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post #22726 of 39144
cyc - i can forgive the lack of full fit because the speedy is so awesome.

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Let me know when y'all do another Nashvegas trip, I can easily make that trip.

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Originally Posted by Belligero View Post

I now understand why many experienced collectors (not that I consider myself a collector, I just like wearing 'em) have stated that they'd pick a Daytona of some sort if they had to choose only one watch. 
 

 

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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

I've owned at least 1 Daytona in some form or other since 1994, and they never fail to put a smile on my face or impress me.  I used one as a daily wearer for 5 years, it was dead on accurate (maybe the most accurate watch I ever owned), banged the hell out of it, and sold it for nearly twice what I paid for it when they were nearly impossible to get brand new.  Kept some of the money and used the rest to buy another one at list price.

 

 

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Also, I went to a local watch shop today, which is a Rolex AD. Finally saw a black dialed Daytona. I have to say... I am pretty darn smitten. Just looked phenomenal on my wrist. I have never really understood the allure, but what an incredibly solid feeling watch. It just handles so nice as well.

 

And on the topic of Daytonas... here's Nautilus and Daytona, taking a hot shower together, kinda scratching up against one another.  How hot is that!  Better than some late-night Cinemax movies, fo sho.

 

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And on the topic of Daytonas... here's Nautilus and Daytona, taking a hot shower together, kinda scratching up against one another.  How hot is that!  Better than some late-night Cinemax movies, fo sho.

 

Sorry, I was just taking a shower.

 

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That is funny. I feel like I have had a similar experience so far, without the whole actually getting one thing. It really is fairly telling when you have guys like you, Frills, Dino, etc., who own and rave about their Daytona when they have other watches that are objectively "better." Especially for us young 'uns who are on the aspirational side still!

And trust me, TWAT will be the first place I come when I get any new watch! Love the pictures by the way, especially the espresso picture.
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I can definitely see how one could have those feelings about it! It definitely seems like an easy watch to bond with. It is comfortable, you can wear it anywhere, it is tough as nails, etc. There is something about an incredibly functional watch that is very attractive. I am sure that you will eventually splurge for one of the newer Rolexes... but honestly, those lugs really just don't work for me.
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Originally Posted by Omega Male View Post

Still not big enough!

I will make sure to take the complaint to the mods!
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

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

Daytona bros for life cheers.gif
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nuke - I APPROVE OF YOUR MESSAGE!!!!

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As much as I love the classics (Kate), I have to say, this Nina Agdal creature is very easy on the eyes. Although I have a penchant for blondes (currently dating for the first time a brunette), Miss Agdal is very captivating. I appreciate the patriotism!
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That is funny. I feel like I have had a similar experience so far, without the whole actually getting one thing. It really is fairly telling when you have guys like you, Frills, Dino, etc., who own and rave about their Daytona when they have other watches that are objectively "better." Especially for us young 'uns who are on the aspirational side still!

As much as I love the classics (Kate), I have to say, this Nina Agdal creature is very easy on the eyes. Although I have a penchant for blondes (currently dating for the first time a brunette), Miss Agdal is very captivating. I appreciate the patriotism!

 

I love my other pieces with crazy passion - but I haven't traded out my Daytona to fund the acquisition of any other piece, and it gets worn at least as much as the others.  Actually, now that my wife wears it exclusively, it gets worn all the friggin time!

 

As for Ms Agdal, well.  Here is the Hardee's / Carl's Jr commercial that aired during Superbowl weekend earlier this year.  Stopped many a conversation:

 

Warning: Nina Agdal in a bikini! (Click to show)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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While many in here doesn't like the wider lug and bigger dots that gives the Submariner a more sporty look, but there are two major changes that made my decision to purchase the new version.

- the new ceramic bezel that is virtually scratch resistant and always shinny
- and most importantly, the new glidelock clasp, seriously, IMHO, all metal watch bracelets should embrace that design, those small increments come in so handy.
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Ugh... my AD just called me to inform me that they have a new GMT BLNR in stock. I say "ugh" because I made the decision to pass on this watch a couple of weeks back in lieu of either buying a regular GMT and saving $3,000 in the process or holding out for a few months and seeing if I have the funds for an AP. That said, it's frustrating to know that I'm a mere 2 miles away from a BLNR and could have one on my wrist tonight. I think I'm making the right decision in passing, however, as I'm trying to give this delayed gratification thing a try.
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Ugh... my AD just called me to inform me that they have a new GMT BLNR in stock. I say "ugh" because I made the decision to pass on this watch a couple of weeks back in lieu of either buying a regular GMT and saving $3,000 in the process or holding out for a few months and seeing if I have the funds for an AP. That said, it's frustrating to know that I'm a mere 2 miles away from a BLNR and could have one on my wrist tonight. I think I'm making the right decision in passing, however, as I'm trying to give this delayed gratification thing a try.

Stay strong and stay the course. There must be a good reason why you made this choice.

 

If you really wanted this one instead you would have made a different decision. 

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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

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.



ahaha is that Sam?
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nuke - I APPROVE OF YOUR MESSAGE!!!!
thanks!
sorry dino. : (

i went to nashville for a day and met up with ebroes dereks and dcg. had a blast. back home now.
very nice!

No worries.  Glad you guys had fun.  I'll have to wait until there's a meeting of the SF Bros a bit further north like NYC.  

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

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)



...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!

 

Absolutely perfect way to honor the 4th of July.  Your Pepsi GMT is looking great!

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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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Absolutely approve of that ^^^ patriotic display.

 

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

 

Very cool photo of the 5711 getting a bath!

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As much as I love the classics (Kate), I have to say, this Nina Agdal creature is very easy on the eyes. Although I have a penchant for blondes (currently dating for the first time a brunette), Miss Agdal is very captivating. I appreciate the patriotism!

+1 on Nina Agdal!!!  Funny, you have a thing for blondes and for the first time you are dating a brunette.  I always had a thing for and dated brunettes and figured I'd marry one, but ended up marrying a dirty blonde! wink.gif

 

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Ugh... my AD just called me to inform me that they have a new GMT BLNR in stock. I say "ugh" because I made the decision to pass on this watch a couple of weeks back in lieu of either buying a regular GMT and saving $3,000 in the process or holding out for a few months and seeing if I have the funds for an AP. That said, it's frustrating to know that I'm a mere 2 miles away from a BLNR and could have one on my wrist tonight. I think I'm making the right decision in passing, however, as I'm trying to give this delayed gratification thing a try.

decisions.gif   The GMT is a great watch.  But if you truly desire to own an AP, hold off and get the watch you really want.  Substitutes may work as a temporary distraction, but for me they would never satisfy my true wishes.  Good luck with whatever you decide.  

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Originally Posted by wurger View Post

- the new ceramic bezel that is virtually scratch resistant and always shinny
- and most importantly, the new glidelock clasp, seriously, IMHO, all metal watch bracelets should embrace that design, those small increments come in so handy.

- i love the rolex ceramic bezel
- it is great. i believe breitling uses a similar concept
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Stay strong and stay the course. There must be a good reason why you made this choice.
If you really wanted this one instead you would have made a different decision. 

agree 100%.
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No worries.  Glad you guys had fun.  I'll have to wait until there's a meeting of the SF Bros a bit further north like NYC.  

thanks. either i didnt know or i forgot that you were near NYC. ill shoot you a PM next time im in the area and have some free time.
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Long post regarding Belli's post earlier...

Response to Mr. Forster’s article:

I really enjoyed reading this article, and it brought to my mind a lot of the criticisms that I have with regard to the watch industry. I have only been passionate about watches for a few years, so I am a novice with this whole thing. But I have to say, as a “student” of various luxury goods, the watch industry is a very different animal (note: I know nothing about cars).

I have noticed the “toothlessness” of almost all editorial content covering all things horological. Even the toothiest of sources are, well, not that toothy, to keep the analogy going. For example, Hodinkee had a post on a LUC Chopard the other day (link for posterity: http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/hands-on-with-the-luc-1937-classic-pink-gold-an-elegant-in-house-chronometer-from-chopard-live-pics-pricing), and it really got me thinking. Now, I did not post that nasty comment, but I do kind of agree with some of the content. I read through the post, and I really did not find one remotely negative comment. It is a nice watch, but it is not that nice. And it has some clear “faults,” or at lest drawbacks. It is 42mm, which is pretty gigantic for a watch like that, and that date window is egregiously terrible. Not to mention, the odd amalgamation of Roman numerals, Arabic numerals, different fonts, etc. Now, Hodinkee I usually find to be a pretty honest source. But I feel like big brother is always in the background. Everybody is afraid of biting the hand that feeds. And I think that is a big problem. But how the heck do we change this problem? Honestly, sometimes a spade just needs to be called a spade. If a watch is ugly, it NEEDS to be called ugly. I think in this hobby we are all novices to an extent. There is a lot to learn, and a whole lot of it is incredibly technical.

I think Mr. Forster had a good point when he talks about the “qualifications” that the “ideal” watch journalist should have. Such a person should know something about design, he should know something about engineering, etc. And it is funny when you think about it. Very rarely do I ever read anything that has much “substance” to it. Rarely do you read about the architecture of movements, the quality of the finishing (other than “it has geneve stripes, wow!”), or anything too in depth. It is normally all so superficial. Is this journalism a product of catering to readership? Or is it a product of not knowing enough to intelligently comment? And when you think about the product… it is kind of absurd. We are talking about a product that is just exorbitantly expensive. As much as a darn house. But we barely have any information about it.

I think that the conclusion is particularly… frightening for those that enjoy this hobby. “Selling Veblen goods to a progressively narrower and narrower slice of the affluent uninformed is not a particularly sustainable business model.” Shit, the man has a point. Where do we go from here? How do we change this? This is just such an incredibly difficult problem to solve. And I feel like the watch companies are going in the wrong direction. Right now, they seem to be maximizing profits by targeting that percentage of people who are going to buy watches for whatever price they charge. But I feel like this is really only sustainable in the short term. Many of these brands are completely alienating a younger following.

I also don’t feel like there are many “honest” producers out there. There are “honest” producers in many other categories of luxury goods. Carmina, Sam Hober, etc. People who say “this is a luxury good, suck it up,” I think are incorrect. Yes, it is a luxury good. But I feel like for the “luxury” price, you are not always getting a “luxury” good. There is so much concealment, false advertising, predatory practices, etc., within the industry, it is kind of nauseating. Sometimes I hear about a new watch, and I read a statement that goes something like this: “‘x’ watch presents a great value proposition, it is only $1,800 for an industrially finished sellita movement, with a branded rotor …” How on earth is that a great value proposition? The cost of making these watches is probably shockingly low. But how do we demand a more reasonable mark-up? And unlike other luxury goods, the after-market service is frequently atrocious. And expensive. If your watch malfunctions within the first couple of months, normally you have to send it back. That takes three months. They take it apart, ship it back and forth, and you often have to pay for shipping and insurance, etc. Honestly, if that happens with a $10,000 product, they should just be taking that thing back and replace it. But somehow these problems are not being rectified, and no one is really talking about it.

And it is not like honest pricing is not possible. Nomos is a small brand, an offers an in-house product for under $2,000. Frederique Constante offers a moonphase with date, and a world-timer for a little over $2,000 with an in-house movement. Neither of these brands have the economies of scale and size that SWATCH or Richemont have, yet they are able to price their products much more reasonably.

And the sources to “actually” learn from are dwindling. That is one of the things I love about this thread. I feel like everyone is pretty damn honest. Everyone is respectful, but people are not afraid to disagree. And that creates intelligent discourse. Just a couple thoughts I had!
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Great post. Agree with some points, but not all. Will reply with more than blurbs after a good nights sleep.
post #22739 of 39144
Longines Conquest Heritage in action, really like the vintage style, Hesalite crystal and gold markers and hands.

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!957 Omega Ranchero



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