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So the crazy Australian has gotten another delivery…


I really need to get off these drugs, get off compo and get back to work…


Even the delivery guy is starting to joke about having to stop meeting like this…


Who mentioned that there was hope of getting to Step 2 of the twelve step program?


Inspired by someone else who got one, this was less and impulse and more a long researched purchase that did and about face at the end


I have long wanted a German watch from the Glashutte region and will probably get one or two more in the future.


Glashutte Original's Senator appeals and is conceivably achievable and pretty much anything from A.Lange & Sohne is desirable but less likely to be affordable. I suppose that I could stop buying multitudes of lesser watches and just concentrate on getting one really great one.


Or perhaps two.


Certainly no more than three…


So that's why I stick to the more affordable models


Tutima, Muhle and the like didn't really catch my eye, but NOMOS with the whole Bauhaus minimalist look really spoke to me.


I had been agonising over the Club Datum Dunkel, to wait for the Ahoi or go for the Tangomat with the dark Ruthenium dial, possibly the GMT or the Zurich Weltzeit


I was also pretty sure, that like most items for sale here, it would not come from an Australian dealer as, for whatever reason, the mark-ups in the distribution chain would make it unaffordable to the tune of double or more.


The guilty feelings of going to a dealer and trying on models only to order them either while overseas on holiday or online in the name of saving thousands of dollars has troubled me on occasion, sometimes for minutes at a time, but I have gotten over it.


How wrong could I be?


I went to see the NOMOS range at the one and only ...... that carries them here and they are only open weekdays, so it was a bit of an inconvenience.


The young lady who helped me came out from a large glassed-in workshop wearing a loupe on one of those wire head frames which bode well. She patiently showed me the various models that I had narrowed it down to. She was extremely knowledgable and helpful and full of advice and suggestions. I knew the guilt was going to get to me on this one…


The big surprise was that seeing the shortlisted models in the flesh completely changed my mind.


The Club range that I had at Number One with a Bullet now didn't look right. It lacked a certain quality possibly due to its rounded, thicker bezel, but just didn't have the same Bauhaus vibe happening. The same happened with the Ruthenium dials in a different way. The contrast with the gold numerals just didn't "pop" in my eyes.


The pusher for the GMT unbalanced the symmetry on the Tangomat GMT and the Weltzet didn't have the same Bauhaus feel possibly because there wre only indices rather than the cool font some others had.


I left a confused and dejected man, with a bunch of over the counter prices scribbled down.


Checking back on the NOMOS website I was intrigued that the prices I'd been given locally were actually lower than the ex-factory ones!


All I had to do now was pick a watch.


After much soul searching I decided on the Tangente Gangreserve Datum or the original 35mm model with the power reserve and date that NOMOS got patents for in a manual wind with a white (or silver to be precise) dial.


I looked at all my usual online sources and got some numbers. Then I rang the dealer. The same young lady gave me numbers that were the same or lower than most of the online suppliers and they would deliver to my home overnight express and I didn't have to worry about wether the taxman would slug me with extra.


I was astonished.


So this arrived:-





The case is made of actual grained timber with real joints in the corners. It is small and the hinges are a bit under par, but it certainly fits the company' ethos of not being wasteful and hugging trees and such.


Inside sits the watch and a cute little cloth covered hard bound instruction manual come catalogue come expose on the brand's movements. Three little elastic straps hold everything down.








The big appeal for this brand along with the Bauhaus aesthetic, was the in-house movements they use. They are all quite different and quite beautifully decorated. You can save a few bucks on several of their models by choosing a steel back, but why would you?








For those that don't know the date ring lies around the circumference of the movement, so no additional thickness is added to the watch. That little detail appealed to me.


Similarly the power reserve sits right on top of the barrel and progressively reveals or hides a small wedge, black on my model (red is available) that rotates and gets larger or smaller with the available power. This also appealed to me.


Even though it is a physically small watch at 35mm, the lugs project straight out from the middle of the case and only angle down to the level of the case back so it sits somewhat wider on the wrist than the dimension would indicate.





Also the bezel is really thin, so most of what you see is scintillating white silver face. This makes it look bigger than it is.The absolutely minimalist thin blued steel hands just add to the effect as does the font. I also like the fact the minute hand goes all the way to the minute marks and so does the sub-dial seconds hand and its marks. The finish on the case, lugs and buckle is first class, with no hint of hard to reach corners missing out on the love. The entire surface of the outside of the watch is polished to a high gloss. The crown is easy to get out and the date is set by advancing the hour hand back and forth between 8 and 1. Winding it gives its own little treat of watching the power reserve dial spin around and the little black wedge grow.


The much talked about Shell Cordovan Leather strap also helps with the fit.








This piece of a horse's ass is amazingly thin and supple for a new strap straight out of the box. So it conforms to your wrist very readily. The finish of this unique leather is smooth and shiny, almost like a patent leather shoe, but not quite as glossy with more of a "waxed" look. The shape of the buckle has also been thoughtfully designed so that it sits flush against your wrist. And at only 6.6mm thick with the sapphire case back it certainly slips easily under a sleeve.





All up it makes for a classy dress watch that fits my scrawny 7.5 inch wrist rather well.





If you have been dithering, then stop and get one. If you are in Sydney, just go get it from the dealer -they are one of the very few retailers of ANY product that has it as cheap or cheaper than anywhere else in the world - in fact if I'd been about to go overseas I could have claimed the tax back and it would have been heaps cheaper than O/S. They got my respect.

 

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Now you see, this price escalation, that's what I was warning you about a few days ago! :-d

Beautiful piece, I hope it will bring you a lot of smiles. I've worn my Tangente Sport for the last couple of days, after a hiatus, and remembered again what a great watch it is. I think the Sturmanskie is up this weekend.

 

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Now you see, this price escalation, that's what I was warning you about a few days ago! :-d

Beautiful piece, I hope it will bring you a lot of smiles. I've worn my Tangente Sport for the last couple of days, after a hiatus, and remembered again what a great watch it is. I think the Sturmanskie is up this weekend.
Nice Sport!! I came very close to the sport - but the thinner bezel finally did it for me and the sapphire case back. What escalation. I don't know what you are talking about. I can stop any time. right after the G-Shock Mudman arrives. Well almost certainly right after the vintage bulova tuning fork is delivered, or at least just after the Alpina aviation piece. maybe after the Maurice Lacroix skeleton

Oh no I think I may have a problem

(Is the date slightly off center or is that a camera-angle illusion?)
Nah, everything about this is perfection. The symmetry is gorgeous. It's just my lousy photos.
 

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That's a wonderful choice for a dress watch. Beautiful understated simplicity. Congrats on your new Nomos!
 

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Congrats, nice piece!
 

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This must be a sign from the powers above....I just saw your thread a few minutes ago. I had spent the better part of yesterday night, and a few hours this morning flipping between the Nomos website and Watchbuys.com agonizing about adding a Nomos to the rotation. It's not that I need another watch either, but I've long respected the German craftsmanship, the in-house movement, and the simplicity and elegance of the Nomos brand.

I went as far as entering my account / delivery information and my order into the "checkout cart" but couldn't bring myself to pull the trigger. I have tiny wrists (just over 6") and the only time I had a chance to try on a Nomos (37-38 mm case?), it didn't look right. We don't have an AD anywhere around us, but there happened to be a WIS locally trying to sell one.

I worried that the 35 mm would look too feminine / small on my wrist, but after reading and seeing your review, I'm feeling a little more confident. I ended up e-mailing Nomos to have some questions addressed.

Did you happen to consider the Orion? I'd appreciate your perspective on this too. I was also thinking about the Club, but I realized I already had enough more casual pieces, so the Orion struck me as being a nice dressier addition.

I'm envious every time I see a member post their new Nomos...I feel gutless for not yet taking the plunge, but I'm not a flipper, in the event that it didn't work out, so I'm timidly cautious.

Congrats again on a beautiful watch (also love the power reserve) and great review.:-!
 

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Oh, go on! Get the Nomos! I think it'd fit perfectly on your wrist and, quality wise, it wouldn't be out of place in your already august collection. I also think that the Nomos cases project a "sophisticated masculine" look, not feminine. I will say this though, I love the Bauhaus look of the Tangente line but, if I had to do it all over again, I'd look more closely at the Orion. I think that the plain baton hour markers make the watch a little more flexible. My heart beats a little faster when I see pictures of the Orion, or maybe, it's just Geoffbot's wrist...

I admit that I don't wear my Nomos as much as I used to. I still really enjoy the watch but I changed jobs last year. My current job is a lot more "hands on" and has a flexible dress code (it's also a lot more enjoyable!). In the past I wore a coat & tie almost every day, now I wear them once a month if I feel like it. As a result, I tend to wear my watches on bracelets more and my lovely watches on straps don't get the attention they used to.

Saver, I think you and I have similar taste in watches and I think you'd really enjoy a Nomos.
 

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Very nice purchase. I always enjoy the reviews you post on your new "toys".
 

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Very nice watch, congrats!. I'm so jealous that you got to go try them on in person.

I bought an Orion Weiss as a 'dress watch' without being able to try it on, as i'm in Melb :(.. found myself making up reasons to wear it.. like wearing shirts to work.. or dressing up for a coffee catch up... love Nomos and the Aus AD is fantastic!
 

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Very nice purchase. I always enjoy the reviews you post on your new "toys".
Why, thank you! I'm glad I'm being entertaining. ALthough it will probably slow down a little after next week, unless I start doing ones I've owned for a while...

Very nice watch, congrats!. I'm so jealous that you got to go try them on in person.

I bought an Orion Weiss as a 'dress watch' without being able to try it on, as i'm in Melb :(.. found myself making up reasons to wear it.. like wearing shirts to work.. or dressing up for a coffee catch up... love Nomos and the Aus AD is fantastic!
Yeah, any excuse will do...

Silver, of course. They're more accurate.

I'd have to agree. The dark dial ones just didn't have the same "Zing" factor IMHO. Just a little more subdues. Which is great if you like that
 

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This must be a sign from the powers above....I just saw your thread a few minutes ago. I had spent the better part of yesterday night, and a few hours this morning flipping between the Nomos website and Watchbuys.com agonizing about adding a Nomos to the rotation. It's not that I need another watch either, but I've long respected the German craftsmanship, the in-house movement, and the simplicity and elegance of the Nomos brand.

I went as far as entering my account / delivery information and my order into the "checkout cart" but couldn't bring myself to pull the trigger. I have tiny wrists (just over 6") and the only time I had a chance to try on a Nomos (37-38 mm case?), it didn't look right. We don't have an AD anywhere around us, but there happened to be a WIS locally trying to sell one.

I worried that the 35 mm would look too feminine / small on my wrist, but after reading and seeing your review, I'm feeling a little more confident. I ended up e-mailing Nomos to have some questions addressed.

Did you happen to consider the Orion? I'd appreciate your perspective on this too. I was also thinking about the Club, but I realized I already had enough more casual pieces, so the Orion struck me as being a nice dressier addition.

I'm envious every time I see a member post their new Nomos...I feel gutless for not yet taking the plunge, but I'm not a flipper, in the event that it didn't work out, so I'm timidly cautious.

Congrats again on a beautiful watch (also love the power reserve) and great review.:-!
Sorry I missed your questions when I was flipping through...

To answer you more fully...

I don't think any of them will look feminine - possibly not even the ones they have intended for ladies. My wife was with me and tried on a couple and they just didn't look right for her.

I believe there is something in the very prominent edges and shapes that give them their Bauhaus look that, in combination with the strap choice, makes for an inherently masculine looking watch. Also, as I mentioned, the thinner bezel makes the dial more prominent visually, as does the light colour vs dark. It looks bigger than it is without seeming to dominate your arm.

I dismissed the Orion and Zurich and Ludwig not because they looked odd on my wrist, but only because I REALLY liked the font on the Tangente and Tangomat. To my eye it suited the style of the watch and added to the Bauhaus aesthetic greatly. The indices only look of the Orion was a tad too subtle for my taste That could make it a more universally wearable choice for you though.

I would suggest, since there is no opportunity to try one on, and you mention a smaller wrist than mine that you consider the strap size





I have tried to show here that on my 7.5 inch wrist there are only two holes left on the strap that would take out at the maximum about half an inch, slightly less. The good news is they make their straps in a range of sizes. If you have not looked at it yet have a look at:

Horween Shell Cordovan black | Beautiful watches purchased online. Directly from NOMOS Glashutte/SA.

Or a different colour and select a size. I'm pretty confident that you would find a size to suit and be able to order it fitted on the watch.

If you are still hesitant, ask if you can return the watch in original condition if you do not like it. I didn't mention this in my original post, but I had this discussion with the lady at the local AD and she agreed. Worth a try and the worst the factory can say is "No".

I hope that this has helped and not harmed your decision making process.

I really love mine.
 

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Thanks Reg F.

I had already enquired about the shorter strap and I'm just waiting for a reply from Nomos. If I decide to proceed, I think the 35 mm would still work out. Would you have an idea of the lug to lug distance on yours? I know the lugs are a little longer than many other designs of this case size. The additional info was great.

I just ordered another "fun" everyday watch (chrono) from DocVail (his own line of watches he's created), so I think I should be covered for my everyday / casual watches. The Orion may just satisfy the slight gap in my dress watch requirement...in addition, I'd like to add another hand wound piece, without the date, so I don't have to fuss with changing it when it comes out for dress occasions, or in the middle of the week or month during a watch rotation.

Seeing your beautiful watch just fueled that suppressed temptation to acquire a Nomos. If I end up pulling the trigger, I'll give you the credit (or blame if I end up having to sleep at my friends house when my wife asks about another package delivery).;-)
 

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Thanks Reg F.

I had already enquired about the shorter strap and I'm just waiting for a reply from Nomos. If I decide to proceed, I think the 35 mm would still work out. Would you have an idea of the lug to lug distance on yours? I know the lugs are a little longer than many other designs of this case size. The additional info was great.

I just ordered another "fun" everyday watch (chrono) from DocVail (his own line of watches he's created), so I think I should be covered for my everyday / casual watches. The Orion may just satisfy the slight gap in my dress watch requirement...in addition, I'd like to add another hand wound piece, without the date, so I don't have to fuss with changing it when it comes out for dress occasions, or in the middle of the week or month during a watch rotation.

Seeing your beautiful watch just fueled that suppressed temptation to acquire a Nomos. If I end up pulling the trigger, I'll give you the credit (or blame if I end up having to sleep at my friends house when my wife asks about another package delivery).;-)

From the edge of each lug it measures 45mm, from the centre of the strap pins its 39mm, so it does span across your wrist more than other "wrap around" styles
 

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From the edge of each lug it measures 45mm, from the centre of the strap pins its 39mm, so it does span across your wrist more than other "wrap around" styles
Thanks RegF. I think 45 mm would work out perfectly. Every time I scroll through your pictures, in addition to the other posted photos, I question whether I should just add another daily wearer. These photos make me happy, but makes my credit cards cringe.:-x
 
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