Looks great - how much did it set you back and how about a wrist shot?
FWWI I don't have a problem with homages and BY seems to produce them well. I am assuming this is a new model? If so I wonder why he chose this model when he has just done the Kingston.
I like it. I saw the piece on Worn & Wound, and was sorely tempted. The review seems to suggest less a straight homage, and more something taking its design cues from the original.
it is very nice, wear it in good health! although I do find mk ii's pricing quite high if compared to other micro brands.
kemmner 007 and raven vintage 40mm are good choices too, although a little less faithful of a reproduction.
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It looks very pretty indeed, its my understanding that MK 2 watches are very well built as well. I thought about getting one myself, but as has been already mentioned in this thread, the price seemed a bit steep for an homage and the lead time after ordering was about three months( I think at the moment the Nassau can't be ordered at all), so as a result I held off. It does look good though, to the OP , how are you finding it?
It's alright but I don't quite grasp the enthusiasm for these.
I like it. Do you get the option of a spare watch case etc like you did with Kingston?
Rollie bracelet? Partially. The bracelet that came with the Nassau is in keeping with the vintage theme. But I needed something more substantial and what I came up with was a bracelet that is a combination of odds and ends from my watch box. And yes it contains some Rollie DNA.
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I think of Bill Yao as being the CONUS counterpart of Our Eddie.I like his watches but i am really looking forward to Eddie's DN GMT i have owned 5 of Eddie's watches one of Bill's they were all superbly made to the highest quality but with extortionate customs fees and handling charges Eddie's watches would be more desirable.Both Bill & Eddie are to be commended for being out there competing against Chinese manufactured stuff(From Swiss Parts)from the big boys.
It's all in the attention to detail, the dial and hands of the Kingston are really something you should see in real life, and Bill regulates his watches very very precise.
The only drawback is that you sometimes need a lot of patience with a project of Bill.
Got a new watch, divers watch it is, had to drown the bastard to get it!
Looks nice except for that massive crown which looks like it would rip skin off.
Looks great, loved the Kingston if a little small. This looks equally as impressive.
Nice watch. I think Bill's watches are great when you can get hold of them. I bought a Blackwater (Benrus Type 1 style) when the prices were still reasonable. Sold it, as you do, and wish I hadn't. I was then number 9 or something like that on his TR-1000 (Tornek Rayville Blancpain) list. I paid my money and waited and waited and waited and got nowt. Only 7 or 8 were made in the end. I got my money back and gave up then. Still fancy a TR as I'll never be able to own a vintage BP.
Frankly, the MkII business plan sucks. Basically, throw an idea out and then get deposits so the customers finance the project. If, God forbid, Mr Yao was incapacitated or killed I doubt anybody would get their money back. Also, the prices are getting a bit ambitious. The MkII Project 300 is an homage to the Omega SM300. The MkII version is going to run something like $1695. You can get a Watchco Omega SM300 or equivilent (build your own with an Omega movement and genuine parts) for just a bit more.
Not into Homage watches and at that price it's a no no for me, I am sure it's a nice watch but it does nothing for me at all.
Out of interest, what is a fair price on the secondary market for one in good nick? That W&W review gives a price new of some $900, but I can see lots of chancers trying to sell theirs for way more than that. Is this because they're out of stock and not for sale at the moment?
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I've owned most of Bill's work over the years and think his homage watches are great updates to the original. Superb finishing and quality for the price even if they are becoming a bit too pricey for the 'homage' bracket.
As good as Bill's attention to detail and effort he puts into the watches, I think Bill is as much the weakness in his watch company. He never makes his watches on time. My Kingston was over 2 years late and Nassau was going to be 2 months late even though I got in the first 10. He is also rubbish at replying to emails. If you can tolerate that and have the patience of a saint when putting money up front then MK II is for you, if not then best stay away for your sanity. Having said that, for all the reasons above, MK II watches make a very good used watch buy
Unfortunately i have always been disappointed with every big crown "homage i have ever owned.. If you've ever held, worn, truly coveted the originals, there will never be a substitute, no matter how nice the substitute may be...