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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. RogerP

    RogerP Well-Known Member

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    Spot on Frilly!
     
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    portuguese for me, no question. subs are great but you already have a steel bracelet sports watch, port is just stunning and gives you two completely different looks
     
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    There's a reason the 114270 hasn't been sold: it was my first "good" watch, it's been around for years and seen me through the birth of two kids, and though my preferences have evolved to desire her larger, beefier sisters every so often, her svelte 36mm good looks always have a welcome place on my wrist. There are also fine details like that raised crystal, rounded edges (which the Subs and SDs don't have, but the Daytona does), and lacquered dial that offer a visual and tactile feast for a nerd like me. Yes, I love the matte dials of the SD4000 and DSSD (original) as well, but I do not love the lacquered dials of the Exp I and SubC ref 114060 (note how I am NOT referring to it as the ND) any less.

    For perspective, I traded out my first Patek Calatravas for higher complications like the perpetuals. But I don't see myself trading out my 114270 anytime soon, market value aside.
     
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    Sorry, just getting caught up and saw this. I have this 4 winder from Heiden, and love it. It also runs on batteries which is a plus because it's easy to move around and can be put in places that don't have easy access to an outlet.

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  5. RFX45

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    I'm not saying the Explorer is a purely dress watch but in comparison to the Sub, it can be dressed up just because it's much slimmer and more toned down. It looks good on a leather strap.

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    Ya'll act like people don't wear Subs with a suit. Yeah it doesn't make it a dress watch but if it works, it works. Obviously it's going to be subjective but not everyone goes to a black tie event when wearing a suit.


    Maybe I may have misread or cross-read frills Explorer post but I thought Ari was deciding between a Sub and Explorer hence my post about explorer working as a dress watch in comparison to the Sub and not the IWC?
     
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    *envy*

    @TC (Houston) , whatever the relative merits of the winder, about which I know nothing, that is such a pleasing collection of things. Sure, leaning towards the larger and more modern tastes so perhaps not for the purists (though these are only the autos anyway), but that's a very delicious quartet. Thank you for the drool.

    @RFX45 I kind of agree. It looks OK on a strap, but I think it does in the form Rolex intended, too. Sure, if you're being rigid about it, no watch on a bracelet is a dress watch. But as they go, I think the Explorer and the OP, even the DJ or DD, are perfectly subtle enough for a suit. The Sub with a suit thing is maybe a reasonable allegory for the sneakers, but the Explorer with a suit, to me is more of a monkstrap - not classically dressy, but perfectly smart by contemporary mores.
     
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    I would never think of it as a dress watch either, but I will say that those pics of the Explorer on strap do look pretty good....credit to their respective OPs.

    Mine (the 39mm version) has never been off its bracelet, although I've contemplated some NATOs previously.
     
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    Haha, thanks. I always appreciate all of the different perspectives from the posters here, it's what makes this thread so fun and educational. But in the end, I always buy what I like and what I think I will enjoy wearing the most. I think the next purchase will be particularly unpopular and I'm looking forward to the feedback. :)
     
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    Out of interest, how long do the batteries last for, say with four watches spinning at the same time? Are the batteries rechargeable?
     
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    I believe it depends on the brand and the motor they use. Wolf for example uses D batteries and they claim it will last months while Orbita uses the same D batteries and claims it will last a couple of years.
     
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    A fake Rolex? I keed. I think the statement below rings true, buy what makes you happy, unless you are collecting with a purpose of resale.

     
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    Hublot?
     
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    First time poster on this thread. Breguet GMT, rose with navy alligator
     
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    If it's a DSSD then you might as well not post it!

    I keeeeed! [​IMG]
     
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    LOL.
     
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    Can't wait to pile on TC :devil:
     
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    4 D batteries seem to last about 6-7 months. I've just used household energizer/duracell.



    Dear god, no! LOL



    LOL, actually my gray market guy has a Deep Sea . . . But that's not it, as much as I love it.



    Indeed. LOL



    It's probably a New Year's kop, but I have been obsessing over it and, coincidentally, one of the second hand stores here in town apparently just took a really nice one in. I've been resisting the urge to go over and look at it . . . The problem is the "one for me one for her" agreement I have with Mrs. TC . . . that's gonna hurt. LOL
     
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    I wonder if that Portuguese Chrono is the culprit? It's large, from a maker he likes and TWAT royalty doesn't, and he doesn't have a chrono on that winder.

    But I look forward to expressing capricious and gratuitous judgement in due course.

    (I would love a PC)
     
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    i hope it's a portuguese chrono...so when the TWAT illuminati shake off their inertia and come to stone us PC owners to death, chances are that Houston is closer!
     
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