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Originally Posted by NonServiam View Post

Late to the party, but congratulations @DLJr! Best of luck to you and your family!

Myself I've just started on my prolonged graded paternity leave with my youngest daughter. Staying home 3 days a week for the rest of the year icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

Thanks to this socialist paradise/hellhole (depending on your politics) I call home, we get 10 weeks paid leave that can only be used by the father (the rest of the 49 weeks can be shared, but sharing is a difficult concept for new mothers). And thanks to my employer who don't mind me stretching the 10 weeks over a longer period, working two days a week to hold on to a few projects I find it difficult to hand over to someone else. And thanks to my better half who is pretty happy about getting back to work part time. My employer also pays the difference between what the government is willing to pay and my actual salary. (Well, my commission/bonus is screwed royally, but that's the price to pay for what is frankly an amazing opportunity to bond with my children.)

Anyway nest.gif

There is only one watch tough enough for paternity leave duty. If you were changing diapers here tomorrow, you'd wear a Rolex.
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@NonServiam based on your description, I'll take a wild guess and say you live in Québec (Canada) or one of the Nordic countries!

 

A late congratulations for your daughter and have fun for the rest of your paternity leave! A Rolex sure does help getting through (haven't experienced it myself tho)!

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One thing I've been thinking about a lot lately is designing a watch. I know I never will, but I have a bunch of designs in my head that I think would look great.  They're all primarily watch face design ideas, but quite a few.  Anyone else ever fantasize about this?

 

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Changing the subject, am I the only one who was a bit disappointed with Jose Bautista's, um, imaginative choices on the latest Talking Watches?

Here's the link, but I've always assumed that most of the posters hanging around here are already reading Hodinkee:

http://www.hodinkee.com/articles/talking-watches-with-jose-bautista

 

 

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^I hear that. He's got a style and he's sticking to it. Not my cup of tea but he buys what he wants, so I won't totally go off on it. I'd guess his collection is one of the less garish out of the panoply of athletes' collections.... at least the bottom half anyway.

One plus was it refreshing to not hear something of the effect to 'but this one has a very slightly different hue of text on the dial, which is why I paid 200,000 dollars for it.'

 

Not a fan of Jose Bautista's collection either.  The Panerais were alright, but I'm not a huge Panerai guy either, no offense to anyone here as I know some own them.  That's the point though, to each their own, same with Jose Bautista.  I did laugh at the suggestion that he's waiting for a new contract to buy new watches.  The guy must make millions a year.  Anyway, I did like that he went for limited edition watches.  I tend to look for the same in certain things I buy.  

 

I've seen most episodes multiple times now.  My favorites are Brad Farmerie because his collection is affordable and varied.  I like how he's drawn to less expensive pieces.  I'm somewhat the same way as I the watch I still love the most at the moment is the Tudor Heritage Ranger.  I actually learned about JS Watch Company as a result and now want a Frisland Classic for myself.  Not a huge fan of Rolex (again, no offense to anyone here as I respect Rolex and can definitely appreciate their value), but I liked Eric Ku's collection as well as he has the two vintage Omegas.  On my list is the current Omega Speedmaster '57 with the arrow hand (George Clooney ads) and the current Seamaster 300 as I love the vintage looks of them, so his vintage versions really spoke to me.  Hopefully they do a Railmaster as well.  I also really liked Alan Malch's collection.  In fact from a collection standpoint I somewhat liked his the best.  He like me is very aesthetically driven.  I like the Waltham vintage watch with the shrapnel case cover.  I have a large Nigel Cabourn collection and I think a watch like that would go really well with my wardrobe.  What's interesting is that the Man of the World store online is selling some of his watches.  Finally though I have to say that from a personality standpoint Jean-Claude Biver's episode was great.  I could listen to him all day long.  At the end of the day I feel as though I've learned quite a bit just from watching all the episodes including discovering brands that many on this forum probable know and take for granted they know about them.

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Originally Posted by ter1413 View Post

Try here:

http://www.styleforum.net/t/223261/poor-mans-watch-thread
 
Originally Posted by ursman View Post


Thank you for the suggestion.  Looks like that thread mentions the brand less than this one has!

 

Originally Posted by Chaconne View Post

As a follower of this thread and a poor Man I agree that the Shinola belongs in the other thread. Nothing wrong with it, as far as I know, but his thread is for more high-end watches.

 

Originally Posted by ursman View Post


No problem.  I read the OP and it only mentioned appreciation of watches.  My Shinola has usurped my Cartier as my daily over the last month... so it's been very fresh on my mind.  I thought I would share my surprise and satisfaction with a brand I was *very* wary of.

 

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Plenty of room to discuss here, always nice to have more variety

 

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Just to be clear, I haven't the knowledge or the cash to pass judgment on any watch. I was only trying to spare ursman any possible backlash against a watch that would fir perfectly in the other thread. If it came across any other way I apologize. For what it's worth I think the Shinola looks pretty nice.

 

This is TWAT, for appreciating all watches.  Naturally the more glamorous and high-quality will dominate discussion, because this is Styleforum: the myriad clothes threads talk a lot more about tailoring and famous branded cloth and clothiers than they do about cheap stuff, the cars thread (don't, it's awful) has a lot more bragging about shiny Benzes and Porsches than used Honda minivans, the gun thread...OK let's leave it there.  But you get the point: it's just natural that people talk a lot on SF about the serious swag.

 

However, as a bum of considerable repute, I think it's important to repeat that this thread has only ever been welcoming and respectful of those with a rather more accessible watch collection.  Naturally, it tends to lead those into devastating purchasing decisions for the future, but it welcomes the $1-200 Seikos and whatnot just fine.  So welcome to the Shinola.

 

Having said that, I like the story a lot more than the watch. I wish the people who had that great idea had been bold enough to make something more impressive, at a necessarily higher price point: after all, as a symbol of renaissance " we make something cheap and sell it a bit more expensive than the competitors" is rather symptomatic of why Detroit became Detroit in the first place...

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Changing the subject, am I the only one who was a bit disappointed with Jose Bautista's, um, imaginative choices on the latest Talking Watches?

 

As a Limey, I don't know who this gentleman is - at least not until I read the link.  But anyway, I find it quite refreshing that they talked about a collection that is well outside the norm of watch aficionados' affections.  The Shaq (also, I should probably know who he is...basketball, right?) and the Chopard are especially nasty, but I like the bronze PAM and I've always had a guilty soft spot for the Safari.

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Originally Posted by BLAUGRANA View Post

Not a fan of Jose Bautista's collection either.  The Panerais were alright, but I'm not a huge Panerai guy either, no offense to anyone here as I know some own them.  That's the point though, to each their own, same with Jose Bautista.  I did laugh at the suggestion that he's waiting for a new contract to buy new watches.  The guy must make millions a year.  Anyway, I did like that he went for limited edition watches.  I tend to look for the same in certain things I buy.   Talking Watches (Click to show)
I've seen most episodes multiple times now.  My favorites are Brad Farmerie because his collection is affordable and varied.  I like how he's drawn to less expensive pieces.  I'm somewhat the same way as I the watch I still love the most at the moment is the Tudor Heritage Ranger.  I actually learned about JS Watch Company as a result and now want a Frisland Classic for myself.  Not a huge fan of Rolex (again, no offense to anyone here as I respect Rolex and can definitely appreciate their value), but I liked Eric Ku's collection as well as he has the two vintage Omegas.  On my list is the current Omega Speedmaster '57 with the arrow hand (George Clooney ads) and the current Seamaster 300 as I love the vintage looks of them, so his vintage versions really spoke to me.  Hopefully they do a Railmaster as well.  I also really liked Alan Malch's collection.  In fact from a collection standpoint I somewhat liked his the best.  He like me is very aesthetically driven.  I like the Waltham vintage watch with the shrapnel case cover.  I have a large Nigel Cabourn collection and I think a watch like that would go really well with my wardrobe.  What's interesting is that the Man of the World store online is selling some of his watches.  Finally though I have to say that from a personality standpoint Jean-Claude Biver's episode was great.  I could listen to him all day long.  At the end of the day I feel as though I've learned quite a bit just from watching all the episodes including discovering brands that many on this forum probable know and take for granted they know about them.

I thought Clymer showed remarkable restraint by managing to suppress laughter at the idea of those being an investment. If Bautista genuinely believes that huge, trendy watches in oddball materials and precious metals are going to do anything but get immediately slaughtered in value, he's going to be rather disappointed — especially if he thinks that limited editions actually mean anything.

No joke: I've seen "limited edition" industrial-quality mayonnaise at the local supermarket. Come to think of it, there were limited editions of tortilla chips and Frank's Hot Sauce last time I was in Canada, too. :P
Edited by Belligero - 10/8/15 at 1:49am
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Shaquille O'Neal. Prominent rapper. Noted actor (by some accounts, almost as talented as the legendary Dennis Rodman). I think he played a little basketball in his spare time. Coincidentally, sometimes even against Rodman.
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^

That elicited a chortle.
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Not a fan of Jose Bautista's collection either.  The Panerais were alright, but I'm not a huge Panerai guy either, no offense to anyone here as I know some own them.  That's the point though, to each their own, same with Jose Bautista.  I did laugh at the suggestion that he's waiting for a new contract to buy new watches.  The guy must make millions a year.  Anyway, I did like that he went for limited edition watches.  I tend to look for the same in certain things I buy.  

To add to the Panerai discourse here, there have been two 42mm titanium Radiomirs on ebay recently. I'll admit I found myself bidding, but in a sober moment, I realized that there are probably better things to spend 4.5k. Any thoughts on the new 42mm Radiomirs? They are attractive, but I find myself weighing opportunity costs. At 5-7k in the retail market, I'd be in an indifferent point to getting another Big Pilot. This time, I'd do it right and get a 5002 rather than the 5004.

Here is a sale pic when I listed my 5004.

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This time, I'd do it right and get a 5002 rather than the 5004.

Good call.


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Any thoughts on the new 42mm Radiomirs?

Which? The Radiomir 1940s? If so, I'm personally not a fan, preferring the classic Radiomir case with the wire lugs.
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Good call.
Which? The Radiomir 1940s? If so, I'm personally not a fan, preferring the classic Radiomir case with the wire lugs.

I agree with you. The wire lugs of the 338 and 337 42mm Radiomirs are much more appealing. I was referring to the new 1940s issues. The movement upgrade isn't that much of a draw. Also, if anything adding "Automatic" to the dial detracts rather than enhances.

Maybe owning a PAM is akin to that old adage about owning a boat. It's best to have a good friend that has one than to own one yourself.

There's just something about the clean sandwich dial...
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Agreed all around.

I had a PAM 177 (preferred the ti as the steel was too blingy with its big reflective surfaces IRL, for this kind of tool watch, IMO). Sold it as it was larger than what I prefer, so even though I still like the design, I'll be content with appreciating it from afar.

Lately, I've come to like the Radiomir case more than the Luminor, and (unlike the Luminor) I like it in reduced sizes as well.

My perfect PAM would be a steel 40mm Radiomir with a base (no seconds) chocolate sandwich dial and a solid case back. It's probably for the best that they don't make that ;-)

And the perfect partner for that would be a Luminor Marina rather like my previous 177, but with the more sporty sausage dial which suits a Luminor perfectly. Solid case back and chocolate, too. PAM 61, maybe? Or just skip the seconds here as well and go PAM 55 like so:

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Edited by Kaplan - 10/8/15 at 9:10am
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Would much rather have any Big Pilot version over any 42mm Radiomir version.
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I like the 1940 case.  That 42mm version has just gone right up my wish list, though to be honest I have no problem with a PAM being a PAM, and I'd still take a deal on the 45mm with the same dial. 

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Finally was able to buy my grail watch

Damn. Huge congrats. I'm still on honemoon with my BLNR and it's been 5 months. That's after owning classic SS SubC 116610 and SS Daytona 116520 shog[1].gif

Every time I look at bi-color bezel it makes me love the watch all over again. Different lighting helps too lol.
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