Originally Posted by SJC83
30th birthday gift from my wife, very simple I live it.
Happy birthday! You've got a great wife and now a great watch! Congrats and enjoy it.
Originally Posted by TheTukker
Many thanks Dino - sadly, can't argue much with any of the solid points you are making here. Very helpful. I am assuming this version would be (slightly) more appealing to you:
I think thats a slightly better version, but even as someone that loves asymmetric dials or watch cases, this watch just doesn't sit well with me.
Originally Posted by mimo
I suspect this sums up everything about you here - how utterly impossible you are, and why we yet revere you for your excruciating attention to detail.
Mimo, what can I say...it isn't easy being Dino...but I do my best !
Originally Posted by mimo
Incidentally, Dino, to me it's always important that she looks just as good from the back. I'll take this one over Cindy...:)
Originally Posted by RogerP
Thank you Dino - at 38mm it is quite oversized for a vintage piece - and fairly unique. I will be meeting with the owner on Tuesday to look it over, and also a contemporary Omega piece that he is tempting me with as well.
At 38mm thats quite unusual for a vintage watch. Keep us posted Roger, I hope the deal works out for you.
Originally Posted by no frills
I do understand this sentiment. We've written before about not wanting to compromise for anything, given the stratospheric price points of some timepieces. I do think part of the nature of whether you think something represents a "compromise" or not is certainly personal and subjective (which you always allowed for).
For example, the 3970 has been criticized for not quite having an ideal "size to height" ratio. That it looks "too fat" because its case size is 36mm but it is relatively "tall" at 12.9mm (chronograph movements usually add a bit of thickness). It has even been called a "hamburger watch." Yuck, who would want to own something like that?
Here is a picture of the "hamburger watch" - at an angle to hopefully show its relative thickness versus its "small" case size.
For me, however, I think it's absolutely perfect. It's one man's "fat" versus this man's "perfection." I will happily stay "married" to this piece until it's time to give it to my daughters.
To continue the supermodel analogy, this young lady was "roundly" (sorry for the pun) criticized when these pictures came out:
"OMG - she's fat," others crowed. "No way she should be modeling on a catwalk!" - others said.
Sports Illustrated and thousands of other men - including myself - disagreed. Twice on the cover of SI Swimsuit Edition!
Again, if her "look" ain't your cup of tea, that's all good. From my perspective, she looks mighty fine.
To use a watch analogy, I'm quite impressed by the lovely balance of the subdials and lugs, and the finishing looks first rate.
Frills, I've tried on the 3970 in the past. No doubt about it its a beauty. Yes, some collectors may have issues with the case height to diameter ration, but no watch can be everything to everyone.
Regarding the mole comment, supermodels have a reputation for being high maintenance so why settle for one with a defect? Its like buying a nearly perfect vintage watch and accepting one with stain on the dial. Sorry, I'd rather wait for a perfect version even if it costs more. As for Kate Upton, now thats my kind of supermodel !!! A perfect case shape, and no imperfection on the dial, like a dot that could start growing hair or be a sign she is ready for a part as the Wicked Witch of the West.