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    No. The simple fact is that Belstaf are the...

    No. The simple fact is that Belstaf are the popular mass market machine made Rolex of the Hat world. If you actually want a genuinely exclusive handmade hat then you want to be considering:
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    https://i.postimg.cc/nLYw8wPw/P1010572.jpg But...

    https://i.postimg.cc/nLYw8wPw/P1010572.jpg

    But no T! Shocking. Where's my warranty card?
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    Mappin are a bit like the early Rolex in that...

    Mappin are a bit like the early Rolex in that they would get others to build to their spec or would bring together stuff, usually with their own dial. Like Asprey, Fitch, Garrard and a host of other...
  4. Thread: Is this a Smiths?

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    I have an empty smiths case that purported to...

    I have an empty smiths case that purported to come from a gun camera and looked similar, but that had military markings - I'll try to remember where I stashed it.

    Here's a Russian one:
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    Explorer, or go back to the MKXII for a nicer...

    Explorer, or go back to the MKXII for a nicer movement. Mind you, in both cases I'd say there's a serious case for going for the original watches that these are effectively homages to. You'll get a...
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    I bet they are more expensive, slower and less...

    I bet they are more expensive, slower and less effective than posting a picture of a dodgy watch here. Perhaps more relevantly, if they are appealing to the luxury watch market and can't get their...
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    Itís mostly been a year of wear and forget, so battered and trusted old favourites have ended up being the order of the year, so:

    Neater

    https://i.postimg.cc/g2JPcxqR/92cb4b81.jpg

    Beater...
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    If you think that's a tirade then I'm not posting...

    If you think that's a tirade then I'm not posting enough!
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    I didn't say they had to. In fact I think I was...

    I didn't say they had to. In fact I think I was agreeing with you - there's more than one set of criteria and more than one way for something to be hard to get hold of. Don't get me wrong, I'm...
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    Affordability may well be the key criteria when...

    Affordability may well be the key criteria when something is common but expensive. However, when something is actually rare but historically significant, from specific military or historical Rolex...
  11. Before I got deep into it, I'd pull all the block...

    Before I got deep into it, I'd pull all the block connectors apart visually inspect them, clean, vaseline and replace. then I'd find out where the earths are, unbolt visually inspect, grease with...
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    Except of course they can. You can go vintage...

    Except of course they can. You can go vintage and get the actual watches that established the name, the history and the prestige. By their very nature these watches are actually rare, not pseudo...
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    Irritatingly, I've just looked and I can't find...

    Irritatingly, I've just looked and I can't find it now, but during a discussion on this back on WUS a decade or more ago I was pointed at a few articles about the high jinks surrounding giving stuff...
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    And that Rolex, ever with an eye to the main...

    And that Rolex, ever with an eye to the main chance, gave a Rolex to all the astronauts.
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    It certainly is. How to look like an amateur in a...

    It certainly is. How to look like an amateur in a couple of letters.
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    Certainly, in ordinary language it may well be. ...

    Certainly, in ordinary language it may well be. I'm not sure that your example does what you wish as each has a different position and significance in a language game and Lelbniz's law has not...
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    Nah, we'd just move on to pointing out that the...

    Nah, we'd just move on to pointing out that the Chinese got half a dozen Seagull watches to the top of Everest well before Rolex finally crawled to the summit in the mid sixties.

    Mind you, if you...
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    I'm not sure they do. We prefer worrying about...

    I'm not sure they do. We prefer worrying about how many coins we have in our pockets before we get a job. Personally, I've built a career out of not believing in beliefs. Nice work if you can get...
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    I can accept that it is technically different,...

    I can accept that it is technically different, 904L, for example, but superior really only happens in real use in the real world. How is it actually superior outside of a Hodinkee advertorial?
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    Citizen A609 Chronomaster - Citizen A501...

    Citizen A609 Chronomaster - Citizen A501 Exceed.

    It's the only reason I don't own a Chronomaster!

    Eddies PRS-14 against the NOS Omega Seamaster. Apart from the movement and a bit of height,...
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    I always want to have a reason for buying a watch...

    I always want to have a reason for buying a watch and I will not let myself buy it unless I can explicitly express why it is that I want that watch. Mind you, 'that's cheaper than it should be'...
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    I don't know about the Spitfire, but my CCM R30's...

    I don't know about the Spitfire, but my CCM R30's tank size pretty well corresponds to how far I can comfortably ride it without needing a break. Quite apart from the impressively narrow seat,...
  23. Fun fact: Rolex didn't make their first million...

    Fun fact: Rolex didn't make their first million watches until the mid fifties and the second million until the mind sixties. They suffered through the seventies, but their ultraconservative business...
  24. [QUOTE=RAJEN;5610896] Ok, apart from the...

    Ok, apart from the antigravity properties of their residuals what is interesting (by your definition - but uniquely interesting) about any Rolex since the wonderful misstep that was parachrom blu. ...
  25. [QUOTE=RAJEN;5610447] The watches are fine, I...

    The watches are fine, I own a few of the more interesting ones. They haven't made an interesting watch for rather a long time.

    While Wilsdorf foundation are basically a Swiss Robin Hood, no one...
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