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  1. Taverius

    Taverius Smells like sausages

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    Please define "a bit."

    15 minutes? 2 weeks. Ain't none of us gonna believe you if you say longer :p
     
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  2. james444

    james444 Mad IEM modding wizard level 99

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    The dirt-cheap but robust Russian automatic watch that I use for hiking:

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  3. Deep Funk

    Deep Funk Deep thoughts - Friend

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    Beautiful Vostok. That watch has a lot of character.
     
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    My instagram feed is almost exclusively engineering/machining stuff. Don't recall where I first encountered the titanium alloy timascus, except that it was developed and is made by a knife maker, along the lines of damascus steel, by forging multiple layers.

    Anyway, this led to finding an Australian watchmaker experimenting with using it. I think this about the third time I've given him a plug on this thread, but hey, there is now a complete watch to see. And, if I was in the market for a master-craftsman watch (if I even wore them, let alone had the money!) I'd want to be on that order book!

    (edit: not titsanium. That would be an even more interesting material!)

    Anyway: see--> no tits, just a watch.
     
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  5. Taverius

    Taverius Smells like sausages

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    I remember that.

    Technicaly impressive - you can't do it in an oxygen atmosphere for one thing - but its kind of awful as a material for blades if you're actually going to *use* them. Makes about as much sense as titanium screws and bolts.

    On watches though and other small metal items it looks wonderful and the loss in strength over billet shouldn't matter.
     
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    Whilst I'm sure there were very good reasons for multiple-fold Samuri swords, I've always thought of damascus kitchen knives as being more for show. I can really go for the beauty of form and function, but I don't need decoration on an item like that. On a watch, however... :)
     
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  7. Taverius

    Taverius Smells like sausages

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    Yeah sure, and I could list them if it wasn't wildly OT.

    That's why it's seeing such a resurgence, people don't actually use their knives, but since I was born a curmudgeonly old man - 'cording to my mother anyway - it still bothers me :rolleyes:

    I love the look in more decorative stuff, though some of it frankly has too much acid etching, which makes it look like some fashion victim pre-faded, pre-ripped denim.
     
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    spwath Collegiate hijinks master

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    I have all the watches I need now. This last one I bought, needed a watch to match my speakers (and couch)
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    My Seiko 7002 arrived. One of the worst wrist bands ever. Seiko has this Z22 diver's wrist band. I could not get to the shoulderless spring bars so I cut it off right on the spring bars. Might spring for the Seiko Jubilee bracelet.

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    I cut this off and replaced it with a leather Nato-strap. This one to be exact. Seriously, what is it with Seiko and bad wrist bands?

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    Most of my watches have metal bracelets. I don't mind rubber, not a fan of leather though. The thing I really don't like is dealing with a buckle. For my previous daily wear watch I bought a Bob Davis double fold deployant clasp and can highly recommend it. It's very sturdily built and so much easier than the buckle.

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    Sorry bout the focus. Looks like he still sells them here; http://www.mywatchmaker.net/deployantclasp.htm

    The quality is such that I would be happy to use one on much more expensive watches than I can afford.
     
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    The watch looks classy, your couch on the other hand gives me the creeps, anybody else wondering how many cocker spaniels lost their lives in order to cover the upholstery?
     
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    Something of a first foray into (arguably) haute horology...

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    A Ressence! Looks like a type 5? Very cool and definitely haute horology, in its own way. Not the typical first really nice piece, for sure.
     
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    Yes - it's a Type 3 "black black". Still trying to figure out how to take pictures of it, every component on the dial is moving and there is no way to disengage the movement. That plus the 180-degree reflective face. Whoever did their official product photos is a magician of still photography lighting...or maybe they rendered everything.

    I definitely agree that you'd have to be pretty unhinged to choose this over a Lange 1815 or a ceramic AP ROO!

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  15. GoodEnoughGear

    GoodEnoughGear Evil Dr. Shultz‎

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    Oh, you have to mold those Seiko rubber straps in a cup of boiling water to shape them to your wrist or they're terrible. Once shaped they're comfy.
     
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    fraggler A Happy & Busy Life

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    In a thread of many brilliant watches, this is the first one that made me say "Holy Shit!" outloud.
     
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    fraggler A Happy & Busy Life

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    BTW, what is the cheapest dive style watch with a sapphire crystal you guys would recommend. I'd like a sporty beater watch for fun in the water and on vacation, but I hate scratches on my glass. I found a Phoibos that looks interesting @$120 on Amazon, but I don't know the reputation of the brand. Orient has some good looking stuff that starts in the mid $200s, but I'd like to go cheaper if possible.
     
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  18. Taverius

    Taverius Smells like sausages

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    @Zhanming057 I would be utterly terrified of a 30k franc watch with that much exposed glass. Certainly wouldn't be able to take it on a dive.

    Edit: just to put things in perspective, the last time I bought a swatch I destroyed the polycarb "glass" to the point of illegibility within 6hrs. I don't care how tough sapphire is, that much curved exposed stuff I would destroy in a week.
     
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    Get a Parnis. Submariner and GMT master homages for $120-180. Sapphire glass and ceramic bezels.
     
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    Just picked up a Seiko Samurai "great white". Not the best case finishing in the world, but a cool, robust dive watch with a sweet dial. 20190908_115042.jpg
     
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