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post #31 of 115
Either a watch speaks to you or not; asking the opinions of others seems futile.
post #32 of 115
The Royal Oak to me is a masterful design by Mr. Genta, one of the icons of mechanical watch design...simple yet distinctive. Several other brands have imitated the dial design, but none quite capture the purity of form of the original octogon shape. I prefer the simpler and smaller earlier models, as the face is less cluttered in appearance. The Royal Oak Offshores are unfortunately too big for my slender wrist, and I think their faces are a bit too busy for my tastes. I bought a 36 mm model for myself. Of note, though, I do find the crown design a bit tricky and fussy to operate. For a stainless steel case, they are also kinda pricey, but my little watch collection would not be complete without a Royal Oak...
post #33 of 115
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Originally Posted by Tomasso View Post
Either a watch speaks to you or not; asking the opinions of others seems futile.

Since price is not a factor apparently, go to your AD, and try on all the watches on your list. One will stand out from the others; get that one. Very simple.
post #34 of 115
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^^^ this has to be the most unattractive GO display back I've seen. Is that a Senator? IMO, the movement finishing and decoration do not deserve a crystal back.

this GO movement deserves one:
post #35 of 115
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Originally Posted by gdl203 View Post
^^^ this has to be the most unattractive GO display back I've seen. Is that a Senator? IMO, the movement finishing and decoration do not deserve a crystal back.

I have no clue what model it is. I was looking for a pic and this was the first available. I do not know anything about the movements, I judge a watch by its face design and some brand recognition.
post #36 of 115
So a sports watch?

When I said I was not fond of those Patek styles you mentioned, I must admit the Jumbo Nautilus is appealing in the "preposterous, outrageous, I must have it!" sort of way. A big (at least for Patek) irresistable, eye-flinching, statement that you have arrived. In that light, I would be sure to find the biggest, ugliest, Nautilus possible to wrap like an iron brick around my wrist. On the other hand, Patek does make some very elegant dress watches, when they do not succumb to haute swiss 70's styling.

Since the Jumbo Nautilus is overpriced, we can scratch that off the list...

On second thought, I would get the Glashutte in steel. It simply is not worth going to the precious metal price, not for the Glashutte, which sometimes, unjustly, plays second fiddle to Lange. For the Panerai I would go for a simple vintage look, pay as little as possible. No on the IWC (more of a pilot's watch as someone alluded to earlier); no on the AP Royal Oak (unless you move back to Carmel).

Just some opinions. I love spending money vicariously, even more so than writing broad sweeping generalizations .

-- ortolan
post #37 of 115
I have the AP Royal Oak (15300 model with white dial) and a GO Panomatic Lunar. I prefer either of them to most of the others that you listed, but it is hard to say just why. I consider them to be the closest to the intersection of classy, horologically-satisfying, and value (in the sense that some wonderful bespoke suits cost less than a Kiton).

The AP RO is my idea of a fairly expensive and prestigious sports watch. I suppose many folks might prefer a Rolex Daytona. The GO Pano series tends to be a lot dressier-looking, especially when paired with a strap (though still not technically dress watches). The new GO Sport Evo series are very nice rugged sports watches that I would prefer to most Rolex models. I find Panerais somewhat boring, and Pateks seem expensive.
post #38 of 115
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Originally Posted by WSW View Post
Since price is not a factor apparently, go to your AD, and try on all the watches on your list. One will stand out from the others; get that one. Very simple.

The point of this was to discuss and talk and see if there were any owners here since it would be more interesting than talking to the lady trying to SELL me one of these.

I mean if we all followed the something will speak to you mantra we really wouldn't have a forum.
post #39 of 115
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So a sports watch?



-- ortolan

Well my definition of a "sporty" watch doesn't have to be ladden with dials and chronographic. Something that bridges being an austere clean face and a chronograph. That's why the GO PanoReserve is leading the back with its face design; which compared to my other 3 watches that have nothing on the face but a regular dial/date would have a leg on each side of the bank.

And I think I like the Nautilus less and less...looking at how the tropical rubber band of the Aquanaut mimics the face of the watch is also a beaut.
post #40 of 115
-patek's are for old people
-panerai is boring
-glashutte: I wouldn't even consider that one.

Aquatimer is a nice one depending on which model you want (2000, chronograph etc.)

AP would be my choice
post #41 of 115
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Originally Posted by Miguel Alvarez View Post
-patek's are for old people
-panerai is boring
-glashutte: I wouldn't even consider that one.

Aquatimer is a nice one depending on which model you want (2000, chronograph etc.)

AP would be my choice

post #42 of 115
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Originally Posted by Miguel Alvarez View Post
-patek's are for old people
-panerai is boring
-glashutte: I wouldn't even consider that one.



Why no consideration for the GO? We know your reasons for the other 2.
post #43 of 115
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Why no consideration for the GO? We know your reasons for the other 2.

Well it's from germany. Only thing i have from them is a car. I just hate to purchase german things except for their cars that is...

Just kidding 'boot ze germans. I don't hate them. I just don't like GO. The reasons for that are probably invalid so i won't mention them.

Watches i would consider if i were you are from Breguet or Jaeger LeCoultre. I really like those two brands. It's just a matter of taste though. If ye really like the GO's ye should get it.
post #44 of 115
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Point taken. I was just curious as you mentioned others were boring or too stuffy.
post #45 of 115
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Audemars Piquet Royal Oak

I like the Offshore more than the regular RO but I'm only lukewarm on the ROO. I think it looks good on a leather strap but the pushers for the chronograph look too small and oddly shaped for the rest of the watch.

If you're into that sort of thing, I'd say take a look at the Hublot Big Bang. I think the design is a bit more successful. The only thing that I don't like about the BB is the fact that the screws all end at different angles to the dial. Defintiely picking nits but it would get to me.

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Panerai Luminor Marina PAM 49

If you go for a PAM, I agree that is should have a black or brown face. I'd vote against a brown dial since those only come with Ti cases which I think scratch too easily for daily wear. The brushed finish on the Ti definitely looks cool in the case but they seem to get dinged too easily.

I am a PAM fan and have been wearing my 111 constantly since I got it last week. I really didn't care for them

I would also go with a sandwich dial and no logo.

Wearing comfort is great so long as you wear the strap nice and snug.

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Patek Philippe Aquanaut

Patek Philippe Nautilus

By and large I am not a fan of Patek's styling and no where is that more true than their attempt at a sports watches. For that sort of money, I'd go just about anywhere else.

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Glashutte PanoReserve
Glashutte Senator Chrono

Neither one is a grail for me but I think they are both very successful designs. I thing I prefer the chrono by a small margin though either would make a great versatile watch.

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IWC Aquatimer

If I had to get a sporty chrono tomorrow, the Aquatimer would be on my short list. At this point I'd think I prefer a Carl F.Bucherer Patravi Big Date though I would tend to think that the IWC would be better in terms of movement stability and case finishing. The Aquatimer is a tough call - I like the yellow dial but again prefer the steel case.

Write-in - GO Sport Evolution

My next watch is the IWC 5001-07 after that the Glashutte Original Sport Evolution - probably the newly released GMT, maybe the Big Date. I think the sport Evo is a great watch if you're looking for something sporty - decent exhibition back, great bracelet (I think the fine adjustment is really useful). I used to have an Omega 45 Planet Ocean but just sold it after trying the GO.
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