oysterquartz as most people even in high end watch/jewelry stores think its a fake because of the ticking (Although a watchmakers at an AP boutique knew what it was and asked to look at it). 

 

That being said get insurance for your watch, and if something happens then you are covered anyway.  One of our members here lost several Rolex and Panerais when his place was broken into and they either weren't insured or were not insured for their full values and it has taken him a few years and  quite a bit of $$$ to replace them.  Its always better to be safe than sorry. 

 

Good luck on your search for the right GMT watch!

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Originally Posted by Dillardiv View Post

Anyone notice Neil Patrick Harris wearing what I think was a Royal Oak? It was definitely an AP with the same bracelet style as the RO.

Not like that makes the watch any cooler, but it is just fun to watch TV and notice a detail that few others would pick up.

One of the AP forums said he wore 2 ROs changing during the show.  He wore a rose gold black dial 15400 and also a steel blue dial 15400.

 

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Originally Posted by Fred G. Unn View Post



I didn't see the show, but I saw this shot from the wardrobe dept. of what he had available to wear:
http://www.gq.com/style/201502/behind-the-scenes-with-neil-patrick-harris-and-his-five-killer-oscars-tuxedos?mbid=social_facebook#slide=2
 

Very cool...I didn't see that, but I'd love to take that stuff home in one of their "Gift bags!"

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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post
 

Very nice choice !!!  Congrats it looks great on you. Hope it gives you many years of enjoyment! :cheers:

 

I love the blue and black bezel of the GMT II BLNR !!!  Its subtle in low light situations, but it has a nice contrast in brighter light.

 

I've traveled with Rolex watches for years to lots of major cities and never had any issues.  Granted I've never gone into any really bad neighborhoods wearing any of them, but they have never attracted any unwanted attention.  I think if I knew I was going to a really bad area I certainly wouldn't wear a gold watch, regardless of the brand.  In addition, I certainly wouldn't wear a good watch that would be really hard to replace (either due to rarity or sentimental reasons), to a particularly bad area.  Or maybe I'd wear my Oysterquartz as most people even in high end watch/jewelry stores think its a fake because of the ticking (Although a watchmakers at an AP boutique knew what it was and asked to look at it). 

 

That being said get insurance for your watch, and if something happens then you are covered anyway.  One of our members here lost several Rolex and Panerais when his place was broken into and they either weren't insured or were not insured for their full values and it has taken him a few years and  quite a bit of $$$ to replace them.  Its always better to be safe than sorry. 

 

Good luck on your search for the right GMT watch!

 

Helpful post as ever, Dino. I am an avid Bazaar haggler and nothing kills one's ability to negotiate like an iconic watch. And yet, why travel with something you feel inclined to leave under lock and key? Insurance is a good idea. I think I should get a policy regardless.

 

I shall ponder all of this as I go take a look at one of those Omega Aqua Terra Co-Axial Chronograph GMTs.

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Originally Posted by BostonHedonist View Post

Helpful post as ever, Dino. I am an avid Bazaar haggler and nothing kills one's ability to negotiate like an iconic watch. And yet, why travel with something you feel inclined to leave under lock and key? Insurance is a good idea. I think I should get a policy regardless.

I shall ponder all of this as I go take a look at one of those Omega Aqua Terra Co-Axial Chronograph GMTs.

I'd recommend a blanket jewelry rider on your homeowners or tenants insurance. That way you are insured for a specific amount, but not scheduled coverage on a (specific) item-by-item basis. (This assumes you are insuring watches that are worth less than your blanket coverage limitation.

As for watches when traveling: unless I'm going to London or other major first world locale, I only wear my Omega Seamaster or Baume & Mercier GMT. Too many bad things can happen when traveling, so the good stuff stays at home.
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That C-Sub looks really great in the snowy environs, btw.

Thumbs up.

Thanks, Keith.
Jim C.
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We have a separate insurance policy covering jewelry alone on an item by item basis.  It is bundled with auto and home through State Farm so we get a slight discount.  I have heard about those jewelry only companies and Dino has mentioned one but I haven't looked into them.  When it is only like $20 a month I am not too concerned.

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