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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. Dino944

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    I think I make up for the relative lack of Daytonas here. Over the years I've owned 7 of them.
    Here are a few quick pix.

    This one uses the cal 4030 which has a Zenith El Primero as its base.
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    This one is a "Fat Hand" model and uses the in house cal 4130.
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    Im sure someone will correct me if this information is incorrect. But the reason why ALS and Breguet are not included in the "Big Three" is because ALS is German and Breguet was founded in Paris and was based there several hundred years so is historically a "French Brand". VC, PP, and AP are all historically swiss. ALS and Breguet imo are just as good as the big three, all five brands are regarded as the highest tier of watches and some watch enthusiasts informally group then all together as the "big five".
     
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    +1, am absolutely in love with the Lange 1 and 1815
     


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    Thanks Gents!
     


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    Jeff, I think you and I largely had the same answer, that the Big Three refers to the top Swiss brands in the early 20th Century, hence Lange is not or would not be considered one of the Big Three. As for Breguet, they make nice watches, but I think at times their quality has not been up to the standards of PP, AP, and VC.

    I've never heard anyone use the terms "Big Five." However, at this point in time, the quality levels and tollerances used in materials, finishing, and overall product are so high, that many of the top brands are on par in quality today so there really are more than just 3 top brands.
     


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    Yup yup, but remember that Breguet was also "French" until sometime in the 20th Century and during the 19th they were considered the best in the world.

    Edit: just looked it up. it was only in 1976 that Breguet moved to switzerland and this was after the term "big three" was coined if I'm not mistaken
     
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    Yes, 1976 is a long time after the term "Big Three" was coined.

    Lots of companies make great watches, but the phrase "Big Three" only refers to three specific brands.
     


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    I wore my Explorer II the entire time I was deployed and only suffered a small scratch on the case.

    I scratched the crystal today on a table corner.

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    Do you ever have to work with RSC, Stitch? I was reading that they insist on a full service with crystal replacements and I'm not trying to spend 600+ just for a crystal.
     


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    How new is the watch? No one likes to buy services they don't need. However, it may be that as a result of how far they have to take the watch apart to get the crystal off, and if the movement has been removed and, certain seals get compromised/damaged in the process and have to be replaced, possibly it makes sense to do it as long as they have it apart, provided its a few years old. I've had daily wearer Rolexes serviced at RSC but never had to replace the crystal.
     


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