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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. justinkapur

    justinkapur Senior member

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    I recently have had an interested in the Omega Seamasters but I dont think I like the chrono. I like the black or dark blue in 41MM. Going to the city tomorrow will probably try on again
     
  2. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    EXCELLENT write up, newC. excellent. and that first pic is one of the best MUT pics all time. really makes me want one.


    sinnedk - not sure exactly, but omega i think is 45% or 50% back to ADs. discounts of 15% or more i think should be fairly easily had. someone feel free to correct me on that, kind of a guess on the discount based on some past experience.
     
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    Idk, $6k sounds about right for that watch if you buy from the actual Omega boutique.

    Do brands let their AD's give discounts if they have their own boutique stores?
     
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    Sinnedk - Sticking in the Omega family, a lot of people will say get a Speedmaster Professional. The manual winds are in the 3K range while autos may be a little above budget. Longines may be within your budget as well but I am not well versed in those. Someone will probably jump in and mention one from their collection.
     
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    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    the boutiques i do not think would discount, but when it comes to the ADs, its not really about if ADs have permission, its more about if they do it anyways or not. most ADs offer some kind of discount. at least ime.
     
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    I do have a connection for a wholesaler for watches and am waiting on a quote right now. I am hoping i can get that watch for much less then retail.

    I originally wanted a panerai but its too bulky for my hand.

    here is me trying the special edition on in the omega store in venice:
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    what do you guys think? i thought it looked pretty good, i rarely have a chrono fit me well.
     
  7. Dino944

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    Its the Louis Cartier Tank XL, reference W1551451. Its part of the as Cartier says, "Retired" Privee Collection. It was in production from roughly 2006-2007. 200 were made in rose and 50 in platinum. It has a very interesting rectangular movement ( many rectangular watches have round movements). I did see a similar piece available at the Cartier Flagship 5th Ave Boutique. They have a Privee dual time version in white gold available for sale and unlike the current ultra thin Tank XL, this one also has a rectangular movement.

    Congrats! I have one and I have really enjoying wear it. Hope you enjoy yours.


    Yes, I was hoping you would wear the 5040, as its a piece I had never seen up close until we had lunch. As with most time pieces its a watch that pictures do not do justice to. Its a real treat to see in person. The 3940 is a great piece and the 3970 is a stunner, but I've been lucky enough to handle those in the past. So it was great to see a Patek I had never seen previously in person.

    Thank you for the kind words about Mrs. Dino. She really enjoyed meeting you and getting to see the 5040. She has always had a soft spot for non-round cases, particularly Tonneau cases, which she has previously seen from Cartier and VC. Again thank you for sharing part of your busy work day with us we had so much fun chatting with you.


    Hoping you'll have a RO someday soon, and thanks bro.
     
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  8. in stitches

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    yea i tried on the speed master, it has a neat story about how it was used by nasa, but i felt that the watch looked too big on my hand even though it was smaller than a seamaster, i may give it another shot when time comes.
     
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    From Bill's previous posts that is not the way I understood his inquiry so my mistake. However, just because I've seen your face doesn't mean I can track you down and steal your watch... some do, some don't... it's just a personal choice.

    Love that Tank Dino!
     
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  11. Bill Dlwgosh

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    As a guy with ~20 posts on this forum I didn't anticipate any comment of mine to get much notice or I might have put more thought into my phrasing. My sentiment is that if a guy is running around with $50K strapped to his wrist then I certainly don't blame him for not announcing that to the world by posting a full picture of himself on the net. I do, of course, understand that are many other possible reasons for someone to not want their likeness being broadcast over public forums (believe me).
     
  12. mimo

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    Re. MUT Moon vs PML vs Portuguese, I think I might have to throw a small spanner in the works here: The MUT Moon is doubtless the prettiest, and the most suitable for a pure dress watch. But as I've tried them all on recently (!), I think the fact that the OP found the Master GUT "too thin" is a warning light: the Portuguese and the GO are both big and chunky in a way the MUT just isn't. Reading between the lines of the original post, I'd say the MUT might feel a bit lightweight and dress-only (as Nuke said) for this buyer's taste. As he also hinted that the quirky design of the GO wasn't quite his thing, I'd have to direct him back towards the lumpy classic pilot face of the IWC chrono: definitely workable as dress or casual, and a satisfying lump of tin. (I'd take the GO, probably, but I like them all).


    Re. the Omega, JBarwick's suggestion of Longines is interesting. By coincidence, I tried one on yesterday - the Column Wheel Heritage Chronograph special edition. They're around for about $2k. I like the style and proportions of it a lot. There are a few different options, but not for the first time, I was most taken with the black face:

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    Then again, it's a Longines, not an Omega, and Omega > Longines. But there's a display back where you can point out the column wheel to other geeks. So that's something :)


    P.S. Nuke, I liked your comment about "bonding". I am certainly feeling bonded with my Monster. Really, stupidly delighted with it. Who knew joy was so cheap?
     
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    Newcomer, great write up, loved it.
     
  14. rnguy001

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    Regarding Omega - here in the states it was no big secret that you could easily get 30% off any Omega up until a few years ago, when Omega decided it wanted to try a different pricing strategy. They started coming out with more expensive (and more impressive) models, but also began to crack down on ADs in terms of discount. They no longer wanted to be just known for being a "great buy".

    We have an Omega boutique that opened in our area within the last few years, and though I can't say it's done particularly well (have no clue), the rest of the ADs in my area with whom I'm pretty close have told me they were told by Omega they can no longer offer any discount on their Omega stock. I guess from a marketing standpoint, Omega doesn't want customers to be able to walk a few stores down from the boutiques and be able to purchase the same watch for less, directly competing with the boutiques. Thank goodness for out of state ADs.

    regarding the new Chrono Diver - I like it, but not for 6k. I like it for just over 4k. It's a great watch, but I prefer the sword hands and speedy bracelet on my older version. Though I like the size, ceramic bezel, and coaxial goodiness of the newer ones.


    Sinnedk - nice America cup. I'm not too keen on the very uh.. OMEGA rubber strap though..
     
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    Thanks Kid, its one of my favorite watches!
     
  16. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    Bill, here in the TWAT it doesn't matter how many posts you have. We are always happy to talk about watches with fellow enthusiasts.
     
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    I see what you did there mimo :D
     
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    There is a NIB JLC moonphase for sale in rose gold for $14,000 if anyone is interested. I do not know the person selling, it just came up on Watch Recon. I am tempted to pick up one of his Reversos as I have been wanting a day/night for a while.

    http://forums.watchnet.com/index.php?t=tree&goto=639928&rid=0

    I know I have already posted it here, but I received two new gator straps for my beloved El Premeiro, one in dark brown and one in honey. I'm particularly enamored with the honey one.

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  19. Keith T

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    Really dig that honey strap, patek. Is it from Sirtoli by any chance?

    Looks more matte than glossy....very sharp on your Zenith...I can see why you're enamored.
     
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