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@MarkCarson Mark "Schnyder" Carson....naaa, it reminds me of a building maintenance guy from a 70s sitcom.

13 hours, 29 minutes ago on Kering Group Acquires 100% Of Ulysse Nardin

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I think it is most gracious of ABTW to provide a playground for the Rolex haters to vent their envy.

Too bad the postings can not be made in the appropriate colour....green....;)

13 hours, 34 minutes ago on Finally! Colorful Coatings For Most Metals: Rau-Tech Custom Rolex And Other Watches

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A very nice alternative to off the shelf sameness.

1 day, 7 hours ago on Finally! Colorful Coatings For Most Metals: Rau-Tech Custom Rolex And Other Watches

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@spiceballs 'Titillating' and 'motivating' combined.....?

3 days, 11 hours ago on Watch What-If: Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon

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The Nordic Moon and the Tron homage are ...OK. I think they would find buyers.



3 days, 11 hours ago on Watch What-If: Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon

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I have always been very skeptical of marques popping up with "created history" to support their supposed passion.


It seems my skepticism has been, once again, rewarded.


p.s. - I also am not a fan of sticking bits of "memorabilia" inside something and then charging a higher price.

       Ridiculous.

3 days, 11 hours ago on The Real Story Behind The Bremont Wright Flyer In-House Made BWC/01 “London” Watch Movement

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Lovely creation. Very worthy of iconic status in the Cartier line. Bravo!

5 days, 18 hours ago on Cartier Rotonde Small Complication Watches Now In Steel

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@MarkCarson Easing into the (already crowded) marketplace?

I'd like to see some real innovation/courage and bring this to market under $US1500.00.

6 days, 11 hours ago on The Future Of Porsche Design Watches And The Timepiece No. 1

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@emenezes @MitchellJohnston The spotted cuckoo bird is flying backwards.

6 days, 11 hours ago on Revised Weiss Standard Issue Field Watch Now Packs More US-Made Key Components

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@MitchellJohnston Good comment Mr. Johnston.

Speaking only for myself, I would venture to say that many people feel that the Shinola Company is rather deceptive in their business model.

Further research into the company can lead one to this opinion.

6 days, 17 hours ago on Revised Weiss Standard Issue Field Watch Now Packs More US-Made Key Components

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Very smoothly written. Kudos Mr. Stacey.

6 days, 17 hours ago on Bremont Wright Flyer Limited Edition Watch

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@SuperStrapper On this, rather rare occasion, I am in agreement with Mr. SuperStrapper.

(shrunken head reference aside)

6 days, 18 hours ago on Bremont Wright Flyer Limited Edition Watch

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Well done!

I wish Mr. Weiss continuing success in his making fine timepieces.


Having been in contact with Mr. Weiss I will vouch that he is a fine gentleman who is continuing as a craftsman in his trade.

6 days, 18 hours ago on Revised Weiss Standard Issue Field Watch Now Packs More US-Made Key Components

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A very relevant posting by Mr. Adams that might be of help to those reading this article.

Very good comments also.


http://www.ablogtowatch.com/the-idiots-allure-of-the-rolex-daytona-watch/


(and please, enough with this "share the wealth" hogwash this is a watch forum)

1 week, 1 day ago on How And Why Rolex Prices Have Increased Over Time

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Excellent review.

1 week, 1 day ago on The Idiot’s Allure Of The Rolex Daytona Watch

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Worthy of a repeat I'd say.

1 week, 2 days ago on Omega Seamaster Professional Vancouver 2010 Olympics Watch

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@Jenik I will agree with your comment if it solely confined to referencing the Submariner.

However Rolex, as a complete marque has long been considered a "luxury high quality" timepiece.

I do remember adverts for the 'President' series that featured high-profile persons, Presidents, Premiers, business leaders, etc, wearing the Rolex President models. This was during the early 60's. Several other models also were advertised with this "luxury high-quality" image.

The Submariner was, as you mention, originally designed as a 'tool watch' and fit this quite well. It has also benefited from brand association as a symbol of quality as well.

1 week, 2 days ago on How And Why Rolex Prices Have Increased Over Time

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@PSGoh I agree with you observation - The Constellation has become an iconic image that is easily identified.

I am glad to see that Omega has tamed the bars on the bezel a bit. I did find them a bit 'disruptive' in the older models - such as the one I own from the mid-80s(?).

I agree that as a 'dress watch' the Constellation is a very clear alternative to one of the other well-known marques. I also think the bracelet is part of its iconic design.

Just my opinions.

1 week, 2 days ago on Omega Constellation Co-Axial 38mm Watch Review

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@celt Bugger off....well....I do kind of agree about the 'golfing' bit...but, I use the clubhouse facilities rather than dawdle about out on the greens waving expensive sticks about.

By the way...have you seen the new F-types?

1 week, 2 days ago on How Does Tudor Compare To Rolex Watches?

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I have long been a fan of the Omega Constellation.

The picture of the steel Constellation on your wrist looks about perfect.

1 week, 2 days ago on Omega Constellation Co-Axial 38mm Watch Review

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@somethingnottaken @LapYoda The cost of these celebrity endorsements, along with the attendant costs of publicity and promotion do certainly add to the bottom line. However, Rolex does find itself in a much envied position based on its heritage , longevity of public exposure and the events with which it has become associated with.

These factors greatly contribute value to the Rolex marque.


Having said this, and admittedly being a long time Rolex owner and fan - I do agree that they have priced themselves into a very rarefied atmosphere.

Is it of advantage to the marque...well, they seem to be doing rather nicely...at least for now.

1 week, 3 days ago on How And Why Rolex Prices Have Increased Over Time

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@GradyPhilpott @LapYoda @David Bredan "...they swear that they lose very little money in these transactions,..."

If they are losing any money at all in these transactions then they are doing it wrong. "Joy of ownership" is certainly a consideration - being a poor business person is unjustifiable.

They are merely dallying in these transactions with scant regard for value added or not gained.

1 week, 3 days ago on How And Why Rolex Prices Have Increased Over Time

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@MarkCarson @somethingnottaken And they have both gotten much better in spite of the cost reduction.

1 week, 3 days ago on How And Why Rolex Prices Have Increased Over Time

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Nicely done article.

1 week, 3 days ago on How And Why Rolex Prices Have Increased Over Time

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How did Hublot miss out on this?

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Memorigin Transformers Tourbillon Watches With Optimus Prime Or Bumblebee

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Well deserved skepticism in your review Mr. Adams.

IMO, Shinola does itself no favors in bring this overpriced hodge podge to market.


Rumors abound regarding this company and it appears some may be true.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Shinola Black Blizzard Titanium Chronograph Watch

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It is now 2014, the Seagull line and movements are well worth further reviews.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Sea-Gull M 177 Automatic Classic-Styled Watch Review

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Lovely photos.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Omega Speedmaster X-33 Skywalker Watch Hands-On

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@Spaceguitar Needs lasers mounted on its head.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Omega Speedmaster X-33 Skywalker Watch Hands-On

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@MarkCarson @DG Cayse Well....there is price...and there is value.

Like I say, I like it, and my value for it is...US$400.00....;)


I would wear it. Occasionally. For short periods of time.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on JeanRichard Terrascope Aluminum Watch In Primary Colors Hands-On

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A worthy addition. Seems they have one that will work for my Old Sub. 

Classic Series VulChromatic® with a choice of black, orange, blue, red, white, or black w/a green stripe.

Uses my original clasp - not glide lock. US$250.00...hmmm.

Might have to get one. Thanks Mr. Kansa.

3 weeks ago on Introducing The Rubber B Rolex Deepsea Glidelock Watch Strap

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I like it. It is exactly what it is and it isn't trying to be something its not.

Worth every bit of US$400.00!

Bravo JR!....(golf clap)

3 weeks ago on JeanRichard Terrascope Aluminum Watch In Primary Colors Hands-On

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Well...someone seems to be running quite the farce.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Christophe Claret X-Trem-1 Chocolate Watch

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@MarkCarson @watchlux Just bursting with the unleashed enthusiasm of youth and a high speed internet connection...;)

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Visconti Abyssus Scuba 3000m Dive Watches Hands-On

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Well done.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on My First Grail Watch: Ariel Adams Of aBlogtoWatch

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Prototype displayed?

Lord help me...I like it.

In steel with a steel bracelet, in bronze w/bronze bracelet...heck...I even like it with the rubber and fish skin strap. I like moving the HE valve from the usual side position

It looks to be a tool watch with an identity problem.

A few of suggestions/comments:

Too many nooks for sand & debris to collect

I hate that Sovietski style winding stem and crown

Dive suit extensions on bracelets?

Lose the date feature - overkill, be brave

How's the lume? It gets dark down deep


Buon fortunata


 



3 weeks, 2 days ago on Visconti Abyssus Scuba 3000m Dive Watches Hands-On

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Nice group of article Mr. Yeo.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on BEST FROM: aBlogtoWatch & Friends July 4, 2014

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Good topic Mr. Adams.

IMO, 3 hands are all any watch needs. More than 3, unless being used for a 'tool' reason, is just clutter.

I can even do without the date feature. Barbarian that I am.

I also do like the dashes of color at the pointy end of the second that is being used. Also, the design elements at the "other" end of the second hand - nice bit of punctuation!

 

Lume is a requirement;although I will give Breguet a pass for formal & dress wear (the lights rarely go out and if so, they are out for a reason).

I would also add the Tudor snowflake design to your excellent collection.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on How The Most Popular Watches Can Be Recognized By Just Their Hands

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What?

No 'Dogs playing poker'?

No  'Elvis' on black velvet?

Not really something I personally give two hoots about.


Is that Adam Richman getting a pedicure in one of those photos?

3 weeks, 4 days ago on The Artistry Of Horology: Audemars Piguet Watches At Art Basel Switzerland

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Congratulations Mr. Bob S.

Enjoy your fine watch as you travel the wild outback of Muskego. It is the 'land between the lakes.'

3 weeks, 4 days ago on WATCH WINNER ANNOUNCED: Serket Telson PVD

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I will echo the silliness of having a USA flag engraved on the back of the watch directly next to "Made in Asia."

Poor design move. And, where in "Asia"...it's a pretty big place.

As to the watch itself...not bad. I would prefer it on a steel bracelet. And I do not like the clasp on the straps featured. But overall...not a bad piece. A bit high priced though, IMO.


And, IMO, there is not thing wrong with Asian construction and watch engines - as long as one very closely monitors quality control.

4 weeks ago on Red8USA Fifty & Dive Watches Hands-On

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@AndrewJohnson3 When my wife rejected it I simply re-gifted it to a mistress. She was most appreciative.

4 weeks ago on Graff Diamonds Hallucination, The $55 Million Quartz Watch

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Anecdote time:

During my time in Fairbanks, Alaska (mid-70s) I became acquainted with a local jeweler who would regularly build the most ostentatious gaudy Rolex (genuine) day/date models heavily encrusted with nuggets of gold. Hideous affairs that actually hurt my eyes in their existence. (I did however refer some gold prospectors to him for sale of their nuggets)

They pricing was outrageous - starting at around US$6,000 and going up to, the highest I was aware of, around US$ 18,000. Keep in mind this was the mid 1970s. 

He sold everyone he could make. A lot of his customers were Japanese and Koreans. But also a regular clientele of Europeans would do the polar route into Fairbanks airport for his watches.


Just goes to show...again...money does not buy taste....but it does buy gold and jewels.

4 weeks ago on Graff Diamonds Hallucination, The $55 Million Quartz Watch

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Quite nice.

I would gladly add the red second hand white dialed model to my collection.

It should inspire quite a few chats among the fellow enthusiasts.

From the classic good looks - this model show wear well in 5 years time.

1 month ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Marvin Origin Gent Mechanical

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Quite humorous, all this 'screw-head alignment' chatter.

"I say there chap...are your screw heads aligned?"

"Goodness no man. It appears there is somewhat of an inconsistency in their alignment. Quite shabby, eh what?"

"Terribly so old man. Must see to that ASAP. Be blackballed at the club for that."

"Jolly right old bean. Must have my man align those bits. Keep things on the path, you know."

1 month ago on Bell & Ross BR 03 Golden Heritage Watches Hands-On

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@marbstiu @DG Cayse I'm fine with a Sellita motor. And, as might be expected, I do not care about "screw head alignment."

If they align - fine. If not - fine. IMO, it doesn't affect the value, dependability or time-keeping accuracy of the piece.

I wear a watch to tell me the time. Occasionally the date. And it must be unobtrusive and durable.

Even a 'dress' watch I might chose must meet that criteria.

Life can get...bumpy...sometimes.

1 month ago on Bell & Ross BR 03 Golden Heritage Watches Hands-On

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Great watch. Great photos.

REALLY great a/c.

1 month ago on Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter Watch Hands-On Flying Debut

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