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There's been a lot of talk about Hodinkee in this thread, in the last few pages. I would like to know if anyone has experience with their newly-released straps (available on the 'Shop' section of their website).

 

How's the quality? How do they rate against straps from other (often more established) makers in a relatively similar price range? 

 

There's a few numbers that speak to me, but they appear to be a little bit more expensive then a similar model in Hirsch, for example.

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There's been a lot of talk about Hodinkee in this thread, in the last few pages. I would like to know if anyone has experience with their newly-released straps (available on the 'Shop' section of their website).

 

How's the quality? How do they rate against straps from other (often more established) makers in a relatively similar price range? 

 

There's a few numbers that speak to me, but they appear to be a little bit more expensive then a similar model in Hirsch, for example.


I've bought two straps from Hodinkee, one a few months ago and one just recently. Both are Shell Cordovan. They are expensive, but both are beautiful straps and appear top quality items. I have no complaints at all.

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Went watch hunting today with my wife. Found the prefect size and case design for the Mrs. The case was perfect, at 26x33mm and the caseback was curved as well contouring well to the wrist unlike the flat reverso back.
The only thing she doesn't like was the numbers which she wants it to be in Romans something like Cartier 's styling. Oo well will continue my hunts online.


Meanwhile, tried this beauty. It's almost in the bag if it weren't for the watch not working. They said they would send in down for servicing Once I made the deposit and will have the option of full refund if I decide not to go ahead when the serviced and polished watch returns

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Did read that briefly as "witch hunting" while skimming the phone...
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Meanwhile, tried this beauty. It's almost in the bag if it weren't for the watch not working. They said they would send in down for servicing Once I made the deposit and will have the option of full refund if I decide not to go ahead when the serviced and polished watch returns.

 

@Novelty77 - Don't take this the wrong way, but unless you're a multi-millionaire, I think that it would be a good idea to slow down a bit and to think your purchases through before committing. 

 

When you're looking at spending $10 000, $20 000 and more on a watch, as others in this thread have said, if a watch doesn't really sing to you, if it's not what you really want, then don't get it. It will be a waste of money as you most likely won't wear it, you'll probably lose money if you resell it and you could have put the money towards something that might take longer to find and to purchase, but which you will enjoy and appreciate more. 

 

So, unless you really, really want that V-C, then pass it up. There's no point in spending $10 000 or more on a watch because you're getting a good deal, if it's not really the watch that you want. Let's face it - watches in that price range are not essential purchases. They are entirely discretionary, luxury purchases, so to think, "Oh, I should get this watch because it's a couple of thousand cheaper than that other watch" is very much a false economy. Either get something that you really want, or don't get a watch at all and save your money for something else.

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Truth.

Although that VC is awesome!
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I've met people to whom the feeling of getting a "deal" in a transaction is the *most* important element of the transaction.

That VC is a typographic dog's breakfast. Sorry, not a fan. The fact that it's actually not even working is a huge blessing IMO.

How the heck does an unused watch even stop working??
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Any thoughts on the Spring Drive Tuna? This is a beast, and I love it:

Kind of a fun watch.  Starts to get a tad pricey, but if you love it that's what matters.

 

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Went watch hunting today with my wife. Found the prefect size and case design for the Mrs. The case was perfect, at 26x33mm and the caseback was curved as well contouring well to the wrist unlike the flat reverso back.
The only thing she doesn't like was the numbers which she wants it to be in Romans something like Cartier 's styling. Oo well will continue my hunts online.


Meanwhile, tried this beauty. It's almost in the bag if it weren't for the watch not working. They said they would send in down for servicing Once I made the deposit and will have the option of full refund if I decide not to go ahead when the serviced and polished watch returns
 

 

Sorry not a fan of either watch.  The FM, IMHO looked too big on your wife...even with the curved case back, the lugs look like they hang over the sides of her wrist.  IMHO, until you get into FM's really high end complicated stuff...his basic time only watches are usually grossly overpriced with ordinary movements (and for the cost of his complicated pieces, I'd purchase something from another brand).  The "Exploding numerals" have sort of become his signature style (Although VC was using them over 100 years ago on some watches).  

 

A friend of mine had the VC regulator you tried.  Of course it is VC quality, but no matter how hard I tried (and I like asymmetric dials and/or watch cases), I never liked this one.  Also, as someone else mentioned, why the hell isn't it running?  I wonder what someone did to it that it isn't running.  In any event, its a model I'd pass on.  VC  has a long history of making some of the nicest watches available...if a VC is something you really want, and I were in your shoes, I'd keep searching.  

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@Novelty77 - Don't take this the wrong way, but unless you're a multi-millionaire, I think that it would be a good idea to slow down a bit and to think your purchases through before committing....

 

+1

 

Take some time to enjoy what you have.  One of my friends went on  a rampage buying several watches in a short time period, but he found he never really bonded with any of them.  He figures it was the "High" of getting a new toy, and he was so busy shopping for the next one that he didn't pay that much attention to what he had already purchased.  In the end, I guess it made it easier for him to let a bunch of them go, slow down and really focus on building a collection he really enjoys.  

 

While possible new purchases do keep the forum going...perhaps you should slow down and focus on what you really want to have in your collection, rather maybe getting distracted by what your favored pre-owned dealer gets in next.  But hey, if you are having fun I suppose that is all that matters. 

 

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I've met people to whom the feeling of getting a "deal" in a transaction is the *most* important element of the transaction.

Yes, I've met a handful of people like that over the years.  Definitely, not the right motivation when looking to purchase a nice watch (or anything else of quality).

 

 

Sorry in advance for the mediocre camera phone photos, but space was limited as was time.  I attended a small watch event yesterday and met Peter Speake-Marin.  Very nice guy and it was interesting to hear the inspiration for certain things such as the shape of the rotors on his watches (which is essentially the insignia of his brand).  It was inspired by a watchmaker's topper tool, although it was modified down to 3 arms for practical purposes as a rotor in a watch.  Got to try on a few interesting pieces and the one in the bottom right corner on my wrist is actually Mr. Speake-Marin's personal watch.  Overall a fun experience, although I'm not sure his watches are something I would ever buy.    

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@Journeyman understand where you're coming from. Impulse buying in the pretext of a better deal? I do agree that maybe if a watch is going to be a stepping stone to your next purchase, then just save to and get to your next purchase. But the thing in question is the timeline between saving now and your grail? 1 years 2 years? losing 10%-15% on your current watch to trade up to your ideal watch isn't such a bad deal after all. These are not loses but opportunity cost that you willing to pay for the "period". I'm talking about preown watches by the way. New watches loses way more. The watches that I own now, I can be sure that none of it will lose more than 15% of the value I paid.

 

@Dino944 , not a fan of FM as well. Just that we tried many watches and that seems to suit her the best.

 

 

As for the case of the VC, I tried winding the watch up but the seconds doesn't seem to move. Winding it up doesn't feel smooth at all and its takes quite an effort to wind it. The guy told me that maybe its because all the lub has dried up. Its a 2001 piece and the owner has not send it for any servicing.  After 10 turns of winding and the spring does not move. Is it a tell tale sign of a bigger problem?

 

As for my take on the VC, its either you hate it or love it. I love the watch as a whole. Timeless (its a decade old watch but yet I still find it refreshing), the flared lugs, the officer case, the dials but mainly a regulator. Its a win-win in my case. I love the watch, and it will add a nice variety to my collection. Its not a desperate attempt to convince myself for the purchase in anyway.

 

I'm glad that I have a thread to share my thought process and the people who are willing to share their experience and views. notable ones like @mimo @Dino944 and others that I've failed to mention.

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Dino and Mimo, TWAT famous.

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Happy Sunday TWAT brothers

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Dino and Mimo, TWAT famous.

 

I'm such a fraud!

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In the photo with you wearing both 15400 I can start to see how large it is on you, particularly when viewing the blue one at the bottom.  The 15400 is a big watch, and as mentioned, even though its enlarged proportionally from what the 15300 was, I just did not love the overall proportions...but that is subjective.  

Only you can decide which RO is right for you.

I can see what you mean in that picture. I think it might just be the angle of the photo. In person I didn't notice the watches looking like that big on my wrist. From my perspective it looked closer to the black dial version in that snapshot.
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Lovely to catch up on a hundred or so pages of TWAT - have been on vacation this past week.  

 

@Novelty77 - you've been on quite a tear!  It's hard to deny the Hunger when it's screaming at you (been there), but this year I didn't get any new watches (well, except one that might be coming in the next few weeks or so), and it's really given me time to enjoy the ones I got through a few rounds of "frillyvolousness" as @mimo called it.  

 

I'm not in the habit of selling off watches I still love to fund the acquisition of new ones, but I did end up giving two watches to my father-in-law (my Exp I 114270) and mother-in-law (my vintage DJ 1601 blue dial), who are visiting from Asia.  I always said I bought my watches as heirloom pieces, but my daughters are taking too long to grow up - hahah!  Their grandparents can be the ones to pass those pieces along to them (and rest assured those watches aren't going to their other grandchildren - heh).  Guess it's really just a loaner!

 

My point is that there is some merit to appreciating what you've got right now (and you've got a lot) versus enjoying the Hunt for the next one.  Why do we buy what we buy, desire to own what we wish to own?  A grab bag of reasons, for sure, but for me a big part of the experience was seeing the joy and pride in my mom and dad's faces when I gifted a couple of my pieces to them.

 

Also, it makes room for two more in the winder/watch box... :bounce2:

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