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post #1 of 38
Thread Starter 
I like the look of a gold watch with gold band, but I don't have enough cash yet for a solid gold watch. My budget is only about $1,000 if I were to buy something soon, so gold-plated would be the only option. However, I am not sure whether I would be better served waiting until I had saved enough for something like a used solid gold Rolex President, or something else that would hold its value better.

If I were to go with a gold-plated watch, I was thinking perhaps this Frederique Constant:

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I'd appreciate any thoughts on the Frederique Constant, and on the general dilemma of gold-plated now versus solid gold years later.
Edited by etseq - 7/18/11 at 6:24pm
post #2 of 38

IMO, save and buy a nice used Rolex President. Most people here on the SF will say oh just another Rolex, blah blah blah, but SF is .01% of the population and anyone who is in business will know you have a $20K watch on your wrist. I love mine.

 

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post #3 of 38
Sweet cufflinks. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

Save up, OP.
post #4 of 38
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Originally Posted by Brianpore View Post

Most people here on the SF will say oh just another Rolex, blah blah blah, but SF is .01% of the population and anyone who is in business will know you have a $20K watch on your wrist. I love mine.
Now that is one really tacky comment ... to go along with a conspicuous watch.

If you look in the vintage market, you might find an older watch by a decent maker -- IWC, Jaeger LeCoultre, etc. -- for not much more than $1000 to $1500.
Edited by RSS - 7/19/11 at 9:18am
post #5 of 38
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Save up, OP.
+1. OP, save your pennies until you can afford a gold watch. Gold-plated is a no-no in my book.
post #6 of 38
Thread Starter 
Believe it or not I'm actually not interested in this to show off something conspicuously expensive, so I'm not wedded to Rolex. Further, walking around with something on my wrist that costs $10,000+ would fill me with terror that I'd get robbed, lose it, or damage it---even moreso if everyone could tell how much it cost.

I'd love other suggestions for gold watches. I only said Rolex just because I think it's a clean classic look, and I think it would hold its value. And I like the look of a gold watch in an outfit like this (which I believe is a Rolex):

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I realize the contradictions in my interests here, so no need for wise-ass remarks. I'm still thinking this through...
post #7 of 38
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I realize the contradictions in my interests here, so no need for wise-ass remarks. I'm still thinking this through...
I see no issues with getting a gold toned watch and band by a more mass market maker until the day your budget allows you the watch you want. It's not as if buying a less expensive watch will prohibit the purchase of exactly the watch you seek at a later date.
Edited by RSS - 7/18/11 at 7:03pm
post #8 of 38
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Originally Posted by Brianpore View Post

Most people here on the SF will say oh just another Rolex, blah blah blah, but SF is .01% of the population and anyone who is in business will know you have a $20K watch on your wrist. I love mine.

Now that is one really tacky comment ... to go along with a overly conspicuous watch.

If you look in the vintage market, you might find an older watch by a decent maker -- IWC, Jaeger LeCoultre, etc. -- for not much more than $1000 to $1500.


Not sure how that comment is tacky...it's more, unfortunately truthfull. The cuff links...yes those are borderline tacky, but I think they look pretty cool with the watch and I only bust them out for weddings, etc when I'm having a good time, never for business.

 

IMO, the point of having a Rolex President is that its a Rolex President. He mentioned a Rolex President so I was just giving my opinion on that watch. If you just want a gold watch because it looks nice, that's an entirely different story.

 

PS - Thanks Mac. Took me over a year to find them.

post #9 of 38
Love my 18k Submariner..................

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post #10 of 38
I dont like gold watches. But that submariner looks greats. How mutch did it costs?
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post #11 of 38
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.... anyone who is in business will know you have a $20K watch on your wrist...

 

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This is correct and certainly helpful in the used car sale business.
post #12 of 38
I don't think I wil ever wear a solid (head and bracelet) gold watch... just not my thing. eh.gif
Edited by anginaprinzmetal - 7/18/11 at 8:28pm
post #13 of 38
OP wants a gold watch, but he doesn't want the responsibility of actually wearing a valuable thing on his tender body.

WTF?
post #14 of 38
I would suggest to strive for a solid gold watch - have a look at vintage breguet, patek philippe or vacheron constantin...

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post #15 of 38
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Originally Posted by Brianpore View Post

IMO, save and buy a nice used Rolex President. Most people here on the SF will say oh just another Rolex, blah blah blah, but SF is .01% of the population and anyone who is in business will know you have a $20K watch on your wrist.


They may just assume it's a knock-off. Depends if one looks like the sort of person who would wear a $20k USD gold Rolex.

BTW gold Rolexs are an extremely common sight here. All counterfeit of course, but then no one really cares and they all seem quite happy.
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