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I went this way today

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My go-to dress watch.

 

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Now the deets on those cufflinks!

 

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I went this way today
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What is that covering your jacket sleeve @Cleav?


Also, no greeting for Princess Kate's birthday today?

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Cheers, gents.  Vintage (late '40's) Omega 30T2, 38.5mm case.

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That looks absolutely mint!
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That looks absolutely mint!

Yeah, I just went to chrono24 to see what was available there, and all the faces look like a mess. I'd love to have one if I could get the face as clean as the one above.

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Now the deets on those cufflinks!


What is that covering your jacket sleeve @Cleav
?


Also, no greeting for Princess Kate's birthday today?

Do you mean my cravat dear heart?

In Norfolk right now actually, Prinny send her regards nod[1].gif
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Now the deets on those cufflinks!

 

 

 

Sure thing - silver, gold and lapis.  I've had them for over 20 years and don't recall the maker.

 

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That looks absolutely mint!

 

Cheers.  The watch is older than I am and in far better shape.  Which is great for the watch, less great for me. :embar:

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Do you mean my cravat dear heart?

In Norfolk right now actually, Prinny send her regards nod[1].gif

 

Hahah! From the angle of the pic it looked like it could have been a shawl covering your entire arm/shoulder! 

 

23 years young, our Princess.

 

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Sure thing - silver, gold and lapis.  I've had them for over 20 years and don't recall the maker.

 

Looks great!

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That's it. Omega needs to release the RogerP™ commemorative dress watch (limited edition, of course).

I'm sure it would sell out in like, 4-5 minutes.
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I just had the pleasure of going through the same process. Having admired the various ROs on this thread (OK, maybe drooled would be more accurate), I decided that it's time to upgrade from my Cartier Tank Francaise auto to a RO. I'd like to trade it in to lessen the blow, but my wife has laid claim on it. On the other hand, she said that she'd like to get me a watch for our 20th anniversary, so how can I complain?

I have a 6.25" wrist, and therefore can't wear a large watch. So which one to get (or at least, to pine for)? Let's go try some on! Luckily, I was in New York and Philadelphia last week, so there were plenty of opportunities. Naturally, my first stop was at the AP boutique on 57th St. There, I tried on the 15450 (37 mm). As others have pointed out, Royal Oaks wear larger than their measured size. What's more, because the first few links don't really bend, it magnifies the situation. So, it seemed like the small (unisex) size would be a good choice for me, because it's closest to the size of most of my watches.

On to Tourneau, across the street, to try on some used watches. They had a used 15450 and a 15300 (39 mm) (used, of course, as it is no longer in production). Things were getting more complicated. Small or medium size? Blue, black or white face? I really couldn't decide.

Next (and final) stop. Govberg in Philadelphia. What a great store! Great Patek collection, and a lovely display of FP Journe watches, among many, many others. There, I tried on a 15450, a 15300, and, for the heck of it, a 15400 (41 mm). (None of the three stores had a Jumbo in stock.) Despite my wife's preference for the blue, I'm entranced by the white face. It's just magical. OK. Color selected, but what size? I think I've concluded that, even though the 15450 probably fits me best, this is a sport watch, and not a dress watch, so perhaps it needs to be a bit bigger, and a bit less subtle, to have a bit more "presence". Does that make sense? So, at this point, I'm leaning towards the 15300. (The 15400 is way too big for me.)

Those of you who have tried on (or, of course, purchased) these models, I'd welcome your thoughts.

Next up: Deciding whether to buy a Royal Oak, or to pay next semester's tuition!

I've never tried the mid size 15450, so I can't really speak about my thoughts on that model.  While RO's do wear a bit larger than their stated size, I really like the RO in its 39mm size at least for my wrist.  My wrist is close in size to yours and I've very happy with my 39mm RO.  I went for the 15202, which is a bit flatter, so it wears a bit differently than the 15300 (which has a thicker case and thicker bracelet links).  I've had mine for nearly 3 years and I love it.  

 

I tried on the 15400 and its really nice but it was not for me.  Something about its proportions bothered me, not specifically the fit, just it did not look right to my eye.  I actually don't mind the RO chronograph at the 41mm size, but the 15400 wasn't for me. The 15300 had one small detail that annoyed me....the sweep second hand.  I just did not like its shape...so I eliminated the problem completely and went with the 15202...no second hand.  For some the lack of a quick set date would be an annoyance on the 15202 (although there is a trick you can keep winding back and forth between 10pm and 2 am to advance the date), and if you are someone that might be really rough on a watch, you might want the thicker case and bracelet (but for me the 15202 has been great as a nearly daily wearer for about 3 years).  I also loved the dial of the 15202.  

 

You should note, if you want a blue dial AP used a slightly different shade of blue on the 15202, 15300, and 15400.  Also there was a slight color change the 15202's blue about a year ago or so (it got darker).  From what I hear the 15202s are largely being sold  through AP boutiques and ADs have trouble getting them (although it doesn't mean a boutique will have it in stock). 

 

In the end you can't go wrong with any of the models.  The fit and finish on the RO is exceptional.  Each model is a winner.  Good luck with your RO research!

 

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I went this way today

Love your tie...ooops ...I mean cravat! I'm a big fan of woven ties.  

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Plan Schman...KOP please! So people will stop complaining about the same boring, beautiful, and for many, grail watches you continue to post.

Today, the boring steel version of the rose gold thing I posted yesterday.



Didn't need to wear a cravat today. Good thing too because it's getting warm in NYC!
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Don't know what I love more, the Nautilus or the Corthay's!

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So, I'm not a big fan of gold watches (unless it's WG). All of my watches are white metals. In certain circumstances, on certain watches, I don't mind rose/red gold. But I really don't like yellow gold.

Here's the question: If a particular, no-longer-made watch from a major brand (say, IWC) was only available in yellow gold, would anyone consider having it plated in rose gold? I note that the watch was available in a slightly different dial in a limited run in rose gold. But not this one.

I'm just not a yellow gold kind of guy but I love the watch. Have it plated with rose gold?

I'm guessing such a drastic modification would pretty much destroy value, no?

Any thoughts/opinions?
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You know, I used to be all over the dated Subs (116610) but the more I see no-date Subs, the more I could see myself wearing one!

Trust me, if you ever get the opportunity to own the No Date Sub, you'll never look back.
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@gopherblue  I'd only do it if I was convinced that I will keep the watch forever.  When I got the hands of my PAM 210 gold-plated, I knew it was a watch that I was going to keep

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Don't know what I love more, the Nautilus or the Corthay's!

They ain't bad for a three year old pair of shoes, 'no?

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