Anti-Snow: Carmel, CA & a watch of which you've never heard

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Anti-Snow: Carmel, CA & a watch of which you've never heard

Post by Nuvolari » February 16th 2015, 2:48am

Took the family on a little road trip to Carmel-Highlands today, to outsource brunch to one of our favorite restaurants and enjoy some beautiful pre-spring coastal weather - and to also check on a family home that is in the process of being staged to sell. (A touch depressing until you take into account the never-ending money burn that is required to maintain coastal property... :cry:)

The watch I chose for today is one of my first Fleabay finds from about 7 - 8 years ago when I was waaaay more lucky than knowledgable. I bid on this watch by Locman built under their founder's namesake, Mantovani. I don't remember what I had paid, but it is wasn't very much, so I assume someone somewhere may have taken a bath on this thing... An unheard of but well-built proposition. It has an MOP look to the dial that I'm pretty sure is Abalone, a 21 jewel auto Miyota with hand wind, stainless case, a sapphire crystal, very good lume, with tasteful Panerai-esq design cues on its cushion case, and also came on a well-made crocodile band with a signed stainless tang buckle. Allegedly rated to 5ATM, but with no threaded crown, so I'll just take their word.

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After loading up on Eggs Benedict we went to the near by Carmel Mission where my wife and I were married over 20 years ago...
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Afterword we spent a little time at the house which is nestled into a private cove adjacent to Highway 1/PCH. This is shot just below street level, but a path meanders down the hill...
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Remember that whole maintenance thing? Yeah, found another surprise that needs a little TLC...
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The Young People thought it would be fun to catch the sunset up the road at Carmel-by-the-Sea... The contengent included my oldest daughter and her boyfriend, an outstanding young man serving our country in the Marines...
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As well as my my youngest daughter who was not a fan of the cool fog rolling in and preferred to abandon the blufftop perch and watch the sunset from sandy a sandy beach. :roll:
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Which, as it turned out, was not a bad idea at all...
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Today was one of those days that makes me want to take extra vitamins - because I definitely want to be around for more days like today! :D

Thanks for reading!
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Re: Anti-Snow: Carmel, CA & a watch of which you've never he

Post by fatman » February 16th 2015, 4:46am

Dang fuck!

You are selling that spread? You don't need a 45 yr old tax deduction do you?

Looks like a fantastic day with the family. Who wouldn't want to have many many more of those?

Edit: After going back and reading the thread again I should compliment the watch that I didn't see the first time around.
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Re: Anti-Snow: Carmel, CA & a watch of which you've never he

Post by hcharles » February 16th 2015, 11:48am

Nice watch, and a great story about how you got the watch. Your house has a fantastic view. You also have a great family. Appreciate those pictures.
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Re: Anti-Snow: Carmel, CA & a watch of which you've never he

Post by Nuvolari » February 16th 2015, 6:02pm

abduksion wrote:Huh so it was a Locman?


Well, it doesn't say that anywhere on the watch but their website opens with something along the lines of, "LOCMAN was founded in 1986 by Marco Mantovani." And I otherwise can't find shit beyond an old sale listing for the watch/brand. On the caseback it says, "No. 338" but I suspect they were trying to imply "limited edition" when, in reality, the production was restricted to whatever they could sell. Probably about 200 ;)

Conceptually it seems a little TV-brand-ish, but without the consumer recognition or sales revenue from warches heavily marked on TV or other media venues!

Turns out though, it's decent watch. I like it. The only complaint is that i would like it better if it hacked. Same gripe with nearly every Seiko & Orient in my custody -but they've come around, as you know.
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Re: Anti-Snow: Carmel, CA & a watch of which you've never he

Post by abduksion » February 16th 2015, 6:03pm

Nuvolari wrote:
abduksion wrote:Huh so it was a Locman?


Well, it doesn't say that anywhere on the watch but their website opens with something along the lines of, "LOCMAN was founded in 1986 by Marco Mantovani." And I otherwise can't find shit beyond an old sale listing for the watch/brand. On the caseback it says, "No. 338" but I suspect they were trying to imply "limited edition" when, in reality, the production was restricted to whatever they could sell. Probably about 200 ;)

Conceptually it seems a little TV-brand-ish, but without the consumer recognition or sales revenue from warches heavily marked on TV or other media venues!

Turns out though, it's decent watch. I like it. The only complaint is that i would like it better if it hacked. Same gripe with nearly every Seiko & Orient in my custody -but they've come around, as you know.


It is a nice looking watch I'll give you that.
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