You have a problem with ol' Arch? Don't like his microphone distorting bellowing? Every time he says "The man on the moon" watch, I want to reach through the screen an pound him in the lip. Anyway, I'd hope that AP would let the watch go with just the requested work done. I've heard a few bad (Rolex) stories about it's either all or nothing when it comes to servicing.Igor01 wrote: ↑Jun 11th, 2015 2:24 pmOh noes, for the love of God, not Archie! Whenever I hear one of his headache-inducing rants inadvertently via youtube autoplay I think that the guy will surely work himself up into a massive coronary if he doesn't take a handful of chill pills.
EDIT: Ok, I actually made myself suffer through Archie's tonsillitis-nuanced rage and watched the video. He actually mentions that the service will only cost $950 but the rest of it is for replacement parts and it sounds like they're talking about a pretty old piece which is probably beat to sh1t and needs major overhaul. Archies says something like "I paid six thousand for it", which implies that it was a very old piece. The fact a picture of a vintage 15202 keeps floating about the screen sorta hints that it may be one of those veterans that they are talking about, and probably one with a lot of mileage on it. I just don't see a 15400 or the new 15202 needing that sort of major work. Especially the I-series 15400 where the potential problems of the previous H-series that could cause excessive wear on some parts have been fixed. You're not likely to need hands, saphire or crown replaced on your watch like the guy in Archie's video unless of course the watch is old enough to require carbon-dating But yeah, either way it's still true that the cost of ownership of watches from from the holy trinity, especially the more complicated ones and the vintage pieces could be extraordinarily, stupefyingly expensive!
As far as comparing the AP replicas to the real thing, it shouldn't be too difficult spotting a rep if one is familiar with the genuine model and knows what to look for. I actually followed the entire 15400 replica saga ever since the "BP factory" replica release a couple years ago and know about the "TF best Miyota version" as well as the latest "VF6" release with the decorated 9015 movement that's made to resemble AP's Caliber 3120. Granted, from a distance it would be difficult to tell the difference and they both would keep time just fine, but the finish on the replicas is just not there (would be mind-blowing if it would be considering how the gens are made and finished). The way the light plays on the superbly polished white gold hands, AP logo and hour markers on the 15400 is like an array of silent micro lightning bolts going off all over the dial (which is a sight to behold itself). But even ignoring the obvious material differences, the markers on the replicas are all wrong (too thick with thicker lume strips) and so are the hour and minute hands. The hour markers often have poor alignment, the dial fonts are wrong, the date font is wrong, the bezel screws are steel as opposed to white gold with pretty crappy finish, the bezel holes are too big for the screws and poorly finished. The dial colour is close on the white version but the light reflects very differently on the genuine and the micro detail on the real dial is just beautiful. The movement on the rep of course is just a sad sad parody appearance-wise, even the latest "decorated" one, where the fake decorative plates appear to be reversed in relation to the genuine counterpart and the finish can fool only the most naive and inexperienced and that only from a distance. I won't mention the thickness of the latest rep version either. On the plus side - the rep apparently has a pretty nicely replicated bracelet which despite some roughness can actually fit on the genuine 15400 and doesn't look too bad if one wanted to save their genuine bracelet from inevitable scratches (I ordered a rep bracelet myself out of sheer curiosity, hope it fits well and doesn't look too off).
I was surprised at the rep bracelet quality in the link I posted, the lume on the indices were garbage. Of course each rep comes with it's own set of fingerprints all over it (I mean the inside).