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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. BostonHedonist

    BostonHedonist Well-Known Member

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    Cars, watches, clothes whatever it might be; I try to buy nothing that I can't afford to destroy (note - not a homeowner yet).

    If you can do that, maintenance cost for your effects will never be too bothersome and you can buy however you please.



    I do hope somebody in here winds up with a Snoopy Speedy. It would make a good mascot.
     
  2. jbarwick

    jbarwick Well-Known Member

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    I see your point AD vs. Boutique and saving money on the same watch. I assumed Omega is Omega so you get the same discount everywhere.

    Seems they finally made a Special Edition that people wanted to buy enough that it sold out.
     
  3. Dino944

    Dino944 Well-Known Member

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    Overall nice watch, but I don't like the hour markers on it.

    I like the Speedy Pro and overall, I like some of the details of this watch, except for the Snoopy on the dial. I get the historic significance of the beagle which is cool, but an engraving on the back is plenty for me...I don't need Snoopy on the dial. For me it sort of turns it into a quasi-Hello Kitty type watch...which might be great if you have daughters (so I think if Frills is ordering a Snoopy watch he may have get one for each girl), but I don't personally want a character watch for myself. Also, it would seem Omega learned based on their last release of Snoopy watches, make fewer of them. I think the last time they made Snoopy watches they produced something like 4,500 of them and many sat in dealer showcases for ages (at least in my region). As Frills says they may be sold out, wishing you luck sourcing one if you are truly in love with this piece.

    There is no shortage of character watches. Gerald Genta waches offered lots of Disney Character watches.
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    Agreed, that the boutiques do offers something one doesn't always get with ADs. However, it depends on the item and the price point. Also, some larger ADs around me have had nice watch events in the past. I think their is something to be said for purchases made both at boutiques and ADs where you may build relationship and have access to hard to get models, vs the internet where you are just a number.

    I certainaly understand and appreciate forging relationships and special treatment. I can also understand shopping for a good deal without squeezing the seller to the point where the transaction is a miserable experience for the seller and they hope the person never shops there again. However, as someone that has owned and shopped Porsches recently, not shopping around on a car is crazy. On our last one we contacted 4 dealers. The difference between the best deal from 1 dealer and the next best deal was almost $8,000 (that is like getting them to cover 90% of my BLNR). Had I pushed harder I might have done a bit better, but I was satisfied that the dealer with the most competitive numbers was offering me a good deal and he was doing well enough that he would be happy to work with us again in the future. The dealer we didn't go with had sold my friend 5 Porsches previously, and I was feeling badly for him as he didn't shop around on the last car he ordered which stickered for nearly $200K. I'm suspect had he bought from the dealer my other friend and I purchased from, he might have saved enough for another nice watch (he collects a bit).
     
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  4. PartagasIV

    PartagasIV Well-Known Member

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    A bit offtopic with the recent discussion of canis lupus snoopiarus...

    Has anyone used Nesbitt watch repair in Seattle? Saw Archer watches in Canada discussed on TZ, but he emailed me back he'd been ill and isn't doing much. Just looking for my beater Seamaster to get spiffed up.
     
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    ^I've heard Nesbitt is good but can run almost Omega prices.

    No personal experience with them though.
     
  6. PartagasIV

    PartagasIV Well-Known Member

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    I was quoted 255 plus Fedex cost...I've no idea what an Omega servicing would run, though.
     
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    Cant kill da Rooster Well-Known Member

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    ^ I paid a bit less for my speedy but that was 2 years ago. It appears that Rolex is cheaper than Omega.
     
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    Speaking of service, my '65 Rolex Datejust got some water in it this past Saturday, condensation formed on the crystal, and it stopped running yesterday. The good news is that I got it in for service before any rust started forming. The bad news is that they need to do a complete service at $500. I asked how water got past the screw down crown and they said the crystal is cracked near the bezel. The bummer is that I don't know if the crystal got cracked during the time it was exposed to water or if it was pre-existing.

    I guess the silver lining is that I will know everything is up to snuff when I get it back, but part of me thinks I could have saved $500 by taking my watch off.
     
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  10. UnFacconable

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    Speaking of speedys, my inbound hesalite speedy just arrived at my office in the mail but unfortunately I'm not there today. At least it will give me something extra to look forward to tomorrow on my way into the office.

    All this talk of ADs vs grey market/internet purchasing shows how different people are. I would be perfectly happy never visiting a shop. I don't enjoy the process and don't need the royal treatment. I had a friend and her husband pick up my BLNR from an AD in spain and they loved that the AD rolled out the red carpet and treated them well. It was a win win because they got to enjoy the treatment and I was able to avoid it. I'm not making any judgment on people's preferences - if anything I realize I'm an outlier.

    I think first thing I'm gonna do with the speed is put it on a black shell strap. I think BostonHedonist mentioned above that he liked the small amount of polish on the center links on the bracelet but I'm the opposite - would rather it was all brushed, or even just had polished center links, but having just the edges of the center links polished is too fussy for me. I'm hoping I like it more in person but if not, at least I know the shell will be great.

    The other TWAT comment I have today is that while I appreciate almost everything about the Deepsea, I am not a fan of the "Helium Escape Valve" "Ring Lock System" writing on the chapter ring. Nice features, but I think announcing them detracts from the face.
     
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    Glad you got the watch to the service center before it started rusting!! When was the watch last serviced ? If serviced by Rolex in the last I believe 2 years , then I believe repairs would be covered under warranty.

    Although in theory you should be able to wear any water resistant watch in water, I have heard some people say they wouldn't wear nice vintage watches to go swimming. Its just an uneccessary risk. If you do plan to wear it swimming be sure to get it pressure tested regularly. Again glad to hear you were able to save the watch!

    I think perhaps all this reference to "Royal treatment" is a bit overblown. I look at is as visiting friends who have a mutual interest in watches. Sure I might get a call if something interesting comes in or becomes available. Also, I might get invited to certain events...but its all related to something I enjoy, watches. If you don't like talking to others about watches, and attending watch events then yes I guess it wouldn't be enjoyable.

    I know there are people that hate shopping for things, but I generally presume and for myself feel the same way when its about boring things. I have no interest in going to the grocery store or average stores at malls to buy ordinary consumer goods. When its about watches, I'm always happy to go and see what is new and chat with other watch enthusiasts.
     
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    I bought it from a local seller second hand. He stated, "the movement was totally overhauled in Switzerland in April, 2014, and service papers are provided" but I would have to check if the work was done by Rolex. Even if it was, would they honor the work for a person other than the one who paid for the overhaul?
     
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    Exactly right. Vintage watches should never be exposed to water. Most experts (watchmakers) would concur with that, I think.
     
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    After writing in to the Omega mothership, I was directed to a boutique a ways west of Boston, where the in-house tech was known to hold a certain joy for regulating Speedmasters.



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    An Omega smart watch!

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    Gray Side.

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    Something special.

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    Forget the name.

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    Moonwatch with Adventurine dial. One of my all-time favorites.

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    The tech was not in today. But Speedy should be ship-shape by the time I return from Puerto Rico on Monday.
     
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    Wow amazing Omega pics. Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Not poor-man but not ballin either. I wanted an everyday classic equally at home in the office and after hours. Just got this Hamilton Intra-matic with ETA 2892-2 movement in the mail (literally, plastic still on it) and think it fits the bill pretty well. What do you guys think? I am considering changing the band from polished to brushed by bead blasting, but still on the fence.

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    The Intra-Matic is definitvely on my list, although on leather, not this bracelet. Or a mesh bracelet, at least!
     
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    Not much info on that one yet (other than it being an Aqua Terra in titanium)...hopefully more will be available soon
     
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    Lunching at my club today (forgive the crappy cell phone photo. I need a new phone, clearly):

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    Where's your SMP, @ShawnBC?
     
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    That is one of the greatest (and also the most dangerous!) things about hanging out here. Seeing something which you wouldn't look at twice in a completely new light. Case in point, Snoopy.
     
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