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. bawlin

    bawlin Senior member

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    Beautiful watch. How do you like it?
     


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    I thought the same thing before I actually tried one. Although I'd prefer not to have the rehaut engraving, it's essentially invisible in real life. A full-screen macro photo isn't like having a 40-ish-mm object at arm's length. Don't let that non-issue keep you from enjoying a quality watch.
     


  3. Dino944

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    I really look forward to seeing it in person. However, at least in photos I think it still looks better than the blue ceramic bezels on the WG Sub (which reminds me a smurf), or YG or two tone Subs. I think the blue was generally deeper, darker and better looking on the old aluminum bezels, hence I've never had a desire to own a current two tone or all gold Sub. I think its still pretty good looking with half the bezel being black but I'll reserve my final judgement until I see it in person.
    ...that's funny!
    Actually all modern Rolex watches have had the "Rolex" name around the inner ring for several years. I thought it was odd initially, but I'm sure I'd get used to it.

    Have you seen the WG with blue dial and blue bezel in person...sorry that's one that looks better in photos. I've seen it in person and its too bright (A guy I know had one, got tired of it after about 2 years, couldn't find a buyer for about a year and took a bath on it when he finally found a buyer). I prefer the old blue dials and bezels before the ceramic days...they were much darker and more attractive IMHO.
     


  4. mimo

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    I'm quite put off by these real life pics. I fear no cage fights with you or Stitchy will be necessary.
     


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    Agreed. I have found it to be a non-issue personally.

    As for the blue GMT, I would echo those who are wanting to see this one in person before passing full judgment.

    I thought the initial photos out of Basel indicated more of "navy" blue....perhaps not the best word for it, but basically deeper, darker as compared to the picture that bawlin posted above.

    That's probably still not a baby blue to my eyes, but something about the lighting or reflection in that particular image does make it appear more ....royal. And that would probably be fine if Rolex can ever pull off the red ceramic, and give us the full Pepsi. But with the black....I just don't know.

    I do like a little blue in my watches (individually), and also in my collection, generally speaking.
     
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  6. Dino944

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    Damn, I was looking forward to a steel cage match!
    Its not baby blue, but I do wish it were darker. I think that it must be more difficult for them to get deeper colors from the ceramic. As I mentioned in previous posts the blues of old Subs and the green of the old LV on the old aluminum bezel inserts was far more attractive than the current shade of blue and green they are able to produce. I'm guessing the reason we have not seen an attempt at a Pepsi bezel, is they can't get the red to work out properly.

    Still, I do think the blue and black works, and its far better than the current all blue bezels I've seen on WG, YG, or two tone Subs.
     


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    Another photo... looks better in this photo than in the ones I previously posted.

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    Can someone with experience with ceramic-dialed Rolexes tell me if they are prone to scratching fairly easy or.. ? This will be my only watch so I plan on wearing it almost daily.

    Thanks!
     


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    Well they ran out of advertising space on the dial - so what else were they supposed to do? [​IMG] I agree that it isn't as evident on the wrist as it is in photos, but I also wish it just wasn't there at all. Just a bit .... much... in every respect. Wouldn't be a deal-breaker for me if I otherwise really liked the watch, though.
     


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    I haven't previously been much of a clothes person, only fitting that there's a watch thread here. Here's my daily wearer for the last three years.

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    Glashütte Original PanoMaticReserve in Stainless Steel

    Detail Pics
     


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    Here is my meager contribution to the thread. A 1940's Omega assembled in Brazil (hence the Red Star). Protectionist policy made it impossible to import watches at the time, so companies had to ship parts and assemble it in the country. There are still politicians who would love a version of this policy right now...


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  12. mreister

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    My experience with the GMTIIc is that the ceramic is very durable and scratch resistant. I've worn mine every day for just under a year (and I haven't exactly babied it) and have gotten nary a scratch on the bezel. The polished portions of the bracelet, on the other hand, I've managed to beat up pretty good. Worked out well though - really just a more DIY way of getting those center links brushed [​IMG]
     


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    Thanks.

    I'll throw in another shot next to my other two watches. Lots of contrast here, I guess. The one on the left is a Girard-Perregaux Sea-Hawk from the early 50's, the one on the right is a Casio F-91W, aka my gym watch/the cheapest decent digital chrono I could find on Amazon.

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    And, to further the GMTIIc love fest, a couple of (admittedly terrible cell phone quality) pictures from last weekend. The lady friend and I enjoyed some excellent weather at the beach.
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  15. rnguy001

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    Nice. More pics of that GP please!
     


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