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no not at all... it was "good" confused in an M.C. Escher kind of way... I couldn't figure out the perspective, but cool pic and cool watch regardless.
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Yes...I have posted this before. I have not worn it in a while and it felt like new when I strapped it on this morning.

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Yes...I have posted this before. I have not worn it in a while and it felt like new when I strapped it on this morning.

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I like your cufflink, Simple and elegant, Adds to the overall beauty of the A Lange and Sohne watch.biggrin.gif
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Thanks.

I gifted myself with it back in 1997... bought it in Frankfurt am Main while on a business trip.

My ex-gf's steel and gold Connie was a few years earlier and differed in that the bezels on the earlier models were flat.  From the photo it looks like yours was the next generation which had domed bezels.  Again, nice choice share some more photos when you have time.

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When (I guess) in 10-20 years the 1980s becomes fashionable again in terms of watches we may see a return to the design classics of that era - IMO the Constellation Manhattan is one of these classics.
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Hey guys, just got my first big boy watch and I'm really liking it so far.

Looking at some of the ones on display in this thread I'm thinking maybe this one should be in the poor man's watch thread instead, but I figured I'd share anyway.

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It's lovely--nice choice!

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Originally Posted by UberDyologzz View Post

Hey guys, just got my first big boy watch and I'm really liking it so far.
Looking at some of the ones on display in this thread I'm thinking maybe this one should be in the poor man's watch thread instead, but I figured I'd share anyway.

Very nice and certainly a respectable choice. Congrats!

Is that the Santoni edition?

That's a beautiful Gladstone in your avatar btw!
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Very nice and certainly a respectable choice. Congrats!
Is that the Santoni edition?
That's a beautiful Gladstone in your avatar btw!

Re: Santoni IIRC their straps are only available on the 8-day hand-wounds, so the croc straps on mine probably aren't from them.

As for the Gladstone - I wholeheartedly agree; unfortunately it's not mine, and I can't seem to find anything quite like it. I've half a mind to just commission one similar to it for myself.
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Originally Posted by UberDyologzz View Post

Hey guys, just got my first big boy watch and I'm really liking it so far.
Looking at some of the ones on display in this thread I'm thinking maybe this one should be in the poor man's watch thread instead, but I figured I'd share anyway.
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 A great choice.  Congrats and enjoy it!

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My ex-gf's steel and gold Connie was a few years earlier and differed in that the bezels on the earlier models were flat.  From the photo it looks like yours was the next generation which had domed bezels.  Again, nice choice share some more photos when you have time.

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Originally Posted by UberDyologzz View Post

Hey guys, just got my first big boy watch and I'm really liking it so far.
Looking at some of the ones on display in this thread I'm thinking maybe this one should be in the poor man's watch thread instead, but I figured I'd share anyway.

I wouldn't call IWC a poor man's watch, it is a well respected and expensive brand.   It is not as flashy and eye grabbing like other high end brands but nevertheles no poor man's, maybe just poorer man's revolve.gif

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Any IWC is just classy.

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Originally Posted by UberDyologzz View Post

Re: Santoni IIRC their straps are only available on the 8-day hand-wounds, so the croc straps on mine probably aren't from them.
As for the Gladstone - I wholeheartedly agree; unfortunately it's not mine, and I can't seem to find anything quite like it. I've half a mind to just commission one similar to it for myself.

Ah right. You didnt miss out anyway - the Santoni straps dont look anything impressive to me.

For Gladstones, SAB has them rtw. You could commission any of the typical London makers to do them too. I have been wanting one for years but they really are more objet d'art than practical luggage. They dont fit much, weigh a tonne, and cant be slung on the shoulder. Even when you're just doing a road trip in a swanky cabriolet, a soft duffel is much better.
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Not all graders of stones are equal, nor is the value of their cert.  I know of a few places here in the States that will only accept a GIA cert.    Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
If it came from even a different certification company, they don't consider the cert worth the paper its printed on.  However, if a seller of a diamond is willing to pay and wait to see the results, they will send the stone to GIA to see how it is certified and then talk about the price they will pay to buy the stone.  Otherwise, the store follows with their gemologist's evaluation of quality and hence price. 
My Wife's engagement ring came with a GIA cert, but I do not believe the cert number is inscribed on its girdle.  However, I've seen the stone under a microscope while its loose and you can easily see it matches the plot that is on the cert (showing where any inclusions are and the type of inclusions).  In addition to color and clarity, GIA certs also reference the carat weight, cut (mentioning extra facets if any, girdle thicknes), floresence, they have a map plotting out the stone, and a few other things I'm probably forgetting at the moment.

While a GIA cert does not create the premium that one would get for buying a stone through Van Cleef, Cartier, or Tiffany, once you are buying something that's 1.5 carats or more I would only purchase something that has a GIA cert.  Not specifically for any kind of premium, but as proof that what you are buying is in fact the quality that you are paying for.  Having an independent appraisal from a respected company gives some piece of mind that some place (even if its good quality jewelry store or boutique) isn't calling a stone an F when its a G  and saying its a VS2 when its maybe an SI1 in an effort to sell the stone at a greater price. 

yes. with GIA you can be sure you have the strictest grade possible, and that if you ever go to re-sell, you wont be told that the stone is of a lesser quality than you were originally. told.
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Awesome Portofino!

And I don't think there's an IWC out there that would qualify for the Poor Man's Watch Thread!



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Originally Posted by UberDyologzz View Post

Hey guys, just got my first big boy watch and I'm really liking it so far.
Looking at some of the ones on display in this thread I'm thinking maybe this one should be in the poor man's watch thread instead, but I figured I'd share anyway.
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