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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. CHRK33

    CHRK33 Distinguished Member

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    Thanks to all of you guys who are helping with my decision, Stitchy, RogerP, Dino, No Frills, RNGuy, Wurger -- this type of thoughtfulness and willingness to spend time advising others makes this thread an absolute joy.

    And you guys nailed it on the head regarding why I am entertaining the thought of stretching my budget for a Rolex -- my dad (with that uniquely Southern European immigrant mindset) won't really appreciate the Tudor for its own history and is a bit of a watch snob brand-wise, which makes me shy away slightly from the IWC. He likes what he likes.

    What does surprise me is that more folks aren't into the Explorer II. I thought that would get a lot of love from you guys. I find that really interesting, as I really like the Explorer. It's a big bold watch and although for me personally, it wouldn't be my top choice, it is appealing and makes a statement.

    I have a ton to think about. I will definitely keep you guys posted.

    Also, I have a surprise wedding watch gift from my wife-to-be that I will unveil post-honeymoon (we worked on picking it out together with some great advice from Dino). I am so excited to finally get to wear it.
     


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    Stitches, that is spectacular and fits a great niche in your collection. Great get!! :slayer:
     


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    well done!

    but, why the sweater? I know I'm a few miles south of you, but it's still 80+ degrees here (beautiful actually for this area this time of year!)

    im guessing your office is a freezer?



     


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    Nice watch!
     


  5. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    why thanks, dopey!

    that is a splendid question, and i am having a hard time figuring out the answer myself. its actually the main reason i considered not kopping because id hate to end up with a watch just sitting. i already have that in my B&M capeland that my wife got me when we got engaged. i love the watch, but i just dont really wear it much.

    what i can say i think is, that for the summer, the rolex will probably get most of the wrist time when i am wearing a more casual outfit because i much prefer a metal bracelet in the summer. doesnt get ruined by sweat and a quick rinse and dry and you are good to go. and in the winter, the panny will probably get more love with the casual fits. the JLC will remain the year round watch for my my more dressy days. that is how i would guess it will play out, but only time will tell. herp derp.

    also, i am a bit lazy, and often, once i have a watch on, i forgo swapping it out because it means taking one out of the box and putting another away. yes. i am that lazy.


    THANKS!
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    regarding your point about the ExII v the milgauss. sure, we all love the ExII, but i think for your circumstance people are saying milgauss is better suited. as for me, i love the milgauss far more than the ExII. one of my fave rolexes.
     


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    thanks, man!!

    pic is from yesterday. was about 60 degrees when i left the house in the AM, so i threw on a sweater. my office is a freezer tho, but that is because i like it that way. : )



    thanks!!
     


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    after having a shower and some more thought, I think I have to retract this comment of mine about the use of the term date function.

    I guess there are so many things that we take for granted with date functions on mechanical watches today that the achievements when it was first introduced and its various improvements are forgotten.

    It was a great introduction back in 1945 when Rolex introduced Datejust, a function that automatically changed the date when the time moves to the next day, it's an automatic function.

    In 1955, instantaneous date change was introduced by Rolex, whereas before, the date would begin to change hours before its midnight rendezvous. Some watches today still don't have this function.

    In the late 70s, quick set date was introduced; before that, you have to rotate the hands over the 24hr span to advance the date, which can mean many rotations if it's a few dates away.
     
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    And yeah, a big thank you to everyone that helped me before the purchase of the Longines Retrograde, plus the comments and appreciation I got after the purchase and wearing. SF FTW :slayer:
     


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    but ballers like dopey dont seem to appreciate this, and refer to it as bad engineering. for shame.
     


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    dopey Stylish Dinosaur Dubiously Honored

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    Yep. It's a great, well-designed day counter and has many uses. One awesome feature would be if, for example, you have a watch with a seven day reserve but no power indicator; you could wind it and then set your day counter to 31 and watch it count to seven days and you will know when your watch will run down. Or if you are going on a ten day trip and want to know when to catch your return flight - simply set your day counter and you will know when to go to the airport. When you order a new Annual Calendar watch and the dealer tells you it will be in in two to three weeks . . . Perfect. Set your day counter and watch the days go by until it is ready for pickup.
     
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    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    I think a more compelling argument is to blame the astro-physical laws of Earth (or the incompetents who discovered them) since this has obviously failed to keep every month at precisely the same number of days the entire so-called year.
     


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    We may as well start ranting about DST while we're at it.
     


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    [​IMG] My LV says hello

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    Its about time!!! Looks fantastic! I hope you enjoy it and that it gets lots of wrist time. Congrats bro [​IMG]
    CHRK33 - with respect to the lack of love you refer to regarding the Ex2, let me clarify my own feelings on Milgauss vs. Ex2. For me personally, I would choose Ex2 over a Milgauss. I have the old style 16570, and its a all purpose watch. I like the newer one a lot, and I would give it serious thought along with the new Blue/Black GMT2. That being said, this is for your Dad and not for me. Not sure if your Dad would find the Ex2, too large for him at 42mm. Beyond that, I had a friend that owned a restaurant and was in the kitchen a lot and his watches really took a beating. In fact he had a Nautilus for a few years, but it really couldn't withstand the constant punishment it took in a kitchen (maybe not shock proof enough) and he was having to send it back to the Henri Stern Agency for service due to the affect the constant banging around had on the movement...it would stop accurately keeping time or stop period. He eventually sold it because it just wasn't up to the tasks he was doing. So knowing this, I think the Milguass is easier to clean up and keep looking great when it goes in for service. A polishing of the bezel will bring it back to looking like new. An Ex2 bezel under really extreme conditions is going to look beaten up and battered. Some people like that, but others don't, and the only thing one can do is eventually replace its bezel. So for me, someone with a desk job where watches as babied, I would prefer a black dial new Ex2 over a Milgauss (even though the Milgauss is very nice), but for your Dad, I prefer the Milgauss. Just my 2 cents.

    Wishing you luck whatever you decide...and can't wait to see some wrist shots of your big day with your new watch! [​IMG]
     


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