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a rare day off for me, hanging out with the family.

and a rarity for TWAT - 46+


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Originally Posted by rnguy001 View Post

And that's what makes this hobby so damn awesome!

Awesome, maybe if you have $60k to blow on a bunch of watches. Not so awesome when you have 1/10th of that and can only purchase one shog[1].gif
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Ahh... I meant to say 116600 vs 16610 baldy[1].gif

And on that note, I have a friend with a DSSD and I agree with all the sentiments echoed thus far about it being too big/top heavy/disproportionate/etc. Cool watch for someone looking to sidestep from a Super Avenger or another grotesque monstrosity in the 44mm+ club.

I've been flip-flopping worse than Dwight Howard but as of right now I'm zeroing in on a 16610LV. I was originally going to pull the trigger on a GMT LN but I want a BLNR so the LN would be too redundant. The only downside of the LV, for me at least, is that I prefer the ceramic bezel and updated case (I know I'm in the minority when it comes to this). Also, if I went the LN route, it would only cost me another $1,000 and I would receive a brand new Rolex with my name on the papers. This is what I'm struggling with most at the moment.

I really wish I knew how you guys do it. Short of a condo, I've never had this much difficulty with a purchase.

 

My fiancee likes the look of the LV and the BLNR so we have been discussing while waiting on the call for the BLNR to arrive so I can go try it on in person.  Seems like they are going for over $9K when the old model list was for $8500.  Can always wait for the hype to die down as well as it will not be on my wrist until next April 11th....

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Rnguy - go BIG or go home! Cool pilot.
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Originally Posted by RogerP View Post

The SOH. Is a nice enough watch, but I've never been inspired to actually pull the trigger on one. The Transocean flat out rocks. The no-date Sub is growing on me like a fungus.

if/when i get a sub, it would be no date in steel, or nipple dial in gold.
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rn - looking sharp.
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Originally Posted by jbarwick View Post

 

My fiancee likes the look of the LV and the BLNR so we have been discussing while waiting on the call for the BLNR to arrive so I can go try it on in person.  Seems like they are going for over $9K when the old model list was for $8500.  Can always wait for the hype to die down as well as it will not be on my wrist until next April 11th....

 

Yes, I have seen a BLNR selling for $9,500 even if Hodinkee reported that retail will be under $9,000.  Rarity and all that fun stuff (for now).

 

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if/when i get a sub, it would be no date in steel, or nipple dial in gold.

 

+1. 

 

Wearing this today. 

 

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Not bad for a 46 year old watch, 'no?  Darn lack of quick-set date means this is on a winder.

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frills - very nice. did not know you had that in the stable. whats your full collection consist of these days? if i may be so bold.
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Yes, I have seen a BLNR selling for $9,500 even if Hodinkee reported that retail will be under $9,000.  Rarity and all that fun stuff (for now).

There was a BLNR for sale on the rolexforums.com for $9,200 if I'm not mistaken. Sold very quickly...
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frills - very nice. did not know you had that in the stable. whats your full collection consist of these days? if i may be so bold.

You trying to melt the internet, stitchy? He's got his Patek, another Patek, and then his other, other Patek....



rnguy: nice Pilot...enjoy your day off.



Re: Breitling, a guy in the office has the time-only version of that Transocean model....he's got the silver dial, with a polished mesh bracelet. Pretty decent as far as a simple, versatile 3-hander. Not really lust-worthy, at least for me, but it looks good on his wrist.

Is it really all the Bentley/ co-branded stuff that keeps Breitling from getting more love around here? You just don't see very many of them in the TWAT thread. I'd say for their legitimate aviation heritage and their overall brand exposure (read: print ads, billboards, ambassadors like Travolta, Beckham, etc) they are quite under-represented.
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Reference is 3511.80

Thank you!
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Originally Posted by RogerP View Post

The no-date Sub is growing on me like a fungus.

 

A while ago while bored in an airport, I tried on a few Rolexes to pass the time (and the equally bored assistants didn't seem to mind my saying so, at 4am...).  Apart from the nice ladies from Sri Lanka and the Philippines, it was the Sub and the DSSD that stuck in my mind.  Generally speaking, I do tend towards "more is more" in my natural instincts.  I totally get the Panerai thing, having tried them recently.  And I retain a guilty and foolish lust for the unnecessarily over-sized Omega Planet Ocean Ti.  Although I'm trying to learn moderation with age, the "it's kind of a Sub, but with way more numbers" factor, made me ask to try the DSSD first.  

 

Until Dino pointed out the proportions of the strap recently, I didn't really get what was wrong with it, but he's right: I've nothing against bigger watches in principle, especially when they're as purposeful and functional as this one.  But it is a horribly proportioned beast.  It just didn't sit right.  So I tried the Sub, and almost to my disappointment, the slightly more modest, rather cheaper, less dick-waving watch looked absolutely peachy.  It just sits so nicely, the proportions are so iconic and balanced, and it gives a great feeling of robust presence while remaining one with the wrist.  The DSSD feels like it's hanging off you like a drunk on the upper deck of a bus.

 

The no date Sub is, to my untutored eye, simply a perfect thing.  In my distant wish list, it is merely one of many options, possibles or improbables to juggle.  But in itself, I feel certain  that there simply is nothing wrong with the Rolex Submariner.  Now an older SD, the same sort of size...that might be competition.  But it's hard to look past that particular "fungus" and say anything else would be inherently "better", at least unless you really were a professional diver.  In which case the Omega Ploprof is both more tool-like and more orange.  For mortals, the Sub seems like design perfection, and even though I know nothing, I'm sure I'm right. :)

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You trying to melt the internet, stitchy? He's got his Patek, another Patek, and then his other, other Patek....

that is my lifes goal.
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rnguy: nice Pilot...enjoy your day off.
Re: Breitling, a guy in the office has the time-only version of that Transocean model....he's got the silver dial, with a polished mesh bracelet. Pretty decent as far as a simple, versatile 3-hander. Not really lust-worthy, at least for me, but it looks good on his wrist.
Is it really all the Bentley/ co-branded stuff that keeps Breitling from getting more love around here? You just don't see very many of them in the TWAT thread. I'd say for their legitimate aviation heritage and their overall brand exposure (read: print ads, billboards, ambassadors like Travolta, Beckham, etc) they are quite under-represented.

not sure why the dont get a ton of love here, but i think they have a great heritage, and did, and still do make, some excellent watches. presumably you are correct, and their monster and uber blingy watches are what hurts them in the TWAT.
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Originally Posted by jbarwick View Post

 

My fiancee likes the look of the LV and the BLNR so we have been discussing while waiting on the call for the BLNR to arrive so I can go try it on in person.  Seems like they are going for over $9K when the old model list was for $8500.  Can always wait for the hype to die down as well as it will not be on my wrist until next April 11th....

Never pay over list for a GMT.  Great watch, but once supply catches up with demand they will be selling at list all day long!  I've seen this craze where people run out and pay over list to be the first to get a steel and platinum yachtys, an Explorer 114270, the 42mm Explorer 2s etc.  Once supply catches up, frequently the people that paid over list take a bath unless they flipped it to another sucker very quickly, or unless they keep it a very long time.  The only watch they made that had a long standing history of selling for over list (for nearly 2 decades) was the SS Daytona.  No matter what the hype was about any Rolex I wanted, I always eventually found them available new from an AD without paying over list.  

 

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Originally Posted by Keith T View Post

Re: Breitling, a guy in the office has the time-only version of that Transocean model....he's got the silver dial, with a polished mesh bracelet. Pretty decent as far as a simple, versatile 3-hander. Not really lust-worthy, at least for me, but it looks good on his wrist.

Is it really all the Bentley/ co-branded stuff that keeps Breitling from getting more love around here? You just don't see very many of them in the TWAT thread. I'd say for their legitimate aviation heritage and their overall brand exposure (read: print ads, billboards, ambassadors like Travolta, Beckham, etc) they are quite under-represented.

I have never been a Breitling guy.  A college buddy has 2 or 3 Breitlings, in addition to other brands.  I always thought the designs, even several of the non-Bentley pieces were too blingy, with too many polished shiny surfaces, too busy looking compared to other chronographs, and for many years they were all Valjoux 7750 or ETA movements (which are fine, but not unusual). 

 

However, I have to admit that for a simple time only watch sport watch, I do think the Transocean is a very good option.  Classic sports watch design, not at all blingy, and reasonably priced.   

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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

Until Dino pointed out the proportions of the strap recently, I didn't really get what was wrong with it, but he's right: I've nothing against bigger watches in principle, especially when they're as purposeful and functional as this one.  But it is a horribly proportioned beast.  It just didn't sit right.  So I tried the Sub, and almost to my disappointment, the slightly more modest, rather cheaper, less dick-waving watch looked absolutely peachy.  It just sits so nicely, the proportions are so iconic and balanced, and it gives a great feeling of robust presence while remaining one with the wrist.  The DSSD feels like it's hanging off you like a drunk on the upper deck of a bus.

You get it !!!  For me the problem isn't that the DSSD is a big watch.  I understand that many people like and want bigger watches.  In general, they aren't my thing, but if its done well it can be a great watch.  The problem is the DSSD is so poorly proportioned that it doesn't feel good because its so top heavy, nor does look good when its on someone's wrist.  When I see a guy wearing one I always feel like he has this over engineered hockey puck watch case with a sad, emaciated bracelet. ! Its like they spent all of their R&D money on the watch case and then ran out of money when it came to the bracelet.    

 

I'll take a Sub or GMT any day over a DSSD.  They are much more wearable, have better proportions, and look like a well thought out complete design. 

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when i was at wempe the list price on the blue/black GMT was 8950. even with MDs relatively low 6% sales tax that is $9,487.00. assuming the aforementioned prices included tax, the full price should be well north of 9k, and i cant imagine seeing any discounts from ADs on a new desirable model where the current demand exceeds the available supply. especially when the official rule from rolex is no discounting at all on all steel models.
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