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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. Keith T

    Keith T Senior member

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    Got me.... I LOL'ed.
     
  2. no frills

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    There's always the timepiece-specific official service centers. I've had several watches serviced at 60-year old Central Watch in the 45th street passageway at Grand Central. Family run, good people, with mad skills. Hodinkee profile here from back in late 2011:

    http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/2009/11/23/nycs-central-watch-a-horological-hidden-gem.html

    Steve Kivel runs the place now (before this, his dad Larry did; his grandfather started the business). They have accounts with every major watchmaker so you'll get original parts if any need replacing, and having watches serviced here is usually much, much cheaper than the original service centers.

    Just my two cents.
     
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    I'd like to order a strap from CF, but there seem to be so many options and the photos accompanying the options are a bit lacking. What's the best way to figure out how each option would look? The options I'm unsure on are thickness (should I just measure my existing strap?), profile (flat vs. square) and finish (folded vs. waxed).
     
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    The SM300 is one of my definite favs! Wears well on the original bracelet like yours, Omega mesh, perlon NATO or suede (from Hodinkee for instance).

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    Digging the suede. :)
     
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    I was really disappointed when Jaeger-LeCoultre discontinued the Reverso Grande Date a couple years ago. It was my favorite Reverso and a really awesome value: big date, eight-days of power, and a power reserve indicator for less than $10K retail. I usually hate cut-off numerals, but it's so blatant in the RGD's case that it is somehow acceptable, in a whimsical steampunk sort of way.

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    The in-house cal. 875 was a particularly strong draw. Not only was it properly sized and shaped for the RGD's case, but its bridges were artfully and elegantly cut. Display backs have become a trendy feature over the years, but the movements they reveal are often embarrassingly humble. Not so in the case of the cal. 875. Here's a movement worth showing off:

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    That's why the newer Grande Reverso 976 is such an awful letdown. The front-side is perfectly nice:

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    But flip to the other side and prepare yourself for a what-the-fuck moment:

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    To power the Grande Reverso, JLC just took the movement out of the Master Hometime (a round watch), removed the dual time function, cut off the sides, and fit it into a rectangular holder. I could maybe live with that--if I wasn't forced to look at it. Aside from the unfortunate, blatantly compromised nature of its shape, the movement lacks any of the thoughtful bridgework that make the cal. 875 and other displayed movements worth looking at. You can't see any of the gearing and there is no sense of depth of dimensionality. Really, all you see is the balance wheel. They might as well have just cut out a circular display over that particular part, not that doing so would have been any more tasteful. Ugly, nonsensical stuff.

    My guess is that they will bring back a revamped Grande Date over the next couple of years. Hopefully they don't base if off the cal. 976. Who wants to spend near $10K for a watch only to wind up with such in-your-face cost-cutting?
     
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    More reasons the Grand Taille looks better and better. Any love out there for the Grande Reverso Calendar?
     
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    I've had good luck with some Hirsch Artisanal straps...they're often around on Ebay.
     
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    i have long lusted for the Reverso Grande Date.
     
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    Apologies for asking perhaps the obvious, but wouldn't this be a bit too big for your wrist?
     
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    Had a grand time over Easter weekend with the kiddies. Here I am watching over my daughter playing in the sand.


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    What an incredibly timely post above. I've been giving serious consideration to buying a PP 5711, can you explain what the process is for purchasing one? How long does it take to work your way through the wait list for one at an authorized dealer. How reasonable is it to try for a pre-owned 5711? Are any of the websites that offer them authorized dealers? I appreciate any information you can give me on the subject.


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    Me too - fantastic watch.
     
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    gahhhh. I cant tell you how much i love this PP. Lately ive been considering selling off a few of mine to fund one....either the 5711 or a pre-v panerai.
     
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    I seriously considered and looked at a PP 5711, its a great watch (I chose an AP instead). Patek ADs don't sell them over the internet. Also, not sure how many AD's there are near you or how busy they are, but I've walked into AD's and seen them in the show case. So I'm not sure there is a wait list for the 5711. At one point there was a wait list for its sibling the 5712/A, but I've even seen a few of those at ADs from time to time. If no AD's near you have one, go to Vegas for a long weekend. I was there in October and between the 2 or 3 ADs out there, they had each version of the Nautilus available for sale. Good luck and post some photos if you pull the trigger on one.
     
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    Quote:Refer to Dino944's post above too re: relative availability at ADs. It seems to be tougher to obtain here in NYC, at least over the last two to three months. Depending on the AD you might not get as much of a discount either given what seems to be strong demand for the piece. I obtained mine, pre-owned, from an AD in NYC but it was an interesting case: after wearing the piece for a few days the previous owner returned it to the AD "because it stopped working." It probably got magnetized, so the AD sent it to Patek for full servicing and I got it 20% off retail, Patek-sealed and fresh. Not bad, right? But I think I got lucky. Patek is also controlling production of the Nautilus a bit more "stern"-ly (ha), at least since early 2012. Quote from Thierry Stern below: "The Nautilus is a very strong watch. 60 percent of the clients here are wearing one which is great, but it’s dangerous too. We don’t want to become a one watch brand, so I control the production. We could easily sell twice as many steel Nautiluses as we do. Now you can get them on the second hand market for more than the retail price because of this." http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/2012/1/12/interview-thierry-stern-president-of-patek-philippe.html If you don't like waiting (patience is not my strong suit), you can obtain a Nautilus from the grey market pretty easily, but I am not sure how much lower you can go versus 20% off MSRP of $26,700 especially for BNIB. Obviously, do your due diligence with grey market dealers and "buy the seller."
     
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