The Watch Appreciation Thread (Reviews and Photos of Men's Timepieces by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Brei

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gdl203, May 20, 2007.

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  1. bings

    bings Senior member

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    new piece this week:

    non-current model Rolex Sub, custom PVD coating and black diamond encrusted bezel. A stark departure from my typical tastes but it's actually more subtle than the description would suggest.

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    I have ordered an Everest Horology strap for it and have a red second hand lined up but i havent pulled the trigger on that yet.
     
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  2. Dino944

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    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing a photo of your birth year Sub.
    I tend to baby my watches anyway. As DDD suggested, you can swim with it as long as you get it pressure tested. However, if you have something that is in great shape and appreciating in value why risk it.
    Yikes!!! You paid for someone to spray paint your Sub and added bezel with polished coal! The PVD is ok, but the bezel is a real eye sore. Get a normal bezel for it and get rid of the wannabe pimp bezel.
     
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    Sure! (50 years old GMT Master) :bigstar:
     
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    He said they were real diamonds, I thought that qualified as pimp shiz.

    At least it doesn't look like this.

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    for me, I do a lot of things with this watch.... but I don't swim/run/bike with it. I have a Timex Ironman or other watches for some of that. I haven't had it pressure tested recently.... and lately I've been enjoying wearing various vintage leather watch bands, which I wouldn't want to get wet.

    this Rolex still gets 90% of my wrist time. the plastic lens is getting its share of little nicks and scuffs, but they can polish out with toothpaste or polywatch. anyhow, I have seen some GREAT museum quality vintage Rolexes out there, but I have definitely enjoyed mine.... with its flaws and all :).
     
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    The othe thing that I just though of, is that most vintage Rolex watches say early 80s and older are not as water resistant as their modern siblings. GMTs, Day-Dates, Daytonas, and Datejusts of the past were only pressure proof to 50m. Later they became pressure proof to 100. Some modern watch books/magazines have recommended not wearing a watch for swimming or diving unless its pressure proof to 100m. Not sure if that plays any part in an owners decision to wear a vintage Rolex swimming or snorkeling.
     
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    ^ I know about those recommendations (and their reasoning) but hadn't considered it in this context, thanks.


    I see. I've used my 14060 for all those things (and worse) for over 20 years - even cracked the crystal once and had it replaced a second time during a routine check up due to chipped edges.


    I caught a glimpse of it on our flight this saturday, it looked great! I love the riveted bracelet.
     
  8. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    OK. Another watch question:
    Between the black Air King (34mm) and the new (39mm) Explorer, which to choose and why? Obviously, there is the size difference. And the Explorer dial is is slightly more legible, both because of size, larger hand (and mercedes hour hand) and lumen small indices in an outer ring on the dial. What about the internals and other design features I might not have thought of? Also, if I am sure I like the smaller size, should I just hunt for an older Explorer?

    I can't quite figure out how to grab images of the current models from the Rolex site, but here are links to the two e-brochures:
    Explorer
    Air King
     
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    currently, the only difference between the 2 is the size and the bracelet. Personally, i wasnt a fan of teh 39mm explorer, because i think it uses the same hands as the 36mm..so they look a little small. I wish the Air King was a 36mm, because id be ALL over that. if it were me, id find a 114720 explorer. perfect watch between those 2 i think. 36mm case, SEL bracelet, upgraded movement from the 14720, and a better bracelet than the air king.
     
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    TLDR....the air king is out for me due to the 34mm size and lack of the fliplock bracelet. get a 36mm explorer :)
     
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    Yes. [​IMG]
     
  12. Dino944

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    When comparing an Air King and Explorer you have to mention whether you are comparing 2 brand new ones (like the 39mm Ex) or is the Air King you are considering older, ass you also bring up the idea of hunting for an older Explorer. There are changes that took place over the years. I believe some of the older Air Kings, maybe mid to early 80s were not as water resistant as the Explorers of the same time. Also the Explorer movements have been certified chronometers for decades...Air King movments only became certified chronometers recently. In additon the bracelets are different, the Explorer had solid end links (SEL) the Air King didn't, its slightly narrower on Air Kings, and AKs lack the Oysterlock safety latch on the clasp. I owned a 114270 for 10 years and I preferred it to an Air King, due to its size 36 vs 34mm, updated movement that the Air King did not have back until just a few years ago, wider bracelet with SELS, and oyster locking clasp. I always thought the Air King was a bit small at 34mm and with its narrower bracelet...but it might work for you.

    I'm not a fan of the dial on the new Explorers or its size. To me the 114270 is the final evolution of the classic Explorer. The new Explorer is fine, just not my taste.
     
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    Will be forced to sell the above gold Longines. Any suggestions on pricing? PM if you prefer. Thanks all in advance.
     
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    Thoughts on Parmigiani Tonda 1950 v Lange Saxonia Thin v VC Patrimony?
     
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    its worth $50. PM me your paypal and i suppose ill go on and pay you. :nodding:
     
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