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Originally posted by snipes:
Was killing time at the mall this morning while waiting to see Santa and wandered into the Tourneau store just to do some window shopping. I fondled a few Panerai and the Radiomir in titanium really talked to me, but is very much outside my comfort zone price wise. The other watch that really spoke to me was a Bell and Ross BR 123. Simple and casual which is what my next watch will be. While I'm not in the market right now, it caught my attention enough that I'm browsing online just to see the various options. Very nice...


of all the B&R models, the 123 is the one I could almost see myself wearing. The rest, not so much. I think it's the visible screwheads that turn me off. The Hublots in that style also lack appeal for me.

2 watches that have my attention (and have for some time), but struggled to pull the trigger:
Panerai Luminor Marina
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Geographic

Very different, yes, which just means their is room for both... Ack
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Originally posted by snipes:
I recently picked up a black gator strap for my Constellation from a seller on Ebay for something like $40. The ebay store is Kelaran USA. A few of the members on one of the watch forums mentioned them. Ships out of the Tampa area and they claim it's local Alligator and made in the USA. Fantastic customer service and a great product so far. I purchased an alligator wallet / card holder from them 6-8 months ago and it still looks new. Thought I'd pass it along.


I'm needing/looking for a new strap. I just cannot get my head around a quality strap being that cheap.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by snipes:
I recently picked up a black gator strap for my Constellation from a seller on Ebay for something like $40. The ebay store is Kelaran USA. A few of the members on one of the watch forums mentioned them. Ships out of the Tampa area and they claim it's local Alligator and made in the USA. Fantastic customer service and a great product so far. I purchased an alligator wallet / card holder from them 6-8 months ago and it still looks new. Thought I'd pass it along.


I'm needing/looking for a new strap. I just cannot get my head around a quality strap being that cheap.


Certainly understandable. I just sent you a picture I took recently of the one I purchased. It's the band on the watch in the pic.
I don't have any $300 straps laying around to compare it to, but if you are in the market it's an inexpensive trial.
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Originally posted by snipes:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by snipes:
I recently picked up a black gator strap for my Constellation from a seller on Ebay for something like $40. The ebay store is Kelaran USA. A few of the members on one of the watch forums mentioned them. Ships out of the Tampa area and they claim it's local Alligator and made in the USA. Fantastic customer service and a great product so far. I purchased an alligator wallet / card holder from them 6-8 months ago and it still looks new. Thought I'd pass it along.


I'm needing/looking for a new strap. I just cannot get my head around a quality strap being that cheap.


Certainly understandable. I just sent you a picture I took recently of the one I purchased. It's the band on the watch in the pic.
I don't have any $300 straps laying around to compare it to, but if you are in the market it's an inexpensive trial.


Thanks, snipes.

I really like the brown strap.

I'm planning on buying a new one today... I just hope I do not walk out with a new watch also. Big Grin
Heading to FL in a week and will be visiting the Panerai shop in Boca...I really would like a brown or white faced watch....wondering if switching the band on my current watch would suffice?

My first thought is absolutely not! But, I am always looking for an excuse to buy something.....I do like one that IWC makes, but wondering if anything at Panerai may strike my eye.
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Originally posted by marcb7:
Heading to FL in a week and will be visiting the Panerai shop in Boca...I really would like a brown or white faced watch....wondering if switching the band on my current watch would suffice?

My first thought is absolutely not! But, I am always looking for an excuse to buy something.....I do like one that IWC makes, but wondering if anything at Panerai may strike my eye.


Any well dressed man has both a black AND a white faced watch. Razz Wink
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by marcb7:
Heading to FL in a week and will be visiting the Panerai shop in Boca...I really would like a brown or white faced watch....wondering if switching the band on my current watch would suffice?

My first thought is absolutely not! But, I am always looking for an excuse to buy something.....I do like one that IWC makes, but wondering if anything at Panerai may strike my eye.


Any well dressed man has both a black AND a white faced watch. Razz Wink


I've owned a few panerai over the years (111, 127, 192) I only own the 111 now (actually my wife's watch now).

If I was going to get another it would be a radomir either a Pam346 or a black seal.

As for at least one black and one face I sort of agree but I don't think it has to be pure white just light. Silver or something is fine.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by marcb7:
Heading to FL in a week and will be visiting the Panerai shop in Boca...I really would like a brown or white faced watch....wondering if switching the band on my current watch would suffice?

My first thought is absolutely not! But, I am always looking for an excuse to buy something.....I do like one that IWC makes, but wondering if anything at Panerai may strike my eye.


Any well dressed man has both a black AND a white faced watch. Razz Wink



Very true...I actually have a white faced Tag Huer but don't care for it like I used to.

W+A an enabler....no way! Roll Eyes Big Grin
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Originally posted by DoktaP:
Last year I bought a Zenith El Primero. Great timepiece. They made the movement for the Rolex Daytona for many years.


I did not know this.

With Swatch starting to flex their muscles more and more with their ETA products, the few remaining companies truly in control of their movements may start to grow again, but I'm not sure.

I know a guy with well North of $1M of watches and he is a huge fan of Zenith. We were talking this week and it just got me thinking. Cool

Congrats on your purchase!
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Originally posted by DoktaP:
Last year I bought a Zenith El Primero. Great timepiece. They made the movement for the Rolex Daytona for many years.


I think Rolex makes their own reduced version under license now as zenith doesn't sell to them anymore. Tag heuer uses them as does parmigani. panerai did a couple of specials with their movements. Movado and ebel used to as well. Some of their complications as a little busy for my eye but great watches. They have a big date (at 6 oclock) in black with white sub dials which is very striking (muck like the iwc panda).

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