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Necloe

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  1. Adjusted like a slide? You mean the glidelock system? No, Rolex only does that for the newer ceramic model subs.
  2. Thank you for your insight. I don't feel disrespected as much as disappointed. The salesman was very cordial and I have no complaints in that regard. I was simply surprised that they would let a previous customer walk and lose a sale without so much as an offer however small. The theory that someone else will come walking through the door behind me and pay full price, it's possible certainly, but this isn't the latest iphone. I am in no rush to purchase and will certainly listen to their offer if they make one. What I meant by being less inclined to purchase from them is that I would now visit other AD's in Houston before making a decision. I certainly see the advantage in buying from an AD and If price was the only factor I would not have purchased my wife's watch from them in the first place.
  3. Half millimetres?? It is completely alright for me. You need to worry less and wear more. The watch is not even completely perpendicular to the camera lens. If your watch is just nice after reducing by 5 mm using the Easy link, it is fine. Unless you like the watch to be loose at the wrist bone.
  4. If it was authentic, it would only require switching the gold bezel and crown for SS......a completely plausible past occurrence. Many of these older Subs become a hodgepodge of authentic parts that aren't necessarily OEM for a given manufacturing year. That is the reason it is so important to know your source when purchasing a pre-owned Rolex.
  5. Sorry to hear about this. I don't think anyone will attack you though. Any watch can be a lemon or have certain issues, the biggest problem here is the way the company you bought it from is treating you. A 1 year warranty should definitely cover this. I also don't think that mark on the lug caused your whole watch to fail. What company did you purchase it from?
  6. Wow! That has an amazing presence and looks fantastic on your wrist. Enjoy!
  7. The watch in the picture will be hard to find and if so, will most likely command premium pricing. This is the 5444-5 Portuguese Regulateur in Titanium, one of only 50 pieces. It's even being discussed on the official IWC site (scroll down, there is a pic). Maybe IWC started doing that with more recent models? My 2003 Portuguese Chronograph did not have such a metal plate, but when I traded up to a non-LE Portuguese Automatic (2010) I also received an upgraded box with a similar metal plate:
  8. Necloe

    Buying a Mark XVII

    You have certainly done your homework. I have the same size wrist and had an IWC pilot watch (39mm Spitfire UTC) for about 6 years before selling it (which I sometimes regret). I will try to answer your questions. 1. I'm sure the watch can withstand crutch use, as the movement has a shock absorber system. The only thing I would perhaps consider is using a stronger spring bar (assuming you go strap instead of bracelet), as I would be concerned about extra wrist pressure, though this may not be an issue. 2. This of course depends on whether you go strap or bracelet and how tight you wear your watch. The bracelet will add quite a bit of weight and will slide down more if not worn tightly, which could be annoying. 3. Though I much prefer straps, particularly on pilot watches, IWC makes some of the best bracelets in the business. But the bracelet will add significantly to the price and weight of the watch. Plus with straps you can mix and match and give the watch different looks. I have over a dozen straps of all varieties and colors and love switching them up. 4. The manufacture vs. ETA movement is always a tough call. The ETA 2892-A2 is an excellent workhorse that incorporates some features that IWC originally designed into the movement. For this type of watch I would have no problem with it. My grail watch is the Ingenieur 3239 which uses the same movement and is even more expensive (which is why I don't have it yet). Keep in mind that servicing costs can be very high with Richemont, but any competent watchmaker can service the 2892. On the other hand, there is an undeniable allure to a manufacture movement, notwithstanding the higher acquisition and service costs. Unfortunately, IWC does not make a movement small enough to fit into a case that our wrist size can handle. That will change over the next couple of years, as IWC recently announced some new movements, one of which is smaller caliber (42110) designed for its entry-level watches. I understand and appreciate your desire to buy new, but I echo the sentiment of Toothbras regarding an older Mark version, particularly the 39mm Mark XVI. If you can find a NOS (new old stock) Mark XVI, I think you should get it. Or even a used one in mint shape. The Mark XVII is a great watch, but I like the XVI better in terms of size and design. My 6.25 wrist handles the 41mm XVII fine, but my wrist is flat, and even so the 41mm is really pushing it for me. If your wrist is more round, the size could be an issue. You really need to try it on for size. Regarding IWC and the military, I am unaware of any current official tie. Of course, IWC's work with the St. Exupery foundation is admirable and an interesting pilot watch connection. And as one of the handful of companies that supplied the original pilot watches to the Luftwaffe, the historic military connection is authentic. Finally, you mentioned that you want this to be a long-term watch. Perhaps the red triangle and the triple date window will get tiresome after a while. Whereas I doubt the simple and classic look of the Mark XVI will ever get old. To me that watch is like a perfectly fitting navy blue blazer--it will never be out of style. Just something to think about. Good luck with your decision, and I hope it works out.
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