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Originally Posted by MZhammer View Post

Well I've loved the looks of vintage Pepsi's for a long time, it was the watch that fascinated me before I really even knew Rolex as a brand. I love watches that visibly have stories behind them so I went and got my own that I can wear until it's vintage. I chose the modern model I liked best (lug holes for practicality and superluminova because it allegedly doesn't degrade) and I'll wear it until it becomes a true vintage piece and it will accumulate my own stories. I wear it for everything, camping, hunting, shooting and everything in between. I don't think watches like this need to be babied, it's not a dress watch it's supposed to be a robust steel watch for doing real things in. Just because the price rose doesn't mean they stopped making robust watches that are built like tanks, go get them dirty!!

For people who don't think these are beaters I would direct them here:

http://forums.watchuseek.com/f23/your-rolex-story-65983-40.html#post8782058

Or his thread (read through the whole thing)
http://www.rolexforums.com/showthread.php?t=345242

That's a great story and approach. I wish I could do that with my watches. Thanks for sharing!
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Hey guys, it's been awhile. Meet my newest acquisition.


Super excited. Just got the strap changed to a short one. More thoughts and pictures later.
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That's looking a touch too bid for your wrist, IMO.
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Maybe its the angle? Its not the grande.
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No, far from it. One of the most-loved pieces I have is my 1984 16750.

I think, actually, it's the concept of a "beater" that I really react to. It's the word. I wore my Breitling Navitimer Montbrillant daily, for years and years, but never for a moment did I consider it to be a beater. It's still in very good condition and is well looked after. It doesn't get as much wrist time as it used to. None of my other watches are babied, but neither are they abused. And, in a sense, the idea of a "beater" I infer to be an object that is treated with indifference.

I don't think, at all, that you meant that you are indifferent to your watch (or watches), but when I see a reference to a Pepsi or any quality watch as a "beater", well it always strikes me as odd.

Gotcha, I suppose everyone thinks of the word beater with a different meaning. I know a lot of people think of a beater as an inexpensive watch you can toss if it gets damaged. To me, it's a robust timepiece that I wouldn't shy away from wearing in dirty or intense situations and I shouldn't have to worry about it failing me. Rolex sums that up perfectly in my eyes so it has become my "beater" - it gets regular moment services but I don't worry about any scratches that it may accumulate along the way. I wouldn't call mine "good" condition any more for most collectors but I love it more for each scratch it gets, as long as I keep the movement running smoothly I'm happy as a clam.

Now my philosophy for dress watches is entirely different...
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@Novelty77: did you sell any of your previous acquisitions? It seems like there's no stopping you...
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Blue dial looks amazing, Novelty77.

I'd gladly endure some "lug overhang" for that one.

Looking forward to your additional pics and thoughts.



On the subject of beaters, I typically reserve the term for less expensive pieces as well....and I say that as someone who doesn't really "baby" my nicer / higher-$$$ stuff, either. I suppose beater is in the eye of the beholder.

So.... like, my Orange Monster is probably my "beater", but yeah, my Daytona has picked up a few love marks along the way. (Hard to avoid with the polished bezel and center-links).

Hopefully nobody is going out of their way to just trash their good stuff, right? But if you can wear a watch for years and years and and never bump a door jamb, then you're a better man than me.
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@jhcam8 and @Novelty77 - A.L. Sohne goodness. Breaking TWAT one grail at a time! Congrats to you both.


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Hey guys, it's been awhile. Meet my newest acquisition.


Super excited. Just got the strap changed to a short one. More thoughts and pictures later.
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I've seen examples of seriously nice watches showing evidence of abusive treatment (deep gouges, big scrapes, bent parts, filthy condition) but what takes the cake for me is the story I heard via someone working at a high-end watch store. He asked a client how an expensive tourbillon he'd purchased earlier was doing, and was told that it had been (literally) tossed in the trash because it had stopped running. "Disposable" is just a whole 'nother level of disdain.

I definitely don't mollycoddle my watches, but I wouldn't call them "beaters", either. I figure they can survive anything that my wrist can, but I've developed a bit of an instinct to avoid abrasive surfaces and I'll admit to paying a bit of extra attention during air travel, as cabins, seats and luggage seem to be a prime source of scuffs. Watches shouldn't be a source of stress, however.
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Hey guys, it's been awhile. Meet my newest acquisition.


Super excited. Just got the strap changed to a short one. More thoughts and pictures later.

 

Wow!  Congratulations.  I always found something a little too clean about the Lange 1, but that it looked better to me with the black ("Darth") version.  But the blue is positively magical.  Except that is makes it look more like a GO Pano.  Dino might die from the irony. :)

 

Beautiful, really, I am chewing my hand with envy!

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Wow!  Congratulations.  I always found something a little too clean about the Lange 1, but that it looked better to me with the black ("Darth") version.  But the blue is positively magical.  Except that is makes it look more like a GO Pano.  Dino might die from the irony. :)

 

Beautiful, really, I am chewing my hand with envy!

 

Am I the only one who prefers the GO Pano aesthetically?  A lot of it comes down to the date window, I like the borderless date window, the color matched date and the location of the window on the GO.  I also prefer the moon phase appearance of the GO, though I like power reserve aesthetic of the Lange a bit more.  No doubt the Lange is a superior piece of horology, but for the money I'd probably be happier with a GO with an 1815 (though neither is likely at the moment).

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Am I the only one who prefers the GO Pano aesthetically?  A lot of it comes down to the date window, I like the borderless date window, the color matched date and the location of the window on the GO.  I also prefer the moon phase appearance of the GO, though I like power reserve aesthetic of the Lange a bit more.  No doubt the Lange is a superior piece of horology, but for the money I'd probably be happier with a GO with an 1815 (though neither is likely at the moment).


I do as well. I think for me the issue is the symmetry on the Lange 1. If you look at that particular Lange 1, the midpoint of the date, and center point of all the hands basically map out either an equilateral or isosceles triangle. Now that symmetry may appeal to many, but it doesn't do it for me. My eye prefers the way GO tucks the center of the complication above the center of the hands in the hour/minute dial without it really connecting to anything (though I suppose the moonphase does tie to the center of the date, but it doesn't create an overall symmetry or shape). It's certainly a very personal thing, but it's my aesthetic preference. That said, I'm not going to pretend that the Lange 1 didn't come first, or that it isn't at a much higher level of finishing.

 

Edit: And I also much prefer their big date window without the borders.

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@Novelty77: did you sell any of your previous acquisitions? It seems like there's no stopping you...

Of course I did.

Had to let go of these babies. Reason for the trade? The RG Saxonia not getting much wrist time, and after owning

a RG watch, realised that there isn't any real occasion I can wear the RG to except for weddings. The Rolex Daytona,

plenty in the market, not much wrist time either. Leather>bracelet. Zenith also not getting much wrist time. Streamlining my

collection to something I can rotate regularly with my attire.

 

 

Was on a movie date with my Mrs. After the movie it was around 12am and I had the shock of my life!

At 12:05am, the date only begin to slightly move! My assumption was that the date change would be immediate

and you could imagine my emotions then. I immediately panicked and googled for answers. To my relief,

I came across this post at WUS by member not12bhere.

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"The mechanism takes a long time to change the date. I mistakenly believed this would be an 'instant' date changeover, but it actually is a 30+ minute adventure in unreadable dates at an often random start and completion time. Also, because it does not simply change dates at or near midnight, my not-inexpensive Lange 1 actually displays the wrong date for several hours a week late in the evening and early in the morning. Seems like a deficiency in the design left in place to lower the parts' count and lengthen the power reserve time. Also, the fact that the independent date discs are not level with each other, while not always obvious, is an indication of an imperfect mechanical solution which mars an otherwise near-perfect watch face. I recognize this is an homage to historical German watchmaking but I think ALS should have worked closer with their partner (JLC?) in updating the outsize date mechanism for its re-introduction.

"

As I reached my car, it was about 12:30am and the date finally changed. Fyi, mine is a pre-owned, still the old calibre. The new model has immediate date change.

 

 

 

Here's a backshot with a lovely travel pouch given to me when I changed to a short strap at the boutique.

Thanks for sharing my excitement.


Edited by Novelty77 - 10/21/15 at 10:39am
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Originally Posted by Keith T View Post

Hammer, if you really dig that Calatrava style, would you also consider a 5196J?

Smooth bezel / sticks / dauphine hands. Not as vintage-looking, and somewhat larger, but still a pure / classic dress piece with sub-seconds.

Just an idea.

Keith thanks for the recommendation and that's definitely a classic Calatrava but for whatever reason it has never spoken to me. I'm a sucker for roman or arabic numerals over indices and just as well because it seems even preowned versions are ~$15k which is well above my comfort zone. $10 I can swing financially if I can mentally come to grips with it, $15 would be too much financially and way too much mentally!

Speaking of which,all this Lange talk is really making the 1815 look damn tempting...
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Get the Lange.

(Did anyone else just hear that?)
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