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Sounds like I've got some deciding to do. Thanks for your help guys. It''s nice to know that whatever I choose will fit the bill. For some reason I assumed the datejust was dressier since it's not as sporty as the sub and yactmaster.
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The DJ is dressier, so if that added versatility is important, choose that. But if you could see wearing any of them for the majority of your uses, go with the one that sings the most to you.
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Originally Posted by yesssir View Post

Greetings my fellow watch enthusiasts. I'm looking at purchasing my first real watch and I've pretty much narrowed it down between the following:

Rolex datejust
Rolex submariner date
Rolex yachmaster

I rarely wear suits other than the occasional interview, funeral, and sometimes to church but I'm mostly in chinos and ocbd for work. Which watch would be the most versatile as a first purchase? Thanks.

 

I would try to find all 3 at the same store to try on.  The blue on the YM dial is beautiful with hints of red.  Assuming SS sub you have the black with date or the all green one.  The DJ is the mixed bag because there are so many versions and little changes you can make.  Turn-O-Graph, Domed, Fluted, Jubilee, Oyster, diamonds, dial color, and dial options.  But as others have said, take your time.  Rolex won't run out of these three options if you don't decide tomorrow ;)

 

I was in the market for a sub-$10K Rolex last year and everyone points me to the Sub Date which is a great choice.  Basel World 2013 came around and the new GMT black/blue bezel came out that changed my mind.  

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"I really wish I hadn't bought that Sub." said no one ever.
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I would try to find all 3 at the same store to try on.  The blue on the YM dial is beautiful with hints of red.  Assuming SS sub you have the black with date or the all green one.  The DJ is the mixed bag because there are so many versions and little changes you can make.  Turn-O-Graph, Domed, Fluted, Jubilee, Oyster, diamonds, dial color, and dial options.  But as others have said, take your time.  Rolex won't run out of these three options if you don't decide tomorrow wink.gif

I was in the market for a sub-$10K Rolex last year and everyone points me to the Sub Date which is a great choice.  Basel World 2013 came around and the new GMT black/blue bezel came out that changed my mind.  

The sad thing is I tried all 3 on today and couldn't come to a conclusion. I wanted them all. I will take my time and bring the wife with me next time. From the pics I've showed her she loves the DJ with the jubilee over the others. She hates larger watches and I already have a cheap J Crew timex that's 36mm and she says the size is perfect on me. I'll definitely take my time and post some pics in here once I make my purchase smile.gif. Lots of good info in here.
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So, a while back I waxed poetic about the FPJ Chrono Bleu. Well, I think that these pictures perfectly describe what I was trying to communicate! A picture really does speak a thousand words.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)





Oh, and a gratuitous shot of the backside for kicks (#MimoShot):



*pictures jacked from Alex83
http://home.watchprosite.com/show-forumpost/fi-17/pi-6535828/ti-944323/s-0/t-horological-meandering-blue-in-face/

Sublime.

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After handling that watch in person, I totally get it. It's one of my favorite "attainable" watches, if not my favorite. Love dat blue.

How "attainable" is it?
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"I really wish I hadn't bought that Sub." said no one ever.

lolooool
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If there ever were an environment where something could get banged up, this is it.

 

It seems to have survived better than your Stratocaster.  But if you're a rawk star then battle scars definitely add something*. :slayer: 

 

*(Just not to a Royal Oak!)

 

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Three amigos

Two snobs

One weirdo

One vintage

Sexy back
 

 

Thanks for bringing the goodstuff!  Unfashionable as it is, I rather like the "Rootbeer".  The Ferrier (Galet micro-rotor?) is one of the most perfectly beautiful dress watches I've ever seen - great to see real life pics.  That weird thing looks like one of the spaceships from "Elite" (we're mostly old here, right?).  I love the vintage Blancpain divers.  And great butt shots - you know that's where it's at!

 

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Oh, and a gratuitous shot of the backside for kicks (#MimoShot):

 

Yes!

 

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Lange territory. FPJ.

 

To me, they're all in Lange territory.  I really think that blue beauty is something, but would I take it over a 40mm 1815?  Saxonia thin or gold Richard Lange also in that ballpark.  I really don't know.

 

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Hahah! I weighed in. Kate needs no one to defend her, really. She is like the DSSD of supermodels - polarizing, but beloved by her fans. Mwahahahahahahahah!

 

Also top-heavy, frequently in the water, and some would say with inadequate straps.  But most people would, right?

 

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The sad thing is I tried all 3 on today and couldn't come to a conclusion. I wanted them all. I will take my time and bring the wife with me next time.  Lots of good info in here.

 

Taking the wife with you is a good idea, especially when you're about so spend some heavy bucks on a treat for yourself.  A pass is always advisable, and enthusiasm a real bonus!

 

You've had some good advice above.  Personally I think the Yachtmaster is a bit flashy, and divisive design wise.  I also think you should go all-steel for versatility: the gold and steel is again very polarising as to whether it's flashy/tacky/tasteless...I'm in two minds myself, but I do think that you can't go wrong with a steel Rolex: to most people, a Rolex is in itself a big statement.  Having it in its understated form is more classy, IMHO.  So with all that in mind, I'd reiterate three things others have said: the DateJust is more dressy for wearing with a suit (and if you like the 36mm size, try the Oyster without a date too, even dressier and more subtle).  The Submariner is something not everyone would wear to work, but you'll always love it.  And in the end, buy the one that keeps you dreaming at night. 

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Thanks for the advice again guys. You've been really helpful. One last question-Can the datejust in 36mm, oyster with date be worn with both a suit and jeans/t-shirt? I really want something that I can wear with just about anything. I know this won't be my last watch but I would like my first one to be as versatile as possilbe. I don't plan on making a decision right away.
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... "All Lange territory"

Hey Mimo, I agree, that anything over a certain price range almost appears to fall into the unobtainable category. However, I just wanted to note, that you can pick up this FPJ for at least $10k less than a Lange 1815, either the SS or the Aub/Auf. I could stretch my budget to the $15k range. The close to $25-30k range? Yowza.
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Originally Posted by yesssir View Post

Thanks for the advice again guys. You've been really helpful. One last question-Can the datejust in 36mm, oyster with date be worn with both a suit and jeans/t-shirt? I really want something that I can wear with just about anything. I know this won't be my last watch but I would like my first one to be as versatile as possilbe. I don't plan on making a decision right away.

Absolutely. As a preliminary matter, watches dress down easier than they dress up. The DJ is certainly sporty enough that it would look at home with a jean/t-shirt. And no one would look twice at you wearing it with a suit. It is not the ideal dress watch, but it can certainly do double duty.
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Originally Posted by yesssir View Post

Thanks for the advice again guys. You've been really helpful. One last question-Can the datejust in 36mm, oyster with date be worn with both a suit and jeans/t-shirt? I really want something that I can wear with just about anything. I know this won't be my last watch but I would like my first one to be as versatile as possilbe. I don't plan on making a decision right away.
Without a doubt. The DJ can do it all.

So can the Sub, but take that advice with a grain of salt as I'm one of those guys who wears a Sub with a suit.

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Originally Posted by yesssir View Post

Thanks for the advice again guys. You've been really helpful. One last question-Can the datejust in 36mm, oyster with date be worn with both a suit and jeans/t-shirt? I really want something that I can wear with just about anything. I know this won't be my last watch but I would like my first one to be as versatile as possilbe. I don't plan on making a decision right away.

 

Personally I can see the DJ or Oyster with jeans (on oyster bracelet, steel), more than I can see the Sub with a suit.  But as Mr Tifoso is demonstrating, the latter is not uncommon.  And the Sub dressed down is perfect.

 

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Hey Mimo, I agree, that anything over a certain price range almost appears to fall into the unobtainable category. However, I just wanted to note, that you can pick up this FPJ for at least $10k less than a Lange 1815, either the SS or the Aub/Auf. I could stretch my budget to the $15k range. The close to $25-30k range? Yowza.

 

40mm gold 1815 small seconds is around new for about $20k, mint used from about 18.  The 36mm one can be has mint used from about $13k I think.  So I get you, but I think the gap is small, even overlapping, even when you take into account discounts on the FPJ.  Still, the heart wants what the heart wants, and there's no right answer.

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Without a doubt. The DJ can do it all.

So can the Sub, but take that advice with a grain of salt as I'm one of those guys who wears a Sub with a suit.
Wearing a Sub with a suit is like wearing work boots with a suit. Wearing a DJ with a suit is like wearing loafers with a suit.
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Wearing a Sub with a suit is like wearing work boots with a suit. Wearing a DJ with a suit is like wearing loafers with a suit.
I disagree. The Sub is a beautiful watch. It isn't like wearing a G Shock with a suit for crying out loud.
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Personally I can see the DJ or Oyster with jeans (on oyster bracelet, steel), more than I can see the Sub with a suit.  But as Mr Tifoso is demonstrating, the latter is not uncommon.  And the Sub dressed down is perfect.


40mm gold 1815 small seconds is around new for about $20k, mint used from about 18.  The 36mm one can be has mint used from about $13k I think.  So I get you, but I think the gap is small, even overlapping, even when you take into account discounts on the FPJ.  Still, the heart wants what the heart wants, and there's no right answer.

Ah, I was looking at the new 38.5mm version of the small seconds, which is $24,800. That is a lot more reasonable, actually. Fortunately, I am not in the place to make such a large decision!
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