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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. mimo

    mimo Well-Known Member

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    @BLAUGRANA I like that "Spectre" edition..even if I dislike the idea of it. A nice real-world alternative to the "One Watch" Tudor Black Bay we were all drooling over a couple of months back. But the NATO strap is very contrived, I suppose. Probably change that.

    Have you seen any of the other Nomos Zurichs in person? As you're someone who likes a larger watch, I'd be interested in how the standard (40mm) watches wear. I'm guessing large, with those lugs and those big, clean dials. It sounds like a good option for you as a dress watch. If you want to spend precious metal money, take a look at the Piaget Altiplano, too: not much more than a new Omega sports watch if you shop for a good discount or a nearly new.
     
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    pfurey Well-Known Member

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    Am I allowed to pimp a watch for sale I have here? Ha. If I'm not allowed - well then, I won't mention my Speedy for sale hoping to finally fund my grail of a birth year 5513... may the watch gods be in my favor on this one. :foo:

    Pics soon of said 5513, hopefully! So hard to track down.
     
  3. Journeyman

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    I don't know if anyone here will know the answer, but apart from a) the NATO strap and b) the "lollipop" seconds hand on the Spectre version, is there any actual difference between the regular Seamaster 300 and the Spectre edition?

    Of course, I know that the Spectre edition is a limited edition (although it's limited to "only" 7007 models, so not that limited), but Omega's listed price for the Spectre is almost $1300 more than the regular Seamaster 300 - $8875 vs $7700. That's a lot of extra dosh to part with for a rather unattractive NATO strap and a different seconds hand...
     
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    Also different bezel and dial, looks like...
     
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    I don't know - I kind of like the Spectre limited edition.

    Putting aside the obvious cheesiness of the movie tie-in - which I think is fleeting sort of cheesiness - I think it's an attractive watch.

    Nods to both past (cream lume, lollipop hands - think original bond Rolexes) and present (lume that lights up blue, good modern movement), and the bezel/dial are nice - possibly because they bear a passing resemblance to the JLC Deep Sea. :nest:

    NATO is fine with me - doesn't look to be a bog standard NATO by any means - hardware appears more substantial and is signed.

    Only issue IMO is the case thickness - 15mm. Which coupled with a 41mm diameter will make for a hefty chunk of metal on a NATO (which will accentuate slimmer wrists).

    I'd wait for these to hit the grey/second hand market once the hoopla surrounding the movie dies down. I suspect Spectre will be entertaining, but in the world we live in there are no "modern classic" Hollywood action movies anymore, so the price hike will be unsustainable once the publicity dies down. So in 3 years maybe you might be able to pick up a NOS for less... hopefully a lot less!

    All IMO of course.
     
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    Brushed bracelet, which is quite a nice change over the polished standard one.
     
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    You're right - didn't notice that. The Spectre model has a "0" instead of a pearl on the bezel and no "12" on the dial, as it instead has an oversized "Omega" logo.
     
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    I have to say that I've warmed to Panerai. Was definitely not a fan when I first saw them. Still I like the more "plain" model, like the PAM 55 mentioned in the last couple of days and that's too similar to the Tudor Heritage Ranger which is the watch that I've wanted the most since it came out. The Seamaster 300 is Speedmaster 57 I linked on the previous page have now trumped that I guess, but still love the Ranger. Thanks for the suggestion though.

    Metro looks like it wears larger. Anyway, I think I'll get a Nomos at some point and simply get used to it.

    Not a fan of their models really. I'm very aesthetically driven and if I'm not sold on the design then you can forget about it. Thanks for the suggestion though.

    I like the Nato. Comes with a brushed steel bracelet as well which someone else mentioned. It's pretty much always photographed with the NATO from what I've seen. One of my Mavericks has a black bezel and black face and I've had the exact same colored NATO on it and it looks great. On a side, as someone else had on that black Explorer II, I now have a brown leather NATO on the same watch and it looks great.

    Not a fan of the Piagets. Thanks for the suggestion though. Zurich is nice, but I like/appreciate all Nomos really. I prefer the Weltzeit though. Again though, I'll probably get used a Nomos when I eventually grab one. Like the Metro and Doctors Without Borders Tangent which are both 38mm.

    For a dress watch, which I don't need so much, I'm thinking of getting one of these some day:

    http://www.jswatch.com/frisland-classic

    Looks like all the differences have been noted. I prefer the "regular" Seamaster 300 as it looks more heritage/retro, but still like the Spectre edition as well.

    Movie tie-in does nothing for me. Bond films in general aren't that good. Skyfall was pretty good though and the Barbour jacket along with the Billy Reid were both nice.
     
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    Indeed. And in the real world, I'd still rather have a scruffy old Sub than a new Omega that is trying to capture the essence of a scruffy old Sub - for a lot less money. But I like the way they look nevertheless.

    Don't do it. Read all seventeen million pages of this thread and/or the Poor Man's Watch Thread, and you will find myriad wonders below 300 Euros. Or just explain some preferences and use, and the TWATterati will suggest many beautiful things. My first thoughts are Tissot Le Locle and Junghans Max Bill. There will be others. :)
     
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    I own the Welzeit and Orion (35mm). I've tried on the Metro, as well as most other models. From my experience, the Metro wears smaller than similarly sized models because of the lugs. If you are willing to get used to smsller watches, it does wear wonderfully.
     
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    I tried it on at the Omega Boutique last week. I like the normal one (at least the concept of it) and like the changes on the Spectre model even more. It's just too thick and feels especially bad on the NATO strap. It's a particularly nicely made NATO which is great and all, but adds another 3mm to the height of the watch. It wears much bulkier than my Panerai.
     
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    I know what you mean. While the utility of the NATO is there in saving your watch if one lug or springbar breaks, I haven't enjoyed wearing them when I've tried. I prefer a lookalike nylon strap that fits in the normal way.
     
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    I've never warmed to NATO straps either the few times I've tried them. Nice to know I'm not alone ;)
     
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    I've been wearing some NATOs over the summer (Mk XV on an olive one and the Sub is currently on a navy blue), but I too prefer the RAF style mimo refers to, though they seem to be harder to find. Also, the strap from Goldfinger that the silly Omega strap is inspired by wasn't a NATO either. Also-also, I have never seen a leather NATO I liked the look of...
     
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  16. papa kot

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    NATO straps are overplayed. So are cheesy movie tie-ins and product placements.
     
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    Maybe so, but they tend to work rather well with vintage watches when the original steel band is a bit played out and since this is the only watch I wear one with it works real well for me.

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    [​IMG] Great idea...make sure you get a commission on that one once its released...you know its just a matter of time before they release that one at Basel!

    [​IMG]Congrats to DLjr on the new addition to the family! Sorry for the late response to good news (I've been away traveling).
     
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    Anyone have any leads on where to purchase the discontinued Oakley small vault watch cases?

    I picked one up today privately (and then ordered a large for my Pam) but would like to buy more.
     
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    I'm seriously considering a 42mm Radiomir & have been interested in the 512 since it was introduced several yrs ago. However Panerai has just announced the 620 which is an automatic (vs the 512 being a hand-wind). The 620 has the '9', the 512 doesn't, the 620 also has 'AUTOMATIC' written on the dial. Which do you prefer?

    620:

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