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Owning a Rolex:

$6k for a watch? Idiocy.
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28%
If I had the money and I saw one I liked, sure.
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14%
If I inherited one I'd keep it.
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18%
If I inherited one, I'd sell it and spend the money on microphones/an EGC/crack.
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41%
 
Total votes : 138

Re: Rolex Ownership

Postby bishopdante on Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:45 pm

Madman Munt wrote:
bishopdante wrote:In a military or survival setting, a contemporary rugged electronic watch such as Casio G shock will be more reliable.


Until the battery goes. But I think you are probably right.


Generally solar powered (and many get the time off a satellite).

Casio have many assorted models in the rugged G shock range, many of which are not at all cheap (and not at all prestige with watch snobs), with many, many sensors and displays which benefit people working in all sorts of tricky conditions. Pretty much everything but a geiger counter. Some of them have moving hands.

If I were, say, a light aircraft pilot working in Africa, the expense would be entirely justifiable, and features such as GPS, compass and altimeter could save a person's life in a pinch.

Madman Munt wrote:I reckon there's a small advantage in viewing the time on an analogue display: you get an instant graphic representation of the temporal situation which is simpler and more rapidly processed by the brain. I don't need to think in any damn numbers!


I like wall clocks, myself. With hands. Inexpensive.

Mobile phone has a clock. The computer has a clock. The TV, landline, oven and microwave has a clock... they are everywhere.

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The rolex company itself at this point is bizarre, a contemporary fabergé egg maker for the corporate elite.

https://www.ft.com/content/9fe18e72-18c ... 00779fd2ac

Some curious features:

- registered as a charitable trust since the end of WW2, paying *no corporation tax*.

- produces around 900,000 watches a year

- private and opaque management

- In December 2008, following the abrupt departure of Chief Executive Patrick Heiniger for "personal reasons", the company denied that it had lost 1 billion Swiss francs (approx £574 million, $900 million) invested with Bernard Madoff, the operator of the ponzi scheme of legendary scale. Rolex SA announced Heiniger's death on 5 March 2013.

- in dubai there is a 770ft tall Rolex Tower. The high-rise building contains offices, apartments, two exclusive residential penthouses, retail space, and a nine-story parking garage.
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Re: Rolex Ownership

Postby Madman Munt on Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:46 pm

bishopdante wrote:I like wall clocks, myself. With hands. Inexpensive.


Me too. But my watch is like a mini wall clock I can wear on my wrist.

bishopdante wrote:Mobile phone has a clock. The computer has a clock. The TV, landline, oven and microwave has a clock... they are everywhere.


steve, a long time ago wrote:The future belongs to the analog loyalists. Fuck digital.


Although, for certain precision work, digital has its role. Stopwatch-type activities, for example. Sports. Laboratories. I saw a video of the kitchen of Magnus Nilsson's restaurant, Fäviken, where he has a giant digital clock on the wall counting out the seconds; I thought that was interesting.

bishopdante wrote:a contemporary rugged electronic watch such as Casio G shock


G-Shock Mudmaster.

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I prefer to remove my watch when I wipe my bottom, but for those of you who can't be arsed, Casio makes the Mudmaster. A diarrhoea-impermeable transformer robot you can wear on your wrist. Not exactly the height of elegance.
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Re: Rolex Ownership

Postby Anthony Flack on Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:23 pm

I think they've crossed the line from "rugged" over to "Fred Flintstone". Does it double as a spare tire?
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Re: Rolex Ownership

Postby bishopdante on Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:34 pm

Was suggesting that the need for a wristwatch may in some cases be practical, and that once upon a time Rolex was the sturdiest and most reliable device doing that job, but have now become a form of conspicuous consumption and status ornament.

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Ugliest luxury watch is a horrific image search.

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What makes them so appalling is the combination of impaired usefulness, grotesque visual appearance... and ludicrous expense.
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Re: Rolex Ownership

Postby Anthony Flack on Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:37 pm

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Haha, forget what I said about the other watch looking Fred Flinstone, although the G-shock definitely does still look like you could pack your lunch in it. Maybe you can.

This one is a meteorite, yeah?
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Re: Rolex Ownership

Postby bishopdante on Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:35 am

It seems that there is a movement within the luxury watch community -
every bit as coconuts as the audiophiles - a clutch of watchmakers have even been been using bits of meteorites.

http://www.totalwatchreviews.com/2014/0 ... e-watches/

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This is simply terrifying (from a design perspective)

http://www.totalwatchreviews.com/2013/0 ... ood-ochre/

"The attention to detail on this piece is meticulous. The bezel is made from stainless steel, and parts of Apollo 11. This really compliments the Black PVD-coated steel case. My favorite design feature is the Ochre dial comprising mineral elements & containing real moon dust."

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Thus, it seems, another watchmaker called "greco", rather than just using little bits... decided to simply use a whole meteorite.

http://www.totalwatchreviews.com/2015/1 ... ite-watch/

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On the flintstones theme, it seems there are also some fairly notorious timepieces with pieces made from coprolite, aka fossilised dinosaur scat.

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“A relic of the Jurassic period, it has taken millions of years for this organic substance to embrace its present warm and matchless tints.”
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Re: Rolex Ownership

Postby bishopdante on Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:05 am

Madman Munt wrote:
steve, a long time ago wrote:The future belongs to the analog loyalists. Fuck digital.



I believe that this watch is digital.
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Re: Rolex Ownership

Postby Anthony Flack on Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:46 am

Amazingly these specimens can date back 4.5 billion years and is the oldest known substance to man. It also has a wonderful pattern called Widmanstatten lines, which cannot be duplicated. Here are five watchmakers that have used this intergalactic debris to great effect.


Motherfucks, you just said they're 4.5 billion years old. Clearly they come from inside the solar system and were formed along with the Earth you nunks. Don't just be throwing around words like "intergalactic" like you're the Beastie Boys.

I dunno, at least they aren't saying the meteorite makes the watch work better. I could think of worse things to be into than fancy craft watches, but I have to laugh at their fondness for calling them timepieces.

And here is a fancy thermometer, or as I like to call it, temperaturepiece. And this mahogany ruler, a very fine lengthpiece.
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Re: Rolex Ownership

Postby Boombats on Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:11 am

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Re: Rolex Ownership

Postby Adam Sr on Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:42 am

Can't make it out, but I bet the mechanism at the bottom tracks the phases of the moon.
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Re: Rolex Ownership

Postby El Protoolio on Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:30 pm

Is that an orangutan?
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Re: Rolex Ownership

Postby Boombats on Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:17 pm

Someone on twitter asked if they were on a backpacking holiday in England.
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Re: Rolex Ownership

Postby Madman Munt on Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:58 pm

Boombats wrote:Someone on twitter asked if they were on a backpacking holiday in England.


Beauty and the Beast (of Bodmin)?

Or perhaps, the Hairy Hands of Dartmoor?
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Re: Rolex Ownership

Postby Boombats on Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:02 pm

American Wherewolf In London, innit
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Re: Rolex Ownership

Postby Anthony Flack on Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:59 pm

My boyfriend woke up in a panic this morning because he thought he'd lost his $60,000 watch. Then he realised it was still on his wrist, under the hair.
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Re: Rolex Ownership

Postby dontfeartheringo on Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:31 pm

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Re: Rolex Ownership

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Re: Rolex Ownership

Postby first2letters on Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:15 am

Adam Sr wrote:Can't make it out, but I bet the mechanism at the bottom tracks the phases of the moon.


I LOL'd.
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Re: Rolex Ownership

Postby geiginni on Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:06 pm

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Re: Rolex Ownership

Postby chad on Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:51 pm

That Patterson film banked some massive royalties over the years.
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