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post #16 of 39
In the end, if your dad is happy with the choice, that's all that matters.
post #17 of 39
I would suggest a Rolex Datejust President with either a gold or a white face. If it does not have to be a Rolex I would suggest a Breguet Classique Automatic. I would recommend a Patek Philippe Calatrava but in your price range I am not sure you could get one that was not tiny.
post #18 of 39
he should buy what he wants, yes. but may i suggest the daytona.
post #19 of 39
Take your dad to a few watch dealers....let him try on watches on his wrist....let the watch speak to him....then once he decides....the deal is done.

I faced a similar situation a week ago, my dad now wears the watch that he liked in the store the most. Honestly its rare that I see him enjoy material things, but he really likes the JLC and didnt even know the name before!!

Regards.
post #20 of 39
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Originally Posted by ginlimetonic View Post
why not Patek Phillipe...

"you never own a patek phillipe. you merely look after it for the next generation"..is their marketing quote.

so you'll get it sometime!!

they only have leather strap i think, and dead centre in your price range

they're classic and elegant (also you can describe them as plain)

I understand what the OP is saying... as a kid, my dad's thing was owning a Mercedes Benz, not a chance a BMW, Audi, Jag, even a Rolls would have shifted his mindset... it was a Benz or nothing.
post #21 of 39
I own a Datejust President with gold face but, for me, the Submariner is THE Rolex, the one that is icon.
post #22 of 39
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Originally Posted by Felix Leiter View Post
I own a Datejust President with gold face but, for me, the Submariner is THE Rolex, the one that is icon.

Agreed.
post #23 of 39
Thread Starter 
Well, I just sent him some links to some of my favourite watches in the hope that he might change his mind re Rolex. Obviously some of these are quite a bit cheaper than what he has in mind but just thought I'd show them to him anyway. I think if it has to be Rolex, I'll look into either the Submariner or possibly a vintage model.

1) Probably my favourite is the Patek Phillippe Calatrava 5196R http://www.prestigetime.com/item/Pat...ava/5196r.html (there's also a very nice one model called the 5196G which has a black leather strap and white gold).

2) Second favourite is the Jaeger LeCoultre
Master Grand Ultrathin http://www.prestigetime.com/item/Jae...135.84.20.html (also a nice model with pink gold and a black leather strap)

3) IWC make some very very nice watches.
The IWC Vintage Portguese Hand Wound: http://www.prestigetime.com/item/IWC...IW5445-01.html
The Vintage Ingenieur Automatic: http://www.prestigetime.com/item/IWC...IW3233-01.html
The Vintage Portofino Hand Wound: http://www.prestigetime.com/item/IWC...IW5448-01.html
The Portuguese Automatic: http://www.prestigetime.com/item/IWC...IW5001-01.html

4) There are two great Tag Huerer watches
The Carrerra Automatic: http://www.prestigetime.com/item/Tag...1b.fc6202.html
The Monaco Automatic: http://www.prestigetime.com/item/Tag...10.fc6177.html

5) Omega also make some very nice watches:
The De Ville Prestige 36mm: http://www.prestigetime.com/item/Ome...875.50.01.html
The Planet Ocean - 42mm: http://www.prestigetime.com/item/Ome...901.50.81.html
The Aqua Terra Mens Automatic: http://www.prestigetime.com/item/Ome...21.06.002.html
post #24 of 39
2% off. They're mad!
post #25 of 39
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Originally Posted by danielvh View Post
I'm starting to think that the best idea is to get one of the cheaper Rolex watches (I think the Milgauss is my favourite) and then a second dressier watch as well with the change, and get a nice watch case that would hold both of them.

What do you guys think of this idea?

So, I think the Milgauss has a list price of US$5900 leaving about US$10000 or so to spend on another.

I'd say no to a milgauss, simply because the sorts of circumstances where you would be exposed to large magnetic fields (eg the busbars beneath a generator stator) mean that you wear overalls. And it doesn't match too well with overalls. And I think it's a little silly having a watch that theoretically could be used for what it was designed, but circumstances mean that in practice, it can't. (Whereas, for example, you really would wear a submariner for diving).

Just 2 cents from someone who actually works with generators.
post #26 of 39
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Originally Posted by Shikar View Post
Take your dad to a few watch dealers....let him try on watches on his wrist....let the watch speak to him....then once he decides....the deal is done. I faced a similar situation a week ago, my dad now wears the watch that he liked in the store the most. Honestly its rare that I see him enjoy material things, but he really likes the JLC and didnt even know the name before!! Regards.
+1 If I was in the market for a 10k+ watch...I'd be kinda iffy on purchasing a watch online without seeing it first hand. I don't think your dad can't go wrong with any IWC Portuguese or Patek.
post #27 of 39
Thread Starter 
I think I've swayed him. After sending that email with the list of watches that I personally like he's responded that he's decided to go with the Patek I linked to (probably in the white gold version with black strap though - The Calatrava 5196G) pending trying it on somewhere.

post #28 of 39
Just be aware that that Patek is a bit on the small side. I imagine that he will like the size of the IWCs much better. I have the Portugese Automatic in the same color combo and I get lots of compliments on it.
post #29 of 39
I dont get why you are just overlooking what he wants. That aint right!
post #30 of 39
Thread Starter 
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I dont get why you are just overlooking what he wants. That aint right!

I'm not. I showed him a range of watches and he came back with: "love the Patek. Looks like an amazing watch and pending trying it on that's the watch I want." Admittedly I did say I'm not such a big fan of Rolex but that's about it.
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