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It's master ultra thin moon, though I don't take it to swim or shower (but do wash hands with it I suppose), guess I'll schedule an appointment some time
 

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It's master ultra thin moon, though I don't take it to swim or shower (but do wash hands with it I suppose), guess I'll schedule an appointment some time
Yeah, dress watch probably limited water resistance. Definitely, never want to swim (and shower is even worse) with it. Believe it or not, years ago the recommended service intervals for Patek (and other high end dress watch makers) was 3 years. It is now 5 years for most. VC says 4-5 years for basic time watches, 3-4 for more complicated watches.
 

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I would not shower with any watch, unless there is no secure place to store the watch (like a public shower). In that case, I would try to put the watch in a corner that is visible to me and away from the water and the prying hands of others.
 

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I'm considering a new casual, daily wearer [beater?]. I have currently been alternating between a Speedy and a BB-58 in this capacity, but am looking for something with a bit more visual variety (read: not SS, not black dial...) that is more at home on a leather strap (I know the Speedy and BB are strap monsters, but during the colder months, I'd also like something that lies better under a cuff, that is not a diver...).

With this in mind, I was thinking about the IWC Spitfire bronze, with the green dial. Anybody have thoughts on this one? Or perhaps you have a better suggestion in that I might check out...?

Thanks!
 

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@9thsymph How do you like the BB58? Which color dial did you get, and is it on the bracelet or strap? I'm planning to pick up a black dial on bracelet in the next couple of weeks assuming the AD gets one in and I like the way it feels/looks in person.

As to your question, which Spitfire model are you considering? The chronograph or time-only? I think the green dial looks better on the time-only model, but that shade of green and the bronze go together quite well on both.
 

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I'm considering a new casual, daily wearer [beater?]. I have currently been alternating between a Speedy and a BB-58 in this capacity, but am looking for something with a bit more visual variety (read: not SS, not black dial...) that is more at home on a leather strap (I know the Speedy and BB are strap monsters, but during the colder months, I'd also like something that lies better under a cuff, that is not a diver...).

With this in mind, I was thinking about the IWC Spitfire bronze, with the green dial. Anybody have thoughts on this one? Or perhaps you have a better suggestion in that I might check out...?

Thanks!
How about the Rolex Explorer II with polar dial? Tough as nails, different color dial and complication (GMT), less "Rolex-y." I don't know how difficult these are difficult to get at retail. If you are okay with a pre-owned watch, they are readily available on the second-hand market. Prices are steadily rising.
 

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I'm considering a new casual, daily wearer [beater?]. I have currently been alternating between a Speedy and a BB-58 in this capacity, but am looking for something with a bit more visual variety (read: not SS, not black dial...) that is more at home on a leather strap (I know the Speedy and BB are strap monsters, but during the colder months, I'd also like something that lies better under a cuff, that is not a diver...).

With this in mind, I was thinking about the IWC Spitfire bronze, with the green dial. Anybody have thoughts on this one? Or perhaps you have a better suggestion in that I might check out...?

Thanks!
When I think daily beater, I always want stainless case and a decent amount of WR, at least 100m. Then I have no issues working on our pool, washing hands, general daily/weekend chores, etc. That's why divers are so popular as sports watches. Between the IWC chronograph, Speedy and BB58, I'd go with the Tudor as a "one watch" but would likely add one of those chronographs down the road. That said, if it is a chronograph you want/need, go with whichever you prefer aesthetically. Both of your choices are solid, well made watches.
 

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@9thsymph How do you like the BB58? Which color dial did you get, and is it on the bracelet or strap? I'm planning to pick up a black dial on bracelet in the next couple of weeks assuming the AD gets one in and I like the way it feels/looks in person.

As to your question, which Spitfire model are you considering? The chronograph or time-only? I think the green dial looks better on the time-only model, but that shade of green and the bronze go together quite well on both.
I have the original black dial on the bracelet. but also frequently put it on a strap. I love the watch! It's fantastic. Really - zero complaints about that one.

As for the IWC, I was thinking the time only (date?). I have no experience with bronze, though. It looked great in person brand new, but I reckon a good bit of the charm would be in how the bronze changes over time.
 

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How about the Rolex Explorer II with polar dial? Tough as nails, different color dial and complication (GMT), less "Rolex-y." I don't know how difficult these are difficult to get at retail. If you are okay with a pre-owned watch, they are readily available on the second-hand market. Prices are steadily rising.
This is a really good suggestion that I haven't considered. One reason, though - now that I think about it for a moment, is that I was planning on getting a GMT ll BLNR in the not-too-distant future, which perhaps makes the explorer ll redundant? I guess the explorer is much more of an under-the-radar watch, which is certainly what I'm after presently, but, hmmm....
 

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This is a really good suggestion that I haven't considered. One reason, though - now that I think about it for a moment, is that I was planning on getting a GMT ll BLNR in the not-too-distant future, which perhaps makes the explorer ll redundant? I guess the explorer is much more of an under-the-radar watch, which is certainly what I'm after presently, but, hmmm....
They look pretty good on leather too, especially the older/smaller reference.
 

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I would not shower with any watch, unless there is no secure place to store the watch (like a public shower). In that case, I would try to put the watch in a corner that is visible to me and away from the water and the prying hands of others.
I'd never shower with a watch. Horrible for watches. As one watchmaker said soaps can compromise the gaskets, and the daily quick change in temperature difference can also contribute to that, or one can get condensation forming inside the watch case or under the crystal from extreme temperature change (I've seen someone put an ice on their watch crystal for a photo and guess what...ended up with condensation under the crystal/inside the watch).
 

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I'd never shower with a watch. Horrible for watches. As one watchmaker said soaps can compromise the gaskets, and the daily quick change in temperature difference can also contribute to that, or one can get condensation forming inside the watch case or under the crystal from extreme temperature change (I've seen someone put an ice on their watch crystal for a photo and guess what...ended up with condensation under the crystal/inside the watch).
Good input here. Begs the question, though: if soap is that hazardous, how the hell is a Sub supposed to survive salt water at 300 meters?
 

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