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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. Kaplan

    Kaplan Senior member

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    I'm not sure you can call it 'wrong' when it's been in use on watches for over 200 years.

    Here on a Longines from 1867:

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    As mentioned above, probably due to better balance. This way you get four markers using I's, four using V's and four using X's.

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  2. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    Zippy, please PM me your address, alarm code, and safe code. No reason, just curious.
     
  3. mimo

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    Frilly once announced on here that he doesn't have an alarm.

    Maybe he just stands guard all night, in that there rubber suit. Kinky.
     
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  4. ridethecliche

    ridethecliche Senior member

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    I love that lange in the last page.
     
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    I would be honored to be robbed by stitchy.
     
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  6. Keith T

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    Roadster "IIII teh win" ....

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  7. Keith T

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    Oh, I think stitchy's robbed a bunch of people over the years.

    ZING!

    Probably working on robbing a few more as we speak, right stitch? :D
     
  8. mimo

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    I loved its platinum twin, on my wrist. Did I mention that?

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    *sigh* one day...
     
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    Makes sense for the arguments of IIII vs. IV. Now seeing the 4 X's, 4 V's, and 4 I's is pleasing to the eye.

    As for alarms, I tell my wife if we were ever robbed, they have really bad luck. The would have to find us deep in our neighborhood, choose to break into a house with 2 vicious (not really) pit bulls and an alarm, then find our minimal valuables. Our neighbors have nicer non-garaged cars which make me think they would be better targets in a burglars mind.
     
  10. in stitches

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    :inlove:



    Shhhhhh it doesnt work if they know.
     
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    In re the IIII vs IV thing, this is an interesting explanation:


    "On Roman clock faces, "IIII" is often used in place of "IV" for the "4 o'clock" (excuse me... 04:00 or 16:00 per ISO9000 :) !). This is apparently because "IV" is an abbreviation for "Jupiter" in Roman times. So they decided to use "IIII" so that their public clocks didn't have "1 2 3 GOD 5..." written on them."
     
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    [​IMG] Looks great!

    I think the IIII works really well on Cartier watches as their Romans seem to be a bit bolder and more stylized than that of the Patek or Lange in question.
    VC often skips the IIII vs IV dilemma by using a stick markers at the 4.

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    Axelman 17 Senior member

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    Does anyone know of a good option for watch repair / servicing in Washington DC? My brother has a Longines Chrono that has stopped running. He doesnt have the papers or warranty that came with it and the watch was originally purchased on the grey market. I know that isnt a TWAT approved way to purchase and maintain watches but any help would be appreciated.
     
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    Once the original warranty expires then it wouldn't actually matter whether the watch had its papers or came from a gray market shop vs. a gray dealer. At that point the service wouldn't be free even if a person had the papers. I generally stick with official service centers.
     
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    +1 to Dino's comment. But if your brother ever makes it to NYC, there is an outstanding watchmaker/repair shop in Grand Central Station called Central Watch.
     
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    Incoming tomorrow, a watch with a micro adjustable bracelet!
     
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    Do any of you buy second hand watches? If so, do you have any advice? With the euro plumetting I'm eyeing out duty free watches when I fly to the continent. But they are still a little steep for me (at least the ones worth buying!). Any pointers on where to buy second hand watches around Europe on or offline would be interesting.
     
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    Playing around with the tribute today, ostrich on shell off.
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    Incoming tomorrow, a price DECREASE by Patek in the US and China. And an INCREASE in Europe.

    Comments? Go.
     
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    AFAIK, if you purchase second-hand, there is no ability to get a VAT refund (to the extent that VAT is charged). I'd look for deals on brand new watches at ADs in Eurozone countries--I'm about to make a purchase myself, and in addition to negotiating a decent discount, the strong dollar and the VAT refund made it an offer I simply couldn't refuse. With the strong dollar, VAT refund and a modest discount, you should be able to get at least 25-30% off US prices.
     
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