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post #18586 of 35600
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

just watched the "review" lolwtf.

 

But really, truly, madly deeply, who can ever argue with that profound statement about "Vacheron still being kind of funky....."  satisfied.gif

post #18587 of 35600
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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

But really, truly, madly deeply, who can ever argue with that profound statement about "Vacheron still being kind of funky....."  satisfied.gif

My favorite take-a-ways:

“It is alright” -- in regards to a RL
“It is pretty cool I mean like, you can check out the back, there is lots to look at, it has those crazy engravings and stuff, I mean, overall, it is a pretty cool watch”
“I picked up this watch for about 15 grand on eBay”
These Germans are pretty wicked about their engineering… I mean I don’t know, just take a look for yourself”
“Vacheron… I don’t know, those guys are just kind of funky”
post #18588 of 35600
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Originally Posted by Newcomer View Post


My favorite take-a-ways:

“It is alright” -- in regards to a RL
“It is pretty cool I mean like, you can check out the back, there is lots to look at, it has those crazy engravings and stuff, I mean, overall, it is a pretty cool watch”
“I picked up this watch for about 15 grand on eBay”
These Germans are pretty wicked about their engineering… I mean I don’t know, just take a look for yourself”
“Vacheron… I don’t know, those guys are just kind of funky”

 

Newcomer, I absolutely loved watching that video. That is, when I wasn't wincing. Thanks for sharing - made my night hehe. biggrin.gif

post #18589 of 35600
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

As a watch ignoramus, I need to ask a question.  I suspect it might be "sensitive" to some, so all the more reason:

 

How big is too big?  I mean, the obvious answer is "whatever you like" and "depends how it looks on the wrist", etc.  But I sense there is a stronger orthodoxy than that among the real wit-stolen watch lovers.  The ones who spend more than they can afford and, well, "collect", in their own words.  Well, you guys no who you are.  The Watch Appreciation Thread Royalty!

 

It seems to me that way back in the day, a man's watch was about 33-36mm.  Now 36 is considered small, 33 is for girls, and something like 38-40 becoming the "moderate".  Meanwhile 40-42 is just a bit obvious, but not excessive, and mainstream makers are offering 45+ in established models.  And of course, the girls no longer wear girl watches all the time - small and medium "man" watches are now their thing.

 

The impression I get is that for those who have serious collections, or a decade or two of active collecting and learning, the big monsters are considered inherently bad form.  Would that be fair to say?  As well as all you Patek-flashing high rollers out there, I'd be interested to hear from Mr Stitch, who as both a dealer and Panerai lover, might have a different slant.

 

So come on, spit it out: are big watches silly, and where do you personally draw the line?

 

 

(One of the reasons I ask is that I tried the above watch on yesterday, while taking my old (35mm!) Omega for repair: this felt like a real blunt instrument.  It also appealed to my inbuilt affinity with excess, and didnt' look entirely stupid against my vast cow-eating body.  But...is it just wrong?)

 

mimo, great posts from Dino, apropos and others earlier on in this thread, so I'm not going to repeat much of what they've so elegantly stated.  I wonder if much of it is really like "fashion" and your own personal sense of "style" - whether the answer is "what you can pull off personally and confidently."  Personally of course you know I go for the relatively smaller sizes (36mm or so, I even had a 33mm Patek 3919 at one point).  

 

However, I do wonder myself if there's a certain range beyond or outside of which it's just "wrong."  I've shared that my wife can get away with wearing my watches given that our wrists are of similar size, but I do not think I can get away with wearing her 26mm-sized ladies watches.  Also, I don't know how large wrists actually go with folks who frequent this thread, but I wonder if ANY of us can pull off wearing this 72mm Soviet-era big boy:

 

 

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P.S. I wish I could say that this pic was a joke or hoax but I literally know someone who's expecting this in the mail soon. And he is very, very excited.  On the plus side, I think this would make a good desk clock.

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I think casual watches can be larger than dress watches.  I have a 44mm Panerai that I do not find excessive but it is a casual watch for me, even though with a change of straps I can dress it up.  For a dress watch, I prefer watches that are 40mm or less and my dress watch is 38.5mm which, for me, feels about right.

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1. I'm not sure one can differentiate between "dress" and "casual" watches in the larger market anymore. Most people wear what they want regardless of rules, even if they follow rules with their wardrobe. They see watches and other accessories as a way to individualize the uniform.

2. So far as size, if you can't see the "shoulders" of your watch when looking down on the top of your wrist, then the watch head is too big. That is, you should be able to see part of the strap or bracelet on either side beyond the lugs.
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Originally Posted by zippyh View Post

Ball? You mean Bell & Ross?

Eh, all the same to me. tongue.gifdevil.gif
post #18594 of 35600
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Originally Posted by hanskl View Post

Hey guys, first post in this thread..

 

My late grandfather left me a watch, and I have very little information on it. As far as I can tell the manufacturer is Junghans, but I have not been able to dig up much information on them on the internet.. On the box of the watch it says Starline.

 

Can you guys help me out with some information on this piece? fing02[1].gif

 

 

 

Surely someone here has got some knowledge on Junghans?

post #18595 of 35600
What are you trying to find out?

http://www.junghans.de/history.html

Its a quartz, probably from the 70's. Not a lot of value here but kind of a cool looking watch. Enjoy it.
post #18596 of 35600
I'm sorry, but this thread of sort of more about mechanical watches instead of quartz ones, unless there is something special (eg ultra accuracy or hybrid mechanical-quartz movement) about the watch.

It looks like a classic example of 70s design, but its value is really mostly sentimental or in the case metal.
post #18597 of 35600
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Originally Posted by Cant kill da Rooster View Post

What are you trying to find out?

http://www.junghans.de/history.html

Its a quartz, probably from the 70's. Not a lot of value here but kind of a cool looking watch. Enjoy it.

 

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Originally Posted by apropos View Post

I'm sorry, but this thread of sort of more about mechanical watches instead of quartz ones, unless there is something special (eg ultra accuracy or hybrid mechanical-quartz movement) about the watch.

It looks like a classic example of 70s design, but its value is really mostly sentimental or in the case metal.

 

Thanks guys, I was not aware that this thread is mainly for mechanical watches.. I understand it would have been more valuable if it had not been a quartz, but I still holds sentimental value to me..

 

Is the manufacture of decent quality, taking into account its a quartz? I'm looking to replace the wrist band, any suggestions to what would look good with the watch?

 

Really appreciate your help!

post #18598 of 35600
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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

My favorite Rolex models are the Daytona, the Sub, Explorer 2, GMT and Explorer. New or vintage, those are the models that capture my interest.

I find this remarkable, by the way. And for Rolex, I'd probably rank them in a very similar order.

But five different models....of what other manufacturer could you possibly say the same?

I suppose Patek for myself. Gimme a Nautilus, and a Calatrava, and a World Timer, and a .....

Or perhaps for dino, he could find five Vacherons that he would truly be captivated by.

But I'd be hard-pressed to name five different models "that really do it for me" from quite a few very recognized, highly-respected brands.

Who's got a roster that's any deeper? And those are all sport models.
post #18599 of 35600
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Originally Posted by hanskl View Post


Thanks guys, I was not aware that this thread is mainly for mechanical watches.. I understand it would have been more valuable if it had not been a quartz, but I still holds sentimental value to me..

Is the manufacture of decent quality, taking into account its a quartz? I'm looking to replace the wrist band, any suggestions to what would look good with the watch?

Really appreciate your help!

Junghans makes straight forward, good quality watches. If it has sentimental value, enjoy it!

The thread is not strictly about mechanical watches per se, but most members are primarily interested in mechanical watches.
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On watch sizes, below is some quick math on wrist sizes and watch diameters, based on the assumption that a cross section of a wrist is approximately a rectangle with a 2:1 width height ratio (based on my wrist which is admittedly pretty flat):

Wrist size (top surface):

6.25" (2.08")
6.50" (2.17")
6.75" (2.25")
7.00" (2.33")
7.25" (2.42")

A 40mm watch on a 6.25" wrist is therefore proportional to:

- 41.7mm on a 6.5" wrist
- 43.3mm on a 6.75" wrist
- 44.8mm on a 7" wrist
- 46.5mm on a 7.25" wrist

Obviously there is more to whether a watch is too big than the % of wrist surface occupied by the case (e.g., wearer's height and arm length, lug length), but I'd think that any normative claim about watch sizes is worthless unless it takes into account something like the above analysis, at some level. In other words, if you're of small stature and slim wrists, don't listen to pronouncements about watch size "orthodoxy" from a tall guy with long arms and thick wrists, and vice versa.
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