Yes, I really like the BLNR and don't seem my feelings on it cooling off any time soon either. They are available pre-owned, but at least in my region, since they were released I've only seen 2 available brand new at ADs, and I purchased one of them.
Two personal examples here. My wife bought me a 40 year old Rolex for my 40th birthday, and a ten year old Speedy for our tenth anniversary. I think it's neat that these were made (roughly) when important events in my life were happening. I'm not massively interested in the watches' own history, or that of their previous owners, although I sometimes wonder what adventures the Rolex might have had before we met. I just like wearing something that's as old as I am (in the case of the Rolex).
Now, if I happened to buy a second hand Pepsi just because I liked it, I really wouldn't care less about its history and I'd want it in as good condition as possible so I can start adding my own history to it.
+1 agreed. If I went vintage I'd want it in excellent condition, I wouldn't want a faded bezel. Hell, I'd actually want to to be all original, but as close to NOS as possible.
I popped into a shop to see a friend who was wearing his JDN tourbillon. The details are really spectacular in person. I believe he was the first person to commission the watch in rose gold. For those not familiar with the brand this is Daniel Roth's company and his new brand since selling off the "Daniel Roth brand." This is a very small company with I believe only 3 or 4 people, and my friend did get to have a fair amount of input and contact with Mr. Roth.
I was actually going into to see a different watch but the watch had sold. Still he did offer me a very nice deal on this watch, as they are going to stop carrying VC. For some reason the dial looks sort of in between blue and gray (but in real life its not blue, its sort of gray with what they call an opaline finish. In rose I might have gone for it. Its really nice but for some reason I just don't love it in WG. Still a beautiful watch.