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Originally Posted by Axelman 17 View Post

I know it is unlikely to get a lot of TWAT love but I have a secret obsession with the AP ROO Diver. I find the layout harmonious and really like the squares on the face (not sure what they are called). Im not sure I would shell out $20K for a diver but I do love looking at it.
 

 

I think it's called a "waffle" dial, although that may be unofficial!

 

When I was bashing the giant ROOs, it wasn't really this I had in mind.  After all, the RO it's a sports watch in nature and origin, so making a chunky version with a rubber strap and other dive-y accoutrements is no more ridiculous than Patek making the Aquanaut.  Sure, it's true that $20k is a lot for a diving accessory, and you'd probably be upset were you ever to scratch that lovely brushed case.  But then it's all a matter of degrees.  It's a bit much next to a Sub or a Seamaster, but a lot less silly than a gold one.

 

And that's really what I (and if I might take His Royal Highness's name in vain, Dino) was railing against: making a watch like this out of rose gold with a tourbillon in it, still in diver proportions with diver functionality on a diver's rubber strap, for $200k, is what's silly.  Making endless Skittles-coloured limited editions with fake carbon flanges and luminous extraneous twattery, for $50k.  That's what is silly.

 

At the end of the day, this is a dive watch, so it's big, on a rubber strap, and heavy-looking.  And it's an AP so it costs quite a lot.  I can't say I have anything really to criticise about either of those things.  This is the one that makes sense.  It's the brothers and sisters I can't quite rationalise, but then since when was any of this rational? :)

post #21152 of 37531
Well said, I agree on all fronts. I like the Aquanut as well but prefer the ROO Diver. I think the signature octagonal bezel really lends itself to a diver type application like this one.
post #21153 of 37531
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Originally Posted by Axelman 17 View Post

Well said, I agree on all fronts. I like the Aquanut as well but prefer the ROO Diver. I think the signature octagonal bezel really lends itself to a diver type application like this one.

big plus one.

mimo - yes, its called a waffle dial, but i was wondering if its stamped or guilloche, i would guess stamp, as i think guilloche requires turning, and i dont see how that box pattend could be accomplished with turning, as opposed to wave or circular patterns, but i dont really know for sure.
post #21154 of 37531
Speaking of divers....any thoughts on Nomos new release at Basel. Not sure if I like it or not but I would like to see it in person.




http://www.watch-insider.com/news/baselworld-2013-nomos-novelties/
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i am not a huge nomons fan. frown.gif

that looks to me like a less awesome stowa.

also, flat date windows, meaning, no stepping/layering on the dial cut out, with no border make me so mad.

i think this patek, while not great, is not turrible, for example. but the date window really ruins it for me. its a really flat dead looking watch, and i think a little border on the date window would make a huge difference.
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as opposed to these, that at least have a little border that makes all the difference for me.
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also noteworthy, the lack of depth to the calendar dials on the first patek. basically, i really dont like that first patek because its dead looking. give some depth to the dials add a date border and bam, a whole different watch.


edit - clicked nomos for large size. date window is slightly stepped, and there is some nice guilloche on the sub dial. not a terrible watch. still would go stowa over that though. would like a wider strap too.

i feel so nit-picky frown.gif
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I like that is has small seconds and a date in that layout.  But for that suggested MRSP, I think I'd get a Seamaster for the diving, a Stowa for that look, and a steak for dinner with the change!  Or maybe just a used Sub and skip dinner.

 

I mean, it's...OK...but I don't love the mix of numbers and batons: Lange do that on the Datography because the dial is crowded, and for me it works; here it seems unnecessary and derivative.  The little coloured second hand to make it more "sporty" seems contrived to me, and overall it seems a little confused about its own identity.  And for $4500, it needs to be more than OK for me.

post #21157 of 37531
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Originally Posted by DLJr View Post


If you're at the Phils game on the 1st, I may be able to show it to you in the metal so you have a better idea of the watch if you have concerns. Just send a PM my way.

Appreciate the offer! As of right now, I'm not planning to attend, but if anything changes I'll shoot you a PM.
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Originally Posted by Newcomer View Post

The pilot is especially cool. I get bored with normal fliegers, so I need something a bit different.

Something like this RGM?

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post #21159 of 37531
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

i am not a huge nomons fan. frown.gif

that looks to me like a less awesome stowa.

edit - clicked nomos for large size. date window is slightly stepped, and there is some nice guilloche on the sub dial. not a terrible watch. still would go stowa over that though. would like a wider strap too.

i feel so nit-picky frown.gif

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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

I like that is has small seconds and a date in that layout.  But for that suggested MRSP, I think I'd get a Seamaster for the diving, a Stowa for that look, and a steak for dinner with the change!  Or maybe just a used Sub and skip dinner.

I mean, it's...OK...but I don't love the mix of numbers and batons: Lange do that on the Datography because the dial is crowded, and for me it works; here it seems unnecessary and derivative.  The little coloured second hand to make it more "sporty" seems contrived to me, and overall it seems a little confused about its own identity.  And for $4500, it needs to be more than OK for me.

Good points and I am a Stowa fan as well. Not as clean looking as a tangente but an interesting option if you are not a typical diver fan.
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Originally Posted by NonServiam View Post

Thanks! Hehe, I do bring it out of the house, don't worry. Although it seems to have become my choice for relaxed and casual evenings.

Not every dressy event requires a dress watch, I agree. I won't hestitate to pretend to be James Bond and wear a steel Sub on a Nato to any fancy party redface.gif It's only the full gold bracelet look that I'm not comfortable with. (On me, that is. Others will surely pull it off.) I will however happily wear my gold GMT on a strap with anything satisfied.gif

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This GMT looks awesome, what color is the bezel? Can't quite tell, it has a reddish hue to it but it could be the angle of the pic.
post #21161 of 37531
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

i have always wanted an RGM.

I have seen several of Roland Murphy's watches in person. Pictures do not do them justice. They are works of art. His guilloche dials are made on a hand- turned antique rose engine. I have a friend who has a few, including a one of a kind that was featured a few years back in WatchTime.
post #21162 of 37531
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Originally Posted by Flake View Post

I have seen several of Roland Murphy's watches in person. Pictures do not do them justice. They are works of art. His guilloche dials are made on a hand- turned antique rose engine. I have a friend who has a few, including a one of a kind that was featured a few years back in WatchTime.

i should really go to his place and see them one day, its not too far away from me.
post #21163 of 37531
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Originally Posted by forex View Post

This GMT looks awesome, what color is the bezel? Can't quite tell, it has a reddish hue to it but it could be the angle of the pic.

The bezel started out as the regular brown bezel for the gold GMT . Now it's a spectacular purplish-red-brown fade. I wish I could say that the patina is the product of many years of baking under the mediterranean sun, but I know for a fact that the baking was done in the former owner's oven shog[1].gif
My (not so original) assumption is that a lot of patinaed tritium and bezels are made the same way ...

With a black bezel and a green Nato, you have a different look altogether satisfied.gif

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I love that combo NS. Where did you happen to come across that NATO by the way? I have been looking for NATOs with gold hardware for quite some time.

Also, on a different note, does anyone ever ride their bike with a mechanical? Today I was biking with my Speedy Pro, and I decided to bike with one hand shog[1].gif. Then again, the New Orleans streets can be fairly bumpy.
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Originally Posted by Newcomer View Post

I love that combo NS. Where did you happen to come across that NATO by the way? I have been looking for NATOs with gold hardware for quite some time.

Thanks! Our very own Singular has some: http://www.singularstraps.se/shop/category/nato-guld/

Also got some here: http://www.strapcode.com/store/nato-gold-edition-c-229.html?infoBox=0

here : http://www.ebay.com/itm/NATO-Watch-Strap-Gold-Plated-Buckles-Heritage-Stripes-or-Classic-Bond-/300597068885?pt=UK_Jewellery_Watches_WatchAccessories_SpareParts_SM&var=&hash=item45fcfb4455

and here: http://www.lapassioneperiltempo.com/kshop/store/kommerce_ShowDettaglioArticolo.asp?IDART=2603&TIPO=A

My guess is all of the major sellers of Natos have them now.

A couple of years ago, they were nowhere to be found. So I had one leather Nato custom made with gold plated hardware just for me. That was expensive, and totally unnecessary. Shortly after, gold Natos were everywhere. A pic of my watch and strap did the rounds on Tumblr after getting posted here, it still shows up on my dashboard every now and then smile.gif



(Edit: Hm, sounds as if I take the credit for the rise of the gold Nato, which is totally unbecoming, and untrue. An italian collector in VRF had one made with solid 18k hardware, which I suppose is the source of the interest. At least it was to me.)
Edited by NonServiam - 5/21/13 at 2:29pm
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