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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. CMT1

    CMT1 Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely - It leaves more money for straps! [​IMG]

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    I picked mine up exactly ten years ago, early spring 2004.
     
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    Those 112 shots will make stitches cry.
     
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    Fabulous, I'm not going to ask which one you went for. Why? Both great and it means I'll be on tenterhooks too till you post! :slayer:

    Demographics indeed!
     
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    Nice shoes on your PAM. Is that one of their in-house movements? Regardless, I like the industrial style treatment they give all their movements; it's always very identifiably Panerai.
     
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    Mhmm yeah cause it wasn't creepy the first time ahah! [​IMG]
     
  7. Gianni Cerutti

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    I have one just like it ... beautiful.
     
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    Thanks academe.

    My 112 predates Panerai's push for in-house movements by quite a few years. It has a slightly modified/decorated UNITAS 6479 ebauche that looks sharp through a display back, and that has proven very reliable over the years, but it's hardly haute horlogerie. When I purchased the watch, Panerai's finest movements were either the El Primero used in a few chronographs or the JLC Caliber 875 used in the 190, which is hands-down my favorite PAM by far.

    There were a few years where I wouldn't touch the 112. I felt like I OD'd on OP. I started seeing Luminors everywhere, especially in any given metropolitan area, and while the same could easily be said for Rolex I still retreated back to the coronet for a long time. I only recently started wearing the Panerai again, and I'm enjoying it.

    With that said it's going to be a blue Saturday for me:

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    I hope the weekend is treating you gentlemen well.
     
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    With Panerai and houses that are not historically known for haute horlogerie, I'm not concerned if they don't use in-house movements. I've always liked how Panerai have finished their movements; very clear design language that identifies the watch instantly. Depending on the provenance of the ebauche, I'm not necessarily too bothered if a haute horlogerie house uses an externally developed movement; case in point, the JLC derived movements used by the Big Three, the F. Piguet manual chronograph movements likewise used by many great watch houses, etc.
     
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    112 will be first watch, followed by a Bregeut type xx perhaps. Gotta stop buying shoes. Thanks for the wrist shots gentlemen.
     
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    No you don't. The obvious answer is "buy both"!
     
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    Dressed down Reverso day.

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    Agreed! For me, in the case of my 112, I admit that I initially balked at what I felt was too high a cost for a 6479, but in the end I simply fell in love with the watch - I have definitely received my money' s worth in wear over the years, and I look forward to bringing it back into the rotation more often.
     
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    You could always pickup a 1931 if you wanted a Grande. Given how much I love mine, I would be sorely tempted if I had more £ to spare. But being of relatively modest means, I have to prioritise my spending at that AL&S that I want next won't come cheap!

    Sometimes I think the emphasis on in house manufacture as a value in and of itself is a bit skewed. To me, the value of in house manufacture is that it implies better standards of quality control, finer finishing and a clearer justification for the higher prices charged for manufacture movements. However, for some houses, like AP, VC or Patek who have in the past or still source from quality manufactures like JLC, Piguet, etc. the subsequent degree of finishing for these ebauches can be so superlative and labour intensive that I can understand the premiums charged. Also I think many forget that the whole emphasis on "manufacture" is partly a function of the post-quartz mechanical watch renaissance (with more emphasis places on "artisanal" watch making in the mid/higher end market), combined with a practical reaction to the Swatch group restricting sales of ETA-based movements.

    Ultimately, as you say, it's enjoyment of the watch that should be the most important denominator.

     
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    Nice 112 CMT - love the Mod buckle :slayer:

    Re new Seamaster - should make nostalgic fans very happy. Nice classic looking watch. Hope it doesn't have polished center links though
     
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    Yuk! Can you imagine..???
     
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    The Seamaster was the watch I was looking at before TWAT swayed me a bit to Rolex. The more and more I see a SM the less I am impressed by it. Maybe the bright orange bits of the PO could intrigue me at some point but to be honest there are other pieces I would rather have.

    The recent watch video on Hodinkee with the Man of the World guy really sparked my interest to look for something simple and vintage to fill the dress watch hole in my collection. I think throwing a limit of $1,000 out there and seeing where it goes could be interesting. I did just spent that last night on a blue box wedding day gift for my wife she has no idea about.
     
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    I'm looking to purchase a simple, classic Omega. I like the two below. Can anyone tell me where I can find something like this and approximately how much I should expect to pay?

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    Not sure of prices but try Chrono24; many reputable dealers in second hand watches sell there.

     
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    Did some tire kicking today. Tried the hesalite speedy on next to my sapphire sandwich. It was nice, but I think I made the right choice. Not sure it really felt all that much "warmer" as so many report, though that could have been due to lack of sunlight.

    Then I tried this out, on a whim:

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