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  1. I also think the Oyster Perpetual is quote beautiful for a young lady.
  2. Wow. I see why you're the moderator around here. :)
  3. They do have the 39mm size now, but the dial's not what I expected from Rolex. If they slimmed down the movement a bit, got rid of half the text on the dial, I would be all over the DJ in a heartbeat
  4. Definitely a redial. No harm done if it was well purchased and you enjoy it. Which is really all that matters. Is there a cal.89 under the hood?
  5. Please help me identify this watch; I can't find a same one (similar yes, but not identical) anywhere else (or on the net). Previously thought an Aquatimer, and identified as fake (see my other thread), but no confirmation. Inscriptions on front: "IWC" "SCHAFFHAUSEN" "AUTOMATIC" "1884" "SWISS MADE" and "METER" (on outer ring). On back: "SCHAFFHAUSEN INTERNATIONAL WATCH Co." On the crown is a symbol like the Christian fish. Please see pics attached.
  6. That's a great watch from IWC, a classic chronograph, I feel you, us sydney siders have to pay more for everything, not just watches, if you want a new watch with warranty then best getting it from the AD, go in there fully prepared, have a discount amount in mind, and show them the money, you have to show them you are serious if you want to be taken seriously. End of the day the sales person want to take money off you, so bargain hard.
  7. My wrist is 6.75" as well, and I can't pull off many watches over 41mm unless they are seriously short on lug to lug length. Would you consider something like a Damasko DA36 at 40mm?
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  9. Yeah, your enthusiasm for yours really helped me to get over any qualms I initially had about it having "only" a 2892.A2 based movement. Since then, I've revisited one of my favorite Omega calibres, the 1120, and remembered how accurate and bullet-proof that movement was. IWC's 30110, when viewed as something very similar to the Omega 1120 (both are highly modified ETA 2892.A2s), should be thought of in the same way... It's a solid, well designed workhorse with a lot of experience that should provide trouble-free service for decades to come. Remember, I was going for a 3227-01 at the time (got the Explorer instead, that time). I'll still likely try the Ingy out sometime, though. Love your bracelet. It's even nicer, design wise, IMO, than the newest ones, which are near perfect. I would've gone with a bracelet, but I just bought the Explorer, which lives exclusively on its bracelet, and I intended this watch to be my "inexpensive" utility watch. Funny how our impressions change. It's so much nicer than I expected. Its quality doesn't come across during "test drives." Loving mine, so far! Congrats on finding "the one" for you. Thanks. I'll bet mine was from the exact same place as yours. I mentioned where I got mine in my post above. [Oops, it got edited out. I'll go write it back in.] Thanks. If you want classic size and a timeless, no-fuss dial, go with the XVI. That you'll save a significant amount of money always helps, too. If you want something a bit more brash and modern, with a strong presence, go with the XVII. My dad has the XVI, which also helped me to decide (didn't want the exact same thing he has). I look at my watch for the time at quarter past the hour surprisingly much more often than I ever realized. With a normal date window, you'd have to wait a minute or more for the hand to move out of the way to tell the date. With the triple date window, you can always determine the date, as you can see the two numbers bracketing the current date. I didn't love it in the beginning, but now I see the "extra function" of it, and how that element, along with the red arrow, really help to fill out the larger dial. I'm on board with it all now. I'd hate to use the term again, but the larger dial really has a lot of wrist presence. And the larger case has more shape to it, as the wider barrel still meets up with 20 mm lugs. I love the watch, overall.
  10. Pettye

    IWC Flieger Collection

    Thanks! I got this piece three weeks ago actually and its specs were totally new to me as well. After a detailed research I found out that IWC didn't name their watches with a specific model name in 40's but the with their caliber numbers. These ones are called "Hermet" these days, it comes from the definition of hermetically sealed cases. First I also thought that it could belong to the Portuguese family. Supported by some other discussions on IWC forums, I believe that this piece might be a civilian version of the Mark IX or Mark X which their dial design look similar to this one. There is a picture of a vintage ad, which titles these cases as sports-watches, extra tight and anti-magnetic which are the specs found in pilots watches. The dial is in cream colour, it's got the hand-wound cal.83 movement, the case diameter is 37mm which is unusual for its time, and because it is in mint condition I went after this piece and been very happy with it so far. I think it supports the collection well with it's vintage specs and looks. Of course IWC will actually tell me the truth about the watch, these information were just fun for me to research about. I will soon go to Schaffhausen, order a certificate and will share here as well.
  11. I only have the Mark XVI. The stock strap is great. I've tried alternatives and keep coming back to the original -- a perfect match for the watch. Some may say it's a little formal for a pilot watch, which I understand to some degree. But I have a few pilot watches (my other favorite is the Stowa Flieger) and the XVI is a little more refined and dressy looking so the stock strap works really well. I know you know this but the XVII is bigger than the XVI. This, for me, was the most important factor in considering both. My wrist is only 6.75" and the XVI was an easy choice. I also prefer the simplicity of the XVI dial, but this was secondary.
  12. I think it is a matter of opinion. With that said, I prefer the previous movements, and when I was in your situation I specifically avoided the 44 jewel movement (51010) and went with the 42-jewel movement (51011). The changes in this iteration improved reliability in the winding system (replaced jeweled rotor bearing, which proved unreliable, with ceramic, and also added ceramic winding pawls). You will see some older warnings that the 44-jeweled model could get damaged just sitting on a watch winder. I also like that the previous generation movements operate a slower beat (3hz, vs the typical 4hz), which is more difficult to regulate reliably, and more charming for it. FYI, I have a 5001-09 (black dial) for sale in the forum.
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