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Originally Posted by Cleav View Post

Good update TC, waiting keenly to hear the next instalment nod[1].gif

I went ahead and pulled the trigger. smile.gif They had to order it but it should be here in 10-12 days.
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@TC (Houston)
 , I look forward to a vicarious kop event imminently, but a piece of advice: negotiate, even if you're friends.  The bottom line is..er...your bottom line.  He's a businessman, and you're a customer.  He wants to sell you that watch.  And even with a good deal, he will make money.  But as a wealthy friend of mine once told me, "get over yourself".  I was having issues with asking for the day rate I wanted to do some work for them - my first foray into consulting, and I suppose in British culture, talking about money feels crude.  But this is a commercial transaction, and I don't think you're being at all unfriendly if you say you're naturally looking for the best price, and when you find it, you hope he can get close to matching it because you'd like to buy from a friend.

Thanks for the guidance. He threw out a number that was quite a bit lower than i was prepared to pay so it ended up not being an issue. Now the waiting begins . . .
post #36422 of 48312
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Originally Posted by Mr. Moo View Post

Tudor looked sort of cheap in the flesh by comparison. 

 

I like the Black Bay, especially the red one on a strap, because it's so unlike a Sub-substitute.  I even like the Pelagos - in isolation.  But you're right, passing from the Tudors straight to the Sub and you really feel the difference in weight and precision, and suddenly they're your favourite Fords next to a Maserati.

 

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Originally Posted by TC (Houston) View Post
I went ahead and pulled the trigger. smile.gif They had to order it but it should be here in 10-12 days.
Thanks for the guidance. He threw out a number that was quite a bit lower than i was prepared to pay so it ended up not being an issue. Now the waiting begins . . .

 

Brilliant!  Congratulations, and look forward to the pics. :)

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Also, back to the subject of Cartier: has this...uh, "short film" been discussed here yet?






Not sure exactly what to make of it overall (was that a spaceship? or a watch?) Nor does it necessarily make me want to run out and immediately buy a tourbillon. But I do think it falls quite firmly under the category of "watch porn".

Also noteworthy: I'm pretty sure I saw this advertisement ..... on ESPN..... while watching football.

Because, panthers.
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Originally Posted by TC (Houston) View Post

I went ahead and pulled the trigger. smile.gif They had to order it but it should be here in 10-12 days.
Thanks for the guidance. He threw out a number that was quite a bit lower than i was prepared to pay so it ended up not being an issue. Now the waiting begins . . .
I look forward to the unveiling, TC! Congrats in advance.
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PICS ON ARRIVAL, TC.
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Originally Posted by TC (Houston) View Post

I went ahead and pulled the trigger. smile.gif They had to order it but it should be here in 10-12 days.
Thanks for the guidance. He threw out a number that was quite a bit lower than i was prepared to pay so it ended up not being an issue. Now the waiting begins . . .

Congratulations in advance TC. Looking forward to that nod[1].gif
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foo.gif is looking for a onewatch?

TC, does this neighbor offer neighborly discounts to internet friends of neighbors? shog[1].gifsatisfied.gif
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foo.gif is looking for a onewatch?

Nah, I want a whole bunch.

Maybe the answer is to get the Tank AND the Panerai.
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post

Nah, I want a whole bunch.

Maybe the answer is to get the Tank AND the Panerai.

There you go!
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Thanks, everyone.
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TC, does this neighbor offer neighborly discounts to internet friends of neighbors? shog[1].gifsatisfied.gif

LOL, I kinda got the feeling that this was only for me. Incidentally, the Houston watch and jewelry market must be really strong because the other places I went offered me a much smaller discount than I had been able to get in the past.
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Originally Posted by Kaplan View Post


The double space after a period, that you both like, but that some really don't :-)

Sorry, I can't give up the double space.  I've been doing it for so long its part of my DNA.  Besides for my work, they prefer.  

 

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I was feigning ignorance, I got you.  But being over forty, I learned to type on a typewriter - a mechanical one at that - and that double-space habit dies hard!

:fistbump:  

 

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cheers.gif

Ha, I thought I was the only one who noticed!

Still, it's nothing to get worked up over. There are more pressing issues out there. Misuse of the phrase "begs the question" to mean "raises the question", for one example among many.
That's right! In fact, my newest arrival is around 35 mm. Even though the interwebs assure me that such a thing is strictly for wimps and Communists, I don't mind having a simple, chilled-out watch:


 

As long as I continue to receive correspondence from educated professionals, who confuse their, there, and they're, or due and do, I think I'm ok with my double space after periods. Sorry guys!  

 

Congrats on your OQ!  Love it!  Now there are three of us who can sport OQs on any given day.  It also has one of my all time favorite bracelets!!!

Mine says hello.

 

 
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Okay fellas, I'm back!

And I'm looking for a new watch, after getting out of the game for many years. I liquidated my entire collection to fund my wife's engagement ring before the financial crisis. All I kept was a black-dialed IWC Portuguese 5001, which was gifted to me for my college graduation.

My objective is to start adding back quality pieces and rebuild a well-edited collection. I do not want to spend over $10k a watch. The first two candidates are:

1. Panerai 372
2. Cartier Tank Louis Cartier XL Extra Flat

The Tank was also somewhat of a surprise. I'm happy to see it has a respectable movement, not an ETA ebauche. Needless to say, a Tank is a must have. I can get it for approximately $8,500 new (from an authorized dealer, nonetheless).

Which do I pick as my number two watch?

That is a smoking hot deal on the Tank XL.  I'm a huge fan, but its definitely a watch you have to try on to see how it fits your wrist.  Rectangular watches wear very differently than other shapes.  I have one friend who can't wear a Reverso GT case (he owned one, but it never sat right on his wrist so he sold it).  He bought the previous version of the Tank XL which was the limited production CPCP LC Tank XL (I have one also).  The new version is a bit larger, and for me the smaller previous size is the ideal fit...although if I didn't have one, I'd probably KOP the current ultra thin Tank XL.  I also usually wear round steel watches during the week, so I like having something different in both shape and color for a real change when I'm going to a dressy event.

 

I think you have to ask yourself if you need a dressier or sportier watch.  The PAM is pure sports watch, yes, you can wear it with a suit, but its not a dress watch.  The Cartier, is more dress watch, but my friend got a textured lighter strap and wears his XL sometimes with jeans and it looks fantastic.  

 

As for resale value with the deals you are getting it probably won't be tough to sell either of them.  PAM is popular with younger guys, and Cartier watches are always popular and have a good following.  A few secondhand shops around me only buy PP, AP, VC, Lange, Rolex and Cartier...the latter 2 because they are so well known and their is a good second hand market for them. 

 

Here are a few quick photos of mine...its slightly different, in that its a a bit thicker (sapphire back), has a different dial, and a different movement, a Piaget base rather than F. Piguet.

 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by TC (Houston) View Post


I went ahead and pulled the trigger. smile.gif They had to order it but it should be here in 10-12 days.
Thanks for the guidance. He threw out a number that was quite a bit lower than i was prepared to pay so it ended up not being an issue. Now the waiting begins . . .

Congrats!  Glad it all worked out.  Looking forward to pix soon!!!

post #36432 of 48312
At this moment, leaning ever so slightly toward the Tank Extra Flat.
post #36433 of 48312
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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

That is a smoking hot deal on the Tank XL.  I'm a huge fan, but its definitely a watch you have to try on to see how it fits your wrist.  Rectangular watches wear very differently than other shapes.  I have one friend who can't wear a Reverso GT case (he owned one, but it never sat right on his wrist so he sold it).  He bought the previous version of the Tank XL which was the limited production CPCP LC Tank XL (I have one also).  The new version is a bit larger, and for me the smaller previous size is the ideal fit...although if I didn't have one, I'd probably KOP the current ultra thin Tank XL.  I also usually wear round steel watches during the week, so I like having something different in both shape and color for a real change when I'm going to a dressy event.

I think you have to ask yourself if you need a dressier or sportier watch.  The PAM is pure sports watch, yes, you can wear it with a suit, but its not a dress watch.  The Cartier, is more dress watch, but my friend got a textured lighter strap and wears his XL sometimes with jeans and it looks fantastic.  

As for resale value with the deals you are getting it probably won't be tough to sell either of them.  PAM is popular with younger guys, and Cartier watches are always popular and have a good following.  A few secondhand shops around me only buy PP, AP, VC, Lange, Rolex and Cartier...the latter 2 because they are so well known and their is a good second hand market for them. 

Here are a few quick photos of mine...its slightly different, in that its a a bit thicker (sapphire back), has a different dial, and a different movement, a Piaget base rather than F. Piguet. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)







Dino! I was hoping you'd chime in.

I absolutely love the discontinued Privee version of the watch. The movement bridges are very elegantly shaped (though I could do without the interlocking C's).

The new Extra Flat also uses a Piaget movement, not an F. Piguet. It's based on the 430P caliber (renamed 430MC), except I'm sure it is not nearly as aesthetically modified as the Privee model.

Do you believe this new Tank has any collectibility? Or will it just be yet another of the millions and millions of Tanks out there?

Most importantly, would you be interested in buying the Tank off of me if things don't work out?
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So . . . Speedy is off to Switzerland. I won't know what they want to or can do until it gets there and they have a look.
I am inclined to have them bring the movement up to perfect working order and leave the rest alone or replace hands with identical versions and send me back the originals.
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

I like the Black Bay, especially the red one on a strap, because it's so unlike a Sub-substitute.  I even like the Pelagos - in isolation.  But you're right, passing from the Tudors straight to the Sub and you really feel the difference in weight and precision, and suddenly they're your favourite Fords next to a Maserati.

+1 That's how I feel with any Ti watch. They look okay, but then you pick it up, and it just feels cheap in the hand and on the wrist. Dive watches like the Sub or Pelagos work so much better if they have a certain heft to them. Otherwise it feels a bit like a toy.

Good to have Foo back here btw smile.gif
Edited by TheWraith - 10/13/14 at 2:39pm
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