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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. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    Dino, that was an excellent post. Thanks for expounding on that.
     
  2. Nickalott

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    How much did everyone spend on their first real watch? This thread is giving me a bit of an itch....
     
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    TC - I have two of the same. Say what you will about Oakley, but the cases are great. They zip easily, offer good protection during travel (not to say I would drop them from a building..), and they're very affordable.

    I got the smaller versions and they fit my Big Pilot even.

    Cheers

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    ^^ Those things are not usually that easy to come by. They are typically out of stock.
     
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    Wow, I had no idea, guess I got lucky. I read about it last week and did an amazon search, had it in 2 days through prime. Looks like they are all gone now!
     
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    Start here (c$200)

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    (It Never)End(s) here ($??????)
     
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    I actually read somewhere Oakley stopped making them. If you come across them, they are few and far between now. The smalls will fit almost any watch. The larges were made for their ridiculous sized pieces. I have a small and it fits the Panerai like a glove.
     
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    Sorry! I note there are several on ebay for a small markup. LOL
     
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    Hi Stitch, glad you thought it was helpful. [​IMG]
    I think how much one spends on their first real watch, is really only relevant if you bought your first watch in the last 5 years (so much has happened with price increases and reductions in discounts). Also, what someone spends on a first watch or what someone sees as a lot to spend may differ based on disposable income. Anyway, I convinced my parents to let me cash some bonds in from my Bar Mitzvah and I got my first good watch in the fall of 1984 (although I didn't wear it until I got older). I spent $900, but $900 went so much further back then, as it was the cost of a steel Rolex GMT Master or Sub from an AD after getting a 25% discount off the MRSP. By 1995 a GMT and a Sub were $2850 and discounts had dropped significantly (to about 10%). Today, there is a policy of AD's not discounting steel Rolexes, and prices are in the $8-9K range.
     
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    Hmm, very odd that I just happened to get one direct from Amazon in that case. I actually got the large and it fits the BP very well, and didn't seem too large for my 41mm AP. May have to look for a small as well.

    Actually, Oakley still has the large one direct. I just bought another one.

    http://www.oakley.com/products/1332/3042
     
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    ^ They might've started making them again. I remember lurking on some watch forum and people going bat shit crazy because they were clearing them out at $10.
     
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    Oh shit, I just remembered that I have a JV style strap lying around somewhere. It's not OEM but it looks pretty darn good. I bought it off a timezone vendor based in Thailand if I'm not mistaken
     
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    Well FWIW I haven't seen the small sized version for sale anywhere at any price. For the sake of comparison I ordered this one as well ($25 amazon prime by Heiden). This one looks like it would be great for more delicate watches where you may not want the bracelet jangling around at all (like my AP RO).

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    My first real watch was my Hamilton Khaki for in the $300-$400 range bought in 2012. Before that I wore a cheap-o Timex on a strap to see if I liked wearing a watch. Even though I lusted after more expensive watches, during the Timex period, I waited until after a few times of not wearing a watch and would look at my wrist for the time. At that point I knew I would enjoy and love watches. I then pursued my Hamilton for what felt like a year or 2 to make sure it was the right one and to find the price I thought was reasonable.

    As others know, my current Rolex GMT was a gift that I would have never thought of buying myself for a few more years.

    Lastly, anyone that wants a little more BLNR in their lives, Baron on Purists Pro wrote this up before making his BLNR purchase and if taught me a few things I had not known previously.

    http://rolex.watchprosite.com/show-...ex-gmt-master-2-reference-116710-the-bruiser/
     
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    The BLNR is awesome. It could be my next purchase. I guess there are 5 people on the waiting list at the store I bought the PAM from. Paid in full. Crazy. maybe a year wait.

    I'm not sure where he got his info on 904L, but to say it's much harder/tough in mechanical properties and tougher to machine than say 316L is simply not true. The corrosion resistance is true however
     
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    +1! I'm lusting after this thing. Demand is high, although it's not too hard to come by on the gray market, BNIB. I am a little reluctant to say it, but now that I've found a reliable source for AP, IWC and Rolex (and virtually anything else that interests me), I would be hard pressed to work with a local AD. I think the Houston economy is just too strong to justify the discounts that I can get on watches sourced from slower markets.
     
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    +1 I have a similar source for all high end brands. I will never go the AD route again. I did that for my second Rolex because I thought I wanted the "AD experience". The only experience I got was paying 15% more.
     
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    My Rolex AD said BLNR's were first come, first served but I think if you bought quite a few watches from them they would have held onto one for you. I just happened to wander in on the day they got their first one and I said I'd take it. They do have some older black with green hand GMTs in stock but the BLNR's probably won't hit the shelves until those are sold.
     
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    Probably from Peter (?) I got a quote from him several months ago, but never pulled the trigger....IIRC it was *far* more reasonable than the OEM version (which is in no way surprising).

    I've heard good things, if it's the same maker.

    I guess I don't change straps as much as a lot of the Panerai guys typically do. (I've only got the one Panny.) But it's nice to have options and different looks to switch up when you get a little bored.

    Also would recommend The Watch Boys, where I got a 26X22 honey croc, with contrast stitching, and I want to say it was about $120 US.
     
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