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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. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    you are not alone in thinking it. some people dont like that, others dont care and yet others enjoy it. the important thing is geting a watch you like, and you feel comfortable with.

    also to think about, if you really truly like one thing more than other things, dont let other peoples stupidity get in the way of your satisfaction, imo. noting worse than spending good money on something and wishing you had something else. again, just my opinion.
     


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    I'd agree with this for the most part. Though I do think culture, lifestyle and career play a large role here. Watches are a lot like cars in my opinion. The perception of a "fancy" car or the knowledge of an expensive brand quickly leads to preconceived notions. Especially being a younger guy just starting out, it looks off if I roll up in a new S Class wearing a Rolex and alligator shoes. Granted it's generally insecurity or jealousy that motivates a lot of the preconceived notions, but it is something to be cognizant of (at least for me, right now). I hope one day I can confidently say "Fuck the haters" as I count my money on my yacht, but in the meantime I don't have the luxury of apathy.

    That said, I highly doubt a Mark XVII would get any undue attention. And anyone that recognizes it, to my thinking, will likely be more impressed than pissed. At least that's my thinking.
     
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    It's not the prettiest watch in the world but I think this is 100% accurate.
     


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    You're very welcome :)



    While a sub can look great on a girl, I'd go with something smaller unless she's expressed a particular wish for that size.

    My sister has one of these

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    which I personally find too small at 25mm, but I know a girl who recently got an Air King which looked great on her at 36mm. The previous 36mm Explorer would be great as well. Or maybe something like this, also 36mm.
     


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    i hear you, and i think work environments and age do make a difference. i am old (30) and work in the watch and jewelry industry, where no watch is really going to make people think twice unless its high 5 or 6 figures. and i agree that the IWC will go mostly unnoticed and those who do would likely not have the adverse reaction you are trying to avoid.

    when buying a nice watch there always many considerations, and i feel, that in the end, the best way to do it is to weight all of those considerations and buy what makes you happiest and most satisfied, all things considered.
     


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    +1
    Some times it also depends on how one wears a watch. I've seen guys that wear them out, almost over their cuff and a manor that people can't help but notice their watch be it a Rolex or some other brand.

    However, to be honest I've owned Rolex watches for years and they largely go unnoticed. Even a friend of mine that said he would buy a Rolex because they are too flashy and attract too much attention, decided to buy one of the last generation Explorer IIs. He was concerned about the attention it would draw. He found that no one care, noticed or commented on it and he has worn it for the last 2 years. I think your friend's experience is a bit rare.
     


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    QFT
     


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    I have the Rolex Explorer at 36mm and I love wearing it. I bought my wife a Datejust at 36mm... and she loves wearing it too! :)
     


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    Very true.

    Today.

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    I love getting attention/compliments on my stuff, but Rolex draws a uniquely intrusive type of attention in the form of assumptions people make about your life story. Usually that (i) you got it as a gift for some type of achievement, e.g. graduation or wedding, or (ii) you wanted to buy a expensive watch but were ignorant of the other options. Frankly I like many Rolexes but I make the same assumptions when I see them on the street.
     


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    That is a real beaut, and a great pic. Like the shirt/pants combo too.

    My two "cousins":


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    A wrist shot of the Big Ing DFB:

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    And the display back:


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    That BI is incredible!
     


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    i was like this for a long time. I avoided rolexes and focused on lesser known brands. But i came back around. I love my GMT IIc and Explorer..maybe im getting old ;)

    I cant tell you how excited i am to hear youre saving up for the IWC. Id skip a bespoke commission and get it. well worth it.
     


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    well, i had another look at the bracelet, and its really not very stretched, i think that is more of an issue with the older jubilee bracelets, not so much with the oysters. with some research i have learned that its not uncommon for the hands and hour markets to age/develop patina that is not exactly the same, and they both look equally aged outside of that, so i have no real indication that the hands were replaced.

    as to the resale value, i am not a big flipper and if i can get my hands on this it will surely be a keeper anyways.

    thanks for the points though, it was something to consider and think about, that i may not have otherwise.
     
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    this is correct. Just looking at the coloring of the hands vs markers is impossible to tell. Bracelet looks great! hell of a watch. Id love to score another one someday.
     


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