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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. A Y

    A Y Senior member

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    What's a quick list of brands which products are totally in-house made?

    Seiko and JLC are the only two that come to mind.

    --Andre
     
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    What's a quick list of brands which products are totally in-house made?

    Probably easier to ask the specific watch you're looking at if you want insight on its pedigree.
     
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    Acidboy...where are you from? Those sound like hefty discounts...are you certain they are authorized dealers? Just because someone is a grey market dealer they don't have to operate in some crummy little back alley shop, they can look VERY nice.
    Yea acidicboy, [​IMG]
     
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    Seiko and JLC are the only two that come to mind.

    --Andre


    And Rolex.
     
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    funny list.

    what's the pick for tool watch/tool's car?


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    We didn't need to see your parents' cars.
     
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    Probably easier to ask the specific watch you're looking at if you want insight on its pedigree.

    Well, I'm searching for a watch, but it's come to my attention that some watch brands out source to X swiss watch maker to make the guts of their watches, but even if this is respectable or even a good thing, it bothers me. So, which brands are responsible for the entire watch? Or does it vary between watch line within each brand?
     
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    We didn't need to see your parents' cars.

    Owned! [​IMG]
     
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    If it's too broad a question, I'll find some I like then ask specifically.
     
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    My silver pocket-watch: [​IMG] My gold pocket-watch: [​IMG]
     
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    Acidboy...where are you from?

    Those sound like hefty discounts...are you certain they are authorized dealers? Just because someone is a grey market dealer they don't have to operate in some crummy little back alley shop, they can look VERY nice.


    Manila. And I've only bought at AD's.
     
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    Yea acidicboy,













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    YOU should talk. [​IMG] An acquaintance got a Port Chrono at a store near Ocean Terminal at around $4,600 couple of weeks ago.
     
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    anybody know about Ball watches?

    they got some good looking ones like the Engineer and stuff. very good prices.

    anyone care to comment on the brand? thanks.


    Brother, Ball Watches was an American brand that was revived by a(from what I've read, Chinese) investment group. I believe the operation is based in Switzerland. A lot of watch fans don't think much of this brand because they feel its just a new company that bought an old name that makes ETA-based watches. But then again, I've also seen several people here in our parts wearing them.
     
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    Well, I'm searching for a watch, but it's come to my attention that some watch brands out source to X swiss watch maker to make the guts of their watches, but even if this is respectable or even a good thing, it bothers me. So, which brands are responsible for the entire watch? Or does it vary between watch line within each brand?

    If that's really a concern, buy Seiko. Its comprehensive in-house manufacturing process is not seriously disputed. I understand the view that in-house manufacturing is a sign of superior quality. But keep in mind, this drive led by Swatch & Rolex to become fully vertically integrated is a fairly recent phenomenon. Most Swiss watch firms historically relied on small, independent artisans and craftsman to produce specialize pieces of the watch. The great houses like PP, VC & AP built their reputations while using parts made by these artisans and became renowned for their abilities as final assemblers.
     
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    My somewhat eclectic collection to add to the mix:

    L to R.

    Sinn Arktis, 1982 Seiko TV Watch, Seiko Alpinist, Grand Seiko, 1958 Hamilton Ventura, Jeager Le Coultre Reverso Duo, 1916 Omega Officers Watch, 1974 Omega Marine Chronometre, 1976 Omega Speedmaster, Omega f300, Citizen Campanola Perpetual Calendar.

    Please pardon my poor photography skills, unlike with Maplethorpe, in my case the dick is on this side of the lens.


    Jason
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    Rose gold sun and moon reverso.

    So, any pics? The sun and moon is a beautiful thing. Plus, since you kindly slammed my choice, I feel the least you can do is let us see yours.
     
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    As far as I know, the only 100% inhouse watch brand is Seiko (maybe, maybe Citizen). Rolex, JLC, PP, VC, AP and the other usual suspects are close, but there is always something like screws, oil, crystals or springs that make them, yes, inhouse but not 100.00%.

    Does it matter? Nopes, ETA manufacturing excellent base calibers for the companies to either use out of the box or with great care and workmanship turning into small masterpieces by modifying them (IWC, Sinn, Omega...) is in my humble opinion an excellent way to source movements. In-house or not is never a deal breaker for me.

    Out of curiosity what is your combo?

    Mine? 70s track bicycle for transportation and a load of watches...

    You must have a different definition of tool. Are you thinking of "tool-like" watches? Both of these watches, especially Sinn, don't have enough brand recognition to appeal to a (well-off) AmJack, fool-with-money, etc.

    Could be a misunderstanding. As you have probably noticed English isn't my mother tounge (in fact it was the fourth language I learned...), so I might miss some idioms and meanings of words.

    I mean a classic tool watch - purpose-built for professional use. A Sinn with a croc strap would be a Range Rover...

    /M, with only one ETA movement in the collection (but soon a 2824 too) - the quartz in my SeMP...
     
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    i just bought a jaeger lecoultre sun and moon to commemorate a professional milestone.

    hopefully, i've attached the pic correctly. and, frankly, i don't give a flying #$% what someone else thinks. i think it's a beautiful watch that will bring good memories and joy for years to come.
     
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    Congrats!!

    Here is mine (repost)

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