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Thread: Bremont owners...your experience with hardness/coating

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    Fortunately many watches just dont appeal to me. I understand the beauty others see in the Speedmaster (and many others) but most of them are just not for me. Then I see watches like the black Chopard Mille Miglia, which instantly make me go "wow" but are luckily out of range.

    Maybe I will still buy and resell the one or other sports watch over the time to accompany the Bremont.

    But I am sure I made a wise decision, not being able to find one instantly is a good sign for both the durabilty and exclusivity of the watch, while it neither is a "Rolex" like show off nor the "oh...what an extraordinary watch you wear" type.
    Last edited by Kukulcan; 18-08-2009 at 14:54.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kukulcan View Post
    I started my Watch-"No-Collector"-Career last year with a Junkers Chrono...which is a solid watch but didnt match my taste for long.

    Now wearing a Hamilton Khaki QNE black face and it looks great - but guess what - I miss watching the big seconds moving, looking at the movement ticking and feeling the wind-up-weight (or whatever it is called) turning.

    As I really dont want to become a watch-collector for financial reasons I started a "watch for life project" finding the one watch I will wear for - at least - a very long time. Many say it just wont work, but lets see...I still hope I am not completely infected yet.

    However, the ALT1-Z/DG/07 was the one I chose and now I am looking for one I can afford.

    I am not really a poor guy, but the wife is a limiting factor, and she is right, as long as we dont have money in heaps, there is other things to spend it on, especially traveling.
    Welcome Martin,

    I started too about a year ago - liked the QNE but bought a Bremont EP 120, which was one of the best decisions I ever made. The "watch for life / no collecting" ethos was my original idea, then I found the crucible of temptation known as the ATG forum and now I seem to buy one a month!

    They don't have to be expensive though - I just bought a Russian military "3AKA3" Komandirskie - the most desirable one from the early '80s which the Russian collectors consider one of a handful of "landmark" Soviet designs, for just 14. These usually start at around $200, if you can find one. All the thrill of the chase without the pain in the wallet...there are a few gems out there in the coal sack.

    There is a more pragmatic approach too - just don't tell the wife and have any new watches sent to the office.

    Then there's my favourite approach - just tell her it's your money and she doesn't know just how lucky she is, as you could be spending it on women and drink!

    Good luck!

    Regards

    Jon'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StampeSV4 View Post
    ...There is a more pragmatic approach too - just don't tell the wife and have any new watches sent to the office.

    Then there's my favourite approach - just tell her it's your money and she doesn't know just how lucky she is, as you could be spending it on women and drink!

    Good luck!

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    Jon'.
    *lol* good ideas...but...NO!

    No interest in becoming a watch collector, looking and dreaming, replacing my "second watch" from time to time, yeah, but thats it.

    Collected Pinball machines for some time, but now I am happy with only one - my first - and that saves me a lot of space and money. OK, space isnt the problem for watches, but having lots of them lying around just holds no appeal for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kukulcan View Post
    I started my Watch-"No-Collector"-Career last year with a Junkers Chrono...which is a solid watch but didnt match my taste for long.

    Now wearing a Hamilton Khaki QNE black face and it looks great - but guess what - I miss watching the big seconds moving, looking at the movement ticking and feeling the wind-up-weight (or whatever it is called) turning.

    As I really dont want to become a watch-collector for financial reasons I started a "watch for life project" finding the one watch I will wear for - at least - a very long time. Many say it just wont work, but lets see...I still hope I am not completely infected yet.

    However, the ALT1-Z/DG/07 was the one I chose and now I am looking for one I can afford.

    I am not really a poor guy, but the wife is a limiting factor, and she is right, as long as we dont have money in heaps, there is other things to spend it on, especially traveling.
    Martin,

    I like the QNE and thought about one myself a while back. Is yours on the leather strap with the double rivets?

    I bought a fitted green canvas Hamilton strap to try on my EP 120 but it wouldn't quite fit. It is the one fitted to the Frogman. I bought it because it was the closest match I could find to the strap that the EP was originally going to have - fitted parachute harness material. It also has a double pin buckle like the EP strap - on the one I have it's brushed steel but they also make a pvd version which was what I was going to switch to if it worked.It was a special order from the Hamilton AD - I believe it should fit any Hamilton watch with 22mm lugs, such as yours. If you are interested let me know.

    Regards

    Jon'.

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    Jon,

    I love the QNE and yes I have the black strap with the rivets (which I think adds to the appeal of the watch).

    But we have to part when (hopefully) I get my Bremont.

    Not sure if I really need an extra canvas strap for the QNE, but you can PM me an offer.

    -Martin

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    Quote Originally Posted by ATG View Post
    The blue oily thing is light refracted through the scratched AR coating. Common on IWC and Breitling modern.... don't get it with Bremont because they use 9 layers of AR...
    It really seems to be true, the one I got is some 2 years old and has some smalker nicks on the case....but the crystal is absolutely perfectly perfect.

    Looks like the 9 layers or whatever else they do really sets them apart. Asked many Sinn owners about their experience and many of them at least have some small scratches and even if not the crystal gets smudged easily, while the Bremont always looks either clean/shiny or like non existant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kukulcan View Post
    Asked many Sinn owners about their experience and many of them at least have some small scratches and even if not the crystal gets smudged easily, while the Bremont always looks either clean/shiny or like non existant.
    Funnily enough, much as I like my EP 120, as an owner of both a Sinn and a Bremont, I have found the opposite to be true - it's the Bremont that tends to look like a five year old's glasses.

    Regards

    Jon'.

    EDIT - That's because like a five year old with a new toy, I just can't help touching it!
    Last edited by StampeSV4; 20-10-2009 at 10:28.

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    OHHHHH NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It happened finally, my ALT1-Z's AR coating finally got damaged. Only visible in bright cold light, but the damage is there.

    I really hoped this day would never come

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    Did you damage it or is it a material failure? Very curious as to what the damage is.
    NEMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by NEMO View Post
    Did you damage it or is it a material failure? Very curious as to what the damage is.
    I think it is the typical AR coating damage where a (very) small spot reflects in various colors depending on viewing angle.

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