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TheFoo

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Blue Datejusts have been hard to get for almost 4 years now. This is not new.
Fake news. Through 2019, you could still order a blue dial Datejust and have it within weeks. 2020 was a screwed up year all around, but folks were still able to order and get this watch through the fall.

At least he wears a pocket square.
This is not an automatic plus.
 

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I find it interesting that the watch brands that are showing the most creativity in design are the jewelry houses (Cartier, Bvlgari, Hermes) and the independents/microbrands (Moser, Ming). It may be because the more established watch brands are naturally risk averse. They have more to lose by introducing a new model that falls flat with the public.
 

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I find it interesting that the watch brands that are showing the most creativity in design are the jewelry houses (Cartier, Bvlgari, Hermes) and the independents/microbrands (Moser, Ming). It may be because the more established watch brands are naturally risk averse. They have more to lose by introducing a new model that falls flat with the public.
Bulgari, Hermès and Cartier also have a design heritage that they bring to the watchmaking. This was mentioned above but I really love some of the stuff coming out of Hermès.
 

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Everywhere.
Could you be a bit more specific...say, who on this thread has EVER proclaimed a deep desire for a 40mm blue dial datejust in connection with Biden? I remember the whole discussion about Biden sporting the watch and the pros and cons of the choice, etc, but I don't recall it directly inspiring anyone to go get the same watch, no?
 

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Backstory - Magnum was a navy officer/seal/pilot?
so I asked my father in law about watches. He's a Navy guy, did the academy, his 8 years of service, 3 "pac" or whatever tours in the USS Olympia, and now he's in the middle east half the time as a nuclear engineer.

I figured he'd know a few things about watches and the water so I asked.

"a watch? Yeah? For your hypotethical jewelry box in your hypotetical submarine suite?"

that's all i got. i knew what he meant.
 

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Could you be a bit more specific...say, who on this thread has EVER proclaimed a deep desire for a 40mm blue dial datejust in connection with Biden? I remember the whole discussion about Biden sporting the watch and the pros and cons of the choice, etc, but I don't recall it directly inspiring anyone to go get the same watch, no?
I didn’t say a lot of people directly stated they wanted the watch because of Biden. But the popularity of the watch here and elsewhere dramatically increased after Biden wore it to the inauguration. It received a bunch of press coverage, then seeped through social media and the online watch forums, and suddenly it’s a hot ticket watch.
 

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somebody on the inauguration list showed up with dior Jordan 1's. The taboids noticed. Joe's watch only seemed to get noticed by watch people.

it's a good choice.
 

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I didn’t say a lot of people directly stated they wanted the watch because of Biden. But the popularity of the watch here and elsewhere dramatically increased after Biden wore it to the inauguration. It received a bunch of press coverage, then seeped through social media and the online watch forums, and suddenly it’s a hot ticket watch.
I don't remember anyone here saying they wanted to get a blue DJ after Biden wore it. I just recall people saying he wore a blue DJ and that was it.
 

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I didn’t say a lot of people directly stated they wanted the watch because of Biden. But the popularity of the watch here and elsewhere dramatically increased after Biden wore it to the inauguration. It received a bunch of press coverage, then seeped through social media and the online watch forums, and suddenly it’s a hot ticket watch.
Ok...where exactly...which member(s)?

[show yourselves...certainly the masses of Biden-inspired DJ seekers are reading this!!!]

And...I thought the press coverage and reception was largely negative, though? Anyway, the blue dial has been popular for quite some time. I've never seen or heard (via ADs, threads, etc...) any ratcheted-up interest in relation to Biden...

Edir: And remember...we're talking about the plain bezel 41mm DJ in blue....not fluted 36, which is a completely different animal.
 
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Maybe the most fun to photograph watch I’ve ever owned. The ceramic bezel is something awesome.

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so I asked my father in law about watches. He's a Navy guy, did the academy, his 8 years of service, 3 "pac" or whatever tours in the USS Olympia, and now he's in the middle east half the time as a nuclear engineer.

I figured he'd know a few things about watches and the water so I asked.

"a watch? Yeah? For your hypotethical jewelry box in your hypotetical submarine suite?"

that's all i got. i knew what he meant.
Years ago a variety of military branches around the world issued Submariners and other good watches to some of their special forces teams. In addition, people in the military would regularly buy a Rolex or other good watch at the PX/NEX. One of the attorneys at our office is about 75 years old (a former chemical engineer who served on USS Rupertus destroyer in the late 1960s through the early 70s) and he bought 2 Rolex watches at an NEX while in port at Subic Bay. One he paid $90 for and the other about $120. When my dad was in the army from 1974-76 the PX on the base carried Rolex. I don't think PX/NEXs have had Rolex or other brands like that in decades, and I'm not sure many service men care that much about watches today.
 

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From John Mayer to Joe Biden.
I don't pay attention to "trendsetters" or "tastemakers", especially when buying a watch. But anyway, never knew John Mayer and Joe Biden were popular people when it came to personal style in 2021.
 

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I don't pay attention to "trendsetters" or "tastemakers", especially when buying a watch. But anyway, never knew John Mayer and Joe Biden were popular people when it came to personal style in 2021.
John Mayer is certainly an important and current fashion influencer.

Also, to clarify again: I am not saying I follow or that anyone else should follow the tastes of these people. I am simply observing that they do in fact influence trends and tastes, which was an answer to a comment by another poster claiming that current tastemakers do not wear current Rolexes.
 

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