Finally tracked down a beautiful new piece which I took delivery of yesterday. Very happy to have finally been able to land one and even happier with the condition. I'd post it but it has mixed reviews here so perhaps I'll hold off.
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The Watch Appreciation Thread (Reviews and Photos of Men's Timepieces by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Breitling, JLC etc...) - Page 3202post #48017 of 483121/28/16 at 1:28pmpost #48018 of 483121/28/16 at 2:16pmQuote:
Please don't hold back and share; every piece will have lovers and haters. Most important is that you love it...post #48019 of 483121/28/16 at 2:44pmpost #48020 of 483121/28/16 at 2:49pmpost #48021 of 483121/28/16 at 3:34pm
I spotted this article recently:
Gruebel Forsey has cut the price of its entry-level watch by 50%, from 298 000 Swiss francs down to 150 000 Swiss francs.
I thought that this quote was amusing:
"It was a good idea also that we could decrease the price for being attentive to some clients who can't afford a watch of 300,000 francs," Bernard said in an interview at the Geneva watch salon. "Many can't even afford a 100,000-franc watch. They look at Greubel Forsey and say, 'No way, I can't afford it'."
Mon Dieu! High-end watch brand realises that some people can't even afford 100 000 francs for a watch!post #48022 of 483121/29/16 at 9:11amQuote:
I remember visiting Hong Kong as a child with my dad in the 80s and buying this with him. I ended up getting a casio game watch which was pretty sweet.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uyM8nPMQJspost #48023 of 483121/29/16 at 9:13ampost #48024 of 483121/29/16 at 9:14amQuote:
I agree with this. Traveling with a nice piece signals, for better or worse, that you're not a regular punter. This is particularly true in Eastern Europe and SE Asia (in my experience).post #48025 of 483121/29/16 at 11:19amQuote:
I was just kidding. Here is a professionally taken shot:post #48026 of 483121/29/16 at 11:40ampost #48027 of 483121/29/16 at 11:58amOK, enough messing about. Lunch is about over.So after searching for some months now I finally landed the watch I was after. It's sold out at the boutiques so I had to find one in the aftermarket. Every time I came close I was either just days too late or the condition wasn't what I was looking for. Finally I came across one last week and quickly contacted the seller. I concluded the transaction this week and the watch landed on Wednesday. I finally got a hold of a Geophysic 1958 in stainless steel. Pardon the poor iPhone pics:A big thing for me was the condition of the watch. I really lucked out with my Reverso and was hoping for an as new watch in this case. Getting an idea of the condition along with how the watch looks in person regardless of the condition can be rather difficult. The polished areas can show a lot of reflections that can appear as marks or conversely marks can be difficult to detect. On top of that if you don't get pictures actually sent to you by the seller chances are you can only zoom in so far with the pictures they post. Fortunately in this case the watch was mint and exceeded my expectations when it comes to condition. It must not have seen much wrist time.As I just mentioned, getting an idea of how the watch looks in person regardless of the condition can also be difficult if you've never seen one in person. I have looked at pictures online over and over again leading up to the purchase and still nothing could prepare me for the look of the watch in person. In this regard it exceeded my expectations even further. Nearly every picture out there is a close up. That's actually something that irks me about wrist shots. Most shots are taken from right above the watch which not prevents you from getting a real take of the size of the watch on the wrist, but it also prevents you from getting what I would call a realistic view. Where I'm going with this as regards the Geophysic is that it appears smaller than in the pictures I saw. Sure I knew how it measured, but I thought it'd appear bigger on the wrist. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a bad thing. The watch for me is the perfect size at 38.5mm and with that size everything about the watch looks better. The hands, the lume plots, the crosshair... All of it wouldn't look nearly as nice if the watch was say 41mm. On top of that all of those details don't look as nice in pictures (like the ones I've attached to the post) because they're so big. The other thing about seeing the watch in person though is you get to witness the finishing. The watch looks SO much richer in person. The lume plots are smaller than I expected and I'm happy about that as well. I also find the "fauxtina" of the hands, which I love, to be much richer looking than expected. So in the flesh the watch is much nicer than it appears in the photos.For me my Reverso is a sports watch, dress watch, military watch and explorer's watch all wrapped into one. I can't believe how I never read the latter two descriptions when it comes the Reverso. The Geophysic for me was more a combination dress watch and explorer's watch. In the flesh it's more the former. The finishing is such that I get that impression. However the black alligator strap is what really lends to a dressier look. I definitely plan on changing the strap to give the watch a different look. The strap will definitely be leather and somewhat refined. It amazes me how many awful straps I see on this watch. Anyway, I'm weighing a few ideas. I'd like to go with a dark navy strap, or maybe something in a tan/whiskey colored leather. I'm considering a JLC alligator strap, an Hermes strap, something in maybe a textured or stamped leather and possibly even another Casa Falgiano. I think this will definitely give the watch much more of an explorer's watch look and feel. I'm just scared to death to change the strap.I will say that the watch definitely has a retro look about it despite the polish. Obviously that's intended, but I think it definitely works. It's just so classic looking. I've read comments about the watch being somewhat plain as there aren't extra complications or even a date window, but it definitely has a distinct look and anything added to the watch would totally kill it.Overall I'm thrilled with the watch and I think it's a great addition to my Reverso. I'd love to land a platinum version of the Geophysic 1958 some day as well, but it'd have to be an absolute steal of a deal for me to get one considering the price. Anyway, if anyone has been considering at Geophysic 1958 at all I'd highly recommend the watch and checking one out if you see one available.post #48028 of 483121/29/16 at 12:26pmpost #48029 of 483121/29/16 at 12:49pmpost #48030 of 483121/29/16 at 12:50pmGreat JLCs Blaugrana! I really like the Geophysic, it's quickly becoming one of my favorites every time I see one.
After years of abuse, one of the collars in the bracelet of my MM300 decided to give out this afternoon. Thankfully I had a spare NATO at the office that I could throw it on for the rest of the day. I've never been a fan of Seiko's pin and collar system for their bracelets, but this is the first time one ever actually just broke down on me. Oh well. I'm sure I have a few dozen extras floating around in my parts box at home.
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