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. Teacher

    Teacher Senior member

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    Also, I prefer a vintage watch to have a strap that looks "right". All to often, I see a pic of a vintage watch with a brand new croc or leather band that looks so out of place, no patina.


    The really vintage bands that I find are in awful shape, so new are my only recourse. Don't know about others.
     


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    Streetwear and denim style.

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    OB - i love the PO with black bezel. It's an itch I've been wanting to scratch for a while. It's such a great looking dive watch and the new bracelet is really awesome [​IMG]
     


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    Augusto86 Sean Penn's Mexican love child

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    I would dearly love a vintage watch like one of those but I know so little about watches I fear I would end up getting ripped off...also I am too poor.

    Perhaps I will educate myself one of these days.

    Do you guys buy your vintage watches online or at auctions or what?
     


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    The really vintage bands that I find are in awful shape, so new are my only recourse. Don't know about others.
    Not a fan of what Squinky has on eBay as vintage NOS? He is a TZ seller as well... here is a 1950's lizard band I just got from him (haven't moisturized it yet or put it on): [​IMG]
    Do you guys buy your vintage watches online or at auctions or what?
    I've found a few sellers on Timezone that I follow and stick to what they offer. PM me if you want a link or a few suggestions.
     


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    The pink gold is much warmer than in the photograph. Any suggestion for a new strap?

    I am partial to brown straps with PG and RG cases. I would recommend a rich brown alligator strap, matte finish. Does it come with a PG buckle?
     


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    I am partial to brown straps with PG and RG cases. I would recommend a rich brown alligator strap, matte finish. Does it come with a PG buckle?

    With PG/RG I also like rich brown but with a bit of red in it (see above!).
     


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    I'll help. My favorite watch. I probably wear it more than any other. IWC 5441 Jubilee Portugesier. I drove from Philadelphia to Princeton in a snowstorm to meet a guy from Brooklyn at a train station to collect this watch.

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    BEAUTIFUL watch, one of the nicest I've ever seen. Out of curiosity, what's the ballpark on those? They were limited edition, correct?
     


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    BEAUTIFUL watch, one of the nicest I've ever seen. Out of curiosity, what's the ballpark on those? They were limited edition, correct?

    Thanks. Yes, they were LE: 1000 ss ($8,500), 500 rg ($12,500) & 250 pt ($21,500). They were released in 1993, probably all produced by 1995 and many sat at dealers through 2000. Then they became the hottest watch for collectors. I bought this one at the end of 2005. Through a series of WTB ads, targeted emails to people who know people in watches and answering old FS ads, I turned up two in every metal. At that time, steel was going for $12k, gold was going for $15-$16k and platinum $20-$22k.

    I even uncovered an ultra-rare Pisa Portuguesier for about $16k, but that was just too rich - even though I consider the Pisa the most beautiful of the lot.
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    A lot of the modern high-end straps are too thick to look good on the vintage watches.

    However, I've seen some vintage watches with straps like these:

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    A lot of the modern high-end straps are too thick to look good on the vintage watches.

    However, I've seen some vintage watches with straps like these:

    http://images.snapfish.com/34647368&...67774%3Anu0mrj


    Modern high-end straps can be purchased with various levels of padding. You're correct that unpadded straps are sometimes a better match for thin vintage watches. The one pictured seems to have slight padding
     


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    I think this strap is very nice:

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    I'll start

    Panerai PAM210, modified with 18k gold plating on hands
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    nice
     


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    late 50s early 60s Tiffany AP on a new (very thin) strap. [​IMG] pic quality is horrible. oh well.
     


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    I even uncovered an ultra-rare Pisa Portuguesier for about $16k, but that was just too rich - even though I consider the Pisa the most beautiful of the lot.
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    The Pisa Port really is beautiful. I just don't like the 'Pisa' branding over the sub-dial. I appreciate that Cellini doesn't visibly sub-brand the limited editions they commission.
     


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