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Omar, if you're not worried about using the same supplier, I'd suggest Hirsch as a quality supplier.  I've had a couple of really nice alligator straps from them in the $100 range, that might help you save for that 15400!

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Omar, if you're not worried about using the same supplier, I'd suggest Hirsch as a quality supplier.  I've had a couple of really nice alligator straps from them in the $100 range, that might help you save for that 15400!
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Thanks for the info, but how would I know what size fits my watch?
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Just measure the distance between the two lugs, to the nearest millimetre.  It will likely be an even number, e.g. 18mm, 20, 22, 24.  You can probably look it up online, but always best to check yourself and easily done with your normal desk top ruler.

 

P.S. Hala from Oman.

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I learned from an AD recently that Daniel Craig is supporting a charitable organization that puts eye surgery services in an airplane and will fly around the world helping the underprivileged to see. Funded, in part, from the proceeds from this DeVille
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Omar, if you're not worried about using the same supplier, I'd suggest Hirsch as a quality supplier.  I've had a couple of really nice alligator straps from them in the $100 range, that might help you save for that 15400!
That's brilliant thanks! Do many people on this forum have the Royal Oak? Is it as amazing to own as it is to look at? I miss it being on my wrist when I wore it at the AP dealer in Dubai mall frown.gif
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Several 15202, 15300, and 15400 owners post here.
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I learned from an AD recently that Daniel Craig is supporting a charitable organization that puts eye surgery services in an airplane and will fly around the world helping the underprivileged to see.

That would be Orbis. They are a stellar organization. I just received a letter from them marking the 25th year of our association.

http://www.orbis.org/pages/history/
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Have any of you gentlemen ever browsed the diamond district on 47th in Manhattan for pre-owned watches? I'm thinking of heading over while I'm in town if there is indeed as much to see as I have heard - look at some watches and maybe buy some platinum for the Mrs. while the metal is hovering around historical lows.

 

But I imagine it can get dodgy at some of the shops. Anyone care to share their experience?

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Several 15202, 15300, and 15400 owners post here.

 

The sadistic bastards.

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Have any of you gentlemen ever browsed the diamond district on 47th in Manhattan for pre-owned watches? I'm thinking of heading over while I'm in town if there is indeed as much to see as I have heard - look at some watches and maybe buy some platinum for the Mrs. while the metal is hovering around historical lows.

 

But I imagine it can get dodgy at some of the shops. Anyone care to share their experience?

I have been there, when I was killing some time.  Lots of variety, but not very impressed with the quality of the merchandise or the sales people (most I dealt with seemed very sleazy).  Also, plenty of questionable merchandise in terms of originality.  I sure wouldn't pay "Red Sub" or "Double Red" SD Submariner pricing, for a vintage Rolex unless I did my homework and knew that the sales people/shop were legit and that the watch had been verified by someone trustworthy as authentic.  I'd have to know someone that I trust who has done business with the place and recommends them.  One guy at a shop noticed the watch I was wearing and wanted to know what I paid for it, and said he had the same watch in recently and he knows he could have sold it to me for less than whatever I paid.  Based on his all pre-owned merchandise (and its condition) that seemed like a tall tale, as my watch had only recently been released and most ADs were having trouble getting them.  I suspected he had a prior version, which was pre-owned, and which was not what I wanted.  I wasn't impressed with someone's opening conversation technique of telling customers that if they bought anywhere else they must have overpaid.  

 

Feel free to go for fun, but I thought the quality of a lot of what I saw was mediocre, and pricing was far from impressive.  But if you have time to kill check it out. 

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Just measure the distance between the two lugs, to the nearest millimetre.  It will likely be an even number, e.g. 18mm, 20, 22, 24.  You can probably look it up online, but always best to check yourself and easily done with your normal desk top ruler.

P.S. Hala from Oman.

Don't forget to measure at the buckle too.
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Thanks for the warning @Dino944

 

Nothing turns me off like the first words out of someone's mouth being "how much did you pay for that..."

 

Still, it sounds like fun to me! I'll prepare a few witty rejoinders and go poke around the seedy underbelly of New York's jewelry scene.

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Have any of you gentlemen ever browsed the diamond district on 47th in Manhattan for pre-owned watches? I'm thinking of heading over while I'm in town if there is indeed as much to see as I have heard - look at some watches and maybe buy some platinum for the Mrs. while the metal is hovering around historical lows.

But I imagine it can get dodgy at some of the shops. Anyone care to share their experience?
47th Street was one of my pre-internet stomping grounds for watches, cuff links, lighters, and such. It's not the kind of place I would recommend to an unescorted first time shopper as it takes quite a number of visits to get the lay of the land and even then it's not particularly shopper friendly. Many of the better dealers don't keep regular hours (or are by appointment only) and when they are in they may keep their better stuff in a safe rather than in a display case. Not a browser's paradise to be sure. And really, not a place where you're going to find a great deal.

But don't let this scare you off from a look see.smile.gif

Oh, and there is Manhattan Band Co. (10 W. 47th) which have excellent everyday prices on straps and who I've used for years and years, well over a hundred straps.
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Thanks for the warning @Dino944

 

Nothing turns me off like the first words out of someone's mouth being "how much did you pay for that..."

 

Still, it sounds like fun to me! I'll prepare a few witty rejoinders and go poke around the seedy underbelly of New York's jewelry scene.


I've not found myself in that part of NYC in a long, long time. Come to that I've not found myself in NYC at all in a long, long time. Too long. Anyway, speaking of poking around a city's seedy underbelly, I'll be in London over Thanksgiving. Is there a an area (preferably of Central London) that has an interesting concentration of used watch emporia? I know of the vintage Rolex dealer in the Burlington Arcade, but that's about it. Anywhere else worth a browse?

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I've not found myself in that part of NYC in a long, long time. Come to that I've not found myself in NYC at all in a long, long time. Too long. Anyway, speaking of poking around a city's seedy underbelly, I'll be in London over Thanksgiving. Is there a an area (preferably of Central London) that has an interesting concentration of used watch emporia? I know of the vintage Rolex dealer in the Burlington Arcade, but that's about it. Anywhere else worth a browse?

 

You might try Hatton Garden, which is London's jewelry district. It caters more to diamond and bridal jewelry (as do most of these sorts of districts) but there are many shops that carry pre-owned watches - though on my last walk through there was a massive Rolex bias. You can find pretty much any kind of basic GMT, Sub or Datejust in windows there. Many BLNRs were out. Haven't seen a whole lot of the haute horology stuff, but that doesn't mean it can't be found.

 

I guess it must be as Tried and True says of 47th. You've got to learn the lay of the land and get familiar with the goings on before you'll be at ease finding what you're looking for.

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