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  1. The GMT II watch line uses the Easylink system which allows you to add or remove 5 mm depending on whether your wrist swells or contracts (weather and activity dependent). That's the correct bracelet. The Glidelock are mainly for the dive watch lines like Sub, Sea Dweller and Deep Sea
  2. i like the way even in photos you can really see the way the dial color tone changes in different light, enjoy it :)
  3. Both are really cool looking watches. I would go with BLNR if you can chip in some more money. It has more interesting look imho.
  4. Watchbreath, thanks for your input. Tourneau is a very good source but they are also very expensive. I am looking for more independent shops. I think they would have better pricing.
  5. I'd let it "settle" for a couple months and if it still isn't where you want it to be, ask RSC to regulate it for you. The Dallas RSC happily regulated mine under warranty when it was consistently -2s/d. (It lost time in all positions so nightly self-regulating did not work) It now runs +1s/d on the wrist and can be positioned at night for an equal loss.
  6. Most here I believe will vote for the Sub. While I do like the look of the Sub, there's something about the Explorer that I find truly charming. I'm a newbie to all things Rolex, but even with my limited experience with the brand, I appreciate the understated charm of the Explorer. More experienced fans, I hope, will chime in and talk about this watch. I'm a big fan of watches that fly under the radar, so I think the Explorer offers a little bit of bling with a dash of subtlety. I think it rivals the Sub in its versatility. As a history buff, I love the fact that it's part of a line of watches that can be traced to the model that accompanied the first explorers to scale the peaks of Mt. Everest. I'm a sucker for that kind of marketing, haha.
  7. The below is my (Long) review of a Tudor North Flag I just received from Timeless Luxury in Texas. I decided to do this review even before I bought the watch. There’s a lot of reviews out there (this watch has made one heck of a news splash) but I haven’t seen much that addresses the things WIS care about. Specifically, how good is the quality, How does the clasp work, how does it fit, what’s it like to own, etc. In other words, I hope to answer the kind of questions that I wanted to know but wasn’t able to ask. First, a little Tudor History: Tudor has historically been the value brand for Rolex. By selling Rolex quality cases with less expensive movements supplied by ETA and Valjoux, Tudor allowed buyers the ability to purchase a case with dramatically better water resistance than the competition and a movement that was perhaps not as good as Rolex’s manufacture movement, but still excellent for anyone that didn’t need or want a chronometer. Not a bad plan at a time when watches were business necessities. However, it turned into a problem when mechanical watches became luxury goods. In the United States at least, the perception was that Tudor was a poor man’s Rolex. Not exactly what you want to project to luxury buyers. I remember when I was in high school looking at Rolexes and Tudors in a watch store and thinking I’d rather have the Rolex even at the higher price. Not a fair judgment given the quality of Tudors, but a commonplace attitude none the less. Tudor pulled out of the US market completely in 2004, though it continued to be sold in other parts of the world. In 2007, Tudor changed its brand strategy and became the more daring and experimental side of Rolex, sort of the way Seiko uses the Ananta line in relation to the Grand Seiko line. Starting in 2013, Tudor re-entered the US market, making a heck of a splash with the beautiful vintage inspired Black Bay and with the toolish and technically brilliant Pelagos. Overnight Tudor shed its perception of a poor man’s Rolex. In March of 2015 Tudor completely rocked the watch world by coming out with their own manufacture movement. It wasn’t just a Me Too movement either. The specifications are VERY impressive: 28 jewels, chronometer performance, free sprung balance, 70 hour power reserve, Silicon hairspring, etc. Even more impressive, they launched it in two watches with price tags that are shocking because there is virtually no price premium for this awesome movement. Prior to the launch there wasn’t anything else out there from any brand I know of that doesn’t cost at least $1000 more for the same or lower specifications. Some watches that used to look like screaming bargains at $5000 suddenly started whimpering. So impressive is the new Tudor movement that it could be argued it’s better than the legendary Rolex 31xx movement used in the majority of Rolexes sold. Incidentally, Rolex also announced a new Rolex movement at the same time with some of the tightest performance specifications ever on a mechanical watch. Something I expect to see quickly rolled out across the entire Rolex family in order to justify the price premium over Tudor. Buying the Watch: Even though I didn’t see it in person until I pulled it out of the box, I wanted this watch from the moment I first read about it. I’m a total sucker for Genta styled watches with integrated bracelets. I had to wait until North Flags started showing up in the US which took about 3 months. When they did, I contacted Timeless Luxury to see if they had any in stock. Why Timeless Luxury? Alaska has no Tudor AD so I started looking outside my home state. Timeless Luxury popped onto my radar from a BlogtoWatch.com article that interviewed the owners. I was impressed that a young couple just went and did what I think a lot of us watch enthusiasts like to imagine ourselves doing- start a watch store. Also, I noticed that Timeless posts a lot of watch reviews on WUS and they carry a lot of brands I like. They also carry a lot of high value to price ratio watches like Damasko, Grand Seiko and Nomos. Finally, it was clear from reading their reviews that they’re watch enthusiasts in the business of selling watches, not a jewelry store in the business of selling jewelry. I like that and since they recently became a Tudor AD, I called to see if they had a Tudor North Flag they could sell. Surprisingly, they had one in stock and before I could think about how pissed my wife would be, I ordered it. During the call I spoke with Dan Broadfoot, one of the owners interviewed by Ablogtowatch - Always nice to talk to the people who run the business. It was a completely frictionless transaction. Timeless shipped the watch FedEx next day delivery the same day I ordered it. In short, great service and I got the watch less than 24 hours after paying. Not bad for shipping to Alaska. One thing I also noticed: Timeless set the watch to Alaska time before leaving the store. I would definitely buy from them again. I’m planning on laying over in Dallas in a couple of months so if they’re not too far from the airport I’ll probably stop in and check out the store. On to the watch review: First, the Specifications: Case Diameter: 40mm W/O crown Lug Width:about 12 mm Distance Lug-to-Lug: about 49 mm Movement: Tudor MT5621 COSC Certified Case Material: 316L Case Finish: Brushed WR Rating: 100M Antimagnetic Rating: Unkown Shock Resistance: Unkown Band: Leather or Steel integrated bracelet. Mine came with the steel bracelet Lume: Appears to be the Same as Rolex’s Chromalight. Observed Accuracy: within 1 s/d Positional Variance: About 3 seconds across 6 positions (That's really good) The Box: The watch came in a fairly typical white cardboard outer sleeve, a black cardboard outer box, and a fairly hefty padded watch box. It looks a little boy racer, but it’s well made. Better looking than a Grand Seiko box, not as good as a Damasko box. In short, a box that will live happily for years in the back of a closet. The Watch Body: The North Flag is a new watch design, launched by Tudor along with the new movement. Stylistically it borrows from some other Tudor designs (such as the Ranger) in dial layout and hands, but it also mixes in a fair amount of Gerald Genta’s design DNA in the shape of the case and integrated bracelet. Genta created some of the most legendary watch designs of all time (such as the AP Royal Oak, the IWC Enginieur, the Omega Constellation, and the Patek Nautilus) and the North Flag has a similarly modern look. Here’s picture beside my Rolex Oysterquartz, which also shares a little Genta design DNA. That said, it has its own elements which are unique, starting with the Bezel. Some people like it, some don’t. It does make the watch look thinner on the wrist, which may be why Tudor did it. Also, the bright yellow second hand and Power reserve indicator might be too bold for a lot of people. Personally, I think without the splash of color it would be boring. The dial is flat black, which means it's a good thing there’s no anti reflective coating on the outside (fingerprints would be a problem). If you like the Pelagos dial, you’ll probably like this one. If not, well not. Finally, the flat top of the watch body rolls over to the lugs with a bit less sharp edge than a lot of other Genta designs. A dress watch the North Flag is not, but this watch was meant to be a practical daily wearer for someone who wants a nice watch and doesn’t spend much time in a suit. For someone like me (I spend a lot of time in the field and in a casual office) it’s a great choice for every day wear. My wife really likes the look which I take as a good sign. Quality of construction and machining tolerances are, as one would expect from an organization as famous for QC as Rolex is, absolutely outstanding. In comparison to my Sub-C, the tolerances are as good, which means they’re as good as anything on the market. Period. The case and bracelet finishing isn’t quite as fine but he differences are a reflection of less expensive finishing choices. An appropriate compromise for a watch intended to be a daily wearer “tool” watch for people who are OK with scratches. All the finishes are brushed, which makes sense on a watch that is meant to be a working man’s watch. For those that like looking at their movements through a display back, this Tudor accommodates you. The movement is not traditionally decorated with Geneva swirls and stripes (more of a blasted finish). It does not look like an inexpensive movement, but it won’t wow your friends with it’s raw beauty. It reminds me of a land rover more than a BMW Z4. Not sexy, but clearly high quality to those who know what to look for. Lots of other watches that are better choices if you value beauty over function, but this watch movement is a BOSS movement and reflects in my mind the design philosophy behind Tudor: Quality where it counts. About that movement: It’s accurate. On the wrist mine is within a second per day. Positional variance is well within COSC requirements at about 3 s/d across 6 positions. This and the new Pelagos are the first watches Tudor has ever made that are COSC certified. As you can tell from the picture, it has a free sprung balance with micro stelae type rotational inertia adjusters. Not so obvious is the silicon balance spring. It was only a few years ago that this would have pushed this watch into the hyper expensive range and makes the watch fairly resistant to magnetic fields. Tudor (as far as I can tell) doesn’t publish its magnetic resistance, but I’m betting it's way better than 5000 A/h resistance. It also has 28 jewels, a 70 hour power reserve, and a power reserve indicator. Pretty awesome set of spex for a watch that is priced at less than $4000. The Bracelet: Looking at pictures of older Tudors (Never owned one), the bracelet is one of the areas where the lower price point of Tudor really showed. Not that they look bad, so much as just not particularly great. That isn’t true on the Pelagos or the Black bay, and it definitely isn’t true for the North Flag. The links are screwed (which seems pretty much standard on watches in this price range now) and the clasp is a well made folding clasp with a keeper. Some parts are stamped rather than machined and no, it’s not as good as a Rolex clasp, but still very well made. How does the watch fit? The watch dial looks large for 40mm because of the relatively thin bezel and the flat black dial. That said, it’s got a very short Lug to Lug distance of 48mm (more or less) and the end of the lugs drop a little to help it hug your wrist. This is a watch that can be worn by a wide range of wrist sizes. My wrist is 7-¼” around and not very flat and it fits very well. The value proposition: First and foremost this is a tool watch. If that’s not your thing, this isn’t your watch. For me it represents what I value in a watch. Utility, performance, and quality of construction. It has all these things in spades. I was wondering what trade-offs Tudor would make compared to it’s big brother and I think they made the right choices. The machining tolerances are best in class, the finishing is more utilitarian (not low quality, just not alternating polished and brushed surfaces and complex shapes), the bracelet, while not as good as Rolex is as good or better than the competition, the movement is absolutely a home run, and it looks masculine and refined. In it’s price range there are watches that make prettier movements, and better finished cases, but none that can match its performance. Sincerely, Will
  8. jeniffer

    £1000 ROLEX?

    My advice?? Save a bit more and get what you want rather than just getting a watch with "Rolex" on the dial. JMHO
  9. Beautiful piece, c ongrats on your new IWC!
  10. I sold my Speedy to fund my Mark 17. Absolutely no regrets.
  11. This IWC is real and legit.
  12. jeniffer

    Buying a Mark XVII

    "I'm a little hesitant to go in and try on a new one just now. I'm not sure how the jewelers will respond to someone walking, in trying on a watch, saying 'see you in two years' and walking out again." Don't be shy about trying on any watch you want in any watch store. I do it frequently, and if a salesperson gets annoyed and sanctimonious, I find it laughable and even entertaining. I'm amused how some staff at luxury watch retailers behave as if they are doing me a favor by showing me their precious timepieces and blathering on as if the watch were a fragment of the true cross or some other religious relic. But most sales staff are friendly and happy to show the watches. One gal even brought out a Lange Doublesplit from the store safe just so I could stare at the movement for a few minutes, knowing full well I would not be buying the watch in my lifetime. You asked about my favorite strap combos. Can't say I have a favorite, as they are all rather different. Due to my small wrist, I usually order custom straps for a better fit. I currently have a Sinn 104 and a Stowa Ikarus on the way, both of which lend themselves to a variety of strap combos. I have black and brown leather and suede, burgundy ostrich leg, yellow toad, black rubber, several zulus in solid colors, a nice one-piece shell cordovan from Hodinkee, a striped velcro, and a couple patterned waxed cotton zulus from Suigeneric that I just got. I will say that the stock Mark 17 strap is very nice; if it doesn't fit your wrist, IWC may make it in a shorter length. Tons of custom strap makers out there, but since you are in Sydney, definitely check Bas & Lokes; fantastic straps. Here is a link to an older thread with some amateur photos of some of my straps: Sinn 104 - Looking like a must have for me. Edit: FYI, chrono24 has several mint Mark 16's and one unworn.
  13. With IWC's latest incarnation of the 'Petit Prince' chronograph, first introduced in 2013, ‘Le Petit Prince’ Double Chronograph Edition Pilot’s Watch features an innovative jumping star display for the day of the week. Every day, one of seven stars in the inner circle of the dial lights up in gold to symbolize the visit of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s little prince to a different planet. The same seven stars are also engraved as a decoration on the back of the watch and include the name of the inhabitant with whom the little prince is currently passing the time. On his journey the prince meets, among others, with a king who rules over a fictitious realm, a businessman who believes he owns the stars, and a geographer who never leaves his desk.The new Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince” (Ref. IW371807) also houses an enchanting mechanism. “Our partnership with the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation has already inspired us to create many Pilot’s Watch special editions, and since the tale of ‘The Little Prince’ celebrated its 70th birthday two years ago, we’ve also dedicated a number of models to the title figure. This latest version not only has an impressive split-seconds mechanism but also a rather whimsical star element that might not be noticed at first glance.”Georges Kern, CEO, IWC Schaffhausen The midnight blue dial with its characteristic cockpit design features a jumping star display arranged inside the faint line of the circle at its centre. Each day of the week, this captivating day display lights up a different star in glittering gold. However, the change does not take place in any particular order: the gleaming golden star appears to jump at random between the seven different positions on the dial. The stars punched out on the dial symbolize the planets visited by the little prince. They are also engraved in the same order on the back of the watch, together with the name of their inhabitants: the king, the vain man, the drunkard, the businessman, the lamplighter, the geographer and finally the rose. The little prince cannot forget the latter and returns to her at the end of his odyssey. There is also a playful indication of where the little boy with the wheaten hair happens to be at the moment, as well as a portrait of the prince himself, on the reverse side of the case. The owner of the watch decides which star on the dial is illuminated on which day of the week by using the crown to make the golden star jump to another position. The sophisticated chronograph split-seconds hand complication is now licensed to fly in the Pilot’s Watch special edition “Le Petit Prince”. Also known as a double chronograph, this mechanism presents watchmakers with a challenge that is often underestimated. It has two stopwatch seconds hands mounted one on top of the other which allow the owner to reliably record intermediate times, even within the same minute. Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince” combines all the features of a watch designed for flying with an additional poetic element. Its functions include automatic winding, the time of day, date, weekday in the form of a jumping star display, small hacking seconds, chronograph with aggregate time recording up to 12 hours, split-seconds function, sapphire glass with antireflective coating on both sides which is secured against drops in pressure, as well as the soft-iron inner case found in IWC’s Pilot’s Watches as protection against magnetic fields. Super-LumiNova coating on the hands and appliqués ensure excellent legibility, even in the dark. The watch is limited to just 1,000 pieces and comes on a matte brown calfskin strap with decorative beige stitching. Visit the IWC Schaffhausen website
  14. jeniffer

    New IWC Failure

    Definitely not what you'd expect while buying an IWC.
  15. This is a beautiful watch. If you can purchase one for a good price, and you love this watch, grab it! I also love the fact that it has no date complication.
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