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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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    I did that. Never went back.

    Nice watch. :)
     
  2. Dino944

    Dino944 Well-Known Member

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    LOL...glad I could help!
    The automatic Speedmaster isn't a bad watch, just not a watch I care for. Yes a date function is something people have complained about for years on Speedy Pros and Daytonas. Many designs are a compromise, but I don't really like when a classic design is altered just to give it greater mass market appeal. Sure it happens with plenty of watches, but it annoys me. The Automatic Speedmaster certainly has practical aspects designed to appeal to a larger audience, its an automatic so you don't have to manually wind it each day and it gives a date function. But IMHO the Speedy Pro and Daytona are are beautiful designs as they are. I greatly prefer the 3,6,9 "Tri Compax" subdial lay out over the Valjoux 7750 6,9, and 12 Subdial layout (In addition I'd rather have the Speedy Pro movement over something based on a Val 7750). I find the 3,6,9 subdial layout more harmonious and attractive. I just find the Auto Speedmaster a bit unbalanced in terms of design, and to me the Speedy Pro is the classic. The Auto Speedmaster is a good watch but for me its just lacking in terms of appeal.

    Hopefully, the 5040 isn't punishing you for its lack of wrist time since the 3970 came home. Just kidding, hopefully you were a little off when you set it and all will be well.
     
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  3. dddrees

    dddrees Well-Known Member

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    Thank you sir.

    It's the most comfortable watch I have ever worn.
     
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  4. in stitches

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    i see what you did there.jpeg
     
  5. Keith T

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    LOL @ mimo.

    Dude cracks me up.




    I can definitely see the appeal of this.





    And just to keep the pr0n going, here's a snap from yesterday.

    This one's "my first real automatic watch".... still gets regular wrist time...

    [​IMG]
     
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    ^^ he is a funny dude. nice looking seamaster ^^
     
  7. mimo

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    It compensates for my lack of watches. +1 on the Seamaster; I was ogling something similar recently. I like how blue works with SS, in almost any watch, and I also like how so many Omegas have display backs - not many others in that price range that I have seen about.

    (P.S. The "never went back" thing is also true...)
     
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  8. Cant kill da Rooster

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    What drew me to the broad arrow in the first place is the bezel and the arrow hands. Just a matter of preference really. Mine has a different movement of course.

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    +1
     
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  9. RogerP

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    I'm a big fan of the classic Speedy, but it was this most recent rendition - the Speedmaster 9300 - that finally pried open the purse strings:

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    Likes:

    * LOVE the 3-in-2 layout of the subdials, with the hour and minute totalizers combined in one dial that is absolutely intuitive to read - it's just a small secondary clock tracking elapsed time.
    * The movement - I really dig the fact that Omega decided to pull out all the stops and design a ground-up state of the art chronograph movement. Column wheel, twin barrels, silicon hairspring / balance wheel. It is by far the most accurate timepiece I own or have ever owned.
    * Legibility. Like any white-on-black Speedmaster, this piece offers superb legibility - and increasingly important factor now that I'm needing reading glasses. Don't need them to tell the time on this watch.

    Dislikes:
    * Well, I sure wish it were priced like a classic Speedy.

    Oh, and doubling the water resitance over the standard Speedy was a welcome touch as well:

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    Since adding this piece and a nice gold dress watch, my watch box has been slowly emptying out. I may actually get to a two or three watch rotation for the first time, pretty much, ever.
     
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    ^^ i really do like that ^^


    i never doubted you for a moment.
     
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  11. mimo

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    + There are no questionable claims about space travel engraved in it. This is considerable food for thought.

    All this win and three-colour Vass spectator oxfords. You're a man to be reckoned with.


    (Stitch: [​IMG])
     
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  12. Cylon

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    It truly is a beautiful watch. I tried it on a few times at my local Omega boutique. The movement/caseback is phenomenal. Theres something about how the rotor spins that really caught my eye--though i cannot describe it...some sort of hesitation and flow that is mesmerizing. My only problem with it, is that it sits too big on my skinny wrists [​IMG]

    That's more of a personal preference of course, but it was more the case height that got to me. Unfortunately this shot doesn't show it:


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    Looks much better on your wrist tho--thanks for the great shots too!

    P.S.

    Thanks mimo for your kind words!

    And Keith T: go for the 3572 hesalite front and sapphire back!! [​IMG]
     
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  13. RogerP

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    ^^^ Thanks Cylon. You can't beat manual-wind for a slim-fitting watch. I hear you on thickness - and diameter, for that matter. It's both a matter of wrist size, and just subjectively what fits your eye. I find that the 16mm thickness of the Speedy 9300 works just fine for me. But the 19mm (going by recollection here) of the Planet Ocean Chrono with the same movement I find to be too thick. But there are legions of happy POC owners out there.

    Thanks mimo. [​IMG]
     
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    cylon - for your wrist size, i think you did the right thing. and they are both excellent anyways.
     
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    The Broad Arrow is IMHO a better choice both in terms of looks and movement over an automatic Speedmaster with date. You get classic Speedmaster looks with 3,6,9 subdial layout, automatic movement, and none of the distraction of a date window cutting up the dial. Great choice if one is not going with the Speedy Pro.
     
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    Did someone say Speedy Pro and Vass tri-color Oxford's?

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    Also, Cyclon, I have NO doubt in my mind that you made the right choice. As beautiful as the Speedy 8500 is on RogerP, I think that the original is much more elegant on your wrist.
     
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    The POC is a comically thick watch. Very few of its wearers manage to pull off the look, at least not nearly as well as they think they do.

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    It's the type of watch that wears you.
     
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  18. johanm

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    Love this watch. For my money, the best chronograph in the price range on aesthetics, build quality, and movement technology. Particularly like the domed sapphire on top and bottom, as well as the combined hour/minute register. With this and the liquid metal Planet Ocean, I think Omega is taking it to the next level (though I can't abide the hands on the PO).
     
  19. dddrees

    dddrees Well-Known Member

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    Fabulous combo, well done sir!!!
     
  20. RogerP

    RogerP Well-Known Member

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    Nice!

    Thanks johanm.
     
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