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I find them intriguing. Panerai is the most appealing to me because the design is so clean and highlights the numerals that way. I am not a Panerai fan but the Nomos Club appeals to me for similar reasons - you have a dissonant design element - 2 types of numerals - and everything else is laid out symmetrically and balanced and clean. Well executed.

That Tudor - woof. I can’t stand chronograph subdials that cut into the numerals on a dial but that’s the first time I’ve seen a freaking fully spelled out day cutting into a Roman 11. Just awful to my eye. (I am not a designer and my opinion is just my own)

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Recently I got hit with the same itch to have a Cali dial. Also the bronze watch thing bit me. As well this case design. Now.....if only I could find a watch like this but with a black dial and 39mm to 40mm I'd be all set. BTW way I think this is a totally cool watch and the patina you got here looks great.
Don't quote me. But, if I remember correctly, the one X2 posted is right around 40 or so.
 

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Is this a PAM? If so - how is that metal so strangely beautiful like a Damascus blade??

Cali dials can be fun. Depends on the watch.

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Update: Found your review - San Martin PAM-homage, nice!

 

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I clicked this thread only because I had no idea what a California dial was. Is this a recent trend or has it been around for a while?
 

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I'm in with a couple..

I think its like Bronze/Brass cases for me. Nice to have one or two just to scratch the itch. Wouldn't want any more.

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Is this a PAM? If so - how is that metal so strangely beautiful like a Damascus blade??



Update: Found your review - San Martin PAM-homage, nice!

That's the one. Dang, I really miss it, tbh...

Though fair warning, the damascus cased variant specifically was quite expensive (iirc around $800-900); the watch in the OP there is a different model (same size and proportions, bt regular steel case and regular black dial).

I don't recall if I ever did an actual review of the damascus model.
 

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Love mine!

This is likely my next pickup. The reversed-california dial adds quite some visual interest to the overall design. I love this one!
 

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Don't quote me. But, if I remember correctly, the one X2 posted is right around 40 or so.
Thanks..........I've looked at San Martin's offerings a lot and I'm familiar with these. I really do not like those wire lugs. The case design on that Maranez to my eye is perfect in line and proportions. Just wish there was a smaller version of it out there.
 

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I dig them as a quirky little side avenue.

The first one I made for someone—she was kind of alternative in her style, so the Cali quirkiness seemed fitting:



The second one I had—the combination of all the quirky color and texture elements with a Cali dial really spoke to me:



The one I have preordered. Was instant I’ve never had a left hander before—and it seemed oh-so fitting to try one with a West Coast dial:




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I didn’t used to be all that taken by Cali dials but they are growing on me (this thread hasn’t helped) so if the OP is tempted all I can say is “pull the trigger”
 

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I've always been interested by the Cali dial but found them a bit too chaotic for my wrist. What I didn't realize until reading through this thread is how many different companies make a Cali dial and offer them in modern watches. There are a couple in here that are clean enough to make me second guess adding one to the collection.
 

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IDK, what's it about them? Weirdly attractive, in a weird way. Like a girl with 3 b**bs or som'm.

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Sometimes quirky can be cool...

This is the original NTH Nazario, one of a 25-piece limited edition, inspired by the extremely rare (estimates suggest only 7 to 12 were produced) Rolex Zerographe, a mono-pusher 3-hand chrono from 1937. It was the first Rolex chronograph movement, and the first Rolex to feature a rotating bezel.

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The Nazario Sauro, with full-lume rice-paper dial came next, and was one of 75.

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It was followed by the Nazario Azzurro, one of 50.

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The Nazario Ghost was also one of 50.

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Coming next month will be the Nazario Vino Rosso...

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