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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. Omega Male

    Omega Male Senior member

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    Have found myself mooning over the latest APRO chronos recently. Other than the treatment of the date function, can't come up with much to dislike. Maybe the crown's also a little big? The dial is just stupendous up close, though. I could stare at the various textures for hours. I would stare at the various textures for hours!

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  2. Keith T

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    What a lovely model (and the JLC is nice too).



    Also tragically cool story on the Cartier "Crash".
     


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    I cam to this thread looking for a watch that fit my budget, 5k.

    After spending months lurking and seeing all the watches, I found myself liking watched 4x and 5x the budgeted amount. not good.

    Took some time away from this thread so i could get back to reality. The closes I got to my budget was an IWC Portuguese. Love it.

    But finally, I think I found the perfect watch...Nomos Tangomat GMT Plus.

    I think its a great watch with great versatility.

    It may have even been recommended to me on this board but over time the watch has really grown on me.

    Now the problem is, where can i try this on!!!

    good decision?
     


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    Sorry, but I think you'll just have to find another 'reason' to dislike it - I think the crown looks great! Seriously, my friend recently bought a white AP chrono and it's a remarkable watch. Very comfortable too!
     


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    The new RO Chronograph is a beautiful watch. Its one of the few pieces I've seen that made a successful transition from being enlarged and using the same movement of the prior 39mm model. While it is larger than the prior model, everything is proportionally appropriate and looks correct. It doesn't suffer from looking distorted and bloated, which I find to be a big problem on Rolex's DJ II and DD II. I don't mind the date position at all between the 4 and 5. I greatly prefer it to chopping out part of the 6 marker/continuous seconds subdial, which is frequently done on Cartiers, BPs, and Breguets etc. using the same base movement. I also like that the date wheel is matched to the dial color so it is less distracting.

    This watch was a strong contender for me, but I ultimately chose the ultra thin RO Jumbo. I already have a watch with an F.Piguet 1185 movement, and the Jumbo is iconic as is its ultra thin movement cal 2121. If I were lucky enough to add another RO to my collection someday, the RO chronograph would probably be my top choice for another AP.

    As for the size of the crown in person it looks appropriate. I think it would be quite difficult to grip and use (because of its shape and smooth sides), if it did not stick out beyond its protective shoulders. The only think that I find a tad difficult to do with this watch is to unscrew the screw down pushers. They are hexagonal in shape to match the crown and hex bolts of the bezel, but they are a bit tough to grip. They don't have the little teeth going around them that you would find on say a Rolex Daytona. However, that was the only fault I find with this watch, and its something I'd be willing to suffer through.

    The finish on them is simply exceptional. The way the light brings out the various finishes and textures under different lighting situations is amazing. You can see that its a very labor intensive case and bracelet to make. While I wish they were more affordable (I'd get a few), its a watch where you can quickly see why they are so expensive, but that they are worth what they cost.
     


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    If you figure something out Cylon, let me know. I have struggled with that for a while. I am thinking navy croc with royal blue stitching. That may help to casualize it.
     


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    I saw a Stowa Marine with a white dial and arabic numerals in the wild yesterday. Looked awesome from afar and up close. Great wrist presence and the brushed metal really caught my eye. Chatted the guy up and he said he had a flieger at home too. Guess he's a happy customer

    I was really surprised at how awesome it looked, and how it caught my eye so well.

    I mention this because it happened just yesterday, but also for Khal80--don't think you're getting less watch for the money if you go with a smaller brand. In fact the opposite is probably true! if its caught your fancy just bite the bullet if you're brave. Where are you located?
     
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    Definitely try navy croc with royal blue stitching. I think that would look fantastic with it. My dad has a JLC 8 Day Master in platinum on a blue croc strap and it looks really handsome (although his stitching is also navy). I think with a navy blue croc strap with royal blue contrasting stitching would be amazing!
     


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    Yea..I loooked up the authorized dealers..I may have to. Theres on in Austin too

    I called Tourneau, and they carry it online. I would have to give a refundable deposit and they would send it in store for me to see/try on.
    They dont carry the GMT version, but are checking up on it.

    thanks again for all the help
     


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    NP.

    Go take pix and share them with us [​IMG]
     


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    Dino, I'm not well versed on mechanics but is a 12 o' clock date position an option with this movement? To me, losing the AP logo and putting the window up there instead would have been the best way to preserve the otherwise admirable symmetry. But, like you say, quibbles. It's a great watch and may well be my next one!
     
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    Pilot's watch posing as "dress watch" today:

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