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Well of course a high-end quartz movement from Seiko is going to keep good time. smile.gif
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Indubitably.
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Originally Posted by IGotId View Post

Has anybody seen the new VC Overseas in person yet? If so, thoughts?

Waiting still @OmarDubaibanker to post more pics and review of his!
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Just purchased my first Rolex! .....for a friend of mine *sigh*. My good friend, somewhat-mentor, and man who is going to officiate my wedding, asked me to be on the lookout for a no-date sub for him, which was easy enough as I was in and out of a lot of Rolex dealers.

 

I was picking up a pair of trousers, but they needed the waist taken out just a 1/4" further, so while I waited I decided to do another lap of Bond Street. I walked into Wempe with a level of dejectedness that only a thousand "No"s can bring about. A store of which I'd never technically breached the threshold of as the salespeople would always greet me with a cheery "No" right at the door. Well it was my (friend's) lucky day, as I was greeted with a "No" followed very quickly by a "Maybe" for the Sub. 

 

The salesperson asked me to take a seat as she ran to check if they had any. I'm about 100% sure she knew they had some but had to check to see if they wanted to sell one to me. I could swear I saw the manager give her a subtle head nod as an "okay" when she stood up from the desk. Well after a quick look at the watch, and an adrenaline-filled racewalk back to my office for my passport("I'm sorry but we cannot hold the watch for you"), I made the purchase.

 

It felt good to finally find something on my hunt - I'd just about given up hope, but this has likely pulled me back in. But I'm glad that I was able to track one down for my buddy, as it is the least I could do for him after all he's done for me.

 

 

 

 

As for the VC Overseas, I specifically asked to take a look at it while they sorted the purchase of the sub. I obviously can't offer much insight as I handled it for only a couple of minutes, but here are my takeaways: It's obviously stunning. It's an absolute pain in the ass to change the strap on the Pelagos, so the strap changing mechanism they've created seemed like a good feature. If I was considering buying one I would have some reservations about it's proprietary nature and it's long term durability - both of which seem like they would creep up on you in 15-20 years. And lastly, the maltese crown case design was a little too over the top for me. It feels as though they've maltesed every component that was malteseable. 

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I got bored Saturday afternoon with watching Michigan State get blown out. I was stuck at home while the 6-month-old was taking a nap so I decided to take a family photo of my MKII watches.



My wife came home and saw them laid out on the kitchen counter and asked why I have 6 of the same watches. How could she not see that they were each obviously quite different?!? lol8[1].gif
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And a solo shot of the Hawkinge that was on my wrist at the time and inspired me to take the shot of all of them:



Ha! So true. Nice group you have there. Congrats!

You know, I think I could be fairly satisfied myself with a sweet collection of black-dialed sports watches.

Now I'm sure that I would want more some more brand variety, and multiple chronographs would be a must.

But yes, with enough diversity-- some vintage pieces and some new, several different sizes, different straps, etc...YES.

I could do some real damage in that sector happy.gif
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I guess this belongs here for discussion and/or derision.

https://www.thrillist.com/travel/nation/expensive-watches-command-respect-what-happened-when-i-tested-that
Caught that on a few other forums.

Pay-for-play shilling — certifiable 100% bullshit. :P


Gives some insight into the kind of suckers they're aiming to find, though. wink.gif
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Originally Posted by Omega Male View Post
 

I guess this belongs here for discussion and/or derision.

 

https://www.thrillist.com/travel/nation/expensive-watches-command-respect-what-happened-when-i-tested-that

It was entertaining, but if his experience was accurate and not embellished as a sort of advertisement for the watch rental place he referenced, I think what he experienced was coincidence.  I've worn nice watches for many years.  Except for experiences involving watch/jewelry events, most people don't notice or care that much about people's watches.  In addition, I would be a bit surprised if someone other than a watch collector/ aficionado would recognize or know that Blancpain (PP, AP, VC, Etc) is anything special.

 

Most people are not watch people.  Although in some fields where clients tend to buy expensive items (nice cars, nice clothing, boats, etc), the sales people learn to look at the watches/shoes people wear as sort of a measure as to whether someone has a greater likelihood of buying or if they are just a "Tire kicker."  Granted anyone can buy or not buy something regardless of how they are dressed or what they were wearing, but I remember one shop I worked in when I was in college, people would notice if someone was wearing a Rolex or Cartier. 

 

Again, I thought the article was amusing, I just don't think its accurate. 

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Yes, yes we know you don't like Blancpain very much Dino :deadhorse:

 

But seriously, I agree with you that the majority of people aren't going to notice your watch, let alone give preferential treatment based on it, unfortunately.  :cheers: 

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Buy a Bathyscaphe and get an upgrade. Chicks dig Bell & Ross. Breitling is your accessible pass to the world of luxury.

And they all have great marketing budgets.

Well, Bell & Ross is the watch of Satan, but I confess that I still rather like the Bathyscaphe, even with its silly date and unforgivable fonts. And the Superocean Heritage with its overpriced generic movement is lovely.

However, everyone knows that shop assistants and receptionists only recognise Rolex.
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Considering the crap watches they evidently offer, I suppose one could argue that it may actually be more financially sensible to rent than to own them. smile.gif
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And we are in thr Belligero zone...!
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Yes, yes we know you don't like Blancpain very much Dino :deadhorse:

Nothing to do with whether I like BP or not (and actually I like the standard 50 Fathoms, just wouldn't spend that much on one).  Even if they guy had said he was wearing an AP, Patek, or VC, they aren't something most people recognize as anything special.  :cheers:

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Shit, if you want to talk about watches that will catch the eye of normies, an Invicta is probably a better bet than a 50 fathoms.

 

Occasionally I'll spot an Omega-wearing guy's eyes lingering on my wrist on the subway/tube, and thats about the only time anyone has ever noticed my watch. 

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I always thought the goal here was to impress each other mwink[1].gif
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