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Why would you ever take the strap into consideration when buying a nice watch? It will inevitably need replacement and reflects a marginal portion of what you're paying for.
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Originally Posted by DerekS View Post

STAINLESS!!!!
Could be slightly worse, though... there's always that rubber-plated steel one of theirs. facepalm.gif
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post

Completely the other way around.

Thnx; going back I can see I totally misread that shog[1].gif
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Originally Posted by apropos View Post

....Ah. Who said the foo.gif was planning to wear this on his wrist? wow.gifdevil.gif

Good point; I was actually assuming that was him wearing it in the pic he posted. But then again, it didn't look that big on his wrist; just perhaps a bit uncomfortable.
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post

Why would you ever take the strap into consideration when buying a nice watch? It will inevitably need replacement and reflects a marginal portion of what you're paying for.

Well, if the bracelet and the strap are the same price, and the strap would be one you would immediately replace due to the small scales [small scale straps drive me crazy], would it not be the logical decision to get the bracelet?

I am not saying that it will be worn on the bracelet all the time, but a bracelet is always a nice thing to have. That is, of course, just my opinion. I know that a Tank on a bracelet is... unfortunate, but there are times when a leather strap on a watch will just get trashed with the humidity / heat (I live in New Orleans, a bracelet is very welcome at times).
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I agree humidity can be a bitch. (Live in DC). But I would still never wear certain watches with bracelets. Reverso and Tank for example. If I needed or wanted to wear a bracelet I would wear a sportier watch (sub, PO, etc..) and just leave the Reverso (for example) permanently on the strap. I also feel that PAMs also look infinitely better on the strap and rather opt for another watch altogether if I really needed a bracelet option..
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Originally Posted by Newcomer View Post



I am not saying that it will be worn on the bracelet all the time, but a bracelet is always a nice thing to have. That is, of course, just my opinion. I know that a Tank on a bracelet is... unfortunate, but there are times when a leather strap on a watch will just get trashed with the humidity / heat (I live in New Orleans, a bracelet is very welcome at times).
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Somebody had either a Tank or maybe it was a Reverso that they posted many pages ago that was on an ostrich strap. I thought it looked really great, but I've never had one.

Seems like JLC used to offer certain styles/sizes of the Reverso on ostrich. Is ostrich supposed to be tougher (or perhaps more humidity- resistant) than croc? Just curious.

Related question: Were early Reversos worn on ostrich by the polo-playing Brits? Surely they had to get sweaty. Maybe not as bad as the horses...but still....
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Originally Posted by Ilovelobbs View Post

 

 

 

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Adding to the porn collection.  Did I post in the right thread or should I post in poor man watch thread?  Discontinued Glashutte Original from £5500 to £2250.  My shoe/clothing budget was already blown on first day of April, but couldn't resist this bargain.... 

Nice find!  Congrats and enjoy!

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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

 

There's a world outside NYC?  Oh wait... whoops!  Heh heh.

 

I actually source any new Pateks I will end up getting from an AD in North Carolina for the biggest discounts I can get - unless I want to purchase a piece to maintain / continue my existing AD relationships in NYC.  

 

Hey, my paragraphs separate again just fine!

Yes, NYC is practically its own world.  Everything one could want or need is available in NYC...at an exorbitant price. wink.gif

 

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Originally Posted by Wongtouski View Post


Thanks for your advice, honestly I'm not a watch buff whatsoever and I like the Cartier for ite asthetics only, I really have no knowledge of the straps (side vs belly alligator straps fot example). I was leaning towards the Steel solo as its cheaper and I'm practically going for the look only so the gold may be overdoing it.

Speaking of alternative, what would you recommend?

I own an limited production Tank XL from the CPCP collection (now discontinued).  I am a huge fan of Cartier, but IMHO, my old CPCP Tank XL, exceeds the current Tank models in terms of classic looks, simplicity that is so well balanced and pared down to the essentials that its truly minimalist elegance at its finest, and an exceptional rectangular movement to fit in its rectangular case (rather than a cheaper conventional round movement in a rectangular case).  None of the current Tanks truly appeal to me.  The new Tank XL ultra thin is nice but pricey, and its size is now just a shade too large.

 

The steel Solo represents a reasonable value for $3K, which is a tough range to find a good new watch.  However, I find its flatter case less appealing than a Louis Cartier Case Tank, the date window is needless distraction, and the ETA movement while adequate is nothing special.  Its not a bad watch in its price range, but I find its several compromises to be at that range make it less appealing to me.  If I were in your shoes as others have suggested look at some vintage pieces, particularly a JLC Reverso.

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Originally Posted by rnguy001 View Post

I agree humidity can be a bitch. (Live in DC). But I would still never wear certain watches with bracelets. Reverso and Tank for example. If I needed or wanted to wear a bracelet I would wear a sportier watch (sub, PO, etc..) and just leave the Reverso (for example) permanently on the strap.

I lived in DC for 3 years.  Way too humid in the summer for anything good on a strap.  I only had watches on bracelets when I lived there (Sub and Daytona).  For me a Reverso or Tank would be winter watches in DC...I just don't love how either look on a bracelet.

 

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Originally Posted by Keith T View Post

 Is ostrich supposed to be tougher (or perhaps more humidity- resistant) than croc? Just curious.

 

     Ostrich and croc straps seem to wear about the same.  However, I've never been able to enjoy ostrich skin (with quill marks), to me it looks like leather with acne...sorry fans of ostrich.

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Originally Posted by Belligero View Post


the case accumulates hairline scratches like it's made of forged butter.

rotflmao.gif  Great way to describe it ... I love it! 

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Originally Posted by Newcomer View Post

I think that the Cartier Tank Solo would be a great piece in that price range.



If I am not mistaken, the retail on that is ~$3,500, and I do not doubt you could swing around $3,000 at the right AD.

Here is a good piece on it:

http://cartier.watchprosite.com/show-forumpost/fi-886/pi-5516898/ti-817888/

If you want "Cartier" styling, and do not want to pay the big bucks for the Tank LC, I think it is a great choice. Sure, the date is an unfortunate addition. But I have seen it in the metal and it is actually a nicely finished piece for the price range. And although I would prefer a strap, I see no reason why one would not get the bracelet, and switch it to a belly-scale gator strap. Having a bracelet can never hurt, even though I am not much of a bracelet guy myself.

$3,000 is an awkward price range, but I think that this is a good option. The only other watch in this range I would consider strongly is the Speedy.

Thanks for the tip. My main objective of getting a Tank is to wear for work mostly. I want somethign classic, not showy and most importantly affordable. I currently just wear a Victorinox which is I like very much, but I do want something nice to wear from time to time. I actually do own a Cartier Santos black strap, but I find that one conspicuous as well (and that's a present so I don't want to wear everyday). The price point for me is actually a plus as I do not want to strut around in a rolex/panerai as most people here in Hong Kong do.

I want to thank y'all for the advice though. At first I didn't see a problem with the date, in fact I found that useful, but the more I think about it it does make sens that it disrupts the look. I'll definitely have a look at the reverso.

One more thing on the reverso, what's exactly the point of reversing the face of the watch? is it purely a design thing or just so you don't scratch it?
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Originally Posted by RogerP View Post

Me too - fantastic watch.

im really trying to figure out how to get my hands on one, now.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Moo View Post

Update on my watch strap search for my 70+ year old H. Moser & Cie.
I received a reply back from Camile Fournet, who said that the only way they would be able to make a strap for the fixed lugs of my watch would be to have me send the watch to them. They would then sew the strap directly onto the watch.
Seeing as how the watch is irreplaceable, I am not comfortable with the prospect of sending it across the world, even if it means that it may get excellent treatment at CF.
So, I'm back to square one...

mr moo goes to paris. problem solved.
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Originally Posted by DerekS View Post

a bit off topic, but i knew a guy that traded a rolex datejust for a bracelet for his JLC. not the watch, JUST THE BRACELET. facepalm.gif
Broke my heart when he told me that story.
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Originally Posted by DerekS View Post

STAINLESS!!!!

he also got cash as well, and it is one of the dumbest things he has ever done, and he regrets it to this very day.
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Datejust for JLC bracelet? Epic.

If I were given the choice of a watch + strap, or a watch + bracelet for a few $100 more, I would always go with the bracelet - even if I don't like it I can always sell it for a lot more than a decent strap would cost. I'm pretty sure most people would make the same decision. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Wongtouski View Post

One more thing on the reverso, what's exactly the point of reversing the face of the watch? is it purely a design thing or just so you don't scratch it?

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=jlc+reverso+history

There is seriously a ton of information out there about the Reverso! Happy reading. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by apropos View Post

Datejust for JLC bracelet? EpicFail.

FTFY. there was a justification at the time. it was not worth typing out.
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where is GDL?
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