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. no frills

    no frills Senior member

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    Oyah! Speaking of wives, guess what mine did that first evening when I brought home the 3970 in platinum?


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    That's right - on her wrist for the rest of that evening...!
     


  2. Keith T

    Keith T TWAT Master.

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    No ring, frilly? I figured your better half would be sporting something the approximate size of, oh say.... the Hope Diamond.

    scottcw: assuming the movement checks out, I'd go with the Vacheron. Don't see a lot of those in silver. (At least I don't.)
     


  3. in stitches

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    youre lucky you got it back at all. :)
     


  4. DLJr

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    Make sure you look in to servicing costs for vintage VC so you know what you are getting in to.
     


  5. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    The Ferrari dealer I visited wasn't actually interested in selling (new) Ferraris. He just wanted to sell cars to people he knew, who would then trade them back in so he could flip them for big profits. I don't think I've been treated with less interest and less respect at any car dealer I've ever visited (or just about any retailer for that matter.) He didn't want my business and made that abundantly clear.
     
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  6. Kai

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    I've been playing around with my macro lens.

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    Whoa - a Reverso Art Deco, a Breguet, and a Seagull Tourby? Talk about an eclectic collection! :D

    OT, but aren't the Breguet boxes the best?

    And speaking of Reverso Art Decos, the other version of that model (RG case, WG dial) is on my hitlist, and has been so for a while - but I can't seem to find one to gawk at in person first, which is a must IMO before committing.

    Again OT, but I wish that JLC had more Reverso models with blank solid (i.e. engraveable) casebacks - for example if I wanted one in RG but not the Tribute 1931 version, I would have to go all the way back to the white enamel dial one from 19-niety-something to find an alternative. There are way too many Reversos with display backs and unremarkable movements.

    The Art Deco seen above, is of course not one of them. :slayer:


    I've seen people bring kids who are completely out of control and then threaten sales staff who attempt to round them up, I've seen folk light up in the middle of a boutique, I've seen outright rude/dismissive language when a discount request is not met, best of all this last trip I saw someone actually chuck rubbish on the floor with the implied expectation that boutique staff should clean it up.
     
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    Kai... that Reverso is the sickness! :nodding: Love it.
     


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    Kai Senior member

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  10. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    Yes, the Breguet box is beautiful. Love the burl.

    There's an Art Deco on Ebay right now.

    Best price I've seen. (buy it now.)

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/261206864609?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
     


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    Must... resist... Must... See... In... Person... First...

    Cool serial number on your eBay Art Deco though. :)

    I think I'll just keep saving for the platinum Reverso Moonphase. Now that is a bazinga watch... which I've seen/held in person. Very rare in the secondary market, for obvious reasons.

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    Silver powder numerals on a ruthenium dial... what else can I say right? Bazinga!!
     
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  12. NonServiam

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    Regarding customer service:

    I used to work for a small familiy-owned AD while at university. Excellent part time job! And probably what turned on the WIS switch.

    The very first thing I learned from the owner was to give every (potential) customer the same (good) treatment. The Norwegian saying is "dont judge a dog by its hair", and there would be several shaggy dogs by regularly. None of them dressed well, and the personal hygiene could be lacking. But they were enthusiastic watch afficionados, and bought several watches a year.

    Talking to them was mostly a education for me, they knew it all, and just wanted to see the latest models with their fingers. But I did learn that every guy walking though the door was a potential sale, if I did my thing and gave him the very best experience I could.

    Today I expect the same for myself. I am not a high roller, and don't play one on television. But anything less than knowledgable, courteous and attentive service will result in me taking my business elsewhere. And probably an angry note to the management (I have done that several times, and always received an apology and a thank you.)

    An AD here in Oslo known for his very good service is Urmaker Tidemann! Visit him if you get the chance. He has an excellent selection of JLC, Glashutte, Vacheron Constantin, Breguet ++ I bought my rose gold JLC Master Chrono from him, and the experience was top notch. The regular strap was a bit too long for me, and he swapped it for a shorter one that they had express shipped from Switzerland. I had to wait a short while for the strap, and when I finally collected my watch with the new strap, they also had included a bottle of the shop cognac. If I were to buy a number of complicated Langes or Pateks, I would expect an effin parade every time I visited... :D

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    Got my Oris worldtimer back today. Gray market purchase, 1850 hkd for a full overhaul and new 1 yr warranty from the Oris boutique. I continue to be a big fan of Oris for entry level watches!
     


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    Random thought for the day - I can't believe I don't own a Reverso.
     


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    Agreed; first prize.

    That particular Reverso is one of my favourites, too. GDL owns that watch in rose gold and has posted it a few times, and it's absolutely gorgeous in either metal. I like the proportions of the GT case better than the XGT 8-day version of the Sun Moon, as well.

    That one's well worth holding out for, and I'm looking forward to seeing it on your wrist someday.
     
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