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. ant702

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    I know I'm crazy, but I think you may be a little more than I, your not talking to Omega or any reps of omega! Sorry you feel intimidated for Borlex, although you shouldnt unless your the CEO of Borlex[​IMG]
     
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    Spoken like a true American, hard working, awsome and nice time-pieces[​IMG]
     


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    Hey, just wandering if its just me,"probably is," but I have seen so many watch movements that they start to all lookalike, except some rotors! I mean geneva waves circular graining, you know, the rundown[​IMG]
     


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    This is SF not Omega customer service, Papa what?
     


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    This is certainly true, they just could have skipped this corny Rolex-Omega line. Btw, FTFY [​IMG]

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    I thought Vesper was one of the best parts of the movie.
     


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    Damn it Dino! Why did you have to write something crazy! Dont mimic me, thats in my DNA[​IMG]
     


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    You suspect correctly. Steel balance springs were widely used in old watches, and they're very susceptible to getting magnetized. Even if your watch is never near an MRI unit, if you use an induction range for cooking, it's getting exposed to a massive magnetic field.

    Most newer watch escapements use Nivarox springs or equivalent, which can get magnetized, but are much less vulnerable than steel ones. Rolex's new niobium/zirconium-based balance spring is basically immune to magnetic fields, as are watches that use silicon hairsprings.
     


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    I love it when you say shit I don't really understand. I have never had an expensive watch in my life, but for some reason I find this thread absolutely fascinating, and read it every day. [​IMG]
     


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    I guess by crazy you mean true. [​IMG]
     


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    Sit rep from sunny Bangkok, the city where a night makes the hard man humble...

    The high end watch scene here is dying, I think. The big ADs are a lot smaller now, and their selection is quite... sparse - not at all how I remember the watch scene in BKK 5-6 years ago.

    An example - there are 6 AL&S watches (nearly all older models) in the display case at the AD (Pendulum), so to put that into perspective, that's 6 AL&S watches for sale in a city of 10 million. There are probably not more than 25 new JLCs for sale in total across ALL the JLC ADs in Bangkok either (yes, I went to all of them), however I did get to try on one I've had my eye on a for a while now...

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    Unfortunately I could not take any more photos as staff politely told me after that photo that it was frowned upon...

    I tried on the MUT Moon as well in SS, which was a bit of a let down. It was a little un-special in person IMO, almost boring IMO as well. There is something distinctly Tissot-ish about the way the bezel and lugs are formed/polished. The date function on it is all but unusable as well. The RdM though, is definitely up my alley. Hmmm, decisions, decisions.

    Also, the service in the Hour Glass was... well, it couldn't really be described as terrible, because it was pretty much non-existent. Pretty par for the course at the Hour Glass IMO. 3 SAs, all sitting at their desks playing with their phones despite 3 people in the store checking out watches. There was this old Japanese man (i.e. genuine potential customer) who actually had to harumph to get service for the PPs he was checking out.

    Discounts are a standard 15%, with little variation between the high end watch brands. Little give despite much bargaining as well - their hands genuinely appear to be tied.

    In stark contrast to the high end side of things, the mid-tier watch scene however seems to be booming. There are Rolexes everywhere, but mostly cheesy models with gemstone or fancy patterned dials. There are also a few Omega boutiques, filled with the usual suspects - tourists from China, India and the middle eastern nations. I guess all the effort being put into PR by Omega is paying off. There are multiple concessions for Corum, Zenith, Ball, Fortis, Baume et Mercier, etc in all the mid-high level departmental stores.

    So to conclude the sit rep, wallet remains firmly ensconced in pocket in BKK.

    Next stop - sunny Singapore. This I am really looking forward to. In the nearly yearly trips I've had to SG over the last decade the watch scene has grown from Rolex/Omega dominated ho hum to IMO a credible rival to HKG for the title of Asian watch city (tm). I hear the discounts are also the best in Asia too... :nodding::nodding::nodding::nodding:
     
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    Strangely enough, the competition has not brought about more competitive prices...
     


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    The "competition" is apparently at the stage where Omega is trying to position as a true alternative to Rolex, so need to price accordingly. Probably why they're releasing the Milgauss knockoff. OTOH I've handled the 42mm Planet Ocean and the 44mm Speedmaster and have to admit they feel and look as refined as the any of the current SS Rolex models, which was definitely not the case with the earlier Seamasters or hesalite Speedy. Their in-house 8500 movements are also supposed to be very robust and accurate. Their plan seems to be working - I think I read they recently jumped from 30% of Rolex sales to 50ish% in a couple of years.
     


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    Yep, in my experience the discounting in s'pore is more aggressive than HKG. Good luck and take some snaps... they shouldn't give you any flack at the JLC boutique.
     


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    Definitely one of my favorite versions of the Reverso. I also like those hands a bit more than what are on the US version.
     


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    The US hands have the hour hand that looks like a syringe? I am sure it is rooted in tradition but it kills that version for me.
     


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