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The Watch Appreciation Thread (Reviews and Photos of Men's Timepieces by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Brei

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gdl203, May 20, 2007.

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  1. no frills

    no frills Well-Known Member

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    Never a bother when you're asking about the phenomenal Royal Oaks.

    I am not sure why I tend to prefer the more classic / bare bones / no complications ROs like the first option you posted above. I am a sucker for the chrono aesthetic too, but for the RO and for its cousin the Nautilus I strongly, strongly prefer the less busy dial. Very, very personal thing.

    I am not sure you can lose with either option IMHO.
     
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    no frills Well-Known Member

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    Great piece and awesome article. I love the red dial! Thanks for sharing!

    As a response to part of your article - how about a navy blue strap for this? I think it would be awesome.
     
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    Love. It.
     
  4. LesMust

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    Hi NoFrills, Thank you for your compliment about the article! Cool that you read it.
    Navy blue would certainly match this Reverso very well and better than this dull black croc.
    I have on order, from Jean Rousseau in Paris, a very dark green calf strap.
    When it is ready I will post another picture here.
     
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    Totally agree with No Frills, never a bother when prompting a Royal Oak discussion.

    As someone who was persuaded by our venerable Dino to go the 15202 route even when I had a 15400 in hand, I would maybe suggest considering the 15202, which I just received late last week and absolutely love. The 15202 is so iconic and I found it more wearable (and versatile for dress and casual) for me than the 15400 - even though I am 6'4, I have small wrists and found the 15400 a little big for me. I also prefer the petite tapisserie of the 15202 to the mini tapisserie of the 15400 although both have their charms.

    However, if you considered the 15202 and prefer the 15400, which I can understand, then I would suggest going with the 15400. My collection philosophy for what it is worth is to hone in on the iconic pieces from respective brands - I am never going to have a large collection of watches and want to own pieces with histories that speak to me. As such, there are other chronographs that appeal to me more than AP's Royal Oak Chrono, like a Daytona or VC Overseas Chrono (which I know some don't like, but I really love), which I hope one day to own. I wouldn't want to overload on chronos in an edited collection and so would want to go with a more simple royal oak time only model that fits AP's history and occupies a unique space in my collection. I hope that makes sense - obviously everyone's watch collecting philosophy is different, but I wanted to offer my two cents.

    You should definitely get what speaks to you and both watches are really lovely -- good luck and keep us posted.
     
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    Dark green would also be lovely IMHO. Please do post a picture once you receive it!

    Totally appreciate these points, thanks for sharing CHRK33.
     
  7. Dino944

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    As you know, I adore that Reverso! Looks great with the Cartier links. There is another member here who owns the same Reverso...I believe his screen name is Apropos. Excellent choice and always nice seeing you around here my friend.
    My vote is for the SS chronograph in steel. I tried the 15400 and its very nice, but it wasn't for me. I found the bump up in size sort of distorted the look (even though all proportions were increased the same amount), and the new larger dial looked too empty to me. I also didn't like the date being moved inward, the result of it retaining movement 3120 from the prior 39mm 15300. I found the chronograph much more appealing when I tried it on in person. It didn't look distorted to me even with its bump up in size and the dial didn't look so empty. I think it makes better use of its new proportions. If I were to get another RO, it would be the RO Chronograph in steel. I wouldn't even consider the RO on the strap, its nice...but it always looks and feels like something is missing. If you don't own a RO, you owe it to yourself to get one on a bracelet. The finish is magnificent and the way the smaller links and the beveled edges catch the light when your wrist moves is amazing. So out of the watches you've suggested my vote is for the steel chronograph. If you need a time only piece...then my vote is for the 15202 Jumbo, but I'm a bit biased. [​IMG]

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    Of those 2 SS models... the 15400 gets my vote.

    For me...someday the 15202 will be my one and only AP.
     
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    WWWWWWWWHHHHHHHHYYYYYYYYY??????!!!!!??????
     
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    dino - that looks like a great read.

    LesMust - great watch

    TC - while i am a big fan of chronos, when it comes to the RO, the simple 3 handed models with a date are my favorite, and maybe i would call them the most "classic" of the line. the first option would be my choice of the 3.
     
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    Any idea what model of Seiko 5 this is (it's not the SKN803--look at the hours/minutes) ? I'd like to try to recreate this watch myself: [​IMG]


    Also, do you like the watch/band combo? I'm thinking about pairing the watch above with the strap below.

    [​IMG]


    ... Or do you think a black-faced Seiko 5 would look nicer with the strap? I like the black/brown contrast, but I also need to be able to wear this to interviews / court on occasion (I'm a lawyer).

    One black face I'm thinking about using with a brown strap: [​IMG] (I'm also considering the SKN809K2).
     
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    Guilty as charged of persuading you to trade the 15400 for the 15202, so I'm glad to hear your are enjoying it and that you find it more versatile and wearable!

    I agree for me the petite Clou de Paris of the 15202 is much more appealing than the larger size on the 15400...in addition, I prefer the color blue used on the 15202. Interestingly the color blue is different on each of the ROs such as the 15202, the 15400, and the chronograph.

    I also think the movement of the 15202 is more appealing than that of the 15400. I found 3120 looked a bit small in the 15400. Also, the 15202 is considered one of the most beautiful movements ever made. Its also one of the thinnest if not the thinnest automatic movement ever produced. If it has a downside its merely the lack of a quickset. But I can live with that as you can go back and forth bewteen 10pm and 2am to adjust the date. I like the RO chrono, but its movement is not so exciting. Its a great movement, its based on the 1185 F.Piguet and can also be found in VC's Overseas Chrono, the 38mm Pasha Chronograph, and several BPs and Breguets.

    As you know, for me the 15202 would be my first choice if I could only have one AP. But if I could add a second then maybe I'd go with the chronograph.

    I like your thinking my friend. [​IMG]
     
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    Thanks for posting that pic. I almost forgot how stunning the 15202 is.
     
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    I'm not crazy about the top two watches you are considering. The top one is a bit busy with too much happening on the dial. I want something that's easy to read at a glance (If you are at a hearing or trial, you don't want something difficult to read and have the Judge and/or jury thinking you are bored because they notice you spending a lot of time looking at your watch) . I find the middle one on the sort of dull brown strap and cream color dial something I'd never wear to court...it looks more country lawyer/casual. Generally for court, I like something with a dark dial that doesn't stand out too much. I usually wear dark suits so I want something that sort of blends in a bit. I think the black dial Seiko 5 would be fine as is....not sure I'd put it on a dark brown strap, other than for casual weekends. For Court I'd go with a black strap or keep it on the bracelet. Just my 2 cents.
     
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    Thanks! I am mostly looking for a daily wearer (my work is business casual) -- I just don't want something so casual/fashion forward that I couldn't wear it to an interview or to court.
     
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    lol.... not long enough!
     
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    TC, another vote for 15400 between the two you have posted.

    But I suspect your wrist will decide if/ when you actually try them both on.

    (Have you tried them on?)



    LesMust, I wrongly figured you for strictly a Cartier collector. Lovely JLC.
     
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    Nad shot of the Blancpain (Panaristi here will get the reference)

    [​IMG]
     
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    very nice. speaking of nads, click for larger is required for that nad pic.
     
  20. no frills

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    Always love TWAT activity!

    What I wore today. Turned out to be a rainy day, so it got splashed a bit. But the dial is so white and bright that I couldn't get a good picture of the rain drops I have yet to wipe from the crystal (look closely by the moonphase and you can make out one large glob of water).

    [​IMG]

    Fun TWAT note: this is a third generation 3970, so technically it is a "3970EP" where "etanche" stands for water resistant and "P" refers to platinum. Whew! Glad it's water resistant! Guess I can dive with it now.

    Not! Heh heh.

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    /****** Apparently I live on Instagram too - mainly timepieces, shoes, attire and the occasional cheeseburger. @no_frills_vc. ******/
     
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