Greetings from a newbie here...
My current favorite watch Breitling 1450 circa 1970s, diameter 42mm. It is quite versatile as a daily dressy/sporty watch.
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Funky, but I like it! Great vintage looks IMO.
But I would have to dispute its use as a dressy watch, though.
I think that one falls squarely into the "sporty" category only.....depending upon one's individual definitions.
I like the VC Patrimony Traditionelle. I think it represents a great value and is a classic, very elegant design. If you don't already have a dress watch and don't plan to get another for a while, I could see this as being a very lasting design that would serve you well. I think its elegant without looking like an "Old man's watch." While production isn't as low as say a Moser, its hardly a watch that you will see on "everybody else" if that sort of thing matters to you. I got my first VC about 12 years ago, and unless I attend a VC event, I never see anyone else wearing a VC...and even then most times its an Overseas. Wishing you luck with whatever you decide. Cheers.
Still considering this one myself amongst several others (the Traditionelle, that is)-- and I think I have personally resolved one "issue" that I had with this watch: the hands.
Namely, I think the fact that it has (gorgeous) Dauphine hands.... it somehow reminded me, or registered for me.... as perhaps too Calatrava-like.
Which isn't really fair to the Vacheron, of course. It's an awesome watch in its own right.
I love the sub-seconds, love the sapphire back. Excellent VC movement. Great size for a contemporary dress watch (38mm).
The Vacheron-ness is quite evident in the piece overall, with the case details, the minute track. And oh yeah, DAT BUCKLE!
Plus, the simple fact is, Patek doesn't really "own" Dauphines, so to speak.....there are plenty of manufacturers that have used them. Too many examples to name, really. (And I suppose "Breguet hands" would fall into this category as well). The use of both is quite widespread.
So after looking at these pics again, I think it finally clicked for me.
I believe subconsciously, that was what was giving me that "cold" feeling.
Does that make sense to anyone? I just wouldn't want to buy what I consider to be a "substitute" watch....especially for that kind of $$$. That notion has been discussed here on TWAT many times over.
Anyway, sorry for the tangent. I will continue navel-gazing over my pending dress watch purchase (Vacheron or otherwise) until further notice.
The journey is often the best part anyway!
Edited by Keith T - 9/24/14 at 12:39pm