The Watch Appreciation Thread (Reviews and Photos of Men's Timepieces by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Brei

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    tor Senior member

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    I am going to speak Paneristi jargon now, but I am sure you are familiar with it.

    Distressing recipe:

    1) chlorine bath - 1 part pool chlorine to 8 parts water (over night)

    2) salt water bath - I swam with the strap in the ocean daily for 3 months (when I was living in Aust)

    3) light sand papering of the sides - very gentle to rough up the edges

    It is now the softest strap I own and holds up very well to the distressing process.

    Gaz


    I mean, it looks nice, but couldn't you have just distressed it naturally by just actually wearing it a lot?

    To me, going to such great lengths to distressing something like that reminds me a little too much of pre-distressed clothing, which I am not a fan of at all.
     


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    ^ Well done [​IMG]

    I've looked into Dirk straps earlier but couldn't find an European supplier.

    Btw, I'm pretty happy with this one from Manifatture Firenze. You could see a glimse of it on my 177 in a recent WAYWRN pic. It's great for the price.


    Very nice!!! I like Manifatture Firenze. Go to Paneristi's accessories corner and you'll probably find one. Having said that, the one in the photo is a 1st generation dirk strap which is characterised by the sewn in Pre-V logo buckle. Dirks no long come with those buckles.

    BTW, Dirk is located in Belgium. You can email him directly: dirk . grandry @ pandora . be (remove spaces).
     


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    What's the advantage of an IWC Mark XVI over a Stowa Flieger? Movement? Resale value?

    I like that the Stowa comes with the logo-less option and am having a hard time justifying the extra price for a IWC.
     


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    ^ Yeah, I remember reading that Dirk was in Belgium, but all my searching only let to US sources so thank you for the address.

    I would have loved to get one of his straps with the pre Vendome buckles - oh, well.
     


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    [​IMG] i'm a califran!
     


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    The Nitpicker in Chief [​IMG]

    PS: good choice on the Luminor Base, the OP catalog these days is quite sad


    Errr duh, sorry for the misinformation. Brain fart (and thanks). I like the Sub a lot too. Does anyone here have the titanium 25?



    (More) pics or it didn't happen!
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    I mean, it looks nice, but couldn't you have just distressed it naturally by just actually wearing it a lot?

    To me, going to such great lengths to distressing something like that reminds me a little too much of pre-distressed clothing, which I am not a fan of at all.


    The original strap was a dark chocolate brown. The condition I wanted to achieve was that of the old straps on vintage Panerai. The distressing was achieved over a three month period with daily wear, so I think it was a good compromise between artificial and real distressing.
     


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    The original strap was a dark chocolate brown. The condition I wanted to achieve was that of the old straps on vintage Panerai. The distressing was achieved over a three month period with daily wear, so I think it was a good compromise between artificial and real distressing.

    Fair enough. Looks nice either way.
     


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    [​IMG] This is my watch dad gave it to me not too long ago. It's a Tissot Swiss Automatic, i have no idea which model it is. I really like it, its really simple and i wear it everyday. This is the only watch i have because i don't have enough money to buy a different one because im 16.
     


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    my humble little collection [​IMG] clockwise from top left: Omega seamaster professional Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Sinn U1 Automatik Glycine
     


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    ^ Nice - I'm thinking about a Sinn - how do you like it?
    Anyone know how it compares to a Zenith?
     


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    Does anyone here have the titanium 25?
    I used to have a 25B a long time ago. It got lost in the watch shuffle...
     


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    Is that a Pilot V5?
     


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