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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. dddrees

    dddrees Senior member

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    Thank you sir.
     
  2. ljrcustom

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    Nice Photo. Chag Purim Sameach!

    -LR
     
  3. no frills

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    Yes, but I thought this was already a given! [​IMG]

    No offense taken whatsoever, and I do acknowledge that the 3970's 13mm height doesn't quite slip very easily into my shirt cuff. The real issue is that prior to my watch binge I had overhauled all of my shirts and suits. All of my shirts are now bespoke since I have weird proportions, but back then I didn't wear a watch so my tailor cut the cuffs accordingly! I had another tailor who was perhaps more prescient and included some allowance: those shirts have cuffs that allow the 3970 to slip in smoothly. But about 2/3 of my shirts wrap around my 6.25" wrist pretty snugly - no problem if I wore my 3940 since that has a very, very slim profile (about 8mm). But the 3970 is a wee bit taller hehe.
     
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    Could you elaborate on this? I have been shopping for a Speedy Pro so any info is appreciated.
     
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    I was the same way with my cuffs, started with no allowance and then changed as I started building an extremely modest collection. Bespoke shirts trapped me when I got addicted to a collar from Ercoles; life will never be the same haha.

    But anyway, a watch as special as yours deserves its own set of shirts right? Haha.
     
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    +1 for bespoke shirts especially for bodies like mine that are "RTW-challenged." It's not even that expensive given my relationship with my tailor: Thomas Pink sells RTW shirts for a higher price if they didn't have a sale going on!

    On the plus side, my shirts have that convertible button which I can turn "outside-in" to transform it into French cuffs. When I wear cuff links there's a bit more allowance and the 3970 slips in quite fine, though still not as smooth as silk.

    I suppose this is my excuse to get a new set of shirts, or trash my current set a bit faster hah hah! Or maybe wear no cuffs:


    [​IMG]
     
  7. Axelman 17

    Axelman 17 Senior member

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    Yup, the Ercoles collar is spectacular. Up to 10 or so shirts from Frank.
     
  8. dddrees

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    Just so we can get back to watches. LOL


    I'll be wearing this one tomorrow.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Very nice. Do you like rotating across watches on a daily basis?

    Posted this in another forum earlier and thought it would be worth sharing here. PP Nautilus 5711/1A side by side with Rolex Daytona 116520:


    [​IMG]

    From the front it actually "looks" like the Nautilus is "larger" or "wider," which conforms to Belligero's assessment earlier in this thread of the 116520's case measuring in at 38.5mm (without the crowns). The 5711, on the other hand, supposedly comes in at 43mm ear to ear.

    But check how different they look from the side, once you compare height (for both the case, and bracelet thickness):


    [​IMG]

    Nautilus is on the side and seems much thinner, 'no? Consistent with many comments of how "thin" the 5711 feels on the wrist. Arguable that the Daytona has a more rugged presence because of this.

    Both have their charms and uses and am fortunate to have both in my collection!
     
  10. dddrees

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    Yes I do actually, I hardly ever wear the same watch two days in a row.


    Great pictures, and fabulous watches. Of course I saw these earlier today on the other forum.
     
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    If you don't mind me asking Frills, who does your shirts / suits? Also, what are your proportions?
     
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    [​IMG] Looks like I missed a major arrival while I was off skiing last week. An old-school Patek perpetual-calendar chrono with moonphase!? That's some rather heavy artillery. But considering how serious a complicated Patek can be, this one isn't lacking for character or liveliness at all . The 36 mm case, those lovely pump pushers and its generally charming looks make it even cooler and more appealing. Good choice with the classic 18K YG to complement the white-metal ones you already have, too! It really works with the more understated case size. Your 3970 appears to be in NOS condition; that's an amazing find. I love that there's even a solid caseback included for bonus style points. Colossally sweet watch. Nice little something you picked up for the wife, too! [​IMG]
     
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    Wow, I feel fat and lazy now! :brick:
     
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    In my eyes, this is the only way to go. A car is just tomorrow's nails and scrap. A PP is tomorrow's inheritance.

    I try to live a frugal life myself, I have a modest income and a simple lifestyle as a dad and geek. Less work, more free time. Fewer possessions, more experiences. Watches are my passion, and there I splurge like a madman.

    I see too many people trying to GQ everything in their life. Some can afford to do that, without sacrificing the more important things. Most of us cannot.
     
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    Oh yes. The Nautilus is strangely flat on the wrist, like no other bracelet watch I've tried. The Daytona feels much more like a real sports watch. "Rugged", though? Nah :)

    I love them both, super watches!
     
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    Ah, nothing like getting outdoors and putting stuff to use.

    It was a pleasure to use this as a ski watch:

    [​IMG]

    While a digital alti-baro-compass watch would provided more features and buttons to play with, I appreciated having an off-piste adventure with a watch that was made in the same year that I was. Besides, it's still well-suited and plenty tough for the job.

    I'm sure this man would have been very proud to know that an example of the 1500-series movement that he helped to design is still keeping (very) accurate time and flawlessly performing its intended job nearly sixty years after it was originally drafted:

    [​IMG]

    Irrational though it may be, I do gain a small extra measure of enjoyment from using these bits of steel and brass while I'm going places and doing things.
     
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  17. mimo

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    Can't argue with that. :)
     
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    I reckon those would behoove the wearing of your new watch just fine!
    The Daytona was plenty rugged for a few ski days, too! Despite all the polished surfaces, it's no prima donna, and it was gratifying (in a very watch-nerd way) to time a few runs with the chrono. OK, maybe "rugged" isn't exactly the mot juste, but it's nonetheless an extremely capable machine, as I'm sure you know!
    I totally get placing a higher priority on a watch over a car for city life, too. In a lot of ways, the responsibility and obligation of storing, maintaining and operating a car limits your freedom, while a good watch is something you can take with you anywhere. Depreciation-wise, it makes more sense to splurge on a good watch instead of a costly car. You can have anything you want, but you can't have everything you want.
     
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    Actually I think there is a useful parallel between watches and cars... like watches you will make a loss on most cars except those at the very top end!
     
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    I agree, lets not venture there[​IMG]
     
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