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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

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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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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 Looks to be in very nice shape even after 15 years of use.  Hope it gives you many more years of enjoyment.  Thanks for the additional photos.

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Speaking of IWC's, I was in the boutique the other day and they told me to be on the lookout for some big new releases at this year's Basel. In case any of you IWC fans are curious.
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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.

You can get/order a Santoni strap from IWC.

The strap is stupid expensive tho, around $500-600 bucks.
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Picked up the Everest Horology strap for Rolex Submariner and put it on yesterday.












It's definitely more comfortable much quieter than the bracelet. I'm not 100% sure i like it more than the bracelet overall but we'll see if it grows on me.
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Speaking of Orient, glad I got this one before they discontinued it:

Back to the horn back Sub today
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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

Beautiful!
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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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Nice!
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Originally Posted by Warren G. View Post

You can get/order a Santoni strap from IWC.
The strap is stupid expensive tho, around $500-600 bucks.

Great to know - doubt I'll be getting the strap though. At that price I'd rather buy another pair of Carmina penny loafers [my beater pair of choice]
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I agree with that sentiment

 

still shopping for a suitable alternate strap for my JLC...
 

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sadly, i also need to replace my JLC strap. i did not treat it right. frown.gif

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