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Nice collection, and seems well thought out, although that Patek chronograph seems rather large to wear with a suit, no? I also have one of those Luminox watches on an army green NATO strap that I wear doing yard work and other outdoor stuff. Certainly not "SF approved", but it's good for that purpose.
Isn't that what the Explorer II is for? I haven't worn any of my beater watches since I got my Sub...it performs perfectly for hiking, fishing and other outdoor tasks.
 

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Isn't that what the Explorer II is for? I haven't worn any of my beater watches since I got my Sub...it performs perfectly for hiking, fishing and other outdoor tasks.
Maybe. I'm just basing this off the role that he chose for that watch. If it were me, I wouldn't wear an Explorer or Sub (if I had one) often for a lot of the more heavier outdoor stuff I do--using a tractor, building structures, etc. I'd be too worried about serious damage or losing it. But for other "lighter" outdoors stuff like you mentioned--hiking, fishing, etc.--I'd definitely wear an Explorer or Sub.
 

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Maybe. I'm just basing this off the role that he chose for that watch. If it were me, I wouldn't wear an Explorer or Sub (if I had one) often for a lot of the more heavier outdoor stuff I do--using a tractor, building structures, etc. I'd be too worried about serious damage or losing it. But for other "lighter" outdoors stuff like you mentioned--hiking, fishing, etc.--I'd definitely wear an Explorer or Sub.
Yep, I hear you. My point of view now is basically that if something is too rough to wear my sub, then I don't need to be wearing a watch at all.
 

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Nice collection, and seems well thought out, although that Patek chronograph seems rather large to wear with a suit, no? I also have one of those Luminox watches on an army green NATO strap that I wear doing yard work and other outdoor stuff. Certainly not "SF approved", but it's good for that purpose.
I’m not such a big fan of NATO straps but it’s a good idea for the luminox. When I started scuba diving I didn’t want to risk expensive watches so got that same watch for $100 off eBay in 1996. Retail at the time was twice that. I had it over twenty years and the lights were starting to fade a bit, when I went diving off a boat a Clearwater FL. Checked the watch as I was getting suited up then went to adjust the bezel it as I was sat on the gunwhale about to drop On and it had disappeared. I can only guess that a spring bar broke and it fell over the side. Disappointing but it gave me good service for twenty years.
I replaced it with this a couple of years ago which I got for $160 off eBay and which is doing a good job.
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Scurfa Watches makes a nice quartz beater. If I remember correctly, the founder is a professional saturation diver that started making the watches for himself and his friends to wear while working (instead of subs that had appreciated too much in value). Really nice quality and build (500 Meter WR) for $300.

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Nice collection, and seems well thought out, although that Patek chronograph seems rather large to wear with a suit, no? I also have one of those Luminox watches on an army green NATO strap that I wear doing yard work and other outdoor stuff. Certainly not "SF approved", but it's good for that purpose.
The chronograph is 39.4mm so it’s an excellent size to wear with suits (at least for me).
 

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I’m not such a big fan of NATO straps but it’s a good idea for the luminox. When I started scuba diving I didn’t want to risk expensive watches so got that same watch for $100 off eBay in 1996. Retail at the time was twice that. I had it over twenty years and the lights were starting to fade a bit, when I went diving off a boat a Clearwater FL. Checked the watch as I was getting suited up then went to adjust the bezel it as I was sat on the gunwhale about to drop On and it had disappeared. I can only guess that a spring bar broke and it fell over the side. Disappointing but it gave me good service for twenty years.
I replaced it with this a couple of years ago which I got for $160 off eBay and which is doing a good job. View attachment 1510047
I’ve beaten the crap out of my Luminox and it’s still working great. When canyoning in Puerto Vara, Chile, water pressure jammed the watch up my forearm causing one of the spring bars to fail. But I didn’t lose the watch as the second spring bar kept it in place and I simply took the watch off and shoved it into my bag.

Which leads me to wonder if you forgot to buckle your watch. For you to have lost your watch, both spring arms would have had to have failed and the NATO would still be on your wrist.

Absolutely not a big deal but just wondering if that’s a better hypothesis.
 

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New watch is sitting in my wife’s office (long story) but I should have a picture up tomorrow.
 

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I’ve beaten the crap out of my Luminox and it’s still working great. When canyoning in Puerto Vara, Chile, water pressure jammed the watch up my forearm causing one of the spring bars to fail. But I didn’t lose the watch as the second spring bar kept it in place and I simply took the watch off and shoved it into my bag.

Which leads me to wonder if you forgot to buckle your watch. For you to have lost your watch, both spring arms would have had to have failed and the NATO would still be on your wrist.

Absolutely not a big deal but just wondering if that’s a better hypothesis.
No my point was I didn’t have it on a NATO it was on the original strap. So if there was a tendency for spring bars to fail, backed up by your story, maybe it happened to mine and the watch silently plopped in the drink!
 

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Scurfa Watches makes a nice quartz beater. If I remember correctly, the founder is a professional saturation diver that started making the watches for himself and his friends to wear while working (instead of subs that had appreciated too much in value). Really nice quality and build (500 Meter WR) for $300.

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That looks great. Does someone do a similar quartz with a true GMT function?
 

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That looks great. Does someone do a similar quartz with a true GMT function?
Honestly, no clue. I'm usually a little bit of a snob when it comes to quartz watches, but made an exception for this one.
 

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As mak1277 surmised, I didn’t fill in the leather strap - odd jacket hole. Rather, I’ve changed out my Luminox travel watch on a NATO for this:
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Yep, I put my Explorer II on a NATO. Truth be told, the Luminox will still play a role in the rotation as my international travel watch when I’m traveling through the third world.
And I’ve replaced the Explorer II‘s jeans and shorts on a metal band slot with Batman.
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Although the watches are functionally quite similar, the rotating bezel on Batman makes a big difference. I find myself timing quite a few things. For example, if I have to pick up food 25 minutes from now, I no longer have to remember the time. Rather, I simply rotate the bezel 25 minutes ahead of where the minute hand currently shows. The two siblings together:
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Where is the best place to learn about the ins and outs of buying a Rolex? Rolex forums I’ve seen seem to be flooded with so many questions it’s hard to find anything of use.

I’ve never had a watch except for my current Apple Watch, and I’m jumping into the deep end buying a day date 40 or day date ii in yellow gold. This is the only watch I want or care about.

I’m all about the best deal so other than yellow gold of those two models I’m open new assortment of options. One idea I’ve been tossing around is if resale is low on the ones with aftermarket diamond bezels, I’d buy one of those. Just looking for general information on what to look out for and how the market generally works.
 

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Where is the best place to learn about the ins and outs of buying a Rolex? Rolex forums I’ve seen seem to be flooded with so many questions it’s hard to find anything of use.

I’ve never had a watch except for my current Apple Watch, and I’m jumping into the deep end buying a day date 40 or day date ii in yellow gold. This is the only watch I want or care about.

I’m all about the best deal so other than yellow gold of those two models I’m open new assortment of options. One idea I’ve been tossing around is if resale is low on the ones with aftermarket diamond bezels, I’d buy one of those. Just looking for general information on what to look out for and how the market generally works.
Others may disagree but I am a proponent of purchasing from an authorized retailer. With Rolex, there doesn’t seem to be that much of a price differential between gray market and the AD. A Rolex AD will be there to service the watch when needed and you will also get the Rolex warranty, plus whatever warranty the AD adds on. For example, Rolex comes with a 3 year warranty. If purchased from Wempe, you’ll get an additional 2 years. Wempe is one example. Other AD’s offer similar benefits.

With gray market they give their own warranty but you’re basically taking the word of some nameless and faceless online merchant.

If you’re going to spend the kind of money to buy a Rolex, do it in a way that gives you some peace of mind.

Others may disagree and offer examples of having had an excellent experience with online gray market, and that’s fine. I’m simply offering my personal opinion.
 

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Others may disagree but I am a proponent of purchasing from an authorized retailer. With Rolex, there doesn’t seem to be that much of a price differential between gray market and the AD. A Rolex AD will be there to service the watch when needed and you will also get the Rolex warranty, plus whatever warranty the AD adds on. For example, Rolex comes with a 3 year warranty. If purchased from Wempe, you’ll get an additional 2 years. Wempe is one example. Other AD’s offer similar benefits.

With gray market they give their own warranty but you’re basically taking the word of some nameless and faceless online merchant.

If you’re going to spend the kind of money to buy a Rolex, do it in a way that gives you some peace of mind.

Others may disagree and offer examples of having had an excellent experience with online gray market, and that’s fine. I’m simply offering my personal opinion.
Thanks. I looked at the authorized resellers online here in nyc(torneau, and watched of Switzerland) and they have have almost nothing used in what I like. The reason I am Most interested in used is because all else equal I’d prefer the day-date ii, which I don’t think is made anymore, not to mention the value prop. Are there tricks to buying, like going to a tertiary city and looking instead of just staying in nyc? Selection seems bad here.
 

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