Bronze Twins - Should I Keep Both ?

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Bronze Twins - Should I Keep Both ?

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Bronze twins 😃

C65 Trident Diver SH21 Bronze LE - One of the CWs I’ve been waiting for and it’s everything I expected it would be. The dial, the small seconds, the date, all stunning. Takes ages to hand wind, but it then runs for 5 days.

C65 Trident Diver Bronze Prototype - Simple, elegant dial. Slight “Ombré” style markings on it. Quick and easy to wind and ready to go whenever.

Both take a range of straps… brown leather, blue hybrid, blue canvas, distressed leather, and look stunning.

Now I have to decide do I keep both ? :problem: :lol:

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Both great lookers, but if I had to keep one it would be the SH21, better looking to me.
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Bounce wrote: Fri Jul 30, 2021 4:58 pm Both great lookers, but if I had to keep one it would be the SH21, better looking to me.
This is my current thinking too, but gosh it’s still hard to think about letting one go 😬

I don’t “need” to let one go, but I just don’t like the thought of loving one more and neglecting the other… very much a first world problem 🤣
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I have been making a conscious attempt recently to avoid repetition and redundancy in my main watch box. To me it seems that the SH 21 does everything the other watch does and more, so it begs the question of when you would choose to wear one over the other. However, your take on it could be different.
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Agree, both lovely looking watches, however SH21 LE for me would be the keeper. It has more going for it, i love the small seconds and it has the date window too :thumbup:
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Amor Vincit Omnia wrote: Fri Jul 30, 2021 5:10 pm I have been making a conscious attempt recently to avoid repetition and redundancy in my main watch box. To me it seems that the SH 21 does everything the other watch does and more, so it begs the question of when you would choose to wear one over the other. However, your take on it could be different.
That's becoming my view recently too... I've acquired a significant number of lovely watches, but they're not here to sit in a watch box, but actually be worn. My fear is that one will get worn and the other won't, and just sit languishing in the box... that doesn't seem right to me, when someone else could be enjoying it as their pride and joy :thumbup:

Not rushing the decision, but heart and head are definitely playing their parts here :lol:
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If you don't need to let one go yet, my advice would be to keep both until a clear winner/loser emerges in your own mind, and then sell the "loser" as it were. If a clear winner never emerges, then keep them both ad infinitum if you get pleasure from both of them. :thumbup:
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I'm not saying this to be different, but I like the flexibility of a "no date" watch, ready to go as you say so, for me. the C65 prototype would win.
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cincfleet wrote: Fri Jul 30, 2021 5:13 pm Agree, both lovely looking watches, however SH21 LE for me would be the keeper. It has more going for it, i love the small seconds and it has the date window too :thumbup:
In most respects they are identical... same bronze case, blue face (although the prototype does have very light slight "Ombre" style markings) and primary hands.

The small seconds is something I've always liked on a watch (I also have the C8 PR and Stainless Steel SH21 LE). The date is useful and elegant.

Some differences are only really noticeable when side by side... the prototype (like other C65 Trident Divers) has second sub divisions, which (arguably) make the face more "busy".

But as mentioned above, real reason for my thinking, is that I am wondering now whether one will just not get worn as much (or at all) and that doesn't feel right :problem:
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welshlad wrote: Fri Jul 30, 2021 5:17 pm If you don't need to let one go yet, my advice would be to keep both until a clear winner/loser emerges in your own mind, and then sell the "loser" as it were. If a clear winner never emerges, then keep them both ad infinitum if you get pleasure from both of them. :thumbup:
Good advice, and I'm in absolutely no rush at all here... not thinking of selling one to fund another purchase, that's already covered :thumbup:
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exHowfener wrote: Fri Jul 30, 2021 5:19 pm I'm not saying this to be different, but I like the flexibility of a "no date" watch, ready to go as you say so, for me. the C65 prototype would win.
That's one of the things that's stopping these being a no brainer decision... the SH21, whilst it runs for 5 days it does need a significant amount of winding and the crown is smaller than on my C8 PR, so more effort. The C65 prototype is very much, wind 20/30 times (less than a minute), set time and put it on :thumbup:
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Hard to say as I don’t know your collection size, preferences, financial situation, etc. but my own preference is to have as much diversity in my collection as possible. For me, those two are both so similar (and stunning, by the way) that I’d happily forego one and then replace it with something totally different.

That’s just me, though. What a nice dilemma to have!
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Keep them both, you may end up regretting selling one
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Im gona agree with 2 posts above.

Id certainly keep both if you dont need to move any on. We all love our various watches, in different ways, and for different reasons. I certainly dont love all mine equally!
One will no doubt "win" but the other is too nice to ever loose, so its win win in my eyes!

In addition, I very much prefer the clean look of a no date. My watches are for time, not really date. But I appreciate others want/need a date feature.

Just my 2 penneth..!
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JasperCat, there's a reason why God made more than 1 watch box...think about it.. :problem:
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