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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. CMT1

    CMT1 Senior member

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    My 3:

    Rolex
    JLC
    Patek

    Two familiars, one personal grail.
     
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  2. justinzx

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    Hi all,

    Long time lurker of this forum. Haven't ever felt a need to comment/participate in the forum but the discussions here have influenced my decisions in making watch purchases.

    Top 3 would be:

    Rolex
    Omega
    Patek

    Two I currently have, one grail.

    On a completely separate topic, I wanted to get the views of the forum here. Would replacing a watch dial be a no no? Meaning I own a Speedmaster and have recently taken a keen liking to the "Panda" Speedmaster (Mitsukoshi special). Through my research, I have found that the dial can be procured from sites such as Ofrei and this modification has been done by some....so what's the verdict on these watches? I am not looking to pass it off for profit and looking for a Mitsukoshi dialed Speedmaster might be out of my reach...(300 only?).


    Apologise in advance if the above has been discussed....
     
  3. Dino944

    Dino944 Senior member

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    If you don't know a lot about watches, Eurpean Watch Co and Paul Duggan are both great places to visit and deal with. I have a few very knowledgeable watch friends who have bought from each of them. Both shops have great reputations, and you won't end up with some weird "Franken-junk- watch. Check their inventory it changes regularly. I wouldn't waste my time at Pawn shops. Good luck with your adventure.

    Ah...another multi-date offender [​IMG]. Very cool watch, enjoy it!

    Favorite 3 is tough. In no particular order, Rolex, AP, and Piaget.

    Rolex - got me interested in watches. Before I knew much about watches I loved the designs of the GMT/Sub and the manual wind Daytonas. Back in the day, while they were expensive for my budget they still seemed reasonably priced and the value to cost ratio seemed appropriate.

    AP - I've always loved the design of the original Royal Oak and its variations including the dual time, the day-date (some call it the owl), and the chronograph. The Royal Oak was also the watch that got me interesting in AP as a brand, and interested in their other designs, and innovations.

    Piaget - I really like some of their vintage designs, and I like what they are doing a lot right now with the Altiplano line, skeletonized watches, and their complications. They build their own movements in house and have supplied movements to other respected companies in the past. They have also done some amazing work with dials and bezel made of semiprecious stones. I considering listing Cartier, VC and Patek here. However, Cartier I like more of their older pieces than their current models. I'd much rather focus on CPCP pre-owned than many of their current offerings. VC only have a 2 or 3 watches in their current line ups that are somewhat affordable and of interest to me. Patek, for me is hit or miss, and some are grossly overpriced and others are so sterile in design that I'm bored looking at them. Lange I like, but mostly for the Lange 1 and Lange 1 moonphase, although I did like some of the pix Frills posted recently...although those are way beyond my budget.
     
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  4. in stitches

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    Most excellent reply, Dino. As I expected it to be.
     
  5. Tried and True

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    Jaeger-LeCoultre
    Blancpain
    Patek Philippe

    At least those are whom I own the most from.
     
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  6. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    It really is about time for you to post pictures of your entire collection. Do it. Now.
     
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  7. Keith T

    Keith T Senior member

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    +1

    Always in favor of more pr0n!

    I'd settle for at least some partial views, group shots, etc.
     
  8. DLJr

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    Nomos: Clean designs and great value. I also love that they moved more parts in-house and kept prices the same. I find a majority of their range extremely attractive. Very few I would turn away, but outside of the Weltzeit, nothing blows me away either. They are just really nice watches that I like.

    Lange: Outside of the Datograph, I like all of their lines. Their movement design and finishing are my personal favorites among any manufacture. The 1815 lineup is where my heart is for Lange though. They basically make up my entire grail list.

    FP Journe: So this one just kind of snuck up there this year. The more I got a chance to handle and see these in person, the more I fell in love with the brands. Dial design, hands, and movement designs are just fantastic.

    Honorable Mention Rolex: This would have made my list above Journe, but I just find the new Sub and GMT cases displeasing aesthetically. I've tried multiple times to come around on them, but I just can't.
     
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    Too garish for TWAT, I'm afraid. Not to mention, poorly chosen.:embar:
     
  10. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    Seriously nobody cares. Post up. Dont be shy.
     
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  11. Dino944

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    Thanks Bro! [​IMG]

    I agree with Stitch and Keith T, lets see some more watch porn. Its always fun to see watch photos from fellow collectors. Cheers!
     
  12. bings

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    i just had the thomas preik sapphire caseback installed on my rolex GMT II

    [​IMG]

    quite happy with it. install was minutes and it was pressure tested perfectly.

    purists may not approve but i think it's nice / important to be able to see the movement and these pieces are great quality and take minutes to switch back if you go to sell it to someone who doesnt want it.
     
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    ^^ Better put some sunblock on that movement. I don't think was intended to ever see the light of day.
     
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    ^

    I'm as curmudgeonly as it gets, and I have no issue with that. Looks pretty cool, in fact. I would consider doing the same to my Daytona, as I currently don't have a single watch with a display back and sometimes it's nice to see what makes it tick. And as you said, it's easily reversible.
    Nice!
     
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  15. UnFacconable

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    I would always prefer a sapphire caseback because I'm more interested in looking at the movement than anything else. Can't even imagine why a purist would have an opinion one way or another. I can't wait until my inbound Nomos finally arrives so I can ogle the movement!
     
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    +1

    I posted my puny collection--Tag Heuers and Girard Perregaux included--and lived to tell the tale.

    Do it.


    I like this. Not sure I'd go to the trouble on my Sub, but I still think it's kind of cool. Wouldn't feel that way if it weren't so easily reversible, but it is, as you point out.
     
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  17. Dino944

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    As long as the owner keeps the original back its fine. The main things for a Purists, is probably originality. Beyond that if it were a very collectible piece, say a 1675, 6263, 1655, anything aftermarket lowers its value...but as mentioned if the owner holds onto the original back no issues (just don't misplace it). Then there is service, if you want to have Rolex service it, you have to swap back to the original, or have someone do that for you, if you can't do it yourself. Rolex, at least in the US, will not service any watch with aftermarket parts. You have to re-install the original parts, or buy new ones from Rolex (in which case they confiscate the aftermarket parts), if you want them to work on a watch currently equipped with aftermarket parts.
     
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  18. UnFacconable

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    Sure, I would understand a purist not wanting to buy the watch without the original caseback or even someone having a concern that the watch is infinitesimally worse off for having switched casebacks outside of a Rolex service center, but there's this weird notion in the watch world of appearing purists as if you need sign off from the counsel of elders before swapping straps. I'm not saying that bings cares about any of that stuff, but there are certainly people out there that do.

    In other news, I'm more than a little concerned that many if not most of my shirt cuffs will catch on my watch. I've never worn a watch consistently but in preparation for my decision to wear a watch daily I've been practicing with watches I have laying around and have realized that all of my custom shirts are sized to my wrist, and the majority of my off the rack shirts leave very little room. Barrel cuffs seem to be the worst offenders. I don't have a large wrist so I'm not sure why this is the case, but will be interesting to see how it goes. I'm not committed enough to wearing a watch that I would bother taking all my shirts to a tailor to redo the buttons so I might just need to limit watch wear to the shirts where it works out. A lot of watch people say that once you get a nice watch you can't stop at one, but this is one of the factors that may very well limit my collecting.
     
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  19. Belligero

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    Just move the button. You don't need a tailor for that. Takes less than five minutes per shirt.
     
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    Yeah, I guess come to think of it my nanny is always asking if we have any mending work she can do, so this would probably be a good project for her.
     
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