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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

+1

There is nothing wrong with Breitlings.  I've just never had much interest in them, as many of them are too busy (I don't need a slide rule on my watch), and I find the Bentley watches too blingy.  Years ago many had rather ordinary movements based the Val 7750 or other ETA products.  So they seemed more style than substance to me.  I think a few of their current simpler watches are a big improvement to the  line up.  It also helps that they are producing some of their own movements.  In the end the watches that get discussed here are a matter of personal preference and often when a person comes here to either discuss a possible purchase or to ask about a deal they have been offered. I suppose for what most Breitlings cost, there have always been watches from other brands that I would prefer to own.  But what we each deem worthy of our hard earned $$$ is very subjective.  What matters is that a buyer is happy with whatever watch he buys regardless of other's opinions.  

Agree with the above. I find most breitlings kind of tacky and clunky looking. Having said all that, buy what you like and don't worry about forum groupthink.

I do like some of the navitimers. Here is mine:



early 90s Old Navitimer. I have had something of a love/hate relationship with this watch in the 15 or so years that I have owned it. As it happens I won it in a bet with a colleague and I am not sure I would've actually spent my own money on it. It has a nothing special 7750 movement and little horological cred. On the other hand, it has a cool IMO vintage look to it that has grown on me over the years. It is also been perfectly reliable and keeps excellent time. I don't wear it much but I find myself admiring it when I do at times.
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I do like this new smaller Transocean chronograph by Breitling: http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/a-week-on-the-wrist-the-breitling-transocean-chronograph-38

 

I'd definitely avoid choosing that mesh bracelet though.

post #29973 of 37164
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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

Well, it took almost two months but I finally got my 3970P's pusher cap replaced. Patek elected to replace the bottom one too since it was apparently "worn" inside (whatever that means).

While the service and wait time seems unreasonably long for a seemingly easy replacement, there isn't much one can do. Patek will not sell original parts like this one for a Grand Complication to independent watchmakers - they will ask to see and repair the 3970 themselves. And they will want to inspect the watch and make sure other parts aren't damaged blah blah blah.

I consider myself a patient, reasonable guy but I admit having to wait two months to have a repair estimate and a pusher cap or two replaced stretched my virtues. Hahah. Lesson learned: try not to damage your mechanical piece, and the more complicated it gets prepare to shell out more in terms of time and money to have it properly repaired. This goes not just for Patek but for other timepieces as well, I suppose.

Without further adieu, the return of my 3970P!
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A better angle perhaps?
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One last thing: props to my dealer who covered the cost. Wasn't chump change either. But it's been less than a year since I purchased the watch and I'm glad they honored their warranty, even though it technically covered only movement. Who knows what fancy martial arts or calisthenics move I did to lose the pusher cap in the first place? But ya know what, they did me right and I couldn't be happier with how they helped me out. Boom!

I feel your pain. My RO Dualtime somehow got magnetised a few years ago (I work around scientific instruments; really should get myself an Ingenieur or Miligaus as I would actually find the anti-magentism useful in my line of work!), and it spent 3-4 months with AP. Granted, it was still under warranty, and they gave it a full complementary service in addition to demagnetising it, but it was still a little frustrating. I suppose that's the price one pays for less mass produced products, with smaller production facilities.
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Originally Posted by academe View Post

I feel your pain. My RO Dualtime somehow got magnetised a few years ago (I work around scientific instruments; really should get myself an Ingenieur or Miligaus as I would actually find the anti-magentism useful in my line of work!), and it spent 3-4 months with AP. Granted, it was still under warranty, and they gave it a full complementary service in addition to demagnetising it, but it was still a little frustrating. I suppose that's the price one pays for less mass produced products, with smaller production facilities.

Nowadays you can take it into an AP boutique and they will demagnetize it on the spot. Did exactly this last year. I think ROs are especially prone to magnetization.
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

y does breitling have sex dolls in their boutique? confused.gif
The breitling babe's face looks like it was designed with a specific purpose in mind....
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not to mention her "position."
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I'm sure there are many who would do a whole lot more for a Patek.
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Originally Posted by Newcomer View Post

I'm sure there are many who would do a whole lot more for a Patek.[/quote

Charlie Sheen would agree.
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Got a new (to me) one incoming!

I'll give you all a hint, it reverses but it's no reverso; what is it?
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Tank Basculante?

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Pics of my wife's Rolex (on the desk in my study), which arrived earlier today. Wrist shots in May (when it's her birthday). This goes under lock and key until then wink.gif



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@clpotter

 

I am around your age and like the look of some Breitlings. I was originally considering a Transocean or a Navimeter for my first serious watch. This was a while back. I'd seen the cool Travolta ads with the leather jackets and airplanes. I'd assessed that they were of better quality than Tag Heuer but not quite on par with Rolex and that I was okay with that because I'm not into Rolex for the same reasons I'm not into BMWs. But when I tried a few on my wrist, well, they just didn't work for me. I just thought they were a bit large and just too busy. Also, I looked around at the kinds of people who wore Breitlings. I won't attempt to stereotype, but they tended not to bee my crowd. 

 

I went back to the drawing board and started really doing research, learning bits and pieces about the heritage of various watchmakers. I narrowed down my criteria for a first watch.

 

It had to:

 

1) Be swiss made with an in-house mechanical or automatic movement

2) Have a reputation for bullet-proof reliability

3) Come from a heritage only an idiot can (and will to my amusement) deny

4) Be minimal and versatile enough to wear anywhere, but not too minimal to be boring. (This came to mean a basic, timeless sports watch, on a stainless steel bracelet, with no more than two complications.)

5) Have only complications that would be useful to me.

6) Fit my budget of around $4k

7) Not be a watch that just anybody would recognize as a "serious" watch

 

After I established my criteria and looked around, the only questions left were weather my Omega Speedmaster should have a date, moon phase or neither - and then whether my plain-jane Speedy should have a hesalite or sapphire crystal. 

 

While I am beyond thrilled that I chose the Sapphire Sandwich for my first serious watch, I won't say it's for everybody (though at that price point I still can't imagine finding anything better). Picking your watch is a very personal process. I would say do some research, poke around the Watchuseek forum for a few weeks, and start with some basic criteria. Then you'll find that the options available aren't really as numerous as you might think. Most importantly, try the watch on and see if you like it. Once you feel the caress of the right one, it will haunt your dreams until you can't live without it. It'll drive you mad like a schoolyard crush. That's when you pull out your wallet and conquer the bitch. 

 

At least horological love can be handled so. Until you start gazing on the Pateks of the world. :inlove:  But I digress.

post #29983 of 37164
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Originally Posted by MZhammer View Post

Got a new (to me) one incoming!
I'll give you all a hint, it reverses but it's no reverso; what is it?


a breitling doll? AYO!


ok, now tell us!!
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Frilly!  Wonderful to see the queen of your collection back in good order. :)  Actually, the queen of TWAT's collective collection, now I think about it...

 

 

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Originally Posted by BostonHedonist View Post
 

It'll drive you mad like a schoolyard crush. That's when you pull out your wallet and conquer the bitch. 

 

I can't say that's how I ever resolved my schoolyard crushes, but perhaps if I'd have had the wallet....

 

Seriously, I like your process for arriving at the Speedy.  The thing to me about Breitling, whatever the aesthetics, is the price again.  Is a Breitling 7750 better than a Tag 7750 better than a Tissot 7750, etc.?  It just doesn't have the specialness of other things at that price.  The big defining thing about them is the brand strength, which is rather a double-edged sword: they are heavily advertised and that's in the price.

 

Ironically, I think the next one to go that way really is Omega.  They have had such a huge marketing push over the last few years that I can see them becoming rather ubiquitous.  But they don't seem to have acquired the douche-associations of a Breitling or a Hublot, and despite their Swatch-status, their history and design integrity keeps them pretty respectable I think.

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