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I haven't seen it mentioned here, but as I have been letting my desire for a JLC Reverso stew while I figure out which one and when I can fit it in my budget, I happened across their iPhone/iPad app. It's with checking out. A number of watches are interactive and you can set a Memovox alarm and have it ring, flip the Reverso over, etc. as well as have various videos and other miscellaneae..

Search for Jaeger on the iOS App Store..

In the mean time, back to the drawing board.. Finally was able to find a Grand Taille in person and as nice as it is, it's just too small for me. The 976 was a nice size but the window on back seems pretty lackluster. Was leaning more to the day/night duetto...
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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

Never disappointed my friend.  You have to feel the love when you try a watch on, in order to pull the trigger.  Very cool watch, but if it doesn't do it for you, I get it.  Wishing you luck whatever you decide!  

 

Well, guess what I tried on a few minutes ago:

 

 

Wasn't as mint / LNIB as the other pics from the internet were (note the bottom left hand side lug and how it's polished a bit), but it is one sexy piece.  Holding off for now, though (testing my willpower?!?)...

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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

 

Well, guess what I tried on a few minutes ago:

 

 

Wasn't as mint / LNIB as the other pics from the internet were (note the bottom left hand side lug and how it's polished a bit), but it is one sexy piece.  Holding off for now, though (testing my willpower?!?)...

Really a super handsome watch!!!  The lug would bother me, but condition and what satisfies is a balancing act on older watches.  Finding LNIB becomes really tough once you are talking roughly 40+ year old watches.  Most people didn't buy watches back then as any type of investment.  They were worn and often saw a lot of use or at times abuse.  Wishing you lots of luck (or will power) whatever you need most to make the right choice for yourself.  

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Wow, that is quite cool
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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

Well, guess what I tried on a few minutes ago:




Wasn't as mint / LNIB as the other pics from the internet were (note the bottom left hand side lug and how it's polished a bit), but it is one sexy piece.  Holding off for now, though (testing my willpower?!?)...
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dino - thanks for the reply, i was hoping you would chime in. and glad there was no love lost. and thanks for the congrats on my addition, hope to get some wrist shots sooner than later.

Coldcava - thanks for the tip, will download that app. i am huge JLC fanboi.

frilly mcwilly - that sub looks nice. maybe just the pic, or the angle, or the way you are trying it on, but does it feel/look big on your wrist? what mm size is it?
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frilly mcwilly - that sub looks nice. maybe just the pic, or the angle, or the way you are trying it on, but does it feel/look big on your wrist? what mm size is it?

I suspect its mostly the angle and possibly that its a tad taller than a Sub (I forget if the case is thicker, but crystal is definitely thicker/taller).  The added height of the crystal changed the distance of the cyclops to the date opening, which then screwed up the magnification, hence Rolex decided not to put a cyclops on Sea-Dwellers.  But diameter should be the same 40mm as say a Submariner, as I believe the early ones, which are the double red Sea-Dweller Submariners were sort of a modified Sub.  Even later ones were the same diameter as a Sub...just a different thickness.  

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Temptation is coming from odd sources for me these days.  First I'm lusting after a Sub (about which I was "meh" for decades) then comes along this piece from I brand I have pretty much categorically rejected as decidedly not my thing.  Limited edition blue dial Transocean chronograph.  Thoughts?

 

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Temptation is coming from odd sources for me these days.  First I'm lusting after a Sub (about which I was "meh" for decades) then comes along this piece from I brand I have pretty much categorically rejected as decidedly not my thing.  Limited edition blue dial Transocean chronograph.  Thoughts?


This is a great watch to wear and own (and use) - it is quite nice looking. It doesn't have any collector interest to me, though. Breitling has a long history of chronographs, like Omega and Heuer, but there is really nothing to link this watch to that history. But as a watch-to-wear, it is a beauty.
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its a beautiful watch. those are my thoughts.
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Originally Posted by RogerP View Post

Temptation is coming from odd sources for me these days.  First I'm lusting after a Sub (about which I was "meh" for decades) then comes along this piece from I brand I have pretty much categorically rejected as decidedly not my thing.  Limited edition blue dial Transocean chronograph.  Thoughts?

 

I'm not a Breitling fan, but I think that is a very classic, handsome chronograph.  I'd have to know more about it before I could say yea or nay.  I'm guessing the movement is ETA based, what are the case dimensions, and of course price.  Its refreshing to see a Breitling that isn't blingy, and actually has a dial that's legible...at least in the photo.  Dark dialed chronographs are something one really has to see in person to be sure the dial really is easy to read.  Wishing you luck if that is on your "Must have list."

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I like the blue faced Speedy mentioned a few pages back more.  I do like how Breitling keeps the bezel clean and puts all the other "stuff" inside the case.  I will say it is a lot cleaner of a look.

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Dino - the movement is a  brand new ground-up in-house chronograph movement B01 - Breitling's first.  Column wheel, vertical clutch, 70 hr. power reserve, all the mod cons.  Legibility is okay.  Not as easy to read as a white-on-black Speedy, but not a struggle either.

 

dopey - fair comment on history, but that's not a priority for me - the product itself is what carries the day.  Or doesn't.  This one is appealing primarily on a) aesthetics and b) contemporary in-house movement.  If this were an ETA-powered piece, I would likely not be interested.  Not that ETA sucks, just that I can find a good many appealing chronographs with such movements at a far lower price point.

 

Here is a write-up on he movement (albeit in a different watch) for anyone interested:

 

http://www.watchtime.com/featured/breitlings-chronomat-b01-with-manufacture-movement/#


Edited by RogerP - 7/24/13 at 2:58pm
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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

Really a super handsome watch!!!  The lug would bother me, but condition and what satisfies is a balancing act on older watches.  Finding LNIB becomes really tough once you are talking roughly 40+ year old watches.  Most people didn't buy watches back then as any type of investment.  They were worn and often saw a lot of use or at times abuse.  Wishing you lots of luck (or will power) whatever you need most to make the right choice for yourself.  

Frills, like new or really good-looking unpolished cases would be hard to find on the older vintage rolexes. Check this discussion on VRF for reference, and be careful:

http://www.network54.com/Forum/207593/thread/1361559099/Laser+Welding
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Also, this thread regarding laser welding. Don't pay pristine unpolished prices for restored cases:

http://www.network54.com/Forum/207593/thread/1361266920/Please+explain+me+why+a+certain+HK+dealer+is+allowed+to+post+his+enhanced+offers+on+VRM--
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Having owned an SD I can attest it wears thicker than pre-big lug Subs. It seemed like they added thickness to the case, crystal and case back. It wears heavier than the Sub. One reason why I chose an SD as my first Rolex was an aversion to the date bubble and the notion that it would be easier to tell apart from fakes, as my assumption was that fakes just added a valve to the Sub case. I've no idea if that was true after all, but I found the watch heavy and too blingy for my taste wine the shiny dial and markers. Plus I like date bubbles now.
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