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  1. I live in a hot climate and contrary to what I read on forums about summer straps, I find rubber the most uncomfortable to wear in the heat. I don't care much for NATO's in any case, so that leaves bracelets or leather, both of which are fine for me.
  2. Yes, very much so. He's an esteemed historian, has a French wife and a Francophile! And he is in the lions den so to speak, as he is Professor Emeritus of French History at Cambridge. He was finally convinced to vote leave, when at a dinner party pre-Brexit, he talked with a remainer nobel prize winning British economist and asked his opinion on what would happen to the economy if we left, he was told that after a period of adjustment, the UK would be just fine, which is the response of nearly all such eminent economists, including Paul Krugman, another anti-Brexit nobel prize winning economist, who has openly expressed his disdain for the hysterical and patently false scaremongering from Cameron's Govt. Osborne and others. I actually found it a very illuminating read, as he places Brexit in an historical context, not just of post war Europe and Britain's 'decline' (which he regards as more of a myth than anything and explains why), but also for the century before that at least. He considers the post Brexit shenanigans and near constitutional crisis as well as the impact of Covid on Britain's transition away from the EU and also on the very future of the EU. It's a very, very, readable book. I have already re-read a couple of chapters and will read in it's totality again at some stage. If you do read it, I'd be interested in your thoughts.
  3. In my view, the white dialed explorer is the best that Rolex have to offer and I would quite happily own one. Sadly, like all Rolexes, it's frequently copied.
  4. Just to say again, what a great collection. But secondly to say that whilst you clearly have an itch, you haven't quite pinned it down and as you have a track record of being incredibly patient with the need to finally scratch that itch, I think we are in the embryonic stages of a nice leisurely thread, discussing some magnificent watches!
  5. Finally finishing my Brexit reading, by nearing the end of what seems the definitive view of Britain's historical relationship with Europe and latterly the EU. The lead up to the vote and what happened next. Hard hitting in places and very well written. I have some much needed light reading lined up for when I finish.
  6. The mixed up dial numbers look a mess to me (sorry). And they should have used 05 for balance That single digit 5 annoys me so much! Air King? Space Oddity more like.
  7. I'd like it to stay. The odd gem does turn up and there are a few here that have been satisfied customers. I bought one recently and went into it eyes wide open and the experience was good. I think a disclaimer would be sufficient.
  8. Bremont for me, but then I have been following the brand for some time. I can't really get into Tudor, even the BB's, which seem the most popular, although my neighbour has the blue Pelagos and I like that. As for the Tudor you have shown, take away the hands and it's possibly the lost Rolex lookie-likey I have seen and I don't like it for that reason.
  9. Thanks for posting these. Very interesting. Quite a gauntlet thrown down by Bremont to CW. Basically saying put your money where your mouth is - you're big enough, lets see you develop some manufacturing facility in the UK. It's a fair point, especially in view of Mike France's senior position in the new association, but against everything CW has built its success on, now much copied by others, which is British design (albeit by a Swiss lead designer), coupled with Swiss manufacturing. Is there really a desire to change such a successful business model? Also interesting to read that Bremont will be opening in Shanghai soon.
  10. I'd never considered putting mine on a bracelet, because of the brushed, almost satinised case. I'll have a rethink on that, as I really like yours.
  11. I like the first one best, but in general, I find all their dials overworked. And that's the reason I pass on the brand.
  12. It's a great watch. I have the same in green. Is your bracelet an aftermarket one? Mine came on the strap in the pic.
  13. Had this delivered from Singapore earlier. Sadly a (still) blocked loo meant I couldn't devote more time to it today. Pics and report to follow in the next day or so.
  14. F I could offer several of my watches in each category, but the biggest problem was for functional. Perhaps my PO that get's wet in the sea with me, or my speedy 1957 which fits the bill, or even my DSOTM, not To mention my Bremont MBIII GMT. But the cheapest of the lot wins, simply because it gets used most, a few times each week, when I cycle, when not suffering from a nasty stomach bug, like now! B The obvious one for B in the eyes of many would be my Aerowatch, or even my U2 Blue, which has the most stunning dial, but so hard to do justice to in a pic, but I love the dual look of my speedy Broad Arrow. I Lots to choose from here. Bronze, brass, ceramic, various shades of casing, blue dials, yellow dials, green dials, pilots, drivers, divers and a compass bezel. But I really like my Chopard MM 2015 LE. Great case back as well.
  15. Wow! What a fantastic collection. Do you only collect RLT? I have the 36 Nautilus
  16. Size 40mm and above and anything that takes my fancy. I like unusual movements, so Armin Strom, Ulysee Nardin and others, which sadly means they are way above what I can afford. These to me, are masterpieces.
  17. I actually really like that colour. I would also think a light or tan brown and olive style green would be good. What size would they be?
  18. Sorry, typo on my part. Doesn't really change my point though.
  19. But Donrbluth and Rolex are like chalk and cheese. Anyone seeking a submariner is unlikely to be in the market for a Dornbluth.
  20. Saw these on Watchpro earlier and thought they looked pretty good. Also available with titanium bracelets, but I prefer the strap. Whilst I think the orange dial works okay with a black day / date window, I'm so sure the yellow dial does? I think white would have been better. Still a pretty good effort I think and I would be happy with the orange one. Tutima brings a splash of orange or yellow to titanium dive watches (watchpro.com)
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