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post #29716 of 39133
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Originally Posted by jbarwick View Post
 

 

I've never worn butter on my wrist, is that what all the cool kids are doing these days?  I like cold steel (as I can't afford precious metals right now...)


It really has nothing to do with what all the cool kids are doing. In fact I don't think the Aquanaut was all that popular when I bought it. Doesn't really matter whether it is or it isn't, I like it. I never wore a watch on a rubber strap before, but the rubber strap on this watch not only wears real comfortable, the design goes hand in hand with the dial design. The watch wears real light and easy so I barely even notice I'm wearing it unless I look at it.

post #29717 of 39133
Speaking of Patek and precious metals, I stumbled upon this yesterday when I was browsing around. Thoughts? I think it could be had for roughly the same price as the AP chrono, which is maybe my top contender at the moment.

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post #29718 of 39133
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Originally Posted by dddrees View Post


How about this one?
Obviously awesome. Subs need lug holes, though I prefer 'em dateless.

I'm more concerned that my joke fell flat with all these serious replies ;-)
post #29719 of 39133
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Originally Posted by dddrees View Post

My pleasure.
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Outstanding!
post #29720 of 39133
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

ddd, what is your complete collection if i may ask?

 

 

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Originally Posted by rnguy001 View Post

DDD - your collection is ridonkulous. I agree with stitches - Let's see it in its entirety please?

I've heard the Aquanaut and Nautilus are some of the most comfortable sports watches ever. And I really believe it!

R


Extremely light and comfortable. Both are very light and the design of their straps are extremely well executed.

 

I'm pretty sure I've posted them all at one time or another, but I currently own the following.

 

PP 5711, PP 5167, AP 15300, Rolex 1680 Red, Rolex 116520A50B7859., Rolex 16610LV, Rolex 16710, and Omega 357350..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Edited by dddrees - 3/13/14 at 8:07am
post #29721 of 39133
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Originally Posted by Kaplan View Post


Obviously awesome. Subs need lug holes, though I prefer 'em dateless.

I'm more concerned that my joke fell flat with all these serious replies ;-)

 

 

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Originally Posted by TC (Houston) View Post


Outstanding!


Thanks guys.

post #29722 of 39133
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I appreciate your answer to my silly question. I kind of figured that you might say what you did!


The real beauty of this is that there is enough out there to please a wide range of tastes.

post #29723 of 39133
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Rolex 6180 1680 Red

FTFY, dddrees.....but honestly, I think you've already won the internet for today.

That is one hell of a collection, sir.

Slow clap.



TC, between those two, I think I would actually prefer the AP, even though I think both are better in SS (as examples of the luxury-sports-Genta design genre).
post #29724 of 39133
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FTFY, dddrees.....but honestly, I think you've already won the internet for today.

That is one hell of a collection, sir.

Slow clap.



TC, between those two, I think I would actually prefer the AP, even though I think both are better in SS (as examples of the luxury-sports-Genta design genre).


Dyslexia.

 

 

Thank you sir, but now I need to get out of here before Frilly shows up.

post #29725 of 39133
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Originally Posted by dddrees View Post
 


It really has nothing to do with what all the cool kids are doing. In fact I don't think the Aquanaut was all that popular when I bought it. Doesn't really matter whether it is or it isn't, I like it. I never wore a watch on a rubber strap before, but the rubber strap on this watch not only wears real comfortable, the design goes hand in hand with the dial design. The watch wears real light and easy so I barely even notice I'm wearing it unless I look at it.

 

My joke fell through too but good to hear a review of the Aquanaut.  It looks great on rubber and I like that the dial pattern was extended onto the rubber to make it a more cohesive look.  also you have an outstanding collection.

post #29726 of 39133
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Originally Posted by jbarwick View Post
 

 

My joke fell through too but good to hear a review of the Aquanaut.  It looks great on rubber and I like that the dial pattern was extended onto the rubber to make it a more cohesive look.  also you have an outstanding collection.


Thank you sir.

post #29727 of 39133
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Originally Posted by Mr. Moo View Post

To comment on the discussion a few pages back, I have no issues with not being able to see the movement of my Speedy 3570. I love that it's exactly the same as the model that went to the moon, ...

Actually, its NOT "Exactly the same as the model that went to the moon."  The movement has changed and the caliber uses some plastic parts.  However, its still a great watch. 

 

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Originally Posted by Axelman 17 View Post

My friend at work just traded an AP Royal Oak Chrono (white face) and a small amount of cash for a Patek Aquanaut 5164. He said he wanted a completely in-house movement. I think this is a disaster move. His other watch is a Patek 5205 so at least he chose wisely there. Will try and get some pictures of the 5164.

I'm not sure I'd say it was disastrous.  We all have different taste, but I wouldn't trade a RO chrono for an Aquanaut.  

 
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My interest in ultra-thins was renewed recently when I read an article on the ALS Saxonia Thin and also reading this comparative review of the VC Patrimony Contemporaine. I'm still on my quest for a very minimalist dress watch...And have been tempted along the way by the VC Patrimony Traditionelle and AP Jules Audemars Extra Thin (both reviewed here)...Also the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Any thoughts from the WIS? Must confess that the ALS and VC Patrimony Contemporaine are my current running favourites...

I like ultra-thins (don't have one yet), but I think its often an overlooked art in the world of watches.  Its nice to have something intricate and elegant, which is parred down to its essentials (there is nothing wrong with gigantic thick watches, but those have so much space that it doesn't really take as much effort to make one).  A friend's dad had a Tonda...the quality is there, and its an interesting design, but a design that I could not warm up to.  I have 2 VCs and have long been a fan of their watches.  As for the Patrimony, I prefer the Patrimony Traditionelle, over the Contemporaine, but more for stylistic reasons.  I prefer its dauphine hands, the minute track, and the hour markers, and the lugs which seem a bit less tapered.  Overall its a great watch.  The Jules Audemars AP is a beautiful watch, but I find it maybe a tad plain.  AL&S will have a higher grade of finish than the VC or AP, but all are beautiful.  The other ultra-thin I would recommend you take a look at is the Piaget Altiplano.  They are famous for making ultra-thin movements (and have frequently held the record for the thinnest movements).  There are several models and I particularly like the time only model (manual wind) and the 40mm. manual wind - time with small seconds....I find their automatic which is 43mm starts to look too large and thin like a pancake.  IMHO the quality is right up there with VC and AP, all of their movements are made in house and its a fraction of the cost of an AP Jules Audemars.  Anyway, just throwing that last suggestion in as an additional alternative.  Good luck with your research/decision. 

 

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And... in regards to the Aquanaut question... I actually really like the Aquanaut. Well, at least the "head" of the watch. I am not really sure I understand the rest of the watch. I think it makes a great second Patek. I have tried it on, and enjoyed it. The one thing that draws me to the Aquanaut are the "user reviews." Everybody who owns one absolutely loves it. And I really think that speaks volumes. 

The Aquanaut is one of the offerings from Patek that I just don't connect with.  I tried on the original years ago.  Then about 2 years ago when I was considering a luxury sports watch, I tried on the VC Overseas, the PP Aquanaut, the Nautilus, and various ROs.  For me, trying on the Aquanaut just highlights what a superb watch the Nautilus is.  When I try on the Aquanaut, for me too much is missing.  You don't get the beautiful blue ridged dial, the classic stick markers that are angled, or the beautiful  integrated bracelet (although I wish the bracelet were a tad thicker).  I find the Aquanaut dial a bit busy, the hand stumpy, and I don't care for its bracelet or rubber strap.   I know the Aquanaut is less expensive (although its not inexpensive), but for me its gives up too much of what I always liked about the Nautilus.  

 

As for all the people that own one loving it, that is great.  But one thing I noticed in the past on Patek forums is that hardly anyone ever find fault or criticizes Patek.  One could say, that means they are perfect, and I'll gladly say some are probably damn close.  However, I think its a bit like art...so many people say this Picasso or that Rembrandt are beautiful and worth millions so tons of other people follow along and say "Oh, yes its a great painting."  I don't pretend to understand art, and I think plenty of what Picasso did looks like stuff my niece was doing at age 4.  So do average people in a museum think they are great because people with more authority have said so and they can't question those deemed to have authority, or is it because they genuinely think it is true?  Similarly, I've heard people looking at a few watches, and even when the other brand be it AL&S, VC, AP etc offer something truly comparable or maybe better (particularly AL&S) or better looking...I still hear people say about the Patek..."Well, its a Patek!"  So I think for many the cache of Patek affects opinions and smooths over any rough spots in the minds a good number of consumers.  I think most of the regulars here are more analytical and consider the relative merits of finish, cost, and design.  However, I have met people that are smitten with brand name and it's cache.  So one must consider the source, not merely user reviews.  

 

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Originally Posted by dddrees View Post
 

My pleasure.

 

 

Beautiful photo.  My favs are on the left and the right.  Enjoy them!

post #29728 of 39133
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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post
 

Actually, its NOT "Exactly the same as the model that went to the moon."  The movement has changed and the caliber uses some plastic parts.  However, its still a great watch. 

 

I'm not sure I'd say it was disastrous.  We all have different taste, but I wouldn't trade a RO chrono for an Aquanaut.  

I like ultra-thins (don't have one yet), but I think its often an overlooked art in the world of watches.  Its nice to have something intricate and elegant, which is parred down to its essentials (there is nothing wrong with gigantic thick watches, but those have so much space that it doesn't really take as much effort to make one).  A friend's dad had a Tonda...the quality is there, and its an interesting design, but a design that I could not warm up to.  I have 2 VCs and have long been a fan of their watches.  As for the Patrimony, I prefer the Patrimony Traditionelle, over the Contemporaine, but more for stylistic reasons.  I prefer its dauphine hands, the minute track, and the hour markers, and the lugs which seem a bit less tapered.  Overall its a great watch.  The Jules Audemars AP is a beautiful watch, but I find it maybe a tad plain.  AL&S will have a higher grade of finish than the VC or AP, but all are beautiful.  The other ultra-thin I would recommend you take a look at is the Piaget Altiplano.  They are famous for making ultra-thin movements (and have frequently held the record for the thinnest movements).  There are several models and I particularly like the time only model (manual wind) and the 40mm. manual wind - time with small seconds....I find their automatic which is 43mm starts to look too large and thin like a pancake.  IMHO the quality is right up there with VC and AP, all of their movements are made in house and its a fraction of the cost of an AP Jules Audemars.  Anyway, just throwing that last suggestion in as an additional alternative.  Good luck with your research/decision. 

 

The Aquanaut is one of the offerings from Patek that I just don't connect with.  I tried on the original years ago.  Then about 2 years ago when I was considering a luxury sports watch, I tried on the VC Overseas, the PP Aquanaut, the Nautilus, and various ROs.  For me, trying on the Aquanaut just highlights what a superb watch the Nautilus is.  When I try on the Aquanaut, for me too much is missing.  You don't get the beautiful blue ridged dial, the classic stick markers that are angled, or the beautiful  integrated bracelet (although I wish the bracelet were a tad thicker).  I find the Aquanaut dial a bit busy, the hand stumpy, and I don't care for its bracelet or rubber strap.   I know the Aquanaut is less expensive (although its not inexpensive), but for me its gives up too much of what I always liked about the Nautilus.  

 

As for all the people that own one loving it, that is great.  But one thing I noticed in the past on Patek forums is that hardly anyone ever find fault or criticizes Patek.  One could say, that means they are perfect, and I'll gladly say some are probably damn close.  However, I think its a bit like art...so many people say this Picasso or that Rembrandt are beautiful and worth millions so tons of other people follow along and say "Oh, yes its a great painting."  I don't pretend to understand art, and I think plenty of what Picasso did looks like stuff my niece was doing at age 4.  So do average people in a museum think they are great because people with more authority have said so and they can't question those deemed to have authority, or is it because they genuinely think it is true?  Similarly, I've heard people looking at a few watches, and even when the other brand be it AL&S, VC, AP etc offer something truly comparable or maybe better (particularly AL&S) or better looking...I still hear people say about the Patek..."Well, its a Patek!"  So I think for many the cache of Patek affects opinions and smooths over any rough spots in the minds a good number of consumers.  I think most of the regulars here are more analytical and consider the relative merits of finish, cost, and design.  However, I have met people that are smitten with brand name and it's cache.  So one must consider the source, not merely user reviews.  

 

Beautiful photo.  My favs are on the left and the right.  Enjoy them!

Thank you sir.

post #29729 of 39133
DDD no diver is complete without a zug strap....strike while the iron is hot.

Beautiful pieces.
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Originally Posted by bespoken pa View Post

DDD no diver is complete without a zug strap....strike while the iron is hot.

Beautiful pieces.


LOL

 

Thank you sir.

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