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Originally Posted by Monty L View Post

Anybody have strong feelings one way or the other about the 50 fathoms bathyscaphe? I'm itching for one on a nato and considering it as my next piece.  

BP offers very good quality, but I find the bathyscaphe version a bland if not just plain unattractive design.  To me it just looks generic and there isn't anything I like about it.  If I were getting a 50 Fathoms I'd get a standard version.  One of the other issues I have with BP, is even when they make something that is nice, for what they cost there is always something I'd much rather own than a BP.   But if you're itching for one then go for it.

post #1607 of 3933
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Indeed, some watches make me realize that their manufacturers don't really know what they're doing when it comes to design.

The Bathyscaphe is one of those watches.
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One man's boring is another man's classic. I love Blancpain, particularly the dearly departed Leman series. The FF Bathyscaphe is an attractive watch, but seems to be a "try before you buy" given its size.
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Regarding BP in general - I'm more worried by the service horror stories than I am by the design. I actually thought it looked nice in person, but it's not going to be a watch that anyone cares about in 10 years. The movement isn't nearly robust enough to live in a real sports watch. If you want a dress watch that looks sporty, and have tons of cash to burn... I'd just get a Patek.
post #1610 of 3933
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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

Sorry, but I guess I don't see the problem is with getting a BLNR if that is what you really want, and nixing the 2nd watch (or waiting a year or  longer to buy a second watch).   I'd much rather have the watch I truly want rather than settle for something else just to have extra funds for a second lesser, yet to be determined watch.  

Oh I agree and appreciate the advice. The issue, like many face, is that I love several and am having a hard time deciding. There's probably 10-15 pieces in the under 10k range I would absolutely love to have, but reality is 1-2 can be acquired now and probably no more for 5+ years.

Just to share with everyone, since I always enjoy seeing how similar/dissimilar tastes run:

First tier short list (I will definitely buy one of these). This will be rotated with a Datejust but will get more wrist time than the DJ.

Rolex Sub 114060
Rolex Sub with Date 116610
Rolex GMT Master II Ceramic 116710LN (all black)
Rolex GMT Master II Ceramic 116710BLNR (blue/black)

Second tier short list (if funds permit I'll one acquire now):

Omega Speedmaster Pro
Rolex Explorer 36mm
Tudor Black Bay (blue or black bezel)
Longines Master Collection Chrono (2 subdial version)
IWC Mark XVIII
Glashutte Original Senator 60's
post #1611 of 3933
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Originally Posted by bigbadbuff View Post

Rolex Sub 114060 (very depressed prices. currently a great time to buy)
Rolex Sub with Date 116610 (ditto, but less so)
Rolex GMT Master II Ceramic 116710LN (all black) (too bland, not a watch I'd buy)
Rolex GMT Master II Ceramic 116710BLNR (blue/black) (hot market, not a great time to buy)

Second tier short list (if funds permit I'll one acquire now):

Omega Speedmaster Pro (total classic, I love mine)
Rolex Explorer 36mm (small watch, but I have a small wrist and would like one in the future)
Tudor Black Bay (blue or black bezel) (weird proportions, definitely not in the league of those above)
Longines Master Collection Chrono (2 subdial version) (nice looking, but I'd skip it)
IWC Mark XVIII (bad choice IMO. you'll lose big money if you sell in a few years. too big case, for the tiny tiny movement. the bracelet will be nice though. I own the Mark XV which is better looking in all ways. If you're willing to go down to a 36mm Explorer, consider the 38mm XV).
Glashutte Original Senator 60's (interesting choice, but a bit redundant with your DJ)

My 2C.
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Sporting the FPJ today

post #1613 of 3933
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Originally Posted by Ambulance Chaser View Post

One man's boring is another man's classic. I love Blancpain, particularly the dearly departed Leman series. The FF Bathyscaphe is an attractive watch, but seems to be a "try before you buy" given its size.

I like Blancpain and many of the models it had made. Some of its complicated watches are truly lust worthy, in my view.

The bathyscaphe does nothing for me, but if it works for you go for it.

They tend to be expensive if you pay list but there are substantial discounts on the secondary market to be had, at least last I checked.
post #1614 of 3933
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Originally Posted by bigbadbuff View Post

Oh I agree and appreciate the advice. The issue, like many face, is that I love several and am having a hard time deciding. There's probably 10-15 pieces in the under 10k range I would absolutely love to have, but reality is 1-2 can be acquired now and probably no more for 5+ years.

Just to share with everyone, since I always enjoy seeing how similar/dissimilar tastes run:

First tier short list (I will definitely buy one of these). This will be rotated with a Datejust but will get more wrist time than the DJ.

Rolex Sub 114060
Rolex Sub with Date 116610
Rolex GMT Master II Ceramic 116710LN (all black)
Rolex GMT Master II Ceramic 116710BLNR (blue/black)

Second tier short list (if funds permit I'll one acquire now):

Omega Speedmaster Pro
Rolex Explorer 36mm
Tudor Black Bay (blue or black bezel)
Longines Master Collection Chrono (2 subdial version)
IWC Mark XVIII
Glashutte Original Senator 60's

I'd definitely go with whatever from the first tier is your first choice, and not worry about the second tier.  Of the second Tier the only ones I really like are the Speedy Pro and the 36mm Explorer.  However, I certainly wouldn't choose my second or third choice from tier one just to add one of the items from tier two.  Wishing you luck and lots of fun with trying them on and making a decision.  

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Thread Starter 

I used to really like the Bathyscaphe until Belligero crapped all over it.

 

Buffy:  Get the Sub.  It seems to be the one you really want.  Top of your list, the simple, defining, timeless perfection of purpose and design.  You could add a date, or a 24 hour bezel or a bit of blue, but I feel it's the Sub you really want.  The fact that your second tier looks at the blue or black Black Bay as well, only reinforces the point.  All roads are leading you to 114060.  Yes, the BLNR is nice but it will go in and out of popularity just like the Coke and Pepsi before it.  That's not a bad thing.  But as everything you want is a bit like a Sub, I can't help but conclude that you want a Sub.

 

If you do pick up a second, get a used deal on the GO Senator 60s.  You're wearing one, soon to be two steel Oysters on bracelets.  The 60s can be had at way below list and has a really cool vintage style.  The blue one is lovely, and so different from anything you have for a quirky but classy dress watch.  Otherwise a Speedy is never wrong as a casual alternative.  You just probably won't wear it as much as the Sub when you're casual, and the GO will look better with a suit.

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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post
 

BP offers very good quality, but I find the bathyscaphe version a bland if not just plain unattractive design.  To me it just looks generic and there isn't anything I like about it.  

 

 

I tend to agree, particularly for that kind of money. 

 

Speaking of diving watches, I saw that Oris has introduced a new, old version of their "65" diving watch, that harks back to the style that they made back in, well, 1965. 

 

Old:

 

 

New:

 

 

You can also get it on a leather, rubber or NATO strap. 

post #1617 of 3933
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Originally Posted by Keith T View Post

Never had a stringray strap before, myself. (Much as I enjoy trying different looks and swapping out straps).

How's it feel, compared to calfskin, or croc?
Little bit grainy but less than I thought it would be. Still soft though, the color quite interesting, varies light grey to dark. Making me consider stingray shoes for the future smile.gif
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Sorry first time responding while quoting someone else last fount lines are my answer 😁
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@ cchen: that Journe is bonkers, especially for a modern aesthetic, time-only watch.

Nice combo with your threads. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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Originally Posted by rbhan12 View Post

Folks, forgive my watch-noob question. I'm looking to buy my first "real" watch. A few buddies recommended I look at Frederique Constant. I've done some brief research on my own and have come to the conclusion that their automatic watches are a good value. Agree, disagree?

Just to make sure, automatic means the watch doesn't need a battery and is powered through body movements, correct?

Take a look at Montblanc as well. It's not just for pens anymore. The watch division is headed by the former head of JLC.
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