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MKii / Bill Yao on Gear Patrol [emoji848]

Post by Jeep99dad » Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:27 pm

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Post by namor » Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:52 pm

Hard to know where to begin. Business practices aside, the guy only makes copies of other peoples watches. So you do an entire interview about his design prowess? Hes a 'design' guy? Oh, yeah, and he thinks all Rolexes are "eh" in person...

He is an oxygen thief.

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Post by Selym » Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:02 pm

I don't know how he fits interviews into his busy schedule. :scratch:

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Post by Selym » Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:12 pm

I will say his watches are a cut above many of the other "homage" brands. Same goes for when he was making parts to modify Seiko and ETA2824-2-based watches. Definitely made to a higher standard than the offerings from the other vendors.

That said, I can't imagine putting down a deposit to be some kind of nonsensical "plank owner", and wait years for the homage watch to be delivered. Used is the way to go.

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Post by BBK357 » Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:12 pm

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Post by toxicavenger » Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:32 pm

He was just on the Worn and Wound podcast also https://wornandwound.com/the-worn-wound ... i-watches/

He has been in NYC for a bit it seems. Since considering at the end of January he was doing this
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Post by 1954Selmer » Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:42 pm

----Yao’s watchmaking legend was born. Nobody beats Rolex when it comes to prestige and brand power — nobody. But Yao, the one-man watchmaker working out of a little shop in Wayne, Pennsylvania, gave them a run for their money.----

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Post by R@cerx » Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:00 pm

Wrong forum, this belongs in “Stupid shit”.

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Post by deepcdvr » Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:03 pm

So I read the whole article and I learned that his “strength” is watch design.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t he just copy someone else designs for the most part? :scratch:

If so, then my strength is also watch design...
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Post by Sidheguitarist » Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:11 pm

Clearly, his real strength is in writing a press release.

and LoL at the Tudor BB being "an homage to his homage..."

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Post by deepcdvr » Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:29 pm

Sidheguitarist wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:11 pm
Clearly, his real strength is in writing a press release.

and LoL at the Tudor BB being "an homage to his homage..."
:lol: forgot about that
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Post by DoctorC » Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:40 pm

BBK357 wrote:
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Post by Henryj » Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:43 pm

toxicavenger wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:32 pm
He was just on the Worn and Wound podcast also https://wornandwound.com/the-worn-wound ... i-watches/

He has been in NYC for a bit it seems. Since considering at the end of January he was doing this
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Post by Selym » Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:49 pm

Henryj wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:43 pm
Oh, Malibu is the new Nepal.
I hope he doesn't get screwed over by some surfers he entrusts with his business.
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Post by gr8sw » Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:08 pm

Bill should just join forces w/ Kobold already... would be a con artists match made in heaven :cheers:
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Post by jlswatch » Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:26 pm

Has to be a sponsored post, I don't understand how these articles get released he's no doubt a connected guy but seriously how does nobody ask him any questions about the project 300.

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Post by pbj204 » Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:59 am

"Black Bay, that looked suspiciously like an homage of Yao’s homage"

That's my favorite part

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Post by gwells » Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:34 am

these sites have so little integrity at this point, it's hard to bother to do much more than go there to see if they have better pictures of something new. i rarely bother to read them. i don't expect to see any unbiased reviews or interviews. so many legit questions here that could have even been "softballed" but were just ignored.

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Post by JBZ » Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:31 am

I don't get the whole "MKII build quality is head and shoulders above the rest" argument. I've owned an MKII watch. I've owned a Steinhart watch. Build quality/finishing were comparable. MKII isn't doing anything special compared to other homage companies in the same price range (or less). They just take longer to deliver and have their followers drinking the "it's because of Bill Yao's superior quality control" Kool-Aid. Meanwhile their endlink fit sucks.
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Post by JBZ » Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:41 am

This is an actual interview question:

"It’s clear to me that you’re understanding design language at a different level than most of us are. It’s almost like you’re seeing with X-ray vision."

:rolleyes:
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Post by JP Chestnut » Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:43 am

toxicavenger wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:32 pm
He was just on the Worn and Wound podcast also https://wornandwound.com/the-worn-wound ... i-watches/

He has been in NYC for a bit it seems. Since considering at the end of January he was doing this
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Post by four20 » Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:10 am

deepcdvr wrote:So I read the whole article and I learned that his “strength” is watch design.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t he just copy someone else designs for the most part? :scratch:

If so, then my strength is also watch design...
I'm seeing this as a backhanded compliment... By my logic- if his strength is in design and he copies other's designs, therefore he has no real strength.


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Post by JBZ » Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:29 am

four20 wrote:
Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:10 am
deepcdvr wrote:So I read the whole article and I learned that his “strength” is watch design.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t he just copy someone else designs for the most part? :scratch:

If so, then my strength is also watch design...
I'm seeing this as a backhanded compliment... By my logic- if his strength is in design and he copies other's designs, therefore he has no real strength.


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Maybe the whole article is a practical joke on Yao. Either that, or it's a practical joke on the rest of us.
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Post by substitute » Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:16 am

Gear Patrol should be named Douche Patrol.


pbj204 wrote:
Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:59 am
"Black Bay, that looked suspiciously like an homage of Yao’s homage"

That's my favorite part
Speaking of Tudor, the first reply in this thread really made me understand the cult of MKii.
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Post by ericf4 » Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:59 am

for the bland, boring and uninspired watches he makes, you think he could churn out many of them.....

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