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Stitchy: I figured you would always need to have a JLC in your collection, being such a fanboi and all.
Not dissing the 15400, it's a great piece, but that would be a real "power move" to truly consolidate down to one watch! *shudder*

yes, its a point i am agonizing over. frown.gif

not to mention i cant really see myself not having a rolex. again.
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15202 >> 15300 > 15400 in my humble opinion.

15202 is not for me. as of now i am stuck between the 15300 and 15450. obvi trying them on in person would be nice. also, should i go 15300, that would require going pre-loved, yes?
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nope
nope. new to my grail list, but not new to my desires. not by a long shot.


WE HAVE SOME WINNERS!!!!

15400 with a white dial. want. so. bad. im considering selling my current watches to try and fund one. gaaahhhhhh the first lust is the hardest one.

DO IT

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yes, its a point i am agonizing over. frown.gif

not to mention i cant really see myself not having a rolex. again.
15202 is not for me. as of now i am stuck between the 15300 and 15450. obvi trying them on in person would be nice. also, should i go 15300, that would require going pre-loved, yes?

Yeah it would. I think Dino and I share the same reason for the preference, just the proportions to our eyes aren't as appealing as the 15300. It's very personal. If you look at it after having that pointed out, and still don't get what we're talking about, then clearly that won't be an issue. Obviously try both if possible. If you want to come for a visit, I know where there is a 15300 waiting to be tried on haha.

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DO IT
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would you indulge me with clasp and case back pics?
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Yeah it would. I think Dino and I share the same reason for the preference, just the proportions to our eyes aren't as appealing as the 15300. It's very personal. If you look at it after having that pointed out, and still don't get what we're talking about, then clearly that won't be an issue. Obviously try both if possible. If you want to come for a visit, I know where there is a 15300 waiting to be tried on haha.

yeah, from the pics i have seen, the 15400 looks just as good to me, and i am not of the faint wristed.

where is this 15300 you speak of?
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Govberg.

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Here is the business side of the 15300.

Please ignore the wood "like" desk. ca. 1970

 

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Govberg.

location, price and dial color?
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Here is the business side of the 15300.
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gorgeous, obvi.

ao as it stands, size wise its a wash for me, movement is the same so essentially case back is the same, besides the movement perhaps looking smaller on the larger back of the 400, a non factor for me.

however, regarding the dial, the 300 has the larger AP applique at the 12 whereas the 400 has a double hour marker and a smaller AP applique under it. though i like the small hour bar preceding the date on the 300. second hand is a non factor for me. slight edge to the 300.

the 300 has the skeletonized "AP" mini folding clasp whereas the 400 has a boring bridge that says audemars piguet.

all in all, the 300 wins right now for me, simply based on some branding components.

brand whore 4 lief, bitchezzzzzz!!!!!
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Thanks very much gents. 

 

@mimo - yes, the movement hacks and can be hand wound.

 

@Dino944 - 43mm by 13mm

 

This was a total impulse buy, but it had a historical motivation.

 

Back when I was about 16 I had a Seiko sports watch of some kind - quartz - in a gunmetal grey finish with red and white markers for the dial.  Something I would find a touch garish now, but back then I thought it was as cool as could possibly be.  My grandparents were living with us at the time, and one sunny Sunday morning while my grandpa was having a nap, I decided to wash and wax his car for him.  Having done that, I then vacuumed the carpets and seats and wiped down the dash and door panels.  All of which made the hazy windows stand out, so I cleaned those, too. The car hadn't looked that good in months.  Gramps was so tickled he decided to take it out for a drive right then and there.  He was gone about 10 minutes when I realized - almost simultaneously - that I was not wearing my watch, and that I had last set it down on the rear bumper of his car.

 

How it didn't fall off in the driveway I'll never know, but like most seniors Gramps took things nice and easy behind the wheel.  The watch rode out on his bumper, but never rode back.  I didn't have the heart to tell him what had happened.

 

Anyway, I was scrolling through this  watch site looking for an inexpensive mechanical dress watch that someone on another forum had inquired about when I stumbled on this.  It brought the whole memory back, and made me smile.  Because what I remembered first and best was not the lost watch, but how pleased my grandfather was with how shiny and clean his car looked. And with the fact that his grandson had done it for him.  His smile is what stands out.

 

I suspect that when we depart this life we never wish for more watches, but for more smiles like his.

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Originally Posted by DLJr View Post
 

Yeah it would. I think Dino and I share the same reason for the preference, just the proportions to our eyes aren't as appealing as the 15300. It's very personal. If you look at it after having that pointed out, and still don't get what we're talking about, then clearly that won't be an issue. Obviously try both if possible. 

Yes, we are definitely in agreement regarding the proportions.  Its something I only noticed when I tried all of them on in person.   Pictures just don't convey the proportion issue, as I never notice it in anyone's pix be it here, on the net, or in magazines. 

 

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would you indulge me with clasp and case back pics?
yeah, from the pics i have seen, the 15400 looks just as good to me, and i am not of the faint wristed.
 

Definitely, try them on.  The proportion issue is something I only notice in person.  If you are just going by pix, you won't see it.  I don't notice any proportion issues from pix on the net or in magazines.  Either way, both are great watches, but I'd suggest you try them on before taking the plunge!  Wishing you luck on making that grail happen !!!  

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Thanks very much gents.

 

@mimo - yes, the movement hacks and can be hand wound.

 

@Dino944 - 43mm by 13mm

 

This was a total impulse buy, but it had a historical motivation.

 

Back when I was about 16 I had a Seiko sports watch of some kind - quartz - in a gunmetal grey finish with red and white markers for the dial.  Something I would find a touch garish now, but back then I thought it was as cool as could possibly be.  My grandparents were living with us at the time, and one sunny Sunday morning while my grandpa was having a nap, I decided to wash and wax his car for him.  Having done that, I then vacuumed the carpets and seats and wiped down the dash and door panels.  All of which made the hazy windows stand out, so I cleaned those, too. The car hadn't looked that good in months.  Gramps was so tickled he decided to take it out for a drive right then and there.  He was gone about 10 minutes when I realized - almost simultaneously - that I was not wearing my watch, and that I had last set it down on the rear bumper of his car.

 

How it didn't fall off in the driveway I'll never know, but like most seniors Gramps took things nice and easy behind the wheel.  The watch rode out on his bumper, but never rode back.  I didn't have the heart to tell him what had happened.

 

Anyway, I was scrolling through this  watch site looking for an inexpensive mechanical dress watch that someone on another forum had inquired about when I stumbled on this.  It brought the whole memory back, and made me smile.  Because what I remembered first and best was not the lost watch, but how pleased my grandfather was with how shiny and clean his car looked. And with the fact that his grandson had done it for him.  His smile is what stands out.

 

I suspect that when we depart this life we never wish for more watches, but for more smiles like his.

Great story, Roger

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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

the 300 has the skeletonized "AP" mini folding clasp whereas the 400 has a boring bridge that says audemars piguet.

all in all, the 300 wins right now for me, simply based on some branding components.

brand whore 4 lief, bitchezzzzzz!!!!!

Definitely try them on.  I will say the clasps fit people differently.  I wouldn't let the looks of the clasp be much of a factor.  The mini-AP is cool looking, but many people find the "borring bridge" a bit more comfortable, myself included. 

 

"Brand whore 4 Lief..." :rotflmao: That's our Stitchy!

 

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Originally Posted by RogerP View Post
 

Thanks very much gents. 

 

 

@Dino944 - 43mm by 13mm

 

This was a total impulse buy, but it had a historical motivation.

 

I suspect that when we depart this life we never wish for more watches, but for more smiles like his.

Thanks for sharing the dimensions and the historical background.  Great story and a great reason to add that Monster to your collection!  :cheers:

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would you indulge me with clasp and case back pics?

You're in luck, I happen to be wearing it today. smile.gif

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Definitely try them on.  I will say the clasps fit people differently.  I wouldn't let the looks of the clasp be much of a factor.  The mini-AP is cool looking, but many people find the "borring bridge" a bit more comfortable, myself included. 

"Brand whore 4 Lief..." rotflmao.gif  That's our Stitchy!

yeah, i understand the 400 clasp is really tops, but since i was probs 15 i have lusted for a clasp with the skeletonized AP. cant imagine kopping an AP and not having that.

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You're in luck, I happen to be wearing it today. smile.gif
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hot damn! thanks, TC!!
post #32864 of 48312
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all in all, the 300 wins right now for me, simply based on some branding components.

When I was looking in December, I found a 15300 for sale here locally and was really hoping I would love it because the price was right and I could have walked out of the store with it. I am a huge impulse buyer so believe me, if it was even close to acceptable I would have pulled the trigger. Unfortunately the 15300 just did not look or feel substantial enough on my wrist.

However, most of the people on the AP forums make the opposite mistake, IMHO--buying the 15400 when the 15300 or 15450 would be much more suitable in size for them. Just a matter of personal preference I suppose. Bottom line, definitely try both.
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Cheers gents.

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