Originally Posted by mer6
No problem! I bought it in August at the DC Pen Show. I don't think the dial is original (it may be retouched or even overhauled), but it certainly won my heart. Under flash/high light you can see a lot of scratches in the plastic crystal, but as you'll see in some of the pictures these scratches are not visible in normal light and use.
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Very cool vintage GP! Thanks for sharing some photos with us.
Originally Posted by in stitches i think it was conceived out of counterfeit battling more than name whorring.
Correct, while it may be a little on the name whoring side, it was originally devised as another step in the battle against counterfeits.
Originally Posted by in stitches
this one was gone as soon as it arrived. click for bigger.
One of my favorite Subs! Doesn't get as much wrist time as it should, but I love it!
Originally Posted by Big A Next, in the spirit of the gmt discussion, here's a GMT Roadster.
A bit louche, but it's a nice sports watch / travel watch alternative for me.
I love the shape of the Roadster, its different from most other sport watches. I really like their dressier version the Tortue.
Originally Posted by Big A
I saw one in person and the blue seemed slightly darker than it looks in that pic.
Good to know. As always photos depending on lighting, settings, and monitors can look a bit different in person. I do wish the center links and lugs were a brushed finish as on previous generations of GMTs, but I really like the new blue black version.
Originally Posted by no frills
Interesting piece here, announced recently via TZ.
Patek split seconds chronograph. One of a kind. In TITANIUM. With a distinctly sporty (sportier) look than I've ever seen in the more traditional 5004s (even the limited 5004A's in steel with baton markers didn't look like this).
Pricing and stuff aside, what do you guys think of this piece?
Not a fan at all. They do many things well, this isn't one of them. This reminds me of techniques used by less expensive brands to try to make a "limited edition." Change the color of the large second hand, give it a sporty dial (although it doesn't work IMHO), and give it a sporty strap with contrasted stitching. The overall starting point was a very elegant grand complication, what they have here is a mess. I don't like 2 subdials differing in color from the 3rd. I find the textured dial and textured sporty dive strap very unappealing and disjointed for this watch. I would be curious to see and handle the titanium case in person. I like Ti and think its very cool for a sports watch...but I'm not sure I'd want it on a Patek. I think even if they offered it on a Nautilus, I'd probably still rather have the Nautilus in steel. Sure Patek will sell it no problem, as there are collectors who will buy anything Patek, especially if production it extremely limited or if its a 1 off.
I am not a fan of the chronograph version of the Nautilus, but it looks far more classy and elegant for a sport watch than this one does. I made a day trip to NYC the other day, and a guy and his wife both in their 60s both wearing Pateks. She was wearing a 24 and he had on the Nautilus Chronograph. Although, I find that too clunky (which is out of character for the Nautilus theme) overall it didn't look bad on the guy. Still I'd take a 5711 or 5712 over the chrono any day.
Originally Posted by mimo
I hate to say this, because in content and layout it's pretty much perfection. But it's absolutely fucking hideous. The red second hand seems just a tad cheap and obvious. The strap is an act of Casio-eque ugliness, however beautifully-crafted it might be, and titanium? Well, titanium's fine, and I'm all for novelty and variety. But was it so heavy and huge in the first place? And if you're going to make a "sporty" version, was motherfucking skateboarding the first sport that came to mind? How about thinking of something like, say, vintage car rallies or tall ships racing, or real tennis or cricket? Where is the CLASS?!
Ugh. It's like a plastic shoe. No.
Not that I feel strongly about it or anything...-----
+1 Spot on Mimo (I agreed with everything other than the Daytona contrasting sub dials...I think they work well on that watch). I guess this Patek is another watch you and I won't have to fight over in a steel cage match!
Originally Posted by Belligero
There's a rift between the form and the function. Diver's strap on essentially the opposite of a diver's watch = coginitive dissonance.
As for carbon fiber - I've always felt "carbon fiber" is a fancy way of saying overpriced ugly plastic.