Originally Posted by ChicagoRon
I'm totally picturing a low-level Italian or Russian mafia guy, like Pacino's character from Donnie Brasco or Roman and Maurice from Rounders in their fake Armani and Versace sweaters with a big old solid gold sub right now, in head to toe matching velour track suit. Gives me LULZ.
Got a good laugh from your description, but once I thought about it I could picture the scenes from those films.
Originally Posted by NonServiam
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
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
Love the vintage gold Sub and GMT...I particularly like the photo of the one on the green strap. Also, glad to hear the gold ones are only get wrist time when you are home in sweats. On the bracelet, yea they can be a bit blingy...but once you get used to it, you forget about it being all gold...or as they say in Donnie Brasco...fugeddaboudit.
Originally Posted by jbarwick
Some amazing gold watches in here! Never fancied a Daytona but that gold one is lust worthy.
Thanks. I'm not such a fan of the newer models in all gold (although I wouldn't mind one in rose gold with black dial), but the older ones in gold are kind of cool, especially when the gold oxidizes a bit and really starts to look vintage.
Originally Posted by Axelman 17
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'm not generally an Offshore fan (I prefer the original ROs), but the Scuba is a cool watch. Although, I prefer it on a SS bracelet. I know lots of high end companies put watches on rubber straps, but I don't care for how it looks.
Originally Posted by rnguy001
I'm going to join you in this very small boat - I too like the AP ROs (divers and offshores) a lot. And like you would have a hard time justifying their price (- to myself. Though I admit in person their quality and craftsmanship really do stand up to their reputation), but I really like looking at them..
It does start to become a lot of money for a diving watch, but the quality on their pieces is exceptional. When you look at one up close and you see the perfectly beveled edges, the complex curves, the mix of polished and brushed surfaces, and you consider how labor intensive it is, you begin to understand why one costs so much.
Originally Posted by in stitches
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.
Hi Stitchy. In addition to it being called a waffle pattern many people refer to it as Clou de Paris or petite tapisserie. The dials are not stamped, they are guilloched. Back in the 1970's when the original RO was being conceived, AP developed a machine to allow them to engine turn the dials to form this specific pattern. I've seen photos of the machine and the description of the process in some of my older AP catalogs and reference materials.
Originally Posted by Axelman 17
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.
Hmmm the "Aquanut"...you should definitely propose that name change to Patek. Just kidding. I've tried on the Aquanaut and its nice, but something just didn't do it for me. The ROO Scuba is just a better execution IMHO.
Originally Posted by mimo
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? :)
Couldn't help but laugh out loud..."His Royal Highness" Thanks I'll take that as a compliment
I agree with all of the above. Its definitely a lot of money for a dive watch, but it really works well. Its one of the few Offshore models that I can admit I like. I'm not sure I'd buy one, but the workmanship on these is really exceptional. As I previously mentioned, if you inspect one up close, it quickly becomes evident how labor intensive it is to make a RO/ROO, and that its fit, and finish are second to none. I think this is a watch that fits in with the genre of the ROO, it never loses sight of its purpose, nor does it seem like some strange contrived experiment to stuff high horology into a super sporty case simply to say we made something contradictory to its design and still people bought it. The ROO Scuba just a great watch.