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I find the Milgauss oddly pretty, in an understated, purposeful kind of way.  The lack of a bezel makes it a but more subtle, and unless you get the green glass, there's nothing but the little detail of the second hand to make it at all unusual.

 

As a steel dress watch that's rugged (and anti- magnetic!), it seems like a pretty good option.

 

The Milgauss is an interesting piece (and very rare for a Rolex), but the second hand and the color of the markers have always thrown me off. 

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Sounds like the Explorer 39mm would be perfect.  It's understated and very nice on the wrist.

 

I was thinking of staying with the 36mm. I have a 6.5 inch wrist and to me, the watch is almost too simple for it to look good at 39mm (don't know if that makes sense)

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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

 

Vote here for the Explorer I.  My 114270 is 36mm and I think it's perfect. Just took it with me for a week-long trip to Cancun filled with sun, sea water, sand, chlorinated pool water, sunscreen, two vomiting kids and the watch withstood all that and asked what else I could throw at it.  Not a single ding or blemish on it that couldn't be washed off with soap and water at the end of a long day.  Love it.

 

Yeah 36mm is a good size to me, and both the Explorer and Datejust are that size. I feel both can take that sort of abuse, but some days I feel I would prefer the slightly dressier appearance of the Datejust, and the other days I feel like going with the Explorer 1 as it isn't as ubiquitous as the DJ. Or maybe I should find another piece that speaks to me smile.gif

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It's really a crux.  I looked into the Omega line, Fortis, Brieitling and then got stuck on Rolex.  When I purchased my first luxe watch it took a year or so to narrow down what I needed.  It was really a tough decision.  The Milgauss was on my list as well, but the deterrent was the Omega version, which was very similar and had a higher gauss rating for the Rolex price point.  The Explorer was perfect in my opinion at 39mm - very clean and I'd go as far as saying the almost "perfect" Rolex watch.  The Explorer II felt a bit too sporty and at 42mm I felt it was a bit too large.  I also was close to the DJII, I liked the price point, but it had more of a formal appeal to it.  The GMTIIc stainless steel was the perfect match for me as I needed a second and possibly third time zone to track when traveling.  I liked the polished links, which gave it a more dressed up look and at the same time the numbered bezel is a sporty touch.  It was a long process to make a decision, but the GMT was best for me.  It works at the bar, it works when traveling and it works in a business meeting.

 

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My favorite style of dress watch. Elegant, classic, timeless.

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awesome Flake! bigstar[1].gif
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What about a NATO strap?  They are quite comfortable in warm weather.

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 advertisers taking control of editorial content.

 

I have really only been sucked into the world of watch appreciation via this thread, and don't haunt other watch fora.  But I can't help feeling that the reason this thread is so good is that there are no watch makers advertising on this forum, which nevertheless reflects a demographic with a high level of interest in the subject.

 

Turning that around, I think we'd get a far more sensible discussion of certain shoe brands and outlets sometimes if we opened a thread about them on a watch forum!  

 

Anyway, I only came here to look at the shoes, but thanks for the education...one of these days I'm going to do something very silly in a watch shop thanks to you lot.  In the mean time, I've a whole new hobby with which to kill time at airports!

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Sports watches with suits are a pet peeve of mine.  So this is me annoying myself:

 

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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

 

I have really only been sucked into the world of watch appreciation via this thread, and don't haunt other watch fora.  But I can't help feeling that the reason this thread is so good is that there are no watch makers advertising on this forum, which nevertheless reflects a demographic with a high level of interest in the subject.

 

Turning that around, I think we'd get a far more sensible discussion of certain shoe brands and outlets sometimes if we opened a thread about them on a watch forum!  

 

Anyway, I only came here to look at the shoes, but thanks for the education...one of these days I'm going to do something very silly in a watch shop thanks to you lot.  In the mean time, I've a whole new hobby with which to kill time at airports!

 

Try living & working in Switzerland (Geneva) - there are watch shops in ever street corner. Never an excuse to be late for a meeting; date; appointment....I have picked up some fantastic bargains in the Swiss airport during the sale...(when the CHF used to be weak) .... And the Basel Watch exhibition in 2 weeks time...isn't helpful to my pockets either.
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

 

I have really only been sucked into the world of watch appreciation via this thread, and don't haunt other watch fora.  But I can't help feeling that the reason this thread is so good is that there are no watch makers advertising on this forum, which nevertheless reflects a demographic with a high level of interest in the subject.

 

Turning that around, I think we'd get a far more sensible discussion of certain shoe brands and outlets sometimes if we opened a thread about them on a watch forum!  

 

Anyway, I only came here to look at the shoes, but thanks for the education...one of these days I'm going to do something very silly in a watch shop thanks to you lot.  In the mean time, I've a whole new hobby with which to kill time at airports!

 

+1 here. But unlike mimo I have thoroughly and completely succumbed to the siren song of fine watches!
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very nice watch, flake.
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great pic, roger. love that speedy.
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I used to post on the purists way back when. Way before it was "pro" anything, when people like Lord Arran used to go there and shoot the shit, post pics etc, when the site owner (tom?) would send one of his own watches (Pateks etc) to get reviewed by posters. .... On the one hand sites obviously need money to keep going but on the other, it seems that once that money starts coming in, the number one priority is how to increase the inflows, not how to make a better forum.

 

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I haven't posted there in years. Barely even lurk anymore. Was more collegial and informative back when Dr Mao was actively coordinating/running the place.

 

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Wow. This is shocking. I am an avid watch collector and have been following thepurists since Dr. Thomas Mao's days.
...The abrupt departure of SJX is shocking. Obviously, there is more to that story in parallel to the tale of the stable boy who became a knight.
My respect and condolences to SJX. .

Agree with all of the above.  I used to frequent and post there many years ago.  However, the dynamics changed and I rarely visit that site.  Moderating is a difficult job, especially when corporate culture takes over.  It changes from a place where moderators can freely express themselves, to one where moderators must be careful not to offend sponsoring companies.  Its a tough line to walk.  One stands to loses credibility with forum members when one can no longer express an honest opinion of a watch, and only discuss its positive aspects.  I have a friend that moderates on a different forum for a different brand.  He and I exchange very candid emails about new models, what we like and dislike.  Whenever I have criticism of a watch from the brand he moderates for, he asks me to make sure I include it in my discussion on the forum, as he said its very difficult for the moderators to criticize sponsoring brands.  I don't know what the circumstances are surrounding SJX's departure, but I am saddened to hear about this situation.  I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

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Not my watch, and not my pic...but I always liked this combo:



I think I pulled it from TZ, but am not sure who to credit. Let's just say some watch enthusiast with better photography skills than me.
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Agree with all of the above.  I used to frequent and post there many years ago.  However, the dynamics changed and I rarely visit that site.  Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Moderating is a difficult job, especially when corporate culture takes over.  It changes from a place where moderators can freely express themselves, to one where moderators must be careful not to offend sponsoring companies.  Its a tough line to walk.  One stands to loses credibility with forum members when one can no longer express an honest opinion of a watch, and only discuss its positive aspects.  I have a friend that moderates on a different forum for a different brand.  He and I exchange very candid emails about new models, what we like and dislike.  Whenever I have criticism of a watch from the brand he moderates for, he asks me to make sure I include it in my discussion on the forum, as he said its very difficult for the moderators to criticize sponsoring brands.  I don't know what the circumstances are surrounding SJX's departure, but I am saddened to hear about this situation.  I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

indeed, it is a very hard line to walk. i have not read watch-time magazine in a while, but i used to have a subscription, and i read their issues cover to cover for a number of years. i only stopped because i found i did not have the time at home to red them. i do want to resubscribe though. i think they were very good at calling a spade a spade. sometimes i thought they were too harsh on a watch.

i dont know where they stand now, or what sponsorships they carry, if any, but i thought they were very good and not glancing over issues just not to offend some corporate office.
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Originally Posted by stafa View Post

 

The Milgauss is an interesting piece (and very rare for a Rolex), but the second hand and the color of the markers have always thrown me off. 

 

I was thinking of staying with the 36mm. I have a 6.5 inch wrist and to me, the watch is almost too simple for it to look good at 39mm (don't know if that makes sense)

 

Yeah 36mm is a good size to me, and both the Explorer and Datejust are that size. I feel both can take that sort of abuse, but some days I feel I would prefer the slightly dressier appearance of the Datejust, and the other days I feel like going with the Explorer 1 as it isn't as ubiquitous as the DJ. Or maybe I should find another piece that speaks to me smile.gif

As for the Milgauss, its a nice watch, but only the vintage models are rare these days.  The current Milgauss isn't rare at all.  Still its a good watch and a bit different from the DJ, if you don't mind the color and second hand.

 

I agree with Frills, the 36mm ref 114270 Explorer 1 is a great watch and very versatile.  I bought one more than 10 years ago to wear as an interview watch.  Clean, simple, nicely balanced in feel and appearance, easy to read at a glance, and its and iconic part of Rolex history (having been worn decades ago to climb Mount Everest and having greater water resistance than DJs back in the 70s).  When compared to 36mm Datejusts of say the 2002 -roughly 2004, the Ex1 has the solid end links and an oysterlock clasp that is better integrated with the bracelet.   The bracelet of later Datejusts improved when they revised the model and gave it solid bracelet links, but it became too shiny IMHO with its polished center links and polished lugs (which I find look too rounded).  The Explorer 1 is obviously not a pure dress watch, but it looks great with a suit and I liked that while it has a family resemblance to the DJ, it is a professional model with history and design that is as important as that of a Sub, GMT, Daytona etc. 

 

Good luck with whatever you decide.

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I'm biased but I really like this.

One day I'm going to get a brown croc for my Speedy too..
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Sports watches with suits are a pet peeve of mine.  So this is me annoying myself:

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