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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. Newcomer

    Newcomer Senior member

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    Thanks, and to anyone else I may have missed!

    But on to the IWC issue. Although that Pilot watch is not my favorite [actually it looks ridiculous], I do believe that IWC is going back to the right direction. The only thing that I worry about is that they are going to "Paneria" or "Royal Oak" their collection. By this, I mean taking the pilot watch style and tweaking it in a variety of ways. I think the beauty of pilot watches is in their understated look. However, it does look like they are going to be introducing more in-house movements with their Spitfire range, among others. I guess this is a good thing, although I do think that IWC benefits from having their lower-range, ETA-driven movements. I have a feeling that more and more of their watches are going to become unattainable for the majority of folks.

    *Edited to actually make a point.
     
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  2. Dino944

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    I find it a distraction from the clean looks of the dial. As I mentioned in a prior post, I prefer their Pilot watches from the 1990s far more than what they offer today.
     
  3. akatsuki

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    Time to update my watches - my old Bulgari Sport Chrono is just tiny by today's standards. Going to put a baby blue leather strap on it and give it to the wife.

    So.... new daily wearer time. And the options so far are:


    1. JLC Master Compressor Diving Pro
      Comments- the blue detailing pops, in-house movement, JLC quality
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    2. Glashutte Original Sport Evolution
      Comments- seems like an SF favorite, no real heritage, but quality is good
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    3. Breguet Type XXI
      Comments- a bit rarer than the other two, but movement is also used in a couple of other watches; brown face is kind of cool, but overall maybe a bit bland?
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    I don't like the GP Sea Hawk II too much... Any other suggestions for a nice dive watch?

    Also, it is silly to buy a gold dive watch?
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  4. Newcomer

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    Have you thought about the JLC Navy Seals watch?

    [​IMG]

    Here is a nice review of it:

    http://www.ablogtoread.com/jaeger-l...ving-chronograph-gmt-navy-seals-watch-review/

    Navy Seal gimmick aside, I think that is my favorite of the JLC dive watches currently in production. However, I think that this one [coming out soon] is my favorite, the new JLC Deep Sea Vintage Chrono:

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    Also, another option could by the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, one of the most [if not THE most] iconic dive watches out there:

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    If I was looking for a dive watch in your price range, this would easily be my pick.
     
  5. akatsuki

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    I think I might buy a cheaper black diver for a gym/banging around watch. And I definitely hate all the pseudo-military bullshit that watch companies put out, most of the teams wear G-shocks. If I ever start a watch company, I am going to fucking name the watches after different My Little Ponies and Care Bears and make my ad campaign about how wearers of my watches have such big dicks, they need to tone their shit down to walk among ordinary men.
     
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    werd! + 10,000! couldn't agree with you more.... :crackup:
     
  7. akatsuki

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    The Blancpain is interesting, but I think I don't like the curve on the bezel (the same issue I think I have with the GO)... It kind of makes me think of a donut.
     
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    I agree with you on that one. I just think that a brand like JLC speaks for itself. It doesn't need some silly advertising campaign. Despite not being as well finished as PP, VC, and the likes, I find JLC to be one of the more "regal" watch brands, if that makes sense.


    That makes sense I guess :). Seeing it in person, however, it is an absolute work of art. In my opinion, the most beautiful dive watch out there.

     
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  9. Mirador

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    OK, I agree that the marketing teams get a bit carried away. However, I can confirm the relationship JLC has with the Navy Seals is legitimate and productive for both sides. The NSA Incursion prototype for example, was worn by Seals for 12 months and tested under all sorts of dire situations. Neither the Seals nor JLC are pretending these models are 'combat' models. However, you should take some comfort that the R&D behind this (and other) models has been robust. It's worth noting JLC sponsors some of the network groups that support Seals and their families.

    As for recommendations, don't forget the Rolex Sea-Dweller, yes it's over-engineered, but it'll take everything you can throw at it and the best bracelet in the industry :)

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  10. Cylon

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    Humble suggestions: JLC tribute to the Polaris or JLC tribute to the Deep Sea, Linde Werdelin Oktopus DLC
     
  11. Newcomer

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    I concur with these choices as well :)
     
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    Today i'm sporting my Speedy with a new Rios Strap i got from GnomonWatches - its a dark brown buffalo strap

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    Not bad, but I'd prefer a non-black watch for just messing around in...
     
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    Ah, I will get back to the drawing board.
     
  15. Cylon

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    You want a dive watch or an everyday beater? It seems to me that most dive watches have a black dial with white + luminescent dial markers to increase readability in the deep ocean. The best choice for an overlapping dive watch + everyday watch would most likely be a Rolex Submariner...
     
  16. akatsuki

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    Ooops - not all black (like the Seals watch). I am just looking for a dive style watch - don't really care if it is a real diver, will have another watch for that sort of thing.
     
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  17. Cylon

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    I suggest taking a closer look at Linde Werdelin

    [​IMG]


    or maybe an Explorer II

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  18. Cylon

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    Have you seen the new 2012 JLC releases?

    I know we share an affinity for reversos, so heres a previously unseen Reverso Calendar in rose gold. It's not an ultra thin, but does have a complication

    [​IMG]

    It's also available in SS, but no pics as yet.

    It's going to be a good week [​IMG]
     
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  19. SkinnyGoomba

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    Thanks! After 5 years of paneria I'm happy to switch to something smaller.
     
  20. okay.w0w

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    The Explorer II is nice. It's on my list of potential purchases.
     
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