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post #23221 of 39278
My AD texted me, my new watch is ready, the two straps of correct length I ordered arrived from Switzerland biggrin.gif But I am enjoying my holiday waay too much to drive into the city and collect it. Delayed gratification was never my strong suit, good thing I brought enough wrist candy to last a week or two.

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post #23222 of 39278
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Originally Posted by Belligero View Post

It's probably old hat to many, but I haven't seen it in this thread yet so some of you may enjoy watching (or re-watching) it:

In under thirty minutes, it manages to do a pretty thorough job of explaining the whole watch thing. Very candid observations from experienced collectors and dealers, too.

That is a great vid! Honest and so true. Captures both the thrill and the neurotic silliness of watch collecting. I bought a gold transitional Sub a couple of years after watching this for the first time. I actually had forgotten where I saw it featured, or at least I thought so. My mind probably had it stored away for an appropriate time when my guard was down.
post #23223 of 39278
A bit of Google searching turned up this information about the watch I remembered:

he world's first self-powered mechanical watch movement has been invented by American master watchmaker Steven Phillips. The mechanism, which he has trademarked as the "Eternal Winding System" (EWS), is continually powered by a temperature-sensitive bi-metallic coil.


http://www.jckonline.com/article/293586-American_Invents_Self_Powered_Mechanical_Watch_Movement.php


Apparently, this guy Phillips invented this movement, made a few watches, then died.

I'm surprised no watch companies have picked up this technology. It seems interesting.


More here:

http://www.luxurywatchswap.com/steven-phillips.php

http://people.timezone.com/library/news/news631757485905156250


http://mb.nawcc.org/showthread.php?15354-NEW-CONCEPT-ATMOS-WATCH&s=3d21ef7adb4f83c304e69005c40fb3b9


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Originally Posted by Kai View Post

Some years ago, I saw several articles about a watch that winds itself as a result of changes in temperature. There's some temperature sensitive metal spring inside that coils and uncoils as a result of very small changes in temperature.

At the time, folks seemed very excited about this technology, and it was the next big thing.

Anyone ever seen a watch that incorporates these principles?
post #23224 of 39278
NS - you amaze me. and the daytona looks great.

kai - cool stuff, thanks for the links.
post #23225 of 39278

Hi, long time lurker, first post.

 

This maybe belongs in a poor man's watch thread, but I thought I would post here.

 

Aviator watches are, in my opinion, the best first purchase for a watch nerd. They look great with denim, and when paired with a suit give a bit of rugged flair without being out of place.

 

I only own one watch, pictured here:

 

 

 

 

 

This is from a gentleman named Hans Kemmner, Erkahund on Ebay. He makes the cases in Germany. Choice of either Unitas or Seagull movements. This has a Unitas. ~ $450.

 

Yes, I know the band is beat up. I've got a watchadoo in the mail at the moment.

 

Anyways, an amazing watch for the value. Only thing I know that comes in at a similar pricepoint for similar quality is the Binnacle Anchor and maybe a slightly vintage Seiko diver.
 

post #23226 of 39278
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Originally Posted by NonServiam View Post

My AD texted me, my new watch is ready, the two straps of correct length I ordered arrived from Switzerland biggrin.gif But I am enjoying my holiday waay too much to drive into the city and collect it. Delayed gratification was never my strong suit, good thing I brought enough wrist candy to last a week or two. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Originally Posted by NonServiam View Post

That is a great vid! Honest and so true. Captures both the thrill and the neurotic silliness of watch collecting. I bought a gold transitional Sub a couple of years after watching this for the first time. I actually had forgotten where I saw it featured, or at least I thought so. My mind probably had it stored away for an appropriate time when my guard was down.
Yeah, I thought the video was pretty well-done!

Wore the Daytona for a day of grilling, waterskiing and tossing a disc around near a beach in the Lyse fjord. Perfect summer day, perfect watch for it. cheers.gif
post #23227 of 39278
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Originally Posted by Belligero View Post

It's probably old hat to many, but I haven't seen it in this thread yet so some of you may enjoy watching (or re-watching) it:

In under thirty minutes, it manages to do a pretty thorough job of explaining the whole watch thing. Very candid observations from experienced collectors and dealers, too.

Great video.  I had never seen it, nor do I recall previously hearing of Mr. Bolt.  It certainly raises the issue of variety vs. consolidation down to 1 great piece.  I might be able to consolidate down to a few, but not sure about just 1.  That would be really tough!

 

 

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Originally Posted by NonServiam View Post

My AD texted me, my new watch is ready, the two straps of correct length I ordered arrived from Switzerland biggrin.gif But I am enjoying my holiday waay too much to drive into the city and collect it. Delayed gratification was never my strong suit, good thing I brought enough wrist candy to last a week or two.

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

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I'd be dying to go see whatever my AD brought in for me.  You have incredible self restraint!  

post #23228 of 39278
Very cool video! I remember seeing that video when I first started looking at watches, and it is funny looking at it now... and being a bit more understanding. All in the matter of a couple of years no less!

Day before the exam for me, and just finishing up my preparation. Going to be wearing my Speedy. It has been lucky so far!

Also, in regards to that platinum Nautilus... supposedly Patek is starting to make them as a limited release. IIRC, they will be retailing at 85 large.
post #23229 of 39278
Good luck on the exam, newC!
post #23230 of 39278
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Originally Posted by dopey View Post

Why are they giving yoiu a Rado in particular? Are they getting a special deal on; are they friend with the dealer it or is there some other reason?
It is odd to give you a choice but specify only one brand. I remember when my dad bought me a watch for my 21st, he said I could choose either an Omega, a Heuer or a Breitling because those were real, honest watch brands.
Obviously, he had his idea of values he wanted to impart, but he gave me some choice.

yeah it's a little of both. One is that my relative is one of the originators of fiber optic technology in Taiwan so he's tech obsessed and has an unnatural affection for the Rado "tech" stuff. The other reason is one of his business partners is connected to the company some how and gets great deals on them. so yeah...

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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

have them get you whatever model you can resale for the most money. devil.gif
gimme.

haha Stitchy... don't you think I thought of that already? might make it awkward next time I see him and I'm wearing a Reverso instead! That one above is amazing.

btw @ Dino... thank you for that thoughtful response. you're right on there. I tried on a few at LAX last night... going to a few boutiques around town this week and will take some wrist shots.
post #23231 of 39278
Great video. Wasn't a huge fan of his choice in the end - the fascination with that gold Rolex escapes me.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Belligero View Post

It's probably old hat to many, but I haven't seen it in this thread yet so some of you may enjoy watching (or re-watching) it:

In under thirty minutes, it manages to do a pretty thorough job of explaining the whole watch thing. Very candid observations from experienced collectors and dealers, too.
post #23232 of 39278
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Originally Posted by Newcomer View Post

Day before the exam for me, and just finishing up my preparation. Going to be wearing my Speedy. It has been lucky so far!
 

Brings back memories.  Wishing you all the best and lots of luck!!!  

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Originally Posted by Kid Nickels View Post

yeah it's a little of both. One is that my relative is one of the originators of fiber optic technology in Taiwan so he's tech obsessed and has an unnatural affection for the Rado "tech" stuff. The other reason is one of his business partners is connected to the company some how and gets great deals on them. so yeah...
haha Stitchy... don't you think I thought of that already? might make it awkward next time I see him and I'm wearing a Reverso instead! That one above is amazing.

btw @ Dino... thank you for that thoughtful response. you're right on there. I tried on a few at LAX last night... going to a few boutiques around town this week and will take some wrist shots.

Even if its not your grail brand, have fun and enjoy finding the right one.  I look forward to seeing some wrist shots soon!

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Originally Posted by rnguy001 View Post

Great video. Wasn't a huge fan of his choice in the end - the fascination with that gold Rolex escapes me.

Yea...but you're kind of an anti-Rolex guy anyway.  I think its interesting to see some of the rarer pieces you wouldn't normally see particularly in gold.  In addition, the dial on it is what makes it kind if cool compared to later ones.  Also keep in mind the buyer was working within a budget, and even then he did end going bit beyond it.  I'm sure he saw some rarer, and possibly more interesting pieces, but they could have been beyond what he could do.  

post #23233 of 39278

Got to spend the weekend in Connecticut with an old college buddy who has managed to remain stubbornly employed on Wall St. throughout the recent unpleasantness. We discussed the 2X theory of watch acquisition -- ie. each piece should cost pretty close to twice the one that preceded it, theoretically encouraging you to defer purchases until the income stream has grown to accommodate them. And you actually keep them all. We made some ladders under varying conditions (it was hot, and we were drinking) and the no-brand-repeat favorite was:

 

Speedy --> Sea-Dweller (16600) --> Royal Oak --> Nautilus -- > Patrimony (platinum) --> Sorry, you're not allowed to make that much in finance anymore.  

post #23234 of 39278
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Originally Posted by Belligero View Post

Yeah, I thought the video was pretty well-done!
Wore the Daytona for a day of grilling, waterskiing and tossing a disc around near a beach in the Lyse fjord. Perfect summer day, perfect watch for it. cheers.gif

 

Thanks for sharing that vid, Belligero.  Certainly not old hat for me - a fun 28 minutes!

 

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Originally Posted by Newcomer View Post

Very cool video! I remember seeing that video when I first started looking at watches, and it is funny looking at it now... and being a bit more understanding. All in the matter of a couple of years no less!

Day before the exam for me, and just finishing up my preparation. Going to be wearing my Speedy. It has been lucky so far!

Also, in regards to that platinum Nautilus... supposedly Patek is starting to make them as a limited release. IIRC, they will be retailing at 85 large.

 

Best wishes on the exam, Newcomer!  Let us know how it goes!  

 

Exchanged tons of private messages and emails with ADs and friends before Bruno finally posted that thread about the platinum Nautilus.  Still some doubt as to whether Patek will produce it (all I've received are denials and/or "no word yet" from Patek USA and US ADs), but we'll see.  

 

That's 85,000 CHF too, so in the low to mid-90s in USD.  You could get a 3970 in yellow gold for that. I don't know if an all-platinum Nautilus offers that much value.

 

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Originally Posted by Omega Male View Post

Got to spend the weekend in Connecticut with an old college buddy who has managed to remain stubbornly employed on Wall St. throughout the recent unpleasantness. We discussed the 2X theory of watch acquisition -- ie. each piece should cost pretty close to twice the one that preceded it, theoretically encouraging you to defer purchases until the income stream has grown to accommodate them. And you actually keep them all. We made some ladders under varying conditions (it was hot, and we were drinking) and the no-brand-repeat favorite was:

 

Speedy --> Sea-Dweller (16600) --> Royal Oak --> Nautilus -- > Patrimony (platinum) --> Sorry, you're not allowed to make that much in finance anymore.  

 

Hah hah nice read!  

 

Speaking of "value calcs" - am a fan of perpetual calendar chronographs and VC makes the QP Chrono Malte that's pretty stunning. Yellow gold can be had in the low $60s, platinum in the high $70s.  PP commands a premium as in many other categories but man, this piece is lovely (pics from Deniz / phase-de-lune):

 

 

 

 

post #23235 of 39278
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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

 

Thanks for sharing that vid, Belligero.  Certainly not old hat for me - a fun 28 minutes!

 

 

 

Speaking of "value calcs" - am a fan of perpetual calendar chronographs and VC makes the QP Chrono Malte that's pretty stunning. Yellow gold can be had in the low $60s, platinum in the high $70s.  PP commands a premium as in many other categories but man, this piece is lovely (pics from Deniz / phase-de-lune):

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

 

A great watch with a very VC case (using flared lugs).  What a lot of people like about that watch is the engraved moon phase disk made entirely of 18K gold on the gold version...I believe its in PT on the PT version.  I've only see that model once in person, but its really beautiful. 

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