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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. kali77

    kali77 Well-Known Member

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    Very cool. Enjoy it! Laco was one of the original manufacturer of the B-Uhr so they have a real claim on the design and are not jumping on the Big Pilot bandwagon like a lot of other brands. [​IMG]

    Thanks! The heritage was part of the allure that I liked about the Laco. I hope to keep it for a long time, kind of my fisrt step into another costly hobby[​IMG]

    By the way your Panerai looks stellar on that strap. I always enjoy your posts here.
     
  2. gdl203

    gdl203 Well-Known Member

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    By the way your Panerai looks stellar on that strap. I always enjoy your posts here.

    Thanks. [​IMG] I don't want to take credit for the strap idea or the gold hands... I just shamelessly tried to copy the design of what I (and other Paneristi) consider to be the best looking modern Panerai and the first special edition made by Vendome after they acquired Panerai: the platinum-cased PAM21 [​IMG] [​IMG]

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    Mine is essentially a poorman's version of that grail watch
     
  3. m_wave

    m_wave Well-Known Member

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    Recently purchased a lovely IWC Portuguese, but am having issues with shirt sleeves... What do others do with large watches? I wear a mixture of normal and french cuff shirts and find that the normal cuffs either are tight over the watch or are pushed back under the sleeve of my suit meaning I show no shirt.. Italian solution of watch over shirts cuff anyone? Other options [​IMG] Yours Wristy
     
  4. LabelKing

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    Most Panerais I find tacky, but that is a very nice-looking Panerai. In fact, the Radiomir model seems to be the most attractive, I think. It seems closest to the old ones, which I recall were done by Rolex?

    As for the tight shirt issue, when I wear a tight-cuffed sweater, I wear it over the sleeve.
     
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    Most Panerais I find tacky, but that is a very nice-looking Panerai. In fact, the Radiomir model seems to be the most attractive, I think. It seems closest to the old ones, which I recall were done by Rolex?

    They used Rolex movements but I think that was the extent of the Rolex involvement.

    The Radiomir is known as the the "Officer's Watch" and wasn't designed with the same utlilitarian intent as the models with the crown lock.
     
  6. mafoofan

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    Recently purchased a lovely IWC Portuguese, but am having issues with shirt sleeves...

    What do others do with large watches? I wear a mixture of normal and french cuff shirts and find that the normal cuffs either are tight over the watch or are pushed back under the sleeve of my suit meaning I show no shirt..

    Italian solution of watch over shirts cuff anyone? Other options [​IMG]

    Yours Wristy


    If having your shirts made with larger cuffs isn't an option, try using cuff links with a bigger link between ends or more give. Silk knots (which have elastic in the 'link' part) stretch apart a bit and work quite well for this purpose.
     
  7. gdl203

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    They used Rolex movements but I think that was the extent of the Rolex involvement.
    Yes - case design and other details/innovation like the crown lock were Panerai's. Panerai was a navy/military instrument maker, not a watchmaker, so their heritage resides in the design of the watches and cases rather than the movements
     
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    SoCal2NYC Well-Known Member

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    And now you can finally buy their 1st ever manufacture/in-house movement. It's only in the Radomir 8 Day Reserve, right?
     
  9. mafoofan

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    And now you can finally buy their 1st ever manufacture/in-house movement. It's only in the Radomir 8 Day Reserve, right?

    There's also a Luminor 1950 watch with the same movement; in fact, I think the Luminor came first.
     
  10. gdl203

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    There's also a Luminor 1950 watch with the same movement; in fact, I think the Luminor came first.

    Yes. More in-house PAMs coming this year but the first one was the Fiddy with 8-day 3-barrel manual movement. It's fugly IMO
     
  11. mafoofan

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    Yes. More in-house PAMs coming this year but the first one was the Fiddy with 8-day 3-barrel manual movement. It's fugly IMO

    They're all fugly if you ask me. The power-reserve indicator is hideous. If they were going to do a linear meter, why not have place the pointer inside the slot rather than hang out of it like a buck tooth?

    I would be more interested in a time-only in-house movement from Panerai. After all, they've never been movement makers. Since they decided to go down that path it would make more sense to make something more utilitarian instead implementing 8-day power reserves and tourbillions. Such complications just seem at odds with the brand.
     
  12. gdl203

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    I don't disagree. It's really the PR indicator that kills the dials of all these in-house PAMs. It's too bad because the movements are actually quite interesting by themselves... 8 and 10 day manual, three barrels... Good work overall

    At least the tourbillon is in the back of the watch, which I think is a good idea so it doesn't look like a cheap Canal St tourbillon
     
  13. bcate3

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    They used Rolex movements but I think that was the extent of the Rolex involvement.

    The Radiomir is known as the the "Officer's Watch" and wasn't designed with the same utlilitarian intent as the models with the crown lock.


    This post reminded me that I always found curious the assertion that rolex used to make the movements for panerai. In my very limited knowledge of Rolex's history, I was under the impression that Rolex had until recently relied on 3rd parties to supply its movements. Rolex may have had close tie-ins with some of the movement sources but the suppliers remained officially independent. After doing a quick google search I found this thread. I don't know if this is the last word, but it appears to add more credible details of the relationship between the companies.

    http://forums.timezone.com/pdf.php?th=573280
     
  14. mafoofan

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    I don't disagree. It's really the PR indicator that kills the dials of all these in-house PAMs. It's too bad because the movements are actually quite interesting by themselves... 8 and 10 day manual, three barrels... Good work overall

    I'm no watchmaker, but the three barrel approach to achieving an 8-day power reserve seems kind of gimmicky to me. Theoretically, having multiple, smaller barrels mitigates isochronism issues, but this has already been done very effectively using only two barrels (see JLC) and the more barrels used, the more complicated the transmission device. Who needs an unnecessarily complicated watch movement?

    I think IWC's solution, using only one barrel but stopping the release of the spring before it is full unwound, is the most mechanically elegant and simple. Of course, I'm a known IWC junkie, so take that for what it's worth.

    Frankly, Panerai probably should have just stuck to using JLC's 8-day movement: it's been tested in the market, it's made extremely well, and JLC can probably provide superior quality for less money.
     
  15. kali77

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    Received a few straps today so thought I would post some photos for fun. Dial up beware[​IMG] I am also hoping to get my hands on one of a few Ball watches I have been looking at, in the next couple of weeks[​IMG]

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  16. warlok1965

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    1964 pie pan Omega Constellation. I just picked it up a few days ago and it seems pretty happy on my wrist so far. I know vintage isn't exciting to everyone here, but I honestly enjoy the patina on the original dial, as well as the fact that someone was living life and doing who-knows-what with this on his wrist before my parents even met. [​IMG]
     
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    Received a few straps today so thought I would post some photos for fun. Dial up beware[​IMG] I am also hoping to get my hands on one of a few Ball watches I have been looking at, in the next couple of weeks[​IMG]
    I like the new Laco x Rios strap combo, not as 'stealthy' as the classic black on black aviator look, but a good look nonetheless.

    Do post pics when you get the Night Train. BTW, does that mean you're not getting the 80th anni. MO?

    1964 pie pan Omega Constellation. I just picked it up a few days ago and it seems pretty happy on my wrist so far. I know vintage isn't exciting to everyone here, but I honestly enjoy the patina on the original dial, as well as the fact that someone was living life and doing who-knows-what with this on his wrist before my parents even met.

    Great watch.[​IMG] Have you tried it on a medium brown strap w/ yellow stitching?
     
  18. warlok1965

    warlok1965 Well-Known Member

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    Great watch.[​IMG] Have you tried it on a medium brown strap w/ yellow stitching?

    Thanks! It's still wearing the same so-so strap it came with. I was thinking of getting maybe something in croc leather, but a plain calf with yellow stitching would be kind of cool/unexpected on an older watch like this.
     
  19. sho'nuff

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    i swapped out the tacky light brown oem strap on my cheap gruen automatic watch with a cheap but very beautiful strap i found to my liking at Sears of all places, and now it looks very beautiful.

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  20. speedster.8

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    Titus 18K 17jewels certified chronometer. "non magnetic" ca 1950's (from grandfather) one of several [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Restored recently for 500$, more out of effecional value than anny thing.[​IMG]
     
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