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+1 - good for you. I've always thought 'it's too late' to do something like this but I suppose including reminiscences of the past let's you catch up for lost time. Neat idea.
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This is fantastic!
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+1 - good for you. I've always thought 'it's too late' to do something like this but I suppose including reminiscences of the past let's you catch up for lost time. Neat idea.

 

Thanks, bros. When my first daughter was born more than five years ago, I thought of setting up a gmail account for her and sending her notes and pictures from her growing up years. I wanted it to be a bit more "real time" because I didn't want to just write her a note for graduation, musing about how I felt raising her, when the passage of time might have actually changed my memory of the actual experience.  If I got pissed at them and raised my voice too quickly, and subsequently regretted it, I want them to know that.  


But then I wondered how often I used my rocketmail account... Or my AOL account... Google is okay now but will they be around 13  years from now when I turn the account over to my oldest daughter?

 

So, I turned to pen and paper.  Yes, it is also subject to fire, theft and loss, so I have to account for that, but I also feel like I bring "more" of myself when I handwrite entries for them.  I can't backspace or delete (well, I guess I can rewrite an entire page); I want to write with the best penmanship I could muster, so there's that extra bit of mindfulness, I feel, that comes with the practice.

 

One aspect of why writing with a FP is so addictive for me is how EVERYTHING about the experience has to come together for it to feel awesome: the angle at which I hold the pen and write; the quality of the paper and ink; the thoughts I'm capturing in writing. If one of these is off, the experience isn't as gratifying... So I end up trying to write more to capture that "perfect feeling."  I think the same dynamics are in play for any potentially addictive activity (Angry Birds? Candy Crush?) where you get into a "flow" but then "miss it." You keep coming back to it!  Hahaha.

 

But yes, even my watches are designated heirloom pieces for my daughters. That's why I'm such a sucker for Patek ads. :lol:

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^ wow, that's truly one of the most thoughtful things I've read in a long time. Keep it up!
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 Could be confirmation bias, but it does seem like Rolex has amped up billboard marketing in the bay area in the last year or so. Ditto for Omega but not to the same level.

A lot of times the billboards aren't simply from the brand (if they mention an AD).  When they mention an AD an advertisement from a local authorized dealer, and then the brands often share some of the cost since it benefits them too.  In our area, an AD that used to put up Rolex and Cartier billboards, lost both accounts...now they post Omega billboards and maybe Oris.  In my area there are generally Rolex billboards, Omega billboards, occasionally Breitling billboards, and around the holidays one AD usually puts an Patek 24 ad up for the ladies.  

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Ha, I love how some are described as "1: Mint" despite being polished to the point of having curves instead of angles. Inept refinishing is all too common with these, which is unfortunate since a big part of the OQ's appeal is how the all of those perfectly flat surfaces created by the beveled case and bracelet look in real life. The bracelet is easy to touch up on a block (though evidently many have made the mistake of using a polishing wheel), but the case needs a lapping machine to.be done right. Regardless of condition, with the toughest and most accurate movement Rolex has ever made inside, it's a supremely practical watch. It's just a bit of a shame to see how many have been messed up.
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^^^ Also, frigging perpetual calendar is one month off.  WTF.  baldy%5B1%5D.gif

Still looks sweet, and it will continue to do so whenever April actually arrives biggrin.gif

Love the blue strap on that little heirloom.
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I also missed the earlier GMT love-in. It's safe to say that I don't mind that model, either. A few more to add, plus an interloper:



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*spits up afternoon coffee*

Not a bad grouping there, Belli.

I mean, you know, if you're somewhat into Rolex sports models.
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I also missed the earlier GMT love-in. It's safe to say that I don't mind that model, either. A few more to add, plus an interloper:

Great grouping of professional/sport models. I liked seeing the difference between the 1675 and the more modern Pepsi.

 

Your photo is a lot better than mine...but here is a grouping I took pix of last weekend.  

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I would say you guys are weird, but I have several versions of 1950s Omega Constellations.
And three Speedmasters
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my first attempt at jumping into the pen + watch fray
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Thanks, fellas. To be fair, I got one of those 16710s to give to my dad, and he seems to like it quite a bit. It's bad enough that almost every watch that I actually wear looks similar due to being on a steel Oyster bracelet; I don't need two of the exact same model in the house.
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Who wants a comex in the most perfect condition ever?
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Thanks, fellas. To be fair, I got one of those 16710s to give to my dad, and he seems to like it quite a bit. It's bad enough that almost every watch that I actually wear looks similar due to being on a steel Oyster bracelet; I don't need two of the exact same model in the house.

I like my 16710 very much, but I'd like it more on the Jubilee bracelet. I'd also really love to pick up the "fat lady" version at some point - after I'm done collecting the newer stuff.
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I like my 16710 very much, but I'd like it more on the Jubilee bracelet. I'd also really love to pick up the "fat lady" version at some point - after I'm done collecting the newer stuff.

I've always thought the Oyster bracelet looked better and held up better in term wear and tear.  Lots of the old (hollow center link) Jubilee bracelets I've seen show much more "Stretch" and excessive wear than similarly aged Oyster bracelets. 

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