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  1. Here you go buddy! PS: It's not mine, I actually got it from a previous thread on this forum. Don't remember who post it in the first place.
  2. Thanks everyone. I really appreciate everyone's reply. I think I should go for BLNR :)
  3. Fair comment :) but for £1000 does this watch look like a safe bet? Rolex 6694 Oysterdate Precision Vintage Men's Watch! | eBay Next year I shall be purchasing a dive watch, however I am currently just looking for a dress watch and I don't want to spend too much.
  4. Nice pics and review. I love looking at the fine details of watches. And that leather strap suits the watch perfectly, better than anything it comes with IMHO.
  5. A great watch from Tudor. A tool-watch that can be an only watch for anybody. I am not sure that I can follow the new busy dial full with text. It is indeed a "Rolex" way of making dials. In-house movement is great news. However, it is a totally new and not-tested over the time movement. On the other hand ETA has been proven tough. Many say that ETA-powered Pelagos will become collectible soon. So, get the 'old' version now or wait for new watch to hit the stores in a couple of months?
  6. My local AD in Houston called me yesterday to let me know she had one Tudor North Flag and one Pelagos Blue in stock. By the time I got there today, the North Face had already been sold. However, I had become more interested in the Pelagos Blue the more I read about it anyhow and once I saw it in person, I took it home. The addition of injected superluminova in the ceramic bezel and the expandable bracelet over the North Face pushed me in the direction of the Pelagos (along with the fact that my collection already includes a speedmaster professional moon watch and a 39mm Rolex Explorer I, so a third black faced stainless steel watch didn't fit well into my collection). First impressions: Lume is amazing. Similar blue to my Rolex Explorer I, but more lume everywhere on this watch. Very easy watch to read at night. The shade of blue on the face is deeper than some of the pictures online show. I thought that the blue might be too bright, but in person you will see that it is a great medium shade of blue. Enough to stand out, but not in an obnoxious or over the top way. The Tudor heritage black bay blue looks almost black next to this watch. The ceramic bezel is slightly darker than the face of the watch, but only upon close inspection, and it appears that this color differential draws your eyes to the face of the watch to make reading the time easier. The watch came on the titanium bracelet with the auto-adjustable buckle. Because I already have most of my watches on bracelets, I had the AD put the watch on its rubber bracelet. The titanium is great, but I'm also impressed with the solid feel and thickness of the rubber bracelet. The color of the rubber bracelet matches fantastically and it's extremely comfortable. The date without the lume to its right (a change from the previous generation) looks very nice in the flesh. No issues with the symmetry of this watch. As to the comments regarding the additional text on the dial vs. gen. 1, this is a large watch with a lot of real estate on the face. I'm a fan of minimal text (love the submariner 14060m with two lines of text). But on this watch, the 5 lines at the bottom truly do not hurt the overall symmetry or look of the watch. This isn't an overly wide or long watch and its dimensions in these directions are spot on. However, I have one negative comment, the watch sits high on my wrist so the thickness of the watch is apparent. I typically prefer watches with a smaller thickness. However, as this is a 500m dive watch, I understand that it naturally will be thicker than a typical dress or sports watch. However, this watch sits higher than both the submariner and the Sea-Dweller 4000 on my wrist. If I had to guess, Rolex handcuffed this watch and kept it thick because to bring it out with a thickness in line with the submariner and/or the Sea-Dweller 4000 might cannibalize sales of their higher margin models. The movement in the Pelagos blue appears to be closer in spec to the 3235 movement in the newly released Rolex Pearlmaster than the 3135 currently found in the submariner and the Sea-Dweller 4000. That is, the current Pelagos Blue, under the hood, looks more like what I expect to see as the next generation Rolex sub. Add in the common use of superluminova and ceramic bezels, and the Pelagos blue starts to look like a fantastic bargain next to similar Rolex watches. I tried on both the sub and the Sea-Dweller 4000 (found the 116610 and 114060 sub to be too blocky in the case and absolutely loved the 116600 Sea-Dweller), but at the end of the day, I can't see myself pulling the trigger on one of these Rolex watches until they move to the new 3255 movement. Until then, Tudor is selling 9/10ths the watch at 50% or so the price. Until Rolex moves the 3255 into its dive watches, I'll happily live with my slightly thicker Tudor with superluminova, a ceramic lume injected bezel, 70 hour power reserve movement, silicon hairspring, chronometer certified (COSC) in its beautiful shade of blue not offered in the steel Rolex dive watches, and be happy with the substantial discount from both the AD and aftermarket pricing of comparable Rolexes.
  7. Congratulations ! Wear it in good health ! Watch seems in great condition with a perfect patina.
  8. I think you'll enjoy the watch very much for your first IWC purchase. I too purchased a Pilot Chrono 3717 as my first IWC watch and has served me very well...which lead me to other IWC purchases...which some say can be a very dangerous thing lol. Wear it in good health!
  9. I'm looking to buy an IWC Portugese Chronograph and wanted some advice on getting the best price. Retail on IWC website is $8600 but I've seen the watch on several sites (which appear to be unauthorized retailers) at $6450 (25% off). Is it worth going through unauthorized retailers for a discount or is there a way to get a comparable discount through an authorized retailer? I'm also still torn on the blue vs gold and looking to get some opinions. This is my first "nice" watch and I'd want it to be suitable for everyday wear, with both suits and more casual setting. Thanks in advance for the help.
  10. Hello Matt, Did you find any leads? I am on the market for a new IWC Aquatimer Chrono Cousteau edition IW376805 on a long strap, so maybe we should meet at Humbertown Jewellers and see what they can offer us?
  11. Hi everyone, I'm trying to look for an OEM strap for the 3878 (currently on bracelet) and am wondering if the deployment clasp used is specific only to this model. I checked with the IWC boutique and the price is, well, more expensive than the strap itself. I am thinking of just getting the strap on the tang buckle but am unsure if the strap is available in this option. Part of me is thinking of just ordering a different brown or black pilot strap and just use the tang buckle. Any thoughts or suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks!
  12. Hi, I recently purchased my first IWC watch..the Portuguese automatic (500705). I also switched out the band to a dark brown band but considering the original black band. Do you guys recommend the black or brown band with this watch?
  13. Hi All I am just about ready to purchase the IWC Portugese Chronograph. I have done some reading on this forum and I'm curious for further explanation on what seems to be a general opinion that the watch is "not worth the money". I am interested in this watch because of its looks and I believe IWC is a respectable brand. Is this solely based on the movement not being in house? 7750 seems to get generally positive feedback on this forum. I am not particularly concerned with who makes the movement, how complicated it is.... I am concerned if it doesn't operate well and is not reliable. Am I paying for a Mercedes and getting a kia engine? I guess that would bother me. I have looked at many watch brands and cannot seem to find anything else I like as much for $6,000-$8,000. Thanks Land
  14. What's the best place to purchase original straps to fit the Portuguese 7 day? Thanks.
  15. lovecheese

    First IWC

    That uses a Valjoux 7750 movement (modified to IWC's spec).
  16. Thanks for the answers iam not sure thats the reassin why i ask i want to buy a aitomatik clock but i don't know i dont want spent more than 300 for my first watch and mido and montblanc are looks fine for me
  17. Hi Joan, I think what you're seeing here is a rather poor imitation of this model. Notice how the lines on the dial cut through the IWC logo and the quartz text on the ebay item. This is not something that IWC would do. Also, even if this were a real IWC Porsche Design watch, you would see the price leap into the three figure range on the last day of the auction as the bids rolled in. A real IWC would not stay a bargain for long on ebay. Given that the IWC would theoretically be the most expensive item in this lot and that it is a fake, I doubt that the lot will exceed £100 though.
  18. Just a couple of weeks ago, jomashop had 2 versions of the 3239 for $3,595 and $3,695. Black dial and white dial w/o the gold accents. If I hadn't just bought a GO I probably would have bought one. I guess I mention it now as I suspect with patience you will find them at that price again on the GM.
  19. “Look legit” ???? Sorry but for me the dial is 100% fake (the irregular indexes are far too big and badly done), the crown is wrong (and perhaps more confortable to wind than the original one but far too big and to square for a so slim watch), and the domed glass is with no doubt a replacement one (but many are : Poljot de Luxe that still have their original flat and slim glass are very rare). Impossible to speak about the caliber if we can't see it. I've quickly searched few example on the web (these watches are not mine) of what a genuine Poljot de Luxe dial looks like, and here is a picture of three watches to compare : (I've turned the picture in black and white to make easier to compare the dials that are not painted in the same color)
  20. Sounds familiar. The hairspring may have been magnetized. Either take it to a watchmaker or decent jeweler and ask them to demagnetize it, or buy a demagnetizer on eBay or similar and do it yourself. Buying your own will likely be less expensive and you can DIY in the future. I got a demagnetizer for $8 but it came with another countries plug, the seller's remedy was to refund the purchase and asked me to keep the unit. Replacing the power cord took a Philips head screwdriver, a set of sidecut dikes, plastic electrical tape, a soldering iron and some solder (other connection solutions may work but soldering is best). Five minutes later I had a working demagnetizer. Hastily spouted for your befuddlement
  21. hi guys, today i received another soviet(?) russian watch which i believe to be a zim. the dial has freemason signs, gestures, grips, tokens and handshakes - will this has been an official freemasons watch, or is it something of a novelty? also, does anyone know what year this is from? the seller marked it as 'retro' which ebay states as anything from 1984 to 1999. many thanks
  22. Looks good to me! This one would have been produced in the first quarter of 1957 (notice "1-57" on the bridge) at the First Moscow Watch Factory. The dial shares some notable similarities with one of the Sportivnie variations, though this Moskva is significantly smaller. How do you like the size?
  23. I wonder if this is a solid stainless steel case? I can't see any marks that show that it's plated brass.
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