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post #20236 of 36009
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Originally Posted by Cylon View Post

Are you as acutely aware of why you're here?





on a serious note...dino is great....very knowledgeable and polite.
post #20237 of 36009
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on a serious note...dino is great....very knowledgeable and polite.

I concur. Should he be dubbed the TWAT Master?

On a serious note though, he has been a great resource, especially for me, as a young gun, who is so new to horology and has to learn all this stuff from someone else.
post #20238 of 36009
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I concur. Should he be dubbed the TWAT Master?

custom title? lol8[1].gif
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I'm afraid my answer is slightly more narcissistic, and I'm not so sure I could boil it down to a single word as elegantly as Dino has done--though maybe narcissism is in fact the word I am looking for rotflmao.gif. I find my thought patterns revolve around the idea of purchasing a watch to symbolize various elements of my own identity. By this I mean something more than a simple dress-watch/sport watch dichotomy to reflect me "at-work" & "at-play"

 

I've shared before the fact that the JLC MUT Moon was a wedding gift from my wife. So on a basic level, the symbolic meaning independent of whatever watch I chose is always associated with me being a husband. But deeper than that is the fact that we were married in the mosque, and so the moonphase complication has added religious symbolism. The moonphase complication isn't so useless after all if you need to track the Islamic lunar calendar too. HA!

 

 

 

Secondly, the Speedy Pro was purchased to commemorate the birth of my first child. I wanted something visually different than the MUT Moon (i.e. sport watch), yes, but also something that encapsulated certain notions (stereotypes?) of fatherhood--adventure, imagination, exploration. Throw in another aspect of my identity (American) and I had no choice but to go with the watch that represents the quintessential American achievement of the 20th century (sorry Hamilton).

 

 

 

Finally, as an American Muslim of Indian heritage I will mostly likely have to purchase a Reverso at some point in the future to keep this whole story consistent. While Polo is strongly associated with Britain and Argentina in the modern era, the Brits learned the sport during their colonial foray in India, and as everybody already knows, this is where the story of the Reverso begins. There is an alternative in the Rolex Explorer since it is so strongly associated with the himalayas, but since Mt. Everest is in Nepal rather than India, the connection is that much weaker.

 

So there you have it. Hope I did not bore y'all too much.

post #20240 of 36009
^^wow. i just buy whatever watch gets my dick hard that day. wink.gif

great stuff.....its nice being able to tie in a meaning to each watch.
post #20241 of 36009
Brief question Cylon:

I did not really recognize that you put such a large amount of thought into each watch. I guess my question is a "what came first, the chicken or the egg" one. When you bought the Speedy, was it the rugged Americanism that propelled you to get it, or is it through the benefit of hindsight that you realize what caused you to gravitate towards it?

I guess in response to your question, I just like the best of certain 'categories.' I am not saying that these categories make sense generally, but they make sense to me. As far as steel sports chronographs go, the Speedy is my favorite. Above the Daytona in my eyes. As far as I am concerned, the Speedy is the best in that category. Now lets turn to the JLC MUT Moon. I think this is the "best" in its category that I have delineated--a dress watch with a moonphase. That is what eventually steered me away from the GO PML. It was merely a placeholder in my eyes to a Lange 1 with moonphase.

That is one of the reasons I sold my Master Control. I loved it, but I wished it was a VC Patrimony. And if I got a VC Patrimony, the MC would have been sold.

Another example: I put AP RO, Nautilus, Daytona, Overseas, and the Ingy in a category.

This is one of the reasons I did not really care for the new Master Calendar. Is it beautiful? Yes. But I would always look at it and wish it was a Patek Annual Calendar.

And I definitely take this approach to many things in life.

My blue suede Alden penny loafers--I would not replace those with anything, there is no 'upgrade' in my eyes. On the other hand, if I was to buy some brown semi-brogues, I would be getting something from EG or G&G.

It is not the originality element that gets me, it is the staying power I guess.
post #20242 of 36009
Slow clap for Cylon. NOT boring.
post #20243 of 36009
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on a serious note...dino is great....very knowledgeable and polite.

awesome gif.

dino is the man, i truly feel better off for getting to read his posts in this thread. an expert and a mentch, through and through.
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custom title? lol8[1].gif

this is brilliant.
post #20244 of 36009
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Originally Posted by Cylon View Post

I'm afraid my answer is slightly more narcissistic, and I'm not so sure I could boil it down to a single word as elegantly as Dino has done--though maybe narcissism is in fact the word I am looking for rotflmao.gif. I find my thought patterns revolve around the idea of purchasing a watch to symbolize various elements of my own identity. By this I mean something more than a simple dress-watch/sport watch dichotomy to reflect me "at-work" & "at-play"

 

I've shared before the fact that the JLC MUT Moon was a wedding gift from my wife. So on a basic level, the symbolic meaning independent of whatever watch I chose is always associated with me being a husband. But deeper than that is the fact that we were married in the mosque, and so the moonphase complication has added religious symbolism. The moonphase complication isn't so useless after all if you need to track the Islamic lunar calendar too. HA!

 

 

 

Secondly, the Speedy Pro was purchased to commemorate the birth of my first child. I wanted something visually different than the MUT Moon (i.e. sport watch), yes, but also something that encapsulated certain notions (stereotypes?) of fatherhood--adventure, imagination, exploration. Throw in another aspect of my identity (American) and I had no choice but to go with the watch that represents the quintessential American achievement of the 20th century (sorry Hamilton).

 

 

 

Finally, as an American Muslim of Indian heritage I will mostly likely have to purchase a Reverso at some point in the future to keep this whole story consistent. While Polo is strongly associated with Britain and Argentina in the modern era, the Brits learned the sport during their colonial foray in India, and as everybody already knows, this is where the story of the Reverso begins. There is an alternative in the Rolex Explorer since it is so strongly associated with the himalayas, but since Mt. Everest is in Nepal rather than India, the connection is that much weaker.

 

So there you have it. Hope I did not bore y'all too much.

 

This has got to be one of the most honest, least boring posts in this thread.  Love it.  Thanks for sharing, and congratulations on these milestones!

post #20245 of 36009

Now now...enough happiness, mutual respect and all-round sensibility.

 

Let's go back to the subject of silly Daytonas for a minute.  My local AD has just ordered this, apparently (image lifted from his Facebook page)...getting lots of adoring comments, but I'm guessing this is where Belligero might draw the line.  Stitchy...hard to say.

post #20246 of 36009
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Now now...enough happiness, mutual respect and all-round sensibility.

 

Let's go back to the subject of silly Daytonas for a minute.  My local AD has just ordered this, apparently (image lifted from his Facebook page)...getting lots of adoring comments, but I'm guessing this is where Belligero might draw the line.  Stitchy...hard to say.

 

Ah, this one is not for me.  A personal thing, for sure, but I tend to shy away from diamonds anywhere in men's watches.  That subtle little diamond at the bottom of newer Patek platinum pieces that looks like one of the pushers and that no one really sees unless they look for it?  I can take that.  

 

The diamond-encrusted crown guards for this piece seem a bit much for me.

 

I'm not averse to diamonds per se!  I got the wife this one last December, for example:

 

 

 

But not for any piece I wear.  Just me.

post #20247 of 36009

That's the kind of thing you have to buy your wife when you've just spent $$$$$ on a sudden interest in Patek Philippe perpetual calendars. lol8[1].gif

 

I agree...all those diamonds are really for the ladies...and the one I linked to is just horrible.  But that subtle little number on the platinum PP...yeah, I'm with you on that too.

post #20248 of 36009
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

That's the kind of thing you have to buy your wife when you've just spent $$$$$ on a sudden interest in Patek Philippe perpetual calendars. lol8[1].gif

 

I agree...all those diamonds are really for the ladies...and the one I linked to is just horrible.  But that subtle little number on the platinum PP...yeah, I'm with you on that too.

 

Uhm.  Yeah.  Precisely.  fistbump.gif

post #20249 of 36009

Also, one of the kind folks at PuristSPro alerted me to the fact that Rolex has introduced a new steel Daytona this 2013!  Here are pics of the white dial and black dial:

 

 

 

 

 

Link from PuristSPro here:

 

http://rolex.watchprosite.com/show-forumpost/fi-732/pi-5842708/ti-859533/s-0/

 

Same size, finishing and material, but the lugs and crown guards have been reworked!  No, really!  I mean, here's my old clunker of a 116520:

 

 

 

There it is, that huge difference in the lugs and crown guards. Do you see it?  Do you see it?

post #20250 of 36009
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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

There it is, that huge difference in the lugs and crown guards. Do you see it?  Do you see it?

Haha! facepalm.gif

Anyway, pricing on the new Calatrava? $32,000.

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