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I'm impressed with Orients! Not only would and probably will  soon will own one. As well, proud to wear it. Tells  other watch watchers  I know my way around..

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Orient Dress Watches: The Best Budget Option?

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Thanks, Ariel. Mr. Williams leaving us has made this world  a harder meaner place than it already is. 


4 months, 1 week ago on RIP Robin Williams, Watch Guy

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Wow. Thanks ABTW. Truly enjoyed this article. 

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Visiting The Julien Coudray 1518 Manufacture: A Hidden Gem Where Watchmaking Tradition Prevails

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There's lots of beautiful time pieces short listed, as my "five years from now"  choice  but unless a mysterious filthy rich uncle dies and leaves me as his sole beneficiary, the one that makes it onto my current financial  radar screen is the Zenith GMT Captain.  Comes with a pedigree, a in house movement,  a sapphire see through back. Simple and elegant at the same time. It's me. 

Really like this Marvin too. Another grand old name from the past that survived the quartz age. If only only only the hands had more contrast to the dial. Now if I was to take a magic marker and....

Thanks for the contest!

4 months, 3 weeks ago on WATCH GIVEAWAY: Marvin Origin Gent Mechanical

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Maybe  this newest trend in sizing, is a reflection of many folks modern lifestyles. . My aviator  52mm. watch with a  high contrast face and hands,  can  be read  with a flick of the wrist.  From waist height..  Compare that to my vintage  Benrus with drop dead gorgeous art deco lugs. It has a dial requiring  a close up. Not quite a loupe needed,, but  more than a flick... Those updated pocket watches that morphed into wristwatches, have such  tiny dials.. My premise is this.  Folks in past generations had a more leisurely lifestyle..  Could afford the time to pause and peer at their watch. 

Although, when it comes to cars,  size is just the opposite.. .Even a mundane family chariot was a  land yacht  compared to today's  sized.   Unless you are a urban cowboy, or has other size issues,  and somehow feels the need for a gignormous  SUV for corraling milk and bread at the local supermarket?.  As with most of us watch connoisseurs, we watch your watch. What you choose tells more than just the time.

5 months, 1 week ago on What’s The Deal With Big Watch Sizes? The Large Timepiece Explained

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@Fraser Petrick

Yes, I too grew up with that scratchy AM radio signal. That authoritative baritone voice telling us,  "Here is the Dominion time signal. At the end of the short dashes and one long dash,  in ten seconds it  will be  exactly One o'clock.." 

Oh how times have changed.. Not only now is razor sharp time accuracy available on the lower corner of our computer screens, cell phones  or those infuriatingly accurate quartz movements,  but only a handful of we dinosaurs even know what a mechanical  movement is. Thanks for the comment. you just put me in a time machine back 45 years.

6 months, 1 week ago on Remembering My Dad’s Watch And The Birth Of Responsibility

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Ariel, 

Thanks for the article. It seems your Dad left you a lot more than a rather non nondescript Japanese quartz movement wrist watch. It's hopefully WHAT he didn't leave you. Resentment, hurt, and whatever the raft of of psychiatric jargon the 'experts would  to ascribe one's current mess-ups to. A flawed childhood.. So a  Patek Phillipe, Rolex, or a ton of other high end watches are chicken feed compared to that Seiko.. In other words, the real value is in what is not there. Hopefully in your case, priceless.

6 months, 1 week ago on Remembering My Dad’s Watch And The Birth Of Responsibility

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Fascinating article. The specifications alone on this vehicle are amazing. Somehow the Rolex clock fits, as a compliment to the  amazing technology and precision that has gone into building this jet powered bullet. .I'm sure Mr, Green will not be clock watching  for lunch break while setting a new land speed record. Again, a neat article. All the best to your, sir! 

7 months, 2 weeks ago on This Is What A Modern Rolex Dashboard Instrument Looks Like: Chronograph & Speedometer For Bloodhound SSC 1000 MPH Car

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Oh, those friendly folks at the TSA. Always pleased  to make our airport experience much more memorable.  They must have had very unhappy childhood.s.  What about the serious security threat to air safety with unregulated fingernail length and sharpness? Are those morons aware of the damage a 29 cent plastic pen can do.?  What a farce. screening is.  What a waste of taxpayers money.


8 months, 4 weeks ago on Artya Makes Another Airport-Unfriendly Item: Watch Buckle With Hidden Knife

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Uh-huh. Well said. Truth is often stranger than fiction. Never say never, right?
BTW...if anyone else was also curious as to what  the word "Kwashiokor" meant, it's a medical term regarding malnutrition.  To the other commentator that used it, earlier today,  thanks. It never hurts to add to ones word knowledge.  

1 year, 1 month ago on Omega Seamaster Bullhead Chronograph Watch Hands-On

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A financial "kwashiokor." Goodie, a new word I shall try to find out what means. I too, am probably one as cannot afford this watch.
Y'now those car  rescue thingies that you get as a gift, or buy for yourself? A good idea at the time.  One end is a seat belt cutter, and the other end a glass smasher. I'm sure Thelma and Louise could have used it in the T-bird. This watch made me think of it. If you needed a emergency hammer, or a weapon against a throng of gun waving junkies, this watch would come in handy.  
Seriously, though I do like it in it's own way. Refreshing to veer off the beaten path.

1 year, 1 month ago on Omega Seamaster Bullhead Chronograph Watch Hands-On

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None of us would go for medical attention to a barber to have our bad blood drained. Knowledge and modern technology has vastly improved our world. SORTA. Wearing a miniature high performance fine tuned machine on one's wrist is still the last word in watches. A quartz does the job of telling time better, but it has no soul.  Mechanical movements are preferred over quartz simply because of the inherent degree of craftmanship involved. I enjoy watching the heart beat (balance wheel oscillate) under the see through back of mine.

1 year, 1 month ago on A New Respect For Quartz Movement Watches: From Spring To Battery

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As a rookie watch student, ( I woudn't dare use the word repairer), M. Journe gives gravitas to the art and science of horology. He is as diametrically opposite from a hack, that I can imagine. Of which I desperately do not want to ever be. He is a craftsman to respect. Perhaps next time I open a watch, I will try to remember his passion and dedication to perfection.

1 year, 2 months ago on My First Grail Watch: Francois-Paul Journe

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It's a paradox that  not even the village idiot would dispute, that modern technology is truly amazing. Yet old world craftmanship in so many areas has become a lost art.  Here's another interesting fact. Gold plating on modern timepeices around 3 or 4 mil thick. Sixty years ago and  earlier, it was at least  20 mil.  Why some old watch cases still can look good.  That ticker of yours will do a doggone good job of accuracy.

1 year, 2 months ago on Rpaige Wrocket Watch By Richard Paige Uses Vintage American Movements, Review

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48 hours is pretty good. I'm sure Mr. Paige has done a wonderful job of getting peak performance from your watch. Perhaps of interest to you, Railroad grade pocket watches had Watch Inspectors who would initial cards that  conductors and engineers carried.  Their watches needed to meet a standard of accuracy of +/- 2 seconds per two weeks. If not, they had to get them serviced. .  Yours is a beauty that I'm sure you will want to keep in your family. Yes, I too have wondered what where they thinking when men's watches where the size of a small postage stamp. Maybe the pace of life was easier then, so one could take extra time to read  the time.

1 year, 2 months ago on Rpaige Wrocket Watch By Richard Paige Uses Vintage American Movements, Review

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Well done, Mr. Paige, It hits a lot of home runs. First, it has built in provenance. One can only  imagine the history that this watch movement must have seen. From the introduction of electricity,  the automobile, radio and a ton of other inventions that made those years so remarkable.
A restored working grand example of American horology.
As a railroad grade pocket watch admirer, I could go on and share lots of other stuff about why this watch rocks, (well oscillates).  For the right buyer who can understand and appreciate this watch, what a wonderful concept and execution. Let's see; buy watch cope with divorce lawyer...buy watch cope with divorce lawyer...

1 year, 2 months ago on Rpaige Wrocket Watch By Richard Paige Uses Vintage American Movements, Review

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Checking my e-mail this morning, I opened one from a huge internet seller, "Ama...".com. "Best selling watches." Naturally intrigued, to get a grab sample of what folks have on their wrists. Aiyee!  Nasty junky stuff, I'd be embarrassed to wear  especially around the sharpshooters that read ABTW.  Had to refresh the palate by going to Ariel's site. Whew, that was scary. 

1 year, 2 months ago on Behind The Curtain At aBlogtoWatch: What A Watch Blogger Really Does

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Great article. Yes, there is no substitute for the thrill of the chase, stumbling across a treasure. Pleasure is tripled if no one else either interested or knows what the item actually is. Rare, but on occasion one can  luck in. Walking into a garage sale or a blink-and-you-will-miss-it store front and spotting a  gem feels so good.  Same at an auction. Even if the collectible is not a screaming bargain, still something to be said for a little back and forth haggling.  
Ebay has the variety, but the audience is world wide huge. I have made many great buys on Ebay, but generally folks that are into that particular collectible know what they too are bidding for.

1 year, 3 months ago on The Streets Of London: Watch Hunting With A Watchmaker

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You're on your game Ariel. Was hoping to call you to task for not mentioning movement is a manual but you covered that off. I like a watch that is easy to read at a glance. Contrasting hands against the dial and contrasting markings. This one looks as if it be dandy for sneaking side glances at during  one of those yada-yada-yada meetings. Really accomplished sadist managers book rooms for 1pm slots.
Watch is a beauty, but might be hard to read in bright sunlight or in dim conditions.

1 year, 3 months ago on Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Small Seconds Grey Watch Hands-On

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Please ignore earlier comment. Didn't know mike was on. Perhaps the difference between the watch and the Caddies is American design focused on styling changes for the sake of change rather than technical enhancements. It cost a huge amount of money for annual changing machinery to repackage pretty much the same contents.  As well, one or two rather nasty but fortunately short-lived embellishments as landau trim and vinyl roofs along the way. On the other hand, the Swiss gremlins put a lot of effort into the ticky-tocky bits rather than the bling factor.
Really enjoyed the time travel, except for the air pocket turbulence with the 1986 car.
I don't think the 1959 Caddie could fit in my garage, but if it did, I could always could use the trunk as a extra bedroom.
Thanks.

1 year, 3 months ago on Cars Change, Watches Don’t: Looking At Cadillacs & Rolex Over The Years

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Great article. Particularly liked the parts about the oil not being exactly right on the two jewels. Wow. This is incredibly precise. Obviously a Q-tip is not the tool called for.  The tiny part that made like a Challenger launch into outer space sounds as  a click spring. Is your watch a manual wind?  Any part that may take a notion to fling itself away ala a fighter jet off the deck of a giant ship will avail itself of first opportunity to do so. As well, the laws of normal physics are suspended as magically somehow mass turns into thin air never to be seen again.
You have a nice way with words. May this fine timepiece give you, (and hopefully your son or daughter) many years of service. 

1 year, 4 months ago on What I Learned Building A Watch With aBlogtoWatch At Frederique Constant

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Thanks for the article. I have neither the time, expertise or contacts of Mr. Adams.  Appreciate having a scout to survey the terrain and share his findings with us who otherwise would never be able to do this on our own.  Please continue to offer this great service.

1 year, 10 months ago on Behind The Curtain At aBlogtoWatch: What A Watch Blogger Really Does

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It is a beauty. A RW was my first real watch, although being a babe in the woods then, it was a quartz. At first look of the dial, knowing it is a Sunday in April is all fine and well.  Knowing the whereabouts of the moon is ok too, but from experience, having a watch show me the date  has prevented me from appearing as a total fool by being off by a number or two. Then i started thinking outside the box and realized if one was to sync the watches  moon cycle to his significant other, it could serve as a dandy early warning system. 

1 year, 10 months ago on Raymond Weil Maestro Automatic Moon Phase Watch Review

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Congratulations. You do have a flair with words. Sounds as this prize was well deserved. 

1 year, 10 months ago on Watch Winner Report: Frederique Constant Classics 315

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Well said, JonnyD. A precision mechanical machine on one's wrist will always trump a electronic gismo.As with fountain pens, vacuum tube audio equipment, and analog vinyl records. Sometimes older technology still king.

1 year, 11 months ago on What Will The Apple iWatch Be Like?

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Thanks Ariel, To boot up the watch it will first require standing on a sidewalk for 26 hours in cold, wet, windy, and/or sweltering weather.  Apple new product launches are a marketing mans version of heaven.

1 year, 11 months ago on What Will The Apple iWatch Be Like?

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It's beautiful. Much of our civilian technology eg internet, gps and so on  trickled down from  military  roots. This homage watch was the result of WWI soldiers neither having the time nor luxury of retrieving a pocket watch in battlefield conditions.  Converting timepieces, to be worn on the wrist, (wristwatch) a valuable  improvement. Just a bit of whimsy by accenting the  nine  on the  dial. Love the spin-off feature, (maybe deliberate?) of having a mirror on the case back.  Never know when you may have to start a fire in the bush or send morse code.  If nothing else its just plain cool. 2892 movement not shabby either.

2 years, 1 month ago on Bell & Ross WW1-90-S Review

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Sorry, but I'll stay with my aviation style (blind man's watch).  I do wish i had the luxury of time to be able to spend thirty seconds to figure out the time of day.  Reversos are cool too, but if I was going to do something really physical like polo playing (?)  or chopping wood, Uh..Uh. My watch comes off.  If i really want a beater watch plenty to had for under twenty.  Greenbacks that is not, thousands.  

2 years, 1 month ago on Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX 7 Watch

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Thanks. Lots of good information. 

2 years, 3 months ago on Top Things To Look For In A Luxury Watch Part 2: Medium Range Luxury

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Bit of a stretch I say. My watches and  fountain pens yes, they make a statement about me and  to me. I do appreciate the detailed description of the physical design that without deliberately studying it, I'm sure would have entirely missed. I really have to get into the ninties with my cell phone technology.  Seldom use my old boat anchor of one.  Too many people have given me ample feedback "silence is golden".   Internet access?  Great. Now I could  be welded to it 24/7. 

2 years, 3 months ago on How Is The iPhone 5 Like A Luxury Watch?

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defintely will look twice if and when I see one of the beauties in my travels.   Unfortunately there are zillions of under a hundred buck quartz watches that try to imitate a thoroughbred such as this.  Although to steal from Porsche;   "The real thing - there is no substitute."

2 years, 3 months ago on Habring² Doppel 2.0 Watch

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Thanks Ariel. Well said, (as usual). Having a precision machine on one's wrist certainly is main reason that it gives pleasure. Oh yes, I forgot; it tells time too. Knowing it is the distillation of 400  years of development and refinement helps too. The deeper  one digs into how it works, greater the appreciation.One aspect of mans fascination with time is of all creatures, only humans have a sense of our mortality. Time, (please no Einstein physics right now) is  a constant and we are aware our passage through it, Perhaps in a way a fine time piece is a  way to make our inexorable journey a bit more enjoyable 

2 years, 3 months ago on Personality Traits Shared By Watch Lovers

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