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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. Hayward

    Hayward Senior member

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    So are the Panerai and IWC models all ceramic or are the cases made from this newfangled ceramic/alloy hybrid others ate experimenting with?
     


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    Really curious about this - did you get some pictures yet?
     


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    RogerP Senior member

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    Difference is this. You wrap any car around a pole, from a Ford to a Ferrari, and that will be the result. You drop any watch, they don't all shatter like a china plate. Just the ceramic ones. I'm pretty careful with my watches - but I can't say I've never dropped one. And most of the watches with ceramic cases tend to be "sports" watches - theoretically more exposed to the risk of impact than, say a delicate dress watch. Ceramic has its advantages to be sure. But it also has some not insignificant disadvantages.
     


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    nope, didnt get to see him.
    i think that the name positioning is unique enough that if someone knew it i could google and find the model.

    the watch would definitely be higher up on the scale so i hope thats a start. im going to do some research as well!!
     


  5. rnguy001

    rnguy001 Senior member

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    RogerP

    Very good point. And I definitely feel brittleness is a weakness in the ceramic technology. Yet most owners who own them I'd venture have NOT shattered their watches. However, when one does occasionally shatter, it's such a horrible end result that we all remember it.

    I'd also bet these aren't trivial impacts either. The one PAM owner who shattered his ceramic Radiomir admits he was (duh) toying with the tang buckle, when it dropped on the floor.

    True, metal would probably just ding, but in all honesty I'm sure these ceramic watches would hold up well to most everyday usage. Bar any fall onto a hard surfaces or sudden forceful impact onto something hard, I'd bet most of us here on the forum who have some semblance of how to treat a watch would be fine.

    True, a lot of them are advertised as sports watches, and hopefully most by now understand they have their limitations. But it's definitely not for everyone. Shock-junkies should probably look somewhere else.

    Treat it as well as any watch you cherish, and you'd be just fine.

    Treat it like a g-shock? Nope. It's no beater for sure.

    just my opinion. Personally I'm a fan. Admittedly I don't own one yet, but I do foresee one in the future. Unless my Deepsea hankering gets the best of me this time.




     


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    Anybody else really love the new RL67 chronometer? At $3k I almost pulled the trigger yesterday. It's 44.5mm but wears easy. Big numbers are easy to read, but no lumes, which surprised me a little. Richemont movement, and the aged steel just looks awesome on a military watch.
     


  7. Keith T

    Keith T TWAT Master.

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    Look it's a Honda Accord.

    More like Honda According TO ARNOLD SHOULD GET OUT OF THE WAY!!!
     


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    IMHO I would keep looking. I don't think you'll get much appreciated value out this watch compared to other less known but better watchmakers. In the past RL were using known movements made by Richemont Group with this model they are purchasing no name movements. For $3+k you can buy a second hand IWC pilot watch and get a beautiful [FONT=Tahoma, Geneva, sans-serif]timeless watch that won't lose it's value or looks. There's a lot of watches similar to this one at that price that should be a better investment and one with more history and caliber.[/FONT]

    [FONT=Tahoma, Geneva, sans-serif]I can see why you like, a bit too big for me as my regular watch and don't worry about no lumens, some of the most collectable and desired watches have no lumens (or worn out). RL is just trying to give the look of other watches collectable watches[/FONT] (mil., pilot) from the past with a little modern twist to it.

    Good luck
     


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    Now that Devoti has played good cop, I shall play bad cop.

    Designer label watches are ridiculous. A Seiko 5 bought on clearance for $75 would have more integrity.

    I won't even comment on the appearance of the piece apart from noting that no wristwatch actually worn in a military environment would resemble that in any way.

    I don't see how they can call it a chronometer either. The biggest crime, of course, it's the price.

    If you want a weekend watch with a bronze finish, you could try Helson:

    http://www.helsonwatch.com/gauge.php

    It has a similar whimsical look, better technical features, probably better workmanship, 2/3 of the price.
     


  10. Devoti

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    Thanks Hayward, I was only aware of there skindiver model.

    That's a pretty cool watch, I really like the bezel of the Guage although I think if I ever got in a fist fight, I would probably be quickly charged with using a deadly weapon with that thing strapped to my wrist.

    There so many cool watches out there, one just has to put a little time into searching and asking. We have to remember we're on a clothing/style site and not one of the hardcore aficionado watch sites so I think it's totally understandable to ask such questions and help each other if we can. I'm rarely ever called the good cop.





    PS>I wish there was a Shoe Appreciation thread like we have here for watches. The shoe threads on styleforum are all over the place but nothing central or has any traction (no punt intended).
     
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    What do you guys think of this watch (Omega Chronostop)? I think I prefer the Dynamic

    [​IMG]
     
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    ^^ It's interesting, but I'm not sure it's fundamentally attractive. It's more appealing for it's novelty that its looks, to me anyway.

    Re. RL67: $3k my fat white arse.

    - used IWC as suggested
    - genuine WWII pilot watch from any number of makers
    - Sinn
    - Nomos
    - two Stowas!
     


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    Thanks mimo, I agree
     


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    Maybe this could be another alternative, there sizing is similar, a well known brand and cheaper, don't ask about there box case.


    Bell&Ross 123 PVD coated black case
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    Carbon version:
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    Or the Phantom version:
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    Agreed with all of that. Have you seen the new Omega DSOM - ceramic version of our Speedy 9300?

    My cautionary approach to ceramic is caused in large part by my experience as a custom knife collector and maker. Ceramic blades have seen increased popularity of late. They don't scratch, don't rust and stay sharp just this side of forever. All sunshine and rainbows until, you drop one and have it shatter. Or get it stuck in bone or cartilage while dressing out a deer, try to wiggle it free and have it snap like a toothpick. Properly heat-treated steel is virtually indestructible by comparison.
     


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