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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

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. 

There's a bit in one of the novels - I forget which one - where Bond uses his Rolex as a knuckle duster. Gave me the heebie-jeebies when I read it.

My worst ding was my first on my first proper watch. About 3 months after I bought it I managed to connect my Reverso with some street furniture - I'm amazed I didn't break the crystal. Quite a ding in the grooved bit on the face, but not nearly as bad as I would have expected from the force of impact. It really bugged me but JLC managed to polish it out really well.
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Originally Posted by Dachshund View Post



There's a bit in one of the novels - I forget which one - where Bond uses his Rolex as a knuckle duster. Gave me the heebie-jeebies when I read it.



My worst ding was my first on my first proper watch. About 3 months after I bought it I managed to connect my Reverso with some street furniture - I'm amazed I didn't break the crystal. Quite a ding in the grooved bit on the face, but not nearly as bad as I would have expected from the force of impact. It really bugged me but JLC managed to polish it out really well.

 



Reversos are scratch magnets, but oh so beautiful nevertheless.
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Originally Posted by Dachshund View Post

There's a bit in one of the novels - I forget which one - where Bond uses his Rolex as a knuckle duster. Gave me the heebie-jeebies when I read it.

Well, it _is_ a tool watch... been reading the original novels, so thanks for the TWAT tip smile.gif
post #44959 of 48312
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But more specifically as to why the Red Sub is so desirable...the simple answer....it's a damn good looking watch.

QFT.

Want!


Also +1000 to rnguy's Speedy + brown croc. That combination really looks great, my man.
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Originally Posted by Dachshund View Post


There's a bit in one of the novels - I forget which one - where Bond uses his Rolex as a knuckle duster. Gave me the heebie-jeebies when I read it.

My worst ding was my first on my first proper watch. About 3 months after I bought it I managed to connect my Reverso with some street furniture - I'm amazed I didn't break the crystal. Quite a ding in the grooved bit on the face, but not nearly as bad as I would have expected from the force of impact. It really bugged me but JLC managed to polish it out really well.

I believe the use of a Rolex as a "Knuckle duster" was in the novel, "On Her Majesty's Secret Service."

 

Yes, dings do happen.  Many can be removed if not too deep, with little evidence of the mishap if done carefully.  However, it can't be done repeatedly or if its a really deep ding, otherwise the watch's distinct shape of the lugs or case can become distorted.  Glad to hear the injury to your JLC was not permanent.  I guess I'm not surprised to hear that a Reverso can survive a serious ding as we all know they were designed for polo. Cheers!

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Speaking of Rolex and "knuckle duster", here's a cool article I stumbled upon while researching the fact. It appears that in the last scene of Casino Royale, Bond (Craig) drops the knuckle duster move with the help of his trusty Omega SMP. I guess it was some kind of homage to the books, in a fun way!

Rumors have it that it was partially cut off during editing. I'll have to watch the movie (again - for literally the 20th time) to see this by myself!
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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.

Like Dino, it's not something I consciously think about, I'm just naturally careful. It comes without thinking about it. Therefore, I'm able to enjoy life and all activities and things rarely happen to my watches, apart from the odd natural hairline here and there.

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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? 

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I have quite narrow wrists, so that was why I was initially a little concerned the chunky lugs would overpower, but that completely dissipated when I first tried the watch on. Just looks superb, looks like a natural part of the watch, doesn't overpower at all!
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Scratches on the case/lugs/bracelets - most of the time bearable.

Scratch on the CRYSTAL? unbearable.
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So here's what I wound up doing with some strap changes.

First of all, I removed the mesh bracelet from the Zenith and put it on the Omega 2254.50:



^I've worn it this way before and I really like the look personally.^

Sort of an old-school, baby PloProf kind of a vibe. Hopefully the right type of "tool" ... if you know what I mean.

I will probably keep the Omega on this one at least until Spectre comes out later this year, when I'm sure I will feel obligated to put it on a black & grey regimental striped NATO.



Then I put a new DeBeers croc strap on the Zenith, along with a butterfly deployant. It's a very dark, glossy brown, with dark stitching.

Also pretty pleased with this one, and the quality is quite good for the price, IMO.

It's not a Camille Fournet, but I didn't have to pay a CF price either biggrin.gif



And here's a look at the El Primero movement .... sorry, it's not very ... macro. But as you all know by now, I don't take the best watch photos.






Then lastly, a bit of a wild card.....I swapped out the plain black NATO on my 39mm Explorer for this urban camouflage version from Grahame Fowler.

Yeah, it's a bit *cough* swaggy I suppose, or too "fashion". Maybe even played-out for some people..... but damn. In my mind, I think I'm 3 for 3 with this baby! At least for some summer fun, right?



and a wrist shot:




Anyway, this has always been one of the more enjoyable parts of the whole watch hobby for me, from day one. Just trying different looks and getting the pieces out semi-regularly for a bit of polish & TLC.

I've always gotten a big kick out of it.tounge.gif



Also, quick shout out to Grahame Fowler for free, super-fast shipping, and they threw in a bonus cotton (plaid pattern) pocket square. Nice touch, and my first experience with them. (No affiliation whatsoever, I promise). But it has to be the best $25 I've spent recently.....highly recommended!

One of these days I'mma pay them an in-store visit, and I seriously want to check out some of those awesome vintage Milsubs.
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Explorer II at the beach....

 

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Originally Posted by Keith T View Post

So here's what I wound up doing with some strap changes.

First of all, I removed the mesh bracelet from the Zenith and put it on the Omega 2254.50:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
^I've worn it this way before and I really like the look personally.^

Sort of an old-school, baby PloProf kind of a vibe. Hopefully the right type of "tool" ... if you know what I mean.

I will probably keep the Omega on this one at least until Spectre comes out later this year, when I'm sure I will feel obligated to put it on a black & grey regimental striped NATO.

Looks good! If you like it enough there is always the Omega mesh as well, very well executed and available from Ofrei and such (and ADs too, I'm sure).

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Then lastly, a bit of a wild card.....I swapped out the plain black NATO on my 39mm Explorer for this urban camouflage version from Grahame Fowler.

Yeah, it's a bit *cough* swaggy I suppose, or too "fashion". Maybe even played-out for some people..... but damn. In my mind, I think I'm 3 for 3 with this baby! At least for some summer fun, right?



and a wrist shot:




Anyway, this has always been one of the more enjoyable parts of the whole watch hobby for me, from day one. Just trying different looks and getting the pieces out semi-regularly for a bit of polish & TLC.

I've always gotten a big kick out of it.tounge.gif

No need to apologize icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif The watch hobby often gets too purist and serious, mix it up! A red, orange or camo NATO is essential summer cool! You are a peacock and you want to fly! biggrin.gif

And guys, pssst: I have something incoming satisfied.gif
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A moment of reflection on one of my daily habits caused me to learn something about myself.

 

Before I turn in, I always remove the day's watch, give it a once over, and put it back in it's space in The Box.

 

Last night - upon noticing that one watch had stopped running two hours prior -  I realized something: I don't like to pull the crown.

 

This means not choosing favorites. It means a more even rotation.

 

Because if you don't want to pull the crown, you need to keep your watches running. Going on holiday = popping some crowns. Too much time with one watch = popping some crowns. Really, I feel that part of my Zen Practice within watch ownership stems from requiring as little fiddling with time/date/hairspring adjustments as possible.

 

The on exception is my manual Speedy, of course. Though the crown doesn't need to be popped to wind it. But this daily ritual serves as a reminder of the truly analog technologies of yore - which is enjoyable.

 

I do not have or want a watch winder - that hands-off nanny of fine watches. I prefer to do the parenting on my own. Sure, it requires a bit more care, but it ensures maximum enjoyment of each piece.

 

Perhaps I am not destined to be a collector; to feel this way about more than a 3+1 collection could easily grow maddening. I also feel that this will require me to feel a similar sense of value and enjoyment from each watch; to ensure that I have little cause to favor (or not) one over the others.

 

 

I wonder if there might be some broader life lesson in this...

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Originally Posted by Steel28 View Post

Some Batman action to brighten everyone's Monday.

 

Really sharp! @Steel28

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I can't take a pic right now but here is the exact same watch I bought some weeks ago: http://www.wallspoke.com/en/watches/wallspoke/651-fully-customizable-chronograph

I was a bit scared of that bright red but I think it actually goes well with a lot of my outfits :) What do you think about it?


Edited by Toom - 7/8/15 at 9:46am
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Originally Posted by Epaulet View Post

Explorer II at the beach....



Such a nice casual watch. I much prefer it over the new models (which is rare as I love most of the newer offerings).
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