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Lulz, are you trying to suggest something TC?

Been gone for a while (work, vacation, etc.), but thought I would chime in on the RG MUT Moon.

Personally, and this is just me, I am not the biggest fan of the JLC Master series in RG. Do not get me wrong--the dial on that watch is gorgeous. However, for the price, I find myself wanting something from the "big three," or one of the peripheral contenders. The movement finishing on the JLC master series is just not up to snuff compared to the competition in this price range.

The JLC MUT Moon RG retails for around $18-19k, and unless I could get a fairly substantial price point, VC would be getting my money at that price, or FPJ, or something of that ilk. At that price point, Piaget, and even low-level AL&S is available.

To be fair, you kind of have to compare a moonphase for a moonphase or plain version to plain version. A regular 41mm automatic JLC MUT in RG is a few thousands cheaper than the moon and that is exactly where they are slotted which works for them. A similar automatic 41mm plain face watch from VC is double the price of the JLC MUT. Discount on JLCs are pretty generous too from my experience, much more generous than what you would get from the "big 3".



I really like this 3 on 3 vid by Hodinkee and appropriate for the discussion.

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That appears to be the same model I have. If you bought that new, you are quite the geezer. It looks like you also got good use out of it. Obviously, I am a fan. Do you recall what kind of strap or bracelet it came on?
You will be amused to know that the Omega service on it is likely to cost me a multiple of what you paid for the watch. frown.gif

The Speedy was my high school graduation gift. My dad took me to the jewelers and gave me the choice of any watch in the store. I wanted a chronograph so it came down to a Speedy or a Daytona. After around an hour of deliberation my dad retreated to the car but he told me to take all the time I needed and he meant it. He was a great guy. Maybe two hours later I exited with the Speedy. The Daytona would have to wait until after college.

Anyway, as for the bracelet. I wore the Speedy on its bracelet through college (under and post grad) after which I scored the Daytona, and decided to switch the Speedy to a strap. I put the bracelet in the Speedy box and stored it in the basement of my NYC house. Around ten years later I decide to switch back to the bracelet and the box was nowhere to be found. A mystery to this day. I still kinda look for it whenever I go down to the basement.


The bracelet below (not my pic) is the one that came with the Speedy but truth be told I never cared for it all that much. It was a biter and a hair puller and not that well made (at least by today's standards.)





This is its replacement. Much more comfortable and of superior build. I'd prefer it to be less Rolexy but c'est la vie.




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post #36498 of 48312
Love the basic hand wound Panerai models back then.


When they started issuing tons of "special editions" for boutiques, aged their lume to those A series patina etc...I kinda got lost as where they wanted to go.
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Some owners have had the links brushed; this one is on a Sub bracelet, not my pic.

L.O.V.E
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It's absolutely lovely. Have you considered the secondary market ? JLC doesn't seem to hold its value very well...
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Still considering a Solo Large in Rose Gold despite the quartz movement as a grab and go watch, just looking for a good price on it.


And speaking of Rose Golds... found a new contender.

JLC Ultra Thin Moon 39 though I am not in love with the cream dial, it is still a gorgeous watch and a much cheaper alternative. Love the moonphase too.

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Hi Kaplan,

Several of the images of the current Tank XL Ultra Thin, are not really anything close to trying them on in person.  Someone commented earlier about a photo that the dial looks sort of cream colored, and they prefer silver.  However, in person its a silver dial with a hint of cream giving it a bit of antique look.  I didn't really find any issue with the spacing of the dial, when I tried it on in person when it was first released.  I do find the strap a bit aggressive in terms of how it tapers, but its not offensive to me.  Overall, its a larger, and wider watch than the last last generation of Tank XL (the CPCP model), but Cartier is simply trying to meet their customers' demand for bigger watches.  If I did not have the CPCP Tank XL, I would probably get the current version, although I find the prior size is a better fit for my modest sized wrist.  

As I've said before, anyone contemplating purchasing a watch with a rectangular or square case should try it on in person to be sure it looks right and is a good fit.

I think the round 430p movement, as much as fashionability, may have driven the increased case size.
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JLC Ultra Thin Moon 39 in rose gold is my grail thin gold dress watch. Want so hard.
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Foo - back in town for a few days and already TWAT is on fire. Love it.

I tried the 372 in Cayman when it first came out so I was all excited to strap it on. It was a very nice and clean looking PAM. At that price point, it has an even greater appeal. Sat flatter and more comfortably on my wrist than my 312 (which is a thicker 1950's case)

I am pumped about it, too. Naysayers be damned. I feel that hates are simply backlashing against the brand's popularity. In truth, there is a lot of substance underneath the hype.
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Originally Posted by Keith T View Post

Again, FWIW...some "research" wrist shots that I had taken, if they may be helpful here.

In top-to-bottom order, the Louis Cartier Extra Flat, the Solo XL, and the Solo Large (damn you, quartz movement!) Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)












And I do agree with Kaplan's point re: white space on the Extra Flat. Still quite lovely overall, and not necessarily a deal-killer, but I do find it a good observation, and more apparent when compared to the bolder numerals on the other two.

Is it weird that I actually much more strongly prefer the white space and thinner numerals? Firstly, it seems more inline with vintage pieces. More importantly though, I think it makes the dial far easier on the eyes and easier to read. More elegant. White space is not a bad thing!
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The Speedy was my high school graduation gift. My dad took me to the jewelers and gave me the choice of any watch in the store. I wanted a chronograph so it came down to a Speedy or a Daytona. After around an hour of deliberation my dad retreated to the car but he told me to take all the time I needed and he meant it. He was a great guy. Maybe two hours later I exited with the Speedy. The Daytona would have to wait until after college.

Anyway, as for the bracelet. I wore the Speedy on its bracelet through college (under and post grad) after which I scored the Daytona, and decided to switch the Speedy to a strap. I put the bracelet in the Speedy box and stored it in the basement of my NYC house. Around ten years later I decide to switch back to the bracelet and the box was nowhere to be found. A mystery to this day. I still kinda look for it whenever I go down to the basement.


The bracelet below (not my pic) is the one that came with the Speedy but truth be told I never cared for it all that much. It was a biter and a hair puller and not that well made (at least by today's standards.)





This is its replacement. Much more comfortable and of superior build. I'd prefer it to be less Rolexy but c'est la vie.




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Thanks. I have a few bracelet options that I accumulated but never bothered to wear. Mine is on a black sharksin/seal/grained Omega strap. Not sure what it is and can't remember where I bought it.
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Here is the 372 on someone who has a decidedly larger frame than Foo - and it already looks just about comically huge to me.

Get the Cartier!

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Big watch is big. It doesn't look "normal" on anyone. Not supposed to.
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Walked into the JLC boutique in Rome and was left with no choice but to walk out with the Geophysic in SS. With the tax refund, turned out to be a great deal.

Box and Loupe:


On wrist:
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Walked into the JLC boutique in Rome and was left with no choice but to walk out with the Geophysic in SS. With the tax refund, turned out to be a great deal.


congratulations seattiesf nod[1].gif
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Nice geophysics, didn't even know it was out already.
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Thanks Cleav!

It was released at JLC boutiques first and from what i've seen in europe, the ss flew off the shelf and were gone within 2-3 days. The gold ones were still available at all of the boutiques.
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