TINA - There is no alternative. Trust me, I've had a PRS-25 Everest, a MKII Vantage, an Alpha Explorer and a couple of no-name homages. The real deal is the way to go.
A watch currently out of production, but still available with a thorough search (despite low production numbers). Well, truth be told, perhaps not terribly easy to find in new/mint/NOS condition - I lucked out ...
My Girard-Perregaux Classique Elegance ref. 49570 (cal. 4000, based on the in-house JR 1050 and similarities with its big brother, the cal. 4500).
Last edited by v76; October 23rd, 2014 at 21:10.
A few of this and some of the other ...
"I worked my way up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty" - Groucho Marx
The THR is a much larger watch than an EXP1 and I mean in terms both of diameter and case thickness. Sorry, I don't have the specs to hand but it was noticeably chunkier. That's not to say it's a bad watch but it's less refined than the EXP1. I'm not enamoured of the second hand and the "snake" hour hand just reminds me of something else. Finally I'd say that there are many other military style watches available at more affordable price points, such as the PRS-29B - 39mm.
And I think your referral of military watches is off the mark...when I see the Explorer I, I see a tool/field watch...which is exactly what the THR is. And with the 3-6-9 dial I doubt you can get much closer without getting the real thing.
And by the way, I have the Heritage Ranger and I have a smallish wrist...but the Ranger wears very nicely, especially on the camo strap that comes with the watch...light and extremely comfy.
Last edited by mui.richard; October 25th, 2014 at 16:55.
Never seen this GP before. I absolutely love it. 2nd only to Rolex in design. Wear in good health :)
What's going on - nearly 50 posts and not one mentioned the best looking "explorer" type watch?
Look you have the watch and I'm not trying to knock it, I'm just saying that's it not the same type of watch. Having owned several homages and having briefly looked at the Tudor, the closest in feel and size to the real thing, is the real thing - then the MKII Vantage.
Whilst there are alternatives there can only be 1 Explorer 1!
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