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On 12/3/2019 at 11:35 AM, Bozo_Casanova said:

Yeah there are several Swatch group brands that have those 80 hour movements in their watches now.   Not really something I thought about until I got this Black Bay with the new movement w/ 70+ hour reserve, and now it's damn near a dealbreaker if it *doesn't* last that long. 

Set it down on Friday evening, be a disgusting lazy fuck all weekend and not leave the house again until Monday morning...the watch is still running.  Put it on and walk out the door.  No need to be swerving all over the road like an asshole trying to set the damn thing on the way to work anymore.

 

E:  Oh BTW for the Ball + diver fans: 

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They've got their gas tubes under both the dial and bezel now. 

 

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https://shop.ballwatch.ch/en/Original-DM2118B-SCJ-BK

It's chunky at something like 14.5mm thick (40mm diameter) though.  The crystal is domed, as you can see from the photos/distortion, but that's still fat.

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On 12/14/2019 at 6:58 AM, Loco said:

Do want, won't buy

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Daddy likey.  That is sexy as hell.  What's MSRP?  Japan only or is it coming to the states?

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1 hour ago, Chewbacca said:

Daddy likey.  That is sexy as hell.  What's MSRP?  Japan only or is it coming to the states?

$12,500 ish.  I think they only made 650.   I'd assume you could get one in the states. The backside is the money shot though

google grand seiko Godzilla 

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On 12/14/2019 at 12:45 AM, MadBurgerMaker said:

It's chunky at something like 14.5mm thick (40mm diameter) though.  The crystal is domed, as you can see from the photos/distortion, but that's still fat.

Just slightly thinner than the 4K seadweller, also at 40mm. 

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$12,500 ish.  I think they only made 650.   I'd assume you could get one in the states. The backside is the money shot though
google grand seiko Godzilla 
That's a shame. Limited release with Gojira on the back is going to inflate the price.

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29 minutes ago, fattyflattie said:

Just slightly thinner than the 4K seadweller, also at 40mm. 

Oh yeah, true.  Those are like 15, right?  Rolex is a different league though.  I've actually got one that's even more of a chonker than the Hydrocarbon Original up there, the Stormchaser Pro at 15.5ish, but it's shaped in a way where it doesn't necessarily look like it (unlike my black bay, which is just a slab side, and is the only part of that watch that I don't like).  It's also kind of a "flat" case, with the lugs being pretty straight and all that, plus 42mm, which is something that might work for this guy:

 

16 minutes ago, HoustonHorn said:

Maybe it's because i have larger wrists but the shorter lugs just bug me on all watches.

https://wornandwound.com/review/ball-fireman-storm-chaser-pro-review/

52mm lug to lug, and they don't curve much at all.  Still might not be big enough overall though.

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4 hours ago, HoustonHorn said:

Maybe it's because i have larger wrists but the shorter lugs just bug me on all watches.

I think you're right, as I've got small wrists and lug-to-lug distance makes a lot of watches not fit me, even if dial size is reasonable. Consider yourself lucky.

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There's a 39mm*12mm Tudor black bay out.  Really want one but already have the 41mm.  Trade would be nice.

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On 12/2/2019 at 10:28 AM, G650 said:

Stunning piece from VC

 

Furk.  That get into the 7 figures?  Need a VC in my collection.  This one would have to wait but I can look and drool.  

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I have an offer to trade my Sea-Dweller 16600 plus a little cash on my end for a used but in great condition IWC Portuguese Auto 7 day like The Royal We posted above. They also have an IWC Big Pilot there. The SD sit in the safe. If I want to wear a Rolex, I always pull out the Pepsi GMT. I have always lusted after that IWC and have too many sports watches but no real dressier watch. Am I nuts?

 

As an aside, just looked at the old receipt in the box for the SD. I paid $3995 in 2004. These things got expensive over the past 15 years.. 

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15 hours ago, topochico said:

I have an offer to trade my Sea-Dweller 16600 plus a little cash on my end for a used but in great condition IWC Portuguese Auto 7 day like The Royal We posted above. They also have an IWC Big Pilot there. The SD sit in the safe. If I want to wear a Rolex, I always pull out the Pepsi GMT. I have always lusted after that IWC and have too many sports watches but no real dressier watch. Am I nuts?

 

As an aside, just looked at the old receipt in the box for the SD. I paid $3995 in 2004. These things got expensive over the past 15 years.. 

If you have the GMT I would do that in a minute.  I think the Porto is more interesting than the Big Pilot.  I have the Pilot Chrono, love it.

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That is quite the score. The style is a bit over the top, but the price sounds like it was right. Would look good on a black NATO. 
 

Speaking of straps, I am in the process of getting that IWC I mentioned above. I started looking at replacing the current strap (depending on condition). Apparently California is banning Alligator amongst other exotic hide sales starting January 1, 2020. Louisiana is suing, but if it goes through, there are a lot of watch manufacturers that will be shifting to cow for the US market going forward. 

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On 12/27/2019 at 12:22 PM, Goofyboy said:

Step-Dad bought a Tag and he ended up not liking it. Merry Christmas to me:

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I kind of like it, i agree on the black nato straps 

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Recently obtained...

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1764/4621/products/Watermarked26_2017-07-11-1251_2048x2048.JPG

GMT homage in PVD by Parnis

I'm not committed to having $100k worth of watches... But when I see a watch i like, I poke around for a Parnis for under $150 and I'm cool with it. I have a brand watch for those times. Otherwise, the homage is good for me.

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Posted (edited)

Whoa cool thread; have never seen it tucked away in Hobbies :)

Question for you gents:

I have an older Rolex Datejust that is 36mm that is indeed a bit small for my taste, but it's a very classic size and it's fine. For my birthday my wife just bought me a Tag Chronograph (hasn't come in  yet) and I'm concerned to read the specs that it is a 43mm watch. That seems like a huge jump.

Are 43's common? I don't want some huge guido looking diesel watch on my wrist or are my concerns unfounded?

Edited by Rougarou

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On 12/26/2019 at 6:13 PM, topochico said:

I have an offer to trade my Sea-Dweller 16600 plus a little cash on my end for a used but in great condition IWC Portuguese Auto 7 day like The Royal We posted above. They also have an IWC Big Pilot there. The SD sit in the safe. If I want to wear a Rolex, I always pull out the Pepsi GMT. I have always lusted after that IWC and have too many sports watches but no real dressier watch. Am I nuts?

 

As an aside, just looked at the old receipt in the box for the SD. I paid $3995 in 2004. These things got expensive over the past 15 years.. 

do it jewish GIF

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1 hour ago, Rougarou said:

Whoa cool thread; have never seen it tucked away in Hobbies :)

Question for you gents:

I have an older Rolex Datejust that is 36mm that is indeed a bit small for my taste, but it's a very classic size and it's fine. For my birthday my wife just bought me a Tag Chronograph (hasn't come in  yet) and I'm concerned to read the specs that it is a 43mm watch. That seems like a huge jump.

Are 43's common? I don't want some huge guido looking diesel watch on my wrist or are my concerns unfounded?

Some people won't wear anything below 44 so it is really just a matter of taste and how it looks on your wrist.

Post the watch so we can judge it and you.

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5 minutes ago, huge said:

Some people won't wear anything below 44 so it is really just a matter of taste and how it looks on your wrist.

Post the watch so we can judge it and you.

won't wear anything above a 44 you mean? Where I am from, a 38 is pretty much the gold standard and anything above that is considered a bit modern. A 40 mm to me seems like the right pitch, but as you said I haven't gotten it or put it on my wrist yet. My wrist isn't a big great fat persons wrist though, it's a fine piano playing wrist.

I'll post the pic as soon as possible for you to judge me :)

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9 minutes ago, Rougarou said:

won't wear anything above a 44 you mean? Where I am from, a 38 is pretty much the gold standard and anything above that is considered a bit modern. A 40 mm to me seems like the right pitch, but as you said I haven't gotten it or put it on my wrist yet. My wrist isn't a big great fat persons wrist though, it's a fine piano playing wrist.

I'll post the pic as soon as possible for you to judge me :)

I mean some wont wear anything UNDER 44

Just tell us which model.

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That wears great. I have the Gulf Edition. It was my daily wear until I was gifted another Tag.

Gulf Edition Formula 1:

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AuqaRacer:

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Idk man, that gulf edition is nice and awesome and all but it’s humongous for my tastes. I like a bit more subtlety I guess. I’m not into the big watch trend of the aughts and teens I guess.

Thanks for sharing, even if it confirms my suspicions about my personal hang ups.

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22 minutes ago, Rougarou said:

Idk man, that gulf edition is nice and awesome and all but it’s humongous for my tastes. I like a bit more subtlety I guess. I’m not into the big watch trend of the aughts and teens I guess.

Thanks for sharing, even if it confirms my suspicions about my personal hang ups.

The black face/bezel will decrease the visual presence. Coming from a 36, I see where it is a huge jump, but I think you will be surprised how quickly you will adjust to the 43 unless you have tiny wrists.

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1 hour ago, topochico said:

The black face/bezel will decrease the visual presence. Coming from a 36, I see where it is a huge jump, but I think you will be surprised how quickly you will adjust to the 43 unless you have tiny wrists.

Thanks, I hadn't thought of that. Just saw that the Apple Watch 5's are 44mm and those don't seem too crazy on folks...

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I have pretty small wrists for a not small guy and it took about a week for me to get used to my IWC Pilot Chrono coming from a SSDJ.  Every watch I have bought since then has been 40 or more.

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19 hours ago, topochico said:

 


Should have done this years ago.

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Nice moves!  I've said it before, but pictures just can't do it justice - it's hard to capture the blue color with a photo.  Congrats, I hope you enjoy it.

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Yeah, I have tried to get some pics that highlight the blue hands/markers. Zero success. I was torn between this watch and a Glashutte Original Sport Evo about 10 years ago. Went with the GO and while I really like it, I have always had this one in the back of my mind. Can't say that I would be willing to pay current new prices for it, but I am glad the situation developed for me to pull off this trade. 

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On 1/6/2020 at 4:58 PM, topochico said:

 


Should have done this years ago.

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This is flat-out stunning ... I can't see that you'll ever tire of it.

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12 hours ago, Axle Hongsnort said:

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The latest. 45 Breitling avenger chrono. It’s not small.

How thick is that? Hockey puck or not too bad?

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