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ddd - i love that nautilus so much.
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Originally Posted by Cantabrigian View Post


I guess I admire their restraint in not adding a lightningbolt second hand but otherwise it seems a bit too derivative.

I don't know...I think the "bumble bee" striped second hand is a little goofy, and overall it just looks like another AT.  Nice but not ground breaking. 

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Couldn't agree more.

 

Wearing this one today.

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Beautiful Nautilus!  For some reason, I find its design far more appealing than its sportier sibling, the Aquanaut (although both are nice watches).

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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

ddd - i love that nautilus so much.

 

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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

I don't know...I think the "bumble bee" striped second hand is a little goofy, and overall it just looks like another AT.  Nice but not ground breaking. 

Beautiful Nautilus!  For some reason, I find its design far more appealing than its sportier sibling, the Aquanaut (although both are nice watches).

Thanks guys.

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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

Hi, everyone! Been lurking for months and learned a lot of stuff from you all.  Read through all 1,130+ pages (and counting) in this thread, along with some other sites, and after living most of my life with a couple of forgettable quartz pieces I decided to take the plunge last November to upgrade the collection.  Started with some classic mechanical pieces, grew restless after a short while so did some trades and upgrades (some of you will know this drill - I went through "the purge" with my clothes and shoes as well).  Finally achieved some "peace" with my current collection.  Here's one of my faves:




Do folks on the street recognize what this is on my wrist?  Not really.  Can people tell the difference between white gold and the subtle beauty and heft of this platinum beauty?  I don't think so.  But I know its value (to me, and in the collectors' market), and I love its aesthetics, workmanship and how its slim 36mm profile slips oh so easily under my shirt cuff.  It gives me much joy every time I look at it - probably every few minutes, especially if I'm in a boring meeting. smile.gif  Am I a douchebag?  Naw, just a guy approaching his 40s who's worked hard all his life, got lucky and got to save some money, and is probably going through a midlife crisis of sorts. 


Thanks to you all for sharing your thoughts and pictures in this thread.  It is much appreciated.

We should all be so lucky to go through midlife crises and come out all the better for it! That is an incredible watch and congratulations on it once again. The heft of platinum is a real nice feeling imo and is a truly private pleasure. To make things better platinum has this warmth of tone and will age better than watches made with other white metals.

Not a fan of the new anti magnetic omega, but I guess it is better than the green glass lightning hand milgauss. I don't know, is magnetism really a problem with modern mechanical watches? The cynical side of me (ie all of me) can't help but feel it's a bit of a marketing ploy in the vein of the helium escape valve.
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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Hi, everyone! Been lurking for months and learned a lot of stuff from you all.  Read through all 1,130+ pages (and counting) in this thread, along with some other sites, and after living most of my life with a couple of forgettable quartz pieces I decided to take the plunge last November to upgrade the collection.  Started with some classic mechanical pieces, grew restless after a short while so did some trades and upgrades (some of you will know this drill - I went through "the purge" with my clothes and shoes as well).  Finally achieved some "peace" with my current collection.  Here's one of my faves:




Do folks on the street recognize what this is on my wrist?  Not really.  Can people tell the difference between white gold and the subtle beauty and heft of this platinum beauty?  I don't think so.  But I know its value (to me, and in the collectors' market), and I love its aesthetics, workmanship and how its slim 36mm profile slips oh so easily under my shirt cuff.  It gives me much joy every time I look at it - probably every few minutes, especially if I'm in a boring meeting. smile.gif  Am I a douchebag?  Naw, just a guy approaching his 40s who's worked hard all his life, got lucky and got to save some money, and is probably going through a midlife crisis of sorts. 


Thanks to you all for sharing your thoughts and pictures in this thread.  It is much appreciated.

Spectacular watch, and would echo points made by others about the private pleasure of a hefty watch. Heft and wrist presence are key to continuing to enjoy a watch well into the future without getting bored.
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Originally Posted by apropos View Post


Not a fan of the new anti magnetic omega, but I guess it is better than the green glass lightning hand milgauss. I don't know, is magnetism really a problem with modern mechanical watches? The cynical side of me (ie all of me) can't help but feel it's a bit of a marketing ploy in the vein of the helium escape valve.

Omega and Rolex, engaging in a marking ploy? For shame...

I am siding with the Cynical side.
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Spectacular watch, and would echo points made by others about the private pleasure of a hefty watch. Heft and wrist presence are key to continuing to enjoy a watch well into the future without getting bored.

 

AppleMark

 

For better or worse I went big and hefty. 45mm 210. I've been using it predominantly as my dress watch for the past 9 years. I would love to try the 42mm version of the watch - but wouldn't be the best use of my funds at this time.

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Omega and Rolex, engaging in a marking ploy? For shame...

I am siding with the Cynical side.

Watch magnetism is a real thing. Recently I left my RO near some speakers and it started running about 20 seconds/day fast. Was totally freaked out, took it to the AP boutique, they diagnosed it as magnetized and put it through their demagnetization machine, and now it's back to dead on accuracy. If I worked near a lot of electronics (hospital, university lab, etc) I would probably seek out a watch with at least some level of anti magnetic protection.
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Watch magnetism is a real thing. Recently I left my RO near some speakers and it started running about 20 seconds/day fast. Was totally freaked out, took it to the AP boutique, they diagnosed it as magnetized and put it through their demagnetization machine, and now it's back to dead on accuracy. If I worked near a lot of electronics (hospital, university lab, etc) I would probably seek out a watch with at least some level of anti magnetic protection.

Its a real thing, but rather limited.  You made an honest mistake and it probably won't happen again.  Also thats a mild effect on your watch.  My wife works in a hospital and her automatic Cartier Tank Francaise became magnitized twice. When her watch became magnetized it was off by hours.  We realized it was because her department was directly across from the MRI department.  We did start looking at antimagnetic watches, but once her department moved to a different part of the building she stopped having problems with her watch becoming magnetized. 

 

The real need for an antimagnetic watch is probably limited to a few work enviroments.  I think most people buying antimagnetic watches do it as a novelety.  Much in the way that someone has pointed out that people buy diving watches watches with helium escape valves...most owners never do prolonged deep see diving where they are living in an environment with a mixture of helium and oxygen, hence the helium escape valve is unnecessary.  I imagine most current Milgauss owners work at a desk with a computer and a very limited exposure to magnetism...hell Rolex could barely give the originals away when they were around in the 1960s and 1970s and eventually just made them a special order item.  Rolex revived the name and function when they saw how expensive vintage Milgausses had become. 

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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

people buy diving watches watches with helium escape valves...most owners never do prolonged deep see diving where they are living in an environment with a mixture of helium and oxygen, hence the helium escape valve is unnecessary.

I did purchase my Omega SMP 36mm shortly after a summer job and getting my SCUBA license at 14, but you're entirely correct--maybe one of every five thousand dive watches is used in its intended manner? laugh.gif
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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

Its a real thing, but rather limited.  You made an honest mistake and it probably won't happen again.  Also thats a mild effect on your watch.  My wife works in a hospital and her automatic Cartier Tank Francaise became magnitized twice. When her watch became magnetized it was off by hours.  We realized it was because her department was directly across from the MRI department.  We did start looking at antimagnetic watches, but once her department moved to a different part of the building she stopped having problems with her watch becoming magnetized. 

The real need for an antimagnetic watch is probably limited to a few work enviroments.  I think most people buying antimagnetic watches do it as a novelety.  Much in the way that someone has pointed out that people buy diving watches watches with helium escape valves...most owners never do prolonged deep see diving where they are living in an environment with a mixture of helium and oxygen, hence the helium escape valve is unnecessary.  I imagine most current Milgauss owners work at a desk with a computer and a very limited exposure to magnetism...hell Rolex could barely give the originals away when they were around in the 1960s and 1970s and eventually just made them a special order item.  Rolex revived the name and function when they saw how expensive vintage Milgausses had become. 

That's a fair point, going forward I'm definitely not going to store my watches near speakers. The fact that it jumped to 20 seconds a day and not minutes per hour as I've seen reported online was actually why I was so spooked - I ruled out the magnetism diagnosis and thought the mechanicals broke.
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Sorry, but in conditions like these maybe quartz makes more sense.

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As I have mentioned beofre, I have had real problems with my old bumper-wind automatic Omega becoming magnetized. It was off by several minutes a day. My watchmaker blamed it on the fact that I kept my cellphone in the left hip pocket of my suitcoat, so it was frequently near my watch (he says cell-phones and metal detectors are the most common culprits). Once my watch was demagneitzed it worked fine (though not as perfectly as when first serviced) and changing my cellphone habits has eliminate the problem for now. I suspect the vintage of the watch makes it more vulnerable than modern movements.
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Originally Posted by PartagasIV View Post

I did purchase my Omega SMP 36mm shortly after a summer job and getting my SCUBA license at 14, but you're entirely correct--maybe one of every five thousand dive watches is used in its intended manner? laugh.gif

You think even that many?

A lot of the entry-level watches from the major (or best advertised brands) have dive bezels so they sell a ton of them.

I've worn a Planet Ocean or Colt GMT maybe twice - more just to say I did. Worrying about a watch sliding off is the last thing I want to be thinking about on the rare occasions that I get in the water.
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 My watchmaker ... says cell-phones and metal detectors are the most common culprits. 
I suspect the vintage of the watch makes it more vulnerable than modern movements.

 

I've worn modern Rolex watches (Sub, Explorer 2, and Daytona) through lots of metal detectors and had them near cell phones and never hand any issues with magnetization...so I suspect as you have mentioned your vintage watch is more vulnerable.

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