I didn't see this posted anywhere but thought it was a really interesting article on Hodinke about Ralph Lauren's watch collection. I loved hearing the words from the man himself about why he's focused on collecting Cartier and Panerai for the most part and has never owned a Patek.
His thoughts on the new in-house movement were nice to read too, I think he takes the perspective of many older watch aficionados - "I think to some degree, there has been a shift in what watch buyers care about – none of the watches you see here [pointing to his vintage Cartiers and Panerais] have a movement of their own – they were all sourced from other companies and look how much we love them. We love them as quality-made design objects that will stand the test of time."
Sad to say, in my area, the sub is worn more of a status symbol rather than a tool watch. Seiko was in my list as well. Was drawn to the Oris as it was voted best divers watch of the year 2015. :) I'll have second thoughts anytime entering the water if my watch cost more than 5 grand. The black bay cost twice as much as the Oris while the sub(ceramic no date) cost twice as much as the black bay . Hahaha.. i guess i'll take my time... thanks!
Whether or not it's considered a status symbol in your area is inconsequential, the sub is still a purpose built tool watch (albeit an expensive one) but can handle more than you can throw at it. I've got a GMT Master II that has less WR than a sub but I've never hesitated to shower, swim, camp, shoot, or shallow dive with it. I take it hunting, camping and hiking and it has never once missed a beat.
Edited by MZhammer - 11/13/15 at 10:23am