The Watch Appreciation Thread - Part two (Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Jaeger LeCoultre,

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mimo, Feb 12, 2016.

  1. SteveH35

    SteveH35 Senior member

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    I almost sold Strahan an MB&F HM4 a few years ago. THAT would have made an impression on morning television
     


  2. TheWraith

    TheWraith Senior member

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    Sorry, not interested in trying it on. I just don't like the look of it.
     


  3. marvin100

    marvin100 Senior member

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    No apologies needed. For me, though, it didn't make much sense until I tried it on.
     


  4. Journeyman

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    I've tried on a friend's PP Nautilus and I really liked both the look and feel of it.

    However, although the Aquanaut and the Nautilus are similar, the Aquanaut doesn't appeal to me at all. I much prefer the dial of the Nautilus, including the pattern on the dial and the stick markers instead of numbers.
     


  5. marvin100

    marvin100 Senior member

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    Very different feel on the wrist, imo, but hey, de gustibus &c.
     


  6. mimo

    mimo Pernicious Enabler

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    I don't like open hearts. Exception for tourbillons only. I think it's because this feature is so popular on cheap fashion watches. It looks tacky to me.

    On the plus side, who doesn't like an El Primero? Striking Ten. Now there's a feature with meaning.


    This. I find it very attractive, but $20k buys a lot of attractive.
     


  7. bkotsko

    bkotsko Senior member

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    I prefer the Striking 10th to the open heart, by far.
     
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    rnguy001 Senior member

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    ^ agree with Mimo - Love a lot for Zenith especially the Striking 10th, but the open heart leaves me cold.
     


  9. Dino944

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    +1

    Unless its a tourbillon, the open heart thing always reminds me of junky fashion watches.
     


  10. Belligero

    Belligero Senior member

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    Aside from the novelty-watch look that an open dial can give, I just don't think it's a very good idea to have the escapement's oil directly exposed to light.
     


  11. Ambulance Chaser

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    Aside from the open heart, the overlapped part of the minutes subdial is difficult to read, a big no-no for a chronograph. Considering that this watch (and several others in the El Primero line) are a remake of the iconic A386, Zenith should have left well enough alone.
     


  12. SteveH35

    SteveH35 Senior member

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    This one just came in. Seriously heavy hitter. Christophe Claret Adagio. Cathedral gong minute repeater, big date and second time zone all with patented mechanisms

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  13. Keith T

    Keith T TWAT Master.

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    Minor point, considering all that's happening there-- but I have always liked that crown shape, and thought more manufacturers should consider implementing it.
     


  14. onehotchili

    onehotchili Senior member

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    All,

    Thanks for the great input. I've always been inclined towards the Nautilus and had been planning on it. However the Aquanaut has been growing on me.... and for my active lifestyle, the tropical rubber strap is a big selling point. While I like bracelets on watches, something about rubber sport straps "click" more with me. Maybe that was because I had a decent rotation of Swatches in high school and a Timex Ironman for running :)

    Anyhow, I have a business deal closing at the end of next month so I am looking to treat myself with a nice "daily driver" watch. On the list have been a White Dial 116520 Daytona, PP 5167A Aquanaut, PP Blue Dial Nautilus, AP Chronograph, VC Overseas Chronograph.... pretty much some of the classic sport watches. The tricky thing is that while I like nice watches, I am frequently in business situations where the watch needs to "fly under the radar". So in a round about way I have found the Aquanaut to check a bunch of those boxes.

    Anyhow, I still have a few more weeks to figure it out. All in all, a good dilemma to have....
     


  15. Dino944

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    Sorry, but for business situations, particularly if it means wearing a suit, I just don't like anything on a rubber strap (Although, I don't like the bracelet offered for the Aquanaut either). I know rubber straps have become more common/popular in recent years, but when I see them, even on a good watch, I think of black plastic Casios.

    If you want a watch that flies under the radar, a Nautilus, RO, or Overseas will do that. Unlike Rolex, Cartier, and a few higher volume production watches that might be recognized with some ease....unless the people you are around are "Watch guys" they are not going to notice or know you are wearing a Nautilus, RO, or Overseas. IMHO, the Nautilus is more versatile than an Aquanaut...so I'd suggest saving up a bit more and going for the original rather than its offshoot. Wishing you luck!
     


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