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. DerekS

    DerekS Guyliner

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    buffalo and cordovan. fucking win. I must be working too much...these are so obvious but i never even thought.
    have i mentioned that i hate you? ;) that looks fantastic. I have a dozen natos, but no leather natos.
    looks great...love the leather, but i prefer full stitching. Hodinkee has a bunch that will fit my bill. thanks a million for the link.
     


  2. Kaplan

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    The following random thoughts are purely based on personal taste and experiences, so please disregard accordingly ;-)

    A croc strap might work, but my first thought was a brown buffalo or similarly textured strap, like apropos suggested.

    Since trying a tan strap on a PAM I've found I don't really like lighter tones, so I'm staying away from those.

    I don't like leather NATO straps and I think the brown Hodinkee strap above is too rugged as well.

    I got a cigar cordovan strap for my Mk XV from Leffot in NYC (and I think the Alden shop had the same ones)


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    and while I like it, I'm not sure I'd get it again: even if I prefer darker straps, this is probably too dark to make much of a differenec over the black strap and I'm also not impressed with the stitches which seems too large, especially considering the fine thread. In comparrison the black buffalo strap that came with the watch is much nicer.

    So what I'd suggest (and what I would love to hear specific suggestions for as well) would be a medium brown textured strap w/ neat stitching.
     


  3. Dino944

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    As mentioned, I'm not really up on my Breitlings, just never been into them. Not surprised that the Top Time in Thunderball was modified. They modified the hell of the Sub used in Live and Let Die to the point that it didn't have a movement in it. Although, it still sold for huge money at auction a few years ago. Thanks for confirming that the watch he took of the pilot was a Navitimer.

    If you go with brown consider a dark brown calf skin. I saw a guy with an old Datejust with a black dial on a very dark brown strap. It wasn't a combination I normally would have thought of but it looked really good and unexpected.

    Love the blue caiman!!! A friend of mine had something like that on a vintage Cartier moonphase and it made the blue of the moonphase really pop!

    Cool Sinn. Its been a while since I've seen one in person. A friend of mine bought one back in the mid 90s and it was a very cool watch. Although he dropped it on a tile floor and damaged a pusher and I think put a small dent in it. So after getting the pusher fixed he traded it towards an Omega.

    Glad you found this thread. Its always fun to see what others have/had in their collections.
     


  4. apropos

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    There are leather NATOs and then there are leather NATOs...

    There is a very nice version from Time Traveler which is Kangaroo tail - the tail has a really unusual grain/texture/feel that's like a cross between pebbled leather, lizard and regular veg-tanned leather. Very nice. And unusual enough to indulge your inner special flower. :devil:

    Cordovan NATOs are rubbish IMO. The cordovan is often way too thick, will be hell to get into the limited space between case and springbar on your Ex-I, cause the watch to stand off your wrist in an odd unattractive way, and finally will overwhelm the watch when folded back at the end of the strap.

    Most sellers try to overcome the thickness by making the NATO hardware "stand" higher off the strap, which is pretty rubbish looking IMO - you own NATO straps, I think you know what I'm talking about.

    This is the Tenzing Explorer I strap was rambling on about earlier:

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    Finally consider as well a plain black cordovan strap with contrast cream stitching - if your Ex-I is an older one (i.e. 14270 or earlier) the cream stitching will bring out the ageing tritium in a very nice way. Keeping in mind what Kap said earlier - there are many different versions out there, but IMO the Gabarro version is the nicest as the stitches are just the right size.
     
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  5. apropos

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    Kap, for your IWC, how about this?

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  6. Kaplan

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    That looks pretty good! Buffalo? Source? (Does the watermark say 'watchband-shop'? If so I can't seem to find this one on their site...)

    Normally I wouldn't have considered a strap with rivets, but I guess it does fit nicely with a flieger.
     


  7. apropos

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    Yep - http://www.watchband-shop.com/Watch-strap-Genuine-water-buffalo-vintage-brown

    Cheap too!

    Apropos of nothing, felt like sharing a photo of my old Navi with a new mesh bracelet. I think I prefer it to the original bracelet, which is very nice but a little... shiny.

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  8. Kaplan

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  9. HomerJ

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    I'm looking for a single watch I can wear in the pool/river/ocean but still wear with jacket/tie. Realized this while on vacation.
    Omega Aqua Terra mid size 38.5mm seems to fit my wrist well and I like the idea of the 8500 coaxial. Would want to get some straps for non-sport.
    Anyone wear theirs on a strap?

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    Can't believe how much Omega cost now and the connection to 007 is silly but not enough to dissuade me.
    Any others in the range I should consider? Not keen on desk diving. Thanks.
     
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    The Omega AT is very nice but IMO a little safe/boring. Too many (larger) ATs floating around as well IMO. It looks nice on a strap with the traditional combination being a sporty looking mid-dark brown gator with a white contrast stitch.

    Sporty but OK with a jacket/tie in a modern context?

    Off the top of my head, in what I think your budget range is - Zenith Captain central seconds, Habring Doppel 2.0 (grey dial), Baume et Mercier Capeland Flyback, Longines Conquest Heritage, or (just because I love it) the new Jack Heuer 80 edition.

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    So, I am debating selling off my JLC Master Control, and I think I am going to spring for one of the following:

    Either the GO PML:

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    Or, conversely, the JLC MUT Moon:

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    The other alternative is potentially to keep the JLC Master Control, and then perhaps pick up a Rolex No Date Sub.

    All three options have been swimming around my head for the past week or so, and I am at something of an impasse. It makes the most sense to me to sell the JLC MC and pick up the JLC MUT Moon. I would like a MUT Moon, and just do not see the point of owning a MC and a MUT Moon. On the other hand... the GO PML is such a beautiful watch, and it has always pulled at the heartstrings. However, recent wristshots of it have been a bit of a let down, and I wonder if I will always simply wish it was a Lange.

    Decisions, decisions. Anyone have any thoughts (Dino, I have a feeling I can pin yours :D).
     


  12. HomerJ

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    Yeah Aqua Terra is a bit boring and standard issue.

    I'll look at the Capitan and actually the Dual Time in person (like everything but the bracelet in pics).
    Unaware of Habring, will read up. Capeland is 44mm so no go.
    Longines was also on the map but I only saw the Heritage Chrono in person. I'd want a bracelet for sweat/water so Conquest Heritage might not work.
    Thanks.
     
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  13. Cant kill da Rooster

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    Is that your JLC on TZ today?
     


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    Oops, sorry about the Capeland size.

    Another few recommendations after I did a bit of thinking - there are worse ways to spend a lazy Saturday afternoon...

    - Breitling Montbrillant 01 - non-douchey Breitling with a good history and a decent in-house movement, looks fantastic on a sports leather strap or bracelet

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    - Sinn 356 Pilot - nice watch in a good size, the Sinn bracelet is very nice too

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    - Nomos Club Automat - the included cordovan strap is waterproof and wears well with moisture

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    - Junghans Chronoscope on the Junghans mesh bracelet - completely left-field but fulfils your requirements with plenty of $$$ to spare... whatever you lose in terms of brand recognition you IMO make up in design

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    1. avoid ugly fat sister of Lange 1
    2. exchange MC for MUT Moon (IMO PG > SS) or Master RDM (preferable)
    3. save for 5513
    4. get 5513
    5. done!
     
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    Long been a grail watch of mine. That prick Socal had one, and I think GDL had one, but that was it. Sadly, Glashutte gets little love around here.
     


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