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    Nearly perfect watches

    Like many of you, I have been looking at new watches lately....

    Now I may be extraordinarily fussy, but there are certain details that ruin certain watches for me, well maybe not ruin, but certainly lessen their appeal. I am going to start this thread with one pet hate, too much information on the dial, with three lines of piffle above 6 O'Clock. That particular faux pas has ruined every modern Rolex since they phased out the 'Precision' line in my eyes. It is also the main issue I have with the Tudor Black Bay 58...

    Am I being unreasonable? As it goes I have other pet hates, but is it just me?

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    My big one is a make Iím not in a position to buy, but every time I see one it niggles me and that is Hublot with the screws on the case not aligning

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    For me its the gap between the lugs when you take off a bracelet and pop on a strap . An OEM end link would be nice .


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    If only my Mk XII didn't have a date.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monogroover View Post
    If only my Mk XII didn't have a date.
    Paint the date wheel black.
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    I disagree re: too much text on BB58 but the lack of on the fly clasp adjustment stops the blue version being perfect imo.

    As I've got more into watches I'm really liking no date dials more and more. I'd happily drop the date from my Mark18. It wouldn't make it perfect as the flat and long lugs would need trimming down first.

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    Cheap watch and a small detail, but.
    My Nite Alpha looks great in black PVD, with a black dial.
    The white date wheel really annoys me.
    So I asked Nite whether I could buy a black date wheel (current models have this).
    Unfortunately, they tell me the date wheel has recently been re-aligned from 43.5 to 45 degrees (ie exactly 4.30), so no, not unless I want to have it mis-aligned.
    Grrrr

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    Well the too much text thing is totally personal I accept, but for me the smiley face black bay was far more suited to the 58, the irony being that the new movement seemed to push Tudor the other way. I think what bothers me more is superfluous text. For instance, what is the point of saying 'Chronometer Officially Certified' when you could just say 'Chronometer'. Officially certified pretty much goes with the word...

    I have an Oris 65 and love it but really, why would you write 'Water Resistant' on a watch that is called Diver 65?! I also object to the water resistance on the dial in feet and meters and or ATM or bars. Just pick one measure and put it on the back!

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    Totally agree on non colour matched dates. Hate them. But then then colour match dates that are so small you can't read them once you pass 45 are a bit pointless too...

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    I don't have any minor niggles on any of my watches.

    A bit of extra text, colour variation etc etc - some of you are too fussy/verging on OCD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil.C View Post
    some of you are too fussy/verging on OCD.
    Only verging!?

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    Faux riveted bracelets, Iíd have a BB58 in a heartbeat if it had a normal oyster bracelet.

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    The lack of zero, just a blank disc on the ALS big dates really grinds my gears. It's not the only thing that stops me buying one of course

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    Dates at 4.30. Just no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rico View Post
    Faux riveted bracelets, Iíd have a BB58 in a heartbeat if it had a normal oyster bracelet.
    I see this comment a lot and donít real get it. Everything about the 58 is retro, itís a modern watch with retro design features. The rivets are just part of the package. I wasnít that keen on them initially but in reality you donít see them. They only really notice on photos on the internet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanb741 View Post
    Dates at 4.30. Just no.
    Date window at 3.



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    Ordinarily date at 4 would not appeal but that Zenith looks great...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montello View Post
    I see this comment a lot and donít real get it. Everything about the 58 is retro, itís a modern watch with retro design features. The rivets are just part of the package. I wasnít that keen on them initially but in reality you donít see them. They only really notice on photos on the internet.
    Agreed, Iíve just had to check my bb58 bracelet to remember if it has the rivets - never notice.

    Micro adjust bracelet and itíd be perfect, as said above.

    The main killer for me of a watch is thickness

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanb741 View Post
    Dates at 4.30. Just no.
    Whereas I think they look great - new Omega Seamaster with a date at 6 on the other hand has stopped my from buying any of them, until a non-date became available.
    It's just a matter of time...

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    24mm lugs - unnecessary.

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    I could name dozens of nearly perfect watches all with one thing wrongÖ The price!

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    The squashed / over sized / over lapping sub dials of some El Primero Watches seem silly. The movement is too small for a lot of the cases used and the sub dials are too large, leaving the the dials look cramped.
    I would have bought one by now if it were not for this feature.

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    I’m fussy but...

    Magnified date bubbles are a total disaster to any watch, whether on top or under the crystal. Anything other than head on you can’t read them, and either make the date bigger or get rid of the date completely.

    Faux rivets on bracelets or real ones for that matter.

    Deployants which leave the strap tail on the bottom of the watch look wrong.

    Very long lugs on a strap.

    And hands which don’t match at the stem like the SLGH011, once you’ve seen it can’t be unseen.

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    I donít mind dates at odd angles but for gods sake have a custom date wheel that keeps the numbers horizontally aligned rather than on the wonk.
    I prefer dates to be at 6 with an internal magnifier or to be a big date complication so my aging eyes can see the bloody thing.

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    In recent years, Iíve really gone off having a day and date on a dial, particularly at 3 O Clock as it affects the symmetry of the dial. Just a date window at 12 or 6, if at all, looks much nicer in my opinion.


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    Tudor, does a dive watch need crown guards? If yes, put them on the 58, and remove the bracelet rivets. Then you've got the perfect watch.


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    The (to me) useless 24hr subdial on the Damasko DC86. It serves merely as an AM/PM indicator. If it was independently settable I could condense the features of four of my watches into one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by number2 View Post
    Paint the date wheel black.
    Aaah, he would still be missing the 3 :)

    The date function is why I don't own an IWC. If they ever offer a reasonably sized 3 hander sans date I will be a buyer.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinnlover View Post
    The squashed / over sized / over lapping sub dials of some El Primero Watches seem silly. The movement is too small for a lot of the cases used and the sub dials are too large, leaving the the dials look cramped.
    I would have bought one by now if it were not for this feature.
    you need on of these then.

    Untitled by Ben, on Flickr
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    Quote Originally Posted by ben4watches View Post
    you need on of these then.

    Untitled by Ben, on Flickr
    That does solve the issue that bugs me.

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