One from each end of the spectrum. Love em both, honestly the MC is the watch I wear the least (I guess due my lifestyle/occupation).
RP - you know I love you brother and I respect your opinion as always. As for me - it's okay to have the NSA since I'm a quarter Ninja on my dad's side
But I have also mall ninja'd the hell out of other things (golf clubs, cameras, MMA gear etc..)
Personally as long as the branding is not too obvious (on the front or side of the case or dial), it wouldn't deter me too much if I really liked the watch. Never liked the 'fighter pilot' hand on the Top Gun and I"m glad they removed it from the side of the case in their most recent iteration.
But it got me to thinking about a lot of the major brands out there that have offerings that are both classy and elegant all the way to sporty and monstrous. I think many brands do it well: AP, IWC, JLC and Omega for example.
I wonder if they lose some of the diehard supporters by offering the sportier models. I know a lot of AP guys here hate the Offshore models, as well as the Navy Seals' line from JLC for example and the Top Gun line from IWC etc etc. Many feel these brands are diluting their history or taking the 'easier' way out by trying to sell more to the masses. When I watch golf and I see the AP branding on players I actually like it. I'm a huge watch advocate and I think good publicity like that helps to create interest in not only AP, but higher end watches and horology in general. I mean I started my fascination with watches after seeing an ad for ORIS in Men's Health..
To me, I've always liked the brands that have been able to 'flex' and offer different types of watches for the different owners out there. At some point however I'm sure a brand can over-reach itself and end in disaster (Panerai with their Ferrari watches
Edited by rnguy001 - 8/29/13 at 7:26am
Originally Posted by RogerP
The boring JLCs are the ones I like best. It's when they go all special ops ninja that they lose me.