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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

Swipe the card, dude.  This is no longer resistance, merely procrastination.

@tricky
 may I throw a 572-shaped spanner into the works?  I mean, if you can go to the price of the JLC then...

You certainly can smile.gif I'm open to all suggestions.

I'm just learning about Panerai more seriously but the 572 is 45mm so I'd have to try it.

I've always admired them but the larger size doesn't work for my 7" wrist.

I put on a 112 today and it was too much for my wrist (though I know that's the style of the watch). The 512 was really nice though.

This phase of buying a watch is my favorite...researching, trying on, debating between a few etc. I'm in no rush as my current ones keep me happy but am looking forward to a leather strap watch...especially one that accommodate a hundred straps smile.gif
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No frills - at first I was going to lambast that watch as something so 80s, and emblematic of the bad side of Rolex, however, I bet it loves beautiful in person, and can see it looking classy, which almost seems paradoxical based on my gut instinct.
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post
 

 

Swipe the card, dude.  This is no longer resistance, merely procrastination.

 

@tricky may I throw a 572-shaped spanner into the works?  I mean, if you can go to the price of the JLC then...

 

Frills should act more like Randy Moss.  "Straight Cash Homey" - Randy Moss when asked how he would pay a $10,000 fine instead of writing a check.  American Footballer for all the international TWATers here.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07G23zMGa4g

 

Personally, if a discount is offered enough to offset the credit card fees for the seller, I would pay cash.  

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at first I was going to lambast that watch as something so 80s, and emblematic of the bad side of Rolex.
Did that watch grace the wrist of many a Miami purveyor of party powder? Sure. Does that make it any less attractive? Nope.
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Yes, I'd trade/sell an item that I don't like and that I would rarely use/wear.

Whatever works for you & your family sounds good to me. I can understand your position, but my family has never been particularly sentimental about possessions.

They prefer people to have something they will actually use. It's nice to be given something, but they don't believe in hanging onto something that gets little use or that you don't really want to wear. Sure it's the thought that counts. However, they would rather you return/trade the item for something that will get lots of use. In the end, the replacement item is yours because of them and you can still think of them when you look at it. If you hang onto a piece that you rarely wear it's something you are rarely looking at, so its rarely reminding you of them. In the end everyone has to do what's right for themselves and their family.

Perhaps I'm lucky that the watches from my parents, watches from my wife, and watches that mark milestones, are ones I like so I wear all of them. Cheers !
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The close-up pics make it seem like a lot is going on in the dial - but I bet that's not how it comes across on the wrist. Do you take that swimming? Enjoy the beach!

 

Yeah, there's a bunch going on. I like the texture in the center circle as well as the (obvioius) red chrono hand and the (less obvious) yellow chrono sub-dial hand. I also buck the SF trend and favor large watches, as they're better suited to match my frighteningly bloated ego.

 

I have taken it swimming, esp. since my wife has inherited (liberated?) my AT 3719. Those pics are from Banyan Tree in Samui--last year, sadly. This spring I vacationed in Berlin, which was far, far less picturesque, but I had some music to play and a friend's new baby to meet for the first time).

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@Dino944

 

I definitively understand this side of the opinion, and actually thought about exchanging the aforementioned gifted watch at the dealership, but in the end, I couldn't bring myself to do it! Oh well! :fonz: 

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Well, this is still tempting me.


No surprise there.
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Originally Posted by tricky View Post

You certainly can smile.gif I'm open to all suggestions.

I'm just learning about Panerai more seriously but the 572 is 45mm so I'd have to try it.

I've always admired them but the larger size doesn't work for my 7" wrist.

I put on a 112 today and it was too much for my wrist (though I know that's the style of the watch). The 512 was really nice though.

This phase of buying a watch is my favorite...researching, trying on, debating between a few etc. I'm in no rush as my current ones keep me happy but am looking forward to a leather strap watch...especially one that accommodate a hundred straps smile.gif

Now's a good time to get a 512. Panerai is getting slammed and I've seen 312's and 512's go for rock bottom prices
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@marvin100 - I like that Inge. Would love to see more of it too. I like the panda-esque colors

@no frills - Congrats, buddy! I'm congratulating you in advance for what seems to be a given any day now. You've been 'eye'-ing that watch for months and I'm actually very impressed you've lasted this long. Can't wait to see more wrist pics.
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I would still personally prefer the JLC MUT with the small seconds and the sunburst dial over a Calatrava or a Traditionnelle as the pinnacle of dress watch design. There's just something that is so perfectly balanced about it - only wish it were 38mm!

 

Right then!  So 38mm is the sweet spot?  Of course they all wear differently on the wrist, but here's a list* from your estimated comfort zone:

 

Boring Patek Philippe Calatrava - but the crosshairs small seconds make this one for me.  Just enough personality.

 

Boring Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionelle - but I love the solidity of the case within its compact proportions, and the almost sporty feel of the minute track and subdial.

 

Marginally Less Boring Patrimony Traditionele Auto - I'm not a fan of a simple date on a dress watch, but with the 9 o'clock seconds subdial, it adds some nice visual interest

 

Boring Lange Saxonia Auto - but very subtly German with those strong hands and the slightly deeper case

 

Boring Lange 1815 - it's a lovely size in the 38.5mm version, and with the deck watch style Arabic numbers and the blued hands, has a lot of personality for me.  

 

Breguet Classique - Swatch's leading boring watch.  The distinctive hands and case shape say  a lot.

 

More Interesting Breguet Classique - the addition of some very Breguet guilloche on the dial, the small seconds and power reserve, make this a feast.  You said uncomplicated, but this might have the personality you need.

 

Blancpain Villeret - Swatch's second tier.  This one's maybe a bit plain, even with the date, but it's certainly not obvious to the casual observer, and has plenty of history.

 

Girard Perregaux Classique Elegance 1966 - a sportier case with nice proportions, feuille hands and that blued second hand, all adds up nicely to me

 

Girard Perregaux Classique Elegance 1966 (2) - but here's an easy way to be different: blue sunburst dial on gold really sings (see Frilly's latest above!)

 

Piaget Altiplano - a bit of a sleeper from the House of Richemont, Piaget has a really distinctive style with those hair-thin markers and hands.  I like the bigger one with the asymmetric small seconds, but this is as pure a dress watch as you can get, and like no other I think.

 

Chopard L.U.C Quattro - if you can tolerate a bit more going on, then the dial on this is lovely, with the date subdial similar to the JLC you mentioned.  Is the power reserve too much?  I like it - still dressy but one you could stare at for hours.

 

Moser & Cie Mayu - I have to mention that I can proxy some good deals on remaining clearance stock from my AD in these!  The Monard with centre seconds might also suit.  Several different dial and case colours; exquisite workmanship.

 

Jaeger LeCoultre MUT Moon - you know about this.  If it's the one you like..then why not?  For the sake of a millimeter?

 

JLC Master Control Ultra Thin - I found the steel version of this a bit underwhelming, but in gold it has a pleasing warmth.  Very subtle.

 

JLC Master Control - a general thought here: have you thought about a black dial?  To me it looks very special against rose gold - as does the blue GP above

 

JLC Geophysik - a bit of a wild card as it's technically a sports watch, but with this size, in gold, with those vintage-y colours and details on the dial, maybe?

 

 

Of course if you were to add or subtract a millimetre or two in your specifications, another whole world would open up.  But at 38mm, there's a lot going on.  Bear in mind also that every one of these above can be had under your nominal $20k budget, and some of them for less than half that.  Maybe see which really sings to you visually before checking the price, perhaps get a shortlist of a few you want to try on?  And depending on what you do like, there are one or two people here who specialise in finding the best deal(in stitches).

 

 

 

 

 

 

*All photos linked from Chrono24; various vendors

post #44607 of 48312

Just get yourself a PP 5196 RG and be done with it.

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@mimo

I was going to come up with a list of suggestions for Fiancé Hedonist's wedding present to me (she asked for the list!), but you may have just saved me the trouble! What fine examples. Though I have simple taste in watches and would be happy with a MUT Moon, Globemaster or even a Snowflake.


On a side note, I have decided I'm not particularly fond of any of IWC's watches, except perhaps the Portofino.

Not that I feel as if there's anything wrong with IWC watches; just don't look at them and say "I gotta have one of those."
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Now's a good time to get a 512. Panerai is getting slammed and I've seen 312's and 512's go for rock bottom prices

Where are you seeing that? The Toronto AD has it for 9,100 CDN which seems rather high for a 512.
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Where are you seeing that? The Toronto AD has it for 9,100 CDN which seems rather high for a 512.

Check watchrecon and the major watch forums. Last I saw new with stamped warranty for around $5500
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