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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. in stitches

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    Brown? What about burgundy Horween CXL?

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    That'll work. I guess its just the metal bracelet that I dont love.
     
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    I've always felt the same. It's the only watch that I go from love / hate simply because of the bracelet. Amazing the difference other straps make for the Speedy.
     
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    I think its that I dislike all non tapered metal bracelets. They look bad to me.
     
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    Rhodium dial with arabic numerals. Went from options to kop very very fast since people were snapping these up left right center (the TT one I saw on Saturday was sold on Sunday).


    Feeding frenzy is right. It seems like the dealers are doing business for the entire year in January. Prices have already gone up - I was unable to enjoy the same level of discount I am accustomed to with my usual guy (well, girl) - she tells me management has eliminated the discretionary discount and they anticipate a subtantial price increase once fresh stocks arrive. I couldn't believe that there were only three submariners left in store when they usually have a whole display case full. And no Explorer Is either!


    Two practical considerations (price premium plus the fact that only the fluted bezel they had left in stock was the RN blue dial) took them out of the running. To me the fluted bezel is pretty nice but not a must have - getting the right dial was more important, so I made my choice based on that. I guess if I had eventually gone with the RN blue dial I would have gone back to choose beteween domed bezel and fluted bezel, but since the fluted bezel version of my eventual choice wasn't in stock I didn't have to make that decision.
     
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    Ahhh, well that was an excellent choice! Like the conrrast of the numerals against the dial.

    Moar pics?
     
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    The Speedy has never done anything for me either. Don't really know why. Just doesn't push my buttons, so to speak.
     
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    Am I alone in saying that the Speedy doesn't particularly appeal to me? Base model at least, though I do quite like the Dark Side of the Moon and Grey Side of the Moon versions. Much prefer the Seamaster Planet Ocean.

    Although I suspect this stems from my general lack of affinity towards chronos. Heresy I know but even the Daytona doesn't quite stir my loins like I know it does for some of you :hide:. Heck, I don't even like my Portuguese chrono all that much - I've said it before, I regret that I didn't hold out for the Portuguese automatic. If I ever had to cull my collection (not contemplated right now but you never know) that would probably be the first to go.

    Thinking it through, I'm not quite sure why either. My initial thought was that a chrono isn't all that useful - I can't think of any situation where I needed to time something (which is already a pretty rare ocurrence) and thought "Gee, I'm glad I wore my Portuguese chrono today". An iPhone is more accurate, easier to use and can do nifty things like record a bazillion lap timings. But then following through with that line of reasoning, any mechanical watch pretty much becomes redundant once one carries any modern smartphone. They're all by default perpetual calendars without even needing to correct for leap years and multi time zone GMTs.

    I guess to me they clutter the dial without quite adding anything of interest. Most chrono faces feature subdials for hours and minutes at either 3 / 6 / 9 but are not paritcularly decorated compared to the rest of the dial - stick markers most of the time. Contrast this with other complications like a moonphase or even annual calendars where something different is shown. Having additional pushers also takes away from the clean line of the case.

    Or maybe I should just stop talking now before being declared heretic and banned from TWAT.
     
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    But have you tried pushing its buttons?!?! [​IMG]
     
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    Probably wouldn't enjoy me doing it ;)
     
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    Don't know if Ill ever buy a chrono, but it is perhaps the most overlooked and under appreciated complication out there. My top choice would be a Daytona. Or something built into a grand complication.
     
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    Human factors, man. Direct single-function control is always better than non-tactile software keys. You have to take your eyes off what you're doing to find where to press.

    It's not exactly a life-or-death situation, but fumbling around with a touch screen phone when I'm timing an extraction to dial in the grind with new coffee beans, for example, just doesn't work as well as engaging a real chrono.

    There are plenty of other cases where it's great to have a stopwatch on the wrist. Plus it just looks better than playing with your phone. :)
     
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    I love this take on life. What could be a finer use of a mechanical chrono?

    I have a Speedy incoming over the next couple of days so all of this Speedy chat is getting me very impatient.

    What I want to do with it is put on a strap similar to the black cross-grain one that comes on the JLC Deep Sea Chrono. Anyone know where I could get one made up (rather than getting one from JLC for a watch that isn't theirs)?
     
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    Yeah, the chrono might be my favorite, and most useful, complication on wrist watches. Moonphases are pretty and all, but that is just fluff at the end of the day. I use the chrono function all the time when cooking, as a subtle encouragement to my wife to not be quite so late next time, and for a few work related tasks. I can't imagine not liking/appreciating a chrono if you are in to watches, kind of blows my mind a bit. I suppose I tend to like complications I use, so chronos and GMT/Travel TIme/World Time complications are my favorite. There are others that are "prettier", but then their usefulness kind of stops at aesthetically pleasing.
     
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    I'm not particularly attracted to chronos, but if I should ever get one, the (plexi) Speedy would be my first choice. As for straps, I think it looks best like so:

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    - though this looks pretty good too:

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    I would argue that the more complicated a watch is the less likely it is to be aesthetically pleasing. It is possible to include a GMT or Moon-phase without cluttering up the dial but even the chrono as useful as it is tends to muck up the face of a watch.
     
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    Personally, I find the black croc too dressy for a tool watch; and the brown strap just doesn't go with the all-black dial. Just my opinion. I'd prefer something sportier - nato, perforated leather, etc.
     
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    Normally I would agree that a croc is too dressy for a tool watch (I very rarely used the one that came with my Luminor), but for some reason it's still my preferred look for the Speedy. Not really sure why...



    Apropos something entirely different, is anybody looking for an


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