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. Hayward

    Hayward Senior member

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  2. forex

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    Another winner, never liked gold watches, especially Rolex, but this one looks great.
     


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    Oh the watch is A-OK. I think I will just bike with beaters. I guess my question was generally posed in regards to the shock ability of watches. I have heard that you should take off your watch before playing tennis and such, and I was wondering just how susceptible watches are to low impact shocks.

    I did take a nasty spill on a bike once and put a gash in my Mako. That thing is a tank.
     


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    glad its ok. please never bike with a nice watch on. thanks!

    as to low impact things and shock, i never really worried about it, maybe im too careless. but i would never wear a nice watch when i could take a spill and destroy it.
     
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  5. no frills

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    I think Belligero does a whole lot of biking (and motorcycling) with his watches, but I'll let him weigh in on this. Glad the Speedy Pro turned out OK.

    I wear my 114270 to the gym as I like using the sweeping seconds hand to time rest between sets. But then I basically just lift things up and put things down. And it appears the critter can take it. I have yet to rub its case vigorously against a knurled barbell handle, though.

    Good luck with the exam review!
     


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    +1 to this. It's all about the subtle use of depth and variations, say, in texture or color that differentiates fantastic design from one that looks dead, as you might say.

    It's good to be nitpicky. And at the price points of those Pateks, it kind of demands nitpicky-ness. I just don't see any room for feelings that you're compromising in any way once you're shelling out that much.
     


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    [​IMG] Got a good laugh from your description, but once I thought about it I could picture the scenes from those films.
    Love the vintage gold Sub and GMT...I particularly like the photo of the one on the green strap. Also, glad to hear the gold ones are only get wrist time when you are home in sweats. On the bracelet, yea they can be a bit blingy...but once you get used to it, you forget about it being all gold...or as they say in Donnie Brasco...fugeddaboudit.
    Thanks. I'm not such a fan of the newer models in all gold (although I wouldn't mind one in rose gold with black dial), but the older ones in gold are kind of cool, especially when the gold oxidizes a bit and really starts to look vintage.
    I'm not generally an Offshore fan (I prefer the original ROs), but the Scuba is a cool watch. Although, I prefer it on a SS bracelet. I know lots of high end companies put watches on rubber straps, but I don't care for how it looks.
    It does start to become a lot of money for a diving watch, but the quality on their pieces is exceptional. When you look at one up close and you see the perfectly beveled edges, the complex curves, the mix of polished and brushed surfaces, and you consider how labor intensive it is, you begin to understand why one costs so much.
    Hi Stitchy. In addition to it being called a waffle pattern many people refer to it as Clou de Paris or petite tapisserie. The dials are not stamped, they are guilloched. Back in the 1970's when the original RO was being conceived, AP developed a machine to allow them to engine turn the dials to form this specific pattern. I've seen photos of the machine and the description of the process in some of my older AP catalogs and reference materials.
    Hmmm the "Aquanut"...you should definitely propose that name change to Patek. Just kidding. I've tried on the Aquanaut and its nice, but something just didn't do it for me. The ROO Scuba is just a better execution IMHO.
    +1

    Couldn't help but laugh out loud..."His Royal Highness" Thanks I'll take that as a compliment [​IMG]

    I agree with all of the above. Its definitely a lot of money for a dive watch, but it really works well. Its one of the few Offshore models that I can admit I like. I'm not sure I'd buy one, but the workmanship on these is really exceptional. As I previously mentioned, if you inspect one up close, it quickly becomes evident how labor intensive it is to make a RO/ROO, and that its fit, and finish are second to none. I think this is a watch that fits in with the genre of the ROO, it never loses sight of its purpose, nor does it seem like some strange contrived experiment to stuff high horology into a super sporty case simply to say we made something contradictory to its design and still people bought it. The ROO Scuba just a great watch.
     


  8. Dino944

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    Depends on the watch. I certainly wouldn't wear a Patek Calatrava, Nautilus, or AP RO Jumbo to play in any kind of rugged sport, they are all a bit expensive if you damage them, and I wouldn't want to subject them to the possible dings or deep scratches watches can pick up during rugged activities. However, I've worn Rolex watches for lots of high impact activities and never had a problem.
     


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    could not agree more.
    i thought so, but i wasnt sure, so i erred on the side of wrong. thanks for clearing that up. :)
     


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    Yes, I've been riding a bicycle and/or a motorcycle daily for over five years now while wearing a mechanical watch — occasionally with the more complicated stuff. No problems so far, and that's including frequent commuting over a fairly long and sometimes bumpy route. I've had my vintage GMT on a mountain bike ride that was originally intended to be relaxed and then turned into something with rocky descents at high speed, but I felt kinda bad afterwards. The watch was fine; I just would have felt pretty stupid if I'd crashed because I really like that one. Obviously, the key is "don't crash". It's probably logged the most road distance of any watch I have.

    Off-road, I'll sometimes wear an ETA-based watch if it's a long trip where I have to carry the bike over rocks a lot, even though the movements are less durable than Rolex (yes, I said it) simply because I figure that's what they're for. No regrettable incidents yet, fortunately. I should really get a G-Shock sometime, but I'm foolish and vain enough to want to wear a mechanical watch for my various adventures. For just ripping around the local trails, I usually just don't wear a watch. To me, the memories offset the risk on the big rides, though. I'm wearing this watch in these photos:

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    Aside from looks, you can't really compare the two companies. Present-day Stowa just takes a generic movement and puts it into a case, whereas Nomos is a proper manufacture that makes their own movements. I'm not terribly interested in Stowa, but Nomos interests me a great deal.
     
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    No worries. Glad I could shed some light on the subject of their dials. [​IMG]
    First, very cool photos! So thanks for sharing them.

    I think you really nailed the issues when you said, the watch was fine, but you would have felt pretty stupid if you crashed because you really like that one. Many watches can handle whatever punishment we can dish out, however, it becomes a matter of how we would feel about seriously damaging the watch case, particularly, if its a vintage watch or something that is very difficult to replace. I don't mean if if got some scratches, but what if it got a serious ding or you hit some rough rocks and the case got some very deep gouges.

    I don't do really high impact activities with good watches on as it is rarely worth the risk of what it may do to the watch's condition. But everyone has to weigh the risk in their own mind. Someone might feel after the watch gets some deep gouges and dings that now their watch "Has had an adventure and has a story to tell." I prefer to enjoy my watches, in environments where I am pretty certain no harm will come to them.
     


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    Put it this way, if earlier, cruder, mechanical watches - often without specific shock protection - could survive being brought aboard piston driven propeller engined planes (as opposed to the turboprop types we see today), or for that matter survive the vibration of a Saturn V launch, then their modern counterparts should be fine during jaunts on modern bikes (motorised or push).
     


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    My sub has stood up to work outs, mountain biking, rafting, tennis, horse back riding and daily bicycle commuting for 20+ years. No movement related issues, but cracked the crystal once (totally my own fault).
     


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    solid point, i guess i just dont know enough about nomos. to me, they are both watches i would buy purely for looks, and for that, the stowa appeals more to me. but obviously, personal tastes vary when it comes to looks.
     


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    Damn it man, how old are you?
     


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