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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. ABALO

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    And steel perhaps ?
     
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    Of course there's always synthetic.
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    Great Blancpain.

    Is that an OEM rubber strap?

    I tried to find someone who could make a custom rubber strap (wanted one with curved ends that would work with a deployant clasp) and couldn't find anyone.
     
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    Great Blancpain.

    Is that an OEM rubber strap?

    I tried to find someone who could make a custom rubber strap (wanted one with curved ends that would work with a deployant clasp) and couldn't find anyone.


    It's actually a BP rubber coating over leather. I think it is superior to their rubber only. A great source for BP style straps is European Watch Co. in Boston. They have them made by Camille Fournet and sell them for about 50-55% of the OEM retail. Their website only shows Patek straps right now, but call them. The quality is excellent and they are almost indistinguishable from OEM.
     
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    It's actually a BP rubber coating over leather. I think it is superior to their rubber only. A great source for BP style straps is European Watch Co. in Boston. They have them made by Camille Fournet and sell them for about 50-55% of the OEM retail. Their website only shows Patek straps right now, but call them. The quality is excellent and they are almost indistinguishable from OEM.

    Thurston, sounds like you've had some good experiences with European Watch Co. in Boston? I've always wondered about them... have you bought many watches from them in the past?
     
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    Thurston, sounds like you've had some good experiences with European Watch Co. in Boston? I've always wondered about them... have you bought many watches from them in the past?

    No watches - only accessories. They were courteous, shipped promptly and accepted a return with no problems. That's all I can tell you.
     
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    vintage Omega Seamaster DeVille

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    Greg, I have the exact same watch.
     
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    I don't see them mentioned here often, but what is the opinon of Bell & Ross watches?
     
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    I don't see them mentioned here often, but what is the opinon of Bell & Ross watches?

    I liked the first series made by Sinn (I have one - the Space 1 chrono with Lemania movement). I find some of their current designs attractive but I intensely dislike their square instrument line (which seems to be quite successful actually - I was very surprised to see a picture of Norman Foster sporting one as I thought before that day that he had decent taste)
     
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    Greg, I have the exact same watch.
    I commend you for your impeccable taste [​IMG]
     
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    I commend you for your impeccable taste [​IMG]

    Likewise.

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    Another of my grail watches. Blancpain Flyback A Toute Vitesse LE #03/20.
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    That is very nice Thurston.
     
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    I was very surprised to see a picture of Norman Foster sporting one as I thought before that day that he had decent taste
    Over the years I've met with dozens of world class architects and with rare exception they've all exhibited some style quirk or another that was off putting.
     
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    Banks seem to have the odd habit of thinking any cash over $2000 is an huge amount.

    Up here it's a royal pain to get cash over ~3k. For many banks you have to tell them a couple of days in advance that you'll require the money. They forcast their cash requirements these days so that they never have more cash in the vault than absolutely required.
     
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    Over the years I've met with dozens of world class architects and with rare exception they've all exhibited some style quirk or another that was off putting.

    This is just bad taste allover:
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    chessplayer's nice steel 60s era DeVille inspired me to post this. Been in our family new since 1966.

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    Beautiful watch. Did I mention that I like Constellations from this era? I think I did. Anyone got a piepan dial?
     
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    The problem is that I don't really care for anything else. Ostrich is okay, but tends to be in a very orangey shade. Lizard looks like it came from a kiosk at the mall. Pigskin and calf may be and look appropriate on vintage watches but anything modern seems out of place on them. Panerai are my lone exception. They definitely belong on calf. [​IMG] Of course there's always synthetic. [​IMG]
    I just got a nice Honey Ostrich skin strap for my 1949 18k YG Omega which also has a gold dial. I think it doesn't overwhelm the watch so much as say an alligator might. Ostrich straps aren't as "common" as alligator straps, I feel. Jaeger LeCoultre seems to like to pair ostrich skin with their Reversos a lot.
     
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    This is just bad taste allover:
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    The garish watch or the awning stripe shirt? [​IMG]
     
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    The garish watch or the awning stripe shirt? [​IMG]

    The whole thing, especially the watch. I remember when he used to wear architect-clichÃ[​IMG] black turtlenecks... good old times
     
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    Saarinen was much better-dressed:

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