I'm difficult to please. Maybe it's because I'm a scorpio. Maybe it's because I have cocktail of italian and other blood that is volatile in my particular combination...
I'm almost always disappointed with a customer service and / or especially a "sales" event. 99% of the time I hate it. I know more about the product i'm buying than the person selling it because I've been up until 1AM for a month straight learning everything about it and its competitors before reaching the decision to pursue it...
Man, sounds like I might just be a dick...maybe it's the Saisons that i've been drinking tonight typing...I'm a good dude.
Anyway - I was prepared for another miserable purchase experience, especially when I called the specialty watch store in question to be sure they were open and learned they were by appointment only on that day...no instant gratification?...I dislike.
I made the appointment..........I AM GLAD I DID. I spent over 2 hours 1 on 1 handling some of the coolest watches from smaller, interesting brands...never rushed...never annoyed by anything but my indecision. The store was so unique...each display case decorated with model cars, airplanes, pictures of the makers, propellors - all encased within beautiful wooden display cases or interesting stacked glass. Never once did the owner say anything that wasn't either accurate and relevant to the item being discussed or not interesting...he was a cool guy.
If you're within several hundred miles of Philadelphia, PA - go to Martin Pulli's shop in Manayunk...the place is really freakin' cool and he turned out to be a unique guy who was fun to talk to - about watches, about cars, about history...good dude.
So after laying out several watches on the display case and standing over them for over an hour (Muhle, Ball, Habring2, etc.)...the Muhle Glashutte 29er Chronograph black dial on leather strap just talked to me. I had to have it...and while I was at it a couple of Hirsch straps as well - a black with red stitching that matches the red chrono hand and a really great honey/gold/orange brown strap that changes the personality of the watch entirely.
I'm new to the whole watch game but after months and months of nearly obsessive research I've really gained an appreciation for the smaller, family, boutique (whatever you want to call them) brands that either have a cool history, a unique point of view, a well known maker or some combination of all of those...Muhle Glashutte fits the bill here.
Of course the challenge for me was selecting what should come first...the first real watch...a diver? A dress? A sporty chrono? A daily wearable versatile chrono with unique dress and casual appeal that screams quality and makes me smile?...yeah, I went with the last one first.
Of course, since I've committed my evenings almost exclusively to watch research after the wife and (awesome) kid are asleep, I believe I've acquired a bit of an addiction...
I'm already on to searching for the next one. For some reason, my desire to have a more rugged, divey, rubber strapped workhorse with some interest is piqued and seems to be a worthwhile and fun companion to my new chronograph friend.
I just noticed pics of the Muhle Glashutte Marinus GMT...on rubber strap...it looks good...really good...I really dig the red details that it adorns that it's brother the non-GMT version does not.
If you can't tell by now, I'm an input guy...like Johnny 5 in Short Circuit...I need it. Input! I have a problem...I haven't found much input by way of an actually well written review or a youtube video that is more than a spinning turntable in what I imagine to be the upstairs apartment above a watch store / nail salon / falafel joint.
Does anyone have any experience with this piece? Any pics or links to a good review or video?
If you've made it this far through this entry, you my friend are a patient and equally addicted human being. If you end up being able to share an interesting tidbit about the Marinus...Johnny 5 will forever be grateful for your input.
Thanks / Sorry / You're Welcome.
PS - I know this post is a huge wiener tease without pictures...I'll post some pics of my new MG 29er Chrono tomorrow.