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The new strap looks fantastic on the Reverso.  Enjoy it.

thanks, dino! i plan on it. smile.gif
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hanky looks awesome too!!

INORITE!!! it makes a great backdrop. best use of a PS all time. smile.gif
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Stitch- the strap you put on the watch is perfect

 

As a noob, im surprised that a few cartier watches get love on the this forum.  Without knowing, I thought Cartier would be a brand that would be taboo

 

Since it has been suggested to look into used/vintage watches to find something under 4K, anyone recommend any stores or websites that are trusted and have a good selection?

post #21918 of 35576
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Originally Posted by Khal80 View Post

Stitch- the strap you put on the watch is perfect

As a noob, im surprised that a few cartier watches get love on the this forum.  Without knowing, I thought Cartier would be a brand that would be taboo

Since it has been suggested to look into used/vintage watches to find something under 4K, anyone recommend any stores or websites that are trusted and have a good selection?

This old article from Departures has some good suggestions, especially if you are in the NYC area.

http://www.departures.com/articles/in-search-of-the-perfect-vintage-watch
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Mimo - I have to admit the Luminors have an appeal. They certainly look better to me that the main Panerai models. I understand some are smaller?

 

Stitch - The strap on the Squadra appears to be upside down - personal preference or is that the way you do it with deployants?

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Originally Posted by Hayward View Post

Stitch - The strap on the Squadra appears to be upside down - personal preference or is that the way you do it with deployants?

that is the way it is done. tang straps, long portion on bottom, deployants, long portion on top. that way the buckle closes the way it would as if it were tang, and not upside down.

that is how they come from manufacturer as well. certainly you can put one on the other way, but this way is technically correct and i think it looks better too and is more properly proportioned on the wrist.
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Originally Posted by Khal80 View Post

Stitch- the strap you put on the watch is perfect

thanks!
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As a noob, im surprised that a few cartier watches get love on the this forum.  Without knowing, I thought Cartier would be a brand that would be taboo

Since it has been suggested to look into used/vintage watches to find something under 4K, anyone recommend any stores or websites that are trusted and have a good selection?

while there are many who do view cartier as a jewelry maker not a real watch maker, they do have a long history in watches and really have stepped up their game over the past 5-7 years or so. they have some beautiful models as they are a master of design and some great movements as well. both sourced and in house.

tool around on chrono24 if you are looking for used/vintage pieces.
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Originally Posted by Khal80 View Post

As a noob, im surprised that a few cartier watches get love on the this forum.  Without knowing, I thought Cartier would be a brand that would be taboo

Hi Khal,

 

I think there is an unfortunate tendency for people to dismiss Cartier as being a jewelry brand that makes some watches.  Yes, its true they are famous for the jewelry, however they have a long and rich history of producing some fantastic and complicated watches and clocks (I have previously posted a very lengthy post on this but it would probably take me a month to find it).  They were producing wristwatches before companies like Rolex, Piaget, and several other respected brands even existed.  Back in the 1920s and 1930s they were making minute repeater wristwatches, perpetual calendar wristwatches, single pusher chronographs, and other very creative watches, and I've read they invented the deployant clasp. 

 

When it comes to Cartier's various models, just as with IWC, Omega, and others, not all of their watches are equally.  Cartier has entry level models with basic ETA based movements, there are/have been watches with high grade movements from THA, F.Piguet, Piaget, JLC, and then there are some movements made completely in house.    

 

As with any brand there are some Cartier watches I adore and some I could live without.  However, I could make the same statement about Rolex, VC, AP, Patek, Lange, Piaget, JLC, Panerai, Breguet, Omega, Breitling, IWC or just about any other brand you can think of.  Whether one likes Cartier or not, there is no denying they have produced an impressive collection of watches that have made a strong impact in the world of horology.  As I've said frequently...no one brand can be everything to everyone.

 

If you remotely have an interest in them, they say now is the time to pick up a nice vintage piece or something from their now retired Privee collection.  Their vintage piece have become more sought after in recent years.   

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Stitches,

 

That's a really nice band. May I ask where you got it?

 

Thanks

 

 

 

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ZOMG EVEN MOAR PICS!!!!!111!! (Click to show)

post #21923 of 35576
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Originally Posted by Devoti View Post

Stitches,
That's a really nice band. May I ask where you got it?

thanks, D! i got it from a jewelry/watch guy in FL that we do a lot of business with with, who ordered it from an AD for me, who ordered it from JLC in swisslandz. i got a bit of a discount, he sold it to me at his cost as favor to a friend, but even so, the discount was not huge. accessories are not to sold to ADs from the manufatures at near the % cost that the actual watches are.
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Hayward - there are, although as I said, I found the massive ones surprisingly wearable.  YMMV.  I think there are some at around 42mm, which seems more mainstream.  But I maintain that if I were to buy a Panerai, why would I want one to be "normal sized"?  It seems to me part of the identity that it's a bit of a monster.  Then again, it's a matter of proportion with the wearer I suppose.  But considering my daily wear is about 35mm and a modest depth too (manual), I wasn't much fazed by the size difference.

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For those that have been looking for cool vintage in the 3-5k range, this is a sweet one:

http://www.aaronfaber.com/viewitem.asp?idProduct=4112

post #21926 of 35576
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I liked it, but it didn't make me feel like enough of a douchebag!

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Is the 323 on the Jules Verne (sueded croc) strap? Those are supposed to be great....I've heard that they are buttery soft right from the get-go, and they age very well. Of course most Paneristi are going to be swapping out constantly anyway.



Stitchy: love the last pic...that's a great pair.
post #21927 of 35576

Ron,

 

This is a prime example of what I mentioned to Khal a page or two back.  I actually saw a similar VC on eBay when I did a quick search of examples for him.  But it's that 33mm case size that makes it so cheap, while at the same time so difficult to sell to a modern gent.  But as I've also mentioned, I have a wrist size over 7 1/4 +, and wear a 35mm watch most days, so if I were that much more slender, I don't see why not.

 

And also, we mostly have women in our lives, don't we?  I'd get a lot of pleasure out of seeing her wear this.  Nice pick, Ron. :)

 

 

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Keith, sorry we posted at the same time.  Yes, I didn't know that's what it was called, but that's exactly what it must have been.  It was the most luxurious and special-feeling watch strap I've seen.  Almost seemed odd to find something so lovely on a tang.  It's absolutely beautiful, and you're right, butter-soft.

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Originally Posted by Keith T View Post

Stitchy: love the last pic...that's a great pair.

thanks, keith!! i agree. fistbump.gif
post #21929 of 35576
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post


thanks, D! i got it from a jewelry/watch guy in FL that we do a lot of business with with, who ordered it from an AD for me, who ordered it from JLC in swisslandz. i got a bit of a discount, he sold it to me at his cost as favor to a friend, but even so, the discount was not huge. accessories are not to sold to ADs from the manufatures at near the % cost that the actual watches are.

 

 

Thanks Stitches,

 

I think the best course of action and the proper thing to do is maybe to look and admire the band for a day or two so you can enjoy it and then sell it to me! (joking). It's really nice. The first time you posted a pic it looked like a typical back band but the new pics show it a lot better.

 

I have been looking hard for the past several months for this exact type of band, same luster, color, rolled edges and texture. I've been failing hard finding the band because either color/texture is off or it's too glossy or too flat. The only thing I'm finding close it are NOS vintage Omega straps or spend $400++ for a similar band.

 

I was only asking if it was a local supplier who may have had a batch of them. It's so hard finding good replacement straps due to the nature of the material and hand finishing. I think it would be a crap shoot getting the same band going through the chain of AD's and then to JLC Swiss.

 

So just PM me and I'll send you my address (joke, sort of).

 

Cheers

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Originally Posted by Devoti View Post

Thanks Stitches,

I think the best course of action and the proper thing to do is maybe to look and admire the band for a day or two so you can enjoy it and then sell it to me! (joking). It's really nice. The first time you posted a pic it looked like a typical back band but the new pics show it a lot better.

I have been looking hard for the past several months for this exact type of band, same luster, color, rolled edges and texture. I've been failing hard finding the band because either color/texture is off or it's too glossy or too flat. The only thing I'm finding close it are NOS vintage Omega straps or spend $400++ for a similar band.

I was only asking if it was a local supplier who may have had a batch of them. It's so hard finding good replacement straps due to the nature of the material and hand finishing. I think it would be a crap shoot getting the same band going through the chain of AD's and then to JLC Swiss.

So just PM me and I'll send you my address (joke, sort of).

Cheers

thanks!

yeah, for these pics i had better lighting and took my time. the strap only pics were just a teaser. id be glad to sell it to you. as long as the profit is enough that i can handle waiting another 6 weeks to order another one. : )

i would imagine though, that JLC is pretty uniform in their straps, and that another would be pretty darn close to this one, but i dont know that for sure. either way, yeah, good bands are not always easy to find, certainly not on the cheap.

lastly, this band is made for the squdra specifically, and has wide plastic end caps to fit the width between the lugs, so i doubt it would look right on any other watch anyways.

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