We also love hi-end watches

Seems to me it doesn’t matter if they’re mid- or hi-. If you like 'em, they’re for you. A vintage Daytona would be fantastic!

Personally I prefer non-chrono, non-date watches, and generally prefer thinner rather than some of the 13-15mm thick beasts on the market today… but I DO like the Tudor lineup even though I’m not a dive watch guy.

For some reason, I keep being drawn back to this. It has the benefit of the look of bronze, without the oxidation complications, and I like that it’s relatively uncommon. But it’s 14mm+ thick.

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Went to a watch event here in Dayton this week. It isn’t often one gets to don a $100,000 watch, but we did.

I’m afraid my son has caught the bug. I saw my first Milgauss with the lightning bolt second hand and green crystal. I’m genuinely wondering if I should go that direction.


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I’ve been attracted to watches for longer than I can remember. I’m not drawn to them as so many of you are but I find this to be an intriguing thread.
In your experience do you find this to be an example of analog technology relying on an aging demographic or one that is attracting a digital demographic to analog alternatives?

Quality craftsmanship will always have a fan base.

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They are incredibly intricate perfect machines that require little to no regular fussing with. They are basically magic and the pinnacle of industrialization. That’s something worth owning.

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Incredible video, I just saw your son’s work. You can see the love and knowledge he has. :wink:

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Thank you. Greg is truly passionate about his work. For example, the design, engineering, testing that goes into the replacement crystals that he has manufactured is astounding. The acrylic is manufactured in Switzerland, it’s press molded in Germany, laser etched in NY. Few people would ever imagine what goes into it.

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Acrylic is key to recovering the original appearance in older pieces… it is very difficult to get the originals for some models. and the alternatives are rougher made and taller than normal, it is clear that the watches were restored…

just seeing your son’s work on the mechanism makes me imagine that he does not leave any detail to chance. If you have more videos, please share them… :wink:

Go to truepatina.com and truedome.com
He also put up several videos on YouTube

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Thanks :wink::+1:t2:

Very cool.

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Anyone have recommendations for watch winders? Looking for one that can keep at least 4 to possibly 8 watches moving and wound.

Wolf makes good winders. They offer them in multiple styles and can wind multiple watches. I have a triple winder that has worked perfectly for several years.

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Is it better for the watch to be wound, or is this for convenience so the watch is always ready to be worn?

Mostly for convenience, especially for watches with a date display.

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Convenience but I was also thinking it might be better for the watch to keep moving. Kinda similar to not letting a motorcycle sit in the garage too long.

In the case of vehicles, condensation collects in the engine and gearcases as temp changes and seals and gaskets can dry out.
Not so in a watch. But in the case of a watch with a date and with no quickset feature, then one must spin the hands enough to correct the date. In that case, all the spinning friction can wear the parts involved. It’s minor but in that case, use a winder. Or manually wind each day.

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Three of my automatic/wound watches needed servicing after sitting four+ years. The watchsmith, who makes no money in sending them in for service, highly recommended that I send them in for service. He was mostly concerned with the state of lubrication.

After my dad returned home after serving in the South Pacific (Marines) in WW2…he enrolled into watchmaker school…He ended up having his own business for almost 60 years working from home in the evenings and on weekends (in between fishing,hunting and golfing) after working all day at his day job for Westinghouse Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in Pittsburgh Pa. He worked on the Nimitz reactor program back in the day amongst many other navy projects. He retired after 40 years with Westinghouse.

Working on watches of all types was his first passion though…Needless to say…I seen a lot of superb watches along the way. They don’t make men like him anymore!

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