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NakedYoga

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I honestly don’t think we see enough watches here. It’s always the same dudes that squabble over whatever the fuck.
Agreed. On that note, for whatever reason I've been taken with the idea of a big chunky dove watch. This wouldn't masquerade as anything other than what it is. I want it to be robust and not something you'd ever consider wearing under the sleeve of a dress shirt. Something that would look out of place pretty much anwywhere except at the beach or in the water. I'd say a real tool watch, but that term is overused and I'm afraid of being labeled a tool.

Anyway, the one I keep coming back to is the orange dial Doxa Sub 300T. I think @Dino944 has mentioned in the past he has friends who like theirs. Anyone else?

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I also still like Seiko's more classic dive watch styling, so I've thought about the King Turtle (SRPE03 or 05). Two different price points, but those are the two that I keep coming back to.

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patrick_b

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I've been taken with the idea of a big chunky dove watch
That's exactly what I was thinking when I purchased the Pelagos. I checked it out during the workday wearing an OCBD. The SA immediately commented that it likely won't fit well under a shirt cuff if that's what I was looking for.

Not quite the same look you are after but a pic anyway.

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Picking this back up because I think it’s an interesting topic and I think some of the other responses didn’t trace the connection to watches.

There’s no mystery what I think about this urban development project. And I suspect many others here would agree that a fake town with fake buildings and fake history is not tasteful. However, I rarely see folks apply the same judgment to watches. Why the difference? I don’t really see one.
The difference between our opinions is that you dismiss it for idealistic reasons - the style is anachronistic - whereas I do because I think they did a poor job of it. Especially with architecture, and especially in Britain, it is common to live in towns that are still in good part hundreds of years old, and even if time filtered, many of the builders and architects were distinctly average. So you absolutely can be happy blending styles decades or centuries apart (as you do when you park your GT3 in front of your building, but I digress). And what about the neo-Palladian estates in favour where you are? Those civilisations haven't been around for millenia!

Still, best to do this with good quality ingredients. Poundbury reminds me of when I had some sushi around 2006 in a satellite town of Shanghai - the fish's flesh telegraphed its probable life in one of these symbiotic multi-crop farms, in this case of the porcine variety, if the smell was any indication. Maybe this explains the popularity of shui zhu yu?

A watch parallel might be Solvil and Titus, whose adverts I recommend you not to watch, at the worst end of the spectrum, but even in the stratosphere, Smith may have followed Daniels systematically but the result is aesthetically very different.

@Loathing perhaps we understand "aristocracy" differently, as our respective origins might imply. To me they are simply people who have taken power by force and then set up a system to maintain their genes at the top for centuries, usually through developing sophisticated propaganda in particular involving being at the head of the local religious organisations. The Western aristocracies are in their dying throes, at least the noblesse d'epee (the only one that counts, if you are to believe ANF members, across the Channel from you) but in the rest of the world, they are very much alive and well. And customers of exactly that kind of thing.

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The "2nd date Fossil".
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Worn with a PRL Cable knit, and Tigora Snow Camo.
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That's exactly what I was thinking when I purchased the Pelagos. I checked it out during the workday wearing an OCBD. The SA immediately commented that it likely won't fit well under a shirt cuff if that's what I was looking for.

Not quite the same look you are after but a pic anyway.

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Yeah, I like the Pelagos in theory, but... there's just something about it that doesn't quite do it for me. In the context of my previous post, I think the Pelagos is an example of something that is a little too far on the elegant end of the dive watch spectrum from what I'm after. I like the looks--don't get me wrong--but it's just not what I'm going for. I tried one on a couple of months ago, and it was fine. To be honest, I'd probably take the Seiko SRP143 over the Pelagos if it were between the two based on looks alone, but the Seiko is overpriced.
 

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Have a tiny bit of work to do in the city today, so I figured I knock that out and hit up The Windup Summer Pop Up shop (speaking of different than the normal watches we see here). Will be my first time in the city since about a week before the pandemic when I went in to do a F2F sale of my white dialed OP39 last year.

Currently on the train with my Shadow.
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Easy to read D&G.
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A keeper. love the font and the date. and well? All of it.
Cost me $80? all in. .
 

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Anyway, the one I keep coming back to is the orange dial Doxa Sub 300T. I think @Dino944 has mentioned in the past he has friends who like theirs. Anyone else?

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That's the classic version, which Clive Cussler describes the character in his books, Dirk Pitt, wearing. Cussler worked in dive shops in the 1960s and early 70s that that's when he encountered the watch. Supposedly, an orange dial was chosedn after tests revealed it offered the best contrast between the luminous hour markers and the dial.

One friend has owned the silver dial version, the Sub 300T Searambler for about 2-3 years now and he loves it. He also owns other watches such at an IWC Flieger Chrono, Kermit Sub, Explorer II, Tag Monaco, a vintage early 80s steel and gold GMT on jubilee bracelet that he bought new, and a few other pieces that escape me at the moment. He doesn't baby anything that he owns be it cars or watches.

Another friend picked up the yellow dial version of the Sub 300T, called the Divingstar. He got it sometime in early 2020. His collection includes several Rolex (modern two tone Rootbeer GMT, Sub, Explorer II both dial colors, DJ, a Tudor GMT), Panerais, Bvlgari Octo Finisimo 9steel blue dial and all titanium version), JLC Reverso and several Cartiers (a few Tanks and a few Santos models). He isn't quite as tough on his watches as my other friend, but he really likes his Doxa a lot.

Both have pretty sizeable watch collections, but their Doxas do seem to get plenty of wrist time. Neither have had any problems with their Doxas. I will say although the diameter is 42.5mm, it seem to wear larger because the case isn't truly round, its more of a modified tounneau shape. I don't have big wrists so it wears too large for me, but the are very cool watches. But if you are looking for a big diving watch, this could be a great choice for you.
 

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The gifted watch. cost in? $0.
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This is almost daily. just feels good to wear. has some weight to it.
 

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I honestly don’t think we see enough watches here. It’s always the same dudes that squabble over whatever the fuck.
Well I only have 3 watches and I post them from time to time. I don't have the funds to go buy a new watch to post every 6 months.

Right now I'm waiting on my Omega Speedmaster Snoopy 3 whenever that comes in. I'll start posting that if I ever get it.
 

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