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@md2010 Explorers are nice but I think the Sub makes for a better "first" Rolex, if you know what I mean. It sounds like we have similar backgrounds, although I grew up in Australia. I was the first person in my family to finish high school, let alone university, and my reasons for wanting a Rolex were a lot like yours. Mine is a birth year, no date Sub, have you considered the birth year option?
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i think the birth year thing for watches is a bit of a gimmick. throughout its whole life it's lived with other owners and by the time it reaches you it has plenty of scratches and dings, which you are the none the wiser of. different story if your parents or grandparents bought it for you on the day you were born and had it stored away until your 21st or something.

my first rolex was an explorer and i couldn't be happier - it's more dressy than sporty; although not as popular than submariners, it still has a classic design, looks arguably better than subs with leather straps, has a great work horse movement and it isn't as snobby as the submariner. also because MD already has a diver watch, it wouldn't make sense to add another diver so soon into the rotation.
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I don't think it's a gimmick. I would like one particular model of car from my birth year too one day, and I enjoy tasting wines from my birth year as well - even though it wasn't a very good vintage for a lot of them.

My first son was born a few months ago and in a couple of years, when money isn't so tight (I'm currently living in Switzerland but working in London which majorly blows given the weak gbp and cost of flights each week) I'm going to buy a 2016 Rolex for him, which I will wear in my rotation (although probably sparingly) before passing onto him one day 21st or 25th birthday).
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That said, I will probably contradict my 'first Rolex' statement with my son's watch, as I already have a sub and will therefore look for something else - most likely an Explorer!
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Anyone know how much longer Nungar will be selling RMWs at $350 instead of $$$$$$$$$$?

 

Thinking of grabbing a second pair for Christmas.

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I'm currently living in Switzerland but working in London.

Saving villages, Godspeed.
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I don't think it's a gimmick. I would like one particular model of car from my birth year too one day, and I enjoy tasting wines from my birth year as well - even though it wasn't a very good vintage for a lot of them.

My first son was born a few months ago and in a couple of years, when money isn't so tight (I'm currently living in Switzerland but working in London which majorly blows given the weak gbp and cost of flights each week) I'm going to buy a 2016 Rolex for him, which I will wear in my rotation (although probably sparingly) before passing onto him one day 21st or 25th birthday).

 

I hope he appreciates the significance of your gift.

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@The Ernesto ha

@Gerry Nelson I hope so too. That's why I think 21 might be a little young (if I think back to myself at that age). Passing it on at 25 or even 30 should hopefully be better for ensuring that.
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Buying one Rolex is definitely more difficult than buying a couple! I have taken the sub out of the equation for the time being. Deciding between Explorer and the Rhodium grey oyster perpetual 39mm. It's the same case and movements and bracelet , however dial , hands and clasp are different. The simplicity of the op 39mm is just beautiful , the domed crystal and bazel make it wear a bit larger than the explorer.
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Birth year- I have been unsuccessful in many businesses ventures. And it's difficult when you are near bankrupt and you tend to believe in fortune telling and all sorts of voodoo stuffs. My first hand experience with believing these sorts of things make things worse (for me). So the last time I sold off my small business at next to nothing, I promised myself not to believe/ follow any sort of voodoo, gimmicks. That includes not reading daily horoscope (even for fun). Birth year watch/car/wine is possibly not gimmicks, but how can One relate to them ?
Edited by md2010 - 9/25/16 at 1:59am
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My dad gave me a Grand Seiko when I graduated but sadly I was born with tiny wrists, for the most part it looks ridiculous on me. Lucky I was never too big on horology and that he's ok with me passing it on to whoever.
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My dad gave me a Grand Seiko when I graduated but sadly I was born with tiny wrists, for the most part it looks ridiculous on me. Lucky I was never too big on horology and that he's ok with me passing it on to whoever.

that is a shame. have you tried it on a leather strap?
the finishing of the grand seiko punches above it's weight. i love the spring drives, and the snow flake dials are simply stunning.

would one day love to add a credor to the rotation. that is completely in another class. sigh.
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@The Ernesto ha

@Gerry Nelson I hope so too. That's why I think 21 might be a little young (if I think back to myself at that age). Passing it on at 25 or even 30 should hopefully be better for ensuring that.
By thirty he may already have a Rolex collection.
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@The Ernesto ha

@Gerry Nelson I hope so too. That's why I think 21 might be a little young (if I think back to myself at that age). Passing it on at 25 or even 30 should hopefully be better for ensuring that.

Worth discussing, I planned to hand over my watch at 21 considering 18 dubious : (surely he'd lose it ) but 25 perhaps more sensible. After all, I acquired it myself at 25.

It needs fixing first : moral to the forum : get these watches serviced : my Omega Seamaster ground to a halt after a few months reliability problems...at about 16 years of age..I haven't got around to a quote. I don't particularly want to send it to Omega in Malvern but there is a man plus workshop in Bulleen..
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He might, and if he's put himself in that position by that point in his life I'll be very proud. It also means I've probably passed his watch to him earlier because he's shown maturity with his money and in his life, etc. I was 31 or 32 when I got mine but I had prioritised an apartment and nice car before the watch.
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@The Ernesto ha

@Gerry Nelson I hope so too. That's why I think 21 might be a little young (if I think back to myself at that age). Passing it on at 25 or even 30 should hopefully be better for ensuring that.

In my experience and I guess depending on his career it would be better to give it to him when he is 25. Personally I believe 21 year old males lack maturity and common sense and as a father its a view shared by a few of my friends with sons that age.

Been in Bowral this Canberra long weekend. Found a couple of interesting op shops, one had BB LE Gant chinos. Some interesting bands for shirts and if your about a 46 a great Italian Silk/Wool jacket sadly it was too small across the shoulders for me. Nice selection of silk ties at $10 apiece nothing to float my boat sadly.

Aside from. the obligatory sighting of a few iGents and a couple of stores outfitting cockies and weekend farmers I found a bespoke journal maker. Its small store in Berrima run by quite a gregarious and friendly couple. These people make art journals for John Olsen. I'm going to. order one for my 60th year, of course the wait is six months and you only have a thousand days to get anything from them. I did pick an Italian leather hand bound journal while I was there.
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