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post #26131 of 39170
Guys, need some experienced insight....

Can a watch that was originally brushed steel, that was then chromed (may be incorrect term), be re-brushed to a matte steel look again?
post #26132 of 39170
mupusa5u.jpg

An old picture of my watch today- equation of times by GP. A very underrated brand IMO. Only criticism I have is that their movements are on the smaller size compared to the case but so does a lot of Patek, VC models. I am big fan of their dress watches and the three bridges movement is a piece of art..
post #26133 of 39170
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Originally Posted by Mr. Moo View Post

Guys, need some experienced insight....
Can a watch that was originally brushed steel, that was then chromed (may be incorrect term), be re-brushed to a matte steel look again?

by the manufacture, absolutely. if you go to an outside source, its a risky move.

any decent jeweler can do a mean mirror (chrome as you called it) finish, but i have found that getting that perfect OEM BNIB brushed finish is very hard to replicate. many times it looks flat or sticky or just off. id recommend sending it back to the manufacture for that. worth the peace of mind that they will do it right. unless you know of a place that has a sterling reputation for brushed finishes.

a little while back someone posted a pic they found online of the blue black GMT with brushed center links, and it looked outstanding. maybe find out somehow who did that work. if you do, please let me know.
post #26134 of 39170
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Originally Posted by Mr. Moo View Post

Guys, need some experienced insight....

Can a watch that was originally brushed steel, that was then chromed (may be incorrect term), be re-brushed to a matte steel look again?

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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

by the manufacture, absolutely. if you go to an outside source, its a risky move.

any decent jeweler can do a mean mirror (chrome as you called it) finish, but i have found that getting that perfect OEM BNIB brushed finish is very hard to replicate. many times it looks flat or sticky or just off. id recommend sending it back to the manufacture for that. worth the peace of mind that they will do it right. unless you know of a place that has a sterling reputation for brushed finishes.

a little while back someone posted a pic they found online of the blue black GMT with brushed center links, and it looked outstanding. maybe find out somehow who did that work. if you do, please let me know.

Here's an example of a Hamilton Khaki that originally had an all-over bead blasted case, changed to a brushed and polished finish by Jay at MCWW.
post #26135 of 39170

Does anybody know what watch this is?

 

 

bigger picture: http://blog.trashness.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/NATO-STRAP-BRACELETS.jpg

post #26136 of 39170
Well its a short name...breguet hands.... I'm not sure. My first instinct was Seiko just by the way the name looked.

Edit. Found it. Seiko SKP332. I have seen this one at dept. stores.


Edited by tifosi - 11/7/13 at 5:33am
post #26137 of 39170

My guess was Seiko as well.  

 

TWAT has been quiet lately...anything we can intensely discuss so I can learn some more?  Arabic vs sticks vs Romans?  When is a reserve indicator too big?  (See recent Nomos) How long did it take to reset the time on all their watches this past weekend?  

post #26138 of 39170
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Originally Posted by alpyigit View Post

mupusa5u.jpg

An old picture of my watch today- equation of times by GP. A very underrated brand IMO. Only criticism I have is that their movements are on the smaller size compared to the case but so does a lot of Patek, VC models. I am big fan of their dress watches and the three bridges movement is a piece of art..

I love the GP Equation of time.  I tried it on this past May in rose gold.  Its a very handsome watch, and the finish on the movement is superb.  As the movement is on the small side, I'd prefer if it had a closed case back.  I am a big fan of asymmetric dials or asymmetric cases on watches, and this is just such a beautiful watch.  The big issue with it though is its price, which puts it squarely in competition brands that overshadow it such as Patek, VC, AP and Lange (granted it would be a time only piece from the Big Three or Lange).  Beyond that as a result of its being rather underrated/under appreciated there is little to no resale value on GPs, although that can make them a fantastic deal for subsequent owners.  

 

On another note, I'm very excited that my latest reading material arrived.

 

 

 

Its the out of production book from AP which was written as part of the 40th anniversary of the RO and in part at a tribute to the late Gerald Genta. Its a beautiful 300 page coffee table book, but it has some interesting information about the company, the development of the RO, and lots of cool vintage RO ads, as well as lots of photos of the RO's lesser known eventually killed off square sibling.   

post #26139 of 39170
A watch I bought earlier this year, the Reverso by Jaeger LeCoultre.
Wonder what you guys think of the red dial.

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Before I bought the watch, I was afraid that it was hard to match with suits and shirts, but it is actually an easy
color to wear. I did an article about he watch, with some more pictures with different outfits.

http://revo-online.com/jeager-lecoultre-grande-reverso-1931-rouge-part-ii/

It's a model from around 1934 and actually only beefed up a bit, to match the current fashion for larger watches.
post #26140 of 39170
^^ Very cool!

Alright, I wasn't going to bother you guys with this debate just yet, but since the thread has been so slow, what do you think?

this:

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or this:

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FWIW, I've already got a stainless Rolex Submariner and the Panerai 112 posted above. The AP would be worn quite a bit for business dress. I think I'm actually leaning toward the 15400, although for casual wear I would probably prefer the chrono.

And unfortunately, what I really want is this, but at 2-2.5x the price of SS models, will probably have to wait a bit.

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post #26141 of 39170
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Originally Posted by TC (Houston) View Post

^^ Very cool!

Alright, I wasn't going to bother you guys with this debate just yet, but since the thread has been so slow, what do you think?

this:

10730041405_0697cce478_n.jpg

or this:

10730140794_af2c8c1087_n.jpg

FWIW, I've already got a stainless Rolex Submariner and the Panerai 112 posted above. The AP would be worn quite a bit for business dress. I think I'm actually leaning toward the 15400, although for casual wear I would probably prefer the chrono.

And unfortunately, what I really want is this, but at 2-2.5x the price of SS models, will probably have to wait a bit.

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Never a bother when you're asking about the phenomenal Royal Oaks.

 

I am not sure why I tend to prefer the more classic / bare bones / no complications ROs like the first option you posted above.  I am a sucker for the chrono aesthetic too, but for the RO and for its cousin the Nautilus I strongly, strongly prefer the less busy dial.  Very, very personal thing.

 

I am not sure you can lose with either option IMHO.

post #26142 of 39170
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Originally Posted by LesMust View Post

Before I bought the watch, I was afraid that it was hard to match with suits and shirts, but it is actually an easy
color to wear. I did an article about he watch, with some more pictures with different outfits.

http://revo-online.com/jeager-lecoultre-grande-reverso-1931-rouge-part-ii/

 

Great piece and awesome article.  I love the red dial!  Thanks for sharing!

 

As a response to part of your article - how about a navy blue strap for this?  I think it would be awesome.

post #26143 of 39170
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Originally Posted by LesMust View Post

A watch I bought earlier this year, the Reverso by Jaeger LeCoultre.
Wonder what you guys think of the red dial.

 

 

Love. It.

post #26144 of 39170
Hi NoFrills, Thank you for your compliment about the article! Cool that you read it.
Navy blue would certainly match this Reverso very well and better than this dull black croc.
I have on order, from Jean Rousseau in Paris, a very dark green calf strap.
When it is ready I will post another picture here.
post #26145 of 39170
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Originally Posted by TC (Houston) View Post

^^ Very cool!

Alright, I wasn't going to bother you guys with this debate just yet, but since the thread has been so slow, what do you think?

this:

10730041405_0697cce478_n.jpg

or this:

10730140794_af2c8c1087_n.jpg

FWIW, I've already got a stainless Rolex Submariner and the Panerai 112 posted above. The AP would be worn quite a bit for business dress. I think I'm actually leaning toward the 15400, although for casual wear I would probably prefer the chrono.

And unfortunately, what I really want is this, but at 2-2.5x the price of SS models, will probably have to wait a bit.

10730171324_2a6cd1e8db_n.jpg

Totally agree with No Frills, never a bother when prompting a Royal Oak discussion.

As someone who was persuaded by our venerable Dino to go the 15202 route even when I had a 15400 in hand, I would maybe suggest considering the 15202, which I just received late last week and absolutely love. The 15202 is so iconic and I found it more wearable (and versatile for dress and casual) for me than the 15400 - even though I am 6'4, I have small wrists and found the 15400 a little big for me. I also prefer the petite tapisserie of the 15202 to the mini tapisserie of the 15400 although both have their charms.

However, if you considered the 15202 and prefer the 15400, which I can understand, then I would suggest going with the 15400. My collection philosophy for what it is worth is to hone in on the iconic pieces from respective brands - I am never going to have a large collection of watches and want to own pieces with histories that speak to me. As such, there are other chronographs that appeal to me more than AP's Royal Oak Chrono, like a Daytona or VC Overseas Chrono (which I know some don't like, but I really love), which I hope one day to own. I wouldn't want to overload on chronos in an edited collection and so would want to go with a more simple royal oak time only model that fits AP's history and occupies a unique space in my collection. I hope that makes sense - obviously everyone's watch collecting philosophy is different, but I wanted to offer my two cents.

You should definitely get what speaks to you and both watches are really lovely -- good luck and keep us posted.
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