Menswear: Which watch?


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Mrtyn
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969 posts since 30/1/14

13 Jun 2015 13:41
Iconic are fine for buying from. Sometimes there can be a little wait while they source you're watch but you're informed of this. They always come with all relevant paperwork and boxes. The warranty will be stamped from wherever they sourced it from. This is more often than not from Italy or Spain. No problems there as it's an international warranty anyway.
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358 posts since 14/12/05

13 Jun 2015 15:13
If you're in London and you have any problems which you need sorting under warranty you're best going direct to Rolex at St James Square as the AD would just send it on to them anyway.
I've bought two from iconic, a datejust for me and a lady datejust for my wife. Excellent service from iconic on both. Just outside of warranty period my wife's datejust developed an issue with the movement (I suspect it was from her dropping it from a height and it smacking in to an open drawer) and Rolex repaired it for free.
Whoever you buy from as long as it's in warranty you'll still get the same service from Rolex.

If you want to use a London AD I'd use David Robinson in Canary Wharf, bought my BLNR from them and service was excellent.
MrW
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3060 posts since 1/8/11

13 Jun 2015 16:27
Not expecting any love for it but ordered one of these today, picking it up next week.

Mrtyn
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969 posts since 30/1/14

13 Jun 2015 16:46
Plenty of love for the black bay. Think they look even better on leather. A Pelagos is on the cards for myself in the near future.
Mrtyn
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969 posts since 30/1/14

13 Jun 2015 16:47
Got myself a classic in the post yesterday.
Birdman
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1568 posts since 10/3/10

13 Jun 2015 18:36
Black Bay is Ubercool
ODB
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3598 posts since 21/6/06

13 Jun 2015 19:21
both are Cool
MrW
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3060 posts since 1/8/11

14 Jun 2015 16:07
Mrtyn wrote: Plenty of love for the black bay. Think they look even better on leather. A Pelagos is on the cards for myself in the near future.

Leather does look decent, may get one later, but prefer stainless - it comes with a fabric strap too which looks great.

Need to get an old Tag polished up for selling, any recommendations for places to do this or how much I should be looking to pay for bracelet & case?
Superprecise
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2212 posts since 16/7/11

14 Jun 2015 16:36
They've done a nice job with the Tudors. A couple of the models look a bit too wilfully retro but yours and the Pelagos are great updates. Nice on rough-out leather - https://bulangandsons.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/BS-Tudor-BlueBay-36-LR.jpg
Mrtyn
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969 posts since 30/1/14

14 Jun 2015 16:45
Is the Tag needing a shiny or brushed finish? If its a shiny finish have you though about buying cape cod cloths and giving that a go?

That rough strap is mint. Do you know what make it is?
Superprecise
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2212 posts since 16/7/11

14 Jun 2015 18:44
Nope, 'fraid not.
Birdman
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14 Jun 2015 19:03
Laughing out loud
Mrtyn
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14 Jun 2015 19:52
Oops Had a kid throwing a tantrum at the time I was looking.
Superprecise
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2212 posts since 16/7/11

14 Jun 2015 20:31
Sorry Mrtyn, I wasn't being a cock, I hadn't twigged where that image was from, having found it via an image search.
Mrtyn
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969 posts since 30/1/14

14 Jun 2015 21:00
No worries man. It's fucking cool, though a little bit pricey. I'm a miserable sod when it comes to straps. 50 quids my limit. Smiling
Superprecise
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posted 20 Jun 2015 20:42, edited 20 Jun 2015 20:42
Sorry to go on about this but I have a question please.

So, I was looking at the 36mm Datejust (below right) today, again, and also a 34mm Oyster Perpetual Date (below left), which is the EXACT same watch except it's 2mm smaller obviously AND has, in my opinion, a cleaner dial without the 'railway track' seconds index with numerals. I've done some homework on it and can't find a good reason why this model, which has a date, is lumped in with the Oyster Perpetual and not the Datejust range.

This is basically a modern version of the Air-King-Date which I've always loved and which was also 34mm. Question is, is 34mm just too small? It looked a little small on, because it is, but not silly small. I don't have a wrist shot unfortunately but my wrists are fairly average in size. The dial actually reads the same as (or bigger than, even) the 36mm because it's less cluttered. I'm all for getting something plain and inconspicuous anyway. Any thoughts appreciated.

Birdman
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1568 posts since 10/3/10

20 Jun 2015 21:30
Can only give my personal opinion, but I think the Oyster Perpetual is a nice, clean looking watch and I wouldn't discount a 34mm case as too small. definitely think it meets the inconspicuous brief and looks good worn in any setting.
Kadafi39
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2031 posts since 30/10/09

20 Jun 2015 21:33
Slightly larger case and lugs along with the 2mm make a big difference visually imo. Oyster has a cleaner looking dial but depends how small your wrists are.
Mrtyn
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969 posts since 30/1/14

20 Jun 2015 21:33
Buy whatever you think looks best on. If you look back a page or 2 there's a wrist shot of my 34mm Oysterdate. I've got 7.25" wrists and I don't think it's too small. When I wear one of my bigger watches I think they look a little clumsy in comparison. I'm really starting to prefer smaller watches as I'm bored of seeing endless Submariners and oversized 'fashion' tat. Seen some twat wearing a diesel thing that Flavor Flav would shy away from the other night. My Seagull 1963 is only 36mm and is getting the most wrist time just now. But go for whatever feels right for you. I'm inclined to agree that the Date dial is cleaner and looks better.
Superprecise
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posted 20 Jun 2015 22:21, edited 20 Jun 2015 22:21
Thanks all. My wrist is also 7.25". Kadafi, there is a clear difference between the 34 and the 36mm. It's noticeable, I accept that. Mrtyn, didn't realise your Oysterdate was 34mm, I suppose because the photo's quite big! Very nice.

I agree that oversized watches are looking more and more wanky. I've been looking about and have noticed some absolute abominations. The Datejust II at 41mm is like a dinner plate. For divers etc the extra size makes sense but they feel distinctly not me as I'm not flash or especially sporty. If I went diving I'd probably take it off Laughing out loud

This will sound mental but I was actually admiring a 26mm 'Lady' Datejust in the week, not because I think it'd suit me (obvs) but because the design works so well in smaller sizes.

My only other comment would be that the 36mm Datejust has a lot of lug, case and bezel for the size of the dial, whereas the Date has slightly better proportions in this respect. Maybe I'm deluding myself. Next to my Junghans…