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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. jeff13007

    jeff13007 Well-Known Member

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    Rocking this one today. 2014 ROO safari. Wasn't so sure about the size/design as I'm more of a slim dress watch person, but it really grew on me

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    On a side not, finally completed the "Trinity"!

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  2. Dino944

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    Not sure that's a fair or accurate description. If you are suggesting IWC has copied VC, then you are way off the mark based on history. As most people here know, AP created a completely new market of luxury sport watches when the Royal Oak was released in 1972. It didn't catch on immediately as a success, but within a few years we saw others releasing their versions of luxury sports watches: Patek with the Nautilus, VC with the 222, GP with the Laureato, and IWC with the Jumbo Igenieur SL. All of the above were released in the late 1970s. The Ingenieur evolved and became a bit more angular, with sharper edges than the original Jumbo SL, it shrank to around 34mm in the 80's through the early 1990's, and then it grew to its original size and then beyond. The Igenieur has been around in one form or other for more than 3 decades.

    During roughy the same period VC struggled with creating a lasting identity for their luxury sports watch. In the late 1970's they released the 222 , then in the 1980's the ugly 333, then the hideous Phideas, and then finally around 1996 the first generation Overseas, and then a few years ago the current 2nd gen Overseas.

    I'm not a fan of either current offering, but I find the design of the Ingenieur to be a lot less blingy than the current Overseas. If you believe the 2 watches look similar, then perhaps it's the Overseas borrowing a theme from the Igenieur, as it's been around far longer. Personally, I'd take a VC 222 or an IWC Jumbo Igenieur SL over either of their current sports watch offerings.
     
  3. bawlin

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    Not sure, but I have an ND Sub and the Hulk is next on my list. May be overkill buying two Submariners in a row but I love mine so much and I've had my eyes on the Hulk for quite a while.

    So to answer question - no idea but buy one so we can admire it!
     
  4. Patrick R

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    "mimo's" Rolex is everything my Air King is supposed to be.

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    What is lacking in the Air King?
     
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    I wouldn't say anything is lacking. The sticks may be a little more refined than the numbers. But the Air-King has been my everyday watch for the past five years and I have zero complaints. I think the new OP is just as good - and I don't think that about many watches.
     
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    Gotcha. I personally think I like the Air King better.
     
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    Beautiful. All you need now is a Lange!
     
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    Reverso today.

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    Nothing, really, but it is bigger and has more babble on the dial. I do like the Explorer-style dial layout on that Air King also, but think it looks better as white on black.
     
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  11. Wes Bourne

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    I like the new Steel Grey 116000 mimo posted, but find the case shape looks a bit bloated width-wise.
     
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  12. Keith T

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    Not sold on the double-sticks myself, but it is indeed a very nice, modestly-sized Rolex.
     
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    Thank you, HRoi, Due to those ominous clouds, I headed in immediately afterwards.



    Magnificent. :slayer:



    I always love seeing that piece. I'm on something similar today as well.

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  14. mimo

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    Shut your evil face.

    Aaaah...soothing loveliness. That's better.

    (Sorry Keith, didn't mean it...entirely.)
     
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    The Air-King is smaller (34mm). I'm not sure if that's what you meant.
     
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    I have no objections to having more than one Submariner or more than one SeaDweller.

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    And though I played around with RubberB straps for the summer, all the beasts are chained back on their original bracelets now - where many would say they rightfully belong. Just switched out yesterday.

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    The one day in weeks when it's breaking 90 degrees in NYC and I have to be in a suit. No DSSDs for me today. Went with the slightly less bulky/macho/badass overengineered alternative:

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    mimo Well-Known Member

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    I am not seeing any drop off in badassery there, Batman. [​IMG]
     
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    Transcendent as always, frills.
     
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    Indeed. 2014 must be another outstanding year at Wayne Enterprises.

    frilly never brings it weak.



    Also.....LOL'd @ mimo. Watches sometimes inspire such strong sentiments, don't they? :nest:

    So if you'll please allow me to comment further, and perhaps re-phrase...I agree that particular lovely Rolex model is a very tempered, judicious size.

    I do very much like the *nearly all-brushed look.

    The dial choice is quite agreeable, and dare I say .... versatile.

    Movement-wise, it would undoubtedly be a reliable companion for a lifetime, and the bracelet also would get my personal approval vs. the jubilee option. (Horses for courses).

    But I'm just so darned used to seeing single sticks at 3, 6, and 9 that it might take some getting used to.

    How's that?
     
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    Personally I find the double sticks a bit heavy too - over-power the crown a little bit. See for instance this old-timer which I think is nicely in balance. Just my viewpoint. If you love it, get it.
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