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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. mimo

    mimo Senior member

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    Now there's a thought - Dino's Jumbo springs to mind. Definitely wearable with anything...but would you risk it in the gym or the pool?

    Now I'm thinking about Frilly's 5711 in the sandbox...
     
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    Dachshund Senior member

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    I'd struggle with the Royal Oak for black tie. Just a little too tool watch for that scenario. The Nautilus would work though. I've just never loved it.
     
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    I am a one watch guy and trust me I've tried many times to have multiple watches and it just doesn't work for me. I thought my one watch was going to be my 116610 Sub and it was for over 2 years. I sold it like I always do because I got bored.

    I decided to finally try the 36mm Explorer and this is the true definition of a one watch for me. It just works. All the time. I forget I even have it on. It just blends in seamlessly with everything I might be wearing. Trousers, OCBD and odd jacket to denim and a Tshirt. I was always fiddling with my Sub under a cuff and with the Exp it's like it's not even there.

    So I have to agree with you, @Dachshund

    Grail is a different story. That's easy, AP15202, but that is not an 'only watch'.
     
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    mimo Senior member

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    A Jumbo more tool than an Explorer? Still, technically, the correct watch for black tie is no watch. Maybe that's the answer. :)
     
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    Dachshund Senior member

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    Maybe 'one watch' = mobile phone [​IMG]
     
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    The problem with the "one watch" decision is that for most people it involves several compromises. It ends up being the least offensive compromise int he majority of situations you find yourself in, that's not really a ringing endorsement for a watch you'll love. So the chances of you ending up at a watch that isn't really on your list to own makes sense.
     
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    Amen - I've always considered that a trifecta (3) was the perfect amount of watches for a reasonable collection. Instead on settling down on compromises and never being truly satisfied with the one watch you have, 3, on the other hand, leaves you with a greater range and helps you alleviate the need for compromises.

    You could have an all-dress watch (not a "it could work with a suit", watch - truly a dress watch), a dedicated tool watch (I feel a lot would put the Submariner as their choice in this category) and an in-between (maybe a Pilot, or something that can be worn either with jeans on the week-end or with a sport coat and slacks on Fridays).

    With that said, I truly respect (and envy) the people who can actually control their TAD (timepiece-acquiring disorder) and own 3-4 watches, but of greater quality and steeper price. I am impressed, reading this thread, with people who would rather have only 1-2 watch of great horological importance or movement revolution. There's simply too many watches I love (even if not revolutionary in the horological sense of the word) to settle for this less. Though, having too many watches makes it harder to choose what to wear in the morning - thus, I sometimes always wear the same watches anyway, and some only get to see the sunlight once in a blue moon.
     
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    Yeah, I think three is a great idea: e.g. MUT for dress, Sub for tool, and a Pilot or Panerai for casual douchery (I kid, I kid...and I wear a pilot!)

    But the question then is: where does the grail go? I think in that case, one has to add the "special" watch - probably a version of the dress watch in most cases. The special occasion "today I'm wearing my Lange to feel extra awesome for this massive meeting" kind of watch. Or just because it's Tuesday.

    I know you know what I mean.
     
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    Ahh but you forgot the obligatory, barely-counts-fourth, the Seiko beater! But for watches that matter, I agree that three is the right amount. After that you've got to involve winders or spend time winding to keep them active.

    Do that many people dive that everyone wants a Sub? I just find the 3 time zone capability of the GMT so useful. For "casual douchery" my vote is pretty much any good chrono.

    Speaking of which. Your meditation of the day:
    [​IMG]
     
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    Yes, I think 3 + 1 grail is the ideal. Anything additional to that is gravy. If you're the rare person whose grail is his 'one' then you're a lucky, and financially responsible, fellow.
     
  11. mimo

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    BH, are you saying you want to give up your Speedy Pro? :)

    Well, I have the said Seiko beater for exercise, beach, etc. And I rotate one more subtle and one more shiny watch with my jacket and tie every day. And I wear a pilot for casual douchery. So I guess I'm walking the walk. Except that all four of the above I'd like to upgrade. And so the sickness continues.
     
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    ^^^
    The problem arises when all your watch desires are grail watches and you'll never be able to afford any of them. If I could pick my 3 favorite watches, that's $100,000.
     
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    Of course, this 3-watch talk is meant to take place in a parallel universe where money doesn't come into play. Because in this current universe, my ideal 3 watches I could never afford (ALS/PP for dress, Rolex or APRO for tool and PAM or IWC BP for casual douchery). So I have to make due with more affordable 'homage' and watches with similar features within my price range.

    Then again, I don't think I could stop at only 3.
     
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    My 5711 has pretty much accompanied me through every place and activity I've done. And she has some battle scars to show for it... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
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    I read somewhere that if an event is special enough to be black tie, then a watch shouldn't matter as then when you glance at it, it would signify you would rather be somewhere else. So black tie should actually be watchless.
     
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    Most black tie events I go to I want to get the f-ck out as soon as I can, so a watch is a must!
     
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    Yeah I think that's why it's considered most elegant not to wear one: the correct time to leave being when one's lady wishes to do so.

    And the absolute incorrect form being to check one's watch frequently, while muttering "how long are ballets supposed to be anyway?"
     
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    From experience?
     
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    Actually, no. It's been a while since I took a lady to the ballet, but it was she who fell asleep.

    Also, I fancy this simple item for a technically-incorrect-black-tie-watch:

    [​IMG]

    Yes, with second hand, day counter and all.

    Five watches is the new four.
     
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