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  1. It's got OCDs with that buckle hitting the watch. Its very nice.
  2. Well I have an older sub that I bought new like 10 years ago, thinking of getting something new and wondering if the blue bay or the blue pellagos would be a nice addition, either that or a datejust. I always think of downsizing too and selling the sub for something like a tudor but doubt I would do that. Thanks
  3. Strapcode Super Oyster II on my Black Bay:
  4. Throughout my one-year-or-so search for my first as well as "perfect" watch I went back and forth too many choices... First, it was my infatuation with divers and desire for something very unique that led me to the Sinn U1000 but that had to go after a trip to an AD because of its thickness and sporty nature that would look out of place in a conservative office setting (which is where I work). Second, the Submariner (114060) seemed to me (and to many people) the quintessential diver that has stood and will stand the test of time. However, after a few tries on my wrist, the combination of its shiny ceramic bezel and the maxi dials seemed to overwhelm my rather skinny 6.5" wrist. After a long phase with the Air-King (which has an utterly beautiful 3-6-9 white dial but it too had to go because I personally thought 34mm was a touch too small even for my wrist), the choice came down to the Speedmaster (3570.50) and the 214270. Manual vs. Automatic, chronograph vs. non-date, Omega vs. Rolex. I was at an Omega AD and came very very close to pulling the trigger on the Speedy but decided that the dial (especially in conjunction with the bezel) is a touch too busy and superflous as I very rarely use the chronograph function. Also, I decided to follow my guts despite the fact that the Speedy is regarded by many as the best "value" in this $4-7k bracket that I was looking at. In the end, all the reviews and pictures can guide one to a specific model over another, but it is ultimately down to what he likes and what looks "right" and feels comfortable on his wrist that should form the basis of any watch purchase. What I love about the 214270 is the unabashedly "tool watch" quality that is evident throughout the watch, from its brushed finish on the bracelet to the dark grey matte dial. However, it also has (at least to my eyes) just the right dose of elegance and sportiness (from its white gold 3-6-9 dial, the Mercedes hour hand to the polished bezel). All in all, everything comes together to create a watch that is pure, unassuming and very, very beautiful. The 39mm size is also perfect on my wrist, as the 214270 retains the spirit as well as the thin profile of its predecessors but also has a touch of the contemporary with its bigger diameter (and yet, still on the small side among the current generation of sports watches, which I very much like). I personally tend to think of the 214270 as not a direct descendent of the 114270 but a fresh take by Rolex to create a throughly modern tool watch for the 21st century that contains the best bits of its old renditions (somewhat like how Tudor's Pelagos is for the Submariner). It just so happens that much of what the 114270 had - oyster case, black dial, 3-6-9 numerals, steel bracelet - are still necessary ingredients of Rolex's new formula to create the 214270. A quintessential sports watch combining the heritage of the Explorer franchise and Rolex's modern construction and understated elegance. I will be enjoying this watch for many years to come.
  5. I love so many of them. My top choices are Datejust 2 SS, GMT Master 2 SS in black and blue dial. Please also recommend others. I like many of them...its so hard to choose! I don't know how to post pictures but here is one I really like: I want it to be something special. I will give this watch to my son... I don't even have a girlfriend yet but it will be my future sons watch after I take care of it and pass it on.
  6. Gorgeous watch, but god those end links ruin the whole bracelet experience
  7. Don't have any experience with these models but you should check out TRF (The Rolex Forum)
  8. Hi everyone! Do any of you know of any reputable vintage Rolex dealers here in NYC? Please let me know. Your input is greatly appreciated.
  9. Well done - nice shots of the movement.
  10. Ok, so I am doing this from memory......so please forgive me if my dates/times are a little off, but this is it in a nutshell. 14060 was introduced somewhere around 1989-1991. L-serial to X-serial. These were all 2-liners and tritium dials. These continued until around year 2000 (give or take a year or so). The movement was modified slightly and it became the 14060M. This was also about the time that Rolex started using luminova instead of tritium on the dials/hands for illumination. This is evident by either "Swiss" or "Swiss Made" on the bottom of the dial. At this point, they were still "2 liners". I believe the A-serials were the first of these. This continued until late Z-serial, M-serials, and V-serials. That is when Rolex changed the dial to the "4-liner" and these became COSC certified. They also got an engraved rehaut at this point (ROLEXROLEXROLEX). This is how they were manufactured until the 14060M was discontinued. All 14060/14060M watches have drilled through lugs. All have White gold surrounds on the dials for the hour markers. The only caveat is if a 14060 was sent for service and the dial was replaced with a luminova dial/hands. In this case you could have........let's say an X-serial with "Swiss" or "Swiss Made" on the bottom of the dial. I hope this helps a little. BTW, use the website below to understand serial numbers and approximate years of production. Rolex & Tudor Serial Numbers Lists by Date of Manufacture... QualityTyme.net
  11. You are kind of right, although is not gray market therefore is coming with Tudor 2 year international warranty. What I know gray market has their own warranty where you purchase the watch.
  12. I love the watch, but there's something not quite right with the 3/4 view from the 6 o'clock side with straps (in my opinion). That viewing angle tends to exaggerate the case thickness (thin bezel doesn't help) and/or show an unsightly gap between the strap and case (spring bar placement or long lugs). Err on the side of thicker straps, with tapered widths if possible? Sorry I don't have a pic yet, but I've got a blue Isofrane that I eventually want to try on mine. I've read that since the Isofrane strap doesn't taper in width, it looks too wide for the watch, but I'll eventually get around to trying it. Watch looks great on the bracelet!
  13. First off welcome to the forum.Prepare to get attacked by passionate rolex fans but imo this is unacceptable.
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