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Love this kind of personal history. Kudos to Ariel and Co. and Richard for sharing this. Like Mark, I can't wait for Part 2! In a way, I hope this continues for a long time! Richard has a wonderful way of telling a story. :-)

1 year, 3 months ago on Memoirs Of A Watchmaker: Coming Of Age With Horology

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There is a definite need for these here in Japan. The workers up in Fukushima could surely use these and I think many living here would find this useful, too.

Thanks for sharing the report, Paul!

1 year, 7 months ago on MTM ‘Rad’ Radiation Detector Watch Review

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I'd still want to try it on first, but I could definitely see this on my wrist one day. Not too often that you see a watch with 1-12 on cleanly on it. ;-)

1 year, 7 months ago on Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 GMT Watch

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Well said, Maximillen! As the owner of a 320 (just hit my one-year anniversary today, BTW) I must say that you nailed this review! From the Risti culture (took me more than a little while to figure out what P-Day was!), the GTGs, the watches themselves, the straps - oh the straps!!! It is a culture/phenomenon that really sings to me. Now is it for everyone? Nope, but that is fine for me. But I for one am VERY happy with the decision I made this time last year.

Again, thanks for a wonderful post!

1 year, 8 months ago on Panerai Luminor 1950 (PAM 321) Watch Review

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Congratulations, Ariel! Have only read about half of your posts, but have thoroughly enjoyed both the content and your way with words. I also like that you like bigger watches, i.e. watches that appeal to me. Keep up the great work and here's to another 2,500 posts!

1 year, 11 months ago on What It’s Like To Be A Watch Blogger After 2,500 Posts

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@MORGENWERK @Eric S Glad to hear it! Thanks for the reply. :-) 

2 years ago on Morgenwerk Satellite Precision Watch Is More Accurate Than Your Mobile Phone

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Agree with you, Ariel, there is little not to like about these watches! I hope they make it here to Japan! I will surely buy one if possible! 

2 years ago on Morgenwerk Satellite Precision Watch Is More Accurate Than Your Mobile Phone

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Could see getting kicked off an airplane with this! Whatcha doing over there!Pumping my watch. 

No one pumps a watch! (Calls for flight marshall ensue!) 

2 years, 2 months ago on de GRISOGONO Otturatore Watch Hands-On + Video

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1. I live in Tokyo (from SoCal, though). Been here in Japan for 21 years.

2. I am an associate professor at a pharmacy school here. 

3. Good question! Probably been over two years. 

4. Omega and Panerai - have 3 of the former and sadly only one of the latter. Love all of my watches! Hope to get a JLC in a year or two. I am also intrigued by UN and UTS. Love to have a watch with a GMT function.

5. I have only been wearing my PAM 320 while I am on a vacation in LA/Vegas. 6. I love being a WIS and sincerely appreciate this blog and others sites where I am able to learn more about watches.

2 years, 2 months ago on Who Are Watch Lovers? Get To Know aBlogtoRead.com Readers

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@Ulysses31 I could not agree more! Saw the movie the other day and was so disappointed! Half the story didn't make sense. Having said this, I kind of like the watch with the brown leather strap. Cool vibe to it, IMHO.

2 years, 3 months ago on Diesel Batman & Bane Watches For The Dark Knight Rises

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You are so lucky, Ariel! Getting to meet and interview Matthew Weiner! Throw in a Reverso and some of the stories about a truly great TV show = WOW!

2 years, 7 months ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Mad Men Reverso Watch Hands-On

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"Prancing pony"? - sounds more like a pub in LOTR than Ferrari, lol! Either way, I would take a pass on this watch.  

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2 years, 7 months ago on Movado Ferrari Watches

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Classic post, Kris! Couldn't agree more with everything you say. LOL! Calling it a day here in Tokyo, and this was the perfect way to end it! Many thanks!

2 years, 8 months ago on Rolex Deepsea Challenge Watch Goes To Bottom Of The Ocean

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"For that reason I think it is highly ironic and amusing that Casio presents their watches a few feet away from some of the most high-end and exclusive timepieces in the world. I actually think that is wonderful, because I get as excited about new Casio watches as I do the next greatest $200,000 timepiece creation." And this is why I have been one of your fans for the past couple of years! Thanks for a great roundup! And keep up the great work!

2 years, 8 months ago on Baselworld Best: Timepieces To Watch In 2012

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Thank you Ariel and Mr. Özcan for this highly informative post. I always wondered about titanium as a material for watches and knew a little, but this has really made me think twice about getting a watch in the metal one day. Like Greg and Ulysses said, I can't wait for more posts like this one! Keep up the great work!

2 years, 8 months ago on Watch Case Materials Explained: Titanium

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Love the brand and can't wait for the day when I can get my first Reverso! Don't think any watch collection can be complete without at least one.

2 years, 8 months ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Duoface Watch Review

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I agree about the wow factor of the "Revelation System" but what is the point if you go transparent and have a dial that illegible? I don't know? Maybe it is easier to read in real life than in that picture you share, but at that price I wanna be able to read the dial anytime! And the fact that you lose functionality when you change from transparent to black - wish they'd figured a way around that! That alone makes me wanna ask them to remove a zero from the price. PS Love the strap and how it integrates into the lugs!

2 years, 8 months ago on Revelation R03 Chronographe RS Watch

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As an owner of a GMT chronograph from Omega, I love the usefulness when traveling around the world. And I have to admit the more I see and read about Graham, the more I am intrigued. Have even heard that the "appendage" on the left side is barely noticeable on the wrist. However, like Nathan says, I am not sure what the point of adding "oversize" to the dial is. Anyway, the one with the black and silver bezel looks very cool indeed. Bottom line, though, I still couldn't imagine wearing one of these in public. My two yen. 

2 years, 8 months ago on Graham Chronofighter Oversize GMT Black Steel Watch

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 @Kris C Great observation about the longer hands, Kris!

2 years, 8 months ago on Watch What-If Piaget Altiplano 43 Automatic

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What a novel approach to telling the time. I love it! Though I thought the music for the video should have been the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey. BTW, Ariel, "Dimensions: 40.80 x 56.80 x 15 mm" makes my soon-to-be-acquired Panerai look dinky, no? And not to be overly pessimistic, but I wonder how you get this watch fixed if something goes wrong? If CC goes under one day, who is gonna be able to put this back together again? My two yen.

2 years, 8 months ago on Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 Watch

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Split this watch in half, i.e. half the functions in one and the other half in another and... nah, forget it. Can't believe someone would pay 20 large for a Fortis or even two. Seriously curious as to who would pay that kind of money for this watch.

2 years, 9 months ago on Fortis F-43 Flieger Limited Edition Chronograph Alarm GMT Chronometer C.O.S.C. Dual Power Reserve Watch

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Thanks as always for yet another fascinating read, Ariel. I think it would be interesting to replicate your study in various countries around the world and see if the results are the same or not. If you need any help with that kind of project here in Japan, feel free to ask.

2 years, 9 months ago on Are Educated Watch Buyers More Valuable Customers?

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Reminds me of a Swatch I had in the 80s. Think it cost me $29. I'd be more than happy to sell that one for the half price of this one from RM? Any takers?

2 years, 9 months ago on Richard Mille RM 056 All Sapphire Crystal Watch

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A: Excuse me, what time is it?

B: Uh, I dunno.

A: Isn't that a watch on your wrist?

B: Uh, yes and no.

A: I don't understand. B: Well it's a watch, but I can't see what time it is.

A: Guess it was pretty cheap.

B: Actually I could have put 5 orphans through school with what I paid for it.

A: Jerk!

2 years, 9 months ago on Haldimann H9 Reduction Watch

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What a great write-up! Thanks for sharing such an informative article of JLC - makes me appreciate their product all the more!

2 years, 9 months ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre: Making Timepieces In The Heart Of Watch Country

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That's like the saddest watch I have ever seen. No literally it just looks sad.

2 years, 9 months ago on Uniform Wares 250 Watch Review

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The epitome of a "grail" - oh how I would love to own this masterpiece. Hell, even to be in the same room would almost be enough. Gorgeous!

2 years, 10 months ago on A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Watch Hands-On

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Watch reviews like this one show that you missed your calling, Ariel, and you should be working for the State Dept. And to be honest, I have always been impressed by the various offerings of HW, but this beast is far from "handsome" - unless handsome in your book means free?

2 years, 10 months ago on Harry Winston Histoire de Tourbillon 3 Watch

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@cshepley Good catch! Your eyesight is much better than mine. Thanks for pointing that out.

2 years, 10 months ago on HYT H1 Hydro Mechanical Watch

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Ariel, do you have any video footage to share of this in action? And there is no mention of it being water proof. Why? Lastly, regarding the TSA, those shmucks checked my 1-year-old son's diaper, while he was wearing it! Never in a million years would I try to take this on a plane in America.

2 years, 10 months ago on HYT H1 Hydro Mechanical Watch

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Couldn't agree more, Ariel, about the issue of bracelets. For me there is nothing better than a great watch on a bracelet that is seamlessly integrated. And living in a tropical climate more or less limits me to a bracelet. Hope they make a comeback! PS Am I the only who doesn't get the move to rubber as a material for "bracelets"? It is hard for me to justify paying $5000 or more for a watch that is on a rubber bracelet. Then again I may be missing something?

2 years, 10 months ago on Watch Industry Wishes For 2012

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@AtSeaWatch@eric

LMFAO! What a sight that would be!

2 years, 10 months ago on Vacheron Constantin Vladimir Custom Watch

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Love the list of complications and the following:

"Water-Resistance: None"

For what this individual paid, you'd think that they could where this amazing timepiece anywhere they damn well pleased. LOL!

2 years, 10 months ago on Vacheron Constantin Vladimir Custom Watch

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There are few watches where I can't find something I would like to change on them, but this is as close to perfection as it comes IMHO.

2 years, 11 months ago on A. Lange & Sohne Datograph Up/Down Watch

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I may be wrong, but is it possible that #8 is not a real Omega? Would be ironic that a contest like this one was won by someone who submitted a pic of a fake Omega.

2 years, 11 months ago on Vote For Omega Fan Photo Giveaway Winners

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Couldn't agree more, Neil. Whether it was a Timex or the $3 million Hublot above, it would drive me nuts to look at what is on my wrist and see those screws like that. Would be a deal breaker for me. Only watch I would ever get with screws is an AP. @Neil C

2 years, 11 months ago on Hublot Bling Evolution: Diamonds On A Big Bang Watch

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Thanks CR and Kris for the replies. @CR

2 years, 11 months ago on Hublot Bling Evolution: Diamonds On A Big Bang Watch

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Can anyone tell me why the screws on the watch aren't lined up? AP always has the screws lined up and more often than not other brands don't consider this important. Kind of weird, IMHO.

2 years, 11 months ago on Hublot Bling Evolution: Diamonds On A Big Bang Watch

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Congrats, Ariel! Looking forward to the next 2,000 posts!

2 years, 11 months ago on aBlogtoRead.com Celebrates 2,000 Posts

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One of the most informative posts on watches I have ever read. You are providing quite the education for a WIS like me, Ariel. Many thanks!

2 years, 11 months ago on Inside Nivarox – The Heart Of The Swiss Watch Industry

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Thank you, Jason, for a highly informative and well-written article!

2 years, 11 months ago on Collecting Vintage Omega Watches

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Thank you for the wonderfully informative post on a brand very dear to me, Ariel. Thought I knew a lot about "my" brand and you proved me wrong.

Many thanks! Eric

3 years ago on Omega Tourbillon Watches

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