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You know, I certainly understand now where you are coming from when you speak so fondly of the Daytona. It has such a reassuring feel to it! It is definitely something I would purchase down the road. But I tried the whole run of modern Rolexes on today, and that was really the only one that sung to me. The maxi cases on the sub and GMT just did not really feel right. The GMT masked it better, but on my very flat wrist, it just kind of had a pancake feel to it. I really like the look of the Explorer I on me as well, but the hands have always kind of bothered me. The Daytona though... I really do get it. I have never been the strongest advocate of the Daytona, but I think I have changed my mind. I also like the Explorer II and Milgauss, but they definitely did not feel as consistent on the wrist.

And +1 to whatever you just said about Cartier. Never get between the Dino and his Cartier fistbump.gif

Lovely picture by the way.

Hi Nuke,

 

I've always liked the Daytonas, even before I knew a lot about the movements, and well before they were popular.  Sadly, I'cw never owned a manual wind model.  However, its one of those watches that the longer you own it, the more you come to appreciate it.  Its one of their "Professional models" that maintains the classic case shape and profile.  I'm sure at some point I will break down and get a Rolex with the new wider shoulders, but I have to admit I don't think the wider shoulders/lugs are an improvement on most of their current sport/pro models.  But enough about that.  As I believe Belligero has stated, the Daytona is just such a versatile watch.  Sure there maybe be events for which you may prefer a true dress watch, but short of those events the Daytona has you covered for everything.  Its one of those pieces that looks good with casual clothes or a suit.  And as mentioned, I beat the hell out of my first SS Zenith based movement model and it was dead on accurate for 5 years.  

 

I think when you are ready to pick up a Daytona, it will put a very large smile on your face, based on its solid performance, great looks, and versatility.  

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missed a lot of good action today and too tired to properly read all the posts. frown.gif

wurger, ddd and dbln79, great sots.

SF/TWAT meetup in nashville. myself, dereks and dcg. yes, that is me with teh donald duck tee shirt and a 112. smile.gif



 

An SF party!!!  WTF, where are the invites???  Just kidding!  Hope you guys are having a great time.  Party on my SF bros!fistbump.gif

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Very nice. That's my favorite dial.

Thanks.  I've owned black and white dials on the older Zenith based models.  The white dials are easier to read at a glance, but I've always favored black dials to white.

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That's rather generous of you to say; I didn't even get any entertainment out of it. But at least some good came of the link; I remembered to check whether Jack Forster — someone who does have writing talent — had any new articles. Lo and behold, I found this, which incisively summarizes everything that's wrong with the mindless pap that constitutes a typical watch article:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 


"I know of no other branch of consumer journalism [than watches] in which (and it gives me no pleasure to say this) the press has so thoroughly abdicated its responsibility to bring some level of critical acuity to the products it covers, and there are a number of reasons for this.[...]

Now part of the problem — especially in the United States — is that the whole notion of watches as objects to be taken seriously on any level at all is largely an alien one. Virtually every editor-in-chief of every major consumer publication from the lowest to the highest knows very little about watches and watchmaking; individuals who in every other respect are models of intelligent discernment, who wouldn’t dream of approaching wine, or style, or cars, or architecture, from an uninformed perspective, look at watches with a nervous suspicion (often largely justified, it pains me to say) that not only are they themselves not terribly interested in watches, but their readers aren’t either. Thus we see high end mechanical watches –objects with over 500 years of history in Europe and the USA, and which for much of that time represented one of the most sophisticated syntheses of technology, science, and artistry in the entire course of human history –handled by already overworked fashion or accessories/jewelry editors; the level of sophistication is usually abysmal (all-black is in!) and coverage all too often consists of a single page of watches with only the most superficial relationship with each other piled one atop the other like so much fruit in a basket."

I was surprised to find the perfect antidote to the mind-numbing effect of AA's vacuous drivel within the same publication. What amazes me is that whoever is in charge of this stuff at Forbes presumably didn't experience any cognitive dissonance (or at least not enough to drop Adams' column) from running the "social peacocking" dreck right after Forster's call for writing standards, design education and discernment in the industry press.

The article goes into more detail regarding the drought of journalistic credibility and reasoned critique in the watch industry; it's well worth reading in full. This is what real writing looks like:

The Good, The Bad, And The Inexcusable: On Writing About Watches

 

 

 

Yes, possibly too generous.  I guess I've come to expect that here in the US, unless the watch article is in a dedicated watch publication, or written by someone that regularly contributes to one...its all going to be fluff peppered with groundless opinion and statements that expose the writer's shallow knowledge of the topic.  I guess I find the generalizations in those articles humorous, as I know that anyone with true experience would not write such nonsense.  

 

Yes, I've read some of Jack Forester's articles.  He is certainly spot on with his discussion about journalists writing about watches.

 

Also, I meant to mention, its interesting that a watchmaker (particularly one with Patek experience) holds the Daytona in such high regard as to choose one for himself.  

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Edit: to make picture of Kate larger.

 

Still not big enough!

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But I have an important message: Happy Fourth of July!!



Is there anything more American than blondes, unbridled patriotism, and women eating phallic shaped foods? I think not.

Edit: to make picture of Kate larger.

Great way to wish your fellow SFer's a Happy 4th!  fistbump.gif   

A very Happy 4th too all of our fellow SFer's 

 

To keep my wishes on topic...the best I can do is blue and white...no red (I don't have a JLC Reverso Rouge) so below is a white/silver an oysterquartz (since Belligero mentioned OQs) and a blue Jumbo. 

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[...]Also, I meant to mention, its interesting that a watchmaker (particularly one with Patek experience) holds the Daytona in such high regard as to choose one for himself.
No doubt; discussing it with someone who had worked with their complicated vintage pieces (i.e. restoring or making parts from scratch for irreplaceable watches) said a lot more to me than any forum opinion I've encountered. Despite having a top job in watchmaking, he returned to Norway to work with intricate subsea equipment instead, which not only brought him back to his home country, but also probably pays a fair bit better.

The friend I mentioned that stayed with watchmaking also wears a Rolex (a Sub LV); we recently had a few beers and I heard a bit about his three weeks in the no-cameras-allowed zone of their Geneva facility. Fascinating stuff. What I find funny is that he avoids watch forums completely, since it's not his idea of fun during spare time, and it's also more than a bit frustrating to read the uninformed nonsense on a typical watch-nerd hangout. This one is generally a different story, though.... in no small part due to your contributions. I find that regulars here tend to "get" the watch thing, which is why it's often a bit of an oasis to me. But yes, there's no denying that the regard of the watchmakers that I've met for Rolex has had a big influence on my perception of their products. My only regret is that I waited so long to finally get one!
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Love the Jumbo!

 

Got this on today. A/T Chronometer in the 41.5 mm size. Aesthetically I'm OK with the whole Sarlacc-mouth effect, but do think I might prefer wearing the 38.5 mm version.

 

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Thanks, Nuke.  And one day I would also like a Daytona very much: white dial for me I think.

 

Happy Fourth to the American watch-loving community. :)

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nuke - I APPROVE OF YOUR MESSAGE!!!!
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Nice shot of the 3 classics

thanks!
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An SF party!!!  WTF, where are the invites???  Just kidding!  Hope you guys are having a great time.  Party on my SF bros!fistbump.gif

sorry dino. : (

i went to nashville for a day and met up with ebroes dereks and dcg. had a blast. back home now.
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Great way to wish your fellow SFer's a Happy 4th!  fistbump.gif
A very Happy 4th too all of our fellow SFer's 
To keep my wishes on topic...the best I can do is blue and white...no red (I don't have a JLC Reverso Rouge) so below is a white/silver an oysterquartz (since Belligero mentioned OQs) and a blue Jumbo.  Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


very nice!
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put the leather strap on for the meetup (insert joke), will switch back to rubber. with this humid weather the rubber is the way to go for me.

wearing BB pants shirt and belt for some american july 4th vibez.

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Almost forgot: in honour of July 4, I'm wearing the national colours of...



...Norway!

Also, of a country that rhymes with "eh", likely due to its proximity to those wacky Canadians. Although I can't quite recall its name at the moment, happy freedom-from-your-imperial-overlords day to its citizens!
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B - you make me want to buy a typewriter just for watch pics. smile.gif
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One of my very few full MC days at work yesterday. Sleeves don't really sit like that etc. I'm not experienced in the ways of MC photos (hence no robopose full body pic, sorry Stitchy).



Someday I'll have a proper dress watch, but it's not really practical for me at the moment. JLC MUT Moon Phase maybe inlove.gif
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Still on island time!
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Let me know when y'all do another Nashvegas trip, I can easily make that trip.
post #22723 of 34891
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Originally Posted by Belligero View Post

That's rather generous of you to say; I didn't even get any entertainment out of it. But at least some good came of the link; I remembered to check whether Jack Forster — someone who does have writing talent — had any new articles. Lo and behold, I found this, which incisively summarizes everything that's wrong with the mindless pap that constitutes a typical watch article:

"I know of no other branch of consumer journalism [than watches] in which (and it gives me no pleasure to say this) the press has so thoroughly abdicated its responsibility to bring some level of critical acuity to the products it covers, and there are a number of reasons for this.[...]

Now part of the problem — especially in the United States — is that the whole notion of watches as objects to be taken seriously on any level at all is largely an alien one. Virtually every editor-in-chief of every major consumer publication from the lowest to the highest knows very little about watches and watchmaking; individuals who in every other respect are models of intelligent discernment, who wouldn’t dream of approaching wine, or style, or cars, or architecture, from an uninformed perspective, look at watches with a nervous suspicion (often largely justified, it pains me to say) that not only are they themselves not terribly interested in watches, but their readers aren’t either. Thus we see high end mechanical watches –objects with over 500 years of history in Europe and the USA, and which for much of that time represented one of the most sophisticated syntheses of technology, science, and artistry in the entire course of human history –handled by already overworked fashion or accessories/jewelry editors; the level of sophistication is usually abysmal (all-black is in!) and coverage all too often consists of a single page of watches with only the most superficial relationship with each other piled one atop the other like so much fruit in a basket."

I was surprised to find the perfect antidote to the mind-numbing effect of AA's vacuous drivel within the same publication. What amazes me is that whoever is in charge of this stuff at Forbes presumably didn't experience any cognitive dissonance (or at least not enough to drop Adams' column) from running the "social peacocking" dreck right after Forster's call for writing standards, design education and discernment in the industry press.

The article goes into more detail regarding the drought of journalistic credibility and reasoned critique in the watch industry; it's well worth reading in full. This is what real writing looks like:

The Good, The Bad, And The Inexcusable: On Writing About Watches

 

Belligero - as always, a most welcome post.  I will read the full article when things settle down here in my chaotic little home, but the snippet you just posted is first rate.  As always.

 

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But I have an important message: Happy Fourth of July!!


 

 

Nuke - this might come as a surprise to you (and to everyone), but this is a highly "no frills"-approved message/picture/post!!!  Happy 4th indeed!

 

As we must continually seek to broaden our horizons regarding these topics, may I submit this picture of the lovely Ms Nina Agdal, also looking very patriotic.  

 

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She is of Danish descent, and starred in a commercial for Carl's Jr recently. I have never appreciated charbroiled Atlantic cod fish as much until I saw that video.  Look it up!

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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

 

I think when you are ready to pick up a Daytona, it will put a very large smile on your face, based on its solid performance, great looks, and versatility.    

 

+1 ^^ abso-freakin-lutely.

 

Went to Coney Island today and spent way too much time in the sand.  So the 5711 had to take a bath.

 

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One of my very few full MC days at work yesterday. Sleeves don't really sit like that etc. I'm not experienced in the ways of MC photos (hence no robopose full body pic, sorry Stitchy).
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Someday I'll have a proper dress watch, but it's not really practical for me at the moment. JLC MUT Moon Phase maybe inlove.gif

Love the SM300.
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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

 

Also, I meant to mention, its interesting that a watchmaker (particularly one with Patek experience) holds the Daytona in such high regard as to choose one for himself.  

 

Actual picture that I took of my friend - who audaciously wore a Rolex when we went on a private tour of Patek USA's facilities in NYC - with a watchmaker.  Who works for Patek.  Look at what she's wearing.

 

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