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Re: Stefs...The exit 2 watch collection

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Congrats, Paul. That's a lovely final pair of watches to settle on. I really do like the white IWC MkXX, it looks very classy.

Do keep popping in to the forum from time to time. It wouldn't be the same without you. :thumbup:
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timor54 wrote: Wed Jun 07, 2023 4:36 pm A very nice pair, so to speak.

Your forum withdrawal however presents a problem, where are we all supposed to purchase our watches from without you?

Best wishes for a healthy and wealthy retirement.
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welshlad wrote: Thu Jun 08, 2023 12:21 am Congrats, Paul. That's a lovely final pair of watches to settle on. I really do like the white IWC MkXX, it looks very classy.

Do keep popping in to the forum from time to time. It wouldn't be the same without you. :thumbup:
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I will pop in to keep in touch. I have met some really great folk over the years on here and some such as yourself and a few others I have been able to enjoy meeting in person.
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Congratulations Paul on achieving a balance. I’ve also been fairly idle on this and all watch related forums in the last 6-12 months and have consolidated my collection down quite a bit (140ish down to 60ish). I’ve lost the head of steam needed for selling more, as I’m having trouble deciding what goes next, but I’m mostly just wearing my Omegas so I guess that is the pointer right there.

Added to that, I haven’t bought a watch in maybe 12 months; previously a month was a while. I’m just not seeing watches that I want to buy; there are a few reasons: either I’ve already owned them; they simply don’t pique my interest; or I like them, but no longer have the means (or desire) to pay the asking price - after all, I retired ten years ago… The cheaper watches that I do like, are often very similar to something I already own, that is nicer in most every way… so why buy them.

Will I get down to two? I doubt it, but I’d certainly like to get down to under thirty, but it probably means selling off most of my CWs and the brands where I only have one or two examples. I’m guessing the Cartier and one or both of my Panerais are safe, but it looks like being 90% Omega and even then I need to sell some of those as well.

I’d love to have the determination to get that low, but I still absolutely love the watches I own; it’s just that the desire to continually replace them with others has dwindled.

Unfortunately two is never going to happen for me, but I’m really pleased that you’ve managed to get to a happy compromise my friend. Good on you!

P.S. It’s a superb pair you’ve kept as well!
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Hi Paul, we've never met in person but I have enjoyed your posts, input and watch journey tremendously. Glad to hear you may pop in from time to time.
I can't add much to the previous comments about the watches themselves, just to echo what a classy and we'll balanced pair of lovely watches.
Keep well and enjoy.
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Well?

I must say Paul that you've been on a fair old Rollercoaster of a ride with your watch collecting, acquisitions and sales, I've been party to a few of those with you :wink: , over the years but you have certainly landed on your feet with the Pelagos and MkXX (white dial was the correct choice).

That you've given up on an Explorer I fully understand, as I wouldn't be doing with all the faff to get one (or any Rolex for that matter) either.

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That’s about as good as a two-watch collection can get. Congratulations on achieving horological nirvana! You’ll be missed around here.
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So, a bit of an update….
Long story short! My IWC ran a bit fast out of the box. Not a huge amount and not really enough to be an issue at about 7 seconds a day. However it got progressively worse (13 seconds) and after a couple of trips and numerous calls to the AD and with iwc the AD offered me a full refund which I accepted.

I hadn’t (and still haven’t) cancelled my order for the explorer which I have pretty much ruled out and besides that I haven’t heard from either AD anyway.

After a few weeks considering my options for a partner for the pelagos 39 and with long term one watch potential I have made a decision and a purchase.

I present my zenith chronomaster original. This is a faithful reissue of the classic A386 from 1969. I bought it on the bracelet but have now fitted a lovely navy leather racing strap that I think is in keeping.

38mm and very thin for a chronograph with a gorgeous heavily domed sapphire crystal it is lovely on the wrist. One concession from the 1969 version is the use of the latest El Primero movement and a change of outer scale to reflect the 1/10th of a second measurement.

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That's a great looking watch and that navy strap is a perfect fit for it.
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Excellent watch and one of the few I’d prefer over the IWC. Congratulations, an El Primero is always a good choice.
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Sorry to hear about your IWC, Paul, but congratulations on your new Zenith. That's not a million miles different to my old one, although yours is more faithful to the 1969 original. It looks great on you and is a great complement to the Pelagos. Fingers crossed that you don't have any trouble with this one. Enjoy!
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A lovely, classy chronograph. Congratulations, Paul.
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That’s a beautiful watch. Congratulations!
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Fantastic looking watch and great dimensions for a chrono, where so often they are 41mm x 15mm minimum! Congrats Paul.

Re the Explorer you never know, I got mine quite quickly and actually just got offered a second one from the other local AD. Turned it down of course, my bad for forgetting to tell them I'd already picked one up from the their rival. This was the 40mm, perhaps the 36mm harder to get hold of.
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Re: Updated! Stefs...The exit 2 watch collection

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Thanks for the kind responses folks. Very pleased and the proportions are a big part of that. Timekeeping certainly better than my IWC at 4 secs/day which is fine by me :thumbup: I did consider a number of other chronos and the unlucky runner up was the pistachio green breitling premier b09 which was 2mm wider and 1mm thicker as a hand wound. I do like zenith as a brand pretty much right across the range.
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