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. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    Magic 8 ball says . . . "very likely, only question is how far in the future."


    As for outgrowing Pateks, I certainly haven't stopped lusting for them.

    If I can ever justify the expense, I would definitely get one of these:

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  2. mimo

    mimo Pernicious Enabler

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    I meant a step up in price rather than function, so I think I agree with you. And that VC is truly beautiful.
     


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    +1 [​IMG]
    As for RO and Nautilus, I think you are defining step up/over based on what you would use it for. I've owned a 114270 Ex 1 and a RO 15202 both are great watches. However, without a doubt the workmanship (fit/finish), labor involved in making (either a RO or Nautilus), overall quality, and finish of their movements are far superior to that of the Ex1. Compare an Ex1 to a RO or Nautilus and the differences are really quite obvious. Also, I've never suffered from nor heard of legibility complaints with RO or Nautilus models (unless maybe you are considering some of the complicated models rather than time only). I think it should be noted that although a RO or Nautilus are AP and PP's versions of sport watches...they are not pure sport watches...they are almost a hybrid of a sport/dress watch...falling somewhere in between.

    As for sturdiness, I agree that I would not use a RO or Nautilus for any truly extreme sports. They simply are not sport watches in the way an Ex1 or Sub are. But I take really good care of my watches and probably would not wear a Rolex for something terribly extreme these days either. I used to beat the crap out of my first GMT Master and then a Daytona...and they could take it, but they looked like hell. Sure they can polish them up a bit a few times, but polishing causes them to loose their crisp beveled edges and even the best jobs are rarely the same as when it originally left the factory. I also learned that watches all beat to hell take a beating when you go to trade them in for something else. That being said, I think the Explorer 1 has a more rugged case (just 1 saphire crystal) and and bracelet. However, IMHO the fact that a RO or Nautilus are less rugged than an Explorer 1, does not make them (for lack of a better description) any less of a step above the Ex 1. Using just function as criteria one could say a Porsche 911 is not a step above a pick up truck because the Porsche won't hold much lumber. Durability is important and one should choose a watch appropriately for the activity, but it doesn't level the playing field.

    The VC is a great dress watch. An acquaintance had one and it was beautiful. They made them for many years so it should not be that difficult to locate one.
     
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    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Dino:
    You have it right - I think of a sport watch in terms of what I would want from it. Legibility, durability and reliability in tough conditions. Can I read it at dusk in the rain or at night, or at 4:00 inside a tent? Am I positive that, for all the beating it has taken, wet, cold, etc. the timekeeping remains accurate, etc. In that sense, I think of the Explorer as superior to the RO or Naut (and maybe even better than a quartz). I understand the ways that that a RO or a Naut is "better" than an Explorer, but in this category, those things are less important to me (repeat: to me).
     
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    Hayward Senior member

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    Not to be pedantic but the Poor Man's Watch Thread is in Classic Menswear. It also has legitimate value in and of itself, though it could use better mentoring in taste. As we have seen in the last couple of pages, even Patek has come up with an incredibly tasteless wristwatch that is clearly aimed at the douche market.
     
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  6. in stitches

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    kai - i look forward to seeing your RGM soon. :)

    and i agree, the sky moon is amazing. would love to have one.
     


  7. mimo

    mimo Pernicious Enabler

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    It's in SWD spiritually, Hay. Probably.

    Nice to see you. :)
     
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    Love it!

    Also love this Piaget beauty as well:

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    (photo ripped from google)

    The spirit still urges me, dopey....
     


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    +1 for the 36mm Explorer I!!!

    [​IMG]

    Whoa! I have become "adjectivified" (I think, if I remember my "grammer" correctly). What an honor. Wait. Imeldific is an "adjectivified" term too.... [​IMG]
     


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    The Altiplano is probably my favorite ultra thin. Its definitely on my wish list.
     


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    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    scott - great pic.

    you guys are really making me desire an ultra thin dress watch.
     


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    Kai Senior member

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    Actually, that's "just" the Celestial, not the sky moon. The sky moon is a bit more cluttered and "busy" for my tastes, and also crazy expensive. Celestial is just the sky/moon complication without the tourbillon and other features of the sky/moon.
     


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    not only is that amazing, it is quite beautiful. thanks for the link.



    oops, i should have been paying more attention to the pic, i thought it was just the back of the S-M. its is a beauty either way. i hope you land one.
     


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