Pac Rim. Historic old port city on a tropical island.
I like good things.
Well done Mr. C. You have experienced a very small and exclusive part of L.A.
The smile should hold you through the long Chicago winter.
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AP RO v. 27.03 ?
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He did it because he could.
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Good article Mr. Bates.
As with all things mechanical - regular maintenance and service does greatly extend service life.
As to the auto vs. manual wind - I seem to have no real preference.
I enjoy the convenience of the auto-wind; while I also appreciate the 'zen-like' personal involvement of the manual wind requirement.
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@Ulysses31 Laughing stock perhaps, but that paper is good to have in a court case involving patent/trademark infringement issues.
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Good to see Bulova taking positive steps in their return to the market.
First the bling to establish their position. Then the advert campaign. Then the tech aspects.
(notice I'm leaving out the obligatory/ridiculous 'brand ambassador' positions)
1 day, 17 hours ago on Bulova Ups Their Watch Game In Los Angeles
"...cult following." indeed.
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Good review Mr. Adams. Especially demonstrating the app functions.
I agree with the "Let's see what will evolve in 3 - 5 years" comment.
This one is close in user-friendliness; but a big negative is its legibility.
Good idea - not-quite-there- in execution.
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@Ulysses31 @Fraser Petrick "I heard you were hung?"
"I am"....Blazing Saddles...Mel Brooks.
Good Choce Mr. Carson.
In years past, I have wandered into Kirk Jewelers, as a browser - not a buyer/seller - and at that time, I was greeted warmly and shown much kindness.
And I was obviously not dressed as a 'moneyed-tourista.'
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@MarkCarson @GBD Nice comparison pics Mr. Carson. Quite distinguished company to be in, I'd say.
5 days, 9 hours ago on Ball Engineer II Marvelight Watch Review
The Ball Watch Company has a quite interesting history. Their technological developments and the standards they have set are remarkable - both in the industry and the real world.
Frankly, to see so many here make reference to Rolex in their assessment of this piece is more of a compliment than anything else.
Both companies manufacture time pieces to high standards; and both assure that these same high standards are maintained by use of cutting-edge technology and materials.
Ball accomplishes this with a conservative style that "speaks softly while wielding a big stick" at a very affordable price point. (Consider the cost over several decades and the value is seen more clearly)
My personal critique of this piece is the 'cyclops' date window. I do not like it on this piece. But, a skilled jeweler can easily remove this from the crystal.
Nice review Mr. Kansa.
5 days, 16 hours ago on Ball Engineer II Marvelight Watch Review
@MarkCarson @DG Cayse Techno-Geeks...is there anything they can't do?
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Nice watch. I like Ball.
6 days, 6 hours ago on Ball Engineer II Marvelight Watch Review
OK, I was a bit harsh; the piece has garnered quite a lot of comments.
6 days, 7 hours ago on When You Wear A Watch, Who Do You Wear It For?
@CG I quite agree with your friend.
6 days, 8 hours ago on When You Wear A Watch, Who Do You Wear It For?
I must say, this is one of the most condescending attempts at an article I have seen on ABTW.
Please, NO MORE of this. Let these children go measure their peckers in the corner and use this space for actual relevant horological contributions.
As we have all come to expect.
Great photos. Looks like a lovely event.
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A wee bit much I'm thinking.
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Honestly, I like these, but:
Lose the searchlight/spotlight function.
Lose the red/blue light for the dial and maybe use tritium. Or really good lume.
Lose the SOS feature. (maybe a . -- - .. - . ).
Use a ST2130 or other 28,800 motor (or a high-beat quartz if you insist on a quartz).
Use a screw-down crown and up the WR to at least 100 meters.
Put the '23' and '1' on the dial.
Other than those changes, I like this offering.
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@Zzyzx I, personally, think that the reason that "the market is flooded with micro-brand Submariner/Milsub "homages,"" is because that is what the market wants. This style is what sells - so fill the market created want. Basic marketing.
My observation about this offering, which I also like, is the lume on the bezel. I think it will soon be subjects to scuffing and abuse - which is normal for bezels. (I'm not really fond of the 'f aux aged look' , but that's another topic). This lume, which also doesn't look very well done, in its raised off the bezel position will become rather unsightly as it gets scratched off with daily use.
I do like this piece and fully understand the dedication and perseverance in working with Chinese parts manufacturers. Compliments there.
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@rfrost Is this standard procedure for under-employed IC lawyer wannabes? Trolling the internet looking for potential "infringments" to file over?
Save your moralizing about "good watch fan citizens" for the paperwork.
As mentioned in the article, to attempt to portray this as anything other than good advertising for the marque is a ridiculous attempt at promoting useless litigation.
Go save a whale.
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It almost makes me try to schedule a return to CONUS for the event.
Best to all.
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Check him out on YouTube - a real 'class act.'
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"Despite their best efforts, a rather wet six hours in Texas resulted in
Audi taking 1st and 2nd in the LMP1 category, with Toyota in 3rd, and
Porsche finding 4th and 5th."...tut tut tut. It is an Endurance Race.
And Porsche, Please remove the black tape. Everyone knows your design already. No need for the camouflage.
Good write-up Mr. Stacey, although pic's of race groupies would also add zing to the piece...;)
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I like it.
It is the antithesis of the "brand ego mania" that seems to be de rigueur in the industry.
What's up with their web site?
Continually not available.
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@MarkCarson @DG Cayse Nope - but that's the reference I was intending for the West Holly wood counter help.
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Meh...product placement is big business.
Even though I happen to like the product.
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What was that comment about "Brooklyn accents" ?
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@DG Cayse Well, the "eternal"part was a bit much - it is just wristwatches, but Mr. Adams does provide a window into a world seldom made available to the general public.
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@MarkCarson @DG Cayse Rarefied atmosphere. I'll just stand with my nose pressed up against the window and watch.
Check my pockets for canapès.
My sincere congratulations Mr. Adams.
I hope it is a lovely event.
ALL of them. And for that, we are eternally grateful.
I love it!
I have given Swatch watches as gifts for many years - Always brought a smile to the receiver!
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@tr143 @thornwood36 While I agree with the 'desk diver' example, and the "Hey Look at me" gratuitous example as well, I will offer another reason for owning some of these more 'tool-like' watches - durability.
Leaving aside the bling factor of this Cartier Diver, which I happen to like a great deal, there is the simple fact that these darn things are built to a high level of durability.
As the owner, and wearer, of a Sub for several decades, I must confess that what initially turned me in this direction was its construction. Especially the bracelet. Due to 'life-style' issues, I found myself breaking several bracelets of various watches and actually using paper-clips and bent wire to hold a watch on my wrist. A jeweler in a small Spanish town, who had just put my watch pieces back together for the 3rd time, suggested I should consider a Rolex Submariner. I stopped at a duty free shop on my way back to CONUS and have been a satisfied user ever since.
I will reveal the fact that Subs are not the most accurate watches, plu/minus a minute a week is to be expected - but the darn things tolerate a lot of abuse; and as the old Timex commercial goes "It keeps on ticking." (I also wear a couple of Timex models - which I like as well)
So, while not discounting the "bling" factor of these pieces, I do think that the durability and higher build level does play an important part for a number of consumers of these pieces.
Just my US$0.02's worth.
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Congratulations Mr. K.
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40 hrs to go and still at less than US$7,000.00 in the kitty. Doesn't look good for the MWW offering.
No problem with the quartz motor. It's a solid design. Price point price point price point.
Hour & Minute hand look about 1, maybe 2, mm too short.
Bezel could be a bit, maybe 1 mm, less wide.
Lugs are at 22mm so it's a common size - hate the strap/band offerings - easily changeable.
Dial texture is a positive, IMO.
Date wheel? We doan needs no stinkin date feature!
Overall - not bad. Just not a "stand-out." (Hate hate hate the name)
MWW, keep hanging & bangin (Hulk Hogan words). One battle is not the war...usually.
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Are mini-rotors the next big thing?
After tourbys, HE valves and weirdness?
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It has taken me a while to come to think of dragons in the 'good' sense as Asians (Chinese) do. Benevolent and protecting, but this piece certainly fits that image.
I like the pics and especially like the aural accompaniment.
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Well, if nothing else, this piece has inspired a lot of comments.
Many are a rehash of something previously said;but some are interesting.
Personally, I wouldn't make my dog, if I had one, wear this even if he'd just been shaved and was walking backwards.
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Yes, I would own and wear this piece.
To me, it is very important that marque be able to support their offerings.
Too many "boutique" brands place "one-off" pieces in the field and when service or repair is required - the consumer is left with an expensive paperweight.
While it may be a well-made watch, if it cannot be serviced due to lack of parts availability, it erodes public/consumer faith in the brand.
Brand attitude and response to client needs are also very important.
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Who has the T-shirt concession?
I want one.
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Well done Mr. Kansa - Good read. Some pieces just seem to write themselves...;)
Sounds like a fun journey Mr. Lamdin. The familial inspiration was a nice touch.
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To quote a dear friends inebriated comment made on a night years ago:
"It ain't easy being cool, but it helps to have access to the media. All they are looking for is the next cool"
Saying that, I am glad to see the design envelope being kicked out a bit; but this just does nothing for my appreciation of horology.
Although I can easily imagine this on the wrist of a narcotrafficante making his/her rounds on Dia de los Muertos.
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I would be honred to wear this Maurice Lacroix, timepiece.
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How can this thread be forgotten?
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Very nice watch. I have long admired Ball for their devotion to accuracy, durability, legibility and manufacturing quality.
I do share the question as to the minutes on the flange(?) ring. And I would rather see a '24' hour designation on this dial - somewhere, anywhere. But I do like this and would gladly wear it.
I also appreciate Balls' use of tritium in their lume. Once you've had a watch with tritium it is hard not to want it again.
Good Pricing also. Would prefer a steel/metal bracelet - but that can be an 'after-market' change.
All in all, a very nice looking "tool" watch.
(Screw-down crown? Magnetism protection?)
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@5803822 Possibly so. This is a rather intricate build. This marque is well-known for their quality.
Best to them - Lets see what the future holds!
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@SuperStrapper @marbstiu Love the stuff. Have a small can on the shelf in my office and a larger can in the workshop. Marvelous stuff.