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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. Cylon

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    I recommend seeing both in person. There is a wonderful warmth to the hesalite crystal that is hard to describe; and on the other side there is a cold serene look to the sapphire.

    I know I sound like an idiot, but see for yourself
     
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    Quote:You don't sound like an idiot at all! Then again I write stuff like this all the time too... But seriously, there's nothing like actually seeing the watch and putting it on your wrist to settle doubts, questions, etc. Absolutely +1,000 for this advice.
     


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    getting these breitlings ready today.

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    You don't sound like an idiot to me. But I have seen plenty of plastic crystal Speedy's over the years and never understood the rhapsodizing about their special "warmth" as compared with their sapphire counterparts. In fact, it is pretty much only within the context of the Speeedmaster that I have heard the virtues of plastic crystalsI not only extolled but romanticized. I suspect if these virtues were more widely held, they would be more widely represented among contemporary watches.

    I own a number of plastic crystal vintage pieces, and a number of sapphire contemporary pieces. They do look different - as one would expect given the different materials. I've never really wished that my vintage pieces were sapphire or that my contemporary pieces were plastic. I absolutely agree that seeing for yourself, wherever possible, is the smartest course of action.
     


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    Late to the party, but I do like those FCs. What's the recommended spot to acquire?

    I'm generally a used market guy, and FC's don't pop up often.
     


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    I would second that they need to define the direction of the brand better. I'd also say that they need to offer some smaller cases. I quickly gravitated to the brand early on because of the more modest case sizes. That moonphase I'd buy in a heartbeat if it wasn't 42MM. For the record I own 2 of their earlier ('08) offerings and think they are a superb value for the $.

    As far as them borrowing design elements that's fine by me. They aren't homages that entirely rip off other designs but they take classic elements and incorporate them into watches that I can afford. I can't buy a Breguet but I have 2 FCs!


    I'd say try WUS, just bought a used FC for my girl to wear a few weeks ago. They are hard to find as they aren't a well known but the upside is they're attractively priced when they do come up.
     
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    Oops - you could be right...


    Many thanks - think we're on the same page here, so very helpful.
     


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    Theses FC's are sweet. Will have to store these in the memory bank

     


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    Checking out other options,

    Opinions of Fortis watches? Quality? Movement?

    Considering Flieger Chronograph (1400$ new) or Flieger b-42s (one with an ivory dial and normal black ones, not chronographs)

    The Flieger seems to have mineral glass and not the sapphire. Guessing this can be put in for an extra 30-50 bucks?
     


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    Movements on Fortis non-chronometer are valjoux 7750, maybe with some slight modifications. I think there are nicer watches for the money, but if you have seen them in person and really like them - go for it. I'd still recommend Oris, Hamilton, Stowa and maybe Tutima in that price range.
     


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    The FC made me look at moon phases again. JLC MUT Moon, swoon ;)

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    And speaking of moons, my 5712 is always worth showing off (again) :embar:

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    It always a pleasure to see the 5712. [​IMG]
     


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    That 5712 is a beauty
     


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