The Watch Appreciation Thread - Page 1485
Styles mentioned in this thread:
There's a double ridge brown gator OEM Omega strap with curved ends that's amazing, but I don't know that they make it any more, and it was not cheap to begin with. Hirsch professional is a much cheaper alternative that comes in black and brown (though it's embossed calf, and doesn't have curved ends).
If you like the curved ends, the Hirsch Medici is a good and inexpensive option, and the brown leather seems to age nicely.
Then there are the various NATO options. I've considered one of these cordovan versions, though the prices seem excessive to me: http://www.dalucastraps.com/leather/
I love the article you linked to - I agree with it entirely (apart from the author's charming innocence of the truly hideous pricing, as you mentioned!). Many of the comments suggest that Patek cannot be aspirational as all Patek owners have at least ten and they cost at least $50k a pop on average. But I suspect many of those posts are sour grapes, and missing the point: that if someone can find the $25k for a Nauti, or better, then having just the one will make them look and feel like the kind of person who has ten.
1. In your case, of course, the addiction struck.
2. And I bet you've subscribed to the Economist for some time, too.
3. Job done, eh Patek Philippe?
The 15400 is a nice watch. I looked at it and considered one, but went with the iconic 15202. Actually, another SFer recently PM'd me regarding the 15400 vs. the 15202. He actually had purchased a 15400 a little while ago, but had not worn it yet. He had this nagging feeling that maybe he should have gone with the 15202. After some chatting about the various merits of each, and a bit of my bad influence, he traded the 15400 toward a 15202. Each is a really great watch. The 15400 is a bigger thicker case and bracelet, which might be useful if you are really tough on a watch. The 15202 is as close as you can get to the original RO released 40+ years ago, and there are certain nuances that I find more appealing in terms of design, and its historic importance.
You have a beautiful watch, nice job on the restore, that has to be for me one of the nicer Breitling's, very clean and not too busy. Your father has good taste. Cheers
Thanks...I have several of his and my grandfathers. IMO, the vintage watches have great character.
I took it to a friend that is a local jeweler who then sent it to someone that restore's Breitlings. There were no mechanical problems with the movement, so it overhauled and the face restored. I am far from an expert, but I believe they did an excellent job.
I actually just googled wrist photos of the 15400 and holy crap does it ever wear big for a 41mm watch. Does the 39mm wear big as well? I didn't even give the 15202 any consideration, because I've always considered anything under 40mm to be too small for me (which is a shame, because if Rolex offered the Explorer in a 40 or 42, it would be on my wrist right now).
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The 15300 wears a bit bigger than it's actual size. The shape of the bezel, the shape and thickness of the watch head, and the bracelet all make the watch wear a bit bigger than it's actual size.