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The Watch Appreciation Thread - Part two (Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Jaeger LeCoultre,

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mimo, Feb 12, 2016.

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  1. tigerpac

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    Yeah, I know what you mean. I have a feeling that it's a JLC steel thing - my other steel watches don't scratch as easily, even ones with flat surfaces like the Reverso.
     
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    Are they straight stainless steel or rhodium (or whatever) plated?
     
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    I'm annoyed that I only have one...lol

    Seriously, not really! I typically only wear it to work & some social gatherings so I don't think I have any significant scratching. That being said, I haven't looked too closely for scratched either.
     
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    The thing I like about the Reverso is that you can flip it over and you've got that steel side that "protects" the watch. I've said it before, but I think the watch could used as a military watch or an "explorer's" watch, or at least it could have been historically. That said I think the idea of a duoface is great and that JLC could do even more with that.

    I like the silver face better than the black, especially for your Reverso. You made a great choice and I love the blue face. I like all the colors though and even the "standard" 1931 Reverso is a great looking watch.
    Not sure why it didn't quote him correctly, but as @tigerpac noted it seems like it could be a real scratch magnet. I've had many scratches on mine and they're difficult to unless you're really angling the watch in the light to find them, but they can happen. Ditto for fingerprints. Also, if I really wanted to get picky I could say how it sits on the wrist as the watch isn't rounded on the bottom (something they're doing with some of the newer Reversos), but that would be nitpicking as it lays just fine. Quite frankly I wouldn't want the watch rounded in that manner anyway. And the watch is so thin that it's not remotely an issue with a cuff.

    I got mine because I liked the vintage/tribute styling of the watch and I felt it worked well with my wardrobe. That said it has a real polish/finish to it that means I could dress it up more than I likely have need to.
    Haha. Me too. Quite a few that I like. Despite having the Thin Tribute to 1931, were money no object I'd also have the similar "standard" Tribute to 1931. They've been doing a great job with the Reverso of late and a lot of nice options out there.
     
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    Speaking of engraving the case-back on a JLC Reverso, this was in a recent article on Hodinkee:

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    A watch made for a king who was never crowned...
     
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    Thanks for the input, I appreciate your learned opinions. To be honest i know nothing about the Reverso movement. How is the accuracy of the timekeeping - I'm a bit OCD with those sort of things.
     
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    Hello 5712G!
     
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    Read that one. Interesting little piece. I've actually heard that the Reverso was favored by some European royalty back in the day. That watch, along with MacArthur's, are in JLC's possession which is great. Nice to see them such historic pieces thus preserving their heritage and making it possible to share them with the rest of the World. Of course it also allows them to promote the brand, but still cool they have them.

    I haven't measured it's accuracy and likely won't any time soon, but from what I can tell mine is very accurate.
     
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    All new JLCs go through 1000 hours of testing before being let loose on the world. They are calibrated more stringently than COSC (-1+6 vs -4+6) - which apparently they made a conscious decision not to subscribe to.
     
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    I have found the JLC croc wristband not quite as high quality as one by another maker though that is thicker but it has lasted well.

    Style and function wise nothing annoys me and its time keeping is enough for me although I have never actually measured how accurate it is.
     
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    Much obliged all. I still have much to learn, but this thread has been a great help, as well as a constant source of inspiration and envy.
     
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    Those are some mouth-watering watches in here. Mine has a pretty worn out strap and, for the first time, I am seriously considering replacing it with a leather one. I found a pretty nice one at Lucrin, https://www.lucrin.com/watch-strap-men.htm , however, I know not how reliable they are. They have pretty nice reviews for their Apple watch band, but nothing on their classic watch straps. Other brands I'm considering are Hirsch, Shinola and Daniel Wellington.

    Has anyone else had to replace their watchbands here? What other good brands are there out there?
     
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    I have used Jean Rousseau but there are plenty of watch band makers out there. If you are after something chunkier Sabel Saddlery do bespoke ones.
     
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    Jean Rousseau here too. Was on the recommendation of @culverwood and others on here. Top quality stuff and a good price for it, but quality is expensive!
     
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    I've got a Grande Reverso Ultra Thin and love it, but two criticisms:

    1. Scratches as mentioned above. Quite noticeable.

    2. The nature of the rectangular face is that it's difficult to set/read an exact time.
     
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    Finding aftermarket straps has been a challenge for the TT1931. The aftermarket ones just don't fit flush against the case and I find it existentially difficult to spend 500+ for the OEM Fagliano one. Although, they were nice enough to give me a break on the shipping if I bought two.

    Other than that, Reversos tick all the boxes for me.
     
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    That Duoface...pretty dope. Is that a Fagliano strap on there?
     
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    They also specifically avoid telling the exact second range. My JLC Deep Sea went for adjustment a few months back, because it was running over +10s / day. After adjustment, it's about half of that and still not as accurate as Milgauss out of the box and mentioned this to the JLC customer rep who called me from Holland to discuss the irregularities in shipment. However, she mentioned that their spec is one minute a week and I can always send the watch back for a re-check if I'm not happy with the result.

    If you find somewhere the official JLC party line about the daily error range, please post it, I'd be interested.
     

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