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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. dddrees

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    Too late to say Hi ffor you, but I did talk to him a bit Thursday. Always make it a point to speak with him when there and it's always a great time. Watches and shoes, and your right he is a Champion for sure. He's done an absolutely marvelous job here, and to get AP in this location speaks volumes in my book.
     
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  2. BostonHedonist

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    Boston is finally coming into bloom.

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    It's a lovely season, BostonHedonist! Especially here north where I reside. All those dark months, so easily forgotten on a beautiful April morning.

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    Truly enjoyed about an hour's worth of serious clockmaking at the Vacheron Constantin boutique in NYC earlier today. The lovely twist was that it was for children! My kids built a clock from each gear on up, with able assistance from the VC watchmakers.

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    The watchmaker that assisted us was wearing an Overseas Chrono.

    The clock itself wasn't very straightforward to assemble, offering chances to explain what was going on. It had a chiming mechanism that went off every fifteen minutes / on the quarter-hour - I always knew my kids would be the one to gift me with a petite sonnerie! Hahah!

    We ended the visit with some clock/watch cookies. The VC staff were all very enthusiastic and we all felt very good about visiting. Really fun stuff! And yes we got to keep the clocks (they are in my living room right now reminding me of their presence every fifteen minutes hahah).
     
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    It was pretty good actually, though not tremendously better than the usual grass-fed steaks I have at home. I liked the thickness of the cut though, and the depth of flavour too. All in, a good piece of meat though a little overhyped. I had lots of other meals/dishes in Italy that were more impressive or satisfying.
     
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    That VC event sounds awesome.
     
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    ^ No kidding. I want to learn how to build that clock now too!
     
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    Snowflake on wrist.

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    Been in Europe for the past two weeks for work/vacation and am coming home today with a little something extra.

    Went in with my 114060, really love the watch, though it was one of those times where I would have appreciated a "day counter". Being off my normal routine, made me less aware of the date than normal and a couple times I went to my wrist for the answer only to be unrewarded and "forced" to get my phone out of my pocket...I know, tough life.

    Yesterday, on my last full day, my wife and I were walking to a specific sandwich shop in Copenhagen and I took a bad route. The route happened to walk us by a watch shop that had some preowned watches in the window. One in particular caught my eye and we had to stop in. Among some Rolexes and Omegas was a Breitling 2031 Datora "Surfboard". I've been looking for a decent deal on one in good condition and boy did I hit the jackpot. Based on my research it appears to be fully legit other than maybe possibly the bezel. The bezel is definitely a Breitling one, but most of the 2031's seem to have a a bicoloured black/silver bezel. While I have seen pics of a few with the solid black, I'm not sure if the all black is original to this particular watch. Regardless, its at the least period correct to Breitling and we agreed upon a price that was good enough. That along with the rise of the dollar, I have a pretty good deal on my wrist and some extra funkiness that I've been looking for.

    The acrylic crystal has a few minor scratches that are hard to see normally, the bezel is mostly in good condition and the case back is scratched up a bit, but the case, dial and hands are in pretty good shape. The watch has been recently serviced and seems to be keeping accurate time so far and the chronograph is working great as well. Overall I'm pretty happy with the purchase...now to figure out a cool strap for it. Love the orange hands with the silve and blue dial and love the dual bezel for use as a second timezone indicator (as seen in the pics, the bezel is set for Chicago time). I know it's not everybody's taste and probably won't be displacing the the Rolex as my main watch, but I bet it gets a decent amount of wrist time.

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    ^ That's pretty funky. Was the shop Franz Jaeger & Me or another one? Which sandwich shop were you looking for?
     
  11. Find Finn

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    It could also be Svejts

    Either way you were miles away from the best sandwich shop in town.
     
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    Yes, it was Franz Jeager. On a suggestion of my Danish colleague we were heading to Ida Davidsen, but failed to realize it isn't open on Saturdays. If I had realized that before hand, then we wouldn't have happened by the shop. Also, I didn't realize at the time, but we wondered in just before closing time. Really seems like fate to find the watch.

    I have no idea what the reputation of the shop is, but I liked the salesman and was treated warmly, so it's okay in my book.

    I travel to copenhagen for work 2-3 times a year, but this was the first real time I'd spent in the city exploring a bit. Wish I would have taken the time to do it on one of my previous trips.
     
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    You probably talked to the owner, as I think he's pretty much the only one there. He sold my Panerai for me when it was time to let it go.


    Which one is that?
     
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    Thanks for the recommendation, I'll check it out :)
     
  16. BostonHedonist

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    Great watch. Did you pick it up in Japan?
     
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    They close at 3, but get there before noon, as they sell out of some of their stuff early.
     
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    @boston,

    Got it locally. :)


    Was surprised that (when I was in Japan) there were virtually no stock of this model nor any of the Hi-Beats over there.

    They do have a great selection of other spring drives and dressier automatics there.
     
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    frilly: looks like an awesome event for the kiddos. That must have been a blast. Did you sprinkle some whey protein on your cupcake? LOL.


    pmeis: Congrats! What a fun vintage treasure.

    I'd recommend a padded Breitling-style calfskin strap with white stitching. Basically, what you have now, sans the croc-pattern.

    Nice pickup!
     
  20. BostonHedonist

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    Piaget Altiplano. Thoughts?
     
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