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    Nienaber Art Deco

    The first time I saw this watch I think it was Alan’s acquisition.....


    Lots of the design aspects just sang to me, those lovely hands , the general Art-Deco-ness of it. I didn’t spot the size at that time, it’s only recently I became aware that it was 38.5mm. (Which I’ve found is a three bears size for me) But I sure did like it...... a lot !
    Up ‘til just recently I actually thought it was a much larger watch for some reason, I’d never been told, I’d never asked, I just thought from photo’s I kept seeing that it was 40mm, maybe even 42mm ....


    So it came up when Alan showed it off, I loved it, but at that moment I was probably otherwise invested (horologically speaking) and besides it was Alan’s and it was sold out already I think... so the desire went away, or at least got pushed to the back of my mind as an ‘if only’ thought.


    Then, sometime after the event, I discovered Alan had sold it on, I was sad I’d missed out on it, I seem to recall I even messaged him or posted at the time that I would have dug deep and bought it, but it had already gone. .... so the desire went away. (as before)


    Fast forward to ‘today’ and "Rodia’s interaction with Nienaber" where he was looking at options for a watch for himself from Mr Nienaber.
    That desire resurfaced again ... and I thought if I can’t have the long gone ArtDeco, then I might like a variation on the watch that Rodia was just about to reject. I didn’t want the Roman numerals , so I asked Rainer could he do a Rodia reject with a dial and hands like the Art Deco (wot I loved)


    ‘I still have a copy of the Art Deco !" Rainer casually dropped into the conversation.......

    (FYI: apparently when he makes a limited series, he makes an extra (possibly two) as a 'just in case' measure, all twenty of the published limited edition had been sold long ago. )




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    Rainer showed me photo’s and said the caseback was blank so far, he agreed he could engrave "Nienaber /Bunde and Art Deco"
    That’s fine I said - I was grateful it was gonna have the brand and model, the serial would have been nice, but it was a limited series of 20 so I couldn’t really have 21/20


    During conversations with Alan Tribe he suggested I request 00/20 as the serial number - as apparently it’s often used by the watchmaker for his own copy ... I quickly emailed Rainer and he was fine with that






    Ten days later ....... a rather special , and much wanted watch arrives:















    Last edited by Seriously; Oct 22, 2019 at 03:36 PM.
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    Very nice mate! Especially to get a bonus extra one you didn't think was available. Enjoy.
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    Very nice

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    Richard

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    Quote Originally Posted by happyscrappyheropup View Post
    Wow! That's beautiful. What are the dimensions?
    38.5 x 11 (slight domed sapphire included) - it's a great size on the wrist
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    Congrats, Seriously!! It is a truly special piece. If you’d asked I could have given you all the specs, and all the reasons you should get one.

    IWL has at least four of the 21, unless Rick has sold his off. Several people here have (gently) inquired if mine might someday be available—no way.


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    Most certainly a keeper keeper!

    If you’d asked I could have given you all the specs, and all the reasons you should get one.
    I had no idea one was available until a chance remark in my emails with Rainer, so there was no reason for me to enquire about something I knew was long gone...

    Once I found out about its availability, it was a rush of paying him and researching further (from what I knew already about it)
    Last edited by Seriously; Oct 22, 2019 at 01:39 PM.
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    What can I say? Grin, grin, grin.

    I’m glad I had the ‘00’ idea. Yours is more limited than the limited.

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    Serial '00' - Splendid.
    Funny how things pan out, sometimes.
    Some people have opinions - The rest of us have taste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tribe125 View Post
    What can I say? Grin, grin, grin.

    I’m glad I had the ‘00’ idea. Yours is more limited than the limited.
    You’re absolutely right, this one has the story that none of the others will ever have.
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