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Thanks!

I think my (attainable) grail vintage watch in an unpolished Universal Geneve tri-compax in rose gold, something like this:

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^^^ Thanks for using the term "Tri-compax" correctly.  So tired of seeing every chrono with a 3-6-9 register so described.

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What a beautiful UG.

I'd say that it's almost as lovely as TheWraith's sandwich.
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And I'm wearing this one today:





*but not with jeans.
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what sets this "limited edition" apart?

http://cdn.ovalnews.com/pdf/mpr13-20.pdf. The specs for the SC start on page 4.
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Got an all orange one as well, but this one works better IMO.

 

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Nice combo!

Agree the solid orange could be a bit much.
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What a beautiful UG.

I'd say that it's almost as lovely as TheWraith's sandwich.

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They were good sandwiches, I must say. Roast beef and semi-sun dried tomatoes. Chicken salad. Smoked salmon. Egg salad. Ham and tomato. Yummo!

They came out better than the watch in my photo... eh.gif
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I was running through a bit of a thought experiment this morning. If I could only have one watch, what would it be and, more interestingly, would it be one of the watches that I actually have or currently desire to have?

It would have to work as well as it could in all situations - work (with a suit), holidays (in shorts), black tie, everything.

Personally, it would have to have a bracelet. This doesn't work well with black tie, but I rarely wear it. It is acceptable with a suit, and works best for casual. I think the type of strap that works well casually actually looks more casual, and therefore worse, with a suit.

The dial would have to be classic, but not a dress watch. Nor a chrono. Date permitted.

The metal would have to be steel or maybe platinum or white gold. I don't think that a yellow or rose gold watch that works casually would work at all with black tie.

So in my mind I keep coming back to a Rolex Explorer. Which is a watch I neither own (I do have an ExII) or desire in the short-medium term. Sure, I'd like one, but it's not high on the list, presumably because I am not limited to one and I have other watches with niche roles that, to me, fulfil those roles better than the Explorer. But if I could only have one, it would be my choice and I would love it.

And if I could only keep one of my current watches? Tough choice, but it would be my simple vintage steel Rolex Date.
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Interesting thought. I agree on your logic - minimalist for dressing up, but robust and on a bracelet for durability and versatility. I would end up at Oyster Perpetual for its cleaner sticks-only dial, but I get you.

Is it special enough, though, if the one is also to be a grail? I might have to choose a more divisive and complicated wonder: Pt Langematik Perpetual.
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Now that's an interesting addition to the experiment. If the 'one' must also be a grail. That's practically impossible for me to reconcile but I could see how that lange might nail it. What strap to put it on though?
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Or, if I'm trying to reconcile grail and 'one watch', on the subject of Lange, maybe the Zeitwerk. It doesn't seem to have a bracelet though, so I'd have to bend the rules and allow myself two straps.

 

Really though I want a bracelet. I can't swim with it if it only has a leather strap. And Christ, I'd never go swimming with a Lange.

 

So I'm back to the trusty Explorer, although it's no grail (for me).

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Your thinking is similar to mine. The Explorer was never a grail or a watch I particularly cared for each time I visited an AD over the years.

A few years ago I purchased what was a grail for me - SubC LV - but with my OCD I can't wear as it's intended.

So recently I had funds for another and I was considering others I've been lusting after (BLNR, birth year Pepsi GMT, Reverso) but then practically I knew it would be another OCD situation and I really want a nice watch I can wear freely without worry anytime.

So I bought with my head and not my heart and got the Explorer l 39mm a month or two ago.

It hasn't left my wrist since I bought and I can enjoy my LV more now too. It is truly the perfect watch and although it's not a grail I'm beyond happy with it and will be keeping it.

Now I can save for my grails again and be OCD with them...
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You're right D, it doesn't work.  "Do everything" and "grail" just don't mix.  So either get the grail and keep my Orange Monster for swimming and such, or live in the real world and get a steel Rolex.  Or, to be less brand-tied, an Omega Aqua Terra, a Grand Seiko...each to his own.  The Explorer works too, and I like the datelessness just like the OP.  But I think the OP remains my number one pick.  Sounds like great value when I put it like that.  Hmm...

 

Alternatively, buy that platinum super-watch, and take it off sometimes.

 

Alternatively (2), one watch my ass.  After all, we are where we are. :)

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I was running through a bit of a thought experiment this morning. If I could only have one watch, what would it be and, more interestingly, would it be one of the watches that I actually have or currently desire to have?

It would have to work as well as it could in all situations - work (with a suit), holidays (in shorts), black tie, everything.

Personally, it would have to have a bracelet. This doesn't work well with black tie, but I rarely wear it. It is acceptable with a suit, and works best for casual. I think the type of strap that works well casually actually looks more casual, and therefore worse, with a suit.

The dial would have to be classic, but not a dress watch. Nor a chrono. Date permitted.

The metal would have to be steel or maybe platinum or white gold. I don't think that a yellow or rose gold watch that works casually would work at all with black tie.

So in my mind I keep coming back to a Rolex Explorer. Which is a watch I neither own (I do have an ExII) or desire in the short-medium term. Sure, I'd like one, but it's not high on the list, presumably because I am not limited to one and I have other watches with niche roles that, to me, fulfil those roles better than the Explorer. But if I could only have one, it would be my choice and I would love it.

And if I could only keep one of my current watches? Tough choice, but it would be my simple vintage steel Rolex Date.

For me, it would be an AP Royal Oak or Patek Nautilus...
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