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Old 07-26-10, 09:09 AM   #151
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My Tag Heuer 2000 Series. The only reason I take it off to ride these days, is to cut down on the "watch tan" a bit. The thing is pretty tough. I don't baby it at all. Sent if off to be overhauled after 10 years of service.

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Old 07-26-10, 09:17 AM   #152
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My Tag Heuer 2000 Series. The only reason I take it off to ride these days, is to cut down on the "watch tan" a bit. The thing is pretty tough. I don't baby it at all. Sent if off to be overhauled after 10 years of service.

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The 2000 series are great tough watches. I have a ladies one that dragged on the pavement when I crashed my motorcycle, and it still looks fine. I'm sure a new bezel wouldn't hurt, but I rarely wear it much anymore (feels too small).
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Old 07-26-10, 09:39 AM   #153
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A nice watch is a thing of aesthetic and mechanical beauty, but I have to admit that I stop at admiration (and I prefer a relatively simple look to the watches with a gazillion little gizmos on the face). I hate actually wearing a watch, and haven't since high school. They make my wrist all nasty, and besides, they look ridiculous on my skinny little wrists. Made worse by the fact that I have to wear them on the slenderest part of my forearm, right behind my wrist, because my wrist is too bony for a watch to comfortably sit there! Maybe someday I'll have a nice tabletop clock or something.
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Old 07-26-10, 09:48 AM   #154
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This is my weekend/vacation/special occasion watch (wedding gift from my Dad):




For every day, I wear an early generation Timex Ironman Triathlon (my first watch ever) on a NATO band. Still looking for a automatic of good heritage but of (relatively) low cost for everyday wear. If I can find a Hamilton LL Bean, that would be great but will probably end up with a Seiko Monster.
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Old 07-26-10, 09:52 AM   #155
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true statement, good watches are a solid investment, and depreciate very little.
If it doesn't grow 10% a year, it's not a solid investment.

That said, the quality of investments is only relative to a person's spending habits. If he/she spends uncontrollably, then putting money into watches and jewelry IS a good investment.
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Old 07-26-10, 10:00 AM   #156
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Here is my 1964 Rolex GMT Master, my dad bought it new in 64 when he graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy, and gave it to me as a wedding present 17 years ago. I wear it pretty much every day, great watch. FWIW somebody in this thread said that Rolex won't service their watch, that usually means that they opened the watch up and found non Rolex replacement parts inside (at least according to my jewler). I have had my watch serviced with no issues (other than the 5 week turnaround) several times since getting it.
Oh, and I never wear a watch while riding, there is a clock in the computer, but mostly I just don't care.
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Old 07-26-10, 10:15 AM   #157
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I would love to get this band for a watch I have. Rigid bands ftl.

What is it?
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Old 07-26-10, 10:20 AM   #158
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Here is my 1964 Rolex GMT Master, my dad bought it new in 64 when he graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy, and gave it to me as a wedding present 17 years ago. I wear it pretty much every day, great watch. FWIW somebody in this thread said that Rolex won't service their watch, that usually means that they opened the watch up and found non Rolex replacement parts inside (at least according to my jewler). I have had my watch serviced with no issues (other than the 5 week turnaround) several times since getting it.
Oh, and I never wear a watch while riding, there is a clock in the computer, but mostly I just don't care.
That's a beauty! It has the acrylic crystal, I assume?

Rolex shouldn't service a watch of that age. I think they're cutting off at mid-80s now. You may be having it serviced by Rolex authorized folks? If you've ever thought about doing a great original restore, PM me for an awesome reference.

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I would love to get this band for a watch I have. Rigid bands ftl.

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Commonly called a NATO strap. You can find them all over the place

http://www.natostrap.com/Home/NatoStraps.html
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Old 07-26-10, 10:22 AM   #159
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It looks very similar to a James Bond NATO band but the Bond edition has 2 gray stripes. There are several companies that make them but the trick is to find one that is durable. Some of the cheaper ones fray and fall apart easily (I know from experience). I believe that the actual standard issue NATO band is only Olive Drab but you can get other colors (including James Bond edition) made to the same specs.
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Old 07-26-10, 10:41 AM   #160
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Aerospace boys.

Beautiful, but it has become a cliche.
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Old 07-26-10, 10:58 AM   #161
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wow - old thread, i love it.

this is what i wear almost daily, though not on the bike, i dont like the jingle jangle of the band bouncing around. i've put this one through hell though, it never leaves my wrist other than the bike, sleeping, showering, diving, on the wave runner, the beach or behind a nice set of cuff links, its a rock solid watch, at home anywhere.

*not my watch below, but you get the idea...

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Old 07-26-10, 11:20 AM   #162
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not just cliche....but a cliche endorsed by the biggest ******bag of all time (possibly) John Travolta.
I hate Travolta from year 1954-1993, and then 1995-2008. I'll give him passes for 1994 (Pulp Fiction) and 2009 (son's death).

My dislike for him peaked in 2005 when I met him at Simuflite Training Center in Dallas. I was there to get trained on a Lear 35 and he was there for some sort of recurrent on I think a Gulfstream. He was decked out in full Gulfstream clothing including a leather jacket and aviator glasses (inside during the summer). He yelled at an instructor when he crashed the simulator, and the toolbag brought a pilot with him just to be his co-pilot (or "pilot non flying" as it is called in training) in the simulator instead of getting paired up with someone who was also going through training.

I hate everything about his "I'm a pilot" act: the leather jacket, the glasses, the huge Breitling Chrono he sports, how he will wear an airline uniform to "fly" his 707 (he can only be the co-pilot). He is the model for every civilian pilot I've ever hated (with the notable exception of Top Gun wannabees).

He did not appreciate it one bit when I said "aren't you the guy from the Boy in the Bubble movie?"

F John Travolta and F Breitling.

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Old 07-26-10, 11:33 AM   #163
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Nice rant! Off on a tangent but a rant none the less.
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Old 07-26-10, 11:45 AM   #164
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That's a beauty! It has the acrylic crystal, I assume?

Rolex shouldn't service a watch of that age. I think they're cutting off at mid-80s now. You may be having it serviced by Rolex authorized folks? If you've ever thought about doing a great original restore, PM me for an awesome reference.
The crystal, bezel, hands and face have been replaced by Rolex. All I know is that the jewler puts it in an envelope and ships it off to NYC for 5 weeks, when I get it back it is all shiny, I am assuming it is going to Rolex. Probably not going to restore it, I use it daily, it will just get fuxored again (hence the replacement parts).
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Old 07-26-10, 12:15 PM   #165
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No where near as fancy as some of the watches in here, but I love it nonetheless. It was a graduation gift from my parents:

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Old 07-26-10, 12:18 PM   #166
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Btw, I have girl wrists which makes wearing any watch (specially the one I have) quite difficult. It doesn't stay in place, and flings itself around.

Anyone have any advice as to how I could fix this? I've taken it in to get the band shortened, but to fit my wrist, the band forms a very odd shape. It no longer retains a circular figure, and just looks strange.
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Get a non-rigid band /\/\ I'm about to do that too because I'm near the end of adjustability and have a long tail of extra band.
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Old 07-26-10, 12:23 PM   #168
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He did not appreciate it one bit when I said "aren't you the guy from the Boy in the Bubble movie?"
Awesome. Carry on.
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Get a non-rigid band /\/\ I'm about to do that too because I'm near the end of adjustability and have a long tail of extra band.
That's what I was thinking. I was hesitating to do so because the band itself on my watch is pretty valuable (in the context of the entire watches value). I don't think I have a choice though.
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Old 07-26-10, 12:30 PM   #170
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No where near as fancy as some of the watches in here, but I love it nonetheless. It was a graduation gift from my parents:

I've got this for my "going out" watch:



And then my beater watch:
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Old 07-26-10, 12:31 PM   #171
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This is what I'm wearing today...

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Old 07-26-10, 12:33 PM   #172
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I'm such a weight weenie that I just measure the passage of time by looking at the sun. Unfortunately it takes me out of my aero position. I just can't win in this sport
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No where near as fancy as some of the watches in here, but I love it nonetheless. It was a graduation gift from my parents:

I like the clean look of the Skagen.
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