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. NonServiam

    NonServiam Senior member

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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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    NonServiam Senior member

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    I fellow forumite on another forum just dubbed the new platinum Daytona: the Fazermint

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    So you have the Hulk (LV Sub), the Smurf (white gold Sub) and now the Fazermint :nodding:
     
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    Something involving mint and chocolate seems appropriate enough. "Dessert at Tiffany's" could work, too.

    What to call the new GMT is far from decided, but I'd rather have no nickname than something lame like "Bruiser" or (shudder) "Powerade". But if people insist on giving cutesy pet names to watches, I'm hoping that my humble contribution catches on...

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    Those shiny PCLs just seem too apt in this case.
     
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    I don't mind "batman." It fits in nicely with the hulk theme. Then again, I am pretty sure these nicknames are used only by WIS in forum land. If you approached a guy who was wearing a Submariner LV and said nice "hulk," I am pretty sure he would think you were insane.
     
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    batman is congruent with the hulk, but I have a feeling the bruiser will stick because thats what everyone thinks of when they hear black and blue

    but how does frills feel?
     
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    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I think I mentioned before that I am a fan of this watch. Like you, I went through a period of hunting for it incessantly. Unlike you, I gave up, which is why I don't have one. I do have a regular Thommen altimeter though.
    I also have the Revue Thommen Airspeed pilots watch. It doesn't get the love of IWC, and isn't internally finished to IWC standards, but the dial, crystal, hands, etc. make for a super legible and functional watch.

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    Read this review. really. http://pippick.com/reviews/airspeedreview.htm
     
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    I drooled over this particular piece for years and almost pulled the trigger on it six months ago. The dial and movement engraving are gorgeous, but for some reason I can't pull off the GT case as it sits awkwardly due to my wrist bone.

    FWIW, the one I found is actually NIB... in Oz. PM if interested and I'll pull up the contact details.
     
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    fix that now.

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    kai - great pics, awesome collection.

    NS - agree 100%. i learned that same lesson in one of my first jobs as well. i was also talking to an art dealer recently who told me that she had just had a woman walk in that she literally thought was a homeless vagabond. but she treater like she would anyone else. the lady bought a painting for 900k on the spot.
     
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    Nice review of the airspeed.

    This altimeter went on Ebay for $686. Really good price for this watch.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/140953271524?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649
     
  13. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Kai: Can you calibrate the altimeter to know that it is accurate? As cool as the watch is, I wonder whether it is really reliable. Especially after a watchmaker opens it up to tinker with th ewatch movement (like in that ebay watch). On the other hand, the last time I actually had to rely on an altimeter was more than 10 years ago, so who cares.
     
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    Kai Senior member

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    It's pretty accurate. You can make adjustments for barometric pressure changes, but to service the altimeter itself requires a specialist watch shop.

    I bought my watch from a Revue Thommen Authorized Dealer. It was new old stock, so it had sat in the box since 1998 unused. When I received it, the altimeter was not functioning. I had to send it to a factory authorized repair center for repair (which was done under warranty.) A month or so later I got it back, calibrated and working well.

    Since then, I've been using it occasionally. It seems to be quite accurate. (I check it against my Suunto altimeter.)

    It only reads in meters, so it's not compatible with American maps. Honestly, it's not really a replacement for something like a Suunto digital, but I like it for its mountaineering heritage.
     
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    Sales people would be wise to take the advice of Queen Elizabeth. One time she was asked something to the effect of, ...You deal with so many types of people from royalty and celebrities, to average people. Is it difficult knowing how to deal with different types of people? The Queen answered, "I have one set of manners and I use them for everyone."

    Most Ferrari dealers have no unsold new models. There is usually a list to buy new ones, and some dealers policy was/and may still be...You have to buy a pre-owned Ferrari from them before they will put you on the list and take your order for a new one. Things may have changed since the economic down turn of say 2008/09.

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    Great story!!! Also great taste. I love the Altiplanos...and it was the "One that got away." Years ago I was in Chicago. I popped into an AD. They had lost their Piaget franchise and all Piaget's were 50% off. I looked at a handsome rose gold round Altiplano I believe it was 38mm. MRSP was $9,995. I could have had it for about $5K. Hesitated and decided to think on it (had other expenses to consider at the time), when I went back the next day it was gone! ARHHRGG [​IMG]
    I tried one of those on many years ago and it was way out of my price range....but that is my favorite Reverso of all time! I came close to buying the standard manual wind, RG Sun/Moon years ago...but was swayed by a VC. However, I look forward to joining the Reverso owners club some day.
     
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