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post #27856 of 48312
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Originally Posted by mezentius View Post
 

Oh boy...and so it begins.

I only saw the Master Control JLC before - wasn't too fond of the bezel/dial ratio, the arabic numerals and the date circle. The ultra thin, however, just happen to not include any of these pet peeves. Will seriously take into consideration the grand ultra thin - IMO the cool hour markings suffice to make it interesting, and I'm already stretching my budget (but quite fond of the geographic as well). We'll see, though, and I'll definitely take a stroll around the JLC ADs.

Edit: As an aside, I've yet to find anything on watch sizing, other than 40 mm+ = not dress. I'm quite tall, around 6'3", but wrists are around 6.75". Is there a rough guideline, or should I just eyeball it?

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The simple answer is "try them on".  I can't over-emphasise how surprised I've been by the difference in my mind and on my wrist, in how a watch looks.  I always wanted a IWC Portuguese.  Since trying one on, I realised it didn't sit right for me as a dress watch, and wasn't laid back enough for casual.  Not quite.  I still want it a bit, but I know it's not perfect. Conversely, I assumed Panerais would be just too big and comical, but I tried on a 47mm Radiomir and found it totally wearable.  Depth, but also the shape of the lugs and just the aesthetic proportions, make a massive difference to how a watch sits with you.

 

Also, I'd suggest that if you normally wear a shirt/suit for work, then wear something similar when you go watch shopping: how a watch sits with your cuffs is really going to make a difference to you as an every day dress watch.

 

Having said all that, if you do like the Grand Ultra Thin, it has a lot going for it.  For a 40mm watch it sits, as the name suggests, very flat and smooth, so it won't look chunky at all.  I am a big fan of small seconds dials on a dress watch, and this one has great proportions. I would personally like some more texture in there somewhere, but given your wish to balance your height and slimness, these could be the perfect proportions for you.  And it's definitely a proper dress watch.  Go put one on, now!

post #27857 of 48312
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Originally Posted by mezentius View Post
 

Oh boy...and so it begins.

I only saw the Master Control JLC before - wasn't too fond of the bezel/dial ratio, the arabic numerals and the date circle. The ultra thin, however, just happen to not include any of these pet peeves. Will seriously take into consideration the grand ultra thin - IMO the cool hour markings suffice to make it interesting, and I'm already stretching my budget (but quite fond of the geographic as well). We'll see, though, and I'll definitely take a stroll around the JLC ADs.

Edit: As an aside, I've yet to find anything on watch sizing, other than 40 mm+ = not dress. I'm quite tall, around 6'3", but wrists are around 6.75". Is there a rough guideline, or should I just eyeball it?

 

Also - congrats on becoming a "Senior Member." :)

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Talked my better half into a family shot. I blame the slight blur on my iPhone 4S and the couple of drinks I had at the wedding we attended...
post #27859 of 48312
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Originally Posted by mezentius View Post

Edit: As an aside, I've yet to find anything on watch sizing, other than 40 mm+ = not dress. I'm quite tall, around 6'3", but wrists are around 6.75". Is there a rough guideline, or should I just eyeball it?

 

Mimo's right - you have to try stuff on and see how it sits on your wrist and how it fits your eye.  Those aren't big wrists, for a big guy, though.  I suspect that you will be happier at 42mm and under in general.

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well, i have an 8-year old Panerai that has seemingly committed suicide. it's a manual wind, and well, it won't wind. i can change the time and all that, but it won't wind. took it to the AD i bought it from, and their SA (who was a stone-cold, green-eyed fox btw. i hadn't seen her in there before and it was really difficult to focus on all the questions she was asking me) said, well, it's due for service anyway, let's send it in and if you're lucky they just need to adjust a spring or tighten a screw or something.

i agreed but i still have visions of a broken mainspring or something like that cry.gif

do you guys know how much a major Panerai service is, anyway? i had an IWC serviced last year and it set me back a bit more than $800, is that what i should expect too?
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It used to be $400 or so a few years ago but I wouldn't be surprised if it is now significantly higher, like all things OP. Which would be sad given that is an ETA movement and anyone could service it.
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Take a look at the Nomos Zurich Weltzeit. Not sure if a world timer/GMT interests you, but it is a great functional complication made in house. I also think the dial is interesting while still being clean. If it has to be a new watch, you won't get any better for your money either. The finishing is fantastic on the movement as well. I wasn't really interested in one until I saw it in person, truly a great watch if that style appeals to you.
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Late to the party, but I hope that I am not too late! I really like the Max Bill, but to me it does not scream "first nice watch." I would add that further down the line if I was in your position. Personally, in the $3,000-$5,000 range, I think you should be looking at Zenith, Omega, and perhaps some JLC, especially pre-owned. I would urge you not to purchase anything before trying it one, it just is not worth it. For one's first watch, I would urge that they shy away from the more esoteric brands--perhaps with the exception of Nomos. Having a watch from an established brand has a lot of perks.

One suggestion I have not heard yet is the Zenith Espada. I think it is an interesting watch in that price range if you like it aesthetically.



I also am a big Omega fan. I have a Speedmaster, and it is incredibly well made. I have been very content with it.

I would urge you to spend what makes you comfortable. Getting into the $5,000 - $7,000 range opens a whole lot of doors, and it may be worth exploring. Do not forget that discounts are readily available in most cases (well, it may be trickier for you being in Australia). I think that you can never go wrong with JLC, and I think that a Reverso Ultra Thin would be a nice fit for you. But then, I don't really know your tastes well enough that I can make an educated guess. Since you are planning on laying down a substantial chunk of change, I would advise following the method recommended a little while ago. Put the watch as your wall paper, and if you still like it three to four weeks down the road, go for it. Chances are you may not though!

To fuel the fire:

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post #27864 of 48312
I second the Weltzeit comment, I was somewhat smitten with it when I saw it a few weeks ago.
post #27865 of 48312
I was going to suggest the Reverso as well, Nuke. I'm thinking the OP won't be into it though after reading his posts. Of course I could be wrong as I often am.
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Definitely worth putting on if he's in the JLC dealer anyway...amazing what can happen when you see something on your wrist for the first time.

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Also, I didn't see this mentioned here, but I thought it was well worth a post. Of course, SIHH is RIGHT around the corner, and this pre-SIHH post really got me going:

http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/pre-sihh-2014-introducing-hybris-mechanica-eleven-jaeger-lecoultre-master-ultra-thin-minute-repeater-flying-tourbillon



Honestly, this just affirms the fact that JLC is so incredibly awesome. Minute repeater, flying tourbillon, and flying balance wheel. Oh, and it is automatic, not manually wound (in my opinion, a detractor, but still technically impressive). It is 41mm wide and 7.9mm thick. 7.9 mm thick. The fact that JLC could fit all of this into such a small package is just astounding.

Blogs typically bandy about how a watch with so many complications needs to be thick, or needs to be 44+mm, but heck, this proves to me that with clever engineering, you can fit a whole lot into an incredibly small package. I really respect JLC as a manufacture, and I think it is amazing that they have some of the best watches between $5,000 and ~$250,000.

I know I am a JLC fanboy, but this is just so awesome.
post #27868 of 48312
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Originally Posted by gdl203 View Post

It used to be $400 or so a few years ago but I wouldn't be surprised if it is now significantly higher, like all things OP. Which would be sad given that is an ETA movement and anyone could service it.
thanks, i wonder if i call my green-eyed honey and ask if they should just fix it in-house
post #27869 of 48312

I like the recent $4,500 watch question for 2 reasons:

 

1. In TWAT we make reasonable recommendations that people find useful while adhering to their initial request and price range.

 

2. We take their stretch budget and add a few thousand while saying the time pieces in this new price range are very nice, pushing them to go further.

 

Mimo has this down to a science! :nest:

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I enjoy seeing all the nice watches everyone posts, but I have a rather benign question for you experts:

 

What is a respectable brand of leather watch band for a casual watch? I have an SNK803 I want to move off of the ribbon I have it on, but it certainly doesn't need anything high end or exotic.

 

 

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