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#94 checking in...




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Sweeeeeet!!!:)

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I especially like the Lotus flower caseback on the A1...ThumbsUp02.gif

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Really great watch Oscar ! bravo.gif

I've paid my yesterday. They should arrive soon for me. sponge bob.gif

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exc-hulk wrote: Really great watch Oscar ! bravo.gif

I've paid my yesterday. They should arrive soon for me. sponge bob.gif
I can't wait to see your pics Philip!...Congrats!ThumbsUp02.gif

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Almost lost mine caught in this trap subtlelaugh.gif




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a little blurry, I tried to capture the dome, #99 just in..

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Congrats on your PVD/A1 Joe!ThumbsUp02.gif

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Thanks Oscar,... love this watch so much I'm thinking of getting the SS version soon for off-duty wear..

This just became my new work watch, I will be wearing this on my boat patrols when I return to work after my couple of days off.

The lume on these is outstanding!!bravo.gif

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Love the watch Oscar! I wish the Miyota had the same curved crystal! It is on my list for sure.

Mike

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Armida wrote: Almost lost mine caught in this trap subtlelaugh.gif




Awesome photo ThumbsUp02.gif 

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Here's a shot of #12 taken today:

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Very cool pic ! bravo.gif

I'm looking forward to mine sponge bob.gif

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timesofplenty wrote:
Here's a shot of #12 taken today:



Very attractive diver, Scott! Congrats!bravo.gif

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Holly moly! I am really diggin's this watch. The cushion case is outstanding. Great pictures guys!

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I am really liking this watch. Those that have it, care to post a review/your thoughts having lived with it a few days now?

Does anyone know what grade the ETA movement is? I don't see that information on their website.

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Anyone got the Myota flat sapphire model?

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BA211 wrote:
I am really liking this watch. Those that have it, care to post a review/your thoughts having lived with it a few days now?

Does anyone know what grade the ETA movement is? I don't see that information on their website.


I've been wearing this one pretty much exclusively since incoming June 30. Looks to be ~ -5sec/day, I don't know the grade of the mvt.
I'm still just as pleased with the watch as when it arrived, although after the first 5 days there was a small issue:
The edges of the case are fairly sharp, causing raw spot on my wrist bone. I took one of my favorite tools: a 4-sided nail files to the edges, problem solved.
I suspect my ~6.75" wrist has something to do with it...probly not noticed with a bigger wrist, but the edges are sharp.
IMO this watch is a winner: it keeps it simple; modern, but capturing the vintage vibe, the spirit of
the "off-brand" black-dial divers of the 60s and 70s that some of us dig: utility watches with ETA & AS mvts, all-stainless cases, (more than likely produced in Hong Kong) & don't cost a bunch...watches advertised in the backs of skindiver/scuba mags....sharpen your pencil and circle the one(s) you want :)
That's what I think of when I look at the A1, and I like it ThumbsUp02.gif

And what good's a post without pics?





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timesofplenty wrote:
BA211 wrote:
I am really liking this watch. Those that have it, care to post a review/your thoughts having lived with it a few days now?

Does anyone know what grade the ETA movement is? I don't see that information on their website.


I've been wearing this one pretty much exclusively since incoming June 30. Looks to be ~ -5sec/day, I don't know the grade of the mvt.
I'm still just as pleased with the watch as when it arrived, although after the first 5 days there was a small issue:
The edges of the case are fairly sharp, causing raw spot on my wrist bone. I took one of my favorite tools: a 4-sided nail files to the edges, problem solved.
I suspect my ~6.75" wrist has something to do with it...probly not noticed with a bigger wrist, but the edges are sharp.
IMO this watch is a winner: it keeps it simple; modern, but capturing the vintage vibe, the spirit of
the "off-brand" black-dial divers of the 60s and 70s that some of us dig: utility watches with ETA & AS mvts, all-stainless cases, (more than likely produced in Hong Kong) & don't cost a bunch...watches advertised in the backs of skindiver/scuba mags....sharpen your pencil and circle the one(s) you want :)
That's what I think of when I look at the A1, and I like it ThumbsUp02.gif

And what good's a post without pics?









Thanks for the notes on the watch. My wrist is not much bigger about 7" so the sharp edge comment is helpful.

I like the watch for all the reasons you said. The more I look at it, especially your great pics, the more it grows on me. I am thinking I might have to pull the trigger on one soon.

Enjoy your weekend.

Cheers,
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A1 #177 :)



































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Hi !

Thank you for the pic's ! Especially for the wrist shots. ThumbsUp02.gif

Very cool watch with stunning case shape.wowzer.gif


Mine ETA version should be there during the next two weeks. happy guy.gif

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They are both very hot diver's. Must order one!!

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I will be ordering the domed version real soon...just so nice and a lot of watch for the money

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Lume test of:
- Helson Tortuga
- Citizen NY0040
- Armida A1
Lume loaded by a 60W bulb for a dozen or so minutes. Bezel points the moment when the bulb was turned off.


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A few more pics. :)































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PVD on mesh

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joecb wrote:
PVD on mesh
yeah, that looks good!
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Hi all!

I am a proud new owner of #82 A1 ETA Super dome. 

I liked a more polished surface so I had my brush SS finish buffed to a nice mirror finish.

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DrAnesthesiaTX wrote:
Hi all!

I am a proud new owner of #82 A1 ETA Super dome....I liked a more polished surface so I had my brush SS finish buffed to a nice mirror finish.


Congratulations! Great watch, isn't it? ThumbsUp02.gif
The polished finish is an interesting take on it; sort of reminds me of a Squale.
Did you polish the back, too?

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I love the Armida case polished. I think it amps up the watch.... A no nonsense tool diver made dressy enough to wear out.

I did not polish the back but it's very easy to do. Buy some green jewelry clay. Use a new felt wheel on your dremel and bingo. Took 10 min. to do. Highly recommend it.

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Agree...the polishing really adds to the watch. Nice move.ThumbsUp02.gif

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nr.14

 

eta domed....

 

I also like polished finish! When my a1 receive few scratches, it will be time to polish case :)

crystal is beautifull, eye catcher :)

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Congrats, VRCanbravo.gif

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ok, this post has me interested.


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It's a no brainer with the $100 discount. You can't beat the price for Swiss ETA movement. You won't regret it.

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Very cool with the polished finish!




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moving towards the dome....

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btw mine a1 eta is incredible accurate. It makes just 1 sec a day... both on the wrist or on the winder...

It runs just a month, so maybe it will be different in the future, but now it is my most accurate watch (and I have rolex and breitling)

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nr 14

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Ok, a few pics of mine






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I wear mine on different solid rubber strap, but considering mesh. A1 has short lugs, what is IMHO great benefit, the body is as big as regular 42mm watch.

And short lugs need huge strap, original one (proploof style) is too narrow and not massy :)

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Bulk, what is your number watch? have you tried other straps?

I never tried nato, I dont know if is it worth to try

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is the rubber strap (with watch) wearable or is the consensus to change to isofrane?

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It's wearable but I dont like it. The looks as it narrows down but also I find it too soft and stretchy for the massive top heavy watch.
I have a NBR from Bali Hai on mine and it works great. A real Isofrane would rock for sure.









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I prefer to wear mine A1 on the OEM-Rubber.

The zulu looks good but the rubber looks much better !


I still have not found another band that would fit.

And leather I don't like.

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that nbr looks great- how much are these?

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I have one greatest rubber strap, its OEM breitling diver pro IIm 24/20, but I have it on my enzo subhatch.

I have also ocean7 pro ploof style silicon strap, which is much much softer and elastic and thinner than original armida strap, but as I know it is very popular... but IMO it is good for light watch only.

Currently I have it on noname massive rubber 24/24 strap with depl buckle.

I was thinking about mesh bracelet, I never ever have one.

And finally, maybe vintage 24/24 panerai like leather strap should be the best... in the winter...but now is summer time :)

guys, what about accuracy? My a1 is only +1sec daily, amazing... better than my cosc breitling and rolex.

what is your serial number?

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What would look great on this is a Hirsch extreme rubber.

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joecb wrote:
What would look great on this is a Hirsch extreme rubber.

eh, granted it's orange, but the Isofrane looks better, the extreme it too modern looking IMO:



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still moving towards the dome.....have tried to resist....

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if i get divorced it is because of this site!

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heh, me too... I am crazy about watches generally :)

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timesofplenty wrote: joecb wrote:
What would look great on this is a Hirsch extreme rubber.

  but the Isofrane looks better, the extreme it too modern looking IMO:





100% agree


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mellons wrote:
still moving towards the dome.....have tried to resist....

You could have honeymooned and flipped it by now!
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Scott
NBR is $25 from Bali Hai
Stan also sells them on pana****anodie.gif

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anyone tried the a1 with a maratac elite?

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just pushed the button on the dome....

what do you think of this strap for the a1?


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How thick is it? May be tight. I prefer something simple on the A1 personally.

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Hello all...just purchased the A1 with the orange minute hand...can't wait for it to arrive..will post some pics/thoughts when it arrives.

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every time I look on the dooooooooooomed crystal I see atmospheere of the earth, the horizont... the border between earth surface and the sky...

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.....#78 checking in..fresh out of the boxsnoopy1.gif

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....#78 again....ThumbsUp02.gif

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....#78 doing my happy dance....dance.gif

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Looks great. Congrats Antoine!

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Thanks Jeep99dad,

Just getting used to the size..feels a little small, but that's only because I'm used to wearing my U-Boat FlightDeck 50mm with Valjoux 7750 (which I absolutely love).

But I love the simple, classic elegant lines of the Armida and the retro feel of it..reminds me of simple classic divers from the 70's....and the super dome is just nuts..as is the lume.

I will likely replace the rubber strap for something beefier...probably a black Italian NBR vanilla scented rubber or just plain black rubber with deployment clasp..something that doesn't taper...make it look a little bigger on the wrist.

But I am definitely enjoying this and adding it to my small but interesting collection.

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Glad you are enjoying it. I like mine too. I have it on a NBR rubber and it works much better than the stock strap. A real Isofrane would be great too but all mine are 22's :)

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Good to know that the NBR is a much better fit....I think that's the way to go too....I really appreciate your input....also glad to hear you enjoying your A1 also....I like it more every time I look at it!!

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no 77 domed eta with orange minute hand arrived this am- woooot!!!

3 words:

happy, happy, happy.

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Congrats Mellons....I am totally pleased with my domed ETA orange minute hand too!!...#78

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wooow.... nr 77... my year of birth :) nice number :)

enjoy my friend!

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this is the beast....






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wooow... nice picture...

and also nice on letaher... IMO leather is the best for that watch...

Try to look trhu the crystal on light, it is amazing :)

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on leather...

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atmospheric wristie...


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more new shoes:


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My Armida A1 on heavy duty mesh for the day!!

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oagaspar wrote:
I especially like the Lotus flower caseback on the A1...ThumbsUp02.gif


I do as well and it was final reason to order my new ARMIDA A1.

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Welcome to the club!!bravo.gif

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My new Armida A1 ETC 2824-2 is due Monday, but I have a question.

This is my first dive watch with C3 on the bezel; how is the C3 protected from friction? Do they use a clear coat over the bezel or is the C3 protected by another way?

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Hi Sidecross...as far as I can tell..there is no clear coating over the bezel..but i could be wrong on the C3 superluminova ..hard to tell..but I don't think there is. I have been careful with my superdome since it is easy to brush up against doorways and the like....but I have been extremely happy with my A1 since my purchase in September.

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Hi Sidecross...as far as I can tell..there is no clear coating over the bezel..but i could be wrong on the C3 superluminova ..hard to tell..but I don't think there is. I have been careful with my superdome since it is easy to brush up against doorways and the like....but I have been extremely happy with my A1 since my purchase in September.


Thank you for the reply; I will take that extra care as you mentioned.

The 'superdome' will probably need that kind of attention.

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No problem.....post some pics when she arrives!!

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the superdome rocks!!

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agree with Mellons 100% 

Yes! The superdome rocks! And it's not that weak...

Mine bangs on the door for several times! the crystal is definitely flawless!

And it takes some duty as a "guard" protecting the bezel!

 

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agree with Mellons 100% 

Yes! The superdome rocks! And it's not that weak...

Mine bangs on the door for several times! the crystal is definitely flawless!

And it takes some duty as a "guard" protecting the bezel!

 


Thank you too for your observation; I agree the 'superdome' will help keep the bezel from abrasion.

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It would seem to me that the Armida A1 ETA 2824-2 is placed on a timing machine to be checked out before shipment.

My new A1 ETA 2824-2 lost two seconds in 22 hours.

This is outstanding performance from the Armida production facility.

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i agree- first week mine lost 3-4 seconds!!!!

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no need worry about a1 superdome crystal... its sapphire... almost impossible to scratch... doorways are no problem at all...

but bezel (metal and nonmetal parts) is easy to scratch indeed.

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I have come to the conclusion that scratches to the bezel of the Armida A1 are just the scars of service.

I will be careful in knowing that the bezel has no protection, but if it gets dinged up in use I can accept it without a problem.

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replacement insert $30 if needed

imho the dings only add to appearance...

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mellons wrote:
replacement insert $30 if needed

imho the dings only add to appearance...


Thank you for the replacement insert information and I agree with you about 'dings'.

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anyone try an a1 on a watchadoo?

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Armida A1 ETA 'Superdome' #56 checking-in...






Sorry G-SAR... you've just been spanked.

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looking at these pics makes me like my a1 more!!

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mellons wrote:
looking at these pics makes me like my a1 more!!

Me too!

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just mounted a1 on plain black maratac today- super comfortable!

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mellons wrote:
just mounted a1 on plain black maratac today- super comfortable!

I have my PVD A1 mounted on a black NATO strap with black PVD hardware

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I went on a MARATAC shopping spree for my latest acquisitions:
http://www.timetechtalk.com/forum2/24075.html

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My brand new Armida A1 (flat crystal, Miyota movt.). I put my diver on an Extreme Commando strap from Modena Watches. Great watch!













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And here is my Armida A1 when I had it still on the Armida ISOfrane like strap. Also nice but despite the strap thickness this strap is less stabil on the wrist:













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i am back with oem rubber while i wait for watchadoo to arrive.....

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mellons wrote: i am back with oem rubber while i wait for watchadoo to arrive.....

Please show pics with your watchadoo.

I prefer the ZULU. This is the perfect choice for me.
It looks stunning and the watch has a perfect balance on the wrist.

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will do- was unable to get pics of the a1 on watchadoo before purchase also...

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This is how I like to sport my Armida A1 ETA with orange minute hand...on an orange Isofrane of coursedog smile.gif

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Antoine1966 wrote:
This is how I like to sport my Armida A1 ETA with orange minute hand...on an orange Isofrane of coursedog smile.gif


Very nice combo indeed!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!bravo.gif

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JDBuckwell wrote: Antoine1966 wrote:
This is how I like to sport my Armida A1 ETA with orange minute hand...on an orange Isofrane of coursedog smile.gif


Very nice combo indeed!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!bravo.gif

thankyou.gifvery much JD....a safe and Happy New Year to you and yours.

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mellons wrote: i am back with oem rubber while i wait for watchadoo to arrive.....

Looking forward to this pics as well...please post when you are able.  Sounds like it will be a tremendous looking combo!!  :)

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a1 on watchadoo

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wooow... fantastic!
I thought before it is not good choice, but now I see pics and its nice... pls post more pics.

I am still not sure if A1 needs bracelet, need to see more pics :)

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imho this one is better than the artego 300m

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sorry- resized image about 5 times and still not accepted.....

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That looks really great...thank you so much for posting!!

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I have has it on for the past few days and is v comfortable: less overpowering than non tapering strap

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Hi Mellons,

vrcan wrote:
wooow... fantastic!
I thought before it is not good choice, but now I see pics and its nice... pls post more pics.


I also had my doubts about the A1 on a Watchadoo, but seeing your pics also made me think otherwise :)

And do you really prefer the Watchadoo over the Artego bracelet? Do you think it's too chunky on the Artego?

What do you think of the A1 on a Super Engineer from Strapcode? Eric has posted a pic in his thread with pics 9 straps on his A1. If I'm not mistaken, the Watchadoo and the Super Engineer are very similar, only difference I think is that the Watchadoo tapers down to 22 mm, and the Super Engineer doesn't (24/24).

I'd like to hear your opinion!

All the best,
Pat

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the better balance was the artego on the a1- the watchadoo looked great but was a bit top heavy (or at least that was my impression)

i would say possible that the non-tapering strapcode would be the one to go for: the artego is not available. strapcode do a quote nice "flattened" one at moment and have not seen this on any a1's to date....

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Thanks Mellons! I'll get the Super Engineer then.

Cheers!

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Armida is producing a bracelet for the A-1,same as the Artego model,so why not wait until it is available?ThumbsUp02.gifThumbsUp02.gif

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that is my info also- the artego with armida clasp would be superb. also arteo are still in the game....

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oagaspar wrote:
Armida is producing a bracelet for the A-1,same as the Artego model,so why not wait until it is available?ThumbsUp02.gifThumbsUp02.gif


AAARGH... That is my weakness. Serious lack of patience :D Well, I like them both, so I might just end up getting them both ;)

Thanks!

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Awesome PICTURES!!! i had some doubts on this model, now is no more...


machlo wrote:
A few more pics. :)































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Very nice! Wear it in good health!

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My beautiful A1 !

I'm in love with this watch !!





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Awesome pics Danny Boy... I think I'm gonna add an orange dial version to go with my black dial A1.

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My first post!


Armida A1 by Photos By 夏天, on Flickr

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tdp wrote: My first post!


Armida A1 by Photos By 夏天, on Flickr

Great photo and watch! ThumbsUp02.gif

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I was turned onto the Armida A1 by a long distance watch collecting friend. This is my first post here and also my first A1. The A1 is a beast of a watch and by far my favorite watch at least until the next one arrives. Thanks for looking, Charlie

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excelfouru wrote: I was turned onto the Armida A1 by a long distance watch collecting friend. This is my first post here and also my first A1. The A1 is a beast of a watch and by far my favorite watch at least until the next one arrives. Thanks for looking, Charlie
Congrats Charlie and Welcome aboard!ThumbsUp02.gif

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Just received. Very cool watch. Waiting to see how it patinas.

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Congrats on your new watch !

Great choice with the A1.ThumbsUp02.gif

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DBN wrote: Just received. Very cool watch. Waiting to see how it patinas.Welcome aboard and awesome shot...Enjoy that A1ThumbsUp02.gif

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Great to be here...I was debating on a Brass/Bronze watch for a number of weeks. Reading reviews, etc. I decided that, for me, Bronze was really more of a trendy, and more expensive, way to go for essentially the same look and metallurgic properties. As far as the A1 "watch" itself goes, it is a stand out in quality/workmanship/price point...and the the perfect size for me.

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DBN wrote: Great to be here...I was debating on a Brass/Bronze watch for a number of weeks. Reading reviews, etc. I decided that, for me, Bronze was really more of a trendy, and more expensive, way to go for essentially the same look and metallurgic properties. As far as the A1 "watch" itself goes, it is a stand out in quality/workmanship/price point...and the the perfect size for me.good choice...the bronze patinas much nicer imho...ThumbsUp02.gif

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I gathered that from my research...but, budget, at the moment, only allows for brass...Grrrrr!

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16 days old...A1 Brass.

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Looks awesome !

Especially on the CUDA.


Is my favorite combo for my A1 ss.ThumbsUp02.gif

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My A1 will see some serious lake and sun time this weekend. Let's see what that does to the patina.

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Thanks, and I am definitely enjoying it...never had a watch that changes in finish over time.


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