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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. Cylon

    Cylon Senior Member

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    +1; the watch seems big, but the lugs are just beautiful. I have small wrists, like smaller watches, but I love the "wrist presence" of SMP--heck I never really understood the term wrist presence before the SMP.
     
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    So my wife decided to do a spa/salon day and therefore I was left babysitting. What better way to spend the day than go watch window shopping on black friday?

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    +85,000. The lugs are FAR and away the best part of the watch. That definitely was not what I would have expected to love the most.

    Some observations--I hate the 9300. Too much presence. The reverso looks larger than I thought it would on the wrist, I will heed your "try it on" advice. The new Tank Solo is my favorite on you out of the square watches you tried on (gorgeous). Out of the GO you tried on, I think I like the GO PML and the three hander. The Pano Reserve looks fairly cold, and without the color, you are looking at a WHOLE lot of dial. The new PML also wears exceedingly large. It looks nice on your wrists, but I don't think I would purchase it sight unseen.
     


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    cylon - that is great way to spend the day. :slayer:
     


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    Yes, with ETA movements part & service are easy. I guess not having any watches with ETA movements I've become a bit of a movement snob. There are a few watches with ETA movements that I like, including the Santos Galbee, but at the last minute I just can't seem to pull the trigger.

    I agree the lack of a date can be nice on some watches, as you never have to worry about am/pm. It's one of the things I like about my dress watches as none have the date, and it creates symmetry.

    A friend of mine with a collection of about 30 watches (AP, urwerk, hautlence, Cartier, Breguet and others), including some very cool complications, has a Santos Galbee XL and he believes its one of the best bangs for the buck. He worked in design for many years and says if he could only have 1 watch for everything except for the dressiest occasions it would be a Santos Galbee. It 's a reasonable size, so its sporty enough for casual and still looks great with a sport jacket or suit. I agree and if they eventually change the movement I'll probably pull the trigger on one.
     


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    Looks like a great day! The Tank Solo is a great value, but my favorite of the watches you tried is the JLC 1931. IMHO the GOs look too large on your wrist. Personally, I've never really liked GOs...so there are none on my short list.
     
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    The only issue with magnetization was my wife Cartier Tank Francaise. She worked in a hospital and her department was near the MRI machines. We briefly considered getting her something antimagnetic, or letting her wear my Oysterquartz ref 17000, which is highly antimagnetic. However once they moved her department to another part of the building, magnetization was no longer an issue. I think if you wore a more modern watch you may have fewer issues even if its not specifically anti-magnetic. Short of the MRI department issue, ...phones, computers, etc have never affected any of our watches, none of which are specifically anti-magnetic.
     


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    I wanted others to go at it before I dropped my 2 cents, but by and large I am in agreement with you guys. Surprisingly (to me) I liked the Cartier Tank Solo more than the reverso. The TTR1931 looks really small in person. As much as I love its aesthetics in pictures, I really don't think I'd buy it. [​IMG]

    As you both said, the GO's look too big for me. not only in diameter (which the pictures show) but also in height which I didn't get in pictures (mostly because the deployants werent fastened on both ends so I just had them sitting on my wrist). Newcomer, I think you just may agree when you get a chance to try it on. Where the PML is absolutely beautiful, however, is the caseback. I am in love with it. Also note the dial is a slight beige/pearl rather than pure stark white/silver. It may just need a brown strap.

    As Newcomer said, the Omega Co-ax speedmaster is just too big. Old is gold on this one.

    Bottom line: Roman minimalism won the day for me with the GO senator automatic, and the Cartier Tank Solo

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    I like the look of the CTS more than the Reverso as well. I like the shape of the CTS better, it appears less rectangular than the Reverso (which I hate to hear myself say!).

    Maybe it is the height that is kind of bugging me in the pictures? To be honest, I love the screenshots, but I don't think I have seen a pic of the new one worn yet that I really care for. My new hypothesis is the mixture of the case height and the small bezel just makes it look a bit awkward on the wrist? Or at the very least, a bit unflattering in pictures.

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    I think a brown strap would do wonders in general. Then again, that is a feeling I pretty much always have :).

    I have to agree that I like those two on your the best as well. How big is your wrist?
     


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    Ok shield your eyes this is like some serious watch porn[​IMG]
     


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    Re: the GO Panos--

    There is definitely the feeling of having a puck on your wrist...

    My wrists are just about 7 inches
     
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    Damn, so are mine. Looks like that may be a no-go for me then. I may start looking for the last generation of Panos... I don't find the puck look the most aesthetically pleasing...
     


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    The Lange 1 is like a beautiful woman. Its portions are ideal and the face is stunning! The Panos have a family resemblance, but are like her far less attractive sisters in similar but much larger dresses.
     


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    ^ Agreed, they are what they are - a Lange 1 for those who cannot afford a Lange 1.
     


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    I hate to say you are right, but you are right :(.

    A Lange is a hell of a chunk of cash though. I think that I would be happy with a Pano, and not yearn for a Lange if I had one.
     


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