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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. no frills

    no frills Senior member

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    Excellent question. There used to be a JLC store on 5th avenue between 51st and 52nd street, but that location is closed. There are several JLC ADs in NYC - the three Tourneaus (Time Warner Center, Time Machine (which you visited, Axelman17, I assume) and 510 Madison), Cellini at the Waldorf and at 509 Madison, and Wempe.

    Other than those ADs, there's always the secondary market.
     
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    Thanks mimo,

    Some are mine but not all. A lot of the pics are of models I've owned in the past but didn't have photo's of a lot of them.

    It's interesting how watches come and go, I've been collecting since I was a kid being inspired by the watch my father had. When I was 13 the parents took us to switzerland ('78) for the first europe trip to go hiking, we stopped in Geneva for a day before flying out and had I the day to explore. I had saved $100 over the years (paper route) and the dollar was ultra strong and went hunting to buy my first watch, there were rows and rows of watch stores with all kinds of inventory, I must have went into 20 stores searching for a watch that I would like and could afford. It ended up being a Tissot Seastar that looked like this:
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    I think the shop owner took pity on me as he could see me running desperately from store to store as time was running out trying to find one that I could afford. I already had been in his shop three times, I gave him all the money I had and he said he take it. As I was walking down the rows of watch stores, they were locking up as I was heading back to meet my parents. I hid it from my parents till I got home. It died about a year later from thrashing by a naive teenager. It was cheap seiko's after that.

    Ever since then I've always had my eye on watches.

    I have to say my taste has become more simple, I prefer non chronographs, smaller watches that are lighter, sizes between 33-38mm. My current favorite watches I wear daily are my Moeris (found in Mumbai) and the Omega Constellation I inherited from my father because they tell better time than my other watches. I have my other watches sitting in a drawer including a record military, iwc mark xii, other omega's, panerai, rolex's. I much prefer the clean and understated although my Dynamic is a pretty cool party watch.
     
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    Radiomir today.

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    The Rolex is heading out for service next week. It's over 25 years old.
     
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    Nice 62! I have it's brother, the 103.
     
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    Definitely a keeper.:)
     
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    This is not mine and it's not too expensive, only about $170,000. New model by Vianney Halter. I can appreciate the complexity but not sure I like it.
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    It's more of a novelty, and telling time is even more difficult.
     
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    And yet they did he "novelty" movement with SO MUCH more wearability than an Urwerk, IMO. I am as fascinated by the Urwerk movements as I am with disgusted by how ugly they are.
     
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    i have found the SA as Wempe to be very solid.


    defo gonna need pics. look forward to seeing it.


    lolthis


    according to their site there are no boutiques in NY. :(
     
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    Axel,

    Check out this cool map by Hodinkee with notes of watch stores in nyc: http://goo.gl/maps/pQwPy

    Hopefully it's useful.
     
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    If I had to choose I much more prefer to have the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon Three.
    HD vid at factory:

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    Wish I had 1000,00 to throw away! Unique, probably not much sense in wearing it though, more for a museum[​IMG]
     
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    I'd much rather own a Patek repeater personally.

    The Urwerks and such might be interesting to look at, but once I've seen them I have no desire to actually own one.
     
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    I can appreciate that ingenuity that went into designing such a watch. As DDDrees said its more of a novelty than anything else. There are lots of other watches that cost far less than that, which I would prefer to own.
    A friend of mine with a pretty good size watch collection 25-30 watches, has an Urwerk as he is big into Jumping Hour watches and watches that have a novel way of telling time. So I can understand why its in his collection, but I find them lumpy and weird looking.
    From a distance the tourbillon in it looks like a cat coughed up a hairball, a very expensive hairball, but still that's one JLC that doesn't do anything for me. I'd rather have a different JLC, or something from a different brand.
     
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  18. rnguy001

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    Nice

    I need to get a Radiomir one of these days



     
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    Thanks - great posts! :)
     
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    http://panerai.watchprosite.com/show-forumpost/fi-717/pi-5889558/ti-865153/s-0/

    Just saw this on TPP. That is some serious watch damage! The owner was quoted a repair bill of $8,700! It really is kind of sad the type of end user service we are provided with these luxury gifts. Maybe I live in fantasy land, but service related woes seem all too common for what people spend on this hobby! This comment is of course not related to this incident entirely, but the industry as a whole.
     
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