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TAG Heuer did make a re-edition of the Autavia about ten years back, but it was the less attractive, 1970s-style case, rather than the lovely, more circular, 1960s style case.

Yes, they made this white (Sieffert) version and a black dialed version. I actually like the 70s case better, but it wasn't really a reissue but rather a modern interpretation. Also, they probably could have sold twice as many if they omitted TAG branding.
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On the subject of current chronographs, a quick question.

In the sub $5,000 chrono bracket it seems that one is mainly looking at standard movements with a chrono module added (Tudor, Sinn, TAG, Longines, etc.). Whereas the interesting manufacture chrono movements all seem to come in in the $10,000 range (Rolex, Omega, GP, JLC, Breitling, Cartier, etc.).

I was wondering if there are any chronos in the lower range that stand out as punching above their weight in terms of their movement? Or are the distinctions in this range pretty much based on case design, bracelets, etc.?

I think the Eberhard Extra Fort for sub 2k is a phenomenal value.




Also, the cases on Hublot are pretty amazing. I personally wouldn't look to purchase one, but you see more of them on Madison avenue than you would think.

Finally, there is an interesting auction going on now. What looks like a clean Bovet Chrono and a gold filled JLC Memovox. I'm not sure if that Bovet looks like the dial is refinished. The pictures are pretty terrible.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lot-of-2-watches-Lecoultre-Bovet-/322039481386?hash=item4afb0c842a:g:SXEAAOSwu1VW5iXm
Edited by firenze_rob - 3/14/16 at 7:25am
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Lol facking auto correct.
post #694 of 3937
Someone mentioned a few pages back some hesitancy in wearing Rolex compared to other brands that are more under the radar. I got a Submariner in my early 30s and sold it within weeks for this very reason, I couldn't get over the admittedly cliched 'judgements' made about people wearing that specific watch. I didn't get another 'nice' watch for several years, until I got an oyster bracelet, silver stick dial DateJust. For me, it was the perfect daily wearer and I decided to just get over any perceived connotations.

The end result? I've never been asked about it once in 2 years, by friends/family/strangers. Not once. My take is that non-WIS people pay absolutely zero attention to what is on your wrist, assuming it's not garish. I suppose if I was sporting an everrose gold Daytona, for example, it would get noticed. But the sport Rolex watches, aside from perhaps the BLNR/Hulk because of the color pop, are just not going to get noticed. And for me, that's great. Some people want that brand to get noticed, I want it because of all the compelling reasons to own one aside from that.

A combination of my 40th birthday and 2nd child being born this year are going to have me commemorating with another watch. For a laundry list of reasons, I have quite a few Rolex sport models on that list, and almost nothing else. So, bottom line, I would not worry about any perceptions and simply get what makes you happy...
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Too large for me, although, I did get to try on the ultra thin RO Tourbillon and it was stunning!!!  As for RM...I've never understood the attraction to them.  For what they cost there are so many other watches I would rather own.    

 

Yeah it's big. Here it is with the RO Perpetual that came in at the same time (SS/PT LE, so cool! I'll post pics later)

 

 

I was a very early supporter of Richard Mille. I had an RM002 in 2003. The high end pieces are still very cool to me, although crazy prices. The 10/11 thing I will never understand.

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Yeah it's big. Here it is with the RO Perpetual that came in at the same time (SS/PT LE, so cool! I'll post pics later)

 

I was a very early supporter of Richard Mille. I had an RM002 in 2003. The high end pieces are still very cool to me, although crazy prices. The 10/11 thing I will never understand.

:inlove:Love the SS/Platinum RO perpetual.  I tried one on many years ago.  It is really a beautiful piece.

 

RM...I've never liked them.  As mentioned earlier there are lots of other watches I'd rather have for the same money or less. 

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Last week someone asked me if the watch I was wearing was a Rolex.
It wasn't.
it was, however a TAG Professional 1000, which is a submariner copycat, so I wasn't surprised by the question, even if I was surprised by the question.
I was given it in the late 80s.
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Originally Posted by dopey View Post

Last week someone asked me if the watch I was wearing was a Rolex.
It wasn't.
it was, however a TAG Professional 1000, which is a submariner copycat, so I wasn't surprised by the question, even if I was surprised by the question.
I was given it in the late 80s.

I'm guessing this happened around midday or midnight?
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Here's the RO Perpetual in Steel/Platinum. HOLY SMOKES this is a hot watch. Very strongly considering keeping this one for myself

 

 

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Originally Posted by bigbadbuff View Post
The end result? I've never been asked about it once in 2 years, by friends/family/strangers. Not once. My take is that non-WIS people pay absolutely zero attention to what is on your wrist, assuming it's not garish. I suppose if I was sporting an everrose gold Daytona, for example, it would get noticed.

In my experience, the Rolex Sub (and GMT) are the most recognized watches for a non-WIS. 

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In my experience, the Rolex Sub (and GMT) are the most recognized watches for a non-WIS. 

What about two-tone DD and/or DJ with fluted bezel?
post #702 of 3937
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What about two-tone DD and/or DJ with fluted bezel?

 

Those would be my picks.  I actually think the sub sticks out less because there are so many imitators.

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I've been pondering this question lately. I've read here and on multiple other fora that watch case sizes vary over time: the current trend is oversized cases and eventually, the pendulum will swing the other way. I wanted to challenge whether that actually is true. In my albeit limited experience, all the vintage watches I've seen are generally small. Exceptions would be an aviator's watch or a diver's watch. Have we actually seen case sizes wax and wane over time? Or is the change over time really for watches to be bigger to the point say, 2008, and now reached an everlasting plateau? Curious to hear others' thoughts.
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Just had a further thought on the Bronze Bay: on the positive side, it now looks nothing at all like a Submariner.  :)

 

One thing that I didn't mention which I think is a positive is that Nato.  I went for a similar look with one of my VSAs.  I had a red bezel diver with a green nato with a thin red stripe down the center and it looked great.  Gave the watch more of a "military" feel than a "diver" feel, but I loved it.  

 

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Originally Posted by aol910 View Post

Quick question. Does anyone her know of, and maybe have experience with, a good watchmaker in Philadelphia? I need to service my out of warranty Hamilton.

 

No, but Govberg might know of someone or perhaps even have someone in house.  

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Originally Posted by Renault78law View Post

I've been pondering this question lately. I've read here and on multiple other fora that watch case sizes vary over time: the current trend is oversized cases and eventually, the pendulum will swing the other way. I wanted to challenge whether that actually is true. In my albeit limited experience, all the vintage watches I've seen are generally small. Exceptions would be an aviator's watch or a diver's watch. Have we actually seen case sizes wax and wane over time? Or is the change over time really for watches to be bigger to the point say, 2008, and now reached an everlasting plateau? Curious to hear others' thoughts.

Watches have definitely gotten larger in the last 20-25 yrs.  While the bulk of watches have not gotten smaller, there have been segments where watches have stayed true to their original size,  been smaller than other members of the collection, or been slightly downsized.  Watches such as AP's RO 15202, JLC's 1931 Tribute, and Rolex's 40mm Day Date fit that description.  I personally, find the proportions of the 40 mm Day Date that came out after the 41mm Day Date II, far more pleasing to the eye in terms of proportions.

 

However, in the end what really matters is trying a watch on to see how it fits and looks on your wrist.  A good looking watch that fits your wrist, your sense of style, and taste will look great on you for many decades.  My first good watch was a 40mm Rolex GMT Master.  I have watches that are larger, and some that are smaller, but even after many years 40 always looks and feels right to me.      

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