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    Seikos are the watch equivalent of a Honda 50.

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    NATO straps are fantastic......I don't wear the same clothes everyday so why wear the same strap.
    TAG make some really nice watches particularly the calibre 5 Carrera but the Monaco is a dog



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    Cartier are the only brand to make two tone work .


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    - The modern Daytona is probably the most overhyped watch ever and has some poor design features

    - Most modern Pateks are either ugly or boring

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    1) Sapphire crystals are overrated.

    2) In the long run, there's no such thing as an "affordable vintage watch."

    3) Every Seiko wristwatch ought to be smaller.

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    4) A 12-hour rotating bezel is better than a 24-hour GMT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tazio View Post
    That made me laugh .... :)))))))))


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    I'm not denying that they have an image problem and I'm not a fan of some of the styling, but from a build quality point of view they are better made and finished than many of the more "respected" brands

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    Both the Submariner and Speedmaster are terminally, eye-wateringly, boring.

    Bremont's Supermarine is one of the best dive watches available.

    Bracelet's are universally awful on a dive watch.

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    The ideal number of bikes is n+1. The ideal number of watches is n-1 for values of n greater than 1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D4RW1N View Post
    I love reversos! I know I'm not alone in this but reverso fans do seem quite few and far between.

    I love the retro, quite nostalgic art deco design. Nostalgia of times gone by is actually quite a big thing for me, which goes hand in hand with mechanical watches, for me.

    I've only owned one so far, but am toying with getting a duo face. It's just the fact that they seem to take a big value hit and also seem a bit niche, holding me back a little.
    Yes I love the Reverso too so take advantage and buy secondhand !


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    This thread has single-handedly restored my faith in the sanity of the average forum member.

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    1. The Breitling Aerospace looks cool but is essentially a £300 watch with a £3.2k price tags

    2. Modern day Omegas are better than modern day Rolexes despite the fanboy protestations

    3. Unless you are an actual commando fighting in the jungle then a NATO looks stupid on your watch

    4. Audemars Piguet watches all leave me cold

    5. Your Patek Philippe makes you look like an old man

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJDJ View Post
    TAG make some really nice watches particularly the calibre 5 Carrera but the Monaco is a dog.

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    Yeah and definitely

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    Some of my unpopular opinions, genuinely held

    A standard 16710 is simply not a £6k watch, let alone any more than that
    Bremont do make great watches, and certainly no worse value than anyone else in the sector
    Gerald Genta's designs are not genius, most of his "classics" are dated and aesthetically unappealing at best
    The standard Omega Seamaster Professional skeleton hands are just about the most ugly hands to ever grace a watch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt8500 View Post

    A brown strap and a black dial is just wrong...
    SO true!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RD200 View Post
    Seikos are the watch equivalent of a Honda 50.
    But is that a good thing, or a bad thing??? Honda Cub's are legendary for their reliability and practicality, with old ones are beginning to increase in value, and Honda have just introduced a modern rehash to appeal to hipsters!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hughtrimble View Post
    1. Not a single 6 digit Rolex looks as good as their 5 digit predecessor

    2. The BLNR and BLRO are gaudy

    3. I really like two tone vintage Rolex

    4. All stainless steel watches could be improved by changing to titanium


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    Quote Originally Posted by MrGrumpy View Post
    But is that a good thing, or a bad thing??? Honda Cub's are legendary for their reliability and practicality, with old ones are beginning to increase in value, and Honda have just introduced a modern rehash to appeal to hipsters!
    Depends what you want out of a watch. If you wanted reliability and accuracy a Casio would do.

    I got a Honda SS50 sports moped when i was 16.
    it did 160 mpg when i was running it in and 120 thereafter. More importantly it looked more like a motorbike than previous mopeds.

    I loved it and Honda have sold millions in different guises ie 50, 70 and 90 and works bike sheds used to be full of them.


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    Rolex Skydwellers remind me of bus back axle bevel gears

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    All modern Omegas with new 8xxx and 9xxx series movements are too thick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Normunds View Post
    All modern Omegas with new 8xxx and 9xxx series movements are too thick.
    Not sure I can go with this one, the newer 38mm Aqua Terra has an 8800 movement and they've slimmed it down, for the first time in recent automatic ATs it's not too thick, while the previous versions certainly were. I hope the other watches in the collection follow this example.

    Then again it was supposed to be an unpopular opinion so I don't suppose I was meant to agree with it in the first place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColDaspin View Post
    This thread has single-handedly restored my faith in the sanity of the average forum member.
    I've seen a few of my watches ridiculed hahaha

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    The nautilus 5711 looks like the case/dial designers went home on a Friday evening with the first prototype started, took one look at it Monday morning and thought "close enough" and just sent it off to manufacturing in a half completed state.
    Unfinished, underwhelming, overpriced....

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    Steinhart look like cheap Rolex knock-offs.


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    Quote Originally Posted by comdiver View Post
    Steinhart look like are cheap Rolex knock-offs.


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    FTFY

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    Why buy a Rolex when Steinhart are superb?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RD200 View Post
    Rolex Skydwellers remind me of bus back axle bevel gears

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    I now can't unsee that image

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mouse View Post
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    Well done that man.
    Deployant clasps are an over-engineered, unnecessary and uncomfortable solution to a problem that simply doesn't exist. Due to the simple effectiveness of the far more humble tang buckle.

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    the rolex daytona looks like it fell out of a cracker.

    the old ones look lovely, the new ones with the rounded machining on the bezel and blobby indicies look like they were cast in the back streets of a chinese industrial city out of pot metal.
    the tachymeter scale line on the left of the bezel make it look like the bezel is off centre.

    they actually look like knock-offs of a Rolex than what you imagine the real thing to look like.

    this monstrosity with another name on the dial would sit in that cash converters window for years before some chav came along and needed some tat for the wrist.


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    A chunk of angular steel doesn't add definition to a corpulent wrist but merely mocks it

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    Hats off to the OP. Probably the most cathartic, yet civilised (watch related) thread on TZ atm

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    Normal people buy a watch they like and keep it. A perfectly sensible approach.

    Plonkers buy a watch because some other plonker on a forum said it was cool, so a few weeks later they sell the thing because they cannot "bond" with it and then moan that they not only lost money but are finding it impossible to buy something they want.

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    There isn’t a single modern Rolex I would buy.

    The date wheel on a PP Aquanaut doesn’t seem to line up with the window.

    (To be fair the second one is based only on photos.)

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    Homages aren't much better than fakes.

    Small main dials on an asymmetric face (Lange 1 etc.) are ugly.

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    All of the moon "landings" were filmed in an abandoned warehouse in Biel, Switzerland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itizme View Post
    I now can't unsee that image
    When i saw the Skydwellers in a boutique window in Manchester last year i couldn't believe how industrial they looked.



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    Quote Originally Posted by MrSmith View Post
    the rolex daytona looks like it fell out of a cracker.

    the old ones look lovely, the new ones with the rounded machining on the bezel and blobby indicies look like they were cast in the back streets of a chinese industrial city out of pot metal.
    the tachymeter scale line on the left of the bezel make it look like the bezel is off centre.

    they actually look like knock-offs of a Rolex than what you imagine the real thing to look like.

    this monstrosity with another name on the dial would sit in that cash converters window for years before some chav came along and needed some tat for the wrist.

    "want to buy a Rolex, Del boy" springs to mind, at any Mediterranean beach resort of the last 30+ years

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    Putting slightly more sober dials on tiny ladies watches and rebranding them as 'unisex' is lazy in the extreme, just admit your men's models are too bloody big, pull your finger out and offer a genuine sensible midsize version (<cough> Vacheron Constantin <cough> Audemars Piguet>).

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    Rolex watches bore me stiff, especially the newer fat case stuff.

    Tudor have always made more intresting watches in comparison to its big brother and the Snowflake hand set is the best looking hand set ever designed.

    The Nautilus date window looks like the date wheel is from another watch, it never looks to fit the aperture correctly.

    Most Gerald Genta designed watches are pig ugly, especially the later stuff.

    NATOs should not be worn on dress watches but they are the most comfortable option for divers or chronographs.

    The Moon watch is a triumph of function and readability over form but the winder being protected by crownguards is plain daft as it’s the only thing that lets it down.

    Divers watches should never be seen on leather straps ever. They look cr@p (apart from a Panerai)
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    I love the Grand Seiko spring drive, and I consider it like a mechanical watch as it doesn't use a battery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrSmith View Post
    the rolex daytona looks like it fell out of a cracker.

    the old ones look lovely, the new ones with the rounded machining on the bezel and blobby indicies look like they were cast in the back streets of a chinese industrial city out of pot metal.
    the tachymeter scale line on the left of the bezel make it look like the bezel is off centre.

    they actually look like knock-offs of a Rolex than what you imagine the real thing to look like.

    this monstrosity with another name on the dial would sit in that cash converters window for years before some chav came along and needed some tat for the wrist.

    This. It's an unattractive core design.

    Admittedly some versions (e.g. Ceramic) look a lot better than this one but they still have the same fatal flaws including the essay written on the dial and ugly crown, crown guards and pushers that look squashed together.

    It looks very 80s/90s but not in a good way.

    It's a shame because the original Daytonas are absolutely stunning.

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    The Vostok 2414 movement with date is a joy to adjust, especially if it was last set to the 1st and you want to wear it on the 31st.
    It allows an unparalleled opportunity for the wearer to 'bond' with it
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    Quote Originally Posted by RD200 View Post
    I've seen a few of my watches ridiculed hahaha
    It's like 'Battleships'. So far, all my current watches and one of my previous ones have taken full broadsides. They're falling at the rate of one every 15 posts :)

    Luckily, I have a Ginault Ocean Rover, and there isn't anyone who doesn't respect and love what they've done ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ColDaspin View Post
    It's like 'Battleships'. So far, all my current watches and one of my previous ones have taken full broadsides. They're falling at the rate of one every 15 posts :)
    Hahahahaha cracking analogy

    My HMS Hood, the air king, got sunk early doors then an SMP got torpedoed and I've no doubt the tags have all been scuttled.



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    Buying cheap ETA movement branded by Tudor or Panerai for thousands, should be treated as an ilness :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RD200 View Post
    I've no doubt the tags have all been scuttled.



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    I doubt they are even deemed sea worthy enough to get in the water !


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    Quote Originally Posted by Itizme View Post
    I doubt they are even deemed sea worthy enough to get in the water !

    Bugger !!! I haven't got much left then.May as well go down with my watches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColDaspin View Post
    It's like 'Battleships'. So far, all my current watches and one of my previous ones have taken full broadsides. They're falling at the rate of one every 15 posts :)

    Luckily, I have a Ginault Ocean Rover, and there isn't anyone who doesn't respect and love what they've done ...
    Mine are safe, but only because they're so universally unpopular nobody even thinks to criticize them 😀

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    Quote Originally Posted by RD200 View Post
    Bugger !!! I haven't got much left then.May as well go down with my watches.
    I salute you sir, for courage in the face of true watch brand snobbery.....

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    Panarei or Hublot should only be worn by footballers in Matt Grey Bentleys or Range Rovers.

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