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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. Newcomer

    Newcomer Senior member

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    Got it Duy! And that is absolutely hilarious. I can't believe you saw one in the wild. Especially at Chuck E Cheese's.

    And trust me, I understand. I am a 6-yearer too. I have checked this forum every day for the past 6 years. Kind of absurd when you think about it.

    Being a resident of Lafayette, I don't think I have much room to talk about old cajun white dudes :embar:
     
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  2. clb89

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    Styleforums noobie coming in with a bang!

    My collection so far in chronological order:

    Seiko skx007 my entry into the watch world. I installed the dome crystal myself and love it!
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    Orient mako - hands changed and relumed to pay homage to omega PO (hence the red omega watchbox lol)
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    notice the two tone relume anyone?
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    Everybody's gotta have a monster ;p
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    Aqua Terra - my first entry into luxury market
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    Seamaster 300 - daily wearer quartz reliability ironically my first quartz watch lol
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    WUS 2012 Chinese forum project watch - blue rotor pops
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    First Rolex and my birth year watch to make it extra special. also first year 14270 was released and 1016 phased out; doesnt mean anything though lol

    I was having my movement serviced and decided to refinish the case and bracelet as watch is old as me. Heres a pic without the heart. actually the watchmaker was pleasantly surprised by my refinishing
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    That shine! thats a 24 year old watch ladies and gents. Any avid rolex collector will notice something strange about my watch. (hint hint the lugs)
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    Thanks! Hope to share more in the future :)
     
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  3. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    OH HAI, BUDDY!!!!!!! really glad you dropped by, and thanks!!!


    so lame.
     
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    @clb89 , I love that last rolex. If it was mine, I'd put thinner hands on it, but it looks awesome!
     
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    Stitchy, I see you've resorted to the time honored tradition of eating ramen for lunch to pay for kops :laugh:
     
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    Waiting for day's end.
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  7. Warren G.

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    Nicee.. love that Speedy and Strand!!
     
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    Match made in heaven.
     
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  9. in stitches

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    finally someone gets it.
     
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  10. Gianni Cerutti

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    [​IMG] ... simple but beautiful ... always on top.
     
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    interesting to hear this. in london, paris and berlin they've invested in prestigious locations and the boutiques are almost intimidating, with bouncers to buzz you in etc. swatch group management is very focused on the asian spend (much of which takes place in European capitals), it's likely that smaller cities in the US are just not a priority
     
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    Meh, I wouldn't read much in to anyone's individual experience. Stitch had a bad one in the States, I had a good one. Moo just said he had one similar to Stitchy's in Paris. I think like most stores, experiences can vary depending on the sales person you hit that day. Sure, it would be great if every employee at every store was great, but that's rarely the case IMO. FWIW, the boutique in King of Prussia (suburb of Philadelphia) have a "bouncer" dressed in a suit and tie that must let you in to the store as well, this is not uncommon for high end jewelry/watch stores, and I'd assume most of the other boutiques have some similar. The boutique in my area seems to be focused on the consumer that walks in and buys a Rolex because they know the brand and what the brand can symbolize. Those consumers aren't necessarily watch people, but they recognize brands. The staff I talked to at the KoP location happened to love to talk watches, and not just Omega; maybe it's the exception or maybe it's more of the rule, I'm not sure anyone can say one way or the other with any certainty. I can't even say the other employees of the boutique I visited are any good or not.
     
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    To add to the topic of bouncers and security - there are legitimate risks when you're talking about portable high value inventory like watches. Cartier's flagship store on Fifth Avenue went through a smash and grab just a few months ago - after the perpetrators were foiled by the security guys at Wempe. So if it seems unwelcoming for some, it's the price some dealers have and want to pay given what they sell.

    Today's timepiece. Why am I wearing this one so often? Because I missed her so much.

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    Looks great!

    Both of the high end stores that I used to frequent here in Houston have an armed security guard who controls the door. You can't enter or exit without him unlocking it remotely.
     
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    thanks, gianni!


    well said. i think you hit the nail on the head. i just wonder if they might be better served with less boutiques, and to hire top notch people for these prime locations, and leave the majority of the malls to ADs. then again, they know the what the numbers are, and if they are making money, they must be doing something right, even if its not something TWATers like.
     
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    Yeah, ideally, I'd like your solution. But, speculating, I'd say their current strategy plays better with their target market, or what I believe them to be at least. I think the one advantage to TWATers with having so many boutiques is that, if we are interested in Omega, we can go try on every model they carry in one spot; it's a convenience for us. Hopefully you get a good sales person, but we all do enough homework here to get by with someone who is only capable of operating a key and a lock to get out the watches we are interested in trying. But it really is an interesting topic, and something we need to talk more about one of these days in person while doing some watch tyre kicking.
     
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    man that would be awesome. maybe a KoP meetup one of these days!
     
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    Anytime my dude, anytime. [​IMG]
     
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  19. robinsongreen68

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    yeah they need to train these bouncer types a bit better though, i remember one eyeing me up and down at least three times before buzzing me in. i guess he was registering a shaven-headed mixed race guy in jeans, t shirt and leather jacket, but it was a distinct turn off to me; for a moment i had a ridiculous urge to pull up my sleeve and show him this :)

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  20. no frills

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    Strap looks long. Otherwise, decent watch. [​IMG]
     
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