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I disagree - the jacket looks considerably more awesome. :)

 

(i.e. please show more of it!)


Edited by mimo - 5/13/15 at 7:34am
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Why is it so quiet in here?  I just got two watches in the post. :)

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Me too, but they fit more in the TWAT this time. Since the arrival of my SMP300, I only allow myself some impulse sub-300$ purchases that I wouldn't mind if I not given a lot of wrist time, but I'll try to wait a little bit more until my next considerable, thought through purchase! 

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PMWs are legit here too, st least I think so. Share away!
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Why is it so quiet in here?  I just got two watches in the post. smile.gif
Pics or it didn't happen.
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Making good time.

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Excellent Speedy, BH.

I saw that Omega had a nice little shindig here in town recently with a bunch of old astronauts present, along with some guy named Clooney.

Apparently, my invitation got misplaced.
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And speaking of PMWs, I pretty much wore this one all day Sunday (Mother's Day), just lounging and grilling some burgers with the family...


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So we were talking about ze Germans.... (Click to show)
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I'd appreciate some comments on my GO which is running 7 years strong. It needed some service about a year ago when the crown inexplicably broke. It has a lot of sentimental value to me, but I don't know too much about the house or the movement.
 
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I'm not sure what the question is, exactly?  But either way, the Senator Sixties (is that right?) is a beautiful watch.  Great picture.

In Communist East Germany, the traditional watchmakers of Glashuette were amalgamated into a single production facility called GUB.  After the Wall came down, some of the old family businesses split away and revived: A Lange & Soehne the most prominent, also Muehle, Tutima and Union all came out of the GUB umbrella as independent companies.  ALS was later bought by the Richemont group (owners of several other watchmakers, including Jaeger LeCoultre, Panerai, Cartier, and Vacheron Constantin, among other things).

 

The remainder of the GUB facility was re-branded Glashuette Original, and initially continued producing some of the GUB-developed pieces, for a short time.  It was later acquired by the Swatch Group, who like Richemont, own seven or either other watch makers, from Breguet and Blanpain higher up, via Omega, Rado and Longines, down to Swatch at the bargain basement.  GO seem to sit roughly next to Blancpain in their brand positioning - above Omega, and a shade below Breguet and Jacquet Droz.

 

Since then, GO has continued to develop a very distinct design aesthetic, borrowing from the GUB back catalogue for things like the Senator Sixties and Seventies ranges, with modern interpretations, high quality in-house movements, and often using the large date window that has become something of a Glashuette hallmark.  For some, they are too close in style to Lange, and even accused or plagiarising the Lange 1 for the Pano range.  But I don't think there's any dispute that if you like their styles, the quality is excellent.  Unlike Lange, they made most of their watches in steel, and with the resultant combination of relative accessibility in price with unique hand engraved balance cocks and other detailed finishing, they give a pretty good bang for the buck.

 

If there's a down side, it's that the brand doesn't have anywhere near the recognition of some others in its price range, which means a big hit on resale if you're the kind who wants to buy new and changes his mind a lot.  But that doesn't seem to be the case, and I'm sure seven years ago they were a lot cheaper than they are today.  So I think you're on a win either way.  Also, even though it's a smaller brand in some ways, the Swatch ownership means that you should be on solid ground for long term servicing and support.  On which point, although I'm surprised that a crown would actually break after seven years (you must wind it pretty hard!), it's the kind of thing that might often be replaced at that interval during a normal service, so no biggie.  I'm told about five years is a normal service interval for a quality watch.  That would seem to be the case here.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

Just at the time I was having my little impulsive moment.... (Click to show)

 

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Also, impulsive obscure gift for my beloved....INCOMING!

 

 

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Your Frillyvolous purchases do rather put mine in the shadow.  But...

 

Impulsive obscure gift for myself....INCOMING!

 

 

 
Then DL started waving his sexy Weltzeit... (Click to show)
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I'm wearing something that looks like a $500 watch today.

 

 

And Fred dived in with some German action too... (Click to show)

 

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Just got a package from Germany, a Nomos Orion 35mm!







Unfortunately since this is for Father's Day, I'm gonna have to wait over a month before I can actually wear it. With the strong dollar it was a really good deal from Uhrenatelier Bruchsal, one of the Chrono24 sellers. (Thanks @DLJr for your Nomos advice too!)

 

 

 
Wraith had to make a relevant reference, after I'd said something about a colourful choice... (Click to show)
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Thanks mimo.

My wife likes that one. Blue is her favourite colour, and it was our 8th anniversary yesterday.

 

 

 
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Naturally, my incoming purchases are at the used shoes end of the spectrum in price.  But they are interesting, of that I am confident.  And colourful.  :)

 
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Pics or it didn't happen.

 

And it did indeed happen, that I bought the promised colourful and interesting watches...in my traditional cheap-assed way, but still...it was really spooky that all those discussions were going on at that time.  You see...

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...it's the "Stasi Special" - a Glashuetter Uhrenbetriebe Spezimatic "Weltzeit" With a lot of scratches, that I may or may not have removed soon.  

 

 

One of the advantages of a 45 year old watch that's already a bit battered, is that you don't have to worry if it gets a bit more battered...

 

 

And for now, I'm just loving everything about the way it looks and wears.

 

 

Not loving that it doesn't wind manually and doesn't have a quick-set date...might finally be time to get a winder?

 

 

But this is a few hundred bucks most joyously spent.  And, I said two, didn't I?  Two from about the same year, with the same movement.  Here it is, with its blingy not-very-Communist-looking sister, for my beloved:

 

 

14k plated, but pretty chunky at 40mm.  The curved case actually sits very nicely on a smaller wrist, so I think it looks great on her.  Fortunately for me, she seems to agree.  

The Romance Shot (Click to show)

 

 

But seriously, it's like you people read my mind!

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Congrats Mimo!  Look like some fun watches.  I like the case shape of yours and the blue dial/bezel...but I'm biased blue is my favorite color.  Hope your "Prettier half" is enjoying her watch as much as you are enjoying yours!  :cheers:

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Groovy baby, yeah!

Nice option vs. your dressy vintage Omega, and your Monster, and your Stowa, and....
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Her watch is dying for an in your face red strap.  Lovely blue on yours as well Mimo.

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Nice work @mimo!
That blue dial Glashutte looks aaaawfully familiar.
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