NOT UNTIL YOU SEE IT IN THE METAL!!!!

No way was I a Rolex Explorer 2 fan . my Explorer 1 is the watch I own and have never wanted to look into the Explorer 2. The modern reference is a bit chunky, bulky on my wrist but it wasn’t until I tried on a 2001 16570 did I realise how much I loved it! The dimensions on this are superb and it’s made me look into older references now! Have you dismissed watches in the past , held them and realise you made a mistake ??;) 

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Absolutely! Shockingly, I once disdained the Omega Seamaster (circa the early James Bond era for the brand), thinking the only people who could coveted those watches were crazed film fans. Then I got a lot at one at a local Tourneau and it's been a love affair with the model ever since - and I think the current versions are the best Seamasters to date, hands down. Live and learn!

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Nice. Great question and mine was the 216570. I really wanted a 16570 polar with a 3186 movement, which are hard to come by, but one day my AD had a used 16570/3186 black and a new 216570 polar. Tried both on and truly did not notice a significant difference in wear, but I did notice the significant difference in marker size and preferred the larger markers. I stopped my quest to buy the 16570/3186 and left with the 216570.

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It's not one in my collection, but a friend has a Vacheron Constantin Cornes De Vache which looks meh in photos, but which is absolutely gorgeous in person. 

Most watches tend to look quite a bit different in person than they do in photos, especially if they have interesting dial details or case contours. 

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Stop looking at the lass across the room and realize what you have besides you.

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Yes, absolutely! I resisted the pull of the Black Bay 58 for nearly 2 years. I have always been  resistant to marketing and hype. Then one day I tried one on at an AD and was smitten. 

As for older watches, my Speedmaster Automatic (Reduced) has totally won me over into older, smaller, slimmer sizes.  They seem to be more ergonomic and comfortable to wear. 

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soitgoes

Stop looking at the lass across the room and realize what you have besides you.

Hahahahaha of course!

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The IWC mark series of watches. I know they're rocking a Selita movement but I just really loved the watches in person. 

Btw I had the same problem with the modern explorer 2, the case felt too chunky. The older cases have a more submariner feel to them. 

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Whatwatchnext

The IWC mark series of watches. I know they're rocking a Selita movement but I just really loved the watches in person. 

Btw I had the same problem with the modern explorer 2, the case felt too chunky. The older cases have a more submariner feel to them. 

Yeah little sad but also happy that the new Ex2 didn’t not fit well;) 

fingers crossed I get my hands on some IWC watches soon!!

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This is a type of watch I def would have liked in the past, but now I’m with you (?) it’s a bit clunky & bulky & busy… Luckily I’ll never have to worry about getting this thing on my wrist and having my opinion of it up-ended by 180 degrees 🤣

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MatMaven

Absolutely! Shockingly, I once disdained the Omega Seamaster (circa the early James Bond era for the brand), thinking the only people who could coveted those watches were crazed film fans. Then I got a lot at one at a local Tourneau and it's been a love affair with the model ever since - and I think the current versions are the best Seamasters to date, hands down. Live and learn!

Yep! These watches are f@%king gorgeous! I love all of them, from 2004/5 through to 2016 - my favourite. I could be wrong but they seem to be on nobody’s radar at the moment which is really odd.