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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.
yes, i'm familiar with these methods to purchase, though only loosely. Seemed like after the mid 70's it wasn't much of a thing (maybe with more technology, divers didn't need a watch to dive?).

he said watches on submarines or carriers (NImitz class is what he's most familar with) were all civilian watches. On the flight decks usually G-Shocks, but again all civilian. No rolexes in sight. To put it lightly, it would get jizzed on or something with the super tight quarters that you have to live in while deployed. That and just nobody gives a shit, it's the Navy, they have more important things to fret over.

One of his classmates works at JPL, which was in the news recently, and he didn't give a shit about watches for space or anything. Awesome conversationalist however.

For timing reference, these are early/mid 80's Navy grads.
 

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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.
Maybe you aren’t keeping up with the watch community. See below for snippets from this thread, which tends to trail places like TRF and key Insta accounts.

Blue dial Datejusts have exploded in popularity over the past few months.


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Maybe I’ll go skateboarding after timing some laps around the race track. #authenticity

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Blue happens to be my fav color so I will always vouch for it when asked for input......but it's one of the best dial colors for a DJ/DD. Looks almost black but also a stunning shade of blue in the right light :cool:
 

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roughly how much does it cost to have the brushing done? over or under $1K?
$500 for the actual work and ~$200 for round trip and insured overnight shipping. There may be places that will do it for less, but I wouldn’t recommend it.
 

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With exception of George Red (who is commenting on an OP NOT DJ), aren't those comments dated before the Biden inauguration?
Yes, but the watch had already drawn attention during the campaign, such as when he wore it to debates. It was really victory in the election that sealed the deal for the burst in popularity, not specifically and only the inauguration ceremony.
 

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Yes, but the watch had already drawn attention during the campaign, such as when he wore it to debates. It was really victory in the election that sealed the deal for the burst in popularity, not specifically and only the inauguration ceremony.
He wore a Seiko and Omega leading up to inauguration (and during the debates). Could you point me in the direction of Biden wearing a Rolex before January 20th. A cursory search indicates all the press accounts of the Rolex are dated after Jan 20...
 

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More important question...does anyone know if the Hodinkee shop is already sold out of the new Hermes, or if they just don't have them in yet?
 

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He wore a Seiko and Omega leading up to inauguration (and during the debates). Could you point me in the direction of Biden wearing a Rolex before January 20th. A cursory search indicates all the press accounts of the Rolex are dated after Jan 20...
See below. You actually may be right that he didn’t get it until later in the campaign, but it pre-dates the inauguration and became known to the online watch community prior as well.

 

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See below. You actually may be right that he didn’t get it until later in the campaign, but it pre-dates the inauguration and became known to the online watch community prior as well.

Thanks. The 18th? That’s still after the SF thread comments, though...
 

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