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OT: Another Watch Thread for the Clotheshorse

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by norcaltransplant, Sep 2, 2006.

  1. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    How are Leroy watches?
    L.Leroy or Leroy et Fils were very well reputed French watchmakers who became the target of imitation due to the ubiquitous name. I know there is a currently extant Leroy, which seems to imply a tradition from the 18th century Leroy. I like Leroy et Fils's Deco creations, which are very practical, and discreet: [​IMG]
     
  2. RJman

    RJman Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    There are beautiful Leroys in the current Arnys catalog. Never having heard of them, I was curious.
     
  3. Dmax

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    OK, so I'm an amateur watch collector. Most of my pieces are hand-me-downs from my dad or gifts from relatives, loved ones. However, I have that appreciation for timepieces that suggests I may turn watch-collecting into a hobby given the opportunity and resources (recent college grad, etc.)

    I wanted opinions on 2 pieces I was given as gifts recently:

    1) Bernoulli Epoch in black/gold

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    http://bernoulliwatches.com/bernoulli/

    I've done a not-so-through search trying to fetch whatever information I could about this maker but really wasn't able to come up with anything. If anyone here has any knowledge or would point me in the right direction, I'd much appreciate it.




    Sorry to say but Bernoulli seems to be some a random semi-famous name plucked from history and atached to an inexpensive asian watch. They are available on ebay in large numbers for under $100. They use chinese movements and the watches themselves are assembled in Taiwan. It's an OK beater-type watch for the price. Probably better choice than a Kenneth Cole watch.
     
  4. odoreater

    odoreater Senior member

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    Any opinions on this watch? I've been having trouble getting my hands on that Oris I wanted from an authorized dealer, so I'm thinking about this Hamilton.

    [​IMG]
     
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  6. Ambulance Chaser

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  7. odoreater

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    I like that Hamilton, although at 40 mm, you may find it a bit small. Here's a good review from Timezone:

    http://forums.timezone.com/index.php...e&goto=1495636


    Really? I thought that even 38 mm was okay for men. I'll probably get it from a brick and mortar store where I can try it on first. I've heard bad things about ordering watches over the internet off of the "gray market." Thanks for the link.
     
  8. RJman

    RJman Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Another dumb question:

    Is there any point to owning a quartz watch from a high-end watchmaker? I flipped by a site selling watches by L Leroy, whom I understand to be a high-end, well-respected watchmaker, and in addition to chronographs and skeletons with mechanical movements was a simple quartz model at a lower price (although still quite expensive). Can someone explain?
     
  9. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    40mm is small? That's very large.
     
  10. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    Another dumb question:

    Is there any point to owning a quartz watch from a high-end watchmaker? I flipped by a site selling watches by L Leroy, whom I understand to be a high-end, well-respected watchmaker, and in addition to chronographs and skeletons with mechanical movements was a simple quartz model at a lower price (although still quite expensive). Can someone explain?

    No, it's like owning an ebook of Diderot.
     
  11. Cantabrigian

    Cantabrigian Senior member

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    No, it's like owning an ebook of Diderot.

    Good call.
     
  12. Ambulance Chaser

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    Really? I thought that even 38 mm was okay for men. I'll probably get it from a brick and mortar store where I can try it on first. I've heard bad things about ordering watches over the internet off of the "gray market." Thanks for the link.
    The 40 mm watch has become the standard size these days, much like the 25" TV. I thought from a previous post of yours in this thread that you were looking for a watch larger than 40 mm. It's definitely a good idea to try before you buy -- some watches wear larger than their measured size and some wear smaller.
     
  13. LabelKing

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    In a way, I want the watches to get larger so the vintage gold watches in the 26mm range can be had for cheap.
     
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    I'd be happy to show you my Stowa Antea if you happen to be in New York City--I'm very pleased with it (but I'm partial to the Bauhaus design cues). A Max Bill by Junghans is another to consider, if you like that type of minimal styling. I bought a Nomos Tangente (superb watch) for my dad, but that's a bit higher price than the Antea/Jazzmaster range of things. And lordy, that Dornbleuth is nice looking . . .(but I may opt for an Eberhard Traverselto).
     
  15. odoreater

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    I'd be happy to show you my Stowa Antea if you happen to be in New York City--I'm very pleased with it (but I'm partial to the Bauhaus design cues). A Max Bill by Junghans is another to consider, if you like that type of minimal styling. I bought a Nomos Tangente (superb watch) for my dad, but that's a bit higher price than the Antea/Jazzmaster range of things. And lordy, that Dornbleuth is nice looking . . .(but I may opt for an Eberhard Traverselto).

    Thanks for the offer to show the Stowa - I live in NJ so I'm in NYC pretty often, maybe we'll arrange something if I'm going to be in the city some time soon.
     
  16. jml90

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    In a way, I want the watches to get larger so the vintage gold watches in the 26mm range can be had for cheap.
    At that point you could just buy a bracelet. Unless you could read that.
     
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    I'd be happy to show you my Stowa Antea if you happen to be in New York City--I'm very pleased with it (but I'm partial to the Bauhaus design cues). A Max Bill by Junghans is another to consider, if you like that type of minimal styling. I bought a Nomos Tangente (superb watch) for my dad, but that's a bit higher price than the Antea/Jazzmaster range of things. And lordy, that Dornbleuth is nice looking . . .(but I may opt for an Eberhard Traverselto).


    Can I see it too? [​IMG]
     
  18. Lint Brush

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    Absolutely--we can coordinate a good time for interested parties (to ogle a sub-$400 watch, that is). I work in the golden triangle/rectangle of Aaron Faber, Wempe, Cellini and Tourneau. . .
     
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    I, too, would like to coordinate a meeting to check out a sub-$500 ETA like Stowa or even Limes, if someone has one of those. I think that price has a lot to offer for everyday beaters.

    EDIT: It could be a junior TZ/SF get together.
     
  20. LabelKing

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    At that point you could just buy a bracelet. Unless you could read that.
    I don't even know what that means; it's irrevelant. Look at this beauty at 24mm x 43mm: [​IMG]
     

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