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guys, my buddy wants a Brietling Navitimer. I know it's not my place to steer him in another direction, but for the price I think he can do better. i am no where near that level of spending for a timepiece but i do think there are better "bangs for your buck".

thoughts?
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guys, my buddy wants a Brietling Navitimer. I know it's not my place to steer him in another direction, but for the price I think he can do better. i am no where near that level of spending for a timepiece but i do think there are better "bangs for your buck".

thoughts?

If he buys second-hand at a good price he probably won't lose too much money. As a new purchase I don't know. I guess you expect to just take the depreciation like a man. Personally, I would get an Omega Speedmaster before the Navitimer.

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guys, my buddy wants a Brietling Navitimer. I know it's not my place to steer him in another direction, but for the price I think he can do better. i am no where near that level of spending for a timepiece but i do think there are better "bangs for your buck".

thoughts?

He could certainly do worse, too. The B01 Montbrilliant version in 40 mm is quite nice apart from the engraving on the side. smile.gif

But yes, I'd go Speedy over Navi as well. Plus you can swim with the Speedmaster; Navis tend to be a bit leaky due to the way the bezel/slide rule dealie is set up.
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If he buys second-hand at a good price he probably won't lose too much money. As a new purchase I don't know. I guess you expect to just take the depreciation like a man. Personally, I would get an Omega Speedmaster before the Navitimer.

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He could certainly do worse, too. The B01 Montbrilliant version in 40 mm is quite nice apart from the engraving on the side. smile.gif

But yes, I'd go Speedy over Navi as well. Plus you can swim with the Speedmaster; Navis tend to be a bit leaky due to the way the bezel/slide rule dealie is set up.
agree 1000x on the Speedy. he said he tried it on and didn't like it. you don't hear that too often.

anyway, this is the one he likes:

http://www.watchmaxx.com/watch/breitling-navitimer-1461-men-A1938021/BD20-756P?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cse&utm_term=A1938021/BD20-756P&gclid=CMm617mL_cICFSdn7Aod0h0AFw

post #39455 of 48312
Euro, Nomos and Longines are nice options. You could defo get a Speedy Pro towards the top of that price range and probably a pre-owned Datejust as well. Maybe a Breitling Navitimer too. Good luck and keep us posted.
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agree 1000x on the Speedy. he said he tried it on and didn't like it. you don't hear that too often.

anyway, this is the one he likes:

http://www.watchmaxx.com/watch/breitling-navitimer-1461-men-A1938021/BD20-756P?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cse&utm_term=A1938021/BD20-756P&gclid=CMm617mL_cICFSdn7Aod0h0AFw

 

That hurts my head to look at.

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Sucks for you, because its a great watch.
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The main issue wasn't sending the form in for the refund but getting it stamped by customs during operating hours given her time of departure / short layover. My friend is back and was able to get it signed somehow so now we just have to mail the form in. Picking up the watch this week!
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mail in the vat forms / there is a box to drop in at airport
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Sucks for you, because its a busy watch.

 

Agreed

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The Breitling Navitimer is a distinctive watch with a specific history. If someone likes it, and there are good reasons to do so, there is no point telling him another watch is a better "deal" because there is no other watch that is similar in the ways that make a Navitimer unique.
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That hurts my head to look at.
You may have vertigo. That watch can be used in lieu of the Dix-Hallpike test.
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Agreed

Yes, its busy, but its a superbly executed busy. Not for all, but not a bad watch by any means.
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The Breitling Navitimer is a distinctive watch with a specific history. If someone likes it, and there are good reasons to do so, there is no point telling him another watch is a better "deal" because there is no other watch that is similar in the ways that make a Navitimer unique.

This.
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Yes, its busy, but its a superbly executed busy. Not for all, but not a bad watch by any means.
This.

Second what Dopey and Stitchy have said. As far as sports chronographs go, the Navitimer is one of the modern classics...
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OK, you grab that one, and I'll snatch Roger's 1973 chrono!  Seriously, Longines are really interesting me with their value proposition these days.
I want that chrono, too!
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Does anyone know what I can expect from custom/duties charges if I purchase a watch in the Netherlands (ex-VAT) and have it shipped to Boston? Anyway around it? Strap would not be any sort of leather if that matters.  

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