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    Rolex Submariner with new caliber 3255, when?

    To put it bluntly, I was fully aware of the new caliber earlier this year after it was announced at Basel. After several months of contemplating, I decided to go ahead and buy a current model Sub C now instead of waiting for the new improved model. The reason? My 15 year old Datejust 16200 is still running (4 services in) and it work beautifully. The new 3255 is still an unproven movement and may run into some problems that were prevalent in the earlier Omega 8500 movements (black residual on barrels etc.). I had problems with my early 2500 based Omega SMP and also a first gen 8500 AT. I ain't going to jump in and get burned a 3rd time. Better to get an older, time proven movement than buying the next big thing which may spend more time in the service center than on the wrist.. if if the movement proves to be reliable, I will get a GMT Master II later. I will hold off till then.
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    ? For Explorer Owners

    I have an Explorer 39mm and love it--most versatile of watches. Then I looked at both of the Explorer IIs (40 and 42) and ended up getting the polar 216570--primarily because of the much improved bracelet and lume. My wrist is barely 7" and I don't believe it wears too large. I like having a GMT being a ham radio operator and also with family in the UK and Europe. Both run about +1s/d. There is no easy answer--both are tremendous watches and either will serve you well.
  3. I finally caught one of my grail watches, a 70s Tudor Montecarlo in "like new" condition. I had one before maybe 15 years ago but always regretted selling it to my Japanese friend. It took me a while to find one again but it was well worth the wait.
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    Rolex VS Tudor

    Simply think of it as buying either a BMW 3 series or 5 series.
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    Super Luminova Question

    Thanks for the information. This is exactly what I was looking to find. X18C
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    Considering an Aquatimer as alternative to Rolex SD

    hmmm... as much as I LOVE iwc, I must admit that when talking about abyss the Sea-Dweller is THE choice. Not only it's unbelievable robust and reliable but it has a fashonable story and strong heritage. To me, Sea-Dweller deals to ocean as Speedy Pro deals to space :)
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    Question on Spitfire 3878----strap options

    Thanks for your reply
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    IWC Portugese Chronograph- "not worth the money"

    Buy it if you like it. IWC in general are over priced. They looks gorgeous but compared to what else you can get they are more pricey. In saying that I think this is based on the IWC of today, go back 10 years and it's a different story That hasn't stopped me from buying IWC though, they look amazing
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    Can anyone help me identify this IWC model?

    A ref 3731. It was in the catalogue until 1996. http://www.gregsteer.net/IWC/Catalog..._Reference.htm http://www.weeber.biz/IWC/Workbook/1994/3731.htm
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    What am I paying for when buying a IWC Portofino?

    The automatic Portofino may be basic and entry level, but it's amazing how many compliments I have received wearing it. It's tasteful. Nomos is a good watch, but I would vote for the IWC.
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    Identify maybe 60s IWC watch

    Looks like an 852 or even the original 85,, gorgeous watch
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    Portuguese Chrono - photo shoot

    Some watch shots for you IWC fans. Paired my 3714 with a vintage style strap and the result was stunning!
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    IWC threads slow...

    It is such a good thing. This is one sub forum where there aren't too many @is this fake" or a help me choose post that has been discussed a million times before
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    Bezel handmade by pers184

    Imposed sanctions on me ... old topic BEZEL handmade VOSTOK AMPHIBIAN closed. I put in the subject watches for sale, this should not be .Only will show new models of my bezel.
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    Poljot Aviator- is this a fake

    Looks OK to me. I have a Volmax Aviator that has the same logo (sorry the Aviator name is slightly covered - its in Russian). Wearing it today, as a matter of fact: Joe
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