IWC don't make 'em like they used to

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IWC don't make 'em like they used to

Post by hoppes-no9 » Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:55 am

IWC actually DOES make 'em like they used to. They just produce a whole lot of crappy designs in addition to the good stuff.

I think this is pretty special, and suspect Genta would be OK with it:

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Post by dinexus » Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:57 am

alund wrote:I'll second that it's a keeper

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These old Pilot bracelets are so damned good. Perfect brushed finish, and the pyramid-shaped beads bring depth and texture without the bling.


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Post by toxicavenger » Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:36 am

dinexus wrote:
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:57 am
alund wrote:I'll second that it's a keeper

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These old Pilot bracelets are so damned good. Perfect brushed finish, and the pyramid-shaped beads bring depth and texture without the bling.


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That bracelet is one of the best for sure.

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Re: IWC don't make 'em like they used to

Post by alund » Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:42 am

toxicavenger wrote:
Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:36 am
dinexus wrote:
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:57 am
alund wrote:I'll second that it's a keeper

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These old Pilot bracelets are so damned good. Perfect brushed finish, and the pyramid-shaped beads bring depth and texture without the bling.


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That bracelet is one of the best for sure.
Sure beats the bracelet on the current model IMHO...

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Re: IWC don't make 'em like they used to

Post by blkgsl » Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:46 am

Lmao @ windshield wiper date window

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Re: IWC don't make 'em like they used to

Post by Panerai7 » Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:57 am

blkgsl wrote:
Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:46 am
Lmao @ windshield wiper date window
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IWC don't make 'em like they used to

Post by goaliechris » Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:39 pm

I was just looking at IWC watches on WatchRecon and noticed that Big Pilots seem pretty cheap right now, at least compared to what I remember.

The 3706s aren’t bad either.


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Post by Denizen » Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:52 pm

dinexus wrote:
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:57 am
alund wrote:I'll second that it's a keeper

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These old Pilot bracelets are so damned good. Perfect brushed finish, and the pyramid-shaped beads bring depth and texture without the bling.


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That is the Gen2 Pilot bracelet and the one I like best...also known as 'the rows of corn' bracelet The Gen1 was a beauty also but the ends were, I think, a little finicky. Gen1 and 2 felt light on the wrist even though they were solidly made. The Gen3 bracelet was a little heavier.

A pic of mine:

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The current bracelet (Gen4) looks very generic and I think is cheaply made. A total disappointment when compared to the three which preceded it.
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Post by Knome » Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:54 pm

Panerai7 wrote:
Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:57 am

;)

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lol!

I do like a few of IWCs current watches but not enough to drop any money on them. The original UTC with that cool buffalo strap is one of my faves though. A friend of mine got one as a wedding watch and it looks great in person.
The 3706 and doppelchrono version are up there on my list of IWC references as well.
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Post by Seppia » Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:04 pm

Denizen wrote:
A pic of mine:

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Good to know they were once capable of positioning the date window correctly.

Tell me if I’m wrong, but it looks like on modern iterations, they increased the size but lazily did not modify the movement accordingly, so they ended up with the fucked up date?

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Post by Denizen » Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:23 pm

Seppia wrote:
Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:04 pm
Denizen wrote:
A pic of mine:

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Good to know they were once capable of positioning the date window correctly.

Tell me if I’m wrong, but it looks like on modern iterations, they increased the size but lazily did not modify the movement accordingly, so they ended up with the fucked up date?
I don't want to crap on any Mark XVIII owners, but yes...you, me, and other critics have remarked about the date-window creep (towards the dial center) as IWC has up-ticked the size.

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Post by sierra11b » Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:24 pm

I'd rank IWC above Rolex in terms of bracelet innovation. The ratcheting clasp was glidelock meets easy-link and the push-button release was icing on the cake.

Miss the Mk. XVIII but enjoying my 114270 immensely.

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Re: IWC don't make 'em like they used to

Post by bnabod » Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:36 pm

Panerai7 wrote:
blkgsl wrote:
Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:46 am
Lmao @ windshield wiper date window
;)

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I like mine

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Re: IWC don't make 'em like they used to

Post by toxicavenger » Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:39 pm

Panerai7 wrote:
Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:57 am
blkgsl wrote:
Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:46 am
Lmao @ windshield wiper date window
;)

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totally. it still confuses me :crybaby:

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Post by ericf4 » Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:49 pm

bnabod wrote:
Panerai7 wrote:
blkgsl wrote:
Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:46 am
Lmao @ windshield wiper date window
;)

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I like mine

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That's the first open date window I've ever seen that I liked. I like that they carried the black thru.

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Re: IWC don't make 'em like they used to

Post by sierra11b » Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:46 pm

I’d we’re going to include the windshield date window we should include the Mk xviii window.

I thought this thread was for early IWC and not yesteryear.

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Re: IWC don't make 'em like they used to

Post by blkgsl » Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:47 pm

My biggest watch design peeve is the windshield / viagra date window. As an intelligent human , based on today's date, I can easily deduce what yesterday was and what tomorrow will be. It's simply silly - it's trying too hard to fit the flight altimeter paradigm into a place where it doesn't belong.

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Post by hoppyjr » Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:26 pm

blkgsl wrote:Agree. After taking trips around the iwc world , I finally found my keeper -

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You’ve got a large piece of meat there. It looks raw.

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Re: IWC don't make 'em like they used to

Post by blkgsl » Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:27 pm

hoppyjr wrote:
blkgsl wrote:Agree. After taking trips around the iwc world , I finally found my keeper -

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You’ve got a large piece of meat there. It looks raw.
I am compensating for what’s in my pants !

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Post by hoppyjr » Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:31 pm

blkgsl wrote:
hoppyjr wrote:
blkgsl wrote:Agree. After taking trips around the iwc world , I finally found my keeper -

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You’ve got a large piece of meat there. It looks raw.
I am compensating for what’s in my pants !
:lol:

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Re: IWC don't make 'em like they used to

Post by dinexus » Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:37 pm

Denizen wrote:
Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:52 pm

That is the Gen2 Pilot bracelet and the one I like best...also known as 'the rows of corn' bracelet The Gen1 was a beauty also but the ends were, I think, a little finicky. Gen1 and 2 felt light on the wrist even though they were solidly made. The Gen3 bracelet was a little heavier.

A pic of mine:

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The current bracelet (Gen4) looks very generic and I think is cheaply made. A total disappointment when compared to the three which preceded it.
Very cool info – glad I got the bracelet on mine, been super impressed with it, but couldn't quite put a finger on what made it so dramatically different from the Mark XVIII version I handled.

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Re: IWC don't make 'em like they used to

Post by Panerai7 » Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:14 am

blkgsl wrote:
Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:47 pm
My biggest watch design peeve is the windshield / viagra date window. As an intelligent human , based on today's date, I can easily deduce what yesterday was and what tomorrow will be. It's simply silly - it's trying too hard to fit the flight altimeter paradigm into a place where it doesn't belong.
Yep, exactly what kept me away from getting an IWC Chrono for so long. I wanted a modern 3777 case not 3717 but they had to do that date mess. Thank God they fixed it.

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