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Originally Posted by Hayward View Post

That's a great looking strap, do you have a source for it? The only perlon straps I can get a hold of are the black NATO straps. And I have a tendency to go through those, as they stretch and then you have to cut and cauterize and they stretch again and then you have to cut cauterize etc.
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Originally Posted by NonServiam View Post

Certainly! 20mm Eulit Kristall Blau Schnalle chrom perlon from http://www.yellys.ch/zub/zub-eulit.html.

The web pages might be a little daunting if you don't read German (and even then), but send herr Fuchs a mail at info@yellys.ch with your order in English, and you will quickly receive a PayPal invoice and excellent service. The shipping was expensive compared to the strap though smile.gif
Feel obliged to mention that the Eulit Kristalls are quite stiff and very thin (much thinner than a regular NATO), so don't expect a soft and/or supple strap! They are actually (for me) marginally uncomfortable to wear initially but they do break in and soften, and the buckle/strap shortening system is pretty neat. The brown one is a muddy olive brown, not a brown brown.
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Originally Posted by Keith T View Post

Good eyes Dino. There IS definitely something funky going on with the optics on that image...the black ring itself is ever so slightly notched to allow for the date window, but aside from that, it is of uniform thickness all the way around the dial.

Many older watches have acrylic crystals shaped like the bottom of a mason jar, which causes the optical distortion.
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

anyone in the mood to vomit and or faint?

http://watch-anish.com/watchanish-x-seddiqi-sons-vip-collectors-event-duabi/

Mmm, 5450... Now that would be a grail watch for me.
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Originally Posted by Belligero View Post


I dunno — those don't seem any lamer in principle to me than a typical self-appointed collector's plastic case filled with catalogue-component "micro-brand" junk, it's just a higher budget. There were a few great watches in there along with the bling, and I'm pretty sure that their owners would at least have the sense not refer to themselves as "WIS"es like certain online types do.

Tentatively agree.

For me I understand that there are different cultures at play with some obviously valuing ostentatious displays of wealth more than others (my MIL - "only immigrants drive BMWs in Sweden"... I couldn't help but LOL).

That said... I also believe some cultures are perhaps... preferable to others, and I'll leave it at that. peepwall[1].gif

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Edited by apropos - 7/1/13 at 4:57am
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I apologise in advance if my watch collection is really Asian, but I am Asian. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

Rolex Datejust 36mm in action


Edited by wurger - 7/2/13 at 3:43am
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Originally Posted by Belligero View Post

I dunno — those don't seem any lamer in principle to me than a typical self-appointed collector's plastic case filled with catalogue-component "micro-brand" junk, it's just a higher budget. There were a few great watches in there along with the bling, and I'm pretty sure that their owners would at least have the sense not refer to themselves as "WIS"es like certain online types do.

 

Yes - and I think the point of my reaction was that... well, I just don't know these peeps. I enjoy the community here at TWAT because... I'm kinda part of it.  Would my opinion change if the thread suddenly revealed that those wrists were actually owned by a bunch of familiar names from TWAT?  Probably.

 

Also, for some mysterious reason I take every opportunity to abbreviate "The Watch Appreciation Thread" and write TWAT.

 

I can't believe I've hit 500 posts.  I remember coming out of lurker status long ago and thinking "well, I suppose I should start sharing my thoughts since Stitchy has, like, 20,000 posts."  Now I'm up to 500 and Stitchy is up to 45,000.  Strictly speaking, my % increase can't even be defined coming from a base of zero.  It's undefinably large.  Stitchy's is 2.25X.  Hehe.

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Indeed.  We tend not to dehumanise people once we interact with them as friends.  Despite your own "high budget" collection, there are notably few assumptions about you in the thread that are based on your (assumed) race. 

 

/rant

 

 

 

So, back to watches.  I have a dish of humble pie to eat, and I have to say it will go down perfectly easily.  I was wrong, the Dino posse were right (why do I not just assume Dino is right about these issues?!)

 

Anyway, here it is: that Cartier Tank Solo isn't at all girly, despite its size.  It's very attractive and perfectly manly.   I said it.  I am clearly an idiot.

 

 

 

 

What's more, I really liked it.  Especially on the strap.  It's still a steel quartz watch for over $2000, so I still have some reservations.  But damn, it really does look nice on the wrist.  Its modest 27mm width looks way more somehow. For context, my wrist is about 7 1/4"

 

Of course I'm comparing it partly to my little 35mm Omega, but they have something in common: they are both on un-tapered straps (or bracelet, in the first pic).  To me this makes a huge difference to how the watch looks and wears, and it's the reason I chose a thick, straight strap for that watch.  If not exactly compensating for a smaller size (tee hee), I certainly think it's true that a tapered strap or bracelet makes the whole thing look and feel more delicate.

 

Anyway, Solo 1, mimo 0.  

 

 

What's more, I couldn't help but look at this simple steel Ballon Bleu.  And it pleased me much more than I expected. 

 

 

 

 

 

Sorry for the wrong-way-around phone pics...I will not be held responsible for any injuries caused by turning your head to view them in "portrait" orientation.  Thank you.  I love you TWATters. :)


Edited by mimo - 7/1/13 at 5:40am
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Originally Posted by Belligero View Post


I can't believe I've hit 500 posts.  I remember coming out of lurker status long ago and thinking "well, I suppose I should start sharing my thoughts since Stitchy has, like, 20,000 posts."  Now I'm up to 500 and Stitchy is up to 45,000.  Strictly speaking, my % increase can't even be defined coming from a base of zero.  It's undefinably large.  Stitchy's is 2.25X.  Hehe.

my thoughts exactly, came out of lurking last month, just hit 100 posts! biggrin.gif Stichy is uncatchable. haha
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Originally Posted by apropos View Post


words

 

WIS eugenics

 

 

what would khan wear?

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Strapped on the Flieger chrono this morning. I was lazy and set the date to 31. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Great watch!  One of the few watches with a Valjoux 7750 that I have always liked (along with its big brother 3713), and might consider getting some day.

Thanks. I've got a thing for pilot's watches.
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

Hmm...nice thread, shame about the casual racism.

i meant no racism in my posts. just stating the facts. they could have been any collection of billionaires and id have stated it the same way. what was OOT to me was that the collection seemed to ooze thoughtless opulence to me. just throwing around cash almost out of boredom. but hey, thats one of the perks of being a billionaire i guess.

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dino - glad you enjoyed my measurement term.

wurger - nice rollie.
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Originally Posted by wurger View Post

my thoughts exactly, came out of lurking last month, just hit 100 posts! biggrin.gif Stichy is uncatchable. haha

 

Rare is the day when Stitchy isn't in the top 10 daily posts box on the bottom right hand side.  During those days I send him messages asking him if he's alright.  Love you, Stitchy (in a manly way)!

 

Wait, those post stats you quoted weren't from Belligero! smile.gif

 

Congrats on becoming a Senior Member. 

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lurv ya too, broseph.
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saw this on that site as well. and this, i love.

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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

Hmm...nice thread, shame about the casual racism.

(Belligero - well said)

I just want to echo Stitchy's sentiments here. I meant no racism in my posts, but I apologize if they came across as such.

But kind of building on this a little bit. I have spent a good deal of time in Kuwait, Egypt, Jordan, and the UAE in the course of my fairly short life, and it is just undeniable that there are those select few who live in opulence that honestly could not even be dreamed of by many. My ex-girlfriend of several years lived and still lives in Jordan, and her father frequently took me to Kuwait and the UAE for business trips. I have been to many weddings over there, and have spent many weeks traipsing around one of the most beautiful, interesting, and culturally rich areas in the world. He was in the business of selling (a) military boats, and (b) super-yachts. Quite the profession, to say the least. I guess what I am trying to say is that I was not in any way trying to bring any sort of racial statement into my post--but rather, just highlight that there is a 'class' (and I use this in the loosest sense) that really does live in a way I could not possibly imagine.

But you are right, we do make assumptions that may or may not have some tie-in with culture. Thus the notion of the "Texas Timex." And to pick up again after Stitchy, I would same the exact same thing if this collection were stateside. Being a billionaire allows you to spend some serious dinero, and they have a right to spend the way that they want.

I was trying to make a comparison between the assortment of watches that were at that event, and the collections that some of the members, on say, the TPP have. Some of the collections on TPP, although they are undeniably expensive and extensive, are almost works of art in the way that they are assembled. There is clearly so much thought and expression going into the collection. I just thought (albeit this is merely through looking at pictures) that there was a lack of... curatorship in the collections. For example, I remember one collector owned the RM011 and the Patek 5550. That is all my statement was trying to communicate.

Also Mimo, back on a more light-hearted topic. That Tank looks delicious. Did you have a chance to try the Solo XL with automatic movement? The quartz does look very nice on your wrist though. As for the Ballon Bleu... eh I would prefer to keep that to the womenz.
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

So, back to watches.  I have a dish of humble pie to eat, and I have to say it will go down perfectly easily.  I was wrong, the Dino posse were right (why do I not just assume Dino is right about these issues?!)

 

Anyway, here it is: that Cartier Tank Solo isn't at all girly, despite its size.  It's very attractive and perfectly manly.   I said it.  I am clearly an idiot.

 

 

 

 

What's more, I really liked it.  Especially on the strap.  It's still a steel quartz watch for over $2000, so I still have some reservations.  But damn, it really does look nice on the wrist.  Its modest 27mm width looks way more somehow. For context, my wrist is about 7 1/4"

 

Of course I'm comparing it partly to my little 35mm Omega, but they have something in common: they are both on un-tapered straps (or bracelet, in the first pic).  To me this makes a huge difference to how the watch looks and wears, and it's the reason I chose a thick, straight strap for that watch.  If not exactly compensating for a smaller size (tee hee), I certainly think it's true that a tapered strap or bracelet makes the whole thing look and feel more delicate.

 

Anyway, Solo 1, mimo 0.  

 

 

What's more, I couldn't help but look at this simple steel Ballon Bleu.  And it pleased me much more than I expected. 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

 

 

 

Sorry for the wrong-way-around phone pics...I will not be held responsible for any injuries caused by turning your head to view them in "portrait" orientation.  Thank you.  I love you TWATters. :)

Mimo, glad to see you have reached a state of enlightenment, and seen the way of the Dino wink.gif .  I think what you will find is that rectangular and square watches never have to be as large in terms of numerical measurements as round ones.  They always seem to wear much larger than a round watch of the same measurements.  The Tank Solo on a strap really does fit you quite well.  I know they offer an XL size Tank Solo with Automatic movement, but I'm not sure if you would find it too large.  The Tank is a design that has aged well, weathered the fickle tastes of fashion, and continues to look as handsome today as it did when it was released nearly 100 years ago.

 

I'm not really a fan of the Ballon Bleu.  It reminds me a bit of the old Ebel Beluga, and I find the date and crown disrupts the entire side of the watch.  But hey, we can't agree on everything or the world would be a boring place.  

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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

dino - glad you enjoyed my measurement term.
 

I learn new things from you all the time.  I believe if that form of measurement existed years ago as part of the metric system, then the metric system might have survived here in the US. 

 

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Originally Posted by wurger View Post

I apologise in advance if my watch collection is really Asian, but I am Asian. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

Rolex Datejust 36mm in action

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

Always good to see a classic being enjoyed in a wrist shot. 

 
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Originally Posted by zippyh View Post


Thanks. I've got a thing for pilot's watches.

Wow, another great one that sadly I let get away years ago.  That is one of my all time favorite bracelets.  So comfortable, elegant, yet rugged!  IMHO, that was the best bracelet IWC ever offered (I'm not a fan of the later ones). 

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I just thought (albeit this is merely through looking at pictures) that there was a lack of... curatorship in the collections. For example, I remember one collector owned the RM011 and the Patek 5550. That is all my statement was trying to communicate.

 

I felt that way too.  But granted, there wasn't much commentary on the why's and what's of how these pieces were chosen, from the website.  But, not knowing who and why they chose the pieces - well, that is what left me unmoved. 

For example, on the topic of the 5550P, this is the kind of post that interests me:

 

http://patek.watchprosite.com/show-forumpost/fi-11/pi-5938698/ti-871768/s-0/

 

But then again I am a nerd. And Mr Anish probably wanted to go for quantity of pics over quality.  It's just that if I were the one documenting an horological experience that blew me away, well, I'd do something like this (my post at PuristSPro about the guided tour of the Patek USA facilities that I took with a few friends):

 

http://patek.watchprosite.com/show-forumpost/fi-11/pi-5866768/ti-862468/s-0/

 

But again, I am a nerd. biggrin.gif

 

Funny aside if you didn't catch this yet: a couple of weeks after I put up that thread, I was asked to take down pics of the minute repeater haha.  Apparently the owner of the piece saw the thread and preferred not to have those pics posted.  I suppose it was easy to infer that there was only one 3974J perpetual calendar minute repeater with a rare champagne dial being serviced at the Patek facilities at that time, if you were the one who actually owned the piece.  Haha!

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lurv ya too, broseph.
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saw this on that site as well. and this, i love.

Wow...that's really a fantastic watch!  Love it!!!

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