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The nicest Cartier I have seen as well. You can post pictures of it whenever you want Dino.
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The nicest Cartier I have seen as well. You can post pictures of it whenever you want Dino.

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i really really like that cartier.

 

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Frankly its the nicest cartier ive seen.

 

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The nicest Carrier I have seen as well. You can post pictures of it whenever you want Dino.

 

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The nicest Cartier I have seen as well. You can post pictures of it whenever you want Dino.

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Thanks Gents.  Glad you enjoyed the photos. It was part of their Privee Collection.  They only made 200 in rose gold and 50 in platinum.  Stitchy...I guess its twice as nice!

 

Now for some peer pressure...come on Newcomer...you know you want a Tank!!!  Just kidding, wishing you luck on whatever you decide.  

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So, it looks like another watch is in my near future. For my graduation present, the folks and I are going to go to New York, and pick out a watch (among other things of course). The budget is ~$5,000, although preferably lower. I might be willing to supplement, but not much. The hitch is of course having to buy in New York!

Things I have thought of: Cartier Tank Solo with an engraving maybe from JC Randall? IWC Ingenieur? Omega AT? Nomos Weltzeit? I am thinking more along the lines of a dressier day to day watch.

My favorite from your list. I almost bought one of these before discovering OuJ.



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Dino, is your privee model case equivalent to the 'current' large Tank solo? Extra large? It looks phenomenal, now I want a Tank.

From Cartier's site, the current large is 31 mm x 40.85 mm x 7.65 mm thick.
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Am pretty sure the CPCP LC Tank XL is sized 30 x 39.2mm.
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that omega is sweet. newcomer, you need to get all three. omega, IWC and cartier.
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Am pretty sure the CPCP LC Tank XL is sized 30 x 39.2mm.

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Dino, is your privee model case equivalent to the 'current' large Tank solo? Extra large? It looks phenomenal, now I want a Tank.

From Cartier's site, the current large is 31 mm x 40.85 mm x 7.65 mm thick.

The case size for the now "Retired" (as they say at Cartier) Privee LC Tank XL is closer in size to the current Large Tank Solo.  However, while the cases look similar, they are quite different when you compare the two cases. They still make the case size for the watch I have, but it has a date window under the 12 o'clock position and a power reserve indicator at 6, both of which I find detract from the clean simple lines of a classic Tank.  

 

The other factor that makes the Privee Tank XL so special is the movement.  Most rectangular watches (even when offered by PP, AP, or VC use a round movement, unless its a special piece like a tourbillon, or other complicated watch).  The Privee Tank XL is one of the few time only watches where the company used a rectangular movement for their rectangular case. Its cheaper and easier just to choose a smaller round movement and stuff it into a rectangular case or square case.  Its requires more work to design a rectangular movement and the costs associated with them are higher because their are fewer applications for them, as you generally can't put them in round cases.  

 

Here a quick shot of the movement in my Tank XL.  Its a movement I'd put up against any time only movement from the "Big Three."

 

 

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Gents can I get some advice please?

I have a Speedmaster Pro which I've owned for a couple of years. It doesn't get a lot of use - mainly on weekends, and only to wear around generally - no exposure to dusty, dirty or wet environments. Can you suggest when/how often it should be serviced?

Thanks.
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Gents can I get some advice please?

I have a Speedmaster Pro which I've owned for a couple of years. It doesn't get a lot of use - mainly on weekends, and only to wear around generally - no exposure to dusty, dirty or wet environments. Can you suggest when/how often it should be serviced?

Thanks.

There's two school of thoughts.

 

Have it serviced when the manufacturer states (about every five years).

 

 

Wait and have it serviced when something goes wrong.

 

 

Keep in mind the less it is used, the less it probably actually requires a service. Especially with the oils they use nowadays. I would however probably recommend that you give it a wind at least once every month or two to get those juices flowing.


Edited by dddrees - 6/4/13 at 9:29pm
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That is correct.  

The case size for the now "Retired" (as they say at Cartier) Privee LC Tank XL is closer in size to the current Large Tank Solo.  However, while the cases look similar, they are quite different when you compare the two cases. They still make the case size for the watch I have, but it has a date window under the 12 o'clock position and a power reserve indicator at 6, both of which I find detract from the clean simple lines of a classic Tank.  

 

The other factor that makes the Privee Tank XL so special is the movement.  Most rectangular watches (even when offered by PP, AP, or VC use a round movement, unless its a special piece like a tourbillon, or other complicated watch).  The Privee Tank XL is one of the few time only watches where the company used a rectangular movement for their rectangular case. Its cheaper and easier just to choose a smaller round movement and stuff it into a rectangular case or square case.  Its requires more work to design a rectangular movement and the costs associated with them are higher because their are fewer applications for them, as you generally can't put them in round cases.  

 

Here a quick shot of the movement in my Tank XL.  Its a movement I'd put up against any time only movement from the "Big Three."

 

 

 

I especially love this display back shot - and of course your points about time-only finishings for the rectangular case.

 

Now, tell us: did you take this picture right after you purchased the watch?  Right after you had a new strap put on?  Or do you just not have sweat glands! fing02[1].gif

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There's two school of thoughts.
Have it serviced when the manufacturer states (about every five years).
Wait and have it serviced when something goes wrong.
Keep in mind the less it is used, the less it probably actually requires a service. Especially with the oils they use nowadays. I would however probably recommend that you give it a wind at least once every month or two to get those juices flowing.

lol, this is perfect. my opinion is 10 years or if something goes wrong/you feel something is wonky, whatever comes first.
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lol, this is perfect. my opinion is 10 years or if something goes wrong/you feel something is wonky, whatever comes first.

Thanks to you and dddrees. Looks like I can put off the big bill for a while yet.
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So, it looks like another watch is in my near future. For my graduation present, the folks and I are going to go to New York, and pick out a watch (among other things of course). The budget is ~$5,000, although preferably lower. I might be willing to supplement, but not much. The hitch is of course having to buy in New York!

Things I have thought of: Cartier Tank Solo with an engraving maybe from JC Randall? IWC Ingenieur? Omega AT? Nomos Weltzeit? I am thinking more along the lines of a dressier day to day watch.

 

I'm sticking my neck out here and going against the wisdom above:  although the movement is beautiful and the design is classic, I find the Tank a teensy bit...effeminate - in gold that is.  But in your budget I guess it's steel anyway, with an un-tapered strap or bracelet to give it a bit more presence, then maybe that looks a bit more manly on the wrist.  There, I said it.

 

The Ingy is relatively chunky and utilitarian-looking if that's your thing, and I kind of like it.  But it's not exactly dressy.  The AT is nice, and well under budget, but perhaps not that "special" if you already have other nice watches.  Might I suggest a couple more alternatives?

 

1.  For that price, you can get a regular Rolex DateJust.  If you're not insecure about your size (teehee!) I think a plain stainless 36mm DJ with a white or black dial, is plenty smart on the wrist, versatile to wear with anything, and, well, it's a Rolex.

 

2.  But if you can supplement your budget, and you want something that's all dress, then if you add about $1k of your own, you can just about stretch to a JLC master control.  That's a nice size, definitely a dress watch, and definitely special enough for the occasion I think.

 

Otherwise, of your three I like the Nomos Weltzeit.  Nice watch for the aspiring international businessman. :)


Edited by mimo - 6/5/13 at 4:59am
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I'm sticking my neck out here and going against the wisdom above:  although the movement is beautiful and the design is classic, I find the Tank a teensy bit...effeminate - in gold that is.  But in your budget I guess it's steel anyway, with an un-tapered strap or bracelet to give it a bit more presence, then maybe that looks a bit more manly on the wrist.  There, I said it.

 

The Ingy is relatively chunky and utilitarian-looking if that's your thing, and I kind of like it.  But it's not exactly dressy.  The AT is nice, and well under budget, but perhaps not that "special" if you already have other nice watches.  Might I suggest a couple more alternatives?

 

1.  For that price, you can get a regular Rolex DateJust.  If you're not insecure about your size (teehee!) I think a plain stainless 36mm DJ with a white or black dial, is plenty smart on the wrist, versatile to wear with anything, and, well, it's a Rolex.

 

2.  But if you can supplement your budget, and you want something that's all dress, then if you add about $1k of your own, you can just about stretch to a JLC master control.  That's a nice size, definitely a dress watch, and definitely special enough for the occasion I think.

 

Otherwise, of your three I like the Nomos Weltzeit.  Nice watch for the aspiring international businessman. :)

 

Sticking your neck out.... here comes the axe. fight[1].gif  Just kidding - I can understand how the Tank might impress as leaning toward the feminine side of things given the contemporary landscape of oversized wrist clocks, but I definitely don't share that point of view.  It is the epitome of elegance in my eyes.  If anything, the ginormous testoterone-infused horological excess that dominates a great many brands these days is more likely to suggest to me that the wearer is seriously overcompensating for an unseen deficiency.

 

AT not that 'special'?  I suppose I can get that in the context of an already well-established high quality watch rotation - though I would argue that it is a superb piece for the price.  Datejust more 'special' than an AT?  That I don't get at all.  It's practically a living definition of 'generic watch' in my estimation.  I'd go with the AT 10 times out of 10 here.  Similar wacthes that I would select over the AT are almost without exception a good deal more costly.

 

 

I'm with you on the JLC Master Control.  Less versatile than either the DJ or AT - more firmly on the dress watch end of the scale - but a classic study in understated elegance and ageless aesthetics.

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