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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. rnguy001

    rnguy001 Well-Known Member

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    Quite Awesome. just me but I wouldn't be afraid to wear that with a suit.. That watch is super elegant.

    also be careful if you polish your watches, some cloths (such as cape cod) will make any brushed areas polished. Not sure if it pertains to yours.

    Congrats again!



     
  2. Dino944

    Dino944 Well-Known Member

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    The 190 is a beautiful design with a great movement. For me its size and shiny case would be the reasons I could not wear it to work. At 44-45mm its just too big to not be noticed, by the boss or our clients. Its definitely something I could wear on weekends. For work I generally stay around 40mm. I regularly wear my AP RO Jumbo 39mm, 38mm Cartier Pasha Chronograph, Cartier Tank XL, Vacheron dress watches, Rolex Submariner, Explorer 2 (old 40mm size), and occasionally a Rolex Daytona.

    Once watches get to be 42mm or larger they don't easily stay under shirt cuffs and they draw more attention due to size. While our clients want us to do well, if a watch or car seems too flashy and expensive...they start to resent it, wonder if we charge too much, and if they are footing the bills for too many of our toys. Its just easier to fly under the radar with more average sized watches (particularly ones with brushed surfaces).

    I know some of the guys around here think a PAM can be worn with a suit, I tend to think only some of the smaller sized models and even then its a stretch. When I see a guy wearing a 44+ mm watch with a suit, particularly a PAM, IWC BP, or Hublot Big Bang, I tend to think the guy doesn't have a real dress watch and is having to make due with a sports watch. Sure some guys like to see how far they can push the style envelope, but I've rarely seen someone wearing a very large sports watch with a suit and thought they really had something that worked well together.

    As for polishing a watch, I just leave mine alone. I've had a few friends that tried polishing their watches and they made a mess out of the finish. Just let it get a natural patina. If it ever needs refinishing let a factory authorized service center do it when its in for service. Even then, I'd probably opt not to get the watch polished except maybe once or twice over many years, because you often lose fine beveled edges and factory lines start to soften after a few polishings. Again great watch...enjoy it!
     
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  3. rosslovethreads

    rosslovethreads Well-Known Member

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    Here is my contribution.


    Bought this Seiko SKX007 a while back. In my opinion it is the best sub-200 watch. I would go as far as best sub-300, but i don't want to offend anyone. It is cheap, automatic, has a workhorse of a movement, and looks damn good.

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    The lume on these watches is phenomenal.
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    Here we have my Vostok Amphibia
    It isnt the greatest watch in the world, but it has a pretty reliable automatic movement, amazingly good looks, and cost under 100. I consider it worthy of keeping my time.
    Steve Zissou wore one in 'The Life Aquatic' and i love that movie. Russia used to supply them to divers in the 60's, so thats pretty cool. It has a domed acrylic crystal, bi-directional (mostly aesthetic) bezel, "scuba-dude" face, and dozens if not hundreds of face/bezel/colour options.
    I love mine and am confident that anyone who owns one would agree that they are well worth their small cost.

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    In a lot of ways my Vostok reminds me of owning an Alfa Romeo. Its beautiful, isn't particularly expensive, does its job, but has small annoyances. The air conditioner will refuse to work, the tape deck is useless, blind spots everywhere, some days wont start, but i still find all the reasons in the world to love it. Even the stupid crap, you will brainwash yourself into thinking that your Alfa or Vostok knows more than you and will do what it needs to. Even though the Vostok's acrylic domed crystal is more often scratched than a plumbers bum, even though the bezel is useless, even though the crown has close to no grip to it, and the lume is about as bright as my retarded cousin, i love it.

    The SKX, its reliable. Its pretty. My close friend and co-worker bought one from me because he was so impressed. Its a BMW. Its bulletproof and will continue to look cool even when there is something newer and shinier out. Im not ashamed to wear my SKX in the presence of my friends who rock Rolex or Omega. Im okay with the fact that i cannot afford a 5k watch yet. I like my BMW.


    Hope you ladies have a lovely day.


    Ross UHL
     
  4. in stitches

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    no worries. :cheers:

    if you decide to change your mind, lemmeknow. :)
     
  5. Cylon

    Cylon Well-Known Member

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    Dino did you ever share pix of your AP RO?

    I know I've said its not my fav watch, but I do love me that bracelet!
     
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  6. Dino944

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    Hi Cylon,

    Yes, I posted some photos of my RO Jumbo a while ago. However, in case you missed it here are a few quick photos.

    Best regards,
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  7. oisin

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    :inlove: i need to stop seeing pictures of that watch. i have down payments to save for and vacations to take.
     
  8. in stitches

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    maaaaaaan, that AP is spectacular.
     
  9. Kaplan

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    ^ One of very few new watches I really like.

    (Edit: Would still like to see how the date font of the '7' compares to the awesome font on the original Jumbo.)
     
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    Stunning AP.

    Been looking into an AP RO but cannot decide between 15300 or 15400.
     
  11. raulishere

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    I've had this guy for about 3 years now and think it's about time to switch the strap. Any ideas for my daily wearer?

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    Was thinking something along these lines anyone know a good place to buy? [​IMG]
     
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  12. in stitches

    in stitches Well-Known Member

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    green NATO or brown leather?
     
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    i like straps with rivets on pilot watches (i don't know if it is really traditional or what but I like the industrial look of it.). brown suede would also look good IMO. but looks like you want to go fancier rather than more casual. I personally would aim for something more rugged looking -- the alligator on that watch is just a bit of a mismatch for me, though I do like the color.
     
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    raulishere Well-Known Member

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    I understand what you mean about the mismatch, I think my love of medium brown or navy alligator straps may be clouding my judgement.
     
  16. tchoy

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    The AP Jumbo is stunning! Try on the 15402 at my AD it just a little big on my wrist. [​IMG]
     
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  17. Dino944

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    I know the feeling! For years it was my grail watch. Thankfully, it has exceeded all of my expectations!
    Thanks Stitchy!
     
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    Dino944 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Tchoy,

    I tried on the 15400 before choosing the 15202 Jumbo. The 15400 is very nice, and the thicker bracelet is good if someone is really tough on their watches. However, I really preferred the proportions and dial of the 15202 (along with the dark blue date wheel). Overall, the Jumbo is one of the best purchases I've ever made!
     
  19. ant702

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    Well, 1 casual, 1 dress watch and 1 sport; 3's the magic # [​IMG] You must be collecting to disagree?
     
  20. Cylon

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    These pix look really awesome--and goes well w the shirt to boot!
     
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