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  1. Any competent local guy could service it, and that would save you some money. But me, personally -- I'd pay the extra to send it to the RSC. You'll get basically a brand-new watch back.
  2. Changing frequently will cause the bezel assembly to become loose. I vote for a Pepsi insert because the 16700 only came with a Pepsi insert. Technically the black and coke inserts are incorrect for that model. FWIW
  3. Once upon a time, I owned a no-date Sub, which I traded for a GMT Master. Then I acquired a wife and kids and the Rolex had to go. I'm looking to replace it, but I remember loving the tritium feature of my earlier watches. What do I need to know about the Super Luminova that Rolex currently uses? Thanks, X18C
  4. Virtually every Rolex looks better in person, and I agree with JSI that the Milgauss looks much better in the flesh (metal?) than in pictures. I've owned the GV for several years, and there are still times when I'll look down when wearing it and think how impressive it looks. You're right that Omega has made some more anti-magnetic watches, but considering how little anyone is going to need this feature to begin with, and how superior the Milgauss is in overall quality to the AT, I don't really care that much. It's also fairly easy to dress up, especially with the polished center link. I almost bought the white instead, and I don't think you'd be disappointed. The Explorer I is one of my favorites in the line. There's not a bad thing to say about it. As for your concern on other people's opinions, firstly I'd say who cares, secondly I'd point out that Rolex's "entry level" still has all the features of any other Rolex. What I mean is that it's only entry level in price point. It's not like Tag or Omega where "entry level" has an inferior movement, or lower build quality, etc. The Explorer I has the same movement as the solid gold Cellini Time that costs 3x as much. There is nothing inferior about the watch, it's simply more affordable because it has fewer complications. Even owning the very similar Milgauss, I still consider buying an Explorer I almost every time I see one. It's an exquisite watch. The Seadweller... Eh. Don't get me wrong. I love the watch. But in your case you're basically going to spend $2000 extra to get a Submariner that doesn't say Submariner on it. It's a waste of money. I used to feel the same way about the Submariner. Then I bought one, and discovered that it is one of the best built and most comfortable watches I've ever experienced and, even in bright green, incredibly versatile. I'm at work today in browns slacks and vest over a maroon shirt, with an offensively green watch on my wrist and it looks fantastic. If you want a watch not many people have, get the ND for less money, not the Seadweller for more. Also, if you are going to spend a bit more, get the steel Daytona. The steel and the rose gold strap really look like different watches, and if you do decide you can't do it, sell the steel to fund the rose gold and get a different steel watch. Like an Explorer I, or a Sub ND. I'd go Explorer I, white Milgauss, Sub ND. In that order.
  5. Black Bay all the way. But if I were you, I'd wait 6 months for the manufacture movement to migrate to the Black Bay...
  6. i disagree, while the bracelet is not at the level of the newer easylink rolex bracelets like on the 214270, it has its own 'easy' adjustment clasp which is simple to use. i know some have complained about the bracelet but i find it rather comfortable esp. for a watch with that much heft. on an aesthetic note, both those watches have really warm, gold tones.. maybe check out the black bay blue if you really want the sbdx012, or the sbdx001 if you really want the bb red. i would get whichever one sings to you the strongest first, good luck :)
  7. Taking into account that TT is not my thing, given your existing collection, I would add something different from the other two. In your case, the TT DateJust (in my case, something like that that isn't TT). Frankly, although the TT sub is stunning, there's something incongruent about such a jewellery-like tool watch. Hence I would recommend the DJ instead.
  8. Right under my nose. Thanks Rick.
  9. Take it to a competent independent watchmaker for fixing the pusher, most likely it just needs to be reinstalled and secured in the case, an easy job for someone who knows what they are doing. If there is any damage to the spring etc., they may be stuck (as IWC wont give them parts) or improvise (lots of after market options) and get it fixed. For dial restoration - is a different cattle of fish, special skills are required and I dont know if there are folks in Singapore who can do it, very few people can. If it bothers you a lot, then best bet is to send the watch to IWC, and have them fix the pusher and replace the dial (they will not bother with restoration, just swap it for a brand new part). This can take a few months and could run you down by about U$1000-$1500, as they will insist on full service to go with it since your watch is off warranty.
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    next Watch Advice

    If price is a concern, I don't see how IWC could ever be an option for you? Also, do yourself the favor of not buying new, or at least not for anywhere near MSRP on any of these pieces! Street price for a preowned Omega 9300 Speedmaster should be between $5800 and $6200 depending on how "mint" it is. For a Speedy Pro, between $2500 and $3200, with absolute mint examples usually available for around $3K. A Breitling 3-hander should come in at much less than that. I would think the IWC would be at least as expensive as the 9300 Omegas, unless you find a well-used example, in which case it may be prudent to factor in the cost of a service...
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    IWC Galapagos 2014

    I replied twice, sorry I am still getting used to this.
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    My 1st IWC

    Just picked this up. I could go on and on about how great the look is. But what has surprised me most is the comfort, and the legibility of the dial. I've never owned a watch that was so easy to see the time with even the slightest glance. A few photos below. I'd love some thoughts on the brown Hodinkee strap. I think it really gives it a cool vintage look to a classic dial. Thoughts? Love or hate it I'd enjoy hearing. Not something to be worn often...just a change of pace. The blue gator is so perfect. Thanks all.
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