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I believe the Tiffany Submariners do command a premium. (Personally, I don't really know "the story" other than it was a straight up co-branding agreement made with Rolex).

But once you've added that 5th line of text on a Sub....I mean, you gotta stop somewhere. It gets a little crowded.

And Comex I suppose would have as much (or more) TWAT-cred, as mimo puts it. At least in terms of the "tool watch" contingent around here.
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And what a priceless bunch of tools we they are. :)

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I'd love to rock a pocket watch, and they always seem such absurdly good value at auction. But how to wear it without looking like an extra in Downton Abbey?
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What's wrong with looking like an extra in Downton Abbey?

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VERY nice @kimmo. You are truly a man of good taste.

 

Speaking of taste. What do you all make of this?

 

I'm just wondering what sort of watch buyer looking to buy a $4k+ mechanical watch would want anything to do with a Tiffany's logo.

 

I think they basically gave up on most of the watch market.  In a few select markets they still carry Patek, but they stopped carrying AP, VC, Rolex and other brands many years ago.  

I did think their new rectangular watch was pretty good looking, but its only available as a quartz, and even if it weren't it would probably have been powered by an ETA or something similar.

 

Personally, I think Tiffany & Co isn't the brand it was many years ago and I currently see them as a rung below Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Bvlgari, Graff, HW etc. 

 

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Still, I'm told there is some TWAT-cred precedent for a Tiffany branded watch...

The Tiffany co-branded watches were from back in the days when they were AD's for Rolex, AP, VC, Patek and other brands.  Patek adds their own name to the dial.  I think some people used to purchase these watches years ago thinking that Rolex, Patek and other brands were putting the Tiffany name on the dial, hence they became seen as something special and unique.  That mind set has stayed with those watches.  I think they are interesting from a historic standpoint showing the relationship that once existed between Tiffany and Rolex, AP, VC etc. ...but I wouldn't pay a premium for one.  To me they would be more special if the dials had come with the Tiffany name directly from Rolex, AP, VC, Patek etc.  

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Whoah!  Fabulous kop, @kimmo
!

Thanks!

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Kimmo -- looks great! Perfect fit and you're so right about understated but luxe.

Thanks, the daily wearability and less blingy was the buying rationale and I think that worked out well.

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Awesome kop - one of my absolute favourite watches. Really want one. Doubly so now. Congrats. More wrist shots please.

Thanks! More shots next week when I get back at the office. Check also the Cermet version, I couldn't justify the 60% premium over this one but that's probably someone's grail.

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VERY nice @kimmo
. You are truly a man of good taste.

Thanks, but let's not overdo this. Last time I got under review as a potential enabler, my interior design skills got low marks.
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Thanks for the background @Dino944.

 

I'm generally of the mind that "less is more" when it comes to words on the dial. The word "superlative" still makes me raise an eyebrow.

 

Ah, it just came to me. I bet the Tiffany brand mechanical watches are marketed toward women to buy as gifts for their men while they daydream about the glittering ice they might expect in return...

 

 

Oh and also, quick give-away: would anybody (non lurker) like my hardcover Montblanc timepiece catalog? I'm packing up for the big move and have decided not to bring it with me. But I don't feel right just chucking it in the recycle bin... PM me

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@kimmo you're right, I'd struggle to justify the extra dough for the cermat when it came to the pinch. The steel is perfectly handsome enough. Maybe also heavier and therefore a bit more 'heft' for your money? I'm a big fan of that strap too - I'm going to see if I can get one for my Speedy.
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Originally Posted by Dachshund View Post

I'd love to rock a pocket watch, and they always seem such absurdly good value at auction. But how to wear it without looking like an extra in Downton Abbey?


Here's three recent pictures, none of which (even the one wearing a tweed suit) look like an extra on "Downton Abbey"...........


.....two people wearing pocket watches.

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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

What's wrong with looking like an extra in Downton Abbey?

I think there's a fine line between stylish and caricature. Maybe some can carry off a pocket watch, but it must be hard to avoid straying into 'fop' territory.
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@Roycru, I beg to differ - and I mean absolutely no disrespect, you have an overall style which carries a pocket watch very well, in a way my personal style would just fail - but you really could walk through a scene of Downton Abbey and nobody would be calling up the producers to complain. I can't say the same for your fellow cast members in the first picture.

I certainly see pocket watches featuring in my life in the future - I eagerly look over them at auctions - but i'm planning it for a later decade where I can get away with a swordstick and a pipe as part of the same ensemble.
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@kimmo you're right, I'd struggle to justify the extra dough for the cermat when it came to the pinch. The steel is perfectly handsome enough. Maybe also heavier and therefore a bit more 'heft' for your money? I'm a big fan of that strap too - I'm going to see if I can get one for my Speedy.

Haven't got a scale at hand but the steel version is surprisingly light, eg Tissot Visodate on a Milanaise seems much more heavier just by hand. I think that's a testament to the integrated movement and engineering and that's one of the main reasons I pulled the trigger and, frankly, haven't yet had any sort of buyers remorse about the money spent.

*facepalm* for forgetting to weigh the Cermet and this today at the AD but it is light, I can't tell if there is a substantial difference but like this one, Cermet wears really light and smaller than it's size would make you think.
post #42928 of 48312
Still, I reckon keep the $$$ and get the steel - it's a beaut. I'd see the cermat as a technically interesting option if money were no option; but back here in the real world I'd struggle to convince myself.
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Originally Posted by Dachshund View Post

@Roycru, I beg to differ - and I mean absolutely no disrespect, you have an overall style which carries a pocket watch very well, in a way my personal style would just fail - but you really could walk through a scene of Downton Abbey and nobody would be calling up the producers to complain. I can't say the same for your fellow cast members in the first picture.

I certainly see pocket watches featuring in my life in the future - I eagerly look over them at auctions - but i'm planning it for a later decade where I can get away with a swordstick and a pipe as part of the same ensemble.


I probably looked more like a "Downton Abbey" extra in 1969, during the brief period that I had a mustache (which unfortunately did not survive shaving one morning on a very late train that was trying to make up time and hit a low rail joint).  


For those who are wondering, yes, I am wearing the same brown tweed suit that I got at the Brooks Brothers store on Post and Grant in San Francisco in 1965 in this picture that I am wearing in the picture from a few months ago.  I have worn the same clothes (and watch) my entire adult life.


Here's a pre-mustache picture from 1968.....


.....and a post-mustache picture from 1982.  (Yes, I am wearing grey and black striped trousers in this picture.)


Try a pocket watch.  You might discover that it leads to all sorts of adventures (even if you're not on a train).

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