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    You just knew that watch wasn't for you....but you were wrong?

    As watch lovers we all see a ton of different models, types, and styles of watches. Obviously our personal preferences come into play when deciding which ones we choose to wear. Some strike us right away as a watch that we really like. Some grow on us over time, and then there are watches we see and think "I don't get it", or, "I surely couldn't see myself wearing that".

    The entire Panerai brand was like that for me in the past. I understood how it could appeal to others but I just didn't get all warm and fuzzy when I saw them. I also had pre-conceived notions about the Rolex brand and although they made great watches I wasn't looking to buy one. Especially the polar Explorer II, with all those other iconic models why go there?

    Fast forward to today where I own a polar Explorer II (and a couple other Rolexes) and a Pam 111. They both get a lot of wrist time in my rotation and I consider them staples in my collection.

    So what happened? Well my buddy loaned me his Pam for a week and when the week was up I didn't want to give it back. I didn't "get it" in pictures or in person but on my wrist it felt and looked great. As far as the Exp II, it just kinda kept growing on me the more I saw it. One day I just looked at it and saw a solidly built, classic white dialed GMT, that didn't resemble anything in my collection.

    So the odds of me ever owning a 16570 or Pam 111 were stacked heavily against those watches and now they are among my favorites. So I'm curious. Which watch did absolutely nothing for you originally but now you have come to appreciate it or outright own one now?

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    Re: You just knew that watch wasn't for you....but you were wrong?

    There have been quite a few circumstances where I thought a watch would wear too large in person, and that as much as I liked it I could never "pull it off".

    I learned a valuable lesson however that not all watches with the same case diameter wear the same. I have to try the watches on in person now before I make a decision.

    Case in point: 44MM Panerais were way too large. Lots of lug overhang. 44.5mm Dark Side of the Moon is perfectly fine.

    6.25 inch wrist.

    On another note, there have been watches that I didn't "get" stylistically but eventually came around to. Namely the Royal Oak and the Speedy Pro. And other watches that I liked a ton at first but then "cool off" on - namely the Omega SMP 300 Bond.
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    Re: You just knew that watch wasn't for you....but you were wrong?

    Rolex in general. I thought they were incredibly dull to look at.

    It wasn't up till I got close to one that i began to enjoy the details that are obsessed over. Currently have two, with any luck there'll be one more (when it comes in stock)
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    Re: You just knew that watch wasn't for you....but you were wrong?

    Also a Speedmaster. I always thought the 42mm size would be too big however the short lugs on it, hides it's size. So whilst it has presence; it isn't big
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    Re: You just knew that watch wasn't for you....but you were wrong?

    I've wanted an orange Seiko for a while some reason, even though I preferred other brands, Rolex and Longines for example.
    I saw this new 4 year old Special Edition when I was just walking past a Seiko shop and stopped short, checked the money in my wallet, and bought it.
    And, get this, this 4R36A calibre out of the box runs at plus or minus one second a day. Been wearing it for 3 weeks now and will NOT give this one away.
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    I thought too good to be true.
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    Re: You just knew that watch wasn't for you....but you were wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by billiybop View Post
    I've wanted an orange Seiko for a while some reason, even though I preferred other brands, Rolex and Longines for example.
    I saw this new 4 year old Special Edition when I was just walking past a Seiko shop and stopped short, checked the money in my wallet, and bought it.
    And, get this, this 4R36A calibre out of the box runs at plus or minus one second a day. Been wearing it for 3 weeks now and will NOT give this one away.
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    What is the model number? SRP503?
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    Re: You just knew that watch wasn't for you....but you were wrong?

    -Bronze watches
    -Used watches
    -Dive watches
    -Dive watches with a date complication
    -Dive watches on leather
    -Orange watches
    -Watches that say "Rolex" on the dial
    -Similarly priced watches that say "Seiko" on the dial(!)
    -Watches larger than 42mm, thicker than 15mm, or both
    -Watches powered by batteries (after discovering automatics)
    -Watches that look like other watches
    -A manufacture...that is also a Fossil(!!!)
    -Watches made by Casio(!), even if indestructible

    Have at various points ridiculed, laughed at, and/or passionately denied even the remotest interest in everything on that list.

    Now own at least one of each.

    And have learned to be a bit more restrained in the use of the word "never!"
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    Re: You just knew that watch wasn't for you....but you were wrong?

    Hi maylebox,
    What is your wrist size?

    I would love a Panerai PAM000560, but at 44mm, it is too large for my small 6.4-inch wrist.
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    Re: You just knew that watch wasn't for you....but you were wrong?

    I had my doubts about my Explorer II but now it's become my single favorite watch in my collection.

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    Re: You just knew that watch wasn't for you....but you were wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zama View Post
    Case in point: 44MM Panerais were way too large. Lots of lug overhang.

    On another note, there have been watches that I didn't "get" stylistically but eventually came around to. Namely the Royal Oak and the Speedy Pro. And other watches that I liked a ton at first but then "cool off" on - namely the Omega SMP 300 Bond.
    Yeah I just knew the Pam would be too big until I tried it on

    I've always been good with the Speedy but it's taken some time for me to cozy up to the AP RO too

    Quote Originally Posted by Gunnar_917 View Post
    Rolex in general. I thought they were incredibly dull to look at.

    It wasn't up till I got close to one that i began to enjoy the details that are obsessed over. Currently have two, with any luck there'll be one more (when it comes in stock)
    I've done complete 180 on Rolex. Now I have to stop myself from automatically grabbing one every time I open my watch box

    Quote Originally Posted by yankeexpress View Post
    What is the model number? SRP503?
    Yeah yankeexpress, like we're supposed to believe that there's a Seiko out there that you haven't previously or currently own :)

    Quote Originally Posted by Purple Hayz View Post
    -Bronze watches
    -Used watches
    -Dive watches
    -Dive watches with a date complication
    -Dive watches on leather
    -Orange watches
    -Watches that say "Rolex" on the dial
    -Similarly priced watches that say "Seiko" on the dial(!)
    -Watches larger than 42mm, thicker than 15mm, or both
    -Watches powered by batteries (after discovering automatics)
    -Watches that look like other watches
    -A manufacture...that is also a Fossil(!!!)
    -Watches made by Casio(!), even if indestructible

    Have at various points ridiculed, laughed at, and/or passionately denied even the remotest interest in everything on that list.

    Now own at least one of each.

    And have learned to be a bit more restrained in the use of the word "never!"
    Funny, fickle thing this watch collecting


    I'll add the Eterna Kontiki to the list. Wasn't crazy about it at first but now think it's one of the coolest looking watches around

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