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  1. The world is awash in 'dress watch' styles in all kinds of price ranges. If you've zeroed in on Rolex as your choice, and a 34mm stainless steel 6694 fills the need, then, at least in my opinion, this watch passes a lot of tests from a good seller at a fair price. If this strains your budget, then you might look at the Tudor Prince Date model...same factory,same size, same case, automatic ETA movement and less money. But, Tudor isn't Rolex, so you get to choose.
  2. This is why we always advise 'buy the seller', as unfortunate incidents like this can often lead to the owner being left feeling 'short changed'. The 'fault' lies with the internet seller who appears to have 'serviced' (and I use this term loosely) the watch. This is one of the risks you take when you purchase grey market. As the old saying goes, 'you pays your money.....'
  3. Been a long time since Ive posted, as Im primarily just a reader until I get into watch buying mode every couple years. I wanted to share with everyone a short review and a few photos of my most recent purchase, an IWC 7-Day Portuguese, in an effort to give back to this great community since I benefited greatly from the reviews and commentary on this watch available on these forums before purchasing. By way of background, this is my first IWC, and I traded in my Omega Planet Ocean and Breitling Navitimer plus some cash in order to get my hands on this one. I couldnt be happier with this trade, as I found myself hardly ever wearing either of those two ever since I bought my Rolex Deepsea 3 years ago. I found that I preferred wearing the Rolex in business and formal settings as well as casual settings. Its such an amazingly versatile style, that it somewhat rendered my Omega and Breitlings obsolete as far as wrist time is concerned. Here are just a few things I would note about the IWC: Case and Dial Design: It is just such an absolutely classic, elegant and timeless design that I dont see myself parting with this one in the future. What I love about it is that the design is somewhat simple and understated, but coupled with fairly modern proportions (42mm and a nice thickness of 15mm.. I think). Its worth mentioning that the 42mm diameter belies how large this watch wears it actually looks about as big as my Deepsea on the wrist due to the thin bezel. Perfect size for my tastes, but worth noting. Ive seen others complain that the watch is too thick, but thats personally one of the main selling points for me as I prefer a more substantial watch. I also began having the left cuff on my shirts an extra 3/4 wider to accommodate my watches a few years ago (something Id highly recommend for those who own thick watches), so it fits perfectly with what I wear to work every day. Finally, the last thing Ill note about the design is that the legibility is just incredible. I can read the time so quickly, that it takes no more than a faint glance. Also, with the silver/white dial, its even legible at night sans lume in all but pitch black conditions. Comfort: Extremely comfortable to wear and has a decent heft to it (it feels paper-light after taking off my Deepsea, which Im sure will change as my senses adjust). It seems to have the right amount of weight to remind you its there, which I like in a watch. Movement: I love that it has IWCs in-house 5000 movement. The 7-day power reserve is just amazing, and is something I expect to use every week since I will likely wear the Rolex on weekends from now on, so it will be nice to not have to set the time on Monday mornings when I put the IWC back on. I also really like the power reserve indicator. Its a shame more watches dont have this, as I feel more connected with the watch when I can see the power reserve increase throughout the day or as Im winding it. Any review of this movement would be remiss without mention of its beauty as showcased in the Portuguese. Ill let the pictures speak to that (crappy iPhone photos notwithstanding). Accuracy: Over the past week, the watch has been keeping time at about +8s per day, but honestly it doesnt bother me for a couple reasons. First, I have a tendency to be late, so at least its on the fast side. Second, the fact that the 7-day saves me from re-setting it every week might actually keep it more accurate on those days when I hastily set my watch, but if it doesnt, I can always use the time I saved from not having to re-set it completely to true it up. Perhaps Ill have it regulated to within COSC specs before my IWC warranty runs out, but for now Im perfectly happy with its timekeeping and I refuse to give it up for any extended period of time. Overall: Im in love with this watch and highly recommend it to anyone considering it. My biggest complaint is that I frequently find myself staring at the dial and even taking the watch off to gaze at the stunning 7-day movement through its massive sapphire case-back. Perhaps some of that will wear off after the honeymoon period is over. Finally, I would also just like to put in an honest plug for David SW. This is the second watch Ive bought from him (the first being my Deepsea), and his service is amazing, prices competitive, and communication very professional. I cant recommend him enough. He also offered me what I would consider fair prices for the two watches I traded in, so the transaction couldnt have been any smoother. Not only that, but I knew I wanted to put a brown strap on my watch, and David arranged to have an OEM brown IWC strap installed at the dealer before it shipped, so I didnt have to worry about doing that as soon as I got it. Exemplary customer service. EDIT - took a photo side by side with my DSSD. If you ask me, they look about the same size. btw, what do you guys think of the rubber strap on it?
  4. Morse

    IWC Pilot Ref Help

    This is most definitely a style used by IWC in the late 90's and early 2000's. It's the GST chrono. It's not a pilots watch. Now there should be writing/engraving on the back of the watch. I'm not sure if it's not there because it's titanium. But my father has this GST and stainless silver and it is all present.
  5. I think the paratrooper watch is an example of the (in)famous Chinese Komandirskie knockoff. Even without the movement shot, the 1-piece caseback and the small crown are key indicators. The red-dialed watch with the sub-seconds looks to be another Pobeda, with the "eda" of the name remaining legible.
  6. (Lada Niva X Vostok Amphibia)=Bulletproof+Cool
  7. Thank you everyone for your replies. Interesting that it seems to be a commonly heard noise. Does anyone have an idea as what it actually is? Sounds to my untrained ear as though 'something' is swinging too far and banging on a 'something' else. While I can understand a strong running mechanism (a good thing) may be the underlying cause, could this actually be doing gradual damage if a component is continually hitting something it wasn't intended to? (Apologies for the naivety of my question)
  8. i like the black dial more... but i heard that they r a bit pricey .. what about the price in the shop ?
  9. I tried to be helpful and I do think I was helpful telling you that your watch is not a A. Lange & Söhne. The other thing is - and I am not talking about the strap - that in the first post your watch clearly has a pusher right to the crown. In your second post the pusher................vanished. How come ? Watch with pusher other watch without pusher Anyway, both are mutated pocket watches.
  10. Arabianbusiness hah that pretty much says it all
  11. They are very nice pieces (I saw them in Japan) but frankly not without interesting competition at the price.
  12. I just received a BY2000-55W which I bought from a jeweler site in Greece. I had read elsewhere that 55E only received the German RC transmitter, but 55W worked in lots of countries including the USA. The tag on the watch says 55W, but the instruction booklet (Caliber H162) says it only received the German transmitter. In fact it doesn't sync in California, sitting in the same window that works fine for my other Citizen RC and several other RC watches. Also, it seems like an enormous challenge to set manually. I played with it for an hour and it's still not set. My other Citizen RC watch is easy to set manually. But this one seems to want to run its stepper motor to the right time. The second hands starts rotating, but to change the hour hand takes forever. There is no way to directly move the hands in the conventional manner. Can any of you shed some light on this? Am I missing something? Alan
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