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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. pmeis

    pmeis Well-Known Member

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    Today was a fun day and resulted in the receipt of two watches. Back in December I had bought a used JeanRichard Terrascope on a bracelet for a nice price, thinking that I could take the bracelet off of it and use it with my current Terrascope. Then I'd sell the braceletless one and i'd be out maybe $300 for the bracelet instead of the new cost of $700.

    Well, the pics of the watch did not show an accurate depiction of the condition of the watch, bracelet and head. Reached a settlement with the buyer and decided that I would send it off to get polished. Normally wouldn't do that to a nicer watch, but this one really needed it. Sent it off to Goveberg repair and I must say, I am very happy with their work. The watch head looks as nice as my original one did and the bracelet now just looks like it has standard ware on it.

    It's hard to tell from the pics I took, but the worst of it was the top left edge of the bezel, it looked like it took quite a beating. The service from Govberg took about a week longer than their initial estimate, but other than that, I'm pleased with the process and the work and I feel I'll comfortably be able to move this on. (I no longer need the bracelet as I sold it in the process of getting the item in the next post).

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    And here is the pic from today:
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  2. pmeis

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    More fun though...I mentioned the desire for a micro-adjustable bracelet. After some shopping around I settled on a preowned watch that Govberg had in stock. Thought about a couple other things and thought very hard about the GO 70's panodate, but decided on something that I liked almost as much, was cheaper and had a whole lot of other positive traits I was looking for.

    Was able to negotiate a fair price and received the package today less than 24 hours later:

    Came with some nice reading material:
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    Original Box:
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    BAM, love the Glide lock clasp:
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  3. in stitches

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    Interesting points, jb. Lets find him, put him on teh hot seat and grill him on the story, and then rob him.
     
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    Re the reddit story. Paul Newmans are $350k to a million now? Isn't that the most BS part of that story?
     
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    Its a great wedding gift and more importantly if you are still together after 20 years you picked the right person. I'm not saying it happens with all of them. Simply that for what a new one costs today, it it wouldn't make the cut for me because there is no reason for me to entertain a watch that has that type of weak point. I would never have known this to be an issue except for standing at the counter when another customer brought in his 3919 with the watch in one hand and the lug in a ziplock bag. When the guy left the AD said, that is why they generally recommend models with more solid lugs, as they had seen it happen before.

    Years ago these watches were a fraction of what they cost today. When my dad bought a new Calatrava in 1994, ref 3998J the MSRP was $9,600 and the AD gave him a 40% discount so it was only $5,700. But if I were shelling out today's money on one, I just wouldn't risk it.
     
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    Congrats!!! I hope you get many years of enjoyment from it! [​IMG]
     
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    Haha this reminded me of:
    http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702303847804579479930243974564
    http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702304022004577517022288672972
     
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  8. mimo

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    Great work, @pmeis , just such a perfect object.

    (*sigh*)!
     
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    I'm certainly glad that hasn't happened to me, and given the cost to repair, maybe I should be a bit more careful! And I understand your reluctance to recommend buying a potentially delicate watch, especially given the prices Patek charges today. I haven't looked at the current price of the 3919 replacement, but I know it's multiples of what mine cost in 1995.
     
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    ^ *sigh* indeed, @mimo. That's my favourite Submariner, I'd love to have it one day.

    *sigh*
     
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    The only "gold" watch I would ever wear (not my photo):

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  12. Cant kill da Rooster

    Cant kill da Rooster Well-Known Member

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    :D You mean daytoba?

    I thought the same thing but what do I know. I do know that there are a lot of people will believe anything they read on the internet without any supporting evidence like a photo maybe.
     
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    Experts say that prices indeed have increased that much.

    What happened next you wouldn't believe.
     
  14. in stitches

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    Love
     
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    Thoughts on Breguet Classique 5177? It looks much nicer in this photo below than in stock photos.

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    I thought the 5177 was enamel? Different version of it maybe?
     
  18. Keith T

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    Congratulations. Just don't call it a "no-date" Sub and then you'll keep everyone happy LOL. Seriously, great choice. :slayer:
    Yes, that is a beautiful vintage Rolex. For me, I've got no problems whatsoever with a nice gold watch on a strap. Hope to have one myself soon.
    Much respect for Breguet. Just don't love the proportions here. It's a very "fine" and very ....elegant example of watchmaking, I suppose. But I personally can't get with the smallish numerals, and also the hands unfortunately. Of course that's basically their DNA, but it's just not my thing. Far too staid. The dial however, is very cool. And you don't see many Breguets in the wild (at least I don't).
     
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    hmm, I think there may be two versions. I'm trying to figure that out now.

    edit - I think this is the 5177BR 12 while the one you mention is the 5177BR 29... strange naming system.
     
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    I usually am a big fan of the guilloche Breguet dials, but that one is not speaking to me.
     
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