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YOU WATCH YOUR WHORE MOUTH YOUNG MAN!

I said, I didn't call it Borlex. shog[1].gif
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Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba View Post

Please do not explain what desk diving is, or why you need a watch for it.

Sorry....couldn't resist...far more mundane than it sounds....

This definition comes from Urban Dictionary:

1. desk diving

A term used in the watch collecting community to refer to scuffs, scratches, and wear to a watches bracelet received while sitting at an office desk. These marks are considered normal wear and tear and are usually received while typing as the bracelet rubs the desk. The term comes from the popularity of diving watches that are worn not for diving purposes, but for aesthetic ones in the office.

"This watch looks brand new except for some desk diving marks on the bracelet."
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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

I thought about the tilt.  I look forward to your results with calipers.  Also, maybe you could take a photo from the side with bracelet hanging down, and dial facing upward so we can see a profile of the edge of the bezel and where it sits in relation to the case side (without the crown/pushers).
Ask and ye shall receive:

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38.65 mm, bezel and case diameter identical.
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Ask and ye shall receive:

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38.65 mm, bezel and case diameter identical.

 

Good work. Unless you're using one of those "special measuring instruments" that register 5 inches as 8 inches, this looks spot on.

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Ask and ye shall receive:

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38.65 mm, bezel and case diameter identical.

Thank you.  Very interesting.  So that begs the question, do Subs and GMTs really measure out at 40mm? If so is it just due to the bezel?

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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

Thank you.  Very interesting.  So that begs raises the question, do Subs and GMTs really measure out at 40mm? If so is it just due to the bezel?
The 34-year-old one I just measured comes in at exactly 39.5 mm across the bezel and the case is about 38.5 mm at the narrowest part of the case excluding the bezel.
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Originally Posted by apropos View Post


Dino - even in Asia they are not popular watches. Really only, at best, so-so popular in Japan as well TBH.

 

Yeah, this kind of baffles me. You have a brand that has been making watches for 100+ years, vertically integrated, and use in house movements that are regarded as very high quality. Apparently, they only produce 5-6k Grand Seiko pieces a year.

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GS watches are popular enough. To suggest otherwise would be fibbing. They're great watches, too.
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Yeah, this kind of baffles me. You have a brand that has been making watches for 100+ years, vertically integrated, and use in house movements that are regarded as very high quality. Apparently, they only produce 5-6k Grand Seiko pieces a year.

I think lots of people can't get past the name Seiko, and think of all of their products as moderately priced good watches.  They don't think of them as a producer of luxury time pieces worthy of spending a significant amount on, and there are many other highly regarded brands in its price range.   The GSs are really well made, but for me the designs are rather uninspiring. 

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Originally Posted by Belligero View Post


The 34-year-old one I just measured comes in at exactly 39.5 mm across the bezel and the case is about 38.5 mm at the narrowest part of the case excluding the bezel.

Thanks for the info.

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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

Thank you.  Very interesting.  So that begs the question, do Subs and GMTs really measure out at 40mm? If so is it just due to the bezel?

 

Bezel comes in right at 1.582" or 40mm. Crown guard gets in the way of an easy case measurement but it looks virtually the same to my eye. GMTIIC Ref. 116710

 

 

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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

I think lots of people can't get past the name Seiko, and think of all of their products as moderately priced good watches.  They don't think of them as a producer of luxury time pieces worthy of spending a significant amount on, and there are many other highly regarded brands in its price range.   The GSs are really well made, but for me the designs are rather uninspiring. 

There's a lot of hype and counter-hype about GS watches, but in the flesh they are actually pretty impressive IMO. Roughly you could divide their models into "modern" and "vintage inspired". The former category, such as the Snowflake posted above, are impressive in the same way as the Royal Oak - intricate angles, alternating brushed/polished surfaces, dial detailing, robust/accurate modern automatic movements, etc. The latter category reminds me of GO Senator Sixties or the 1950s Panerai models - classic/nostalgic feel with the dial and domed crystal and proportions but with the production quality of a modern luxury watch. If you're in NYC I suggest visiting the Tourneau concept store on 53rd/Madison to scope them out.
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Still under warranty from an AD, I noticed the power reserve was only about 15 hrs even on a full wind. Sent it back in through my local AD to have it repaired by JLC. Had about 5 months left on the original manufacture warranty too. I'm not a navy seals, didn't drop the watch, didn't dive with it over 300m, no extremes of temperatures etc so I thought this would be a simple process. After JLC has it for a month they tell the AD that I must've done something to damage the watch and it might not be covered. I almost lose my shit. I don't baby my watches but I don't mistreat them either, and this watch was purchased brand new from an AD in the first place so I thought I was in the clear here. Thankfully the AD convinced JLC to honor the warranty and a month later I have my watch back and working fine (presumably). No charge

Ill tell you the thought of having to pay extra for service though I was under warranty was extremely disheartening. I have no issue with watches having problems and needing service. But I would've been so disappointed if JLC didn't deliver in the customer service area the way they do by producing such great watches. In the end it all worked out and I can rest easy again.

Btw to be fair I did take my watch to the driving range a few times. Lesson learned, but I guess it's too much trauma for this watch, though JLC would have you believe it's built in collaboration with SEAL standards?
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Glad to hear everything worked out.  What was the problem and what was the scare that you mentioned?
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Ask and ye shall receive: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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38.65 mm, bezel and case diameter identical.

measurements aside, these are really cool pics.
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Hi everyone.

I am considering getting a watch for my wife as a present for the birth of our daughter.

I know her taste so I did narrow it down to the Chanel Première white ceramic or a Cartier tank Française with diamonds. A friend of mine suggested a twenty4. It is beautiful (at least on the pictures I saw)

With a budget up to 8k, it would have to be pre-owned, which is never really ideal for a gift....

What should I do ?
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