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Originally Posted by bigbadbuff View Post
Hoping to narrow down to 'the one' this weekend. Short list as of now:

Omega SpeedMaster Pro
Panerai Radiomir 210
IWC Mark XVI
IWC Portugese Chrono
Longines Master Auto Chronograph
Rolex Explorer I

Nice choices. Is this supposed to be a 'one watch' or are you thinking of adding one to a collection?
post #6617 of 48312
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Nice choices. Is this supposed to be a 'one watch' or are you thinking of adding one to a collection?

It will be my first fine watch, so while I can't have it all, I am striving for versatility.
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Obviously, the best recommendation would be to go with the one that sings the most to you.

If you don't have any clear favourites, here are some thoughts that may or may not help - all IMHO, of course. I've considered all but one watch on your list at one time or another.

How do you feel about manually winding a watch every other day or so? Some love it as part of a daily routine, but I never really got the hang of it with my PAM 177. At least it's a point to consider with the Speedy Pro and the PAM 210.

Are you comfortable with larger watches? At 45mm the Radiomir isn't exactly discreet. My Luminor (44mm) is seeing less and less wrist time. (Though, if you love the Radiomir, the base model 210 is one of the prettiest ones with it's clean dial, IMO.)

Instead of the Mark XVI I would look for a Mark XV in good condition. I recently managed to get a new one and it's a keeper.

The Portugueses are beautiful watches (though I prefer the Automatic to the Chrono), but personally I fear that they will wear too big with their 41mm being almost all dial (I feel a Speedy Pro at 42mm wears/seems smaller).

I've never really considered the Longines, but I can't say anything against it.

Were you planning on going with the discontinued 36mm Explorer or the new 39mm model? I'm not a fan of what they did to the new one, but I think the old one is great and one of the best Rolexes.

Actually, the Explorer would be my first recommendation for a highly versatile watch. I wore a no-date sub exclusively for about 20 years and I can't speak highly enough for it's ruggedness. With the steel bracelet you can wear it diving one day and climbing a mountain the next.

And if you don't need the depth rating of a sub, an Explorer will do just as well. It might even be more versatile, as it'll be less inconspicuous than a sub (can especially be a benefit when travelling). It'll also dress up better for CBD.

Hope that helps
post #6619 of 48312
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Thank you kindly
Is that a special case the mesh bracelet is attached to? It looks completely different than the regular Speedy case.
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Hoping to narrow down to 'the one' this weekend. Short list as of now: Omega SpeedMaster Pro Panerai Radiomir 210 IWC Mark XVI IWC Portugese Chrono Longines Master Auto Chronograph Rolex Explorer I
IWC Portuguese or Omega Speedmaster. Both timeless and classic.
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That's kind of hot. A little bit busier than I normally like, what with the 6 different hands flying around, but still very nice. How much does one of those puppies run?
post #6620 of 48312
Bought today...new addition to the family:

post #6621 of 48312
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That's kind of hot. A little bit busier than I normally like, what with the 6 different hands flying around, but still very nice. How much does one of those puppies run?
2-3k EUR and difficult to get a deal since very few dealers are in their distribution network
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Today a modestly modified (croc bund...) Heuer;



/M
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TOJ+PAM

post #6624 of 48312
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Originally Posted by bigbadbuff View Post
Hoping to narrow down to 'the one' this weekend. Short list as of now:

Omega SpeedMaster Pro
Panerai Radiomir 210
IWC Mark XVI
IWC Portugese Chrono
Longines Master Auto Chronograph
Rolex Explorer I

Speedy pro is a true classic, can't go wrong

Not a PAM fan, so I'd skip the Radiomir (may well look clownishly a few years)

I have a MK XVI, great watch

Skip the Portugese chrono and instead spend a bit more for the 7-day power reserve version, much more exclusive movement

Skip the Longines

36mm explorer is another true classic and an amazing watch, though I wouldn't say the same for the new 39mm version

Consider an Explorer II as well
post #6625 of 48312
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Originally Posted by bigbadbuff View Post
Hoping to narrow down to 'the one' this weekend. Short list as of now:

Omega SpeedMaster Pro
Panerai Radiomir 210
IWC Mark XVI
IWC Portugese Chrono
Longines Master Auto Chronograph
Rolex Explorer I


Having all except the Longines, I would recommend the Mark XVI for your first nice watch purchase
post #6626 of 48312
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Originally Posted by NH_Clark View Post
Bought today...new addition to the family:


Man I love this watch.
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how time's change!
post #6628 of 48312
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Originally Posted by bigbadbuff View Post
Hoping to narrow down to 'the one' this weekend. Short list as of now: Omega SpeedMaster Pro Panerai Radiomir 210 IWC Mark XVI IWC Portugese Chrono Longines Master Auto Chronograph Rolex Explorer I
tough (but enviable) choice... i own three of these. the port is beautiful but perhaps a little dressy for everyday (depends on what you wear); the explorer 1 is a total classic- i love the design but must say i do find mine wears a little small now (and i am not a big watch fanatic, i don't like panerai). the new version is very charmless to me, just looks like a big datejust with too-small hands. most often i wear the speedy pro which i think is a terrific watch, solid feeling but its low profile means it goes with everything. its also very versatile, you can switch from straps to bracelet to natos, which give a completely different look. let us know how you get on.
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Today a modestly modified (croc bund...) Heuer;



/M

This is an underrated classic - beautiful
post #6630 of 48312
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Is that a special case the mesh bracelet is attached to? It looks completely different than the regular Speedy case.

Yes, it's the Speedmaster Mark II: http://www.chronomaddox.com/MarkSeries.html
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