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Looking for a strap for my Speedy Pro now. Looking to keep it around the $150.00 mark, and I am unwilling at this point in time to go through CF or ABP. Right now I am thinking about either something from Hodinkee or something from Leffot.

What say you all!
post #19502 of 31069
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Originally Posted by Newcomer View Post

Looking for a strap for my Speedy Pro now. Looking to keep it around the $150.00 mark, and I am unwilling at this point in time to go through CF or ABP. Right now I am thinking about either something from Hodinkee or something from Leffot.

What say you all!

 

I have purchased 4 or 5 straps from this guy:

 

http://forums.timezone.com/index.php?t=tree&goto=6467899&rid=0#msg_6467899

 

http://forums.timezone.com/index.php?t=tree&goto=6467894&rid=0#msg_6467894

 

He does excellent custom work and always has several available for immediate delivery.  What colour are you thinking of?  Pretty sure I have one of his in the strap drawer that I never mounted on a watch.

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Very enjoyable thread that is forever improving. Sorry to pester the discussion with my baubles. Enjoying the holidays, and finding proof, that what chicks dig, are Pateks!

Got me.... I LOL'ed.
post #19504 of 31069
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Originally Posted by kungapa View Post

Anyone familiar with service centers in the NYC area?

My Junghans with an ETA 2801 is in need of servicing (no longer winds), as is my Omega Speedmaster (no longer winds, but still runs as it is an automatic).

Since they are ETA movements both of them, I was hoping it wouldn't get too expensive.

 

There's always the timepiece-specific official service centers.  I've had several watches serviced at 60-year old Central Watch in the 45th street passageway at Grand Central.  Family run, good people, with mad skills.  Hodinkee profile here from back in late 2011:

 

http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/2009/11/23/nycs-central-watch-a-horological-hidden-gem.html

 

Steve Kivel runs the place now (before this, his dad Larry did; his grandfather started the business).  They have accounts with every major watchmaker so you'll get original parts if any need replacing, and having watches serviced here is usually much, much cheaper than the original service centers.

 

Just my two cents.

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Omega Seamaster 300
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Originally Posted by Newcomer View Post

CF prices increase if you get certain specifications, i.e. waxed edges, hand stitching, etc. I went whole hog on mine nod[1].gif

I'd like to order a strap from CF, but there seem to be so many options and the photos accompanying the options are a bit lacking. What's the best way to figure out how each option would look? The options I'm unsure on are thickness (should I just measure my existing strap?), profile (flat vs. square) and finish (folded vs. waxed).
post #19508 of 31069
The SM300 is one of my definite favs! Wears well on the original bracelet like yours, Omega mesh, perlon NATO or suede (from Hodinkee for instance).

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Digging the suede. smile.gif
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Wrist Shot:

Revue Thommen "Swiss Alps Challenge, Airspeed Altimeter"

Day 4 of a 5 day ski traverse from Mammoth to Yosemite.





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I just bought a watch that has been somewhat of a "grail" watch for me.

It''s a Revue Thommen "Airspeed Altimeter" watch, made in the late 1990's. This watch is one of only two mechanical watches I know of that have an altimeter built into the watch. (The other one is the 1960's vintage Favre Leuba "Bivouac")

It has a hand winding Peseux 7001 movement, and a 30m water resistant titanium case.

These altimeter watches have interested me in part because of my interest in mountaineering. When I first began climbing mountains, Revue Thommen made the standard hand held altimeters used by mountaineers. These mechanical altimeters were fascinating with their jeweled movements and analog dials. These altimeter watches function on the same principles and serve the same function as the classic mountaineer's altimeter I remember fondly from my early climbing days.

I've been looking for either this watch or the Favre Leuba for quite some time now. There weren't many made or either model, and it's been difficult to find one in good condition. Finally, I found a new in box example of the Revue, and snapped it up.

I have not yet received it (It's coming from Europe) but I am pretty excited to finally add a mechanical altimeter watch to my collection. Will take some wrist shots and give my impressions on its functionality when it arrives.

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I was really disappointed when Jaeger-LeCoultre discontinued the Reverso Grande Date a couple years ago. It was my favorite Reverso and a really awesome value: big date, eight-days of power, and a power reserve indicator for less than $10K retail. I usually hate cut-off numerals, but it's so blatant in the RGD's case that it is somehow acceptable, in a whimsical steampunk sort of way.



The in-house cal. 875 was a particularly strong draw. Not only was it properly sized and shaped for the RGD's case, but its bridges were artfully and elegantly cut. Display backs have become a trendy feature over the years, but the movements they reveal are often embarrassingly humble. Not so in the case of the cal. 875. Here's a movement worth showing off:





That's why the newer Grande Reverso 976 is such an awful letdown. The front-side is perfectly nice:



But flip to the other side and prepare yourself for a what-the-fuck moment:



To power the Grande Reverso, JLC just took the movement out of the Master Hometime (a round watch), removed the dual time function, cut off the sides, and fit it into a rectangular holder. I could maybe live with that--if I wasn't forced to look at it. Aside from the unfortunate, blatantly compromised nature of its shape, the movement lacks any of the thoughtful bridgework that make the cal. 875 and other displayed movements worth looking at. You can't see any of the gearing and there is no sense of depth of dimensionality. Really, all you see is the balance wheel. They might as well have just cut out a circular display over that particular part, not that doing so would have been any more tasteful. Ugly, nonsensical stuff.

My guess is that they will bring back a revamped Grande Date over the next couple of years. Hopefully they don't base if off the cal. 976. Who wants to spend near $10K for a watch only to wind up with such in-your-face cost-cutting?
post #19512 of 31069
More reasons the Grand Taille looks better and better. Any love out there for the Grande Reverso Calendar?
post #19513 of 31069
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Originally Posted by Newcomer View Post

Looking for a strap for my Speedy Pro now. Looking to keep it around the $150.00 mark, and I am unwilling at this point in time to go through CF or ABP. Right now I am thinking about either something from Hodinkee or something from Leffot.

What say you all!


I've had good luck with some Hirsch Artisanal straps...they're often around on Ebay.
post #19514 of 31069
i have long lusted for the Reverso Grande Date.
post #19515 of 31069
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post

I was really disappointed when Jaeger-LeCoultre discontinued the Reverso Grande Date a couple years ago. It was my favorite Reverso and a really awesome value: big date, eight-days of power, and a power reserve indicator for less than $10K retail. I usually hate cut-off numerals, but it's so blatant in the RGD's case that it is somehow acceptable, in a whimsical steampunk sort of way.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


The in-house cal. 875 was a particularly strong draw. Not only was it properly sized and shaped for the RGD's case, but its bridges were artfully and elegantly cut. Display backs have become a trendy feature over the years, but the movements they reveal are often embarrassingly humble. Not so in the case of the cal. 875. Here's a movement worth showing off:





That's why the newer Grande Reverso 976 is such an awful letdown. The front-side is perfectly nice:



But flip to the other side and prepare yourself for a what-the-fuck moment:



To power the Grande Reverso, JLC just took the movement out of the Master Hometime (a round watch), removed the dual time function, cut off the sides, and fit it into a rectangular holder. I could maybe live with that--if I wasn't forced to look at it. Aside from the unfortunate, blatantly compromised nature of its shape, the movement lacks any of the thoughtful bridgework that make the cal. 875 and other displayed movements worth looking at. You can't see any of the gearing and there is no sense of depth of dimensionality. Really, all you see is the balance wheel. They might as well have just cut out a circular display over that particular part, not that doing so would have been any more tasteful. Ugly, nonsensical stuff.

My guess is that they will bring back a revamped Grande Date over the next couple of years. Hopefully they don't base if off the cal. 976. Who wants to spend near $10K for a watch only to wind up with such in-your-face cost-cutting?

Apologies for asking perhaps the obvious, but wouldn't this be a bit too big for your wrist?
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