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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. Dino944

    Dino944 Senior member

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    I suspect its mostly the angle and possibly that its a tad taller than a Sub (I forget if the case is thicker, but crystal is definitely thicker/taller). The added height of the crystal changed the distance of the cyclops to the date opening, which then screwed up the magnification, hence Rolex decided not to put a cyclops on Sea-Dwellers. But diameter should be the same 40mm as say a Submariner, as I believe the early ones, which are the double red Sea-Dweller Submariners were sort of a modified Sub. Even later ones were the same diameter as a Sub...just a different thickness.
     


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    Temptation is coming from odd sources for me these days. First I'm lusting after a Sub (about which I was "meh" for decades) then comes along this piece from I brand I have pretty much categorically rejected as decidedly not my thing. Limited edition blue dial Transocean chronograph. Thoughts?

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  3. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    This is a great watch to wear and own (and use) - it is quite nice looking. It doesn't have any collector interest to me, though. Breitling has a long history of chronographs, like Omega and Heuer, but there is really nothing to link this watch to that history. But as a watch-to-wear, it is a beauty.
     
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    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    its a beautiful watch. those are my thoughts.
     


  5. Dino944

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    I'm not a Breitling fan, but I think that is a very classic, handsome chronograph. I'd have to know more about it before I could say yea or nay. I'm guessing the movement is ETA based, what are the case dimensions, and of course price. Its refreshing to see a Breitling that isn't blingy, and actually has a dial that's legible...at least in the photo. Dark dialed chronographs are something one really has to see in person to be sure the dial really is easy to read. Wishing you luck if that is on your "Must have list."
     


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    I like the blue faced Speedy mentioned a few pages back more. I do like how Breitling keeps the bezel clean and puts all the other "stuff" inside the case. I will say it is a lot cleaner of a look.
     


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    Dino - the movement is a brand new ground-up in-house chronograph movement B01 - Breitling's first. Column wheel, vertical clutch, 70 hr. power reserve, all the mod cons. Legibility is okay. Not as easy to read as a white-on-black Speedy, but not a struggle either.

    dopey - fair comment on history, but that's not a priority for me - the product itself is what carries the day. Or doesn't. This one is appealing primarily on a) aesthetics and b) contemporary in-house movement. If this were an ETA-powered piece, I would likely not be interested. Not that ETA sucks, just that I can find a good many appealing chronographs with such movements at a far lower price point.

    Here is a write-up on he movement (albeit in a different watch) for anyone interested:

    http://www.watchtime.com/featured/breitlings-chronomat-b01-with-manufacture-movement/#
     
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    Frills, like new or really good-looking unpolished cases would be hard to find on the older vintage rolexes. Check this discussion on VRF for reference, and be careful:

    http://www.network54.com/Forum/207593/thread/1361559099/Laser+Welding
     


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    Having owned an SD I can attest it wears thicker than pre-big lug Subs. It seemed like they added thickness to the case, crystal and case back. It wears heavier than the Sub. One reason why I chose an SD as my first Rolex was an aversion to the date bubble and the notion that it would be easier to tell apart from fakes, as my assumption was that fakes just added a valve to the Sub case. I've no idea if that was true after all, but I found the watch heavy and too blingy for my taste wine the shiny dial and markers. Plus I like date bubbles now.
     


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    It wears a bit bigger than the older version Sub, but about the same as the current version Sub or GMT. But the thing that really bugged me about the SD was the hump on the back. I found this a bit uncomfortable.
     


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    A question about servicing , which I've done my best to avoid until now. Just bought a Lemania/Elvstrom regatta watch, just like the one that fell overboard 20 years ago. (Price has been adjusted for inflation, sadly.) It appears to be NOS, and works fine but makes a bit of unexpected noise when being wound. Is this necessarily a problem, and if so are there shops you'd trust to pull it apart and put it back in a water-tight sort of way?
     


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    Some great posts today guys! Congrats to both Wurger and Stitchy. I really enjoyed the review Wurger. I will have to look over everything more intently later. The thread has not been this active with new pieces in a little while!

    And Frills. Just spectacular collection.

    I do have a question though. Do you find that with your acquisition of your Patek perp-cal chronos, that your perpetual calendars have been rendered... obsolete? Or is there enough love in your heart for all of them? Personally, I have always been challenged by that concept. I am more of a single love kind of guy.
     


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    That is sexxxxxxy
     


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    My 3714 just back from major Service
    I have worn this pretty much everyday for the last 7 years and the case polish job they did was amazing.
    Delivered 3 weeks early and the SA also threw in a couple of Baseball Caps.
    The NYC Boutique are a super professional outfit.
    I have now had two pieces serviced via them with no issues (preferable to shipping to Fort Worth myself).....
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