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I find the whole idea of justifying a watch purchase as an investment to border on the ridiculous.
I agree, as a generalization. But, as with most things, some people are good at doing just this and making money. Of course, it's not easy and not for everyone, but for those willing to put in the time to learn about the watches, learn about trends and spot new hypes, develop relationships with sources, watchmakers and customers, and scouring the world and the web for good deals, can make a good living dealing collectible watches.

Now, for everyone else, just focusing on buying right, at the best possible discount, should go a long way in helping preserve value if there's a need to sell the watch down the road.
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Exceptions are probably the PP 5970/5270, Phillipe Dufour Simplicity, Vari's work and maybe a couple of others, but then you are talking $80K+. They will probably increase in value some... I can't imagine some of the other high end watches really having staying power in the same way (RMs, Unwerk) except as ugly curiosities.

I believe all of PD's current creations rise in value before the customer even receives - low supply, high demand. This, of course, is an exception, and I concur with everyone else - watches are not an investment.
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I had a chance to meet with Mr. Dufour at his little work shop.  Wonderful man that truly loves what he does and does it as well as anyone living.  This was 5-6 yrs ago and was too late to get a Simplicity from him.  The area surrounding Geneve is very beautiful and for a WIS, heaven!  If you go, it's worth the trip to Rochat, near Lausanne.  Might be the best restaurant in the world...

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You guys have been hitting all the watches I have been lusting after. Speedie pro, JLC MUTM, and JLC Reverso 1931 Tribute in black (and also the Rolex 14060M). I still haven't dipped my toe into buying a watch. It's not that I can't afford to, it's just I'm not sure I should. The Speedie would be the least expensive. The MUTM I love and Cylon's pictures have confirmed its coolness (though still need to see in person). Not sure if it's too formal for my every day wear, but for everything other than weekend casual it would probably be fine, and would work well as a dress watch too. Are they going to keep making the Reverso Tribute in stainless? I think it's fantastic, but seems like more of a second or third watch for me. Some of the other JLCs in this thread have also really agreed with me--I'm not sure why I'm on such a JLC kick. Anyway, hope to join this thread for real at some point! For now I'll just go back to watching all the pretty watches.
And as for the Royal Oak, my friend has a vintage one from the 1970s that was her father's. At first I really hated it, but the more I see it the more I love it. Her dial has a crazy patina too. I'm sure it needs servicing.


I'm glad you enjoyed the pics! I too had to wait and see it in person, but the proportions are dead on--not the same issue I have with the Master Ultra Thin...but again who would take my word for it :)

 

I do toy with the idea of playing around with the strap a bit but have decided for the time being to just enjoy it as it is.

 

As much as I love it, it has its limitations as you mention. Its not a casual watch, but that's not a dealbreaker. A Stowa or something can fill that casual/weekend gap nicely without breaking the bank.

 

As to why JLC is popular for most of us on here...I think they just make excellent watches, but also the type of person who comes to styleforum is someone who wants both a lasting elegance, quality and value. JLC fits that mold better than anyone else IMHO. Of course PP and ALS make amazing watches, but they arent attainable for most people lest they rearrange their life priorities. To use an imperfect analogy: Samuelsohn v. Kiton (im probably going to get skewered for this comparison and people will be saying actually theyre more like....teacha.gifbut I think I made my point...people looking for something a little under the radar but undoubtedly well made)

 

And speaking about the JLC 1931...did you see Hodinkee lately?  icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

 

http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/2012/2/8/spotted-jay-z-wearing-a-jaeger-lecoultre-tribute-to-1931-rev.html

 

Thankfully not a Hublot (the opposite of under the radar)

 

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Hamilton jazzmaster chrono

any particular model/year? puzzled.gif It's not on the website. Thx!
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Originally Posted by Kid Nickels View Post


any particular model/year? puzzled.gif It's not on the website. Thx!


http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-H32656785-Jazzmaster-Chronograph-Watch/dp/B002GQH2UC

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I had a chance to meet with Mr. Dufour at his little work shop.  Wonderful man that truly loves what he does and does it as well as anyone living.  This was 5-6 yrs ago and was too late to get a Simplicity from him.  The area surrounding Geneve is very beautiful and for a WIS, heaven!  If you go, it's worth the trip to Rochat, near Lausanne.  Might be the best restaurant in the world...

The best part of Dufour's watches is that, unlike a lot of current watchmakers, he is just sticking to perfectly elegant stuff. A lot of the watchmakers go a bit crazy with styling and frankly I find most of their work pretty ugly, but Dufour doesn't have anything to prove.
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My newest--- vintage Omega Seamaster 300 (mid-60s) in exceptional condition. On a vintage NOS Tropic strap.


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nice watch dshap..congrats man!!
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Nomos being taken apart, cleaned, and put back together. Very cool.

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More Nomos needed.

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beautiful!

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dshap - love your SM300! saw your posts on tz and equally admired your watch there
lexybeast - my favourite nomos! the tangente seems to be the nomos of choice these days, but I can't get over the radial flip; someone posted a great nomos write up on tz's public forum ; great read if you haven't read it already.

here's what I'm wearing today:
Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App

this gets the least rotation but never fails to put a smile on my face.
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My newest--- vintage Omega Seamaster 300 (mid-60s) in exceptional condition. On a vintage NOS Tropic strap.
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Beautiful dshap!!
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+a million...
I got to tried on the 976. It looks great on my wrist. I'm saving up for a more dressy watch. So maybe an incoming in 1-2 years.....foo.gif
But I do have my eyes on a Cartier Tank Americaine right now. My grandfather have a yellow gold one and its a really stunning watch.



The Tank Americaine is a beautiful watch.  There have been a few variations, I prefer the one without a date window.  It looks a little dressier without the date, but each version is very nice.

 



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I'm still a fan of Dino's Cartier Tank... can't remember the model... maybe he'll tell us again.... it's NOICE!


Thanks, its the Louis Cartier Tank XL.  But many people abreviate the name as LC Tank XL.
 


 

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Hell yeah its beautiful. I think he said its really hard to obtain, and the new one that was just released does not have an open caseback...so a lot of the beauty of Dino's watch is lost right there. frown.gif


 

Yes, the Tank XL that I have was part of their Collection Privee and was very limited in production only 200 pieces in rose gold and 50 in platinum.  The new Tank XL is slightly larger and thinner (as it does not have the exhibition back to view the movement), and its a plain silver dial without guilloche.  Its a very nice watch, but I like many elements of my Tank XL more.

 

 

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