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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. gdl203

    gdl203 Affiliate Vendor Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Well, some people have small wrists so this should be great for someone who'd love to sport a 5513 but thinks it's too big for his/her wrist...

    Re straps, I've ordered many straps from ABP and Camille Fournet. I'm leaning more towards CF these days.
     
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    drizzt3117 Stylish Dinosaur

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    Great looking watch!!
     
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    is this yours?
     
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    excellent
     


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    Nope. Saw it on the vintage website that was linked above
     


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    Also, not Stitch, but as other have suggested 2 of the best companies to deal with are Camille Fournet and ABP. I know people that have purchased straps from each and been very happy. Its my understanding that Camille Fournet makes (or made) straps for Lange & Sohne, and a few other nice brands under the Richemont's ownership.

    Not sure when you ask "Any recommendations" if you are asking if I am happy with my steel Daytona with Zenith based movement or if you are asking where to find one? For me it was of the my first "Must have" watches. I love mine. I bought it new and when they were relatively inexpensive (got a white dial for $4,350 and the black dial after a price increase for $5,100)...and that was back in the days when most places wanted huge premiums over the list price. Overall, I prefer the 16520 over the newer 116520 (inhouse movement model). The larger lum on the current dials is ok, but it looks a bit too large and clumsy compared to on the 16520/earlier model. Also Rolex made numerous modifications to the Zenith movement, including reducing the beats per hour, to what was believed would make for a more reliable and robust movement. I've seen it written that there was approximately 200 mods to the movement before it went into a Daytona, so in its day it was said to be the Rolex that was getting the most hand workmanship. My white dial was my daily wearer for 5 years and it was always dead on accurate. Once it started losing time I knew it needed a service. The new Daytonas have a nicer bracelet, clasp and a longer power reserve... so its probably a better choice for daily wear. Each is a great watch, if I could only have one I'd keep the Daytona with the Zenith based movement. I've seen a Patrizzi dial, and its fine if that happens to one, but I wouldn't search one out and I would not pay the rediculous premium that they seem to fetch over Daytonas who's subdial trim rings do not discolor to brown. I personally, like how the subdial look when they are not discolored. Also, be careful, once something adds value to a watch there are always crooks trying to modify a watch (car, or other product) to be like the one that people are paying a premium for. As for where to find them, stick with reputable vintage watch shops. Good luck with the search.
     
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    Thanks for the recommendation on the straps guys!!
     


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    much like batman, stitch, can be anyone. :D
     


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    it's the cape.
     


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    :drool:
     


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    I don't know about that. It has it's own personality. Love the lollipop hands.
     


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    Big like. And NO, fuck u all! Will not spoiler this fine ass watch. Need to be shown all over this thread.
     
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    lol,

    It is a great looking watch, you're not helping my decision to decrease the amount of money I want to spend. :(
     
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    Posted this elsewhere, but figured this would be a better spot:

    The Time of Switzerland website offers all the major brands for prices well below internet retailers (and waaayyyy below ADs). Interestingly enough, they offer a full stamped warranty on all pieces.

    http://www.timeofswitzerland.com/en/home

    Is this place legit? The few reviews I have seen online are positive, but this just sounds too good to be true.

    Gramm
     


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