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post #16 of 53
I know some will jump down my throat for this, but I'd take a look at Rolex, if not to buy, then perhaps for inspiration. To my eye, they make some classic looking dress and sport watches, as long as you avoid the "bling" factor. I've had a simple oyster perpetual datejust for several years now. Stainless steel with a white face and roman numerals. It's simple, understated, runs great, and can be used in both a dress and a casual situation. For sport watches, I've always loved the look of the Rolex Submariner in stainless with a black face (I just bought the Seiko diver copy of this - obviously a completely different price range).

Also, IWC has, to my eye, some really classic looking dress watches.

Of course, if your fiancee is willing to spend up to $9,000, you should be able to get quite a watch.
post #17 of 53
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Originally Posted by Ambulance Chaser
What is your wrist size? Do you prefer a round, tank, or tonneau case? Will this be an everyday watch or more of a special-occasion watch?

If I was in your position, I would ask for a Lange 1815 or Vacheron Constantin Malte Grande Classique. I think you might be able to get these watches NIB at the very end of your price range, with discount.

http://www.paladinltd.net/Lange1815.htm

http://forums.timezone.com/index.php...=1840403&rid=0

Richard at Paladin is the man!!!! Very well respected in the watch community, honorable, great prices and has been around that business forever. BTW, in his opinion, Lange is currently the best made watch. He prefers that brand over all others, FWIW.
post #18 of 53
Take my advice for what it's worth, but I would not recommend to jump to the higher end of that price range. Not the best way to start a marriage IMO. If someone gives you a range (especially this wide of a range), I find a bit greedy to gravitate towards the higher part of it...

There are a lot of great watches out there in the $3-6k range that you shouldn't have to impose the purchase of a Lange or Patek on her. Plus, I don't know how many fine watches you have but if this is your first expensive watch, I find it a bit ridiculous to shoot for Patek, VC or Lange. If some guy asked here what suit he should buy as his first well-constructed suit, nobody would tell him to go for a Kiton as a first suit...

Also on the point of vintage vs. new, I consider that vintage watches are not the most appropriate choice for a gift. Your fiancee will feel bad if the watch starts running poorly, or if after some time you realize that parts of the watch are not original... or tons of other little issues that are inherent to the purchase of a vintage timepiece.
post #19 of 53
Let me see: it should appear first that we may safely rule-out sports watches; I also have the impression that you favour the more old-fashioned, thinner watches (as opposed to the more fashionable, larger-scaled timepieces); finally, something tells me that you are not particularly impressed with 'complications', for example, sonnerie, tourbillon, minute repeaters, etc.

In order properly to advise you, one must know also your physical characteristics, occupation and wardrobe accompaniments (to your fine wristwatch). Having said this, I should advise you to consider a (used) "Breguet". The name Breguet is writ large in horological history and, given the trend towards Dick Tracy-scaled timepieces, there are bargains to be had; its current re-sale value is however, for the same reason, somewhat depressed. That said, its history alone will see it re-emerge triumphant one day.

When you can afford it, check out Breguet's 'Reine de Naples' model for your fine lady

Finally, do try, in time, to acquire two or three wristwatches: (1) sports (e.g., Audemars Piguet 'Royal Oak Offshore'); (2) dress; (3) evening (e.g., Patek 'Night and Day').
post #20 of 53
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Originally Posted by di Robilant
sonnerie, tourbillon, minute repeaters, etc.
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Originally Posted by di Robilant
(e.g., Audemars Piguet 'Royal Oak Offshore'); (2) dress; (3) evening (e.g., Patek 'Night and Day').

Did you read the price range in the original post?
post #21 of 53
I agree with the JLC Reverso...great watch and it is timeless. You may also may want to look at the IWC Portuguese ( I think it fits in you budget )if you are looking for a "round" watch.

Wait on the Patek....get the one that you want..not one that you have to budget to get used.

Forget about Rolex..great watches ...but every gas station owner and pawn shop owner has one
post #22 of 53
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Originally Posted by gdl203
Did you read the price range in the original post?

well there's always the chinese 1 minute tourbillons and the Shellman quartz repeaters

I like your suggestion on going cheap. I would add to that by saying stick to under 3K (tons of well known, great brands in that range, Omega, Longines etc) and maybe consider getting a solid sports and dress watch watch, which can easily be done staying under 3K.
post #23 of 53
Yes, I agree with the JLC recommendation. A number of their models will put the buyer in the middle of the price range that was given. For something that the very low end of that range, the Omega Seamasters are classic.
post #24 of 53
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Originally Posted by edmorel
well there's always the chinese 1 minute tourbillons and the Shellman quartz repeaters

ha ha - let's hope the lifespan of the watch is not an indication of the duration of the marriage
post #25 of 53
something also to consider is the function/ use of your wristwatch....for example, if you're typically wearing the watch with suits, I agree with those recommending JLC-- what a great watch, no matter what the model of reverso.

however, if you're looking for a watch that you plan to wear for work in a more casual environment, with casual clothes/ weekends, etc. you might want to consider something with a little more beef to it. Here's the watch I plan to buy (after much consideration) within the next 3-4 months (I own a stainless steel reverso for my dress watch, and have been looking for a casual watch):

http://www.watchclick.com/store/item...sp?itemid=4008
post #26 of 53
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Originally Posted by The_Foxx
something also to consider is the function/ use of your wristwatch....for example, if you're typically wearing the watch with suits, I agree with those recommending JLC-- what a great watch, no matter what the model of reverso.

however, if you're looking for a watch that you plan to wear for work in a more casual environment, with casual clothes/ weekends, etc. you might want to consider something with a little more beef to it. Here's the watch I plan to buy (after much consideration) within the next 3-4 months (I own a stainless steel reverso for my dress watch, and have been looking for a casual watch):

http://www.watchclick.com/store/item...sp?itemid=4008

Have you considered a Speedmaster as well?
post #27 of 53
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Originally Posted by edmorel
well there's always the chinese 1 minute tourbillons and the Shellman quartz repeaters

I'm actually quite impressed with my Shellman Grand Complication. My Blancpain now resides in parts unknown, courtesy of some burglars, and I decided not to lay down the cash for a replacement. The Shellman fits the role of a day-to-day dress watch quite nicely, for an even thousand.

NEVER own an expensive watch without separately scheduling it on your insurance.
post #28 of 53
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Originally Posted by retronotmetro
I'm actually quite impressed with my Shellman Grand Complication. My Blancpain now resides in parts unknown, courtesy of some burglars, and I decided not to lay down the cash for a replacement. The Shellman fits the role of a day-to-day dress watch quite nicely, for an even thousand.

NEVER own an expensive watch without separately scheduling it on your insurance.


Yes, the shellman is actually quite a nice watch. My was more for the 1 minute tourbillons. Sorry to hear about that Blancpain, that had to hurt.
post #29 of 53
I am a fan of Franck Muller. They used to hold an more exclusive air, but you will not see many people with them still. They have a nice tonneau shape to them and can be had in your price range.
post #30 of 53
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Originally Posted by gdl203
Really? I love about all of JLC's designs, with the exception of the whole Compressor range. I especially love Reversos - probably started when watching the Thomas Crown affair...



I agree 100% with your assessment of the brand, and I, too, believe that the OP cannot go wrong here, assuming he finds one he likes. The only thing I disagree with is your opinion o fthe Compressor range. I don't like most of them, as I think the positions of the crowns looks odd. However, I went almost weak in the knees when I first saw the new Compressor Chrono. Now that is a watch! I would also tell the OP to check out Glashutte, as they also make great pieces for the money.
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