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    Regulators - popular or not?

    Donít see much about them or their derivatives but thought Iíd add one to my small collection.
    This should be incoming next Nov. https://garrick.co.uk/shop/watches/regulator-mk-2/
    Anyone have something similar?

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    IMHO it's a lazy way to make a watch (simpler than bringing everything back to the centre pinion) and they look like old electricity meters.

    But that's just me.

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    Not until Rolex make one I suspect, at least on here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grandiloquence View Post
    Not until Rolex make one I suspect, at least on here.
    Too innovative for Rolex.

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    I think they look cool. Not sure Iíve ever seen one I like enough to buy. I get a feeling that Iíd get annoyed at not being able to tell the time at a glance.

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    I have a Hamilton regulator. I like it as itís quite an interesting piece. However I do struggle to tell the time with it to be honest.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Grandiloquence View Post
    Not until Rolex make one I suspect, at least on here.
    Think again.

    I have the Oris XXL Regulator, my first mechanical watch bought in the mid-late noughties. No issues telling the time here. I like the clarity of the dial.

    [A few rungs below the Garrick I admit.]


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    I borrowed a Regulator type watch a few years back for a month. I found it hard to quickly tell the time at a glance.

    Legibility is becoming more important to me these days.

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    Funnily enough, Iíve just put an order in for a regulator , always fancied one. Like the clean look.


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    I've fancied a regulator for a long time but struggle to really see a really compelling argument for one for me. They tend to be a bit dressier than I typically wear bit I'd like to try one out at some point, probably a used Hamilton or something.

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    I think they make the act if telling the time more difficult.

    Although Iím not really interested, part of me fancies one of these, suitably bonkers, but big case / small movement syndrome.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev-O View Post
    Too innovative for Rolex.
    I just hope for your sake that God does not wear a Rolex because if he does you have tested his patience to the limit.

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    I had an Oris regulator a few years ago. Nice looking watch but always had to look twice to know the time.
    Last edited by gunner; 12th January 2023 at 17:15.

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    I had one very briefly years ago but Im afraid as others have said, they just make instant time checking harder work so arent for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by verv View Post
    I had one very briefly years ago but Im afraid as others have said, they just make instant time checking harder work so arent for me.
    Perversely thatís what I like about it. Iíd have to give it more attention than normal and hopefully better appreciate it. Thatís the theory anywayÖ.

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    Chronoswiss have been making them for quite a while now, I prefer the older models

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    Iíve got a Meistersinger so not being able to tell the time quickly is something Iím used to.

    Iím curious about regulators and this one in particular.



    Itís just overpriced for what would be another novelty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jukeboxs View Post
    Think again.

    I have the Oris XXL Regulator, my first mechanical watch bought in the mid-late noughties. No issues telling the time here. I like the clarity of the dial.

    [A few rungs below the Garrick I admit.]

    That has a nice clean look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slamdoor View Post
    Perversely thatís what I like about it. Iíd have to give it more attention than normal and hopefully better appreciate it. Thatís the theory anywayÖ.
    V fair point, if im time checking its usually because im in a rush to get in or out of somewhere!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mick P View Post
    I just hope for your sake that God does not wear a Rolex because if he does you have tested his patience to the limit.
    I think he'd wear something a lot more tasteful and on topic.


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    Maybe not so popular, I have 2 of them and it takes some time to get used to them.




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    Something I keep coming back to, maybe yet., some nice possibilities here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Filterlab View Post
    I think he'd wear something a lot more tasteful and on topic.

    Well he did say "Watch and pray" (Matthew 26:41)

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    I wouldn't waste a prayer on that thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slamdoor View Post
    Perversely thatís what I like about it. Iíd have to give it more attention than normal and hopefully better appreciate it. Thatís the theory anywayÖ.
    In that case perhaps the design could be improved further by having the minute hand run anti-clockwise, and putting the seconds on the back?

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    Lovely, Jocke. Always thought that is one of the nicest Dornbluths I've seen

    Quote Originally Posted by Jocke View Post
    Maybe not so popular, I have 2 of them and it takes some time to get used to them.




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    I love the Sinn Regulateur 6100 Classic B

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    That Louis Erard is a thing to behold. Is that some kind of LE or something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hash View Post
    I love the Sinn Regulateur 6100 Classic B

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    I had one of these, pure class and beautiful blue leather strap. It always got very positive comments.

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    Interesting watches. New for me. Thanks for sharing


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    Quote Originally Posted by Grandiloquence View Post
    That Louis Erard is a thing to behold. Is that some kind of LE or something?
    Yes 178 is made, sold out directly.

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    I think this Alpina looks pretty coolÖBut 45mm!

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    I love the history behind Patek's only regulator in the current line up.



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    I think the answer to the OP's question is, no, they aren't popular, otherwise there would be more of them about.

    Personally, I really like both the look and the general idea/layout and would love to try one. Unfortunately I haven't found one I like enough at a price I'm prepared to take a punt on. The Dornbluth is definitely my stand out favourite so far though.

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    Always fancied them myself, but most have been huge cases , however, this at 41mm looks the business - just hope it looks as good in the metal as I've ordered one from Alpina (be here in Feb).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olives View Post
    I had one of these, pure class and beautiful blue leather strap. It always got very positive comments.
    One day sir, I hope to open one

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    Quote Originally Posted by emgee View Post
    Always fancied them myself, but most have been huge cases , however, this at 41mm looks the business - just hope it looks as good in the metal as I've ordered one from Alpina (be here in Feb).
    Make sure you post some photos. This one also caught my eye but thought there might be a bit too much going on for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpjsavage View Post
    I love the history behind Patek's only regulator in the current line up.



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    I absolutely love that, thanks for posting!

    Edit - cat looks great too
    Last edited by Corryvreckan; 24th January 2023 at 19:14. Reason: Cat is too nice not to mention!

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    It's here! more pics in the new arrival thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corryvreckan View Post
    I absolutely love that, thanks for posting!

    Edit - cat looks great too
    The kitten was my wife's birthday present - a seal point Rag Doll. In the history of birthday presents to Mrs S, it definitely ranks as one of the better ones from the last 30 years.

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