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Seiko and Invicta? puzzled.gif

To each their own.
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@in stitches -

IWC happy.gif
Omega
JLC

throw in Panerai for good measure for the Richemont trifecta. (Belligero-shields UP!)


@RFX45, @RogerP - beautiful watch no doubt. Only wish I had the $97,000!
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Yea, I like Seiko. Some of the first watches I ever had and that brand has always stayed with me. Granted, now, I'm talking Japanese Domestic Market only Prospex divers and Grand Seiko... but still a Seiko.

 

I don't think RX was being as serious as I...

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Choosing only 3 is really hard. Mine would probably be

 

Seiko

Omega

JLC

runner up: Rolex

 

Currently have 2 of the 3

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Brands I could afford?

Rolex

Hamilton

IWC - The Port Chrono is lovely.  I would purchase one.

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AP
JLC
Lange

Runners-up:
Vacheron
Rolex, Omega (sports watches)
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Originally Posted by Belligero View Post


Fair enough. But I'm not talking about the high-end exotics such as Kari Voutilainen and Roger Smith. I just feel better buying or supporting independently-owned established manufactures such as...

Nomos
Rolex
Audemars Piguet
Patek Philippe
Seiko
Breitling
Chopard

...as well as several other independents — interesting outliers such as Ochs & Junior and the low-profile Germans such as Sinn, Stowa and Laco come to mind — than I do with the big three conglomerates, who I find less likeable and too influenced by marketeers.

I can't help thinking that a maker is selling out and a minor sense of loss when one of the megas acquires it. Same deal with beer companies.

 

Good points. I've owned Chopard with their LUC movements and currently own an Archimedes (Ickler). Many of these you list are good values as well as being independent of the Big 3 luxury conglomerates. I'm also a fan of Girard Perregaux which isn't really an Indy but Sowind is a small group. I own a JeanRichard with the JR1000 movement. However, if my collection consisted solely of Lange, I wouldn't be too sad :colgate:.

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Thanks for all the help with IWC vs. jLC. I went back to the store today and was able to compare the IWC Portoguese Chronograph with the JLC Master Chronograph. As much as I was trying to convince myself to get the IWC I just loved everything about the JLC a little more so went with that one. Below is a stock photo of what I went with (getting it on a brown strap though).

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The latest Talking Watches episode on Hodinkee was very fun. I really like their new trend of featuring atypical watch collectors and exploring how each guest began collecting and eventually arrived at his present collection. It really shows that there are many ways to enjoy this hobby. The line about how even Jesus would need to wait for a Patek application piece was very funny, especially in the context of the story.
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Thanks for all the help with IWC vs. jLC. I went back to the store today and was able to compare the IWC Portoguese Chronograph with the JLC Master Chronograph. As much as I was trying to convince myself to get the IWC I just loved everything about the JLC a little more so went with that one. Below is a stock photo of what I went with (getting it on a brown strap though).


Great choice! I started out with JLC myself too. A wonderful manufacture with so many great and innovative in-house movements.
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My 3:

Rolex
JLC
Patek

Two familiars, one personal grail.
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Hi all,

 

Long time lurker of this forum. Haven't ever felt a need to comment/participate in the forum but the discussions here have influenced my decisions in making watch purchases.

 

Top 3 would be:

 

Rolex

Omega

Patek

 

Two I currently have, one grail.

 

On a completely separate topic, I wanted to get the views of the forum here. Would replacing a watch dial be a no no? Meaning I own a Speedmaster and have recently taken a keen liking to the "Panda" Speedmaster (Mitsukoshi special). Through my research, I have found that the dial can be procured from sites such as Ofrei and this modification has been done by some....so what's the verdict on these watches? I am not looking to pass it off for profit and looking for a Mitsukoshi dialed Speedmaster might be out of my reach...(300 only?).

 

Apologise in advance if the above has been discussed....

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On a new topic. Does anyone have suggestions on where to buy decent quality, but affordable vintage pieces?

 

I'm in New Hampshire. So Boston is convenient, and I've looked at some of the usual suspects (European Watch Company, Paul Duggan, etc.) online, but not in person.

 

Can you find decent stuff in pawn shops? are there other watch dealers that sell online?

 

I'd prefer to go through a reputable dealer, rather than a private party, simply because I'm not knowledgeable enough to feel comfortable checking authenticity.

 

My budget is under $1,500 if that helps.

If you don't know a lot about watches, Eurpean Watch Co and Paul Duggan are both great places to visit and deal with. I have a few very knowledgeable watch friends who have bought from each of them.   Both shops have great reputations, and you won't end up with some weird "Franken-junk- watch.  Check their inventory it changes regularly.  I wouldn't waste my time at Pawn shops.  Good luck with your adventure. 

 

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Add Parmigiani to the list of offenders. This is what my Kalpa Grande looks like (stock photo; mine is stainless):

I think there's something to this reasoning, but I also get why some are annoyed by it.

Ah...another multi-date offender ;).  Very cool watch, enjoy it! 

 

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Though I think this poses a great end of 2015 question!!

TWAT dwellers, what are your fave 3 watch brands? Feel free to expound why or not, but list 3.

AND GO!! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

Favorite 3 is tough.  In no particular order, Rolex, AP, and Piaget.

 

Rolex - got me interested in watches.  Before I knew much about watches I loved the designs of the GMT/Sub and the manual wind Daytonas.  Back in the day, while they were expensive for my budget they still seemed reasonably priced and the value to cost ratio seemed appropriate.

 

AP - I've always loved the design of the original Royal Oak and its variations including the dual time, the day-date (some call it the owl), and the chronograph.  The Royal Oak was also the watch that got me interesting in AP as a brand, and interested in their other designs, and innovations.

 

Piaget -  I really like some of their vintage designs, and I like what they are doing a lot right now with the Altiplano line, skeletonized watches, and their complications.  They build their own movements in house and have supplied movements to other respected companies in  the past.  They have also done some amazing work with dials and bezel made of semiprecious stones.  I considering listing Cartier, VC and Patek here.  However, Cartier I like more of their older pieces than their current models.  I'd much rather focus on CPCP pre-owned than many of their current offerings.   VC only have a 2 or 3 watches in their current line ups that are somewhat affordable and of interest to me.  Patek, for me is hit or miss, and some are grossly overpriced and others are so sterile in design that I'm bored looking at them.  Lange I like, but mostly for the Lange 1 and Lange 1 moonphase, although I did like some of the pix Frills posted recently...although those are way beyond my budget.    


Edited by Dino944 - 12/18/14 at 11:23am
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Most excellent reply, Dino. As I expected it to be.
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Jaeger-LeCoultre
Blancpain
Patek Philippe

At least those are whom I own the most from.
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