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Originally Posted by kentyman View Post

Beautiful straps. Did they come with, or did you add them after? If after, where'd you get them and for how much?

Not my watches, but the one on the 372 (right) looks like the original strap. The one on the left looks like an aftermarket strap.
post #16757 of 34782
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Originally Posted by Newcomer View Post

Also, does anyone have any feelings on the Blancpain Villeret Annual Calendar with Moonphase? I just realized that it is potentially in my budget, and it is always a watch I have admired... I cannot find a lick of information about it online though, unfortunately.





And more pics: http://www.europeanwatch.com/16977.htm#_self

Also, as an addendum... I know this may just turn out to be a dumb distraction, but it is always good to exhaust one's options before making a decision.

You have TONNES of info here:

http://www.blancpain.com/en/category/collections/villeret-0

 

but if this is not what you want and look for opinions, ask here:

http://forums.timezone.com/index.php?t=threadt&frm_id=14

post #16758 of 34782
Got the stickers off and sized it.

Regards.
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post #16759 of 34782
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Originally Posted by Kaplan View Post

Not my watches, but the one on the 372 (right) looks like the original strap. The one on the left looks like an aftermarket strap.

Correct.

The left is a Micah Duroval.

This one today.

post #16760 of 34782
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Originally Posted by Shikar View Post

Got the stickers off and sized it.

Regards.
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Random thought - I wonder if the screws in the bezel of this AP have had their thread or slot in the head cut specifically so they can be at the right torque when lined up nicely around the bezel like that or if they are just at different tensions. Amazingly cunning engineering if they have been made specifically to work like that...

Charlie
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Originally Posted by Equus Leather View Post

Random thought - I wonder if the screws in the bezel of this AP have had their thread or slot in the head cut specifically so they can be at the right torque when lined up nicely around the bezel like that or if they are just at different tensions. Amazingly cunning engineering if they have been made specifically to work like that...

Charlie

Actually not that amazingly cunning, the hexagons on the bezel are screws (in WG!!) with hexagonal heads that are held in place by the hexagonal bezel cutouts, and then they have nuts screw onto them from the caseback side through the case - i.e. the screws stay stationary and the nuts screw down on to the screws from behind.
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Originally Posted by Shikar View Post

Got the stickers off and sized it.

Regards.
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Very Nice, Congrats.

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Does anyone have experience with either peccary or pigskin in watchstraps?
post #16764 of 34782
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Originally Posted by apropos View Post

Actually not that amazingly cunning, the hexagons on the bezel are screws (in WG!!) with hexagonal heads that are held in place by the hexagonal bezel cutouts, and then they have nuts screw onto them from the caseback side through the case - i.e. the screws stay stationary and the nuts screw down on to the screws from behind.

Simple and cunning rather than very difficult and cunning - good engineering principles at work by AP I suspect..
post #16765 of 34782
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Originally Posted by johanm View Post

Dino, have you looked at the 42mm Radiomir 337 or 338, or are you only looking at Luminors? They are very light and comfortable, and basically wear like 38-39mm dress watches.

I walked through the diamond district today and saw the Rolex ceramic submariner 116610LV with green dial in a window. Tried it on and was honestly blown away by the aesthetics and overall fit and finish of the watch. Never thought I would own a Rolex, but man half of my brain is furiously at work trying to come up with some justification for acquiring this piece. Scoured google images and just could not find a pic that captures the true depth of the green, but this one is ok:


The LVC bezel color looks nothing like this picture in person. It's more of a pale green color which was not what I was expecting. On the other hand, the dial is really cool to look at.
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There maybe some advantages with the newer version, but in my book the older version is much better.

1000

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Originally Posted by Shikar View Post

Got the stickers off and sized it.

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 Congrats on your 15400!  Very nice choice.  If you did not buy it through a boutique, remember to register it online and they will add a year to the 2 year warranty.

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Originally Posted by Equus Leather View Post


Random thought - I wonder if the screws in the bezel of this AP have had their thread or slot in the head cut specifically so they can be at the right torque when lined up nicely around the bezel like that or if they are just at different tensions. Amazingly cunning engineering if they have been made specifically to work like that...

Charlie

Here is a link showing the construction of a Royal Oak case and how the white gold hex screws and nuts are used to seal the case.  Today most cases are a bit different in that they case backs are not solid, and they use a synthetic saphire case back so you can see the movement. 

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Originally Posted by apropos View Post


Actually not that amazingly cunning, the hexagons on the bezel are screws (in WG!!) with hexagonal heads that are held in place by the hexagonal bezel cutouts, and then they have nuts screw onto them from the caseback side through the case - i.e. the screws stay stationary and the nuts screw down on to the screws from behind.

Actually, it was really quite impressive when it was developed.  It was the first watch I remember hearing about where the case back was a solid part of the case block and the gaskets, movement, etc. all were installed through the front of the watch and locked down by tightening the bezel/hex screws by turning the nuts that passed through the case back.  They actually had to devise tools that could produce the cases and bracelets out of steel, because nothing had ever been built like this.  Therefore, the original prototyle was made in white gold which is easier to work with than  steel.   

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Originally Posted by apropos View Post

Does anyone have experience with either peccary or pigskin in watchstraps?

 My father had a coat and at a later date gloves made of pigskin.  They have a sort of suede like nap/quality to them.  If find them soft but they feel sort of heavy.  I'm not sure that it would wear well unless the nap was removed from the top surface.  Otherwise it might show the same type of wear/staining from moisture etc that you see with suede.

post #16768 of 34782
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Originally Posted by dddrees View Post

There maybe some advantages with the newer version, but in my book the older version is much better.

 

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 +1 .  I like the original LVs more than the new ones.  I just don't think the colored (blue or green) ceramic bezels look good.  Just seeing yours makes me feel I need to give my old LV some wrist time. 

post #16769 of 34782
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Originally Posted by DerekS View Post


the 40mm panerais arent worth getting into. I knew far too many guys that were leery on the 44mm size so they bought the 40mm, and after getting used to the size, really wishing they had bought a 44mm and selling the 40 at a huge loss to fund a full size. Years ago when i was heavily into panerais and buying/selling a ton, i bought my wife a PAM49 (40mm) she still has it, never wears it though. I replaced the pink gator strap and put it on a standard brown calf so i can wear it. Its boring. If youre going to get into panerais, it kinda has to be 44mm. If its not for you, its not for you. Thankfully, theres PLENTY of other watches out there wink.gif

"Sorry," I have to disagree~ Any watch for me over 40mm is a monstrositycrazy.gif  Unless you have popeye's wrists of course! This all sounds like the herd following each other off the cliff ! 

post #16770 of 34782
dddrees, equus, Dino...thanks for the kind words. I got it from AD so will register for 3rd year warranty sticker.

It's a well finished watch with sharp contrasts on the case and bracelet.

Regards.
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