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    Not Everyones Cup Of Tea...

    EDIT: Added a few first impressions and an explanation of functionality - see post 61

    Today has been a good one.

    As many will know, I’ve been flogging off most of my watches with the aim of buying ‘the one’. I’d like to give thanks a few of the regulars for helping me with my sales and both the choosing the sourcing of my new watch, namely Tony (learningtofly), Kerry (100thmonkey), Alex (Alexaff), Andy Tims and MarcJ. This really is a community and I have real mates - thanks lads.

    So, why one watch?

    No, it’s not a milestone, nor any sentimental period of my life, I just decided I wasn’t happy with the hobby in general and I was in fact stressing when choosing which watch of a collection to wear, so wanted to take the option away, but which watch would fill that role?

    Criteria was it should be 40mm or less, black dial, must have a date, leather strap, discrete, fairly light and under £5k...



    Well, that didn’t work

    Well, if you can only have one watch, it has to bring a smile to your face and for me, that smile is in the form of the Rolex Yachtmaster II - 116680 in steel.

    Anyone who really knows me will attest to the fact this watch is me to a tee. I’m happy and as well as losing much weight, I’ve made a decision to visit the forum less and get on with life outside of this bubble. Don’t be saying any tearful goodbyes, I’ll be here, just a bit less come next week.

    For anyone new, enjoy this place, it really is special. You’ll get members like me, who will rip the p*ss, but there is very little venom on here - we are just sometimes overly protective.

    Eddie, hope 2016 brings you and the family good health. Cheers ears!

    PS: I can’t bring myself to remove the stickers - how non-wis is that - I’m cured!

    PPS: I do have one of Carls 6B watches too, which will be used in those rough and tough circumstances, but I intend to wear the YMII daily.
    Last edited by burnsey66; 1st January 2016 at 20:16. Reason: Added Mini Review

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    Is sailing the new hobby then?

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    Wear in good health and as there is more to life than just watch forums, enjoy life in 2016. I'll be following in your footsteps soon regarding 1 watch and less TZ. Enjoy!

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    That is a cracker,

    It may be too early to say but a watch for all occasions or is that even relevant?

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    Bold move. Like it alot but I'll give it six to eight months
    Good luck everybody. Have a good one.

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    Steve,

    We don't agree on too many things, but you've got me on this one. A bloody cracking watch!

    Enjoy it and have a top 2016.

    JK

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    Wow. So it worked out then? So pleased for you. Many congratulations. Love it!

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    Good lump, doesn't get the recognition it deserves.

    Have you worked out how to set the countdown yet?
    "When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say,
    For Their Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today"

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    Nice watch, not my cup of tea but enjoy,! We have ever crossed swords but I do enjoy your posts and I am sure you won't be able to stay away for long. I will also be impressed if you stay a one watch man in the long term, plenty of us I am sure have thought and said it, but this hobby is an incurable disease!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 100thmonkey View Post
    Good lump, doesn't get the recognition it deserves.

    Have you worked out how to set the countdown yet?
    Havenít found the comfort link yet mate

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    Great looking watch. Enjoy it and we will miss your contributions here, many of which I have enjoyed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by burnsey66 View Post
    Havenít found the comfort link yet mate
    Lol

    A brave choice, and I'm glad you sorted it quite quickly - I thought the Cartier would have lasted, but possibly a little tame in comparison to the YMII.
    It's just a matter of time...

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    bit marmite that one!
    i had a break from here earlier in the year...sometimes it's good to back off....
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    marchingontogether!



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    Mad as a box of frogs, which is a good thing

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    Countdown timer so much more useful in the kitchen than a chrono

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    Nice one. Look forward to seeing it on SC in a few months...

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    Quote Originally Posted by seikokiller View Post
    Look forward to seeing it on SC in a few months...
    Itís still open?

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    Now this is a proper watch, bravo that man. First I think on this board too, and one I've been admiring (but not had a chance to buy yet) since they were announced at Basel. Even saw one in the window of Fraser Hart in Kingston today.

    Be interested to here how you get on either the size etc. I've read that setting the regatta timing mechanism is a little tricky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by burnsey66 View Post
    Itís still open?
    I sincerely hope so. I need some new sandals and swimming trunks for me holidays.

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    Whilst I can relate to the sentiment, I doubt you are fully cured. Good luck with it all though and that is a lovely watch to be getting on with.

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    Great choice.
    Am glad your choice of this watch got a kinder reception than when I posted mine😄😄
    I happen to like this one a lot.
    Have a wonderful year ahead.
    Will be sad to see you posting less and will miss your no-nonsense approach.
    Do drop in as often as time/wishes permit.

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    Nice, mate, and as you say - you to a tee. Mind you, I had a funny feeling you'd end up with a PAM 233, so it just goes to show...

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    Quote Originally Posted by burnsey66 View Post
    Havenít found the comfort link yet mate

    Is that a Euphemism?
    "When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say,
    For Their Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today"

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    Quote Originally Posted by groyn View Post
    Is sailing the new hobby then?
    No, I intend to study boiling eggs.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chairman LMAO View Post
    That is a cracker,

    It may be too early to say but a watch for all occasions or is that even relevant?
    My occasions, I think so. I have the 6B for when I’m on the bike.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Kenney View Post
    Steve,

    We don't agree on too many things, but you've got me on this one. A bloody cracking watch!

    Enjoy it and have a top 2016.

    JK
    Thanks Jon, you too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Der Amf View Post
    Countdown timer so much more useful in the kitchen than a chrono
    Already used it and agree. The timer is so visible, it beats the likes of the Daytona hands down in that department.

    Quote Originally Posted by ~dadam02~ View Post
    NBe interested to here how you get on either the size etc. I've read that setting the regatta timing mechanism is a little tricky.
    YouTube has been my friend.

    Really simple and when you start to play with it, the functionality of a ‘connected bezel with memory’ is amazing. It not only operates as a fly-back, but as a fly-forward - if you are past 30 seconds in any minute, pressing the reset button puts you on the next minute - amazing.

    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Nice, mate, and as you say - you to a tee. Mind you, I had a funny feeling you'd end up with a PAM 233, so it just goes to show...
    Enjoyed the 243 a lot, but I really do need a bracelet.

    Was in good company today. The Pam and Emergency owned by non-wis mates, but each was once mine...

    Last edited by burnsey66; 29th December 2015 at 19:47. Reason: Pic Added

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    Looking in the AD yesterday, and this watch was at the top of the tree. You can see why. Don't stay away for long Burnsey.

    Oh and how long is it before I can view SC?

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    Interesting choice Steve, but I totally get where you are coming from in making it. I've been, (pretty much) a one watch man for a while now and whilst I occasionally miss certain watches that have gone to pastures new overall I'm a happy man. New daughters also seem to take up an inordinate amount of time anyway!

    Best of luck for 2016, don't change and don't do another flounce...

    Rob

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    Funny how a watch which was not warmly received has actually aged well... Steel is the natural material for it, it should have been the original release!

    Love it mate, enjoy and don't be a stranger!

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    The more I see it ... the more it grows on me ...
    Enjoy the watch, enjoy less stress in choosing what to wear, enjoy more time doing something more fun than TZ!

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    Congratulations. A great looking watch and for it's size, very comfy. I hope you find time to post a review and some pics.

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    Good luck for the new year! I don't know you but I truly like your one watch choice and LOVE the avatar! All the best

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    Nice watch mate!
    I was very unsure (to say the least) when I saw the pics and the catalogue, But living in one of the sailing centres of the uk, I have seen many of these being worn and they look very nice indeed in "real life"
    I can honestly say that I don't know of another watch that looks so different when worn, compared to the photos, hope you enjoy it, and don't stay away too long.
    Goat

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    Love this watch

    It is on my short list. The functionality is so cool with the bezel working with the movement and the thirty second thingy you mentioned.

    Enjoy :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowdon View Post
    Love this watch

    It is on my short list. The functionality is so cool with the bezel working with the movement and the thirty second thingy you mentioned.

    Enjoy :)
    The best and easiest to follow YouTube clip...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xX7zBiozkoE

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    Congratulations, a fine watch indeed.

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    Very nice, Burnsey. Hope you enjoy it in good health. It was I on FB 😉

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperC View Post
    Very nice, Burnsey. Hope you enjoy it in good health. It was I on FB 
    Thanks for your comment. You are not as handsome as I expected

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    Steve

    Glad you still have the GGB watch. I really enjoyed your thread on its production.

    The YMII is not to my tastes but no one can say it is not a stunning piece.

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    That's a cracker!

    I've often thought of finding the 'one to rule them all' and this has given me inspiration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by burnsey66 View Post
    Thanks for your comment. You are not as handsome as I expected
    Thanks 😉. You on the other hand 😘 😜

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    [QUOTE=burnsey66;3820791]No, I intend to study boiling eggs.

    Ah, I see. you bought it for the eggatta timer.

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    i really like that and have always thought it was quite a departure for the Rolex designers. i dont think it is that easy to make an interesting watch in a conventional shape but that does a great job of looking un usual without the requirement for giant appendages and odd case profile shapes.

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    If you're only to have one watch it needs to be special and (as you said) bring a smile to your face. Enjoy!

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    Very nice Mr B. Hope this one hits the "long term" spot mate.

    What happened to the SM300 barn find. Thought that was one of one so to speak?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RLE View Post
    What happened to the SM300 barn find
    The perfect dial was accidentally damaged in transit and unfortunately that was the end of that.

    Would have a minty original in a heartbeat, as a one watch man or not, but they're getting so, so difficult to find.

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    Steve... Enjoy the watch

    It's not for me, but, you wouldn't expect everyone to agree on here now would you...?!

    Just wanted to say all the best for 2016...

    Ben

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    Brilliant Steve... always good to see one of the good people on here achieve what they want. I took a bit of a break for a while on here. Sounds daft but it did me good. Now I love watches again and of course, the community of TZ is still very strong; some truly fantastic members on here.

    Have a great 2016 with your lovely new watch.

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    Good choice and well done for whittling down the collection, I'd love to do the same but doubt that will happen for 20 years yet when I no longer will 'need' to put any thought into what watches to have for work / weekends / smart etc.

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    Congrats! The 'smile on the face ' is by far the best criteria in picking one watch :)

    Cheers,
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    Enjoy your watch Burnsey. I've always admired that model but clueless as to what the functions are.

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    Superb watch, enjoy it but don't be too much of a stranger here.

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