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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. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Well-Known Member

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    Ugly, especially the bracelet. Check out the Vacheron Constantine Overseas.
    +1. The Vach is more pleasing aesthetically. It has more balance. The Overseas bracelet is probably the nicest on the market.
     
  2. sammy

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    Thanks for the feedback guys. I never use to like the Royal Oak, but it has grown on me recently.The other two I'm debating between are:
    Patek Nautilus (ref. 5800, mid size),
    [​IMG]

    and a Rolex Datejust:
    [​IMG]

    From a price/value perspective, the Rolex seems to make the most sense. But since I already own a GMT, I'd like to get something different.
     
  3. SoCal2NYC

    SoCal2NYC Well-Known Member

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    You should look at the PP Aquanaut Jumbo instead of the Nautilus
     
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    Cantabrigian Well-Known Member

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    Ugly, especially the bracelet. Check out the Vacheron Constantine Overseas.
    I dislike the Royal Oak bracelets but the Overseas bracelet is much worse IMO - that sort of branding just looks too contrived.

    On a strap, I think it's a nice looking watch.
     
  5. Tomasso

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    It's Constantin.

    You're so right. Mr.Spellchecker.

    Suck on the errant E

    What a weasel you are.
     
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    Be sure to check out both watches in person (re: the Rolex and Patek). IMO, Patek's sport offerings always seemed to be an afterthought.
     
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    norcaltransplant Well-Known Member

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    +1. The Vach is more pleasing aesthetically. It has more balance.

    The Overseas bracelet is probably the nicest on the market.


    I was never that impressed with the VC overseas bracelet/lug design. The first link after the lugs sits over my wrist and is really not comfortable for anyone with a smallish (<6.5") wrist. Finish and construction are both top notch. In my experience, my favorite bracelets are from the IWC Pilot line, Blancpain X-50, and, surprise, the Ulysse Nardin Marine Line. The latter features a titantium caseback that is both hypoallergenic and a poor conductor (poor conduction meaning the watch never "feels hot or cold" to the initial touch).
     
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    iammatt generally has better taste than me, but he is wrong in thinking that the Vacheron Overseas is nicer than the Royal Oak. The Royal Oak is better looking.

    But if wanted a steel sports watch, I would probably buy a Rolex if I could find a nice dial without a fluted bezel and that damned cyclops.

    But in any case, I am happy with what I have for as long as I have it.
     
  9. SoCal2NYC

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    I too would probably take the VC over the RO; but, the Offshore trumps those any day.
     
  10. gdl203

    gdl203 Well-Known Member

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    You're so right. Mr.Spellchecker.

    Suck on the errant E

    What a weasel you are.


    You officially lost it [​IMG]
     
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    None of the sport watches offered by the assorted high-end manufacturers--Patek, etc.--are attractive in my opinion.
     
  12. Toiletduck

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    Those Stowas are like the watch version of butterface. [​IMG]

    --Andre


    What really? You think so? I guess you could get it and wear it upside down..haha.
     
  13. SoCal2NYC

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    I just ordered this (w/ the COSC movement). I'll post wrist shots when it arrives.

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    You should look at the PP Aquanaut Jumbo instead of the Nautilus

    +100
     
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    +100

    The Jumbo is too big for my wrist. I think the aquanaut's rubber strap might be too casual for me.
     
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    The Jumbo is too big for my wrist. I think the aquanaut's rubber strap might be too casual for me.

    It's a sport watch.

    The tropical strap is great.
     
  18. Artisan Fan

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    I have to agree although I love Patek's dress watches.

    If you go with Rolex, you will get a quality watch for less money and it will be more durable in some ways and less costly to service. The Patek is more of a status symbol among watch fans however.

    You really can't go wrong either way.
     
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    It's a sport watch.

    The tropical strap is great.


    absolutely...


    [​IMG]


    still nothin compares to...


    [​IMG]
     
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    sammy, you haven't indicated how you will wear the watch -- for work, play, all around -- so you're getting alot of subjective views. that said, i give mine:

    Datejust. It's the most versatile of the 3. You can wear it with jeans to a suit maybe even a tux, although some here would violently disagree. Its shape is instantly recognizable as a Rolex... or a fake. It's the establishment's watch.

    Nautilus: It's a watch with a distinctive shape that's still tasteful and less controversial looking than the AP. It's also a Patek which will garner the respect of the Rollie partisans and haters. [​IMG] You could however suffer a backlash as being too uppity if you're not a high powered executive/snarky money manger/coddled trust fund baby.

    RO/ROO. The most avante garde design of the 3. I don't think it's appropriate to wear in a sober, business environment especially if you're going for one of the more demonstrative offshore designs. It's a piece that screams that you took a lot of time shopping for or thinking about watches, an impression that I'm not sure you want to give . Its design probably appeals to a lot of creative types and those with money whose tastes aren't' too conventional or at least want to give that impression. It's probably the least versatile to wear of the three, so I wouldn't get it if you're looking for a core watch to wear on a regular rotation during the work week. It also has a leisure class feel to it.

    All 3 are high quality, high status pieces with in-house movements (except perhaps for the RO chronos?). I like the look of the PP the most but none are on my short-list, if i had one, of must haves. You didn't' ask for alternatives but I'll give one anyways. In this class/type of watches, I would consider the GP laureato.
     
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