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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. dshap

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    That's a great dial. Nice present :slayer:
     
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    Very nice - the wife has great taste.
     
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    It's going keep me sane while I save up for a Reverso Grande Date...

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    Thanks. I really want it to become my daily wear watch, but I'm hesitant I'll ruin it.
     
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    does the SD have anti-glare on both sides?
     
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    Negative ghostrider.
     
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    I think Rolex doesn't put AR coating on their crystal. I think it doesn't glare as much due to the thickness of the crystal and smaller diameter that cuts into the glare on the SD.
     
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    Correct--I believe that Rolex's crystal on the Sea Dweller is ~3mm.

    Compare the glare of the Rolex with this Bremont Supermarine, which has some crazy 9 AR coats:

     
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    the bremont looks like a sick deal at $5150...
    better value than the submariner
     
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    From Toppers its actually ~$4300, which does make it a good deal. The accoutrements of the Bremont are out of this world--the case, design, finishing, etc. The only thing really holding it back is the fact that it uses a modified ETA movement (I am not sure just how modified it is), whereas at this price point one starts to hope for in-house movements. Compare this to the Seiko Marinemaster 300m, for example, which clocks in at about $2400 or so:

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    The MM 300 is fully in house, and has wonderful finishing and design elements. It is often compared to the Submariner, and many comparative reviews even give it the edge [Ref: http://forums.watchuseek.com/f304/c...001-marinemaster-vs-rolex-16610lv-296162.html].

    Currently I am in between a MM 300 and a Bremont perhaps. Although I adore the Bremont styling, and really think it is the most aesthetically pleasing dive watch to my eye, I may have to hold off on the purchase for now.
     
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    i dont think i'd mind non-in-house...
    if you look at it... the IWC portuguese chrono is not in house but its more accurate than the portuguese auto which has the IWC in house movement lol...
    ETA work horse units are legit, just people want that much exclusivity.
    i dont think even ferraris use all ferrari made parts... the new double clutch trans is outsourced
     
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    I've been looking at the Bremont ALT-1C but with the charcoal grey dial.

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    Tressa - 25 Jewel Automatic - a charity shop purchase for a few bob.

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    The ALT-1C is pretty unbelievable. I love the designs of the Bremonts, but I just struggle to accept the movements in them. I think that they have some of the most beautiful watches around [in their range], but I guess I have come to expect more mechanically speaking. At this price you can almost get the new PO with the 8500 movement...
     
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    A couple of Swiss watches. I'm wearing the Baume & Mercier chrono today.

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    I'm hesitant because I don't know much about the brand but from the small amount of research I've done, they've received great reviews. I just can't decide if I want the Bremont or a used Rolex Explorer 1. I already have 2 vintage Omegas or I would choose an Acqua Terra Mid-Size but having a difficult time find one with the blue dial. Too many choices.

    Anyone have any thoughts on Bell & Ross?

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    Never really heard much good about B&R. I don't particularly like the designs, and they aren't overly well made. I think in that price range you can find a whole lot better. I have heard that they pretty much sit on their laurels, and have not done much aside from that.

    Personally, I would take the Bremont before the Rolex, but I am also not that much of a Rolex man. I tend to favor the obscure, and the Rolex designs just aren't for me. I also like new watches over used watches... but that is a personal hangup. For some reason I just feel better knowing when I am the only one who has used it, as I know how well I take care of my things. And I have done a very large amount of research on Bremont, mainly the Supermarine, and the consensus is that stylistically / finishing wise they are up to par with the hard hitters, but the lack of an in-house movement is the kicker. Personally, for me it is a tough decision. I love the fact that there cases are so hard, and are insanely difficult to scratch / dent. But I struggle with paying ~ $4300 for a slightly adjusted ETA movement, especially when for about $1500 more I could score the new Omega PO. Decisions decisions.
     
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    While I understand the fear (too strong of a word?) of buying used, I don't think it's particularly rational when dealing with watches like it is with cars. Unlike cars, a watch that is keeping good time is likely to be sound on the inside, obviously additional complications require more inspection but all these functions can be tested. Whereas with cars underlying problems can be masked in the day to day function of the vehicle. Also, I think that a 1,500 dollar difference is not a "well for just a little bit more" situation considering it's almost 1/3 the cost of the Bremont, which puts the PO in a different category entirely.
     
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