I know homage watches take a lot of criticism here and rightly so in probably all cases. But this is a situation where the experimentation of a homage lead to a double purchase of the actual. A few years ago after becoming very interested in the NOMOS brand of in house movement German time pieces, I saw the Rodina Chinese homage that seemed like a reasonable investment cost to see exactly how I might like the actual NOMOS on my wrist and how often I would really wear it. Turns out I liked it a lot, especially with dress shirts or suits over t-shirts and casual. I knew I wanted the real deal but had not made the purchase yet and was not sure when I would. Just returned from a month long work/holiday trip all over Australia and took note of the very strong US dollar to the Australian which offered a significant savings. After a little research while there I discovered that the only NOMOS dealer in Australia is in Sydney which was essentially the last city I would be spending a week in with my girlfriend. The firm is called Master Watchmaking and they are on the 10th floor of an office building downtown and deal mostly in a small assortment of used and vintage pieces along with being an authorized NOMOS dealer. Very nice people including the presumably Swiss fellow that was most certainly the watch maker and repair guy in the office although I did not catch his name. We walked over just to see the NOMOS selection and check prices but got quickly caught up in the knowledge and service of this store and the personal attention we were given to closely examine all the models and try anything on we liked. They had every model including the very popular Metro which I was told is on a bit of a waiting list at the moment for certain models. The savings of the strong US dollar and the GST tax refund at the airport were too tempting. The next thing I know my girlfriend and I are picking out models for ourselves. After looking at pretty much all of them including the Ahoi and Tangomat which were close possibilities, we both decided on the traditional Tangente manual winders with no date for the cleanest Bauhaus look and original Alpha in house movement. I got the 38mm with black strap, she got the 35mm with the gray velour. Both have the display window on the back to see the beautiful jeweled movements. We love the pieces and the excellent service at Master Watchmaking. Anyone visiting Sydney should make a point to go have a look and meet the folks there. Watch repair Sydney - Master Watchmaking : watch restoration, Sydney Cbd, Sydney Eastern Suburb, Sydney North Shore, buy watch, sell watch, nomos
The homage that I started with. I must say that Rodina really nails the Tangente look and was certainly worth the small investment to test.
Our new his and her NOMOS Tangente.
My Tangente 38
I am considering ordering the same gray velour strap that she has just to change mine around some when I feel like it. Overall we are happy NOMOS owners and had a fantastic and memorable experience at this Sydney dealer. And I am proud to say I now own a legitimate in house movement time piece. So here is a happy ending story where a homage test lead to a double authentic purchase which may never have happened had I not been able to evaluate my liking of the piece before committing.
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