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I like some of the Millenary models as well, but I do not like that color palette.
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I'm going to buy my GF a watch for Christmas, all I know is that she would like a chrome, non-bling watch. Round, and not too big. 

 

Any ideas? No need for automatic. I have 200$ bucks. 

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I'll be getting my wife a Rolex Date watch for our anniversary.
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I'm going to buy my GF a watch for Christmas, all I know is that she would like a chrome, non-bling watch. Round, and not too big. 

Any ideas? No need for automatic. I have 200$ bucks. 
I would probably start at Fossil. Should have a ton of options in that range and below. Get the same watches as the "designer brands" without the mark-up.
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that blue is barf. otherwise i like some of the millenary models.
The only Millenary I've ever liked is the long discontinued Star Wheel (Jump hour) version. That was a cool watch.
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I'll be getting my wife a Rolex Date watch for our anniversary.

Happy anniversary and congrats! I'm sure the Mrs. will enjoy it.
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Thanks Dino smile.gif It's not for a little while yet, but I like to get my shopping done early. I recently bought myself a Tudor Prince Date, so the wife needs an even better watch wink.gif
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Hey KT not sure about the blue but I get it...
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I would probably start at Fossil. Should have a ton of options in that range and below. Get the same watches as the "designer brands" without the mark-up.

And here I thought Fossil was a mass-market mall fashion "designer brand"...

...unless with "designer brands" you mean the like of Michael Kors or Calvin Klein. Though I fail to see the difference between Fossil and "designer brands" in that case.

For $200 and mechanical you would likely be restricted to Chinese or Japanese movements - perhaps a seagull:

http://www.seagull1963.com/

or perhaps a mechanical Seiko of some sort.
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Never mind, guys.

Wouldn't you know it, Bowie explained it all to me on the way home from work (listening to XM Radio), so it's all good:





Don't you wonder sometimes
'Bout sound and vision

Blue, blue, electric blue
That's the colour of my room
Where I will live
Blue, blue

Pale blinds drawn all day
Nothing to do, nothing to say
Blue, blue

I will sit right down, waiting for the gift of sound and vision
And I will sing, waiting for the gift of sound and vision
Drifting into my solitude, over my head

Don't you wonder sometimes
'Bout sound and vision


Fair warning: short attention spanners, the lyrics don't kick in until about the 1:30 mark, and that guitar riff absolutely WILL get stuck in your head.
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Hi All,

 

I have been looking for an everyday watch over the last year or so. I am very rarely in formal settings, so have been looking at something casual and durable that could be slightly dressed up if need be. After a lot of research and advice from this thread (which I have now scanned through in it's entirety) I have narrowed it down to a SS Daytona or a Royal Oak Jumbo. I am leaning towards the Daytona as at about half the price of the RO Jumbo it is a bit easier to justify. Previously someone mentioned that each watch should cost no more then twice as much as the previous one, and although somewhat arbitrary it does make sense for me. Spending around $12k on a Daytona seems reasonable to me but spending $20k on the Jumbo seems like a stretch. 

 

Unfortunately my AD does not have the Jumbo in stock so I have not been able to try it.  I tried on the old 39mm RO a few months ago and loved the feel of it but found the 41mm 15400 was a bit to large on my wrist. Also I really like the history behind the Jumbo, and that it is a less common then the Daytona which I have seen tons of people wearing since I have started paying attention to what people have on their wrist.

 

 

Thanks to all the great contributors in this thread and hopefully I can get some additional advice before I finalize any purchase.

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Never mind, guys.

Wouldn't you know it, Bowie explained it all to me on the way home from work (listening to XM Radio), so it's all good:


Fair warning: short attention spanners, the lyrics don't kick in until about the 1:30 mark, and that guitar riff absolutely WILL get stuck in your head.

Never heard that Bowie song before, but now the guitar riff won't leave my brain...Thanks Keith...I think ;)

 

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Hi All,

 

I have been looking for an everyday watch over the last year or so. I am very rarely in formal settings, so have been looking at something casual and durable that could be slightly dressed up if need be. After a lot of research and advice from this thread (which I have now scanned through in it's entirety) I have narrowed it down to a SS Daytona or a Royal Oak Jumbo. I am leaning towards the Daytona as at about half the price of the RO Jumbo it is a bit easier to justify. Previously someone mentioned that each watch should cost no more then twice as much as the previous one, and although somewhat arbitrary it does make sense for me. Spending around $12k on a Daytona seems reasonable to me but spending $20k on the Jumbo seems like a stretch. 

 

Unfortunately my AD does not have the Jumbo in stock so I have not been able to try it.  I tried on the old 39mm RO a few months ago and loved the feel of it but found the 41mm 15400 was a bit to large on my wrist. Also I really like the history behind the Jumbo, and that it is a less common then the Daytona which I have seen tons of people wearing since I have started paying attention to what people have on their wrist.

 

 

Thanks to all the great contributors in this thread and hopefully I can get some additional advice before I finalize any purchase.

Both are great watches, just distinctly different, in terms of design, feel, purpose, and price.  I don't think you can go wrong with either.  

 

The current Daytona uses an inhouse Rolex cal 4130, with a 72 hr power reserve if you are not using the chronograph function.  It has a 100m water resistance, a very rugged case and bracelet that can withstand whatever you can dish out, but no exhibition back through which to view the movement.  Its far from a dress watch, its definitely a sports watch, but its one that you can get away with if you wanted to wear it with a suit.  If you are a someone that is tough on a watch and this will be your do anything, go anywhere watch, then get the Daytona.  The white dial is easier to read at a glance, but on the modern 116520 I prefer the black dial...I find it a bit more elegant and maybe a tad dressier...but that's just personal taste.

 

The AP RO Jumbo, is something that depending on the part of the world you are in AD's will rarely if ever have one available, and even their access to order one is a bit limited (unless its part of a bigger chain).  From what I am hearing AP is preferring to keep this limited production (its not a limited edition) watch more readily available through their own boutiques.  Because of its ultra thin movement, and its relatively thin case and bracelet, it wears very differently than the other 39mm time only watch the 15300, which has been discontinued.  Its water resistant to 50m, it does not have a screw down crown, it has a date but no quick set (although you can advance it rapidly by advancing the time between 10pm and 2pm), and its certainly expensive for an all steel watch.  That being said, its finish is exquisite, IMHO the only other steel watch I found to be as finely finished was Patek's Nautilus.  Although, I preferred that the RO's bracelet which felt a bit more substantial on my wrist, but that's personal preference.  I really like the Nautilus, but for me its a watch I'd choose if I could swing one in addition to a RO Jumbo, not instead of it. But again personal choice.   The movement is still the thinnest automatic available today and its a work of art.  Also its skeletonized rotor is something that allows one a relatively unimpeded view of its movement.  I find the more I look at it the more I discover interesting nuances about its finish, the complex angles, the colors of the dial under different lighting, or how the light seems to dance off the beveled edges and smaller bracelet links.  It's a watch that gets little attention unless you are among watch collectors, but depending on where you work its anonymity can be a good thing.  Its also the most versatile watch I've owned.  It works great for dressy events and great with jean and a T-shirt.  Over the last year its gotten about 90% of my wrist time.  However, if I were doing a lot of very active jobs or hobbies were it might get damaged, I wouldn't choose it.  Its just not the kind of watch I'd feel as ok about punishing they way you can a Rolex.

 

You did discuss price...and there is a big difference.  Don't do something that will really put a strain on your finances.  You don't want to buy something that you regret and will always look at it as a constant reminder of something that was too much of a stretch.  That wouldn't be fun and you won't enjoy it.  Hope this helps.  Wishing you luck with whatever you choose...as mentioned, both are great and you can't go wrong with either of them.     

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I'll be getting my wife a Rolex Date watch for our anniversary.

good man.
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Dino,

 

Thanks for the reply. I was able to try on both the black and white Daytona's and really loved how the black dial looked. My current everyday watch is a Tag Aquaracer chronograph with white dial that I have worn for over 5 years so having a black dial chronograph would be a nice change, not to mention the clear upgrade. The AD which I have no history at was very helpful but said absolutely nothing could be done on the price of the Daytona which I expected might be the case.

 

I really wish I could try on the Jumbo. My first time trying on the 39mm Royal Oak I realized why people enjoy them so much. You can't appreciate it without trying it on and I'd imagine this is even more so the case with the Jumbo. I also love the idea of an exhibition back on a watch that has such a fantastic movement.

 

Neither watch would put a strain on my finances but for some reason the Jumbo seems a lot more expensive, probably because it is :). I think especially with luxury items everyone has a benchmark for what is "a lot" of money that gradually increases as they get more involved with that item. At one point in time $300 might be "a lot" of money for a pair of shoes for someone. A year later $1000 might be normal for that same person without their financial situation changing. For me the Daytona is in that comfort zone and the Jumbo is just outside of it. Although the Daytona probably makes the most sense for me right I guess I can always have the Jumbo in the back of my head.

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good man.

Thank you. She's wanted one for quite awhile, so I thought I'd surprise her with it.
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MG85, the Daytona is a fantastic watch. I'm sure you will be very happy with it!

It was my grail for many years, probably fueled by the hype surrounding the watch some years ago. I worked for a (not Rolex) AD when I attended unversity, and spent a lot of time around watches. Like you I wore a TAG at the time, even that expensive for a student I thought. All the time the Daytona was on my mind. After graduating, working for a couple of years, I bought my first Rolex. Not the Daytona, but the Submariner. Still the watch that spends the most time on my wrist. But crack watches are stongly addictive, and I soon added other watches. Seamaster, GMT-Master etc. But forever the Daytona held it's appeal.

So one day I just caved in, and called round to different ADs. Most wouldn't give me the time of day. When I asked about the price, some even had the nerve to ask "Well, how much would you be willing to pay?" Bastards smile.gif Until I happened upon the dealer who simply asked "Black or white?" Hm. White, please? "Ok, I'll put you on the list, and let you know when it arrives." One year later it did satisfied.gif

Now the days of the hard-to-get-Daytona is over, but the watch is ever on the list of keepers. Hype or no hype, the Daytona has not lost an inch of its appeal to me. It's the pefect size for my (not too large) wrists, is both sporty and dressy, and it's hella-precise. Whatever my feelings for it, the watch is forever linked to our familiy, as I timed my daughter's birth with it and wore it on every picture from our first days together. I am grateful for the unisex vibes of the Daytona, as it is hers when I leave this mortal coil. Not a day before that mind you lol8[1].gif

Anyway, not the Daytona on my wrist today, but the 16758 18k GMT-Master. This is a picture from yesterday. Felt winter's first bite, -4 C. I'm always such a pussy when winter sets in, my body has forgotten the winters past. Had a blast riding snowscooters in effective -50 C at 78 degrees north in March, but come November, I whimper at anything under 0 shog[1].gif

So, layers of wool to warm my body, and gold to warm my soul.

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Edited by NonServiam - 11/12/13 at 4:47am
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