- Mar 12, 2002
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I hear ya there J, but I really don't use watches to tell time. I mean, seriously, I have a clock on the wall at work, a window on the telephone that tells me the time, and a clock in the car to tell me on the way there. Watches are just an excuse to wear man jewelry, at least for me, and I don't do any other jewelry than a simple wedding band and occassionally cufflinks.I'm too dumb to have no numeral markings. I'd rather Arabic, but given the choice I would have to go with the Romans. Honestly, it takes me like 10 seconds to figure out the time on a watch with just the bars, or worse, no markings at all. Not very impressive to the person who asks me the time (or myself).
I don't think there is a difference of classicity (? classicness?) between the two. Whichever you prefer, IMO.
I've been lusting after this watch for some time now. I love the simple elegance of the watch. But then today I found this watch which is identical save for the Roman numerals. Now that I look at it, I think the Roman numerals are pretty neat. Any idea on which is dressier, more classic, etc?
Not quite. The first model has minute "dots" while the Roman numeral version doesn't appear to. I don't like watches without the minute dots. What's the point of paying all that money for a fine movement if you can only tell the time give or take a couple of minutes?which is identical save for the Roman numerals
As far as I can tell, both auctions are for 3514s with 34mm cases.I purchased the former (3533 S/S band) a short while back (Dec 2004), and have 2 comments to add...
1) The Portofino with Roman numerals is an older model (or made for the non-US market)--an iteration that pre-dates the Roman numerals and current numberless models--and is most likely 34mm vs. the most recent 38mm.
2) Both are equally dressy. I prefer the model w/o the Roman numerals primarily due to size.
If you have the opportunity, go for the S/S rice bracelet. It's a bit more expensive, but the bracelet is probably the best thing going for this particular model... I was about to buy a Zenith Elite but found the IWC much more comfortable on my wrist.
(STYLESTUDENT @ Feb. 17 2005,09:42) Jon, International Watch Company website: http://www.iwc.ch/index.aspQuote: