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@marbstiu I think the number of feather bumps per square inch is a function of which part of the skin was used and how large the bird was.

1 hour, 46 minutes ago on Ressence Type 1 Watches Hands-On

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@marbstiu I agree. I have a couple of ostrich straps and they are very supple and comfortable besides having a unique look. Cheers.

2 hours, 10 minutes ago on Ressence Type 1 Watches Hands-On

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@Jus_ad_bellum According to the MKII website, the Nassau now goes for $1045. This Paradise for $1695 includes a sapphire bezel. So your comparison should be to the non-sapphire bezel reference with is $1495. Still a healthy price difference ($450) even assuming that the specialty case costs MKII a lot more. Cheers.

2 hours, 13 minutes ago on MKII Paradive Watch Review

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@BIGCHRONO Keystone pricing (or worse) is just a fact of life for most every luxury good that is available from a retailer. Sucks, but there it is.

11 hours, 42 minutes ago on Ressence Type 1 Watches Hands-On

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@OngWeisheng I hear ya. But I'm just the opposite.I really don't want to pay an extra $10K for history or heritage. Agree price is a barrier. But if you want it, there is no alternative as it is a unique product. Cheers.

11 hours, 46 minutes ago on Ressence Type 1 Watches Hands-On

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@droo You asked - what happens if the villain asks you "what time is it?"

The answer is - "It's clobberin' time".

11 hours, 56 minutes ago on Luminox SureFire 2211 Wristlight Tactical Watch

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@RyanOuld Now if only the Power Rangers and Teletubbies would wear it.

11 hours, 59 minutes ago on Luminox SureFire 2211 Wristlight Tactical Watch

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@NWP Too funny, thanks.

12 hours ago on Luminox SureFire 2211 Wristlight Tactical Watch

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@Ulysses31 I'll have you know that the claw machine in the grocery store is my favorite watch retailer and where my very best watch purchases are made  (so long as my aim is true and hands are steady - otherwise they cost way too much - 50 cents at a time forever).

Perhaps the advantage of the Surefire watch/light over a conventional torch is that you don't need a free hand to use once it is turned on since its is strapped to your wrist.

18 hours, 14 minutes ago on Luminox SureFire 2211 Wristlight Tactical Watch

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I still remember Ariel crawling under Benoit's custom table/safe and taking photos. The walls in the back of the booth where we were shown the watches was so dark that Ariel could not get good reflected flashed light for the wrist shots. So he headed under the table, sat on the floor and snapped photos. And yes, when we left it was nearly dark inside and they were already cleaning "The Palace" (a BaselWorld show hall).

I remember seeing photos here on ABTW a couple of years ago and felt the Ressence was just odd and hard to read. But in person, it is very cool and the display makes sense after very little use.

If you look at it as just a module over an industrial base movement, the price might seem high. But really this is a watch with a unique mechanism and display, case and operation. That the basic gear train and springs have humble origins are not much of a factor (or detriment) in what makes this line of watches special. You don't have to reinvent every wheel with your first project.

19 hours, 40 minutes ago on Ressence Type 1 Watches Hands-On

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@BIGCHRONO And George Constanza on Seinfeld said that is he were a porn star, his stage name would be Buck Naked.

1 day, 5 hours ago on IWC Aquatimer Deep Three Depth Gauge Watch Hands-On

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@BIGCHRONO Yep - and I'm not an Oris corporate spokesman either. But I find them to be a well grounded, down to earth company with non-pretentious people. Plus they are doing some technically interesting things for a company of their size. The have a new IHC movement, the depth gauge, etc.

http://www.ablogtowatch.com/oris-begins-house-watch-movement-production-calibre-110/

1 day, 6 hours ago on IWC Aquatimer Deep Three Depth Gauge Watch Hands-On

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@BIGCHRONO Off topic for this IWC thread, but Oris has some cool and fun folks  working for them. What can you say when their U.S. honcho is named "Geronimo ' (as in V.J.Geronimo - a very nice guy BTW).

1 day, 6 hours ago on IWC Aquatimer Deep Three Depth Gauge Watch Hands-On

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@BIGCHRONO Agree, the Oris is so much of a better deal as a back up depth gauge. But I wonder how hard the Oris is to read underwater and of course it does not record max depth achieved. Sort of apples and oranges, but then so is the price comparison :-)

1 day, 6 hours ago on IWC Aquatimer Deep Three Depth Gauge Watch Hands-On

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@BIGCHRONO Also useful for aiming your AAA at night against incoming aircraft.

1 day, 6 hours ago on Luminox SureFire 2211 Wristlight Tactical Watch

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@Chaz_Hen @MarkCarson @Ulysses31 Right - a $20K watch for the homeless.

1 day, 7 hours ago on IWC Aquatimer Deep Three Depth Gauge Watch Hands-On

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@Chaz_Hen @ocabj But maybe the USB only powers the light and not the watch (assuming it has its own conventinal watch battery). So if it got wet you might only loose the ability to blind your enemies but still tell the time.

1 day, 7 hours ago on Luminox SureFire 2211 Wristlight Tactical Watch

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Does it have a Sith/Jedi "Fingertip" Lightening mode? ("Don't taze me bro")

At first I thought a watch with a light was sort of silly. But then I looked at it as a tactical light that happens to include a watch and it made sense (as that wrist would otherwise be where your watch would go, so the light does not displace a watch in this combination). As noted, very niche, but an interesting bit of kit.

1 day, 9 hours ago on Luminox SureFire 2211 Wristlight Tactical Watch

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@Chaz_Hen @Ulysses31 Yeah, but only an expedition down to 100 meters. Which is deep enough for mere mortals - but an expedition for PR value needs to be either deeper or somewhere/something of great interest. Maybe diving under the polar ice cap?

1 day, 10 hours ago on IWC Aquatimer Deep Three Depth Gauge Watch Hands-On

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It records max depth - perfect. Now put your arm in a bathtub full of watch and move your arm as fast as possible in order to see how much "additional depth" is recorded. This might help dispel the phobia that arm movement underwater doubles the pressure or some such nonsense. As in "a 50 m WR watch is only good for swimming" not even snorkeling (in which case most people can't get more than 10 meters down on a lung full of air). So it this watch could record 40 meters of "depth" in a tub of water with arm movement, then I'll eat my words and confirm that  a 50 meter WR watch is only safe for swimming on the surface. Or are we all tired of this discussion?

1 day, 19 hours ago on IWC Aquatimer Deep Three Depth Gauge Watch Hands-On

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@Ulysses31 Tradition in Rolex's case means continuing to use terms that have come to mean something else to everyone else. Note that "Perpetual" to Rolex means an automatic movement whereas to everyone else that would imply a perpetual calendar. Even worse when they use "Perpetual Date" to mean an automatic with a date display - but not even a full calendar let alone an annual or perpetual. As I've said before, there is Rolex and then there is the rest of the watch industry. And yes, Rolex still uses the term "Waterproof"  in some PDF files on their website, but also uses "Water Resistant" at other times.

http://www.rolex.com/content/dam/rolexcom/e-brochures/datejust/rolex_datejust_en.pdf

http://www.rolex.com/content/dam/rolexcom/e-brochures/oyster-perpetual/rolex_oyster-perpetual_en.pdf

2 days, 5 hours ago on Recommended Use: Understanding The Durability Of Your Mechanical Watch And When To Take It Off

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@Ulysses31 @IvanGopey Silicon is more brittle than the special metal used in hairsprings, but they do make springs from silicon, so U31 is right it could be used and it is inherently non-magnetic and lubrication free when used as a bearing surface.

2 days, 18 hours ago on Recommended Use: Understanding The Durability Of Your Mechanical Watch And When To Take It Off

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@marbstiu Well that does answer the (too often asked) question, "What would Jesus do"?

But seriously, I think he just had a  problem with the Roman/Italian occupiers. So he may have held their wine in low regard. We are talking about some Hispantic guy named Jesus aren't we? I'm so confused...

2 days, 19 hours ago on Autodromo Stradale Line Debuts As The Brand’s New Flagship Watch

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@marbstiu Well I agree that you can't drink the $10/bottle Italian stuff.

2 days, 20 hours ago on Autodromo Stradale Line Debuts As The Brand’s New Flagship Watch

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@marbstiu Thanks, but to be fair, my watches and the CT Scuderia do cost more (but also have Swiss movements which drive up production costs).

2 days, 21 hours ago on Autodromo Stradale Line Debuts As The Brand’s New Flagship Watch

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@DG Cayse What, you got something against a nice Chianti Reserva?

2 days, 21 hours ago on Autodromo Stradale Line Debuts As The Brand’s New Flagship Watch

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@marbstiu @MarkCarson LOL. It takes so little to set gnomes off.

2 days, 22 hours ago on Autodromo Stradale Line Debuts As The Brand’s New Flagship Watch

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@Public123 I suspect so also. But I do wonder if negative pressure movement which causes cavitation would be a factor. From that little I have read on cavitation, it can have nasty effects such as spalling. Again, not a problem I've heard as a real world issue with scuba diving. I could never move my arms hard enough to create cavitation, but I wonder about that over the side of the boat (on your back) entry into the water as momentarily inducing great pressure (shock) or perhaps a short lived cavitation. Thanks for your input. Cheers.

2 days, 22 hours ago on Recommended Use: Understanding The Durability Of Your Mechanical Watch And When To Take It Off

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Competent but not visually exciting. Which may be the point for a dress watch. I do appreciate the technical advantages of the Precisionist movements, but wonder how the market will react at this price point. Not that $450 is a fortune, but there are other nice quartz watches out there in the $300 range that this will no doubt be compared to. I do like the case shape and clean dial and hands. A well done design, even if it does not wow me emotionally.

2 days, 22 hours ago on Bulova Accutron II Surveyor With Precisionist Movement Watch Review

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@spiceballs You would think so, but as they always say in the discalimer: YMMV (your mileage may vary). Which invariably means, you will see less than these numbers. I don't think that numbers like WR on watches or MPG on care are totally worthless. Rather that they should be used for a basis for comparison between like products and not be used as expectations of actual results.

3 days, 1 hour ago on Recommended Use: Understanding The Durability Of Your Mechanical Watch And When To Take It Off

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@spiceballs I would imagine that the additional pressure that your motion underwater creates would essentially be a fixed amount of pressure. That is, you can only move your arm so fast under your own power and that does not change with depth. So even if you could create, let's say, the extra pressure of 50 meters, then a 100 meter WR rated watch would still be good for 50 meters, a 200 meter watch good for 150 meters, a 300 meter watch good for 250 meters, etc. I picked 50 meters (which is really a lot of pressure - roughly 5 times atmospheric pressure) as everyone seems to agree that a 50 m WR rated watch has some actual water resistance.

So if I'm right (and my wife says I never am), then even a 100 m rated watch is good for diving  to  50 meters (165 feet). This is a decompression dive and far deeper than casual diving (I know as I have been that deep and you spend more time hanging off than on the bottom). So even a 100 m rated watch is probably for good for all snorkeling and most recreational (not professional) scuba diving. Unless you make your living diving, you don't need even a 200 meter WR rated watch let alone one good for even more. I think there is too much fear factor at play in these discussions. I would like to hear from a physicist on how pressure a moving arm creates and if that changes with depth or not. Cheers all.

3 days, 2 hours ago on Recommended Use: Understanding The Durability Of Your Mechanical Watch And When To Take It Off

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@bapackerfan Funny that you mention that. EPA MPG on cars is very much like WR on watches. The stated MPG is basically what you will never see. A maximum, yet unobtainable, value. A real world do not exceed value. Cheers.

3 days, 7 hours ago on Recommended Use: Understanding The Durability Of Your Mechanical Watch And When To Take It Off

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@emenezes Good idea. I will discuss that with Ariel and see if we should make that a standard question in the future. Cheers.

3 days, 9 hours ago on Buying Watches In Los Angeles, California: Feldmar Watch Co.

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@IronmanDT The WR ratings are static pressures. So the numbers (assuming a watch is actually tested) are real. However, movement of your arm in the water induces additional pressure on the seals/gaskets/crystals. So the confusion for the consumer is what WR means in terms of activities and depths.

Shock resistance and water resistance are unrelated. But of equal interest. Cheers.

3 days, 9 hours ago on Recommended Use: Understanding The Durability Of Your Mechanical Watch And When To Take It Off

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@trj66 He is a dermatologist, so his hands don't go in patients mouths if that is the point. Cheers.

3 days, 9 hours ago on Recommended Use: Understanding The Durability Of Your Mechanical Watch And When To Take It Off

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@MID Good idea. In keeping with that, cheap watches (in addition to "Genuine Leather" straps) might be labeled as having "Genuine Metal" cases and "Genuine Glass" crystals.

3 days, 18 hours ago on MKII Paradive Watch Review

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@Chaz_Hen I had a similar discussion with my doctor when I sold him one of my watches. I told him that the 50 meter rating means it is fine for washing his hands 100 times a day (his requirement) but don't scuba dive with it (he doesn't dive). Swimming would be fine, but that is not what he plans on doing while wearing it. I warned him that soaps can break down the gaskets, so rinse in fresh/tap water if the watch gets soap on it. And also mentioned that there is no water resistance when the crown is pulled out. Funny how often that nugget is not passed on to customers.

And the funny part is I put a rubber strap on the watch for him (since he will be washing his hands so much), but when I showed a nice blue alligator strap, he decided to use that one for daily use even though it will not last all that long. I did give him the rubber strap and a springbar tool. But he was honest and said he would just wear the alligator until it was ruined. And that he wanted me to keep more blue 'gator straps in stock so he can buy another one when he needs it. Oh yeah, and he plays golf and wears the watch while playing. So far, so good.

3 days, 18 hours ago on Recommended Use: Understanding The Durability Of Your Mechanical Watch And When To Take It Off

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@Ulysses31 Or a Richard Mille with cable suspension - suitable for whacking tennis balls.

3 days, 19 hours ago on Recommended Use: Understanding The Durability Of Your Mechanical Watch And When To Take It Off

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@Ulysses31 Sounds like someone is missing "SUPERLATIVE CHRONOMETER" on the dial, ha ha.

3 days, 19 hours ago on MKII Paradive Watch Review

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@MikeinFrankfurt I don't feel the price is out of line at all considering what you are getting for your money. Perhaps the generic looking dial and bezel (except for the blasted hour markings on it) make it seem too generic. If the dial, hands and bezel were as distinctive as the case, you might feel differently regarding the value proposition. Cheers.

3 days, 21 hours ago on MKII Paradive Watch Review

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@henryus "Sure they look like they came out of a dog's ass" - that's a new one to me. Sums up some styling attempts pretty well. Thanks for the laugh.

Fido - what have you been eating? Honey, the dog's been snacking in my toolbox again. I was wondering where that socket went...

3 days, 21 hours ago on MKII Paradive Watch Review

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@Chaz_Hen The integrated crown protection looks just like what it is - integrated. Too often crown protectors look tacked on and not like they were part of the original design. For instance the Rolex Sub started off without them and what they have now is clearly tacked on (even though everyone is so used to seeing them that it does not register that way in their minds).

3 days, 23 hours ago on MKII Paradive Watch Review

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OK, now let me see if I'm reading the lower portion of the dial correctly (left to right):

80, LO, 90, 20, and I can't make out the last one.

I do like the clean overall design and for the anally screw obsessed out there (you know who you are), the dial screws appear to be aligned on the pieces in the photos. However these same screws, with the hands shown at the usual 10:10 position give the watches a frowny/scowlly look. Sort of like a pissed off gnome's expression.

Price point is good.

4 days, 4 hours ago on Autodromo Stradale Line Debuts As The Brand’s New Flagship Watch

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@SheldonSmith "...lighter than a platinum Daytona" - I think my car is lighter than a Platinum Daytona. I tried one one at BaselWorld 2013 and it weighs a ton (which you expect).  Thanks for the hands on feedback.

4 days, 5 hours ago on Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller D-Blue Watch For James Cameron Hands-On

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@Twinbarrel Right, so a scale to 60 (for minutes or seconds) rather than to 12 ( for hours) would make sense. BTW - my friends  who use to skydive a lot (over 12 hours total free fall time) always used their altimeter, not their watch, to determine when to pull. But yeah, they definitely tracked their total time "flying" (falling - I'm an old hang glider pilot so to me flying is not the same as falling, ha ha) as a log book thing, but not during the sky dive per se. Cheers.













4 days, 17 hours ago on MKII Paradive Watch Review

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@Twinbarrel "The bezel indication relates more to skydiving as to deep sea diving."

Want to explain that one? A minute of free fall is a lot.So I don't see how an hour scale is of much help when skydiving. The minute markings to 20 are fine but the hour scale only makes sense to me as a second time zone indicator (unless I'm missing something). Cheers.

4 days, 18 hours ago on MKII Paradive Watch Review

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Case size and thickness? Water resistance?

4 days, 19 hours ago on MKII Paradive Watch Review

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I appreciate how the hour marking on the bezel effectively give you a second time zone (but without a day/night reference) but when used as an dive elapsed time indicator, minutes rather than hours would seem to make more sense. Or are other bezel options available?

The integrated crown protection does not bother me and if anything further contributes to the 70s style of the watch. Agree with U31 that the dial style is ubiquitous.

4 days, 19 hours ago on MKII Paradive Watch Review

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@Kerby23 Yeah, I was not sure if that was technically on the flange or the dial itself. But I dislike that too. "Original Gas Escape Value"? As opposed to what - a cheap aftermarket one?

5 days, 10 hours ago on Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller D-Blue Watch For James Cameron Hands-On

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@DG Cayse Well, can it be right side up at the surface then? Actually while I'm anal about a lot of stuff, crown alignment is not one of them.

5 days, 20 hours ago on Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller D-Blue Watch For James Cameron Hands-On

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