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Lookin' good @rnguy001
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The hardest scratch is the first one but with PCL, that is usually the first day.

 

Every time I see the Speedy with a brown strap, I want one.  Too bad it just doesn't feel right on the wrist.

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A watch doesn't have to get scratched and dinged in the course of wearing it, for it to be enjoyed.  I wear all of my watches regularly, but I'm just pretty good when it comes to avoiding scratches and dings.  If for you it helps forge memories or a bond with the watch, that's great.  For me, I can wear it, enjoy it, and have memories of wearing it on vacations, to important events, or just for fun and the lack of scratches doesn't detract from my memories of the events or the enjoyment of my watches.  Cheers!  

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I wear my watches just about anywhere and everywhere. But I'm careful with them. Always have been. Doesn't mean I'm not enjoying life or life experiences. But like Dino, I'm good at avoiding scratches and dings.

If I have to baby my watches, then I'm not enjoying them; and since I am not fortunate enough to have an innate ability to avoid any type of contact with my watch I'd have to be constantly mindful of my wrist. Having to constantly think about my wrist would take away all enjoyment of the watch. Guess you guys are lucky. This is a large reason why the RO in practice makes zero sense to me, I'd ruin that thing in a week.

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In my trio of sports watches, I actually use my Speedy as my "dress" watch. Partly due to it's classic look, and partly because it's got the nicest steel bracelet. But I'm starting to crave a croc strap. This one looks great.

 

I bet a navy croc strap would look great too.

 

Anyone know a place in London where I could go take a look at a few in person? Maybe try one on my Speedy?

 

 

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When one considers vintage watches, particular vintage Rolex watches...its often the small details that make the watch very desirable to collectors.  For example on 16520 Daytonas  ...things such as spacing of the word "Cosmograph" on an early model,  whether the 6 on the subdial is inverted or not, how many hatch marks are on the subdials, does the Tachymeter go to 200, 300 or 400 units per hour. The font of the word Rolex... these are all small details that die hard collectors pay attention to and pay additional money to own. Whether its worth it to have something a bit rarer is something each collector has to answer for himself.

 

 But more specifically as to why the Red Sub is so desireable...the simple answer....its a damn good looking watch.

 

 

 

Makes sense. I can understand the collector's mindset around such variations of classic watches far more easily than I can my late grandmother's obsession with porcelain plates and Hummel figurines.

 

 

 

As for this discussion of scratching bracelets. I've found that my GMT II's bracelet remains completely pristine even as I desk-dive with my watch on. Of course, this is due to my daily-use RubberB strap. I generally wear my beater anywhere that I sense some potential for wrist impact (athletic activities, active beach days...). But since it's a DiaShield Titanium Seiko, I'd pretty much have to scratch it on purpose. And my Speedy.. well I don't generally wear it with short sleeves or when I'll be sitting down much - so it's stayed in great shape.

 

Though I can still remember that high-tension sliding elevator gate that leapt at my speedy's case and took a bite. 

 

I try not to think about that day...

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Have a look in Jean Rousseau in Piccadilly Arcade. Wide selection. Very helpful. Very reasonably priced. They will certainly have a number of shades of blue croc if that's what you're after. I'm having a strap made for my Reverso at the moment, but just black grained calf. For my Speedy I was looking at some 'carbon fibre' print calf that they have as I want something similar to what they put on the JLC Deep Sea, but it didn't quite do it for me.

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I'm picky when it comes to Rolex (only fond of a few 4-digit ref) but the 1016 is my all time favorite. Very nice pick indeed!
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That is a fantastic watch. I wish it didn't have a day counter but it is an otherwise perfect movement. Do you find it bulky? That would be my largest normal use watch, second only to my regular speedy. They really did a great job with it.

I think the day counter actually makes that watch; very nicely done and doesn't take away from the symmetry.
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If I have to baby my watches, then I'm not enjoying them; and since I am not fortunate enough to have an innate ability to avoid any type of contact with my watch I'd have to be constantly mindful of my wrist. Having to constantly think about my wrist would take away all enjoyment of the watch. Guess you guys are lucky. This is a large reason why the RO in practice makes zero sense to me, I'd ruin that thing in a week.

I wear and use my watches, cars, and other nice things.  I'm just very careful with my toys.  Its just how I'm "Wired."  I don't really think about it, its almost a part of my DNA.  It doesn't take away from my enjoyment of a watch, car or other item.  If someone is more carefree with their watches that's great.  It doesn't impact my life or bother me.  Conversely, if Wraith or I are more careful with our watches it shouldn't bother anyone who is less careful. 

 

Yes, with all the flat surfaces and sharp angles a RO can look pretty shabby if people are not at least a little careful with them.  I've used mine as a daily wearer for nearly 3 years and managed to put just one rather noticeable scratch one of the a small bracelet links. Still, if you wear your watches for everything and don't mind scratches, why would a RO not make sense?  Wouldn't the scratches not matter if you are enjoying yourself and the watch?  Or perhaps you are you a "Closet anti-scratch freak?"  ;)

 

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As for this discussion of scratching bracelets. I've found that my GMT II's bracelet remains completely pristine even as I desk-dive with my watch ...

 

Though I can still remember that high-tension sliding elevator gate that leapt at my speedy's case and took a bite. 

 

I try not to think about that day...

The Rolex Oyster bracelets with a brushed finish are pretty good at hiding smaller scratches and scuffs.  PLC are more susceptible to showing scratches.  Still, my BLNR bracelet looks pretty good and doesn't show much more wear than a hairline here or there.  

 

Even those of us who are careful with watches have had a serious impact or two.  I put a nasty ding in one of my first Daytonas years ago when it accidentally came in contact with a door knob.  :(  Eventually, traded the watch...so it was no longer a problem.  

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Scratches and dents are a WIS nightmare. I remember the first time I put a scratch on my 2 Seikos and my Tissot (mind you, they aren't even expensive pieces)…! I solved the problem by buying my Seamaster Pro pre-loved - the initial scratches were already there. And I feel that, just like a car, it's the first scratch that hurts, less the subsequent ones. 

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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post
 

I wear and use my watches, cars, and other nice things.  I'm just very careful with my toys.  Its just how I'm "Wired."  I don't really think about it, its almost a part of my DNA.  It doesn't take away from my enjoyment of a watch, car or other item.  If someone is more carefree with their watches that's great.  It doesn't impact my life or bother me.  Conversely, if Wraith or I are more careful with our watches it shouldn't bother anyone who is less careful. 

 

Yes, with all the flat surfaces and sharp angles a RO can look pretty shabby if people are not at least a little careful with them.  I've used mine as a daily wearer for nearly 3 years and managed to put just one rather noticeable scratch one of the a small bracelet links. Still, if you wear your watches for everything and don't mind scratches, why would a RO not make sense?  Wouldn't the scratches not matter if you are enjoying yourself and the watch?  Or perhaps you are you a "Closet anti-scratch freak?"  ;)

I don't really care what anyone does with any of their things at the end of the day as long as it's what they enjoy, just explaining why I could never be OCD about them. I am a closet anti-scratch freak with dress watches, but they require far less mindfulness given the situations I use them for and the clothes I'm wearing. Sports watches, forget it. And to me the point of the RO is the finish, so why invest money in something I'd have to be OCD over in order to maintain it's major appeal.

 

And to be clear, I'm jealous you guys can avoid dings, wear, and scratches so easily without much thought.


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Back reading after not being able to check TWAT for a few days.  Wow!  Some great pics and discussions recently.

 

@Winot - congratulations on the 1016 pick-up!

 

@Steel28 @rye225 - those BLNRs are looking great.  Just in the past week or so two friends have asked for help in sourcing one; I'm not sure it's really that difficult to find - I think they're looking for a more substantial discount than what's currently out there.

 

@rnguy001 - that Speedy is looking good! Hopefully next month I can join the Speedy club too. 

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I am a closet anti-scratch freak with dress watches, but they require far less mindfulness given the situations I use them for and the clothes I'm wearing....

 

And to be clear, I'm jealous you guys can avoid dings, wear, and scratches so easily without much thought.

Yes, unless one is James Bond, most situations that involve a dress watch, don't involve anything that would lead a watch easily getting scratched up or dinged. 

 

Thanks.  If its any consolation...although I'm good at avoiding scratches and dings, when something does happen it can drive me a bit crazy!  Cheers!

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Even those of us who are careful with watches have had a serious impact or two.  I put a nasty ding in one of my first Daytonas years ago when it accidentally came in contact with a door knob.  :(  Eventually, traded the watch...so it was no longer a problem.  

 

It took me about a day and a half before I gouged one of the lugs of my SubC ND when I got her about a year ago.  Right on a door knob. 

 

Funny enough, I was ranting about the ding to the dealer who sold me the watch; he took a look at it, went to the back of the shop, and came back with the gouge about 99% gone.  Hah.  But he knew what he was doing with the whole polishing business, so it didn't affect the shape of the lugs/watch in any way I could discern visually.  

 

Also, @TheWraith - I also first thought the chunky lugs would get in the way of actual wearability.  What a pleasant surprise to be so wrong, 'no, at least for our cases, given the shape of our wrists? 


:D 

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Thanks Dopey - So far all my watches have day counters. I obsessively check my watch for the date multiple times per day when I'm signing things at work. It's not a personal requirement of my watches (unfortunately). It's 44mm and a little thick, so compared to my JLC, this watch is a lot more bulky. But then again, it's probably average compared against my other watches. It's also thicker than it's older Speedy brethren..
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That is a fantastic watch. I wish it didn't have a day counter but it is an otherwise perfect movement. Do you find it bulky? That would be my largest normal use watch, second only to my regular speedy. They really did a great job with it.

Thanks Guys. Frilly - can't wait to see the Snoopy, bud.
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Absolutely love the dark brown strap paired with the black dial !!!  Well done my friend!  cheers.gif

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Looks very nice, thanks for sharing I like the combo![/quote]

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Lookin' good @rnguy001

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Makes sense. I can understand the collector's mindset around such variations of classic watches far more easily than I can my late grandmother's obsession with porcelain plates and Hummel figurines.



As for this discussion of scratching bracelets. I've found that my GMT II's bracelet remains completely pristine even as I desk-dive with my watch on. Of course, this is due to my daily-use RubberB strap. I generally wear my beater anywhere that I sense some potential for wrist impact (athletic activities, active beach days...). But since it's a DiaShield Titanium Seiko, I'd pretty much have to scratch it on purpose. And my Speedy.. well I don't generally wear it with short sleeves or when I'll be sitting down much - so it's stayed in great shape.

Though I can still remember that high-tension sliding elevator gate that leapt at my speedy's case and took a bite. 

I try not to think about that day...

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I think the day counter actually makes that watch; very nicely done and doesn't take away from the symmetry.

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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

Back reading after not being able to check TWAT for a few days.  Wow!  Some great pics and discussions recently.

@Winot
 - congratulations on the 1016 pick-up!

@Steel28
 @rye225
 - those BLNRs are looking great.  Just in the past week or so two friends have asked for help in sourcing one; I'm not sure it's really that difficult to find - I think they're looking for a more substantial discount than what's currently out there.

@rnguy001
 - that Speedy is looking good! Hopefully next month I can join the Speedy club too. 
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It took me about a day and a half before I gouged one of the lugs of my SubC ND when I got her about a year ago.  Right on a door knob. 

 

Funny enough, I was ranting about the ding to the dealer who sold me the watch; he took a look at it, went to the back of the shop, and came back with the gouge about 99% gone.  Hah.  But he knew what he was doing with the whole polishing business, so it didn't affect the shape of the lugs/watch in any way I could discern visually.  

 

Also, @TheWraith - I also first thought the chunky lugs would get in the way of actual wearability.  What a pleasant surprise to be so wrong, 'no, at least for our cases, given the shape of our wrists? 


:D 

 

Yes, sometimes a bit of polishing can fix a ding if its not too bad.  Although, I'm really not a fan of going that route if I don't have to.  In the end, another watch came along and I traded my dinged one and at twice what I paid for it, so I didn't have anything to be sad about for long.  

 

As for the chunky lugs of the newer Rolex watches - in pix I didn't love them, and I thought I'd never get used to them.  However, when I put on the BLNR, I quickly got used to them and I have nothing but love for that watch!

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