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What's the consensus of IWC around here? I've scoured the forums and searched online, and there seems to be ambivalence regarding its heritage, especially toward their lower end models, which have been accused of having borrowed ETA movements, excellent finishing, but ultimately overpriced for what they are. Would any of the following models be suitable daily drivers?

Portofino 3565



Pilot's Chrono 3777



Portuguese 3714



I purchased that exact IWC 3714 early this year as my first nice watch and love it more and more as time goes on. Honestly at first I had my heart set on a JLC based on my research and for reasons I mentioned previously in this thread it just didn't work out this go round. Absolutely love the 3714 though (I switched out the blue strap for a brand leather IWC strap though).
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For all the grief that it gets, much of it warranted, I do think that IWC does great hands.

All three of those examples above have distinctive shapes that I really, really dig.
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As its a quiet day on this thread, here is a partial "Family photo."   I never realized how difficult it can be to photograph more than 2 watches at the same time.  

 

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Funny, maybe it's just the positioning or the colour, but of all the wonders there, my eye flew straight to the Oysterquartz.  It really is a great looking watch.

 

Nice work, Dino. :)

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Dino - I've been debating between the Explorer I vs. II? Curious to learn what drove you towards the II.
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As its a quiet day on this thread, here is a partial "Family photo."   I never realized how difficult it can be to photograph more than 2 watches at the same time.  

 

Love seeing the OQ and 15202 next to each other. It's actually an extremely helpful picture.

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My first watch acquisition with a 1965 Montblanc 34 I received as a birthday present. Hard to tell, but the OuJ is on a navy/green/burgundy nylon strap instead of the usual leather.

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Funny, maybe it's just the positioning or the colour, but of all the wonders there, my eye flew straight to the Oysterquartz.  It really is a great looking watch.

 

Nice work, Dino. :)

Thanks Mimo.  Yes, the Oysterquartz is often overlooked and under appreciated but its really a handsome watch.  Its really solidly constructed and had solid links for its bracelet back in the days when all other steel and steel and gold Rolex watches had hollow links.

 

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Dino - I've been debating between the Explorer I vs. II? Curious to learn what drove you towards the II.

Actually, I've owned both.  I owned a 36 mm Explorer 114270 from 2002 through 2012.  I liked it because beyond its history it, was a bit different from Datejusts that seem to be everywhere.  I also thought it was sort of simple and could fly under the radar for job interviews or for things where I didn't want to wear something larger.  Back around 1999 -2000 the Explorer sort of went through a period where it became quite popular and developed a strong following.  I think some of it was fueled by speculation that the Ex1 was going or had gone out of production as there was a gap between production of 14270s ending and 114270s being released.  Prior to that period Explorers sold well enough to always be in production, but they were often over looked and far from a very popular model.

 

The Explorer II was one of the few sport Rolex models I had not yet owned.  I had previously thought about getting one but never got around to it.   I had not owned a 2 timezone watch in several years and I was getting married and going on a trip overseas.  My wife wanted to get me a wedding present, and when she went to our local Rolex AD she liked the Explorer II more than the "Pepsi" GMT II that was available.  She thought for a sports watch, it would be a bit more toned down and work better with suits due to its steel bezel rather than a red/blue bezel.  She still isn't a fan of the Pepsi or Coke GMTs, although oddly she likes the BLNR which she thinks is more subtle.  I like the Pepsi GMT, but I can see her point.  The Ex2 was another model that sort of flew under the radar a bit.  It was never the most popular sports model, but interest grew in Ex2s drastically with the new model that now has the historic tie in of the orange hand.  

 

I like the Explorer 1, but I found I just wasn't wearing it very much.  It had been sitting in a drawer for a least 2 years without being worn.  I like the Explorer but I found I just wore the Explorer 2 far more frequently.  So when I was getting an AP I decided to find the Explorer a new home so it would get some wrist time and also to reduce the outlay for the RO.  Wishing you luck with whatever your decide. 

 

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Love seeing the OQ and 15202 next to each other. It's actually an extremely helpful picture.

Thanks.  There is definitely some RO influence, but I think the OQ stands nicely on its own looks.  Here is an old photo I posted when I took delivery of the RO.

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I definitely agree. The OQ has quickly become something I really like since following this thread.

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Dino - I've been debating between the Explorer I vs. II? Curious to learn what drove you towards the II.

 

To me, the Explorer I and II are not even remotely simillar in design or function. I was always curious as to why they are named as though they are sequential.

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Looking for a slightly sportier watch (office culture doesn't require a suit, but shirt & occasional jacket are daily) which I could also dress down for the summer day. Not a Rolex guy as such, nor never will be (probably get stoned for this...), only Rolex which pushes my buttons is the blue Milgauss. Budget would be 5-7k€ new and discounted, so was looking at JLC as the next quality alternative and bumped into JLC Master Hometime "Aston Martin".

http://www.jaeger-lecoultre.com/FI/en/watches/master-hometime/162847N

Local AD had one and the Aston wings don't look too prominent, so without an Aston I wouldn't look as a complete tool with this one, plus this can be dressed down with the original Hometime steel bracelet. AD offer was about 12% off, so have to look elsewhere in EU for this also.

Approaching from the other direction, JLC Master Compressor is certainly more sporty and more "off hours" but probably doesn't dress up well with a shirt, so probably Hometime or similar style would work better.

Thoughts / experience on Hometime?

 

I was recently considering the same watch for the second time zone function and had thought I was not a Rolex guy... until I went with a Rolex. But that's only because I "needed" the rotating GMT bezel and Rolex pretty much invented the GMT watch.  If I hadn't gone with the GMT Master, the JLC Hometime Aston Martin would have probably been my pick. It's a fine watch from a reputable watchmaker. Smooth lines, fantastic finish, excellent symmetry and detail. An understated stunner that will be fairly incognito unless someone knows what they're looking at. Really, I think at that level of quality JLC offers about the best value one could hope for in a watch/movement. With JLC you're not paying the same premium for a brand name you might with others.  And the watch itself is just gorgeous.

 

I tried on a Compressor Geographic and thought it a little to bulky and fiddly for my taste, but if you're looking for a bit of sporty heft it might be worth considering.

 

 

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I try on stuff I've no intention of buying...rather a lot.  But as few people where I live get any kind of commission, they don't seem to mind much: most of these boutiques are very quiet, and I think some of them just like to chat about watches and have something to do for half an hour.

 

I have a mind to do some serious tyre-kicking tomorrow, just to illustrate the point: there are things that need to be shared - it's too quiet in here!

 

@aleksandr I like to visit watch counters when it's slow so I don't feel like I'm getting in the way of a potential sale. I tell them I'm considering X type of watch and am just looking around to see what's out there for now.  You'll sometimes get an SA that has that somewhat restrained attitude about your not being serious, but for the most part these are people who love to talk watches and have an excuse to play with what's inside the case. Just be polite, have fun with it and if anybody cops an attitude remember that there are plenty of other boutiques where you'll find very gracious service.

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Trying the metal band I bought to go with my Ahoi.  Stayed with the mesh theme from the original band.  

 

 

Original mesh band (Click to show)

 

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I love the JLC Hometime. I actually have a mint example of the older, asymmetric version available for sale (see below). If it weren't for my recent acquisition of the JLC perpetual ultrathin, and the fact that my wife bought me a different two-timezone watch and thus would be offended if I wore the Hometime, I would happily keep and enjoy the Hometime. I think the Hometime is a fantastic, flexible sporty/dressy watch.

And if you're interested in second-hand, let me know.

Thanks for the offer, as I'm in the EU plus interested on the black dial, so I'll have to pass. Good to hear though you're happy with it, it is a very tempting watch.
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I was recently considering the same watch for the second time zone function and had thought I was not a Rolex guy... until I went with a Rolex. But that's only because I "needed" the rotating GMT bezel and Rolex pretty much invented the GMT watch.  If I hadn't gone with the GMT Master, the JLC Hometime Aston Martin would have probably been my pick. It's a fine watch from a reputable watchmaker. Smooth lines, fantastic finish, excellent symmetry and detail. An understated stunner that will be fairly incognito unless someone knows what they're looking at. Really, I think at that level of quality JLC offers about the best value one could hope for in a watch/movement. With JLC you're not paying the same premium for a brand name you might with others.  And the watch itself is just gorgeous.

I tried on a Compressor Geographic and thought it a little to bulky and fiddly for my taste, but if you're looking for a bit of sporty heft it might be worth considering.

That's also the part I like about JLC, they still seem to be on a reasonable price level given the amount of in-house goodies in them.

I'm currently trying to find also the Deep Sea Chrono to try on, so I can compare the two a bit. Passed the Compressor already as a bit too sporty, also they start to be above my pre-determined price range. Knowing myself, this probably will flex a bit, though..
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I'm currently trying to find also the Deep Sea Chrono to try on, so I can compare the two a bit. Passed the Compressor already as a bit too sporty, also they start to be above my pre-determined price range. Knowing myself, this probably will flex a bit, though..

 

Never tried on a Deep Sea Chrono. But I'm not really much of a fan of Chrono divers. Have you looked at the good old Omega Speedmaster Pro?

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