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Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« Reply #5160 on: December 28, 2018, 02:07:23 am »
@sabergirl also look at the Tissot Swissmatic, which is a derivative of the Sistem51.

https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/tissot-swissmatic-everytime-value-proposition

I like the sapphire case sides on the Hour Vision, but the dial is a bit fussy. Plus, as @Anesthetist pointed out, there's an awful lot of unnecessary and badly positions text.

The Ultraman looks good, but I'm not sure about the glowing UV logo. I agree that Omega do a huge number of gimmicky limited editions.

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Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« Reply #5161 on: December 29, 2018, 12:49:17 pm »
here we go! Christmas gift from my wife! Cordovan walnut strap! Met at the last Fish n’ Chips lot of nice people. One of them, Johnny aka @Scasi  from @obbigood. And weeks later...am so happy with the result!!


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Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« Reply #5162 on: December 29, 2018, 01:42:01 pm »
Very nice indeed. Looks especially tasty on that watch @hajduk

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« Reply #5163 on: December 29, 2018, 01:58:05 pm »
Thanks Reuben the plan with Johnny was to get some cordovan can create one beautiful patina over the years.


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Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« Reply #5164 on: December 31, 2018, 03:16:12 am »
Thanks Reuben the plan with Johnny was to get some cordovan can create one beautiful patina over the years.


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« Reply #5165 on: January 06, 2019, 11:48:16 am »
I went into the IWC boutique in Melbourne to see if there was any sign of the Big Pilot Big Date with a white dial. It's not arrived yet, but the salesman showed me the Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar. It's a big watch, and I think you need to be built like the Rock to carry it off.

"IWC Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar"

Just down the road I got chatting to another salesperson about the H. Moser and Cie watches. They had one of their very limited models with a Vanta black dial. The moonphase is apparently accurate to one day in a thousand odd years. :o

"H Moser Vanta Black"

The movement on this is lovely. You can't see in the photo, but the back of the watch has a curved sapphire crystal to hug the back of the wrist better.

"H Moser Vanta Black Back"

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« Reply #5166 on: January 06, 2019, 07:21:37 pm »
They had one of their very limited models with a Vanta black dial.

"H Moser Vanta Black"
Geez, seems like they'd do a better job with AR coating the crystal, so you get a better impression of the Vantablack.

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Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« Reply #5167 on: January 07, 2019, 12:23:01 am »
I've got a feeling that the Moser has an anti-reflection coating on the crystal. It's just that Vantablack is really difficult to photograph.

I do like the watch a lot, but it's $35K (US), so it's not going to happen!

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Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« Reply #5168 on: January 09, 2019, 12:38:13 pm »
Omega have announced that they're remaking the Calibre 321, which was used in the original Speedmasters that went to the Moon.

"Omega Calibre 321"

Given we're coming up on the fiftieth anniversary of Neil Armstrong's jaunt, I suspect that we'll be seeing this in the inevitable limited commemorative edition Speedmaster, which will sell like crack filled hotcakes.

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Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« Reply #5169 on: January 09, 2019, 12:49:22 pm »
And will be obscenely priced...

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Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« Reply #5170 on: January 09, 2019, 01:50:40 pm »
Fratello indicates the movement will not be in the 50th anniversary models. There is to be a gold one allegedly (which sounds disgusting).

The backstory about how they had to do a CT scan and have a multidisciplinary team reverse engineer the movement makes no sense to me, since the Swatch group never stopped making it and presumably has all the schematics.

Good news for Speedy nerds but agree with Chris the pricing will be outrageous based on the single workshop and painstaking 2 year reverse eingineering project described.
Think it, be it.

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Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« Reply #5171 on: January 09, 2019, 02:46:54 pm »
I was just saying that to Jody last night re: the scan they had to do to reverse engineer it...


Is it that the specs for the movement were destroyed in a fire?!?


Or is watchmaking a haphazard process where people are making shit up as they go along, and every 321 movement is really the specific to Joe Dirt and Sunshine Lou?


Or is Omega full of shit?


You'd think making a specific movement has standards and specifications...
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Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« Reply #5172 on: January 09, 2019, 03:07:58 pm »
I'm going "full of shit."

The entire backstory to me seems designed to justify a high price.
Think it, be it.

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Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« Reply #5173 on: January 09, 2019, 03:28:12 pm »
Full of shit gets my vote....
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« Reply #5174 on: January 09, 2019, 04:22:09 pm »
Or is Omega full of shit?
Yes.

The idea that they couldn't follow the original specs and instead had to go to extreme lengths to recreate the movement is absurd.  It's not an illuminated manuscript from the dark ages.  There are probably still a couple of employees at Omega that assembled the originals. It wasn't that long ago.