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chopard makes some stunning movements.
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Personally I like the Aqua Terra GMT you posted, the Planet Ocean too, but I can't help feel that the Rolex GMTs and Explorers are just more "classic"; more personality somehow.  I get you on the "cyclops" date magnifier - I don't like simple dates anyway - but with the bezel and the rest of the Rolex-ness, it hangs together.  And it's just about in your price range - easily within if you'll consider used.

 

I'd second Dino's suggestion of the JLC Master Home Time, especially as you already like the house style.  If you want something dressy and understated, I think that's one of the best looking of the Master series: they can look a little sterile to me, but the asymmetric dial layout on the Home Time gives it some character.  I think it's cool, and again, easily within budget for a nearly-new one.

 

But just a left-field suggestion, if I may: although you said you're aspiring to a slim, subtle, JLC dress watch, you nevertheless picked two colourful and sporty choices from Omega.  If you don't fancy pilot watches, don't fancy Rolex, but want something more casual and fun, how about a Panerai?  One of the die-hard Paneristi will no doubt dive in here (no pun intended) with a dozen other options and I find their range of model numbers baffling.  But there seem to be several within your price range even new, including at least one on a bracelet if that's your preference.  Some of them are huge, but not all, and if you want something clean and easy to read, perhaps it's an option?

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chopard makes some stunning movements.

 

If Chopard were a woman, she'd definitely have booty.

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Personally I like the Aqua Terra GMT you posted, the Planet Ocean too, but I can't help feel that the Rolex GMTs and Explorers are just more "classic"; more personality somehow.  I get you on the "cyclops" date magnifier - I don't like simple dates anyway - but with the bezel and the rest of the Rolex-ness, it hangs together.  And it's just about in your price range - easily within if you'll consider used.

I'd second Dino's suggestion of the JLC Master Home Time, especially as you already like the house style.  If you want something dressy and understated, I think that's one of the best looking of the Master series: they can look a little sterile to me, but the asymmetric dial layout on the Home Time gives it some character.  I think it's cool, and again, easily within budget for a nearly-new one.

But just a left-field suggestion, if I may: although you said you're aspiring to a slim, subtle, JLC dress watch, you nevertheless picked two colourful and sporty choices from Omega.  If you don't fancy pilot watches, don't fancy Rolex, but want something more casual and fun, how about a Panerai?  One of the die-hard Paneristi will no doubt dive in here (no pun intended) with a dozen other options and I find their range of model numbers baffling.  But there seem to be several within your price range even new, including at least one on a bracelet if that's your preference.  Some of them are huge, but not all, and if you want something clean and easy to read, perhaps it's an option?

There's some great advice here ncc, as you already know there is lots on offer. I like mimo's suggestion, but I would owning a Pan. Take a look a couple of pages back to see Ich's Radiomir, I sport a Radiomir too. Well worth considering.

Happy hunting
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But just a left-field suggestion, if I may: although you said you're aspiring to a slim, subtle, JLC dress watch, you nevertheless picked two colourful and sporty choices from Omega.  If you don't fancy pilot watches, don't fancy Rolex, but want something more casual and fun, how about a Panerai?  One of the die-hard Paneristi will no doubt dive in here (no pun intended) with a dozen other options and I find their range of model numbers baffling.  But there seem to be several within your price range even new, including at least one on a bracelet if that's your preference.  Some of them are huge, but not all, and if you want something clean and easy to read, perhaps it's an option?

 

My only concern is that the weight of a Panerai might cause him to slightly roll the plane to the left. 

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Dang it's cold. Guess I need to suit up.

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Great looking watch!

Speaking of which, I was eating lunch today and I noticed this gentleman was wearing a Chopard L.U.C XP Tonneau. It's a really nice watch. I really like the Tonneau case, and I'm a sucker for those micro-rotor. So I drool every time Frills post his beautiful 3940.. <3 cal. 240


Pics from the interwebz (relevantly slim watch too) :




 

While the LUC Chopards are really well made, they don't usually interest me.  However, the tonneau case, with the tonneau shaped movement is a beauty.  Its so refreshing to see a company make a movement specifically for a case rather than just stick a round movement in that's small enough to fit in a non-round cases.  That movement is a really beauty!

 

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Dino, would your Daytona qualify as a so-called "Patrizzi dial" with that brownish fading? Great pics regardless.

I'm not sure.  I hadn't worn it in years and was surprised to see the subdials looking darker than I remembered. I've seen one Patrizzi dial where the subdials were so dark it was nearly impossible to see the markings on them.  Still whether it would be considered a "Patrizzi" or not, its one of my all time favorite pieces.

 

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chopard makes some stunning movements.

 

 

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My only concern is that the weight of a Panerai might cause him to slightly roll the plane to the left. 

:rotflmao:    I can actually picture the plane rolling to the left with a PAM on his wrist.

 

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Thank you very much Dino for the reply. I'm an international airline pilot. This may lead people to believe that I should go for something in the IWC line, but to put things into perspective, my grail watch would be something like the Jaeger LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon or Master Tourbillon. I realise these are totally different watches to the Omega, but not in my price range.

 

That being as it may, I'm probably looking around the USD $6,500 range.

 

The Rolex GMT 2, looks good. The things that turn me away from it is that date magnifier (the main reason I'm leaning towards Omega, they don't seem to have it). I also don't see the need for such huge outer bezel numbers (or markings like on the speedy). I can see the visual appeal of the speed master, but I will never use the tachymeter or in fact any of the functions other than the time and to see a nice watch on my wrist. Another reason I swing towards the GMT - if it's got to have any functions, I'd rather it be ones I would use. 

 

It's funny what you say about the bracelet - it's only subtle, but the Rolex does look more… manly! I'v also noticed, for my eye at least - when I look at the individual components of the Rolex GMT they look awful. Big triangle Second time zone, big outer numbers on the bezel, odd hour markings… but all together it does seem to work. (but still can't abide the date magnifier!)

 

I'm not against a "pre loved" watch and will have a look at your suggestions. Again, many thanks for your reply.

I think if you want something of a reasonable size, that is elegant, yet masculine and which you could wear with anything a JLC Hometime or old style Geographic are your best choices.  Both are easy to use, easy to read at a glance, incredibly well made (and having a more finely finished movement than what you will find in a Rolex or Omega.  

 

I think if you have no interest in a chronograph or use for it, then a Speedy makes no sense.  I like chronographs and IMHO the Speedy is an iconic design that looks as good now as it did when it was first released decades.  Omega has gone through periods where they radically changed designs of their Seamasters and other watches everytime a person blinked.  Now they don't do that as much.  

 

The Omega you suggested is fine, l find the dial too cluttered and busy, and I don't like the date falling in line with the second time zone ring.  To me that is where the Rolex GMT's design is more successful, and is exactly the purpose of the large rotating bezel.  It was a purpose built watch, while the Omega AT GMT was merely an AT that got enlarged and had a GMT function thrown on to it.  I find the Rolex GMT Master a more cohesive design, but that's personal preference.  As for the cyclops magnifier people either love it or hate it.  For me its a non-issue.  

 

As for other suggestions in the under $10,000 USD range, you might be able to get an older pre-owned 36mm size Audemars Piguet Dualtime, however I have to admit I was never a huge fan of it.  I greatly prefer the modern 39mm version, but even pre-owned in the 39mm size with revised dial and addition of day night indicator it (or its cousin, the VC Overseas Dualtime) would probably run you well over $10K.  

 

Panerai does make a GMT watch, but to be honest, I like many of their other designs far more.  To be honest if I were choosing a Panerai, it being a company famous for dive watches, Id probably choose one of their dive watches without a GMT function, as I find them more attractive.

 

If the GMT function is not essential, before a discount I believe the IWC time only 40mm Ingenieur is about $6,500.  Its a rugged yet versatile design.  With a discount you could probably have it for significantly less than a GMT Rolex or Omega AT GMT.

 

Wishing you luck with whatever you decide.

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My only concern is that the weight of a Panerai might cause him to slightly roll the plane to the left. 

Ha! I will have to buy one for each wrist now...

 

Thanks to Mimo, Cleav and Dino for your replies. I don't really need all the different functionalities like GMT or chrono. I like some of the GO ones, I don't' mind moon phases - I guess we all like different things for different reasons.  I think I may have to take a closer look at the second hand watches a bit closer. Perhaps I should go for a second hand jaeger that is more in line with what I really want. Back to the search.

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I almost mentioned a PAM with GMT functionality but assumed they may be too big with his initial request on a 41mm watch.  Either way,  good luck with the hunt.  Always refreshing to make a purchase after enough due diligence and research was completed!

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Has it been more than 24 hours since I showed you my watch?
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If Chopard were a woman, she'd definitely have booty.

she would be kate. smile.gif

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frilly, great pic, as usual.
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My humble contribution to the thread...

 

So we didn't get any confirmation for our order on that Seiko but it showed up this afternoon. By the time we placed a second order the price had dropped from $80 to $64 (and the next day it was $62.50). The first order, to our surprise, arrived today and I have to say that this is pretty much exactly the watch I was hoping to find when I started looking in the $600-$1,200 range. It's slim, 38mm, has a second hand and simple, refined markers, a silver dial and the date at the 6:00. I don't think it looks cheap at all and feels solid at least while it's on the wrist. The second order is on the way and for $190 total after shipping and tax I'll have 2 of them. At that price I think I'll keep both and keep the bracelet on 1 and add a nice black strap to the second for some variety on nights out. 

 

Compared to PPs, JLCs, Rolexes, etc. of this thread these things are almost costume jewelry but still I have to say that I'm very happy for what I'm getting for that $95 a piece. Mimo you may be right that this does take away some of that impulse to spend more right away. I'm looking forward to getting the next order with the 2 Seiko 5s and another one of these so I can get the straps on. 

 

Very Happy.

 

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Congratulations, Bill!  I can see absolutely why you had to have three at that price.  You don't mean you literally got two the same, right?  I mean, you could, but there are about a thousand different Seiko 5;s...

 

Anyway, I look forward to more pics.  This one looks great, and if it feels as good as it looks, it's definitely a win. :)

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well done, bill. wear it in good health.
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Bill, good job. Looking good on the wrist too. nod[1].gif
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