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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. Hampton

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    Thanks, now let's see biebers rolex ... pimping hard.

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  2. Hayward

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    It's more subtle than some of the monkey bracelets posted here recently.
     
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    I feel this should be clarified so as not to leave open being taken in the wrong way.
     
  5. Hayward

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    Well I was under the impression that a more understated aesthetic was the norm here until all the louche boat anchors came out. I guess you all think I'm a prude but I have values. I've had to uphold those values at singular cost. To this day I remember the most painful day of my life, when my overly impressionable son came home with a Jumbo Aquanaut on his wrist. I disowned him on the spot. I've heard he sells the back of his wrist on Berwick Street now. Out of Sight, Out of Mind.
     
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    Truff.
     
  7. mimo

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    Hahaha! Quite right too!

    Thankfully I'm not rich enough to be a watch-pimp, but I have to admit they're beautiful things. In the "understated" spirit mentioned above, I would like to share this. Not "P0rn" perhaps; more "what the butler saw" from a more innocent age!

    I got my father's old Omega serviced and repaired (although didn't replace the damaged face). Probably cost more than the watch is worth, but it's got history. Now with a new simple grain leather strap instead of the steel bracelet; looks more "vintage" somehow. It's scruffy with the dings on the face, but with a new crown, glass, and original hands back on, and keeping time well again, I am very pleased with it. We're about the same age and condition, so we suit each other!


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    That's a man's watch. My father had a Grand Seiko Hi Beat from the late 60s or early 70s. I'm not even sure they sold them in Australia and I think my grandmother brought it back from Singapore or Japan. In 1974 there was a massive flood in my hometown and someone who was working to repair my parents house stole it! Fucker.
     
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    Thanks man. That's kind of the way I see it. This one would be a couple of years older than me; I'm guessing about '68-'69 (it was bought in '70).

    "Fucker" indeed - hope he got his just desserts in jail some day!
     
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    THAT's how it's done. Perfect amount of 'come back' on the refinish and the strap couldn't have been a better choice. Good job.
     
  11. mimo

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    Why thank you very much!
     
  12. whnay.

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    I really like the reverso, which model should I get?
     
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    If only my son had friends like you instead of the indolent crowd he came to hang out with.
     
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    This is a lovely thing. For all the right reasons. I have only one of my father's better watches. An 18k gold Longines, from about 1965. I was once mugged while wearing it. Only had to 'give up' my wallet - but now only wear the watch on the rarest of occasions. Funny thing is, the same muggers, held up another guy about 15 minutes after me and they took his Swatch. Unfortunately for him they beat him badly. It took nearly a year of going back and forth to court. But of the 5 guys involved 4 actually did time.
     
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    Can't you chain him to his bed until he sees the error of his ways?
     
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    I was always "the kid" that my mother didn't want me to hang out with, she just wasn't aware that it was me. My dad always sussed my shit though.
     
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    Good, hope they did hard time.
     
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    Quote: I love this - simple look, personal history. Great.
     
  19. mimo

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    Sometimes less is more, eh? Thanks Gdot, JT.
     
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    It depends on if you want something like a time only piece, or something with a few other functions. Also depends on how large you want to go. Personally, I only like the Reversos in the GT (Grand Taille) sized cases. For me they are the right size and allow one to wear the watch for dressier occasions with a suit or casually with jeans. I find all the the XGT sized watches too large and bulkie looking to wear with anything other than jeans. I also find they loose some of their elegance and look a bit clunky in the XGT cased size. The 1931 tribute watches are really handsome, for a time only piece. These are watches that must be tried on. A friend of mine bought one but ended up selling it as he never found it sat comfortably on his wrist due to its very flat carriage/case back. Some rectangular or square watches haved curved case backs that follow the contour of your wrist. Reversos don't. I don't own one but I've tried them on several times and overall I really like the design.

    Good luck and let us know what you narrow your choices down to.
     
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