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Originally Posted by Newcomer View Post


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

I am siding with the Cynical side.

It's a battle and I love it to deathbiggrin.gif a little  healthy competition cant hurt! I'm so hyped-up I'm gonna drive for another pint of N.Castle,crackup[1].gif

post #17042 of 33940
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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. :)  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.

Very nice! End-game watch?

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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.

Very nice! 3940p????
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Originally Posted by Zeppelin View Post

Is this for real? Even w/o the lightning second hand you clearly see where this is (would be) coming from. Sorry Omega, your goal seems to be to rival Rolex, but with these blunt moves (Vesper's speech anyone?) you rather help your rival than anything else...

I know I'm crazy, but I think you may be a little more than I,  your not talking to Omega or any reps of omega! Sorry you feel intimidated for Borlex, although you shouldnt unless your the CEO of Borlexcrackup[1].gif  

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Originally Posted by FredericChopin View Post

Two of my watches: a Tudor that I bought when I was ten years old (I mowed some serious lawns, no kidding) and my great grandfathers gold Elgin from the 1910's.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tudor 1.jpg 2,301k .jpg file

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spoken like a true American, hard working, awsome and nice time-piecessmile.gif

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Originally Posted by rnguy001 View Post

Admittedly not the biggest AP guy personally, but pics like this make it obvious why people go gaga over it. Awesome movement and the rotor is just badass!

Hey, just wandering if its just me,"probably is," but I have seen so many watch movements that they start to all lookalike, except some rotors! I mean geneva waves circular graining, you know, the rundownpuzzled.gif  

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Originally Posted by papa kot View Post

 

 

This has to be one of the ugliest watches I have seen.  Good luck, Omega.

This is SF not Omega customer service, Papa what?

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Originally Posted by rnguy001 View Post

I thought the Bond-Vesper dialogue on the train was one of the best parts of the movie.

This is certainly true, they just could have skipped this corny Rolex-Omega line. Btw, FTFY mwink[1].gif

 

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I thought Vesper was one of the best parts of the movie.
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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

They certainly seem to be following some of Rolex's moves.  Rolex comes out with the Sub LV with green bezel, they came out with the Planet Ocean with orange bezel.  The famous "Paul Newman" Daytonas have become highly sought after and valuable, so Omega releases Speedmasters with dials similar to that of the old PN Daytonas (even a red dial schumacher edition that looks like the ultra rare red PN dial Daytonas).  Rolex releases a revised antimagnetic Milguass with orange lightning bolt hand a few years ago, now Omega releases a new antimagnetic AT with dotted yellow second hand and with a bracelet that looks like it was taken right off of a Milgauss. 

 

Omega makes some very good watches.  I think they should make watches that show their own DNA and heritage rather than mimicking Rolex on occasion.

Damn it Dino! Why did you have to write something crazy! Dont mimic me, thats in my DNAnest.gif

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Originally Posted by dopey View Post

As I have mentioned beofre, I have had real problems with my old bumper-wind automatic Omega becoming magnetized.[..]I suspect the vintage of the watch makes it more vulnerable than modern movements.
You suspect correctly. Steel balance springs were widely used in old watches, and they're very susceptible to getting magnetized. Even if your watch is never near an MRI unit, if you use an induction range for cooking, it's getting exposed to a massive magnetic field.

Most newer watch escapements use Nivarox springs or equivalent, which can get magnetized, but are much less vulnerable than steel ones. Rolex's new niobium/zirconium-based balance spring is basically immune to magnetic fields, as are watches that use silicon hairsprings.
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Originally Posted by Belligero View Post


You suspect correctly. Steel balance springs were widely used in old watches, and they're very susceptible to getting magnetized. Even if your watch is never near an MRI unit, if you use an induction range for cooking, it's getting exposed to a massive magnetic field.

Most newer watch escapements use Nivarox springs or equivalent, which can get magnetized, but are much less vulnerable than steel ones. Rolex's new niobium/zirconium-based balance spring is basically immune to magnetic fields, as are watches that use silicon hairsprings.

 

I love it when you say shit I don't really understand.  I have never had an expensive watch in my life, but for some reason I find this thread absolutely fascinating, and read it every day. lurker[1].gif

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Originally Posted by ant702 View Post

Damn it Dino! Why did you have to write something crazy! Dont mimic me, thats in my DNAnest.gif

 

 

 I guess by crazy you mean true.  crackup[1].gif 

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Sit rep from sunny Bangkok, the city where a night makes the hard man humble...

The high end watch scene here is dying, I think. The big ADs are a lot smaller now, and their selection is quite... sparse - not at all how I remember the watch scene in BKK 5-6 years ago.

An example - there are 6 AL&S watches (nearly all older models) in the display case at the AD (Pendulum), so to put that into perspective, that's 6 AL&S watches for sale in a city of 10 million. There are probably not more than 25 new JLCs for sale in total across ALL the JLC ADs in Bangkok either (yes, I went to all of them), however I did get to try on one I've had my eye on a for a while now...



Unfortunately I could not take any more photos as staff politely told me after that photo that it was frowned upon...

I tried on the MUT Moon as well in SS, which was a bit of a let down. It was a little un-special in person IMO, almost boring IMO as well. There is something distinctly Tissot-ish about the way the bezel and lugs are formed/polished. The date function on it is all but unusable as well. The RdM though, is definitely up my alley. Hmmm, decisions, decisions.

Also, the service in the Hour Glass was... well, it couldn't really be described as terrible, because it was pretty much non-existent. Pretty par for the course at the Hour Glass IMO. 3 SAs, all sitting at their desks playing with their phones despite 3 people in the store checking out watches. There was this old Japanese man (i.e. genuine potential customer) who actually had to harumph to get service for the PPs he was checking out.

Discounts are a standard 15%, with little variation between the high end watch brands. Little give despite much bargaining as well - their hands genuinely appear to be tied.

In stark contrast to the high end side of things, the mid-tier watch scene however seems to be booming. There are Rolexes everywhere, but mostly cheesy models with gemstone or fancy patterned dials. There are also a few Omega boutiques, filled with the usual suspects - tourists from China, India and the middle eastern nations. I guess all the effort being put into PR by Omega is paying off. There are multiple concessions for Corum, Zenith, Ball, Fortis, Baume et Mercier, etc in all the mid-high level departmental stores.

So to conclude the sit rep, wallet remains firmly ensconced in pocket in BKK.

Next stop - sunny Singapore. This I am really looking forward to. In the nearly yearly trips I've had to SG over the last decade the watch scene has grown from Rolex/Omega dominated ho hum to IMO a credible rival to HKG for the title of Asian watch city (tm). I hear the discounts are also the best in Asia too... nod[1].gifnod[1].gifnod[1].gifnod[1].gif
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Originally Posted by ant702 View Post

It's a battle and I love it to deathbiggrin.gif  a little  healthy competition cant hurt! I'm so hyped-up I'm gonna drive for another pint of N.Castle,crackup%5B1%5D.gif

Strangely enough, the competition has not brought about more competitive prices...
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