Got my first Chopard Mille Miglia.....

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Got my first Chopard Mille Miglia.....

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I am fully chuffed to have received this Chopard Mille Miglia reference 16/8955 this week. It’s pre-loved (I mean it - it’s 15 years old and in fabulous condition, with all the papers, box and tyre gauge). Fortunately, the day after I bought this another member came to my rescue by way of Sales Corner (thanks @SWARMY).

Along with the ZeroWest RAF-C I introduced yesterday, I am going to see if I can make it to the end of the month wearing just these 2 watches..... as a serial rotator, I’m a little unnerved (First World problems anyone?)

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I love the tiny & iconic red logo.

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Re: Got my first Chopard Mille Miglia.....

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Gorgeous watch :D
CHOPARD make some fine watches :thumbup:
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Re: Got my first Chopard Mille Miglia.....

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That looks tip top, Wyatt.

Interesting to see a larger than usual date window.

Tyre tread pattern; what do you reckon? Pirelli or Dunlop?


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Re: Got my first Chopard Mille Miglia.....

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Bahnstormer_vRS wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 12:02 am
That looks tip top, Wyatt.

Interesting to see a larger than usual date window.

Tyre tread pattern; what do you reckon? Pirelli or Dunlop?

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Yep, at my age I need a big date (it’s an ETA 2896, showing +2spd), and in a way fits well with the oversize numerals on the dial.

The strap is a Dunlop tread apparently, super comfortable, vanilla scented but I need to punch another hole when I can build up the courage.
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Dunlop, eh?

Lucky guess on my part. Just thought of Motorsport tyre suppliers prominent in the era.


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Re: Got my first Chopard Mille Miglia.....

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Maybe you could wear this on one wrist and the RAF-C on the other. Then, when you feel the need for your normal rotation, you could swap them over!? :lol:

All joking aside - congratulations! Two very fine acquisitions. Enjoy in good health. :clap: :thumbup:
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Wow you are on fire at the moment with your Zero West and now this :thumbup:

Chopard do make very distinctive watches and I like the oversized numerals and date. Not sure about the tyre tread strap (but then I do have a pair of adidas trainers with the sole made by Continental) but I guess it fits well with the motorsport theme.
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Re: Got my first Chopard Mille Miglia.....

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0uatiOW wrote:
Thu Nov 19, 2020 11:36 pm

Along with the ZeroWest RAF-C I introduced yesterday, I am going to see if I can make it to the end of the month wearing just these 2 watches..... as a serial rotator, I’m a little unnerved (First World problems anyone?)
I often go for days, sometimes even a couple of weeks, wearing the same watch. But I have never been a rotator.

That’s a fantastic pair of watches to try the experiment with, Wyatt. Congratulations on your recent acquisitions. :thumbup:
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Wyatt,

Lovely purchase of a Chopard. I've always fancied 1 but never really looked seriously.

Having the experience of buying 1 of your watches I'm certain that the Chopard will remain in it's present fantastic condition in your ownership.

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I really like that Chopard, what a lovely watch. I can't believe it's fifteen years old, it looks box-fresh. Even the strap looks mint...wish my tyres looked like that after 15yrs use. :lol:

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Re: Got my first Chopard Mille Miglia.....

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Lovely watch. Chopard one of the brands I've always known but never really considered. Perhaps I should. 15 years old? Really. Amazing.
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Thanks everyone. This watch was first sold in July 2005 by an AD in my home town almost 100 miles from where I now live. The watch is in better condition than the box (it’s good but shows some marks), with only light signs of use on the case and a couple of faint scratches across the perlage on the case back. Full paperwork including the certificate, crisply folded, so evidently it has spent most of its life in the folder in the box.

I have no idea of the service history, and I don’t have a timeographer, but Toolwatch clocks a reassuring +2spd.

My experiment starts today, but I’m not sure if I can stick the whole day with the Chopard. Maybe I’ll rotate during the day instead of at the end the day :thumbup:

Mikkei4 wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:39 am
Having the experience of buying 1 of your watches I'm certain that the Chopard will remain in it's present fantastic condition in your ownership.
Thanks Mick - my fussiness with all my watches starts before I buy and lasts forever or until the watch is with it’s appreciative new owner, whichever happens first. Before C19 I used to travel a lot, and I always used to wrap my left wrist in a blanket when sleeping on a plane - those seatbelt buckles are always on the left, and the table edges & seat arms are all sent by the devil....


Here’s question on the off chance that anyone knows. Chopard references come with a prefix - for example, this 8955 has reference 16/8955. I’ve also seen 15/8955s, which look the same (according to the photos), but can’t find anything that explains what the difference is. I assume it’s an age thing, but it’s not the year of manufacture and it’s not printed on the watch caseback.

Any clues?
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wish my tyres looked like that after 15yrs use.
Even if they did ... you still need some new tyres!
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It's a fabulous watch, many congratulations.

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Re: Got my first Chopard Mille Miglia.....

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0uatiOW wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 2:35 pm
Here’s question on the off chance that anyone knows. Chopard references come with a prefix - for example, this 8955 has reference 16/8955. I’ve also seen 15/8955s, which look the same (according to the photos), but can’t find anything that explains what the difference is. I assume it’s an age thing, but it’s not the year of manufacture and it’s not printed on the watch caseback.

Any clues?
Not sure but...
I've just looked at the back of mine (GPdM) and it doesn't have the prefix just the number 8568.
I do have a CHOPARD book somewhere which I'll dig out and see if it refences anything about this prefix.
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