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  1. A bit of twelve noon on the pip action today
  2. Interesting, because I've heard there have been some quality issues with Tudors - only anecdotal you understand - but not the first time I've heard this. Nothing's perfect mind, the co-axial movements have had their problems in the past and several other brands have had well publicised issues. The most accurate watch I've ever owned is an Oris with a non-COSC SW200-1 Sellita in it; an amazing +/- 1 second a week depending on how I kept it overnight, so for all intents spot on accurate.
  3. Doxa - was good enough for Jacques Cousteau, so what's not to like? The Sub 200 upset some Doxa purists for being too accessible but has had a very good reception from the wider WIS (Worn & Wound, Hodinkee, A Blog to Watch, etc). Nice wide choice of colours I think too - something for everyone. 42mm wide but only slightly more lug-to-lug because of the semi-cushion case design, so should be comfortable and according to those who've had it, they say it is. The beads of rice bracelet seems to be good quality too. ETA 2824-2 movement, so should be sound. If I had the spare £££, I'd be very tempted by the Divingstar (yellow) version because it seems to be good VFM. Not much in that price bracket of that style these days.
  4. Yeah, what @WickerBill said - straps are great, haven't bought one of their watches...yet...
  5. I see your point, although the in-house Calibre MT5402 movement in the BB58 is a COSC certified movement with a silicone variable inertia balance spring (so anti-magnetic) with a bi-directional rotor providing a 70-hour power reserve (only 55 hours on the Seamaster). It also has an automatic 5-year guarantee. Not sure how many people actually go diving in a situation where you need a helium escape value. The 300m is 42mm diameter, whereas the BB58 is 39mm, which might make more of a difference to some people. Personally I don't like snowflake hands (and neither the Seamaster hands for that matter), so it's not for me (even if I were in the market for either), but I can see why the BB58 sells so well. I still say anyone contemplating these needs to try them on because specs can only tell you so much.
  6. This is true. Rollie RRPs have been heading for the skies for years and continue to do so (it's not just Rolex, of course), and availability is, as we know, a function of waiting lists for many models. I don't have the money for any of these options, nor am I likely to, so what do I know. However, my problem with all this is how comfortable will you be wearing a £10k (or whatever price it turns out to be) watch, outside of very special occasions, on the street, in public? Are you buying a safe queen? The BB58 on a strap is £2.5k RRP, which seems very good VFM and not so much that your home insurance will demand a professionally-fitted safe to keep it in in order to cover it. But nothing beats trying them on the wrist to compare. I've always been surprised what a difference this can make however good or indifferent things look in photos. Mmmm It rather depends what you look for in a watch. If you want 'far superior', get a PP, AP or VC, if you can afford something from the holy trinity. For most 'ordinary people' Rolex is as much about status as it is about quality and honestly the difference between Tudor, Omega and Rolex 'quality', like for like, may be more to do with the logo on the dial as anything. But perception is reality, so fill your boots with what you like and enjoy You pays your money and you takes your choice.
  7. As I understand it, just before the Covid crisis, Swiss authorities suspended the 2013 agreement with Swatch - something about market changes in the intervening years - so that in effect in 2020 Swatch is prohibited from supplying ETA movements to any maker with more than 250 employees. Not sure what that means given the Covid chaos since this decision. As for choosing I suppose it may depend on what ETA does with its movements going forward, but atm, not really an issue I think. The increasing use of in-house movements by many manufacturers might be a bigger issue, especially for any that fall by the wayside in any post-lockdown market contraction?
  8. Very often the disappointment has been a learning experience for me. Sometimes what I thought I liked...I didn't; Pretty much every Hamilton I've tried, or indeed owned. Nope. Felt no love at all. Ditto Tissots - even the heritage models - looked good, tried on in shop, bought, then sold. Ahem...all Seikos I've ever owned......very nice, but just...no. Sorry. Also dials that looked clean and crisp that ended up being dull, especially with polished silver hands that you can't see if the reflection hits them in the right (wrong) place. I had a Longines Conquest with a ceramic bezel like that - it had to go; Or what I thought I should like, but just left me cold. eg Seikos . I've owned one Omega and tried a few on for size in ADs, but simply no fizz with any model. Don't know why. The original Tudor BBs felt like metal ingots strapped to me wrist. I want a watch I can love, not a weight training device. Even the BB58s, which are more my kind of thing just don't do it for me. The new blue one is very nice, except I cannot stand the snowflake hands. I keep telling myself that I must be wrong and surely should love it, but no...I can't And Longines Heritage models that for one reason or another just don't quite do it for me, even though I feel I should like them. Perhaps too much like the originals, too un-re-imagined ?
  9. Interestingly, on Breitling's UK (GB) website if you just go through the drop-down 'The Collections' menu the Colt is currently not shown. However, if you select the 'All The Watches' the Colt is shown with 18 variants. I get the feeling (and it's no more than that) that the Colt may be being discontinued, but existing stock remains available? It may be part of Georges Kern's slimming down and revamps of lines and collections? But the reception in the boutique sounds rather 'off'. @Laughing gravy if it were me I'd give Breitling UK in London a call (020 7660 8879) and let them know about the experience and see if you can get a definitive answer on the Colt.
  10. Bit of atomic time for me today
  11. This for me today - HAG Sunday everyone
  12. Certainly not . TWF is home to reasonable people and we all have our own opinions, not just on watches, and on he whole can live with our differences very easily. Taste is very personal and it changes. What I liked 15, 20 or 30 years ago I wouldn't touch now. Over the years there have been many watches I liked, bought and then found I didn't feel the urge to wear or simply didn't get on with, so moved on. At a time when I was well paid the (usually small) loss (as it usually was) didn't matter much. In all my years I regret moving on just one watch (a Rado Centrix with some sentimental value that is no longer made). As I've said often enough, I don't pray at the alter of the badge . As it happens Tudors don't speak to me. Not because they are Tudors, but because I don't like the snowflake hands , I'm not that keen on divers in general because I don't go diving and the rest of the range I find a bit meh . But the BB58 is popular for a reason and that's great by me. Celebrity endorsements put me off, partly because I know you pay for them in the price of the watch and partly because I'm opinionated about celebrities To give you an idea, I thought Ricky Gervais's roasting of the Hollywood set at the Golden Globes in January was the best thing I've seen on TV for a very, very long time. It's the association you see. If I don't like the celebrity, I don't like their endorsements. Same with sponsorship. And so on. I like interesting, well-executed designs, whoever makes them, whether £50 or £50,000 and all points in between. But as long as we all enjoy what we have and wear them in good health, what more can you want? Have a great Sunday everyone
  13. If you have to ask...the wait will be too Long 39mm isn’t small - especially on a BB. It’s not that long ago that men’s watches were typically 36mm. If you’re passing a Tudor AD try the 41mm versions on for size - they are bigger and heavier than you might think. ...or Tudor is for those who are faced with a colossal waiting list If they want a Rolex, even if they think the Rolex RRP (which has risen hugely in recent years) is worth the cash and can afford it? The BB58 has been a very, very good seller. Personally, I don’t pray at the alter of the badge and never have. To buy what you like and enjoy in good health is a good way to enjoy watches
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