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I'm also too OCD to get my head around the bits of batons on the 5712.

 

5726 on a bracelet is the best Nautilus for me -- symmetry uber alles.

 

I've tried it on, but I don't love it.  The date cutting into the subdial annoys me.  The only two Nautilus I really like are the 5711 and 5712.  

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Got this in on Friday. For my $, the three greatest watchmakers on the planet are Kari Voutilainen, Roger Smith, and Philippe Dufour. It's always special to hold a piece by any of the three. A totally different level...

 

 

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Really hadn't ever paid attention to watches before, but just wrapped up a big case and my wife said I needed to splurge on something. I like it understated and without excessive dials.

I'm sure that will change though as I'm steadily SF'd in this new hobby as well.

Of course the inspiration was that key exchange between Daniel Craig and Eva Green in Casino Royale, but we all need to start somewhere.

EDIT: Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean, 42mm
Edited by El Argentino - 8/16/16 at 6:04pm
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If I were in the market for a Patek Philippe, I think I'd go for the 5096. Very traditional Calatrava dial and hands, manual wind, no distracting date window or central seconds hand, and there's no quibbling about what case material to get as it only comes in yellow gold.

(not my pics)



An added advantage is that it comes from an era before Patek's quality went the dogs...wink.gif
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Really hadn't ever paid attention to watches before, but just wrapped up a big case and my wife said I needed to splurge on something...
Of course the inspiration was that key exchange between Daniel Craig and Eva Green in Casino Royale, but we all need to start somewhere.

Bond has been has been an inspiration for decades of watch collectors.  Congrats and enjoy your new watch!:cheers:

 

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If I were in the market for a Patek Philippe, I think I'd go for the 5096. Very traditional Calatrava dial and hands, manual wind, no distracting date window or central seconds hand, and there's no quibbling about what case material to get as it only comes in yellow gold.

(not my pics)

 

Definitely a handsome design.  However, by today's standards its rather small for a men's watch and it may be tough for all but men of the smallest builds.  I believe its only around 33 mm. 

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Definitely a handsome design.  However, by today's standards its rather small for a men's watch and it may be tough for all but men of the smallest builds.  I believe its only around 33 mm. 

It is 33 mm. My smallest watch is a Nomos Orion which comes in at 35mm, and I've never thought it was too small (maybe because it was my first watch.) I have tried on a Calatrava 5022 which is also 33m, and it seemed delicate but not too small for a dress watch.
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Small watches are great! My favourite used to be an early 1970s gold-plated Luch (a design which I have never found again - the other ones are quite ugly) which was just a few mm thick, and had a rounded crystal. It fitted very well under any shirt cuff. It was stolen along with the rest of my watch collection by a couple of junkies breaking into my flat in Geneva (Switzerland) a bit less than a decade ago (this is partly why I don't own anything > $500 even today).

 

I like modern watches but find it annoying to wear them with a suit because of their size - either you wear French cuffs and let them bend in an unsightly manner, or you have to get your left button cuff tailored to be a bit wider to cover the thing. I end up defaulting to smaller diameter watches unless it's hot and casual enough that rolling up the sleeves is an option.

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Definitely a handsome design.  However, by today's standards its rather small for a men's watch and it may be tough for all but men of the smallest builds.  I believe its only around 33 mm. 

That's partially why I think the 5296 is the basic Calatrava to get in the current line-up. At 38mm, the size is in the sweet spot for a dress watch. Movement fits the case nicely as well. Design-wise, it is a near dead-ringer for the iconic ref. 570, which is only different in that it is 36mm ("oversized" for its time), manual wind, and doesn't have a date. Central seconds were the default on the 570 and as common on vintage Calatrava models as sub-seconds.



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Small watches are great! My favourite used to be an early 1970s gold-plated Luch (a design which I have never found again - the other ones are quite ugly) which was just a few mm thick, and had a rounded crystal. It fitted very well under any shirt cuff. It was stolen along with the rest of my watch collection by a couple of junkies breaking into my flat in Geneva (Switzerland) a bit less than a decade ago (this is partly why I don't own anything > $500 even today).

I like modern watches but find it annoying to wear them with a suit because of their size - either you wear French cuffs and let them bend in an unsightly manner, or you have to get your left button cuff tailored to be a bit wider to cover the thing. I end up defaulting to smaller diameter watches unless it's hot and casual enough that rolling up the sleeves is an option.

I like dressier watches to be in the 35-38mm range. To me, 40mm and up is pure sport watch territory. Hell, the Submariner is 40mm. Your "dress" watch shouldn't be as big as a Submariner.
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+1 38mm is my sweet spot for a dress watch (my Aqua Terra is 38.5mm and perfect on my wrist).
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Vintage watches from my grandpa
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Vintage watches from my grandpa i have now for few years after he passed.




Daily beater

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Dress

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Hmm, a friend of mine is getting rid of his Hublot Black Caviar & I like it. A really cool watch with nice specifications. 41 mm, sits OK on the wrist & 100 m WR. It would be a fun casual watch among with my SubC.

 

Should I pull the trigger?

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If you like it and feel that the price is fair (i.e. about a third of MSRP), then probably not much harm in trying it out.

Personally, a fashion watch with a Sellita movement wouldn't interest me much, but others may feel differently.
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If you like it and feel that the price is fair (i.e. about a third of MSRP), then probably not much harm in trying it out.

Personally, a fashion watch with a Sellita movement wouldn't interest me much, but others may feel differently.


Are you sure? I don't have much knowledge about Hublot - but I thought this one rocked Hublots in-house movement?

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