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    Oldies are the best?

    Am I alone in thinking that the earliest models of any given watch are very often the best-looking and the most functional? For example, last week I succumbed to the charms of a Torgoen T4 after trawling through all subsequent offerings from this pilot watch company and concluding that they were spoiled by ever more cluttered and hard-to-read dials. The T4, on the other hand, is in my opinion destined to become a classic, just like the famed Seiko SNKF11. What do you think? Does style suffer in the name of ‘progress’ and function suffer in the name of fashion, or am I just becoming a fuddy-duddy in my old age? I call the bug-eyed Graham Chronofighter as my chief witness for the defence!

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    Re: Oldies are the best?

    Depends on the watch. I prefer pretty much all of TAG's current offerings over their back catalogue.

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    Re: Oldies are the best?

    I prefer the modern 3570.50 Speedmaster over the original 1957 models.
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    Re: Oldies are the best?

    While I like a lot of newer watches, I generally prefer older/vintage ones. To me, most vintage watches have a softer, more organic look; so many modern styles seem over-designed. Styles suffering in the name of progress? Rolex for one!

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    Re: Oldies are the best?

    Quote Originally Posted by Popoki Nui View Post
    While I like a lot of newer watches, I generally prefer older/vintage ones. To me, most vintage watches have a softer, more organic look; so many modern styles seem over-designed. Styles suffering in the name of progress? Rolex for one!

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    I agree with this statement - I also miss motifs like textured dials etc. A lot of low/mid-end brands seem to miss these marks imo.

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    Re: Oldies are the best?

    I'm an oldie myself but prefer the newer designes in watches.

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    Re: Oldies are the best?

    Depends for me. In Rolex's case, their current range contains some of my least favourite models ever, and I prefer just about any past model over the new ones.

    In many cases though, I find older models can look dated, and I prefer the new ones.
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