There are definitely valid arguments against the 3717. With the redesign it lost some of the charm of the older, more sober IWC fliegers. On the other hand, it gained quite a bit of presence as well. I quite like mine
The black croc strap does it no favours, I chose the strap from the Exupery limited ed instead. That is one comfortable strap!
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The 3717 is a beautiful watch, I just prefer the more traditional dial and hands of the 3706. I also like the original bracelet they were using on the 3706 more than the later bracelet. The strap for the Exupery is a very nice choice. Far more supple and comfortable than the black croc I had tried them on with years ago. The St. Exupery chronograph is one IWC I wish I had picked up years ago.
I've never bought pre-owned. We used to have some great AD's near us and we could get great deals on new Rolex, VC, Cartier, JLC, Lange, Patek, etc. Now some of the dealers are gone, and the discounts are much less. If I were buying pre-owned I would probably seriously look at vintage pieces, as you aren't going to find them new or LNIB. There are lots of lightly used current watches that will save you quite a bit...but make sure you buy from a reputatble seller and that you know what you are buying so you don't get burned.
Thanks for the replies guys!
Has there been an instance were a watch has a problem and you end up loosing money?
I posted a while back about looking to buy the IWC 7 day, I didn't like the Baume et Mercier Capeland flyback IRL, but now I feel that I should buy a "tool" watch.
I feel that a 12k watch at 22 would draw too much attention.
From a financial perspective I should invest the money
I still want a watch, but I now plan on buying used.
I like the IWC XV, Rolex Sea Dweller, Omega Speedmaster
To be honest, most people that worry that a watch will draw too much attention are over thinking how much attention these watches actually attract. Sure if you buy something thats blingy with diamonds, or soemthing that is more than 42mm its going to attract a lot of attention due to the flash or size of the watch. Rolex , IWC, they are not that big of a deal to anyone unless the people are into watches. A friend of mine put off getting a Rolex until he was in his late 30s. He always thought they would attract too much attention at work (so he previously bought a Speedmater,a Breitling, and a Zenith thinking they were more stealthy and better for work) . After buying it and wearing it to work, his big regret was not buying one sooner when it would have cost him nearly half of what he paid for it. Also, no one at work cared or made mention of his watch.
If you are going to wear the watch to work or maybe with a suit if you don't have a true dress watch...then I'd go for a Sub, GMT, or something other than the current Sea-Dweller, which is so chunky it looks silly with a suit. A Sub or IWC would be my 1st choices out of what you metioned. As others have said about Rolex it does have greater resale value than the other brands you are considering.
Thanks for replying guys!
I was nervous about posting my question because I was expecting to be ignored for considering the rolex as my first watch. (primarily because of my age)
I would like to but I feel weird walking into a watch store and not buying anything. This may have something to do with my last experience at a watch store; I went to try on the IWC 7 day and the rep was not helpful and was being a dick.
I wouldn't ignore a Rolex because of your age. I had an all steel GMT in college, as did lots of other students. Its a nice watch, but its not like having a Patek in your 20s. Also, go try on lots of watches. I have gone to lots of places to trying things on to see what I like, what fits my wrist, and my needs. Most reasonable sales people will expect you may want to try on several watches, read up on them on the net, and maybe come back and try on a few watches again to help make a choice.
Very elegant...nice choice!