Raymond Weil Maestro

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Raymond Weil Maestro

Post by svaglic » Sat Mar 27, 2021 2:42 pm

I’ve had this around a month, I figure that’s long enough to form some impressions.

First of all, the name Maestro keeps bringing up the Seinfeld episode when Elaine was dating the Maestro. I can’t help but think about that, a lot.

I wasn’t in awe when I opened the box, I’m not sure why. Perhaps it was a mood I was in or because I was thinking it didn’t meet my expectations. The longer I have it, the more I am happy with it. It just has a look that I like; the shade of blue, the textured dial, the size (39.5mm, the lugs, it’s light weight, I didn’t have a RW.....it just fit into my life and collection.

The specs. It claims the strap is 16mm, it is not. I believe it to be a 19mm, it may taper down to 16mm, but it doesn’t start at that.
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The picture that turned out the best. I tried.
I really like the shade of blue and the textured dial.
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Tried to get an angle to see the dial more, not exactly what I was hoping for.
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The lugs form nicely for a good fit. Signed crown, easy push pull. Not so easy it gets bumped or comes out on its own, it’s just right for pulling it to set the time, it’s easy to hold onto and turn. The case is smooth as silk, no sharp or even close to a sharp edge. Shiny too.
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Blurry after the crop, but it shows the two spots for a bracelet or a strap. I do not like the leather strap, it won’t ease up, it’s still stiff and uncomfortable. I need to switch it out, I was looking for a bracelet and they run around $200.00 for a RW. I have some off brands on order and will see if one will fit. Hopefully it won’t be too tough to put a bracelet on, I have a feeling the two pin holes are going to mess with my patience.
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The CalRW 4200 movement is claimed to be in-house, it’s not really. Other forums say it’s a tweaked ETA, but there is some debate on which one. It seems to run smooth though, the worst day had it 36 seconds fast.
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It’s a nice casual watch, it fits with a lot of activities and looks like casual shorts, slacks, jeans etc.... I’m happy I got it and there is a lot to like about it. It really is made well, you can tell it’s higher quality when you hold it.
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Re: Raymond Weil Maestro

Post by Racer-X » Sat Mar 27, 2021 3:08 pm

What a pleasing blue with that dial. Great watch and review. Too bad about the strap, I think it looks nice. Maybe a tight wrap on a case pillow for a while.
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Re: Raymond Weil Maestro

Post by biglove » Sat Mar 27, 2021 3:11 pm

That's an excellent review and some work done photos. Good job!

Seems that there are a number of RWs up for sale as of late. Based on this review, I would definitely consider one.
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Re: Raymond Weil Maestro

Post by svaglic » Sat Mar 27, 2021 3:38 pm

biglove wrote:
Sat Mar 27, 2021 3:11 pm
That's an excellent review and some work done photos. Good job!

Seems that there are a number of RWs up for sale as of late. Based on this review, I would definitely consider one.

There are a lot of sales lately. I think mine came out around five years ago, they may be getting rid of old stock.
For the price I paid and for the quality I got, I’d definitely buy another one if I saw one I liked. I paid less then 500, that’s micro brand prices and I feel like I got more.
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Re: Raymond Weil Maestro

Post by temerityb » Sat Mar 27, 2021 5:16 pm

I agree with JAS, your collection is just mint.

The only thing I kinda disagree with, and it's surely no big deal: I think that watch could be pulled off as a dress watch - but now that I think about it, maybe more for a guy than on a woman. I would wear that watch in an office or even going out at night. It's just really snazzy.

And it'll run, that's for sure. Good job, as always. The more I look at that model, you have me thinking: "Should I...?" :wink:
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Re: Raymond Weil Maestro

Post by svaglic » Sat Mar 27, 2021 5:52 pm

temerityb wrote:
Sat Mar 27, 2021 5:16 pm
I agree with JAS, your collection is just mint.

The only thing I kinda disagree with, and it's surely no big deal: I think that watch could be pulled off as a dress watch - but now that I think about it, maybe more for a guy than on a woman. I would wear that watch in an office or even going out at night. It's just really snazzy.

And it'll run, that's for sure. Good job, as always. The more I look at that model, you have me thinking: "Should I...?" :wink:
For a man it would work as a dress watch, too big for me in that way though. I use my vintage watches for dress watches, they are small and I have enough of them so that I can always find the perfect one for my outfit.
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Re: Raymond Weil Maestro

Post by conjurer » Sat Mar 27, 2021 7:26 pm

That's a goddamn fine, Svaggie. A swell looking watch, too. The dial and hands remind me a bit of those first generation Gevrils that were popular some years ago.
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