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

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  1. Tomasso

    Tomasso Senior member

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    What's the general consensus on Audemars Piguet's Royal Oak?

    Ugly, especially the bracelet. Check out the Vacheron Constantine Overseas.
     


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    Iconic design; first expensive, all-steel sport watch. I've warmed to it over the years, but I think it's very expensive for what it is, particularly considering that some models use the Valjoux 7750 base movement. If you get one, I'd recommend one with a time-only in-house AP movement.

    Still, if you are a collector of 'significant' watches, this is arguably a must-have. However, if you just want an all-steel, sport watch on a bracelet, I'd take a look at the IWC Ingenieur Automatic with the 8000-caliber movement. It's equally high-quality, has an in-house movement with anti-magnetic protection, and costs less.


    both designed by gerald genta, i believe. the RO is not a conventionally handsome watch (especially the offshore line) but it has a distinctive and influential look: the octagonal design, the screws on the bezel, etc. Jay-z wears RO which may or may not affect your decision-making. but it still remains a prestigious watch from a pretigious house.
     


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    both designed by gerald genta, i believe. the RO is not a conventionally handsome watch (especially the offshore line) but it has a distinctive and influential look: the octagonal design, the screws on the bezel, etc. Jay-z wears RO which may or may not affect your decision-making. but it still remains a prestigious watch from a pretigious house.

    The first generation Ingenieur was not designed by Genta, and looks nothing like the current iteration. The second (or third, depending on how you're counting) was designed by Genta, shortly after the Royal Oak. That watch ceased production many years ago. The current-generation Ingenieur is heavily reminscent of the Genta design, but not the same.
     


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    I don't wear it simply because it competes for wrist time with other watches that I enjoy wearing a bit more (GO, PAM, IWC BigP, Dornbluth, etc...). The Meistersinger (along with a bunch of otther watches) rarely wins. I still like the design though

    G- Any chance of you posting pics of your entire collection?
     


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    Ugly, especially the bracelet. Check out the Vacheron Constantine Overseas.
    It's Constantin. And I completely disagree by the way. It is pretty obvious to me that the Royal Oak is a better design than the Overseas. I'm not talking about the RO Offshore or some of the recent monstrosities à la Montoya, but the classic AP RO.
    G- Any chance of you posting pics of your entire collection?
    You mean all together? I'll see if I can do that. Otherwise, I've posted most of my watches in this thread and a couple in the WAYWT thread
     


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    Ugly, especially the bracelet. Check out the Vacheron Constantine Overseas.
    +1. The Vach is more pleasing aesthetically. It has more balance. The Overseas bracelet is probably the nicest on the market.
     


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    Thanks for the feedback guys. I never use to like the Royal Oak, but it has grown on me recently.The other two I'm debating between are:
    Patek Nautilus (ref. 5800, mid size),
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    and a Rolex Datejust:
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    From a price/value perspective, the Rolex seems to make the most sense. But since I already own a GMT, I'd like to get something different.
     


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    You should look at the PP Aquanaut Jumbo instead of the Nautilus
     


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    Ugly, especially the bracelet. Check out the Vacheron Constantine Overseas.
    I dislike the Royal Oak bracelets but the Overseas bracelet is much worse IMO - that sort of branding just looks too contrived.

    On a strap, I think it's a nice looking watch.
     


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    It's Constantin.

    You're so right. Mr.Spellchecker.

    Suck on the errant E

    What a weasel you are.
     


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    Be sure to check out both watches in person (re: the Rolex and Patek). IMO, Patek's sport offerings always seemed to be an afterthought.
     


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    +1. The Vach is more pleasing aesthetically. It has more balance.

    The Overseas bracelet is probably the nicest on the market.


    I was never that impressed with the VC overseas bracelet/lug design. The first link after the lugs sits over my wrist and is really not comfortable for anyone with a smallish (<6.5") wrist. Finish and construction are both top notch. In my experience, my favorite bracelets are from the IWC Pilot line, Blancpain X-50, and, surprise, the Ulysse Nardin Marine Line. The latter features a titantium caseback that is both hypoallergenic and a poor conductor (poor conduction meaning the watch never "feels hot or cold" to the initial touch).
     


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    iammatt generally has better taste than me, but he is wrong in thinking that the Vacheron Overseas is nicer than the Royal Oak. The Royal Oak is better looking.

    But if wanted a steel sports watch, I would probably buy a Rolex if I could find a nice dial without a fluted bezel and that damned cyclops.

    But in any case, I am happy with what I have for as long as I have it.
     


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    I too would probably take the VC over the RO; but, the Offshore trumps those any day.
     


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    You're so right. Mr.Spellchecker.

    Suck on the errant E

    What a weasel you are.


    You officially lost it [​IMG]
     


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