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Old 10 November 2005, 08:37 AM   #1
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Speaking of Blancpain

This is proof of the big splash the first Sub made (look, me too):

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P.S. Blanc = white, pain = bread.
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Old 10 November 2005, 04:32 PM   #2
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Why has that watch got a "Danger: Radioactivity" sign on the dial?
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Old 10 November 2005, 04:49 PM   #3
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Why has that watch got a "Danger: Radioactivity" sign on the dial?
Take another close look!

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Old 10 November 2005, 04:52 PM   #4
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Take another close look!

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Oh, for Christ's sake, that's a cat with whiskers??
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Old 10 November 2005, 08:16 PM   #5
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The Blancpain 50 Fathoms tested in 1952, the first Rolex sub prototype 1953 Wonder if Rolex got there Idea for the Sub,
from the Blancpain,they are very similar.


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Old 10 November 2005, 11:27 PM   #6
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The Blancpain 50 Fathoms tested in 1952, the first Rolex sub prototype 1953 Wonder if Rolex got there Idea for the Sub,
from the Blancpain,they are very similar.



I often wondered that same thing. Since the 50F came first, it seems Rolex is a knock-off of the whitebread. And here all these Rolex snobs wearing Subs get arsed at hommage watches, copies or fakes, when the Sub is an hommage to a Blancpain.
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Old 11 November 2005, 12:20 AM   #7
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I often wondered that same thing. Since the 50F came first, it seems Rolex is a knock-off of the whitebread. And here all these Rolex snobs wearing Subs get arsed at hommage watches, copies or fakes, when the Sub is an hommage to a Blancpain.
Well John I have always said that, and been taken to task on several
other forums for saying it,And 100% agree about the homage thing
Mr Wilsdorf and Rolex is a clever company. Most of the horology leading up to the modern Rolex, have been acquired though the ages,so why not copy the looks of the Blancpain.
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Old 11 November 2005, 12:25 AM   #8
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Yep, John and Padi, I believe you are historically correct! The BP came first. Rolex just did a better marketing job. Wasn't the BP primarily in military use?
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Old 11 November 2005, 01:10 AM   #9
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The Blancpain 50 Fathoms tested in 1952, the first Rolex sub prototype 1953 Wonder if Rolex got there Idea for the Sub,
from the Blancpain,they are very similar.
I knew that of course, just waited for the first one to bring it up! I actually like this watch and that is exactly the strap that would go nicely on an Explorer I

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Old 11 November 2005, 01:10 AM   #10
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Cool guys, I did not know that.
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Old 11 November 2005, 01:29 AM   #11
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Looks like a Hirsch Carbon strap. I have a couple of carbon's, but not Hirsch. They aren't very comfortable to me. I guess it's the stitching or the edges.

Speaking of Explorers and in the spirit of thread highjacking, I'm wearing my Explorer today



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Old 11 November 2005, 01:35 AM   #12
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Love the pic Bruce, do keep 'em coming.
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Thanks mate. Hey, do you reckon the numbers on this dial are WG like the surrounds? They sure are pretty. Nice and glittery. Lucy in the sky with diamonds...........where did I put those pills.......
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Old 11 November 2005, 01:49 AM   #14
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Thanks mate. Hey, do you reckon the numbers on this dial are WG like the surrounds? They sure are pretty. Nice and glittery. Lucy in the sky with diamonds...........where did I put those pills.......
Yes Bruce, I believe they are WG. All Rolex hands and dial markers are gold to combat oxidization.

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Old 11 November 2005, 01:56 AM   #15
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Hey my highjack was going well, but what do I know I'm on drugs

Yep, that black dial is much better. Next time.......
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Yes, Bruce....all of the white metal you see inside a Rolex is WG or YG as the case might be....and that includes each and every model.
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Old 11 November 2005, 02:49 AM   #17
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Yes, Bruce....all of the white metal you see inside a Rolex is WG or YG as the case might be....and that includes each and every model.
Thought so. Man I love my Explorer :)
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Thought so. Man I love my Explorer :)
...and I love the both of you!!!
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Awwwwwwwwwww SMOOOOOOOOCH
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YUCK!! And just for that....a big SMOOOOOOOOOOCH back at ya!!
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