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Gents, I'm taking a new job and there's a hefty signing bonus in addition to the salary. I'm planning on spending a small portion of the bonus on a commemorative watch and have narrowed it down to a few real contenders... I am buying used to help stretch the dollar and here's what I've come down to.

They're vastly different pieces so I know it's an apples vs oranges comparison but would love your thoughts. This will likely be my largest watch expenditure for many years so I want to make it count.

For reference, my current daily wearers are a GMT 16710 Pepsi, a Cartier Basculante and a Ball Skindiver.

The lineup -
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Patek 3119
Pros - it's a classic. The smaller size fits well on my wrist and has a vintage appeal to it.
Cons - it's about 3k more than every other contender.


Vacheron constantin Patrimony 92240
Pros - like the Patek it's a classic design from the trinity.
Cons - almost seems like it's trying to be a Calatrava.


Audemars Piguet 25859st
Pros - Trinity with complication, modern 38mm size makes it a good dress/casual mix.
Cons - No major ones, not a definitive AP style.


GO Panomaticlunar
Pros - most complicated choice with moon phase which I love, display back
Cons - a little large for a dress watch. Not from the trinity.
post #46832 of 48312
How much are you looking to spend ?
post #46833 of 48312
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How much are you looking to spend ?
Approx. 7k USD for preowned but would up it for the Patek to about 9.
post #46834 of 48312
For around $10k I've seen previous generation Lange 1815 in 36mm. Just throwing another idea into the mix.
post #46835 of 48312
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For around $10k I've seen previous generation Lange 1815 in 36mm. Just throwing another idea into the mix.

That's a welcome addition. Mentally I'm unsure if I'm ready to go to 10k for a watch but it would be pretty amazing to own a Lange... I'd probably part with my Cartier to make it feel like less of a financial outlay.
Edited by MZhammer - 10/19/15 at 9:59pm
post #46836 of 48312
I'd take the PP in that selection, but then if I'm spending that amount actually I'd stretch the little extra for a Lange. You wouldn't regret it.

I like the dial of the AP, but the case looks very 'fat'. Maybe it's just the photo.

And let me remove the GO from your shortlist - every time you look at it you will think "...but it isn't a Lange 1".
post #46837 of 48312
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Yep, she's a keeper.

Oh, wait, is the 'Made in Germany' done up in Arial? Uh-oh....

Well of course it isn't; Lange is one of the companies that knows what it's doing when it comes to this stuff. smile.gif

I know it seems like a trivial problem for those who don't take an interest in design, just like Crocs seem A-OK to those don't give a shit about what they wear. Sure, it isn't a life-or-death issue, but that example of the ineptly mangled Arial on a Patek dial is equivalent to a head of state wearing orange Crocs at a G7 summit. confused.gif
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I'd take the PP in that selection, but then if I'm spending that amount actually I'd stretch the little extra for a Lange. You wouldn't regret it.

I like the dial of the AP, but the case looks very 'fat'. Maybe it's just the photo.

And let me remove the GO from your shortlist - every time you look at it you will think "...but it isn't a Lange 1".

Agreed; a Lange would be the one to get. That's certainly a proper Calatrava, though.

The AP is 11 mm thick, which I feel is reasonable for a self-winding chronograph. I think it's a great-looking watch and it's one that I've considered previously, but for me, the downsides are 1) that it has a modular movement and 2) that it shows:


image credit: interwatches.com

However, there's a lot to like about it — I'd love to see how one looks in person!
post #46839 of 48312
For me the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 92240 - because it is the most beautiful in my eyes.
post #46840 of 48312
^^ +1

In budget: get the VC, it is the most specialness for the dollar.

Over budget: get the Lange. It is the most everything.

Footnote: contact Stitchy. He knows dealz.
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Originally Posted by MZhammer View Post

Gents, I'm taking a new job and there's a hefty signing bonus in addition to the salary. I'm planning on spending a small portion of the bonus on a commemorative watch and have narrowed it down to a few real contenders... I am buying used to help stretch the dollar and here's what I've come down to.

 

Personally, I'd get the VC. Both the PP and VC are classics and will wear very well, but I don't like the coin-edge around the bezel on the PP so the VC would be my choice. 

 

The GO's style doesn't really appeal to the me and I don't really like the rounded edges of the AP's case nor the fact that it's a modular movement in a reasonably expensive watch. Not that there's really anything wrong with a modular movement - the base of the movement is originally a JLC movement and the Dubois-Dupraz chrono module is reliable and has been around for a long time, so it's tried and tested. However, as Belligero notes, the modular chrono movement means that the pushers are slightly lower than the crown, which throws off the look of the watch and when you're buying a watch that was originally priced at $15 000 or more, I think that it's reasonable to expect a purpose-built chrono movement. 

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I know it seems like a trivial problem for those who don't take an interest in design, just like Crocs seem A-OK to those don't give a shit about what they wear. Sure, it isn't a life-or-death issue, but that example of the ineptly mangled Arial on a Patek dial is equivalent to a head of state wearing orange Crocs at a G7 summit. confused.gif


Amen. What is it about people? If you look around at any random selection of your fellow creatures I reckon c 95% at least are not what I would consider to be 'well dressed', and a good 70% are very badly dressed indeed. Horrible, cheap, shapeless clothes. Why does nobody give a fuck?

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That's a pretty formidable list of options up there, but the VC is the most beautiful one there. Purely based on aesthetics, that's the one I'd want to wear. 

post #46844 of 48312

I like the VC.  It really looks like a commemorative piece when compared to the AP and GO.  I then like it more than the PP for looks.

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I would go for the PP; I have a 3802/200 (automatic with date and center second hand, hobnail bezel) and it has been rock solid. I love the hobnail bezel. I am not such a fan of the VC designs, they always just look a little off to me. The older (60's/70's/80's(?)) VC were really handsome, but the newer ones just seem a bit lacking. I think the flat bezel of that VC is boring, makes the watch look like it could be a much cheaper watch, and also will get easily scratched over time.

The AP is pretty handsome, but not such a dressy watch; to me, it depends on what you're looking for. Do you really want a Chrono, or just a clean/simple dial? Also, the AP may be a bit thick/chunky.

A few years ago some of the 'small' versions of the Lange 1 came up at auction, and I think they sold around or below $10k; don't know if any are coming up at this fall's auctions.
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