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Ah, nothing like getting outdoors and putting stuff to use.

It was a pleasure to use this as a ski watch:



While a digital alti-baro-compass watch would provided more features and buttons to play with, I appreciated having an off-piste adventure with a watch that was made in the same year that I was. Besides, it's still well-suited and plenty tough for the job.

I'm sure this man would have been very proud to know that an example of the 1500-series movement that he helped to design is still keeping (very) accurate time and flawlessly performing its intended job nearly sixty years after it was originally drafted:



Irrational though it may be, I do gain a small extra measure of enjoyment from using these bits of steel and brass while I'm going places and doing things.
Edited by Belligero - 2/25/13 at 1:48am
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Originally Posted by NonServiam View Post


 A car is just tomorrow's nails and scrap. A PP is tomorrow's inheritance.
 

 

Can't argue with that.  :)

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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

Not quite directly related to the thread topic, but I did want to share that I received this MTO today via Leffot (Gaziano & Girling Colcutt in vintage cherry / pin grain, Deco Last).   Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Thinking one must do the 3970 some justice when it comes to appropriate footwear.  As Belligero might say, shouldn't put on the proper "movement" without the proper "hoof-ment."





Action shots coming soon, paired with an appropriate timepiece.
I reckon those would behoove the wearing of your new watch just fine!
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Originally Posted by NonServiam View Post

Oh yes. The Nautilus is strangely flat on the wrist, like no other bracelet watch I've tried. The Daytona feels much more like a real sports watch. "Rugged", though? Nah smile.gif

I love them both, super watches!
The Daytona was plenty rugged for a few ski days, too! Despite all the polished surfaces, it's no prima donna, and it was gratifying (in a very watch-nerd way) to time a few runs with the chrono. OK, maybe "rugged" isn't exactly the mot juste, but it's nonetheless an extremely capable machine, as I'm sure you know!
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In my eyes, this is the only way to go. A car is just tomorrow's nails and scrap. A PP is tomorrow's inheritance.

I try to live a frugal life myself, I have a modest income and a simple lifestyle as a dad and geek. Less work, more free time. Fewer possessions, more experiences. Watches are my passion, and there I splurge like a madman.

I see too many people trying to GQ everything in their life. Some can afford to do that, without sacrificing the more important things. Most of us cannot.
I totally get placing a higher priority on a watch over a car for city life, too. In a lot of ways, the responsibility and obligation of storing, maintaining and operating a car limits your freedom, while a good watch is something you can take with you anywhere. Depreciation-wise, it makes more sense to splurge on a good watch instead of a costly car.

You can have anything you want, but you can't have everything you want.
Edited by Belligero - 2/25/13 at 2:35am
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Actually I think there is a useful parallel between watches and cars... like watches you will make a loss on most cars except those at the very top end!
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Originally Posted by DLJr View Post

Also, for me shirts are no where near dime a dozen, but that is way OT for this thread. Different strokes and what not.

I agree, lets not venture theresmile.gif

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If you don't mind me asking Frills, who does your shirts / suits? Also, what are your proportions?

 

Taji in NYC (675 Madison between 61st and 62nd streets).  Love their work.  Tried out a couple of other tailors before them and was reasonably happy, but their stuff really worked for me and I've stuck with them through my wardrobe overhaul over the last year or so.  They're very well known in Turkey and around Europe but only started their US business a few years ago.  No advertising that I know of, all word of mouth; they were featured in the Nov/Dec issue of Departures though:

 

 

 

I'm all of 5'7" but I used to top the scales at 210 back when I pretended I had a shot at Mr Olympia.  Started cutting down to more human, healthier proportions about two and a half years ago so I've weighed in at 170 for about a year (that kind of weight loss does require some change in clothing, I'm sure that's SF-appropriate).  Chest at 42" and waist at 31", inseam around 29" or 30".  But since I'm not very tall I'm still rather bulky for my height, and if I bought RTW jackets I'd go "short" given my stubby arms.  

 

Taji has made all sorts of stuff for me: suits, shirts, topcoats, jeans.  Small plus is that he knows his watches (he's wearing an AP in the pic above) - hehe.

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Originally Posted by Belligero View Post

Ah, nothing like getting outdoors and putting stuff to use.

It was a pleasure to use this as a ski watch:

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 



While a digital alti-baro-compass watch would provided more features and buttons to play with, I appreciated having an off-piste adventure with a watch that was made in the same year that I was. Besides, it's still well-suited and plenty tough for the job.

I'm sure this man would have been very proud to know that an example of the 1500-series movement that he helped to design is still keeping (very) accurate time and flawlessly performing its intended job nearly sixty years after it was originally drafted:


Irrational though it may be, I do gain a small extra measure of enjoyment from using these bits of steel and brass while I'm going places and doing things.

Very nice, great looking strap too.

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Originally Posted by Belligero View Post


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Looks like I missed a major arrival while I was off skiing last week. An old-school Patek perpetual-calendar chrono with moonphase!? That's some rather heavy artillery.

But considering how serious a complicated Patek can be, this one isn't lacking for character or liveliness at all . The 36 mm case, those lovely pump pushers and its generally charming looks make it even cooler and more appealing. Good choice with the classic 18K YG to complement the white-metal ones you already have, too! It really works with the more understated case size. Your 3970 appears to be in NOS condition; that's an amazing find. I love that there's even a solid caseback included for bonus style points.

Colossally sweet watch. Nice little something you picked up for the wife, too! thumbsup.gif

 

Thanks, and hope you had a great ski trip!  The 3970 was indeed NOS, and came in at less than the price I thought I'd have to shell out for this reference (which is why I ended up frontloading the purchase).  It came with the solid caseback first, but I had Patek USA (Henri Stern in NYC) switch it out to the display back as I like staring at it from behind!

 

Wifey quite appreciated the advanced anniversary gift.  Wondering if I should have waited till June before I gave it to her, but, eh, I'm not good at that waiting thing, as you might have noticed...

 

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Originally Posted by NonServiam View Post

In my eyes, this is the only way to go. A car is just tomorrow's nails and scrap. A PP is tomorrow's inheritance.

I try to live a frugal life myself, I have a modest income and a simple lifestyle as a dad and geek. Less work, more free time. Fewer possessions, more experiences. Watches are my passion, and there I splurge like a madman.

I see too many people trying to GQ everything in their life. Some can afford to do that, without sacrificing the more important things. Most of us cannot.

 

+1 here.  Could spend more on other baubles, I suppose, but even for my family I like focusing on trips and experiences.  

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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

 I like staring at it from behind!

 

 

Good call.  I feel the same about my girlfriend.  And your watch.

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I like mimo.
 

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Sorry if this is the wrong thread, but I'm hoping someone can help me out with a question:

I want to swap out the watch strap that came with my Seiko 5 for a NATO strap. I'm having trouble removing the springbars, however. I've tried depressing them with my fingernail, and I've tried using the tip of a screwdriver from an eyeglasses repair kit, but I can't get them to pop out.

Any suggestions? Or do I need to take this to a jeweler to get them cut and replaced?

If it helps, it's this model: http://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SNK807-Automatic-Canvas-Strap/dp/B006CHML4I
post #18387 of 39155

http://www.mywatchmaker.net/watchmakertools.htm

 

"springbar tool" is what you need my friend
 

You can buy it from anywhere of course, but thats where I bought mine

 

(i'm not sure if this model has fixed springbars though)

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Going with a bit of blue today. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Originally Posted by ljrcustom View Post

Nice Photo. Chag Purim Sameach!

-LR

thanks, man!! belated purim sameach wishes to you as well!! (its still shushan purim, so it counts. smile.gif )
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Originally Posted by Cylon View Post

http://www.mywatchmaker.net/watchmakertools.htm

"springbar tool" is what you need my friend

 
You can buy it from anywhere of course, but thats where I bought mine

(i'm not sure if this model has fixed springbars though)

+1 to this. The bergeon tool is the bees knees. Do not cheap out and get the less expensive springbar tools, you will regret it later!
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+1 to this. The bergeon tool is the bees knees. Do not cheap out and get the less expensive springbar tools, you will regret it later!

Agree.

 

Don't need to be marking up your watch unecessarily.

 

Just make sure you get the right size as well.

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