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  1. Well, that's not the only difference. If you have them both in hand, it's pretty obvious that a Rolex is a higher quality of watch. At three times the price, it's no surprise that a Submariner has better fit and finish than a Black Bay; it's not like you're actually paying more for just a different movement. But that doesn't stop Tudors from being great watches in their own right.
  2. Quality-wise, they're both excellent. Most modern Tudors are fairly thick though, compared to most (if not all) Rolex models. If you have tiny wrists like me, Rolex is the brand to go for
  3. Always use #RolexWrist on Instagram to share your beautiful Rolex with larger audience. :)
  4. Hi all just a point for discussion. I often read that some people agonize over picking up a sub as it is too "common". While I can appreciate there are many folks who want wear something that is "rare" or not" ubiquitous" I wonder if some are focused to much on these forums and not the world around them. I guess if you live in Hong Kong or work in finance in Manhattan you will see a lot of submariners or other popular models. My experience has been different. I work as a senior executive in a large corporation and travel North America extensively. I work with a lot of people who own some very nice watches and spend a lot of time in first class lounges in airports. Bottom line I see a lot of nice watches. I have been keeping track and in the last year I have only seen two subs and both were the date version. I have a114060 and have yet to see one in the wild. This is not scientific of course and I am just sharing my experience, however I do think there is some truth that amongst WIS or Rolex supporters the sub is popular, or common or whatever, but in the wider world a sub or any Rolex strapped to your wrist is not really that common. Thoughts?
  5. Awesome info on the movement. This is what I have been looking for!
  6. I personally think your arms are too big to wear a 36mm watch.
  7. A GMT II cannot be from the 1960s I'm afraid....
  8. Your black dialed Milgauss has been discontinued. Personally, I would keep it and start saving for either a 14060M or a Polar 16570. Never sell a SS Rolex, only add........
  9. You bought the best one!!! If only I had the wrists to get a 5002 (it's too big on mine
  10. Welcome to the forums! beautiful watch, but poor value for money in my view given the movement. Have a look at the Glashutte Original Senator Sixties/Seveties chronograph and JLC... If a manufacture movement doesn't matter to you, it's a great looking piece so buy away...
  11. Charlie

    XVI Bracelet Help

    I'm considering a Mark XVI purchase on a strap however, I would like locate a new or used bracelet. Any direction to either would be appreciated, thanks!
  12. I happen to like the contradiction of the classic chrono styling matched with a sporty strap. Just not sure of the size. Actually, I don't think the dial is too big, but the lugs are quite long. No doubt the Aquanaut is a nice choice too.
  13. I think that Seiko uses dials of a similar dimension, but that the date windows don't line up with the Vostok date wheel. Still, a no-date dial could work, once you remove the dial feet and attach it with dial dots or a similar adhesive.
  14. All ST19s are made at Sea-Gull's Tianjin factory. I'm not aware of any 3rd party assembly of those movements in China, but there is (was?) at least one Swiss movement assembler using the ST1940 (auto-winding) and at least one haute horologie maker who tried passing off ST1901s as built from NOS Swiss Venus ebauches. Some 3133s have been assembled in Europe but I'm not sure if that happens currently. Comparing the two in use I would say that the ST19 feels significantly more pleasant overall, particularly in the operation of the chronograph functions (column-wheel operated), and it lacks the 3133's rather troublesome calendar gear. One the other hand, aside from the fragile date, the 3133 has a towering reputation for reliability whereas the ST19 has been somewhat patchy as production volume has grown, particularly in the more affordable non-Sea-Gull watches. Both movements feature old-school horizontal-clutch chronograph functions which are fully-adjustable, so if it doesn't feel right it can always be improved on, unlike the ETA 7750 which is held together with bits of wire and needs professional intervention for the most minor complaints.
  15. Comrade mroatman, A perfect addition to your collection would now be a Kristall pocket watch, high-end ЧК-6 produced in the fifties with a micro-regulator and a center jewel (instead of the chaton...). And BTW thank you for sharing your collection with us! RC OH!!!! You already have one!!!! My bad...
  16. Nice! Maybe I am getting better and I did get what I expected out of this little £18 pobeda I picked up, what you described is exactly what it is supposed to be. (pretty impressive on your part!) hopefully this is a link to my post in the "is this a franken?" thread.
  17. The dial looks completely authentic and unrestored to me. Furthermore, Yavor (sitalk) is a top-notch seller with excellent communication. If there are any issues at all, he has a reputation of always resolving them promptly and effectively. The price seems a little high to me, but at least you can be confident in what you purchased. Looking forward to your upcoming thread :)
  18. Hi I was wondering whether Lange owners always send the watch watch back to the "factory" or authorised service centres for a service? Would owners consider independent watchmakers/repairers - obviously reputable ones with a good history? I've used a Swiss trained and qualified master watchmaker for several watches (Genta perpetual calendar and Harry Winston chronograph) and the experience suggest that this is a more cost effective option. But Lange are another step up from my collection. Thanks
  19. Hi everyone - first post for a long time lurker, wanted to get your expert advice (and hopefully get someone a bargain!)... Sotheby's upcoming auction has an estimate up for a Lange 1 from 2001 for CHF 7500-9500 Lot | Sotheby's Isn't the going price for a Lange 1 30k? What am I missing here?
  20. I'd go the keracoted way with the 007 like cold_beer said...MCWW do amazing work from what I've heatd
  21. Purchased an SNZF29K1 a few weeks ago, which is the mid-size version of the SNZF17. Thought it would be a better fit on my 6.25" wrist than the full-size. This design is my favorite among the Seiko 5 diver line. I'm in love with the looks! Unfortunately, I couldn't help but be disappointed when it arrived. The chapter ring was misaligned by a significant margin and it wore SMALL. The face of the watch just looks tiny inside the 37mm bezel. Tried to convince myself that it was the right size for my puny wrist and live with the chapter ring defect, but I succumbed and purchased an SNZF17J1 only a week later. I paid a little extra for the J version of the SNZF17 over the available K version. The J is made in Japan and the K is assembled elsewhere in Asia (Malaysia I think). Figured I'd have less chance of getting another factory defect if I opted for the JDM and I was right. The SNZF17J1 arrived Wednesday and I'm much happier with it. Larger 40mm bezel with the more substantial stainless oyster bracelet looks and feels better on my wrist. Back in love! Despite being different sizes of the same watch, there are subtle differences. The black dial on the SNZF29 is a more striking and stark black than on the SNZF17. On the SNZF17, the dial is slightly lighter in color than the surrounding chapter ring. On the SNZF29, the chapter ring and dial are a closer match. Not a big difference by any means between the two versions, but hold them side-by-side under bright lighting and you'll notice it. Because of that, I think the SNZF29 is the better looking of the two. Also, the unidirectional bezel on the smaller SNZF29 requires more effort to turn and clicks more reassuringly, which I prefer. I'd estimate is takes nearly twice as much effort to move the bezel on the SNZF29 than the SNZF17. However, the resistance isn't so small on the SNZF17 that it would move on its own under normal wear so no big deal. The hour hand on the larger SNZF17 has an added design flair that the SNZF29 lacks. The sword hands are large on these watches, and the added flair on the SNZF17 works nicely to break up the lume area. Lume on both is fantastic. The day on the SNZF29K1 can be represented either by roman numeral or English. On the SNZF17J1, your choices are Japanese or English. Both use the same 23 jewel non-hacking/winding Seiko 7S36C automatic movement and feature hardlex crystals with anti-reflective coating (extremely important to me). Specs for these pieces vary wildly online (no surprise) which can make purchase decisions seem like a gamble. Here are my measurements: SNZF29: 37mm bezel, 41mm case with crown, 20mm lug width, 12mm height SNZF17: 40mm bezel, 44mm case with crown, 22mm lug width, 12mm height Before I place the SNZF29K1 for sale, I took some comparison pictures together with its larger sibling that I wish were available to me when I was making my initial purchase. Hope these help anyone who is considering these beautiful black divers or the white SNZF11/SNZF23 and pepsi SNZF15/SNZF27 versions.
  22. thanks, nice collection. Ordered the crystal (acrylic) The dial and movement are very clean w/o sings of water damage. What are the main things to make the watch water prove? Crown seal, back seal and crystal.. right! I bought this watch with the intention of use it as an everyday beater, pointless if I can get it wet!
  23. Well I picked it up! Ordered a replacement shroud and cant wait to get it
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