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every time i see a JLC MUT or MUT moon i cry with desire.
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Originally Posted by TC (Houston) View Post

Every element of this is just amazing.

I have to second that. Those Lobbs look very tasty, and I am not even that much of a Lobb fanboy (save the Chapel and Vale, DROOL).
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Also, discuss (modern Aquatimers):

Old Aquatimer:



Mid-Aquatimer:




New, 2014 Aquatimer:




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Also, discuss (modern Aquatimers):

Old Aquatimer:



Mid-Aquatimer:




New, 2014 Aquatimer:


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The old one based on the GST, is my favorite of the 3.  However, a guy I knew that was a professional diver who did underwater work on bridges said even though it had a deeper depth rating than a Sub or Sea-Dweller, he considered it an inferior design as an actual useful diver for professionals.  He said he would never buy a diving watch that did not have "Shoulders" to protect the crown.  He said in his line of work, his Sub took a beating and one of the the weakest part of the watch is the winding crown.  He said strike the side of the crown against part of a bridge structure and bend the tube, shift the crown a bit etc, and you've just compromised the integrity of the watch's water resistance...and possibly opened the flood gates (literally). 

 

The intermediate series of Aquatimers always looked a bit plasticky and not as high quality as the GTS version.

 

The 2014 version seems busy and goofy looking to me.  Definitely, not a piece that will make it on to my "Short list."

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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

The old one based on the GST, is my favorite of the 3.  However, a guy I knew that was a professional diver who did underwater work on bridges said even though it had a deeper depth rating than a Sub or Sea-Dweller, he considered it an inferior design as an actual useful diver for professionals.  He said he would never buy a diving watch that did not have "Shoulders" to protect the crown.  He said in his line of work, his Sub took a beating and one of the the weakest part of the watch is the winding crown.  He said strike the side of the crown against part of a bridge structure and bend the tube, shift the crown a bit etc, and you've just compromised the integrity of the watch's water resistance...and possibly opened the flood gates (literally). 

The intermediate series of Aquatimers always looked a bit plasticky and not as high quality as the GTS version.

The 2014 version seems busy and goofy looking to me.  Definitely, not a piece that will make it on to my "Short list."
Not to mention the internal timing bezel is especially useless if diving in cold water with gloves. Although mostly a moot point as dive watches have been replaced by dive computers for the most part.
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Not to mention the internal timing bezel is especially useless if diving in cold water with gloves. Although mostly a moot point as dive watches have been replaced by dive computers for the most part.

So true about computers. I can't imagine why anyone would wear a nice watch diving these days.
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I like the old model AT, but have never held one nor seen one in the metal so it's hard to know for sure. The design seems very classic IWC and seems to be one of the more desired models from previous IWC fans. I had the Galapagos which I loved, but ultimately traded up.

Albeit I don't dive much, but for recreational water sports,snorkeling etc (which accounts for the activities of probably 99% of most 'dive' watch owners..), it was great. The new AT's: I thought I would like at first, but am put off a little by the hands looking a little short (I know, it's because of the rotating internal bezel..), and the size of some of the models seems a bit much. And that's coming from me..

Still want to try them on before I make a final judgement though. I do miss my old Galapagos though. The rubber held up without any problems and I put it through a hell of a lot too.


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This is the only recent IWC dive watch offering that I kind of liked....the 2008 LE "vintage" version. Never did see one IRL.



Of course you could get a very similar compressor-styled Longines for far less.

Edit: pic stolen from aBlogtoWatch
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Also, discuss Aquatimers
I much prefer the old design and think it deserved a longer production run. Just like the Inge 3227, Pilot Mk XV, BP 5002, Pilot chrono & double chrono 3706 & 3713, to me, the Aquatimer 3536 looked much better than what has come after. Same for the Portuguese line after they replaced the cursive script on the dial.


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If nothing else, their philanthropic strategy of putting out easily resistable products is greatly successful.
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I own several vintage watches.  This is one of my favorites.  1972 Rolex Datejust.

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Originally Posted by TC (Houston) View Post

So true about computers. I can't imagine why anyone would wear a nice watch diving these days.
I would wear my Rolex Sub-C diving as a backup. I didn't baby that thing at all.
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Coincidentally, I'm "desk diving" with this one today...Seamaster 2531.80 .... my first automatic.


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Nice Keith, handsome watch!
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Originally Posted by Maturestyle View Post




I own several vintage watches.  This is one of my favorites.  1972 Rolex Datejust.


Looks great. Would love to see more of your collection.

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Originally Posted by Kaplan View Post

I much prefer the old design and think it deserved a longer production run. Just like the Inge 3227, Pilot Mk XV, BP 5002, Pilot chrono & double chrono 3706 & 3713, to me, the Aquatimer 3536 looked much better than what has come after. Same for the Portuguese line after they replaced the cursive script on the dial.
If nothing else, their philanthropic strategy of putting out easily resistable products is greatly successful.

QFT.

The 3227 has remained on my short list, if ever one comes up at the right time / right price. Gerald Genta for teh win.
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