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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    Its easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of buying a new watch. However, I find that unless an amazing deal is offered that is too good to pass up, I tend to put a great deal of time and effort into researching and shopping for a watch. IMHO, thats part of the fun of collecting. If I sell or trade a watch its generally because they have not gotten much wrist time in more than a year. That way I know when its leaving my home to go to someone else's I'm not going to miss it (there are definitely watches I own that I would not sell ever, like my old 16520 Zenith based Daytona). I still adore the design of the 114270 Explorer and I'll always sneak a peak if I see one on someone's wrist. But sometimes our taste or needs change. I think if you are at peace with your collection...then for now don't rush into anything. Savor what you have. One year I bought a few watches and it seemed that by purchasing them in such a short period I didn't really have to time to appreciate all of their nuances and get to know them to the fullest.

    The story about getting a Speedy Pro after mistakenly letting one go involves one of my good friends from college. I think he was too impulsive selling it to help fund the latest watch that caught his eye. I owned a Seamaster a long time ago, but never a Speedy Pro (but its a great watch). As mentioned, if you are at peace with your collection...enjoy it for now and take your time figuring out what you will want next.
     
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    Apropos time to mention that the last representative standing of the original vision of these principles is about to get bulked up for its 50th — say goodbye to the end of the line:

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    "Envy," not a chance, most of the watches on this thread are obtainable! Most Americans have the" want it now attitude," be patient, work over-time, manage your money! This is for real: My best friend is a millionaire, we both make close to the same amount of money! How did he do it;. he's a cheap bastard! "dont give snobs any enjoyment, they love to hear how enviuos you are "
     
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    That is unfortunate.

    Which company do you think would be suitable for ranking as a "New School" big three as you understand the idea of it and comparable to Dufour and ALS?
     
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    great watch. sadly almost anything under 40mm i feel looks too dainty on my wrist.


    i always find myself saying pretty much that. you just cant argue with a rolex. its not the best watch, the nicest, or the fanciest. but it is exactly what they want to be and you really just cant argue with it. just my opinion.

    i miss my rolex. im sad with each passing day that i dont own one any more.
     
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    Well, they're likely to visually bulk up the only 40 mm sports model with its original case lines remaining, so you may be in luck this spring if you feel it's too small. Personally, I wouldn't have it any other way, and I'm not at all small of wrist:

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    On sizing and preferences:
    Belligero, is that your 116520 at 40mm (from this recent post and the last one)? Looking great!

    Sizing is an interesting thing. I think of myself as having a wrist on the smaller size (6.25") so I feel fine wearing smaller pieces (my 3919J was 33mm and I love my 114270 and 3940P's 36mm dimensions), although since my arm bulks upwards past 17" my wife tells me I could wear bigger pieces and get away with it.

    Sure enough, when I wear my Nautilus I feel like it doesn't wear large at all (43mm ear to ear), but then again I think this piece tends to wear flat/thin versus other sporty/SS watches.


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    I have yet to put a 116520 on my wrist but that may well be in my sights over the next year or so. As usual I'd like to see what it looks/feels like on my wrist before I make a decision.
     
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    As of twenty hours ago, it is. Thanks! I wasn't prepared for how much I'd like it after spending some time with it on the wrist. I've guess been subconsciously pining for one ever since I met an ex-Patek Philippe watchmaker who had moved to Norway to work with remotely operated subsea robotics, and who was wearing a 4130-movement Daytona. Sizing is a personal thing, but I'm now down to zero watches over 40 mm and I'm an ex-rower with 200 mm / 7 3/4" wrists. The 116520 is at my maximum shininess tolerance so 40 mm is definitely as big as I'd want to go with the design, or I'd risk continual magpie assaults. I've tried on the 43 mm 5712R (absolutely gorgeous) and I'd agree that it wears similarly to a 40 mm Daytona due to the slimness and shape. Lovely, lovely watches, those Nautili. I gave the current GMT II another chance, and decided that it was still too charmless and Grim-Reaper-like, despite the quality. It just doesn't suit my style — too modern. [​IMG]
     
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    Oh - the 116520 is new to you! Congratulations! It really looks good on you - wear it in good health!

    I posted earlier in this thread that I was looking at chronograph types, and was looking at either the 116520 (or 16520 if I can find one) or the Omega Speedy Pro with a display back. Still haven't decided, but then I haven't pursued this with the zeal I applied to my previous acquisitions. Thanks for sharing your perspectives. I will probably stick to a 40mm 116520 if I end up going in this direction.
     
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    Good perspective, as always. I will take my time figuring out what I will want next.

    In the meantime, I wore my 114270 last night to the gym because I needed a second hand to time some rest between sets. Can sure take a beating, that little beauty.
     
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    Lots of good Rolex opinions -- all I know is I love mine and will keep it forever.

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    First, I'm not American; second, irony.
     
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    Nice shot!
     
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    Alright, since we're on the theme of some Rolex love, here's a shot of my two 36mm pieces side by side on my wrist.


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    Very different look, feel, and purpose. Love 'em both.
     
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