Originally Posted by mackmittonz
Some of the watches on here are unreal! I could really use some help here...I'm really torn between a couple vintage watches I like for an elegant dress watch. I don't have much experience evaluating the value of vintage watches so I was hoping someone might be able to help here. I have a brown strap steel dress watch and some more sport oriented pieces so this type of watch would round out a hole in my collection nicely. I'm looking for a simple clean (but not Baohaus inspired) gold dress watch with a quality movement.
What I don't know is the following:
-Which watch has a more desirable movement?
-Which watch is more sought after?
-Which watch is a better value based on the selling price?
Both are from top end brands, similar designs, gold case, roman dial, both appear to have been retailed by Tiffany & co. Both are similar in sizes, the AP is 34mm and the PP is 33mm. I personally would prefer the 34 to a 33 mm watch case, but that's something that is up to you.
I think the size, relatively small by today's standards may limit them being as you asked "More sought after or collectible" in the future. Today people tend to favor watches that are at least 36 mm or larger.
Many people feel that Patek has a bit more cache today. I don't know that it truly matters on piece of this vintage or size.
The big difference is the movement. The AP is an automatic, the Patek is a manual. Beyond that AP's movement 2120, is a fantastic and iconic movement. It one of the thinnest automatic movements of all time. It was also in its base form, the only movement ever to be used by AP, Patek, and Vacheron Constantin. AP owns the rights to it, and still uses it their Ultra Thin Jules Audemars and the RO Jumbo (but using the date version 2121). VC has continued to use this movement in a few of their pieces even in recent years. Patek makes a nice movement and its always beautifully finished. I don't know enough about the movement in this particular Patek to say whether its really something unusual for Patek, but I don't see anything special about it compared to other pieces from its time frame.
As for price, Patek has a certain cache and are often priced a bit higher than a similar AP or VC. Beyond that, IMHO its really personal preference.