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Fabulous choice. Congrats!!!!

 

That's one HUGE chunk of Awesomeness.

 

Just remember to tuck it in as much as possible when walking thru doorways. You wouldn't want to widen them anymore than they already are.LOL

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My favorite weekend watch

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Beautiful ... but especially at the wrist by a great importance .. really.

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Thanks for the input so far guys.


@ ChicagoRon: May I ask how much you got yours for? Also, what other watches do you have in your collection?

If anyone else has had experience with FC, would love to hear more about it.

I paid $3k with tax included and a replacement strap for my rolex. It was still a fairly new model.

My other watches are all lower mid-range - I was saving up for a GO PanoLunar, and probably will start again, but I have a few watches I like to wear and I really wanted this rug: http://www.therugcompany.com/us/silver-rings (I'm super happy with the purchase) so I'm back to like $100 in the kitty, and I won't buy a watch on credit.

Oris Worldtimer



A vintage Gold Ulysses Nardin
A vintage Rolex stainless oyster perpetual (no date)
A hamilton jazzmaster viewmatic
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RN - Very nice DSSD!  I had the opportunity to try one on and it is a hefty chunk of metal.  Wear it in good health.

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Congrats, RN, looks great on you. :)

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Thanks guys, appreciate the sentiments.

One really interesting side note and not sure if other Rolex owners have had this experience - I've been peeling off the protective plastic since last night - at least 30 different very thin pieces protecting the case, the clasp, the bracelet. They're very subtle and you almost miss them. It's actually quite impressive the amount of protection Rolex puts on it prior to shipping. I thought I got them all last night, but ended up finding more and more this morning! All the pieces of plastic are extremely precisely cut too. Some of them were a APIA to take off, but it was nice knowing the trouble they go through to secure their watches..
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Congrats on the new beastie rnguy - you wear it well - enjoy!
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Thanks RP
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Gentlemen,

Longtime lurker, infrequent poster. I may have an opportunity to acquire a new Frederique Constant Worldtimer (the one with the breguet-style hands) for lower than retail (maybe $2400 ballpark or less as opposed to mid-high $3000).



Would love to hear your thoughts...
  • In general about the brand - I know it's relatively new, but they have been doing the right things (with some of their watches having in-house movement, I believe this one is one)
  • How does the brand do in the secondary market? - Does it retain it's value, do you think that value of the brand will be maintained long-term
  • The watch itself - anyone with any experience with this particular watch, or more generally Frederique Constant in general? I believe there is a second model of the worldtimer with the map and blue hands, but I don't think that one is available

I'm female btw... and I generally detest the usual mid and high end watches marketed to women (either they are quartz - no thanks, and/or have dials and bezels decorated with bling - which I find very tacky). I tend to prefer men's watches where there's more emphasis on the mechanics of the watch, and while I don't buy watches with the intention of selling generally, I like to know that watches maintain some value... and I think there are fewer women's watches that do as well in this regard.

What's giving me pause at the moment is I don't really "need" another watch. Also, I had previously told myself that I would wait awhile after my last purchase a few years ago (an IWC spitfire) and I was debating whether or not to save to buy something higher end down the line (either Glashutte Original or JLC). It's just a really good deal and may not get another chance at it for this price...

Sorry for the late reply.  As others have said, there is no real resale or value in this watch in the second hand market.  This is a watch that you buy for yourself and then plan to hang onto because its will have a relatively low demand in the used market.  In fact, I know of a few pre-owned watch stores that won't consider buying anything or taking anything in trade unless its from a big name brand.  That doesn't mean you shouldn't buy it.  It just means that its a watch that if you are going to pull the trigger on, do it with the mind set of it being a keeper.  

 

I would also say that people far too often focus on whether a movement is made in house or if it is outsourced.  That doesn't necessarily mean very much.  Quality and workmanship mean more, especially in moderately priced watches (in high priced watches movements are often to very high standard regardless of in house or not).  I'd happily take a Cartier with a very finely finished JLC or Piaget based movements over some Breitlings with in house movements.  

 

For me this design, just looks as some else mentioned, too close to a Patek World Time watch.  While some may consider that a benefit of this design, I generally am not a fan of watches that look like homage watches or are too close in design to well known watches.  

 

Also, as for price, don't be persuaded merely by a discount.  By a watch you truly love and then you will enjoy it and know its a keeper.  Good luck with whatever you decide. 

 

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Well I've finally joined the Rolex club. Been at this watch thing for about 8 or 9 years and all of my friends and family can't believe that I've never owned one. In the past none of their models really sung to me. The quality, finish and history are undeniable, but I always found other pieces more interesting and appealing.

Then I started seeing all the different Rolex experiences here and came to appreciate the views about the brand. I came to see the actual value (yes can you believe I actually used that word with watches? ) in Rolex as a brand, and though in the past I wondered why they never seemed to acquiesce to the rabid watch-a-holics crying for different designs - I finally got it. They try to preserve their identity and in doing so are unapologetically loyal to themselves. I respect that in a lot of ways, and though I still feel brands need to avoid being stagnant, I think Rolex just does so many things right.

Now I know this watch won't get much (if any) love here, we are on SF after all. But if you'll permit my sharing of this DSSD with you guys, because I just love this watch. I understand the criticism (the size, extraneous text, tapered bracelet, thickness etc..), but when it's on my wrist I just see an incredibly crafted watch that I know will not fail. It's not a stretch at all compared to my other watches in terms of its size and weight and I look forward to the joy of ownership with the Crown. The DSSD is as very much Rolex as it is un-Rolex. Which makes me love it that much more.

Thanks for reading

Just some iPhone pics, forgive the quality
 

Hey RNGUY,

 

Congrats on your Rolex.  I hope it gives you many years of enjoyment.  I had a buddy that was a hater for years, citing all the usual criticism of Rolex's (that they are too common, have a rather plain/utilitarian finish on the movement etc).  Then about 5 years ago, he became interested in a white dial 16570 Explorer 2.  He finally gave in and bought it, and sent me an email a few months later saying his only regret was not buying it a few years sooner when it would have been even less expensive.  

 

Congrats again and enjoy it!

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Hi Dino

Funny you mention this - the DSSD underwent a huge 1 year price increase either in 2011 or 2012. (about 20% of it's MSRP IIRC). It was such a point of controversy for many, since it was one of the largest price increases (for a steel Rolex) in recent memory.

I could definitely have saved a few coins buying back then. C'est la vie. I do hear Rolex is planning on increasing prices again, though no AD is ever privy to a specific date or price point.

Thank you for the kind words

R
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Raven

welcome to TWAT. Nice to have a female opinion around here. Please hang around and share!

Regarding FC - I think the consensus is they make fine watches and are considered very good value right now. I like some of their newer designs. They came out with a pretty nice moonphase a little while ago that was priced very well. I like the look of the watch you posted.

However, your last statement would give me pause. Again, you probably won't be able to resell it for anything even close to what you paid. So you'll have to keep it or gift it (lucky recipient!). But it's still a decent chunk of change, and if your heart's not set on it, don't be reeled in by the 'deal'. You'll find the better investment in eventually owning what you really want.

my 2 cents.

R

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Gentlemen,




And reviewed here: http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/hands-on-with-the-limited-edition-frederique-constant-worldtimer



What's giving me pause at the moment is I don't really "need" another watch. Also, I had previously told myself that I would wait awhile after my last purchase a few years ago (an IWC spitfire) and I was debating whether or not to save to buy something higher end down the line (either Glashutte Original or JLC). It's just a really good deal and may not get another chance at it for this price...
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Thanks guys, appreciate the sentiments.
One really interesting side note and not sure if other Rolex owners have had this experience - I've been peeling off the protective plastic since last night - at least 30 different very thin pieces protecting the case, the clasp, the bracelet. They're very subtle and you almost miss them. It's actually quite impressive the amount of protection Rolex puts on it prior to shipping. I thought I got them all last night, but ended up finding more and more this morning! All the pieces of plastic are extremely precisely cut too. Some of them were a APIA to take off, but it was nice knowing the trouble they go through to secure their watches..

peeling the plastic off minty watches is one of my favorite activities.
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Stitchy, I do hope those are YOUR watches you're peeling biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by rnguy001 View Post

Thanks guys, appreciate the sentiments.

One really interesting side note and not sure if other Rolex owners have had this experience - I've been peeling off the protective plastic since last night - at least 30 different very thin pieces protecting the case, the clasp, the bracelet. They're very subtle and you almost miss them. It's actually quite impressive the amount of protection Rolex puts on it prior to shipping. I thought I got them all last night, but ended up finding more and more this morning! All the pieces of plastic are extremely precisely cut too. Some of them were a APIA to take off, but it was nice knowing the trouble they go through to secure their watches..

Yes, they started doing that around the mid 2000s.  I remember my SS Daytona purchased in 2005 had lots of plastic shrink wrap, lugs, case sides tops of SEL bracelet, clasp inner and outer, case back etc.  Same experience with new APs...tons of protective clear plastic that is tough to see and remove.  However, its nice because if you see a piece on a showcase its not going to have the shop wear that was often common to watches years ago, which had been in the store for a while.

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Stitchy, I do hope those are YOUR watches you're peeling biggrin.gif

Actually, I sneak in to high-end watch stores nightly just the peel off the stickers.
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