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I personally prefer secondhand and vintage watches to be fully original or as close as possible to that state. Therefore I don't like overly refurbished watches, I'd tolerate some light scratch removing or polishing of a plastic crystal. In my opinion it's a shame if the original finishing/crispness of the watch fades whilst polishing. Certification would be interesting, to make sure the product is genuine and original and it acts as a reassurement for the buyer. However I mainly trust my own knowledge and assessment skills when searching/valuating watches. Goodluck to everyone, this Tudor is a stunner! ;)
4 months ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Tudor Heritage Chrono 70330N Sponsored By TrueFacet
Generally I do care about the in house production of the case and movement. As for the case, I don't care too much, as long as it's got a nice, high quality finish. As for the movement, I do prefer an inhouse made one because I think it's pretty cool to know the brand (which you essentially buy as well, next to the watch itself) has the skill and knowhow to produce such a delicate and precise component.
However I don't think an inhouse made movement has a much higher quality/accuracy per se, when compared to your 'run of the mill' ETA movement. I do wear ETA driven watches regularly and feel they are very decent in build quality/feel.
Apart from the accuracy perspective, owning a watch is all about the feeling it gives you when you strap it around your wrist, and an inhouse movement does have an influence in that feeling for me personally. I also have a deep admiration for true manufacture companies who produce a lot themselves and decorate movements, but watches at that price point are quite unattainable for me at this moment :D
As for the watch that is to be given away this month, I feel it does a lot of things right. The design which is conservative/vintage yet interesting and quite funky. Usability also leaves nothing to be desired, with a helium valve and an inner rotating bezel.. The only thing I would be hesitant of is the thickness of the watch, I generally prefer slimmer pieces, but I guess it's physically impossible to combine an automatic movement, 600m! water resistance, etc with slimness ;)
In either case, good luck to everyone in this contest, may the lucky winner treat (and use) it well !
4 months, 3 weeks ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver
Well it all depends on how successful (and lucky?) I'll be in the meantime, but in 5 years time I do see myself sporting an elegant and understated piece such as the Patek Calatrava ref. 3796 or 3923 or perhaps a simple JLC. In the weekends or more casual days I'd love to wear an Omega Speedmaster, Rolex Explorer 114270 or this marvelous Marvin Watch on a nice matching NATO strap ;)
9 months ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Marvin Origin Gent Mechanical
I really quite like this watch. Designwise it's very fresh with vibrant colors and a matching nato strap. The inner rotating bezel is also an excellent feature because it's much rarer than the outside rotating bezel. The only thing I'm not quite fond of is the size, I'd personally rather see it a 42mm or preferably less. Thanks for the give-away Ablogtowatch and Maurice Lacroix ;)
1 year, 5 months ago on GIVEAWAY: Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Chronograph Watch
Very nice Speedy, definitely something else and I didn't know about the 'hidden' tools in the box.. Very cool indeed!
1 year, 10 months ago on Speedy Tuesday – OMEGA Speedmaster 1957 50th Anniversary 2007
Why not keep it plain and simple? Just cal it the Speedmaster Pro Tintin or like we say in Belgium: Kuifje ;)
1 year, 11 months ago on Speedy Tuesday – True Story About The New Speedmaster Racing
Right now I'm buying watches from the bigger brands but later on in my collection I'll probably put some small watch companies in there..
2 years, 5 months ago on GIVEAWAY: EHF Horlogere Mk Zero Watch
I prefer brushed steel. When the watch is black I love PVD and DLC even more so! Great giveaway btw
2 years, 6 months ago on GIVEAWAY: Marvin Malton Cushion M119 Watch
2 years, 8 months ago on GIVEAWAY: Nivrel Deep Ocean GMT Automatic Watch
Nevermind I already found it on the international site.. It's the bailey but it's not available in europe :(
2 years, 8 months ago on CLAE – Fall/Winter 2012 Collection – Delivery 1 Lookbook
Hi, could you tell me the model name of the shoes in the first picture? The leather ones with brown and red ;) I can't seem the find them on their site or anywhere else as a matter of fact!
In my opinion, exposed mechanics can give a dress watch that extra touch of playfulness. Baume & Mercier has some examples in it's classima-line. On the other hand, skeletonized watches can be very cool but you have to watch out as to overdoing it. When you skeletonize a part of the front side it can look very chique , Maurice Lacroix does an amazing job here. The particular Breil of this give away is also a very nice piece!
2 years, 11 months ago on Giveaway: Breil Orchestra Automatic Watch
Well MI6 ofcourse! No seriously I'd go for RAF or FBI or such...
3 years ago on USAgency Air Force One Watch Bundle Giveaway
@jf81 Looks like an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra XXL Small seconds ;) (without the branding for legal purposes)
3 years ago on PetStraps: Pet Companion Love Lives On… Your Wrist
That's easy, Chuck Norris ofcourse, the watch would be indestructible :) No seriously, I'd buy a watch in honour of Ayrton Senna if it's made by a decent brand who'd fit his spirit. Never understood why Hublot used him for their line?!
3 years, 1 month ago on Tissot PRC 200 Danica Limited Edition Diamonds Ladies Watch Giveaway
I estimate this to go for about 20.000 Euro or such.. For that kind of money I'd choose a Audemars Piguet any day!
3 years, 2 months ago on Hublot Classic Fusion Extra-Thin Skeleton Watch Hands-On
I'd probably go for a Patek Philippe Nautilus.
3 years, 2 months ago on Prometheus Baiji Watch Giveaway
I like the trend towards smaller sized watches. The fact that I have quite small wrists (16-17cm) probably has something to do with it :)
3 years, 2 months ago on SIHH 2012 Watch Show Summary: Hello China, Goodbye China
Rado has never been a company that attracted me as a watch fanatic.. Although these designs look decent, they just don't do it for me..
3 years, 2 months ago on Rado D-Star 200 Dive Watches
I can imagine that the price will be a lot higher in 10-15 years. 65 000 isn't all that much for such a unique watch in my opinion.
3 years, 2 months ago on Tag Heuer Mikrogirder 2000 5/10,000th Of A Second Chronograph Watch Hands-On
Nice watches, those AP's but too expensive for me to ever own one :|
3 years, 3 months ago on Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm Selfwinding & Chronograph Watches Hands-On
Looks like a cheap Hublot (only missing the screws).. The design itself isn't to bad though..
3 years, 3 months ago on Dwiss Emme Watch
Personally i love the Louis Erard 1931 Black PVD (with power reserve and regulator). Looks modern and still a classic dresswatch! Hoping to buy one of those one day ;)
3 years, 3 months ago on Giveaway: Xetum Stinson Watch
@nateb123 I sense a bit of criticism in your comment sir. This world would be so much better if all watches had perpetual calendars and triple flying tourbillions... Oh and if everyones monthly salary was 1.5 million $.
3 years, 3 months ago on RedSea Six Pounder Watch Review
On topic: awesome watch, a pitty I didn't win it :)
I find it somewhat strange that the winners of the watch giveaway are never mentioned by ablogtoread.. I think you'll have far more comments if people can actually see who won the watche(s).. Just a suggestion ;)
The one with the red pushers is absolutely stunning! This designer should contact Omega with this..
3 years, 3 months ago on Watch What-If: Omega Speedmaster
Awesome! I dig them all but the gold one :D
Too much bling for my personal taste, must be amazing to hold such an expensive watch though.
3 years, 4 months ago on Jean Dunand Shabaka Watch Hands-On
Congratulations Mr Adams! Of course I will keep checking your blog daily.
3 years, 4 months ago on aBlogtoRead.com Celebrates 2,000 Posts
Im greatly impressed by this watch giveaway! This Christmas I'm secretly hoping a noble stranger would hand me over a B.R.M V12, Tag Heuer Carrera or Chopard Mille Miglia and just walk away :) But since that's not very likely to happen I'm hoping I could win one of these great watches above! Thanks again for these monthly giveaways, I also learn to appreciate other watches this way, especially the Magrette Regattare looks very neat..
3 years, 4 months ago on The Grand Holiday Watch Giveaway For 2011