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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. mimo

    mimo Well-Known Member

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    Hahaha. Although that is only a logical comparison if months all came in multiples of 31, and more that one day in the month was commonly referred to by the same number. Dopey may well be a pedant, but his logic is impeccable. :)

    And nor should you, Bromo Sapien. I liked it when I saw the early pics, I liked it more when I looked it up, and I love it on the wrist. It looks awesome on the fly; I'm delighted for you.
    Warning: likely ignorance ahead.

    If I might chip in a belated two penn'rth: I agree totally on the Tudor; although a bum like me would be humbled with gratitude to receive one, a guy with two Rolexes already is going to be hard pushed to look suitably excited. Like a guy with two loaded Mercedes trying to look happy that his wife got him a Skoda. Whether it's nice or not is almost immaterial; it's a step down in the same thing.

    BUT, if you're going that far up in budget, what about the Explorer (1)? It's just as tough as the Milgauss (Gauss rating notwithstanding), it's a nice size at 39mm for someone used to 40mm watches, and the lack of bezel and simplicity of design is both as practical as the Milgauss, and more versatile/dressy if needed than either of your options, or either of his existing watches. What's more, it doesn't have a lightning second hand - possibly a little tacky/frivolous in an older man's eyes - and even more impressively, Frilly has one. And it's a touch cheaper I think.

    As for the Explorer II, I guess you know he likes the style because he already chose two sporty Rolexes with a bezel. But apart from the practicalities of the bezel, maybe there's too much of a good thing? Something that little more discreet and clean might be nice as an alternative that he doesn't already have.

    If non-Rolex is still an option, I have to say from IWC I'd be hankering after a Portuguese chronograph myself - within budget, on a strap for variety, and he hasn't got a chrono. And I just think it's pretty. But there are a million options in that price range as mentioned: any number of Speedies and alternatives already mentioned, or if you want to keep the budget down while keeping some integrity, maybe go German: something completely different but with individual/iconic design, like a Sinn if you wanted a pilot watch, or a Nomos Zurich is my personal $3k pin-up.

    However, I've a feeling you've reached a place in your mind where it has to be a Rolex. And I think, as a 41 year old man, that even though I like the Milgauss, the Explorer 1 is a little more stylish and versatile for a man of substance. But that's maybe just me.
     
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    The 16570 is excellent, the new one is meh IMHO. Maybe that explains the lack of explorer love...
     
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    flip flopping the order here:

    the cellini - my boss has one, but almost always wears a steel daytona. his is a round-ish face, gold model, on brown strap. its a nice size and actually a pretty watch. but as dino said, for a gold, thin dress watch, there are many others id lean towards first. though he did not exactly buy it. the store bought it from a customer, probably very cheap, and as an owner, he just kept it.

    the movements - the prince movement was very pretty when i saw it, though it was a small window to a small movement. the regular models are not embellished at all like the high end stuff we love to ogle, but pound for pound, imo it is one of the best movements out there. the technology is quite advanced, the reliability is tops, and the QC is tops. its truly a fantastic movement from what i have read about it, and my experience owning them.

    so, as far as quality, i think they finish their movements very similarly to top brands, but not as far as beauty and embellishing goes.



    :inlove: thank you kindly, hombre.
     
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    Dino944 Well-Known Member

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    Mimo...I liked your disclaimer...it made me laugh.

    Just a quick note...his Dad has a VC Chronograph...so he does have a chronograph.
     
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    I have little else to contribute to this thread, for now - glad I can entertain in some way!

    There are not many lovelier things to have in one's life than a VC chronograph, I imagine...


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    always love the pepsi!
     
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    wurger Well-Known Member

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    Oh hello indeed, bro watches, this thread as an awesome vibe.
     
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    Hi Mimo, Always good to get another perspective regarding watches, and entertainment goes a long way. The Historique Chronograph is a stunning...particularly in platinum!
     
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    Haha, nice analogy, my point exactly from my earlier post.

    Yes, I also agree with Mimo on may be a more dressy Rolex, what about a "DATE"just, :smarmy:
     
  10. Keith T

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    mimo has made a fine argument for the Explorer 39mm.... here's a bit of visual aid.

    Perfectly symmetricized, no? And I will suffer no criticism regarding the length of the hands. None! They are perfectly fine...nothing to see here LOL.


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    Also, FWIW, I have warmed up considerably to the Milgauss.

    Upon its release, I just didn't buy all the hype over the green sapphire, the fact it was selling at over retail, etc....but now that the buzz has died off....I can kind of dig it. Still not a huge fan of polished center links, but I have seen photos where it looks quite nice on a black strap, leather or NATO. Ain't rushing out to get one; just no longer a hater.


    @ stitchy: congrats....I won't be wearing any sweaters here in the Gulf Coast for many months! Enjoy.

    NS: nice pepsi.

    Green guys: great pix.... you know who you are.

    Must be another Rolex day here.
     
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    Thank you! But you, sir, not only have a fine collection but also...

    ... take such great pics!

    I am envious of you folks who can take great pics on the go. My Blackberry's camera sucks. Yes, I know, it is perfectly my choice to stick to this antiquated technology only because of my enduring and possibly irrational love for the keyboard. But one of these days I will get myself a proper camera phone and take good pics on the go too.

    I just absolutely adore this blend of colors and accents - and how the clothes and shoes complement the ensemble. Good job!

    Oh, blessed Rollie day! Great pic here, bro.

    Completely missed the posts from yesterday, but want to join in this fine Saturday morning. Exp I for me all day for a day out splashing around in water parks with my daughters:

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    Oh and Keith - don't see anything wrong with your hands. Or mine. [​IMG]
     
  12. mimo

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    Classy choice IMO, although...*

    Maybe too small for someone who only wears 40mm watches, and personally I think the DJII is just unnecessarily cumbersome, and not worth the premium either. Although it's not suitable (used) for our friend's father, I had a similer urge to Cyc's: *NO DATE Oyster, brushed Oyster bracelet, non-fluted bezel, stick markers, silver dial. Classic.

    Or the 39mm Explorer, beautifully modeled above by the fragrant Keith T and the immaculate Frillmeister. I kind of wish there was a white or silver dial version. And that all the markers were sticks. But then it wouldn't be an Explorer I suppose, and It's lovely as it is.
     
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  13. mimo

    mimo Well-Known Member

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    We are of one mind on all of the above!

    (and the "does my life need a Submariner?" question, too..)
     
  14. dddrees

    dddrees Well-Known Member

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    Without a doubt, I would say yes.
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    mimo Well-Known Member

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    I suspect the question is now effectively rhetorical in both cases; more of a lament in mine. But your point is very well made nevertheless!
     
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    wurger Well-Known Member

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    more Rolex!

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  17. dddrees

    dddrees Well-Known Member

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    Nice, but did you say more Rolex?


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  18. wurger

    wurger Well-Known Member

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    and Yes to a Sub! [​IMG]
     
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    Congrats bud! It looks great! Brand new, it looks like the cape cod cloth did wonders!

    Finally finished with the exam. I have enjoyed catching up on all the threads over the last few days. The date function thing is really interesting. And i enjoyed reading everyone's perspectives to the question I asked a few days ago. I look forward to contributing hear more regularly again!
     
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    a GMTIIc walks in a bar...
     
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